Mustang Thorong La Pass Trek

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Mustang thorong la pass trekking

Mustang and Thorong La Pass Trek Summary

    1. Mustang Hike Duration: 14 Days
    2. Mustang Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    3. Thorong La Pass Altitude: 5,416 meters (Thorong la)
    4. Trek Hours: 7 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2 – 15 People
    6. Best Time: March, April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Foods on Trekking: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Mustang Thorong La Pass Trek opens the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, which lies just north of the Annapurna Himalayan range of Nepal. Only fewer visits to Lomanthang of Mustang because of expensive permit fees likewise, Thoronla is most demanding in terms of cheap permit fees.

Lo-Mustang, the capital city is fixed walled around and ruled by a Jigme Palvar Bista king. A perfect destination for visiting Buddhists Monasteries and ancient caves of the Mustang attracts travelers. Likewise, Mustang Trek offers great sights of mount Dhaulagiri at 8167m/26,795 feet and Annapurna Ist at 8,091m/26,545 feet including 30 other 6000 meters mountains.

Hike over the trans-Himalayan region has arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, and colorful-painted mud-brick houses on the backdrop of majestic mountains makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang very special one.

Upper part of the Mustang and Manang has a barren landscape of eroded sandstone pillars, and intermittent moraine terraces. Together with the present, a colorful mosaic is made up principally of earthen reds, yellows, and browns. The incredible travel Mustang lying under the rain shadow of the Himalayas is possibly the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & remote rest of the World.

Thorong la elevation 5,416m (17,710 feet) and is one of the top first trek destinations in Nepal. Thorong la in the wintertime is like an ice climbing trip, so better to prepare with professional hiking gear. Upper Mustang combined with Thorong la pass Trek (circuit Annapurna) is an equally popular region. The hiking trail is rich in scenery apart from the diverse culture and flora and fauna.

Cross over Thorong la pass from Mustang side is less popular comparing the anti-clockwise route. However, if trekkers hike with proper trekking gear such as hiking boots, walking poles, and enough clothes then the Annapurna mountains journey should be worthwhile.

How much is the Mustang Thorong La Pass Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of the Mustang Thorong La Pass trek package with a local trekking agency Gokyo Treks ranges between US$ 1525 to US$ 2425. But certainly, the Thorong la pass trek cost will vary according to the group size you are traveling with. Pokhara to Jomsom single-way flight is included in the price, however, taking flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara saves your time, and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers.

A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value flexibility, personalization, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 14 days trek. If you are 2 people Mustang and Thorong La Pass Trek cost US$ 1675 for 14 days as per the given plan. We can modify the trek route and price according to your wish. Here is the price list for Mustang Thorong La Pass treks.

Price Per Person for 2 weeks hike in the Annapurna mountains.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 2425
2 PersonUS$ 1675
3 PersonUS$ 1675
4 to 6 personUS$ 1625
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1598
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1525

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Mustang thorong la pass trek itinerary detail

This classical trek has a short, itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is planned for world travelers who wish to hike to the upper mustang but are restricted time-wise. Hikers who wish to trek the upper mustang in a more relaxed manner can try this appropriate choice. However, email us if you need a customized itinerary.

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with a private vehicle and transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu bed with a breakfast plan. Collect passports and go to immigration to make mustang trekking permits. After all special permit arrangements, Ammar Guni, owner of the agency will brief you on Mustang special trek combined with Thorong la pass programs.

Day 02Drive to Pokhara city (900m/2,953 feet), 7/8 hours.

Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. On the way, we will see the natural beauty like the Trisuli river which is the most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way to almost the bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to the hotel.

Day 03 Fly into the Jomsom airport. Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,187 feet), 4/5 hours

Early flight to Jomsom located an an altitude of 8,924 feet. Land on Jomsom, District headquarters of Mustang, and will start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang. Tourists can enjoy the spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, and Dhampus peak from the hiking trail. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and has very good lodges.

Day 04Kagbeni to Chele trekking (3,100m/10,171 feet), 6/7 hours

The hike leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continuously climbing north up the path where the Kaligandaki follows, the trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up to Chele.

Day 05Chele to Gheling hiking (3,570m/11,713 feet), 7/8 hours

The climb continues along the territory with the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Gradual descent to some chortens on a ridgeline further on a pleasant trail to Samar. Nilgiri peak is towering far to the south and is visible. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and goes into another valley field, crosses a stream, and climb up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final downhill to Geiling.

Day 06Geling to Tsarang trekking (3,560m/11,680 feet), 7/8 hours

From Gelling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600 meters the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-stock white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thangkas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.

Day 07Tsarang to Lo Manthang trek (3,840m/12,599 feet), 5/6 hours

Our nature trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.

Day 08Lo-Manthang, day hiking. Exploring Lomanthang.

Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the Raja’s Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding sweeping views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other fascinating valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the fresh and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.

Day 09Descend to Dhakmar village (3,520m/11,549 feet), 8/9 hours via Ghar Gompa.

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. Climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross the highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3,920 Meters). It is very older than the Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730AD. Crossing the pass 4,100m, descend down to the way in Dhakmar village.

Day 10Dhakmar to Samar trekking (3,540m/11,615 feet) , 6/7 hours

From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3,460m) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses like caves. Continuous ascend to Nyi La pass and descend to Samar village using the same route.

Day 11Samar to Muktinath trek (3,800m/12,468 feet), 6/7 hours

Today is our one of the toughest day of the trip. We climb up for a while and walk through the villages to Muktinath. This route is very popular for the Fossil stone “Saligrams” mainly between Tetang to Gyu La Pass 4,077m. It also offers a 140 Degree panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Tukuche Himalayan ranges. Muktinath is a holy place both for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage people. The Temple is faithful to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas is another attraction. You will have also a panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks.

Day 12Trek over Thorong la (5,416m/17,770 feet). Descend to Phedi, 8/9 hours

Today is another challenging day for us to ascend up to the Thorong la summit (5,416m above sea level) roughly takes about 5 hours. It is recognized as the world’s widest pass of the Himalayas. You will have almost the best view of the mountains within the 360 deg angle. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross over Thorong la if it is covered by heavy snow. This should be a lifetime unforgettable experience for trekkers. An early start is important to complete a successful mission. Descend downhill at Phedi through rocky mountains and grassy trails.

Day 13Manang village trek (3,400m/11,155 feet), 5/6 hours

Our descent continues through the Marshyangdi Valley to Manang village, home to the legendary Yeti. There are so many side trips either visiting Tilicho Lake (5,100 meters) known as the world’s highest lake, Ice lake, Gangapurna Lake and Gangapurna glacier, and more.

Day 14Express drive from Manang to Besisahar, 7/8 hours.

Jeep drive from Manang to Besi Sahar is another option to grab the trekking opportunities in a short period compared with usual trekking itineraries to hike the Annapurna circuit. Traveling on a bus/jeep from Manang to Besisahar distance is 96.8-kilometers and takes about 8 hours.

Likewise, the trek takes about 4 days downhill walk to get to town but trekkers can enjoy the scenic view of the great mountains within a kilometer’s distance. However, as you have been to the Thorong la summit and crossed the world’s widest pass, you had almost the top highlights of Annapurna massive. Therefore we don’t recommend travelers to walk further downhill after Manang.

Day 15Overland drive out to Kathmandu, 6 hours. Good Bye Kathmandu.

We catch the regular Micro Bus to Kathmandu. We drive along the Marsyangdi River bank passing several villages and bridges to Mugling. Later on, follow the Mahendra highway to reach Kathmandu Town. In this way, our trip ends, we wish you a wonderful journey back home.

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Cost

How much does Mustang thorong la pass trek cost?

Hike Mustang thorong la pass trip is USD 1675 per person is a standard basis trek price on double occupancy basis. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare, 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast. Likewise, standard lodge accommodation with attached Toilet/bathroom while on trekking days in the possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Mustang thorong la pass trekking package price include:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights on double bedroom accommodation on a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night on double bedroom accommodation on a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara.
  • 14 Breakfast, 14 Lunch and 14 Dinner during the Mustang plus Thorong la Pass trekking.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trip in the Annapurna mountain territory.
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara to Jomsom airfare with domestic airport departure tax.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara Fewa lakeside.
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest (12 kg + 12 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation trekking permits and their fees
  • Upper Mustang Trek permits cost USD 500 for each guest for each 10 days.
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by local jeep (passenger collection basis).
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu transfer by regular Micro bus Bus also passenger collection basis.
  • Insurance, Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Updated Upper Mustang Trek Map and trek competition certificate.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Mustang thorong la pass trekking package exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments ..
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency run group join mustang trek combine with Thorong la pass starting at any date. But, we can also arrange this trip privately if that works for you and your team. Please email us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request us to pick you up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience for express upper Mustang Thorong la pass trekking?

Answer: Actually no. But, the walking trail is suitable for professional trekkers who are able to walk around 5 hours roughly every day with a lightweight daypack. Because during the trekking, there are some high passes and desert landscapes so at least some basic experience walking over 3000 meters above sea level would be ideal.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Upper Mustang Thorong la pass trekking?.

Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. Rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in upper Mustang Thorong la pass trekking?.

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables.

The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Thorong la pass trek?

Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Thorong la pass trekking?.

Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bring AQUA tablets to purify the normal water. And the normal water is available at the campsite/hotels along the way Thorong Pass journey trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! .

Question: Are there any communication facilities on upper Thorong la pass Mustang trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route, you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles for Thorong la pass trek solo?.

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Mustang thorong la pass trek highlights

  • Trek offers Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the border mountains.
  • Walking through dry cultivated fields, Excellent views of Annapurna family, Dhaulagiri & Blue Mountain.
  • Hidden kingdom, World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki and world widest pass Thorong la
  • Meet the mixed communities with Tibetan Buddhism, local people, and their lifestyles.

Mustang Thorong La Pass Trek Review

Brilliant hospitality, Great trekking with professionals

Rated 5 out of 5
March 12, 2022

Ammar was very helpful in advance per e-mail with finding out how we wanted to do our trek. He was very well organized in having papers and permits ready so we could leave the day after our arrival. The costs were exactly as he had offered them.

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Verena Andrea, Zurich

Beautiful Annapurna Trekking

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2018

The Annapurna Circuit trek was completely fabulous with Gokyo Treks! Our guide and porters were so kind, respectful, and fun! We really felt like a big family by the end. We always felt especially cared for and attended to. The homestay was a truly special aspect too.

I strongly recommend Gokyo for its professionalism, exceptional service, and kindness. We had lots of laughs and smiles all along the way!

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Paula Rakshaw

Mustang Thorong la pass trek note:

The Thorong la pass trek information as stated above is just a guideline and standard template. However, the trip plan and package price are at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Mustang Thorong la pass trek special?

Opportunities for difficult and pleasant hikes are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success is our concern.

We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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