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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking “Exciting scenic drive with walks around high and picturesque Mustang valley to Lo-Manthang  Adventure around North of Dhaulagiri Himalaya within the high beautiful valley of Upper Mustang From green hill to arid, barren country of the towering canyon and eroded cliffs with varied colors  Journey in an extension of South West Tibetan plateau with mind-blowing views and scenery  Explore traditional Mustang and Thakali villages of colorful Buddhist culture and custom Sweeping flight from Jomsom to picturesque Pokhara valley blessed with natural beauty”.

Upper mustang trekking a journey of great combination which includes exciting overland drive, scenic short flights and walks facing incredible views of mountain panorama from the start to an end on this fantastic trip with Well Plan Treks lead by our expert guides and staff.

On this Well Plan Upper Mustang Experience, we have included walks and drive within high areas of Mustang due to the facility of the motor road which started from last few years and nearly complete, as the region touches Tibet Border at Kara-La pass where strong trade between the two countries still exist since past hundreds of centuries on this ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route.

Upper Mustang Trekking leads you to fabulous scenic areas in between high colored canyon and towering eroded cliffs reminds you of Gran Canyon of USA, actually, Upper Mustang located on an extension of South West Tibet vast table-land, considered as the world and highest plateau on this planet.

Where our journey leads you to experience the colorful culture and traditional life of Mustang people and its traditional life similar to Tibetan across the border of the Buddhism religion as well practice ancient pre-Buddhism known as Bon, which exists around Mustang and Dolpo areas of Nepal Far West Himalaya region.

Upper Mustang Experience begins from scenic Pokhara city with the short flight to land at Jomsom town and then heading towards Nepal wild-west country visiting interesting villages of Kagbeni, Gami, and Tsarang encountering series of prayer walls and spinning wheels as our journey lead into the walled and former kingdom at Lo-Manthang.

At Lo-Manthang explore its neat paved alley and villages visiting important and impressive monasteries and as well tour of former kings or Raja of Mustang palace, after a wonderful time around Lo-Manthang within the high and Upper Mustang, our adventure leads back to Jomsom for the sweeping scenic flight to Pokhara after a glorious time and memorable journey on Upper Mustang Trekking.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Kathmandu with an interesting sightseeing tour and preparations for the trek.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (30 mins on air and 6 hrs overland journey)
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Tsarang / Charang 3,560 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m – 02 hrs.
Day 07: At Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and local exploration.
Day 08: Walk to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Ghami 3,806 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek and drive to Tsusang-Chusang 2,980 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Muktinath 3,750 m – 03 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 – 02 hrs.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lake.
Day 14: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 15: International departure for homeward bound or to respective countries.

 

Trip in Detail 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels

On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for a short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located.After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the hotel lobby for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant. The evening includes a group welcome dinner in nice Nepalese restaurants with cultural programs as entertainment with the dinner.

Day 02:  Kathmandu with the sightseeing tour, trek briefing, and preparations.

The morning after hearty breakfast, as per the given time our city and tour guide will lead you in the heart of Kathmandu city, for an exciting historical and heritage tour of old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square, of historical importance includes Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess) Kastamandap Temple where Kathmandu name derived from, a temple built with the wood of a single tree, tour of the old palace during the reign of Malla and late Shah kings. Tour leads to the famous landmarks of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa with all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, afternoon back to the hotel, after an interesting tour rest of the day free at leisure and preparation for Upper Mustang Experience.

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (30 mins on air and 6 hrs overland journey)
Upper Mustang Experience begins with the overland drive to Nepal Mid West taking a comfortable coach or in Tourist Bus to reach at scenic Pokhara, a beautiful and leading touristic place in all Himalaya range, with warm sub-tropical temperatures and close views of Annapurna Himalaya with Mt. Manaslu. Pokhara beautiful and leading tourist spot in all Himalaya range, with warm sub-tropical temperatures and close views of Annapurna Himalaya with Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’.On reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa Lake with views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare peak, afternoon at leisure for short walks around the lakeside.

Day 04:  Fly to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 04 hrs.
After a lovely stop with overnight at Pokhara, an early morning short drive to Pokhara airport for scenic sweeping flight to Jomsom, overlooking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks as our small aircraft land at Jomsom airport situated above Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, the headquarter and administrative town of Mustang district, at Jomsom with time to refreshed get organized, then starting our first day walks on Kali-Gandaki River valley within the windswept area for few hours of the pleasant walk with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris as our daily walk ends at Kagbeni village. Kagbeni a nice village of Tibetan influence located on the starting and ending point of the Upper Mustang area and beyond to Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, located on an old Himalayan Caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet.

Day 05: Drive to Tsarang / Charming 3,560 m - 04 hrs.
As the mortar-able road has reached these areas making it possible for driving around Upper Mustang, where a jeep ride takes you to scenic Tsarang / Charang village for overnights stops within the Upper Mustang area. Where morning drive climbs into a canyon of the high red eroded cliff edge, following upper upstream of Kali Gandaki River, within unique landscapes of cliff walls, a nice ride with views brings past Chele, a moderate size village also spelled as Tsele. From Tsele or Chele, continue to drive with the climb to Gyakar village, and from here into dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area. After Samar village with short stops drive leads to Bhena and then climb to a ridge top of Yamada La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering the grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here to Dhakmar village, after hours of pleasant ride reaching Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops buck kinds of wheat with overnight stop and time to visit Tsarang old monastery.

Day 06:   Drive to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 02 hrs.

Today drive leads to our main destination at Lo -Manthang of few hours ride on scenic and dusty tracks to reach the former walled Kingdom of Lo-Manthang surrounded by the high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal a few past decades, on the walk coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. Drive leads over Lo La pass above 3,950 meters with views of Lo Manthang walled city and then descend reaching a nice trail to Lo Manthang for overnight stops.

Day 07:  At Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of the journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within the great high wall, visit the historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the great Entrance Hall.
Advance permission required to enter the king’s palace to visit the interior of the old palace and to grant the audience the former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.

Day 08:  Walk to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 05 hrs.
After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning start the walk on the trail back to Marang village, and then towards west using an old path to Dhakmar village for the overnight stop.

Day 09:  Trek to Ghami 3,806 m - 04 hrs.
From Dhakmar village, morning walk leads towards long Mani (Prayer) Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit its old interesting monastery.

Day 10:  Trek and drive to Tsusang-Chusang 2,980 m - 04 hrs.
Slowly this fascinating journey comes to an end as our drive leads to Syangboche village and to YYamadaLa with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages.D rive across stream past Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending the ride at Tsusang or Chusang village for the last overnight stops in Upper Mustang.

Day 11:  Drive to Muktinath 3,750 m - 03 hrs.
Morning drive leads to a climb of an hour and then heading past several villages and then back at Kagbeni, and then towards the holy area at Muktinath, reaching the height of 3,750 meters, drive leads through the interesting village of Jharkot, from here the trail climbs gradually for a short hour to reach holy Muktinath. Muktinath, located in between the popular trek to Manang via the high pass of Thorang la and the trail also joins from upper Mustang region, in the auspicious time this place is flooded with pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist, a nice walk to the Temple of Muktinath and with its 108 water spout, which is also the source of Kaligandaki river. Superb views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche can be seen from the campsite and as well from Muktinath itself including the Tilicho and Nilgiris peaks to the left.

Day 12: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 - 02 hrs.
From Muktinath, the rest of the journey is much easy on downhill hills where our walk stops of the great adventure for a short motorable drive, taking a drive with a big drop of 1,200m to Kaligandaki river valley, within vast Kaligandaki river valley to reach Jomsom

Day 13:  Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to the hotel by Phewa Lake.
Early morning as per the flight time for Pokhara transfer to Jomsom airport and then board in a small aircraft and then on air the for 20 minutes or more to land at beautiful and scenic Pokhara, during flight exceptional views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. Our adventure finally ends with a short drive to Pokhara by the Phewa Lakeside after completing a grand adventure around Upper Mustang.

Day 14:  Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.

After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. (Options by air 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu with great views)

Day 15: International Departure for Homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable adventure on Upper Mustang Experience with marvelous time, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries.

 

What is included?

  • 4 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the programme.
  • 1-night twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast as per the programme.
  • All meals with hot beverages whilst on trekking.
  • Guesthouse and Tented Camp accommodation whilst on trekking.
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit fee, Annapurna Conservation Area permit Fee & TIMS permit fee.
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara) inclusive with airport tax.
  •  An experienced fluent English speaking trekking guide, trained by Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation.
  • Highly experienced well equipped, cook, kitchen helper, trekking porter(s).
  • Staffs (guide, cook, kitchen helper, and porters) wages, allowances, transportation, food, accommodation, equipment & insurance.
  • All necessary ground transportation (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu).
  • Escorted airport transfers.
  • First aid medical kit, trekking map, and a duffel bag.
  • All governmental procedure and applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.

What is not included?

  • Meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara (except breakfast and farewell dinner).
  • Extra hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (after 4 nights in Kathmandu, after 2 nights in Pokhara).
  • Personal nature expenses (telephone, laundry etc.).
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  •  Your International flights.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Mandatory).
  • Rescue & Evacuation if needed.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staffs.

Physically  condition & experience requirements 
For physically fit person of all ages with sound health who have done moderate to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of treks involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between.  The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experience people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek .we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.

Accommodations  on the trek

In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also  note that single rooms are available the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals  during the trek

In the city, only breakfast is included on the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

TRAVEL & MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE 

Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problem arise and situation beyond companies control. If such situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.

Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well of you next to kin, family members, close relatives or friends in case of emergency purpose.

Climate and Weather 
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT LIST

This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Head

  • A warm hat that covers your ears
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Headlamp with extra batteries

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece wind –stopper jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
  • Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Underwear
  • Hiking trousers
  • Fleece or woolen trousers
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Heavy poly or wool socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)Toiletries
  • Toothbrush /paste
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorants
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Small mirror
  • Female hygiene products

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue/toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hand wash

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • A cough and /or cold medicine
  • Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic

Extras /luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map /guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
  • Modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

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