Fixed Departure Trips

Overview

Mustang is a very popular trekking region in Nepal, which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region.

The Mustang is situated along the north central border of the Himalayas in the upper reach of Mustang District is by far Nepal’s most restricted trekking area. It was only opened to foreigners in 1992 and has been strictly regulated ever since. However trekking in this area is truly one of the rarest and most rewarding experiences in all Nepal.

This trek begins after flight from Pokhara to Jomsom on the upper Kali Gandaki River between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri , our trekking holiday to Mustang allows us to explore a weird and wonderful landscape of eroded conglomerate cliffs, colored by natural earth pigments - reds, yellows, browns and blues. Trekking across passes of up to 4100m, we will also be walking through a succession of picturesque white painted Mustang villages and Tibetan monasteries, set against a backdrop of the distant snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. We have a day to explore our ultimate destination for excursion in Lo Manthang, a fairy-tale walled city and the capital of Mustang which is quite unlike anything else in Nepal. This enlightening trekking adventure to Mustang in Nepal will surely appeal to those looking to explore a very special part of the Himalaya and finally by flight from Jomsom to Pokhara or continue trek to Ghorepani Poon hill and ending Himalayan adventure trip at Pokhara.

Highlights

* Historical, cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu
* Interesting and picturesque places
* Buddhist Monastery, Chorten and Mani walls
* Tibetan life-style in refugee camps and the mystic Landscape
* Ancient and isolated villages
* Mixed culture and purely Tibetan cultural
* The pilgrimage site of Muktinath
* Lake valley of Pokhara

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Duration 17 Nights/18 Days
Trip code NAP-MUS-211
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom/Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Chogo-La (4325m) Yamdo-La (4010m)
Trip Cost USD 2645 per person
Group Size 2 to 16 people
Accessibillity 7-hrs drive to Pokhara and 25 minutes flight to and from Jomsom
The Route Maximum altitude Chogo-La (4325m) Yamdo-La (4010m) 5-7-hrs average walking/riding per day, moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sep – Nov/March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, home-stay tented accommodation during the trekking period.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening at hotel about the daily program activities by your Group Leader/Guide.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

This morning you will drive to Pokhara (200km) the road mostly follows the River Trisuli and Marshyangdi, depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 6-hrs way by tourist bus and 5-hrs drive by private transport. Along the drive you will enjoy beautiful scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at Pokhara with enough time to enjoy the colorful town of Pokhara.

We fly to Jomsom. From Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route forward to Eklebhatti and reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the route meets the junction where the trail splits for Muktinath, the pilgrimage temple and for Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area; it’s a hive of activity for donkey and yak caravans coming and going to and from mustang and for pilgrims taking a rest on route to Mukthinath. In Kagbeni, you can easily spend a few hours wondering around taking in this lovely village. 

From Kagbeni you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail makes several ups and downs to arrive at Tangbe village (3060m). Walking further and descending you will reach to Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see many beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields. From Chhuksang making more ups and downs along the Kali Gandaki River you will get to Chele village.

From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele-La (3630m). After crossing the ridge from Chele-La the trail enters a large sided valley and descends to Samar (3620m) where you will have views of the distant Annapurna Himal dominated by Nil Giri. The trail climbs up to the Bhena-La (3830m) and to Bhena (3860m). Climbing to another pass, the Yamdo-La (4010m), you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling, spend some time here soaking up the village atmosphere. 

Turning west from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi-La (4020m). The trail then drops steeply to Ghemi (3510m), a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. From Ghemi the trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Choya-La (3870m). Making a gentle descent the trail reaches to Tsarang. 

The trail descends about 100 meters down from Tsarang, crosses the Tsarang–Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climbs gently to a large isolated Chorten, then crosses a stream and reaches the Lo-La (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Descending for some time the trail crosses a stream and climbs up to Lo-Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortens. 

This day will be spent in this mystical and isolated city. There are four major places and several other places like the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house", the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attractions of this town. Another attraction is the four–story building of the Raja's Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Having seen one, you are excited to see the others. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkar, the sight of Raja's summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyals "The Monastery of Victory " is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. The eastern valley contains Chosar, the site of a High School, Garphu and Nyphu Gompa and is the main trading route to Lhasa.

From Lo-Manthang the trail climbs steadily offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4070m and continues climbing to the Chogo-La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. The trail makes a short, steep descent and crosses the Chharang River, then climbs to Lo-Geker and reaches to Ghar Gompa a small monastery. 

Lo-Gekar trek to Ghami and Shyangbochen: The trail descends passing the stone walls and fields of Dhakmar, then climbs to a ridge and descends to the lower part of Ghemi and further descending you will reach to Jaite (3820m) and descend again gently to Chhung-Kah. The trail then reaches to Tama Gaon (3710m) and continues descending to Shyangmochen.

After break fast we walk down to Chele after lunch we continue trek the village of Tetang. 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. From Tetang village it takes one day to go to Jomsom and a day to arrive to Muktinath.We re-track back to Chele (3050m) 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 camp.

From Tetang village the trail climbs till the Gnyu Pass, which take around 3 an half hours. The entire route provides a fine panorama of the Himalayan range and green valley with many kinds of Himalayan flowers. From Gnyu Pass you can see the whole Muktinath area in a distance of 2 hours gentle walk. The Name of the Muktinath (God of salvation) is name of a Hindu’s god. Muktinath is a holy place for all the devotees. Every year thousands of devotees from Nepal, India and Tibet come to visit this place for the salvation and purification of their belief. History tells that many Kings of Asia visited the place for meditation and salvation. Muktinath is decorated by Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the southeast, Daulagiri to the southwest and Thorang peak and Yakawa Kang to the north. It is one of the most important religious centers of both Hindus and Buddhist. For Hindus, beside the Holy water, the importance of the Muktinath is in the belief that the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is in the form of Saligrams. Saligram are found in the water of Kaligandaki River, just a few hours walk from Muktinath.

This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot, once served as palace. Continuing the trek toward Jomsom one will enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village 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, celebrate the last day of the trek will in Jomsom with all the trekking staffs.

Jomsom we fly to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel in Pokhara. The trekking staffs except the guide will trek down till Pokhara and drive or fly to Kathmandu, which will take 4 days.

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon then you have free afternoon to be fresh up; evening we comment about the trip and celebrate farewell dinner together at Nepalese Typical Restaurant you have free time for shopping.

We allow a Leisure day in Kathmandu incase the flight from Lukla is canceled due to weather. If you are in Kathmandu we will take you on a guided tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the oldest cities in the valley.

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal Adventure Point representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Included

* Documents: Upper Mustang special permit, ACAP entrance permit
* Activities: Sightseeing, hiking  trekking trip as per itinerary.
* Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilize, if doing camping trekking.
* Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara  on twin sharing bedroom and 12 nights tented/ lodges on mountain
* Food: Full board on Teahouse/camping BBreakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 6 breakfast in city.
* Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
* Transportation: All airport arrival/departure transfer, Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transportation
* Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

* Pokhara to Jomsom and return flight
* Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
* Personal travel and trekking equipments
* Lunch and dinner while in city
* Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
* Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
* Hiring horse and horsemen
* Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
* Temple and Monastery entrance fees
* Optional activities
* And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

 

Upper Mustang Trek

Arrival Information

Upon arrival our airport representative will be waiting with a sign with your name or Nepal Adventure Point written on it. Once you exit the baggage hall, please check carefully for our representative as there are usually many people waiting outside. If, for any reason, you don’t manage to find our representative within 30 minutes, we recommend you make your own way to the hotel. You will then be reimbursed for any cost incurred between the airport and your hotel. From Tribhuvan International airport it is approximately 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu centre.

If for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please call us as soon as possible at +9779851050327.

Pre-meeting & trekking briefing

It is very important for trekkers to be present at Upper Mustang Trekking briefing. On arrival day, the briefing will be held at your hotel where you will be introduced to the group leader and team members. The pre-meeting & trip briefing will cover all information regarding your trek and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. This will help us to ensure you are guaranteed the best trekking experience.

Important Documents

Upper Mustang special permit and ACAP entrance permit are required for Upper Mustang Trekking. In order for us to arrange this for you, you will need to bring 4 passport photos, 2 copies of your passport, a copy of your visa, name and number of your travel insurance policy, name and number of your travel agent/flight booking office and emergency contact numbers of next of kin.

Accommodation

During the Upper Mustang Trekking we provide teahouse/lodges accommodation and have chosen them according their eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene standards and pleasant surroundings. These are basic lodges with just a couple of rooms with two separate beds. The lodges have running water but they do not always have hot showers. Blankets are available but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. We provide tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included.

Single supplement

While the package we offer includes all accommodation, this is based on a double or triple occupancy, so if you prefer single accommodation, you will have to pay for the entire room. If you are traveling alone and you are happy to share your accommodation, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender for the duration of the trip. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodation is not available.

Food and Drinks

All meals are included in the Upper Mustang Trekking trip. Trekking lodges offer freshly cooked meals, serving a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the teahouses and trail side restaurants. Breakfast generally includes cereals, toast, porridge and egg dishes, with tea or coffee included. Dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge in which you spend the night. Lunch will be arranged accordingly. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at village shops while trekking, as well as available tap water which can be treated with purification tablets.

Equipment & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you to pack for your adventure trip. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trekking duration. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack on your own.

 

Head Items

Bandana or head scarf

Woolen or synthetic warm hat

Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

Sunglasses

 

Upper Body and Hands Items

Polypropylene shirts (1 Half and 2 long sleeves)

Light and expedition weight thermal tops

Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover

Waterproof shell jacket

Down Jacket

Gore-Tex jacket with hood

1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves

1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

 

Lower Body Items

1 pair of Hiking shorts

1 pair of hiking trousers

1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms

1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers

 

Feet Items

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

1 pair of Hiking boots

1 pair of sandals

 

Sleeping and Travel Bags

1 Sleeping bag (-10 degrees C, 14 degrees F)

Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

1 Large Duffel bag

Small daypack

 

Basic first aid supplies

Personal first aid kit bag

Aspirin

Skin-blister repair kit

Anti-diarrhea pills

Anti-headache pills

Throat lozenges or cough drops

Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide

Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin

Water purification tablets

Sunscreen loction

Bandaids (plasters) and tape

Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy

 

Toiletries

Medium sized towel

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Multipurpose soap

Deodorants

Nail clippers

Face and body moisturizer

Female hygiene products

Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

Wet wipes

Tissue paper

Anti-bacterial hand wash

 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day, with the possibility of longer periods depending on pace, with a light rucksack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding. However, if you are in excellent health with an average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, you can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a time prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but it is not mandatory. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal Adventure Point before booking the trek. We advise you to check with your doctor before booking the trip.

Flight delay in Jomsom

Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such cases, Nepal Adventure Point will organize alternative available road transportation to try to ensure that you are on schedule for your international flight. In this case, you will need to pay for the expense of the road transport but will be reimbursed after Nepal Adventure Point receives the refund of the arranged flight 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.

Passport and Visa 

Travellers must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when traveling with Nepal Adventure Point. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. Nepal visa is available on arrival in Kathmandu airport.

Travel Insurance 

Travel insurance is compulsory while booking any trip with Nepal Adventure Point. We will not be liable for any injury/health conditions/emotional or other conditions suffered by the client during the trip. Similarly, our package cost does not include any personal insurance. Hence, we advise the clients to take adequate insurance packages, including medical emergencies and evacuation by Helicopter.

All costs for emergency evacuation must be paid in cash in Nepal unless an insurance company has agreed to pay the costs on your behalf. It is important that any insurance policy issued to cover emergency evacuation for climb/trek/tour does not exclude alpinism or mountaineering.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Credit cards are not accepted on mountain. You can take the denomination of Rs.50, 100, 500 and 1000. ATM facilities are available Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Tipping

Nepal has recently introduced a 10% ‘service charge’ on hotel & restaurant accounts. A modest, friendly tip is also more or less expected by drivers. For Upper Mustang Trek, a rough guideline is US$ 3-4 per group member per day for guide and US$ 2-4 per group member per day for a porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Additional Information 

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. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contacts us by email.at: nepaladventurepoint@gmail.com If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-98510-50327.

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