Mustang Region

A must do trek of mystique and history as old as the mountains themselves. - Kim, Aus

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Mystique and history in this ancient kingdom.

The Upper Mustang Trail will capture you in a world of mystique and history as old as the mountains themselves. Also known as ‘the desert of the Himalayas’, Mustang is the ancient kingdom of Lo., where conventional Tibetan traditions, Bon (pre-Buddhist) and Buddhist cultures are still very much embedded in the way of life. The hundreds of cliff dwellings are a special highlight, dating back to 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much more fertile land and prosperous kingdom.

17

Days

$2,250.00 (USD)

Gradient:

Moderate to Fairly Challenging. Note: while the terrain is easy to walk on, it is uphill and at high altitude.
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Highlights:

Ancient Tibetan traditions are ... More

Ancient Tibetan traditions are ...

Ancient Tibetan traditions and culture are still a way of life in this region.

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Be amazed by the ancient...

Be amazed by the ancient cliff-side dwellings the local people still live in.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive and are met at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transferred to your hotel. Briefed on the process for the trip.

Day 02: Kathmandu - guided cultural tour. The historical and cultural heart of Nepal, Kathmandu has been a popular destination for tourists since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley, with neighbouring cities Patan and Bhaktapur also bearing immense historical, cultural and religious significances. The half day guided tour takes in the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal; the 15th century Palace of 55 Windows; and Swoyambhunath. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara ( 6 – 7 hr drive / 35 min flight ) The option to fly or drive by car/bus, travelling through Nepals rural landscape of villages and farm terraces, as well as jungles, rivers, waterfalls, and stunning mountain views. On arrival at Pokhara, relax and explore this beautiful city of lakes, or enjoy a walk around the lakeside. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni 2858m / 9374ft ( 3 – 4 hrs ) Fly to Jomsom (20mins). Trek on the Kali Gandaki river bed path – 3hrs to Ekley-bhatti village. Then an easy 1hr to Kagbeni, which lies at the confluence of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting wind swept village that sits on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele 3050m / 10,004ft ( 5 – 6 hrs ) After breakfast, a regulation permit check, then trek towards the riverbank of Kaligandaki, enter Mustang, and following the river, pass Kang Gompa, a centre of the Nyingmapa sect; Tangbe with its unique black, red and white chortens that shows the real part of upper Mustang; crossing the river to Chele, a village of true Tibetan culture of Lo influence, shown in the decoration of the houses. Overnight stay at Chele. 

Day 06: Chele – Syangbochen 3475m/11,398ft ( 6 - 7 hrs ) An adventurous day winding through Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) - crossing a sequence of large spurs, plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda, valleys of cool streams and juniper trees to Syanbochen. The elevations we go through pose no acclimatization issues, so we can trek along at our own pace. Overnight stay at Syangbochen.

Day 07: Syangbochen – Ghaymi 3520m/11,546ft ( 5 - 6 hrs ) Trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft), crossing over passes, through poplar trees and fields of barley to Nyi La Pass (4,010m/13,193ft), the highest point of the trek thus far, descending to Ghaymi. Overnight stay at Ghaymi.

Day 08: Ghaymi – Charang 3500m/11,480ft (4 - 5 hrs ) Trek to Ghaymi Khola, passing a spectacular series of Mani walls (Secret stone wall of the Buddhism) to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red Gompa. Overnight stay at Charang.

Day 09: Charang - Lo-Mangthang 3700m/12,136ft (5-6 hrs) Trek up the ridge to Lo, take in the views of the walled city of Lo Manthang, decend and cross a stream, then up onto the plateau where the city is situated inside a sparkling white washed walled enclosure of 150 homes, Gompas and an ancient palace. Overnight stay at LoManthang.

Day 10: Rest Day At Lo-Mangthang. Free day to explore this historical and cultural centre. Take in the palace; 4 major Gompa's (religious buildings); and opportuniities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. Note, every monestery requires donations and entry fees. Overnight stay at Lo-Mangthang

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang - Ghar Gumpa, ( 4 – 5 hrs ) After breakfast, an early start to avoid the dusty winds, trekking up the ridge, taking in our last view of the walled city, then down the valley to Ghar Gumpa. Overnight stay at Ghar Gumpa.

Day 12: Ghar Gumpa – Ghiling 3806m/12,484ft ( 5 - 6 hrs ) Trek down the valley to Ghiling. This area is best explored in the late afternoon/early evening, as it does become quite dusty. Overnight stay at Ghiling.

Day 13: Ghiling – Chele 3050m/10,004ft ( 5 - 6 hrs ) We re-track back to Ghiling. taking in the incredible scenery and views. Overnight stay at Chele.

Day 14: Chele – Jomsom 2700m/8,856ft ( 6 - 7 hrs ) Trek to Kagbeni, completing the upper Mustang trails and joining back onto the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. Overnight stay at Jomsom – with a celebration of our achievements.

Day 15: Jomsom - Pokhara Afte a sleep in and breakfast, fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between the gorges of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival, transfer to the lakeside hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu ( 7 - 8 hrs drive ) Travel by road back through the scenic countryside to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at our hotel

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu. Free day. When ready, you will be transferred to the International Airport or the bus depot, for your departure.

Cost Includes

  • Airport – Hotel - Airport pick up & dropoff.
  • 2 nights accommodation in 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu’s tourist centre, or arrange your own. 
  • All Hotel/Tea House (lodge) accommodation during the trek.
  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner meals during the trek, including local fresh fruits (oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, etc). 
  • Everest trekking map.
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, including airport tax.
  • Transport by car/bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and return,
  • An experienced Government Licensed Holder guide and porter(s) to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • All guide and porter(s) accommodation, meals, drinks, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax during the trek.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All necessary Government required paperwork and National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card, etc.   
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All Government Taxes and Vat.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bag supplied, if required.

 Cost Excludes

  • All meals other than breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek.
  • All drinks – tea, coffee, other hot, water, soft drinks, alcoholic.
  • Hot shower
  • Your travel insurance.
  • International airfares to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Entry Visa – obtained easily upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.
  • Personal shopping, laundry, etc
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but not mandatory)
  • All other tour, sightseeing and other activities outside of the main trek.

Trip Dates

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Trip Facts

  • Trip duration: 17 Days
  • Maximum altitude: 3840m
  • Grade: moderate to fairly challenging 
  • Activity: Trekking and Cultural excursion 
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu 
  • Accommodation:  Hotel and Tea House (lodge) 
  • Transportation: Flights / Car or Bus to and from Kathmandu

Equipment List

  • Long Pants / Shorts
  • Thermal tops/leggings
  • Jerseys
  • Jacket – water, wind proof – warm ( down or fibre fill ) 
  • Tramping Boots
  • T-shirts, underwear.
  • Trackpants – warm comfortable clothing for night
  • Gloves – warm, wool
  • Light shoes for night – sneakers or slippers/ug boots, etc
  • Towel and personal toiletries
  • Sleeping bag, warm to -20 degrees  (down or fibrefill – or rent one in Kathmandu)
  • Duffel bag  (canvas or nylon, without a frame - for porters to carry)
  • Daypack  (small, waterproof, for you to carry)
  • Water bottle 1 litre (can purchase in Kathmandu)
  • Headlamp or flashlight

 Useful Info   

Health and Insurance   

Travel insurance is mandatory for each member of your group and must include cover of trekking/hiking and/or high alpine insurance, up to 6000m, including helicopter rescue. Obtaining insurance is the responsibility of each member to  purchase and provided to us prior to departure from your country.  Refer to our T&C’s Section 6.

Heath and Vaccinations are the responsibility of each member to discuss and cover with a Health Professional prior to departure from your country. Refer to our T&C;s Section 8.

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