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Mustang Trek

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This is not just a trek, it’s your introduction to a once-upon-a-time thriving kingdom of yore – this is Mustang…an area in Nepal that was once called ‘the forbidden kingdom’’, till its gates opened in the 90’s. Going in and coming out – both ways, we have the pleasure of gracing stunning views of the huge Annapurna’s and the so very towering Dhaulagiri peak…it leaves you stunned to the bone… and we have a whole day to discover the ancient walled capital of Mustang – Lo Manthang…it’s a world you wouldn’t have imagined…till you saw it…on the ‘Ancient Mustang Trek’’…

Trekkers weren’t allowed into this kingdom until the past decade and a half; the moment you come face to face with this olden and secretive province upfront, you’d soon realize its geographical similarity to Tibet, and the culture is so much the same. Mustang was once a rich prosperous independent country in the 15th Century, because its tactical setting gave it the leverage to control the famous salt trade between Tibet and Nepal. This territory is in a league of its own with white-washed lively but quiet villages, Tibetan styled monasteries and notable wayside inns, a bequest that dates back hundreds of years of cross-border bartering, giving Mustang a unique identity, not found in other part of Nepal. Even the physical attributes of Mustang is not like any other part of the Himalayas in Nepal; - windswept conglomerate cliffs colored by unusual earth pigments in dissimilar hues of maroon, dull yellow, earthy brown and sharp blue, set amidst a backdrop of snow-capped silver grey peaks of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri gleaming on the horizons. Most backpackers would not have wanted it the way it is now, with the slow intrusion of the motor road that has now found its way into Mustang, but to look at the positive side of this, we can now improvise on the way we plan this superb 2-week escapade holiday. Our journey commences with a flight to Jomsom by the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, we hit the trail for 3 days from Kagbeni to Ghami, before we come bang on straightaway to the folk tale walled city of Lo Manthang and explore for a whole day here, wandering into a world that was and still is amongst its brilliantly painted houses and clandestine alleyways, a world that refuses to forget its past. ‘Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions’’has designed your trip in a way that steers past that long-drawn-out hiking that’s not needed, which is close to the motor tracks, but we are still able to enjoy all of Mustang's interesting villages, chortens and characteristic scenery. Nevertheless, the best is yet on the way, as we hike away from Lo Manthang on the eastern part of the Kali Gandaki River.

This 10-11-day trekking venture shows us some of the most inner areas of Mustang, where the changes are a bare minimum, and time seems to have come to an abrupt halt…its engrossing. We visit a whole sequence of far flung settlements, such as Drakmar, Ghiling and Chuksang, as we make a beeline southwards towards the intimidating presence of the Annapurna Himal. This dramatic trip culminates at historic Jomsom, after having discovered a wonderful world so different from ours…which could have only been possible on the ‘Ancient Mustang Trek’’…a true fairy tale of one of the best trekking adventures in Nepal.


At a Glance

  • 17 Day Moderate…and comfortable on the body…
  • 10-11 days across ancient trails that tells us of a period that was, and still is…
  • Hotel and teahouse lodges with Healthy king size meals provided on the trails
  • Private car or a tourist coach depending on the number of people
  • Maximum altitude of 3840…at Drakmar below Lo Manthang…the views are thrilling…

What's Included?

  • Healthy meals during whole trek 
  • Mountain lodge Accommodation on trek
  • Flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara- Kathmandu
  • All airport transfers by Private vehicle
  • Expert  Sherpa guide [ certified by Nepal Gov.]
  • Necessary Porters [ 1 Porter for 2 Person basis]
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • MSTrekking kit bag and Group medical kit
  • Trek Map, company t-shirt
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  • Mustang special trek permits fees and entry fees
  • Guides and porters pay, meals and insurance
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu on day 2

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and Helicopter Rescue Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in city
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks and Mineral Water
  • Tips for Guide & Porters
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation
  • Other Cost, which not mentioned in Includes 

Itinerary

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Mountain Sherpa trekking and expeditions office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Breakfast

After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty b/fast, we proceed for our tour of Basantapur Durbar Square. Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. within this square we will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself; from here we head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the largest in the world) and a major centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).

We next drive down to Swayambhunath {popularly known as Monkey Temple} “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal. Hereabouts we see a cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the simple Nepalese people who live within the country. We then wrap up our Heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and art that  displays scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, this includes the Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples. We return back to our hotel, refresh, do some shopping for our trek the next day, have an early supper and retire to bed, most probably. Breakfast

We hop a short but scenic 30 minute flight to Pokhara, enjoying the views of Ganesh, Manaslu and the Annapurnas along the way. If we decide to go by a tourist bus, then we check out early morning at around 7 am. En-route, we enjoy a lot of the countryside of Nepal that offers green landscapes typical of rural Nepal, rivers, villages, cultivated farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. In the afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of the Annapurna range and others. Pokhara is the city of lakes and has several beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful Fewa Lake during the afternoon - enjoy boating too. We can also relax and dine by the peaceful Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping at eventide. Overnight in Pokhara – Breakfast

We take the lovely early morning flight to Jomsom (famous for its apples) where we will be met at the tiny airstrip by our trek team. After some initial preparation of sorting out our equipments and loads, we begin our trek to the cute village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom we cross a small suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is flat and quite infertile, with jagged rocks and sand littering the trail.

This makes it very easy going. We get great views of massive peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Kagbeni, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, fields of wheat and barley and a large red Gompa, give us a preview of scenes that we would come across in Upper Mustang. At the north end of the village is the police check-post. Here we will complete our paperwork before entering this long forbidden region of Nepal. Overnight stay at Lodge. All Meals included.

Our trip begins with a special permit check and then we hike it down by the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. In the course of our hike, we come across scenic quaint places to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails goes up and downhill. First, we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The apples here are tasty. From here we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We plod on through some small ridges before reaching Chele village for the night. B. L. D

Today, we hike further down to Eklo Bhatti. We clamber up to Taklam La Pass at (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further up, we descend a little to the village of Samar. We then climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descend steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs of similar walking brings us to Syanbochen.  On the way, we relax amid the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incense to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ranchung Cave. We haul up here for the night in a teahouse. B. L. D
After a great breakfast, we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is so similar to houses in Tibetan with open Verandas. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) takes a little bit longer. We next descend to our overnight stop at Ghami, the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Overnight at our teahouse – B. L. D

Today’s walk perhaps, takes us through some of the driest parts of Mustang, and a lot of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the striking views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the craggy mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village is a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas. We bunk out at our teahouse lode – B. L. D

After a hearty b/fast amidst chirping birds, we will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first views of the medieval walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner. We crash out at our hotel in Lo-Manthang – B. L. D

Today, it’s your free day to explore the enthralling city of Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as displays mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is a daunting building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is much respected by the people of Mustang. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short horsy tour will incur extra costs. Overnight at our hotel in Lo-Manthang – B. L. D

While returning from Lo-Manthang, we take a different route than the one we came by. We Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar to explore the more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. We explore much of the local area. Since there is the chance of dusty wind storms, it is advisable to hike out in the morning. B. L. D

Today, we hike back to Ghiling because our journey for our overnight stay is a pretty long day after a long walk which takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch, we enjoy the day exploring our surroundings, but it will be dusty and windy in the afternoon, so it will be wise to stroll around in evening time. We do an overnight at Ghiling. B. L. D

We re-trace our steps back to Ghiling for our overnight halt after hiking for some 5 hrs. We will savor some breathtaking scenery in the course of our journey with the majestic Himalayan vistas that envelop us on the trail. We enjoy our trip before the sun sets for our overnight at a teahouse.  B. L. D

It's a long and sad final day, as we plod back through Kagbeni to Jomsom where we conclude our trek. It's now time for us to take a good hot shower when we reach our hotel at Jomsom. In the evening, we celebrate with the Sherpas and porters whom we’ve come to know so well over the last 2 weeks, and this calls for a celebratory dinner and some local ‘chhang’’ [mountain beer brewed from fermented rice, some even say its good for health], we do some dance jigs to a sherpa dance and enjoy a delicious dinner before going to bed; a befitting end to a merry successful trip. We crash out in Jomsom. B. L. D

After our morning breakfast we check in at the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min thrilling flight to Pokhara between a gorge of the two massive mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri brings us finally to the Lake city of Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara airport our guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. We refresh, relax for some time and then go out for a stroll down the street by the lake to explore the market for some souvenirs to take back home. Overnight at our hotel – Breakfast

After breakfast, we get into our vehicle for our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Make sure your video cams are loaded for some great pictures from the windows of your bus of the fantastic landscapes you witness on the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing much else to do accept to shoot off some emails to your loved ones and companions you met on the course of your holiday, and yes, you’d want to organize those lovely photos.You can spend the evening laid-back at your pace, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate a complimentary dinner together in the evening with the Mountain Sherpa trekking staff. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu - Breakfast

After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa Trekkingwill cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this beautiful region of the Annapurnas and ancient Mustang will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Sayonara friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast

Please Note:that although we try to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trail or weather conditions may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life.

 

Accommodation

yes 3 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at 3 Star/ 5 Star Category Hotel as per itinerary

yes 1 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Pokhara at 3 Star/ 5 Star category Hotel as per itinerary

yes 11 Nights Mountain lodge comfortable room & hot shower where available

mail All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis [Single rooms can be organized during trek with extra cost]

mail For the 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu single rooms are available at a supplementary cost.

What kind of food I can expect during lodge trek??

------------------- Morning Breakfast [6:30-7:30 AM] -----------------------

  • Tea or Coffee, Hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk or green tea
  • Eggs items- Fried Eggs, Boiled Eggs, scramble eggs, Omelet etc
  • Bread items- Toast, Pancakes, Chapati & Tibetan Bread etc
  • Porridge with Honey, musli with milk etc

--------------   Afternoon Lunch [12:30 – 1:00 PM] -------------------

  • Curry with Rice, Pasta, Noodles item, fried rice and fried Potatoes, Mo.Mo etc

----------------- Evening Dinner [6:00-8:30 PM] ----------------------

  • Sherpa Stew, vegetable Soup, mixed Soup, Potato Shop
  • Dal bhat tarkari – a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry, Lassani, Pizza, Home Made Pasta etc
  • Fried potatoes with vegetables, MO. MO, fried Noodles, Pasta, mash potatoes with Chesse

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  • Serve Tea & Biscuits Late afternoon everyday [ 4:00 PM-4:30 PM]
  • Enough boiled water after dinner
  • Welcome/farewell Dinner with live Cultural Show at typical Nepali Restaurant

--------------------------- Safe Drinking Water -----------------------------

You can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. It is recommended to bring steripen (UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses you will be served with boiled water. And please be noted that don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to water borne illness and affects the whole trekking journey.

Vital information

******* Climate and Seasonality *******

Nepal is subject to monsoon which determines the choice of trekking areas depending on the season: Spring Seasons [March to May] is ideal to watch the explosion of vegetation, including rhododendrons, and from around the Annapurna sanctuary trek to Everest base camp trek, Generally clear skies in the morning, marked cloudiness in the late afternoon. The more we advance towards the month of May (monsoon), the more clouds rise early.

[Mid September to November] This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approx. above 20degC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to -5degC at the higher altitudes.

Summer Season Starts from June to September. Dolpo trekking and Mustang trekking of Nepal, and Tibet tour can be done in the monsoon.

Winter, from Mid December to late February, the cold is dry, the clear sky, the sunshine ... Many benefits without the tourist season. For example, short trek like chisopani and nagrkot trekghorepani poonhill trekking,Ghandruk Village trek would ideal for Winter Treks.

******* Travel Insurance *******

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out delayed departure and cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions.

We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your MSTE itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken in the trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet, Bhutan & India trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage.You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

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