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Upper Mustang - An Off-beaten trek to the Trans-Himalayas

Trip length 15 days
Category Trekking
Price $

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Departure
Max. no of travellers 14
Status of the Program Minimum 2 bookings for guaranteed departure.
Best Season Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Description

Join Sherpa Tours on an epic journey of Upper Mustang trek in Nepal for a National Geographic quality experience - a spectacular trek into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with unspoiled Tibetan culture, the high desert region of the Tibetan influence, thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes.

Separated from the rest of country by the remoteness of Himalayas, Upper Mustang is rare jewel of Nepal has preserved one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture, mountain communities in which the pre-Buddhist Bonpo religion is still practised. Time has literally stood still for centuries in this spiritual sanctuary as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done for hundreds of years.

The trek starts from world's deepest gorge Kaligandaki Region into world's highest regions of  Lo-Mangthang Valley that passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region.

 
The Transhimalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The region is controled to preserve the region from outside influence and hence requires a special trekking permit. 

Highlights

  • access to a fabled hidden land once closed to trekkers for years;
  • breathtaking views of several highest mountains in Annapurna region including Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri;
  • an opportunity to observe Dominating landscape of Canyons that dwarf Grand Canyons of US, in addition to thousands of years old mysterious caves;
  • exposure to a number of interesting Tibetan villages and last forbidden Kingdom of Mustang set among lonely, secluded valleys and rocks beyond Himalaya;
  • an exploration of the Buddhist and pre-Buddhism Bonpo religions preserved in the area.

 

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival to Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel

DAY 02: Fly to Pokhara (about 200 km west of Kathmandu).

After Breakfast at the Hotel we are transferred to the Domestic Airport to connect flight to Pokhara. Arrival at Pokhara. Visit the Devi’s fall and Tibetan camp. Free  afternoon to boat in Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

DAY 03: FLY TO JOMSOM & TREK TO KAGBENI [2780m]

After early breakfast at the Hotel we are dropped at the Pokhara Airport to go to Jomsom. After arrival at Jomsom we start with our trek to the village of Kagbeni, crossing a small bridge and walking along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail passes comfortably with providing an opportunity to view the peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri. At the north end of Kagbeni is the police check-post, this is the point where we will complete our paper formalities before beginning the Trek. We will stay at the Local Lodge at Kagbeni.

DAY 04: KAGBENI TO CHELE [3100m]

From Kagbeni the trail climbs from one ridge to another and reaches to a plateau at 3040m, then again a short climb to Tangbe at 3060m. Near about one hour trek from Tangbe will reach us to Chhuksung, a Gurung settlement, which is at the confluence of The Narshing Khola and Kali Gandaki. On the way from Kali Gandaki Valley to Chele one gets to view the ancient caves standing high on the eastern bank of the river. Leaving the Kali Gandaki valley behind we climb steep rocky gully to Chele from Kagbeni. We make a stoppage at Chele. This whole day trail is of 5-6 hours.

DAY 05: CHELE TO GELING [3570m]

After a night’s rest and breakfast at Chele, we climb in and out of huge side valleys of the Kali Gandaki. From Chele, we climb up a steep spur to a cairn and then connect to another cairn marking the Chele La at 3630m, from where the trail descents to Samar 3620m. Climbing above Samar, the trail goes into another valley filled with trees, crosses a stream and climbs up to the Bhena La from here to Yamdo La and then descending to Shyanmochen, we finally reach our stoppage for the day to a marvelous village at an elevation of 3570m, Geling. We totally walk for 7-8 hours, ascending 1060m and descending 590m.

DAY 06: GELING TO CHARANG [3560m]

From Geling to Charang, the trail takes us of 6-7 hours. Turning westward from Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, passing below Tama Gaon. Then we climb to Nyi La at 4020m from there we descend to Gheme at 3510m and then gets connects Choya La, beyond the mani wall. From Choya La we are pretty near to our stop over. A long descent from here will lead us to the fields of maze, Charang which is at an elevation of 3560m.

DAY 07: CHARANG TO LO MANTHANG [3840m]

An early start from Chorang, the trail descends about 125m crossing the Charang Chu, climbing up steeply, a rocky trail entering the Tholung Valley. Then from here we forward our trail to Lo La. A short descent from Lo La will lead us to the plateau of Lo Manthang. This place will be our resting spot for the night.

DAY 08: IN LO MANTHANG [3490m]

We spend one whole day exploring the Lo Manthang. There are four major temples at this place. Jampa Lhakhang a three storey temple, Thubchen Gompa, a huge assembly hall near the center of the city, Chodey Gompa, founded by the Mustang King in 1710, the main temple of the city and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the “New Gompa”. Another interesting spot to visit will be the Raja’s Palace and also the town with various coffee shops and restaurants will be delighting enough to roam around.

DAY 09: LO MANTHANG TO DRAMKAR

On the way back to Kagbeni, we can slightly change our route. This time instead of following the trail south to Charang, we turn south-west passing through the cultivated fields following an irrigation canal. Climbing steadily to a ridge, over to the head of the valley crossing Chogo La, the highest point on the trek, the trail connects to a huge grassy valley crossing a ridge. The trail makes a short descent to a bridge across the Charang Khola to Lo Gekar. From this point we climb to a ridge and some alpine meadows to a crest , then drop down a steep eroded gully over shadowed by red rock towers to the upper part of Dramkar.

DAY 10: DRAMKAR TO SHYANGMOCHEN

Passing the stone walls and fields of the village of Dramkar the trail first descends alongside a stream and then climbs to a ridge at 3710m . Descending to another stream we make a short climb to the upper part of Ghemi. From Ghemi to Jaite and then to Chhung – Ka and to Tama Gaon. From Tama Gaon this trail climbs to a huge painted Chorten, which rejoins Geling trail near the ridge, slightly below the Shyangmochen La. We crossing the pass descend to Shyangmochen, our stop over for the night.

DAY 11: SHYANGMOCHEN TO CHHUKSUNG

6-7 hours Shyangmochen will bring us to Chhuksung. On doing so we retrace the upward trail through Yamdo, Bena to Samar, descending through Chele to the Kali Gandaki from where we trek downstream till we reach to Chhuksung.

DAY 12: CHHUKSUNG TO KAGBENI

As we had made our way from Kagbeni to Chhuklsung, similarly we retrace our way back. Firstly we arrive at Tangbe from Chhuksung and then to Kagbeni. Overnighjt stay at the local lodge at Kagbeni.

DAY 13: KAGBENI TO JOMSOM

We mark an end to our long trek on arrival at Jomsom from Kagbeni. With all the good memories of the trekking at this region we take rest for the whole day on reaching Jomsom, so that on departure from here to Kathmandu we be fresh and out tired body gets totally relaxed. Overnight stay at the Local Lodge.

DAY 14: JOMSOM TO KATHMANDU VIA POKHARA. Sightseeing in afternoon in Kathmandu

After an early morning breakfast at the local lodge at Jomsom we go to the airport to catch flight to Pokhara from where we again take a flight to Kathmandu. We go for half a day sightseeing in afternoon.

DAY 15: Final Departure

What is Included

Summary of accommodation, transportation, meals and equipments

Transport

Mentioned domestic flights

All land transfers are on private vehicles in nice condition.

Accomodation

Kathmandu

4* Hotel

 

Pokhara

Hotel equivalent to 3*

 

On Trek

Local lodges called Teahouses

Meals

Kathmandu and Pokhara

Bed and Breakfast basis

 

On Trek

3 meals a day included in package

Equipment

Any items necessary for the trip, including personal items such as toiletries, need to be provided by you. A recommended list of items will be included in the trip note which will be provided at the time of booking.

Complimentary

1 welcome dinner and 1 farewell dinner.

Not Included

 

International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, insurance, meals not listed, any optional tours and activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, personal medical supplies, personal trekking equipment, bar bills, laundry, tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.

 

Any extra costs incurred due to Nepal band (closure), natural calamities, flight delays etc. Cancellation of flight etc due to unforeseen uncertainties beyond our representatives and agents control.

Recommendation

This trek is geared towards people who love adventurous journey to 'out-of-the-way' places untouched by human progress. This is a unique trek, which follows one of the most beautiful and culturally rich trekking routes in Annapurna, Nepal taking you very close to the Tibetan boarder in a controlled region known as Trans-Himalaya.

 

Testimonials

1.   Willi and Janet Thomsen, Act, Australia -  

"You organised everything we asked for on the trip exactly as discussed and our full compliments to you and your personnel for an unforgettable trip. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to other trekkers. Please feel free to allow us to represent your interests or offer us as referees to any other prospective ACT clients. Thanks for the experience."

2. Click here to view a video testimonial from our client.

 

 

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Notes :

Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd. Lic# TA-0033126, VIC.