Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang
|Group size||1-15 people|
|Arrival on:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals:||Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek|
|Accommodation:||3* Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouses during the Trek|
|Departure From:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Best Time to Travel||Spring-March to May
Autumn – September to November
|Transportation||Flight & Private Vehicle|
|The Last Forbidden Himalayan Kingdom; Mustang
The upper mustang trek follows the ancient Caravana Route through the Himalayas to the lowlands. The goal of the Upper Mustang Trek is to reach Lo-Manthang; The capital of the Buddhist isolated from the World. It lies on the rain Shadow of the Dhaulagiri Himalaya so there is no Monsoon. Upper Mustang is the restricted northern part of Nepal’s Mustang District It consists of seven Village Development Committees (Nepal’s smallest democratic units) with 31 settlements.
The restricted area includes the historic kingdom of Lo Tsho Dyun, which translates as ‘Seven Districts of Lo’ in the local Tibetan dialect (Loke). The area of Bahragaon, meaning ‘Twelve Villages’ in Nepali, extends from south of Ghilling to north of Jomsom and also falls largely inside Upper Mustang. Tibetan dialect (pheke) prevails here, too. However, the people of Tangbe, Chhuksang, Tetang, Tsaile and Ghyaker instead speak Seke, a language closely related to thakali.
The Buddhist society of Upper Mustang is divided into groups comparable to the castes of Hindu culture. The occupational castes, regarded as the lowest, comprise the Ghara, Shemba and Emeta (blacksmiths, butchers and musicians respectively). The highland nomads, called Drokpa, take an outsider’s position of slightly higher status. The middle class consists of the Phalwa, who now often prefer to call themselves Gurung. The Kudak, who have adopted the Nepali name Bista for their clan, make up the nobility and royal family of Lo Tsho Dyun.
Before the closure of the border, winter was the time for trade with Tibet. Now days, the greater part of Upper Mustang’s villagers trek south after the October harvest and spend the cold months earning livelihood in Pokhara, Kathmandu or India. Still, there is also some barter with the Tibetan neighbors, but heavily regulated by the Chinese. Only few locals profit from the controlled influx of foreign tourists.
Size of restricted area: 2567 sq. km.
Population: about 6000 people
Foreign Visitors per annum: limited to 1000
Number of known wildlife species: more than 250 plants, 28 mammals, 2 amphibians, 63 birds, 2 reptile
Major monasteries: 13
Major cave sites: 5
|Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,345m/4,412ft)
Day 02: Trek Preparations, permits and all necessary documents; as well sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly or Dive to Pokhara; Free and leisure at pokhara.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m/8921ft) and trek to kagbeni 3-4hrs(2810m/9216ft)
Day 05: kagbeni to Chele 5-6hrs (3050m/10004ft).
Day 06: Chele to Syanboche 6-7hrs (3570m/11709ft) via natural cave monasteries
Day 07: Syanboche to Ghyami 6-6hrs (3520m/11,546ft)
Day 08: Ghyami to Tsarang 5-6hrs (3560m/11677ft)
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3-4hrs (3,730m/12,238ft); crossing the highest pass around 4200m/13776ft
Day 10: Lo-Manthang Rest/Explore Lo-Manthang the capital.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar 6-7hrs (3810m/12,500ft)
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling 5-6hrs (3806m/12,484ft)
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang 5-6hrs (3050m/10,004ft)
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom 6-7hrs (2700m/8,856ft)
Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara fly…free day at Pokhara
Day 16: Drive/Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure or extend for extra activities…
Note: The flight of Pokhara Jomsom may get delayed or get cancelled due to the bad weather; it is normal.
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|Day01:||Arrival KTM (1345/4412ft)
Welcoming in TIA with garland by the representive from Carvana Himalaya Adventure and will accompany you to hotel. Briefing about your day to day activity will be explained and you can ask any question related to your trip. Rest of the day is leisure time and you can roam around street of Thamel, a tourist hub of Kathmandu. O/N at KTM
|Day02:||Trek preparation, permits & all necessary documents; as well as sightseeing in KTM
Tour leader will briefly explain you about your trekking for few days in mustang and make sure everyone is properly equipped for the trek. Exploring the ancient palaces of Kathmandu valley which are included in World Heritage Sites.
Places to Visit:
· Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Located on a lovely hillock, Swayambhunath Stupa lies 4 km west of central Kathmandu. There are 365 steps leading all the way to the top commanding a magnificent view of Kathmandu valley and the breath-taking panorama of the snow-clad Himalayan Range. The tradition in the Stupa follows the Vajrayana for of Buddhism which is a tantric variation of the Mahayana Buddhism (the great vehicle). The stupa seems to have been constructed during the Licchhavi Period. Religious and literally sources give numerous accounts of the establishment and the patronage of the Swayambhunath premises. It is also interesting to note that the stupa went a series of renovation during the Malla period in the medieval times with donations made by the merchants, monks, pilgrims and Buddhist followers.
Later, in the Evening Free on your own. Overnight at hotel …………………………………….
|Day03:||Fly or Drive to Pokhara; free day at Pokhara
Leaving the capital we drive to pokhara. It is 6-7hrs long drive but there is plenty to see on highway. Enroute you can see rivers, hills, farms, and greeneries everywhere and if weather is clear than you can also see mountains as well. Or fly to pokhara with best sceneries and mountains. Upon reaching pokhara so called lake city is beautiful city. You can see great range of Himalayas and also explore fewa lake which is easily accessible.
|Day04:||Fly to Jomsom (2720m/8921ft) & trek to Kagbeni (2810m/9216ft)
Morning flight to jomsom with beautiful view of mountains, hills, rivers. 20 min flight lands us on Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. From there we will trek for about 3hrs & reach kagbeni. Kagbeni is small beautiful village which lies in salt trade route to Tibet via upper mustang area. Two rivers kak khola and mustang khola meets here and forms a kali Gandaki river. O/N at lodge
|Day06:||Chele to Syanboche (3570m/11709ft) via natural cave monasteries
After breakfast we head for syanboche which will take us around 7hrs. Today we climb to Tak lam la pass (3624m) from where you can see a clear view of Tilicho Peak. We trek all day stopping and relaxing where the landscape and Himalayas are spectacular. Also we visit to famous natural cave monasteries known as Ramchung cave. O/N at syanboche lodge
|Day07:||Syanboche to Ghyami(3520m/11546ft)
After breakfast we start our trek to beautiful village ghyami where houses are white washed. We trek through different passes and one of the longer and challenging pass will be Nyi La Pass (3940m). After descending from this gentle pass we will reach our destination ghyami, also 3rd largest village in Lo-region. O/N at ghyami lodge
|Day08:||Ghyami to Tsarang (3560m/11677ft)
Today we walk through the driest part of mustang but quite easier than other days trek. We pass by long mani wall which is very scared and made by Buddhist people. We reach tsarang village where you can explore gompa and beautiful thangkas. O/N at tsarang lodge
|Day09:||Tsarang to LO-manthang (3730m/12238ft) crosing the highest pass around (4200m/13776ft)
Today we trek to our main destination lo-manthnag once a restricted area. It’s a beautiful trail with magnificent view of Annapurna1, Tilicho, Niligiri and many more. We will be crossing the highest pass Lola Pass and we get our first view of the walled city of lo-manthang. O/N at lo-manthang lodge
|Day10:||Lo-manthang (Rest Day- explore Lo-manthnag the capital)
Today we explore the capital of Lo-manthnag city, which is very beautiful and fascinating. We can explore the palace of king which is building in central of the city and it is still reside by king and queen of lo-manthnag. People here respect the king and still take advice from him in any issue in city. There are lots of things to explore here like namgyal gomba, tingkar, thugche gompa, chyodi gompa and also the panoramic view of the Himalayas. O/N at Lo-manthang lodge
|Day11:||Lo-manthnag to Dhakmar (3810m/12500ft)
We began our trek from lo-manthnag, but we will be trekking by different route. We trek via Ghar Gompa which is said to be 1200 year old which is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. According to legend and local people, anyone who makes wish in this gompa their wishes is fulfilled. O/N at dhakmar lodge
|Day12:||Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m/12484ft)
We continue our trek to ghiling which is about 5-6hrs trek, enjoying the view will soon reach our destination. O/N at ghiling lodge
|Day13:||Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10004ft)
Today we retrace our route back to chhuksung via Nyi La Pass. It is 5-6hrs trek with beautiful scenery and stunning Himalayas. O/N at chhuksang lodge
|Day14:||Chhuksang to Jomsom
It’s our last day trek mostly downhill and long day walk till jomsom via kagbeni. Now, finally it’s time to reach to jomsom bazar and take a relaxing hot shower. Or else you can visit to holiest temple Muktinath Temple if you can add one more days in your trip to take a holy bath in freezing cold water in 107 holy taps. O/N at Jomsom lodge
|Day15:||Jomsom to Pokhara fly…….. free day at Pokhara
After morning breakfast we take a spectacular 30min flight to Pokhara along the kali gandaki gorge between two high mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Hotel check-in upon reaching pokhara, the beautiful lake city. Leisure time to explore pokhara where you can boat in fewa lake, hike to sarangkot, world peace stupa or explore different caves and also enjoy the night life of pokhara in any bars of lakeside. O/N at pokhara hotel
|Day16:||Drive/ Fly to Kathmandu
Drive back to KTM or fly, both of it will be blessed with beautiful scenery. 6-7hrs of drive or 25min flight; your choice. O/N at Kathmandu hotel
|Day17:||Departure or extend for extra activities
Our journey to mountains country Nepal ends today. Representive from Caravana Himalayas Adventure will drop you to airport according to your flight schedule. Or if you still want to explore more or add up some more activities in this beautiful country than you can extend your holidays!!! Farewell.
- Airport pick-up and Drop in a private vehicle.
- 3 star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
- Welcome & farewell Dinner (with cultural Dance show).
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
- Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara; Pokhara-Kathmandu & Pokhara- Jomsom; Jomsom – Pokhara)
- An experienced, English-Speaking Guide or different language Speaking Guide as per the demand of the clients; government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (national park permit, TIMS)
- Special permit to enter Upper Mustang area per person 500$ for 10 days minimum; adding more days will be 50$ per day
- Medical Kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes.
- Nepal Visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport USD 25.00 Per person for 15 Days.
- Airfare for International Flights.
- Entrances of Sightseeing Spots on Kathmandu .
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Extra personal expenses like telephone bills, Laundry service, Drinks, Tips to Guides/Driver/porters e.t.c.
Other Expenses not mentioned above.