Mustang Trek

The Kingdom of Mustang

Duration
8 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate
Mustang is the extension of the Tibetan plateau has an average elevation of over 3,000m. Located to the north of the highest mountains Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and to the north of the main Himalayan range and geographically part of the Tibet highlands.

Tour code: GE019

On the trans-Himalayan trade route, between the massive snow capped mountain range

Upper Mustang is also know as the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo, which had its own king until the mid 2000s when Nepal became a republic. Lo-Manthang is the ancient capital and here you can still see the palace of the old king. Today the capital of Mustang District is Jomson, connected to the rest of the country by an airport and a rough road. With an average elevation of over 3,000m, Mustang is the extension of the Tibetan Plateau. Located north of the Himalaya range, including Annapurna, geographically it is part of the Tibetan highlands although today, politically, it is situated in Nepal. In fact, Upper Mustang is very much like Tibet in appearance, with its high valleys, arid and dry landscapes, characterized by eroded canyons, colourful rock formations and barren, desert like appearance. But just because it is dry and arid does not mean there is nothing to see in this stark landscape. Take for example the thousands of cliff dwellings, cut high into the rock which makes you wonder how those who lived there accessed them. Theorists believe that around 8,000 to 10,000 BC Mustang was a green land, home to many more inhabitants than live here today. The entrance to Upper Mustang is at Kagbeni (a 3 hour walk, or short drive from Jomson). Beyond this point a special permit is required to enter the restricted zone of Upper Mustang. Opened to trekkers only in 1992, this area still sees less tourists. This makes the area both fascinating and much more authentic than lower Mustang. On our Mustang programme you have an excellent opportunity to visit both Jomson and the ancient centre, Lo-Manthang. On route you will also have the opportunity to visit some of the unique villages in the area, including the interesting tiny village of Kagbeni. We will also pass colourful cliffs, the largest mani (prayer) wall in the country, and a large white Dzong and red Gompa.

ITINERARY IN OUTLINE

  • Day 01: Departure to Nepal
  • Day 02: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to Hotel Hyatt Regency,
  • Day 03:Helicopter charter flight to Jomsom (2,720m) and drive to Chhusang (2,920m)
  • Day 04: Helicopter charter flight to Jomsom (2,720m) and drive to Chhusang (2,920m)
  • Day 05: Drive to Chhusang (2,920m)
  • Day 06: Drive to Jomsom (2,720m)
  • Day 07: Helicopter charter flight to Kathmandu via Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
  • Day 08: Departure

Tour Map

Tour Overview

Tour Duration
8 Days
Trek Duration
5 Days
Mode of Trek
Tea House
Max. Elevation
3,780m
(at Lo-Manthang)
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate
Start / End

Jomsom

Itinerary

Day 1: DEPARTURE FROM HOME COUNTRY

We can issue your international tickets from your home country to Nepal, if necessary. Please ask us.

DAY 2: ARRIVE AT KATHMANDU (1,300M) AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Here our office staff will give you a brief orientation about the programmes in Nepal and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal. In the evening our staff will guide you to visit Boudhanath Stupa, which is 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel. After returning to the hotel, enjoy the spa and a delicious dinner.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel

DAY 3: HELICOPTER CHARTER FLIGHT TO JOMSOM (2,720M) AND DRIVE TO CHHUSANG (2.920M) 6 HRS

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport by private vehicle. Here it is an hour’s scenic flight to Jomsom by the latest model private chartered B3E helicopter. Note: the helicopter may stop for about 15 minutes in Pokhara Airport to re-fuel. Jomsom Valley lies along the banks of Kaligandaki River. In the afternoons wind rushes down the valley, making it a little challenging for walkers. From Jomsom, our journey begins by private land cruiser, following the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 45 minutes to Kagbeni. Kagbeni lies on the banks of two rivers and is an interesting windswept village on the main age-old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang. We will stop for lunch and take a walk around the village. From here we get our first glimpse of Upper Mustang when we look up the valley from the edge of the village. From Kagbeni it is around 4 hours drive to Chhusang (2,920m). We stop here for the night,

Overnight: Teahouse/Lodge

DAY 4: DRIVE TO LHO MANTHANG (3,780M) 6 HRS

The drive today leads us to a ridge above Samar village, before descending to a large gorge. On the way we pass a chorten painted red, black, yellow and white. Interestingly, all the colors are made from local rock. The journey continues into another valley with juniper trees. Here the road crosses the stream and goes up hill to a ridge at 3,800m and through a pass bringing us to Shyangmochen, a small settlement with a few tea shops. Once again the road climbs gentle to another pass at 3,770m where we enter a huge valley, driving downhill to Geling with its large fields of barley. From Geling, the road climbs gradually through fields up the centre of the valley, passing below Tama Gung settlements. We continue on a long climb to the highest point of the trip, the head of the Nye La pass at 3,950m. The pass itself is the southern boundary of Lo.

From here the road leads direct to Tsaran, dropping below the blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley and the Tangmarchu River. Climbing we witness the mani wall, probably the longest one in Nepal. From here the final climb of the day brings us to a 3,600m pass, then it’s a gentle drive downhill to Tsarang. This is an interesting village with a maze of fields, willow trees, and a huge five storey white Dzong and a red Gompa perched on the edge of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. One interesting fact is that Tsarang has its own electricity system. From Tsarang the road leads us to Lo- Manthang by crossing the Charangchu River.

Overnight: Teahouse/Lodge

DAY 5: DRIVE TO CHHUSANG (2,920M) 6 HRS

After breakfast, visit Lo-Manthang palace and surrounding areas. Within Lo-Manthang visit Namgyal Gompa and perhaps Tingkhar, the last main village in the northwest area. Lo-Manthang is a fascinating walled town, steeped in ancient history. It hosts various religious festivals throughout the year. Please ask as about them in case they coincide with your available dates. After visiting the town, we drive by the same route back to Chhusang.

Overnight: Teahouse/Lodge

DAY 6: DRIVE TO JOMSOM (2,720M) 4 HRS

Today we drive the same route back to Jomsom via Kagbeni.

Overnight: Teahouse/Lodge

DAY 7: FLY KATHMANDU VIA ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP (4,130M) 1.5 HRS

After breakfast board the latest model private chartered B3E helicopter again to take you to Annapurna Base Camp. This is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all the sides, with particularly stunning views of Annapurna I (8,090m.), the tenth tallest mountain in the world. Here we will stop for about half an hour and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate while posing for once-in-a-lifetime photographs before flying on to Kathmandu. Note: the chopper may stop in Pokhara for re-fueling. In the evening, enjoy an authentic farewell dinner.

Overnight stay: Hyatt Regency Hotel

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Our staff will take you to the airport to wish you bon voyage. Please ensure you have reconfirmed your tickets; we can do this for you. And please return again!


Highlights of Our Services

  • We use the latest model B3E helicopter.
  • We provide you with a luxury suite in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • We take our own bed sheets, pillow covers, bathroom towels and sanitary items to ensure you have the highest level of hygiene possible on the trek.
  • We provide dry foods such as almonds, peanuts and chocolate bars during the trek.
  • We take fresh seasonal fruits for evening dessert.
  • We provide unlimited tea/ coffee throughout the trek.
  • We provide tea/coffee/hot chocolate at Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Our guides are highly experienced, educated, dedicated and able to take decisions in any unforeseen difficult situation.

Complimentary Services

  • Complimentary tourist registration in the respective consulate office or embassy.
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability).
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu, including a culture show presented by different ethnic groups.
  • Complimentary use of freshly laundered sleeping bags and down jackets.

Services Include

  • 2 nights luxury suite accommodation in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu with AP meal plan (3 meals a day).
  • 1 night luxury suite accommodation in Jomsom Mountain Resort in AP meal plan.
  • 3 nights standard accommodation in Upper Mustang Region in the best available lodges with AP meal plan. Here we use our own bed sheets, pillow covers, sleeping bags, towels, and sanitary items in the bathroom.
  • Latest model B3E helicopter for Kathmandu – Jomsom and Jomsom – Annapurna Base Camp – Kathmandu flights.
  • Dry foods such as almond, peanuts and chocolate bars where necessary during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits provided every evening after dinner as dessert.
  • We provide unlimited tea/ coffee on the trek.
  • Pure mineral water for drinking.
  • License holder, experienced, English speaking guide (we also have other language speaking guides, please ask us) for the entire tour.
  • Supporting guide (one per 5-7 pax and/or two for 8 – 10 pax).
  • Jomsom – Lo Manthang – Jomsom drive by Land Cruiser.
  • Ground transportation in Kathmandu including airport pick up and drop by air conditioned luxury Land Cruiser and/orLand Rover.
  • Entry Fees and trekking permit fees.

Services Exclude

  • Emergency rescue evacuation charges.
  • Medical charges.
  • Extra beverage and bar bill during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance fees.
  • Extra charges borne by any natural calamities or political strikes.
  • Tips for the guides, porters and drivers.

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request an advance payment of 40% of the quoted amount. This can be done by credit card when filling up our GE Booking Form.
If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195, Third Floor, Bhattachan Complex,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4417959
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www.gurkhaencounters.com

Note: Payment through Master/Visa card has an additional bank service charge of 4%. Payment through American Express has an additional bank service charge of 5.5%.

Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made not less than 48 hours before departure. There is a minimum 40% cancellation charge PLUS any tax, transportation and permit fees. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the programme ends before the stated itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for the early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feel it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues.
  • The Company is not liable for cancellation or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances.
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in local or international flights being missed. We suggest you leave adequate time between the end of your trek and your international flight.
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue, should it be necessary. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal.
  • Our staff are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety. Therefore, their decision regarding safety is final. The Company is not responsible in any way, for any outcome, should you refuse to follow their advice.

Cancellation Charge Incurred

If you cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of cancellation fees will apply:
  • 60 days before departure : Loss of deposit - 40% of total trip cost
  • 29 days to 59 days before departure : 50% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure : 70% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure : 100% of total trip cost

General Information

Equipment List (general, recommended items, may vary depending on your trek)

  • A pair of light hiking boots (please wear them before arrival to ensure comfort)
  • A pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
  • 1 medium poly pro shirt
  • 1 pile jacket
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 woolen hat
  • 2 T-shirts
  • ipod or similar, camera and necessary chargers (optional)
  • A one litre water bottle
  • One flash light with 4 sets of batteries
  • 1 long sleeve tshirt or shirt
  • Two pairs of loose trekking pants
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (optional)
  • A pair of woolen gloves
  • One trekking back pack of 7 or 8 litre capacity
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • 1 four seasons sleeping bag (we also provide a four season sleeping bag for your convenience)
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF
  • Sunscreen stick with a high SPF
  • Two books for reading (optional)

Things to bring

Toiletry Items

  • Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Safety pins, sewing kits, zip lock bags for small items
  • You may wish to bring postcards of your hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with locals you meet along the route. Please do not give money or sweets to children on the trails.

Miscellaneous Items

Please bring with you a towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items. Please ensure you bring enough personal medicines and extras incase of flight delays.

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What Our Client Says

Very nice staff, porters and Guide, who gave explanations about everything and got out their way to help, they were also very knowledgeable of the terrain and the history of places we visited.

Onatibin, Tantanatia

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