• Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

 
  • Days: 17
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 17 Days

Activities: Trekking,Walking

Departure From: Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Region: Upper Mustang

Price: USD 1,750

Group size: Min 2-7 Max

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Upper Mustang which is also called Lo is an alluring and mystic land in Annapurna region. It was forbidden until 1990 so as not to get influenced by the foreign traditions, costume, and customs. It was in 1991 A.D. when foreigners were permitted to trek and travel in this heavenly place.

Most of the people living in this region follow Tibetan culture and tradition and they are very much determined to preserve and promote their ethnic and religious identity. Trekking to Upper Mustang gives you varied and lively feelings of mountainous life. The highest elevation of this region is 4000 m and hence even a novice aspirant of trekking can go for Upper Mustang Trek.

Highlights

Upper Mustang Trekking lets you walk through the enigmatic land which rewards you with the exceptionally unique exploration – phenomenal geographical structures of the landscape, captivating medieval ancient monasteries, and come across with a unique culture and splendid view of the wonderful snowcapped peaks and additionally the warm hospitality of the local people.

This trekking can be done almost in every season but spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking to Upper Mustang. Since this is the restricted zone, a special permit from Nepal Government is required for which certain amount should be paid and you will be liable and other entrance fees.

Hiking to Upper Mustang offers you a different flavor of Himalayan lifestyles, prehistoric and well-famed monasteries, caves, local art and architectures and much more. The hills in the Upper Mustang region look bare and dry whereas the environment is usually clear and stunning. Other major attractions besides these are the enticing and tempting scene of the snow-capped Himalayas like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and much more.

Summary

The journey to Upper Mustang virtually begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara along the windy road that winds down the beautiful dale and goes along the river banks passing beautiful villages on the way. On reaching the most beautiful city in Western Nepal - Pokhara; you will take a short flight to Jomsom.

When you are en-route to Jomsom, you can enjoy the beautiful scene of green hills, dense forest, pristine mountains and many scenes. The real trek to Upper Mustang starts only after you reach Kagbeni, the main entrance to Upper Mustang. Hiking up from Kagbeni you will reach Tangbe Village and be enjoying and leaving the beautiful sceneries and villages behind, trekking past the fast flowing streams, you will reach Chusang Village. Most of the inhabitants of the villages you will pass are Gurungs, Thakalis, Sherpas, and Manangis; the ethnic people of the region.

From Chusang, you will leave for Lo-Manthang. Lo-Manthang is a beautifully fenced village and also the capital of Mustang. After leaving Lo-Mangthang behind, you will descend back re-routing and be passing many beautiful villages and typical Tibetan monasteries where you will have plenty of chances to explore Tibetan tradition and lifestyle while being in Nepal. After you descend to Chusang, you will retrace to Jomsom, Pokhara and finally back to Kathmandu.

Accent Himalaya has arranged this trekking and itinerary very carefully (listed below) and if our itinerary does not fit your vacation schedule, please let us know so that we can customize it as per your wish. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

A representative from Accent Himalaya will have already reached the Tribhuvan International Airport before your landing. You will be picked up and taken to the hotel. After you relax and freshen up, you can visit our office. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by Accent Himalaya in which you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisine.

  Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After having breakfast, you will be taken to different places of historical and religious importance especially those enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site viz. the Pashupatinath Temple, the Swayambhunath temple (Monkey Temple), the Boudhanath stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, our guide briefs about your trek and necessary preparations.

  Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

This is the day when you set out for your trek. You will leave for Pokhara early in the morning from Kathmandu on a tourist bus. On the way, you will be served breakfast and lunch. Driving alongside Trishuli River fills your heart with different feelings. After reaching Pokhara, you can enjoy the lovely view of Mt. Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. In the evening you can go for a walk around Lake City.

  Breakfast

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

With an early morning breakfast, you will fly to Jomsom collecting the lush forests, green hills and snowy mountains for about 20-25 minutes. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang District and a major inhabitation of Kali Gandaki area that links the old Trans Himalaya salt trade route to Tibet. Strong guts of air blows at Jomsom in the afternoon. 

Your actual trek begins from there. You will walk along the riverbed of Kali Gandaki and reach a small village - Eklebatthi where you will take rest for a while and head towards your destination - Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a lovely village that lies in the main age-old Trans-Himalayan Salt trade route to Tibet. On the way, you can see a major tributary of the Kali Gandaki River, Kag Khola flowing past Muktinath which meets to make the great River Kali Gandaki.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

You will start the journey on day 5 with a permit check-up and continue walking along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki upstream. Enjoying the scenic picturesque place, you will walk along the sandy and windy trails uphill and downhill which leads you to Tanghe village. The narrow alleys, whitewashed houses, buckwheat fields, apple orchard and much more things are here to enjoy. After pausing there for a while, you will again put your steps forward to Chhusang and cross the river head up to the huge red chunk of a conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming the tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki River follows. With a short walk along the small ridge, you will reach Chele.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

On this day, you will continue to walk further to Eklo Bhatti and climb over the Taklam La Pass through the plateaus and narrow path gazing the mesmerizing scenery of Tiliucho peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodhar Ridge. Then, you will descend a little to the village of Samar then again ascend the trails that go above Samar village to the ridge and again descend the steep trails. With another 3-4 hours of walking, you will reach Syanbochen. On the way, you will walk past the cave which is famously known as Ramchung Cave.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

After breakfast, you will push your steps uphill to Yamda La at an elevation of 3850 m and pass few teahouses, Chortens, local villages and houses molded in Tibetan styles with open Veranda (balcony). Now, you will climb up to Nyi Pass and descent a little to reach the day’s destination - Ghaymi.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

After having breakfast, you will go on walking, cross the Ghyami Khola (stream) and the trails climb up to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers of Buddhism. After passing the Mani wall, the trails head east to the village of Charang, a beautiful village with maize fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

With the amazing views of peaks such as Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti - you will follow the trails descending to Charang Chu Canyon and again climbing up steeply after crossing the river. After you ascend windy pass of Lo, the Lo-Mangthan valley appears. Now, you can enjoy the stone-fenced city with its hills on the Tibetan Border.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang

You will spend the whole day for exploring the entire Lo Mangthang and visiting the surrounding areas nearby for acclimatization. You will visit the Namgyal Gumba and Tingkhar. Namgyal is the important monastery of the local community situated at hilltop which is also taken as the local court. Tingkhar is the last main village in the Northwest of Lo-Mangthang. After visiting Tingkhar, you will stroll back to the hotel. As an option, we may either visit the Tall Champa Lakhang, the God House, the red Thugchen Gumba, Chyodi Gumba and Entrance Hall which are the main attractions of the town. Another attraction in the town is the four-storied palace of the Raja (King of Mustang) as well as surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

On the 11th day, you will return from Lo-Mangthang with a different route to Drakmar. You will trek via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gumba with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. Ghar Gumba is famous for its rock painting. As the voice of the legend, anyone making one wish at the Ghar Gumba with good manner is believed to be fulfilled.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

This day, you will Trek down to Ghiling after having breakfast. You will have your lunch at Ghiling and the remaining hours will be spent in evening walk as the dusty wind blows there in the afternoon.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

You will trek down to Chhukasng from Ghiling for spending the night. On the way, different landscapes and Himalayan range can be enjoyed.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

This is the final day of your trek. So, you start trekking early in the morning, have lunch at Kagbeni and trek down to Jomsom. If you want to extend your trekking for visiting Muktinath Temple, our guide can help you with this.

FYI: ‘Mukti’ means ‘to forgive’ and ‘Nath’ is the word for God. So, Muktinath means one of the faces of Lord Vishnu, who forgives our sins. Muktinath is the holiest Pilgrimage site both for Hindus and Buddhist. We can see the 108 waterspouts, Jwalama Mai Temple with gorgeous natural spring and eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

Early in the morning, you will check in the Jomsom domestic airport for a flight for Pokhara. You will fly in between the gorge of the two huge mountains, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. After reaching Pokhara you will be transferred to a hotel at Lake Side where you can enjoy the evening in the evening city lights, tranquil lakes and much more.

  Breakfast

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

On this day, you will take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu early in the morning. You will fly over the amazing fly route with magnificent views of mountains, green landscapes and hills, golden vision farm fields and amazing forest area with magnificent village and country. After landing in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to Hotel and you can do souvenir shopping if you like for which our guide will help you. In the evening, you will be invited for farewell dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya.

  Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 17: Fly Home: Farewell Friend

Day of farewell comes here. A representative from Accent Himalaya will drop you at the airport and see you off. The reminiscences of Upper Mustang Trek will always light up your heart and spirit.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop in private vehicle
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3 - star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3 - star hotel in Pokhara
  • Best available twin sharing local lodge to accommodate during the trek
  • Guided Kathmandu City Tour in private vehicle including temples and monuments entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by tourist bus
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight
  • Special Trekking Permit US $ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in the restricted area, you are subjected to an extra charge for extra days (The US $ 50 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Staff – one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag for use during the trek
  • Accent Himalaya T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepal visa arrangement 
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) other than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain other than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc.
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in Upper Mustang Trek

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Upper Mustang Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Upper Mustang Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Upper Mustang Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member 

Accent Himalaya organizes Upper Mustang Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 16 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Upper Mustang Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes a 17-day package for Upper Mustang Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Upper Mustang  Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Upper Mustang Trekking along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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