Mustang

Mustang instantly became very popular trekking region as soon as it opened for Tourist in late 80s. Mustang  has been described as “desert in the mountain” The trek to this region is a very rewarding one for those who want to experience the hospitality of the people living in this remote region. Mustang is a restricted zone and Department of immigration issued only a small number of special permit since 1991. This is a perfect destination where ample scope is offered for visiting Buddhists monasteries. This semi autonomous and heavily Tibetan influenced region was “described by Tilman as fascinatingly ugly country, the more fascinating for being so little known” indeed, the trek to LO Manthang is through an almost treeless barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill, panoramic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several others peaks make your trek memorable. A liaison officer is needed for this trek. This trek begins from Jomsom – accessible by air, Pokhara – accessible by road or Besisahar – accessible by road (If starting from Besisahar includes Annapurna circuit too).

 

Trek begins with warm traditional welcome and quick safety briefing followed by comprehensive trip briefing next day, introduction to your guide and entertain last minutes questions.

Highlights:

  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Db. Square in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking view from Air, during flight to and from trek initiation point
  • Day at Lo-Manthang
  • Explore more of Tibetan Indigenous culture in Lo-Manthang
  • Walk through dense forest
  • Jomsom Bazaar (Market)
  • View of Himalayan Panorama during trek
  • Taste of various indigenous Nepali culture

 

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Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden in Kathmandu (BB)
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After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N at Hotel  Nirvana Garden in Kathmandu (BB)
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With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately seven hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas. O/N at Hotel Meera in Pokhara (BB)
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After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. A large town and a headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, From Jomsom trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekle-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk reaches you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni, an interesting wind swept villages situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. On arrival, check in the Lodge with afternoon free for a stroll around the village. O/N at Paradise Lodge OR similar in Kagbeni (AP)
Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we'll reach at Tangbe village with crops field. From here we trek forward to Chuksang after ½ hour walk and crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village after 18 kilometers for overnight at basic teahouses with a Tibetans life style. O/N at Annapurna Lodge OR similar in Chele (AP)
Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Ekle Vatti. We'll climbs to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Further descends a little to the village of Samar for our lunch. Further walk around 3 hrs similar walk will reach you at Syangboche after 8 kilometers for the overnight. Remaining time explore the surrounding area. O/N at Annapurna Lodge OR similar in Syangboche (AP)
After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing few teahouses, chorten and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) after lunch, we descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi after 12 kilometers walk. O/N at Raju Guest House OR similar in Ghaymi (AP)
We start you trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk and easily get to the Charang for the overnight. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall (Secret stone wall of the Buddhism). From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Charang after 11 kilometers up and down to get to our teahouse for tonight stop. O/N at Maya Lodge OR similar in Charang (AP)
Today, we trek to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Manthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at teahouse for the overnight stop. Rest of the time explores the surrounding area. O/N at Himalaya Resort OR similar in Lo-Manthang (AP)
Today you may have many choices to explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hal which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- story building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. The interesting place where you may not tired to explore more and more. There are many places to explore and manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires the donations and entry fees which is made by your own. O/N at Himalaya Resort OR similar in Lo-Manthang (AP)
After a wonderful time at Lo-Manthang we trek to back to Ghar Gompa which is also interesting place to explore the local area takes 4-5 hrs. During the walk you'll suffer the dusty wind and as suggested to walk in the morning. O/N at Maya Lodge OR similar in Charang (AP)
Today, we will back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time. O/N at Shangri-la Guesthouse OR similar in Ghiling (AP)
We re-track back to Chele for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. O/N at Dhaulagiri Lodge OR similar in Chuksang (AP)
Today, we will have a last day trek as well as long. It is better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni finished the upper Mustang trails and join to the normal as Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N at Majesty Guest House OR similar in Jomsom (AP)
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This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. O/N at Hotel Meera in Pokhara (BB)
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Pokhara is the most popular destination for visitors to Nepal. The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made in the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Here you will have a sightseeing tour at Barahi Temple, Davi's fall and Mahendra Cave. O/N at Hotel Meera in Pokhara (BB)
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Today we'll have an early morning drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a clean & comfortable Tourist Coach. It will take 6-7 hrs to drive. We'll reach Kathmandu late afternoon then enjoy our night at Thamel. Upon arrival, any hired gears will be collected and your international flight tickets will be distributed. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden in Kathmandu (BB)
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden in Kathmandu (BB)
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Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. Tour concludes
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Priya ShyamsundarProgram Director South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

“Thank you very much for organizing the Poon Hill Trek for us.  It was an absolutely fabulous trek for us and our German friends.  Climbing 4000 steps to Ulleri was a bit tough for the kids (and us), but we all made it.  The help we got during the trip made all the difference –   our guide and wonderful porters helped with the children and we didn’t have to worry about any of the trek related details; everything worked as it was meant to.  The kids still talk about Subash.  We enjoyed every moment of it – the walking, the company, the tea house lunches, the clean beds and good meals at night, and the fabulous Himalayas.”

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David Wells, United Kingdom

“The service provided by Basanta Adventures was excellent from the time we were met at the airport and taken to the Hyatt where Basanta Adventures came to our hotel with a detailed itinerary including 2 days sight seeing and then a 6 night trip from Lakpa to Nanche Bazaar with Gelzing acting as the Sherpa guide and 2 porters for a group of 3. We stayed at comfort lodges and the trip was excellent in terms of organisation and the trek itself to the base of Everest.

One of the most exciting trips that we have undertaken.

I can highly recommend Basanta Adventures.”

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Edwige and Martine, Solveil Vert, France

“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”

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Thea Gibbs, Gap Year student 2001, United Kingdom

“Thank you all the help and support during my time in Nepal.

It has been such comfort both me and family to know that I could come to you with any problem and that you would do your best to help.”

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Helena, Gap Year Student, 2006

“This is just a quick note to thank you for all your help over the last few months. I really have had a time of my life and I am so sad to leave.”

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Birte Milne, Denmark

“I can’t find the words to express a big enough Thank You to you for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Everything was just such and wonderful experience. The first days with Kristian and his friends, the Trekking with Yam’s and Prem’s consideration, the scenery, villages and people, and finally our stay at Dwarika’s. We couldn’t have hoped or asked for anything more.

This is definitely a holiday I’ll never forget and would like to repeat. “

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Elizabeth and Robert Johnson, United Kingdom

“My Mum and I wanted to write and thank you for making our holiday so special, and for looking after us so well.  Many people in Britain were concerned about our safety when they saw Nepal on the news, but we never felt in danger – a credit to your expertise and care.  It was reassuring to know during our stay, that you had our best interest at heart in order for our itinerary to be completed safly, thank you also for both flower arrangements, those personal touches were very welcome. It was such an amazing time to visit your country, making it a holiday, which we will never forget.”

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Thomas Wells, Chairman of Future For Nepal.

“I regard Basanta Adventure as one of the best trekking organizations in Nepal- I recommend it for any individual who values a highly personalized, excellent service”.

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David Finnegan, United Kingdom

I was very grateful to Basanta Adventures, six years ago, for arranging my first visit to Nepal, the trek from Lukla to Chukhung and my climb of Island Peak….the company was superb in every way. So it was with total confidence that I asked them to help me put together a much longer and more varied trip for 2016.

What resulted was a totally bespoke trekking and climbing package for ‘two old gits’ that was not just substantially cheaper than the usual UK company offerings but was delivered with more professionalism, safety awareness and customer consideration than anything we had received from larger companies. Oh – and Gyalzen Sherpa brings another dimension with his cultural insights and explanations of living in the Khumbu region.

Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.

In summary, I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to many places around the world and with many companies….if you can, you MUST go to Nepal and if you do, you cannot do better than let Basanta Adventures arrange your trip.

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Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France

We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.

Cost Per Person:

Pax 01pax 02 – 03pax 04 – 06pax 07 – 09pax 10 – 12pax S/S
Cost US$ 5309 US$ 4097 US$ 3528 US$ 2901 US$ 2714 US$ 76

 

Cost Includes:

Kathmandu Portion:

  • 4 nights accommodation in twin sharing BB basis (Bed and Breakfast) in Hotel Nirvana or similar as per the itinerary
  • 1 Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • 1 professional English speaking guide
  • Private transportation during sightseeing
  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

 

Pokhara Portion:

  • 2 nights accommodation in twin sharing BB basis (Bed and Breakfast) in Hotel Meera or similar as per the itinerary
  • 1 Half day guided sightseeing tour of Pokhara
  • 1 professional English speaking guide
  • Private transportation during sightseeing
  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

 

Transportation:

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu in tourist bus for clients and 1guide
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu in local bus for Nepalese staffs
  • Airfare: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara for clients and 1 guide
  • Pokhara – Jomsom –  Pokhara by local transportation for other Nepalese staffs
  • Domestic airport tax for Nepalese staff only

 

Trek Portion:

  • Mustang restricted area permit fee
  • Annapurna Area National park fee
  • TIMS Card
  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary in best available lodge en-route during trek with AP
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee) during trek
  • Professional licensed Trekking guide
  • Assistant guides for 4 pax and more
  • Necessary Porters (weight max. 15 kg per clients)
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs
  • Necessary equipment for trekking staff
  • Guide and porter daily allowance
  • Fully loaded medical kit box
  • Trekking kit bag

 

Cost Excludes:

 

  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance (must cover expenses of rescue service including helicopter)
  • Domestic airport tax (Rs. 200 per person)
  • Personal Gears:
    Hiring Boots: US$ 2 per day

Hiring Sleeping bag: US$ 2 per day

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Liquor beverages (soft and hard drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. laundry, phone call etc.
  • Gratuity for staff
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Services not mention herein

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