UPPER MUSTANG TREK
Known as the Kingdom of Mustang, trekkers hike through the awesome Kali Gandaki River Valley to the Kagbeni and continue on to the stone-walled town of Lomanthang. The region is cool, and trekkers eventually reach the border region of Tibet. It is a wildly isolated part of Nepal. Lomanthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, is a fabled city with cultural values and traditions. The numerous monasteries and chortens along with cave style settlements and different celebrations in Upper Mustang make the trip a grand excursion.
UPPER MUSTANG TREK, 17 DAYS KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU
Upper Mustang Trek Beyond the Annapurna Himalayan chain, the awesome area calls trekkers to explore this remote region and discover the breathtaking Himalayas, arid landscapes, unique floral zones, and the remarkable Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is known as the Kingdom of Mustang, and trekkers hike through the awesome Kali Gandaki River Valley to the Kagbeni and continue on to the stone-walled town of Lomanthang. This trek is a real adventure, in altitudes of up to 3800 metes (12,467 ft.). The region is cool, and trekkers eventually reach the border region of Tibet. It is a wildly isolated part of Nepal, especially in relation to the Kathmandu Valley. Lomanthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, is a fabled city with cultural values and traditions. The numerous monasteries and chortens along with cave style settlements and different celebrations in Upper Mustang make the trip a grand excursion. Local culture in the Kingdom has been practiced since before the Tibetans fled from their native country.
Upper Mustang Trek in Upper Mustang is restricted, and Shiva Excursions manages the excursion itinerary to adhere to the required regulations. Culturally knowledgeable guides organize the trek to assure the best possible experience.
Note: If you want to have a very special trekking experience in Upper Mustang, we recommend visiting between the middle of April and the beginning of May. The Tiji Festival is celebrated around this time, and it is a world-renowned celebration.
Best trekking season – March, April, May, August, September, October, November, and December
Duration: 17 Days
Max Elevation: 3806m.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Accomodation: Tea Houses
Best Time: June, July, September-November & March-May
Start / Ending: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
• All Airport pick up and drop
• 3 nights standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
• 2 Night Stander hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
• One day kathmandu city tour with guide and car.
• Lodge Accommodation on The Tea house
• Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus and Back to Kathmandu.
• Pokhara -Jomsom - Pokhara by Domestic air
• All 3 meals per day during the trek [B+L+D] .
• An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide as per bigger size of group of trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging.
• Upper Mustang Special permit $500 Per Person
• Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• All necessary paper work and permits.
• A medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
• All government and local taxes
• Nepal Visa fee ( Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigration, bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs,)
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Meal in city like Kathmandu.
• Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
• Travel and rescue insurance.
• Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
• Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu.
There will be a warm welcome to you on Nepal after landing your flight at TIA. Representative of Shiva Excursion Pvt. Ltd. will there for your arrival. He/she will shift you toward your place of accommodation. After having rest for some time there will a brief description of the upcoming program with your guide.
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration and preparation for trek.
Our today’s day is spent by sightseeing all around Kathmandu Valley. Having a breakfast we will visit Pashupatinath (regarded as the holiest temple of Lord Shiva). Next will be Bauddhanath (Little Tibet). Then Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) is our next destination. Lastly we will drive to Kathmandu (Basantpur) Durbar Square. It will end our Kathmandu tour we will return back & make preparation for our trekking.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (7 to 8 hours)
Now we will move for Pokhara. Our drive goes through Prithivi Highway. Our lunch will be on highway in very nice environment. In around 6 hours we will be at Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara we walk to Lakeside for watching charming sunset views. Then we will return back and have our dinner & enjoy.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858m) – 4 Hours
Early morning mountain flight leads us to Jomsom. It will be about 1 Hr. in one hour duration we will feel as if we are flying in heaven. Reaching on Jomsom we will take our things and start walking to Kagbeni. We may have a bit difficulty in walking in first day. All the things in surrounding will be amazing for us.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) – 6 Hours
We were tired and we will have a very good sleep. Waking up we will have breakfast and again make preparation for walking. Today our destination will be Chele. First of all we need to check our special permit to continue our trek to enter the part of upper mustang. Then we will continue our walk to Chele.
Day 06: Chele to Syangboche (3475m) – 7 Hours
Our today’s destination is Syangboche. We will start our trek from Ekle Bhatti steadily uphill to cross Taklam La pass (3624 m). The magnificent view of beautiful mountain ranges seen during our walk will be so much impressive. Reaching on Syangboche we explore around village & lastly we will return back for our night.
Day 07: Syangboche to Ghaymi (3520m) – 6 Hours
We will continue our walk to Ghaymi by walking uphill to Yamda La (3850 m). In our way we will explore Local village’s teahouses with Tibetan culture & tradition. These all will be interesting in exploring. In this way our zugzag track leads us to Ghaymi. Over here we will rest and spend our cool night.
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang (3500m) — 5 Hours
From Ghaymi our destination leads us to Charang. Very long Mani wall (a sacred stone wall made by followers of Buddhism) situated beside plate is very important things that need to be explored. Walking for about 5 to 6 hours we are at Charang (village famous for fields of maize) for night.
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3700m) – 6 Hours
Early morning after having breakfast we walk walk to Lo-Manthang. Today we will walk by main trial today. Magnificent views of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Bhrikuti Peak is offered in our way. Seeing this we will be full of joy. Lastly after a long walk we will be at Lo & observe spectacular view of Lo-Mangthang valley to stay cool night.
Day 10: Acclimatization at Lo-Manthang
Today is our rest day at Lo Manthang. We need to accumulate our self for matching climatic condition of surrounding. In our leisure time we will visit several places around places over Lo Manthang. Knowledge of tradition & culture of local people of Lo Manthang is very interesting in getting.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810m) – 7 Hours
Accumulating our self with weather at Lo Manthang, Drakmar is our next walking destination. We will walk through Gyakar with Ghar Gompa (more than 1200 years old). Quite close magnificent view of beautiful ranges of mountain will impress us in our journey. Playing on the nature unknowingly we will reach Drakmar for our night.
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m) – 6 Hours
It is our returning journey it will be so much easy in walking. We just need to trek downward following the main trial to reach Ghiling. The beauty of nature with mountain ranges from different angel will be so much impressive. Continuing in downhill track we will reach Ghiling for our night.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m) – 6 Hours
In our returning journey it will be so much easy in walking. We just need to trek downward following the main trial to reach Chhuksang. The same beauty of nature with mountain ranges from different angel will be so much impressive. Continuing in downhill track we will reach Chhuksang for our night.
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m) – 7 Hours
From Chhuksang, we will continue to Jomsom. Jomsom will be our ending point of our trek. During our walk we will be full of joy viewing beautiful glimpse of giant mountain ranges. We will have easy walk as we need to walk on flat & downhill trial. On reaching jomsom we will make confirmation of our tomorrow’s flight to Pokhara and rest the remaining time.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
We will have early morning flight toward Pokhara. It will be about 1 Hr. in one hour duration we will feel as if we are flying in heaven. We will be flying above the beautiful ranges of mountains. On reaching Pokhara we walk to Lakeside for watching charming sunset views. Then we will return back and have our dinner & enjoy.
Day 16: Pokhara back to Kathmandu
We need return back to Kathmandu. We will return back through the same highway. We will be pleased with houses and greenery of highway. Not only this can we be back by the airplane. Driving around seven hours we will be at Kathmandu. We will be shifted toward our hotel which will end our trekking.
Day 17: Farewell
Spending a rest night at Kathmandu, it’s a time for returning back to your home land. There will be a small farewell program for you. You will be guided all the things of returning journey by our team for your departure. Hope you will be back to Nepal to visit the remaining side of beautiful Nepal.
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