Upper Mustang trekking (18 days)
The Upper Mustang trek will begin after a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. Jomsom (2743m.) is a dry landscape. From Jomsom, Nilgiri (7,061 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) are visible. Accommodation is not a problem in Jomsom as there are many hotels and lodges.
‘Thakalis’, the locals of Jomsom were and are engaged in trade. Jomsom is widely popular for its apple production.
Kagbeni is a 4hr trek away from Jomsom. It is a gateway to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is a remote village in the Himalayan region. Tourism and agriculture are the major income sources for Kagbeni.
Lo Manthang is the capital of Mustang where hiking, photography, sightseeing, trekking are widely enjoyed in Lo Manthang. Namgyal Gompa (3910m.) and Tinggar Gumba (4025m.) are major attractions of Lo Manthang. During clear weather, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse,Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Tashi Lhaptsa, Mt. Nangbala are visible from Syanboche.
From Jomsom, trekkers will descend down to Tatopani. Tatopani, literally meaning “hot water” in Nepali is a hot water spring. Usually there is a crowd of people waiting their turns to take a bath in the spring.
A hike to Poon-Hill is a highlight in Ghorepani. When visitors take a hike to Poon-hill during sunrise, the nature will flaunt a top-tier view of snow-capped Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m.) and Manaslu (8,156 m.).
From Ghorepani, trekkers will descend to Ulleri and Nayapul.
Day 01. Kathmandu – by tourist bus to Pokhara
Day 02. Pokhara – By flight Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni 4hrs / 2810m.
Day 03. Kagbeni – Chhusang 5-6hrs / 2980m.
Day 04. Chhusang – Syangboche 6hrs / 3809m.
Day 05. Syangboche – Ghemi 5-6hrs / 3510m.
Day 06. Ghemi – Tsarang 3-4hrs / 3560m.
Day 07. Tsarang – Lo Manthang village “capital of Mustang region” 5-6hrs / 3810m.
Day 08. Visit Lo Manthang’s village and discovery
Day 09. Lho Monthang to visit Namgyal Gompa 3910m., Tinggar Gumba 4025m. and return to Lho Manthang 5/6hrs of walking
Day 10. Lo Manthang – Ghemi 6-7hrs / 3510m.
Day 11. Ghemi – Syanboche 5-6hrs / 3809m.
Day 12. Syangboche – Chhusang 6hrs / 2980m.
Day 13. Chhusang – Jomsom 6hrs / 2720m.
Day 14. Jomsom – by local bus to Tatopani (hot spring) 5hrs / 1190m.
Day 15. Tatopani – Ghodepani 7hrs / 2860m.
Day 16. Ghodepani – Hike to early morning Poon-hill 3193m. for sunrise panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri & Annpurna ranges and descend to Ulleri 3-4hrs / 1960m.
Day 17. Ulleri – walk to Nayapul 5hrs and by bus to Pokhara 2hrs / 820m.
Day 18. Pokhara – By tourist bus back to Kathmandu
Trekking Region: Mustang, Annapurna
Trekking Duration: 18 days
Trek type: Tea-house & tenting camps