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Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang trek is one of the best-preserved cultural destinations in all of the Himalayas. Trips to the region have been protected by special permit limiting tourist travel. Now, rare opportunity to travel within the Kingdom of Lo. Navigate Outdoor will take you on an unforgettable journey to the heart of this forbidden Kingdom.

Traveling in August to enjoy the wildflowers and vibrant green of crops grown in the region. Along the journey, we’ll meet agro-pastoralist that continue living as they have for centuries.

Our trip includes 12days trek across the desert plateau, past red cliffs windswept monasteries to reach the ancient capital of Lo Manthang. Here we wander the corridors of the walled city, visit rural villages by horse, and explore monasteries.

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:4300m
  • Total Duration:12 - 18 Days
  • Best Time:March - June, Sept - Dec ,
  • Group size:2 minimum

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport
  • Day 2: While we are finishing last minute paperwork and short out with government
  • Day 3: Fly to Pokhara 25 minute and transfer to the hotel. Elevation: 900meters/2952feet
  • Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni and stay. Elevation: 2670meters/8760feet
  • Day 5: Trek Kagbeni to Chusang and stay. Elevation: 2980meters/9775feet
  • Day 6: Trek Chusang to Samar Elevation: 3150meters/10330feet
  • Day 7: Trek to Gheling. Elevation: 3510meters/ 11510 feet
  • Day 8: Trek to Ghami Elevation: 3490meters/11450feet
  • Day 9: Trek to Charang Elevation:3620meters/11877feet
  • Day 10: Trek to Lo- Manthang. Elevation:3840meters/12598feet.
  • Day 11: Visit Namgyul Gompa and Tingkhar
  • Day 12: Trek to Dhi Elevation: 3410meters/ 11188feet
  • Day 13: Trek to Tangbe. Elevation: 3370meters/11056feet
  • Day 14: Trek to Chuksang. Elevation: 3022meters/9915feet
  • Day 15: Trek to Jomsom Via Kagbeni. Elevation: 2713meters/8900feet
  • Day 16: Fly to Pokhara and stay in Pokhara
  • Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel and stay.
  • Day 18: Fly to Home.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport

Navigate Outdoor’s guide/staff will meets you and transfer to the hotel, we arrange moderate hotel which has 100% safe and best location for the food/restaurants,  outdoor shops. As son as whole group got arrived we do group orientation of the trip at your hotel.

Day 2: While we are finishing last minute paperwork and short out with government

we also arrange for you to enjoy a city tour the places, Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath Stupas, Pashupatinath Temple and Durbar Square they are famous places to visit/ sightseeing in Kathmandu for day.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara 25 minute and transfer to the hotel. Elevation: 900meters/2952feet

The morning flight brings us to the scenic lakeside town of Pokhara where we have views of the Manasalu, Lamjung, Annapurna Range and Machhapuchhare/fishtail mountains.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni and stay. Elevation: 2670meters/8760feet

Early morning we will take flight from Pokhara towards Jomsom between two 8000meters mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will get to see amazing views of the 8000 Meters massif and one of the deepest gorges on the planet. Arriving Jomsom, you will meet our rest of the staff arrange logistic and trek to the Kagbeni the main gateway to the Upper Mustang

Day 5: Trek Kagbeni to Chusang and stay. Elevation: 2980meters/9775feet

The trail leads towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River climbing many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tange village. The village is narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses and field of buckwheat, barely, wheat and apple orchards. The views of Nilgiri and view from north of Annapurna is magnificent and amazing. We reach  Chusang and night hold.

Day 6: Trek Chusang to Samar Elevation: 3150meters/10330feet

We continue trek along the Kali Gandaki Rive climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kali Gandaki follows.

The trek leaves Kali Gandaki River valley and climbs steep up a rocky gully to Chuile. From here, the culture changes from Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the sides of the beautiful steep canyon to a pass. The trail then makes a long gradual descent and reach to Samar for our night hold.

Day 7: Trek to Gheling. Elevation: 3510meters/ 11510 feet

We climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge. Trail goes into another valley field, crosses a  stream and climbs up to ridge at 3800meters/12467feet, follow a ridge descending into Shyanmochen. And climb and pass before drop to Geling for night hold.

Day 8: Trek to Ghami Elevation: 3490meters/11450feet

From Geling the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass called nyi La and descends below the blue,gray and red cliffs. After crossing steel bridge you will arrive at what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular  mani stone wall in Nepal.

Day 9: Trek to Charang Elevation:3620meters/11877feet

Climb over 11811feet/3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent into Chrang. The main attractions in five story white Dzong and red Gompa. We will observe collections of statues and Thankas art and many large paintings of Buddhas.

Day 10: Trek to Lo- Manthang. Elevation:3840meters/12598feet.

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages along the trek. The trail climbs steadly to Lo – Gekar. The lo- Gekar Gompa is older than the Samye Gompa in Tibet, and one of the oldest Gopmas of all Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar, we will continue on Lo-Manthang. From the ridge you will sights breathtaking views of the walled city of Lo. After short descent, we will cross astream and the climb up to the plateau of Lo-manthang.

Day 11: Visit Namgyul Gompa and Tingkhar

Takes around two hours to reach Namgyal Gompa, which is situated on a hilltop and serves as an important monastery for the local community and local court. And visit Tingkhar which is a village of around 40 houses, the last village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stay in Lo-Manthang.

Day 12: Trek to Dhi Elevation: 3410meters/ 11188feet

From Lo-Monthang the trail continues straight until Dhi pass at 4100meters and descends down to Dhi. This portion of trek is harder but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi is one of the more prosperous villages and settled in a very suitable region.

Day 13: Trek to Tangbe. Elevation: 3370meters/11056feet

Trail gose along the river more less 2 hours and then crosses to Damodhar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes.. There is no bridge we have to cross river bare feet and trail climbs up to a high pass of about 3850meters/12631feet. Along the trail there are no grass and trees either and drops directly into Tangbe Village. Tangbe village is quite small not more than 30 houses.

Day 14: Trek to Chuksang. Elevation: 3022meters/9915feet

The trail winds through a steep ridges of hills providing some fine views of the  wind cover hills. Tetang village is between two hills, avoiding the strong wind that hits the Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of Chuksang and night hold.

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom Via Kagbeni. Elevation: 2713meters/8900feet

Our last day of the Upper Mustang trek, the trail goes through the village of Jharkot, we can visit Monastery, a Tibetan herbal medical center, and old forrest of Jharkot. Continue trekking  towards the Jomsom passing Kagbeni and stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara and stay in Pokhara

Enjoy the lakeside and stay in Pokhara.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel and stay.
Day 18: Fly to Home.

Cost Includes

  • Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1ratio)+ porter.
    • Domestic flights Ktm – Pokhara
    • Domestic flights Jomsom – Pokhara
    • Airport picks up and drops.
    • Hotel 3nights in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
    • Essential group First aid.
    • Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
    • Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation, and their insurance.
    •Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee,

Cost Excludes

∗ Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
∗ Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
∗ Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
∗ Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
∗ International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
∗ Guides/ Porter’s tip.
∗ Emergency evacuation.

 

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
18th May, 201931st May, 2019US$$2350.00 PP Book Now
10th September, 201921st May, 2019US$$1999.00 PP Book Now
23rd September, 20194th October, 2019US$$1999.00 PP Book Now
10th October, 201921st October, 2019US$$1999.00 PP Book Now
28th October, 20198th November, 2019US$$1999.00 PP Book Now

What you need to bring

  • Personal belongings (i.e. camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.)
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks 2 pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • 1 Day backpack and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.

Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is a brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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