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Upper Mustang Trek
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Destination: Upper Mustang Trek
Group Size: 2-14 pax
Arrival on: Kathmandu
Depature From: Kathmandu
Max-Altitude: 4100 m
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek.
Accomodations: 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek

Trip Indroduction

Upper Mustang Trek is always a good idea for your vacation in Nepal because it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. Upper Mustang Trek is done in the popular Mustang district of Nepal where the widely worshipped deity – Muktinath resides is located at the northern side of the Annapurna Himalayan range.  The area also known as Mustang Region is divided into Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang due to its completely different geographical features. The Upper Mustang is a desert-like, barren mountainous zone, also known as the “Mountain desert”, whereas the Lower Mustang consists of plain-fields along with greenery surrounding the valley. While trekking in other areas in Nepal, the lush deep forests, colorful flowers, green/blue tinted lakes and rivers amaze you, the blandness of Upper Mustang will alone take your breath away in this trek.

The Upper Mustang is a different world in itself.  One hundred and 25 feet above the ground, there are said to be more than 10,000 caves engraved in the mountains. People call them the ‘sky caves’ as they are not only high but very difficult to reach. Explorers suspect them to be burial chambers, yet the truth is shrouded in a mystery that could be unraveled only after more study of the place. The tradition of the people could also astonish you, as in a family, all the bothers marry a single girl. In another word, the practice of polyandry is still prevalent in their communities. The tradition and lifestyle are very similar to that of Tibetan people. This trip could be your alternative to experience the traditional Tibetan lifestyle. People of the Upper Mustang follow the hundreds of years old Bon tradition and practice shamanism. Besides the people and culture, the landscape is also extremely similar to that of Tibet. It is the reason the region is known as the “Mini Tibet of Nepal”. This way the Upper Mustang has been able to preserve its natural beauty as well as cultural significance very well.

The route to Upper Mustang Trekking was permitted to foreigners in 1992. The trek route is at its finest with all grand mountains, geographical diversities as well as the availability of various types of flora and fauna. The trek route is also estimated to be a part of the historical trade routes that ancient people used to trade across India, Tibet, and China.  The trek is one of few that provide you with delight of nature as well as bind you spiritually with the tradition of the people. Since the Upper Mustang is located in high altitude valleys, the trekking route gives ample opportunities to capture the Trans-Himalayan landscape.  The places are heavily decorated with centuries-old stupas, chortens, prayer walls and magnificent monasteries. It is also accessible during monsoon seasons as it is a rain-shadowed area and it gets very less amount of rain.

Himalayan Monk organizes trekking in Mustang Region which includes the packages like Upper Mustang Trek and Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Remember Himalayan Monk Travels & Treks for further information on booking, cost, days, itinerary and payments of Trekking Upper Mustang.

Included in the Cost

  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu hotel on B/B
  • 1 night in Pokhara hotel on B/B
  • Trek in full board in the lodge
  • English speaking guide
  • 1 Porter for 2 people, carrying baggage up to 13 kg/person during the) trek
  • National park fees (ACAP)
  • Upper Mustang special permit for 2 weeks
  • Flight from Pokhara-Jomsom and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Staffs insurance
  • Medical kit (carried by trek leader)

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 hrs)

Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2800m; 25min flight)

Day 5: Trek from Jomsom to Jharkot (3550m; 5-6 hrs)

Day 6: Trek from Jharkot to Chusang (3100m; 5-6 hrs)

Day 7: Trek from Chusang to Samar (3600m; 5hrs)

Day 8: Trek from Samar to Geling (3500m; 6 hrs)

Day 9: Trek from Geling to Dhakmar (3820m; 6 hrs)

Day 10: Trek from Dhakmar to Lo Manthang (3809m; 7-8 hrs)

Day 11: Visit Lo Manthang

Day 12: Lo Manthang to Yara (3640m; 5hrs)

Day 13: Visit Luri Gompa and Tashi Kubum Caves

Day 14: Trek from Yara to Tangee (3250m; 6 hrs)

Day 15: Trek from Tangee to Chusang (2980m; 8 hrs, 30 min)

Day 16: Trek from Chusang to Jomsom (2800m; 6hrs)

Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, and then fly to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure at airport

Accomodation

You will stay in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per B/B. We recommend Hotel Taleju Boutique in Kathmandu and Hotel Queens Park in Pokhara. The rooms are clean, spacious and simple with a comfortable bed along with modern attached bathroom and toilet. The rooms are usually double bedrooms, but it can be supplemented with single bedrooms.

Whereas, accommodation in Upper Mustang trekking includes lodging in guest houses and tea houses with basic furnished rooms on sharing basis. Most of the tea houses at lower elevations have the western type sitting toilets, but as you elevate through the trek, the houses are more traditional types with squatting toilets, mostly placed outside the room. Drinking water is scarce in the Mustang region, so we need to be considerate in using it.

Meals

We have the traditional Thakali dish across the Mustang area, consisting of Dal-bhat, cooked rice with lentil soup, along with freshly cooked vegetables and dried pickles along with ghee.  You can have other dishes and drinks as per the menu of the hotel/lodge. Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara include only breakfast. You are free to choose where to eat and what to eat in the city. We also have a traditional welcome and a farewell dinner probably with a cultural show.

Travel season

Spring and autumn seasons are the best times for traveling to this region. You can schedule to travel from February to early June, and October to December. Weather during the hot season rises only up to 18 degree Celsius and during winter season decreases to minus 10 degree Celsius. Winter is very harsh here and may not be suitable for everyone. Monsoon season is also good as the Upper Mustang is a rain-shadowed area receiving little to no rain.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1350m)

A Himalayan monk representative will pick you up at the Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to a hotel on B/B basis. After some refreshment in the hotel, you can visit the Himalayan Monk office to discuss the tour and trekking itinerary, required items and equipment and any further queries you have. You will also meet the team members and your guide for the trek. In the evening, we provide you a welcome dinner with a delicious Nepali cuisine. You can experiment with the Nepali delicacies that you will have more in the coming days.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu

It is a free day in Kathmandu.  You can use this day for sightseeing around Kathmandu. There are a number of world heritage sites around the Kathmandu valley like the Durbar square (old palaces and temples), Pashupatinath (a sacred Hindu temple), Swyambhunath (a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop) and Boudhanath (a mandala style Buddhist stupa). In the mid-afternoon, we have a meeting, a pre-trek group discussion to prepare the members for the trek. In the evening, you can walk around Thamel to gather any other necessary types of equipment and essential items required during trekking.  You pack your bags for the next day and rest in the same hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m; 6 hrs)

 We drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus for 6 hrs. In the evening we can take a stroll around the Lakeside to enjoy the ambiance of the city. Stay the night at Hotel Queens Park or similar on B/B basis.

Day 4: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2766m; 3-4 hrs)

We fly to Jomsom, the administrative center of Mustang district and the market junction of the region with the airport, government offices, hotels shops, banks and army camp. Jomsom has a beautiful view of Nilgiri peak seen through the dip of the mountains. We trek towards Kagbeni, a small town settled by people of Tibetan origin along the Kali Gandaki River and stay the night in a lodge.

Day 5: Kagbeni to Jharkot (3550m; 4 hrs)

After breakfast in Kagbeni, we trek a steep uphill to Muktinath. We pass through Jhong Khola and the Jharkot village just below the Khingar at 3200m. Further climbing up, we reach the holy destination, Muktinath, worshipped by Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. You can choose to ride a mule through the market or take the stairs to reach the shrine. The temple is also known as the ‘temple of salvation’. You can walk/run through the cold water flowing sprouts and take a dip in the icy lake which is said to get rid of your sins. You can also visit a monastery nearby which holds an ever-burning natural flame. The Muktinath area is clear of any other buildings or shops nearby. We explore the shops in Ranipauwa and return to Jharkot to rest for the night.

Day 6: Jharkot to Chusang (3100m; 5-6 hrs)

We get our special permits checked to enter the Upper Mustang region through the Dzong village. We ascend a hill and narrow alleys with white-washed traditional houses. We experience strong winds if we trek in the afternoons. There are also farms and apple orchards along the way. We visit a monastery and then cross the Gyu la pass at an altitude of 4000m and finally reach Chusang village. We stay the night at a lodge.

Day 7: Chusang to Samar (3650m; 5 hrs)

We walk pass another village, cross the Kali Gandaki and trek on a mountain ridge and soon we reach Chele village. We trek through the Taklam pass at an altitude of 3650m and Dajori La pass at 3,735m. We can view the gorgeous Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Mt. Damoda on the way to Samar. We stay the night in a lodge in the village.

Day 8: Samar to Geling (3500m; 6 hrs)

We ascend to form the Samar village on to a ridge with beautiful scenery of mountains and then descend through a sharp trail to cross a stream and reach Syanboche. We can view magnificent mountains and high peaks along the trail ascending to another vast valley. We rest at tea houses and observe chortens near the villages and stay in a lodge in Geling for the night.

Day 9: Geling to Dhakmar (3820m; 6 hrs)

We descend through the trail passing by more villages and cultivated fields to Ghami, which is one of the biggest villages in Upper Mustang. We descend from the village to cross the Ghami Khola and ascend on the other side. We pass beautiful villages with mani walls through the trails and reach Dhakmar after few hours. We rest in Dhakmar to prepare for the longest walk the next day.

Day 10: Dhakmar to Lo Manthang (3809m; 7-8 hrs)

Although today is the longest trek day, it is without any difficulties. We pass the Mui La pass at an altitude of 4100m to reach the oldest monastery of Mustang region, the Ghar Gompa. We cross Marang Pass and further ahead, we reach Lo Manthang, the capital of the well-known kingdom of Mustang. We stay the night at a lodge.

Day 11: Visit Lo Manthang

Lo Manthang is an ancient village walled by decoratively carved high mountains. In the village, you can rest for the day to acclimatize, but we insist you to visit the ancient building and structures, and experience the traditional lifestyle of the people, after a short rest. It is the only region of Nepal with the prevalent kingdom, with its king and queen imposing mostly ceremonial duties but highly respected by the people and sought after to resolve conflicts in the village. There are also the historical monasteries like the Jamba, Lhakhang, and Tukche around the village that has been through restoration processes by the experts.

There is also an option to visit the Chhosser cave on a jeep or riding a horse. The cave is a mysterious architectural beauty with historical facts yet to be discovered. There is said to be several floors with 44 rooms. We visit the archeological site and return to Lo Manthang.

Day 12: Lo Manthang to Yara (3640m; 5 hrs)

We leave the wonderful Lo Manthang village and hike to the glacier valley, a rain-shadow area in reddish-brown hue. We can get an amazing view of the whole Lo Manthang from the height. We trek up to a small pass, Loday La situated at 3950m elevation. We walk down the pass and reach Dhi via Kali Gandaki and finally reach the Yara village. We stay the night at a lodge.

Day 13: Visit Luri Gompa and Tashi Kabum Caves

Nearby the Yara village, we visit Luri Gompa and Tashi Kubum Caves and return to the Yara village. The Luri Gompa is also known as the Kagyukpa cave monastery. There are prayer scripts written in gold in the monastery. You can find the black fossils of ammonites in the Duyung Khola also found in the Kali Gandaki River. These fossils are believed to be the embodiment of Lord Vishnu by Hindus. We stay at a lodge to rest at night.

Day 14: Yara to Tangee (3250; 6 hrs)

We move from Yara to trek through the winding path and then down to Dhechaeng Khola. There are villages with people mostly involved in their own business. We ascend to trek the Sertang Pass at an altitude of 3975m. The view of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains is a scene to capture. Then we descend the pass to reach Tangee village. There is a gentle breeze in the valley and some historical sites. We stay the night at a lodge.

Day 15: Tangee to Chusang (2980m; 8 hrs, 30 min)

We depart from Tangee after an early breakfast. We walk to the trail that we trekked earlier to get to Lo Manthang. You can enjoy the great views and ancient villages once more. We stay the night at a Chusang lodge.

Day 16: Chusang to Jomsom (2800m; 6 hrs)

Today is an easy walk to Jomsom through the Tangbe village and Kagbeni. We have lunch in Kagbeni and return to Jomsom on the same trail as we arrived at Kagbeni a few days ago.  We stay the night at a lodge in Jomsom.

Day 17: Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara

We take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, and then another flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You can trace the Himalayan mountains and places from the flight and reflect on the places you have just successfully trekked. You can use the other half of the day to rest in the hotel or take a nice massage or spa provided by the hotel. You can also stroll around the streets of Thamel and buy some souvenirs. We have a farewell dinner for you on your last day in Nepal after the successful trek. You stay the night in a hotel after dinner.

Day 18: Departure at the airport.

We bid you farewell on your final day in Nepal. A Himalayan monk representative will drop you at the airport and you depart from Nepal. We hope you have enjoyed your stay and will come soon to visit other interesting places as well.

Dates and Cost

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Included in the cost:

  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu hotel on B/B
  • 1 night in Pokhara hotel on B/B
  • Trek in full board in the lodge
  • English speaking guide
  • 1 Porter for 2 people, carrying baggage up to 13 kg/person during the) trek
  • National park fees (ACAP & TIMS)
  • Upper Mustang special permit for 2 weeks
  • Flight from Pokhara-Jomsom and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Staffs insurance
  • Medical kit (carried by trek leader)

Excluded in the cost:

  • Clients’ insurance
  • Visa for Nepal (Visa fee for 30 days: $ 40)

  • Visits and meals in Kathmandu

  • Personal expenses (tips, hot shower, sleeping bag, drinks, recharging of batteries, etc)

  • Rescue if needed

Supplement:

  • Single room if needed in Kathmandu and Pokhara

 

Accomodation

You will stay in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per B/B. We recommend Hotel Taleju Boutique in Kathmandu and Hotel Queens Park in Pokhara. The rooms are clean, spacious and simple with a comfortable bed along with modern attached bathroom and toilet. The rooms are usually double bedrooms, but it can be supplemented with single bedrooms.

Whereas, accommodation in Upper Mustang trekking includes lodging in guest houses and tea houses with basic furnished rooms on sharing basis. Most of the tea houses at lower elevations have the western type sitting toilets, but as you elevate through the trek, the houses are more traditional types with squatting toilets, mostly placed outside the room. Drinking water is scarce in the Mustang region, so we need to be considerate in using it.

Meals

We have the traditional Thakali dish across the Mustang area, consisting of Dal-bhat, cooked rice with lentil soup, along with freshly cooked vegetables and dried pickles along with ghee.  You can have other dishes and drinks as per the menu of the hotel/lodge. Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara include only breakfast. You are free to choose where to eat and what to eat in the city. We also have a traditional welcome and a farewell dinner probably with a cultural show.

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