Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

  • Trip Duration17 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Max. Altitude3840m/12597ft Lo Manthang
  • Cost Starting FromContact Us
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Transportation : Private Transportation and flight
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Min. Group Size: 02 Minimum - 10 Maximum
  • Max. Altitude: 3840m/12597ft Lo Manthang

Highlights

  • Take an incredible journey to picturesque landscapes in Mustang region and ancient Kingdom of Lo that shares a border with Tibet.
  • Explore this ancient Himalayan kingdom alongside peaceful Buddhist monasteries
  • Admire some of the world's most beautiful natural ,Tibetan buddhist culture in mountain and deep in the Annapurna Conservation Area,
  • The heart of the Himalayas resembles the Tibetan plateau
  • This extensive and remarkable trek will let you discover some of Nepal’s most breathtaking and legendary regions in the himalayas 

 

Upper Mustang is a sacred and isolated in Mustang District in the Himalayas of Nepal. We can experience the true life of real mountain people of Nepal more likely Tibetan influence. Trekking into upper Mustang is a rare and privileged opportunities and spiritual wonder of thousand-year old monasteries, chortens and gompas blend into the landscape. This trek is similar like trek to Tibet where you can explore beautiful countryside similar to Tibetan Plateau.  This circuit is one off the beaten path in terms of real Himalayan adventures, we can be appreciated with undisturbed views and isolation of the mountain local traditional village up in the mountain. We organize this trek as either a camping trek, or a teahouse/local lodge base

This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom its full of culture and religious heritage. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu-1336 meters

Upon your arrive in kathmandu intl airport Mount Trails representative will pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. It's been a long flight, so take your time for a bit to rest! Evening, we will have Dinner at typical nepal restaurant and briefing regarding the trek

Have breakfast at hotel and regulate city tour visiting the palaces, Durbar Square, Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist stupas - or you can just relax at the hotel. A favorite destination is the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city. Or you can join the thousands of Hindus who venture to the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the most famous Shiva temple in Asia. Evening finalize our upcoming trip schedule.

A morning flight brings us to the scenic lakeside town of Pokhara where we have views of the Annapurna Range and nearby hills. Free evening around lake side. You can also enjoy boat ride on fewa lake. Last minute shopping for your trek in lakeside bazaar.

Early morning after the breakfast, we will fly northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will get stunning views of the 8000 meter massifs and the deepest gorge on the planet. Arriving in Jomson, you will meet the rest of the trekking staff. We will begin our trek towards Kagbeni, the main gateway to the Upper Mustang. we will have lunch on the way and dinner at local lodge in Kagbeni.

we start our trek after the morning breakfast at hotel. The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white-washed houses and fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Beyond Tangbe, we reach Chhusang and then continue north across the river climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here, the culture changes from Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

Today trails climb continues along steep along the sides of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to soem chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge. The trail then goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 12,467 feet/3800 meters. We climb over yet another pass and follow a ridge before descending into Shyangmochen. The last gentle climb of the day takes us over a 12,370 foot/3770 meter pass and down into Geling for the night.

After the breakfast, we start our day with climbs gently up to an interesting pass, called Nyi La, and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge over the Tangmar Chu river, you will arrive at what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular mani stone wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 11,811 feet/3600 meters, he route makes a long gentle descent into Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions we wil visit. There we will observe collections of statues and thangka art, as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages along the trek. The trail climbs steadily to Lo-Gekar. The Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than the Samye Gompa in Tibet, and one of the oldest Gompas of all Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar, we will continue on to Lo-Manthang. We arrive at a ridge where there is a breathtaking view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, we will cross a stream and the climb up to the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

It takes around two hours to reach Namgyal Gompan, which is situated on a hilltop and serves as an important monastery for the local community and a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompan, we will continue on to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang. We will return to Lo-Manthang for the evening.

From Lo-Manthang the trail continues straight until Dhi Pass at 13,451 feet/4100 meters and descends down to Dhi village. This portion of the trek is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi is one of the more prosperous villages and settled in a very suitable region.

From Dhi, the trail goes along the river for around 2 hours and then crosses to Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes. As there is no bridge, we will walk across the river in bare feet! After crossing the river, the trail climbs up to a high pass of about 12,631 feet/3850 meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill and then drops directly into Tangbe village. Tangbe is a small village of 30 houses attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry wood, which also reflects the prosperity of their society.

The trail winds through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind-carved hills. Tetang village is nestled between two hills, avoiding the strong wind that hits the Kali Gandaki Valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visited on our first day entering Mustang.

Our last day of the trek, the trail goes through the village of Jharkot, where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, a Tibetan herbal medical center, and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as a palace. Continuing towards Jomsom, we will enjoy the views of the Kali Gandaki Valley and Kagbeni village. We reach the entry point to Mustang where we began two weeks ago, and marvel in our round trip trek that showed us all the wonders of human effort in this isolated corner of the world. we will celebrate that evening with our trekking staff.

Today we will take our 30 minute flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at the Pokhara airport, we will drive to a hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we will have a 20 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel

Today is meant as a buffer day in case weather prevents us from flying the day before. If we are able to fly you will have today to do some last minute shopping and tour the city on your own.

Trip Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop off as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in kathmandu and in Pokhara with bed and breakfast basis 
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private transport 
  • All Meals while you are on trek ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with tea/ coffee )
  • Regular tourist bus to and from Kathmandu 
  • Pokhara-Jomsom flight ticket and airport taxes
  • Trekking leader and guide
  • Required number of porter to carry tents, utensils, equipment and your luggage, cook to prepare food
  • Porter service( one porter between two trekkers, porter carry max 20 KG ) 
  • All applicable trekking permits ( Annapurna Conservation and Mustang Special permit )
  • Twin shared tent / local lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • First aid kit 
  • All government taxes and official expenses

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.
  • Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance (essential)
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above
  • Tipping and donation ( tipping is expected )
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond our control
  • Any additional expenses which is not mention on cost includes section. 

Trip Map

Useful Info

What Makes This Trip Different? 

Mount Trails believe in the quality services with great vlaue to our guests.  Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced in costs and consumption.

Mount Trails Trekking and Adventures works for social causes with some non-profit organization http://letsgocool.org concerned with environmental conservation and preservation includes Orphan children who need better education and the better life. We are supporting for the cause with some of our profits to a certain organization so that we can make their life better and bring happiness in thier life. We believe that education and healthy children make more stable and better future of Nepal. For donation, Sponsorship or any kind of Voluntourism, please contact to our orginization  gocooltonepal@gmail.com  

What to take

This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .

Important to note

Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.

Trip Note

Our Trekking Group

The trekking group to Tsum valley Nepal depends on the number of persons but we normally take in 02-20 persons in a group. However, if you are in a bigger group of more than 10 persons, we can manage the Tsum Valley Trekking accordingly. The maximum number 20 is the outcome of generally organized group treks. But, we are good at organizing treks for any group size you require. 

Besides the trekking group, we have our local staffs to assist you as well. Trekking does not just mean traveling around; it will be more rewarding if you can gain good bunch of information of the areas you travel. So, we provide you with guides for that and in order to assure easy travel experience, we have porters who would carry on your luggage. We will facilitate you with 1 porter between 2 trekkers. Our porter carry maximum of 20 kg weight. 

Guides and Porters

For trekking group of 1 to 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide and Porter (1 porter between two trekkers ).

For trekking group of more than 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide and Porter (1 porter between two trekkers ).

Accomodation

Our overnight stay would be on Tea Houses/lodges during Trekking of Tsum Valley.  Twin sharing comfortable beds and common bathroom will be provided. The place is clean and hygienic. However, if you require a single supplement accommodation, it can also be made available on request at an additional cost of US$ 200. But still you need to be aware that single supplement accommodation may not be available at all the places during your Tsum valley trek Nepal. 

Meals

Tsum Valley Trekking would let you experience typical Nepali food, special mountain foods and other cuisines including international cuisine like Indian, Tibetan, Italian, and Continental. You can always make your choices from the food menu available there. We will have breakfast and dinner at lodge/tea houses mostly whereas we will have the lunch on our way. 

While in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels facilitated with Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower, Internet service and others. The facilities provided here is of 2 to 3 star standard hotel.

Complementary

We offer welcome dinner, farewell dinner and breakfasts during your stay in Kathmandu. 

Transportation

The means of transportation are private cars/vans and public bus. Pick up and drop from airport to hotel, and hotel to airport will be done by private transportation. Also, we will be driving from Kathmandu to Arughat and from Khudi to Kathmandu by Bus.Tsum valley trek Nepal will start with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. From Arughat, we walk all the way to our destination. While returning, we take a bus from Arughat to Kathmandu. 

Safety and Precaution

It is necessary that you take in good precaution during your travel to avoid any difficulties in your Trekking of Tsum Valley.  As the Manaslu Tsum valley trek leads to higher altitude range, you need some trustworthy, experienced, qualified and well-equipped people around you. Your safety is assured by the local trek guide and other staffs. 

Since these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced, qualified and well-equipped leader such that your trek runs safe and successful one. All our guides at Mount Trails are trained and licensed from Nepal Government, certified from TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association with experience over many years. So, this is a double assurance for your safety and to make sure that you are in the correct and professionals hand. Thus, you need not worry about anything; we are here only at your service.

Health Issues

Regarding health issues, we are well aware that you are likely to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up high at faster pace is too harmful and can be fatal as well because of less oxygen. Some general symptoms of AMS are mentioned clearly on this link : http://www.mounttrails.com/altitude-sickness-in-nepal-himalaya.html