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Mustang is a destination, which was inaccessible to trekkers before 1992. The Kingdom has now emerged as a perfect location for internal as well as external tourists and is aptly termed as the “Forbidden Kingdom”. Its dry arid lands amalgamated with the views of the white mountain peaks all around makes the visit to this Forbidden Kingdom a treat to the eyes. The Kingdom of Mustang Trek is truly a wonderful opportunity to explore the depths of raw wilderness in the most remote regions of Nepal.
Trek through trade routes of barley fields. Move through dusty plains, ethnic inhabitants, dry arid lands, perfect mountain scenery, monasteries, and stupas, to experience something out of a fairytale dream. The views of the Annapurna range including the likes of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna etc. appears in full glory as you reach the Kingdom of Mustang. Explore pilgrimage sites, ancient towns and retained cultures at its best in the exotic Kingdom of Mustang Trek, on this 19-day journey.
The adventure in the depths of Nepal begins first with the arrival in the capital. Kathmandu is home to the only international airport in Nepal, and this is where we will land on this day. You will be transferred to the hotel and the afternoon is free for exploration of the throbbing nightlife of the city
This is a free day to explore the architectural significance of the capital Kathmandu has been listed as one of the most historic areas around the world. With several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from, it is best to take time out to marvel at the architectural delights put forward by the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur Durbar Square. Durbar Square basically means Palace Square and each of the Squares once belonged to the Kings of the respective kingdoms.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in Basantapur and consists of a complex of palaces, temples, courtyards and the KumariGhar. KumariGhar houses the only living Goddess in the world. Another important World Heritage Site is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Full of architectural delights, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square has retained its beauty and charm even after the devastating earthquake that shook the nation in 2015.
Patan Durbar Square, situated in Lalitpur, is a marvel of Newari architecture. Tiled with red bricks, the temples and idols in the area are worth drooling upon. We end the day with a relaxing drive back to the hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the sides of the roaring Trishuli River and the views of terraced fields all around. , we drive to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. It is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range. Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for years, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. Approximately 6 hours drive.
Our journey and the time to test our skills start today. We start the day by flying to the beautiful and mystical Jomsom. The flight takes about 22 mins and we can surely hope to catch a glimpse of the sky-high, white-capped peaks. Take a peek out of the plane to get a view of the Dhaulagiri range and way beyond. The small plane bans left and touches down to Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful town situated in between the two giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Jomsom spreads over both banks of the Kali Gandaki River and is a perfect spot to witness the views of the towering backdrop of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. You can find merchants and local inhabitants going about their daily work there. The awesome splendor of the mountain peaks glistening all around, combined with the mystique of the people living in Jomsom, makes this town a perfect mixture of beauty and splendor. Jomsom is the gateway to Mustang and is also home to a small airport. Trek to Kagbeni. Approximately 3 hours of walk.
The actual journey to test our skills and power starts today. We get up early to see the views of the sunshine and have breakfast before starting off. After breakfast, we start off an easy acclimatization trek to the Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat today and does not eat up much of our energy. The road traces the Kaligandaki River to the boundary of Upper Mustang. We see a considerable change in the scenery as we move upwards. The greenery is left behind as we come across dry shrubs and reach the dry region of Annapurna.Head north along the KalaiGandaki riverbank to reach the attractive village of Kagbeni. Strewn with mud brick houses, dark alleys and the imposing views of sky-high Himalayas, Kagbeni is a beauty on its own. The village stands as a green oasis in the otherwise barren lands and is dominated by a red monastery. The modern amenities that a traveler wants is easily available, however, the village has retained its medieval beauty. The village also boasts a monastery, where the monks of the Gelukpa sect reside. Explore its orchards, fields of barley and arid landscape with old houses. Visit the most revered pilgrimage spot in Nepal, Muktinath.
In the afternoon, we will utilize our time to breathe in the glory of Muktinath. Muktinath is known as one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists and is visited by a huge number of internal tourists every year. Near the Muktinath Temple, lies the Jwala Mai Temple, an attractive pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. We will visit both the temples and marvel upon the burning flame on the water and the views of the mountain peaks all around, and a different vibe to the area altogether.
The strategic location of Muktinath under the Thorong La Pass makes it even better. Hindus call this sacred place the MuktiKshetra meaning the place of salvation. Tibetan Buddhists consider this place to be a place of Dakinis. ChumigGyatsa situated in Muktinath is one of the 24 Tantric places. After sightseeing around this region of holy and spiritual importance, we descend down to the main bazaar of Muktinath, Ranipauwa. We return back to Kagbeni to stay the night. Approximately 5 hours of walk.
Enter the once forbidden kingdom of Mustang today. Our permits will be checked as we begin our trek today. We start off on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River, moving on to walk among sand amidst the presence of strong winds. We will ascend a hill and reach the Tangbe village. The narrow alleyways, barley, and buckwheat, as well as white-washed houses, are surely destinations worth visiting. Cross a river on the way and continue walking across another village before reaching the Chele village.
This is a gentler day to aid acclimatization. This day offers astonishing and mind-boggling views of Tilicho, DamodarDanda, and Yakama Kang peaks today. We will cross the beautiful Ramching Cave to reach the Samar village. Samar is home to a grove of poplar trees. Approximately 3 hours of walk.
Today, we visit the less visited village of Gelling, through several passes. We will be crossing two passes today. We start off by passing the Taklam La Pass and then the Dajori La Pass. Climb the ridge, descend and pass a large chorten to reach the small village of Shyangmochen. Through a few teahouses, beautiful villages and chortens we will reach the village of Gelling. Descend to Gelling, surrounded by extensive fields of barley, and spend the night in this beautiful village. Approximately 7 hours of walk.
The trail climbs gently up the center of the valley to reach Nyi La pass (4020m) and finally, crosses the Tangmar Chu River.theNyi La Pass offers mind-boggling views of the Annapurna to the south and further into Mustang. The trek today passes through fields of barley and poplar trees. We descend down to QumonaKhola through spectacular mani walls. The destination for today is Tsarang, full of willow trees, the maze of fields and situated on top of the Tszang Chu canyon. Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.
Descend downwards to cross the Charang Chu and climb to a ridge which offers the first view of Lo Manthang. The trail now drops down to a stream. From here it is an uphill trek to a plateau where the Lo Manthang is situated. Whitewashed walls of the village enclose 150 homes, gompas and a palace. The walled city of Lo Manthang is the capital of the Mustang Kingdom. Approximately 4-5 hours of walk.
Time to explore the mystical village of Lo Manthang, filled with monasteries and a monastic school. Visit nearby villages, mix in with ethnic inhabitants and explore the past of this mystical village. Lo Manthang is a location of historical beauty and cultural diversity. There are four major gompas that one should visit here. We also visit the palace, the home to the King and Queen of Mustang. The King is a ceremonial one, but he is known to be someone who resolves local issues.
The fascinating town is not only beautiful naturally, but is an opportunity to observe the vibrant Tibetan culture. You can also hire a jeep or horse to visit the nearby Chosar valley. Chosar has towering red cliffs and beautiful caves.
Take a different route to cross the Chogo La pass and descend to the Gekar monastery. The Gyakar village is also home to a century-old gompa called the GharGompa. The gompa is known for the presence of beautiful rock paintings all around. It is believed that wishing something in the Gompa fulfills all desires of a devotee. After exploring the gompa, we climb a ridge and across grassy meadows to reach the red cliffs of Dhakmar. Approximately 6 hours of walk.
Look out for vultures in the morning, cross a ridge and descend down to Ghemi. We start the trek early in order to avoid being disrupted by strong winds. The trail takes us through the dry plateau and will take us through locations of extremely strong winds. We reach the village of Ghiling, which is dry but offers views of the Nilgiri peak as well as the Dhaulagiri peak. Cross a pass and reach the hamlet of Tama Gaon, from where we rejoin the main trail to reach Shyangmochen. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk.
Take a different route through dry terrain to reach the Yamdo La and Bena La pass. After some trekking, the way to Chukksang offers great views of the Himalayas and the views of small villages that we passed en route. Rejoin the upward trial to reach Chukksang. Approximately 5 hours of walk.
We return to Tangbe and Kagbeni today, to return back from the river bed to Jomsom. This is the last day of the trek and it is also a long one. The Mustang Trials come to an end after some time as we join the trial of the Annapurna circuit. After some lunch at Kagbeni, we move on to reach the mystical village of Jomsom. Approximately 6 hours of walk.
We fly back to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara today, by leaving behind the beauty of the Annapurna region in all its glory. This is also a buffer day in case of flight delays. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can use the opportunity to explore the whereabouts of this beautiful city.
Pokhara is not only home to beautiful lakes, but also to natural creations like caves. Continue exploring the delightful setting of Pokhara by visiting the outskirts of the village. Enjoy walking through the markets and buying souvenirs. Hire bicycles to ride to the countryside or embark on a beautiful boating ride in the Phewa Lake We will visit the famous Mahendra Cave and the Gupteshore Cave today. Above the Gupteshwore cave is the Davis Falls. Also included is the opportunity to make a visit to the beautiful Mountaineering Museum which also contains a medal of the Macchapucchre. Clothes worn by the traditional Sherpa people and information about previous mountaineering expeditions in different regions of Nepal are showcased in the museum. Gurkha Museum, Sarangkot, and Peace Pagoda are other locations which we will visit if time permits. This relaxing day is surely set to make you forget the pain in your aching muscles after the wonderful trekking journey.
After being transferred back to the domestic airport of the enchanting Pokhara City, it's finally time to bid goodbye to the Annapurna Range, which you have witnessed from up close in the past two weeks. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes. Upon reaching the Kathmandu domestic airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.
We will use the day to visit the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple.
Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King BhupatindraMalla. Beautifully carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.
This is yet another day to explore the vicinity of the beautiful Kathmandu city. We use this day to take a mountain flight to immerse ourselves in the views of the mighty Everest and other surrounding peaks that make Nepal one of the most sought-after countries in the world. This is a perfect opportunity to touch the clouds and to view the magnificence of the high peaks of the Everest region from up above. Embark on the experience of a lifetime and get a chance to explore the scenery of the whitish peaks casting a glow all over the region.
With the memories of the wonderful experience fresh in mind, it is finally time to bid goodbye to this beautiful Himalayan nation. With a promise to come back for more, we bid farewell to this trek of a lifetime and return back to our native lands.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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