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Upper Mustang Trekking - Nepal

Tour Duration: 17 days Upper Mustang Lo Mantang
Mustang trekking days: 09 days or 12 days
Trek Grade: Moderate
Max altitude: 4090m (or 4210m on longer itinerary)
Trekking style: Full board  Tehouse lodge Trek
Best Seasons: March – November
Minimum group size: 2 pax

The Upper Mustang trekking is popularly known as Mustang trek, a interesting tour to unspoiled Tibetan villages on the other side of Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet. The main places of interest of Mustang trekking are ancient Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, the interesting culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert.

Lo- Manthang is capital of the medieval settlement of Upper Mustang lies in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Untill1992 foreigners were not allowed to enter Upper Mustang and keep an appearance of a remote, strange and unusual land; this is the unique charms of the Mustang trek. Geographically the land is an extension of the Tibetan plateau, characterized by windy and arid valleys, eroded canyons and unique stratified rock formations. People in Upper Mustang are of Tibetan origin, migrated from Tibet centuries ago, and belong to Bhotias and Loba communities and practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This is perhaps only the place to see Tibetan culture in completely undisturbed state the houses and monasteries have medieval look and unique local architecture. Mostly those are built with stone and sun baked mud bricks. Here mostly grow potatoes, barley and buck wheat and about 2’600 sq km in area and 6’500 population. Tiji festival is being the greatest religious and nature festival of their. This small medieval kingdom in the vast desert is ruled by a local king. A walled complex with the houses of local nobilities and monasteries will be one of the main attractions of your Mustang trek.

Recently in 2007, an international team of explorers have discovered invaluable objects. In high caves requiring technical climbing they have discovered beautiful Buddhist murals, and historical objects, dating back to about 800years 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.

This program start from Pokhara to Jomsom 25 minutes short flight and hiking along the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest in the world , heading to medieval village of Kagbeni. The trail north of Kagbeni leads to the Mustang trek. Depending on our itinerary, for the next 09 – 12 days we trek through the ancient villages of Samar, Charang and Geling before we reach the capital Lo- Manthang at 3750m. Besides Lo Manthang, there are places of great interest including the Namgyal Gompa (which also serves as a local court) and the village of Tingkar, Garfuk and Nifuk. You still find people dwelling in the caves in these villages and some caves have amazing stupas and Buddhist murals. Upper Mustang trekking is cultural and rare adventure tour. This is a fully supported camping trek, have to sleep in the tents and eat the meals prepared by our camp staff cook. The average walking distance is about 6 hour per day and you have carried just your light day pack during the trek.

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Mustang Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transferred to hotel by private transport. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02: After breakfast proceed sightseeing tour Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar square and Swoyambhunath Stupa.

Day 03: After breakfast Fly or drive to Pokhara accompanied by your trekking guide after hotel check in go to visit Fewa Lake and surrounding areas.

Day 04: Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. (2800m)

The flight offers excellent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. In Jomsom you will meet the trekking staff and start hiking for few hours and stop at Kagbeni (2800m). Kagbeni is a traditional town with medieval interesting alleys previously Tibet trade route.Upper Mustang trekking starts from this point and your trekking permit days are counted once you enter the check point here in Kagbeni. O/n at tented camp.

Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele(3050m).

After breakfast start the trek from Kagbeni to Chele have to passes some beautiful village of Tangbe, that offers traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheats and apple orchards.with views of Nilgiri mountain and on the route several ridges we cross a stream after Chhusang village, leave the Kaligandaki valley behind and go up further to the village of Chele. From Chele see the typical Tibetan settlements of Upper Mustang. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Chele trek to Geling (3520 m).
After breakfast this day the first part of the trek is steep trails arid desert like land.There see several eroded canyons, and interesting chortens along the trail.When reach the substantial height, have to descend down through pleasant trails to the ancient village of Samar and again have to go up a ridge of 3800 m ,and pass through some gorges and valleys to reach the Geling village. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Geling trek to Charang (3580m)
This day trail is lovely and the walk is easier . The trail go up gently from Geling to an interesting pass and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge at Tangmar river reach a Mani Wall. Climbing over another pass at 3600 m, the route makes a long gentle descent to village of Charang .Overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Charang trek to Lo Manthang (3780 m).

From Charang there is some ridges behind and cross small streams before reach a pass where from there can be view of the walled city of Lo Manthang and descending down and crossing another stream ,go up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Exploration day around Lo- Manthang.

There inside the walled settlement of Lo Manthang houses of local nobilities and important Gompas and monasteries.When complete visit the Lo Manthang then hike or take a horse ride to the famous Nagyal Gompa about two and half hour walk, one way. Namgyal Gompa is situated on a hilltop, and serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Ghami(3460 m)
This day descend down from Lo Manthang and reach to the Ghami village for camp. This village is farm land with barley fields and white washed houses. Overnight in tented camp.

Day 11: Ghami trek to Samar(3450 m)
Day 12: Samar trek to Kagbeni

Day 13: Kagbeni to Muktinath(3800m)
This day the trail goes through the ancient village of Jharkot there is also Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical centerand the old fortress of Jharkot.We reach the important Hindu shrine Muktinath and worship both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.Overnight in tented camp.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom(2800m).
This day can celebrate last day of trekking with your trekking crew.

Day 15: Early morning flight to Pokhara and free time overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
, leisure time for shopping and rest. Farewell Nepali dinner with cultural program.

Day 17: International departure

Note: The above itinerary is a standard itinerary with no spare days. It is often wiser to put aside one extra day in case bad weather delays your flight to or from Jomsom air strip. The above is simply a standard itinerary of what we provide. All our treks can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

Special requirements for Mustang trekking

Participants are supposed to agree to follow certain guidelines to ensure that the unique sights, culture and beauty of the land be preserved and respected. Also it requires a special trekking permit from the government of Nepal (which we will arrange for you) to visit this special preserved land. The permit fee is US $ 500 per person for a period of 10 days or US $ 650 for thirteen days itinerary. Counting starts from Kagbeni once you enter restricted area. For any extra days in restricted area you have to pay US $70 per day.

Tour cost: USD 2095.00(two pax basis)

Included in the price

  • All surface transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Domestic airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.
  • Two star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara in twin sharing, bed and breakfast basis
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. We provide two men tents, dinning tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs and toilet tents.
  • Trekking crew and their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit.
  • Full board meal with tea, coffee for the clients in trek days, prepared by our camp cook
  • Trekking permit worth USD 500(for ten day permit) or USD 650(for 13 day Permit, longer itinerary) per person and Annapurna conservation fees (approx USD 32)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show

 

Not included in the price

  •  Single suppliment charges (if required.)
  •  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •  Nepal entry visa fee($30)(given for 60 days upon arrival, requires 2 photos)
  •  Domestic airport tax of USD 3.
  •  Personal equipments and clothing
  •  International airfare and  your insurances
  •  Cold drinks and beverages
  •  Personal expenses and  tips to the crew
  •  Any other expenses than mentioned above as included

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