Upper Mustang Trekking

Mustang is the extension of the Tibetan plateau that has an average elevation of over 3,000m. It is an ancient himalayan kingdom with a long, rich and complex history which makes it one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. Upper Mustang is where there is Buddhist Kingdom generally called Lo. Towns here are natural regular Tibetan style and Tibetan Buddhism is sharpened here in its faultless shape. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. Upper Mustang Trek is one of Nepal’s most desired destination for it is well known for its adventurous trails and towns with their splendid and wonderful fields in the fruitless scene look like forsake gardens in leave, which justifies seeing. The trail experiences old salt band way where Mustang people used to trade Tibetan salt. In Lo Mangtang there is an enormous 4 storied regal living arrangement of ruler. The treeless barren landscape of Mustang is spectacular consisting of eroded sandstones and colorful mosaic of earthen red, yellow and brown.

The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. It is a vast high valley, arid and dry, characterized by eroded canyons, colorful rock formations and has a barren, desert like appearance. One of the most fascinating features of Mustang is literally thousands of cliff dwellings, some of which look completely inaccessible. In Upper part of trekking trails there are mysterious castles & sites which brief you the culture of entire Himalaya.The excursion tour of Lo-Manthang provides spirit with different Buddhist sites. This trek is combination of Nature, Culture, Tradition and History of Mustang Region so it provides extreme adventure & perfect experience to all trekkers.


Itinerary

Day to Day Itenary

Day 1  Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel


Day 2  Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparation


Day 3  Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m), 7 hrs.


Day 4  Fly to Jomsom from pokhara& Trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m), 3-4 hrs


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


Day 6  Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 5 – 6 hrs


Day 7  Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 hrs


Day 8  Charang to Lo – Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 hrs


Day 9  Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return 4 – 6 hrs


Day 10  Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) 6-7 hrs


Day 11  Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 5 – 6 hrs


Day 12  Shyangbochen to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) 6 hrs


Day 13   Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 7 hrs


Day 14   Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m), 5-6 hrs.


Day 15   Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m), 25 min


Day 16  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7 hrs.


Day 17   Departure to the International Airport

Itinerary Detail

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to HotelWe heartily welcome you to Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative waiting you outside, greets you with great reverence and earnestly transfers you to the hotel. Before dinner, you could walk around Thamel or spend time as you wish. Overnight at Kathmandu


Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparationKathmandu Valley is full of historic and cultural place. Our City Guide will take you for Kathmandu Valley City Tour. This tour include 4 places inside Kathmandu Valley including world heritage Patan Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple, Boudha Stupa and Syambhunath Stupa also known as Monkey Temple. As well as we visit typical local newari homes and culture. At the same day we prepare necessary backpack for Trekking.


Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m), 7 hrs. The 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara gives us scenic pleasure of terraced farmland and countryside. Passing many rural settlements, following the Trishuli River and Marshyangdi, we reach to Pokhara. If we fly, it is an interesting flight over the peaks about half an hour.
You can enjoy the night city tour in pokhara and lake side of pokhara on the beach of fantastic Fewa lke. Overnight at Pokhara.


Day 04 Fly to Jomsom from pokhara& Trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m), 3-4 hrsEarly in morning, we will fly between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to Jomsom. The sights of towering massifs rising to more than 8,000 meters, and the river with the deepest gorge on the planet are just mind-blowing. At Jomsom we will start our Upper Mustang trek to Kagbeni. This is the main gate to Upper Mustang, situated at an altitude of (2,858m), Kagbeni village dates from around the 14th century when it was a check post for traders from Nepal. There is still a checkpoint to control the groups departing for Muktinath and Mustang. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 05 Kagbeni to Chele (3,050 m), 5-6 hrsThe trail takes us to the east bank of the Kaligandaki river. We traverse several ridges to Tangbe village. This village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. We can take in the view of the Nilgiri peak which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Beyond Tangbe we will reach Chhusang village after about 1-½-hrs walking. We cross the river and continue climbing to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki flows. We leave the Kali Gandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele.


Day 06 Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 5 – 6 hrsToday we will ascend the treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass a rock cairn at 3540m. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to Samar village. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. We’ll climb up above Samar to a ridge and descend into a large gorge. The trail continues through another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route traverses another pass, follows a ridge and descends to Shyangmochen. From here, we gently climb to a pass at 3770m and descend into Geling Village. Overnight at a guesthouse.


Day 07 Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 hrsFrom Geling, the trail climbs gently up to the interesting pass of NYI La and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. We cross over the steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) and arrive at the longest Mani wall in Mustang. We climb over another pass at 3,600 m and start the long gentle descent to Charang village. The large five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa are impressive attractions here. We can also observe the collections of statues, Thankas and other large paintings of the seated Buddha. Overnight at a guesthouse.


Day 08 Charang to Lo – Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 hrsOur trail ascends steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet. It is in fact one of the oldest Gompas the region. After visiting Lo-Gekar, we continue our Mustang Tour to Lomanthang. The trail to Lo-Manthang is well-defined with some minor climbing. We will pass the walled city of Lo along the trial, then make a short descent, cross a stream and climb to the plateau of Lo-Manthang.


Day 09 Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return 4 – 6 hrsWe will hike for two hours to Namgyal Gompa. This is situated on a hilltop and here is an important monastery for the local community. It also supports a local court. After our visit to Namgyal Gompa, we continue our tour to Tingkhar. This is the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang with around 40 houses. After visiting both places we will return to Lomanthang. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 10 Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) 6-7 hrsToday our trail ascends steadily and offers a last glimpse of Lo Manthang before climbing a ridge at 4070m and continuing to the Chogo La (4210m/13810ft).This is the highest point on our Upper Mustang Trek. The trail then advances to a short, steep descent and crosses the Charang River. We will climb to Lo Geker and arrive at Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We then climb the ridge, cross a valley and alpine meadows, and then drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 11 Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 5 – 6 hrsThe trail now descends, passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar before climbing to a ridge. It further descends to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820m), dropping again to Chhung-Kah. We continue to Tama Gaon (3710m) and down to Shyangmochen. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 12 Shyangbochen to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) 6 hrsOur long hike now follows a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We can also take an alternative route to Samar visiting Ranchung Cave. The alternative route is just 30-minutes longer. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 13  Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 7 hrsToday we will follow the stream, pass Chhusang village and make a short steep ascent onto the valley floor. We keep ascending until we reach a small pass from where we can see Muktinath and the red painted Buddhist Monasteries. After traversing the pass, we drop down to the stream and cross via a suspension bridge. We ascend for a while and walk through the villages to Muktinath. This route is very popular for the Fossil stone “Saligrams” which is mainly found between Tetang and Gyu La Pass (4077m). It also offers a terrific 140 degree view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan range. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 14  Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m), 5-6 hrs.It is easy walk straight down from Muktinath to Jomsom. While walking down to Jomsom, we can visit the monastery in Jharkot. The rich ethnic culture will impress us. After one and half hour, we reach to Ekali Bhatti where we can have lunch. On the way to Jomsom, we can see the majestic view of Thorung peak, Thorung La Pass and the caves of Upper Mustang. Overnight at Jomsom


Day 15  Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m), 25 minAfter breakfast at Jomsom, we go to Jomsom Airport and fly back to Pokhara. It is 20 minutes flight between the gorge of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We go to the hotel first, check in there and after a while go out for the city tour. We can visit Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor cave, Tibetan Refugees Camp etc. Finally, we can enjoy an hour boating at Phewa Lake. Overnight at Pokhara


Day 16 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7 hrs.It is 200 km from Pokhara to Kathmandu and takes about 6-7 hours. The drive is unforgettable through villages, terraced fields and the forested hills above the road. More than that, on the way back to Kathmandu, we follow the river and streams, cross many bridges and junctions. After arrival, we go to hotel to check in and in the evening, we will have dinner together with typical Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu


Day 17  Departure to the International Airport We transfer you 3 hours before your flight time. You could utilize the rest of the time for buying dainty gifts to your family members, friends and relatives.


Include/Exclude

Cost Included

1. Pick up and drop from airport


2. Kathmandu accommodation (as per your request)


3. All land transfer as per given itinerary


4. Sightseeing tour with experience local guide


5. National Park Conservation entry permit fees


6. Accommodation during trek Camping (twin sharing two men tent) / dining tent, toilet tent.


7. 3 meals everyday while on the trek


8. Experienced English speaking guide / leader


9. Necessary experience local helpers


10. All program according to itineraries on full board


11. Wages, food, accommodation during the trek in Tea house or camp


12. Equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs


13. Farewell dinner at Nepali typical cultural restaurant


14. Company T-shirt

 

Cost Exclude

1. Nepal entry visa


2. Travel insurance


3. Medical evacuation in case of emergency


4. Personal expenses


5. All bar bills


6. Expenses of personal nature i.e. soft/hard drinks, tips etc


7. International airport tax


8. Any other unforeseen expenses are not included.


9. Emergency Rescue (If Required)

Equipment List

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING

  • • Fleece beanie
    • sun glasses
    • Chap stick / Sunscreen
    • Face mask or Scarf
    • Hand towel
    • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
    • Cold weather down jacket below waist
    • Fleece jacket and trouser
    • Trekking trouser
    • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
    • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
    • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
    • Socks and under wears
    • Trekking boot
    • Snow Gaiter (optional)
    • Runners / Snickers for camps
    • Head torch
    • Personal medical kit
    • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
    • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
    • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
    • Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
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Terms and Conditions

Himalayan Gateway Trek is a reputed adventure travel company that has been serving thousands of trekkers from all around the world. We are situated in Thamel, Kathmandu ,registered under license number 2126/073. Bunch of experienced guides and focused stuff has made the company this trust worthy up to date. The company is under the supervision of Mr Bipin Lamichhane (Head) which has been providing facilities such as Trekking, hiking, tours and peak climbing. We are fully approved and licensed under Ministry of Tourism, Government of Nepal. We are also an active member of Trekking agents association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Assocation (NMA).

 

  • When you confirmed the trip,you should pay 25 % (Non- Refundable) down payment from total trip cost advance as per the company’s policy,it help us to reserve Hotels in city, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. with your deposit we need your details of scan passport copy by e-mail for all trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan,which is more secure for you to book flight ticket or more things in your real name, gender, date of birth and passport number with home address.

  • All clients are request to have a valid passport, relevant visa/s and conform to the health regulations required by the country/s that will be visited during the trip

  • You should clear rest of the amount on your Arrival day. 

  • Any trip booking Payment process is very easy with Himalayan Gateway Trek (P.) Ltd, We accept your last minute booking also, but you should pay total tour cost in advance.

Travel Insurance

Insurance strategy takes care of the expense of a save helicopter from rocky or remote districts of the nation and covers all outrageous exercises for your excursion, for example, boating, endeavor, trekking, canyoning and so on.

On the off chance that you fall sick or have a mishap amid your trek in Nepal, the cost can end up noticeably over the top on the off chance that you need travel protection.

Numerous insurance agencies from everywhere throughout the world are giving travel protection administrations at a sensible cost and on the off chance that you are travlling in a gathering, you might have the capacity to get further rebates.

We firmly prescribe you to purchase a travel protection that comers Rescue and Evacuation at that point bring your strategy subtle elements (eg approach number, contact telephone, scope, and so forth) since save administrations will seldom go to your guide without money store or a guarantee in Kathmandu however when you are doing visit with us, we orchestrate helicopter departure in crisis case because of height ailment or enduring damage amid campaign/trekking/Climbing or potentially wellbeing conditions.

You have to either send your duplicate of travel protection approach authentication or basically convey alongside you amid your excursion. Himalayan Gateway Treks don’t offer or mastermind any kind of Travel Insurance Policy.

At long last, please dependably have a printed duplicate of your protection strategy helpful while going in Nepal

Health & Medicine Advice

High mountain ranges such as the Himalaya and Andes offer some of the most spectacular hiking opportunities on the planet. That being said, walking at high altitude brings with it certain inherent risks. Good advice is to make sure that you are well prepared for the trek since lack of fitness can often lead to discomfort or illness. The most common health issues that trekkers have during the trekking is altitude sickness so we should always ready for these risks. Something as simple as a foot blister can totally ruin a trek, not only for you but also for your companions.

->You are healthy and mental and physical wellness at the season of booking this visit

->A standout amongst the most well-known grievances endured by guests to Nepal is stomach issue. Drink just packaged beverages with the seals in place, boiled and filtered water. Maintain a strategic distance from extremely spicy foods in the event that you are unused to it.

->Before beginning, do warm-up activities. Extending slowly builds heart rate, temperature and flow to your muscles. Likewise, following a decent night’s rest, your muscles require warming.

->Altitude sickness is the name given to the collection of symptoms which can happen, when a man endeavors to rise too rapidly at heights over 2500 m (8202 ft). If you take the necessary precautions and listen to your body, chances are you will be fine.

->Wearing good, comfortable and softened up footwear will go far to dodging foot issues like blisters which is one of the probability issues among trekkers.

->You should have taken the necessary precautions to immunise/vaccinate for the destination you are   travelling to. If you fail to comply with the duty of disclosure in this condition and if Escape Trekking Adventures would not have permitted you to undertake the tour, or continue participation of the tour, had you made full disclosure under this condition, Himalayan Gateway trek will not be liable, except to the minimum extent.

Personal first Aid Kit

Medical survival kits are often a boring subject and many hikers don’t give it much attention. However, a survival kit is one of the most important items you carry and should not be compromised. Carry a first aid kit with you. Every outdoor person must have a personal first aid kit with proper medical background information inside, namely: emergency contact info, blood type, allergies and current medication. Trekkirs should carry followings things.
->Analgesics. Aspirin, Advil or Tylenol – for headaches etc.
->Thermometer (to check for fever) – mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines
->Anti-diarrhoeal drug
->Antibiotic eye drops (one bottle)
->Anti-inflammatory drug
->Tweezers (for removal of splinters)
->Adhesive waterproof tape (3-4′ long of 1″ wide tape rolled onto a popsicle stick or sewing thread bobbin)
->Safety pins (2 large pins; can be used for gear, to secure bandages, dig out a splinter, etc)
->Medical gloves (1 pair, nitrile surgical or non-latex barrier gloves; the sanitary option if you need to help someone that is bleeding, or you want them to help you!)
->Muslin Triangular Bandage in a compressed package (handly as a sling of to fashion different types of splints)

Trekking equipment
  • • Fleece beanie
    • sun glasses
    • Chap stick / Sunscreen
    • Face mask or Scarf
    • Hand towel
    • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
    • Cold weather down jacket below waist
    • Fleece jacket and trouser
    • Trekking trouser
    • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
    • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
    • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
    • Socks and under wears
    • Trekking boot
    • Snow Gaiter (optional)
    • Runners / Snickers for camps
    • Head torch
    • Personal medical kit
    • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
    • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
    • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
    • Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Nepal visa

Tourist who intends to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport and visa.

You may get your tourist visa in your home country or on arrival. We recommend you to get your tourist visa on arrival as it is very easy. To get your visa on arrival, you must have a valid passport and 2 passport sized photo with a light background.

Tourist Visa fee for visitors who enter Nepal for the first time in a visa year, from January to December:

  • Multiple entry visa for 15 days US$ 25
  • Multiple entry visa for 30 days US$ 40
  • Multiple entry visa for 90 days US$ 100

Tourist visa extension facility:

  • Visa extension fee for the period of 15 days us US$ 30
  • Visa extension fee for the period of more than 15 days US$ 2 per day.
  • Visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a visa year (January – December) at the Department of Immigration.

No visa required for:

  • Children below 10 yrs.
  • Any foreigner, who has stayed in Nepal up to fifteen (15) days continuously and re-enters Nepal during the same visa year.
  • Any tourist who is entering Nepal for three days or less.
Permits and fees

Entrance fees must be paid before touring heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley

Foreigners SAARC Nepalese
Narayanhiti Durbar Museum Rs. 500 Rs. 250 Rs. 100
Kathmandu Durbar square Rs. 750 Rs. 150 free
National Museum Chhauni Rs. 200 Rs. 25 Rs. 20
Patan Durbar Square Rs. 500 Rs. 100 free
Patan Museum Rs. 250 Rs. 25 Rs. 10
Patan Golden Temple Rs. 50 Rs. 20 free
Mahabouddha Temple Rs. 50 Rs. 30 free
Bhaktapur Durbar Square Rs. 1,500 Rs. 500 free
National Art Museum, Bhaktapur Rs. 100 Rs. 50 Rs. 20
Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) Rs. 200 Rs. 50 free
Bouddhanath Stupa Rs. 250 Rs. 150 free
Pashupatinath Temple Rs. 1,000 Rs. 1,000 free
Changu Narayan Temple Rs. 100 Rs. 25 free
Ethnographic Museum, NTB Rs. 200 Rs. 100 Rs. 30

 

Entrance permits fees for National parks and Conservations areas

Foreigners SAARC Nepalese
Makalu-Barun national park
Sagarmatha national park
Langtang national park
Rara national park
Shey Phoksundo national park
Khaptad national park
Rs. 3,000/person +13% VAT Rs. 1’500/person + 13%VAT free
Bardia National Park
Parsa Wildlife Reserve
Koshi Toppi Wildlife Reserve
Rs. 1,000/person Rs. 500/person Rs. 50/person
Chitwan National Park Rs. 1,500/person Rs. 500/person Rs. 100/person
All Conservation Areas Rs. 2,000/person Rs. 200/person free

Jungle drives / vehicle entry fees

Car Jeep Van Chopper
Chitwan National Park Rs. 2,000/day Rs. 4,000/day Rs. 5,000/day Rs. 5,000/landing
Parsa, Shuklaphanta
Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve
Rs. 1,000/day Rs. 2,000/day Rs. 3,000/day Rs. 5,000/landing
Trekking grades

Trekking grades

Food And Accommodations.

Himalayan Gateway Trek  usually books hotel accommodation for you in cities on  Bed and Breakfast basis as your requirements. During your trek you can stay in a local tea house or camp. It depends on your wishes. While you are on a tea house trek, Himalayan Gateway Trek  invites you to choose the food you like for your breakfast, lunch and dinner from the menu. Our experienced guide will help with selecting and ensure that you get hygienically prepared, plentiful and healthy food. Most tea houses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast, properly Hot drinks like Tea/coffee,Hot chocolate and others are available with all meals, and you can also buy mineral water in most of the areas where you find tea houses.



Tour Highlights

  • Trip Grade
  • Duration17
  • Starting PointJomsom
  • Ending PointJomsom
  • TransportationBus/Private Car/Flight
  • ActivitiesTrekking,Tours
  • Trek StyleTea House
  • Max. Altitude3,820
  • Best TimeMarch to may and september to December

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