Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is located in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of Kali Gandaki River, which has been opened for trekkers since 1992. It is the most mysterious and least known kingdom of Nepal. The landscape of Upper Mustang Trekking is a barren moonscape of battered sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful assortment made up mainly of earthen reds, yellows and browns often known as “Hidden Valley”. It is relatively easy trekking for all ages along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, a small kingdom under one of the few Nepalese principalities supposed kings, King Jigme Palwar Bista. Upper Mustang Trekking is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rainfall than the rest of Nepal. Most of the population of Mustang live near the river around 2300m above sea level. Upper Mustang Trekking is religion & cultural trek in Nepal and as Tibetan lifestyle. they have own culture and languages. The Upper Mustang Trek start fly from Jomsom Muktinath trek in Annapurna region trek.
Upper Mustang Trek consists of two distinct regions: the southern and the northern parts where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Mustang lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the World it was able to progress its own characteristic culture and tradition which is so rich and unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital is a walled city ruled by a religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on, as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. As everywhere else in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 m and Annapurna I at 8091 m You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000m high. Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the great culture and nature as well as religion exploration trek and landscapes are totally different as desert part but public local people are farmer and they grow buckwheat, potato, wheat, apple etc. it is outstanding destination to explore the different natural various. we arrange 10 days program inside the Lo Manthang because entry fees are US $ 500. Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. arrange best Upper mustang Trek and provide excellent services in regional price. The trekking is in monsoon time also better because Upper mustang part is rain shadow area in Nepal. The US$ 500 entrance fees is only for 10 days if in case needed more days us$ 50 must pay each day’s. It is Terms & condition of Mustang trek. further information please query to us we always pleased to share our experience to anyone. Inside the Lo- Manthang will be 10 days program and it will be more than enough.
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How to get upper mustang trekking? Upper mustang trekking is situated in North West part of Nepal. First of all need to go Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or by private vehicle 7 hrs drive or by flight 35 minutes must stay overnight at Pokhara then next morning need to fly Pokhara to Jomsom takes time 20 minutes. Same day trek will start but short walking 3 hours Jomsom to Kagbeni next day will enter inside the upper mustang part restricted area. Then after 10 days visit inside the Upper Mustang part trek will end in holy place Muktinath where is both of Hindus & Buddhist God & Goddess living. Then trek can end from Jomsom to Pokhara by flight or option by Jeep to Pokhara or on walking down to Pokhara many option can choose.
How is upper mustang trekking trail and landscapes? Well, Upper Mustang part is kind of moraines, open part, windy valley, need to walk along the Kaligandaki river flowing through the Tibet. Cross the many typical villages & Yaks sheep’s grazing land & mainly buck wheat growing part trekking trail is such wide trail easiness not too ascending as well as not too descending, must get highest spot is 4010m but need to sleep 3800m.
What types of trekking gear need to prepare for Upper Mustang trek? Upper Mustang trekking is one of the most beautiful, unique culture, typical lifestyle, local culture, unique landscapes open valley trekking most of the time morning & evening will be cooling weather where we must prepare for warm enough clothing and gears as big jacket as down jacket, warm enough fleece, warm hat, gloves, warm enough sucks, warm trouser or trekking pains, some quick dry trekking t-shirt, half paint, warm enough negative sleeping bag, comfortable trekking boot, light sandal, headlight, 2 liter water bottle, sun cream, sun glasses, day pack comfort bag etc.
What type of People, their cultures, and religion can we explore in Upper Mustang trekking? Upper Mustang trekking region most of the people are living as Tibetan inhabitant and they have own cultures, all of people are Buddhist & they have every village monasteries and most of the monasteries are very famous and typical style, they have own languages similar to Tibetan slang, lots of caves where many years ago there people used to live very historical caves where allowed to see it. They have still ceremony king who is living in Lo Manthang palace. It is big palace & old famous monasteries, the place is unique typical locality very genuine and tradition place.
What type of Nature beauty scenery can we see in Upper Mustang Trek? Upper Mustang is one of the unique trekking in Nepal where is an open landscape as desert but they grown seasonal crops as buckwheat, many vegetables, potatoes & apples. There is following beautiful river which one is coming from Tibet where we can find Saligram kind of stone. Visitor can see lots of mountains as Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges & many mores, There is one famous lake Kunda also possibilities to visit there but not lodge for few days need to organize for that, where need to visit just 10 days fees are us$ 500 per person. It is very special trekking & can explore unique culture and nature as well as that areas local people life style.
Carry your important medicine: Medicine is very important if you have any disease you must carry the medicine with you. I mean “prevention is better than care” mountain region we can’t find any health care, clinic, and hospital if there is clinic you may not get according to your problem medicine. So; I humble request please prepare if you are continually taking the any medicine please. It is very important but our company will provide something first aid kit bag normally as headache, fever, stomach problem as diarrhea, cough & cool some bandage, tape & Diamox for high altitude sickness etc.
Trek starts: Jomsom
Trek duration: 18 or less days
Maximum altitude: 4010 m
Minimum altitude: 2720m
Minimum group size: 1 pax
Trek ends: Jomsom
Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
- Boudhanath Stupa (Large white Buddhist Stupa)
- Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple)
- Patan Durbar Square (Ancient city)
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square (55-window palace)
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (6-7 hrs) (202 km) or by flight (45 minutes). Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara near the lake side.
Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m) by flight and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) walking (5 hrs)
Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni in the Mustang district. During the flight we will be able to view Annapurna I (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and many more mountains. It is 8kms (3 ½ hrs) trek to Kagbeni, which is situated at the confluence of the Jhong Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki River. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 5: Trek to Chele (Tsaile) (3050m) walking (7 hrs)
Today we will trek 18kms (7 hrs) from Kagbeni to Chele, where we head north along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes up and down for two hours to avoid the many river crossings, and then climbs steeply to a plateau avoiding a vertical-walled bluff ahead. From here it is a gradual climb to Tangbe (3 ½ hrs). The trail climbs to (3100m) and then drops steeply to the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We will walk along the river bed crossing to the western bank before making a small climb to Chele. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 6: Trek to Syangbochen (3820m) walking (7 hrs)
Syangbochen is 12kms away, walking (6 hrs), where the trail from Chele climbs to Taklam La Pass (3624 m) along plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. It then descends a little to the village of Samar, altogether three hours from Chele. Between Samar and Syangbochen small pass Bena La (3870m) and Samar to Syangbochen (3 ½ hrs) Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 7: Trek to Ghame (3520m) walking (4 ½ hrs)
A shorter days trekking of 10kms (4 ½ hrs), starts with the trail gently climbing to the (3850m) passing teahouses, chortens and Tibetan influenced villages, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Jaite la Pass (4010m) the highest point of the trek. Then the trail heads descends steeply to Ghame. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 8: Trek to Tsarang (3500m) walking (5 hrs)
This day will be easier for trekking as it is 11kms (5 hrs) to Tsarang. After crossing Ghame Khola below Ghame, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang, gradually climbing and then descending. It is beautiful walking and stunning views backwards. There is big Monastery and an old palace as well. It is a big village as well as lots of terraces. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 9: Trek to Lo Manthang (3750m) walking (5 hrs)
Lo Manthang is 13kms (5 hrs) away from Tsarang and along the way the trail hosts magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail at first descends to Tsarang Chu canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further on, the trail ascends gently to the windy pass of Lo Manthang (3850m), from where you can see the Lo Manthang valley. While descending to Lo Manthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 10: Hike to Chhosar Village (3900m) of Nyaphu and Gharphu Monasteries and Jhong cave walking (5-6 hrs) (3 ½ hrs) to go and (2 ½ hrs) to come back.
It is wonderful day hike and must start early morning because it takes (3 ½ hrs). It is situated eastern valley and the Nyphu and Gharphu monasteries as well as Jhong cave. There is a secondary school as well. It is a really historical place where we can see old monasteries and lots of caves. It takes a couple of hours to explore it. Then back along the same trail in Lo Manthang. Stay in same lodge or in tented camp.
Day 11: Explore the Lo Manthang valley
A full day sightseeing in Lo Manthang valley and explore the historical places such as the Royal Palace where Mustangi King (Jigme Palwar Bista) lives, as well as large monasteries where there are many monk students studying. Visitors can directly meet the King in the Royal Palace. The King will wish you for a great trek as well as a great life. It will be a nice rest day as well. Stay in same lodge or in tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Ghami (3520m) walking (7 hrs)
It is quite a long day walking around 7 hours from Lo Manthang to Tsarang (4 hrs) then from Tsarang to Ghami (3 hrs). It is beautiful walking and the trail starts off gradual and then it undulates. The scenery has great landscape views as well as stunning mountain views. Ghami is a beautiful village and there is a small clinic which is organized by a Japanese organization. Stay at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Samar (3660m) walking (6-7 hrs)
It is long walking day around 7 hours. The day starts by ascending and then crosses the hill and it then continuously undulates until we arrive in Syangbochen and again continuously undulates before arriving in Samar. Similar to the day before you will be blessed with stunning mountain views and landscape scenery, along with Buddhist religion and culture. Stay at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2820m) walking (6-7 hrs)
The day begins with a descent to Chaile (1 ½ hrs) and then the trail follows the river bank of the Kali Gandaki. It is a really nice trail and we arrive at Chhusang village and onto Tangbe village and then arrive at Kagbeni. It is really beautiful walking day with excellent views to Tilicho Peak, Annapurna I, Nilgiri range, Dhaulagiri range and many more peaks. It is quite windy as well. Kagbeni is a beautiful valley where there is a big monastery and it is the entry and exit point containing a check post for Upper Mustang. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) walking (4 hrs)
It is easy walking for the final day on trek. The trail heads down the Kali Gandaki valley, where it will be quite windy as well. The area around Jomsom is Nepal’s apple capital, especially further down the road where the village of Marpha is the main producer. It specialises in apple pie, apple brandy, fresh apple juice, etc. Jomsom is a big village or small town because it is the headquarters of Mustang district. It will be the last night with our team, which will give us a great chance to celebrate a fantastic trek. Stay at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight (18 minutes)
Early morning fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to a hotel in Pokhara near the lakeside by private vehicle and spend the day in Pokhara.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (6-7 hrs) (202 km) or by flight (45 minutes), Stay overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure day
A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.
- Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
- Four nights in your selected hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- A full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
- All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast and tea or coffee).
- Accommodation in lodges or guest houses or camping in twin shared tents with mattress.
- All necessary equipment for camping.
- One English speaking government trained license holder and well informed trekking guide.
- One porter for two people to carry luggage.
- Dependent on group size, cook, kitchen boy and extra porters.
- All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights) etc.
- First Aid kit bag.
- Government and local area taxes where applicable.
- TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System).
- Return flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom
- Three nights in a Pokhara hotel with breakfast.
- Special Trekking permit for 10 days in Upper Mustang Valley US$500 per person (See the ‘Trekking Permits’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
- Nepalese entry visa fee. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
- Travel insurance.
- Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
- Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
- Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls and laundry service.
- Donation, tips and personal expenses.
- Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
- Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, toilet rolls etc).
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
About Entry Permit Fees
- For 10 days per person US$500.
- After 10 days, each person pays US$50 per day.
- The permit entry/exit and main check points are in Jomsom and Kagbeni.
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