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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

15 Nights 16 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

3840 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Explore the long forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang.
  • Trek through the world’s steepest gorge and across a beautiful high altitude desert.
  • Visit the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang.
  • Visit Chosar village, the cave monastery Nyiphuk, Jong cave and Garfuk monastery.

Upper Mustang is one of the remote and least developed and least populated regions of Nepal and touches the Tibetan border in the North. In the ancient times this was place for trade between Nepal and Tibet, especially for trading salt. It was the restricted place until 1991 and from then was reopened by the government for the tourists.  The place still preserves the ancient monasteries and caves.  The ancient architecture and craft has been well preserved in these monasteries and caves. The four storey palace of the ancient king is the highlight of this place. The population here still speaks Tibetan language. People also follow the traditional cultural practices of Tibetan religion. The place is also popularly known as “The Forbidden Kingdom”.

 Upper Mustang is a valley surrounded by Himalayan range with cold and dry atmosphere. There is no any vegetation in the entire region and is thus also called the “Desert land”. The landscape is barren and mostly has rocky cliffs and deep canyons.

Trek to Upper Mustang is an ideal destination for adventure seekers. You can get wide range of experiences through this trek. You get to explore Buddhist art, architecture, culture and tradition. Similarly, the inexplicable natural beauty of snowy peaks, gorges and vast landscapes will give you a beautiful experience. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing we head back to hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipments ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We start with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara- the famous tourist destination in Nepal. During the journey we enjoy the natural landscapes and beauty of green hillside. Upon reaching Pokhara we head for the hotel and take rest. We might roam around the city in the evening spend the night at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

We take an early flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The view during the flight is stunning. We can see the deepest George, Kaligandaki George. From Jomsom we take the trail along the kaligandaki river and head north. During the walk we can view beautiful snowcapped peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche. We walk until reaching Kagbeni. It is also known as gateway to Mustang. The village has uniquely clustered houses. We roam around the village and visit some temples and monasteries. We will spend the night at a lodge in Kagbeni.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Flight / Walking

We start the trek with the walk towards northern valley of kagbeni. We then come across Tangbe village. It is populated with traditional houses. There are also fields Barly, buckwheat and garden of apple orchard. We then head ahead toward Chhusang village. Along the way the up close and majestic view of Nilgiri peak leave us feeling excited. We cross many streams on our way ahead and finally reach Chele. We will spend the night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the uphill trail that takes us to Taklam Pass. From there the trail is easy and flat. We continue our walk and head towards Samar village. Then we take downhill walk and pass few chortens on our way. We then reach a small village called Syangmochen. There are few tea shops around. There is also a cave nearby, it is called Rangbyung. From there we descend to Ghiling and prepare for our night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our walk heading towards west and through the fields. It is the driest place in Mustang and the terrain is rough and barren. There are few settlement area and huge rugged mountains surround the region. We leave Tama Gaon and Nyi La on our way. We then reach Ghyami and cross the Ghyami river. Finally we reach Charang. We will spend the night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start with a walk around exploring the Charang village. We will also visit the red gompa there. The walk ahead will take us to a Chorten that stands between Charang and Lo Manthang. Walking ahead we get a first look at Lo Manthang. It is also known as walled city as there is only one way to get into the city. We walk along the wall towards the gate on north-eastern corner. We will spend the night at Lo Manthang.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be spending the day exploring Lo Manthang. The place is famous for historical and cultural significance. There are many Gompas and Chortens around. We also get to observe the Tibetan culture from close. One of the major attractions of the place is the Palace which was home to ancient King and Queen. The magnificent view of surrounding Himalayas adds beauty to the place. We will spend the night at Lo Manthang.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek early to prevent strong wind hitting us. We pass through fields and come across Lo Gekar. The trail then takes us to a pass at the highest altitude from where we get the wide view of Lo Manthang. The trail then descends towards Ghar Gompa. We explore the Gompa for some time and then again continue our walk until reaching Dhakmar. We will spend the night at a lodge in Dhakmar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek early and head towards south. We come across many caves on our way. Further ahead, we pass Mani wall and pass and continue walking. Shortly afterwards we reach Ghami village. We then take uphill climb on Ghiling hill and from there towards Ghiling village. We roam around the village in the evening and spend the night there at a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek taking a downhill trail. The walk offers us enchanting view of Himalayas along with enticing landscapes and hills. We also come across few villages where people follow Tibetan culture and lifestyle. We continue our walk until reaching Chhuksang. We will spend some time walking around the village and spend the night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Chhuksang early in the morning and take downhill trail towards Tangbe. There is uniquely clustered settlement area. Walking ahead we come across few caves and the landscape view is amazing. We then head towards Kagbeni. From there we take the trail along the Kaligandagi river and towards Jomsom. Here the trek on foot comes to an end. We take rest and prepare for our night’s stay at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be taking an early flight and heading towads Pokhara. We can have enigmatic view of Mount Annapurana and Dhaulagiri during the flight. Shortly we will land at Pokhara airport. We will take rest for some time and spend rest of the day exploring the beautiful city. We will be spending the night in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Flight

Today we head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take good rest and soothe our aching muscles. We also muse over the exciting trek we had. At Kathmandu we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate successful completion of trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Accomodation at finest hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Staffs & Crew

  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight tickets
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a deluxe bus.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Cost for additional trips.

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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