Upper Mustang Trek

Introduction

Upper Mustang Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks, Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek journeys you through the region of Nepal that is also called Mustang Bhot, i.e. Mustang Tibet, in Nepal. The reason is that this area falls beyond the mighty Hiamalayan range, isolating it from the rest of the nation and making it closer to Tibet.

Mustang has developed its own distinct cultural and geographical traits, making it an attraction not just for ordinary visitors but also for anthropologists, archeologists, and geologists.  For one thing, it is still practically a kingdom (people here respect Jigme Parbal Bista as a cultural monarch although the government has withdrawn recognition) when Nepal has already been declared a federal democratic republic. The other unique cultural trait of this region is polyandry marriage system, in which the wife of the eldest male of the family serves as the wife of all the brothers. During this trek to Mustang, you will find that the mysterious aura of the place also owes a lot to its geography. Its earth has red, yellow and brown colors, dominated by mysterious caves and strange figures eroded into the sandstone that composes its land. Human remains dating back to thousands of years in the past have been excavated from the area, giving an insight into the early phase of human civilization. You will discover this region like a replica of desert like Trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet, as it remains in the rain shadow area; the mountains here are barren and treeless.

Upper Mustang Trek, a journey into this enigmatic enclave of Nepal, gives you an opportunity to see and experience of all these distinct geographical and cultural features. Besides it has other unique highlights as well. This Mustang trek moves through the deepest gorge of the earth made by the Kaligandaki River to Lo-Manthang, the cultural capital of Upper Manang. This is where the spectacular palace of Jigme Parbal Bista is located. You will also see numerous monasteries going back to hundreds of years, moving through high passes, peaks, glaciers and alpine valleys. All in all, the entire trek is a superb combination of unique culture in Nepal and natural landscapes. Bounded by the Himalayas from the north and south, the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri make your trip scenically unforgettable one.

Trip Facts

Total Duration: 15 nights and 16 days

Trip Duration: 14 nights and 15 days

Trip Grade: Moderately strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 3810 m, Dramkar

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)

Day 2: Free day for trek preparation. Optional (additional cost): Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m) 6 hrs drive

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m) 3-4 hrs

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m) 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m) 5-6 hrs

Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m) 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m) 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m) 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Price

Package price: USD 1825.00 per person

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek; Deluxe accommodation for 2 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home); Tourist class hotel for 2 nights in Pokhara
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers by car;, Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus; Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara by air (domestic flight tickets)
  • Documentation: Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit); Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card; Special permit for the restricted Upper Mustang area (worth USD 500.00 per person)
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking) and a porter, with their total expenses covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

Exclusions:

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Guidelines

Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipment yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • ACAP Permit
  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance certificate and policy details

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