Upper Mustang Trek

“An adventure on ancient Trans-Himalayan caravan and salt trade route of Nepal / Tibet”

Trip Highlights:
Grand journey on Nepal’s Far North West Himalaya around high country of Upper Mustang exceptional views of western Himalaya with massive Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains exploring medieval period villages of Mustang with strong Tibetan Buddhist cultures World’s high and largest landscapes within extension of Tibetan plateau amazing terrain of eroded red canyons and high cliffs dotted with religious caves”

 

Introduction:

An ever interesting and mystical journey towards Nepal Far North West to Upper Mustang Trek an awesome adventure on top of world highest and largest terrain which is actually an extension of vast and dry Tibetan plateau offering incredible scenery of red cliffs, eroded hills and canyon in the backdrop of high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal.

Upper Mustang Trek listed as prohibited region due to its remoteness and close border with Tibet / China, located on an old Trans-Himalayan Salt and Caravan Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet, as the trade still exists today. Upper Mustang Trek as restricted area, where Nepal Government allows visitors with special fees and permits to travel within once forbidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang regarded as walled city of great fort where Raja (king) of Mustang resides.

Upper Mustang Trek starts with a short scenic flight from picturesque and touristic spot Pokhara a place of great natural beauty where Annapurna Himalaya reflects on its pristine lakes of Phewa and Begnas. During 20 minutes flight where you can view beautiful mountain range all the way to Jomsom a headquarter town of Mustang district, where our adventure to Upper Mustang begins following Kali-Gandaki River valley on old Trans-Himalayan Caravan route all the way to once forbidden country of Lo-Manthang.

Walk leads past interesting villages of Chele-Geling and Tsarang adorned with prayer walls and wheels includes views of snowcapped peaks during the trek and after few days of interesting walk reaching our destination at Lo-Manthang and its walled city / village.

After a memorable and impressive time around Lo-Manthang, visiting its interesting old monasteries, our return journey leads back to Jomsom for a short sweeping flight back to Pokhara, where this Upper Mustang Trek completes with an overland drive to Kathmandu.

Trip Profile:

Mode of Trekking:                  On hotels & Lodges basis
Trekking Grade:                      Moderate with high up-hills and downhill walks.
Highest elevation:                   3,950 m at Lo La pass and 3,810 m at Dhakmar.
Trekking:                                 11 nights and 12 days (Pokhara / Pokhara)
Total Trip:                               12 nights and 13 days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season:                                    All year except July to Mid September (monsoon)
March to May flowering seasons

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
Day 04:  Morning 20 mins flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and walk to Kagbeni – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Tshele 3,050 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07:  Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: In Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and exploring local culture.
Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 05 hrs.
Day 14:   Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara 860m – 22 mins and transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: International departure homeward bound.

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu International Airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome then a short drive to your hotel in the main areas of Kathmandu city, here joining with other members of Upper Mustang trekking, our guide will brief with full information about the trek - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, include welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with folk programs.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
As per the given time for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, after breakfast our city and tour guide will pick you with short interesting drive for an impressive and exciting tour, Kathmandu although a metropolitan city retaining its ancient culture and traditions, where most of the World Heritage Sites are located for your interest, includes medieval period custom and culture as it was for hundreds of centuries, Kathmandu valley a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism in perfect harmony, after an interesting tour afternoon free preparation for Upper Mustang trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 820m (220km) - 06hrs.
Upper Mustang trek starts with an exciting overland drive on busy highway to reach scenic Pokhara, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the hotels are located. 
(For interested people can take a short scenic flight to Pokhara of 30 minutes)

Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.

With a pleasant stop at Pokhara, early morning drive to Pokhara airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom, on flight views of beautiful mountains and then landing at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River.

Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley around windswept country.

Afternoon can be very windy, after hours of pleasant walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s reaching our overnight stop at Kagbeni village.

A nice Tibetan style village situated on starting and ending point of Upper Mustang area and towards forbidden areas of Lo Manthang, on ancient Himalayan Caravan trade route to Tibet.

Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads on uphill trail into canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kailgandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails.

This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.

Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

From Chele (spelled as Tsele also), morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area.
After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

From here on down-hill to overnight stop at Geling village via Syangboche village.

Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

Morning visit old Geling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village.

After few hours of pleasant walk reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buckwheat for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.

Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the wall city (actually a large village) guarding this city / village surrounded by high wall.

At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village.

From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks.

Walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on nice trail to reach at Lo Manthang for two nights stop.

Day 09: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within great high wall, visit historical and cultural centre the main attraction of Lo-Manthang.

The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall.
Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit interior of the old palace and to grant audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.

Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.

After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Marang village, and then walk west using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.

Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.

From Dhakmar village, morning walk heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit Geling monastery.

Day 12: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.

Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages.

Walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Tsusang village.

Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk back on same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.

Today final day walk of this marvelous and enjoyable trip, morning walk starts on the same route to Jomsom town, after retracing Kaligandaki river valley trail to reach in Jomsom and overnight in a nice fine lodge.

Jomsom area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples and products cider, brandy and juice. Celebrate last night dinner with staff and among other teams.

 Day 15: From Jomsom morning fly to Pokhara.
Our last day of this amazing journey around Mustang concludes with short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara a lovely touristic city, overnight in Pokhara a scenic spot with many nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake, where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm waters.
(Driving options which is about 6-7 hours via Beni town to Pokhara city from Jomsom)

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus transfer to hotel.
Enjoying time in lovely Pokhara with glorious views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time around Upper Mustang trekking,
in Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

(option by air 30 minutes of scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu)

Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.
Your last day in Nepal, amazing country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time leaving your hotel where our staff transfers you to airport, after a great memorable adventure with enjoyable time on Upper Mustang Trekking.

Cost Include :

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: Two night’s standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • During the trek three times meal (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
  • Special Upper mustang Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and ACAP Permit
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by tour guide,syambhu,Bouda,pashipatinath.
  • Kathmandu to pokhara by flight and Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and Jomsom to pokhara by flight and Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Four times tea or coffee
  • Necessary all equipment
  • During the trek fresh fruit.
  • Government register expert and knowledgeable trekking Guide
  • One porter for two guest to carry belongings  And Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Adventure Certificate of Nepal Everest Base Camp Treks.
  • Nepal Everest Base Camp Treks’s  down jacket and sleeping bags (if you needed)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Trekking map and poles
  • Welcome and farewell Dinner.

 

Cost Excluded:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower..
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Term and Condition:

Nepal High Trek Pvt. Ltd (NHT) is a well – known Government Register Trekking Agency in Nepal. We are trustworthy and fully committed to give you the best service. We accept your bookings under the following terms and conditions.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Absolutely! Our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. Outside of Terminal Hall, he will be displaying a play card of Nepal Everest Base Camp  Treks with your name on it.

Q. What type of accommodation do I expect while I am in Kathmandu & Mountain?

A. Excellent!! Our company will provide you five star category hotels in Kathmandu Radission Hotel and Del’ Annapurna or similar category with inclusive breakfast & best available accommodation duration the trekking as per your programs.

Q. What type of shape do I need to be for this trip?

A. This is suitable for average people who are good health & moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required however to get condition for this trip, some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on journey. Person who is suffering from pre-existing diseases must seek medical advice with your doctor before considering the any trekking in Nepal. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Q. What is the best time for Trek?

A. We recommend you anytime between 15th February to 15th June in spring & 15th September to 10th December in autumn and spring season is the best time for trek, however, rest of the months are okay and trekking can be done but not as much as nice comparing those season due to winter & raining respectably.But when you will be get leisure time that we can provide prime and suitable trip for you.

Q. Is the food/water safe to drink during the trek?

A. During in mountain, your expert guide will advise you on what you should and shouldn’t eat and drink. The food at the places you will be staying is all safe to eat. Water you can buy bottled or bring along purification tablets. Every lodges/guest house also serve both boiled and filtered water on cheaper price for you to treat accordingly.

Q. I am alone ! Can I join in group?

A. Excellent! If you are not interesting travel alone, we do have several joining trip on every different route, please choose your suitable departure date.

Q. Do you offer Tailor-made Trip?

A. Yes, we do offer tailor-made trip, if our set itinerary is does not perfect for your holidays in any case, please kindly drop a Message.

Q. Can I charge camera batteries along the trek? and how much?

A. Yes, Most of the guest houses you can recharge your camera batteries along the trek approximately cost you USD 2-3 per hour.

Q. What is the weather & temperature like in mountain?

A. Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. There will be snow during the month of December and February. It is important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 21 deg C to -10 deg C low.

Q. How long have you been in business?

A. We have been serving in this field for over a decade and are trustworthy and government registered trekking agency.
Q. How much should I plan on spending for each meal not included in Kathmandu?

A. In Kathmandu, you can allocate US$ 15 – 20 per meal.

Q. Do you offer a luggage storage facility?

A. of-course ! Nepal High Trek will provide you luggage storage service and as well as every hotel in Kathmandu they have safe luggage storage service on free of cost.

Q. Do I need travel insurance?

A. It is compulsory !! Nepal High  Trek Pvt. Ltd. cannot be held responsible or liable for loss, damage, or theft of personal luggage and belongings, nor can they be held liable for personal injury, accident or illness. Please ensure that you have yourself and your belongings adequately insured before your departure. If you do not possess a policy, we can issue insurance at competitive rates, however it would be better to purchase your policy locally as this will cover you for repatriation back to your home country.

Q. Can I extend my holiday?

1.There are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip, in following are are suggested.
3 nights pokhara , 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari
2 Days Trusuli river Rafting
2 night Dhulikhel Balthli village Hiking
Everest mountain View Flight
3 Days Nagarkot trek
2 Days home stay in bandipur
5 Days local Tawal cultural trek

Q. How can I book this trip?

A. When you confirmed your trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total amount in advance for arrangements such flight tickets, hotel booking and permit process and the balance you can make us upon your arrival in Kathmandu, for details information “Booking Trip”

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