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Upper Mustang Trek

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  1. Duration : 10 days
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Overview

The Upper Mustang is a barren valley within the Trans-Himalaya. Mustang was once an important trade route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through the Mustang Valley. This is the area where we will trek, discovering the wonders of the architecture and language, as well as interesting cultural traditions which are almost purely Tibetan. Lo Manthang is also home to Mustang's former King Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista who lost his royal title in 2008 after Nepal became a republic. But he is still highly regarded and respected by the locals. He and his family occupy the royal palace situated in the city square of Lo Manthang. The king still grants audience to visitors in his palace at the walled city.


The literal meaning of Mustang is “Fertile Plain”. It is the former kingdom of Lo and now is part of Nepal, bordering the Tibetan plateau which was opened for tourists in March, 1992. Trekking in Mustang region is a unique experience which takes you to an arid region beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The route entails traveling across a desert like landscape, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys. Trekking in Mustang is truly one of the most rewarding experiences in Nepal. You will have a close up view of the primitive society that has remained unaffected by modernization for centuries.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day

Day 02: City tour and trek preparation day

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni

Day 05: Trek to Chele(3050m)

Day 06: Trek to Geling (3440m)

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3490m)

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m)

Day 09: Explore Day at Lomanthang

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 12: Ghiling to Chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 13: Chele to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs drive

Day 16: Departure day

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

 

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to the Hotel Blue Horizon or a different hotel by request (prices may vary).  We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming Trek with us. At that time we will introduce you to your trekking guideand Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day. 

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara.

Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore of the landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. The bus will have twice break on the way, once for the breakfast and once for the lunch. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side, evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni.

Take an early morning flight to Jomsom (windy valley). Then after some initial preparation, our trek leads towards the northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views snow peaked mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Enjoy your evening to walk around the village which is very interesting with its settlement where clustered type of house can be found. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Chele(3050m)

The trek starts towards north valley of Kagbeni to Chele where we pass the beautiful village of Tangbe, with its picturesque traditional houses  and fields of barley, buckwheat and apple orchards. We enjoy views of the magnificent Nilgiri peak and cross several ridges. After Chhusang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.

Day 06: Trek to Geling (3440m)

After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which filled with juniper trees. Then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites in the form of a Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail continues descends to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley and stop for overnight.

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3490m)

Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa (monastery) which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.  

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m)

We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner. We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. Stay overnight at Lomanthang.

Day 09: Explore Day at Lomanthang.

We have allowed full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen) is the attraction as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Although the raja's function is now finished as we have republican democracy. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. There are many places to explore and manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires the donations and entry fees which is made by your own.Overnight at Lomanthang.

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang  we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During the walk you'll suffer the dusty wind so we suggest walking in the morning. Overnight at Ghar Gumpa.

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Today, we continue down to the valley at Ghiling which will be dusty day. Evening we explore area but we explore evening time due to the windy and dusty. Overnight at Ghiling.

Day 12: Ghiling to Chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Today we walk same trail back to Chele. You will have wonderful scenery during your walking with the great Himalayan view with wonderful landscape. Overnight stay at Chele.

Day 13: Chele to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6-7 hrs walk

This will be our last day of trek which is quiet long. We will be walking through the valley all the time to get in to the Kagbeni where we had our first night of the trek at the beginning. Once we reach Jomson, we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey. Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

After breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between George of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri which is known as the deepest George in the world. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. 

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs drive

Morning at 7 am, we'll drive to Kathmandu through the Prithivi highway which is the same route we drive to Kathmandu on our way to Pokhara. It is interesting driving route where one can enjoy the scenery of natural beauty. Afternoon arrive Kathmandu and we will host farewell dinner at Nepalese restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Departure day

Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you if you require otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time. If your flight is late evening, you can do final shopping or manage your photos of the trip then final departure from the airport.

Extra Information

Nepal
Nepal is a land located country which lies in between India and China. It is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point of the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meter above sea level. Nepal is small country but many interesting things to see. Nepal is the second richest country in the world in terms of water resources. We have beautiful Himalayan range in the north and have many rivers begins from the Glacier of the Himalaya. Nepal has three major geographical range Himalayan region, Hill region and Terai low land.
Area: 147,181 sq. kilometers
Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south
Capital: Kathmandu
Population: 2,642,799
Language: Nepali is the native language. However, travel-trade people understand and speak English as well.
Currency: Nepali Rupee
Political System: Multi-party democracy
Religion: The major number is Hindu. However, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Travel season: We do have two best seasons to visit Nepal. We always suggest you to come at the right time of the year as far as possible. So the best time is Spring and Autum.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: - (Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.
Winter months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this.
Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).We do not suggest you this time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.
People: Nepal has more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different spoken languages.
What to Wear: Lightweight clothing is recommended for May through October. Warm garments are required in October through March. An umbrella or raincoat is a must for the rainy season (June to August)
Climate: Nepal’s climate varies according to elevation. The Terai of southern Nepal has a tropical monsoon climate characterized by rainy summers and the southwest winds of the monsoon, and almost dry winters. The effect of the southern monsoon climate extends northward into mountain valleys. In the Middle Himalayan valleys the amount of precipitation varies with the extent of exposure to the rain-bearing monsoon winds. Several high valleys located in the rain shadow (area where precipitation is partially blocked by mountains) are dry. In the Kathmandu Valley the average rainfall is about 2,300 mm (about 90 in), most of which occurs from June to September. Between elevations of about 500 and 2,700 m (about 1,640 and 8,860 ft) there is a warm temperate climate; between about 2,700 and 3,000 m (about 8,860 and 9,840 ft) a cool temperate climate prevails. Between about 3,500 and 4,100 m (about 11,480 and 13,450 ft) summers are cool and winters are very cold. Above 4,100 m (about 13,450 ft) a severely cold, alpine climate prevails.

Communication:
Postal Services: The Central Post Office located near Dharahara Tower, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The counters are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provide stamps, postcards and aerogram. Post Restate is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Express Mail Service (EMS ) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.
Telephone Services:
Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1. Nowadays anyone can buy a local Sim card to use while in Nepal (2 passport size photos and passport\visa copy).
Internet Services:
Several Internet cafes and communication centers have opened up in the Valley and around the country in the past few years. Visitors only have to find a place they are most comfortable in to use the facilities to keep in touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels in the city like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and more major cities.
Electricity:
Major towns have electricity and the voltage available is 220-volts and 50 cycles. Load shedding is sometimes experienced. However, most major hotels have installed their own generators.
Medical Services:
All kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal.
Meals and Accommodation:
In the big cities, here are many different categories hotels (From tourist standard to star level) are available. There are many different restaurants in the city as per your interest. While you are on mountain especially for the trek basic mountain accommodations are available where basic facilities are available such as hot shower, toilets, comfortable mattress, solar\electricity lights.
Insurance:
A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is recommended. Make sure the insurance also covers the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking, rafting.
Vaccination:
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country where you will be travelling. Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel Nepal.
Medical Kit:
A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling. The following items are recommended: Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever; Antihistamine - as a decongestant for colds, allergies and to help prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics - useful if traveling off beaten track but they must be prescribed; Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for stomach upsets; Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhoea; Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar 'dry' spray - for cuts and grazes.
Other things to be included are:
Calamine lotion to ease irritation from bites or stings, bandages and band aids for minorinjuries, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, insect repellent, sun block lotion, chopsticks, water purification tablets, throat lozenges (Strepsils), moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).
General Knowledge:
It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal’s health problems. However, it would be useful togather information on altitude sickness (AMS), diarrhoea, giardia, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis rabies, typhoid, tetanus, meningitis diphtheria, malaria and HIV/AIDS Common sense can often save lives.
Pack list:
It is essential to have warm clothing and equipment to plan this trip. Here below are some suggestions for planning this trip. Please kindly take it as a reference and prepare yourself.
Climbing:
Ice Axe
Crampons
Harness
Screw gate Carabineers
Descended abseil device
Prussic Loops
Plastic Mountaineering Boot
For your head:
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters (when hiking in winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc
Ear plugs
Small wash towel
Extras:
Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film
Binoculars
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Reading book
Trail Map/ Guide book
Journal & Pen
IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)
Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest NepaleseEmbassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.

• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)

• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)

• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)

• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)

• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees

3 days transit visa - Free of cost

Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Kathmandu, and

Tel: 00977-1 4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453, Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np

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