The oasis of Kagbeni and Nilgiri mountain in the background.
The red cliff of Dhakmar village.
The view over the Mui La pass towards Annapurna ranges

Mustang Trek

Trip Code
BNTNP-005
Starting From
USD 3150
Duration
16 days
Group Size
02-10 person
Activity
Trekking
Max. Altitude
4350m
Trek starting point
Jomsom
Trek ending point
Jomsom
Accommodation
3 star hotel in city & lodges on trek
Transportation
Private vehicles & airplane
Meals
All meal during the trek
Challenge
Moderate
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There is a gorgeous feeling about invading the silence of the unknown. Fear invades you first, often mingled with curiosity and mystery but then gets conquered by the feeling of overjoy. This is what Mustang Trek is all about. You don’t travel the Mustang Trek, you live the journey throughout. It’s a different world up there, like a ‘forbidden’ kingdom tucked away in a remote place, along the deepest river gorge in the world – the Kali Gandaki and is bordered by some of the highest mountains to be found in the Himalayan range. This region is flanked by endless topographic features like canyons, wild rock formation, medieval villages, mysterious palaces, ancient Tibetan gompas and soaring snow clad peaks; making the place starkly more beautiful. The Mustang trek is one of the best-preserved cultural destinations to be found in all of Himalayas. Situated on the border shared by both Nepal and Tibet, access permits are limited to few tourists. Travel the less explored Mustang Trek for an unforgettable journey into the heart of this Forbidden Himalayan kingdom.

Discover the Unknown Kingdom of Mustang

The Kingdom of Mustang (as is locally called) is the preserver of some of the last vestiges of the Buddhist culture. Nestled between the Himalayas and Tibet, this geographical region is a world apart. The Mustang trekking is a unique journey that will take you through the arid region, beyond Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The entire route will take a trekker through across dessert like landscapes, deep canyons, barren ridges, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys.

Your adventure will begin with Kali-Gandaki (the world’s deepest gorge) and will take you into the Lo-Manthang valley (one of the world’s highest regions). You will be passing through steep rocky up and down hill-trails, the almost tree-less barren landscapes and will get to enjoy panoramic views of some of the tallest peaks on earth namely – Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri to name a few.

The spectacular view of the vast spaces around the Kagbeni, the wind-swept Kali-Gandaki valley and the vast ridges, straggled with high mountains will blow your mind away. As you make your way through the region, you will be haloed up in divinity by the graceful presence of the brightly painted Buddhist shrines and other ancient-standing enormous monasteries. Vistas will include arresting and unusual views of the snow covered Himalayan slopes in the South and an ocean of windswept colors of the desert sunset in the North.

Following the banks of the Kagbeni River upstream will take you to the walled capital city of Lo Manthang. You will be absorbed in appreciation and timelessness by the long-standing ruins of the monasteries and the old forts, replete with magnificent architecture and ancient culture. Trekking in Mustang is one of the most rewarding experiences for mountain lovers travelling to Nepal.

Striking Key Highlights of the Journey

* Exploration of the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu

* Visit to the Pokhara Valley – also known as the City of Lakes

* Visit to the ancient monasteries for spiritual peacefulness

* Mountainous landscapes dominated by ancient myths and legends

* Remains of the ancient Lo Kingdom

* Amazing culture of the people

 

What's Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles.
  • Accommodation 2 nights at Kathmandu (3 star hotel/twin sharing basis) with breakfast and including all govt. taxes. (Hotel Tibet or similar)
  • Accommodation 2 nights at Pokhara (3 star hotel/twin sharing basis) with breakfast and all government taxes. (Mt. Kailash resort or similar)
  • RT Airfare Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara and Kathmandu by regularly scheduled or chartered flight, domestic airport tax and surcharges.
  • All varieties of meals on trek the lodge and restaurant menu after departing Kathmandu to before arriving back in Kathmandu, all kind of hot beverages, boiled water etc.
  • Best available rooms at local lodges during the trek in mustang.
  • Service of guide and required number of porters while on trekking and as well their wages, foods and insurance.
  • Mustang region restricted area trekking permit fee (US$ 500.00) per person for 10 days.
  • Annapurna conservation area permits fee US$ 20.00 per person.
  • TIMS (Trekker’s information management system) card arrangements.
  • Staffs transportation costs and guide airfare.
  • Agency service charges and all govt. applicable fees.

What's not Included?

  • All meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu.
  • Air travels to and from Nepal.
  • Visa fee (US$ 40) per person.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency.
  • Extra cost to due to flight cancellation or road condition.
  • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts and alcohols.
  • All personal clothing and equipments including sleeping bag.
  • Sightseeing cost in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any tipping and donations.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel(1340m)

We will meet you at the airport and then transfer to the Hotel which is close to the shopping center and restaurants.

Day 02 Kathmandu to Pokhara (850M)

Today we will obtain the permits and prepare the paper with the Nepal government; we need to present the original passports of the hikers for the special permit. After lunch, drive to airport and Fly to Pokhara by regularly scheduled flight(25 minutes flight).Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in hotel at Pokhara.

 

Day 03 Pokhara to Jomsom/Kagbeni (2810m) 3-4 hrs walking

Early morning we drive to the Pokhara airport and catch our flight to Jomsom which takes us 20 minutes flying up on the dramatic ravine of kaligandaki valley.The walls of two 8000m.peaks; The Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri, are sheer for 5000m above the valley floor. The plane land at the Jomsom and we start walk to Kagbeni(2810m). Walking ahead to kagbeni via Ekle Bhatti village, which follows the river to kagbeni, a green oasis at the junction of Jhong Khola and Kaligandaki River. Afternoon we can wander around the village, visit the town and monastery. Overnight in Lodge at Kagbeni.

 

Day 04 Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) 5-6 hrs walking

Today we enter into the restricted area of upper Mustang. After completing the necessary procedures we ascend up the valley and following river valley to Tangbe village. Walking further the village of Chhuksang and discover the origin of Kaligandaki River. Now the trail leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up to Chele. Overnight in Lodge at Chele.

Day 05 Chele to Shyangbochen (3820m) 6-7 hrs walking

We ascend a long slope towards Taklam La pass (3730m) through some treeless dry terrain and some Chhortens to Samar village. Climb up and down to a large gorge and enter another valley on the way to Shyangbochen, we will going to visit an ancient cave perched on the side of the hill and apparently the place where the Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated to achieve enlightment. Climb up the valley to Shyangmochen and stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 06 Shyangbochen to Ghami (3520m) 4-5 hrs walking

We climb to a small pass with a view of the valleys and descend to the valley and cross the Tama river then Climb gently to the interesting Nyi-La Pass(4010m) reveals views of Mustang and the bigger peaks of Nilgiri and Annapurna and descend to the Ghami Village. Overnight in Lodge at Ghami.

Day 07 Ghami to Dhakmar (3590m) 3-4 hrs walking

Today we have a short day walk. Dhakmar means, Red cliff.The cliffs around here have red colors and the scene is quite stunning as we approach the village of Dhakmar

Day 08 Dhakmar to Lomanthang (3810m) 6-7 hrs walking

We cross the highest pass today with a long climb up from Dhakmar to the Mui-La(4170m). After the pass we descend down to Lo-gyakar and visit the Gar-gompa (monastery). This site was identified by Buddhist saint Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) and is said to be the first monastery of the world. After visiting the monastery we will cross the Charang River and climb the Marang La(4350m)the highest pass in the area with spectacular views of the landscapes. After pass we descent down into a large and open valley with green fields and sporadic villages. Largest of the villages is the high walled Lo-manthang, our ultimate destination and the home of the king of Mustang.

Day 09 Lomanthang sightseeing day or Day hike to Chhoser

There are four major places and several other places; the red Thupchen Gompa, the Tall Jhampa Lakhang,Chyodi Gompa and the entrance Hall which are the main attractions of this town. Another attractio is the four story building of the king's Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Having seen one, you are excited to see the others. Optional, we can make the day trip to Chhoser village (the cave village).

 

Day 10 Lomanthang to Charang (3650m) 3-4 hrs walking

Ascend to a pass offering a last view of Lomanthang. Descend through two valleys meadows on the way down. We will stay overnight at the house of king’s sister. In the afternoon we will visit the fort in town reveals a sense of the history of the area.

Day 11 Charang to Geling (3510m) 6-7 hrs walking

We walk through the villages and ascend to the pass then the trail gradually descends to Gami where we take lunch. Climb to Nyi-la after Ghami and descend all the way down to Geling.

 

Day 12 Geling to Chhuksang (2950m) 5-6 hrs walking

Climb up to Syngbochen and right turn trail takes us to Bhena khola and we will descend the way passing Samar village where we take lunch. Then continue down to Chuksang passing Chele village.

Day 13 Chhuksang to Jomsom (2740m) 6-7 hrs walking

We trek back by Kagbeni where we take lunch. Then walk through Eklebhatti along the river beds of Kaligandaki and overnight stay at Jomsom.

 

Day 14 Jomsom to Pokhara

Early morning we will take a short walk to the airport. After checking baggages we fly back to pokhara then transfer to the Hotel. We will take a sightseeing tour in Pokhara or free day in Pokhara.

 

Day 15 Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight and transfer to the hotel

Drive to the Pokhara airport and fly back to Kathmandu which is takes us 25 minute. After arrival in Kathmandu you will be transfered to the Hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 16 Departure back to home.

Today is the last day of your trip in Himalaya, as we will transfer you to the international airport.We trust that you will cherish this inspiring experience and the deep, newly formed friendships in the years to come.

 

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01. Sleeping bag (down), rated to -10 degree centigrade (If you don’t have them it can rent in Kathmandu for your trek period).

02. Sleeping bag liner (optional)

03. Hiking boots should be light weight to medium weight leather or Gore-Tex. Your boots should fit well and be completely broken in prior to your trek.

04. Sneakers or sandals for camp and town.

05. Socks, thin liners (polypro or silk), thick outer socks (wool or polypro). Bring 3 changes of socks.

06. Thermal underwear, polypropylene or other synthetic (No cotton).

07. Lightweight hiking pants, Insulating pants (fleece or equivalent), Rain pants.

08. Several t-shirts, both long and short sleeved.

09. Shirts long sleeved.

10. Rain jacket/poncho(Gore-Tex) or equivalent is ideal

11. Down jacket.

12. Fleece Jackets

13. Warm hat

14. Hat for sun protection.

15. Gloves or mittens.

16. Quality sunglasses with 100% UV and IV protection. (It is also recommended to bring a spare pair)

17. If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, bring spares.

18. Two (2) good quality 1 liter water bottles.

19. Trekking poles. (optional, and can be purchased in Kathmandu)

20. Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries.

21. Reading/writing materials.

22. Pictures of where you live, your family, and what you do. (to share with people along the way).

23. Camera and spare batteries.

24. Special snack items in zip lock bags.

25. Ear plugs (for travel)

26. Particle masks (for dust)

27. Toilet kit with towel, washcloth, bandanna, scrub brush, short clothes line, safety pins, mesh laundry bag, biodegradable soap, toilet paper, pre-moistened towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

28. Women: bring extra sanitary supplies and zip lock bags to pack out used materials.

29. Personal medical/first aid kit with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, nasal/throat decongestant, topical antiseptic, band-aids/bandages, sunscreen and lip balm, laxative, anti-diarrhea medicines, antacid, water purification tablets (or filter), moleskin, bug repellent, and any personal prescriptions or medical items.

Nepal Entry Visa

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.
You can obtain the Nepal visa up on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can apply the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration. http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visa. We suggest you to take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.
Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Trekking Season

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.  Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night. 

A typical day of trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight. We reach the teahouse/ camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for the dinner around 7PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800km from east to west and 90 to 230km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region. Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 metres. Nepal is divided into five development regions and seventy-five districts. Where as high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000m to above 8,848m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards

All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Climate change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood prone in the world. Currently Nepals Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters. Nepals potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers are sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light weight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health issues/Altitude sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal. Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involves high altitude and can be strenuous.Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously. The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, specially above 3,000 metres, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following these advice:
01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 metres for example, the body requires 3 to 4 litres of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 litre a day.
02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.
03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying travel High Solu facilitators immediately.
05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here. Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 35 millions includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in moulding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Kirantis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchhavis took over Kiranti from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Junga Bahadur Rana backseated the power of monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy. A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahendra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system’, by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities. People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency,corruptions and downfall in national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left whole world in complete shock. Gynendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006 all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally,Gynendra handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal.Then maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, Newroad and DurbarMarg are the most popular Shopping centers.

Foods in Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers.Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican,Thai etc to continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Pokhara also have numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains(trekking routes) also fresh, hygenic and delicious.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all. 

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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