Mustang Trekking

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Overview

Mustang lies in the western part and particularly the origin of Tibet. Hidden at the back of huge peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Mustang was out-of-the-way or completely restricted region for the trekkers until 1991. Mustang Trekking way embraces treeless deserted scenery, vertical rocky path ascending and descending the hill and eye-catching views of Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho peak, Tukche peak, Mustang Himal, and many other giant peaks. Mustang region is considered to be a restricted area where a special trekking permit is obligatory through a registered trekking company and we, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks arrange your special Trekking permits of Mustang and all necessary arrangements for Mustang Trekking.

The people settling in Mustang region are known as Lo and they settle at the end of Kaligandaki. Mustang is also an antique Himalayan Kingdom with several largest Tibetan Buddhist Gompas.  Upon our arrival in Jomsom the doorway to Mustang trekking, we begin trekking crossing few striking villages and high passes, observe the standard of living of the selters, experience the deepest gorge in the world on the way. The arresting peaks and frequently changing scenery, white rinsed walls of Lo Mangthang adds charm to Mustang trekking.

We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks has been arranging Mustang Trekking for those who wish to experience the Himalayan way of life and look at the unaffected and distinctive traditions of the Nepali Tibetan local people there. Trekking to Mustang region was entirely camping trekking in the past years. However, Mustang trekking can organize tea house trekking these days.

Trip Highlights: 

  1. Take a private tour of the winding roads of Nepal's hills as you pass majestic barren mountains, ancient caves, centuries-old shrines and many other historical sites.
  2. Visit the majestic Namgyal gompa, Chhoser sky caves and the ancient Mustang Shija Jhong cave dating back more than 3,000 years.
  3. Enjoy the ups and downs of the hilly roads and bumpy terrains of Marpha-Jomsom-Kagbeni all the way to Lo Manthang.
  4. Enjoy a mini Tibet experience connecting with Tibetan people/culture/lifestyles in Nepal.
  5. Visit Muktinath, an important place for Tibetan Buddhists.
  6. Hold your ground as you may be swept away by the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from its backyard.
  7. Savor the famed local apples and their delights such as apple pie and apple wine (marpha) produced locally in Jomsom.
  8. Inspect the world's deepest gorge, Kaligandaki.
  9. Relax in Pokhara's beautiful city surrounded by lakes, caves, falls of Davis and the himalayas.
  10. Explore the cultural hub, Kathmandu and its riches.

Included/Exclude

  • Accommodation as per Different standard of your choice in City and simple lodge or Tented Camp at Trekking.
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide & porter.
  • All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standard of Tour/Trek starting to end of Tour or Trek.
  • Every day 3Meals Trekking portion. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Camping Trek Our Cook prepare & Tea House Trek will provide on local Lodge.
  • All fees on Trek.
  • All the expenses of personal nature, drinks
  • Lunch and dinner city portion
  • All the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control
  • Nepal Visa, (USD30 for 15days,) and Airport Tax, Tipping, etc.

Trip Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrived at Kathmandu (1400m.)

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and will be checked in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is all yours to either explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu or to relax and vibe in. We will be spending the night in the hotel itself.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | Private Vehicle

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Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara(910m.)

After having breakfast, you head off from Kathmandu driving for 6 hours to reach Pokhara in either a tourist bus, or a private car according to the size of the group. You will be witnessing stunning views of the river and countryside. You may even fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu as suited to your convenience. The flight takes only half an hour. Then, you have a free afternoon on your own. You can go around the famed city of Pokhara and let its vibrant surroundings sweep you away.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | Private Vehicle

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Day 3: Pokhara - Jomsom (2743m.) - Kagbeni (3000m.)

Today, early in the morning you take a scenic flight to Jomsom which takes about 25 minutes. After you arrive in Jomsom you will trek to Kagbeni following Kaligandaki, the deepest ravine in the world. After trekking for three and a half hours, you will reach Kagbeni where you can see old houses, temples and a few monasteries. We will be staying overnight in Kagbeni.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Kagbeni – Tsehile (3110m.)

From Kagbeni, we proceed toward Tsehile early in the morning today. The path moves alongside the banks of Kaligandaki river. You will come across the villages of Tangbe and Chunksang. And, before arriving at Tsehile you will have to cross a bridge above Kaligandaki and go up steeply for about 35 minutes to reach Tsehile Village. We will be spending the night at Tsehile.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: Tsehile – Shyangmochen (3800m.)

As you leave Tshehile, you will begin your journey to Shyangmochen. You come across four passes Taklam La (3240m.), Baga La, Dzong La (3550m.), Yemdo pass (4000m.). We will be trekking through interesting communities of Samar, Yemdo and Bhona villages. We will call it a day and recline in Shyangmochen for the night.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Shyangmochen- Tsrang (3570m.)

Today too, you will have to cross four passes: Shyangmochen La, Ghemila (3520m.), Nyi or Nya la (4050m.) and Tsarang la (3920m.). Going across the large community in Ghami you will see large stupas all along the way. You come across a big chorten gate before entering Tsarang, the next largest village in Upper Mustang. The Tsarang is a community containing around 50 families or houses. We will be staying overnight in Tsarang.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 7: Tsrang – Lo Manthang (3530m.)

On this day, you will move for Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The wall here which is 300 meters long and 150 meters broad has protected the residents against robbers, assaulters and the violent winds. The small area of Lo-Manthang is inhabited by more than a thousand inhabitants whose houses are linked by fine cobblestone lanes. We will be spending the night in the serene village of Lo-Manthang today.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 8: Explore Lo Manthang (3760m.)

Today you will walk around Lo Manthang the whole day, visit the king’s palace, monasteries, low caste settlements, herbal medical school and more. Again we spend the night in Lo Manthang in the company of the locals.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 9: Lo Manthang – Tsrang

You retrace your steps back today from the wonderfully walled city of Lo Manthang. You trek down from the village which might prove to be less tedious than trekking upwards.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 10: Tsrang – Shyangmochen

Today you will be passing through a large gorge and one more valley filled with the trees of juniper and then come across the stream near the base. Also, you will pass along the ridge to Shyangmochen, a small settlement with minimal local facilities. Today you will retrace your steps back from Tsrang to Shyangmochen and will be spending the night there.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 11: Syamboche - Chuksang (3050m.)

From Syamboche, your descent ranges from 290m to 1100m. Trekking for 6 to 7 hours today, you will make your way back downstream to Chuksang. This is a long descent. We may be thoroughly worn out today. So, we will be staying overnight at Chuksang.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 12: Chuksang – Kagbeni

Heading from Chuksang, the path descends down the valley turning it to be speedy. We stop at Kagbeni for lunch and stay overnight in Kagbeni.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 13: Kagbeni - Jomsom (2743m.)

After breakfast, we have a short walk today which takes us to Jomsom (2700m.). You can devour the famous apples of Mustang along with other locally produced delicacies like apple brandy , apple wine (marpha), apple pie and dried apple sweets etc, in Jomsom. We will be spending the night in Jomsom today.
Includes: Local Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 14: Jomsom – Pokhara

All flights to Pokhara run in morning only owing to the strong breeze blowing during the day making the flights tricky to operate, so you will have to get up early and arrange for the flight to Pokhara. Today the whole day is yours to explore Pokhara. You will spend the night in Pokhara.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Today you take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you will fly for around half an hour. Our representative will wait for you at Kathmandu airport and will transfer you to your hotel. You will be spending the night in Kathmandu. Includes: Hotel Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 16: Kathmandu

Today is a free day. You will be on your own to either explore Kathmandu or to just relax and vibe in.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 17: Departure

This is the day we part. Our airport representative will take you to the airport for your way back home.
Includes: Breakfast | Airport Transfer

 

Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.

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Clothing and Equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.

Clothing

1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph