Upper Mustang Trekking

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To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who have been cut off from the rest of Nepal for years and even until recent times had an officially recognized king. In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.
Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today, access is still highly restricted. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north from Kagbeni, trekkers need a special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed Environmental Officer. The expenses of the Environmental Officer must be borne by the group and trekkers are required to arrange their trek through a government recognized trekking agency in order to receive the permits.

Highlights of Upper Mustang:-

  1. Historic Monasteries of the area, where travelers enjoy religious peacefulness.

  2. The landscapes ruled through barren valleys, colorful mountains having thrilling myths and significant Himalayas to the north.

  3. The stays of historical Lo nation at upper Mustang and western and valleys, which lie in near proximity of Lomanthang.

  4. The outstanding tradition of human beings of Lo, which they had been working towards for hundreds of years.

Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country that are suitable for trekking during the monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall. The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.

There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang. These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters.
The Mustang Trek requires a minimum of 9 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. This allows the trek to be completed within the ten-day period that the permit allows. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls. The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages. In Mustang, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert albeit mountainous, with the settlements reminiscent of oases.

Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to catch the sights and sound of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hired if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route while entering or, as an alternative route, the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki may be followed

Day 1 Great and Greet at the Kathmandu airport.

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters) pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. Welcome dinner.

Day 2 Kathmandu

Preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel. If time permits we will do half day tour. Trekking permits making day. Over night at Pokhara.

Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus. Trekking staff 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Pokhara to Jomsom- Kagbeni.

Early in the Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters). Overnight at teahouse.

Day 5 Kagbeni to Chele.

Trek to Chele (3050 meter.) Overnight at teahouse or Tented Camp.

Day 6 Chele to Syanbochen

From Chele, we will walk towards the Taklam la at the altitude of 3640m and to the village of samara. We will continue our journey following the main trail to reach at the Syanbochen at the altitude of 3475m above sea level. We need to walk through the main trail for about 5 to 6 hours.

Day 7 Syanbochen to Tsarang

From Syanbochen, we will walk toward the beautiful region of Ghami. We have to cross the Nyila pass at the altitude of 4020m viewing the monastery and few lodges of there. The overnight will be fantastic at Ghami at the altitude of 3520m after the trekking of 5 to 6 hours.

Day 8 Tsarang to Lo manthang

We will trek towards the Lo manthang from the Tsarang which will provide us great view of the surrounding. We can get the magnificent view of the Nilgiri Tilicho Annapurna I and other beautiful peaks of the region during our trek. Walking for about 3 to 4 hours will lead us to the beautiful region of Lo manthang. The night will be spectacular at the Lo manthang at the altitude of 3840m.

Day 9 Lo manthang: Day around

Another day hiking: visit around Monastery: Over night at Lo manthang

Day 10 Lo manthang to Ghar Gompa- Dhakmar.

Lo manthang to Ghar Gompa- Dhakmar. Over night Dhakmar(3820m)
From Lo manthang, we will walk towards the Ghar Gompa viewing the great scene of the surrounding. The journey through the beautiful trail will be worth remembering. We need to walk for about 4 to 5 hours through the main trail to reach at the beautiful region of Ghar Gompa. Ghar Gompa is at the altitude of 3920m above sea level. The night will be better at one of the lodges.

Day 11 Dhakmar to Syngboche.

Dhakmar to Syngboche.
We will retrace our journey back to gelling following the same path. We will make our journey through the beautiful village of Ghami which will continues until we will reach at the gelling at the altitude of 3570 after walking for about 5 to 6 hours through the main trail.

Day 12 Syngboche to Chhusang

Syngboche to Chhusang
From Gelling, we will walk towards the Chhusang. The trekking goes for about 5 to 6 hours through the main trail until we will reach at the Chhusang at the altitude of 2980m. The night will be splendidly beautiful at Chhusang enjoying with friends.

Day 13 Chhusang to Muktinath(3800m)

Chhusang to Muktinath(3800m) After breakfast slowly trek to Muktiinath. Over night at Muktiinath.

Day 14 Muktinath to Jomsom

Muktinath to Jomsom by Jeep, visit Marpha and back again to Jomsom. over night at Jomsom.

Day 15 Jomsom to Pokhara

From Jomsom, we will take the flight over to Pokhara the flight will takes about 20 minutes to reach at Pokhara. We can spend the whole day at Pokhara. Over night at Pokhara.

Day 16 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Pokhara to Kathmandu by drive or by flight( its optional). over night at Kathmandu.

Departure to your own destination.

Farewell
From Kathmandu, after having the early morning breakfast, we will move towards the airport to catch the flight to our respective destination. The arrangement of your departure will be arranged by the company's representative. Destination Unlimited Treks and Expeditions wish you all the best wishes for your further journey.

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Trip Includes

  •  All airport transfer by private a/c Car/van/bus
  •  Pokhara—Jomsom- Pokhara flights
  •  Kathmandu to Pokhara and back by tourist bus
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •  Basic Tea-house accommodation during the trekking
  •  Farewell Dinner/ Meals during the trek: basic food with Tea and Coffee
  •  Licensed English-speaking guide, Experience knows about Trekking
  •  First Aid Kit
  •  Porters
  •  All necessary documents and permits for Trekking Including Special Permits
  •  Sleeping bags and other necessary equipments
  •  Staff insurance, medication and equipment
  •  Trekking Certificate from Destination Unlimited
  •  All the taxes
  •  Rescue Arrangements

Trip Excludes

  •  International Flights
  •  personal Travel insurance
  •  Lunch and Dinner in City
  •  Extra meals and Drinks/Drinking waters
  •  Emergency Expenses
  •  Mountain Rescue Charges
  •  Tip for guide and porter
Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature here can range from extremely hot (37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May & Sept-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time, and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon (June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon.
You can get Visa through

– Nepalese embassy on your country or

– On arrival Visa in Tribhuwan International

Obviously a “YES”. There are gluts of refreshing activities like jungle safari, cultural tour, sight seeing etc. that could be an refreshing experience for children as well as adults. Moreover, trekking has been categorized as per difficulty level (easy, medium, hard) and distance (short, medium, long) that can be booked as per the age and ability of children.
Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature here can range from extremely hot (37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May & Sept-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time, and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon (June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon.
You can get Visa through

– Nepalese embassy on your country or

– On arrival Visa in Tribhuwan International

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