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Trip Overview of Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is a Restricted Area into the Ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Lo- Manthang. Special permit from Nepal Government is needed to join this pleasant trekking into the secular land of Mustang. Being curtained from the world, natives from Mustang were able to preserve their ancient culture and traditions in its original form.
Mustang Region gives views of more than 35 towering mountains that are over 6000m height. Upper Mustang Trekking follows as diverse trails as world’s deepest gorge in Kali Gandaki to world’s highest regions of Lo- Manthang Valley. Visiting thousand year old monastery, having scenic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and stepping into the city wall and the four storey palace in Lo- Manthang are the major attractions of Upper Mustang Trek.
Upper Mustang Trek at ‘Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ is amazing package that begins with flight to Jomsom via Pokhara from where the adrenaline trekking experience initiates as we walk through Kagbeni to villages of Chele, Syanbochen, Ghami and Charang to fortified kingdom of Lo- Manthang. We will make the return trip through settlements of Dramkar, Ghiling, Chhuksang and Kagbeni to Jomsom from where we will fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara and the fun- filled trekking package concludes as we return to the hotel at Kathmandu.
Existing in the rain shadow of Himalayas, Upper Mustang receives minimal rainfall which makes Upper Mustang Trek possible throughout the year.
Additional Information:Tourist Link Treks is the Champion trekking operator in Kathmandu for the Upper mustang trek and other trekking region in Nepal. Our main propose is satisfy for clients and safety. Upper mustang trekking required minimum two person need for permit through government registered Nepal Trekking Company. The permit cost is 500$ just you have to know that. We’ll make fell the great difference if you decided upper Mustang with Tourist Link Treks. Also if you are looking group for September to December please you have to follow fixed departure date of 2019.
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Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by representative from ‘Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ who will then convey you through the vibrant streets in Kathmandu to the hotel where you will receive a brief explanation regarding your trekking package. You will spend the pleasant night in the comfy bed.
Taking light breakfast early in the morning, our guide will then take you for a pleasant day tour inside Kathmandu which encompasses the UNESCO enlisted holiest shrine of Shiva at Pashupatinath Temple Complex, the Bouddhanath Stupa which is the largest Stupa existing inside Kathmandu, Swayambhunath Temple aka Monkey Temple which is the oldest Stupa inside Kathmandu which dates almost 2oooyrs back and the Kathmandu Durbar Square which is yet another UNESCO enlisted historical site where you will get chance to view the abode of Living Goddess- Kumari, Kasthamandap Temple, Kal Bhairab and many more.
25-minute of pleasant flight from the Domestic Airport of Kathmandu with scenic views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Langtang Himalayan range will be able to take us to Pokhara. Alternatively, we can choose 5hour of enchanting drive through the meandering road along the Prithvi Highway which will eventually takes us to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The route will be full of natural grandeurs like Trishuli River, rice terraces and numerous peaks at the background.
It takes 20minutes of pleasant flight over mountains to arrive at the Airport in Jomsom. We will be enjoying the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains from the comfortable seats of plane. Landing at Jomsom which is the district Headquarter and the hub of Mustang Region, we will begin our trekking by walking along Kali Gandaki River to village at Kagbeni which is the gateway for Upper Mustang.
Walking along the eastern bank of Kaligandaki River, we will follow the upward trail to Tangbe Village. Making our way through the narrow alleys between the homes, we will arrive at the fields of buckwheat and apples which we will cross to reach to Chhusang Village. Later we will cross the Kaligandaki River over suspension bridge to make it to Chele Village which is located at the top of the ridge.
Climbing the slope, we will move forward along the side of a deep canyon and cross a stack of rock at Samar from where we will pursue the downward trail to the river. Passing through Juniper trees, we will choose the escalating trail which leads us through the cave at Ramchung to Syanbochen.
Passing through the Tibetan styled local houses, tea houses and chortens, we will choose the ascending trail to Yamda La which is a pass located at3850m altitude. Enjoying some of the scenic natural views from apex of Yamda La, we will travel through Nyi Pass (4010m) to the pretty village of Ghami.
Walking through the trail lined with Mani walls, we will have a gentle descent from the hill to arrive at the huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa which exists at the Kali Gandaki gorge on the eastern edge of village. Observing the architectural design of the Gompa, we will make an advance to the village of Charang which is located at the top of Charang Chu.
Following the rocky path, we will lower down to Charang-Chu from where the trail escalates uphill to arrive at land of moraines. We will have the first look into the walled city of Lo-Manthang from the land of moraines before heading towards the walled city of Lo-Manthang.
It is taken as the exploration day. We will explore around the walled city of Lo Manthang by which we will be visiting the western valley of Tingkhar, to the site of the summer palace of the Raja. Kimling, Phuwa and the Namgyal Gompa (Monastery of Victory Gompa which is the newest and most active of Lo) are other sites that are worthy visiting.
Lo-Manthang is the farthest point of our trek. So, on 10th day, we will be making a return trip. We will choose a different path that moves forward through Dramkar. Enroute, we will visit the Ancient Gyokar Gompa which is rich in paintings that is popular among locals as the wish fulfilling Gompa. Climbing the ridge, we will have a gentle descent from where we will continue walking to Dramkar.
Choosing the dusty and windy trail, we will arrive at the barren lands of Ghiling. We will enjoy the perfect views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains from Ghiling and later we will visit the friendly locals at Ghiling to know their ways of living. We will stay in a camp at Ghiling for the night.
The trek on 12th day begins early in the morning as we take the easy trail that lowers down from the hill to Chhuksang. It takes about 6hours of walking to arrive at Chhuksang which offers the pleasant views of surrounding mountains and landscapes. We will be staying overnight at Chhuksang.
Continuing through the trail that prolongs along the southern border of Mustang region, we will head to Kagbeni. Walking past Kagbeni, the trail prolongs through the bank of Kali Gandaki River all the way to Jomsom. Since flights from Jomsom during day time are usually impossible due to heavily blowing wind, we will be staying overnight in a hotel at Jomsom.
20minutes of an early morning flight with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains will take us to Pokhara. We will spend the spare time exploring the enchanting Lake city of Pokhara whereby we will be visiting Phewa Lake, Seti Gorge, David Fall, KI Singh Bridge, Mahendra Cave and International Mountaineering Museum prior to returning back to the hotel where we will be staying overnight.
5 hours of scenic drive through the serpentine roads along Prithvi Highway with exotic views of Trishuli River, paddy fields, terraces and hills will lead us back to Kathmandu where we will be staying in a hotel. Dinner will be served in the evening to celebrate the successful ‘Upper Mustang Trek.’ Alterntively, 25 minutes of pleasant flight can be chosen from Pokhara Airport to arrive at Domestic Airport of Kathmandu.
The wonderful 16days ‘Upper Mustang Trek’ comes to an end on this day as you will be transferred back to Tribhuvan International airport by our representative. We are happy to serve you and we will be looking forward for your next visit.
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
- Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Tample, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
- Two-night accommodation with breakfast at 3 star category Hotel in Kathmandu
- Two night accommodation with breakfast at 3 star category Hotel in Pokhara
- Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
- Domestic Airfare( Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara)
- Three daily meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
- Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by Tourist Bus
- One highly experienced helpful and friendly guide (English speaking and Government licensed holder guide)
- Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter) there food, accommodation, Salary, equipment and including staff insurance
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- All necessary paper work and permits (Restricted area permit, ACAP and TIMS) please bring 3 passport size photographs
- All Local/Government Taxes and office service charge
- Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance Company
What's not included?
- Nepal Visa fee
- Meal not specified in the “meal inclusions” in the above itinerary
- Personal trekking equipment
- Snacks and other expenses
- International airfare to & from home town
- Excess baggage charges
- Hot showers during the trek except when in Pokhara and Jomsom
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
- Tips and donations for guides and porters.
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
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