Upper Mustang Treks

17 Days 16 Nights
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Upper Mustang Trek into the Forbidden Land takes you to Mustang, a remote semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom with a walled capital called Lo-Manthang. Upper Mustang was once part of Tibet and was used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the current royal family can trace their lineage back to this time.

Upper Mustang Trek which offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes.

Make an adventure starting from world's deepest gorge Kaligandaki Region into world's highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley that passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region.

Highlights

Kathmandu
- Pashupatinath
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Stupa
- Kathmandu Durbar Square

Pokhara
- David's Fall
- Gupteswar Cave
- Phewa Lake
- Taal Barahi

Trekking
- Jomsom(Flight to Jomsom from pokhara)
- Kagbeni(Gumba & chorten),start point for upper Mustang
- Lo- manthang(Capital city of Mustang, with mustang king)
- A deserted land
- Traditional Tibetan people with very rich culture
- Traditional chorten and Gumbas

Accomodations

Kathmandu
– Hotel Marshyangdi/similar standard

Trekking
- camping

Pokhara
– Meera Hotel/similar Standards

Itinerary - Upper Mustang Treks
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Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]
(Dinner)

Arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) Sports tours and travel representative display board at the arrival gate your name and transferred to Hotel Marshangdi or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program and overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast we start Sightseeing tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple - Swayambhunath. Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon back to hotel and prepare for trekking. And overnight at hotel. B B plan.)

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive
(Breakfast)

Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. From Pokhara we can see view of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours.

Overnight in Pokhara. (B)

Day 4
Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000m such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Kagbeni it is very beautiful village. Over night at lodge.

Day 5
Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk 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 with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang 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 on to small ridges reach at Chele village.

Day 6
Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast we start ourTrek. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.

Day 7
Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. 

Day 8
Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi 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 the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop.

Day 9
Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border overnight . 

Day 10
Sightseeing Lo-Mangthang
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast we 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 and main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and back to hotel.. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight

Day 11
Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

After breakfast we Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with 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.

Day 12
Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time.

Day 13
Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day 14
Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well.

Day 15
Fly back to Pokhara
(Breakfast)

After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

Day 16
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and over night at hotel
(Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
Day 17
Fly Home - Farewell Friend
(Breakfast)

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya Country Nepal.

Additional Remarks
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Trip Cost Includes
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Three nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Marshangdi or similar standard), two nights in 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
- Farewell dinner.
- All accommodation and meals during the trek.
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure taxes.
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport via Tourist bus.
- An experienced English-speaking trek trekking guide, assistant trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
- All necessary paper work and permits ( ACAP and Upper Mustang special trekking permit)


Trip Cost Does Not Include

- Nepal Visa .
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges.
- Airport tax.
- Extra night accommodation and food.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Extra trek tour.

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