- Trip Duration : 13 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Pokhara
- Highest Altitude : 4230 m
- Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
- Season : May-Nov
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Upper Mustang Trek
A lost valley that stands as a hidden treasure of Nepal. The breathtaking and timeless journey through the Kingdom of Lo takes you to its cliff-side villages and majestic rock-faces bathed in the golden afternoon sun or pink with the early morning's sunrays. Sculpted canyons with wild rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces and mysterious ancient cave hermitages, Tibetan Buddhist gompas and soaring snow-peaks characterize this spectacular region, a 'thumb' sticking up into the Tibetan plateau.
Upper Mustang – Once a kingdom, Inpresent days it is part of a restricted area in Northern Nepal and absolutely ideal for trekkers who wish to go beyond the beaten track to explore the remote landscape, unique Tibetan culture and local lifestyle.
Mustang has its existence high up in the mountains, beyond the clouds. This makes the area completely arid,yet incredibly beautiful with its distinctive landscapes, old traditions, walled villages, monasteries and remote sceneries. Being on the old salt caravan route, where the people of Mustang traded with Tibet, the areas’ cultures and landscapesare much related making Upper Mustang a very unique experience.
|Day 01:||KATHMANDU Drive to POKHARA|
|Day 02:||POKHARA fly to JOMSOM and Trek to KAGBENI (Approx:2800M)|
|Day 03:||KAGBENI – CHAILE (Approx:3100M)|
|Day 04:||CHAILE – SYANGBOCHE (Approx:3800M)|
|Day 05:||SYANGBOCHE – GHAMI (Approx:3520M)|
|Day 06:||GHAMI – CHHARANG (Approx: 3560M)|
|Day 07:||CHHARANG – LO MANTHANG (Approx:3760M)|
|Day 08:||LO MANTHANG (EXPLORE)|
|Day 09:||LO MANTHANG– GHAMI (Approx: 3520M)|
|Day 10:||GHAMI – SAMAR (Approx:3660M)|
|Day 11:||SAMAR – KAGBENI (Approx:2800M)|
|Day 12:||KAGBENI –JOMSOM (Approx: 2700 M)|
|Day 13:||JOMSOM Fly to POKHARA|
DAY 1: KATHMANDU – POKHARA
You leave in the morning from Kathmandu towards Pokhara – the third largest city of Nepal. As you capture the roads, you will have beautiful scapes just outside your window and the scenic drive spoils your senses.
After about 7 hours bus ride you will reach Pokhara; a beautiful city full of natural beauty.The northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty.
Driving time: approx. 7 hours.
DAY 2: POKHARA – JOMSOM (FLIGHT) // JOMSON – KAGBENI (TREK)
Get ready for an early morningflight to Jomsom offering you serene mountain viewsfrom the sky. In fact, the flight and the perfect views are an attraction in itself. From Jomsom an easy walk awaits you, following the river valley of Kaligandaki upwards. You will have good mountain views of Mt.Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tilicho. You stay overnight in a teahouse inKagbeni – a beautiful old Thakalivillage with old monasteries and important connection point between upper and lower Mustang.
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours.
DAY 3: KAGBENI – CHAILE (TREK)
You leave Kagbeni behind and start another day of explorations. After breakfast you follow the bumpy road passing two small Tibetan style villages and cross the bridge over Kaligandaki river. Then you climb up hill to stay overnight in the village of "Chaile" – a traditional Tibetan style village.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours.
Heights: Chaile 3100m.
DAY 4: CHAILE – SYANGBOCHE (TREK)
Warm up your body for an up hill walk most of the day to reach Syangboche. On the way, you will follow a bumpy road and pass the Tibetan style and cultural villages of Smar and Vena. Enjoy the greenery and mountain viewsof Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapuran and Mt. Tukuchetogether with Kaligandaki valleytoday.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours.
Heights: Syangboche 3800m.
DAY 5: SYANGBOCHE – GHAMI (TREK)
After breakfast you climb to the pass at 3850m. From here you will have a nice gradual walk all the way to Jhaitee followed by a small climb to a 3900m pass. Following the road, descend to Ghami – a nice local village with Tibetan culture and lifestyle.Enjoy the beautiful natural red cliffs with all its caves for you to explore.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours.
Heights: Ghami 3520m.
DAY 6: GHAMI – CHHARANG (TREK)
After breakfast cross the bridge and enjoy the long stone structure wall carved with buddhist praying chants.Afterwards, you start to climb up hill till another pass of 3900 m. and from here you descend to Chharang following the jeep track. Chharang is a Tibetan style village where you can explore its old monastery, chorten and fine views of the Mt. Annapurna range.
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours.
Heights: Chharang 3560m.
DAY 7: CHHARANG – LO MANTHANG (TREK)
Today you have two options depending on your desire and the weather: You can follow a jeep track all the way to Lo Manthang offering good viewsof natural cliffsand caves. Alternatively, you might follow a trekking route via Lo Gakar following the river upward until GharGumba. Then gradual uphill walk till the pass of 4230m and gradual down hill to Lo Manthang (walking time 6 hrs). Lo Manthang is a walled city that used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Lo. It is surprising how little Lo Manthang has changed over the centuries and itis still rich in tradition and ancient culture with monasteries, village life, fields and the old Royal palace.
Trekking time: Approx: 4-6 hrs.
Height: Lo Manthang (3760M).
DAY 8. LO MANTHANG (EXPLORE)
Today you will have tume to truly explore the walled town of Lo Manthang. You will visit old monastries, stroll around the town to sense and comprehend the Tibetan life and culture, visit to the royal palace and hike to the wonderful caves.
DAY 9: LO MANTHANG– GHAMI (TREK)
Leaving the beauty of Lo Manthang youstart your trek the same way back through the beautiful scapes of Mustang.
Trekking time: approx. 8-9 hours.
Heights: Ghami (3520m).
DAY 10: GHAMI – SAMAR (TREK)
Ghami to Samar – Local villages and magnificent mountain views.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours.
Height: Samar (3660M)
Overnight: Tea house.
DAY 11: SAMAR – KAGBENI (TREK)
Samar to Kagbeni – beautiful scapes awaits you.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours
DAY 12: KAGBENI –JOMSOM (TREK)
Kagbeni to Jomsom – You last trekking day so enjoy the last bits of Upper Mustang’s magic.
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
DAY 13: JOMSOM– POKHARA (FLIGHT)
In the early morning you have an amazing 25 minute flight down the Kali Gandaki River Valley toPokhara.
Upon arrival in Pokhara airport you will continue your journey on your own or contact us for further arrangements.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)