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Upper Mustang Trek


Upper Mustang Trek  also referred to as Lo Manthang Trek.
Lo Manthang is an alternative way to explore Tibetan culture, religion, and landscape in Nepal. Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang) was the capital of Lo Kingdom, originally from Tibet. The kingdom was founded by Ame Pal in the 14th century. The palace was all surrounded by a stone wall which is still standing with great attractions to the people. Before unifying Nepal it was an independent Lo Kingdom. Nepal was unified in the 18th century out of many small independent countries including Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is isolated from the central government of Nepal and the king was very respected and honored in Lo kingdom even today. Jigme parwal Bista (25th king) is the last king of Lo Manthang. Nepal became a federal country in 2008 and they declared that there is no more monarchy including Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is a tiny small village with less than 1000 people (Lobas ethnic people) and about 200 houses.


Trip Highlights

Lo Manthang is a mysterious, trans-Himalayan region of Nepal where there are more than 12 caves which is believed that the Great Masters (Tibetan Buddhism) were meditated in ancient times.
During Upper Mustang Trek, you will be able to explore many monasteries from the 14th century, Buddhist shrines, Thankas, Mandalas, and Deities in and around the cliff. While exploring inside the cave (about 14000 feet), the wall were decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings.
During Upper Mustang Trek, trekkers will be able to observe centuries old culture, lifestyle and heritage as this region has been isolated and protected from modern world for more than thousand years.


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Our representative will be see you in the Nepal airport and transfer to Hotel in the city center. We will welcome to our city office and finalize the formalities. Take a free easy evening to stroll around. Over night in the Hotel.

Breakfast will be serve at hotel's restaurant and drive to sightseeing by car with guide to the world heritage sites (Pashupatinath- Hindu temple, Boudhanath - Buddhist stupa, Swyambhunath - Buddhist Stupa and Patan Durbar Square). Back to Hotel and after refreshment walk to visit our office, briefing about trekking and introduce guide and other staff. Free in the evening. Overnight in the Hotel. BB

After early breakfast drive to Tourist bus park. Take a regular tourist bus at 7:00AM which will take approximately 6hr.Transfer to hotel and after refresh, walk around the lake side. Overnight in the Hotel. BB

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Have a light breakfast at your hotel and drive to airport. Take 20 minutes Trans Himalayan flight to Jomsom. You will view and can take some video of over 8,000 M Mountain such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. After some tea and coffee continue trek to Kagbeni. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house.

You will check in to the control area of Nepal and follow the Kali Gandaki (Holy river) to Chele a small village. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. We will come on cross white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple gardens. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house. Overnight at Loge/ guest house.

The trek will hike through the barren mountain Tibetan cultural village. You will pass through a narrow trails and rocky trails. You will come on cross the cave known as Ramchung Cave. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house. Overnight at Loge/ guest house. (B, L, D)

your will encounter two passes (Yamda La (3,850m and Nyi Pass 4,010m) before arrive to Ghami. The trail passing about 400m, you may feel difficult to breath as this is a dry region as well as. This day would be a little longer. Ghami is the third largest village in the Lo region, is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Over night at Loge/ guest house. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house (B, L, D)

Trek starts after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the Buddhist followers. From the end of the wall, the village starts and each house are making separate by stone wall. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house (B, L, D)

Today, We trek to our final destination, Lo-Mangthang (the lost forbidden kingdom of TIbet) with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. While arriving to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the north Tibetan Border. Over night at Loge/ guest house. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house.

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This is a great day to explore the virgin of Lomanthang, the major Gumpas around the Lo-manthang including Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, Champa Lakhang "God house", Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall and around. Another attraction is the four-story building of the king's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight at guest house. Lunch and dinner will be provided from the guest house.

Trek to Drakmar is little diversion than a you trekked while going. This will give you some wonder while arrive at Gyakar, with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. Explore the local area. Over night at Loge/ guest house. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house.

This is an easy descending to Ghiling. It will take approximately 6 hrs. Starting early in the morning is always better while trekking this areas as afternoon seems dusty and windy. Over night at Loge/ guest house. Lunch will be serving on the way. Dinner will at the guest house.

Trek back to Chusang for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at tea house. Overnight at Loge/ guest house.

Trek down to Kagbeni will join you to regular Annapurna Circuit. Your permit will be sign out at Kagbeni and continue to trek to Jomsom. Enjoy your last night at the mountain. You can invite to your crew to join a last night party and make little like a party. Lunch will be at Kagbeni and dinner at you lodge. Overnight at guest house.

Wake up early in the morning to see the last view of mountain. Take breakfast and walk down to airport. Take a scenic flight to Pokhara. Transfer to your hotel and have a free day. Overnight at the Hotel.

After a light breakfast, take a taxi to tourist bus park and ride a regular tourist bus to Kahtmandu. Transfer to your hotel and free.

This is a cushion day that has been built into the itinerary to allow for delays due to flights or other reasons beyond our control. If you are able to complete your trek in time then this day may be used for sight seeing around Kathmandu Valley. Or free for shopping days.

Enjoy the morning around downtown for last minute shopping or etc. later we will transfer to airport  for the final departure.

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What are included?

  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu on BB twin sharing
  • Two night hotel in Pokhara on BB twin sharing
  • Lodge/ guest house accommodation in trekking on twin sharing
  • Airport transfers (by private car, van or bus as per group size)
  • All land transfers as per itinerary to trek.
  • Domestic flights and departure taxes as per itinerary.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) whilst on a trek form lodge/ guest house.
  • Applicable trekking fees. (Special permit requires to trek to Upper Mustang)
  • Porters (one porter per two persons is provided to carry the clients personal effects)
  • Trekking equipment (duffle Bag for your gear, sleeping bag)
  • Trekking staff (guide with government license holder and other assistant guides where applicable).
  • Insurance for the trekking staff. (insurance as per state law)
  • First aid medical kit
  • All the government tax and our (AATE) service charges.
  • Upon final payment AATE will provide pre-departure file including the detailed agreed itinerary, hotels and transport booked and introduce you to your trekking guide.

What are not included?

  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Extra accommodation and meal than itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in the city
  • International flights, visa and departure taxes
  • Your travel insurance (for travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss of life, theft of or damage to personal effects).
  • Tips and gratuities (crew frequently receives some recognition for good service)
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of AATE.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, mineral water, monuments entrance fees, postage, laundry, video, camera, phone, etc.
  • The single supplements payable on all bookings where only one person is traveling.
  • All other services not included in the "cost included" section above.

Trip Enquiry

The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.

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Frequently asked questions

Jomson airport is situated at an altitude of 2700m form sea level in between Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. The flights are operated in a clear morning. All the flights are flew to morning as it requires a clear vision.
Jigme parwal Bista is the last king of Lo-manthang.