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Upper Mustang trek - 17 days

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Introduction 

Mustang, refers to the arid Tibet like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki, lying beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Mustang is the land of barley fields, pastures for grazing herds. Our trek offers you a special opportunity to explore this incredible topography with an almost treeless barren landscape and countryside similar to the Tibetan plateau, which is rich in ancient tradition and mythology. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions, the southern region with five villages inhabited by people related to the Manangis and the northern region (the ancient region of Lo) where the language, culture and traditions are almost purely Tibetan. 

In lower Mustang the hills tend to be great, red fluted cliffs accompanied by the beautiful valley of Kali Gandaki River, that flows all the way from Tibet and a spectacular panorama of the massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range rising behind. While upper Mustang offers an endless expanse of yellow and Grey rolling hills, denudation by the wind, which is prevalent in this region, the views that you will catch here is simply breathtaking and astonishing. Crossing the lonely landscape with several passes (the highest being the Nyi La at 3990m), villages appear in the distance as tiny green oases nestled within the valley's only grove of trees or looming as fortresses preached on rocky crags, leads us to the spectacular walled town of Lo-Mangthang. Visually extraordinary place, a home of the Mustang Raja (King) and full of beautiful temples and Monasteries. Overall, Mustang involves a wilderness of huge proportions and offers a truly exceptional experience. 

Mustang was closed for some time because of a guerrilla war that was waged along the border of Tibet and because of the ecological sensitivity of the region and also to protect the ancient culture and tradition. Re-opened only since 1992. The region is a restricted area and there are certain formalities required by the Government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit.

Journey 

The long forbidden region of upper Mustang is now open for trekking. After an exciting flight through the Kali Gandaki, we land in Jomsom and begin trekking north towards the kingdom of Mustang. Hiking past the villages with multi- storied houses, monasteries and crumbling castles, we reach Lho- Monthang, the walled capital of this Kingdom. Mustang trek can also be done during the summer months when the people are most active in the fields, villages and monasteries.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Muktinath temple
  • Peoples and Cultures of the area
  • Mustang King’s Palace
  • Monasteries and crumbling castles
  • Lo-manthang village multi- storied houses

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel &trek briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Tours, necessary preparation & packing

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Fly to Pokhara and explore the area

After morning tea, we will drive towards Tribhuvan Airport, domestic terminal for Kathmandu to Pokhara flight. Pokhara is the centre of Western Development Region and Gateway to Annapurna Region. In 20 minutes of scenic flight, we will enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna Mountain, Ganesh Mountain, Nilgiri Mountain, Manaslu Mountain and other mountains. Once we reach Pokhara Airport, we will be transferred to the hotel. After refreshment, we will visit Phewa Lake. Boating is available upon your own expenses. We will visit the Bazaar area and return to hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 4

Fly to Jomsom (2,720m) trek to Kabgeni (2,810m), 3 hours

We will catch early morning flight from Pokhara Airport and fly parallel to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains for about 20 minutes to reach small airstrip at Jomsom. Jomsom is a windy town. Once our crew members are ready with luggage, we will begin Upper Mustang trek. We will follow the scenic path along the edge of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni. Sorrounded with mountains, Kagbeni is the best place to end the trek on this day. 

Day 5

Trek to Chele (3,050m), 6 hours

Heading from the eastern edge of Kali Gandaki River, we will climb the ridge and then lower down to Tangbe village. Walking past the narrow alleyways and farms, we willenjoy the close-up view of looming Nilgiri Mountain. Moving out of small Tangbe village, we will make it to Chhusang village. We will crossthe river and then continue to climb north. We will leave Kali Gandaki valley and climbuphill to Chele(3030m). Culture from Chele onwards is different than culture found in villages at lower region. Stay overnight at Chele.

Day 6

Trek to Geling (3,570m), 7 hours

After early morning breakfast, we will follow the ascending path through steep and barren slope with no sign of vegetation. Walking through the canyon, we will reach to the pass at 3540m. Enjoying the spectacular views of surrounding mountains from the pass, we will make gradual descend to chortens. We will continue to follow the descending trail to small Samar village from where we can enjoy the view of Annapurna and Nilgiri mountains. We will make sharp ascend from Samar to Geling where we will stay overnight.

Day 7

Trek to Tsarang/ Charang (3,560m), 6 hours

Leaving Geling early in the morning, we will follow the ascending path to Nyi La Pass. After brief rest, we will make gradual descend along cliffs across the valley. We will arrive at the bridge existing aboveTangmar Chu River. Climbing uphill from Tangmar Chu River, we will pass through long mani walls to the Pass located at 3600m altitude. We will lower down from the pass to Charangwhere we can visit old five–storey white Dzong. Red gompais another attraction in Charang. Stay overnight at Charang. 

Day 8

Trek to Lo Manthang (3,809m), 5 hours the capital of Mustang

After an early morning tea, we will leave Charang and make gradual descend to Charang–Chu River. The path from Charang Chu River rises up through steep section to the top of ridge at 3850m from where we will get the first view of fortified Lomanthang city. We will lower down from the ridge and cross small river to reach Lo Manthang. Stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 9

Explore the area, Lo Manthang

This is an acclimatization day. We will explore around Lomanthang which is the ultimate destination of Upper Mustang Trek. Lo Manthang is the capital City of Mustang. There are several interesting places around Lomanthang that we can visit on this day. Tingkhar is one of such attractions. Tingkhar is the last village of Mustang. Similarly, monasteries likeNamgyalGompa, ThugchenGompa and ChyodiGompa are other attractions. We can also visit ancient Lo Manthang Palace which is the residence of local king. Stay overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 10

Trek to Lo Dhakmar (3,825m), 6 hours via GharGumba

We will begin our return trip back to Jomsom on this day. We will follow the different path than we had taken to arrive at Lomanthang. We will head south-west from Charangand walk past fields before choosing the escalating path to the top of ridge. Climbing up from the valley, we will cross Chogo La Pass from where we will descend to the grass plain. Lowering down further, we will reach to the bridge over CharangRiver. We will cross the river to reach Gyakar village where we will visit 1200 years old GharGompa. The trail escalates uphill through alpine meadows and then lower down to Lo Dhaknmar where we will stay overnight. 

Day 11

Trek to Syangbochen (3,800m), 5 hours

After an early morning tea, we will move along stone walls and fields of Dramkar village. We will lower down from Dramkar to the river. Crossing the river, we will climb up toa ridge at 3710m. Sharp descend from the ridge will take us to river from where we will climb to the upper part of Ghemi. Moving further from Ghemi, we will through small settlements at Jaite and ChhungKa to reach Tama Gaon. The trail stretches uphill from Tamagaon to Chorten. The path meets with path from Geling belowSyangbochen La. Crossing Syangbochen La Pass, we will lower down to Syangbochen where we will stay overnight.

Day 12

Trek to Chusang (2980m), 5 hours

A moderately strenuous walk of about 7 hours will take us to Chusang from Shyangbochen. Leaving Syangbochen, we will walk past dispersed settlements of Yamdo and Bena to Samar village. From Samar, the trail drops down passing through village at Chele to Kali Gandaki River. We will follow the Kali Gandali River to Chusang where we will stay overnight.

Day 13

Trek to Muktinath (3,760m), 6 hours, Ultimate destinations of Hindu pilgrimage

Leaving Chusang early in the morning, we will follow the gradually rising trail towards ridge. After series of ups and downs, we will reach Muktinath temple. This is the holy temple that is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath means the Lord of Salvation. Visit Muktinath temple to see 108 water sprouts. There is also a Jwala Mai temple where fire lights up eternally.We will also visit the Vishnu temple. Stay overnight at Muktinath. 

Day 14

Trek to Jomsom, explore around the area, 5 hours

From Muktinath, we will follow the descending path through dry land with no vegetation. We will reach to the bank of Kaligandaki River. Following the river, we will reach Kagbeni. We will pass through Kagbeni to ekle Bhatti village before moving further along Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Explore Jomsom Bazaar. Stay overnight at Jomsom.   

Day 15

Fly KTM via Pokhara

We will drive to Pokhara Airport in the afternoon. Scenic flight from Pokhara will take us to Kathmandu. Take rest. Write a journal and arrange your photo albums. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 16

Free day, shopping

This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. Pashmina Shawls, Khukuri (Gurkha Knife) and handmade products are popular gift items. You can also visit Basantapur Durbar Square in the evening. 

Day 17

Int’l Departure foronward flight to home

We will transfer you to the Airport as per your scheduled flight for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.

COST INCLUDES

  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 5 (five) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • All internal flights (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu with airport taxes
  • Trek duffle bag/luggage weight, maximum of 15kg per trekker
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek group First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Bottle water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local Staff

Fitness
This kind of trek doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences. It doesn’t require any technical experience, only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike 4 – 6 hours over hilly terrain up to 4,300m of altitude with a light day pack.
 
Experience
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you about trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.     

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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/UMT-17
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 10 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 nights
Trek Type : Camping/Tea House
Maximum Elevation : 3,825M.
Average hours of walking per day : 4 - 6 hours
Destination: : Nepal

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