UPPER MUSTANG

Blue skies and ochre rock faces is what greets you in Upper Mustang. A landscape unique to this region, a culture dominated by Tibetan Buddhism, Mustang is in fact nothing like the rest of Nepal. The trek leads you through some spectacular landscape from the Kali Gandaki valley to Jharkot and Muktinath.

Mustang, a former kingdom beyond the Himalayas

Once we reach Mustang, we are traveling in a region dominated by Tibetan cultural influence. Villages, monasteries and chortens all speak of the culture of Tibet and in the background are seen the snowy peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Due to its geographical location, Mustang, once a small Himalayan kingdom, has always maintained privileged links with Tibet, and in particular cultural and religious ties that dominate the life of the inhabitants. In addition, the absence of large passes made Mustang the ideal place of passage between India and Tibet through the valley of Kali Gandaki. This hike takes us to this well-preserved, partially isolated region of Nepal. The arid land of Mustang contrasts with the snow-capped peaks that are seen in the background. Lo Manthang, a fortified town with several monasteries, welcomes us for a cultural stopover.

HIGHLIGHTS
- A summer trek on the Tibetan plateau along the Kali Gandaki canyon.
- A remote region of Tibetan culture, lively and well-preserved.
- A rich cultural heritage restored in Lo Gekar, Lo Manthang, Luri Gompa.
- A spectacular mountain flight between Jomsom and Pokhara.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: May - September
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Number of walking days: 13
  • Highest Altitude: 4230 Meters
  • Flights: Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek

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Day

Welcomed by Base Camp Trek staff, transfer to hotel
- Accommodation: Hotel

We drive to Pokhara and reach there in the afternoon.
-Duration of drive: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lake Side Retreat Hotel on BB basis

Leaving Pokhara in the morning, we fly between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains; an exciting flight to Jomsom. Reaching Jomsom, we start our trek to Kagbeni, the gateway to Mustang.
- Elevation positive 150m
- Elevation negative: 0m
- Duration of hike: 3hr

We leave Kagbeni and head for the fortified village of Jharkot. Optional excursion to Muktinath (3,800m) to visit the famous Vishnu temple and pilgrimage site (2 hr walk). This hike helps you to better acclimatize to this altitude.
- Elevation positive 750m
- Elevation negative: 50m
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We enter upper Mustang through Dzong village and visit a small monastery above the village on a rocky hilltop. Then we climb to Gyu la Pass (4000m) and make a long descent in a spectacular setting of ochre rock walls to reach the village of Chhusang.
- Elevation positive 650m
- Elevation negative: 1 200m
- Duration of hike: 5 to 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

After crossing the Kali Gandaki gorges, it’s a short walk to Chele. After Chele, we walk on a trail that has been carved on a rock face and goes up to the Taklam Pass (3,650m). After that we make a short descent to reach our camping site in Samar village.
- Elevation positive 650m
- Elevation negative: 150m
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

This day’s trek is easy and involves the crossing of several small passes between 3,600m and 3,800m with great views of the Annapurna range. After reaching Syangboche, we hike to Geling village which is dominated by an old fortress and a monastery of the Sakya Sect.
- Elevation positive 700m
- Elevation negative: 400m
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We cross the Nyi La pass (3,950m) and Ghumi La pass to reach the village of Ghemi (3,520m) for lunch.
We visit the small monastery in the heart of the village surrounded by caves that once served as shelters against invaders. In the afternoon, we make an easy climb to one of the most dazzling of Mustang’s landscapes of red walls that dominate the village.
- Elevation positive 650m
- Elevation negative: 550m
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

This is the longest day of our trek but poses little difficulty. We make an easy climb to Mui la pass (4,100m) to reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, Ghar Gompa of the Nyingmapa School where precious frescoes have been successfully restored. After lunch, we cross the Marang Pass to descend on Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang, in striking scenery.
- Elevation positive 900m
- Elevation negative: 700m
- Duration of hike: 7 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

Today we visit or rest in Lo Manthang, a small walled city on the Tibetan plateau. In the 15th century, this was an important religious hub and a trading center between India and Tibet. We stroll through the winding streets of the settlement to visit the two historic monasteries, Jamba Lhakhang and Tukche where remarkable frescoes have been restored by an Italian team.
- Accommodation: Lodge

Reaching the small pass of Loday La Pass (3,950m), we walk on a plateau above 4,050m before descending down to Dhi to cross the Kali Gandaki River and finally reach Yara village.
- Elevation positive 500m
- Elevation negative: 700m
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We embark on an excursion to the Tashi Kabum cave and the Luri Gompa monastery which have well-preserved 15th century Buddhist frescoes. Then we head back to the same camp.
- Elevation positive 250m
- Elevation negative: 250m
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

Today we cross a deserted, rocky plateau, far from any settlements. We make a short descent to the Dhechyang Khola (meaning Black River) where many fossils can be found. We climb to the Sertang Pass (3,975m) where we have our lunch. This is a vantage point that has extraordinary views of peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, etc. Then we descend through several levels of the plateau to finally reach the village of Tangge.
- Elevation positive 600m
- Elevation negative: 800m
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

An early morning departure starts us off on a long day of hiking, crossing of the Yak Khola (river) before we climb a pass (4,150m). Then we make a short descent to reach Paha for lunch. After lunch, we have a long hike along a ridge before we descend to the valley of the Nursing Khola and Chhusang village.
- Elevation positive 1100m
- Elevation negative: 1300m
- Duration of hike: 8 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

This is an easy day of walking through the village of Tangbe and we go on to Kagbeni where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we take an easy hike following the windy Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.
- Elevation positive 50m
- Elevation negative: 250m
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We catch the early morning flight that goes between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges to reach Pokhara. We then fly on to Kathmandu.
Free time in Kathmandu.
- Accommodation: Hotel

We spend the day visiting the famous World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudha Stupa followed by a tour of the old Newar city of artisans known as Patan.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary
- Domestic airport Taxes
- 4 nights in hotel Holy Himalaya or Similar in Kathmandu on BB
- 1 night in hotel Lake Side Retreat or Similar on BB
- Trek in Lodge full board
- English speaking Guide for trekking
- Trekking Staffs / 1 Assistant Sherpa from 4 pax / 1 Porter for 2 pax
- Carrying of luggage up to 13 kg/person during the trek
- Trekking Permit ACAP & TIMS
- Insurance of the staffs
- Domestic airport taxes

What's not included

- Domestic flight 
- Mustang Special Permit
- Lunch & Dinner at Kathmandu & Pokhara except Breakfast
- Visa Nepal at airport (50$ + Photos)
- International flights
- Insurance detail its compulsory
- Tips, Personal expenses, Drinks, Sleeping bag, hot shower, Battery recharge during trek...

Suppliments

>> Flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu : 375$

>> Mustang Special Permits : 550$

>> Single room for 4 nights : 115$
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