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Upper Mustang Trekking

Mustang TrekkingDuration: 16 days
Mustang Trekking days: 09 days
Extra trek to Muktinath : 03 days
Trek Grade: moderate
Max hiking altitude: 4090m
Trekking style: Camping
Best Seasons: March November
Minimum group size: 2 pax

The upper Mustang trekking is a walking tour to the exotic Upper Mustang region and its capital Lomanthang. Upper Mustang is a Nepali village bordring with Tibet in a remote corner behind the main Himalaya range. It is a preserved, special area where only a limited number of trekkers are allowed to trek each year. Mustang was forbidden for foreigners until 1992. Mustang is perhaps the only place where Tibetan culture is flourishing even today in a completely undisturbed state. Mustang has always remained as a remote, mysterious and unusual land even for the Nepalese.

Mustang is geographically an extension of Tibetan plateau. It is a windy, high and arid valley characterised by eroded canyons and colourful stratified rock formations. People grow only potatoes, barley and buckwheat. People subsist on livestock and trading. The people of Mustang are believed to be descendants of Tibetans, they practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

the houses in Mustang have unique local architecture and a medieval look. As the region lies in Himalayan rain shadow zone, the houses are made with sun baked mud bricks and stone.Festivals are mostly religious and the Tiji festival is the biggest one. Mustang has its own King. The walled capital of Mustang , called Lo Manthang would be one of the important sites on our trek. It houses some important monasteries and the houses of local nobilities.

In 2007, a team of international explorers discovered invaluable Buddhist art objects and murals in Mustang caves.These objects are said to be 800 years old. Mustang trekking is not your usual holiday, it is a journey to a secluded corner behind Himalaya to palce that still preserves rich arts and culture.

The upper Mustang hiking starts with a scenic 25 minute mountain flight to Jomsom airstrip.The trek then passes through ancient villages of Kagbeni, Samar, Charang and Geling before we reach Lomanthang at 3750m on the 5th day.We visit the important monasteries and houses of local nobilities. We stay for one more day at Lomanthang and visit to wonderful Namgyal gompa. Our groups are often allowed for a meeting with the local King(see photograph). Our next destination is Muktinath, the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimmage site on the high Himalaya. Finally we reach back to Jomsom and fly for Pokhara. Back in Kathmandu we celebrate your memorable trek with a farewell Nepali dinner with ethnic cultural shows.

Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary
(10 day permit)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu , transfer to hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, late afternoon flight to Pokhara.
Day 03: Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom .
Day 04: Trek to Chele(3050m).
Day 05: Trek to Geling (3520 m).
Day 06: Trek to Charang (3580m)
Day 07: Trek to Lo Manthang (3780 m).
Day 08: Exploration day around Lo Manthang , visit Namgyal gompa.
Day 09: Lomanthang to Ghami(3460 m)
Day 10: Trek to Samar(3450 m)
Day 11: Trek to Kagbeni
Day 12: Kagbeni to Muktinath(3800m)
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom(2800m).Celebrate your last day of trekking with your trekking crew.
Day 14: Early morning flight to Pokhara. Sight seeing tour in Pokhara in the afternoon covering Davi,s waterfall, Tibetan camp and Fewa lake.
Day 15: Early morning flight to Kathmandu , leisure time for shopping and rest. Farewell Nepali dinner with ethnic cultural programmmes.
Day 16: Fly home , our staff will see you off at the airport.

Mustang trekking Special requirements

Trekkers must agree to follow guidelines to ensure that the unique sights , culture and beauty of the land be preserved and respected. Mustang trekking has a special area trekking fee which is as folows.
USD 700 per person for a period of 10 days(inside the restricted area)
USD 910 per person for a period of 13
Any extra days in the restricted area , USD 70 per day.

Price: All our trips are tailor made trips with personalized services. In order for us to quote you the price, please write us with the number of persons in your group, your choice of hotels and ammendments in our itinerary, if any. Our prices are very reasonnable for the services we provide.

Included in the price

  • All surface transfers as per itinerary
  • A trekking permit worh USD 700
  • Round trip domestic airfare Kathmandu to Pokhara and to Jomsom, airport tax (four flights)
  • Two star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Fooding,  lodging and other expenses of  trekking crew
  • Fooding (3 meals a day ) and lodging for the clients in trek days
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Not included in the price

  • single suppliment charges (if required.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • International airfare and  your insurances
  • Cold drinks and beverages
  • Personal expenses and  tips to the crew

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