JOURNEY THROUGH HIDDEN UPPER MUSTANG

JOURNEY THROUGH HIDDEN UPPER MUSTANG

1,800.00

17 DAYS/ EASY-MODERATE/ TEA-HOUSE LODGING

Mustang, formerly known as the Kingdom of Lo, is one of the most remote and isolated regions in the Himalayas. Until the 1990’s Upper Mustang was a restricted area which makes it one of the most culturally and geographically preserved regions in the world. Our trail will follow the ancient salt caravan route which the people of Mustang have utilized to trade with Tibet for thousands of years.

Join us for the trek of a lifetime to this remote Himalayan kingdom.

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PROGRAM 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nomad's land who will drop you off at a local hotel. After checking in, you will have several hours to rest and prepare for the adventure to come. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner, including authentic Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

You will start the second day of your journey to Upper Mustang with a tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa, all world heritage sites in the capital. Durbar Square provides a glimpse of the life of the Nepali royal family. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus throughout India and Nepal. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. At noon, we will do a group introduction and briefing at Himalayan Glacier’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours

We have breakfast and leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City for the large number of lakes surrounding the city. Upon arriving in Pokhara, we will be greeted with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five Annapurna peaks and others. We will then check in to our hotel. In the evening we will enjoy a boat trip on the Fewa Lake and a stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek

On day four we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on a wide trail through the beautiful Jomson valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is located along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. The village is known for its flat-roofed houses and ruins of the Dzong-Sampa Fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

After getting our permits checked, we begin our trek alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before our ascent towards Upper Mustang begins. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our trek, passing small villages and crossing river beds on our way towards Chele. Overnight in Chele.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours

The trek on day 6 is the most challenging thus far on our journey to Upper Mustang. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and visit to Ramchung Cave. After a brief descent, we reach Samar Village, follow a trail along the ridge-line above the village, and descend on a steep trail to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours

We ascend to the Yamda La pass (3,850m). On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass (4,010m). From there, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. Surrounded by fields barley, we sleep in the thin air of Ghami. Overnight in Ghami.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours

Our trek on day eight begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola River and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with Tibetan prayer wheels along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red Buddhist monastery in the east. Overnight in Tsarang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours

We begin our trek on day nine by descending through a canyon and doing a group river crossing. We then begin our uphill trek to Lo La pass (3950m). From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. We then descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From Lo Manthang the view includes Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond). Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization Day

Lo Manthang is a walled town in the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major monasteries of the town including Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these monasteries, also known as gompas in Tibetan, have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours

We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have their aspiration fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours

We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for most of the day. Our trail passes through a dry plateau as well as fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds. Ghiling is mostly dry and offers excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. We can tour the village in the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours

Day fourteen is the last and longest day of the trek. After trekking for several hours, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we spend the rest of the day relaxing. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and begin our drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese villages. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest and do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Final departure

Our Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Nomad’s Land will take you to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

INCLUDED

Room and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all transportation within Nepal (including RTN flight ticket Pokhara-Jomsom), city tour with private guide & car, fooding & lodging while trekking, trekking guide, upper Mustang trekking permit, welcome pack, welcome dinner, Nomad's Land support & logistic.

NOT INCLUDED

International flight ticket, visa fees (40$), personal insurance, soft & alcoholic drinks, tips, personal expenses, everything not mentioned in the included section of this description. 

 

 

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