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LO MANTHANG UPPER MUSTANG TREK

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Destination

Lo Manthang in Mustang Valley

Region

Annapurna Mustang Region

Max.Altitude

3,840 Meters

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Duration

16 Days

Route

Pokhara-Jomsom-Lo Manthang

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu / Pokhara / Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

LO MANTHANG VALLEY IN UPPER MUSTANG TREK - HIGH MOUNTIAN FESTIVAL TREK IN NEPAL

Upper Mustang Trek is an exotic tour of the unspoiled villages. It showcases rare medieval Buddhism arts, cultures. It also lets you experience the unique beauty of the landscape of the trans-Himalayan desert. Mustang was once a major ancient trading route between Thak Khola and Tibet. The world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Valley, also lies in Mustang. In Tibetan, Mustang means fertile land. Mustang or the Kingdom of Lo is an area located in the North-West of Nepal and it borders Tibet. Mustang was a prohibited area for foreigners up until 1991. Made Independent, it is now an integral part of Nepalese territory (since 1951.) Located behind a mountainous barrier, Mustang sits in a rain shadow. This region is unaffected by the monsoons. Here one lives with the rhythm of the seasons isolated from modern time.

On this Upper Mustang trek, we will visit LO-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. It is home to the Mustang king’s palace. This Upper Mustang trek of 20 days starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. You will have a scenic flight to Jomsom via Pokhara. We start our hike to Kagbeni followed by Chele, Gelling, Tsarang. Finally reaching to Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang. We will also visit Chhoser Gompa, Ritseling Gompa, Khonchokling Gompa monastery.  Next, we take out trail downhill to Drakmar, Shyangmochen, Chhusang. Once again we take a flight to Kathmandu from Jomsom with one night stay in Pokhara.

This Upper Mustang trek takes you to fantastic canyons with red cliffs. Chimneys of fairies and monasteries give definition to this region. Lo Manthang, the royal capital city strengthened by the high Mustang. You will have an exceptional voyage to the authentic culture full of legends and secrets.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

02
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (830m / 6-7 hours)

We have an option to take a flight or drive to Pokhara. On the driveway, you get to drive along the Trishul river. Later we will follow along the Gandaki river to reach Pokhara. 

03
Flight to Jomsom (20 min) Trek to Kagbeni (2,743m / 3 hours)

Today early morning we take a flight of 20 minutes to Jomson. From here we start our trek to Kagbeni. In the afternoon we will explore this small and unique village of Kagbeni.

04
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m / 7 hours)

After breakfast, we set off to enter Upper Mustang! The trail takes us along the Kali Gandaki River where the wind whistles up the valley gorge. At Tangbe Village we notice how the houses are white-washed. Apple orchards also dot the landscape. Following a ridge, we reach the village of Chele.

05
Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3,735m / 6 hours)

Today the hiking becomes a bit harder as we cross the Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Darjori La pass (3,735m). But there are amazing mountain views and intriguing caves along the way.  The trail descends into Samar Village from where we walk to a ridge. Later we walk down another steep trail to reach Syanboche.

06
Syangboche to Ghami (3,800m / 5 hours)

Today we cross Yamada La, to cross (3,850m) as well as Chortens and interesting villages. We walk through barley fields to peek at. Trekking through forests we then have another pass to cross. Nyi Pass is 4,010m but from here we descend down to Ghami where we spend the night.

07
Trek from Ghami to Charang (3,870m / 4 hours)

Today’s trek starts off over rough and sometimes slippery ground. We descend to a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola. The trail takes us past mani walls (stone-built walls with Tibetan mantras).  Later we will also cross over the Charang La Pass (3,870m) before the descent to Chrang.

08
Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3,560m /5 hours)

Today we cross a river and ascend to the Lo La pass (3,950m). From the pass, we get our first look at the historic and beautiful village of Lo Manthang.

09
Day trip to Chooser Cave (3,770m / 3 hrs)

Today we get to explore some of the mysteries of Upper Mustang. A short trek to the area of Chhoser is the beginning of a day you will not forget! Here we will visit Jhong Caves or even Sky Caves.

10
Trek from Lo Mangthang to Drakmar (3,880m / 7 hrs)

Today's trek is quite long as we enjoy the views on the way. Gyakar Village is home to the century-old Ghar Gompa. It has stunning rock paintings. Here you must make a wish, as is tradition. We have time to explore the gompa before heading on to Drakmar.

11
Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3,860m / 6 hours)

We start in the early morning as the wind blows harder in this part. We descend through a dry plateau and some agricultural fields to reach Ghiling. Later we get to enjoy the great views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri to compensate.

12
Trek from Ghiling to Chuksang (3,050m / 6 hours)

Today we pass through small villages, have time to observe how the local people live. Later we trek all the way to Chuksang along with the mountain views on the side.

13
Trek from Chuksang to Jomsom (2,715m / 6 hours)

Today we say goodbye to Upper Mustang and enter the lower regions of the Mustang. We will have lunch at Kagbeni and explore the little monetary. Later we rejoined the Annapurna Circuit Trek as we head from Kagbeni to Jomsom.

14
Trek from Jomsom to Pokhara (830m / 20 min)

Today we rise early to catch the morning flight to Pokhara. The mountains seem to have taken on a new meaning to us now that we have seen them from all angles. We take this day to rest and relax at the trekker's hub destination Pokhara. 

15
Flight or drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m / 6-7 hours)

Today we take a drive or flight back to Kathmandu. We check-in at the hotel and take this day to rest.

16
Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Equipment Checklist

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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