Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal (Local tour/trekking agency in Nepal)
Upper Mustang Trekking:
  • Total Duration:19 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy to Challenging
  • Max Elevation:4145 Mtr.
  • Best Time:March to November

“Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested…authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.”
                                                        The Dalai Lama
The Mustang trekking is also called the upper Mustang trekking, is an exotic tour to unspoiled Tibetan villages on the other side of Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet. The main highlights of Mustang trekking are antique Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, the exotic culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. The medieval settlement of Upper Mustang and its capital Lo Manthang lie in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.

Foreigners were not allowed to enter Upper Mustang until 1992. Upper Mustang is not much in contact with rest of Nepal, and keeps an aura of a remote, mysterious and unusual land, which is one of the unique charms of the Mustang trekking. Geographically the land is an extension of the Tibetan plateau, characterized by windy and dry valleys, eroded canyons and unique stratified rock formations .The people in Upper Mustang are of Tibetan origin, migrated from Tibet centuries ago, and belong to Bhotias and Loba communities. They practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Upper Mustang is perhaps the only place to see Tibetan culture in completely undisturbed state. The houses and monasteries in here have medieval look and unique local architecture. Mostly they are built with stone and sun baked mud bricks. People mostly grow potatoes, buck wheat and barley. It is a land covering about 2600 sq km in area and 6000 people.

All their festivals are religious in nature, the Tiji festival being the biggest. This small medieval kingdom in the vast desert is ruled by a local king .The capital called Lo Manthang, a walled complex with the houses of local nobilities and monasteries will be one of the main attractions of Mustang trekking. Recently in 2007, an international team of explorers have discovered invaluable objects of cultural and historical importance in Upper Mustang caves. In high caves requiring technical climbing they have discovered beautiful historical objects and Buddhist murals, dating back to, according to them around 800 years ago. The Mustang trekking will reward you with a rare visit to a place perfectly untouched by modernity, preserving its ancient Buddhist culture, traditions and invaluable art objects in high Himalayan desert. Those having longer holiday can extend their Mustang trekking beyond Lo Manthang and visit these caves and further explore the region visiting many of its ancient monasteries and cultural resources. A short 25 minute flight takes us from Pokhara to Jomsom. Hiking along the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest in the world; we head for medieval village of Kagbeni. The trail north of Kagbeni leads to the Mustang trekking .Depending on our itinerary. Kagbeni have a police check post where we will show the special permits for Mustang trekking as well as all the equipments for the trekking to Upper Mustang the long-forbidden region of Nepal.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu: (1338 meters).
Our representative from the company with your Name Placard will display outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu:
Half day guided tour of kathmandu UNESCO world Heritage sites including, Kathmandu Durbar Square, SwayambhuNath Stupa and Pashupati Nath Temple. In Evening the trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing for the trek.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara. (7 Hrs).
We drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway on Tourist sharing Bus. Pokhara is the lake city of the country and is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) (6997 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake, as the hotel is located near to the lake.

Day 04: Pokhara- Jomsom - Kagbeni. (2800 meters) 4 Hrs.
An early morning scenic flight to Jomsom (15 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Jomsom. Quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, we start our trek. The trek heads into the Kali Gandaki Valley, following the Kali Gandaki River. Most part of the trekking is on newly built secondary road. The trail closely follows the river for the whole day, staying on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Kagbeni, one of the big settlements of the region. The restricted area starts after the village of Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbeni - Chele. (3050 meters) 6 Hrs.
The trek continues on the road and moves further up in the valley with a good uphill climb and a brief drop near Tangbe Village. The medieval looking village also marks the trek’s entry into Upper Mustang region. Leaving the village, the trail continues to follow the river and passes through the village of Chhusang. The trek gets off the road and a brief steep ascent at the end of the day ends at Chele.

Day 06: Chele - Ghiling. (3800 meters) 8 Hrs.
A short climb starts the day and the trail gradually climbs through a narrow and deep gully. At the end of the gully, the trek gets back on to the road at Dajong La (3660 meters) and an easy walk leads through a small village of Samar. The trail once again leaves the road and drops into a small stream. After the stream, a steep uphill climb continues to the Bhena La (3830 meters) and once again meets the road. The trek continues on the road, passes through small teashops at Bhena, and continues to gradually ascend once again. The ascend ends at Syangbochen (3850 meters) and the views of the valleys of the whole region opens up at the Syangbochen . A steep drop to Syangbochen is followed with the trek getting back on the road. After a brief climb, the trail again starts to descend. The trail goes in and out of a gully and then reaches the village of Ghiling.

Day 07: Ghiling - Dhakmar. (3820 meters).7 Hrs.
An easy gradual climb slowly starts the day and rejoins the road at the bottom of the Nyi La. A zigzag climb leads to the top of Nyi La (4020 meters). Once again, fantastic views can be enjoyed from the top of the pass. Another descent lead to the Ghami village and the descent continues leaving the road to the bottom of the village. A steep climb followed by a brief downhill ends the day at Dhakmar.

Day 08: Dhakmar - Charang. (3600 meters) 7 Hrs.
A climb continues the trek and leads to the top of the Muila Bhanjyang (4170 meters) and a downhill leads to the Ghar Gomba, the oldest monastery of the region. The trail now gets of the regular trail and descends down to Marang and then onto the village of Charang.

Day 09: Charang - Lo-Manthang. (3720 meters) 5 Hrs.
A quick drop to the river is followed by a short climb. At the end of the climb, the trail gets back on the road and continues to be on the road for the most of the day. The trek gets off the road near Lo-Manthang and quickly undulates for a brief period and enters the capital of the Mustang, Lo-Manthang the walled city.

Day 10: Lo-Manthang.
The day can be used to explore the interesting nearby villages nearby Lo-Manthang. Chossar, Kimalang and Thinggar are the most important and significant villages among them. There are centuries old caves at Chossar and similarly old monasteries in the villages of Kimalang and Chossar. The day could also be used to take a jeep ride to the Tibet border that boasts stunning views of the valleys of Mustang.

Day 11: Lo-Manthang.
The second day is there to explore the other smaller villages near Lo-Manthang. Also, Lo-Manthang boasts several old and important monasteries that can be visited on the day. There are also ruined forts nearby the village.

Day 12: Lo-Manthang - Yara. (3510 meters) 6 Hrs.
In the morning, the trek continues on the same route taken few days ago. The trail leaves the road and starts to head into the less travelled valleys towards Yara. A gradual drop leads to the Kali Gandaki River and then undulates by the bank of the river to the village of Dhi. After crossing the river, the trek now enters another narrow valley following Puyung Khola and reaches Yara.

Day 13: Yara - Luri Gomba - Yara.
Following the river in the valley, and then a good climb leads the trail through another old village of Ghara and leads to Luri Gomba. This monastery is also one of the most sacred of the region by the locals. After spending some time in the monastery, we head back to Yara via same route.

Day 14: Yara - Tangge. (3240 meters) 6 Hrs.
The trek starts to move down with Kali Gandaki River and crosses the river and other smaller tributaries on the day more than couple of times. After a while, the trail now slowly starts to go uphill after crossing one of the tributaries. The climb slowly turns into leveled terrain and then starts to drop towards Tangge.

Day 15: Tangge - Tetang. (3040 meters) 10 Hrs.
The trek again gets back on the ascending mode and continues to climb for the whole morning. The climb slowly turns into an easier walk crosses couple of ridges and then starts to go down gradually in the morning. Towards the end of the day, the descents gets steeper and ends at Tetang.

Day 16: Tetang - Muktinath. (3700 meters) 7 Hrs.
The trek again continues to ascend to Gyu La (4077 meters). The top of Gyu La offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The trail drops to the village of Chyanggur and gradually continues to go downhill to Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most sacred sites to the Hindu people and attracts thousands of people each year.

Day 17: Muktinath - Jomsom. (2720 meters) 5 Hrs.
The trek again gets back on the road and slowly continues to go downhill. The road keeps losing height and meets the previously trekked route at Ekle Bhatti. Another easy walk finally ends the trek at Jomsom.

Day 18: Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu .
An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by another flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital.

Day 19: Departure.
A representative from our company will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before three hours from your flight schedule.

 

Cost Includes:

  • Transfer by Private vehicle on arrival and departure.
  • Tourist Standard Hotels.
  • Tourist Bus service Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Highly experienced Nepalese local trekking guide.
  • One porter for each 2 clients.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trekking.
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner single course during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance and trekking equipment for the guide and porters.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • farewell dinners.
  • All the government and local tax with paper work.

Cost Excludes:

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater and phone calls etc.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Travel insurance & Rescue operation.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Food and extra nights in a hotel in Nepal (due to an early return from a trek, or an extended stay in Nepal)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional trips or tours in Nepal.
  • International & Domestic flight Airfare.
  • Trekking Permits & Fees.
  • Single Supplement.
  • Service other then mentioned above.

Trip Dates and Costs

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Useful Info

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Nepal
Department of Immigration Nepal
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents(NATTA)
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
Nepal Tourism Board
Village Tourism Promotion Forum-Nepal
Kathmandu Environmental Education Project Nepal
Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal
National Trust for Nature Conservation Nepal
Department of national Park in Nepal
Trip Advisor
Travel Insurance
Online Application form for Nepal Tourist visa
http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa 

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