UPPER MUSTANG TREK
- 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 situated in the north western region of Nepal which is well known for trekking expeditions. Mustang is divided into two parts, namely Upper mustang and lower mustang and was first opened for foreigners in 1992. Since then, it has become popular for trekkers to explore this forbidden kingdom. Mustang is surrounded by the Mt Annapurana and Mt Dhaulagiri giving spectacular views for trekkers. Moreover, Mustang is also home to "Kali Gandaki", the deepest gorge in the world.
Lower Mustang is the best known for the places such as Marpha, Jomson, Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath. Marpha is considered as the hub of the apple and apricot industry in Mustang. Mustang has two known distilleries companies, a drying facility and beautiful orchards. As Muktinath temple is considered to be sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the place is always filled with local and international pilgrims. Lower mustang is also famous for its Tibetan style dwellings and cobbled streets.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We Discovered Upper Mustang Trek
During August 2017, i was with a friend and my sister in Upper Mustang during 12 days with the guides of soul himalaya treks .This trekking was realy wonderfull. Upper Mustang is a jewel. The landscape is really splendid and the atmosphere in this area is full of spiritual power. Our guides, Samten and Dendi, were so kindly and always joyfull. We were laughing a lot. For my friend, it was the most beautifull trekking. For me, it was the sixth trekking with this guides and all were really successfull. I encourage all people who searchs a good and professional agency to go with soul himalaya treks. It's only happyness with the guides. if any body want to travel in Nepal i would love to recomands this company soul himalaya treks and tours thank you.Charrondo , FRANCE