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Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

Upper Mustang Trek
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Highlight of the Upper Mustang Trek –
  • Great views of the amazing landscape, monasteries. Experience of Tibetan lifestyle and culture and walk in the Nepal and Tibet border of Upper Mustang Trek.
  • Visit Lo – Mantang hidden kingdom. Explore ancient Buddhist monastery, visit Jomsom and Muktinath temple.
  • Trek to sacred region of Nepal in Mustang district takes you to explore panoramic views of many stunning Himalayas. Enjoy with the much famous Tibetan culture where people follow their own distinct traditions, rituals, languages, and beliefs.
Trip Summarize –
 
Trekking to the Upper mustang restricted areas provides you unexpected moments of your life, exploring various beautiful floras and faunas. This region including amazing wildlife 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. View of thousand years old monastery, great Mountain View, fifteen-century old caves and many more.
 
Mustang formerly kingdom of Lo, Mantang lies in the altitude of 3840 meters in the Northwest part and Upper Mustang lies in the altitude of 4070 meters. 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 a single girl.
 
Similarly, sightseeing with beautiful scenery temples and stupas of Kathmandu valley. Upper Mustang Trek is 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. Sunrise Adventure trek will make your Nepal trip awesome.
 
The trek is highlighted everywhere with the stunning mountains like Annapurna I (8091m). Your trip will ending at Jomom. Finally back to Pokhara by flight or drive. Say in advance you will be surrounded by the total of 35 mountains and stunningly they are all over 6000 meters.


Outlined Itinerary:

Day1: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft.]

Day2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation – B

Day3: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive – B.L.D

Day4: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 20 min flight: 3-4 hrs trek – B.L.D

Day5: Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs – B.L.D

Day6: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs – B.L.D

Day7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs – B.L.D

Day8: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs – B.L.D

Day9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs – B.L.D

Day10: Explore Lo-Mangthang – B.L.D

Day11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs – B.L.D

Day12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs – B.L.D

Day13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs – B.L.D

Day14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs – B.L.D

Day15: Fly back to Pokhara – B.L.D

Day16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu – B.D

Day17: Fly Home: Farewell Friend – B

(Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)


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 to the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take some rest then at evening will give shortly brief with 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. All of them offer many ancient architects, paintings and statues built by ancient royal kings of Nepal. Each and every monument reflects own legendary histories. Overnight stay in Hotel breakfast included.

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

First we take our early breakfast and then 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. Pokhara is a very beautiful city known as heaven place of Nepal; here you get to collect very precious moments of your life.

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 the close view of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri along with local settlements of people above the terraced fields. After we reach to Jomsom we trek to Kagbeni following Natural Rivers. Kagbeni is also a super scenic place, trekking to Kagbeni from Jomsom offers magnificent Himalayan views with warm environment of Himalayan people in Eaklibatti village at the bank of two 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. First we check our permits, walk along the sides of Kaligandaki and raise up to the hill. Here we reach Tangbe village where we get a chance to explore the amazing orchards and barley fields. 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. During this time we are offered with the spectacular views of stunning mountains like Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. We take rest in in between enjoying the cool streams under the juniper tree. And we also pass through the famous cave, Ramchung 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

Firstly, having an early breakfast, we trek uphill to Yamda la (3850m/12667ft) and pass through few tea houses and local houses built in Tibetan style. And before reaching Nyi Pass, we pass through dense forests and terraced fields. Now, passing the poplar trees, mountain passes and fields of barley we reach to Ghaymi, our next stay. Ghaymi is one of the biggest villages in Lho region.

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. From where 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. The long pathway is beautiful with amazing views of Tsarang La Pass at 3870m. Passing Tsarang La Pass, we reach at Tsarang Village. The Charang Chu Canyon, huge fort and red Gompa towards its east are the best things to explore during this trek.

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 views of peaks like Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna I and Bhrikuti. At first we descend by the Canyon, cross the river and 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. All of the gompas like Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda in this region have gone under expert restoration from the last two decades.

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 locals believed that the wish you make comes true in here. Thus, we explore the Drakmar, make wishes and 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 reach Ghiling and pass the day by exploring around and admiring the locals. Ghiling is a dry path, trekking through this route offers the excellent views of Dhaulagiri ranges along with Mt. Nilgiri 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. Trek impresses us through the amazing greenery and local cultures of people.

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. Following Mustang trail at first we trek to the trail of Annapurna Circuit.

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. After we reach at Kathmandu, take some rest or you can do some shopping in the rest of day. Join the evening meal and cultural program offer by the company.

Day 17
Fly Home: Farewell Friend

Hope you enjoyed. Our airport representative takes you to the airport before 3 hours of your departing time. Or you can join another adventures trip in Nepal or outside the country with Sunrise Adventure Treks. We are always here for operating your trip. 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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