Upper Mustang Trek

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TRIP OVERVIEW UPPER MUSTANG TREK 17 DAYS

One of the greatest adventurous trekking in Nepal is Upper Mustang Trekking which gives a glimpse of many beautiful sceneries of the country. Mustang Trekking will give you a view of Nepali tradition, lifestyle of the local people which is similar to that of the people from Tibet. This trekking route also gives the view of the Buddhist kingdom of Mustang Valley. The houses are different and the housing structure is unique as compared to that of what is seen in other parts of the country. The houses are build with stones and all the houses have white color on the walls, firewood is tucked on the roof of every house in this region.
Mustang is a rocky land surrounded by giant rocks and mountains; it also observes rain shadow and is hence considered as the desert of the country. This region use to be a separate kingdom when Nepal was divided into a number of kingdoms. Mustang still has existing monarchy which the people support. The King is Jigme Paramal Bista and the people respect the royals in Mustang. Mustang can be reached through the trail that goes through Kali Gandaki River, which is the deepest river of the world. The religion of people living in Mustang is Buddhism and hence this place is enriched with traditional Buddhist Monasteries and Gumbas.
Upper Mustang Trekking is and a memorable experience that can be completed enjoying different customs and cultures of the country along with the diverse natural beauty. Upper Mustang Trek beings from Pokhara and then to Jomsom which leads to different other places. The journey will be enchanting and will provide us with a chance to share and learn cultures with the locals. The provision of lodges and guest houses on the route is not very good which means we will have to be prepared with tents or camps.The most expedient route that has been supported by many trekkers and trekking guiders to reach Upper Mustang is to fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and then begin trekking from there.
The Home Ministry of Nepal, announced Upper Mustang to be a restricted area in October 1991. There is a process to obtain a permkit from Department of Immigration to visit Upper Mustang. The process to obtain permission is qutie strict. This rule has been put in order to protect the tradition and culture of people in Mustang from outer influence. It is highly deserted region of the Tibetan influence. The Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as “Mustang” that has its own nominal king.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1350:
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Himalaya Treks . After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Adventure Himalaya Treks display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Annapurn or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
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Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Included meal: Breakfast (B)

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara 825m 8 hrs drive
Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight in Pokhara. (B)

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni 2,850m 3 hrs:
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. (B, L, D

Day 05: Kagbeni to chele 3050m 6 hrs:
Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen 3480m 7 hrs:
Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi 3520m 5-6 hrs
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After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. (B, L, D)

Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang 3500m  4 hrs:
Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight’s stop. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang 3800m4 hrs
Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang:
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house” the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar 3810 m 7 hrs
While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. explore the local area. Likelihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling 3600m 5 hrs:
Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang 30556 hrs:
We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom 2700 7 hrs
Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
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After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the splendid hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
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After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Adventure Himalaya Treks staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B ,D

Day 17: Fly Home: Farewell Dinner:
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Adventure Himalaya Treks will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)

What Is Included:

* All airport/hotel transfers
* Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
* Accommodation in a 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
* Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
* Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trek
* All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
* All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa        porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
* All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)
* Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag,of Adventure Himalaya Treks trekking map (down jacket and sleeping      bag  are to be returned after trip completion)
* Travel and rescue arrangements
* Welcome and farewell dinner
* Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
* All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included:

* Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
* International airfare to and from Kathmandu
* Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
* Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
* Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
* Travel and rescue insurance
* Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
* Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
* Tips for guides and porters