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The Restricted area of Upper Mustang - 17 Days

Upper Mustang features of the isolated and imposing landscape are equally assisted by the cultural beauties as monasteries, chorines, mani walls and the whitewashed houses throughout the trail. The frequent up and down trail, the red sandy cliffs, view of Dhaulagiri and Nigiri Mountain ranges are very heartwarming. The windswept valleys and narrow gorges make the trek pretty challenging, but a moderately fit person can do this trek. Crossing over some of the passes, you reach to the stone walled town of Lo-Manthang, which is a remarkable and ultimate destination. This is a blessed destination for the cultural exploration throughout the surroundings.

Upper Mustang trek is a rare and privileged opportunity, you can experience the true life of the real mountain people of Nepal. In many ways, trekking into the Upper Mustang Area is similar to trekking in to Tibet, which geographically is a part of it.

Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830’s. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Manthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom its full of culture and religious heritage. The early history of Lo Manthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Manthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Upon you arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting.

Day 2
Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:30 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by Tourist Bus – 7 Hours

Your guide will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7.30 am to Pokhara. The bus ride will reach you to Pokhara after 7 continuous hours.

Day 4
Morning Flight to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m) – 4.5 Hours

Early morning you will be flying northwest from Pokhara towards the great portal between the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8,000 m and the deepest gorge on this planet.

On arrival to Jomsom, you will meet rest of the trekking staff. From Kathmandu, you will have a guide with you. You start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang and the trek will take you around 4 and half hours to reach Kagbeni.

Day 5
Trek to Chaile (3,050 m) – 6 Hours

The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way with different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chusang village in about 1/2 hour, then we trek and cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of the conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. The trek will take you 6 hours in total to reach here. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

Day 6
Trek to Geling (3,500 m) – 7 Hours

The climb continues along steep, treeless, water less terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge and with further descent comes a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge, where the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3,800 m. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3,770 m and descend to Geling Village. It will take around 7 hours to reach this village.

Day 7
Trek to Charang (3,620 m) – 7 Hours

From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass Nyi La and descends below the blue, grey and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to Mani Wall, perhaps the longest and most spectacular Mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3,600 m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit, and observe collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s. After 7 hours of walking, you finally reach Charang.

Day 8
Trek to Ghar Gumba (3,920 m) – 2½ Hours. Trek Lo Manthang (3,810 m) – 4 Hours

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. Few meters ahead lies the 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. To reach here it takes approximately 2 and a half hours from Charang. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. After visiting Ghar gompa and spending an hour to roam around, the trek continues to Lo Manthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, cross the stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. The total duration to reach Lo Manthang would be around 4 hours from Ghar Gumba.

Day 9
Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar

It takes around 2 hours to reach Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lo Manthang.

Day 10
Trek to Yara (3,650 m) – 7 Hours

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4,100 m and descends down to Dhi village within 5 hours of the trek. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more prosperous and settled in a very suitable place. We then cross a river to follow a path along the left bank of a river side to Yara village at (3,650m).

Day 11
Trek to Tange (3,370 m) – 7 Hours

From Yara, the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes. There is no bridge on the river so you need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs high above a pass of 3,850 m. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass, the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3,370 m. Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops, one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. The duration of the trek for this day would be around 7 hours.

Day 12
Trek to Tetang / Chusang (3,022 m) – 9 Hours

The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they must have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of Chusang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. It will take around 9 hours to reach Chusang.

Day 13
Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) - 5 Hours. Drive to Jomsom (2,715 m) – 1 Hour

This is the last day of the trek. We follow our trail through the village after passing the scenic Mani walls. We walk past the plateau, and ascend until we reach a small pass from where we can see high mountains and picturesque view of the holy Muktinath temple. We follow the trail taking us to Muktinath temple passing the Kani/gate. We explore the temple, and rest for sometime. From Muktinath we take a local jeep and drive back to Jomsom. The drive will be of around an hour.

Day 14
Morning Flight to Pokhara and Sightseeing around Pokhara

Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to a hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Davis waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave.

Day 15
Leisure Day in Pokhara

It’s also a spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom.

Day 16
Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight, you may opt for them.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day 17
Transfer to International Airport for your Final Departure

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

General

  • - 4 seasons Sleeping bag (we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  • - Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase.
  • - Daypack
  • - Down Jacket (we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
  • Upper Body

  • - Shade hat or baseball cap, some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • - Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • - Balaclava, lightweight, thinner variety.
  • - Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the h3er rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • - Headlamp, Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • - Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.
  • - A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it.
  • Hand

  • - 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • - 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • - 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Core Body

  • - T-shirts (2).
  • - Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • - Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket.
  • - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • - 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  • Lower Body – Legs

  • - 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • - Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • - 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • - 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • - 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • - 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom, this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • - 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  • - All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
  • Feet

  • - 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • - 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • - 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • - 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • - 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • - 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary.
  • - 1 pair sandals.
  • Medicines and First Aid Kits
    Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.

  • - Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • - Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • - Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • - Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • - 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
  • Miscellaneous

  • - Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • - Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • - Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • - Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • - Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • - Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • - Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • - Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • - 2 bandanas.
  • Optional

  • - 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill.
  • - Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds.
  • - Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
  • - Binoculars.
  • - 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
  • - Hydration bladder with the drinking tube and tube insulator.
  • - A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for the women, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip.
  • - 1 small stainless steel thermos.
  • Inclusion

    • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
    • Double or twin-sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
    • All your standard meals (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) during the trek.
    • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (10 nights only).
    • Licensed English speaking guide.
    • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two clients).
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
    • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 90 per day / per person).
    • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits.
    • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Tourist Bus Transfer from Ktm-Pokhara-Ktm).
    • Surface transfer from Muktinath to Jomsom in a local Jeep (jeep will be on sharing basis).
    • Airfare for Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara including airport departure tax.
    • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

    Exclusion

    • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
    • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
    • Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).
    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

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