Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is alienated into two separate belts with the name of Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang where the edging is considered as Kagbeni Village. Lo Manthang Trek one of epic trekking trail in Nepal is sometimes also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom as well as Little Tibet. The upper part of Mustang generally last for 10 days from Kagbeni to Lo Manthang and back to Kagbeni excluding other days incurred from Kathmandu Pokhara, Pokhara Jomsom, and vice versa. Because of the policy of controlled tourism activities with Upper Mustang area is declared as restricted region to trek without issuing special trekking permits and adjoining with local agencies. Generally, Upper Mustang  encompasses of the drive to Pokhara which is followed by Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom from where the treks begin toward the Last forbidden kingdom. Normally foreigner looks for the option of Kathmandu to Jomsom Flight which is not possible as there are no such direct from Kathmandu to Jomsom. Upper Mustang Trek offers a close view of Tibetan Lifestyle as language, culture & tradition of people encountered during

Upper Mustang Trekking Nepal is closely tied and bound by Tibetan lifestyle. Mustang Nepal is also called as district beyond Himalayan as unlike view of the mountain on southern side on Nepal from mustang one need to turn back toward the north side in order to view mountain range. Lo Manthang also known as the city of mud as the entire house, monasteries are made in such a unique way and painting with clay and stones. Tibetan flags, Chorten of unique color and design are most attractive part of Mustang Trekking. Nowadays because of construction of motor road option of Mustang Mountain Bike is feasible with both cycle and motorcycles as well. We Nepal Explore Summit Treks (P) Ltd. offer best deals on Upper Mustang Trek Package for both Upper and lower Mustang as well as Mustang Mountain Bike lead by professional license holder guide and bikers. For the details of  Itinerary please go through day by day itinerary section by following the link below.
 
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Mustang Trekking Permit 


Upper Mustang Trekking Permit and The Last forbidden kingdom Mustang is also another restricted area for trekking in Nepal mainly because of its good link road with Tibet as it is a very famous salt trading route to Tibet.
 
This is most expensive trekking in terms of the permits cost, and no seasonal different in Upper mustang trek cost. so from January to January US $ 500 per person for first ten days and US $ 50 per person per day for every extra day. 

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary 


Day 01 – Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and shift to Hotel
Day 02 – Kathmandu city tour and preparation of trekking
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04 – Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni
Day 05 – Trek from Kagbeni to Chele
Day 06 – Trek to Syangmoche from Chele
Day 07 – Trek from Syangmoche to Ghaymi
Day 08 – Trek from Ghaymi to Charang
Day 09 – Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang
Day 10 – Exploration day in Lo Manthang
Day 11 – Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar
Day 12 – Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling
Day 13 – Trek from Ghiling to Chusang
Day 14 – Trek from Chusang to Jomsom
Day 15 – Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara and further drive back to Kathmandu
Day 16 – Final airport drop for international departure / on your own.

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport and shift to Hotel

After long flight upon arrival in Kathmandu NEST representative will greet you in airport and helps for relocating in Thamel hotel as pre booked. Free afternoon or what ever after arrival and depending on arrival schedule on entire team member either same day or next day we will attend welcome party along with introduction section with other crewmembers, most probably next day so you can walk around Thamel’s street to spend a time and explore a thing.

Day 02 – Kathmandu city tour and preparation of trekking

As trekking permit for Upper Mustang cannot be issued on advance because of need of original copy of passport, we must spend one more day in Kathmandu. Starting early in the morning after breakfast we will leave hotel and start exploring Kathmandu Valley. As per itinerary five different world heritage site of Kathmandu will be explored with walk back to Thamel from Kathmandu Durbar Square at the end of sightseeing passing through narrow trail of Ason and Indrachowk. Late evening we will join a welcome dinner along with trekking guide as an introduction section.

Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Either way we need to take another flight from Pokhara to Jomsom next day so better to take experience of country side of Nepal and highway, so we will drive all the way from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Late afternoon in Pokhara one can walk around Lakeside if interested can do boating on Fewa Lake. On the south side we can see mesmerizing Annapurna Range, behind that mountain our destination Upper Mustang in located.

Day 04 – Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni

Scenic flight passing through two eight thousanders i.e. Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri we will be in district headquarter of Mustang, i.e. Jomsom. Jomsom is a big market area ahead from which terrain will change dramatically into deserted landscape. Depending on stamina of entire group we need to trek in between three to four hours for Kagbeni heading straight north. Kagbeni is pre historic village and one important center for ancient salt trade route to Tibet. Upon reaching on Kagbeni we will have free one can wander around through the narrow lane of Kagbeni Village.

Day 05 – Trek from Kagbeni to Chele

Once we move ahead leaving Kagbeni we will be greeted by cold wind bridge, which might turn into strong wind bridge during mid afternoon. Passing through field of buckwheat, barley as well as apple orchids we will see several houses that are entirely whitewashed in village of Tangbe and Chusang. After around six hours of walk we will be in Chele for our first overnight stay in restricted area.

Day 06 - Trek to Syangmoche from Chele

First difficult part of today’s trail is Taklam La Pass that is around 3650 m from sea level, which offer view of Tilicho Peak, Damodar Dada from where we will descend to village of Samar. Since Samar is almost middle point of trek we will stop here for lunch. After certain time we will start another three hour trek to Syangmoche passing via Ramchung Cave. Junipers tree can be found on the trail that local people used to dry them for purpose of incense by burning it.

Day 07 – Trek from Syangmoche to Ghaymi

Passing few teahouses on the trail we will hike up to another pass name Yamda La at elevation of 3850 m from sea level. Passing through Chorten and local village with Tibetan Style we will again climb to Nyi Pass, which will be bit longer, and bit difficult in compare to Yamda La Pass. Ghaymi third largest village in upper mustang region is surround by barren field.

Day 08 – Trek from Ghaymi to Charang

With gentle walk we will move toward Ghaymi River, onward which trail follow steep climb to plateau and we will find one Mani wall, which is very long. We will head toward Charang accompanied by field that looks like creating infinite loop of maze. Just near Red Gompa we will figure out our accommodation for overnight stay.

Day 09 – Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang

Lo-Manthang, yes our final destination of Upper Mustang Trek ahead from this village we will encounter with Tibet Border. Village of Lo is often known as city of clay or city of wall as the entire village is surrounded by huge wall on either side. Recently with development on tourism certain people are trying to establish some deluxe resort or hotel as recent example is one resort building by former prince of Upper Mustang with huge investment of 0.8 million USD.

Day 10 – Exploration day in Lo Manthang

We will spent one more night in Lo-Manthang not for acclimatization instead for exploration as there are several monasteries and cave out here in Lo-Manthang which are the major highlights of Upper Mustang Trek. At the end of excursion we will visit last main village toward north named Tingkhar. Another attraction of Lo Manthang is kings house as mustang used to be independent kingdom with its own ceremonial kings.

Day 11 – Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar

Instead of traversing back to Kagbeni via same way as we had used on trek from Jomsom to Lo-Manthang we will follow new trail and pass via different village. We will trek toward Drakmar passing via Gyakar that is renowned for 1200 years old Guri Gompa. This area is famous for rock painting too as different deities and mantra and painted on rock with colorful pattern. Since area might of covered by dusty wind we will starting quite early in morning from Lo-Manthang.

Day 12 – Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling

Since there are no such teahouses on the middle of trail from Drakmar to Ghiling we will be trekking for long time almost in between 5 hour to 6 hour. As per arrival first things is to have a lunch and explore village. Depending on circumstance as during afternoon there might be dusty wind so either on afternoon or early evening time we can explore village of Ghiling.

Day 13 – Trek from Ghiling to Chusang

Along with view of majestic Himalaya as well as deserted unique landscape of dry terrain of Upper Mustang we will trek down to Chusang. Entire trip from Ghiling to Chusang will takes in between five to six hours; overnight is Chusang.

Day 14 – Trek from Chusang to Jomsom

Last day of trek, we will trek steadily up to village of Kagbeni, from where area of Upper Mustang in finished as we will entering back again to famous trail of Annapurna Circuits. It will be around three to four hour walk from Chusang to Kagbeni, which will be ideal place for lunch. After having a lunch we will again trek back to Jomsom via plain bank of Kaligandaki River. Somewhere near Jomsom Airport we will spend our overnight in Mustang for last day.

Day 15 – Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara and further drive back to Kathmandu

With short and scenic fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara soon we will be in one developed city, which is very famous even for domestic tourist. So depending on your time span and interest if you want to stay in Pokhara then can spent couple of days otherwise same day we will drive back to Kathmandu which takes around six hours in total.  Post trek meeting late afternoon for collecting feedback, suggestion and your experience of Upper Mustang Trek and onward free time for buying souvenir and walking around street of Thamel.

Day 16 – Final airport drop for international departure / on your own.

As per international flight schedule our airport representative or transport depart will arrange necessary ground transport for airport drop. While on other hand if you spending couple of days more in Nepal then let our representative know about that so that they will arrange all necessary ground transport on your day of departure.


Equipment for Upper Mustang Trek 


Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
 
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
 
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
 
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
 
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
 
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.

Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
 
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
 
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.

 
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at info@nestadventure.com

More informaiton about Upper mustang Trek

As per arrival
 
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
 
Accommodation
 
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
 
Meals and drinking water
 
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
 
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
 
Visa Requirement
 
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
 
International flight to Nepal
 
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
 
Currency and foreign exchange rate
 
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
 
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
 
Travel Insurance
 
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
 
High altitude sickness
 
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Price: $ 1600 USD
Duration: 14 Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge
Altitude Height: 3840
Seasons : All Seasons in Year / Best October / November
Level: Moderate
Trip Departure: March / April / October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Flying / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Flying / Trekking / Hiking

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