Upper Mustang Trekking

DURATION: 18 Days

Key Information

  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Price from US$ 2150
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Style NA
  • Accomodation NA
  • Max Elevation 4250m
  • Group Size 2 to 8
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The historical remote Mustang trek unseals the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be "barren as a dead deer" but where beauty and happiness abound in spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830s. The walled city of Lo Monthang, the unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo-Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.

For long forbidden to tourists, the legendary Kingdom of Mustang, one of the wildest dreams for the Himalaya’s lovers, is now accessible to foreign travelers since 1991. The department of immigration issues only a small number of special permits.
This enclave of Tibet in Nepal located beyond the barrier occupies the high Himalayan Kali Gandaki, an ancient caravan route between the desolate wilderness of the Tibetan Plateau, the hills of Nepal, and the plains of India. Inhabited by the Lobas, the kingdom shows for a while, the Tibetan Buddhist culture without Chinese influence.

 A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colorful-painted mud-brick houses on the back dropped of the majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri make your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very special one.

Adventure International Trekking regularly organizes trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting the TIJI festival three days long

The ritual is known as “The chasing of the Demons", one of the most important festivals of the region. Over the festive time, monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji festival.

Michel Peissel was the first westerner to witness the Tiji festival in 1964 during a visit to Mustang. In his book 'Mustang - A lost Tibetan Kingdom', he has described the Tije festival "We found ourselves in the midst of a festival in which over a thousand men, women, and children were taking part. Before we spread a sea of weather-beaten brown faces that contrasted with those of the beaming, dirty little children who clung like grapes upon the rooftops of the houses". "The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day.

Itinerary

  • 01Arrival in Kathmandu: 15 -20 Minutes drive. AIT representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
  • 02Kathmandu sight-seeing tour & Trekking preparation. Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. After completed city tour In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Adventure International Trekking briefs you regarding your trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming trekking.
  • 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs drive: With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately six hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.
  • 04POkhara to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,212ft) Today we will take an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,705m/8,900ft), the administrative centre for the Mustang district of Nepal. En-route we fly between Annapurna I (8,055m/26,500ft) and Dhaulagiri (8,146m/26,800ft). We will meet our porters in Jomsom and trek 8km (4hrs) to Kagbeni, which is situated at the confluence of the Jhong Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Kagbeni
  • 05Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,035ft) The trek to Chele is 18km (7 hrs) from Kagbeni, where we head north along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes up and down for two hours to avoid the many river crossings, and then climbs steeply to a plateau avoiding a vertical-walled bluff ahead. From here it is a gradual climb to Tangbe (4 hrs). The trail climbs to 3,100m/10,199ft and then drops steeply to the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We will walk along the river bed crossing to the western bank before making a small climb to Chele.Overnight stay at Chele
  • 06Chele to Eklo Bhatti (3,820m/12,568ft) Trek 13km (6 hrs) to Eklo Bhatti. The trail climbs to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. It then descends a little to the village of Samar, altogether three hours from Chele. Between Samar and Geling the trail remains over 3,700m/12,173ft, so the group should be well acclimatized to camp in between. The first campsite arrives after two hours of climbing (mostly gradual),Overnight stay at Bhatti
  • 07Bhatti to Ghame (3,520m/11,581ft) Trek 12km (4 hrs) to Ghame. The trail gently climbs to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing teahouses, chortens and Tibetan-influenced villages, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) after lunch, the trail then steeply descends to Ghame. Overnight stay at Ghame
  • 08Ghame to Tsarang (3,500 m/11,515ft) This is an easy trekking day of 11km (4 hrs) to Tsarang. After crossing Ghame Khola below Ghame, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang, gradually climbing and then descending. Overnight stay at Tsarang
  • 09Tsarang to Lomanthang (3,700 m/12,173ft) The 13km (5 hrs) trek to Lomangthang hosts magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lomanthang Valley. While descending to Lomangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border.Overnight stay at Lomanthang
  • 10Lomanthang explore Explore the eastern valleys and the Nyphu and Gharphu Monasteries before returning to Lomangthang. This trip is 12km (5-6 hrs) round trip. Overnight stay at Lomanthang.
  • 11Lomanthang Explore This will be another roundtrip day excursion to explore Namgyal, Tingkar and the valleys to the west (7km/4-5 hrs). Overnight stay at lomanthang
  • 12Lomanthang to Tsarang (3,500 m/11,515ft) Trek 15 km (6 hrs) back to Tsarang. On the return journey we can take a detour to visit the Lo Gekor Monastery. Overnight stay at tsarang
  • 13Tsarang to Tangya (3,240m / 10,656ft) 10 km (6 hrs): After an hour's walk from Tsarang, Kaligandaki is crossed at about 3,170m. The crossing point is at the junction of the Kali Gandaki and Dhechyang Khola. The trail then heads south over a stony plain towards the valley of Tangee Khola and eventually climbs away from to the fields of Tangya. Overnight stay at Tangya
  • 14Tangya to Tetang (2,940m /9,673ft) Trek 25km (10 hrs) to Tetang. The trail climbs down to the Tangee Khola and crosses a bridge, before coming over a ridge and descending to the wide stony plain of Yak Khola. A steep climb comes one hour out of Tangee. The summit (4,050m/13,325ft) is reached after four hours from the camp. As the trail comes over a few passes, the view is stunning. The trail is steep and rough with a lot of loose stone. Overnight stay at Tetang.
  • 15Tetang to Kagbeni (2,810 m/9,245ft) Trek 11km (6 hrs) back to Kagbeni, where we spent our first night on trek. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
  • 16Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,700 m/8,883ft) Trek 8km (4 hrs) to Jomsom. We will celebrate with our crew in the evening, before departing the next day. Overnight stay in teahouse
  • 17Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara early in the morning, and spend few hours relaxing lakeside & afternoon onwards flight to Kathmandu O/N Hotel
  • 18Departure: You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internate to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onwards to your next destination.
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Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop services
  • Kathmandu Sight seeing tour
  • All domestic flights, buses and cars as per itinerary
  • Pre-trip services & advice
  • All permits such as , Trekking Permit, ACAP, permits as itinerary describes.
  • All hygienic meals such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while you are on treks
  • Use boiling water reduces mountain pollution & save money. We provide you boiling water.
  • Down sleeping bags and Jackets
  • Free gear bag for your trekking stuffs; use this for your souvenir bag at the end.
  • All accommodation.
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking guide
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • All Comfortable, private transportation by car, bus and plane as per itinerary
  • Necessary porters as per the trip
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, high altitudes equipments, foods and accommodations
  • Rescue Arrangements off course not the rescue bills please!
  • Group celebration dinner
  • 10 % VAT and 2% TSC Taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare to/from home city;
  • Food and Accommodation while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Travel, trek and expedition medical and evacuation insurance;
  • Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc.);
  • Tips for the staffs because this is the sign of the guest happiness at the end of the trip. It has been establish a custom say "Baksis"
  • Any loss due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, road blockage due to landslide, etc
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