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Upper Mustang Trek

Duration : 17 days Accommodation : Standard | deluxe hotel | Lodges
Season : Sept – June Transport : Private vehicle | Flight

 

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Upper Mustang Trek

 

Located beyond mountains, Mustang is perceived as the forbidden kingdom, and the administrative center of the nation has no power or control over this portion of the country. If you enjoy adventure and want to see the life of hundreds of years now, Upper Mustang Trek is a trip that will suit you.

It’s dry and stony, because of the very low rainfall in the country of Mustang. This place’s exoticity exceeds all words of description. The land is  dry, barren and arid ike that of Tibetan plateaus. There is no vegetation in the desert like landscape other than a few plants that grow in dry places. Mustang village is alluring and exhilarating. The elevated walls in the background with views of the rigid mountains are a picturesque portrait.

Upper Mustang Trek is like a treasure hunt to the mysterious sites. The wilderness and the artistic monasteries built here are like a reward for your hard labor and resilience in such a remote place. Following your trail you will find Gompas, prayer flags and monasteries which are confirmation of the Tibetan Buddhist culture that prevails. Lobas are the local people who reside here. These people follow Buddhism and consider themselves Tibetan descendants. Mustang is the least traveled part of Nepal. The people here have a way of life that we heard over the centuries in books and televisions. When it comes to food and accommodation, you need to have good endurance and compromise habits. You are a truly adventurous seeker if you want, Upper Mustang Trek is your package to give your adventure stories a new look.

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DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU, NEPAL

One of our representative will be there at the airport to welcome and pick you up. The he/she will escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu where you will be briefed about the trek. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Today we will begin our Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour, which involves cultural heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the art palace, paintings, carvings and a brief glimpse at Nepal’s history. Breakfast included overnight at the hotel.


Sightseeing Points – Pasupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/3020ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Early in the morning, your guide will join you for the drive to Pokhara. The drive is long but very exciting and beautiful. You will be transported for check-in to Pokhara hotel upon arrival. You can experience boating on Fewa Lake in the afternoon and you may want to photograph the reflection on the serene water of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range. Breakfast included overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 - From Pokhara fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft) Duration: 3 hrs

We will fly to Jomsom early in the morning between the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The sights of over 8,000 meters of towering massifs and the river with the deepest gorge on the planet are just mind-blowing. We’re going to begin our Upper Mustang trek to Kagbeni at Jomsom. This is the main gate to Upper Mustang, located at an altitude of 2.800 m, the village of Kagbeni dates back to around the 14th century when it was a checkpoint for Nepal traders. Guesthouse overnight – including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05 - Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrs

The route brings us to the Kaligandaki river’s eastern bank. We cross a number of hills to the village of Tangbe. This village, among white washed buildings, buckwheat fields, barley, corn and apple orchards, is a labyrinth of small alleys. We can look at the Nilgiri peak that dominates Kagbeni’s southern skyline. After about one and a half hours of walking we will reach Chhusang village beyond Tangbe. We cross the river and proceed to climb to a enormous red chunk of conglomerate which fell from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki flows. We leave the valley of Kali Gandaki and climb to Chele steeply up a rocky gully.

Day 06 - Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrs

Today, on the side of a spectacular steep canyon, we will climb the treeless, waterless terrain to a 3540 m pass of a rock cairn. The path then descends gradually to the village of Samar. The Annapurna is visible far south, still dominated by Nilgiri. We’re going to climb up to a ridge above Samar and go down into a big gorge. The trail continues through another valley field, runs through a stream and climbs 3800 m to a ridge. The path goes through another pass, follows a ridge and goes down to Shyangmochen. From here, we climb gently to a 3770 m pass and go down to Geling Village. Guesthouse overnight-including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07 - Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 hrs

From Geling, the trail climbs gently up to the interesting pass of NYI La and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. We cross over the steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) and arrive at the longest Mani wall in Mustang. We climb over another pass at 3,600 m and start the long gentle descent to Charang village. The large five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa are impressive attractions here. We can also observe the collections of statues, Thankas and other large paintings of the seated Buddha. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Charang to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 hrs

Our path continues to climb up to Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Tibet’s Samye Gompa. It’s actually one of the region’s oldest Gompas. We will proceed our upper Mustang trek to Lo-Manthang after visiting Lo-Gekar. With some minor climbing, the path to Lo-Manthang is well defined. We will walk along the trial the walled city of Lo, then make a brief descent, cross a stream and climb to the Lo-Manthang plateau. Guesthouse overnight-including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09 - Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return 4 - 6 hrs

We’re going to hike to Namgyal Gompa for two hours. This is located on a hilltop, and the local community has an significant monastery here. We proceed our trip to Tingkhar after our visit to Namgyal Gompa. This is the last village with about 40 houses northwest of Lomanthang. We will return to Lomanthang after visiting both sites. Guesthouse overnight – including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) 6-7 hrs

Today our trail continues steadily up and provides a final glimpse of Lo Manthang and then climbs a ridge at 4070 m to the Chogo La (4210m/13810 ft). This is our Upper Mustang Trek’s highest point. The route then crosses the Charang River to a quick, steep descent. We’re going to climb to Lo Geker and arrive at a small monastery called Ghar Gompa. Then we climb the ridge, cross a valley and alpine meadows and go down a steep, eroded route to Drakmar. Guesthouse overnight – including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11 - Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrs

The route now goes down, passing Drakmar’s stone walls and fields before going up to the ridge. It then goes down to the lower section of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820 m), which again leads to Chhung-Kah. We’ll proceed down to Tama Gaon (3710 m). Guest house overnight – including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12 - Shyangbochen to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) 6 hrs

Now our prolonged walk continues down to Chhusang along a stream. We can also take a path from Ranchung Cave to Samar. It is 30 minutes longer than the alternative route. Guesthouse overnight – including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 - Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 7 hrs

Today we will follow the river, pass the town of Chhusang and go up to the bottom of the valley. We continue uphill until we achieve a narrow pass from Muktinath and the Buddhist monasteries painted with red. We descend on the stream after crossing the pass and cross a suspension bridge. We wander a while up to Muktinath through the villages. For the fossil stone ‘ Saligrams, ‘ mainly found between the Tetang and the Gyu La Pass (4077 m), this trail is very common. It provides a superb 140 degree sight of the Himalayan range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche. Overnight in a guesthouse – including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14 - Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Muktinath is also an significant location for Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims. We’ll visit the Temple of Muktinath in the morning. From here we can enjoy the splendid view of the peak of Dhaulagiri. There are water spouts that flow over the temple into the river. A Buddhist monastery is also located nearby. This is a Tibetan herbal medical center and ancient fortress, and we will take a trip through the village of Jarkot, where we can explore the Jharkoz Monastery. Our journey to Jomsom continues. On the way, there are really overwhelming views of Kaligandaki Valley and Kagbeni village. We pass through Ekle Bhatti to arrive in Jomsom where we can celebrate with all the trekking team the completion of the trek. Guesthouse overnight – including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - Jomsom to Pokhara

We’ll take the flight back to Pokhara early in the morning. This scenic lake-side town can be explored during the afternoon as you relish it. Hotel overnight – including breakfast.

Day 16 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu today.  Overnight at a hotel – breakfast included.

Day 17 - Farewell

A representative from our company will bid you farewell after taking you to the International airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

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Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
  • Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

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