Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Duration 18 Nights/19 Days
Trip Code NAP-MUS-211
Trip Cost USD 2675 per person
Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail
Best Time Aug-Nov and Mar-May

Overview

Upper Mustang trek lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River where the languages, culture and traditions are similar to those of the Tibetan people.  This area is considered one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has a mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors who come to this region.

The Mustang is situated along the northern central border of the Himalayas in the upper reach of Mustang District. It is 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.

After a short flight from Pokhara you will reach Jomsom, where the trek starts, on the upper Kali Gandaki River, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upper Mustang offers wonderful landscapes made of colourful conglomerate cliffs due to natural earth pigments. Trekking across passes at an altitude of 4100m and walking through picturesque villages and Tibetan monasteries, are just some of the highlights of this trek. An entire day will be dedicated to exploring our ultimate destination in Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang; quite unlike anything else in Nepal. 

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 18 Nights/19 Days
Trip code NAP-MUS-211
Trip Start/Ends Pokhara - Jomsom/Jomsom - Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Chogo-La (4325m) Yamdo-La (4010m)
Trip Cost USD 2675 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 Aug-Nov and Mar-May
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available teahouses/lodges on mountains

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. 

Cost Included

  • Fee: Upper Mustang special permit, ACAP entrance permit
  • Activities: Sightseeing, trekking trip as per itinerary
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipment
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights in hotel in Pokhara  in a twin shared bedroom and 12 nights in tents/ lodges on the mountains
  • Food: All meals are included in teahouses/lodges and camp sites. Breakfasts will also be included while in the city
  • Staff: Leader/guide and porters' daily wage, food and accommodation
  • Transportation: Airport pickup and airport drop off, Kathmandu to Pokhara transport (round trip)
  • Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable government taxes and official service charges. 

     

     

Cost Excluded

  • Pokhara to Jomsom roundtrip flight
  • Travel/medical insurance, medical expenses and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel and trekking equipments
  • Meals while in the city
  • Extras such as drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone calls
  • Expenses occurred due to unexpected events such as road wrecks, flight delays etc
  • Hiring horse and horsemen
  • Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crew
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fees
  • Optional activities
  • Unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Important information for your 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 permits 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 to 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 canceled 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 cancellation 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 to 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 traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers 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 the 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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