Mustang Trekking

  • Trip Cost:US$ 1790 (P/P)
  • Duration:19 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Fairly Strenuous

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Transportation: Private vehicle/flight/Public transport

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Why This Trip?

  • To have trekking to Upper Mustang region.
  • To explore the Lomangthang.
  • To view of the Himalayas.
  • To visit Pokhara and Lakes.
  • To have mountain flight to Jomsom and Return.
  • To visit the Cultural Heritages in Kathmandu
  • To experience the real culture and life style of Buddist in Nepal.

Mustang, which means fertile plain (land), is the former Kingdom of Lo and now a part of Nepal, located in the north-central part of the country, bordering with Tibet on the Central Asian plateau between the Nepalese provinces of Dolpo and Manang, The Kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang region, and "Upper Mustang" are one and the same, comprising the northern two-thirds of the present-day Nepalese Mustang District, and are well marked by official "Mustang" border signs just north of Kagbeni where a police post checks permits for non-Nepalese seeking to enter the region, and at Gyu La (pass) east of Kagbeni.

Trekking in Upper Mustang Region is very popular in Nepal and it is one of the most mysterious trekking regions in Nepal. The landscape of this region is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown.The trekking in the Mustang is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, lies in the heart of Mustang. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape, strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon and low at night. Mustang is considered to be the rain shadow areas of the Himalayas, the result, there is much less rain in comparison to whole country of Nepal. Mustang is one of the few places in the world that has long-lived a very close-niche life. The interesting is that the region was inaccessible to outsiders until some years back. This isolation Mustang owns a unique lifestyle and cultural heritage of people living in the area, which has remained almost unchanged for centuries. The majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are hidden behind this area; Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. With this all the features, special trekking permit is required for all the trekkers from the government registered trekking company in Nepal and Escape Nepal Holidays has long been organizing the trekking in the area, therefore, you do not need to worry, if you want to go and explore this unique area of the world. Trekking in Mustang is organized during all year and it is possible to trek in the area in the rainy season as well. This isolated kingdom of Mustang prospered in the 15th century, when its strategic location enabled to salt trade between Tibet and Nepal. The landscape of Mustang is dry, naturally carved sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, these all present naturally a colorful variety made up of red, yellow and brown together. It is comparably considered to be one of the easy treks in Nepal. The trekking to Mustang is through an almost treeless landscape and infertile landscape. You experience the strong wind blowing across the area as it is a rain shadow area of Nepal. Normally, trekking in to upper Mustang is privileged to have an experience the life and lifestyle of people, who have been residing calmly, even in such harsh environment. The trekking in Upper Mustang is quite similar to trekking in Tibet; as geographically it is a part of Tibet. Interesting is that, this was a part of Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom. It is rich in culture and religious heritage. The history of Lo Monthang is based on myth and legend rather than the recorded in detail. Mustang maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951.

The trekking in Mustang begins with a day tour in Kathmandu and a day drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara then flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, above upper Kali Gandaki River between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trekking holiday to Mustang allows you to explore a weird and wonderful landscape of eroded conglomerate cliffs, colored by natural earth coloring -- red, yellow, brown and blue. Trekking across passes of up to 4100m, we also trek through a succession of picturesque white painted Mustang villages and Tibetan monasteries, set against a backdrop of the distant snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. We have a day to explore our ultimate destination for excursion in Lo Manthang, a fairy-tale walled city and the capital of Mustang. This enlightening trekking adventure to Mustang in Nepal entices to them who love to explore special part of the Himalaya and finally by flight from Jomsom , we return to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu.

We at Escape Nepal Holidays have designed 18 Days itinerary for the Mustang Trek however we are flexible to tailor itinerary for the Mustang as per your time that have for the Mustang holidays so, contact us for the tailor made itinerary and price.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): transfer to hotel, arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and you will be met & greeted by our airport representative and transfer to hotel, your evening is free and overnight at hotel (A).

Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley & an orientation:  After having breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; you will be escorted by a professional tour guide and you will be taken tour to the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Monkey temple, Pasupatinath temple and Bouddhanath Stupe and return to hotel, you will have some time to shop your trekking equipment if you need for your trek to Mustang and overnight at hotel, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 03. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilometers west of Kathmandu) - 6 Hours:  We drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara, it’s a pretty good drive as we go by the beautiful river which is also good for rafting;  we view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the driving. Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains; after 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes…Welcome to this beautiful town of serene lakes that gives so much meaning to your holidays, overnight at your Hotel (A, B).

Day 04. Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) and trek to Kagbeni- 4 hours: After having early berakfast at hotel in Pokhara, We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom. Just out of Jomsom then cross a suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif and overnight guest houses, (A, B, L, D).

Day 05. Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m.)- 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, we trek right up to the river valley, but we use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand on the west bank of the river; we stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where we come across the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chusang village is only about a 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 06. Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.)- 4 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and there is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang practice agriculture. Lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is carried out in sheltered plots of land, covering the brown landscape with patches of green vegetation. Continuing north, we reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. From Chele we climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass we descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D).

Day 07.Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.)- 5 Hours: Today, we climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of chortens. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 08.Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.)- 5 Hours: From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up to the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. We then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 09.Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang (3620 m.)- 5 Hours: Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. 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 are a huge fortress and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 10.Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.)- 3 Hours: Today, 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. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 11. Rest at Lo-Manthang to explore: We explore the Lo- Manthang for the whole day and overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D)

Day 12.Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.)- 6 Hours: We continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 13.Trek from Ghami to Samar- 6 Hours: Leaving Ghami we begin to follow narrow winding path until we reach Geling crossing a small stream. On the way we can enjoy good view of the Nilgiri Mountains, deserted landscapes, Tibetan style villages, farming terraces and natural vegetation. From Geling the path turns broader till Samar passing deserted landscapes, natural vegetation, plateau, Tibetan style houses, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags and observe the distinct culture of the local inhabitants. Samar is a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, Mani walls, monastery, prayer flags and here you find people following Tibetan life styles and traditions, overnight at Lodge. (A, B, L, D).

Day 14.Trek from Samar to Kagbeni- 7 Hours: Following a descending path we reach Chuksang crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki with views of natural vegetation and apple orchards, overnight at Guest house, (A, B, L, D).

Day 15.Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m.)- 4 Hours: Today, our trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through Eklebhatti. The trail is windy in the early afternoons. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang. From here we can have access to the internet and banking facilities, overnight at Guest houses, (A, B, L, D).

Day 16. Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 20 Minutes: We will take early flight to pokhara, and check in to hotel and visit the most beautiful city Pokhara , Relaxing day and overnight at hotel, (A, B).

Day 17: Leisure day in Pokhara: It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Pokhara and Jomsom and we could not fly on scheduled date and time which happen some times, or if the fights are on time then some tours and exiting activities like Paragliding and Ultra flight, you can shop and visit Pokhara little more as the Pokhara is beautiful city and you will truly enjoy it, (A, B).

Day 18.Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours):  We hope our tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and its overnight at your hotel, then we would offer you to have dinner with us for your last night stay in Nepal and talk about your recent trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, trip concludes on this day, (A, B).

Day 19: Transfer to the airport for your departure: You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…takes care!!! (B).

A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • All the Airport Transfers.
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the above itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Your standard meals during the Trip with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, Special trekking permits, TIMS permit and monument entrance fees.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast :
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary.
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge. 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, Nepal Visa Info.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Trip Note

Itinerary for the Mustang Trek: The itinerary given for Mustang Trek standard itinerary that we offer you however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.

Price for the Mustang Trek: The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Extension after the Mustang Trek: If you have time and are interested to stay few days in Pokahra and take a tour of Pokhara city, take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Seti River Rafting, Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of trekking and  holidays reasonably demanding trekking and you are required to have experience of trekking in mountain, at the same time you need to have physical fitness and strong desire to go.  These treks also involve several nights stay above 4000m. These trek holidays includes some trek on Everest Region, Annapurna region, Langtang Region regions plus some village trekking and adventure trek holidays and some 4+ grade River Raftings:

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