Trek Highlights

  • The trek offers the visitors a broad insight into the centuries-old Tibetan-Buddhist culture.
  • Traverse Teri La Pass the rare trekked part that allows you to explore the hidden treasure of Trans Himalayas of Nepal.
  • Impressive scenic views from the of Teri La, both upper Mustang and Annapurna region
  • Splendid vistas of the Himalayan range, unspoiled alpine pasture, mysterious landscapes of the secluded region of Upper Mustang.

Trek Overview

Naar to Upper Mustang Trekking is an adventurous and challenging trek which provides you an opportunity to trek from Naar village through a very far-flung region to the semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang near the Tibet border. This trek brings together two ancient kingdoms for exploration. The Lost Kingdom of Naar and the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang sound like legendary places to trekkers. 

The beautiful valleys of Naar and upper Mustang are barren and dry. The landscape here is unique from some of the other trails that Nepal has to offer. In those vibrant rocks, you can see numerous caves dwelling high up in the cliffs which makes scenery very exotic. The expedition of Naar with upper mustang trek culminates in Lo Manthang, the capital of the Forbidden Kingdom.

The trek through the varied landscapes of Mustang and Naar get a chance to connect with the cordial and hospitable Tibetan inhabitants of this region.

During your journey, you will cross through high passes Teri La pass (5,595m) to enter Upper Mustang. The trek winds through glaciers, isolated villages, narrow trails, monasteries, and dense woodlands. Besides, you will witness wonderful views of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Kanguru peak.  The week-long walk is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through wild and uninhabited parts of Nepal. It’s ideal for trekkers who want to discover remote and secluded areas of the region. 

Since Nar to Upper Mustang is a restricted area, solo trekking is not possible. At least two people are needed to embark this trek. Apart from ACAP entry permit trekkers requires to issue special restricted permit from Nepal Immigration

Nar to Mustang Trek

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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.
  2. Day 02: Optional Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and popularly known as “City of temples”. After having hearty breakfast, we will explore a vibrant and culturally rich Kathmandu valley. A guided cultural tour will be conducted inside the valley.

    We will start off visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the traditional heart of Kathmandu and an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards and shrines. You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide.

    Next, Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in the world as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.  Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Visit Heritage sites i.e. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath
  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Ngadi (880m/2,887ft) 8-9hrs drive

    Early morning after breakfast, we head off to Ngadi on a private vehicle. Along the way, the long scenic drive offers a few mountain views.  We cross Besisahar through beautiful lush vegetation, ever flowing Marsyangdi River and the magnificent Marsyangdi Valley. Once we will reach Ngadi we will stay overnight in camp.

    Highlights:

    • Drive along Trishuli river and  Marsyangdi river
    • Local people working on the field and passing by.
    • Ngadi, settlement of Magar and Gurung ethnic groups
  4. Day 04: Ngadi – Jagat (1,250m/4,101ft) 5-6hrs trek

    With an early breakfast, we start our trek around and head towards our destination Jagat. We start by crossing Ngadi Hydropower station and climb up to Bahundanda. Further, we take the descent trail and walk through terraced fields. We will continue the path sprayed by waterfalls. Once we pass the waterfall we descend down to Marsyangdi River and cross the suspension bridge. Subsequently, follow highway path all the way to Jagat. We stay overnight in camp.

     Highlights:

    • Traverse suspension bridge
    • Pristine Waterfall across the path
    • Beautiful terraced fields
  5. Day 05: Jagat – Dharapani (1,940m/6,364ft) 7hrs trek

    After having an early breakfast we set off our journey leaving Jagat behind. We follow the road to Chamche following Marsyangdi River. After Chamche we take descend and cross suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River. Take a ascend climb to Tal which is the border of Lamjung and Manang District.

    Tal is a beautiful village, mainly made up of lodges and old houses. Behind the village is a huge waterfall which offers nice photo opportunities. Tal was a bit of a change of scenery the village was on a flat by a section of the river that looks like a lake (tal means “lake”).

    We will stop for lunch at Tal and continue to trek all the way through rhododendron and bamboo forest and narrow valley. Then we cross another suspension bridge in a pleasant panoramic perspective. As we climb up, the trail leads you to Dharapani.  We will accommodate night in camp.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Walk through a shaded forest of rhododendron and bamboo tree
    • Traverse the suspension bridge
    • Pass marvelous flat landscape of Tal village
    • Beautiful trail through Marsyangdi canyon
  6. Day 06: Dharapani to Koto (2,600 m /8,530 ft) 6hrs trek

    After an early breakfast, we start a difficult trek today. We trek up and down the hill, through apple orchards and pass the village of Manangi. Further, we traverse long suspension bridge, the high, winding, stunning cliff-side trail towards Bagarchapp and Danaque. Then through the smaller village of Danagyu before coming to a thundering waterfall,  we turn left and head up the high trail to Koto.

    We take a steep climb up to the forest get to Timang village. As we trek we will be offered with magnificent views of Annapurna’s, Lamjung Himal and if the weather is favorable then we will see views of Manaslu on left and Peak 29 on the right.

    Trekking for few more hours will take us to Koto, after reaching there we will have a late lunch and rest or explore the day. We will camp inside apple orchard

    Trip Highlights:

    • Incredible backdrops of Annapurna’s, Lamjung Himal Manaslu and Peak 29
    • Explore Koto village where you will get chance to view Lamjung Himal.
    • Pass through apple orchard farm
    • Hike to the fascinating Buddhist village of Bagar Chap.
    • Passing through scattered pine forest and negotiating many stone steps.
  7. Day 07: Koto (2,600 m /8,530 ft)to Meta (3,560m/11,679ft) 8 hrs-9hrs trek approximately

    Since today’s trek is long so we will have breakfast bit earlier than usual days.  We start our trek by crossing the river on a long suspension bridge. Traversing the bridge will lead the trail to Nar Phu valley; we ascend through a trail that passes through beautiful pine forest along   Phu Khola.

    Trekking further the trail then ascends through the pine forest to Khakra (Pasture land). Crossing another suspension bridge will lead you to Odarey. We will have lunch there. Then we walk the path sprayed by waterfalls and through dense pine and rhododendron forest. Further, we walk along the Naar Khola River. We take a steep climb up to Meta for about 1 hour.. Meta is a winter house of Naar. There is entry check post at Meta where we check our permit. From Meta you can enjoy the backdrop of Kanguru Himal, Pisang Peak and many more. The narrow gorge and amazing jungle walk lead us towards to Meta village along Nar Khola. You can observe Tibetan lifestyle, custom of people as well.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Traverse suspension bridge
    • Walk through thick pine and rhododendron forest
    • Explore temporary settlement of Nar
    • Enjoy magnificent views of Kanguru, Himal, Pisang Peak and several other peaks
    • Explore Tibetan lifestyle of people.
    • The trail is carved into the narrow and steep-sided walls of the Naar Phu Kola, climbing through pine forest. 
    • Enjoy the fine view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal from Meta
  8. Day 08: Meta to Nar (4,110m/ 13,451 ft),4-5 hours treks

    We will have an early breakfast and rejoin the trail. Today we head towards to Naar village by taking descend trail and cross the river. We will walk uphill and downhill then we reach Gompa (Buddhist monastery). We visit monastery along the way and take steep ascent up to Nar village.

    You can see the Chorten around Nar village which is situated above the tree line. There are traditional houses surrounded by stunning Himalaya such as Kanaguru Himal, Pisang Peak and so on. Nar village trails also connect to Manang via Kang La Pass. Today you can have a magnificent view of Kang Guru Peak (6,981 m). 

    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore Nar village and Tibetan migrants’ settlement
    • Incredible panoramic view of Pisang and Kanguru Himal
    • Walk along yak pasture land and terraced fields of barley, potatoes.
  9. Day 09: Acclimatization day at Naar Village (4,110m/ 13,451 ft),3-4 hour’s approx

    As we will be staying back here in Naar Village, we will wake up and have breakfast and hike towards Kang La Base camp to adapt to the local atmosphere and to help acclimatize. You can see blue sheep grazing on pasture land on the way. If you are lucky, you will get to see a snow leopard.  From base camp, we will see amazing panoramic views of Pisang Peak, Kanguru, and Himlung Himal. We will return back to camp and have lunch. After lunch, we will explore the village and the local lifestyle.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Encounter with blue sheep and snow leopard
    • Stunning backdrops of majestic Pisang Peak, Kangaroo, Himlung himal
    • Explore Naar village and observe traditional lifestyle of people.
  10. Day 10: Naar to Dharamasala (4,200m/13,779ft) 7 hours trek

    After an early breakfast, we begin to follow Lapse Khola until we cross the river and continue ascending along the river to Chubse Kharka, (Yak herder) where we will have a rest time here and also have our lunch enjoying the view. After having lunch we then trek straight and soon descend further to a river side in Dharamsala where we will camp our tents and rest the night.

    Trek Highlights:

    • Enjoy alpine view along the way
    • Encounter with Blue sheep
  11. Day 11: Dharamasala to Lapse khola camp (4,500m/14,763ft) 5-6hrs trek

    We will have an early breakfast and rejoin our trail.  We walk along Lapse Khola through many side valleys. Take a steep climb before crossing a suspension bridge. We then walk along the river again and take ascent and walk through a straight trail. After following ascending and descending section we will arrive at Lapse Khola camp where we stay overnight.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Panoramic view of Jomsom Himal, Damodar Himal, Bhrikuti peak and so on.
    • Traverse suspension bridge with beautiful backdrops of nature.
  12. Day 12: Lapse Khola camp (4,500m/14,763 ft) to Low camp 4 hours trek

    We will leave Yara behind and trek towards Lo Manthang, “The city of the wall” where people of this area still practice sky funeral or sky burial ritual and Polyandria. We will walk through Charang Khola and bit climb up to Dhi Khola Village passing through canyon, pebbly flood plains and soaring cliffs. Then take steep climb where you can see a bird-eye view of Lo Manthang village and superb landscape vistas.  We will continue to walk where you come across Sungda Chorten and take rest here. We continue to walk left into the narrow canyon of the Chuchu Gompa Khola where we reach the walled city of Lo. The city has only one entrance from where everyone must walk besides the King, Queen and Kempo, who are allowed to ride. The King so called ‘Lo Gyelbu’ still lives here in the region at his palace inside the walls; he is well loved and respected throughout Mustang. Trekking further we will reach to our camp in Lo Manthang, it is the capital of Mustang.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Lo Manthang bounded by a huge town wall and several still standing structures.
    • heartwarming views of Nilgiri, Damodar kunda, Saribung peak, Tilicho and Annapurna 1.
  13. Day 13: Low camp to High camp (4900m/16,076 ft), (2 hours)

    After having early breakfast we follow the golden stream and gradually climb up to High camp.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Panoramic view of Himalaya like Jomsom himal, Damodar himal, Bhrikuti Himal and Chulu Himal.
  14. Day 14: High camp to Papshu Khola camp ((4730m/15,518ft),via Teri La (5,595m/18,356ft)] 8-9hrs trek

    We have an early breakfast and start to trek early; today’s trek is one of the most important trek days because we ascend to Teri La Pass. Once reaching the top of Teri La ; we will be offered with magnificent views of Annapurna, Chulu Himal, Teri La peak and Purtun Himal region. From the top, descending for a few hours further will take us to beautiful golden stream then climb up on the right side that leads you to narrow mountain trail. Then you reach the ridge where you can see Papshu Khola camp. From there after you take steep descent, you will arrive at Papshu Khola camp where we overnight here.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Traverse Teri La Pass (18,296 ft.), a unique and special wilderness trek route of Himalayas.
    • Magnificent views of Annapurna, Chulu Himal, Teri La peak and Purtun Himal region from Teri La Pass
    • Set up Camp near Pushpa Khola
    • Walk along golden rivulet.
  15. Day 15: Pasphu Khola camp to Yak pa (4,300m/14,107ft) 7-8 hours trek

    We will leave Yara behind and trek towards Lo Manthang, “The city of the wall” where people of this area still practice sky funeral or sky burial ritual and Polyandria. We will walk through Charang Khola and bit climb up to Dhi Khola Village passing through canyon, pebbly flood plains and soaring cliffs. Then take steep climb where you can see a bird-eye view of Lo Manthang village and superb landscape vistas.  We will continue to walk where you come across Sungda Chorten and take rest here. We continue to walk left into the narrow canyon of the Chuchu Gompa Khola where we reach the walled city of Lo. The city has only one entrance from where everyone must walk besides the King, Queen and Kempo, who are allowed to ride. The King so called ‘Lo Gyelbu’ still lives here in the region at his palace inside the walls; he is well loved and respected throughout Mustang. Trekking further we will reach to our camp in Lo Manthang, it is the capital of Mustang.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Lo Manthang bounded by a huge town wall and several still standing structures.
    • heartwarming views of Nilgiri, Damodar kunda, Saribung peak, Tilicho and Annapurna 1.
  16. Day 16: Yak pa to Tangge (3,300m/10,826ft) 8 hours trek

    After having breakfast in the camp we leave Yak pa and rejoin our trail. We walk for 2 hours through steep trails to high ridges and from a high point we then descend where you can enjoy the view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. You can see Mustang’s patchwork of villages just below of us. Trekking further, we will get a glimpse of small picturesque whitewashed village of Tangge. We will camp and rest the night here.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore the beautiful, whitewashed village of Tangge
    • Observe local people raising animals
    • Visit the largest Chortens in Mustang.
  17. Day 17: Rest day and explore Tangge

    Today is a complete rest day after a long trek. You can either take relax or explore Tangge village.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Visit Chorten and monastery
    • Experience local Tibetan lifestyle.
    • Observe a huge herd of goats grazing.
  18. Day 18: Tangge to Yara village (3,600m/11,811ft) 7-8 hours trek.

    It is a long trek day so we have an early breakfast and continue trekking. After leaving Tangge we ascend out of the valley towards the northeast, continuing the trail along an amazing landscape we cross the plateau. The trail we are trekking from here is a little-used trail; we climb up and then descend to Dhey Khola where we stop for the lunch. Afterward, traverse the river and take a steep ascent that leads us to a wide flat plateau. There are few descend that takes you to Yara village. We will set our camp and rest the night there. 

    Trip Highlights:

    • Beautiful landscape and traverse plateau
    • Explore Yara Village of Tibetan settlement
  19. Day 19: Yara village to Lo Manthang (3,820m/12,532ft) 6hrs trek

    We will leave Yara behind and trek towards Lo Manthang, “The city of the wall” where people of this area still practice sky funeral or sky burial ritual and Polyandria. We will walk through Charang Khola and bit climb up to Dhi Khola Village passing through canyon, pebbly flood plains and soaring cliffs. Then take a steep climb where you can see a bird-eye view of Lo Manthang village and superb landscape vistas.  We will continue to walk where you come across Sungda Chorten and take rest here. We continue to walk left into the narrow canyon of the Chuchu Gompa Khola where we reach the walled city of Lo. The city has only one entrance from where everyone must walk beside the King, Queen, and Kempo, who are allowed to ride. The King so-called ‘Lo Gyelbu’ still lives here in the region at his palace inside the walls; he is well loved and respected throughout Mustang. Trekking further we will reach our camp in Lo Manthang, it is the capital of Mustang.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Lo Manthang bounded by a huge town wall and several still standing structures.
    • Heartwarming views of Nilgiri, Damodar Kunda, Saribung peak, Tilicho and Annapurna 1.
  20. Day 20: Explore Lo Manthang and Choser village (45 minutes drive )

    Today we stay back here in Lo Manthang and explore Lo Manthang and Choser village.  We visit four major temples; the oldest Gompa with the largest Buddha made out of clay, 15th century’s Thubchen Gompa, Chhoede Gompa, and Choprang Gompa.

    The village has maze-like walls and narrow path in them. We will also explore Choser village and Cave (In the ancient time people used to live here). We will return to our camp for overnight.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Visit the oldest Thubchen Gompa, Chhoede Gompa, and Choprang Gompa.
    • Explore Choser village and immense cave
  21. Day 21: Lo Manthang to Ghami (3,500m/11,482ft) 7-8hrs trek

    Today is also a long trek day; we have an early breakfast and bid farewell to Lo Manthang. We will climb up to the top of the hill where you can see magnificent vistas of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Bhrikuti and many more peaks. Then we descend to Ghar Gompa (Lo Ghyakar), the beautiful monastery with stone carved paintings. This was built before Samya Gompa of Tibet during the 8th century. We will have lunch here. After lunch, we will climb up gradually then descend down to Dhakmar Village where you can see red crag. Walk straight ahead and then again descend to the river and take a short ascend to the Ghami village. We will camp our tents and rest the night here.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Superb views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Bhrikuti and other peaks
    • Visit Ghar Gompa (Lo Ghyakar) built during the 8th century
    • Observe magnificent red crag
    • Explore Ghami village of Tibetan settlement
  22. Day 22: Ghami to Samar (3,600m/11,811ft) 6hrs trek

    Today is an important trek day as we will be crossing two passes along the trail. After having breakfast we begin to trek; we ascend to Yamdo La and then the Bhena La from the top of these passes we will be offered with views of Annapurna 1, Nilgiri and the peaks north bordering Tibet, we trek on the ‘Himalayan flat’ trail so the ups and downs won’t be very steep and will be respectively easier. From Bhena La we trek through a steep path descending into an intersecting stream where we will cross the river. Once we cross the river it is two more small climbs and soon we will be in the village of Samar. We will camp and rest the night here.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Views of Annapurna 1, Nilgiri and the peaks north bordering Tibet from Bhena La
    • Explore Samar village and observe the local lifestyle and customs.
    • Overnight at Samar, a gorgeous leafy village tucked away in the hills of Mustang
  23. Day 23: Samar to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,219ft) 7hrs trek

    Today is also relatively a long trek day; we have our breakfast and begin to trek. As we trek we cross Chele pass and then descend to Chuksang and Tangbe village. We join the trail of Annapurna region. After a walk for approximately 4 hours from Chuksang, we will arrive at Kagbeni where we will camp our tents for the night.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Narrow alleyways among whitewashed houses and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red gompa.
    • Fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards.
    • Stay at picturesque kagbeni with flat-roofed houses and has an old fortress ruin. 
  24. Day 24: Kagbeni (2,800m/9,186ft) to Jomsom (2670m/8759ft.) approx. 4 hours trek

    Today is the last day of our trek; after having breakfast we begin to trek. It is only a few hours of trek to Jomsom; we will descend down from Kagbeni to Jomsom along the motorway. We will reach Jomsom and enjoy the breeze as Jomsom is known as a windy valley. After refreshing up we will enjoy the evening time of Jomsom and celebrate the last day of our trek with all the accompanying staffs together. We stay overnight at Jomsom.

    Highlights:

    • Explore Kagbeni area in a serene atmosphere
    • Enjoy the breeze along the way
  25. Day 25: Flight from Jomsom (2,670m/8,759ft.)-Pokhara-Kathmandu

    We will have an early breakfast and walk up to the airport near the hotel in Jomsom.  After a short flight, we reach Pokhara and then again take another flight to Kathmandu. After landing in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel and you will have free leisure time either to rest or explore Kathmandu Valley, you will stay the night in Kathmandu.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Spectacular scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  26. Day 26: Spare day in Kathmandu

    We will wake up late and have breakfast. You will have the whole day to yourselves to either rest in your hotel or explore Kathmandu valley.

  27. Day 27: Back home                

     It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

     

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Private transfer to/from trek point
  • Internal flight: Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • 4 nights *** Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • 23 days camping trek on full board
  • Trek Permits, Conservation Fee and Restricted area fee 
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter/s
  • Duffel bag
  • Map

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu  and on trek (approx. US$ 20 per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos including day pack Visa fee: US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entries
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), Liability Insurance
  • Tips
  • Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing tour

 

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