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Upper Mustang Trekking - 16 Days

Upper Mustang is a mystique place and known by hidden kingdom of Nepal.It is also known by Tibet of Nepal, desert of Nepal, Land behind the mountains. This place has various of name. As well the name Mustang has multiple beauties.Mustang is completely similar with Tibet in land, local people, religion, culture. It had local authorities king before. But just on 2006 even whole Nepal has been federal democratic republic. Since then even king of Mustang also out from authority. And this time the royal palace of Mustang has changed as a attractive place to visit. In Mustang there are 100s of Monasteries. Most of the Monastery are just incredible. It is little difficult to believe too. And as well 1000s of caves are another attraction. The caves are believed to build by human some centuries ago. The landscape is also unbelievable. The important thing is that, Mustang is restricted area for normal foreigners. We need to make special permits, which is also very expensive. And permits are just provided from Central Immigration office. It has many more rules to follow. Anyway your permits cost is very small when you will be in Mustang.

Trip Highlights

  •  Special Permits.
  •  Tibetan- Local Culture.
  •  Beautiful Landscape.
  •  Mountain  Buddhism – Monestries.
  •  Natural (But called human made) Caves.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02 Sight seeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara.

Day 04 drive to Chusang.

Day 05 Trek to Syangmochen via Chungsi cave.

Day 06 Trek to Dhakmar.

Day 07 Trek to Lo-Manthang via Ghar Gumba ( The oldest buddhist monasry of the world )

Day 08 Rest day. Visit monastries and Jong cave by driving.

Day 09 Trek to Yara.

Day 10 Trek to Tetang.

Day 11 Trek to Chusang ( very longway to walk )

Day 12 Trek to Muktinath.

Day 13 Drive to Pokhara.

Day 14  Sight seeing.

Day 15 Drive to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in evening.

Day 16 International departure.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

You will pick-up by our staff from airport to Hotel in Thamel. We will meet you at hotel with little meeting. Then we collect your original passport for special permit process. Evening will dinner with us as welcome dinner. We will brief you for next day & about whole trip.

Day 2
Sightseing in Kathmandu

One day we need to get special permits. It takes little long process. So you will have sightseeing Kathmandu & around city. Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Durbar square etc. You will get a city guide for a day.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara (850m)

Here we go to Pokhara by standard tourist bus. Your trekking guide will be with you together. Bus will take 7/8 hours to get Pokhara. Then evening your guide will let you know about next day program of flight time & schedule of day.

Day 4
Drive to to Chusang (2980) via Jomsom.

We really want to avoid flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Because this time we can take private reserved jeeps. Just time will be longer. But howevere it is more better in many ways. Well here we go until Chuile by reserved jeep.

Day 5

This is little long & physical stress day. Beginning of the day for 30 minutes is easier and will get caves to see on the wall. Then from the point is going up for 3 hours. Then will get a village called Samar. After there you should take optional way to get Chungsi cave (Monastery cave). The trail this part is little worse. After cave about 40 minutes later will get Syangmochen village. 7/8 hours to walk for the day.

Day 6
Dhakmar (3820m)

Well this part mostly need to walk in road way. Some part there are option to avoid the road. The part after Ghami is much interesting to see red cliffs. In Dhakmar village is very basic lodge & food. But nice & lonely isolated village.

Day 7
Lo-Manthang (3810)

This day is also little longer in distance. Gentle way up & down. The highlight place to visit is Ghar Gumba ( Lho Gyakar Gumba ). Which is known by the oldest monastery of the world. It has some myth story to being the oldest one. Here we should take lunch break at monastery. Then after monastery we still need to walk more than half way. Between monastery & Lomanthang is the highest point of the whole trip. It’s about 4250m above from sea level. The trail is normal and interesting. Very less people will get on the way. Then evening you will get the biggest village & main point Lomanthang. The approx time is about 7/9 hours for the day.

Day 8
Exploration Day

Visit monasteries and Jong cave by driving. Here the day is to visit highlight places of Upper Mustang region. So many monasteries, Caves & other interesting places. But to do all you need to hire local jeep. If you have enough time then also can visit Nepal-China border too.

Day 9
Yara (3650m)

Well here we give you again option. If you are still enough strong then better to walk to Yara. Which part another side of Kali Gandaki river. But this part is really basic lodges & food. And the distance to walk for a day is crazy long. But for the day it’s normal distance. We need to walk crazy down and little up just before Yara village. 6/7 hours for the day to walk.

Day 10
Tangge (3240m)

Well this day is also normal distance to walk. The landscape are still crazy beautiful. But this day you have to cross a crazy river. Anyway a suspension bridge was under the build. And evening lodge are more basic. Just to say ok for only a night. Here about to walk is 5/6 hours.

Day 11
Chusang (2980m)

Hum ! The craziest day is here. The day is unbelievable long to walk in a day without any lunch spot on the way. Just we should prepare our own food for the way. Even we should prepare enough drinking water for the day. At beginning we should walk up for approx 3 hours and easy part for another approx 4 hours. Then the final part is huge down to get Chusang village. It will take approx 10- 12 hours to get the village.

Day 12
Muktinath (3780m)

Here another one more going up approx 4/5 hours to get the top &about 2 more hours to get Muktinath village. Muktinath is popular village for holy people. Anyway lodge& food are enough good here. It will take about 6/7 hours to Jomsom.

Day 13
Jomsom (2720)

Here the last day of trekking to Jomsom. It will take about 6/7 hours to get Jomsom. The lodge& food are enough good. Here we recommend the way through Lubra village.

Day 14

Ok we just need to fly Pokhara. Try to get early flight. Even if not able to fly then you will have time to come Pokhara by reserve jeep. Anyway in Pokhara you can have free time for sightseeing if you can fly.

Day 15

Well that is just same way to back Kathmandu by similar tourist bus. Evening we organise farewell dinner with cultural dance & feedback of your trip.

Day 16
International departure.

Well here we drop you in airport for the home way. We thank you to being with us during your Nepal trip.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu 3 nights & Pokhara 2 nights at 3* hotel including breakfast.
  • Welcome & farewell dinner ( with cultural dance ) in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus transportation to clients and guide. Local available transportation for necessary staffs from Kathmandu-Jomsom-Kathmandu.
  • Private reserved jeep transportation Pokhara-Jomsom-Chusang and Muktinath to Pokhara.
  • All permits ( Special, ACAP, & TIMS ).
  • Basic first-aid kit.
  • Trekking route map 1 piece in a group.
  • An English speaking government license holder trekking guide & 1 porter between each of 2 clients.
  • Guide/ porter transportation, meals, insurance for working days.
  • 3 meals during trekking days ( launch,dinner & breakfast)
  • 3 cups of tea/ coffee ( each cup with each meals)
  • Sleeping bag, walking poles for trekking. Crampons for the occasion.
  • Normal accommodation common bath room sharing during trekking days.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in cities.
  • Drinks (alcoholic, water, and cold drinks).
  • Staffs tips, donation, and other personal expenses.
  • Local monastery/ caves tickets and transportation during exploring days.
  • Mobile battery charge (power bank recommend), Wi-Fi, Hot shower during trekking lodges.
  • Clients insurance. (We manage your rescue, if in case)
  • Tea/ coffee if more than limitation.
  • Expenses due to mishaps, Landslide, political strike, bad weather etc. In those case extra will charge as per actual.
  • Expenses not given in included section.

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Trip Facts

  • Drive - Flight
  • 2
  • 4060m
  • Moderate
  • Tea House
  • March- November