Day 01 / Reach Kathmandu after your international flight.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal staff and guide for a short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city where you will join with other members for Upper Mustang trekking. Our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding Upper Mustang trekking, hotels, culture with do’s and don’ts, In evening welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with cultural programs.
Day 02 / In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
The morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries. After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Upper Mustang trekking.
Day 03 / Drive on tourist bus to Pokhara 8 20m (220k.m) - 06hrs.
Upper Mustang trekking starts with an interesting and exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach scenic Pokhara, the journey leads past farm villages and towns with views of mountains. Drive finally reaches Pokhara and then transfer to your hotel near the pristine and beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the nice hotels are located.
(option by air takes 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara with alluring views of mountains and landscapes)
Day 04 / Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.
With a pleasant stop at Pokhara, early morning drive to Pokhara airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom, on flight views of beautiful mountains and then landing at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley around the windswept country.
The afternoon will be very windy, after few hours of a good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s reach at Kagbeni village. A nice Tibetan like village located on the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang area towards the forbidden city of Lo Manthang, on ancient Himalayan Caravan trade route to Tibet.
Day 05 / Trek to Tshele (Chele) 3,050m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads on the uphill trail into a canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kailgandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails.This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.
Day 06 / Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.
From Tshele or Chele, morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area. After Samar village with short stops walk to Buena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering a grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here on the downhill to overnight stop at Gelling village via Syangboche village.
Day 07 / Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.
Morning visit old Gelling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village. After few hours of pleasant walk reaching Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buckwheat for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.
Day 08 / Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.
Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the walled city (actually a large village) guarding this city/village surrounded by the high wall.At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village. From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. The walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like a village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on a nice trail to reach at Lo Manthang for two nights stop.
Day 09 / In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.
Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within a great high wall, visit historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit the interior of the old palace and to grant an audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.
Day 10 / Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.
After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Marang village, and then walk west using an old path to Dhakmar village for an overnight stop.
Day 11 / Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.
From Dhakmar village, morning walks heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit Gelling monastery.
Day 12 / Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.
Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages. The walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Tsusang village.
Day 13 / Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walks back on the same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.
Day 14 / Trek to Jomsom 2,720 m - 05 hrs.
From Kagbeni with pleasant walks as the trail descends to Kaligandaki river valley to reach Jomsom, an interesting country walk on river valley within the dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons. A short walk of few hours brings you to a large town in Jomsom the capital of Thakali people of Tibetan Buddhism sects. Kaligandaki and lower Mustang area famous for delicious apples and its products, here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy, and juices. The area is also famously known as Apple Pie Trail.
Day 15 / Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Morning transfer to Jomsom small airport for short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, Pokhara with massive Annapurna Mountain views with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located. Afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.
Day 16 / Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus transfer to hotel.
Depart from lovely Pokhara for interesting and exciting overland journey to Kathmandu after a fantastic time around Upper Mustang trekking, after six hours of nice pleasant ride reaches you at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels with an afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
(option by air takes 30 minutes of scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu with super panorama of mountains and landscapes)
Day 17 / International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in an amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time on Upper Mustang trekking with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal.