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FORMER KINGDOM OF UPPER MSUTANG

Mustang Nepal Trek

Mustang Nepal Trek

“a scenic and cultural adventure on windswept terrain of Upper Mustang”

Mustang Nepal Trek (Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang), an exciting and fascinating adventure on Nepal’s North West Himalaya, where you will be walking on ancient Trans Himalayan Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet with stunning views of high and dry arid terrain with scenic range of mountains. Mustang Nepal Trek (Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang) acutely located on an extension of vast and world highest Tibetan plateau with arctic landscapes guarded by high peaks of Damodar and Bhirkuti Himalaya and Dhaulagiri towards North West near Dolpo region.

Mustang Nepal Treks (Upper Mustang and its former kingdom of Lo-Manthang) opened for travelers since last century from 1980’s onward, adventure to Upper Mustang is getting popular among trekkers and explorer due to its remote beautiful country of immense and interesting culture and traditions of strong Tibetan bonds with same Buddhist religion and ancient Bon sects practice and worships. Our exciting Mustang Nepal Trek (Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang) starts from scenic Pokhara city taking a short flight to Jomsom, the headquarter town of whole Mustang region and then heading further north following the wide Kaligandaki River valley. As the walk progress reaching higher Mustang area past villages of Chele-Geling and Charang encountering Buddhist symbols of prayer stones and walls with prayer wheels entering into a walled fortress village at Lo-Manthang, at once in early days it was a kingdom with Raja (King) of Mustang ruled the areas of Mustang.

In Lo Manthang visit around its famous old monasteries of immense interest and then head back to Jomsom on taking the same route back for scenic sweeping flight to Pokhara.

Mustang Nepal Trek

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (860 m. – 06 hrs drive.).

Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni (2,830 m. – 04 hrs.).

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050 m. – 06 hrs.).

Day 06: Trek to Geling (3,540 m. – 05 hrs.).

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3,560 m. – 06 hrs.).

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,700 m. – 05 hrs.).

Day 09: In Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and local visit.

Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar (3,810 m. – 06 hrs.).

Day 11: Trek to Ghiling (3,806 m. – 06 hrs.).

Day 12: Trek to Chusang (2,980 m. – 06 hrs.).

Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2,830 m. – 05 hrs.).

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,715 m. – 05 hrs.).

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara (860 m. – 22 min) and transfer to hotel.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu from respective international flight.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive take to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang trekking, here our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and not do’s, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: Morning tour of Katmandu afternoon trek preparations.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu – Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang trekking.


Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.

Morning starts with an overland drive on Nepal’s main busy and interesting highway towards picturesque Pokhara valley, drive leads through Himalayan foothills around towns and farm villages with wonderful country landscapes, after an exciting drive reaching at famous touristic Pokhara, and then transfer to your hotels near beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks (options by air of 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).


Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight in Pokhara, morning drive to airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom with close views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains as the flight touches at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River.Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki River valley around windswept country, few hours of good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s brings you at Kagbeni village.

A nice village of Tibetan style located on the start and ending point of Upper Mustang area and to Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, on an old Himalayan Caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet.


Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk starts with uphill climb into a canyon of high red eroded cliff edge, following upper upstream of Kailgandaki River, within unique landscapes of cliff walls, a nice walk with views brings you to our overnight stop at Chele, a moderate size village also spelled as Tsele.


Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

From Tsele or Chele, morning begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here walk around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area.

After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.From here on down-hill to overnight stop at Geling village via Syangboche village.


Day 07: Trek to Charang 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

Morning with time visit to its old monastery with Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek to Ghami village and then cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village, after hours of pleasant walk reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops buck wheat’s with overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.


Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.

Today a short walk to Lo -Manthang of few hours trek to reach our main destination of this great adventure to enter the wall city (actually a large village) the fort guarding the city / village surrounded by high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, on the walk coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks.

Walk leads to Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with views of Lo Manthang the walled city and then descend reaching a nice trail to Lo Manthang for two night stops.


Day 09: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within great high wall, visit historical and cultural centre the main attraction of Lo-Manthang.

The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit interior of the old palace and to grant audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.


Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.

After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Marang village, and then walk west using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.


Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.

From Dhakmar village, morning walk heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit Geling monastery.


Day 12: Trek to Chusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.

Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages.

Walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Chusang village.


Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk back on same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.


Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,720 m - 05 hrs.

From Kagbeni with pleasant walks as the trail descend to Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, an interesting country walk on river valley within dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons. A short walk of few hours brings you at large town in Jomsom the capital of Thakali people of Tibetan Buddhism sects.

Kaligandaki and lower Mustang area famous for delicious apples and its products, here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juices. The area is also famously known as Apple Pie Trail.


Day 15: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

Morning transfer to Jomsom small airport for short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, Pokhara with massive Annapurna Mountain views with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located. Afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.


Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

After an enjoyable time on high hills and mountains around Nepal North West on Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang trekking with grand views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.


Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Former Kingdom of Upper Mustang Trekking around amazing Nepal Himalaya.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. 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).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 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.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

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.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. 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.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow