Mustang Trekking

Duration: 18 Nights/ 19 Days |
Altitude: 3,730m.

"Mustang (from Tibetan Mun Tan (Wylie smon-thang) which means fertile plain) is the former Kingdom of Lo and now part of Nepal, in the north-central part of that country, bordering Tibet on the Central Asian plateau between the Nepalese provinces of Dolpo and Manang. The Kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang region, and "Upper Mustang" are one and the same, comprising the northern two-thirds of the present-day Nepalese Mustang District, and are well marked by official "Mustang" border signs just north of Kagbeni where a police post checks permits for non-Nepalese seeking to enter the region, and at Gyu La (pass) east of Kagbeni. ".

 

Trekking to the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang. One of the most interesting Nepal treks. Not only is it an interesting Nepal trek but also one that is comparatively easy and which can be completed within a reasonable period of time. Mustang trek is also a very popular trek in Nepal. Ame Pal is believed to have founded the Kingdom of Mustang in 1380. From the 15th to the 17th century, it was a very important point for trade between Tibet and India. Salt was then the major feature of trade.

 

Today, one can still trek along the Kali Gandaki River on what were once known as the salt trade routes. The kingdom was annexed by the Nepal government towards the end of the 18th century; however, it still had its own king till October 7, 2008, the last official king (raja or gyalpo) being Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista. Mustang is populated by mostly Thakalis, Gurungs and Tibetans. Long a prohibited region, Mustang was opened to tourism only in 1992. The district headquarters, Jomsom, has an airport and is eight kilometers south of Kagbeni, the main entry point for visitors. Most tourists trek on the same trade routes used in the 15th century. October and August are the peak months for tourism in Mustang. And a most famous festival called tiji festival held on every year end of May according to tibetan calander. A special permit is needed to enter Upper Mustang.

 

We dream of places like Mustang – wild, remote places with fascinating culture and history, not to mention amazing beauty and fantastic trekking opportunities. Our Mustang trekking “More Tibetan Than Tibet” is a perfect introduction to this high, lonesome place.

 

Mustang Trekking Permit - US$ 500 per person for the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter. Annapurna Conservation entry fee NPR 2000 or equivelent in USD$.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 19 days
  • Max Altitude: Lo Mangthang at 3,730m
  • Group Size: 2 to 4
  • Tour Grade: Moderate
  • Season: Mar to May / Oct to Dec
  • Tour Type: Flighs. Kathmandu city tour by Private Vehicle
  • Highlight: A highlight is the visit to Lo Manthang where the King of Mustang reigns over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. Lo Manthang has many monasteries, the more important ones being, Chodey Gompa, Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa, and Choprang Gompa.

Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival Kathmadu, transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing, evening trek briefing
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara, overnight hotel
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni (9,219’ / 2800m)
Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Chhuksang (9,580’ / 3000m)
Day 06: Trek Chhuksang to Giling (11,811’ / 3510 m)
Day 07: Trek Giling to Tsarang (11,482’ / 3620 m)
Day 08: Trek Tsarang to Lo Mangthang (12,139’ / 3730 m.)
Day 09: Lo Manthang - Explore Forbidded Kingdom of Mustang
Day 10: Trek back Lo Mangtang to Dhile (11,024’)
Day 11: Trek back Dhile to Yara (12,336’)
Day 12: Trek back Yara toTange (10,892’)
Day 13: Trek back Tange to Tentang (11,018’)
Day 14: Trek back Tentang to Muktinath (12,171’)
Day 15: Trek back Muktinath to Jomsom (9,087’)
Day 16: Fly back Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 17: Pokhara at leisure
Day 18: Early morning flight to Kathmandu, evening of leisure
Day 19: Transfer to airport for onward destination

 

NOTE: On Mustang Trekking of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included (3 nights).
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation hotel in Pokhara breakfast included(3 nights).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car / van / bus.
  • Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
  • A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, a cook along with the required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).
  • All guides and porters insurance and their daily wages.
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits
  • Flight fare from Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
  • Official expense.

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
         
         
         
         
         
Recommended Trekking Kit
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

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