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Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang

$2600 per person
15 Days

This trek visits the ancient Kingdom of Mustang where the language, culture, and traditions are still almost purely Tibetan in nature. Until 1992 Mustang was the most inaccessible and restricted area in Nepal and few foreigners had visited the region. Entry to the region is still strictly controlled and because of this, a high trekking permit charge is made. Mustang has a long and complex history that makes it one of the most interesting places in Nepal. A feature of this trek is the opportunity to experience the unique and ancient culture of the Mustang people which, because of its isolation, has remained unaltered for centuries. We start our trek from Jomsom and trek northwards into the heart of Mustang reaching the region’s capital Lo Manthang after 5 days. We spend two days in this amazing city before returning to Jomsom for our return flight.

Fixed Trip Dates

Summer  2021     6 – 20 June,  20 June – 4 July

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Tour Plan

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Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
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Day 02 : At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
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Day 03 : Fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel
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Day 04 : Fly to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni
From Pokhara it is a short flight to reach the airstrip at Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement which is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp, and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. Here we meet our trekking crew and prepare for our trek to Mustang. We begin by trekking north to the village of Kagbeni. We cross the river to the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki and continue onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. From here we will follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m, a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences. Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang.
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Day 05 : Kagbeni to Chele
The trail continues up the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki, heading northwards through Tangbe at 2990m and then on to Chhuksang at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. The trail continues north before crossing the river to the west bank and climbing out of the Kali Gandaki valley up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. We can now see the increasing evidence of Tibetan culture as we trek closer to Mustang.
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Day 06 : Chele to Shyangmochen
From Chele the trail climbs along the side of a steep canyon to a pass at 3480m before descending to the popular stopping place of Samar at 3290m. The trail then climbs and drops a few times before reaching the small settlement of Shyangmochen at 3650m where we stop for the night.
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Day 07 : Shyangmochen to Charang
The trail climbs to a pass at 3700m where there is a trail junction for Geling and the Nyi La and we continue climbing on the direct trail to the head of the valley to the Nyi La at 3950m. We make a gentle descent from the pass to reach another trail junction and continue to the large village of Ghami at 3460m. The trail now crosses a small bridge over the Tangmar Chu river before climbing past a long mani wall. We then climb to another pass before descending into Charang at 3490m.
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Day 08 : Charang to Lo Manthang
We are now well into the Mustang region and today we trek on to our ultimate destination, the walled city of Lo Manthang. From Charang the trail descends to cross the Charang Chu before climbing to enter the Tholung valley. The trail continues to climb to a ridge where we get our first view of Lo Manthang, and shortly afterwards we reach the city itself, at 3730m. Lo Manthang is surrounded by a whitewashed wall and we enter the city by the gate at the north-eastern corner.
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Day 09 : In Lo Manthang
There are many fascinating ancient buildings to visit in Lo Manthang and this will occupy our day. There are four major temples as well as the Raja’s palace, but it is equally satisfying to observe the unique culture of this place, the people, their houses, and their approach to life.
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Day 10 : Lo Manthang to Ghami
From Lo Manthang we will return by a slightly different route to take in villages that were not visited on the route in. We initially head for Lo Gekar along a local herder’s trail, and shortly afterwards reach the important Ghar gompa, which is one of the oldest active gompas in Nepal. From here we ascend a pass and make a steep, dusty descent to the pretty village of Dhakmar before rejoining our walk-in route at the village of Ghami at 3460m.
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Day 11 : Ghami to Yamda
We continue to trek southwards and meet up with the trail from Charang, before ascending to the Nyi La and then dropping into the Geling valley. From here we vary the route to that taken on the way up and descend to the village of Tama Gaon. Continuing south we eventually rejoin the main trail and climb up to the village of Yamda.
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Day 12 : Yamda to Chhuksang
We continue to descend and cross back to the eastern bank of the river before continuing south to Chhuksang where we spend the night.
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Day 13 : Chhuksang to Kagbeni, drive Jomsom
A short trek back to Kagbeni where we take a jeep back to Jomsom.
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Day 14 : Fly to Pokhara, and on to Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with two flights, the first from Jomsom to Pokhara and the second back to the domestic airport in Kathmandu. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon at the latest.
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Day 15 : Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
We recommend that you book a flight out of Nepal in the late afternoon or early evening to ensure that you have enough time should there be any delay when flying back from Pokhara.
 

What is included in the price?

Airport Transfers

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport you'll be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Likewise when you return home you'll be transferred to the airport and looked after by our staff. For your flight to Pokhara, you will also be similarly looked after by our ground staff and trek staff for transfers to and from the Domestic Airport Terminal.

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara

3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in a 3-star hotel, bed & breakfast, sharing in a twin room is included or a single supplement can be added to your package.

Internal transport

The return flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomsom and transfers to and from the trailhead.

On the trek

Our trips are all operated on the GAP system - Guides, Accommodation, Porterage. Over our many years of experience we have realised that clients prefer to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the trail. Not only does this result in a more cost effective regime but it takes into account the many factors that can influence our clients choice. Some clients prefer a hearty breakfast with relatively light lunches and dinners, whilst others prefer the opposite and so we allow our clients to make their choices and the sirdar helps to settle bills as we progress along the trail. We recommend that you allow US$25 per day for food and drink.

Permits and Entrance Fees

All trekking permits and entrance fees are included.

 

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