Incredible Mustang...!!!Heavenly beauty of Upper Mustang
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  • Trip Duration: 15 days
  • Max. Altitude: 4070m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 02
  • Best Travel Time: March - November

Mystical Upper Mustang Trekking - 15 Days

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  • September 1, 2005 at 11:32 am

    Bailie

    Ireland

    Wonderful experience of Mustang Trek

    Mystical Upper Mustang Trekking - 15 Days

    Our trip was made possible by the expertise of the guides who did their utmost to accommodate our party. Hiring the horses made all the difference. Th...
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  • August 2, 2004 at 11:02 am

    Cindy Fong

    United States

    Spectacular Upper Mustang

    Mystical Upper Mustang Trekking - 15 Days

    My trek to Lo - Mangthang (Upper Mustang) was spectacular. All of the people I met in the hotels, along the trekking path, etc are extremely friendly ...
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“Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested...authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.”-The Dalai Lama

Until recent years, this Tran- Himalayan region was closed for foreigners. Nesting on the Tibetan boarder, this region is dominated by giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Situated at the head of the Kali Gandaki in north central Nepal, the little-known district of Mustang is naturally and culturally attractive, in particular, origin of Tibet. Tourists in Upper Mustang can opt for the strangely eroded landscape of this remote territory that presents a vibrant mosaic of earth colors- red, yellows, browns and blues. This location is bestowed with ecological diversities, delightful views of snowy peaks, colorful village, monasteries, ancient palaces.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight to Jomsom
  • Ancient Monasteries, Typical Culture, Forbidden Kingdom
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • Warm hospitality of Thakalis & Gurung communities
  • Fortresses, palaces & cave hermitages
  • Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, magnificent scenery of the high Tibetan plateau
  • The Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world

Day 01: Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (1350m); you will be warmly welcomed by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel 20 - 30 minutes drive). Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 02: Trek permit preparation. Leisure day or you may do a city tour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Patan (optional tour in extra cost). Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m). It's 200 k.m to Pokhara, a 5 - 6 hours scenic drive by tourist bus through Prithivi Highway following the river bank of Trishuli & Marshyandi. On the way, we will have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna (depends on weather). And the beauty of nature is just of awesome. Overnight at hotel near the bank of Fewa Lake. B.B.

Day 04:Flight Pokhara - Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2810m, 2 hours walking).

It's just a 20 minutes short flight; but amazing flight through the Kaligandaki river gorge; the deepest natural river gorge in the world; which lies between two 8000m gaints peaks, Annapurna I (8091m) & Dhaulagiri (8167m).

After landing at Jomsom airport; we walk following the east bank of Kaligandaki river to Ekle Bhatti (2740m, 1:30 hours). Then walk for another 30 mintutes to reach Kagbeni, an oasis-like settlement of flat-roofed houses. There is also a Tibetan Buddhist gompa of Sakyapa sect in the village and views of the gompa with Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna rising above are superb! Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 05: Trek to Samar (3660m, 6-7 hours walking)

After breakfast, we take a short walk through a narrow flagstone-paved path, then we enter to the restricated area of Mustang. From here, we continue our walking to east bank of Kaligandaki river. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe (3060m), Chhusang (2980m) & Chele (3050m) overlooking the fantastic landscapes. There is a small, but impressive cave gompa in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara, the buddha of Success and Achievement. After 45 minutes continue walking to Chele; we can see the good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. After another 11/2 hours slow pace walking we arrive at the Dajori La Pass (3735m) with views down the valley. After another 30 minutes walking we arrive at Samar, a small picturesque village. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 06:Trek to Geling (3570m, 5 - 6 hours walking)

We walk through the centre of the village and descend to a stream where we can see eroded watercourse; then we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838m) and Yamda La (3860m). From here we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-coloured hills nearby; then we walk to Syangboche village (3800m) following mani walls and stupas; then eventually we arrive at the village of Geling. There are 2 gompas in the village, the date back to 15th century which are worth visiting. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m, 6-7 hours walking)

Today we climb a steep uphill just above the 2 gompas and continue walking to a pass (4025m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurnas. Then we trek down to Ghemi (3520m), a small settlement of few tea houses, then continue trek down to a stream and cross a suspension bridge and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest mani wall in Mustang region. Following the trail beside the mani wall, we climb up another pass of Tsarang La (3870m); and we descend to Tsarang, the old capital of Mustang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 08: Trek to Lo - Manthang (3809m, 4 hours walking).

Today is the final day of our destination, short and moderate walking to Lo - Manthang, the medieval  walled city. We walk following the Tsarang river to the north and gradually climb up to the Lo La (3950m) from here we can see the good views of Lo - Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass, it is an easy down hill walk to ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 09: All day at Lo - Manthang (Exploration day)

After breakfast, we go for walking tour around the valley. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the "New Gompa". Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 10: Trek to Ghemi  93520m, 5 - 6 hours walking). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 11: Trek to Samar (3660m, 6 - 7 hours). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (6 - 7 hours walking). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 13: Flight Jomsom - Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. B.L.D.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu by car / van or tourist bus.

Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 15: Transfer to Airport for your onward journey. ***End of the Trip***

 

Note: B.B> Bed and Breakfast, B.L.D> Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car / Van / Bus.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu & 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • An experience Guide (trainned by Ministry of tourism), 1 porter for 2 members, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu by private vehicle or tourist bus (as per your choice).
  • Full board meal (veg. / non veg.) during the trek.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in the area, you are subjected to extra charge of US$ 50 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation area permit, and all necessary permits.
  • Domestic flight (Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara)
  • Government taxes.
  • Office Service charge.
Excludes
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Trekking equipments including sleeping bag and down jacket.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver...

       

NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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