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King's palace in Tsarang hasn't been used for 50 years and it shows. The only two rooms that are in good condition are the Gonkhang and the chapel with fine statues and Tibetan books. The statues show the 'Three Holies', three figures who played an important part in Mustang's early history. On the floor above is the Gonkhang, the room of the protectors. Usually it contains just statues of the Dharmapalas, here we find a stuffed snow leopard, old weapons, armour and other scary artefacts. The cut-off hand gets the most attention; several stories about the hand circulate, 1. it was the hand of a thief, in earlier times cutting off the right hand was the punishment for the second offence, 2. a humble monk offered his hand as a sacrifice 3. to prevent an architect to build a similar dzong his hand was cut off. Whatever story is true, they are all good gruesome stories and leave impressions not only on locals’ minds.

Overview

Upper mustang trek is a destination coveted by trekker who likes to investigate the antique monastery, divergent societies and hundreds of ruined caves that are more than thousands years old. The eccentric tribe of the Tibetan culture in the remote Himalayan Mountain is the main factor of attraction of this place. The upper mustang trek region is situated at the western Himalayan region adjoining the Tibetan Plateau at the border of Nepal. The area is rain obscured making the trek suitable even in monsoon.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: In Kathmandu with optional tour and trek preparation.
Day 03:  Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Charang 3,560 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: At Lo-Manthang with rest day for acclimatization and local visit.
Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Chusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara 860 m – 22 mins and transfer to hotel
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Upper Mustang trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: In Kathmandu with optional tour and trek preparation.

    Today, allowing you much time to prepare for Upper Mustang trekking with an optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest with rest of the afternoon free for trek preparations and packing gear.

  3. Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (950 m), 30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive.

    Starting this fabulous and scenic Upper Mustang Trekking taking a morning drive towards Nepal Mid West with grand views of Ganesh-Langtang Himal, as the drive gets closer towards Pokhara catch the views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare known as Fish Tail due to its shape. After exciting scenic drive reaching at Pokhara a famous and popular touristic spot of Nepal Himalaya, blessed with natural wonders of snow-capped peaks, rolling green hills and valley with serene lakes, in Pokhara overnight by the Phewa Lake with ample time for short walks around the lake. (Options by Air taking half hour of scenic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu).

  4. Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom (2,700 m) and trek to Kagbeni, 4 hrs.

    After a pleasant overnight in Pokhara, morning drive to the airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom with close views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains as the flight touches at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki River valley around the windswept country, few hours of a good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s brings you at Kagbeni village. A nice village of Tibetan style located on the start and ending point of Upper Mustang area and to Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, on an old Himalayan Caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning walk starts with an uphill climb into a canyon of the high red eroded cliff edge, following upper upstream of Kali Gandaki River, within unique landscapes of cliff walls, a nice walk with views brings you to our overnight stop at Chele, a moderate size village also spelled as Tsele.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Geling (3,540 m), 5 hrs.

    From Tsele or Chele, morning begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here walk around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area. After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamada La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering a grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here on down-hill to the overnight stop at Gelling village via Syangboche village.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Charang (3,560 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning with time visit to its old monastery with Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek to Ghami village and then cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village, after hours of pleasant walk reaching Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops buck wheat’s with overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,700 m), 4 hrs.

    Today a short walk to Lo -Manthang of few hours trek to reach our main destination of this great adventure to enter the walled city (actually a large village) the fort guarding the city/village surrounded by a high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decades, on the walk coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. The walk leads to Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with views of Lo Manthang the walled city and then descend reaching a nice trail to Lo Manthang for two night stop.

  9. Day 09: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

    Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within a great high wall, visit historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter the king’s palace to visit the interior of the old palace and to grant an audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar (3,810 m), 6 hrs.

    After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Marang village, and then walk west using an old path to Dhakmar village for an overnight stop.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Ghiling (3,806 m), 6 hrs.

    From Dhakmar village, morning walk heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit Gelling monastery.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Chusang (2,980 m), 6 hrs.

    Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamada La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages. The walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Chusang village.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m), 4 hrs.

    Today, walk leads to another highest point of the adventure at Muktinath of above 3,800 meters with a panorama of high mountains, walk leads uphill on winding mountain path past villages towards Jharkot village and then continue on the pleasant trail for an hour to reach holy Muktinath.

  14. Day 14: Morning enjoy the views and visit holy Muktinath and drive to Jomsom.

    On this marvelous scenic spot morning visit holy Muktinath Temple premises with its 108 fresh spring waterspouts, this is one of the source of Kaligandaki River also, after a holy and exciting moment our final day of this beautiful Jomsom & Muktinath trekking ends taking a few hours of exciting drive to Jomsom town for last overnight of this wonderful journey in the comfort of a nice fine lodge.

  15. Day 15: From Jomsom morning fly to Pokhara.

    Last day of this amazing trek concludes with a short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara a lovely touristic city, overnight in Pokhara a scenic spot with many nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake, where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm waters. (Driving options which is about 6 - 7 hrs via Beni town to Pokhara city from Jomsom).

  16. Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

    Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fabulous and exciting Upper Mustang trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with an afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.

  17. Day 17: Transfer to International airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Upper Mustang Trekking.

What's included !

  • Airport picks up/ transfer
  • 2 nights in 3 or 4 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with private car, entrance of all the temples and monuments fees
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with Traditional dance & Music
  • Mustang special permit/TIMS Card
  • Drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara by private vehicle
  • All monuments/ entrance fees
  • 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara on BB plan as per as itinerary suggested
  • pokhara -jomsom-pokhara by plane
  • 12nights/ 13 days of complete trek of Upper Mustang Trek will full board of meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea coffee)
  • Mt. accommodation twin share- comfortable and clean (two nights attached bath)
  • One Advance Adventures Trek Leader( Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), his entire expenses, equipment and insurance
  • Entire cost of porter and Sherpas- one porter for each two member in a group
  • All the Gov and local taxes
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
  • Group medicine kit box
  • High altitude chamber bag for trek safety(available on above 4 pax)
  • Departure transfer

What's not included !

  • Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
  • Your meals at Kathmandu & Pokhara, except provided dinner and breakfast
  • Entire beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek
  • Travel Insurance(Must includes Helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)
  • Personal Nature Expenses/ Tips to guide and porter
  • Any Extending Trips

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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