Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Set over 16 days, TheUpper MustangTrek offers a remarkable Trekking experience into the remote and exquisiteTrans-Himalayan Mountains.Situated on the Tibetan Plataubetween the provinces of Dolpoand Manang, the Mustang region reserves some of the last remnants of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. The Upper Mustang trek is open to only a few select trekking groups each year, which makes trekking in the area a highly exclusive experience. It follows a well-known trail through villages that once functioned as a trade route from Tibet to Nepal. Passing through high passes, alpine valleys, deep gullies and rock shelves edged by snowy peaks, this exotic adventure is sure to be etched into your memory forever.

The trek starts and ends in Pokhara, Nepals second largest town with beautiful views of the Annapurna mountains and the majestic tourist area of Fewa Lake side. The next morning we take a scenic flight to Jomsom where the trekking adventure really begins. A 3-4 hour trek brings us to Kagbeni, a quaint village at the gateway of Mustang, but to pass beyond this point requires a specific permit. We spend the night in Kagbeni and prepare ourselves for the following day. After everything is finalised, we set off east along the bank of the river over a sequence of small mountain ridges. Across the river we can views of the Kang Gompa.

Crossing over to the east bank of the river, we ascend to the village of Chele. Immediately, you can feel a strong sense of Tibetanculture with the traditional looking houses and their decorations. From Chele we make our way to Syanboche, passing through harsh but beautiful countryside. The trails edges host cool streams and juniper trees which are make great stops for taking a break and capturing the surroundings. From Syanboche we make our way to Ghaymi and onto Charang, over the Nyi La pass at 3850m, which is the highest point of the trek so far and the southern boundary of Lo. As we arrive at Charang we are greeted with a big white Dzong and a red Gompa. Climbing up the ridge to 3800m, we experience the first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail descends to a running stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the extraordinary city is located. Boarded by white washed walls, Lo Manthang is home to 4 magnificent Gompas and The palace of the raja and his rani. We allow a day to explore this majestic walled city and take in the superb Tibetan culture. From Lo Manthang, we head south to Ghami and continue down the valley to Samar where we re-join with the trail used enter the Mustang region. Tracing the trail along the Kali Gandaki River back to Kagbeni, we take in the remains of the beautiful scenery before the 5 hour trek back to Jomsom which then brings us back to Pokhara.

We have allowed two full days to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja and his rani (queen).. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).

Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing & Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).

Day 3 :Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m.) 5-6 hours drive.

Day 4 :Fly to Jomsom (2,700m) & trek to Kagbeni (2, 858m.) 3-4 hours trek.

Day 5 :Trek from Kagbeni to chele (3050m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 6 :Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3,475m.) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 7 :Trek from Syangboche to Ghaymi (3,520m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 8 :Trek from Ghaymi to Charang (3,500m.) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 9 :Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,700m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 10 :Rest at Lo-Manthang; exploring the walled city.

Day 11 :Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3,810 m.) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 12 :Trek from Ghami to Samar (3,806m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 13 :Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (3,050m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 14 :Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,700m.) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 15 :Fly to Pokhara and leisurely at pokhara or explore the lake city.

Day 16 :Drive to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 17 :Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.

What is Included

  • Private pick up and transfer between airport/ hotel, on arrival and departure.
  • Three  nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara in a 2-3 star. hotel in a shared twin room, with breakfast.
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle, as per the above itinerary.
  • Full-board teahouse/ lodge accommodation during the trek with breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees.
  • At least 1 experienced, fully trained, government licensed and English-speaking trekking guide for the duration of the trek.
  • Assistant guides to offer support for the trek duration, as per the group size. (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Sherpa porters to carry your luggage for the trek duration, as per the group size. (2 trekkers : 1 porter).
  • Coverage of all expenses for the guide(s) and porters, i.e. food, accommodation, salary, equipment and transportation, plus insurance for all staff (as per state law).
  • Special Trekking Permit, 500USD per person for 10 days from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay longer than 10 days in the restricted area, you will be subject to an additional charge of 50USD per person, per day.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit fee.
  • Return flight from Pokhara-Jomsom, including airport taxes.
  • All ground transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara, by private vehicle.
  • 1 warm down jacket and sleeping bag per person (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Coordination of emergency rescue, if required. (Helicopter Evacuation available at clients’ expense).
  • Access to comprehensive first aid medical kit for the trip duration. (Clients are advised to bring their own personal medical supplies as well).
  • 1 Asia Adventure Nepal T-shirt, per person.
  • 1 Upper Mustang region trekking map, per person.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
  • All applicable government taxes.

What is Not Included

  • Entry Visa fees – 25USD for 15 day visa, 40USD for 30 day visa and 100USD for 3 month visa on entry into Nepal (correct at time
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast (and in the case of early return from the mountain other than scheduled).
  • All entrance fee of temple and monastery in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights. (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing.
  • Insurance to cover emergency helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters and drivers. (Tipping is expected, but not mandatory).

Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trip Cost: On request

Destination: Nepal

Type of trek: Tea House

Group Size: 2 to 14

Best time: March to November

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