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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking trail is situated in the northern central part of Nepal. In Upper mustang trekking we offer to visit into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. In the early 7th century the land of Upper Mustang mainly Lo Tshu Dhyun was highly influenced by Lhasa of Tibet. The land was granted to retainer of the Ghunthang King of western Tibet. In late 1300's a warrior Ampel (first king of Mustang) from Tibet defeated the local warlord's to unite the kingdom and established his capital at Lomanthang. The Kingdom of Mustang or Lo-manthang situated at altitude of 3810 meters is an independent kingdom having allegiance with the democratic republic of Nepal. Upper Mustang trekking is a popular restricted trekking trail of Nepal for beautiful landscape, Lo-manthang king palace, Mustang King, Tibetan Monasteries, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan views.  For centuries Mustang or ‘Lo’ situated in the extreme north of the Kaligandaki gorge was a forbidden land forever raising the curiosity of travelers. The hardy people of this Himalayan desert follow Tibetan Buddhism and are of Tibetan origin having migrated south from the Tibetan plateau centuries ago.

Today, Mustang is one of the few remaining dominions still ruled by ancestral Tibetan nobility. The inhabitants of Mustang live in oasis villages in reddish-brown rock deserts, fighting a constant bitter wind and farm grains and potatoes in sheltered plots of land. This hard grind of daily life in the high Himalayas is interrupted by seasons of colorful feasts and festivals marked by drinking, dancing and merry-making. Most festivals are of religious nature centering on temples and monasteries with rites presided over by Lamas. The most important festival is Dyokyabshi, which falls during October/November. Nowadays, Trekking to Upper Mustang is possible to organize teahouses basis trekking where available very basic teahouse (small, family run lodges/trekkers guesthouse offers basic accommodation and food for visitors) facilities in every camps and lunch points. Whatever, who are looking better stay and good food while on trekking these areas it is an absolute must to carry all food and camping equipments from Kathmandu to make a camping trek (Tented camp trekking) to Mustang. Whatever, you have desire we are ready to offer the trek as per your wish.

The Mustang trek is begins with a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom passing through a narrow slice between the tips of two Himalayan giants: Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna I (8,091m). The route heads northward along the banks of Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest in the world till Kagbeni, a fascinating old citadel where ancient trails crisscross. The route towards north and beyond is the forbidden land of Mustang. For the next 10-12 days, passing through the ancient villages like Samar, Ghiling and Charang finally leads to Lo (3810M), the walled capital city of Mustang. The villages and monasteries around the capital city like Namgyal gompa, the village of Thinkar, Garfuk and Nifuk are worth a visit where people still live in cave dwellings cut into surrounding cliffs. The return route from Lo can be made more exciting by passing over Dri and Yara with a day trip to Luri gompa then finally coming out over Tetang, visiting the holy temple of Muktinath and then descending to Jomosom and flying back to Pokhara the following morning but most of trekkers trek to upper mustang go to Lo-Manthang and return same route for their easier option.

To arrange the Upper Mustang trekking need a special permits which is cost USD 500.00 per person for the 10 days and after 10 days per day per person USD 50.00. To obtain Mustang special permit you should arrange trekking trip through government registered trekking agencies. To obtain the Upper Mustang special trekking permit required minimum two people in group because single / individual people they cannot get the permit for Upper Mustang trekking. The price for upper Mustang trekking it will be depend on service quality and trekking type (teahouse or camping) please inform to our experts accordingly then you will get the price in details.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Pokhara (850m)
Day 04: Pokhara flight to Jomsom (2720m) then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3050m)
Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800m)
Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)
Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)
Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)
Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)
Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)
Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)
Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 15: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 16: Pokhara drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 17: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Mustang & Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Jomsom
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4320m
Duration: 19 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat in bus journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Pokhara flight to Jomsom (2713m) then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport, fly to Jomsom.  This is one of the world's exciting flights to see mountain closely through the tiny aircraft, Annapurna I 8091 meters, Dhaulagiri 8167 meters, fishtail 6997 meter and other numerous peaks. You begin your trek to Kagbeni following along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En- route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River with beautiful Ekle Bhatti. Kagbeni people are influence with more Tibetan and also Kagbeni is gateway for Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda trekking. After reaching at Kagbeni (2800m) there is oldest monastery so better to visit this monastery and look around Kagbeni village. Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3060m)
Today trek trail starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the trek we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village (3060m) with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang (2980m) and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head up to small ridges reach at Chele village (3050m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800)
Today trek trail climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Dajori La (3725m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Himal. Further descend a little to the village of Samar (3620m). Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another about 3 hrs easy walk takes us to Shyangbochen (3800m).  On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work.  We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. Overnight at teahouse /Camp

Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)
Today trek trail short gentle climb to the small pass (3850m) then you will meet two trails one right hand side trail goes to Geling (3570m) where available larger red Gompa and another left hand side trail goes directly to Nyi La Pass (4010m) through Tamagaon (3710m) Please consult with your guide for route recommendation. If you choose trail goes to Tamagaon will be shorter one but if you choose through Geling will be longer walk. Both trail flat and gentle up hill till Nyi La Pass (4010m) then descend to the Ghami / Ghemi (3520m), the third largest village in the Lo region. The trail is passing a chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. You will passes on the trail poplar trees and fields of Barley. Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)
Today trek trail start after with a pleasant walk.  After crossing Ghami Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall we meet two trails one left hand side trail goes to Dhakmar (3820m) and another right hand side uphill trail lead to Choya La Pass (3870m) then after descend and flat walk to Charang (3560m). Charang is a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls, Chorten Gate, red Gompa and greatest library in Lo (Old palace) Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)
Today, trek trail to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Khola and then climbs steeply after crossing the river (Khola). Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,950m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley.  While descending to Lo-Manthang (3810m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Finally you reach at Lo-manthang then visit Royal Palace, Monasteries and town. Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to hotel.  Or you may hire horse to go to Chosar village to see the beautiful two Gompa (monasteries) called Garphu and Nyphu Gompas as well as Chosar village is main trading route to Lhasa (Tibet) and return to Lo-manthang (3810m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)
While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Lo-manthang trek to Lo Gekar is not main trading route. The trail gradually climbs to cairn on a pass at 4000m from where you will see the last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Beyond the trail climbs to a ridge at 4070m where a large cairn marks a pass into a side valley then continue climb to the head of this valley and cross the Chogo La (4230m) after that trail passing through big grassy valley then steep descend to Charang Khola and cross the bridge at Charang Khola (river) then climb past an unpainted stone chorten and across a muddy field to Lo Gekar (3825m).  After small climb there is monastery called Ghar Gompa it is small monastery in a grove of large trees and more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled.  After that climb to a ridge and across a valley to a cairn then reach at Mui La (4170m).  After that steep descend to Drakmar (3820m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)
Today trek trail descend alongside a stream passing the stone walls and fields of wide village of Dhakmar, the climb to a ridge chorten and onto a ridge at 3710m. After that descend to another stream and makes a short climb to the upper part of Ghami (3520m). Descend to lower part of Ghami then climb up to Ghami La (3765m) and continue climb up to Nyi La (4010m). After small descend you will meet two route one right hand side trail goes to Shyangbochen (3800m) through Tamagaon  and left hand side trail goes all the way down hill to Geling (3570m). Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)
Today first trek trail climb up to Shyangbochen La (3850m) then gently descend to Shyangbochen (3800m). Near by Shyangbochen there are two trails to go for Samar (3660m). One left hand side trail goes to through Ranchung Cave and another right hand side trail lead to Samar village which is we are going to follow the trail that goes passing through Yamdo La (3920m), then gentle descend to Bhena La (3860m) then continue descend to Samar village (3660m) but better to consult with your guide before choose the trail from Shyangbochen junction because if you are not walking good then he will choose the trail which will be more easier. After Samar you will be short climb and all the way descend through Chele to the Kali Gandaki.  Trek downstream to Chhuksang (2980m) Overnight at Teahouse / Camp

Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Today is quite long day trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom but Trekkers will be manage it because if they camp between is more short and not interesting short walk at the end of trekking. During the trek from Chhuksang to Kagbeni (2800m) we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trail follows the gentle up and more downhill with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.  With beautiful walk you will reach at Kagbeni (2800m) in Lunch time and better to take a lunch then start your about 3 hours journey to Jomsom through Ekle Bhatti (2740m). It is windy at afternoon it makes little hard to walk but you are walking in flat and gentle downhill trail so journey will be fantastic. Jomsom is quite big town in Mustang region. Finally you cross the bridge at Kali Kandaki River after that level walk then reach close to Jomsom (2720m) Overnight at Teahouse / Camp

Day 15: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and  you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel

Day 16: Pokhara drive tourist bus to Kathmandu (1350m)
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

CAMPING TREK INCLUDES :-

  • Airport -Hotel-Airport transfer by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Twin Sharing accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Trekking accommodation in tent camp (Two clients get one two men tent)
  • Our own cooked meals during the trek (three time a day Veg /Non veg) in Camping
  • Government license holder trekking guide
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days
  • Acap entry permit and applicable trekking permits
  • Staff (cook, helper, Guide and other supporter porters/donkeys
  • Two men tent, toilet tent and guide Sherpa tent
  • includes drinks in campsite (hot chocolate, coffee and tea)
  • Guide Air tickets and airport taxes for Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara
  • Way Expenses to bring food, kitchenware, equipments to Jomsom and back
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu land transportation by Tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Jomsom and Pokhara to Jomsom flight tickets for clients and Guide
  • Two days sightseeing tour with English speaking tour guide
  • Sightseeing entry fees during the sightseeing
  • All local government taxes and our service charge

CAMPING TREK EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch & Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • International or domestic air tickets & airport taxes - Except Jomsom Sector
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s & Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls & all type of hot drinks in teahouse
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses & Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance & First aid kit
  • Hot shower charge if you wish to use shower in teahouse
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed  especially for you. Please click here for tailor made trip form.

 

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