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Upper Mustang trek

Upper Mustang trek is twelve days, moderate trip in a desert windswept and rugged valley behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna some 84 km northwest of the Jomsom Airport (2710 m). The beautiful valley is known as Lo Manthang (3730 m) located south of the Tibet. Journeys to the trans-Himalaya region start after an 18 minute Pokhara-Jomsom flight. The controlled area motivates to meet a 21st King Jigme Palbar Bista, a cultural king whose history dated back to the 14th century. An ancient religious village, Kagbeni (2800 m) at the bank of River Kali Gandaki, is the gateway of the Lo Manthang.

Lo Manthang is a walled town built by the first king Ame Pal in 1380. It has covered 5-hectares land, including four traditional wards, such as Mahakala, Tara, Dipankar Buddha and Maitreya Buddha. There are 180 mud houses with the four-storied whitewashed palace. The local called as Lobas who believe caste and hierarchy system, such as Kudak (Bista-king’s cast), Ghara (blacksmith), Shemba (butcher) and Emeta (musician).

Upper Mustang trek has opened in 1992 for a tourist that is a restricted area (2567 sq. km big). It required special permits (500 US Dollar for 10 days per person) and a TIMS card with minimum two people in a group. Lo Manthang is a village of Mustang district (1168 households, 31 settlements, and 6000 population). Sixty-three birds, 28 mammals, 2 reptiles, 2 amphibians and 200 plants are recorded in Mustang district. Locals have a nomadic life with a polyandry marriage system (reason to avoid splitting of a family’s farmland) in few families. Lobas plows fields with Dzo (ox), produce barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Pasture lands are at the rim of the Tibetan plateau for the cattle. Horse, mule, and yak are their transport. People do farming, herding, caravan trading and tourism.

Upper Mustang trek is popular to visit a natural cave, Chorten and the three mysterious monasteries, such as Jhampa Gompa (1387 AD) believed to be a replica of the Ghangtse Jhampa Gompa of Tibet nearby Lhasa. Next, Thupchen Gompa (15th century) was built by the third king Tashi Gon and the Chhyoede Gompa (1757) were built by King A-Ham Tshewang Phuntsok Tskgyen Norbu. The most popular five-storied Jhong Cave with 40 rooms is 3 hours away and Nyphu Cave Monastery takes one-day hiking. The Hindu pilgrimage site, Damodar Kunda (holy pond) can visit in a few days from the town. Tenchi Festival, Losar (Jan/Feb), Saga Lug Ka (Feb/Mar), Duk Chu (Nov/Dec), with the monastic school and Gompas are worth to visit. Amchi School translates the village clinic. Call now in Yeti Trail Adventure for the trip cost and further information. Day to day itinerary is below.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1337 m)

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu – 6 hours

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m) - 7 hours by bus

Day 04: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) - 4/5 hours

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 06: Chhuksnag to Samar (3290 m) – 4/5 hours

Day 07: Samar to Geling (3440 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 08: Geling to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 09: Ghami to Charang (3490 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 10: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) – 4/5 hours

Day 11: Rest in Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)

Day 12: Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 13: Ghami to Samar (3290 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 14: Samar to Kagbeni (2800 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 15: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710 m) – 2/3 hours

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) – 20 minutes

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu 1350m - 7 hours by bus

Day 18: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1337 m)
We meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport. We drive 6 km road in 25 minutes to reach the hotel. Check in hotel and we brief the programs. Stay overnight at a hotel with bed and breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu – 6 hours
Professional tour guide meet you with a car at 9 AM at the hotel door. Guide explains about Nepal. The four UNESCO heritage sites include Swayambhunath (1st century) is popular for the Buddhist Stupa, Assamese monkey and the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley with the Himalaya. Kathmandu Durbar Square (12th to 18th century) is popular for royal palace squares, museum, Kasthamandap, the Living Goddess Kumari, Freak Street, wood carving and temple architecture. Pashupatinath (5th century) is famous for the cremation ghat, Pashupatinath Temple, the shrines with Shiva Lingam and Yoni, the Hindu holy men (Sadhus) and an activity of the Assamese monkey and deer in the sub-tropical forest. Boudhanath (5th century) is famous for the second largest Stupa in the world, Tibetan refugee settlement, painting school, huge prayer wheel, prayer flag and the monastery with monks.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m) - 7 hours by bus
Pokhara is 204 km west of Kathmandu, takes 25-minute flight or 5-hour car or 7 hours bus to approach. During Kathmandu-Pokhara driving, snow-capped mountain, Trishuli River valley, cable car station, Marsyangdi River valley, highway towns, terraced fields, villages, domestic animals and jungles are interesting. Malekhu is 72 km far with a lunch spot and river scene. Kurintar is 32 km with a cable car line to Manakamana. Mugling is 6 km next, a road goes to Chitwan and Lumbini here. Abukhaireni is 6 km next, road splits to the Gorkha Durbar (24 km). Dumre is 17 km next, a road splits to the Besisahar towards the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Damauli is 16 km then Pokhara is 55 km. After Tourist Bus Park, take a taxi to lakeside (2 km). Stay overnight at hotel with bed and breakfast in Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) - 4/5 hours
Regular flight starts early in the morning due to the windy valley. The views of Annapurna, Pokhara, Sarangkot, Seti River, Dhaulagiri and its glaciers and deepest valley Kali Gandaki are included on the way to Jomsom with the Twin otter flight. Jomsom is the district headquarter of the Mustang is situated bank of the Kali Gandaki River with the Nilgiri view. There is army camp, police post, market and normal to star level hotel with electricity. Walk along the bank of the Kali Gandaki valley. A gravel road with the Jeep and motorbike go to the Muktinath Temple. Follow the right bank of the river to the Eklebhatti, one trail splits to the Muktinath. Hiking continues through the bank of the river to Kagbeni. The views of the Nilgiri and Kali Gandaki valley with a terraced field in the Kagbeni are beautiful. Stay overnight here.

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb through the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River with a view of the natural cave and Kang Gompa in the west bank of the river. Continue walking to reach the Tangbe village (2990 m) with chorten, terraced fields and Nilgiri views. Walk continues to the Chhuksang village at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Narshing Khola. There is a small salt mine up to the Narshing Khola. Stay overnight there.

Day 06: Chhuksnag to Samar (3290 m) – 4/5 hours
Cross the river over the Kali Gandaki valley then climb uphill to the Chele (3030 m) with a shop and terraced field of barley and wheat. Here are five villages include Chele, Ghyakar, Chhuksang, Tangbe and Tetang with the ethnic group. Climb uphill with the view of Ghyakar to a cairn (3480 m) then descend gradually to the Chorten to reach the Samar village with poplar trees, hotel and stable with the views of Annapurna and Nilgiri. Stay overnight here.

Day 07: Samar to Geling (3440 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb uphill to a ridge, then descend into a gorge with the Chortens. Walk continues next valley with juniper tree. Cross a stream and climbs to a ridge, then descends to the Bhena. Hiking continues to a pass, then descends to the Shyangmochhen (3650 m) with teashops. Climb gradually uphill to a pass (3700 m) in a valley. Take a right-hand side; descend to the Geling with poplar trees and barley field.

Day 08: Geling to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb gradually uphill through the Geling valley to reach the Tama Gaon and the Nyi La (3840 m). Descend continues and take a left trail to reach the Ghami village with whitewashed houses. Here are police post, Gompa, potato field, and the red nunnery end of the village. Stay overnight here.

Day 09: Ghami to Charang (3490 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk continues, cross the Ghami Khola, then climb gradually uphill to the Charang village with Mani walls, willow trees, electricity, Red Gompa with a collection of paintings. Here is 5-storey fortress. Stay overnight here.

Day 10: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) – 4/5 hours
Walk downhill to cross the Charang Chu then climb uphill steeply through a ridge and village (3530 m) to the Tholung Valley. Climb gradually to the large chorten between Charang and Lo. Cross a stream, reach over a ridge (3850 m) with the view of Lo. Descending continues to cross a stream then climb uphill to the Lo-Manthang with police post, several monasteries, Chortens, local King’s palace and terraced field. Stay overnight here.

Day 11: Rest in Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)
Visit in several Gompas, Temples, King Palace and explore the Tibetan type of Nepalese people with their lifestyle and culture in a rest day. Stay overnight here.

Day 12: Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours
Head west trail and climb uphill to some ridges then descend to the large valley. Climb uphill to a ridge (4070 m) and next pass then descends to the Lo Gekar. The 8th century Ghar Gompa with a stream and grove of trees are there. Climb to a ridge then descending to the Dhokmar village nearby a stream. Descend with a field, then climb to a ridge. Climb downhill to the Ghami village with the terraced fields, police post, lodge and monastery. Stay overnight here.

Day 13: Ghami to Samar (3290 m) – 5/6 hours
Take a direct route to the Nyi La at 3840 m. Climb uphill to a ridge and meet the trail from Charang. Climb uphill to the pass and descend steeply to the Geling valley. Descend through the Tama Gaon to a stream and climb uphill to a ridge. Climb downhill to the Samar village with the views of Nilgiri and Annapurna, a grove of the poplar tree and caravan horse station. Stay overnight here.a

Day 14: Samar to Kagbeni (2800 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb downhill to the Chele and Chhuksang villages. Cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and reach the Kagbeni. The confluence of the Muktinath Khola and the Kali Gandaki River is known as real Kagbeni where the Hindus do the religious perform with a wish to their late parents in heaven. The Red Gompa, terraced field, Nilgiri view and electricity are here. You can meet the vulture at the riverbank. Stay overnight here.

Day 15: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710 m) – 2/3 hours
Walk through the left bank of Kali Gandaki River. Reach Eklebhatti with few tea shops and a trail joins from Muktinath. Continue to a windy valley with the views of the Tilje peak at first, later Dhaulagiri just before the Jomsom. Reconfirm your flight ticket to Pokhara one day before in Jomsom. Stay overnight here.

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) – 20 minutes
Take an early morning flight to Pokhara with a view of the Kali Gandaki River valley, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ghorepani, Sarangkot, Phewa Lake with the World Peace Stupa and Pokhara valley. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu 1350m - 7 hours by bus
Kathmandu is located 204 km to the east. Tourist bus takes 7 hours to approach there. During the bus drive between the Pokhara and Kathmandu the scenery are interesting such as snow-capped mountain, Marsyangdi River Valley, cable car station, Trishuli River Valley highway town, terraced field, village, domestic animal and forest-clad hill. The Gunadi is 45 km next where the bus stops for 30 minutes. The Gunadi is Malekhu is 87 km next where the bus stops for 30 minutes. The Kathmandu is 72 km next. Take a taxi to the hotel with a 1 km road. Stay overnight at the hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport
Airport is 6 km far. A car takes 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu airport. Reach 3 hours before the flight departure. Hope you enjoyed the trekking trip in Nepal. Welcome back again with the new program. We wish you safe and happy flight.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by car with professional tour guide.
  • Five night’s hotel with breakfast in twin sharing bed in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 13 night’s lodge with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • Professional trekking guide & porter.
  • Lodge, food, salary, transport and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • Farewell meal & breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • ACAP permit, special permit and TIMS card.
  • Tourist bus ticket from and to Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Flight ticket from and to Pokhara and Jomsom with airport tax.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Mountain.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except farewell meal.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower, desert, water and battery charge in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.
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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 18 days
  • Activities : Sightseeing and trekking (12 days)
  • Maximum Altitude : 3840 m (Nyi La Pass)
  • Trek Grade & Mode : Medium/Tea House Trek
  • Himalayan Sights : Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri (8167m)
  • Valley & River : Kaligandaki (the deepest valley)
  • Transportation : Private vehicle/flight
  • Trek start and end : Jomsom (2710 m)
  • Accommodation : 5 night’s hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara, 12 night’s mountain
  • Meals : Full board, farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Best Time : March/April/May/ June//August/September/October/November

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