Few regions of the great Himalaya remain few people traveled. The ancient former kingdom of Mustang in western Nepal is one of them when King was governing Nepal. Only a handful of foreigners have crossed the high passes to the valley of Tholung wherein lies the palace of Lo-Manthang, the seat of the King of Mustang, who is still in residence. The region was forbidden to foreigners until 1992 and till today remains a controlled region so the only limited number of trekkers are allowed to visit as of a deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation. Mustang with an average elevation of 13,600ft remains almost entirely Tibetan in character and appearance. A trek into Mustang takes us to a place of vast high arid valleys, eroded canyons, stratified rock formations, yak caravans, colorfully-painted mud-brick houses, a barren desert-like appearance and ancient salt-trade routes linked to the high passes of Tibet. A journey starts Kathmandu to Pokhara, second largest town of Nepal set on the shores of Phewa Lake. You spend a day here relaxing before taking the flight up the great Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom where the trek begins. You ascend the ridges to the north of the town with a spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range rising behind you. The trail continues to climb onto this southern edge of the Tibetan plateau towards Mustang. There are several pass crossings (the highest being the Nyi La at 3999m) all of which offer astounding views south to the Annapurna and north to Tibet before you make the final climb to a ridge at 3850meters. From here you look down into the Tholung Valley to the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Three days here enables you to explore this remarkable medieval city with its monasteries and palace or to ride ponies north to the border with Tibet. With luck, you may meet the king - a memorable character from another world. There are few options for trekking back and flying or driving out options from Jomsom down to Pokhara. This is an exceptional trip and experience it yourself.
Day 01: Well-come to Kathmandu 1300m.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. Meet our representative then well-come and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu 1350m.
Visit the sights of Kathmandu valley with a tour guide. You will be visiting temples, stupas, secret site, architecture, and cultural things.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara 975m 6hrs.
Early morning drive to Pokhara through beautiful scenery and countryside Arrive Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for your own activities and preparation for next day’s trek departure.
Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom – Kagbeni 2860m. 4 hrs.
Early in the morning a 20 minutes scenic adventure flight land at Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. After a final pack up and porter arranged, trek on a gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bend for about 4 hrs and reach to Kagbeni.
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3050m. 6 hrs.
After special permit check up and entry registration at the check post, the trail goes onward following the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream through some of the scenic picturesque place and sandy / windy trails to reach Chele village.
Day 06: Trek to Syanboche 3470m. 7 hrs.
The trail ascends to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda then descends further to Syanboche.
Day 07: Trek to Ghami 3515m. 6 hrs.
The trail ascends to the Yamda La (3,850m.) through local villages and chortens. After Nyi Pass (4,010m) the trail descends to the Ghami village.
Day 08: Trek to Charang 3510m. 5 hrs.
The trail climbs up to the plateau beside a long Mani wall crossing the ghaymi khola and reach Charang.
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3740m. 6 hrs.
The trail descends to Tsarang Chu then climbs steeply after crossing the river windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the magnificent Lo-Manthang Valley with its hills on the Tibetan Border.
Day 10: Explore the Lo-Manthang.
Visit interesting surroundings including Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar village, Thugchen Gompa, Chhorak Gompa and a four- story building of the King’s palace.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar 3810m. 6-7 hrs.
Trek back on a different route passing through Gyakar village with a century old rock painting Ghar Gompa which is said to be fulfilled of visitor’s wish. After an exploration of the Gomba continue to trek to Drakmar village.
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling 3800m. 6-7hrs.
Trek down facing strong winds through dry plateau fields with great views of Dhulagiri and Nilgiri mountains then reach to the beautiful village of Ghiling.
Day 13: Ghiling to Jomsom 2700m. 5-6hrs.
Trek through the same tail along the Kaligandaki River and nice villages that were seen while heading to Lo-Manthang and reach to Kagbeni where the permits are checked then a short trek down to Jomsom.
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara 7-8hrs.
To avoid the flight cancellation problem and risk; better to drive out all the way to Pokhara through some of the beautiful villages and hot spring then reach to Pokhara city.
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7hrs.
Morning; drive back by tourist bus through the lowland scenic countryside and reach to Kathmandu. Evening enjoy farewell dinner with the live cultural program hosted by the company.
Day 16: Departure.
Transfer to airport and fly back home or onward destination.
We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and include as much as possible while in Nepal and let you just to enjoy the holiday.
Airport transfers, 2-3 star standard hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara, guided city tour, entrance fees, special Mustang permit, Annapurna Conservation entry permit, Local hygienic and fresh meals, lodge accommodation, tea/coffee, fresh and can fruit, dessert, chocolate bars, land transportation, Pokhara - Jomsom flight, tour/trek guide, a porter for every two clients, insurance and other facilities for the staffs etc.
Personal wears & gears, personal nature expenses, any extra service/activities, emergency rescue cost, cold beverage, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, tips etc.
Trip Essential Information
Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will be then offered tea / coffee with some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali.
Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.
A successful trek requirement: As other trek, Upper Mustang trek also requires previous experience of trekking, sound health & fitness. This trek involves 5-8 hours of high mountain walking. You should be prepared about 10 Kms of walking or jugging exercise everyday 3 months before involving the trek as you are walking on high altitude for long and short days. Likewise you must need a positive attitude and a strong determination; lots of willpower and of course reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition are the basic measure of your success. We suggest you to consult your doctor for medical requirements as medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility. To ensure for a safety and successful trek; we will provide one trek guide , one assistance guide on every group trek so that if in case one get sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as plan as in itinerary.
Things to know: Our first concern is your safety while traveling with Holiday Mountain Treks. Please be informed that your trek leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made for a safely completion of the planned itinerary, however as this is adventure travel into the remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Other factor like weather conditions, the health of member can be the reason to changes the itinerary. In such a case, please be prepared to be flexible. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities and you will have free time to pursue your own interests too. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please be informed that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary.
Trek staffs: Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.
Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty. Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help.
Assistant Guide and Sherpa: We provide one assistant guide and one Sherpa for every 6 trekkers. Assitant guide will help group during day time walking close by to help trekkers at the difficulty situation. Sherpa will take care of the camp site by setting and saving from out sider. They are well experience and dedicated on their duty.
Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay. They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.
Cook: Cook have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.
Washing and toilet facilities: We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.
Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian. For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffe, choklate, soups, squash and juice in diffent flavor etc.
Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and tourist bus to and from Pokhara or private vehicle or flight will be arranged at an extra cost if required.
Responsible tourism concept: Holiday Mountain Treks is taking concern of economy, social, environment and culture while running its trips. Our staffs are trained on this and try for minimum impact on the natural environment and native peoples. We try to support local economy by using their products, making aware and our clients will have to respect the local culture and traditions. We always try to make the areas more cleaner and friendly environments after we travel. This is possible by your understanding and our trained crews.
Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible if needed so there is often scope on the trek to extend or lengthen the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes. He is there to maximize your enjoyment of the trek.
Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.