Classical Upper Mustang Trek

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Classical Upper Mustang Trek

Package Duration
17 Days / 16 Nights
Destination Covered
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni - Lo-Manthang

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  • Description :
    Mustang is one of the few places in the world that has long-lived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, inaccessible to outsiders. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to maintain their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost unchanged for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. Special Area Trekking Permits are required by trekkers when they visit this region and a Liaison Officer still accompanies every trek to Mustang.

    Although officially part of Nepal, the Mustang region in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River is a world unto itself. Long closed to foreigners because of its strategic location on the Tibetan border, Mustang has only been open to trekkers for less than a decade and is closely regulated by the Nepali government. Only organized treks are allowed into the region, and those require an expensive trekking permit. Consequently, treks into Mustang are among the most expensive in Nepal. However, for many people the cost is more than justified by the chance to explore this high desert region that has far more in common with Tibet than it does with Nepal. The brown landscape, jagged peaks, and mud-walled villages are reminders of what Tibet must have been like before the Chinese invasion.
    Package Includes :
    • Welcome in Airport by garland.
    • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle.
    • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu and Pokhara in hotels with breakfast.
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide,private car & Entrance fee.
    • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu (Tourist Bus/ flight).
    • Pokhara/Jomsom /Pokhara flight ticket for member and nepali guide.
    • Cargo Cost.
    • Accommodation in tent or tea house during trek.
    • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking.
    • Trekking map for group.
    • All necessary paper work & Permits.
    • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and required Porter.
    • Experienced cook, sherpas and kitchen crew.
    • All government taxes.
    • Farewell dinner.
    Package Excludes :
    • International Airfare.
    • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days).
    • Special restricted permit First 10 days US$ 500 per person.
    • After first 10 days US$ 50 per day per person.
    • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
    • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
    • Client's Insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
    • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual.

  • Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1300m)

    Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel, here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.

    Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

    Meals: Breakfast

    After breakfast, you start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. We will arrange a guide of your chosen language to give you a tour and introduction to our rich culture amongst our ancient and fascinating history and religion. In our sightseeing tour you go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

    Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. There is an intriguing 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

    Swayambhunath, situated on a hillock 6.5 kilometres west of Kathmandu, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

    Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

    Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (960m / 6hrs or ½ hr)

    Meals: Breakfast

    Drive or fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is situated on the side of Lake Fewa, it is a beautiful area with Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchhare) rising not far behind within the Annapurna range. Only 200km from Kathmandu it can take 6/8 hours by road depending on the season.

    Day 4: Pokhara to Jomson (2700m) by flight and trek (2 hours) to Kagbeni (2810m)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    The flight is only 25 minutes this morning, a spectacular route, on landing in Jomson you will begin your trek, heading to Kagbeni following the Kali Ghandaki river, the trail is rough and barren but is mostly flat. You will enjoy lovely views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s. A medieval looking town, Kagbeni sits in a little oasis and is home to a large red gompa.

    Day 5: Kagbeni - Chele (3100m / 6hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    There is a trail up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe, we reach Chhusang village and crossing the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki flows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. The culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

    Day 6: Chele - Geling (3570m / 8hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geling.

    Day 7: Geling - Charang (3560m / 7hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the most interesting pass on your trek, Nyi La and descends beneath blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river,) then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular mani (prayer wall) in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five–story white Dzong (fort) and red gompa (Buddhist temple) contains a fascinating array of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.

    Day 8: Charang - Lo Manthang (3840m / 5hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    It is worth exploring Charang this morning if you haven’t already done so. When the time comes to leave the village you will head up the valley to the boundary between Charang and Lo, the trail here broadens and soon you will catch sight of Lo Manthang, with only one entrance you will walk round to the North East corner to get in.

    Day 9: Lo Manthang rest

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Home to only 150 houses and a number of Lama residences Lo Manthang is interesting to walk around. There is a blood drinking festival held, worth a look for the less squeamish.

    Day 10: Lo Manthang - Ghami (3520m / 6hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Crossing a ridge at 4070m, the trail then bumpily to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is one of the oldest gompas in Nepal. And is older than the famed Samye Gompa in Tibet. Passing through Thamar village, the steep trail finally reaches Ghami.

    Day 11: Ghami - Samar (3540m / 6hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    From Ghami climb to Nyi La and descend to Samar through the same route.

    Day 12: Samar - Kagbeni (2800m / 5hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Return trek to Kagbeni.

    Day 13: Kagbeni - Jomsom (2700m / 4hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Return trek to Jomsom.

    Day 14: Jomsom - Pokhara fly (960m /½ hr)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Your morning flight this morning will return you to Pokhara where you will be taken to your hotel.

    Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu drive/fly (1300m / 6hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast

    It is possible to fly this route, taking just 20 minutes. On arriving in Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel.

    Day 16: Kathmandu free of your own

    Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

    Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu, stocking up on souvenirs and presents for those back home. This evening you have a farewell dinner, you will be picked up in good time

    Day 17: Final Departure

    Meals: Breakfast

    You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport in good time to meet your flight home.

Contact Detail

Classical Adventure Nepal Travel & Treks Pvt, Ltd.

Contact Person :-

Bikram Shrestha

Address :-

Saraswotisthan Marg, Bijeshwori, Dallu -15, Kathmandu, Nepal

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