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Upper Mustang Trek 17 Days

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Overview

Group Size: 15 People Max.

Max Altitude: 3840m.

Arrival On: Kathmandu.

Departure From: Kathmandu.

Meals: All Major Meals on the Trek; Breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Accommodation: Tourist Class Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Tea house accommodation during the trek.

Trip Information: This trip is also available on your requested dates.

Trekking in the magnificent upper Mustang region is one of the beautiful trekking experiences in the world. Watching the rugged mountain landscape, trekking through sandy trails, wondering over the caves on the cliffs, being amazed at the crystalline skyline over the pristine mountains; all these fascinating mountain charms pour only magic.

Upper Mustang trekking is a challenging trek in terms of the infrastructural facilities. The remoteness of the mountains has resulted in the lack of good accommodation and other facilities but that is the strength of this trekking region. Staying away from all worldly luxuries for a few days amongst the most beautiful mountain landscapes is a rewarding experience.

As a controlled region, Upper Mustang trekking charges a high royalty compared to the normal trekking routes. A royalty of USD 500 is to be paid to obtain a special permit to trek into this area. Camping treks are incredible in this region although staying in basic tea houses is an option.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu.

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Day 2
Heritage Tour of Kathmandu.

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Pokhara.

We will drive to Pokhara by tourist bus in the morning after breakfast. After driving for about seven hours through scenic countryside of Nepal, we reach an eloquently charming city of Pokhara. The drive will have enough stopovers necessary on the way. Once we reach Pokhara, the charm of the city will capture our attention for a good feeling of being amidst the natural wonders from close up Himalayas to the surrounding lakes. A lake nearby our hotel is a nice place to take an evening stroll and the lakeside town has lots of options to dine. Have an option to fly to Pokhara at an extra cost.

Day 4
Pokhara – Jomsom - Kagbeni.

Take an early morning flight Himalayan flight to Jomsom from Pokhara flying past the Annapurna range and overlooking the Dhaulagiri range of the Himalaya. You will be accompanied up to Jomsom by your trekking guide and you will meet the rest of trekking crew at Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni and stay overnight there.

Day 5
Kagbeni – Chaile – 3050 m.

Trek to Chaile today via the villages of Tangbe and Chhusang. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki River valley past some beautiful oasis of buckwheat and barley fields. You will go past some beautiful apple orchards too. The trek is beautiful with lots of uphill walking and finally reaching to Chaile for overnight stay.

Day 6
Trek to Geling (3500 meters).

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge, which 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 Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 7
Trek to Charang (3620 meters).

From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass NYI LA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings, of seated Buddha's. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 8
Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters).

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lomanthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 9
Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar.

It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 10
Trek to Dhi (3410 meters).

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 11
Trek to Tange (3370 meters).

From Dhi the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3370m.Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 12
Trek to Tetang/ Chusang (3022 meters).

The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 13
Trek to Jomsom (2713 meters).

This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village. This is the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the trek, with all the trekking staff. Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 14
Morning flight to Pokhara and same day Sightseeing around Pokhara.

Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomson back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast Included).

Day 15
Leisure day in Pokhara.

It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast Included).

Day 16
Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters).

Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast Included).

Day 17
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast Included).

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights.
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis.
  • All major meals during the expedition, breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Three cups of tea a day on the trekking days.
  • A professional trekking and necessary number of number of supporting crew members.
  • All necessary permits for the trekking.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag.

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What is Excluded

  • International airfare.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any kind of drinks in Kathmandu and trekking area (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any other personal expenses.
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service).
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip.
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