The Upper Mustang area is said to one of the most beautiful areas in Nepal. For conservation reasons, this is a restricted area and it was only opened to foreigners in 1992. Upper Mustang was originally a separate Buddhist kingdom called ‘Lo’ which survived until 2006. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire and its culture and religion are still closely tied to Tibet. The buildings are built in traditional Tibetan style with white-washed walls and firewood stacked on the roof. This mystical land lies in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri, making it an excellent choice in the monsoon months and giving an arid, desolate environment with amazing multi-colored rock formations. In this barren landscape, the villages with their brightly colored fields are like an oasis. The route follows the old salt route where the Tibetans traded salt with the grain from lowland areas and the Kali Gandaki River (the deepest gorge in the world).
The trek winds its way past the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, magnificent caves that were ancient homes and temples (some of the still home villagers and Lamas), to the medieval capital of Mustang, Lo Mangtang. Here you can explore the walled city with its narrow alleyways and ancient monasteries. You can even pay a visit to the King (much respected but no longer in power) if he is at home. Here you can learn much about Tibetan life by chatting over a tea before returning to Jomson via the towering cliffs of the Kali Gandaki.
It is a fantastic trek that offers a completely different landscape to other areas of Nepal. From the passes, you have amazing views over the Annapurna range and this trek can be easily extended to take in the sacred town of Muktinath and part of the world-famous Annapurna circuit.
Upper Mustang Trekking Outline itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m), early in the morning and trek to Kagbeni (2800m).
Day 05: Trek to Chele/Chhusang (3050m).
Day 06: Trek to Samar (3660m).
Day 07: Trek to Ghiling (3570m).
Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3570m)
Day 09: Trek to Tsarang
Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m).
Day 11: Rest day at Lo Manthang.
Day 12: Trek to Ghami (3545m).
Day 13: Trek to Samar (3356m).
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara early in the morning.
Day 17: Leisure day in Pokhara in case if there is bad weather in Jomsom.
Day 18: Drive Back to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Transfer to Airport.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by car or van it depends on the size of the group with an experienced tour guide.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or flight it depends on you. It’s about 6 to 7 hours drive to Pokhara and 30 min flight.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m), early in the morning and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) or we can take a bus to Kagbeni. It’s about 3 hours along the Kali Gandaki river (tea house).
Day 05: Trek to Chele/Chhusang (3050m). It’s approximate 4-5:30 hours walking along the Kali Gandaki river, there are spectacular rock formations along the way. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 06: Trek to Samar (3660m). It’s about 4 hours walking and overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 07: Trek to Ghiling (3570m). On the way back we visit a monastery that is located in a cave. The Lama lives there. It’s about 5:30 hours and overnight at tented camp/tea house. You can visit a monastery that has the preserved hand of a woman who tried to steal precious artifacts here.
Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3570m) - 4 hours walk. Stay with one of the King's relatives in this pretty village.
Day 09: Trek to Tsarang and meet many of the cattle and goat traders on their way south (4 hours). Overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m). It takes 4 hours to arrive destination. Overnight at tented camp/tea house. Relax with a filter coffee in this ancient city.
Day 11: Rest day at Lo Manthang. Visit the many monasteries and Tibetan shops. You can hire horses to visit the surrounding areas where there are the remains of ancient hill forts and distant monasteries. From here you can decide which route to return on, the high route, the valley route or the eastern route.
Day 12: Trek to Ghami (3545m). It’s about 7 hours and overnight at tented camp/tea house. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 13: Trek to Samar (3356m).It’s about 6 hours walking. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni from Samar is 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom. It’s about 3 hours along the Kaligandaki River. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara early in the morning and relaxing time around the lake such as boating, lake walking, stupas so no and Overnight at Pokhara Hotel OR extend your trek and follow part of the world-famous Annapurna Circuit.
Day 17: Leisure day in Pokhara in case if there is bad weather in Jomsom.
Day 18: Drive Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus in the morning, it’s about 6 hours drive and Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 19: Transfer to Airport for your onward destination by car or van it will depend on the size of the group.
Safe holiday adventure gives the first priority to our guest service that is what makes us today safe holiday adventure. For the city accommodation in Kathmandu we have been providing at list 3-star category hotel at the location and also on request, we can provide comfortable but cheap accommodation too for budget travelers.
During the trekking, we provide a standard guest house, calm environment and local healthy food for our guest.
There are so many different tastes in food and international standard restaurants in Kathmandu where you can try your own taste in food and lots of choices. But in the trek mostly we can have Indian, Nepali, continental, via menu especially each settlement provides Pasta, momo, soup items, potato item, rice, hot drink, cold drink etc.
What to take with you for the trek:
As a guide myself for 14 years, I give first priority to cloths which are most important in the cold mountain area. Equipment does matter to make your trek easy and comfortable. Carrying excessive quantity of trekking equipment doesn’t make your trip more interesting but the disadvantage. So, we request you to carry only selected and recommended items and we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day backpack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipment's which you must carry during the trek.
Is Nepal safe to make holiday?
Yes, it is safe country since 10 years especially when rebel party involves in election and peace agreement in 2006 than all political party is already in parliament and doing their best, it means where ever you go to Nepal you are safe. if you feel scared still you can have your authorized guide who will take care of you and give you much information.
How Can I get Nepal visa?
To get visa for Nepal is a easy once you arrive In TIA Kathmandu you can get visa within 20 minute, you just need to get 2 p.p size photo, your passport and some money such as 15 Days stay in Nepal cost 25 USD per person, 30 USD for 30 Days and 100 USD for 3 month tourist visa. All service you will get easier when you arrive at Kathmandu airport.
Where is the best area to trek in Nepal?
There are so many trekking routes in Nepal, but few of them are really popular as it is nicer than many other treks in n Nepal. Everest base camp trekking, Gokyo lake trekking, Annapurna base camp trekking, Annapurna circuit trek, Poon hill trek these are the most popular trekking route in Nepal. If you prefer to visit restricted area or, rural area to explore the localities of Nepal there are so many options that we have and you can visit safely.
Which season is the best to travel to Nepal?
Nepal is a rich in biodiversity as it has many different temperature and climate within a few hour drives. So, as we have four seasons in a year we trek mostly in winter (Sep. to Dec) and spring (Mar. to June). The best season of the year is Sep to Dec, you will have clear weather and spectacular view each day this is why people used to call the best trekking season of the year.
What type of equipment do I need to bring for the trek?
The trekking equipment will depend on where you are going if you are trekking to Everest base camp or Annapurna base camp trek you should bring proper equipment such as down Jacket, Sleeping Bag, Windproof pant so no. You have to bring this trekking equipment which is as below:
Can I trek in Nepal?
Yes, you can easily trek in Nepal because there are so many trekking routes. If you are going to trek in Nepal for the first time you can make the easy trek to Poon hill, or Langtang trek these are an easy walking trek. If you are adventurous trekkers you can go to Everest base camp, Gokyo trekking, Chola pass trekking, Annapurna base camp, Annapurna circuit trek etc. so you consult with your local travel agent when you decide to go to Nepal which is the best area up on your pace.
Can I get an experienced guide in Nepal,?
Yes, you can get an experienced guide in Nepal if you book your trip with trekking company or agent. You have to check very well who is going with you through your agent than figure out he is a nice guy or not. There are so many options but manly package trekking and day ways salary base trekking.
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