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Team Himalaya welcomes you to a fabulous journey which leads to Upper Mustang Trek in
the high windswept terrain, an extension of vast South West Tibet Plateau, the country of Upper
Mustang still retains its life style and culture as it was for many centuries back which is similar
to Tibetan traditions, religions and culture.
Mustang the “Forbidden Kingdom” layed hidden from outside world, till its door was open for
trekkers and visitors from early 1990’s and thus every visitor are required with special permit to
visit this fabulous country side ,which treasures old artifacts and ancient historical sites with
interesting monasteries and villages which still stands with past culture and traditions and way of
life.
Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom although is in Nepal, for many centuries and still at present
parts of this country side is controlled by an unofficial Mustang Raja (state king of Mustang),
recognized as only a state king of Nepal. This fact adds up to this journey with another
highlight.The main destination of Upper Mustang region is Lo-Manthang the walled city. The
city is standing for past 100 hundred years with Tibetan cultures and the lifestyle of mountain
people living in remote North West Nepal.
Upper Mustang Trek, famous for its interesting colorful ‘Tiji Festival’ which takes places in
the 5th month of Tibetan Buddhist Lunar calendar around May as per Christian calendar.
We start this mystical and fabulous trip with a short scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom town
at lower Mustang and headquarter of all Mustang districts.From here we head higher towards
windswept country and weather beaten villages visiting several interesting, impressive villages
and monasteries, eventually at Lho-Manthang the high light of this awesome journey. After a
wonderful and memorable time the journey reaches back to Jomsom ,then by flight back to
Pokhara and to Kathmandu after a most memorable experience of a life time with your very own team himalaya.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
  • On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
    Our guide will inform on details regarding the trek to Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom.

    Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.
    A scenic drive takes about 6 hours to Pokhara, which is quite interesting on the Nepal’s main highway following the Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal as it gets closer to Pokhara with Annapurna and Manaslu range of peaks. In Pokhara the haven for tourist a scenic place with mountains and lakes, here in Pokhara transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa (Fewa) for overnight.

    Day 03: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni – 04 hrs.
    Morning a short scenic flight of 22 minutes reaches to Jomsom, headquarter of the whole Mustang district which is a large town in Mustang region, famous for apple orchards products and apple delicacies. From Jomsom our wonderful journey begins to upper Mustang area, walk follows Kalignadaki River upstream on the wide river bed floor and its bank leading to Kagbeni through Ekle Bhatti 2,740 m.

    Ekle bhatti with 4-5 lodges and shops on route between Jomsom, Muktinath and Upper Mustang, from here walk continues for another hour towards north west to reach our first overnight stop at Kagbeni village, located in the Kali Gandaki River valley the gateway to Upper Mustang.

    Day 04: Trek to Chele 3,050m – 06 hrs.
    From Kagbeni morning walk follows Kali Gandaki River upstream through nice cultivated terraced fields and reaching Tirigaon village, here one can view a striking natural erosion landscapes with red cliff canyon as the walk leads to Chele.

    On the way to Chele encountering pilgrims in search of a fossil or ammonite known as ‘Salagram Silas’ which are found in abundant in Kali Gandaki River valley, regarded as holy or scared stones by Hindus and worshiped as an iconic representation of supreme Lord Vishnu (one of the three main Hindu Gods).

    Our journey carries on for few more hours through Tangbe, Tsungsang villages and then completing the days walk by crossing a small bridge to our overnight stop at Chele.

    Day 05: Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
    After Chele morning walk starts with a gradual uphill climb to Gyakar village, then continue walk on the barren dry area reaching at Samar a beautiful village, the landscapes from here onwards to upper Mustang are dry, arid and barren with cold and dry climate, a dramatic change in vegetation as the walk leads higher ground.

    As the walk progress reaching at Bhena a small village and then the trail leads to a climb up to Yamda La pass at 3,860 m offering panorama of mountains of Mustang and Dhaulagiri region. After a nice and enjoyable moment a few hours of walk from this ridge top leads to the overnight stop at Geling village through Syangboche.

    Day 06: Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m – 06 hrs.
    After breakfast visit Geling monastery and prayer wheels that spins around with water propeller, after an interesting time here morning walk leads up to Ghami village, from here crossing Ghaymi Khola and on the trail with the longest and spectacular series of Mani walls (sacred prayer stone wall contributed by Buddhist pilgrims and local villagers) and then reaching Dhakmar village. After a break here walk heads to our overnight stop at Tsarang village with fields of buck wheat’s, and an old monastery of Tsarang.

    Day 07: Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3,700 m – 04 hrs.
    Morning walk starts leading to a steel suspension bridge after crossing the bridge heading towards Marang village and then with a gradual uphill climb to a small ridge, then coming across many chortens on route between Tsarang and Lo Manthang, walk today offers fascinating views of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho, Annapurna and Bhrikuti peaks, after enjoying the marvelous scenery walk slowly advance towards Lo La pass at 3,950 m with the first stunning view of Lo Manthang within the high surrounding wall which act as a fortress, then looking across far north hills near the Tibetan border, after a great moment on the downhill path then raching our destination and overnight stop at Lo Manthang.

    Day 08: In Lo-Mangthang for acclimatization and local hike.
    A rest day at Lo Manthang an ideal place for leisure walk and acclimatization, visit and to explore around its interesting historical and cultural centre of Lo-Manthang, there are four major monasteries or Gompas around Lo-Manthang including Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), the red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. These are the main attractions of Lo-Manthang and charges entry fees to visit these places.

    Day 09: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs.
    Enjoying the day in Lo-Manthang with memorable moment, morning walk leads back on the same route for few hours with gradual walk up to Marang village, from here turning right towards west using the an old path to reach the overnight stop at Dhakmar village, around this area afternoon time is very windy with dust so starting early in the morning is highly suggested.

    Day 10: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs.
    Leaving Dhakmar, follow the trail that passes the longest and spectacular series of Mani walls (Sacred-Holy prayer stone wall which is made by the Buddhist followers and pilgrims) then cross the suspension bridge over Ghami Khola to reach the village of Ghami, walking for couple of hours heading to the south to reach the village of Ghiling for the overnight stop with a visit of Geling monastery and water driven prayer wheel.

    Day 11: Trek to Tsugsang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.
    Morning walk starts with gradual climb to Syangboche village, then walking for couple of hours towards a small pass of Yamda La at 3,860 m offering grand panorama of snow capped peaks and of Mustang region landscapes, from here on the downhill path through small villages of Bhena and Samar. Then the walk follows a stream leading all the way to Tsugsang village for overnight stop via Gyakar and Chele villages.

    Day 12: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m – 04 hours.
    After Tsusang rest of the journey will be easier with moderate walks all the way, with a drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk reaches the vast Kaligandaki river valley with a small break at Ekale bhatti. From here onwards gets windy in the afternoon time, from this place few hours walk to Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River. This town is in the centre or junction of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri circuit, Upper Mustang and to holy Muktinath route, afternoon with ample time to explore around Jomsom.

    Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
    Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for a short scenic flight to scenic Pokhara, Pokhara valley another highlight of this fabulous trip, Pokhara regarded as the most beautiful place on this globe with awesome mountain views and natural surrounding with its serene lake Phewa.

    Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.
    Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high mountains of Annapurna area, then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

    Day 15: In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour.
    Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel

    Day 16: International departure homeward bound.
    Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya trekking to Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.

cost include:

01:      All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.

02:      Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on
bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)

03:      Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara at tourist standard hotels on
bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)

04:      Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.

05:      Full board trek on lodge basis includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing
accommodation (Single room supplement at extra cost if required where
available).

06:      Full board trekking (if) on camping includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing
accommodation (Single tents supplement at extra cost if required).
Include separate kitchen unit with cook-kitchen staff accompanied
by guides and porters.

07:      Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) and ACAP (Annapurna Area Conservation Project) and Special Permit for Upper Mustang (from Kagbeni onwards to Kagbeni)

08:     Service of trekking guides / porters and other field staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.

09:      Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with
cultural programs.

10:      Down jackets-sleeping bags-duffel bag by team Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek) and comprehensive medical
kits.

11:      Domestic airfare as per the itinerary Pokhara / Jomsom / Pokhara and
trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.

12:      Transportation on Private Vehicle before and after trek with trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.

13 : Trip maps.

14 : Recuse arranegment .

cost exclude :

01:      Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.

02:      Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, pokhara ,  gratitude (tips)
hard / soft drinks including tea-coffee etc throughout the trip.
(on camping includes tea-coffee etc with boiled and filtered drinking water)

03:      Personal trekking gear and medical kit.

04:      Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.

05:      Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case
clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

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