Upper Mustang Trek


Accommodation : We will be staying at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and
Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.
Meal                       : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common
International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.
Duration               :  17 Days
Arrival                   :  In Kathmandu
Departure             :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to         :   March to May & Sep to Oct
Max. Altitude       :   3,840 m
Group Size            :   3-12 people
Transportation    :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

 

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Description

Upper Mustang Trek is a rare and adventurous trekking which is the Buddhist kingdom of Nepal which is also called Lo. Lo is the capital part of Tibetan that empire the Tibetan culture, language. Upper Mustang lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif where all the land is surrounded by the rocks with lots of colors and the landscape is dotted. Upper Mustang trekking observe multiple colored flowers, the snow covered peaks in the background. From that point we can capture the panoramic views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu.  Where summer is the best season to treks for Upper Mustang as this treks explore the amazing views of high peaks too. Upper Mustang local people celebrate different festivals as Tiji and they preserved their cultural traditional perfectly. This region enchants its ancient monasteries and Chhortens. Upper Mustang 17 days treks routes have an amazing, spiritual and fabulous way which cover the natural beauty of our Nepal. Its mainly covers the Kaligandaki, Kagbeni and many more views of Himalayas and peaks. You can explore the views of different Himalayans and peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu etc and many more where you can enjoy yourself with the nature. The trail follows the ancient salt caravans where mainly Tibetan local people used to settle there. While your trekking in the middle of it you will reach to the Lo Manthang which is pass (3950m) you can see the walled medieval capital in distance. . We have different three treks but our routes will be from Chele, Syanbonchen, Ghyami, Ghiling like this our trek will ends at Jomsom.

 

Trip Facts

Duration                 :    17 Days
Arrival                    :    In Kathmandu
Departure               :    From Kathmandu
Accommodation    :   3 * Hotel in Kathmandu and guest house/tea house on entire your treks.
Meals                     :   Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals entire your trips
Best Time to go     :   March to May, September to November
Trekking                :   Guest house /Tea house
Max. Altitude         :   3,840m
Group Size             :   3-12 people
Transportation        :    Domestic Flight

Outline Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. (1300)

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and Preparation for trip. (BL)

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m)-6/7hrs (BL)

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,858m)-3/4hrs (BLD)

Day 5: Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m)-5/6hrs (BLD)

Day 6: Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m)-6/7hrs (BLD)

Day 7: Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3,520m)-5/6hrs (BLD)

Day 8: Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3,500m)-4/5hrs (BLD)

Day 9: Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,700m)-5/6hrs (BLD)

Day 10: Exploring Day in Lo-Mangthang.(BLD)

Day 11: Trek Lo- Mangthang to Drakmar (3,810m)-6/7hrs (BLD)

Day 12: Trek Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m)-5/6hrs (BLD)

Day 13: Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang (3,050m)-5/6hrs (BLD)

Day 14: Trek Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m)-6/7hrs (BLD)

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara (BL)

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6/7hrs) (BL)

Day 17: Back to your final Destination. (B)

 

 

Briefing Itinerary

Briefing Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. (1300)

Firstly arrive at airport our GLOBAL TREKS NEPAL REPRESENTATIVE will Meet & greet you. Then you will transfer to hotel. After getting refreshed you will have lunch and have a short walk to Kathmandu Durbar square at day until dusk and at evening back to your hotel. O/N at Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and Preparation for trip.

After breakfast we will conduct a guided tour and introduction to our rich culture and fascinating history. You will visit with our guide of these places Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath , Boudhanath.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is Monkey temple which is approximately 2600 years old Buddhist Stupas, overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath- literally ‘self-existent god’, is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the thousends of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, memorials of monks and local people, ancient sculptures, temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Moreover, you can throw bird-eye-view to all the monument sites of the Kathmandu tour since this is the highest point inside the valley.

Pashupatinath : Pashupatinath temple which is In We  literally- the god of animal lives. As one of the must visit legendary Hindu temple in the subcontinent, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair and ash-applied body

Budhanath : Budhanath stupas is god of wisdom. It is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world. Constructed back in the 4th century, this Stupa is the must visit site for the Tibetans. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries and the exiles. Besides this, there are a number of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal.

And you will be back to your hotel and preparation for the trekking.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m)-6/7hrs

Today you will be transferred to Pokhara by tourist bus early morning. You will be having lunch on the way to pokhara. You will be travelling to Pokhara by having the views of country side on the way following the footstep of Trishuli river. It is an 6-7 hours drive to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara you can visit Fewa lake which is also known as the Talbarahi. You can visit Davids fall and some nearby areas. By the evening dusk you will be at hotel. O/N at Pokahra.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,858m)-3/4hrs

Today you will catch an early flight to Jomsom after having breakfast at hotel. It is about 25 minute senic flight to Jomsom. You will have great views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range from the flight. Then after reaching on Jomsom you will have lunch and your trek to Kagbeni will continue which take ¾ hrs. Your way will start from the kali Gandaki and you will be crossing the Ekley Bhatti village. After you will reach to the Kagbeni. O/N at Kagbeni.

Day 5: Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m)-5/6hrs

After an early breakfast you will have an Kali Gandaki river side trek wisely. Your trail will be up and down hillside where it offers an panoramic sightseeing of Kagbeni . First of all you will cross the Tangbe village and then you will see the agriculture farming area, landscape. Then after you will be trek to the Chhusang , after crossing the river you will reach to the Chele. O/N at Chele.

Day 6: Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m)-6/7hrs

Today you will trek through the Eklo Bhatti trail and pass through the plateaus of  Taklam La Pass (3,628m). You can see the Tilicho Peak, Damodar Danda, Yakawa Kang  near from the Taklam. After decreasing down to the Samar village again you will increase then their will be the similar routes up to the Syanbochen and there are lots of Juniper treeson ths way. O/N at Syanbochen.

Day 7: Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3,520m)-5/6hrs

Today you will start the uphill to Yamda La (3,850m) by passing through the Tibetan villages and little tea houses. Then after you will cross the Nyi pass (4,010m) with some mountains.  After your descending will be continue and reach to the Ghaymi village which is the third largest village in Lo- region. O/N at Ghaymi.

Day 8: Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3,500m)-4/5hrs

After an early breakfast you will start to cros the Ghaymi Khola and you will followed the uphills an hour. Walking an hour you will reach to the very long Mani wall where it is known as the scared stone of Buddhist  and after passing the walls you will reach to the Charang village in the East. This village include some Monasteries. O/N at Charang.

 Day 9: Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,700m)-5/6hrs

Today you will walk to the Lo-Mangthang from where you can see the beauty of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and also the Bhrikuti Peak by the side of the Damodar Kunda from the side. Then walking an hour you will cross the river and start to increasing the pass of Lo, at an elevation of the 3,850m where from the top you can capture the village of Lo-Mangthang. O/N at Lo-Mangthang.

Day 10: Exploring Day in Lo-Mangthang.

Today is also the best day for you all the trekkers where you can explore the Lo-Mangthang widely as you visit to the Namyal Gompa where it is the one of the most important monasteries at that area. You can have some hike for an hour to catch the view of local people of that places and can highlights the God House, Chyodi Gompa of Lo-Mangthang, also the king place. As you need to be safe because after an afternoon their will be the strong windy. At the evening you can enjoy the local food which can be newly for you. 0/N at Lo-Mangthang.

Day 11: Trek Lo- Mangthang to Drakmar (3,810m)-6/7hrs

Taking a hot breakfast you will start to descend you trek  via different routes and your trail will climb steadily offering a glimpse of Lo- Mangthang. You will continue the trail and climb the Chogo La (4325m)which is the highest point on this trek. After you will start to descending and cross the Chharang river and you can visit to the Ghar Gompa. Then walking through the alpine forest you will finally reach to the Drakmar. O/N at Drakmar.

.Day 12: Trek Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m)-5/6hrs

Today you will walk through the windy road to reach to the Ghiling. From there you will get the spectacular views of Mount Nilgiri and Mount Dhaulagiri clearly. You will enjoy alots with this trips and after an hour walk you will reach to the Ghiling. O/N at Ghiling.

 Day 13: Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang (3,050m)-5/6hrs

Today you will trek more than 5/6 hrs to reach to the Chhuksang. You will get an amazing views and Himalayas with various picturesque.O/N at Chhuksang.

Day 14: Trek Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m)-6/7hrs

Today is the last day to trek you will have the memorable and good treks up to this. After reaching to the Jomsom you will have an refresh. O/N at Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.

After taking an early breakfast you will take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.  After reaching Pokhara can visit Fewa lake which is also known as the Talbarahi. You can visit Davids fall and some nearby areas. By the evening dusk you will be at hotel and have dinner .O/N at Pokhara.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6/7hrs)

Today will be back to the Kathmandu by tourist bus on the day following the different places. You will catch the beautiful scenery and the natural beauty of Nepal. After reaching to the Kathmandu you will visit to the Thamel area where you can do shopping. O/N at Kathmandu.

Day 17: Back to your final Destination.

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from World Favor will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Includes Cost

Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (2 night)
All your standard mention Meals during the trek .(B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches ,D- Dinners).
Lodges, Guest houses ,tea house accommodation during the trek .
Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
Special permit treks of Upper Mustang.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Global Treks. (Which need to be returned after finish the trek).
Surface transfer from Airport and to Kathmandu.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on before your departure at your final destination.(On Day).
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
Official expenses.

Excluded Cost

Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
International airfare and airport departure tax .
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

 

Equipment Description

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people .

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Buprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

 

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