Mustang Trek (Jomsom to Jomsom)

Trip Facts

Starting Price $2,130.00 per person
  • Trip Duration 18 days
  • Trip Grading Moderate
  • Max Altitude 3,820m
  • Trip Mode Teahouses during the trek

Trip Overview

Mustang is probably a Nepalese mispronunciation of the name of the capital of Lo, the city of Manthang. Mustang is used to refer to the arid Tibet like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki (known to its inhabitants as Lo). Officially Mustang is the name of the district along the Kali Gandaki from the Tibetan border south to Ghasa. The region north of Kagbeni where the language, culture and tradition are purely Tibetan is generally referred to as upper Mustang. This region has a long and complex history that makes it one of the most interesting places in Nepal. Upper Mustang was once part of Ngari, a name for far Western Tibet. It was not a true political entity, but a collection of feudal domains. By the 14th century, it was part of the Malla Empire.

It is generally believed that Ame pal was the founder king of Lo in 1380. Ame Pal conquered a large part of the Kali Gandaki and was responsible for the development of the city of Lo Manthang and many monasteries. Lo remained as a separate principality until 1951. Lo was consolidated into Nepal.

The trek to Lo is through a barren treeless landscape. The wind is very strong here especially in the afternoon. It lies in the rain shadow of the Himalaya and has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. The country side of Lo is similar to the Tibetan Plateau with its endless expanses of yellow and grey rolling hills eroded by winds. The trek begins and starts from Kagbeni, about two hours walk from Jomsom. The trek does not go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make the trek less pleasant than other treks in Nepal. There are daily flights from Pokhara to Jomsom. Mustang lies under the restricted area and has to follow the restriction rules and regulation period.

The trek starts from Pokhara or you can fly to Jomsom and start the trek. The land is also covered with other glittering snow peaks like Nilgiri, Tukuche and Muktinath, the famous shrine of the Hindus.

Mustang is 200 km into the hinterland that constitutes mainly barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscapes in unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries. The view of windswept Kali Gandaki valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni and vast ridges that straggle high mountains provide a mind blowing experience.

The best time to trek is from March till November, even during the monsoon season as it lies in the rain shadow.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 : Rest day / sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 03 : Rest day and paper work at the immigration office in Kathmandu (immigration office is closed on Saturday)
  • Day 04 : Kathmandu – Pokhara (drive)
  • Day 05 : Pokhara – Jomsom 2,720m flight, trek to Kagbeni 2,720m
  • Day 06 : Chele 3,050m
  • Day 07 : Geling 3,050m
  • Day 08 : Dhakmar 3,820m
  • Day 09 : Lo Manthang 3,750m
  • Day 10 : Charang 3,560m
  • Day 11 : Chaile 3,050m
  • Day 12 : Chusang 2,980m
  • Day 13 : Kagbeni 2,810m
  • Day 14 : Jomsom
  • Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara (flight)
  • Day 16 : Rest day at Pokhara
  • Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 18 : Departure.
  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Day 02 : Rest day / sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Day 03 : Rest day and paper work at the immigration office in Kathmandu (immigration office is closed on Saturday)

  • Day 04 : Kathmandu – Pokhara (drive)

  • Day 05 : Pokhara – Jomsom 2,720m flight, trek to Kagbeni 2,720m

  • Day 06 : Chele 3,050m

  • Day 07 : Geling 3,050m

  • Day 08 : Dhakmar 3,820m

  • Day 09 : Lo Manthang 3,750m

  • Day 10 : Charang 3,560m

  • Day 11 : Chaile 3,050m

  • Day 12 : Chusang 2,980m

  • Day 13 : Kagbeni 2,810m

  • Day 14 : Jomsom

  • Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara (flight)

  • Day 16 : Rest day at Pokhara

  • Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu

  • Day 18 : Departure.

Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com

Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

Equipment

Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

 Why use Climb High?

  • Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
  • This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
  • Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
  • Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
  • We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
  • Our great local contacts ensure us good deals with the best hotels for trekkers in Kathmandu.
  • We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

Cost

Group Size Cost
1 person US$ 2500 per person
2 to 3 persons US$ 2400 per person
4 to 6 persons US$ 2280 per person
7 and above US$ 2130 per person

Includes

  • All meals and accommodations during the trek in tea houses|camping,
  • All camping equipment,
  • Trekking guide and porters (depending on the group size),
  • Annapurna National Park Conservation fees,
  • Four nights hotel in Kathmandu,
  • Three nights hotel in Pokhara,
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara,
  • Flights Pokhara|Jomsom and Pokhara| Kathmandu,
  • Airport|hotel transfers,
  • Domestic baggage 15 kg,
  • Insurance for guide and porters,
  • Mustang Special permits US$500 per person,
  • Trekking permit (TIMS),
  • Climb High duffle bag,
  • First-aid kit,
  • VAT.

Excludes

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of emergency,
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
  • Soft and hard drinks,
  • Bottled mineral water during trek,
  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara,
  • Personal trekking gear,
  • Tips for staff and porters,
  • any other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

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