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Upper Mustang trek

The region of Mustang is an amazing place. Situated just north of where the monsoon rains end on the Tibetan plateau is an ancient kingdom of Lo. Dating back to the 1300s, it was situated on the major salt road between India and Tibet.

Upper Mustang is a dry, windswept area bisected by the Kali Gandaki River which brings life to what is otherwise an arid region.  This region is steeped in traditional Tibetan culture. Visitors have discovered that this area has preserved the ancient language and culture of Tibet far better than the Chinese version to the north. Since the 1950 invasion of Tibet, the Chinese government has worked to dilute the local culture. The region of Mustang, being in Nepal, has preserved its uniqueness like nowhere else.

The area of Upper Mustang is a restricted area by the Government of Nepal in an effort to preserve its unique culture. Here you will find true Tibetan Buddhism where the Dalai Lama is still highly revered.  This region was not opened to the outside world until 1991.

The region of Mustang still has a king as well as the only walled city in Nepal. Lo-Manthang is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Lo.  The secular government of Nepal abolished all kings in 2008, but the people here still pay homage to the Mustang Raja (state king) and hold him in great honor.

The Upper Mustang Trek takes you for 18 days into this once forbidden land. Its arid climate has created what appear to be moonscapes, shaped by the winds of the Tibetan plateau.  There will be a stop at the royal palace and if you are lucky, you may even receive a blessing from its king. There are panoramic views of the mountains as you leave the Annapurna Mountains behind and venture into this forbidden land.

Himalayan Planet Adventures offers two trips into Upper Mustang. The standard tour features three-star hotels while in Kathmandu and Pokhara while the deluxe tour upgrades to wonderful five-star hotels with exceptional comfort and service. While trekking, good tea houses are used for overnight stays as you explore this amazing place.

Starting USD 2,190.00
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DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (Elev. 1300 m/4,264 ft)The trip into Upper Mustang begins with your arrival at the legendary city of Kathmandu. This bustling capital city was once closed to the outside world until 1950 when King Tribhuvan launched a coup against the Rana regime that ruled through a hereditary prime-minister-ship for just over 100 years. The airport where you are landing is named in honor of this courageous monarch who brought freedom to his kingdom. Upon passing through passport control, you will be greeted by your representative of Himalayan Planet Adventures and taken to your hotel by private vehicle. After a time of relaxing, you will take our headquarters of Himalayan Planet Adventures for an orientation meeting. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Nepali welcome dinner with Nepali foods and traditional dance.

DAY 2 – A GUIDED TOUR OF THE KATHMANDU VALLEYThe Kathmandu Valley is a beautiful place, larger than the country of Singapore. It has been on the major trade routes for centuries between China and India. Because of its strategic importance, three major kingdoms sprung up over the centuries. Today, we will tour the major sites in the Kathmandu Valley. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites scattered in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. In the morning, pick two of the five places in Kathmandu and Patan. There are two Durbar Squares, which were a home of the kings of Kathmandu and Patan. Each featured many exquisite temples, palaces, and statues that have been preserved. There are also two major Buddhist sites, including Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the third largest in the world. Also in the Kathmandu Valley along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River is Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu shrine in Nepal. Every year, thousands of Hindu devotees from India come to visit here, where there are colorful sadhus (Hindu Holy Men) officiating. In the afternoon, we will travel to the neighboring city of Bhaktapur. The entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the valleys’ tallest temple and the 55 Window Royal Palace. You will wander the narrow streets of Bhaktapur, marveling at its amazing stone carved statues and intricate temples. There are also neighborhoods to explore where traditional pottery and other handicrafts are made. Here you can actually watch craftsmen working their crafts, using the same techniques they have done for centuries. We will return to our hotel for the night.

DAY 3 – DRIVE TO POKHARA (Elev. 823 m/2,700 ft)For many, Pokhara is one of the highlights of a trip to Nepal as this beautiful lakeside city is situated in the midst of the beautiful Annapurna Mountains. These high peaks rise majestically over the lake, reflecting the snow-capped peaks in its mirror-like surface. We will take the journey by a first-class bus today. The bus leaves Kathmandu, rising to the rim of hills surrounding the valley and after crossing the pass snakes its way down the other side where it meets the Trisuli River. Rising from three points in Tibet, it is a major watershed of Nepal and very popular with rafters. We follow the river until Mugling and then cross over on our way westward to Pokhara where the snowcapped peaks rise before us. It takes seven hours to reach Pokhara, but the time passes quickly as we make our way through the valleys past fast flowing mountain rivers. In Pokhara, we will check into our hotel for the night. After dinner, there will be a briefing by your trekking guide as you prepare for tomorrow’s trek. For those who choose the deluxe trip, you will fly to Pokhara, a wonderful 30-minute flight over the backbone of the Himalayas. From your window seat, you will be able to gaze down at the beautiful snowcapped peaks. You will pass Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world plus see Annapurna I, the 10th highest peak. In landing in Pokhara, you will have time to really explore the city with its breathtaking scenery as the mountains cast their shadows over beautiful Phewa Lake.

DAY 4 – FLY TO JOMSOM, TREK TO KAGBENI (Elev. 2,858 m/9,375 ft)It’s a 20-minute flight to Jomsom, the administrative district city of Mustang District. We may be entering Mustang, but this part of the district is more Gurung and Thakali ethnic groups than Tibetan people. It is a scenic flight past the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. Jomsom is situated on the Kali Gandaki River and is a home of delicious apple orchards that are famed throughout Nepal. Here we start our trek, following along the fast flowing waters of the Kali Gandaki. We trek for around three hours until we reach the village of Eckley-Bhatti for lunch. We stop here to rest and then continue another hour until we reach the village of Kagbeni where we will spend the night at a local tea house. The afternoon is free for exploring around the village of Kagbeni. Trekking time is four hours.

DAY 5 – TREK TO CHELE (Elev. 3050 m/10,004 ft)It is here where we need to stop and have our permits checked before entering the region of Mustang. From here on, it is a restricted area. The Government of Nepal has imposed this restriction in order to help preserve the traditions and heritage of the region. The landscape is very picturesque as we see sandy ridges, sculptured by the winds of the Himalayas. The trail leads up and down, reaching first the village of Tangbe which has the largest apple orchard in all of the Himalayas. We will follow the river to where we find where the Kali Gandaki has created its own tunnel in the conglomerate rock. The trek is very scenic today, covering some 18 km in around 6 hours before we stop for the night at a tea house in Chele Village.

DAY 6 – TREK TO SYANBOCHEN (Elev. 3800 m/12,464 ft)We continue to gain in elevation today as we make our way farther north. This day will be especially good views of the mountains, including Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. We will climb to the top of Taklam La Pass (elev. 3,624 m/11,923 ft.). Lunch will be at Samar village and marks the halfway point of the day. After a rest and lunch, we continue on to the village of Syanchobhen where we will stay at one of the three basic tea houses. We trek today through low bushes and can see desert around us. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours, trekking around 9 km.

DAY 7 – TREK TO GHAMI (Elev. 3,950 m/12,956 ft)We begin our trek after breakfast and make our way up to Yamda La Pass (elev. 3850 m/12,667 ft.). We start seeing a number of chhortens along the way. These are Buddhist memorials, often erected in memory of a loved one or special event. The houses here are reflecting more and more the style of Tibet. These people are Tibetans who migrated here centuries ago and carved out an existence in these arid lands. The longest climb will be over Nyi Pass (elev. 4,010 m/13,193 ft.). We will lunch up here and then descend to our destination of Ghami village for the night. We cover 12 km today, taking a total of five hours to trek.

DAY 8 – TREK TO GHAR GOMBA (Elev. 3,950 m/12,956 ft)Today is relatively easy as we make our way into the desert regions of northern Nepal. Our destination is Ghar Gomba, the oldest Buddhist monastery in all of Nepal. We cross the Ghami Khola (river) and then follow the Lomanthang (river) for much of the trip. These rivers are the lifeblood in the arid regions of Mustang. It is a five-hour walk, making our way past Mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist inscriptions). There are farm fields that cling close to the rivers and streams, while farther out the landscape is barren. The winds sweep across these places. We trek for five hours today, covering around 10 km.

DAY 9 – TREK TO LO-MANTHANG (Elev. 3810 m/12,497 ft)Today we reach the ancient capital city of Lo-Manthang. This was the capital city of the Lo kingdom and still houses its king who traces his lineage back to the founder in the 1300s. We’ve taken the trail from Ghar Gumba which will feature incredible views of the Annapurna Mountains to the south. We are climbing upwards to the pass of Lo at 3850m. From here, we can finally look down on the ancient city below. The trek will enter the Tsarang Chu Canyon then climb up the steep sides before crossing the river on a high bridge. Lo-Manthang is the only walled city in Nepal. You can look from Lo Pass and see Tibet which is not far to the north of Lo-Manthang. We will want to move quickly because of our excitement to reach this fabled place. Trekking time is 6 hours to reach Lo-Manthang. Once we check into our guest house, you will have time to explore the ancient city.

DAY 10 – EXPLORING LO-MANTHANGToday we can leave our backpacks behind as we begin exploring around Lo-Manthang. We will climb up the hill outside of town to visit the monastery of Nagoya Gompa and Tingkhar. These are important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Take your time and study the impressive paintings on the wall. You can see the strong influence of the ancient Bön religion which predates Buddhism. You will still find pockets of the ancient Bön religion being practiced in places in Mustang and Tibet. Fortunately for you, those that adhere to the Bön religion today have given up on the ancient practice of cannibalism. The trail will take us to the little village of Choser where there is a cave to explore. There are amazing Buddhist paintings inside of the cave, created centuries ago. There was once a war between Lo and Tibet, and some people hid out in this cave to escape the invading armies. They left their mark here which you will admire. Tingkar is a small village of around 40 houses near Namgyal Gompa. Then it’s back to Lo-Manthang where we will have an opportunity to visit the four-story royal palace of the king. All around us today are amazing views of the mighty Himalayas. There are plenty of monasteries to see and you can choose to visit as many as you want. Take your time, and explore the incredible antiquity of Lo-Manthang.

DAY 11 – TREK TO CHARANG (Elev. 3500 m/11,480 ft)It’s an easy day as we say goodbye to the king and the ancient city of Lo-Manthang. We are heading back toward Jomsom, which will take us a few days. We are taking a different trail, exploring the unique landscape of this place. It will take us around 4 – 5 hours to reach Charang. It’s a small village where we will find a little tea house for the night.

DAY 12 – TREK TO GHILING (Elev. 3806 m/12,484 ft)Today we will rejoin the trail we took from Jomsom earlier. We cross over these dry hills with wind and dust that constantly blows. At Dhakmar we may see some blue sheep on the hills. Here we join the main trail and move southward until we reach Ghiling Village to spend the night. In the evening, do some exploring as the winds die down and it is not so dusty. Trekking time is around 5 – 6 hours.

DAY 13 – TREK TO CHELE (Elev. 3050 m/10,004 ft)You know this place; we stayed in Chele a few days back. We will check into our old guest house and be greeted like long lost friends. We are going south, facing the Annapurna Mountains. The scenery is wonderful as we make our way to Chele. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.

DAY 14 – TREK TO MUKTINATH (Elev. 3,760 m/12,335 ft)There are no trips in this region is complete without a visit to the famed pilgrimage site of Muktinath. It is here that the sacred flame has burned for centuries. This temple houses a blue flame from natural gas coming from deep in the earth. Muktinath is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. There are 108 taps that flow forth crystal clear water. There are several temples, and all are very impressive here in the middle of the Annapurna region. The trek takes around 7 – 8 hours and we will do some climbing today to reach this place. The scenery is breathtaking as we gaze upon the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains, considered by some the most beautiful of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. We will spend the night here near Muktinath at a guest house.

DAY 15 – TREK TO JOMSOM (Elev. 2700 m/8,856 ft)This is our final day of trekking as we make our way to Jomsom. We will take our lunch at Kagbeni and make our way to Jomsom where we will find a really nice guest house, enjoying a final dinner with our guides and porters.

DAY 16 – FLY TO POKHARAWe rise early and fly to Pokhara. It’s just a 20-minute flight, but still as dramatic as it was when we flew here days ago. We will check into our hotel in the city. Enjoy the rest of the day as a free day, exploring all of the things that the city has to offer. You can walk along the lake, take a ride to the Buddhist Peace Pagoda for a beautiful view of the city, lake, and mountains or just relax in your hotel. Enjoy a hot shower and a nice bed. In the evening, choose from many different restaurants in Pokhara.

DAY 17 – TRAVEL TO KATHMANDUToday we return to Kathmandu by first class bus, following along the rivers until we reach Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy dinner in the city, choosing from many fine restaurants that offer cuisines from around the world. Relax that night in your hotel. (Please note: those who select the deluxe package will be able to fly back to Kathmandu. Flying takes just 30 minutes and follows along the backbone of the mighty Himalayas).

DAY 18 – DEPARTUREIt’s your final day in Nepal. In the morning, do some last minute shopping before being taken by private vehicle to the airport to depart to your next destination. Before leaving, be sure to discuss a return trip to Nepal with your friends at Himalayan Planet Adventures. There is so much more to see and do in this magical place tucked away in the very heart of the world’s highest mountains. Take a trip into the jungle to look for Royal Bengal Tigers, go to Everest Base Camp, or choose one of the other adventure treks into places few visitors will ever see. They say that a lifetime is not enough to see everything there is in Nepal. That’s why you need your friends at Himalayan Planet Adventures to help you plan your next Nepal adventure.

What is included

    • 4 Night twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in 5 star / 4 star or Standard hotel up to you
    • 2 night twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara in 5 star / 4 star or Standard hotel up to you
    • All local transportation by suitable vehicle(car, van, bus) in city
    • Complementary welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • A day Kathmandu sightseeing as per itinerary with tour guide, vehicle & entry fees
    • Kathmandu to pokhara & Kathmandu both way by deluxe tourist bus as Greenline or similar
    • Pokhara to Jomsom & return to Pokhara by flight
    • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek as per itinerary
    • Twin sharing accommodation on tea house lodge during the trek
    • Trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), Sherpa porters/animal carry and one assistant guide in group all payments with insurance
    • Upper Mustang & Annapurna conservation entry fee with TIMS Permit
    • Sleeping bag & down jacket
    • Safe drinking water
    • Exclusive medical kit bag
    • Himalayan Planet trek bag & T-shirt
    • All government and local taxes
    • Intl. flight ticket re-confirmation
    • Submit your tourist registration form to the require embassy/consulate

What is excluded

    • Visa fees, intl. airfare & departure taxes
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Lunch and dinner in city
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
    • Tips for driver, guides and porters
    • Any extending trips
    • Services doesn\'t include in service inclusive column

Why should I take the Upper Mustang Trek?

There are many reasons why anyone would like to take this amazing trek into the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. For those who want to learn more about the real culture of Tibet, this is the place to go. While the Chinese government continues to dilute and change the face of Tibet, here these people worship as they have for centuries, honor the Dalai Lama, and practice their unique lifestyle. They live at peace with the world around them, and maintain a warm sense of hospitality in their traditional ways.

For those who want to see and experience history, the Kingdom of Lo is an amazing place. Only opened to visitors since 1991, this place was once on the salt road between Tibet and India. Its culture, language and lifestyles just haven’t changed.

The land itself is very unique as it is very dry and moon-like landscapes. It is a very different region of Nepal, unlike anything else in the Himalayas. And those wishing to do summer trekking, this place is ideal because the monsoon rains never reach Upper Mustang.

There are so many reasons to visit the Upper Mustang region. It is just a wonderful trip into a forbidden kingdom.

Trekking Groups

The Upper Mustang region is a restricted area in Nepal. The minimum size group is two people with maximum of 10. Single trekkers can join with a group in Kathmandu through Himalayan Planet Adventures. We provide top quality, English speaking guides who give good personal service.

Meals and Accommodations

On the trek, Himalayan Planet Adventures provides full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide breakfast each day. In addition, there are the welcome and farewell dinners are included in your package price.

We offer two types of packages. Our standard package will include three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, plus bus transportation to and from Pokhara. Our deluxe package will give you luxurious five star accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara were you will have a choice of fine dining, excellent service and all of the amenities of a Five Star Hotel. Also, the deluxe package includes flying to and from Pokhara, which will give you more time to enjoy the sights in the mountain city by the lake.

While on the trek, the only accommodations are at tea houses along the way. We do choose the best places to stay, but some locations are limited in their facilities. All accommodations are bases on twin sharing.

The package prices do not include snacks, mineral water, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks.

Physical Requirements

The Upper Mustang Trek is not a strenuous trek. There is no need for previous trekking and/or mountaineering experience. If you are good physical, there is no reason you can’t make the Upper Mustang Trek. As always, one should talk to their doctor to determine if there is any medical reason for not making a trip into the Himalayas.

Trek Leaders & Staff

Himalayan Planet Adventures has a decade of experience in the travel and tourism field in Kathmandu. It has been nearly 10 years of commitment to excellence that has propelled us the top of a heavily competitive industry. Everyone at Himalayan Planet Adventures is from the mountain regions of Nepal. As we were born in Nepal’s villages, our hearts are uniquely tied to the land of the mighty Himalayas.

In keeping with that commitment on excellence, we require the entire staff to take yearly training and refresher courses. While all of our staff is government certified, we go far beyond the minimum requirements. This is why we have such an outstanding safety record as well as 95+% satisfaction rating from our past clients.  Many of clients return often to visit Nepal as well as recommend us to their friends and acquaintances.

Some of our training includes:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project.)
  • Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet – TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language – KEEP
  • Conservation & Biodiversity – KEEP

On all treks, Himalayan Planet Adventures assigns one Leader (Guide) and one Sherpa porter for every two trekkers.  Porters can carry no more than 15 kg/33 pounds as per IPPG regulations (International Porters Progress Group).

Acclimatization

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is generally not a problem on this trip. The guides and staff of Himalayan Planet Adventures understand and knows the symptoms of this problem and can effectively deal with it should the problem arise.

Travel Insurance

Himalayan Planet Adventures strongly recommends getting travel insurance. This covers unexpected problems like lost luggage, cancellation, emergency medical evacuation and the like. Whenever traveling in the world, there is nothing that gives a better peace of mind when the unexpected occurs like travel insurance.

Climate and Weather

The Upper Mustang Trek is an ideal one to take during the monsoon season (June through Mid-September) as the monsoon rains do not reach the Upper Mustang area. The region remains dry and sunny, with pleasant temperatures.

The Upper Mustang Trek can be done anytime of the year, although winter will be cold at night.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Before coming to Nepal, your passport should be valid for at least six months after the completion date of your Himalayan experience. Your Nepal visa can be purchased upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Visa fees:

  • US Dollars 25 or other convertible currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
  • US Dollars 40 or other convertible currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
  • US Dollars 100 or other convertible currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
  • Any citizen of a SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is eligible for up to a 30 day visa a year free of charge, providing they have a passport from their respective SAARC country.

Permits and Fees

The Upper Mustang region is a restricted area, and there is a $500 permit fee for up to 10 days in the region. In addition, all trekkers must have a TIMS permit ($30) plus fees for entering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. All of the fees are covered in the package price. Himalayan Planet Adventures will take care of obtaining all necessary permits. A copy of your passport must be sent either by fax or e-mail to the main office of Himalayan Planet Adventures in order for them to process and obtain all necessary permits prior to your arrival in Kathmandu.

Health and Medical Information

As we have noted above, all of our staff has extensive training in first aid as well as undergoing additional training each year. There are very few travel and trekking companies in Nepal that has such extensive training as those staff members of Himalayan Travel Adventures.

Each guide carries a first aid kit and is prepared for any emergency should one arise.

Our Experience

Himalayan Planet Adventures (P) Ltd. Is a government registered company with its main headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have been conducting adventure travel in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, Sikkim, Bangladesh and Thailand. Our long experience as well as our focus on excellence has made us an industry leader.

Himalayan Planet Adventures belongs to all major travel organizations in Nepal.

Our best advertising comes from past clients who continue to sing our praises for the service we have rendered. We invite anyone to feel free and talk to any of our former clients to discover for themselves the type of service we perform. We continue to have a 95% satisfaction rating, the highest in the industry.

HOW TO BOOK

Once you decide on which trip/trek you wish to take, be sure to check first the available dates for your group. Please read the terms and conditions before you book your trip.  You can download this from our website.

A minimum deposit of 10% is required to book the trip, with the balance due upon arrival in Kathmandu. You can pay by credit card (we accept Master Card and Visa) or by bank transfer. Bookings are only confirmed when we receive the minimum deposit.

Once we receive the deposit, we will invoice you for the balance which is due the first day you are in Kathmandu. Your invoice will show the price based on the previous quote at the time of invoicing.

Departure dates:
This Mustang Trek has published a fixed departure date which is start & end at Kathmandu. START DATE means your ARRIVAL DAY in Kathmandu & END DAY means DEPARTURE DAY from Kathmandu. If you want to extending your holidays before start the expedition or after expedition finished you are free to do this. These are the departure dates currently available to book online. If these publish dates are not suit your time we are happy to customize the departure dates as your suit and happy to make your date as fixed departure date. Please inform us before the trip booking.

Price:
The publish prices are per person basis joining in land but excluding international flights. This price is fixed and given you on group joining & based on twin sharing accommodation. If you prefer to single accommodation please request for single supplement with additional cost.

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September 29, 2017 October 16, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
October 3, 2017 October 20, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
October 15, 2017 November 1, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
October 28, 2017 November 14, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
November 2, 2017 November 19, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
November 16, 2017 December 3, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
November 28, 2017 December 15, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
December 7, 2017 December 24, 2017 $ 2190 $ 2450 SPACE Book Now !
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