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Upper Mustang Trekking

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  • Country
    CountryNepal
  • Duration
    Duration14 Days
  • Max-altitude
    Max. Altitude3800 M.
  • Best season
    Best SeasonJan - May / Oct- Dec
  • accommodation
    AccommodationHotel and Guesthouse
  • Group
    StylePrivate Tour

The high desert region truly under Tibetan influence into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area, Upper Mustang is a place for natural and cultural beauty. Also the gateway to the last Forbidden Kingdom, the region was open for outsider in October 1991 for the tourist. Ruled by their own kings or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista until the declaration of Nepal as republic state but people still consider him the king and controller of the place.

The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, which is the entry point of upper Mustang region and following the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang which is the capital of upper Mustang. The trial will let you go through high peaks, passes, ancient cave, and alpine valleys. The isolated culture and the most amazing lifestyle that has been unchanged for hundreds of years. The sun-baked bricks made houses and the city wall and the four stores palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region.

The major attraction includes the Tiji Festival highly influenced by Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism which is celebrated during late winter/spring. Outsiders and first time visitors will be surprised by the life style of Mustangi people. There is practice of polyandry – all the brothers in the family are married to a single girl.

Upper Mustang Restricted are Permit.

Trekkers need to obtain a special restricted area permit to enter the Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang is well marked by official “Mustang” boarder signs just north of Kagbeni where a police and ACAP checks permits for non-Nepalese seeking to enter the region. Trekking permits for Upper Mustang cost is US $ 500 per person for 10 days. Note that it is defined as 10 days not nights, starting and ending at Kagbeni. Extra days are charged extra US $ 50 per day. In order to obtain the permit you need to have at least two trekkers in a group. That means single permit won’t be issued from the immigration. If you are single traveler, let us know, we can provide permits by joining you with other trekking group. We need your original passport copy to obtain the restricted area permits.

Best Season to go !
The best season to trek in Upper Mustang is from March to May and August to December. Its a dry place so no worry about monsoon and rainfalls.

Useful Information !

Flight delay in Pokhara and Jomsom

For Upper Mustang Trekking often twin Otter is the primary mode of transport form Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight is depend on the weather. Sometime flight (to and from Jomsom ) may be canceled due to the bad weather condition of Mountain or technical problems. In such case Global Holidays Adventure organize alternative available road transportation to ensure your international flight.

The cost of rode transportation will manage from the cancellation of flight ticket. Please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if The alternative road transportation is used.

Helicopter rescue

While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make sure that the policy of your insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m).

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Overnight at hotel with breakfast at Hotel. 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m), 5-6 hours drive.

Today, After breakfast we will take a scenic drive 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara. Walk around the lake side and explore Pokhara city on your own. Sitting at hotel balcony you can have an excellent view of the mountians as they are only 28 kms away from Pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900 meters. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.
Overnight at hotel with breakfast at Hotel. 

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m), 30 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek.

We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom (famous for apples) where we will be met at the tiny airstrip by our trek crew. After some initial preparation of loads, we begin our trek to the pretty village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom we cross a small suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and sand littering the trail. This makes it very easy going. we will get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. 
Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
Day 04:Kagbeni to Chele (2900 m), 6 hrs.

Today, After morning breakfast we will leave lower Mustang and enter Upper Mustang. After walking for some time we can see the Gompa Kang and numerous caves in the west. At Tangbe we will get a good opportunity to stretch our legs and try our stamina as we climb up to 3060 m. Tangbe is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways. Here we will find the typical Mustang chortens painted in black, white & red. After 1 hour of further walking we reach the village of Chuksang. We will make a Lunch here and go ahed. crossing the Kaligandaki River we reach Chele. Smalll Vilage of Chele is surrounded by the landscape and Kaligandaki valley. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Chele to Syanbochen (3400 m) 5-6 hours.

Today, We climb up to Samar.Then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. we cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. 
Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3460 m), 5-6 hours.

The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley. Like in all settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed using mud and stones. The roofs are made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. After that we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850 m) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibeatan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barely. The climb to Nyi Pass would be a little longer descend to our overnight stop at Ghami. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. 

Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek to Charang (3,490 m), 3-4 hours and explore Charang.

Today our trail is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thanks. 

Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) 2-3 hours.

Today, we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four storey building of the King's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. 

Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Explore at Lo Mangthang.

There are no rigid facts but it is said that this city was already in existence before 1390 and Ama pal, was the person responsible for constructing this beautiful town in the cold desert. The last king of Lo Manthang was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born 1933) and was the 25th king of Mustang from the Bista Dynasty. The people of Lo Manthang are known as Lhobas.The village is noted for its tall white washed mud bricks walls, gompas and the Raja's or Royal or king's palace, a nine -cornered, five story structures built around 1400. There are four major temples; Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century.
Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Drive back to Jomsom by local jeeps. 

After breakfast at hotel you will drive to Jomsom by by local jeep. It will take you about 5 hours in bumpy road. 
Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Morning fly to Jomsom and afternoon fly to Kathmandu. 

Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast.

Day 13: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and PCR test.

Today, After morning breakfast you'll visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with our professional guide. You will go for the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Boudhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess).

During the day you will be tested PCR for international flight. 

Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14: Final departure transfer your own destination.

[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. The total cost of the treks will depend on trekking trails and their itinerary choices. For your kind information, the price depend upon size of group, qualiry of service, mode of Trekking etc.]

Services Include
  • International & domestic airport transport as per the program.
  • Standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the program.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • All standard 3 meals ( breakfast, lunch & dinner ) during the trek.
  • Best available accommodation during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu flight.
  • Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flight.
  • English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, equipment, medicine and insurance for all staff.
  • Necessary entry permit fees & traveler TIMS card.
  • All necessary equipments.
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit (US $ 500 for 10 days).
  • Global Holidays Adventure sleeping baggage and duffel baggage, (refundable )
  • All necessary surface transport from Kathmandu and to Kathmandu.
  • Welcome & farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show (complementary)
  • All government taxes and official expenses.
Services Not Include
  • International airfare and necessary airport taxes.
  • Nepal entry visa fees (bring accurate USD cash and two Passport photographs)  
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return form mountain or late departure.
  • Temple & monasteries entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • All personal & bar expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver ( tipping is expected ).
  • Personal necessary trekking equipment ( see the trekking equipment page.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above
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