Trekking in Upper Mustang requires a trekking permit. The cost is US$500 per person for the first 10 days and US$50 per person per day thereafter. The permit is issued to groups – minimum two people and to organise trekking permits you must organise your trek with a TAAN registered Agent. That’s where we come in. We’re trekking professionals who have so far led several trekking groups, large and small, to Upper Mustang and we’re Registered with TAAN.
Lo-Manthang, the walled city which is located in the ancient kingdom of Mustang, is one of remotest places in Nepal. Falling within the Himalayan rain shadow, Mustang’s climate and land is dry and arid. Once up in the mountains you’ll travel from 12,500ft up to 14,500ft and the weather gets colder. It’s so cold out there that during winter a lot of people move down towards the warmer valleys above Pokhara, leaving the elderly and their animals behind.
Trekking in Upper Mustang means continually climbing up and down ridges and crossing mountain passes. Jomsom, an airport town, serves as the gateway to the “Hidden Kingdom of Mustang”. There are daily flights from Pokhara to Jomsom, but flights can sometimes be cancelled due to strong winds and monsoon rains. Although there is a road between Jomsom and Kagbeni, from where we enter upper Mustang, there is very little traffic on this road. Progress and road construction is on its way in Mustang and soon there’ll be no ‘old’ Mustang, but just another commercial attraction where lazy people will be able to drive to.
You’ll reach Lo Manthang only on the eighth day of your Upper Mustang Trek and you’ll also have two more days in this village to observe the splendid monasteries and palaces that it is home to. The medieval walled village of Lo Manthang is inhabited by around 1000 people. The village is popular for its high mud walls, Gompas and the Royal Palace. Lo Manthang also serves as the capital to the Kingdom of Mustang. Since Upper Mustang lies very close to the Tibetan border, even today, Tibetan Buddhism prevails in this region.
Although not all attractions are created equal and Lo Manthang is the primary attraction of the Upper Mustang Trek; this trip also includes several other attractions that reflect the religion, culture and ancient history of this region.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
Kathmandu is where we spend the day, strolling across the city streets and collecting the last pieces of equipments that our trek requires.
Today we drive to Pokhara, a seven hour ride or take a flight (optional at additional charge). As we reach Pokhara late in the afternoon we get to stroll around the lake city on foot or on a hired bicycle.
An early morning flight from Pokhara takes us to the airstrip in Jomsom. From Jomsom we head north to the village of Kagbeni where we camp over night.
A 7 hrs trek from Kagbeni takes us to Chaile through a trail with many ups and downs and steep climbs.
Today, we trek to the ancient settlement of Gelling passing through painted Chhortens, Mani walls and alpine meadows.
Today, an early morning start after breakfast takes us to the villages of Ghami and Tsrang, past the old Royal palace and Tsarang Gompa before we stop in Chharang.
The medieval walled village of Lo Manthang is inhabited by around 1000 people. The village is popular for its high mud walls, Gompas and the Royal Palace. Lo Manthang also serves as the capital to the Kingdom of Mustang.
From Lomanthang we walk acroos the village of Tsarang to reach Ghar Gompa, a 12th century monastery. We make an over night camp nearby the monastery.
Today we tre to the medieval village of Ghemi which sits high at 3500m and looks quite barren and deserted.
From Gheme we follow the same route up to Nyi La ridge, and then descend to the village of Samar.
The trail first descends until we reach the village of Chele. Then it climbs gently to Tangbe rek and then to Kagbeni (2800m).
Jomsom is a three hour hike from Kagbeni. The town of Jomsom boasts of an airport, the ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office and a museum worth visiting.
A morning flight brings us from Jomsom to Pokhara where we spend the rest of the day strolling around the beautiful lake city.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets).
If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.
In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…