UPPER MUSTANG TREK 2021 AUGUST 28th -18 DAYS (FULL- BOARD SERVICE) - 18 Days

  • Trip Code HTA-104
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
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About Trip:

Trip Introduction: -

Join our Upper Mustang trek-18 days trek which offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Make an adventure starting from world's deepest gorge Kaligandaki Region into world's highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley that passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousand years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. 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, which is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring). The Mustagi people have their own way of family life, which is quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

The Transhimalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang.

Outline Itinerary

Outline Itinerary: -

August 28th -Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]:

August 29th -Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1,400 m) and Brief discussion upon the

trip:

August 30th -Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: By Tourist Standard Vehicle

August 31st -Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs

September 1st -Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

September 2nd -Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs

September 3rd -Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs

September 4th -Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs

September 5th -Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs

September 6th -Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang:

September 7th -Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs

September 8th -Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs

September 9th -Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

September 10th -Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs

September 11th -Day 15: From Jomsom Fly back to Pokhara:

September 12th -Day 16- Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu after enjoying an amazing sunrise view from Sarangkot

September 13th -Day 17 –Reserve day

September 14th - Day 18: Fly Home: Farewell Friend

Cost Includes:

  • All airport/hotel transfers in a private vehicle.
  • 3 Star-Level hotel Three nights in Kathmandu, including Pokhara two-night stay
  • Himalayan Traverse Duffel Bag
  • Welcome dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • During Kathmandu and Pokhara stay (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Pokhara city tour
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-kathmandu) and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (If above 4 trekkers) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Tourist standard vehicle to Pokhara
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Special permit 500$ US dollar per member
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and Upper Mustang special trekking permit)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee for the visiting places in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Personal equipment
  • Special Tips for guides and porters should be given.
  • Not mentioned in “what is included” section
  • If additional days are acquired by the members more than 10 days in the mustang area for more than in special permit then per member (50$- a day), should be paid.
  • Credit facility (The amount should be accurate.)

Trip Map

Detailed Itinerary: -

August 28th -Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]:

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

Included meals: Bed and Breakfast.

August 29th -Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1,400 m) and Brief discussion upon the trip:

After breakfast in the morning we start a small sightseeing in Kathmandu in the three famous UNESCO World heritage enlisted sites: “Pashupatinath Temple” the biggest temple for Hindus, “Swayambhunath Stupa” also known as the monkey temple which is one of the famous religious Stupa for Buddhists and “Boudhanath Stupa” the biggest Stupa in Nepal located in Kathmandu. After this short visit to religious sites we make early preparations for our trip and make sure everything is okay. As it is the second day, we will make you brief introduction on your trip and your guide/s too. At the evening we will host a welcome dinner offering typical Nepalese cuisine in one of the finest Nepalese Restaurants in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

Included meals: Bed and Breakfast, Welcome Dinner.

August 30th -Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: By Tourist Standard Vehicle

Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist standard vehicle. The beautiful journey ride will lead us to Pokhara where we will see more of beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Bed and Breakfast

August 31st -Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs

After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age-old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here, an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 1st -Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

Our journey starts with a special permit checkup and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trail follows the up and downhill. Firstly, we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. Overnight in Chele.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 2nd -Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs

Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen.  On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work.  We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. Overnight in Syanbohen.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 3rd -Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Overnight in Ghyami.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 4th -Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs

Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk.  After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism.  From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon.  There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop. Overnight in Charang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 5th -Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs

Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 6th -Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang:

Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar,  the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 7th -Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs

While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. explore the local area.  Likelihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning. Overnight in Drakmar.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 8th -Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs

Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time. Overnight in Ghiling.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 9th -Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. Overnight in Chhuksang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 10th -Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs

Our last day of the day would be a long one.  Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well. Overnight in Jomsom.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 11th -Day 15: From Jomsom Fly back to Pokhara:

After early morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide and members will head to the hotel for lunch. As we will have flight and we will stay in Sarangkot for that day so that we are able to enjoy the sunrise view from the very place the other day, we will visit the below given places included in the pokhara city tour.

Pokhara City Tour: -

Devi’s Fall -

Devi’s Fall is one of the popular tourist sites in Pokhara. It is also popularly known as Patale Chhango (underground water fall). Devi’s Fall is named after the name of Swiss women Ms. Devi. One day in 1961, Ms Devi was swimming near the waterfall of Fewa Dam with her husband and at the same time the dam overflowed suddenly and swept away her into a deep gorge to death in 1961. Since then the waterfall is named as Devi’s Fall. It is and awesome waterfall just 2km south of the Pokhara airport. City buses and taxis are available to go to the waterfall.

 

 

Gupteswor Cave -

Opposite of the Devi’s fall, there is a beautiful cave. The whole area of the cave is very big and needs well preparation to explore it. The cave also a popular pilgrimage site. There is a natural image of Lord Shiva, which was naturally found beneath the earth. Many devotees visit the cave everyday. Well-maintained steps are constructed with sufficient lights to enter into the cave. There is a small tunnel behind the Shiva image that links the cave to the Devi’s fall. It takes about 10 minutes to reach Devi’s fall through the tunnel. It is an exciting part of the cave that adventure visitors have also the opportunity to enjoy the underground view of Devi’s Fall. Since the tunnel is a kind of adventurous aspect that one should take care while being in the tunnel.

 

Mahendra Cave -

Mahendra Cave is another natural wonder in Pokhara is the Mahendra Cave. The cave has not been fully explored yet. It is advised that visitors should have a torch or a guide to enter into the cave. The cave management committee also provides guide an torch if requested. Mahendra Cave is named after the late King Mahendra and is situated some 9 km. North of Pokhara Airport. City buses and taxis are regularly available to go to the cave. There is another cave nearby Mahendra Cave known as the Bat’s Cave or Chamere Gupha.

 

Bindabasini Temple -

It is an wonderful and the most popular pilgrimage site located on a small beautiful hillok some 4 km. North of airport. Bindabasini is regarded as Shakti Pitha of goddess Bhagabati. The temple area is like a park and is ideal for sightseeing. There are also few more temples including one Shiva temple nearby Bindabasini Temple.

 

Tibetan Refugee Camp -

There are three Tibetan refugee camps. One is 2km. South from the airport near the Devi’s fall at Chhorepatan, the second is in Prithwichowk and the third is 7km. North of airport in Hemja. All the camps are worth visiting to know Tibetan culture, their tradition and living style. Within the camps there are handicraft centers.

 

Buddhist Monastery -

It is also called Nyeshang Monastery established in 1960 by Manangi Buddhists. This monastery is situated at Matepani about 4km east of the airport. It is built on a small hillock and one can enjoy nice view of Pokhara city as well as the mountain ranges.

 

Seti River -

It is another mysterious natural wonder of Pokhara. Originated from the Machhapuchre glacier, Seti river runs through the main city area. The river provides a perfect view of its dreadful rush before it goes underground or disappears at Bagar into a deep gorge. The gorge is narrow but very deep that in some place it goes down to more than 60 meters deep. KI Sing Bridge, Mahendrapool and Prithvichowk are the main places to observe the underground river and its roaring sound.The surprising aspect of the river that even during the rainy season the swelling floodwater does not block into the narrow gorge. 

 

Overnight in Sarangkot.

Included meals: Bed and Breakfast

September 12th -Day 16- Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast and enjoyment of the very amazing sunrise view from Sarangkot in the early morning then we move to airport, we look for our flight and the flight will be approx. after 10:00 am only and we leave you to the hotel after you reach Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Bed And Breakfast

September 13th -Day 17 –Reserve day

This a reserved day and can be used anywhere if needed due to any climatic or any other condition or any delay of program itinerary day due to flight or any other reason if not the day will be a free day.

 

September 14th - Day 18: Fly Home: Farewell Friend

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