Upper Mustang

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Upper Mustang

The historical remote Mustang trek unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be “barren as a dead deer” but where beauty and happiness abound is spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830’s. The wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.

Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colorful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very especial one.

Mustang-trekking.com regularly orginizes trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting TIJI festival a three days long ritual known as” The chasing of the Demons”, one of the most important festival of the region. Over the festive time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji festival.

Cost Details:

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Itinerary:

Day 01.    Arrival at the Kathmandu[Altitude 1336m]
Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 02.    Kathmandu 
Breakfast at the hotel 
Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu durbar square & Swoyambhunath stupa 
Overnight at the hotel
Day 03.    Kathmandu-Pokhara[Altitude 915 m) 
Drive to Pokhara [210km-5-6hr] [Optional: 30 min flight]
Evening: free time to self explore around Phewa Lake
Overnight at the hotel
Day 04.    Pokhara-Jomsom- Kagbeni[Altitude 2860 m) 
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (20 minutes flight) & trek to Kagbeni: 3-4 hrs trek
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Pokhara airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, it will be a scenic flight of approx 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000 meters such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang.
This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. Here we meet our trekking crew and prepare for our trek to Mustang. We begin by trekking north to the village of Kagbeni. Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributary, Kak River, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang River, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 05.    Kagbeni-Chele [Altitude 3050 m) 
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele - 6 hrs trek
Our journey starts once we have completed formalities at the police check post at the end of Kagbeni village we are then allowed to pass the sign which says 'restricted area' and enter the once forbidden region of Mustang. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails.
Using a combination of the route along the river bank and a higher trail we reach Tangbe village (3060m), with its black, white and red Chortens, narrow alleys and white painted houses surrounded by fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Continuing north we cross the river by a bridge just before the Kali Gandaki enters a tunnel and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele set amongst extensive barley fields at 3100 meters. From this village as we travel north we are in the true Tibetan culture of the region of Lo.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 06.    Chele-Syanbochen[Altitude 3475 m) 
Trek from Chele to Syanbochen 7 hrs trek
Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar.
From Samar we climb to a ridge and descend into a gorge, passing a large chorten (memorial) painted in red, black, yellow and white. Cross several pasture areas then ascend to and cross the pass at Phyangbo La. Follow zig zags down into a narrow gorge then ascend steeply to the
Chungjen Rangjen Gompa tucked away in a side valley. The gompa houses a Guru Rimpoche stone carving and is a popular pilgrimage destination for local people. Himalayan Griffon vultures next in the cliffs above. Make a steep ascent to reach the small village of Shyangmochen
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 07.    Syanbochen- Ghaymi [Altitude 3520 m) 
Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi- 6 hrs trek
After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m ) passing a few teahouses, Chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are unproductive.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 08.    Ghaymi -Tsarang[Altitude 3560 m) 
Trek from Ghaymi to Tsarang - 5 hrs trek 
Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Tsarang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 09.    Tsarang-Lo-Manthang [Altitude 3810 m) 
Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang- 5 hrs trek
We descend from Tsarang to cross the Charang Chu then climb steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on the ridge opposite the village at 3950m for first views of the walled city of Lo Manthang. We then descend to the 'Plain of Aspiration' and climb to a plateau where the city is situated at 3840m.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 10.    Exploe Lo-Manthang[Altitude 3810 m) 
Explore Lo-Manthang
A day for looking around Lo Manthang and the surrounding area. There is one main gate that gives access to the interior of Lo Manthang. From the narrow streets of the town it is difficult to get a clear impression of the layout. The raja's palace is a four storey building of mud and timber construction. Just to the north of the town there is a prominent hill that is capped by two ruined forts. From the highest point of this hill it is possible to look across Lo Manthang and back all the way to the Annapurna - a fascinating perspective. Namgyal Monastery, which lies an hour's walk to the north west of Lo Manthang, is another option for those who want to stretch their legs.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 11.    Lo-Manthang - Drakmar [Altitude 3820 m) 
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar-7 hrs trek
Leaving Lo Manthang we take a slightly different return route and follow a trail to climb to the highest pass on our trek, Chogo La (4325m) before descending to Lo Gekar monastery (also called Ghar Gompa) which, dating back to the 8th Century, is thought to be one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal which is still active. From Lo Gekar we climb to a ridge before descending to a pretty valley where the village of Dhakmar is situated at 3820m.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 12.    Dhakmar- Ghiling [Altitude 3806m) 
Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling- 6 hrs trek
Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 13.    Ghiling-Chhuksang [Altitude 3050 m) 
Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang- 6 hrs Trek
We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 14.    Chhuksang to Jomsom[Altitude 2700 m) 
Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom 7 hrs trek
Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop.
Overnight at the local lodge 
Day 15.    Jomsom-Pokhara 
Fly back to Pokhara
After morning breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport , you will transfer to your hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.
Overnight at the hotel 
Day 16.    Pokhara-Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu [Optional: 35 min flight]
Overnight at the hotel
Day 17.    Depart from Kathmandu
Today is your last day in the highest country on earth
Free time until departure
Transfer to the international airport for final departure (Or stay longer for short tours - ask us)
We hope you had a magical experience in the Himalayas and we hope to see you again soon.

 

Cost Includes:

  •  All tours & transfer as per the given itinerary by comfortable private air-conditional vehicle.
  • Half day sightseeing tours with an English speaking local guide as per itinerary.
  • All applicable monument entrance fees.
  • Upper Mustang special permit & ACAP permit.
  • Trekking guide & porter.
  • Free Trekking Bag.
  • Pokhara - Jomsom return flight tickets.
  • All activities which are mention in above itinerary.
  • Daily buffet breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner during the trekking time.
  • All accommodation in the mention hotel.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fees.
  • Meals in Kathmandu [Lunch & dinner].
  • Air-conditional vehicle for budget package.
  • Necessary trekking equipment and things as per check list.
  • Tips for driver, guide &  porter.
  • International Airfare.
  • Personal expenses such as insurance, medical charges, laundry, shopping, liquor etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation.
  • Any transportation cost outside of the regular itinerary.
  • Camera Fees at certain entrances.
  • Cost arising by flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control.

Any increase in the cost that may come into force prior to the departure date including change in price owing to fluctuation in the rate of exchange.

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