Overview

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.

17 Nights 18 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

Kathmandu Portion:

  • 3 nights reputed 3 star hotel on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis as per the itinerary
  • Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • 1 professional English speaking guide
  • Private transportation during sightseeing
  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

 

Pokhara Portion:

 

  • 3 nights in reputed 3 star hotel on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis as per the itinerary

 

Transportation:

  • All the necessary airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • Air fare: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Airfare: Pokhara - Kathmandu
  •  Kathmandu – Pokhara by private vehicle

 

Trek Portion:

  • Twin sharing accommodation on EP ( room only) basis  as per the itinerary in  lodge en-route
  • ACAP National park fee
  • TIMS Card
  • Mustang restricted area permit fee
  • Professional licensed holder Trekking guide
  • Assistant Guides as per number of clients
  • Necessary Porters (weight max. 12 kg per clients)
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs
  • Necessary equipment for trekking staff
  • Guide and porter daily allowance
  • Emergency  medical kit box
  • Trekking kit bag

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Any meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee)  during trek
  • Travel insurance (must cover expenses of rescue service including helicopter)
  • Personal Gears: ( all trekking gears are easily available on rent and buy in Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 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 mentioned herein

 

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy breathtaking view during flight to and from trek
  • Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo-Manthang
  • Experience of ancient villages, caves, culture, traditions & hospitality
  • Walk through stark desert landscape with spires and cliffs
  • Visit of Jomsom Bazaar (Market)
  • View of Himalayan Panorama during trek
  • Stunning view of Himalayan Panorama during trek
  • Explore of ancient villages & experience their culture, traditions & hospitality
Itinerary

Outline Itinerary:

 

Days

Itinerary

Overnight

01:

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Hotel (BB)

02:

Trek briefing in the morning and half day sightseeing tour of world heritage sites

Hotel (BB)

03:

Drive to Pokhara (823m/2000ft),  7 – 8 hrs

Hotel (BB)

04:

Fly to Jomsom(2700m/8898ft)  and trek to Kagbeni, (2858m/9376ft), 3 – 4 hrs

Lodge (EP)

05:

Trek to Chele (3050m/10004ft) , 5 – 6 hrs  

Lodge (EP)

06:

Trek to Shyangboche (3475m/11398ft), 6 – 7 hrs  

Lodge (EP)

07:

Trek to Ghaymi (3520m/11546ft), 5 – 6 hrs

Lodge (EP)

08:

Trek to Charang, (3500m/11480ft), 4 – 5 hrs

Lodge (EP)

09:

Trek to Lo- Manthang,( 3700m/12136ft),  5 – 6 hrs

Lodge (EP)

10:

Explore Lo- Manthang

Lodge (EP)

11:

Trek to Charang, (3500m/11480ft), 4 – 5 hrs

Lodge (EP)

12:

Trek to Ghiling, (3806m/12484ft), 5 – 6 hrs

Lodge (EP)

13:

Trek to Chuksang, (3050m/10004ft), 56 hrs

Lodge (EP)

14:

Trek to Jomsom, (2700m/8856ft), 6 – 7 hrs

Lodge (EP)

15:

Fly to Pokhara

Hotel (BB)

16:

Day at leisure

Hotel (BB)

17:

Fly to Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Hotel (BB)

18:

Transfer to airport for final departure (there is also the option for holiday extension

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Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft):

Arrival in Kathmandu greeted by Basanta Adventure representative and transferred to Hotel which is usually a walking distance to any good restaurants and shops. We will be given a short briefing on hotel facilities and safety as well as a short introduction to the area.  Next day there will be a comprehensive trip briefing. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 02: Trek briefing in the morning and sightseeing tour of world heritage sites:

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you are fully prepared for the trip, introduce guide and any last-minute questions would be answered. We then visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath one of the revered holy temple of the Hindus, this temple is also known for its cremation ceremonies that take place next to the holy river Bagmati. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2700ft), 7 – 8 hrs drive:

In the morning guide will pick us up and transfer us 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 in Pokhara (BB)

 

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2858/9374ft), 30 min flight & 3 – 4 hrs trek:

After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings us at Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. A large town; 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, the trek continues on a gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekle-bhatti village. After a good stop here an hour of easy walk reaches us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni, an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. On arrival, check in Lodge, afternoon is free for a stroll around the village. O/N at Lodge in Kagbeni (EP)

 

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050m/10004ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

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 had fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to reach Chele village after 18 kilometers for overnight stop at basic Tibetans style teahouses. O/N at Lodge in Chele (EP)

 

Day 06: Trek to Shyangboche (3475m/11398ft), 6 – 7 hrs:  

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 descend to the village of Samar for our lunch. Walk around 3 hrs of similar trail to reach us at Shyangboche after 8 kilometers for the overnight stop. Remaining time explore surrounding area. O/N at Lodge in Syangboche (EP)

 

Day 07: Trek to Ghaymi (3520m/11546ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

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 of walk. O/N at Lodge in Ghaymi (EP)

 

Day 08: Trek to Charang (3500m/11480ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

We start trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk to reach Charang for the overnight stop. 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 in Charang (EP)

 

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3700m/12136ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

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 on the trail ascends gently to 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 Lodge in Lo-Manthang (EP)

 

Note: Offer Lungta or prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with our Guide. Offering prayer flag in high passes and sacred sites is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Buddhist culture.

 

Day 10: Explore the Lo-Manthang:

Today we 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; it’s good to manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires donations and entry fees which is made by your own. O/N at Lodge in Lo-Manthang (EP)

 

Day 11: Trek to Charang (3500m/11480ft), 4 – 5 hrs:  

After a wonderful time at Lo-Manthang we trek to back to Ghar Gompa which is also interesting place to explore, it takes 4-5 hrs. During the walk we are likely to suffer the dusty winds in the afternoon and as suggested it’s good to walk in the morning. O/N at Lodge in Charang (EP)

 

Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m/12484ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

Today, we will head back to Ghiling for our overnight stop. It is a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day explore the area but it will be dusty in the afternoon better to walk in evening time. O/N at Lodge in Ghiling (EP)

 

Day 13: Trek to Chuksang (3050m/10004ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

We re-track back to Chele for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. We will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. O/N at Lodge in Chuksang (EP)

 

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2700/8856ft), 6 – 7 hrs:

Today, we is the last day of trek as well as long. It is better start early as before and trek to Kagbeni finish the upper Mustang trails and join the normal Annapurna circuit trek route. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. This will be our last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide, this is best time to tip the staff (not compulsory but it’s a customary), an impromptus little ceremony and always enormous Sherpa smiles. Then something of a party is inevitable. Try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N at Lodge in Jomsom (EP)

 

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara (820m/2692ft), 30 min flight:

This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in at the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorges of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. Time at your leisure, relax or explore the lakeside area. O/N at Hotel in Pokhara (BB)

 

Day 16: Day at leisure:

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Pokhara city, shopping etc. O/N at Hotel in Pokhara (BB)

 

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu, 30 min flight:

Today after breakfast we will drive to the airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu we will be transferred to your hotel by our representative and have free time onwards. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 18: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today holiday extension for another tour or transfer to the airport for final departure. Tour concludes.

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