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Upper Mustang Trek

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Overview

Mustang is synonymous with trekking. Thousands of trekkers go to Mustang every year for adventure, culture and nature. 
 
Located between China and Nepal, Mustang is very much isolated and remote region in the western part of Nepal. Mustang, also called the Kingdom of Lo, has a unique desert-like landscape that extends up to Tibet. In fact it was once part of Tibetan kingdom. The landscape is sparsely inhabited and dotted with artistic monasteries and caves dwellings. 
 
Mustang is famous for Thorong La Pass (5,416m), one of the highest passes in the Himalayas, as well as Apple brandy and temple of Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath. The population here is composed of Bhotias and Thakalis, who closely follow Buddhist culture and tradition that are similar to Tibetans. 
 
As compared to other treks in Mustang, Mustang Trek via Ananpurna Circuit 
is of bit longer duration. The trek will allow one to experience the natural wilderness of the area. You will be able to see the deepest gorge in the world and spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna  mountains, seventh and tenth highest mountains, in the world. 
 
Mustang Trek can be done both camp and lodge-based. Because there are ample of accommodation facilities available along the route, camping would be most suitable. Reliance Trekking regularly organizes Mustang Trek every season considering the interests and timeframe of our clients.

Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast  included)
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Kathmandu city sightseeing Tour.
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast included)
 Day 03- Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus.
Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7.30 am to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. .(Breakfast  included)
Day 04- Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters).
Early morning we are flying Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. It takes 21 mitute on the sky.You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. We start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 05- Trek from Kagbeni  to Chaile (3050 meter)
The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hr, then we trek and cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 06- Trek  from Chaile to Shyangboche(3820m.) VIA Chorten  Cave  
Its takes 7 hrs ,Today’s trek begins with a steep climb as we follow the trail westwards and when we see Ghyakar on the opposite side of a deep canyon the trail turns right, following the gorge. Running high up above the path is gouged out of the rock and descends in an almost sheer drop for more than 100 meters. After about one hour we are on a pass offering a good view towards Samar, the Kali Gandaki valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance. After Samar we cross a side-valley, descending to its base and crossing over a creek, before we trek all the way up again on the other side. About two hours from Samar is a red painted cave monastery, which looks as if it has been stuck on to the vertical wall. This is Rangchyung chorten, one of the most sacred places in Mustang. The name means ‘the chorten that formed itself’, because inside are two large stalagmites in a chorten-like formation. Two famous Buddhist teachers, Padmasambhava and Atisha stayed in this cave centuries ago. There are prayer flags on the ceiling and pilgrims have left small clay figures inside.
The trail goes through a forest of small trees and green bushes which are able to survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. Soon the valley broadens out and we can see walls built in front of caves which are temporary homes for the herders whose animals graze here. Sometimes it is possible to see the rare blue mountain sheep in this area. The walk to Shyangboche can seem never-ending. It is fairly easy, but a constant climb with the destination nowhere in sight, until, finally, a cluster of houses appears. It is much colder in Shyangboche, the overnight halt for us today, Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 07: Trek from Shyangboche to Ghami(3490m.)
Within 15 minutes of the start of today’s trek we have already negotiated the first of today’s three high passes, Yanda La, and passed a distinctive red chorten painted with Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols. A terraced valley with groups of yellowish trees appears and above the village of Ghelung are two red Gompas. Unlike other villages in Mustang, where the houses are built close together and look fortress-like, Ghelung is spread out wide on a patch of green grass and gives the impression of being a fairly affluent little community. Rising above the village are barren, brown hills and we can see the Nyi La pass straight ahead. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, deserted village downstream. By now the landscape is even more rugged – a deep riverbed has snaked its way down from the red cliffs and immediately ahead are hills which have the outline and colour of enormous sand-dunes. Another broad valley comes in from the left-hand side and in its centre is Ghami, Mustang’s third largest town, which is high above the river and surrounded by fields. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 08: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang(2620m.)
Outside Ghami we see what is Mustang’s longest Mani wall – approximately 1000m long and decorated with simple carvings, blending in well with the surrounding scenery. There is also a group of chortens standing in front of the red wall which forms the end of the valley. Again, the architecture here is like an organic extension of nature. According to legend when the famous Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) came to the area and fought and destroyed a demon, its intestines landed at the site where the Mani wall stands, its lungs near the red cliffs behind and its heart at the spot where Mustang’s oldest monastery, Lo Gekar, was built. A steady climb takes us up a 3820m pass, after which a lunar-looking desert stretches to the horizon. There is no sign of vegetation or human life here, only barren hill after barren hill with the same distinctively creepy beauty. The first indication of human presence we see next is the Tsarang chorten – the large red-painted Stupa is in the middle of the landscape and further down the monastery and the palace of Tsarang can be distinguished in the fields. A broad road leads to Tsarang, Mustang’s second town, with around 1000 inhabitants. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 09 Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang and Explore
Today we are walk 5 hrs,than  trekking begins on flat terrain and the view, apart from a chorten and a few caves, is unrelieved barrenness. After crossing a pass and waking through two rocks forming a natural gate we have finally arrived at Lo Manthang.Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 10- Visit Namgyal Gompa and Chhoser village (Nifuk cave Monastry,Jhong Cave) .
It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. The monastery had a nice little prayer room and from the outside there were great views of the valley. After talking with the monks for a while, we went back
down, crossed another river and went to the Jhong Cave.The Jhong Cave is a cave complex 5 stories high and has more than 40 rooms. It is about 2,500 years old and have been
inhabitated on and off. To get there, we have to climb up steep stairs.return to Lomanthang. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 11- Trek from Lo Mangthang  to Yara (3750 meters)
It Takes 07 hrs,Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 12- Trek to Tange (3500 meters).
Its Takes 7 hrs,From Yara to Tange the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850 meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3500m.Tange is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 13- Trek from Tange to Tetang(2920meters) VIA  Chhachula pass (4100 meters).
Its Takes 9 hrs,The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 14:Trek from Tetang to Muktinath(3800meters)
  It’s Takes 6 hrs,After an early start we have a good view of the village of Tetang, which consists of two separate settlements surrounded by high walls and from a distance looks like a large fort. The ascent to a plateau is steep and the trail here can be rather difficult to locate. There is an easy walk over a plain, after which comes about three hours of steep walking uphill, with the narrow trail getting precipitous at times, with loose black gravel. After ascending high in the valley the trail makes a right turn and the pass becomes visible above. At the pass, the mountains seem amazingly close, with Thorung, although the lowest peak, looking particularly impressive, having large glaciers clinging to its steep flanks. Tilicho is covered by snow with indented glaciers, while the summit of Annapurna further back does not actually seem as high as its 8000m +. Even Nilgiri’s almost sheer north face is also covered by glaciers.
It is a moderate walk down to Muktinath, with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Their summits are only 34km apart, which accounts for the tremendous depth of the Kali Gandaki valley. Getting to Muktinath involves crossing another valley, which takes some time. The sporadic houses start to become more numerous as we get nearer Muktinath. There are 108 springs which have their source in or around Muktinath and bathing here is believed to bring good luck. Many people also collect the spring water in bottles to take home to relatives. Also at Muktinath is the legendary flame coming out of a rock, around which a Buddhist temple has been created.Overnight at Hotel, (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included)
Day 15- Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713meters).
This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village. This is the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the trek, with all the trekking staff. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 16- Morning flight to Pokhara and same day Sightseeing around Pokhara.
Today 21 minute morning flight takes us from Jomson back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast Included)
Day 17- Drive back  Pokhara to Kathmandu  By Tourist Bus(1345meters)
 Its takes 6 hrs Arrivel on Kathmandu,Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)
Day 18- Transfer to international airport for your final departure Or Other destination.
(Breakfast Included)

 

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include:
*Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle .
*Accommodation in 2 star category Hotel in Kathmandu 3 Nights, 2nighs in Pokhara, on BB basis as per the itinerary.
*City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private Vehicle.
*Necessary permits for trek.
*Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara & return back to  Kathmandu by Vehicle. Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom & return back to Pokhara.
*Accommodation & transportation on  guest houses during the trek.
*(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day during the trek Drinks- (Tea & Coffiee only for breakfast).
*Fresh fruits after dinner.
*Qualified and experienced guide and porters services.(We will provide 1 porter for 2  trekkers and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg in total).
*Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staffs.
*All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes.
 
Cost does not include:
* Lunch and dinner in  Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
* Your travel insurance.
* Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
*International airfare and departure airport tax
* Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
*Monuments fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu & other places.
*Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.
* Sleeping bag and down jacket,medician if necessary.

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Duration 18 Days

Grade Moderate

Max-Altitude 3780m

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Country Nepal

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