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Mustang Trek

Mustang Trek

Trip Overview

Mustang is one of Nepal most mysterious and least known kingdoms. It is also known as "Tibet outside the Tibetan Border" for it survived the Chinese invasion of 1951 and remains as the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Also, Mustang was a forbidden kingdom into which no foreigner was allowed to enter. Although Mustang belongs now politically to Nepal, its people still respect their local king and preserve their traditional lifestyle. A road that links the Tibetan Plateau via Nepal to the tropical Indian plains is still under construction creating a corridor from Lhasa to Kathmandu. 

Geographically Mustang is dominated by eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces which together present a colorful mixture made up principally of earthen reds, browns and yellows. Therefore it is often compared to the surface of the moon. 

The people migrated from Tibet centuries ago in Mustang and become to Bhotias and Loba communities. They practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monasteries and house have a medieval look and show the unique local architecture. Mostly, they are built with sun baked mud bricks and stones. People form Mustang mostly grows barley, buck wheat and potatoes. The capital called Lo Manthang is a walled complex with the houses of local nobilities and monasteries. In 2007, invaluable objects of cultural and historical importance were discovered in Upper Mustang caves. In high caves requiring technical climbing skills one can discover beautiful Buddhist murals, and historical objects, dating back to, according to them, around 800 years ago. 

Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones with spectacular mountain scenery. You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000m with high elevation of the trails rise from 2815m to 3780m above sea level. It is a relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo-Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. Special Trekking area and Permits are required by trekkers when they visit this region with government registered trekking company of Nepal. As per Nepal government rules and regulations a minimum of 2 persons are required to trek in Mustang.

Note: Our all itineraries are base on tow nights after from arrival and tow nights after arrival from trekking or tour in Kathmandu. So, these days can be best days for exploration and relief your pain witch you get after doing trekking or tour in Nepal Himalayas. But, is you have limit of day for Hiking, Trekking, Tour and Adventure activities for Nepal Himalayas, Let us know. We can adjust itinerary or we can make for you tailor-made Holiday.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km), Drive by bus/car or fly.
Day 04: Fly Jomsom (2720m) and Trek to Kagbeni (2810), Fly and Trek 4 hrs
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m), Trek 6 hrs
Day 06: Chele to Syangboche (3800m), Trek 7 hrs
Day 07: Syangboche to Ghemi (3520m), Trek 6 hrs
Day 08: Ghemi to Charang (3560m), Trek 5 hrs
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3809m), Trek 6 hrs
Day 10: Exploring Day
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3820m), Trek 6 hrs
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3570m). Trek 6 hrs
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (2980m), Trek 6 hrs
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2720m), Trek 7 hrs
Day 15: fly out to Pokhara (820m) and sight seen around Pokhara city
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km), Drive by bus/car or fly
Day 17: Leisure Day
Day 18: Final departure onward destination.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Welcomed and Pick up by our airport representative and escort to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the daily program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel on B/B board basic

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparation
Guided Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel on B/B board basic

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km), Drive by bus/car or fly
This day start early in the morning by tourist bus leaves 7 am via exploring Nepalese country side that offer green hills, river, farms or fly any time during day time, it 25 minute. After reaching Pokhara; a city of lake and magnificent view of various mountains namely Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchre and other mountain of Annapurna range.  

Day 04: Fly Jomsom (2720m) and Trek to Kagbeni (2810), Fly and Trek 4 hrs
Morning flight with exploring grate view of Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna Himalayan range will take you at Jomsom. It is District Head Quarter of Mustang region and it is quite big Valley with big population to comparing to others village from Mustang region. Your trek starts with easy walk to Kaligandaki river side. Walking day time after 11 am the valley is too windy and getting to Kagbeni through passing Eklay Bhatti village. Kagbeni is entry point to Mustang Trek.  Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m), Trek 6 hrs
First day of Mustang Trekking to entry restricted area of Mustang region, permit check up and trek onward to the riverbank of kaligandiki. Trail pass through up and down windy and sandy to Tangbe village with white washed traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheat, wheat and apple orchards. Trek will continue Chhusang village and leaving behind Kaligandaki vally behind walk up till to Chile. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 06: Chele to Syangboche (3800m), Trek 7 hrs
Today trek start solve up to steeply up till to Taklam La Pass (3624m) with grate view of TYakawa, Tilicho Peak and Damodar Danda, eroded canyons, remarkable chortens and little descend to Samar. The trail continues up till to 3800m and descends to stream. After 3 hrs similar trail lead to Syangboche.

Day 07: Syangboche to Ghemi (3520m), Trek 6 hrs
Descend to Kimrong Khola through the forest of rhododendron then walk towards Chhomrong crossing through the Gurjung village and its offers close views of Mt. Annapurna south and Hiunchuli and Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre). Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 08: Ghemi to Charang (3560m), Trek 5 hrs
First part of today walk tail lead pleasantly and softer. After sever hours trail goes gently up and to Geling through interesting pass, Mani Wall and continue walk to Charang. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3809m), Trek 6 hrs
Today, we trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang through crossing river, up and down with magnificent view of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Bhrikuti and Tilicho Peak. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 10: Exploring Day
It is exploring day surrounding area and to last village Tingkhar through popular Gompas and monasteries as Namgyal Gompa, Thugchen Gompa and Chyodi Gompa, Lo-Manthang Palace and local community with surrounding Himalayas panoramic vice point. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3820m), Trek 6 hrs
The trail leads back to Dhakmar with less up and moor down and pass through Gyakar village. This village had 1200 years old history of Ghar Gompa and trail continue to Dhakmar. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3570m). Trek 6 hrs
Today,our journey after long walks about 6 hour’s arrival at Ghiling at lunch time. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (2980m), Trek 6 hrs
Journey to Chhuksang through exploring Himalayan view and wonderful landscap. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2720m), Trek 7 hrs
Way back through windy and sandy to Kagbeni to Ekle Bhatti and to jomsom with Kaligandki river bank side. Jomson is district hade quarter of Mustang. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house

Day 15: fly out to Pokhara (820m) and sight seen around Pokhara city
Flight to Pokhra and  spend day easily or visit most of the popular destination of Pokhara including Devid\'s fall (Patale Chango), Cave, World Peace Stupa, and join boating at Lake Phewa. Overnight at hotel on B/B board basic

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km), Drive by bus/car or fly
This day start early in the morning by tourist bus leaves 7 am via exploring Nepalese country side that offer green hills, river, farms or fly any time during day time, it 25 minute. Overnight at hotel on B/B board basic

Day 17: Leisure Day
Leisure day in Kathmandu, Overnight at hotel on B/B board basic

Day 18: Final departure onward destination."Farewell"
Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination. In case of if you stay longer in Nepal.  It is possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting, wildlife safari and other adventures activities. Also possible to customized your itinerary according to your duration of holidays in Nepal and itinerary are subject to change due to weather, route conditions, local politics, transport or and other factors of beyond our control. We would do our best.

Useful Info

Q: Normally, What is group size for this trek?
A: We try to bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventurous experience, and this is an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our trek programs for private trips.

Q: Is there any previous hiking experience required for the trek in the Nepalese Himalayas?

A: As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks.  If you are planning a trek longer than a week, some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on a trek. Trekking once a year is always the best regimen for your body\'s needs; as per recommendations from most health journals throughout the world.

Q: How long do I trek each day?

A: During your trip to Annapurna Region, you will typically walk about 5-8 hours each day.  In some trekking routes, you need to have some resting days for impromptu exploration or acclimatization.  In high and steep areas, you need to move more slowly.  Your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization.  Our treks follow established trails used by local people.

Q: Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A: During the trekking holiday its better not to hurry to make the trip to a final point. Depending upon various conditions and circumstances we can add some additional days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Q: How safe traveling alone women with your company?

A: We ensure all safety and security for individual woman traveler while with us, we are more confidence for this issues, believe us. We have train our guides, the way our clients want.

Q: What is the best time for this trekking?
A: The best trekking time for this trek is September to December and March to May.

Q: What is the weather & temperature like?

A: It’s all depends on the season; the summer time is hot and sunny during the day with occasional storms in the evening, in winter at high elevations the temperature is very cold, but the days are normally bright and sunny, September through to November is ideal for the warm days and cool nights and clear weather. You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trips.

Q: What are communication facilities on the trek?
A: Along the way to Annapurna, there are facilities of telephone and Internet. From most high Annapurna Himalayas land you can make the telephone calls and also if you are carrying Nepali number it works from some high part.

Q: Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?

A: Please, before left to Nepal contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming\' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

Q: Can I hire Trekking/Mountain equipment in Nepal?

A: Yes, you can. All kinds of equipment are available for hire in Kathmandu. There are trekking shops at Thamel, in kathmandu in particular, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags.

Q: Is a Trekking permit required?
A: Yes, the government of Nepal requires a trekking permit for conservation area or National park. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required.

Q:  What kind of accommodation do I get during of trekking?

A:  Basically in Annapurna region been well developed area, so we provide you guest house and Lodge which is called Tea house more like hotels, with hot shower, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some place during of trekking to Annapurna region, we can provide you luxury Hotel.  

Q: Where do we eat our meals and what kind of food is available?

A: During a Tea House trek you will have breakfast and dinner on the same Tea House, where you will be staying over night and lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. During a Camping Trek all food will be cooked by our experienced cook. Every Tea House serves food by their Lodge Management Committees menu and you can also get some Tibetan, Chinese, Nepalese, Indian and Italian dishes on the tea houses.  All Tea Houses of our routs have variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup.

Q: Is it safe to eat during the trek?

A: This is most important part of trek. So, Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our routs. During a Camping Trek our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic cleaning facilities are used.

Q: How do I get safe drinking water on the trek?

A: Even you can buy mineral water but according to our involving in eco tourism, we avoid plastic bottles.  So we highly don’t advise to bye mineral water. That’s way we request to our Clint’s, bring two water bottle one-liters with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.

Q: What is electrical possibility for charge batteries during the trek?

A:  Most of the places during the trekking routes have small hydro power station. So, you can charge batteries along the trek. During high altitude you can also charge but you must pay by hourly.

Q: Does your company arrange domestic and international flight?

A: We are Nepal based company. So we suggest you to arrange your destination International flight from your hometown. Domestic flight ticket is included in our packages tour.

Q: What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
A: The normal weight limit is 20k.g. While the helicopter shuttle system is operating the limit to Lukla is 15 kg.

Q: How many extra days should I keep spare in case of flight cancellation?

A: Flying from Kathmandu to Annapurna sector, we advise at least two spare days due of bad weather can delay during before and after several days of monsoon.

Q: What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

A: Take off your shoes before entering a temple, Monastery or one\'s home
Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.

Q: Is there ATM facilities in this trek?

A: No, Only in Dhuche but it accept only Master card and Visa card.

Q: Are you registered trekking Company/Agency in Nepal?

A: Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. Please check out our document on company profile.

Q: Do you provide any referral customers?
A: To know about our former clients\' referral, please check our testimonial or ask about it.

Q: Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport? Are transfers included?

A: Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. Outside of Terminal Hall, our Airport Representative will be displaying a play card a name of Company with your name on it and you will be transferred to hotel or our office.

Q: What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option?
A: We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick up and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs.

Q: What if I change the Itinerary?
A: Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Q: What sort of experience dose your guides have?

A: our Guides have many years of guiding experience in Nepal as well as in Tibet. Most of them have been spending years exploring the country. Our guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and our guises equally focus on promoting our Nepalese culture not only of the city dwellers but reaching the culture of remote areas of Nepal as well. We believe in and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained.
We are the company that strives to educate the travelers, help them explore the country and make them believe that their stay in Nepal was worthwhile.

Q: What about the Porters?
A: Porters are hired at the beginning of a trek and they are registered on porter progress and believe on International Porter Progress (IPPG) program in Nepal. They are well equipped and well paid.

Q: How much is the weight limits that porters carry?
A: A Weight limit for porters to carry a load is 25 k.g. in Nepal.

Q: What about the insurance of staffs?

A: With due concern for the future of staffs, insurance has been done in various categories. We take pride in the fact that every employ by us is not only well paid but also protected by a life insurance policy. All our treks benefit the village economics by using local services (manpower, produce, lodges and other services). We ensure that all our staff is well paid, insured and properly equipped.

Q: Do I need travel insurance?

A: Personal travel insurance is not included in our package. We recommend you to get the insurance from your home country and please ensure that your insurance policy must cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking, climbing and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to us when available.

Q: What happens incase I get sick?
A: All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. The most important thing is don’t panic. You should always ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance in case you should have to be evacuated. A slight case of diarrhea is to be expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches – all a part of walking in the hills. Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 3 liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!). If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your porter/guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow. Extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks.

Q: What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
A: Altitude sickness often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
Nausea, vomiting
Loss of appetite
Insomnia/ sleeplessness
Persistent headaches
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output

Q: Does your trekking company accept credit cards?

A: We accept American Express, Visa and Master cards. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.

Q: What information do I need to provide you before trekking beside deposit payment?

A: To process your trekking permits, flight booking, hotel booking, etc., we would like to have following information:
Copy of your passport, you can send us your scanned passport via email.
Scanned photo, you can send us your scanned passport via email.
Full name as it appears in your passport
Passport number, expiry date and place of issue
Date of birth
Emergency contact name and phone number
Details regarding any medical or dietary requirements
Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines)

Q: What are the necessary documents that I have to carry during my travel?
A: A valid passport that should be valid for at least six months after returning from the tour and its photocopy
Travel insurance with its photocopy
Four copies of Passport size photos each
Cash and traveler’s cheque, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
Flight tickets
Contact no for emergency for T/C’s, banks, insurance and family

Q: Is tipping included? What is average of tipping?

A: Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips. This is absolutely your choice, make the best of it. Only you can decide this.

Q: How do I book with your company?

A: After choosing a trip of your choice, the first step is to fill up the form available here. A deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book. The next step is to get on a plane and jet down to Asia, and then get ready for an adventure that will be a \'once in a lifetime experience\'.

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Your Program Duration = 4Nights Kathmandu + 3Nights Pokhara + Trek 11Nights / 12 Days

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