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UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING

upper mustang trekking itinerary

(Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary) The last forbidden kingdom of Nepal, Mustang is located beyond the great Himalayas and is host to a large museum of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Those who visit this region are rewarded by the opportunity to witness and learn about traditional customs, a unique lifestyle and breathtaking views of Silvery Mountain and canyon-like valleys. The popularity of visiting this region is strictly controlled by the Department of Immigration, through which you must obtain a trekking permit, in order to protect Mustang from the overwhelming influence of development, and to protect the environment from overuse and neglect. The Capital, Lo Manthang is an old walled town still undisturbed and untouched by western civilization, and daily life is much as it has been over the centuries. Around Lo Manthang one can explore the nearby Namgyal Gompa, the village of Tenger and the Nyamook Gompa. Strange are the cave dwellings that are the villages of Guruk and Sija, cut into the surrounding cliff sides, inhabited even today.

There are many possible trekking routes in Mustang. Try the Tibetan influenced region between the Kali Gandaki and Kagbeni rivers, known as ‘Upper Mustang’. Further north, you can trek to Lo Manthang through a barren, almost tree-less landscape, on a steep and rocky trail for panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.

Upper Mustang Trekking itinerary

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. (1,350m. / 4,428 ft.)

Day 2: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Rest of the day preparation for the trek.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara by bus. (6 hrs.)

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & then trek to Kagbeni. (2,810m. / 9,217ft. (4.5 hrs.)

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele. (3,000m. / 9,840ft. (6 hrs.)

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen.

Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi.

Day 8: Ghyami to Charang.

Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang.

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang exploration day.

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar.

Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling.

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang.

Day 14: Chhuksang  to Jomsom. (2,710m. / 8,889ft. (4 hrs.)

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara (35 minutes.).

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus.

Day 17: Free from Program.

Day 18: Departure.

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. (1,350m. / 4,428 ft.)

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 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 2: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Rest of the day preparation for the trek.

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 Upper Mustang trekking.


Day 3: Drive to Pokhara by bus. (6 hrs.)

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 4: Fly to Jomsom & then trek to Kagbeni. (2,810m. / 9,217ft. (4.5 hrs.)

A spectacular view of Annapurna and Khaulagiri can be observed in our short flight to the capital of the Mustang region in Jomsom. Upon arrival or after breakfast we will travel up to the isolated Idkley-Bhatti area via Kaligandaki river. We will do some rest in Idkley-Bhatti. We will head to Kagbeni and during exploration of Kagbeni we will visit famous monastery to learn about the Tibetan monks who reside there.


Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele. (3,000m. / 9,840ft. (6 hrs.)

Kagbeni, officially entering the upper Mustang restricted area. Today, at the beginning, we will pass through the security checkpoint uphill along the river. Our trial offers up and down trial past the colorful town of Tangbe famous for its charming and narrow buildings. Before arriving in Chele village, we will then continue through an area known for its barley, wheat and apple farms past Chhusang.


Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen.

With the views of Tilicho peak, we begin to hike up the Taklam La Pass. We also pass through the views of Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda before continuing past the towns of Samar village. Further ahead, we also follow along a peaceful stream which is surrounded by juniper trees on the way to Syanbochen.


Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi.

Passing through several teahouses, Chortans and Tibetan villages, we will continue up the Yamda La pass. Next, we will head to the Nyi Pass and then descend towards our today’s destination of Ghaymi. Ghaymi is one of the larger towns in the Lo area and this place is famous for its hospitality.


Day 8: Ghyami to Charang.

We will cross the Ghaymi khola river and head to the famous Buddhist stonewall in Mani located along a relaxing plateau. Our trial leads to based charming stone towns surrounded by terraced corn fields before arriving in Charming.


Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang.

Today, we will trek to Lo-Mangthang which offers some of the best scenery of the Mustang region like spectacular panoramic views of Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and Annapurna I. Next, we will continue along a river until reaching Charang Chu. With the stunning views of the Lo-Mangthang valley we will reach at the top of the Lo Pass and again return back to Lo-Mangthang through the valley before stopping for the night.


Day 10: Lo-Mangthang exploration day.

Today, we will explore around the Lo-Mangthang valley to fully appreciate the highlight of our trip. We will explore the Namgyal Hompa which serves as the regional court located on a hilltop. We will hike to Tingkhar and Tall Champa Lakhang which are known as the “God house”. Next, we finish our day by passing through Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and other notable vantage points around Lo-Mangthang.


Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar.

We start our trek with descending path passing through the ancient Ghar Gompa in Gyakar. It is believed that the painted rock Ghar Gompa is a home to a god that can fully fulfill all of our desires. It is one of the popular pilgrimage locations in the region. Next, we will continue along the windy pass and reach to the antiquated village of Drakmar.


Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling

This region is a home to a desert landscape which is famous for its dusty winds and it offers the timeless views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri in an abandoned setting. We will have our lunch and continue to Ghilinng. In evening, we will explore the charming village.


Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang.

We will return back to Chhukksang  and explore the Tibetan culture and customs in the small towns we pass. This barren area makes for an easy downhill trek on the way to Chhuksang. Overnight at Chhuksang.


Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom. (2,710m. / 8,889ft. (4 hrs.)

Our final day of walking of our entire journeys will begin early in an attempt to avoid powerful afternoon winds. We will complete the Mustang region before moving into the Annapurna Circuit route in Kagbeni. Next, we will continue along the Kaligandaki river to Jomsom for our final night on the trek. You can spend another day to travel around Muktinath if you desire.


Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara (35 minutes.).

We return back to Pokhara along the same serene flight path. Upon arrival in Pokhara you have free time to relax or explore the town and reflect upon your completed trek.


Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus.

After an enjoyable time on high hills and mountains around Nepal North West on 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: Free from Program.

In Kathmandu free and spare day. We will join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu – Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance.


Day 18: Departure.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Upper Mustang Trekking.


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