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Lo-manthang Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang trek brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire, and is therefore closely related to Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is still being practiced in a very pure form and villages are built in Tibetan style, with white washed houses with firewood tucked on the roofs.

Not only the culture, also the landscape is very much related to Tibet. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and you walk in a complete desolate landscape, surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and bizarre formations. In this barren landscape the villages with their bright colored fields are like an oases.


Upper Mustang is a restricted area and up till 1992 it was forbidden for foreign visitors to enter the kingdom. Nowadays foreigners are allowed, but to enter Upper Mustang they have to buy a permit of US$ 500 (to be arranged through a trekking agency and valid for 10 days, each additional day costs US$ 50).


Until recently you could only come to Upper Mustang with a fully organized camping trek. However, nowadays some villagers have opened up small guesthouses and you can stay in a guesthouse in each overnight place. While staying there, you are welcome to sit with them in the kitchen. In Tibetan culture, the kitchen is the center of the house, and built like a kind of living room. So there is no better way to learn a bit about the daily life than spending time in the kitchen!


    • TRIP FACTS:
      Trip Duration:
      17 Nights 18 Days
      Trekking destination: Upper Mustang Trek
      Trip Grade: Moderate or Grade B (5 to 7 hours a day, altitude between 3000 to 5500m)
      Activities:
      Trekking and Cultural sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
      Best Seasons: Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May)
      Accommodations: 3 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara and 12 nights in lodge/teahouse during trek
      Food in Trekking: In the Local Tea Houses, Lodges
      Transportation:
      Private vehicle, Tourist bus and Flight for Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara


    • DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:
    • DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN NEPAL.
    • DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
    • DAY 03: KATHMANDU - POKHARA - DRIVE.
    • DAY 04: POKHARA TO JOMSOM Ė KAGBENI 2750m - 4 hrs.
    • DAY 05: TREK TO CHUSSANG. (2,920m) approx. 6 hrs walk.
    • DAY 06: TREK TO SAMAR. (3,290m) approx. 6-7 hrs walks.
    • DAY 07: TREK TO GHILING. (3,600m) approx. 6 -7 hrs walk.
    • DAY 08: TREK TSARANG (3,520m) approx. 6-7 hrs walk.
    • DAY 09: TREK to LO MANTHANG (3,780m) the capital of Mustang - approx. 4-5 hrs walk.
    • DAY 10: A day for Rest & some local excursions of LO MANTHANG.
    • DAY 11: TREK to GHAMI 3,440m approx. 6-7 hrs.
    • DAY 12: TREK to SAMAR. 4-5 hrs. O/N Camp.
    • DAY 13: TREK to YAK KHARKA. Approx. 3,845m. 5-6 hrs.
    • DAY 14: TREK to MUKTINATH. (3,710m) approx. 4 hrs walk.
    • DAY 15: TREK to JOMSOM 3-4 hrs.
    • DAY 16: JOMSOM - POKHARA.
    • DAY 17: POKHARA Ė KATHMANDU.
    • DAY 18: DEPARTURE.
    • TRAVEL ROUTE IDEA:
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    • PREPARE FOR TREK
    • When to go for trek in Nepal:
      Trekking in Nepal is possible to do at any time of the year but it depends on where you are planning to trek. There is always somewhere to go and something to do in Nepal, whatever the weather

      Autumn season from September to November when the monsoon ends and days become crystal clear. This is the real feature of the autumn and winter months. The mornings and especially the evenings can feel particularly brisk, but in sunshine the conditions are ideal for trekking.

      Trekking during the winter Season from December to February is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters because this season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations. You must be careful planning trek with high passes for this period because the high passes and ridges are may be blocked with snow and footpaths impassable.

      Spring season is the pre-monsoon period that extends from March to end of the May when the days can become hazy, with the distance view obscured, and clouds are a common features if the afternoons and the both days and nights are getting warmer. The real treat in the Spring months are the flowers, especially the rhododendrons.

      ummer Season (June to August): Summer months really continue up to mid-September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. During this season, you can trek in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Mustang and Dolpo.

    • EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS FOR TREK IN NEPAL
    • If you really want to enjoy tour trekking holiday in Nepal, get fit before the trek not on the trek. Arriving in Nepal out of shape having taken no exercise for months, possibly years, is asking for trouble. Nepal, like like in general, is full of ups and downs. Run walk, swim, bike, do circuits, whatever but exercise before you to. You donít need to be marathon-fit, but you will enjoy it more if your legs have reasonable muscle tone.

    • CLOTHING AND BOOTS FOR TREK:
    • Clothing:
      For trekking in Nepal you donít need a lot of specialist equipment, indeed, most porters wear little more than a cotton shirt and trousers. But for Westerners the choice is wider. Light cotton trousers or loose skirt o shorts, with a t-shits and a pair or running shoes or lightweight boots is the norm on most treks. In the morning and early evening this might be supplemented by a fleece sweater and pants, or perhaps a light down jacket or vest. Itís usually only on the higher treks or between November and January that wool shirts and thermal underwear become necessary. Unless it is overcast or windy, the day is usually warm, but the early mornings and the evenings can be very cold so, unless you want to retire early to your sleeping bag, take warm clothing, a down parka, gloves and wool hat.

      Boots:
      If you have favorite pair of comfortable walking boots, stick with them. If you are looking for a pair for first time, ask yourself the following: will I be going above the snowline, or on very rough and rocky terrain? A specialist retailer should be able to advise you on the most suitable boot once he know your plan. Normally fabric upper boots, although generally less durable or waterproof than leather boots, are ideal for most trekking.

    • TREKKING EQUIPMENTS:
    • You don't need special equipments to go to trek in the most of the regions of Nepal. A comfortable hiking boot, a sleeping bag and a few clothes as per the travelling season are the basic things you need. It is best to travel light. Please note that most of the equipments we need for trek in Nepal is possible to buy or hire in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    • TREKKING PERMITS, NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE AND TIMS CARD:
    • Most of the treks in Nepal requires permits/ conservation area entry tickets. When you book your trek with us, all the necessary trekking permits will be arranged from our team.

    • RESCUE INSURANCE:
    • If you are coming for short and easy trek, you can travel with normal regular insurance but if you are planning for trekking in high passes/ remote area you must check if your insurance covers trekking activities and the conditions or not. It would be very costly to pay a helicopter rescue at 5000 meters.
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