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Upper Mustang Trek (22)

Basic Info ( UMT2 ) $ 2000 per person

Duration 22
Group Size 2 or more
TransportaionPrivate car & Tourist bus, Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara by flight
Altitude 3810 m/12,500ft
Accomodations Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Tea House/Lodge during trek
Best Seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Activities Trekking, Hiking
Meals Welcome and Farewell dinner at Katmandu, All meals during treks

Basic Intro

Upper Mustang trek is an accepted destination for trekkers, who would like to explores the ancient Monastery, diversified societies,  more than thousand years of hundreds ruined cave and Himalayan mountain desert with local tribes sphere of influence with Tibetan culture are the main magnetism of this vicinity.  Upper Mustang region is positioned on the western Himalayan range and adjacent plateau of Tibetan border of Nepal. Mustang is a rain shadowed area suitable for trekking during the monsoons. Mustangi Raja (state king of the Mustang) only one state king of Nepal, vestige on the River bank is one more charisma in the trek. 
Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only before few years ago and even these days, entrance is very restricted. To penetrate Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north from Kagbeni, trekkers need a special trekking permit. The highest point reached being only 3,870 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Lo Manthang, the old capital, presents the ample magnetism and sound of unique walled settlement, local culture, rituals and their method of livelihood. Ponies are accessible for hired if someone wishes. The trek to Lo- Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with pretty white washed houses. Kagbeni literally means “bolt at the two Rivers”.

Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m/5,173 ft), 1 hr drive and 4 hrs walk 

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walks 

Day 06: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs 

Day 07: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs 

Day 08: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs 

Day 09: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs 

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

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

Day 12: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs 

Day 13: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs 

Day 14: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs 

Day 15: Explore Lo-Mangthang 

Day 16: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs 

Day 17: Dhakmar t o Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs 

Day 18: Ghiling to Chhuksang [2980m/9,777ft]: 5-6 hrs 

Day 19: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs 

Day 20: Fly back to Pokhara 

Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu for next trip or to your home


Includes


·         All airport/hotel transfers.

·         Three-star hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Bliss International or simalar catagory)  and in Pokhara(Hotel Crystal Palace or similar catagory) with breakfast.

·         Welcome and farewell dinner.

·         A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide by private car/jeep (6-8hrs).

·         Pokhara - Nayapool by private car/jeep.

·         Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus tickets & Jomsom to Pohara flight tickets.and airport departure taxes.

·         Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

·         An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.

·         Four seasonal sleeping bag, and trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).

·         All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS ).

·         A comprehensive medical kit.

·         All government and local taxes.


Not Includes


·         Nepal Visa fee.

·         International airfare to and from Kathmandu.

·         Excess baggage charges.

·         Private vehicle (Kathmandu-Pokhara or Pokhara-Kathmandu one way $120 extra upto 3 People).

·         City sightseeing Entrance fee.

·         Lunch and Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara.

·         Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and during treks.

·         Travel and rescue insurance.

·         Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).

·         Tips for guides and porters.


Equipment List


Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: 
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts 
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet :
- Thin, lightweight inner socks 
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
- Hiking boots with spare laces 
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Upper Body: 
- T-shirts 
- Fleece jacket or pullover 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: 
- Lightweight gloves

Accessories: 
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * 
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit 
- Large plastic bags 
- for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
- Trekking Poles * 
- Water bottles 
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)

Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort lable): 
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel 
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) 
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) 
- Deodorants 
- Nail clippers 
- Face and body moisturizer 
- Feminine hygiene products 
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes) 
- Tissue /toilet roll 
- Anti bacterial hands wash 
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase) 
- Water purified pills

Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort lable) 
- Binoculars (optional) 
- Reading book 
- Journal & Pen 
- Pencils and small notebooks 
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Useful Information


Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Upper Mustang Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.