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Upper Mustang Trek – 14 Days

 

Trip Highlights

Trip Code: NHN 29389Duration: 14 Days Trekking
Region: AnnapurnaMaximum Altitude:  3800 M. / 12540 Ft.
Start: Pokhara – JomsomEnd:  Jomsom – Pokhara
Best Season: Aug – Nov,   March – MayTrekking Type: Tea House/ Camping
Group Size: Min 2Price From: $ 1730/Person

Upper Mustang  formerly Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it to one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetic languages. Tibetan culture has been preserved by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world.

The Upper Mustang comprise the northern two-thirds of Mustang District of Dhawalagiri Zone, Nepal. The southern third of the district is called Thak and is the homeland of the Thakali, who speak the Thakali language, and whose culture combines Tibetan and Nepalese elements. Moreover life in Mustang revolves around tourism, animal husbandry and trade

Mustang’s status as a kingdom ended in 2008 when its suzerain Kingdom of Nepal became a republic. Also the influence of the outside world, especially China, is growing and contributing to rapid change in the lives of Mustang’s people.

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara. (900 meters.)

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni. (2800 meters.)

Day 03: Trek to Chele. (3050 meters.)

Day 04: Trek to Syangmochen. (3800 meters.)

Day 05: Trek to Dhakmar. (3500 meters.)

Day 06: Trek to Charang. (3600 meters).

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang. (3720 meters.)

Day 08: Explore around Lo-Manthang.

Day 09: Trek back to Charang. (3600 meters.)

Day 10: Trek to Tangge (3620 meters.)

Day 11: Trek back to Tetang / Chhusang. (3040 meters.)

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath. (3800 meters.)

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom. (2700 meters.)

Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway by private tourist vehicle or tourist bus. Pokhara is a clean and beautiful city because it is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. We get great views of Annapurna range, Lamjung himal range including dominating figure of Machapuchher (Fishtail) and Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Then the afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake, as the hotel is located near to the lake. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom (25 minutes.) 2700 meters. Then Trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters.) Approx. 03 ½ hrs. Walk.

Early in the morning we start with the scenic flight to Jomsom. It follows a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our day-pack and the main bags then we start our trek. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River. We keep staying on the road and pass through Ekle Bhatti. Similarly Kagbeni is one of the oldies tropical and historical village of lower Mustang. Further the restricted area starts from this village. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3050 meters.) Approx. 06 hrs. Walk.

We walk onward to the riverbank of Kaligandaki River after checking up your special permit. During the trail we have scenic picturesque places to stop through the sandy and windy trail. Further we move up in the valley with a good uphill climb and a brief drop near Tangbe Village. The trek continues to follow the river and passes through the village of Chhusang. In particular the trail gets easy same like before for an hour then steep ascent to Chele. Stay overnight.

Day 04: Trek Chele to Syangmochen. (3800 meters.) Approx. 06 hrs. Walk.

At the beginning the trail gradually climbs through a narrow and deep gully to Dajong La (3660 meters.) It follows an easier walk to the small village of Samar. From Samar the trail drops into a small stream and then gradually climbs to Bhena. Hence the path continues gradually all the way to nearby Syangmochen. Then there is a steep drop to Syangmochen. Stay overnight.

Day 05: Trek Syangmochen to Dhakmar. (3820 meters.) Approx. 06 hrs. Walk.

After bit climbing, the trail descend out of a gully and reaches the village of Ghiling. Then we climb to Nyi La. 4020 meters. As a result the fantastic views can be enjoyed from the top of the pass. Consequently another descent lead to the Ghami village and the descent continues leaving the road to the bottom of the village. A steep climb followed by bit downhill to Dhakmar. Stay overnight.

Day 06: Trek Dhakmar to Charang. (3600 meters.) Approx. 06 hrs. Walk.

The trail climbs to the top of the Muila Bhanjyang 4170 meters. Then trail goes downhill to Ghar Gomba. There is the oldest monastery of the region in Ghar Gomba. We hike regular down all the way to Charang through Marang village. The historical village with old royal palace. Stay overnight.

Day 07: Trek Charang to Lo- Manthang. (3700 meters.) Approx. 04 hrs. Walk.

You will spend one part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Tsarang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. After that you leave Charang. The Trail goes a bit down to the Charang Khola and then climbs the ridge to 3800 m. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. Then the trail broadens and eventually you get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you can see the wall to the gate on the north east corner.

Day 08: Explore day around Lo-Manthang.

The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. We have this full day for exploring this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are many Gompas and you will visit 4 major Gompas during your day. The palace is the home of the king and queen. Although the king’s function is now primarily ceremonial. He is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. Beside this some villages like Kimalang and Thinggar are the most important to visit. Also there are centuries old caves to visit. Stay overnight.

Day 09: Trek LO-Manthang to Charang (3600 meters.) Approx. 04 hrs. Walk.

After exploring some important thinks around Lo- Manthang we trek back down to Charang. Stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek Charang to Tangge. (3240 meters.) Approx.06 hrs. Walk.

The trek starts to move down the Kali Gandaki River. Then crosses the Yak Khola. Walk on the river bank for couple of hours to the wide stony plain of the Yak Khola. Then you will begin a long, steep climb, with views back towards. Today, you will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. The climb slowly turns into levelled terrain and then starts to drop towards Tangge. Moreover Tangge is a small green oasis in the grey hills of Upper Mustang dominated by a series of large chortens (stupas) in a combination of bright red and white colours.

Day 11: Trek Tange to Tetang / Chhusang. (3040 meters.) Approx.  07 hrs. Walk.

The trek ascends and continues to climb for the whole morning to the ACAP shelter. It climbs around various bluffs reaching an altitude of 4110 meters. The Kali Gandaki River is hidden between the hills on the eastern and western sides of the valley. The trail goes gradually down all the way to Tetang with views of the deep canyons and wonderful scenery of Himalayas.

Day 12: Trek Tetang / Chhusang to Muktinath. (3800 meters.) Approx. 06 hrs. Walk.

Todaz the trail goes uphill to Gyu La 4077 meters. The top of Gyu La offers you stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges and view of Thorang La pass. The trail drops to the village of Chyanggur and goes gradually uphill to Muktinath. Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists. Stay overnight.

Day 13: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom. (2720 meters.) Approx. 05 hrs. Walk.

We trek back 1000 meters down to Ekle Bhatti. Then we pass the way up to Kagbeni through some beautiful village. After that an easy walk finally ends the trek at Jomsom. Stay overnight.

Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara.

The wonderful morning, after breakfast you will check in at the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between the gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Stay overnight at hotel.

Also you can fly to Kathmandu at the same day.

Cost Includes: 

☛Pickup / Drop international airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depends on size of group)
☛Transportation for Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu by Tourist Coach.
☛Two night Accommodation (2 persons per room) in Pokhara with breakfast.
☛Half day sightseeing in Pokhara and necessary transport and Guide.
☛Domestic airline fee Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara.
☛Drop / pickup Pokhara airport to fly Pokhara / Jomsom Pokhara By private Tourist vehicle.
☛Annapurna Conservation Area Fee.
☛Special permit fee for restricted area.
☛TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
☛Service of English speaking trekking guide and Porters.(We will provide one porter for two Persons and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg. in total) And we organise Porters in jomsom.
☛Accommodation, meals, transportation, equipment’s, and allowances of guide and porter.
☛Insurance of Guide and Porters.
☛All applicable government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes:

☛Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu.
☛Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
☛Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
☛Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
☛Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek.
☛Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc
☛Nepal Visa fee.
☛Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

Testimonials

  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – https://www.naturehikenepal.com – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer

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