Mustang Trek

Trip Duration: 15 Days      

Mustang trek takes place behind the mighty Himalayan range of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It is the Upper Mustang where there has been a mysteriously hidden Himalayan Kingdom in Nepal since the time immemorial. It is also called ‘Mini Tibet’ of Nepal as it is geologically located on the Tibetan plateau hidden in the rain shadow of the mighty Himalayas of Nepal. As it was a tiny kingdom behind the Himalaya, it is famous by the name of ‘Hidden Kingdom of Lo’ with Lo Manthang as its capital.

With the panoramic Himalayan view of the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Mt Neelgiri and many more to its south; bordering with the strong south-western Tibetan culture (uniquely combining rich Buddhist arts, architecture, paintings, murals, lifestyle and so on); and with the harsh arid Tibetan climate; the Upper Mustang presents itself an exclusively different trekking destination in Nepal.

Our tour to the Upper Mustang will include an unforgettable visit to the 14th century king’s palace of Mustang in Lo Manthang along with uniquely gorgeous Buddhist monasteries. Although, it is rare in the world, it is here we could learn more on the polyandry system of marriage, but still in practice. Interesting, isn’t it? We could also immerse ourselves into the native culture and nature of Mustang during our trek by inter-mingling with its locals, festivals and rituals at its grass root level.

Next great attraction is the Tiji Festival in Mustang that takes place in Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang. It is the celebration to welcome the spring after undergoing the harsh winter. It is the festivity to rejoice the victory of good over evil. In other words, the Tiji celebration fully revolves around a myth that a deity named Dorje Jono who had to vanquish a demon to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Generally, the festival takes place in the month of May/June every year. Check with us for the exact dates (date differs every year as it is based on our lunar calendar).

The Upper Mustang until late 1991 was completely forbidden for the foreigners. This is the reason why Mustang remained veiled in the mysteries for centuries for the foreign explorers.  

The Upper Mustang Trek starts right from Kagbeni exposing you at the world’s deepest gorge of the Kaligandaki River. The trail we follow to reach Mustang’s capital Lo Manthang, is the age-old trade route among Tibet, Nepal and India.  The trek is so beautiful that it is always surprising with the unique scenery featuring treeless barren landscape, challenging high passes, glistening glaciers, several primitive caves and monasteries well decorated with ancient paintings and colorful Tibetan scripts.

The Upper Mustang Trek ultimately gets unforgettable by the wonderful hospitality shared by the locals of Mustang like Thakali, Tibetans and Gurungs on the trails.

The best time to visit Upper Mustang is March, April and May (spring season) and September, October and November (autumn season). The most ideal Upper Mustang Trek of 16 days based on teahouse/lodge is the most popular one. If you wish, you are welcome to customize the tour as per your interest, taste, time availability. Please let us know. We will respond with the very, very best prices for the same with further details.

By the way, please note that although the trek to the Upper Mustang trek still requires a special permit with a royalty of US$ 500 net per person and 2 persons in minimum for the period of 10 days, the tour can also be organized on teahouses/lodges basis. Those days requiring camping equipments and crew are gone.

Surprisingly, the Upper Mustang tour by 4WD jeeps is alos possible these days in a shorter period of time, if you have time constrain. Feel free to write to us for further details.

Lalima Travels Pvt Ltd has been organizing tours/treks to Mustang since long. Please book the tour with us. We assure you of a great time with us backed by our expertise with the latest information.

Trip Highlights

  • A real Tibet, but until recently, still a hidden kingdom with a dreamland - rich in culture, traditions, heritage, myths and mysteries with a strong bond of wonderful locals,
  • Mustang is a naturally well protected Tibetan cultural hub hidden behind the Himalaya
  • Stunning view of high Himalaya like Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Fishtail, Mt Annapurna I-IV, Mt Neelgiri, Mt Tukuche, etc.
  • Numerous caves on the way, long mani walls, Ghami village and Geling village and wellconnected by the beautiful uphill and downhill trails,
  • Lo Manthang – focus of the tour with traditional castle of the Royalty in Tibetan style,
  • Well decorated lovely chortens and monasteries in each village,
  • Beautifully flapping colorful prayer flags on every house, every bridge, every monastery, every chorten and every pass,
  • Picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara,
  • Scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom,

Itinerary

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Day 01:ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU

On your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by our representative. After assistance, transfer to hotel. Rest. Evening, our representative with a Sherpa will organize a briefing program in the hotel on the trek to make you well prepared for the trek. Questions and queries are most welcome that time. Overnight at hotel.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3-4 star hotel with breakfast only on twin sharing room basis.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu over typically Nepali traditional dance & music
  • Two way flight tickets (Pokhara/Jomsom and Jomsom/Pokhara)
  • Two way drive (Kathmandu/Pokhara and Pokhara/Kathmandu) by tourist bus (Flight or private vehicle is optional with an extra cost)
  • Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer, entrance fees & professional English speaking tour guide.
  • Surface transportation to and from Pokhara by tourist bus or private car.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed trekking guide and necessary porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Upper Mustang special permit & its processing service charge (US$ 500 per person)
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Permit fee.
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Duffle Bag
  • Down jacket and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Trekking route map
  • All Government & local taxes
  • Service charges.

Cost Excludes:

  • Any meals other than breakfast in the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International airfares
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation cost, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to bring personal travel insurance from your home country.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Tips & Gratuities (not mandatory)
  • Any items of services not mentioned above.

Trip Information

  • Trip Duration 15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip StyleTrek

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9851022507(Mahendra) , 9851022082 (Dhruba) info@highendholiday.com

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