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ABOUT UPPER MUSTANG
The Mustang trekking is also called the upper Mustang trekking, is an exotic tour to unspoiled Tibetan villages on the other side of Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet. The main highlights of Mustang trekking are antique Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, the exotic culture, and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. The medieval settlement of Upper Mustang and its capital Lo Manthang lie in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.
Foreigners were not allowed to enter Upper Mustang until 1992. Upper Mustang is not much in contact with the rest of Nepal and keeps an aura of a remote, mysterious, and unusual land, which is one of the unique charms of the Mustang trip. Geographically the land is an extension of the Tibetan plateau, characterized by windy and dry valleys, eroded canyons and unique stratified rock formations .The people in Upper Mustang are of Tibetan origin, migrated from Tibet centuries ago, and belong to Bhotias and Loba communities. They practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Upper Mustang is perhaps the only place to see Tibetan culture in a completely undisturbed state. The houses and monasteries in here have a medieval look and unique local architecture. Mostly they are built with stone and sun-baked mud bricks. People mostly grow potatoes, buckwheat, and barley. It is a land covering about 2600 sq km in area and 6000 people.
Driving through the rugged trails of Jomsom and Kagbeni to Lo Manthang.
Chance to experience the Tibetian culture and lifestyles.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of deserted landscapes, ancient caves & monasteries.
Taste the local apples and the famous brandy as well as the apple wine in Marpha.
Visiting Muktinath, one of the most important holy shrines for Hindus.
Opportunity to witness Kali Gandaki Gorge (world’s deepest gorge).
Vehicle Used For Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
The path leading to the Upper Mustang jeep tour is full of rough and rugged terrains. We need a sturdy vehicle with greater suspension and high clearance. So, we operate a four-wheel drive to pass through the barren ridges, jagged lands, and ever-flowing streams. Our driver is also highly experienced and will guide you throughout the Upper Mustang Road Trip.
Lo Manthang the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo was constructed in the 15th Century on a plateau at 3800 meters above sea level. The settlement is located on the ancient trade route that runs along the Kali Gandaki River that cuts through the Himalayas. The settlement is surrounded by a 6-meter high earthen wall with square towers or dzong on the corners. Within the walls there exists a compact settlement of earthen structures.
The main monuments found within the walls are the palace and monasteries of Jampa Lakhang and Thupchen Lakhang from the 15th Century and the monastery of Choede Lakhang from the 18th Century. There are several rows of chhortens and mane walls within the settlement and along the circumambulatory path directly outside the wall.
The Lobas, inhabitants of Lo Manthang are closely related culturally and ethnically to the people of Western and Central Tibet. The culture is to a large degree defined by the Sakyapa traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and even today many of the ancient festivals, rituals, and ceremonies are being performed.
Situated at an altitude of 2,800m, Kagbeni is a unique famous village of Baarah Gaun (lit. twelve villages) region in Mustang district. It lies in the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek route and is a gateway to Upper Mustang. It is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud-brick houses, dark alleys, and imposing Chhortens. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. The "Kag" of "Kagbeni" used to be "Ghag" meaning center and hence, is a center of nearby villages of Jomsom to south and Muktinath to the east. "Beni" in Nepali means confluence of two rivers, and indeed Kagbeni lies on the banks of the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Jhong Rivers. Before heading to Muktinath, Hindu pilgrims offer Pinda and perform Shraddha (death ritual)to their deceased ancestors at this confluence believing that it brings salvation to the departed soul. According to the Hindu epic Adhyatma Ramayana, Kagbhusundi meditated here on the suggestion of Saptarishis, hence the place was named Kagbeni. The village maintains the characteristic appearance of a fortress town and is culturally very rich. The town played a very significant role during the "Salt Trade" era that flourished between Tibet and Nepal. However, with the formation of Mustang in the 15th century, Kagbeni's importance diminished. The main ethnic group in the village is Bhotias (possess last name Gurung and Thakuri).
The Pagoda style Muktinath Temple is the symbol of religious symbiosis between Hindu and Buddhist. Hindu believes that lord Bishnu got salvation from the curse of Brinda here. Therefore he is worshipped as Muktinath (Lit. the lord of salvation). Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts located behind the temple. It is also believed that the deity was originated from Jumla, far western Nepal. On the other hand, Buddhist worship Bishnu as Avalokiteshvara (Chingresig). The temple depicts the metal statues of lord Bishnu, goddess Laxmi, Saraswati & Janaki, Garuda, Lava-Kusha, and Sapta Rishis.
Pokhara is a metropolitan city in the Western region of Nepal. It is a valley cradled amongst mountains and hills with meandering rivers. It is a major tourist destination due to its panoramic views. Once you enter the vicinity of this city, you are greeted with magnificent views of the mountains and Mt. Fishtail (6993m). The Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range tower majestically over the green valley. For someone who has been living in Kathmandu for years, the greenery of this city always takes me by surprise.
Pokhara is the city of lakes. There are several lakes in Pokhara and the prominent ones are Fewa Lake, Rupa Lake, and Begnas Lake. Among these lakes, Fewa Lake is by far the most beautiful lake. Nestled on a little island on Fewa Lake is the Barahi Temple. For a small charge, you can go on a boat ride on this lake. The sunlight reflects on the lake and glitters and the mountains smile upon us in the reflection.
You can walk on the Lakeside enjoying the sight which is an incredible experience. I regret the fact that when I was a resident here in Pokhara I overlooked its charms. Lakeside is even prettier in the late evenings, under the soft glow of lamp posts hung upon the creatively built restaurants and shops. You can dine here while enjoying the live entertainments. Other attractions of Pokhara are Davis’ Fall which is a beautiful waterfall, International Mountain Museum, and World Peace Pagoda. Then there is Sarangkot which is a towering hill that offers a magnificent view of Pokhara from its hilltop and you can do many sports adventures paragliding, cycling, boating, Zip Flyer, bungee jump, Ultra Light Flight and Annapurna Base camp Heli tour.
Pokhara By land or flight
Drive From Pokhara To TatoPani
Drive to Kagbeni
Drive to Ghilling
Drive to Tsarang
Drive to Lo Manthang
Drive to Muktinath
Drive to Tatopani
Drive to Pokhara
Kathmandu By Flight or Privet transportation
Date and Cost
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What To Take
Passport, Money, Credit Cards, Personal Travel Insurance, Passport size photos, Pen & dairy book, Communication device (laptops, Tap or phone), Camera
Sunglass UV more than 500%,
Note: - if you have eyes problem please consult your doctor because of in Nepal High Mountain has dry air and in the city so much dust
Sunblock cream SPF 25 to 50 (small tube), Lip balm SPF 10 to 15
Note:-depending your skin, please consult your doctor (as our experience some of my clients get allergy from sunblock cream)
Day backpack (15 ltr to 20 ltr), Duct tape (few meters –you can roll-on water bottle or trekking pole), Portable solar charger, Backup power bank, Bathing Suit: Towel, Toothpaste, and brush, floss, mini hairbrush, razor, soap, a mini bottle of shampoo, travel mirror, nail clippers, etc and rain cover
I'm a solo traveler, is there a single supplement?
Our prices are different based on a number of people. The prices are set based on a number of people traveling together. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.
Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?
We accept major currencies such as USD and EUR. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.
What is the best time and season?
Mid March-May, and October – December are considered the best months for trekking and climbing peak in Nepal. climbing is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months. January – February is winter months, it’s usually much cold in higher areas and more avalanche risk area during the winter. The trek is doable throughout the year.
How are the meals and accommodation like?
We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek as an itinerary. Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, etc. are available. The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).
Do I need to be physically fit?
Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. This is an adventurous trek that consists of high altitude trek over 4000 meters for nearly a week. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still have no problem walking for 6-9 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board.
Can we do this trip with kids?
We take bookings for this trip for people over 16 years old. The trekking doable with kids as well and we have previous experiences of organizing family tours.
Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?
We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 5 years to 18 years. All our guides are certified IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guides, NMA mountaineering Guide and trekking guides Ministry of Tourism licensed by Nepal Government.
Trek cost includes / excludes
Documentation: - Trekking permit, national park fees, coordination with a relevant government office. All government taxes are included in the price
Accommodation: - 4-night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara 3* Hotel, lodge during trekking and best
Food: -full board meal during the trek best available hotel/lodges or tea house
Transport: - Jeep for upper Mustang, international airport arrival & departure, all land transportation around cities with a private vehicle, Helicopter evacuation for Nepali team,
Communication: - weather report
Expedition team: - Trekking guide, and Assistance guide allowances & wages for Nepali Trekking team
Safety equipment: - First aid kit, Oxy meter, and common Trekking equipment in the group.
Whats not included
PERSONAL equipment fortrekking
Personal & medical Insurance of Trekking
Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
Bar Bills & beverage
Tips for all group member
Insurance of member
Visa & visa extension fees
Cost of emergency evacuation
Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as showers, internet access or battery re-charging, hot water for drinking , extra hot drink.
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Cancellation, inclusions and Policies
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it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions, and destinations in your itinerary are included in your insurance policy. We advise to valuable clients to have full insurance against Medical, Evacuation, Trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, Air delays, etc. For Annapurna base camp you must be covered up to 4500m altitude.
Please take a copy of your insurance policy to the pre-trip briefing, as the guide will need to collect your insurance details. We also ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and emergency contact number for you insure) in your daysack at all the time, so that we can access the information should wee need to contact the insured on your behalf.
PASSPORT AND VISA
Please double-check that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the date of arrival in Nepal. We recommend that you take a photocopy of your passport and keep it separate from the original, and this will be useful if the original is lost while you are traveling. You must carry your passport on the trek with you, as it is required for internal flights.
Need to Get Nepal Visa
Two Passport-sized photos with a light background.
Bring Cash USD to get the visa fee.
Your passport must valid for at least 6 months.
As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will get a visa on arrival.
In the arrivals hall, you’ll find electronic booths that read your passport, take your photo, and print out a completed form. Take your completed form to the payment counter where you'll pay for your visa, and then head to the immigration line for "Visa on Arrival".
Fill out your arrival card on the plane so you can quickly move through the queue in the arrivals’ lounge. Also, completing the visa form online prior to arrival should also save some time as there's a limited number of electronic booths.