Trip Introduction


The stunning views of remote trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal can be encountered in Upper Mustang Trek. After the glamorous observation of the Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, your trek will be commenced. Moreover, the trails clearly consign the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas. 

This trek is unique opportunity where you can experience the true life of the real mountain people of Nepal. If you compare some geographical aspects you will get the flavor of trekking into the Upper Mustang Area is similar to trekking in to Tibet, which geographically is a part of it. The mysterious aspect of Mustang, is that  it is considered a land where the soul of man is still as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship.

The literal meaning of Mustang is “Fertile Plain”, former kingdom of Lo and now it is a part of Nepal, bordering the Tibetan plateau which was opened for the tourist in March 1992. Upper mustang is a barren valley with Trans Himalayan territories that borders Tibet to the north. Mustang was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. This is an area where we will trek to, discovering the wonders of the architecture, language, their interesting culture and traditions which are almost purely Tibetan.

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 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. Therefore, through this trek you will have a close up view of the primitive society that has remained unaffected by modernization for centuries.

Advanced Adventure has the multiple opportunities to our clients regarding this trek. If you want to have, less challenging and demanding trek this Upper Mustang Trek 16 day/s is very suitable for you. Based on your time availability you can book this trek directly. 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 desert like landscape, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys .likewise if you want to taste the flavor of Nepalese culture with your family we will suggest you Tiji Festival Special- Upper Mustang Trek 18 day/s. Tiji is derived from two Tibetan words “Ten” and “Che”, which refer to “Hopes of Dharma reigning in all worlds”.

 Trip Highlights


  • The exploration of cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu prior the trek begins.
  • The short cultural tour of Nepal’s most beautiful town, Pokhara on the second day of the trip
  • The walk through the trails of Apple Orchard of Nepal, Jomsom all the way to Upper Mustang via many culturally opulent villages
  • The ancient Monasteries of the region, where travlers experience spiritual peacefulness
  • The landscapes dominated by barren valleys, colorful mountains having interesting myths and widespread Himalayas to the north
  • The remains of ancient Lo Kingdom at Upper Mustang and western and valleys, which lie in close proximity of Lomanthang
  • The amazing culture of people of Lo, which they have been practicing for centuries
  • The wilderness of nature while trekking back from Upper Mustang to Muktinath.
  • The sacred shrine for Hindus, Buddhists, Bons and Jains- the temple above the clouds, Muktinath.

What are the basic prerequisite for this trek?


If you have, the extreme ability to walk around 6-8 hours a day with a light daypack and passionate feeling, this trek will be highly suitable as this is moderate trek. It is fact that having walk in higher altitudes is definitely more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Therefore, you need to be prepared to adjust in the high altitude. Advance Adventure Kindly request to all the clients to prepare themselves for Upper Mustang Trek 19 Days 19 day/s by jogging and exercising regularly at least 3 month prior to the start of the trek. If you have the subtle experiences on walking /trekking in high altitude, environment this trek will be really easier. Your Past hiking experiences may be worthy but you need special technical skill for this trek. To accomplish the trek you should have excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination. If you have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases please kindly inform us before booking the trip. We are highly conscious about your health and safety. You can have the experiences of more demanding and challenging episode while in Trek.

Additional Information


Come directly, join honestly and become our family member without any hesitation. The door of Advance Adventure is always open for our guests. Regarding this trip, we have attempted to provide enough information from our website. Nevertheless, if you need any discussion regarding your time availability and others query please feel free to contact directly at +9779851040806, if you want to talk. Alternatively, please contact us via our emailsales@advadventures.com .we are eagerly waiting to welcome you in Nepal, the land of mountain and peace.

 

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)-D
  • Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation-B
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours-D
  • Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek-B/L/D
  • Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
  • Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours-B/L/D
  • Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
  • Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
  • Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours-B/L/D
  • Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization-B/L/D
  • Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours-B/L/D
  • Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
  • Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
  • Trek to Tetang 3 - 3.5 hrs trek-B/L/D
  • Trek to Muktinath 6 hrs trek-B/L/D
  • Trek to Jomsom 4-5 hrs trek-B/L/D
  • Fly to Pokhara- B
  • Drive back to Kathmandu; Farewell Dinner
  • Depart Kathmandu-B

Important Trip Notes & Activities

Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.


Day 01

Arrival day 

Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft  

After your Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you and then you will be taken to the traveler’s recommended hotel, Hotel Blue horizon or similar standard hotel. Our tour operator will explain briefly about the program about your upcoming Mustang Trek with us and introduce our trekking guide. Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you may explore "Thamel". In the evening we host welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with local music and ethnic dance.O/N Kathmandu.

Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing 

Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft  

After breakfast we depart for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “City of Temples” to Visit Durbar Square (place of Palace). The devastating quake has demolished few important monuments of the Durbar Square including with the Kasthamandap temple. However, Kumari Ghar (Home of Living Goddess), Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple stand tall and intact. Afterwards, we will take you to visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world and also be said as a monkey temple, which is located at top of the hill from where one can have a great view of Kathmandu Valley. The main stupa of it stands tall but few small monuments ringing the main stupa have fallen down during the quake.

We will drive towards Pashupatinath, which is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. Surprisingly, not a single brick of this biggest Hindu Shrine has been displaced during the quake 2015. After exploring the Pashupatinath temple, we move towards Bouddhanath Temple, Bouddhanath is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Boudhnath suffered negligible damage during the quake. O/N Kathmandu.

Day 03

Drive to Pokhara 

Altitude: 823m/2,700ft

Distance of driving: 7-8 hrs drive  

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

Day 04

Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni 

Altitude: 2,858/9,374ft

Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walk  

Today we fly to Jomsom (windy valley) in the early morning, then after some initial preparation of loads, our trek leads towards northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views of 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 

Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft

Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk  

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 Chhuksang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kali Gandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.

Day 06

Trek to Geling 

Altitude: 3520m/11,546ft

Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk  

After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar that lies on the ridgetop and then descends into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which is 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 

Altitude: 3500m/11,480ft

Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk  

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 

Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft

Distance of walking:  5-6 hrs walk  

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 around and Day Hike to Lomanthang eastern valleys and return to Loma

Today, we will explore wonderful monasteries in close proximity of this prosperous cultural town that surprisingly has sophisticated lifestyle. Visit around the Champa Lakhang, red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the prime highlight of Mustang the most popular King’s palace. However, to enter these prehistoric monuments need bit of a luck as they open during special occasions only. Witnessing the external walls and the courtyards of these landmarks are wonderful enough to spellbind you.

Then we walk towards the eastern valley of Lo-manthang that comprises Choshar, the spot of the high school and Garphu and Nyphu Gompas. The site lies on the route to Lhasa, which was trodden centuries ago by pilgrims, messengers, dacoits and invaders. The ruins of myriads of fortress throughout the route cater credible observation. In six hours round trip to and back from these locations is a wonderful walking escapade of the day.

Day 10

Day hike to Lomanthang western valleys and return to Lomanthang

On this day, we explore the prime highlights in the western valleys. Namgyal Gompa and Tingkar village are destinations well off for the travelers to explore around. This is about 4 – 5 hours, round trip hike. It takes couple of hours to reach Namgyal Gompa that nestles n the hilltop catering the demanding views of Himalayas to the north.  It is a revered monastery for the local community and it also serves as the local court. After we explore Nyamgal Gompa we trek to Tingkar, an incredible settlement having around 400 houses. It is the last major habitat right at the foothills of Himalayas. At the end of the day, we trek back to Lomanthang for the overnight stay.

Day 11

Trek to Surkhang

Altitude: 3670m

Distance of walking: [4-5] hours trek

Today, we head up to the acme of Dhi pass (4100m) from where we descend to Dhi village. Exploring around the richest village f the region, which is Dhi, we chase the trail down to the river that takes almost two hours and cross the river reach Surkhang 3670m.

Day 12

Day Hike to Lori Gompa (Monastery) at Yara Gang and back to Surkhang

Today’s hike is relatively short but goes to the elevation of 4000m at Yara Gang. Yara Gang houses one of the oldest monasteries of the region- Lori Gompa. During 4-5 hours round trip to Yara Gang and return back to Surkhang, you will witness the authentic and traditional form of monastic culture and during the walk the scenic views of Himalayas other landscapes are additional rewards. 

Day 13

Trek to Tange Height 3240 m [4-4.5] hours trek

Altitude: 3240m

Distance of walking: [4-4.5] hours trek

As the trek begins today, strip off your shoes and F cross Ghechang River, which originates from a sacred highland lake of Damodar Kunda. Beyond the river, we climb up t the top of the pass at 3850m, and tread along the grasslands that continue with hike along the stripped hills. Beyond the pass we trek along the course that nose-dives to the village of Tange 3240m. The stack of dried woods on the rooftops reflects the economic status of the family in the society.

Day 14

Trek to Tetang

Altitude: 2940 m

Distance of walking: [3-3.5] hours trek

We are almost at the brink of ending our wonderful trekking around Upper Mustang and wilderness that surrounds it. Walking through deep ridges that caters exceptional views of wind imprinted hills on both sides brings us to a small village amidst the similar landscape, Tetang. Tetang Village nestles between two of these hills to shield it from the strong wind that hit the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the higher altitude village of Chhuksang.

Day 15

Trek to Muktinath

Altitude: 3800 m

Distance of walking: 6 hours trek

Treading through the village of Jharkot where we halt to explore Jharkot Monastery, a Tibetan herb medical center and the old fortress we continue our journey towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 16

Muktinath-Jomsom

Altitude: 2,670m/8,760ft 

Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks  

We believed that you would have a late morning sleep, no problem! Breakfast at morning at 08: AM then slowly started the day walking. All the way down, deserted hills, takes 2 hours around to reach Kali Gandaki River Valley then walking mostly through the river valley, cross Jomsom- the head quarter of Mustang, Overnight at Jomsom. 

Day 17

Fly Jomsom to Pokhara

This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

Day 18

Drive Pokhara- Kathmandu

Distance of driving: 5-6 hrs drive  

After breakfast, we drive to back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Refreshed up; evening we meet again, take a feedback of your trip. We host a farewell Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurant. Over night at Kathmandu.

Day 19

Departure from Kathmandu  

Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. Or get ready for the next adventure with us!

Price: US $2280 per person

Inclusions

Inclusions:

• Airport picks up/ transfer

• 3 nights in 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan 

• Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with private car, entrance of all the temples and monuments fees

• Welcome and Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with Traditional dance & Music

• Mustang special permit/TIMS Card 

• Drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara by private vehicle

• All monuments/ entrance fees

• 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara on BB plan as per as itinerary suggested

• pokhara -jomsom-pokhara by plane

• 14nights/ 15 days of complete trek of Upper Mustang Trek will full board of meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea coffee)

• Mt. accommodation twin share- comfortable and clean (two nights attached bath)

• One Advance Adventures Trek Leader( Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), his entire expenses, equipment and insurance

• Entire cost of porter and Sherpa’s- one porter for each two member in a group

• All the Gov and local taxes

• AA duffle bag and T- shirt

• Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags

• Group medicine kit box

• High altitude chamber bag for trek safety(available on above 4 pax)

• Departure transfer

Exclusions

• Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu

• Your meals at Kathmandu & Pokhara, except provided dinner and breakfast

• Entire beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek

• Travel Insurance(Must includes Helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)

• Personal Nature Expenses/ Tips to guide and porter

• Any Extending Trips

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

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Notation: Airport Stops Route

Equipments

It is very important to have right seasonal Clothing & Equipments for the safe and enjoyable trek in Nepal. Here below, we have listed the required equipments for traveling to Nepal and its Himalayas. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. 

Head:
Sun hat or scarf 
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
Sunglasses with UV protection

 

Hands:
Lightweight gloves 
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

 

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 

T- Shirt and Down Jacket
Advanced Adventure provide you this

 

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 for hiking in winter to the base camp
 

Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F - Advanced Adventure provide this 
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock for trek bag- Advanced Adventure provide Trekking Duffle Bag.
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
Thermarest sleeping pad 
Water bottles (2)
Toiletries
Small wash towel

Extras/Luxuries:
Binoculars 
Reading book 
Trail Map/Guide book 
Journal & Pen 
Walkman 
Pencils and small notebooks 
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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