Upper Mustang Trekking - 15 days

Upper Mustang Trekking

Mustang trekking is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known adventures. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. b winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal.

The area covered by this trek is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditional which is so rich & unique. The capital of Lo-Mustang is a walled city ruled by a religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries at an unhurried pace. As everywhere in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795ft) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545ft). You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. The elevation of the trails rise from 2815 meters (9,233ft) to 3780 meters (12,398ft) above sea level.

Highlights

  • Unique cultural trek to Lo-Manthang
  • Scenic Flight to Jomsom with aerial view of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri
  • Several old monasteries and temples
  • Pristine Tibetan Culture and lifestyle

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Group meeting programme for detailed information about trekking. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04 Kagbeni to Chele (3200m.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05 Chele to Syangboche (3800m.).Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06 Syangboche to Tsarang (3650m.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07 Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3760m.).Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08 Excursion Day in Lo-Manthang. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09 Lo-Manthang to Lo Ghar Gompa (3942m).Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10 Ghar Gompa to Ghiling (3510m). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11 Ghiling to Samar (3700m.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12 Samar to Muktinath (3800m.).Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13 Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m.).Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14 Early morning  fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom  and same day fly to Kathmandu.Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Green Tara. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Upper Mustang is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Upper Mustang Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

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Detail Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you, shall welcome you to this land of the towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you often still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2 Kathmandu to Phokhara (820 metres; 5-6-hour drive)

  • We head off to Pokhara on a tourist bus early morning. On a highway carved along the foothills and along the banks of the famous Trishuli and Marshyndi river, this almost 6-hour journey, with guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch comes to its final stop in Phokhara, the city of lakes.
  • Spend the night in a hotel here.

 
DAY 3: Pokhara - Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,858), 3-4 hours walk

  • Early in the morning, fly from Pokhara to Jomsom.This 20 minutes scenic flight goes through world's deepest valley made by Mt. Annapurna & Dhaulagiri  with aerial view of several mountain peaks and Kaligandaki Valley. 
  • After taking breakfast in the Jomsom, we start our trek to Kagbeni. It takes about 3 and half hours to Kagbeni walking on gradual and windy path along the Kaligandaki river. Kagbeni, built in the valley of the Kali Bandaki River, is bound to attract most traversing through its land, and, consequently, is a stopover for many. The red monastery, constructed almost in the middle of the Village, is a shrine most people do not choose to miss out on.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 4: Kagbeni to chele (3050m), 5-6 hours walk

  • After breakfast we start our trek with special permit checking in Kagbeni.
  • Entering Mustang, walking through ups and down, we first reach beautiful Tangbe Village, having few white washed houses, buckwheat fields,  barley and apple orchards.From Tangbe village, the trail head towards Chhusang Village and finally head on to small ridges to arrive in Chele village to end our trek for today.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 5: Chele to Syanboche, (3475m), 6-7 hours walk

  • After breakfast, start the trek. Today our trails goes through series of large spurs.
  • After reaching Eklo Bhatti Village, we go climb to the taklam La pass (3,625m), from where we have magnifiscient view of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang , Nilgiri and Damodar danda . A little descend to arrive in Samar Village where we can have our Lunch
  • After Lunch weclimb again to reach the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Further 3 hours of similar walk will bring us in Syangboche village to end our trek for today.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 6: Syanboche to Charang (3500m), 7-8 hours walk

  • After breakfast start our trek,   the longest walking day of the trip.
  • The trail goes up to Yamda La. pass. Passing through Tibetan style villages, houses and Chorten, we arrive in Nyi La pass(4010m), which is also the highest point of our trip. From here, we descend to Ghami. Ghami is the third larges village of Mustang where we stop for our lunch.
  • After lunch, we cross Ghami Khola, the trail goes through long Sacred  Prayer Wall ( Mani Wall) l made by follower . Heading to east, few hours comfortable walk will bring us in Charang Village.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 7: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3760m), 4-5 hours walk

  • Today we have pleasant trek to Lo-Manthang Village.
  • At the beginning, we descend to Charang Chu Canyon and then crosssing the river, steep climb  to reach pass of Lho ( 3,850,) from where we can see the Lo-Manthang Valley.  On the way , we have great view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti  as well. 
  • The trail then descend gently  to arrive in  Lo-Manthang village. The village with lots of white walls, old houses, Monasteries and Palaces also known as hidden valley or forgotten kingdom .
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 8: Exploring day in  Lo-Mangthang

  • Today we have full day to explore this fascinating town.
  • We  visit all the main attraction of this twon , the King Palace  Chyodi Gompa all Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall . If the time permit, we can also visit  Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar village.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 9: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa(3942m), 4-5 hours walk

  • After breakfast, start the trek. Today we relatively comfortable walk all the way to Ghar Gompa. Ghar gompa is more than 1200 years old, which is famous for rock paintings. Local people believe that anyone who makes the wish in this Gompa , their wish is fulfilled.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 10: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m), 5-6 hours walk

  • After breakfast start the trek. An easy day with mostly downhill all the way Ghiling Village. The day can be very windy and dusty but evening is very good to explore the village.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 11: Ghiling to Samar (3700m), 5-6 hours walk

  • After breakfast start our trek. A little uphill walk at the beginning and downhill to re-track back to Samar. Beautiful mountain view around makes pleasant day for us.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 12: Samar to Muktinath(3800m), 6-7 hours walk

  • Today is our one of the toughest day of the trip. The trail goes to steep up to the pass and then descend to reach Muktinath Village. With the Muktinath temple on the way,the route, eventually, lands everyone in Ranipauwa, our stopover for this night.
  • Spend the night in a hotel here.

DAY 13 Muktinath to Jomsom.5 Hours walk

  • After breakfast, we walk for approximately four and a half hours to Jomsom.  The trail goes down to Jharkot village where we can have beautiful Red Monastery . As the trek nears Ekle bhatti Village, a landscape brought to its current state with the Kaligandaki River working its way through for about 6000 years now, showcases its ability to alter wind speeds according to variations in landscape. Walking from here on all the way to Jomsom, everyone is forced to appreciate the sheer force of the wind, blowing at high speeds from the opposite direction. With the soaring peaks of Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Nilgiri forming the backdrop, explore the town in the evening.
  • Spend the night in local guest house in Jomsom.

DAY 14 Early morning fly back to Pokhara

  • Today we finish our adventure. After breakfast, we have 20 take flight back to Pokhara and same day fly back to Kathmandu. The flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu offer 400 KM Himalayan Panorama which should not be missed .
  • Transfer to hotel for the overnight.
  • Spend the night in Hotel .

DAY 15 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by the office.

If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at good hotel and one night at Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guides, plus experienced porters ( including their food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation.
  • Pokhara ~Jomsom~Pokhara Both way flight ticket.
  • Pokhara~Kathmandu flight ticket
  • All necessary permits and entry fees including Upper Mustang Trekking Permit.
  • All government taxes.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks etc. if needed). 10 : Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($30).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Alcohol and beverage.
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Fixed Departure Dates

Starting Date Trip Duration Single Suplementary Cost Per Person Availability
2017-09-14 15 days $ 600 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-09-24 15 days $ 600 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-10-07 15 days $ 600 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-10-16 15 days $ 600 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-10-21 15 days $ 600 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-11-03 15 days $ 600 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
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