• Mustang  Trekking

    Mustang Trekking

  • Mustang Trekking

    Mustang Trekking

UPPER MUSTANG TREK

Trip Overview

Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Annapurna Region
  •    Activities: Trekking and Cultural Hike
  •    Accommodation: Two night hotel in Kathmandu local guest houses during the trek.
  •    Meals: Included during the trek
  •    Maximum altitude: 4200m
  •    Group size: 2
  •    Best Season: Best seasons are Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)nd Spring (March to May)

Mustang is a centuries-old secret treasure hidden behind the towering Himalayan Mountains. It is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries.  Lo is mentioned in Tibetan chronicles since the seventh century. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 when Ame Pal, a warrior from western Tibet defeated the local warlords and constructed a walled capital in Lo - Manthang. The present king Jigme Sinki Parbal Bista is believed to be his twenty-second descendant. Although Mustang is not a recognized legal kingdom, it is an institution that follows the tradition of monarchy in Lo Manthang.

 Since upper mustang was first opened for foreigners in 1992 this small, medieval Himalayan kingdom has always fascinated thousands of tourists to fulfill their dreams to explore the region which visibly shares a rich culture with Tibet and discovers beautiful villages among a myriad of geological hues, serene monasteries, and decadent chortens.  The  large number of mysterious manmade caves first built as burial chambers which transformed as safe homes from a battlefield and later on also turned into family quarters.  The walled city of Lo-Manthang with its many monasteries welcomes everyone for an ideal cultural halt. The architecture of locally developed multi-storied mud houses is unique in this region.

Lower Mustang is the best known for places such as Muktinath, Jomsom, and Marpha,   As Muktinath temple is considered to be a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the place is always filled with local and international pilgrims. Marpha is considered as the hub of the apple and apricot industry in the district.

Mustang offers wide diversity in flora and fauna. Birds such as Hill and rock pigeons, crag martins, rose finches, pied wagtails, rock buntings, black redstarts, and white-capped river chats. Also, Himalayan griffin, lammergeyer, and golden eagles are the major attraction of this region. Snow leopard, red fox, marmot, Himalayan wooly hare, blue sheep, yak, and lynx, etc. can be spotted in this region. Mustang is also home to "Kali Gandaki", the deepest gorge in the world. Above all, the massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri dominate the horizon with spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks add the color in the blue sky which seems to run to infinity.

You leave Mustang at Jomsom taking a beautiful mountain flight to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu for an immersion in the capital cities buzzing atmosphere.

Short Itinerary

Short Itinerary

Day 01: - Arrival at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: - A full day tour of world haritage side in Kathmandu,  

Day 03: - Flight or Drive to Pokhara

Day 04: - Pokhara flight to Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni (2,858m): Walking distance 3-4 hours

Day 05: - Kagbeni trekking to Chele(3050m):Walking distance 5-6 hours

Day 06: - Chele trekking Syanbochen (3475m): Walking distance 6-7 hours

Day 07: - Syanbochen trekking to Ghemi (3520m): Walking distance 5-6 hours

Day 08: - Ghami trekking to Charang (3575m): Walking distance 4-5 hours

Day 09: - Charang trekking to Lo- Manthang (3700m):Walking distance 5-6 hours

Day 10: - Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang (3700m)

Day 11: - Lo-Manthang trekking to Drakmar (3810m)Walking distance 6-7 hours

Day 12: - Drakmar trek to Ghiling (3806m):Walking distance 5-6 hours

Day 13: - Ghiling trek to Chhuksang (3050m):Walking distance 5-6 hours

Day 14: - Chhuksang trekking to Jomsom (2700m):Walking distance 6-7 hours

Day 15: - Fly back to Pokhara, 20 minutes flight

Day 16: - Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

Day 17: - Farewell Departure


What is included?

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

Farewell dinners.

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

Domestic flights (Kathmandu- pokhara -jomsom  -Kathmandu)

Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)

Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

soul himalaya trek  bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)


What is not included?

Personal equipment for trekking

Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal

Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

Emergency Rescue evacuation

Personal expenses

Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter

Bar & BeveraÅge bills

 

Trip Infromation

Trip Infromation

Accommodations

In Kathmandu, we will have a 3-star hotel room which will be shared in a twin-share basis and will have a supplement of breakfast alongside. The rooms will have attached bathrooms and will have all the facilities that will at least help you have a semi-urban experience judging from where you come. But, during the trek, we will have to forfeit the luxury of a 3-star hotel in the pursuit of what nature has in store for us and travel through the wildlands in local teahouses, which will be very comforting as well but just not luxurious enough in terms of the facilities provided.

Meals

We can have a myriad a local and international cuisines to choose from during the trek though the list of meals will not be as elaborate as you might think, but still we do have options and they surely do taste awesome. We are very careful for providing you with food that is both hygienic and heavy for sustaining your energy throughout the trek. All kinds of meal fall under the package costs during the trek except for when you stay in Kathmandu where we will only be able to offer the breakfast. And, we will also end our lovely soulful trekking experience with a lovely farewell dinner at the end of our trek in Kathmandu.

Physical Condition Requirements

Though it might seem very daunting in the face of it, but we are pretty sure an average human being with average walking capability will be able to complete the trek with no trouble. Our guides are very supportive in terms of your walking abilities during the trek and if needed, s/he will change the entire trek stuructre for you as well. (But, that will come alongside its own repercussions, like longer trekking days). Walking in higher altitude will surely be more tiresome than in lower altitude but the transition between the two will be as smooth as possible. We do recommend to consult with your personal doctor before making the trip though just to make sure.   consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Trip Start Dates and Cost

We have a perfectly customisable trip flexibilty depending upon your preferred dates and times. We are extremely you-specific in providing our services because we think that is what ultimately matters at the end of the day, how much you enjoy the trip.

Additional Information

We will be more than happy to discuss whatever aspects you find confusing in mail or directly in phone if you prefer.

Visa Information 

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. Choice is yours. You can visit online information for visa

 

 http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/visa-information.html                

For tourist visa application link

http://ttp://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa  

 

 

 

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 

 

On arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Katmandu, one of our team will be there to welcome and greet you, then drive to the hotel so you can unwind and rest, hook into the free wifi or explore the local area.During the evening there will be a welcome dinner to meet and greet with your ‘trekking guide team’ members and all other trekkers going o the Mardi Himal adventure trek.

 

Day 02: Trip Orientation  and Briefing at Hotel 

After a delicious breakfast in the hotel we will have a trip orientation meeting to learn about your stay in Nepal and answer any questions/concerns about the itinerary.Most importantly after the briefing, we will go through the checklist of all the required gear and items to make sure you are equipped for the journey. If you require more items, there are many local trekking shops to accommodate what you need.When all are satisfied each person is fully equipped, we’ll go out on a Katmandu Sightseeing Day Tour, around one of the important cultural hubs of the valley.  Katmandu city alone holds four heritage sites that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.

 

Day 3: Route Kathmandu-Pokhara

After an early breakfast, you take public transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The Himalayan

Mountain range looms into view as you leave the Kathmandu valley through the small mountain pass of

Thankot. (1400m); you can admire the towering peaks of Ganesh Himal (7400m), Langtang (7200m) and

Manaslu (8163m). Drive on through several valleys and along the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers to

Pokhara valley at the foot of the Annapurna.

Drive: 6 hours

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Chhusang (3000m

Today begins with a domestic flight between Pokhara and Jomsom (2700m). Weather permitting, this

mountain flight offers magnificent views of the Annapurna, the Dhaulagiri massif, and Kali Gandaki

gorge, the deepest in the world. At Jomsom, you take a local vehicle to Chusang, a pretty village mainly

inhabited by Gurung and Thakali people. At Kagbeni- the entry point to Upper Mustang- you must

complete government formalities relating to the Mustang Special Permit before entering the

multicolored mineral universe of Upper Mustang.

Elevation: +300m

Accommodation: Lodge

 

Day 5: Chusang. Chele (3100m) - Taklam Pass (3625m) - Dajong Pass (3660m) –Samar 93600m)

Enjoy breakfast with wonderful views of Nepalese landscapes. Today’s walk crosses the Kali Gandaki

gorge and then it is a short climb up to the small village of Chele. After Chele, a beautiful trail carved into

the rock leads in turn to Taklam-la (3625m) and Dajong-la. It is a beautiful walk down to Samar (3600m),

a very old village found in the middle of a wooded grove next to a stream.

Hiking: 5 hours

Elevation: + 650m/-150m

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 6: Geling- Nyi la pass (4000m) - Ghumi Pass (3765m) Ghemi-Dhakmar (3820m)

Today you cross two mountain passes: Nyi La (3920m) and Ghumi la (3750m). Stop in Ghemi village

(3510m) for lunch. Here, you can visit the small monastery in the heart of the village; it is surrounded by

caves which, in the past, severed as a shelter against invaders. This afternoon’s agenda features an easy

climb in one of the most dazzling places ever along the iconic red Mustang walls which dominate the

village of Dhakmar.

Hiking: 6 to 7 hours

Elevation: +860/-610m

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 7: Dhakmar- Mui la Pass (4100m) - Ghar Gompa (39200) - Marang la Pass (4230m) - Chogo Pass

(4320m) - Lomanthang (3840m)

Today is not the most challenging hiking day but it is the longest, it is an easy uphill walk to Mui la Pass

(4100) and towards the oldest Mustang monastery: Ghar Gompa. This Nyingmapa school monastery has

beautiful, newly renovated frescoes which are well worth a visit. After lunch, you cross the Marang and

Chogo passes and plunge into Lomanthang, the capital of Mustang which is surrounded by striking

scenery.

Hiking: 7 to 8 hours

Elevation: +900/-850

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 8: Lomanthang – Rest day and discovery

You are in the Mustang capital! Lomanthang is a small, walled city featuring early iconic 15th century

monasteries. Stroll through the winding streets of the village to discover the two historic monasteries of

Jamba Lhakhang and Tukche, and their sumptuous frescoes. Lomanthang is very close to Tibet and

Tibetan cultural influences can be observed.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 9: Jhong-Nyiphu-chossar- Lomanthang

Today you take jeeps towards the Tibetan border Sicha Khola valley. Leave the jeeps at the foot of Jhong

cave, a real troglodyte skyscraper! On your way back, we visit the monastery of Nyiphu. Return to Lo-

manthang, through the fabulous lunar landscape of Chossar and several charming villages.

Transport: 30 minutes’ drive in jeeps

Hiking: 4hours

Elevation: +100m/-100m Accommodation: the same lodge

 

Day 10: Lomanthang- Dhi- Yara (3640m)

Climb up to Loday Pass (3950m) and walk along the plateau at 4050m above sea level, then hike down

to Dhi, you cross the Kali Gandaki river and arrive in the village of Yara.

Hiking: 5 hours

Elevation: +500m/-700m

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 11: Yara-Luri- Yara

Discover the unique Luri Gompa monastery and its ancient Buddhist art. Visit the Luri caves and

beautiful 15th century Buddhist frescoes before returning to Yara.

Hiking: 3 hours

Elevation: +200m/-200m

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 12 Yara- Sertang Pass (3945m) – Tangge (3420m)

Today you cross a rocky desert plateau, far from any civilization. It is a shot descent to Dhechyang Khola

River (the black river) where you can find lots of fossils! From here, you climb to Sertang Pass (3945m)

for a picnic; extraordinary views of the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri awaits us. We descend via several

stages to the village of Tangge.

Elevation: +800m/-1000m

Accommodation: Home stay

Day 13: Tangge- Cho Cha la pass (4210m) - Chusang (2980m)

It is an early morning departure for a day of hiking. You cross Yak Khola and climb up to Cho Cha la Pass

at 4210m. Then, it is a short descent to your lunch spot in Paha, a beautiful afternoon walk along the

ridge awaits, then you make the steep descent into the valley of Nursing Khola and join Chusang village.

Hiking: 8 to 9 hours

Elevation: +120m/-1600m

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 14: Chhusang- Gyu Pass (4070m) - Muktinath (3800m)

Today begins with an easy climb to the beautiful village of Tetang at 3040m. Then, you climb to Gyu Pass

( 4070m). Along the way you can enjoy beautiful views of the “white mountain” Dhaulagiri (8165m) the

“blue mountain” Nilgiri and the villages of Muktinath and Jharkot. Next, you walk down to the temple of

Muktinath, dedicated to the Hindu god of liberation and flanked by 108 taps where Hindu and Buddhist

pilgrims take holy showers to cleanse their karma.

Hiking: 6 hours

Elevation: +1200m/-450m

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 15: Muktinath- Lupra- Jomsom (2720m)

You leave Muktinath through a small mountain pass at 400m with beautiful alpine landscapes. On the

way, with a little luck, you will see the Bharal (blue sheep) of the Himalayas. A steep descent leads to

Lupra, a village that sits well- hidden in the gorge of Lupra Khola. Lupra is rarely visited by tourists and

maintains a charming authenticity. After a quiet break in this village, you head back to Jomsom following

the Kali Gandaki river.

 

Hiking: 5 to 6 hours

Elevation: +100m/--1200m Accommodation: Lodge

Day 16: Flight: Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu

Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a lovely journey above the Kali Gandaki, the deepest

canyon in the world flanked by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Then you fly from Pokhara to

Kathmandu. You have some free time upon arrival.

Accommodation: hotel

Dinner not included

Day 17: Visit: Kathmandu

Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and home to the Buddha’s discerning eyes as well

as several surrounding monasteries. After the Buddhist stupa, you visit Pashupatinath temple. This is the

most important Hindu temple. It belongs to the God Shiva: the God of destruction and reconstruction.

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India pray, dance, sing and make offerings in this temple

every day. Traditionally, when Hindu people die, they are cremated and here we find the most

important site for cremations that take place on the bank of the holy river called Bagmati.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: not included

Day 18: End of stay End of our services

The details in this programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable

circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your

demand, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the programme may be made. For

safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation in this programme at any time if

your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those

around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

 

 

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

  • Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

  • Farewell dinners.

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- pokhara -jomsom  -Kathmandu)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)

  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

  • soul himalaya trek  bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

What is not included?

  • Personal equipment for trekking

  • Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

  • Emergency Rescue evacuation

  • Personal expenses

  • Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter

  • Bar & BeveraÅge bills

Gear list

UPPER BODY LAYERS 

Walking t-shirt  -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is  quick dry.

Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.

Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry. 

Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers 

Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold 

Rain jacket -1 essential 

Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.

LOWER BODY LAYERS

Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)

Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.

Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.

Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.

Rain pants -1 advisable 

Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.

PACKS&BAGS

Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.

Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.

Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).

Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.

FOOTWEAR 

Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.

Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.

Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS 

Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder.  Bladders are preffered

Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).

Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.

Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection. 

Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater. 

Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes. 

Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking. 

Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.

Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries. 

Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).

Travel towel -1 light weight and compact. 

Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek. 

Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean. 

Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks 

Book or journal as you like. 

Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun. 

Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu. 

Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains. 

Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.

Gloves warm enough.  Preferably warmers as well 

Neck warmer \Buff. 

 

A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.

 

All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.

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