Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the few places in the world that has long-lived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, inaccessible to outsiders. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to maintain their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost unchanged for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. Special Area Trekking Permits are required by trekkers when they visit this region and a Liaison Officer still accompanies every trek to Mustang.
Although officially part of Nepal, the Mustang region in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River is a world unto itself. Long closed to foreigners because of its strategic location on the Tibetan border, Mustang has only been open to trekkers for less than a decade and is closely regulated by the Nepali government. Only organized treks are allowed into the region, and those require an expensive trekking permit. Consequently, treks into Mustang are among the most expensive in Nepal. However, for many people the cost is more than justified by the chance to explore this high desert region that has far more in common with Tibet than it does with Nepal. The brown landscape, jagged peaks, and mud-walled villages are reminders of what Tibet must have been like before the Chinese invasion.
Experience the ancient culture of the Mustang is, see desolate but spectacular landscapes interspersed with green fields and villages. Enjoy the sights and unique culture of Lo Manthang.
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Upper Mustang Trek
Trip Duration: 17 days
Max. Altitude: 3840m
Season: Sep - Aug
Accommodation: 4 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara & 10 nights in tea house or tented camps.
Transportation: Private vehicle and Flight
Group Size: Min 2 pax
#Arrival & Departure as per itinerary
#Twin sharing accommodation in 2 star to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with b'fast as per itinerary.
# Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu (Tourist Bus/ flight)
# Pokhara/Jomsom /Pokhara flight tkt for member and Nepali crew local bus
/private zeep or flight
# All necessary permits during sightseeing and trekking.
# All 3 meals and accommodation while on the trek.(camping or Teahouse)
# Fully escorted trek with English speaking guide, experienced cook, sherpa and 1 porter between 2 members.
# Tents, mattress, sleeping bag, cooking utensils and other camping equipments.
# Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs.
# International Airfare
# Nepal Visa fee (US $ 40 per person)
# Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
# Special restricted permit First 10 days US$ 500 per person
After first 10 days US$ 50 per day per person
# Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
# Travel Insurance
# Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
# Personal spending money.
# Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
# Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of trekkers 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.
Accommodation on the trek & Food
You will be accommodated in lodges during tea house trek & tent in camping trek . Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.
There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to six hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.
Footwear & Clothing: Bring well broken-in walking shoes, suitable for snow; thick socks, light socks, camp shoes; down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and pants; sweater or fleece jacket; underwear; warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans; shirts and T-shirts; shorts; long underwear; wool hat; sun hat; gloves; bathing suit; comfortable track/gym suit.
|City||Per Adult / Single Room||Per Adult / Double / Triple Room||Child Without Bed||Child With Bed|
|Kathmandu||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
|Pokhara||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
Arrive at Kathamandu 1350m Transfer to Hotel.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
Sight seeing around at Kathamandu
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Kathmandu - Pokhara drive (960m / 6hrs)
Drive or Fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is a big natural Beauty City out of Kathmandu, which is 200km from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of fishtailed Machhapuchhre rising behind it make it an ideal setting to spend a few days in Pokhara.
Pokhara - Jomsom fly (2700m). Trek to Kagbeni (2800m / 4hrs)
Fly out from Pokhara with beautiful locations between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, between them there is the deepest gorge of the world and come out flat, wide rain shed valley appearing Tukuche, Marpha and Jomsom itself the land left hand side of Kaligandaki river which is one of the biggest river in Nepal.Mostly it will be windy during the afternoon so the morning flight is taken to get there. After that the way along the Kaligandaki river with sandy riverbed refers to the Kagbeni. On the way, sometimes you will get an opportunity to see the pilgrimages of Hindus from Nepal and India. Walking through to Kagbeni we will be able to visit the place called Eklabhhati (the place where we can find tea shops). Here we can stop to have hot tea with the panoramic view of Kagbeni and further up the valley. After walking 3 hours we will reach Kagbeni, a fascinating medieval rabbit-warren of crumbling mud-brick houses, standing in a little green oasis dominated by it's red Gompa. The ruins of the old fort bear, in the center, witness to the fact that this was once an important place, strategically placed at the junction of two valleys. At the evening, Kagbeni monastery is visited with big red wall having the prey’s flags and with Khatas, a yellow scarf. This Monastery under Nyingmapa is mostly similar to a lot of in Mustang. This Gompa is decorated with different kind of paints than other monasteries are, round the areas.
Kagbeni – Chele (3100m / 6hrs)
There is a trail up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe, we reach Chhusang village and crossing the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki flows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. The culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.
Chele – Geling (3570m / 8hrs)
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geling.
Geling – Charang (3560m / 7hrs)
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the most interesting pass on your trek, Nyi La and descends beneath blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river,) then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular mani (prayer wall) in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five–story white Dzong (fort) and red gompa (Buddhist temple) contains a fascinating array of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.
Charang - Lo Manthang (3840m / 5hrs)
The trail descends about 100 m from Charang, crosses the Charang–Chu, 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.
Lo Manthang rest
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 panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo Manthang there is two other interesting 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 newest 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.
Lo Manthang - Ghami (3520m / 6hrs)
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Crossing a ridge at 4070m, the trail then bumpily to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is one of the oldest gompas in Nepal. And is older than the famed Samye Gompa in Tibet. Passing through Thamar village, the steep trail finally reaches Ghami.
Ghami – Samar (3540m / 6hrs)
From Ghami climb to Nyi La and descend to Samar through the same route.
Samar - Kagbeni (2800m / 5hrs)
Return trek to Kagbeni.
Kagbeni – Jomsom (2700m / 4hrs)
Return trek to Jomsom.
Jomsom - Pokhara fly (960m / ½ hr)
After breakfast walking to airport to fly towards Pokhara
Pokhara – Kathmandu drive (1300m / 6hrs)
After breakfast in the morning we say goodbye to Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu by car or private bus (There is an option to fly). In the afternoon free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel
Kathmandu free of your own.
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.