UPPER MUSTANG LODGE TREK -17 Days

Overview

Upper Mustang Lodge Trek; is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Once forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world for decades, the area was able to evolve within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet. This moderate, lesser-known trek passes through one of the driest regions of Nepal and provides spectacular mountain scenery.

♂ Highlights Upper Mustang Lodge Trek

1. Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang
2. Trek through a stark desert landscape with spires and cliffs
3. Lying in the rain shadow, a great trek to escape the summer monsoon


Upper Mustang;
is a sacred area of Nepal’s Mustang District situated in the other hidden side of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. This area is used to be a Kingdom of Bhote/Thakali community until Nepal was declared a newest secular and Republican Country in 2008. Lo Manthang was the capital of Ex. The Mustang Kingdom. Mustang is divided into two parts: the Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang.

Tsarang Village
Tsarang Village; Upper Mustang Lodge Trek

The lower part of mustang; is open to everyone for normal tour and trekking to Muktinath, Jomsom and Annapurna circuit. However, Upper Mustang is known as restricted area of trekking. To get a permit to trek Upper Mustang you need to apply for a special permit with the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home, Immigration department paying a minimum of US$ 500.00 per person for 10 days and 2 person group size.

The area is restricted because of the historical and religious monuments and the natural and geographical diversity which are meant to be protected as their importance is essential for the nation. Snowy Horizon had organized several Tea houses and group camping trekking in the Upper Mustang area which lies in the North-West part of the western region of Nepal.

Chorten of Mustang
Chorten on the way to Lo Manthang: Upper Mustang Lodge Trek

Lo Manthang; was founded in about 1450 by the son of the legendary Ame Pal, who conquered and united the small kingdoms in upper Mustang. The high wall, 300m long by 150m wide, made in an ‘L’ shape, has safeguarded the town from warriors, bandits and fierce winds for hundreds of years and archaeologists say the fact that the wall has not been extended is proof that this community has remained largely unchanged for the last 500 years.

Cave of Upper Mustang
Choser Caves, Upper Mustang.

In the town Lo Manthang, around 1200 people live in about 150 houses, connected by narrow alleyways. Most of the houses are two-stored, with the bigger buildings being monasteries or palaces. There are some chortens in front of the main gate, and after these, the first building we see is the 40 feet high king’s palace. There are three monasteries in Lo Manthang, but monks are only resident in the newest, Chode Lhakhang, which is about 200 years old and offers secular as well as Buddhist teachings. The landscape around Lo Manthang is jigsaw-like in its diversity, being composed of valleys, canyons, plains, snow-topped mountains and rivers, with the ancient city as the centrepiece.

♂ ITINERARY OVERVIEW of Upper Mustang Lodge Trek:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu half-day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m)
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m)
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m)
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m)
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m)
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m)
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization (3,730m)
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m)
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m)
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m)
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m)
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara (827m.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 17: Final departure

Note:
All itineraries can be customized at your request.

▼ We’ve classified Upper Mustang packages into various packages such as

♂ Full Board Packages,
♂ Half Board Packages

Full Board Packages include:

1. 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
2. Teahouse accommodation during the trek
3. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
4. All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
5. Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
6. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
7. Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
8. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
9. Porter service (1 for 2)
10. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
11. Community Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag
12. All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
13. All government and local taxes

Half Board Packages include:

1. 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
2. Teahouse accommodation during the trek
3. All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
4. Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
5. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
6. Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
7. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
8. Porter service (1 for 2)
9. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
10. Community Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag
11. All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
12. All government and local taxes

♂ Cost Exclusive:

1. Nepalese visa fee
2. Excess baggage charge(s)
3. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
4. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
5. International flights6. Travel and rescue insurance
7. Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)
8. All Meal in Half Board Service PACKAGES.

♂ Service Level: Basic
Simple and clean hotels and Tea House in Mountain during the Trek.

♂ Physical Rating: Challenging
Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

♂ Age requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult

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Gear list

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers/pants
Waterproof overtrousers/rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 seasons * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Basic First Aid Kit including A broad-spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  17 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2- 12 persons
  •  Price:  Request for cost
  •  Trip Style:  Tea-house
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  All round the year
  •  Transport:  Private vehicle

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