Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek : In March 1992, the ‘forbidden’ kingdom of Mustang was opened to the outside world. Now, for the first time in recent history, foreign travelers are able to visit Lo-Manthang, the seat of an ancient kingdom dating back to the 15th century.
The Kingdom of Lo is situated along the north central border of Nepal north of the main range of the Himalaya’s in the upper reaches of Mustang District. Lo and the area directly to its south, called Baragaon, which both fall within Upper Mustang, can be claimed as one of the most outstanding areas of the Himalaya. The people of Upper Mustang are called Bhotias and those from Lo are called Lobas. They speak various dialects of Tibetan. Historically, their art and culture flourished due to contact with traders, monks and religious masters passing between Tibet and India, or between Ladakh and Bhutan.
The climate and geography of Upper Mustang are nearly identical to those of Western Tibet and as such, they are dramatically different from the temperate and tropical areas of the south side of the Himalayas. The dry, wind swept ecology of this Trans-Himalayan region is extremely fragile. Fuel wood is virtually non-existent, water is scare, the agricultural land yields insufficient food grains and the marginal and grasslands support only limited numbers of livestock and wildlife. With the influx of tourists, the already pressured desert environment risks further degradation. In addition, although the culture has flourished in contact with other religious and cultural centers of the Himalayas, its sudden exposure to other worlds beyond its high plateau may create a negative impact on the society. In order to keep the destructive environmental and cultural impact of tourism in Upper Mustang to an absolute minimum, the Ministry of Tourism has decided to develop the area as a model eco-tourism area.
The Ministry of Tourism, has proposed that part of the revenue generated from trekking royalties to Upper Mustang, US$700 (per person) for 10 days and US$70 (per person) for each additional day, be earmarked for use in UMCDP to sponsor environmental and cultural preservation efforts and community development works. An Upper Mustang Development Fund has been established with the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism and the American Himalayan Foundation, to raise the living standard of the people living in Upper Mustang area. The main aim is to carry out development activities in the remotest villages.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in kathmandu. Meet our representative then wel-come and transfer to hotel.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Visit the sights of Kathmandu valley with a tour guide. You will be visiting Swoyambunath, Bhaudanath,Pashupatinath and Patan durbur square.Over night stay at hotel.
Kathmandu to Pokhara 975m 6hrs.
Early morning drive to Pokhara through beautiful scenery and country side. Arrive Pokhara and transger to hotel. Rest of the day is free for your own activites and ptreparation for next day’s trek departure. Over night stay at hotel.
Pokhara - Jomsom – Kagbeni 2860m. 4 hrs
Early in the morning a 20 minutes scenic adventure flight land at Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. After a final pack up and porter arranged, trek on gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bend for about 4 hrs and reach to Kagbeni. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Chele 3050m. 6 hrs
After special permit check up and entry registration at the check post, the trail goes onwards following the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream through some of the scenic picturesque place and sandy / windy trails to reach Chele village. night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Syanboche 3470m. 7 hrs
The trail ascends to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda then descends further to Syanboche. night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Ghaymi 3515m. 6 hrs
The trail ascends to the Yamda La (3,850m.) through local villages and chortens. After Nyi Pass (4,010m) the trail descends to the Ghaymi village. night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Charang 3510m. 5 hrs
The trail climbs up to the plateau beside a long Mani wall crossing the ghaymi khola and reach Charang. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3740m. 6 hrs
The trail descends to Tsarang Chu then climbs steeply after crossing the river windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the magnificent Lo-Mangthang Valley with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Explore the Lo-Mangthang
Visit interesting surroundings including Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar village, Thugchen Gompa, Chhorak Gompa and a four- story building of the King’s palace. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Surkhan 3460m. 6hrs.
After a wonderful time in Lomanthang, trek back to Surkhan just below the valley. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Tange 2640m. 10hrs.
The trail descends along the river and few small settlements to reach to the Tange. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Tetang 3160m. 11hrs.
The trail ascends crossing the river couple of times and having magnificent mountain views on the way. Over night stay at lodge.
Trek to Muktinath 3750m. 6hrs.
The trail descends first then ascends gradually exiting the special area and reach to Muktinath. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Trek to Jomsom 2720m. 5hrs.
The trail descends to kagbeni and further to Jomsom following the kaligandaki river. Over night stay at lodge or tent.
Jomsom to Pokhara flight 25mnts
Early in the morning, fly back to Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day just explore the city and the lake. Over night stay at hotel.
Drive to Kathmandu
Morning; drive back by tourist bus through the lowland scenic countryside and arrive in Kathmandu afternoon. Enjoy farewell dinner with live cultural program at one of typical Nepalese restaurant hosted by the company. Over night at hotel.
Departure from Kathmandu or extend your holiday for other adventure activities like Himalayan white water rafting, Bunjy Jump, wild-life safari tours etc.
We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and include as much as possible while in Nepal and let them just to enjoy the holiday.
Tented Camp: special trekking permit fee, wholesome hygienic and fresh meals, drinks, kitchen and camping equipments, toilet tent and papers, sleeping bag/mattress/jacket, fresh and can fruit, desert, chocolate bars, hot washing bowls, private land transport, flight, airport tax, guide, sherpa, cook, helpers, necessary porters, conservation/entrance permit, insurance and other facilities for the staffs etc.
Tea-house: hygienic and fresh meals, lodge accommodation, meals with tea/coffee, fresh and can fruit, desert, chocolate bars, private land transport, flight, airport tax, guide, a porter for every two clients, conservation/entrance permit, insurance and other facilities for the staffs etc.
Trip cost excludes:
Personal wears & gears, personal nature expenses, emergency rescue cost, cold beverage, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, tips etc.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.