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Upper Mustang Trek

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Duration

15N/16D

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is a thrilling experience where you can explore ancient monasteries from the 14th century, Buddhist shrines. Its culture will leave an impression on your heart. You’ll have to march through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down the hill during Upper Mustang Trek while enjoying panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and several other peaks.

The word ‘Mustang’ simply conjures up ideas of forsaken, remoteness and isolation; a place lost amongst the mountains. This was an independent country until it was closely consolidated into Nepal just a few decades ago. The kingdom of Mustang lies in the rain shadow formed by the Annapurna & Nilgiri Himalayas and thus gets very little rain which, fortunately, makes the area ideal for trekking even in the mid-monsoon while the other areas of Nepal remain unsuitable for trekking due to heavy monsoon rains.

Trekking to the upper mustang is magnificent by any means, it’s a sheer pleasure to walk through the majestic hill and see superb view of the barren mountains. This barren desert is so beautiful that it can put green lands in shame. The scenic landscape of this region is quite familiar to Tibetan landscapes as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. Even the culture of this place is highly influenced by the Tibetan people.

The Last Forbidden Kingdom

The Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetic language. Upper Mustang is also known as “The Last Forbidden Kingdom” because of the restriction to travel until the 1990s. Mustang’s status as a kingdom ended in 2008 when its suzerain Kingdom of Nepal became a republic.

Mustang is rich in Buddhist culture similar to the area of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The first westerner in Mustang was Toni Hagen, Swiss explorer, and geologist who visited the Kingdom in 1952 during one of his travels across the Himalayas. French Michel Peissel is considered the first westerner to stay in Lo Manthang during the first authorized exploration of Mustang in 1964. Upper Mustang proffers the spectacular views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas along with the uniqueness of tree-less landscapes and rocky trails throughout the way.

Complimentary treats

  • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Trekking Map
  • Occasional hot shower during the trek
  • Sim card service (zero balance)
  • Souvenirs from Nepal
  • Photos of the trip (if requested)
  • Certificate of appreciation (if requested)

Notes

  • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Local Expert

Swotah Travel

We are Swotah Travel and Adventure Pvt. Ltd, a dynamic and spirited adventure-orientated travel and trekking company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Authentic and intimate in our aims, we have a profuse knowledge, experience, and expertise of all aspects of the Himalayas. Our Passionate team members in Kathmandu who are working hard with every bit of them to guide, support, or assist the clients with their queries, helping them make their traveling directions clearer. Guides across Nepal and beyond are our strength, our backbone.

Our enthusiastic leaders and team members are natives of Nepal with a lifetime of immersion in Nepali culture. We grew up trekking and climbing in the Himalayas, leading individuals a countless number of destinations. Conversion to professional guiding and leading came about as a natural progression as we became fired by the desire to share our unique local knowledge with nature lovers, adventurists, and voracious culture buffs. Come with us: you’ll do more than seeing Nepal, you’ll immerse in it.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The forbidden walled city of Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)
  • 1000 years old Buddhist Monastery
  • Incredible landscapes those are almost identical to the Tibetan region
  • Colorful barren hills holding interesting myths

Itinerary

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Day 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL (1350m)

High above from the clouds and those gigantic peaks, landing in the congested valley yet colorful with diverse culture and tradition, the bittersweet feeling can't be expressed. You will find a Swotah representative eagerly waiting for the glance of you at the airport who will escort you to the hotel. In the evening, we will discuss our trek over dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel;

Day 2: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. It has a significant part in the history of Nepal. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout history. We’ll observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout a day.  Overnight stay at the hotel;

Day 3: DRIVE TO POKHARA (850m)

After breakfast, we will leave for Pokhara early in the day, so that enough time would be possible to explore the beautiful city of lakes; Pokhara. It’s approx. 6-7 hrs of drive through beautiful villages. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara;

Day 4: FLY TO JOMSOM AND TREK TO KAGBENI (2800 METERS)

Flight to Jomsom is quite an experience in itself. We will fly northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow-covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. And soon after arriving at Jomsom, we will start our trek to Kagbeni, which is the entrance gate to the upper Mustang. Overnight stay at teahouse in Kagbeni;

Day 5: TREK TO TSELLE (3050M)

We start trek to Tselle after the breakfast; Tselle is a mystical village from where the culture changes from the Manangi culture found in Jomsom to the Tibetan culture of Lo. During the trek, we will pass through a rough and steep trail, and waterless terrain. We pass through the small village of Chukshang, where you can taste world famous apples straight from the farm. After the gentle walk, by crossing the river Kali Gandaki and climbing steeply up a rocky gully, we reach Tselle. Overnight stay at teahouse;

Day 6: TREK TO GELING (3500 M)

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless but beautiful terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. This trail is fascinating that has wonderful views of barren cliffs, amazing mountains, and wind path. After walking for a few hours, we reach Samar village. After reaching the Samar Village, the trail descends into a massive gorge, the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Syangbochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at Geling;

Day 7: TREK TO CHARANG (3540m)

We will enjoy our breakfast in the lodge before starting our journey to Charang. The trail continues to dry trail. Shortly, we will reach Ghami where we will pass through one of the longest Buddhist Mani walls of Nepal surrounded by the beautiful Himalayas at Ghami. Continuing further will take us to the village of Charang for overnight stay. Overnight at teahouse;

Day 8: LO MANTHANG (3840M)

After breakfast, we will visit the monastery in Charang village before we commence our journey to the Hidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang. The trail is spectacular together with various Himalayan peaks including Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, and Bhrikuti. Upon reaching the capital of Mustang, you will get nice lodges to spend the night. Overnight stay at teahouse;

Day 9: EXPLORATION DAY AT LO MANTHANG

Lo Manthang is a spectacular village with beautiful monasteries and fascinating Tibetan culture. It had been completely closed for outsiders until 1992. Take this day to explore the Lo Manthang the fullest. We will also visit the infamous cave of Chosar a little far from the capital. Overnight stay at teahouse;

Day 10: TREK TO DHAKMAR (3810m)

On the 10th day, we say farewell to amazing Lo Manthang and head to Dhakmar. Trails pass through several climbs and descent before we reach the Ghar where we will have the opportunity to visit a 1200-year-old monastery. Continuing the trek further will take us to Dhakmar village for overnight. Overnight stay at teahouse;

Day 11: TREK TO SYANBOCHE (3750m)

After breakfast, we will continue our trekking to Syangbochen. Our trail will comprise of several caves on the way to Ghami from where we will have great views of the pass. Furthermore, crossing two beautiful passes will take us to Syangbochen for overnight stay. Overnight stay at teahouse;

Day 12: TREK TO TSELE (3050m)

We leave the lovely village of Syangbochen and trek back to Tselle. Overnight at Tselle;

Day 13: TREK TO KAGBENI AND JEEP RIDE TO JOMSOM (2743m)

We leave the village of Tselle behind and head to the Kagbeni from where we started the trek. After reaching to Kagbeni, we will take a jeep to the Jomsom. It will be our final day before we depart for Pokhara. Overnight stay at teahouse;

Day 14: FLIGHT TO POKHARA  (850m)

Pokhara is a beautiful city with lots of tranquil lakes and incredible mountain views and adventure activities like; Paragliding, Bungee Jump, zip liner, etc. On this day we will take a flight to Pokhara after breakfast. It will be a free day at Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara;

Day 15: DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

After breakfast, we will be heading back to Kathmandu along the beautiful Prithvi Highway. It is approx. 7-8 hrs drive to Kathmandu. After finding your inner self being lost in nature for all those days, you will be back in the city with the new you and therefore this evening is the time for yourself, whether you want to shop the souvenirs, find a convenient spa or explore the more of the city. We will arrange the schedule as per your preference. Overnight stay at the hotel;

Day 16: DEPARTURE

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time, and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 PM. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

Included/Exclude

  • Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle
  • All applicable government tax
  • Available accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic flights from Pokhara to Jomsom and back
  • Equipment clothing for porters and guide including their full insurance
  • Deluxe transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back (private vehicle only in case of a group booking)
  • All necessary paperwork, permits, special permit (500$ pp) and Trekkers' Information Management System Fees
  • Deluxe rooms in standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin/double sharing with breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees from professional guide Authorized English speaking guide for the trek and tour along with Porters (2:1) for the trek
  • All expenses for staffs; meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Entrance fee(s) during sightseeing
  • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower during the trek, etc.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary

Tour's Location

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