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Upper Mustang

The landscape in the Upper Mustang Area is spectacular and trail running in this trail can be a once in a lifetime experience. This trip covers the trail run, and subsequent return to Marpha.

  • Courtesy - Asuka Banga

Lo Manthang – the name itself conjures up a sense of mystique, and that is what you get. Trekking in the area, walking in the villages, meeting the inhabitants, savoring the local sights and sounds, is completely magical. Its the thinner air (above 3000 meters), the simple friendly people, the stark mesmerizing moonscape, the deeply pious mystique that emanates from deep rooted Buddhism, or something, but its there, and you can feel it.

No photographs adequately capture what you see, and no words can really describe what you experienced on this trip. It is something that stays with you forever – your journey and yours alone. Enough said! A trip into Upper Mustang is a trip of a lifetime! You will never forget it. Period.

Highlights: Heritage, environment conservation, visit to projects, shopping, soft adventure extensions
 


Includes

  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • All land transportation (based upon itinerary).
  • Flight to Pokhara and back 
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area special permit.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • All government Taxes

Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses
Day 1 | FLY TO JOMSOM | TREK TO KAGBENI

We will fly from Pokhara to Jomsom which is of about 25 minutes. Today is the first day of trek; where we will walk about 4 hours to reach kagbeni and spend overnight at the tea house.


  • L | D

  • lodge
  • air | hike
Day 2 | DRIVE TO TSAILE / SAMAR

On this day, we will drive about 2 hours and reach Tsaile, located at an altitude of 3050 meters. We will follow the Kali-Gandaki river on our side trail. On reach to Tsaile, we will explore around the place and spend our overnight at the tea house.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep | explore
Day 3 | DRIVE TO GHAMI

Today we pass through plateaus and narrow stretches to reach Gharmi/ Ghaymi which is located at 4010 meters .Along the way we will get a spectacular view of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda.. Our over night stay will be at Lodge.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 4 | HORSE TO DHHAKMAR

This day will be the short day since the destination will be quite shorter than other days. We will be riding on horse on a way to Dhhakmar which is at the altitude of 3820 meters. On our trail there is long Mani Wall. These sacred stones wall have carved wooden wheels inset in them, and buddhist religious people turn the wheels.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • horse
Day 5 | HORSE TO LO MANTHANG

The trail to Lo-Mangthang offers a magnificent view of the peaks of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhirkuti. Lo-Mangthang Valley is situated at the altitude of 3050 meters, and the hills behind it which marks the border of Tibetain side. Our overnight stay will be at the lodge.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • horse
Day 6 | TIJI FESTIVAL

One of the ethical frestival of people from Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang, Tiji is a mesmerizing yearly three-day festival consisting of Tibetan ceremonies. The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. "Tiji" the name is an abbreviation of the word "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace".


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • explore
Day 7 | TIJI FESTIVAL

The Tiji festival usually takes place around mid-May and lasts for 3 days. The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • explore
Day 8 | DRIVE TO SKY CAVES AND BORDER AND BACK.

Drive to Sky Caves on a way to border of Nepal and TIbet. Overnight stay at Chhoser which is at the altitude of 4030 meters


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 9 | DRIVE TO RIVER. HORSE TO YARA

This day our trail gradually ascend two small passes before we reach a village of Dhi. Further we continue along the river bed until we made it to Yara with spectacular view of clifft opposite direction.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep | horse
Day 10 | HORSE TO CHHUKSANG


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • horse
Day 11 | DRIVE TO JHARKOT

Drive to Jharkot. Side trip to Kagbeni while you have the jeep.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 12 | DRIVE TO JOMSOM

This day we will drive to Jomsom via Marpha


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 13 | FLIGHT TO POKHARA

Our flight will be schedule on the morning which will take us about 30 - 35 min to reach Pokhara. Upon the arrival, your guide will take you to your hotel.


  • Self
  • air
Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Kagbeni Fly to Jomsom | Trek to Kagbeni air | hike lodge L | D
2 tsaile Drive to Tsaile / Samar jeep | explore lodge B | L | D
3 Ghami (Ghemi) Drive to Ghami jeep lodge B | L | D
4 Dhhakmar Horse to Dhhakmar horse lodge B | L | D
5 Lo Manthang Horse to Lo Manthang horse lodge B | L | D
6 Lo Manthang Tiji Festival explore lodge B | L | D
7 Lo Manthang Tiji Festival explore lodge B | L | D
8 Chhoser Drive to Sky Caves and border and back. jeep lodge B | L | D
9 Yara Drive to River. Horse to Yara jeep | horse lodge B | L | D
10 Chhusang Horse to Chhuksang horse lodge B | L | D
11 Jharkot Drive to Jharkot jeep lodge B | L | D
12 Jomsom Drive to Jomsom jeep lodge B | L | D
13 Pokhara Flight to Pokhara air Self -
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
  • "View of Kagbeni from view-point"

  • "Magnificent view of Annapurna Range with Fishtail in between from Shanti Stupa, Pokhara". You can either drive here or hike which will be half day tour.

  • "Jeep"

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  • "Tiji Festival"

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GEAR LIST | What to bring on this Trek?

Think only safety. Safety from the rain, the cold, the heat and the altitude. So simply put the bare essentials would be

  • RAIN - a rain jacket and if required during monsoon, rainproof pants
  • COLD - layers of clothings - thermals, tee shirt, fleece, windstoppers and down. Sleeping bag and liner for the night
  • HEAT - Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • ALTITUDE - Water bottle, snacks and a great Attitude! The rest is all about building an itinerary thats going up slow!

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