Trip Introduction Upper Mustang Trek is a Restricted Area into the Ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Lo- Manthang. Special permit from Nepal Government is needed to join this pleasant trekking into the secular land of Mustang. Being curtained from the world, natives from Mustang were able to preserve their ancient culture and traditions in its original form.
Mustang Region gives views of more than 35 towering mountains that are over 6000m height. Upper Mustang Trekking follows as diverse trails as world’s deepest gorge in Kali Gandaki to world’s highest regions of Lo- Manthang Valley. Visiting thousand year old monastery, having scenic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and stepping into the city wall and the four storey palace in Lo- Manthang are the major attractions of Upper Mustang Trek.
Upper Mustang Trek at ‘Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ is amazing package that begins with flight to Jomsom via Pokhara from where the adrenaline trekking experience initiates as we walk through Kagbeni to villages of Chele, Syanbochen, Ghami and Charang to fortified kingdom of Lo- Manthang. We will make the return trip through settlements of Dramkar, Ghiling, Chhuksang and Kagbeni to Jomsom from where we will fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara and the fun- filled trekking package concludes as we return to the hotel at Kathmandu.
Existing in the rain shadow of Himalayas, Upper Mustang receives minimal rainfall which makes Upper Mustang Trek possible throughout the year.
Tourist Link Treks is the Champion trekking operator in Kathmandu for the Upper mustang trek and other trekking region in Nepal. Our main propose is satisfy for clients and safety. Upper mustang trekking required minimum two person need for permit through government registered Nepal Trekking Company. The permit cost is 500$ just you have to know that. We’ll make fell the great difference if you decided upper Mustang with Tourist Link Treks. Also if you are looking group for September to December please you have to follow fixed departure date of 2017.
Itinerary Outline of Mustang Exploration: Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m) Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara(900m) Day 04: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom Trek to Kagbeni(2800m) Day 05: Trek to Chele(3050m) Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen(3800m) Day 07: Trek to Ghami(3520m) Day 08: Trek to Charang(3620m) Day 09: Trek to Lo- Manthang(3810m) Day 10: Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang Day 11: Trek to Dramkar(3820m) Day 12: Trek to Geling(3570m) Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang(2980m) Day 14: Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni(2720m) Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu Day 17: Departure
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1345m)
Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by representative from ‘Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ who will then convey you through the vibrant streets in Kathmandu to the hotel where you will receive a brief explanation regarding your trekking package. You will spend the pleasant night in the comfy bed.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley: Taking light breakfast early in the morning, our guide will then take you for a pleasant day tour inside Kathmandu which encompasses the UNESCO enlisted holiest shrine of Shiva at Pashupatinath Temple Complex, the Bouddhanath Stupa which is the largest Stupa existing inside Kathmandu, Swayambhunath Temple aka Monkey Temple which is the oldest Stupa inside Kathmandu which dates almost 2oooyrs back and the Kathmandu Durbar Square which is yet another UNESCO enlisted historical site where you will get chance to view the abode of Living Goddess- Kumari, Kasthamandap Temple, Kal Bhairab and many more. Day03: Fly or drive to Pokhara(900m)
25-minute of pleasant flight from the Domestic Airport of Kathmandu with scenic views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Langtang Himalayan range will be able to take us to Pokhara.
Alternatively, we can choose 5hour of enchanting drive through the meandering road along the Prithvi Highway which will eventually takes us to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The route will be full of natural grandeurs like Trishuli River, rice terraces and numerous peaks at the background.
Day04: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom Trek to Kagbeni(2800m)
It takes 20minutes of pleasant flight over mountains to arrive at the Airport in Jomsom. We will be enjoying the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains from the comfortable seats of plane. Landing at Jomsom which is the district Headquarter and the hub of Mustang Region, we will begin our trekking by walking along Kali Gandaki River to village at Kagbeni which is the gateway for Upper Mustang.
Day05: Trek to Chele(3050m)
Walking along the eastern bank of Kaligandaki River, we will follow the upward trail to Tangbe Village. Making our way through the narrow alleys between the homes, we will arrive at the fields of buckwheat and apples which we will cross to reach to Chhusang Village. Later we will cross the Kaligandaki River over suspension bridge to make it to Chele Village which is located at the top of the ridge.
Day06: Trek to Syanbochen(3800m)
Climbing the slope, we will move forward along the side of a deep canyon and cross a stack of rock at Samar from where we will pursue the downward trail to the river. Passing through Juniper trees, we will choose the escalating trail which leads us through the cave at Ramchung to Syanbochen.
Day07: Trek to Ghami(3520m)
Passing through the Tibetan styled local houses, tea houses and chortens, we will choose the ascending trail to Yamda La which is a pass located at3850m altitude. Enjoying some of the scenic natural views from apex of Yamda La, we will travel through Nyi Pass (4010m) to the pretty village of Ghami.
Day08: Trek to Charang(3620m)
Walking through the trail lined with Mani walls, we will have a gentle descent from the hill to arrive at the huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa which exists at the Kali Gandaki gorge on the eastern edge of village. Observing the architectural design of the Gompa, we will make an advance to the village of Charang which is located at the top of Charang Chu.
Day09: Trek to Lo- Manthang(3810m)
Following the rocky path, we will lower down to Charang-Chu from where the trail escalates uphill to arrive at land of moraines. We will have the first look into the walled city of Lo-Manthang from the land of moraines before heading towards the walled city of Lo-Manthang.
Day10: Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang:
It is taken as the exploration day. We will explore around the walled city of Lo Manthang by which we will be visiting the western valley of Tingkhar, to the site of the summer palace of the Raja. Kimling, Phuwa and the Namgyal Gompa (Monastery of Victory Gompa which is the newest and most active of Lo) are other sites that are worthy visiting.
Day11: Trek to Dramkar(3820m)
Lo-Manthang is the farthest point of our trek. So, on 10th day, we will be making a return trip. We will choose a different path that moves forward through Dramkar. Enroute, we will visit the Ancient Gyokar Gompa which is rich in paintings that is popular among locals as the wish fulfilling Gompa. Climbing the ridge, we will have a gentle descent from where we will continue walking to Dramkar.
Day12: Trek to Ghiling(3570m)
Choosing the dusty and windy trail, we will arrive at the barren lands of Ghiling. We will enjoy the perfect views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains from Ghiling and later we will visit the friendly locals at Ghiling to know their ways of living. We will stay in a camp at Ghiling for the night.
Day13: Trek to Chhuksang(2980m)
The trek on 12th day begins early in the morning as we take the easy trail that lowers down from the hill to Chhuksang. It takes about 6hours of walking to arrive at Chhuksang which offers the pleasant views of surrounding mountains and landscapes. We will be staying overnight at Chhuksang.
Day14: Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni(2720m)
Continuing through the trail that prolongs along the southern border of Mustang region, we will head to Kagbeni. Walking past Kagbeni, the trail prolongs through the bank of Kali Gandaki River all the way to Jomsom. Since flights from Jomsom during day time are usually impossible due to heavily blowing wind, we will be staying overnight in a hotel at Jomsom.
Day15: Fly back to Pokhara:
20minutes of an early morning flight with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains will take us to Pokhara. We will spend the spare time exploring the enchanting Lake city of Pokhara whereby we will be visiting Phewa Lake, Seti Gorge, David Fall, KI Singh Bridge, Mahendra Cave and International Mountaineering Museum prior to returning back to the hotel where we will be staying overnight.
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu:
5hours of scenic drive through the serpentine roads along Prithvi Highway with exotic views of Trishuli River, paddy fields, terraces and hills will lead us back to Kathmandu where we will be staying in a hotel. Dinner will be served in the evening to celebrate the successful ‘Upper MustangTrek.’
Alterntively, 25minutes of pleasant flight can be chosen from Pokhara Airport to arrive at Domestic Airport of Kathmandu.
The wonderful 16days ‘Upper Mustang Trek’ comes to an end on this day as you will be transferred back to Tribhuvan International airport by our representative. We are happy to serve you and we will be looking forward for your next visit.
Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Tample, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
3 – Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the Trek
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) during the Trek
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic Airfare( Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara)
An experience English –speaking and Government – licensed holder trek leader
Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter)
Staff Costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
Special permit fee for restricted Area of Upper Mustang
TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
All Local/Government Taxes
Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance Company
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to & from home town
Excess baggage charges
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
Tips and donations for guides and porters.
Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
SUGGESTED TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST
1 Pair of hiking boots
1 Medium size backpack
1 Day pack
1 Sleeping bag (20 C)
1 Down Jacket/Gore tax Jacket
1 Light wind & water proof jacket
1 Inner sleeping sheet
2 Long sleeve T-shirts
1 Water bottle
1 Pair gaiters/over trousers
1 Pair sport shoes or sandal
2 Pairs light weight trousers
1 Pair shorts
1 Fleece / warm sweater
2 Pair’ light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 Sweatshirts / light sweater
1 Torch & spear batteries
1 Swimming costume / bathing suits
1 Medium size towel
1 Washing kit including washing powder, small clothesline and pegs, insect repellents etc. & personal toiletries
Moleskin for blister
Swiss type of army knife
Toilet paper, biodegradable soap/shampoo
Underwear (including thermals)
Warm hat/ gloves
Sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream
Spear plastic bags for wrapping clothes
You should satisfy that your cold weather clothing will keep you comfortable down to – 20 degree Celsius. Most of the items mentioned above can easily & cheaply be hired either in Kathmandu.
Having spent 7 days with tourist link treks, I can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable, memorable life experiences I have ever had. It was my second time in Nepal and decided to go on a trekking/ jungle safari expedition. Wild is not the world. Although at times it was difficult and exhausting, I have n regrets in making the decision.
Last time I used tourist link treks services I took a tour around Tibet, which was out of this world. The service of the tour guides and their expertise knowledge of the areas we covered was amazing, and the team of people I was with was equally as great. Which is why I decided to use tourist link trek again for my next Nepalise adventure.
Since I had such a fun time on the last trip I decided to stick to trekking, and I’d heard from a friend of mine that the jungle safari was something that I would have really enjoyed. And they certainly were not wrong! I enjoyed every minute of it, and got some of the most amazing pictures I have ever taken. We rode on elephants for the duration of the time and came across wild like left right and center. Never have I been so close to these wild beings without there being some kind of cage, but being on top of an elephant I guess is the next safest thing lol..
So the safari was followed up AFTER the 25 days of trekking in Kanchenchunga, which as you can imagine was very tiring, but certainly enjoyable. The fresh air there was so nice, but my feet certainly payed the price. I had unfortunately acquired some rather large blisters on my right foot but carried on non the less. But let’s just say that I was relieved to spend the last part of the trip riding around on the back of an elephant lol..
All in all though I wouldn’t trade the experience I had with the team for anything! The people, the weather, the scenery was just simply amazing, and I feel that there are many more fun filled adventures to have with tourist link treks in the coming years, and I can’t wait!
Anna Nadia Bandura From Poland
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Having always fantasized about visiting Tibet, I decided recently to make my wish a reality. Having visited Nepal before and done some different treks with different trekking companies, I stumbled across Tourist Link Treks & Expedition (P.) LTD. A friend of mine had recommended them as being the cheapest most reliable tour company out of many others, and since I valued his judgment greatly I decided to give them a shot. Well, I certainly was not disappointed to say the least. I couldn’t believe the quote I got from them with everything included. It was nearly half the price! Of what I’d plan to budget for. At first the offer sounded abit too good to be true, but going with my gut instincts, my friends advise and the warm friendly reception I was greeted with other the phone with them, I decided to go for it. The tour consisted of a direct flight to the neighboring mountains, and a trek around the peaks of the Tibetan peaks. I knew I was amongst one of the wonders of the world where I was and had my camera on stand by to capture some of the most breath taking shots I have ever taken. There where moments where time just seemed to stand still, where the wild life seemed so in balance with its surroundings that we appeared to blend into their eco system. No fear, no negative vibes, just being, for as far as the eye could reach. A translucent depiction of what life is supposed to be like, or how it once was. Something was telling me, ‘this is how its supposed to be’
When your amongst such beauty, caught in a realm of timelessness, it is easy to get lost in what it is your doing. And when the hand on my shoulder was softly felt by the guide, it was back to reality I stumbled to.
Joe wakefield From Uk
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
I had an awesome trip, great price the best guide (Nigma Sherpa) and very strong happy porter. I did EBC kala pather, Gokyo, Gokyo RI good food good accommodation. Learnt so much about the mountains, climbing the mountains, treated like a king. A very big thank you to Nigma sherpa always felt safe and in good hands thanks for organizing a great trip Hom at a great price.
Scott Blake From Australia
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
My hasband and i am from Germany , we booked the poonhill trek with Tourist Link Treks . Our guide Elmi was really great , he told us lot of about Nepali culture , the life in the hills and about the Flora and Fanna . He cared a lot about us and always went into the Kitchens in the tea houses where we stoped to eat and drink to check whether everthing was clean and well prepared .
Compared to the other guide , Elmi was really well prepared and equipment after the 4th day . I went sick and Elmi gave me medicine and managed to shorten our trip . He even carried my backpack when i was very weak . All we were very satisfied with our guide and the trek . The view from poonhill was amazing , Elmi explaned all the Mountain we could see . so it was a great pleasure and a very good choice
Best regards : Julia & Sascha Michely
julia & Sascha Michely From Germany
Saturday, December 27th, 2014
We , two girls of arround 25 from the Netherlands , booked the Langtang Trek with Tourist Link Trek . we hired a guide and a porter , who took a lot of work out of our hands . The Langtang Trek was very beautiful and our guide had a lot of hummer . He made a new plan when one of us had an injury (ankle) , which was very nice . He told us about local traditional , mountain , animals ,history and local alcohol .
Our porter was never tired , he walked from our endpoint back to carry our other bags .
In short , amazing trip , good organisation .
Kind regards , Maartje and emmely
Maartje Verhoeven and Emmely Vender Steen From Netherlands
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Personally , i don't have that much experience with guide but i know that Raju is am 'A' calss guide , i'm almost certain that guy saved my life or ( my eyes feet etc ) my life times, he's a hardworking guy that will put all his effort on it to keep you going and to make you as comfortable as possible .
Handrik de peeker From Holland
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
To Hom and Niraj ,
Thank you for an excellent and memoriable journey to the Everest Base camp .The itinerary was well planned and guide is very knowledge and attractive .
This is a trip of A lifetime and worth every ....much thanks and until next time , Will zeng
Will Zeng From Australia
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
We had a trip organized by Tourist link from KTM to Langtang for 8 days . The price was excelent and we had great experience with our poter \ guide Elmi . He was a fantastic guide , helping us catch our bus in Ktm . All the way throught the trek until . We were back into Tourist link trek office in Ktm . Our trip was well organized , convenient and very enjoyable . I would recommend Tourist Link without a doubt !! Many Thanks