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Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

Trek to sacred region of Nepal in Mustang district takes you to explore panoramic views of many stunning Himalayas with the much famous Tibetan culture where people follow their own distinct traditions, rituals, languages and beliefs. Trekking in of the restricted areas provides you unexpected moments of your life, exploring various beautiful floras and faunas of this region including amazing wild life like: red panda, musk deer, wild yak etc. in beautiful pine and bamboo forest. Upper Mustang Trekking is famous Trekking Region in Nepal for mystifying Tibetan culture lifestyle at remote Trance – Himalaya, Thousand years old monastery, great Mountain View, fifteen century old caves and many more.

Mustang formerly kingdom of Lo, lies in the altitude of 3840 meter in the North –west part and Upper Mustang lies in the altitude of 4070 meter. People are ethnic Tibetan and practice a form of Buddhism from the Sakya as Tibetan culture. Trek to Upper Mustang takes you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist Kingdom. Usually culture of here surprises travelers because they live in their own way and the most surprising thing is that all the brothers marry to a single girl.

As it was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992, it is one of the most sacred areas of Nepal. Special permission should be taken from the government of Nepal to visit those areas. It is considered as a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the. Trek becomes very enjoyable due to its isolation and beautiful landscape. The entire trek is exciting which make us fortunate to pass through high peaks, passes, glaciers and alpine valley.

The trek is highlighted everywhere with the stunning mountains like Annapurna I (8091m). To say in advance you will be surrounded by total of 35 mountains and stunningly they are all over 6000 meters.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft - Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give shortly brief further details of the trip program. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 2
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast visit World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley which includes Swayambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay in Hotel breakfast included

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

200 Km west of Kathmandu, we start off to Pokhara by drive for our further journey. We will be passing through greeneries, villages, rivers, mountain ranges and beautiful farms during the 6 hrs drive to Pokhara. You can do adventures or relax in Pokhara in the evening. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 20 min flight: 3-4 hrs trek

We take a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. It is a super scenic flight offering close u view of Mt. Annaurna and Dhaulagiri. After we reach to Jomsom we trek to Kagbeni following naural rivers. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

In this trek we will need to check special permit and after that we follow river that leads up and down the hill. Now, we head to Chele crossing the river and huge red conglomerate and then finally reaching to Chele. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs

We head to Eklo Bhatti and climb Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. We take rest in in between enjoying the cool streams under the juniper tree. And we pass through famous Rangchung cave before reaching to Syangboche. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs

We trek uphill to Yamda la (3850m/12667ft) and pass through few tea houses and local houses in Tibetan style. After passing the poplar trees, mountain passes and fields of barley we reach to Ghaymi, our next stay. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs

Walking pleasantly after a breakfast and crossing the Ghaymi River the trek leads us to a plateau and we will have to pass through a long Mani wall made by Budhist followers. After hours of trek we arrive at village of Charang with willow trees and maze of fields. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs

This time we trek to Lo-Manthang with magnificent view of peaks like Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti. Then, we ascend to the Lo-Manthang valley through the Lo pass (3850m) but before that we get to see beautiful walled city in the Tibet. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Explore Lo-Mangthang

Today we will be exploring around Lo-Manthang that includes the monasteries and local courts. You can even visit the “God house” the red thugvhen, Chyodi Gompa and The Entrance hall Which are some of the main attraction in Lo-Manthang. Four-storey building of King’s palace including the panoramic views of the Himalayas is another attraction of this place. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs

Taking different route for return journey, we pass from Gyakar village which is known for preserving 1200 years old Ghar Gompa. This place is famous for painting and believed that the wish you make comes true in here. Explore the Drakmar enjoying with the locals or simply passing by. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 12
Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs

After 5-6 hours of trek we will arrive Ghiling and pass the day by exploring around and admiring the locals. Evening time is best for exploration because of the dusty wind in the day time. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

Trekking with Himalayas on our side we reach to Chhuksang after 5-6 hours of continuous walk, we take a halt and enjoy the stay in here. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs

This is our last day trek from where we re-trek back to Jomsom and starting trek early is considered best to reach kagbeni and enjoy the surrounding once again. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 15
Fly back to Pokhara

From Jomsom we take flight to Pokhara. Time here in Pokhara can be spent relaxing or going up for adventure. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 16
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We drive back to Kathmandu and enjoy the scenic views during the journey. Meals included: dinner by our side and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 17
Fly Home: Farewell Friend

Hope you enjoyed. Have a safe flight to home.

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Dhaulagiri region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Upper Mustang trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Upper Mustang. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Upper Mustang trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, to all types of international cuisine. Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Upper Mustang trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Dhaulagiri region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Dhaulagiri region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

  • 1. How difficult is Upper Mustang trek and how can I Prepare?

    Trek to Upper Mustang area is restricted and moderate type trekking, can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. As altitude is one of the main reasons of sickness, people with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs will not be appropriate for such trekking.

  • 2. What about the safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Upper Mustang trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about the weather conditions and Jomsom flight?

    After reaching at Pokhara, we have to take a flight to Jomsom in the morning then we start trek from Jomsom but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Jomsom weather, we are not sure about untimed flight. If there will be frequent weather problem, we do arrange a flight by helicopter chopper and for this you have to pay additionally.

  • 4. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 5. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English language during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding language.

  • 6. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 7. What is the limitation of weight to Jomsom flight and where do I store my extra bags?

    You can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag and if you want to carry more than the limit you have to pay extra charges. You can keep your extra bags in your hotel or in the office in Kathmandu.

  • 8. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Upper Mustang trek?

    Trek to Upper Mustang with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 9. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking , Hiking, Sightseeing, Nature and Culture
  • (1-18)+ member ( we organizes School , collage, University, private group, Family group and solo travelers as well )
  • 4230m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • difficult
  • 5-7 Hours
  • All seasons except monsoon ( December , January February )
  • Flight, Bus, Tourist & private vehicle
  • Lodge to Lodge Trekking

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