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Trip Name: Upper Mustang Trekking Destination: Eastern Region, Nepal
Max Height: 4200 m Best Season: Spring / Autumn
Accommodation: Teahouses Duration: 16 Days 15 Nights
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous Trip starts- ends: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

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Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the most toured place in Nepal. It has beautiful pristine snow clad mountains which are a major source of tourist attraction. Tourists from all over the world come to this glorious and serene place to nurture their mind and soul and cherish thenature's beauty.Upper Mustang trekking allows the travelers to witness heavenly beautiful Trans-Himalaya landscape, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines such as Stupas, Chortens, Prayers walls,  old monasteries and painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upper mustang trekking is also known as a ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal’ and a very well-liked trekking in Nepal.

Upper Mustang trekking is a popular destination for travelers, who would like to be very remote area and explores the ancient Monastery, more than thousand years of hundreds ruined cave and Himalayan mountain desert with local tribes domain with Tibetan society are the main attraction of this areas. Upper Mustang region is located on the western Himalayan range and adjoining plateau of Tibetan border of the Nepal. Mustang is a rain shadow area and still has a Mustangi Raja (state king of the Mustang) only one state king of Nepal, fossils on the river bank another attraction for the travels. 
Upper Mustang trek start from the Pokhara a beautiful lake town of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to Upper Mustang. Either fly to Jomsom or walk from the Beni will reach at entry point of upper Mustang called Kagbeni. We start our Upper Mustang trek through the Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the up stream to get to Lo-Mangthang, which is capital of the upper Mustang. On Mustang trek you may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. You will have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your trek wonderfully.
The Home Ministry of Nepal announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as "Upper Mustang" that has its own nominal king..

Description of this trek on papers is complex and would be injustice to the scenery that unroll in front of the eyes of the beholder, it can only be experienced.
In Brief: You will enjoy the adventurous trail to the Top of the Worlds Base Camp. The View from Kalapatthar is majestic. Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhist practice is great to experience.

Day 1 :

Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Welcome by our representatives and transfer our Hotel.

Day 2 :

Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Visit Bouddhanath stupa another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and remaining time explore the surrounding areas or simply relax at the hotel.

Day 3 :
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley, 7-8 hrs drive. With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately seven hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside (823m/2,700ft) and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 4 :

Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hrs walking. After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes 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, From Jomsom trek continues 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 reaches you to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft), which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni, an interesting wind swept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. On arrival, check in the hotel with afternoon free for a stroll around the village.

Day 5 :

Kagbeni to chele, 5-6 hrs walk. 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 will reach at Tangbe village with crops field. From here we trek forward to Chhusang after ½ hour walk and 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 (3050m/10,004ft) after 18 kilometers for overnight at teahouse.

Day 6 :

 Chele to Syanbochen, 6-7 hrs walk. Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We will climbs to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Further descends a little to the village of Samar for our lunch. Further walk around 3 hrs similar walk will reach you at Syanbochen (3475m/11,398ft) after 8 kilometers for the overnight at teahouse. Remaining time explore the surrounding area.

Day 7 :

Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 5-6 hrs walk. After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) after lunch, we descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft) after 12 kilometers walk.

Ghaymi to Charang, 4-5 hrs walk. We start you trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk and easily get to the Charang (3500m/11,480ft) for the overnight. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall (Secret stone wall of the Buddhism). From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang after 11 kilometers up and down to get to our teahouse for tonight stop.

Day 8 :

Charang to Lo-Mangthang, 5-6 hrs walk. Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Tsarang 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 (3700m/12,136ft). 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. Rest of the time explores the surrounding area.

Day 9 :

Explore the Lo-Mangthang. Today you may have many choices to explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, 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 Hal which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- story building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. The interesting place where you may not tired to explore more and more. 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.

Day 10 :

Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gompa, 4-5 hrs walks. After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang we back to Ghar Gompa which is also interesting place to explore the local area takes 4-5 hrs. During the walk you will suffer the dusty wind and as suggested to walk in the morning. 

Ghar Gompa to Ghiling, 5-6 hrs walk. Today, we will back to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft) as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time.

Day 11 :
Ghiling to Chele, 5-6 hrs walk. We re-track back to Chele (3050m/10,004ft) 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 camp.

Day 12 :

Chele to Jomsom, 6-7 hrs walk. Today, we will have a last day trek as well as long. It is better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni finished the upper Mustang trails and join to the normal as Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft) for the overnight stop.

Day 13 :

Fly back 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 14 :

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Morning we will drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel and you own or further references you extending holiday as per your time and interest.

Day 15 :

Departure your country.

Services Include :

  • Airport - Hotel - Airport Transfer.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu 4 nights.
  • Katmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist bus services
  • Airfare Pokhara- Jomsom –Pokhara.
  • Meals as specified above. [Three times a day]
  • Specila upper Mustang ($500 for 10 days)
  • Annapurna National Park entry Permit.
  • English Speaking Guide and Porter/s with food and accommodation.
  • Accommodation for 14 nights in the Lodges.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter/s covers personal accident and medicine.
  • Government Tax.
  • Other assistance.

Services Exclude :

  • Required airport Tax for Domestic Flights.
  • Expenses of Personal nature.
  • All sorts of Drinking [ Water / Beer / Tea Coffee ]
  • Others not mentioned in inclusion above. 
  • Tips for Trekking & other employed staffs which is not mandatory but expected.