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Mustang Trekking

Mustang trekking description:

Mustang Trekking has opened to the trekkers in 1992. The department of immigration issues only a small number of special permits. To protect the local Tibetan traditions from outside influence as well as protect the environment. Mustang is situated in the Trans Himalayan region of Nepal. The district of Mustang is where the Nepalese mountains yield to the southern Tibetan plateau. As the Transition Zone between these two extreme environments, Mustang offers the visitor a unique ecology and geology. Mustang caves, forts, monasteries and temples, which date to past millennia, carry echoes of the areas rich history and the friendly people are testament. Mustang's natural and cultural treasures have made it one of the most popular tourist and trekking destination of Nepal. For the details, you may also visit our guide book: "Mustang the land of Hidden Valley ". We can design the itinerary as your interest and time.

 

Mustang trekking Highlights:

Lo-Mangthang - capital of Mustang district, Damodhar Kunda, pristine lakes, Saligrams Holy and ancient caves, Amazing Kaligandaki valley, Saligram - Hindus most holy stones Lifestyles of Mustangi People, great Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri family as well as Nilgiri and other hundreds of Boarder himalaya, Saligram Fossils hunting and more

 

Mustang trekking grade:

Mustang trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 6 to 6:30 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

 

Mustang trek covers:

Jomsom  - Kagbeni - Chaile - Geling - Charang - Lo-Manthang - Ghami

Mustang treks season:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

 

Upper Mustang trekking outline itineary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1348m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m) 6 hours
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) to Kagbeni (2800m) 3 hours
  • Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele (3100m / 6 hours)
  • Day 06: Chele – Gheling (3570m / 8 hours)
  • Day 07: Geling – Tsarang (3560m / 7 hours)
  • Day 08: Tsarang - Lo Manthang(3840m / 5 hours)
  • Day 09: Lo-Manthang rest for excursion.
  • Day 10: Lo-Manthang- Dhakmar (3520m / 9 hours) via Ghar Gompa.
  • Day 11: Dhakmar–Samar (3540m / 6 hours)
  • Day 12: Samar - Kagbeni (2800m / 5 hours)
  • Day 13: Kagbeni – Jomsom (2720m / 4 hours) .
  • Day 14: Jomsom - Pokhara fly (960m / ½ hr)
  • Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu flight / drive
  • Day 16: Final departure day

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Upper Mustang trekking detail itinerary in details

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1350m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur in BB Plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.

Day 02
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)

Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temples, are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.

Day 03
Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m), 6 hours

Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.

Day 04
Fly to Jomsom (2720m) , then trek to Kagbeni (2800m), 3 hours

You will be land on District headquarters of Mustang and will start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy for The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni.

Day 05
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) 6 hours

The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed house, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks,which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that ahs fallen from the cliff above forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to chele at 3030m.

Day 06
Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m ), 8 hours

The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descend to Geiling.

Day 07
Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m ), 7 hours

From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive to a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five – storey white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.

Day 08
Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m ), 5 hours

The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang - Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. 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.

Day 09
Lo-Manthang , day hiking exploring around

Another day in Lo - Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja's Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthangthere is two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja's summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.

Day 10
Trek descend from Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3520m ), 9 hours via Ghar Gompa.

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3920 Meters). This monastery is very old and older than Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730AD. After crossing the pass around 4100meters than we descend down to the way in Dhakmar (3520m) wehere we fix our camp site for stay overnight.

Day 11
Trek descend from Dhakmar to Samar (3540m) , 6 hours

From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3460m) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses here like cave. Than after the trail goes ascend until Nyi La pass and descend to Samar through the same route. We fix our camp for stay overnight here

Day 12
Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (2800m) , 5 hours

Today, we trek descend downhill to Chhusang. The trail offers panoramic red stone cliffs. After Chhusang we will climb little more than arrive in Tangbe village and finally we will be in Kagbeni.

Day 13
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m ), 4 hours

We trek to Jomsom with the valley of Kaligandaki River which is also known as windy valley where every day big wind blowing and overnight in Jomsom. You will explore in Jomsom village.

Day 14
Early morning fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (960m ) , 20 minutes

Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Annapurna I and Machhapuchre during the flight. In the day Time if we have time we will meet the places are in Pokhara such as International Mountain Museum, Devis falls, and Boating in Fewa Lake and transfer to hotel.

Day 15
Pokhara – Kathmandu flight (1348m / 25 minutes)

In the mid day we fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara with 25 minutes. And transfer to hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur with breakfast.

Day 16
Final day of departure.

Drop you in Kathmandu international Airport onward your final destination. Wish you your wonderful blissful journey !!

Cost includes on this packages program

  • Kathamndu international airport transfer by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within BB Plan.
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Tourist standard hotel in Pokhara lake side with BB Plan.
  • Airfare from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara round trip flight fare with required domestic airport tax
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day during the trekking
  • Guest house / Tented accommodation according to the given itinerary (Twin sharing basis)
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Restricted area permit issue by immigration of Nepal
  • Annapurna Permits and TIMS permits and their fees
  • Professional license holder mountain trekking guide and necessary cook - sherpa - kitchen helper and necessary porters according to the group size
  • Trekking gears, food, salary and as well as insurance for all Nepali crew
  • A special gift as a souvenir from our company.

Cost excludes on this package program

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch & Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments, bar bills and personal nature expenses.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation, monuments and monesteries entrance fees and as well as TIPS for crew .
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing

Recently Asked Question about mustang trekking

Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Do I need Experience for Mustang Trekking?

This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Mustang circuit trekking tours - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude- somehow about 4500M above sea level.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on Mustang Trekking?

We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.

What kind of food can I expect in Mustang Trek?

All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

What opportunities will I have for shower along Mustang Trekking?

Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

How do I get drinking water on Mustang Trekking?

Normally in the trekking in nepal route there is all places hotel and shop as well in shop you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase .Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.

Is there any communication facilities on Mustang Trekking?

In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.

When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.

Who will carry my luggage on Mustang Trekking?

We provide porters they will carry your luggage.

Is there any communication while we are on Mustang Trekking?

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

How much distance do I walk each day?

When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Do I need walking polls for Mustang Trekking?

we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.

How much additional money do I need per day?

You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.




Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Mustang Trekking Fact

  • Starts Jomsom
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Highest point 4200m
  • Culture Encounter Mustang People, Tibetan People
  • Trek type Tea house / camping trek
  • Himalayan view Lomangthang, Kaligandaki Valley and lomangthang
  • Attraction great Mountain View, Villages, cultures
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation Local bus / private transport / by air
  • Accommodation tea house accommodation / camping accommodation
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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