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Upper Mustang trek takes you to the ‘Forbidden Kingdom’ located near Nepal-Tibet/China in the trans-Himalayan region. Upper Mustang is a highly secluded area which is part of the extension of Tibetan plateau.
The Kingdom in Upper Mustang was recently abolished after Nepal became a republic in 2008. Upper Mustang carries a rich Tibetan culture and a long history of Tibetan Buddhism. Trekkers will be able to visit many Buddhist gompa and monastic schools in this trek including Nyingma Gompa, Khang gompa, Sungda chorten and Nepal’s longest maniwall in Tangmar Chu. Kagyupa sect founder Milarepa is said to have visited Mustang and meditated there.
Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper mustang at 3840m altitude, is part of the attraction of Upper Mustang trek. The walled city of Lo Manthang hosts the royal palace, 15th century Jampa Lakhang, 15th century Thubchen gompa, 18th century Choprang gompa among others.
The trekking route follows the Kali Gandaki river and traverses ancient horse caravan trails to crossing Yamdo La (4010m), Nyi La (4020m) and Chogo La (4325m) passes.. The scenic cliffs, meditation caves, barley & buckwheat farms and apple orchards will hold your imagination and so will the views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
Special permits will be required on the part of trekkers to enter the Upper Mustang region. Trekking is possible in Upper Mustang during three seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn.
● Visit the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang
● Explore walled city Lomanthang, its royal palace and medieval monasteries
● Learn about Tibetan Buddhism and visit the cave where ascetic Milarepa meditated
● Follow the scenic trail along Kali Gandaki River and cross passes above 4000m
● Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgri and many others
● Enjoy sightseeing in and around Pokhara and Kathmandu
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● Two Nights accommodations at deluxe hotel on twin/double sharing basis in Pokhara
● Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
● Round-trip fare for domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Pokhara- Kathmandu)
● All accommodations and three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
After morning breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The journey takes you along Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of green hills, snow peaks, rivers and villages. It takes about 6 hrs to arrive in Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Take early morning breakfast and catch a morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes. You will start your trekking from Jomsom by following the east bank of Kali Gandaki. En route you will see Ekle Bhatti. Stay overnight in Kagbeni.
There is a checkpost ahead where you will need to produce your restricted area pass. The trail beyond this point traverses the bank of Kali Gandaki river. This trail was often used in earlier times by horses. In between you will come across Tangbe and Chhuksang villages, several gompas. You will then crisscross Narshing Khola with beautiful cave ridden hills in view before climbing to Chele. Stay overnight in Chele.
The first portion of the trail further Chele climbs through a desert-like landscape, passing through canyons and one village called Samar. From here you will wind through Juniper forest to come at a pass called Yamdo La at 4010m. Further climb to arrive at Shyangmochen which then gradually drops to Geling village. Here you can observe gompas and barley fields. Stay overnight in Geiling.
After breakfast you will continue to ascend through fields dotted with cairns. Head up to Nyi La and then drop to Tangmar chu via Ghemi. Here you will observe the longest Maniwall in Nepal. About 30 minutes later you will reach Tsarang, which is a village featuring a five storey gompa, library and gompa. 19th century traveller Kawaguchi is said to have lived and studied in Tsarang. Stay overnight in Tsarang.
The trail continues to ascend leaving Tsarang, passing by Sungda chorten, surrounded by a vast arid landscape. You will feel you are at a special place when you see Lo Manthang palace in the near distance. Stay overnight in Lo-Manthang.
Today you will spend a full day exploring Lo Manthang as part of acclimatization. Lo Manthang is home to centuries-old gompas, a royal palace, a lively monastic community. Among the places of interest include Jampa Lakhang, Thubchen gompa, Chode gompa, Tingkhar Gompa, Namgyal Gompa, Choprang Gompa and royal palace.
Finish your breakfast and then get back on the trekking trail. You will make a long climb over a ridge and cross Chogo La pass at 4270m after which you will make a continuous descent over alpine meadows to Drakmar. The distinctive red cliffs, believed to have been caused by the blood of a monster slain by Guru Rimpoche, is a feature of Drakmar village.
On this day we begin our return journey. You will pass through the desert like terrain descending all the way to Geiling with few settlements in between. Stay overnight in Geiling.
The trail will descend to the bank of Kali Gandaki, passing by caves and one Chele village. Stay overnight in Chhuksang.
The trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom is short and scenic. Enjoy great views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri as you follow Kali Gandaki downstream. Stay overnight in Jomsom.
Today we took an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes and is very scenic. In the evening explore Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Enjoy sumptuous breakfast and prepare yourself for a long drive to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hrs by tourist along winding Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of mountain peaks, rolling green hills, rivers and village lifestyle. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. Farewell until we see you again.
Upper Mustang is a restricted area. On Upper Mustang trek you will enter the dry arid Tibet-like region following a trail along Kali Gandaki and Marshyangdi River. This a high mountainous region where facility of hotels and lodges are limited. Mobile and internet communication might not be available in higher region, especially in Upper Mustang.
The maximum elevation of in Upper Mustang trek is around 3700m. The trekking trail is well established and quite straightforward. So Upper Mustang trek should not be a great challenge for you in terms of difficulty.
Physical and mental preparedness is mandatory to do this trek. Prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas or adequate training in endurance skills is highly recommended. Please consult with your trekking guide to get in depth knowledge about the climate, altitude and geography.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.