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Upper Mustang Trek -15 days

Mustang is often known as the forbidden kingdom. The trekking done in hidden region behind the Himalaya is also known as the Mustang treks or Lo Manthang Trekking which lies in the southern edge of the Tibetan plateau. Mustang is considered to be a restricted area where a special trekking permit is required through a registered trekking agency. This region is dry with minimum rainfall, treeless and land of Monasteries which runs from May to October for trekking. Being rain shadow region in Nepal, mustang is visited by tourists in Monsoon season also. This Trek mainly highlights the cultural exploration of those regions.
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Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the restricted northern parts of Nepal, district called Mustang. The people of Tangbe, Tetang, Tsaile and Gyakar, language are the mostly close to Thakali. To get here we fly to Jomsom and start trekking in places and villages like Kagbeni, Chele, Ghami, Tsarang, Lo Manthang, and Dhakmara and other. Then you trail back to Pokhara and return Kathmandu. During this trek you will explore this arid, windy and bare land and its thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes, people and their lifestyle living in this area despite their hardship.Upper Mustang trek gives you an opportunity to experience unique beauty of Himalayan desert, a strange and unusual landscape, monasteries, caves and with rich cultural importance. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region. Another attraction in the Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism

Outline Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trekking 

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele

Day 6: Chele to Syangbochen

Day 7: Syangbochen to Ghami

Day 8: Ghami to Tsarang 

Day 9: Tsarang to Lo Manthang

Day 10: Lo Manthang to Dri

Day 11: Dri to Tange

Day 12: Tange to Muktinath

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom to Kathmandu 

Day 14: Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast you leave to Pokhara in your private vehicle which can take 6/7 hour. From Pokhara you can see magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna, lakes and others. You can explore Pokhara this day and enjoy boating, shopping and many more. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 M)

After breakfast you fly to Jomsom which takes about half hour and you follow your trails to Kagbeni through Ekle Bhatti village and left bank of Kali Gandaki River. You rest at Kagbeni, after long walk of 4 hour, which is known for its medieval castle house. There are several lodges and guesthouses. Stay overnight at Kagbeni.

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3050 M)

After breakfast you continue your trek with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. You trail uphill and downhill through sandy and windy paths and you will stop by at different spots to take beautiful pictures of those places. You pass Tangbe village with white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards then to Chhusang and finally you are at Chele village. Stay overnight at Chele.

Day 6: Chele to Syangbochen (3475 m)

After breakfast you continue your journey through Ekle Bhatti and climb to Taklam La Pass with the view of Tilicho pek, Yakwa Kang and Damodar Dada. You pass through village of Samar and Ramchung cave. Further walk about 3 hour from this village will take us to Syangbochen. Stay overnight at Syangbochen.

Day 7: Syangbochen to Ghami (3520 M)

After breakfast you climb up to Yamda La Pass, Nyi Pass enjoying several teahouses, local villages, mountains and fields of barley. You stay overnight at Ghami Village.

Day 8: Ghami to Tsarang (3575 M)

After breakfast you start your trek today. You cross Ghami River then trail to a plateau and pass by Mani wall and we reach at Tsarang where you will see great view of willow trees, maze fields, stoned wall house and Gompa. Stay overnight at Tsarang.

Day 9: Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3700 M)

After breakfast you trail downward to Tsarang Chu Canyon and crossing the river you head to the pass of Lo from where valley of Lo Manthang is seen spectacular. While continuing your journey you see great vistas of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna peak and other whereas heading toward Lo Manthang the long walled city appears beautiful. Stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 10: Exploration Day

Today will be your exploration day at lo Manthang. You will visit hilltop Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, Tall champa Lakhang (Tugchen Gompa), Chyodi Gompa, four storey Raja’s Palace an entrance hall, which are also the main attraction of this place. This day will certainly hit your mind with their culture and lifestyle with historical values. Stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Lo Manthang to Dri

After breakfast you trail to 1200 years old Ghar Gompa which is famous for its rock painting. It is believed that one who makes a wish here will come true. Exploring other area you arrive at village of Dri. Stay overnight at Dri.

Day 12: Dri to Tange

After breakfast you head toward Tange. You will follow the river, few shallow crossings of streams and reach famous Damodar Kunda (Lake). After a long day trek and Passing series of Chortens, you finally arrive at prosperous village of Tange. Stay overnight at Tange.

Day 13: Tang to Muktinath (3795 m)

After breakfast you headed to Muktinath. Passing through the village of Pa and Tetang you arrive at Muktinath. Stay overnight at Mukinath.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700 M) to Kathmandu

After your religious tasks at temple and enjoying beautiful Dhaulagiri Mountain and Buddhist monastery you head back to Jomsom to fly for Pokhara. Then you fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. A night you have a dinner in Nepali kitchen with your teammates with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Farewell

Today your Upper Mustang Trekking comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.

Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

Kathmandu- Pokhara -Jomsom - Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Information

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Upper Mustang Trekking

Tour Duration: 15 Days

Tour Area: Dhaulagiri Region-Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 3795 M

Minimum Altitude: 827 M

Tour Type: Trekking, Lodge Trek and Hiking

Tour Grade: Medium

Price: on Request

Suitable For: Fit Trekkers

Best Season: Jan-Dec (Perfect for Whole Round Year)

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