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Upper Mustang Trek


A memorable journey with Experience Treks to the far central west of Upper Mustang trek starting with a fascinating scenic flight to lower Mustang in the windswept town at Jomsom; the major headquarter of Mustang region, follows the trail towards Upper Mustang Valley with views of dramatic barren landscapes to Upper Mustang on complete arid zone, geographically an extension of Tibetan plateau situated between worlds 8th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and worlds 10th highest Mt. Annapurna along with many other peaks of Tukuche, Nilgiri’s, Bhirkuti and Damodar. This is an overwhelming adventure trips to Upper Mustang valley trekking with fascinating literally thousands of cliff dwellings, some of which look completely inaccessible. The most recent theory is that they may date 8-to 10,000 BC when Mustang was a much greener land. Naturally, most of the history of Mustang region is now a legend but it is clear that Lo was once part of Ngari, part of Tibet and a rather loose collection of feudal domains. It was incorporated into the Tibetan Empire under the most famous of the Tibetan kings Songtsen Gampo. It was an important means of crossing the Himalaya from Tibet to Nepal and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. After visiting its interesting old walled city of Lo-Manthang and immersing in rich old culture and traditions within the warm hospitality of people of Upper Mustang, head back onto Jomsom with an Awesome scenery then with a short panoramic flight of picturesque Pokhara valley after a most memorable time in Upper Mustang Valley with Experience Treks.

Trip Highlights:
1. Journey to North West Himalaya near Tibet with Tibetan religion & culture land of ancient Bon-Po kingdom (pre-Buddhist) in dramatic landscapes
2. Extensions of Tibetan plateau, old walled city of Lo-Manthang
3. An awesome views of Dhaulagiri, Bhirkuti, Damodar and Annapurna mountain range.



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Day 01: 

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
 
Day 02: 
Morning sightseeing then Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
 
Day 03: 
Fly to Jomsom 2,713 m drive to Kagbeni 2,810 m/01 hr. 
 
Day 04: 
Trek to Chhuksang village 2,920 m/06 hrs. 
 
Day 05: 
Trek to Samar 3,290 m/06 hrs. 
 
Day 06: 
Trek to Ghiling 3,600 m/6 hrs. 
 
Day 07: 
Trek to Tsarang 3,520 m/6 hrs. 
 
Day 08: 
Trek to Lo Manthang 3,780 m/05 hrs. 
 
Day 09: 
Rest days for excursions into Lo Manthang.
 
Day 10: 
Trek to Ghami 3,440 m/06 hrs. 
 
Day 11: 
Trek to Chhuksang village via Samar/07 hrs. 
 
Day 12: 
Trek back to Kagbeni 2,800 m/06 hrs. 
 
Day 13: 
Trek to Jomsom 2,730 m/04 hrs. 
 
Day 14: 
Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
 
Day 15: 
Drive back to Kathmandu afternoon at leisure.
 
Day 16: 
Transfer to airport for international departure.
 
 
Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• Pokhara to KTM by public transport
• Airfare from KTM to Pokhara, Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara for member and staff
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on 3 star category B/B plan
• A days sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from KTM to Pokhara, Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom airport to Pokhara..
 

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports, our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel. At the hotel, our guide will brief with orientation programs of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
Morning sightseeing tour, afternoon flight to Pokhara 30 mins.
Morning tour of and around Kathmandu city at places of interest, after lunch, in the afternoon transfer to domestic airport for flight to scenic popular tourist spot at Pokhara with awesome mountain panorama view. On reaching Pokhara, our staff will transfer to respective hotels with time in the afternoon for a visit to the pristine lake, Phewa; overlooking views of Annapurna and the majestic Mt. Machapuchere “Fishtail”.

Day 03:
Fly to Jomsom 2,713 m drive to Kagbeni 2,810 m/01 hr.
Early morning flight of Jomsom with panoramas of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains range on reaching Jomsom, our staff will meet for short drive to Kagbeni, Jomsom; the headquarter and administrative center of Mustang district. From here to give more rest, an hour drive on the windswept terrain following the Kaligandaki river bed to Kagbeni for the overnight stop; a large village from the starting point of upper Mustang area.

Day 04:
Trek to Chhuksang 2,920 m/06 hrs.
First day walks leading uphill for a short while the trail meanders towards barren country through small villages to Tangbe village. From here, an hour of nice walk brings to Thusang village the overnight stop. This village surrounded by Poplars and Willow trees in the midst of red cliff hill surrounding.

Day 05:
Trek to Samar 3,290 m/06 hrs.
Morning walk leads crossing a stream through some broken canyons and ruin castle walls of red cliffs. From here onwards, walking by interesting red eroded cliffs above the mouths of inaccessible caves, and then crossing a small bridge with a climb for an hour of Tshele village. From here a steep climb for an hour of a ridge top, offering wonderful view of Gyagar village across a huge canyon. A journey continues with gradual ascend to a small pass at 3,540m, then downhill to overnight stop at Samar village.

Day 06:
Trek to Ghiling 3,600 m/06 hrs.
After breakfast a short uphill climb above the village to a ridge top, then leading downhill to a large gorge past a chortens. Journey continues into another valley with juniper trees. After crossing a stream, walking uphill to a 3,800 meters ridge tops, then with leading over another pass, from here the path descends to Shyangbochen village; a small settlement with few tea shops. From here waking on a gentle uphill to a pass at 3,770 m reaching towards a wide valley, from here trekking downhill path towards overnight stop at Geling with a large fields of barley on the outskirt of the village.

Day 07:
Trek Tsarang 3,520 m/06 hrs.
From here onwards, our journey leads to a climb through farm fields in the center of valleys through Tamagaon, a walk continues with a long climb across Nyi La pass at 3,950m, the highest point of this trip. From here walking on paths of an uphill then downhill to Tsarang for overnight stop, an interesting village with maze fields, willow trees and a big five storey white Dzong (fort) with a red monastery above Tsarang with its own electricity system.

Day 08:
Trek to Lho Manthang 3,780 m/05 hrs.
Morning walk starts with a short descend crossing Charangchu River, then a steep uphill walks through Tholung valley, walking with gentle climbs to a large chortens marking the boundary of Lo Manthang &Tsarang villages, walk lead to a stream reaching a wide windswept country with a view on the ridge top at 3,850 m of the walled place of Lo Manthang. Then with descent to a stream that outlines the walled village, from here a short climb on a plateau leading to Lo Manthang village southern wall, the main entrance into this village reaching the overnight stop and the final destination of this remarkable journey.

Day 09:
Rest days for hikes around Lo Manthang.
A rest day to explore this large village with about 150 houses and number of resident for monks and lamas, the houses are compact the palace and monasteries are in the bottom section in this vertical part of the L-shaped houses. The Mustang raja's palace stands an imposing four storey building in the center of the city. It is the home of the present raja, Jigme Parbal Bista and the Rani (queen), who is from the noble family of Shigatse on route to Lhasa in Tibet.

Day 10:
Trek back to Ghami 3,440 m/06 hrs.
After a memorable fantastic time for the highlights of this trip at Lho Manthang retracing with a descends on few ups all the way to overnight stop at Ghami village, an important village of upper Mustang area.

Day 11:
Trek to Chhuksang 2,920 m via Samar 3,290 m/07 hrs.
Retrace the journey to Samar village with an uphill path to Nyi La, ridge tops, then with a descend to Geling Valley. A walk continues passing Geling to a lone teahouse and then with a gentle downhill to a small settlement of Tama Gaun. A steep switchbacks trail leads to a stream; walk to climb to a large painted chortens, from here it is straightforward route to the overnight stop at Samar village.

Day 12:
Trek back to Kagbeni 2,810 m/ 05 hours,
Morning walk leading downhill most of the passing through several hamlets and villages and with short uphill walk in between, then retracing the route back to Kagbeni.

Day 13:
Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m/04 hours.
The last day walk of this finest journey leading on level paths following the Kaligandaki river valley and to Ekale Bhatti, from here few hours of good walk finally reaching at Jomsom town, famous for apple orchards and apple products around lower Mustang area. (This day is an option for eager people who drive from Kagbeni to Muktinath; a holy spot on route Annapurna circuit Thorang-la pass, a nice spot visiting interesting Muktinath area with its 108 icy water spout, then drive back to Jomsom same day to catch the flight to Pokhara)

Day 14:
Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
(Optional driving journey to Pokhara) Morning transfer of Jomsom airport for short scenic flight of scenic Pokhara valley, another highlight of this fabulous trip, which is regarded as the most beautiful place on this globe with awesome mountain views and natural surrounding with its serene lake Phewa.

Day 15:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
We have reserved this day in case of flight delay at Jomsom to Pokhara if all goes according to the program using this as a free day in Kathmandu; for the last day souvenir shopping or another half day guided sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu Valley at places of interest.

Day 16:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in this magic awesome Himalaya and mesmerizing journey in far North West of Nepal with Experience Treks, as per your flight time, our staff transfers you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email : info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
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