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Upper Mustang Trekking

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Description

Good experience of trekking desired. Mustang, formerly part of Tibet, is an enclave in the Nepalese territory. Under the aegis of an easy-going "little king", this country was opened to treks only since 1992. For a long time it was completely closed, and only some Tibetologists like Michel PEISSEL or Giuseppe TUCCI could reach it. Situated 50 kms behind the massifs of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiris, this legendary and secret country, comprises of vast stretches of water and of yellow and grey rocks, of cave-dwellers in the red cliffs, of immense canyons where sometime blow the violent winds and the surprisingly fortified capital of Lho Manthang. This little kingdom of Tibetan culture possesses several active monasteries that still enclose the treasures of Buddhist arts..( From 5 to 7h 30 of walk per day)       

Upper Mustang is known as a mystique valley and the last forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and is also known as a ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal’ and a very well-liked trekking in Nepal, has been described as “Mountain Desert" The trekking tour to Lo Manthang- isolated region is a incredibly satisfying one for those who want to experience the hospitality and warmth of the locals living in this remote region. Nepal Department of Immigration started to issue only a small number of special trekking permits since 1991. Before 1991 the region was prohibited to visit for foreign travelers. Upper Mustang is a perfect destination where generous scope is offered for visiting Buddhists Monasteries. This semi autonomous and heavily Tibetan influenced region was described by Tillman as fascinatingly ugly country, the more fascinating for being so little known" indeed, the trek to Lo Manthang is through an almost treeless barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill, unbelievable panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several others peaks make your trek marvelous with lifetime experience. Trek begins from Jomsom - reachable by flight and accessible by walk from Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tatopani-Jomsom and Kali Gandaki Valley trekking route. 

Mustang is one of those few places in the world that has survived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, was a forbidden land for outsides. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to preserve their life style and heritage that remained almost untouched for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. The high desert rain shadow of Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau. The Lo Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, lies in the remote Himalaya desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, is an antique Tibetan Village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture. We, Wilderness Excursion Pvt. Ltd offers perfect budget package trips to Mustang in most competitive trip cost and develop tailor made itinerary to meet your time frame for Nepal holiday.

Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Friendship World Treks will organizes the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

What makes this trip different ? 

Friendship World Treks works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Friendship Society Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Lura, Gorakhani (Solukhumbhu, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Donation 
Friendship World Treks donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Lura Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Friendship Society Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Friendship World Treks.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Solukhumbhu Volunteer Program, devised by Friendship World Treksand Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Lura, Ghorakhani, Juke village of Solukhumbhu district, Eastern part of Nepal.

For more details, visit Friendship Society Nepal's website www.friendshipsocietynepal.org 


Trip Facts

Duration 15
Best time to travel January to December
Trip Grade Moderate
Departure Date Every Day

Itinerary

Outline Itinerary: 
Day 01: Join Kathmandu/1300m, a welcome dinner and a short briefing about the trip is held in the evening. Relax and overnight in hotel. 
Day 02: Sightseeing in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites (Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinaht and Kathmandu Durbar Square etc. with tour guide. 
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, (200km, 6/7 hours drive by tourist bus or 25 minutes domestic flight) then stay in hotel at Lake Side in Pokhara. Relax and enjoy the evening. 
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (8921ft. 2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (9216ft. 2810m). Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Chusang or Chele (10004ft. 3050m) via Tangbe for lunch. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Gilling (11709ft. 3570m). Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3,460m/11,352ft). Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Charanag (11677ft. 3560m). Explore monasteries and village. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (12,238ft. 3,730m). Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Excursion around Lo Manthang. Visit the villages, monasteries and the King’s palace.
Day 11: Hike up to Choser or Namgyal Monastery. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Ghargompa, Visit the monastery. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Chele and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni stay overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom then stay overnight in lodge.
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara and sightseeing around Lakeside.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus at 7:30am and transfer to hotel.

 

Note:- For Your Information, Upper Mustang Trek Permit Costs USD 500 .00 for first 10 days then USD 50.00 each extra day and ACAP Permit is required that cost NPR. 2000.00 Per person. No TIMS Card for this trek. You must trek with a licensed guide and organize with a government registered trekking agency. Minimum group size must be two people. 

This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your budget and time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Friendship World Treks signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

Day 03- Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus.

Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7.30 am to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

(Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 04- Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters).

Early morning we are flying Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet.

On arrival to Jomsom you will meet the rest of the trekking staff. From Kathmandu you will have a guide with you. We start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05- Trek to Chaile (3050 meter)

The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hr, then we trek and cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06- Trek to Geling (3500 meters).

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge, which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07- Trek to Charang (3620meters).

From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass NYI LA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings, of seated Buddha's. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 08- Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters).

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lomanthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09- Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar.

It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10- Trek to Dhi (3410 meters)

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11- Trek to Tange (3370 meters).

From Dhi the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3370m.Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12- Trek to Tetang/ Chusang (3022 meters).

The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13- Trek to Jomsom (2713meters).

This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village. This is the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the trek, with all the trekking staff. Overnight at Tea Houses.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14- Morning flight to Pokhara and same day Sightseeing around Pokhara.

Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

Day 15- Leisure day in Pokhara.

It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom. Overnight at hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

Day 16- Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters).

Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

(Breakfast Included)

 

Day 17- Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

(Breakfast Included)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


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