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  • Duration18 Days / 17 Nights
  • Price from$2500/ person
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude4230 M (13,878 ft)

Discover the forbidden kingdom of Mustang with a spiritual twist on the Upper Mustang Adventure Yoga Trek. The trail is unlike all others in Nepal – a society seemingly untouched by modernization and landscapes that resemble Mars more than our own planet. Along your journey, you find descendants of royalty from ancient kingdoms walking the walled cities, remains of the long-dead resting in peace in sky-caves, and barely cut roads winding through mountains that nearly touch the clouds. All the while, practice yoga amidst one of the most well-preserved ancient sites in the world. Learn about the local Tibetan-influenced culture of the Mustang region while cultivating inner peace and a deeper understanding of yourself.

The region, defined as much by its 13,000-foot passes, striated rock formations, and colorful stupas as by its almost unfathomable remoteness, was, until 2011, accessible only by foot, horseback, or private aircraft. The area was not opened to tourists until 1992 and it wasn’t until 2008 that the district of Mustang became fully incorporated as Nepal. Still today, the area holds its quality of mystique, alluring adventurers and spiritual seekers from all over the world.

You’ll start the trip by exploring the medieval temples and bustling markets of Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu. Then, travel to the chilled-out lakeside city of Pokhara, picturesquely located at the foot of the Himalayas. Take a walk on Pokhara’s lakeside while admiring the shimmering snow-capped peaks of Machhapuchhre and more. After a day of relaxation and preparation, begin your trek into the mysterious, barren Mustang territory.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Yoga Trek

Take a scenic flight to Jomsom, nestled within the Kali Gandaki River Valley, the deepest valley in the world. We hike up and onward, through the arid landscape which, in the monsoon season, becomes a green oasis. Rare alpine flowers and bright rhododendrons are contrasted against the neutral colors of the valley walls.

A major highlight of the trek is reaching Lo-Manthang, which appears suddenly in this open no-man’s-land. An extra day is spent here in Upper Mustang’s capital in order to fully embrace the cultural and natural wonder that it offers. Behind the brick wall that encompasses the city, 6,000 Lopa’s (natives of the area) live in peace, paying homage to the Buddhist stupas, mani walls, and chhortens. After a day and a half of exciting exploration and peaceful yoga practice, we descend back to Jomsom and take a flight back to Pokhara.

The Upper Mustang Yoga Trek goes above and beyond the standard Upper Mustang Trek by incorporating the spiritual practice of yoga (an intangible UNESCO cultural heritage). Imagine spending each day disconnected from your devices and fully present, in tune with the energy of the Himalaya. Breathing in, feel the warm breeze coming in through the Kali Gandaki River Gorge.

Adventure Yoga Trek to Upper Mustang

Start each day with meditation, pranayama, and asana practice before your nutritious, natural breakfast. Beginning each day like this makes you more perceptive of your surroundings and your own thoughts and feelings. There is a special energy in the Upper Mustang region and you will definitely experience it. When we arrive at the tea house each day, we take a rest and then again freshen our bodies and minds by flowing through asana practice. Not only does yoga purify our minds/egos, but it also loosens our bodies, making it safer and easier to trek the following day. After dinner, you have the chance to join a guided meditation to reflect on the day and get a good night’s rest.

Our licensed trekking guides are well experienced in the Mustang region. They are knowledgeable in first aid and are always up to date on the latest environmental conditions. Beyond that, they are fun, friendly, and share your same excitement for being in the Himalayas. Our certified yoga instructors lead you each day through your yoga practice, enriching your experience on the Upper Mustang Adventure Yoga Trek. Make your body and mind feel fulfilled on this once in a lifetime two-week journey!

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What makes this tour very interesting

  • Trekking in the Himalayas
  • Caves, Monasteries, Temples Royal Palace
  • Fossil Scavenging in the Kali Gandaki River
  • Spectacular Landscapes
  • Antique Villages
  • Authentic Tibetan Culture
  • Traditional Arts and Crafts and Meals
  • Nepalese Homestay: Nepalese cultural immersion in the mountain villages picking vegetables, cooking, and learning from locals.   

Itinerary

18 Days Upper Mustang Adventure Yoga Trek itinerary with Homestay experince.

  • Day: 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner and trip briefing. Original Passport will be collected to make upper mustang trek permits.

    • Hotel
    • 20 Min Drive
    • Dinner
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 2
    Kathmandu Drive to Pokhara

    After breakfast drive to Pokhara. Scenic drive through the Valley, Mountains view, Riverside with the nice green view, the local village. Check-in Hotel and walk around Fewa Lake.

    • Hotel
    • 6 hrs
    • Breakfast
    • 827 M (2,713 ft)
    • Pokhara
    • 210 Km
  • Day: 3
    Pokhara fly to Jomsom 2,743 M (8,999 ft) and Trek to Kagbeni

    Early morning fly to Jomsom. We will meet our team (porter) at the Jomsom and after a short tea break walk to Kagbeni.

    • Hotel
    • 4 Hrs
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • 2,804 M (9,199 ft)
    • Kagbeni
    • 10 Km
  • Day: 4
    Kagbeni Trek to Chele.

    The landscapes will vary daily, every part of the trek is different and has its own beauty.

    • Lodges
    • 6-7 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3,050 M (10,007 ft)
    • Chele
    • 15.3 Km
  • Day: 5
    Chele Trek to Syangboche

    After at Tsaile (Chele). Chele we start our trek to Syangboche. The peaceful and enchanting landscape towards Syanboche with the spectacular mountain views and the villages. Caves are the major highlight of the day.

    • Lodges
    • 6 hrs
    • B,L,D
    • 3,800 M (12,468 ft)
    • Syangboche
    • 11.5 Km
  • Day: 6
    Syanboche Trek to Ghami

    Syangboche to Ghami follows the traditional route; Tamagaon, Ghiling, Chhunggar, and Jhaite village. Nyi La is the best viewpoint to see the Himalayan peaks including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, barley and buckwheat field in the dry desert land of Mustang.

    • Lodge
    • 6 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3,520M (11,549 ft)
    • Ghami
    • 9.3 Km
  • Day: 7
    Ghami Trek To Charang

    As we approach Lo-manthang, we'll feel the deep spirituality of the land. We will see Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tuckhe, Thorong peaks Mountain View. Tsarang monastery is a popular monastery in Mustang and its related to Gelup sect of Buddhism.

    • Lodge
    • 6 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3560 M (11,670 ft)
    • Charang
    • 10.7 Km
  • Day: 8
    Charang Trek to Lo-Manthang

    The final destination of the Upper Mustang Trek is L Manthang and today we'll start our hike after breakfast. The trails are normally easy but gradually up somewhere but almost flat. The land of Lo offers remoteness, natural beauty, adventure, and cultures along the way. The ancient Tibetan culture and the people's lifestyles are unique experiences. We will see an Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain which is above 8000m high.

    • Lodges
    • 4-5 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3840 M (12599 ft)
    • Lo-Manthang
    • 11 Km
  • Day: 9
    Explore Lo-ManThang Valley

    Today is quite interesting with many things to explore and experience. Our day starts with breakfast at the lodge. First, we will visit the Chooser cave and we will be taking horse or jeep from the lo manthang. Horse ride is exciting but upon interest and choices, we will arrange it. Around the chooser area, there are many centuries-old caves in the rocky cliff. We will visit Jhong, Konchok Ling and Ritseling cave. Before we will head back to the Lo Manthang to explore the ancient monasteries. In the afternoon we will visit Chortens, Royal Palace, three ancient monasteries and the unique lifestyle of local people.


    • Lodges
    • 5-6 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3840 M (12599 ft)
    • Lo-ManThang
  • Day: 10
    Lo-Manthang Trek to Drakmar via Samduling, Marang la 4230 M (13,878 ft)

    Today we will visit another most important place in this area Dhakmar. We will see ancient Ghar Gumba and it was built in the 8th century by the Tibetan magician master Padmasambhava which is related to the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. Along the way, we will see snow-capped mountains, Tibetan art, chhorten, antique villages, caves, Buddhist monasteries, and beautiful landscapes.

    • Lodges
    • 6-7 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3820 M (12,533 ft)
    • Drakmar
    • 17.2 Km
  • Day: 11
    Dhakmar Trek to Ghiling

    Trek to Ghiling trek is fascinating as well as exciting because the trail leads the visitors to the hidden Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. We will see the longest Mani Wall of Upper Mustang and the ancient Chortens.

    • Lodges
    • 6 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3,570 M (11,713 ft)
    • Ghiling
    • 14.3 Km
  • Day: 12
    Ghiling Trek to Chhuksang

    Today we will explore the ancient Cave at Samar village. On the way, we will see the Ranchung monastery cave, chhyungkar chorten. We will see stone-carved figurines of various deities inside the Chungsi cave and also the figure of Padmasambhava. The ancient Upper mustang trail almost near to exit the restricted zone. The next day we will exit from the restricted zone.

    • Lodges
    • 6-7 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 2,980 M (9,777 ft)
    • Chhuksang
    • 17.2 Km
  • Day: 13
    Chhuksang Trek to Kagbeni and Drive to Muktinath Temple

    After breakfast short hike about 3 hours to Kagbeni, complete the paperwork at the check post and then drive to Muktinath Temple. Visit Muktinath Temple.

    • Hotel
    • 3 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 3,710 M (12,172 ft)
    • Muktinath
  • Day: 14
    Muktinath - Kali Gandaki River - Jomsom.

    After morning activities drive to Kali Gandaki river, stop for 1-2 hrs for Fossil searching in Kali Gandaki river. While returning to Jomsom visit Dumba Lakes, and Snow Leopard Cave. Free time in the evening, last day of the Upper Mustang.

    • Hotel
    • 2 hrs
    • B, L, D
    • 2743 M (8,999 ft)
    • Jomsom
  • Day: 15
    Fly to Pokhara

    Free time to explore and relax in Pokhara.

    • Hotel
    • 30 Min flight
    • Breakfast
    • 827 M (2,713 ft)
    • Pokhara
    • NA
  • Day: 16
    Fly Back to Kathmandu and Drive to Home Stay (Ranikot)

    After breakfast, around 10 fly to Kathmandu, and then drive to Ranikot Homestay, Barbeque and cooking with Nepalese family. The home we will be staying is was rebuilt after the Earthquake.  

    • Homestay
    • 1 hr Drive
    • B, D
    • 1,940 M
    • Ranikot
  • Day: 17
    Ranikot Drive to Kathmandu.

    Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square on the way, Free time in the evening for shopping, massage.

    • Hotel
    • 3 hrs
    • B, D
    • 1,300 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 18
    Final Departure

    Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule.

    • NA
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA

What's Included

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Domestic Airfare Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara (both way) as per itinerary/price
  • Accommodation during the trek Tea House, Lodges.
  • The government registered English-speaking local expert guides, porters.
  • Certified Yoga Instructor. 
  • Annapurna National Park fees
  • Upper Mustang trekking permit.
  • Accommodation hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in the city with an expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment clothing for Porter & staff.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • All transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • First Aid Kit for Upper Mustang Yoga Trek.
  • Updated Upper Mustang Trekking Map
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters
  • All government taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during the hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter,
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason,
  • Personal travel insurance in case of an emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Items of personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city.

Availabilities

FromToDurationStatusPrice From 
Start date04 Oct, 2020End date21 Oct, 2020day(s)18 DaysGuaranteed$2500/ person
Departure Note

Upper Mustang Adventure Yoga Trek is a fixed departure trip for 2020 and the trip will be lead by the certified International Yoga Instructor.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to hold your space and is due at the time of registration.     
  • The full balance must be paid 60 days prior to the event start date.  
  • Cancellations must be sent in an email to [email protected]   
  • 60 days or more prior to the event: your entire payment will be refunded less $500 non-refundable deposit. 

If the retreat is full, a waitlist will be available.   

Useful Information

The retreat starts Oct 4 with a welcome dinner.

  • Check in to the hotel anytime that day to get settled.  
  •  If you have a late-night arrival, you may have to arrive on Oct 3.  

Retreat ends after breakfast on Oct 21

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Money

Just bring an ATM card for cash and use it as needed in Kathmandu, Pokhara. Bring USD with you on the plane as you will need for your Visa. You are welcome to bring Travelers Cheques. ATMs are fine in Kathmandu, Pokhara and major cities but it doesn't hurt to inform your banks before coming to Nepal (sometimes banks might block your card). 

Bring With you

4 passport photos bring Cash for Visa Fee  Visa fees are payable in USD. Money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, but credit card payment is not a reliable option. Tourists may stay no more than 150 days in any given calendar year.