UPPER MUSTANG TEA HOUSE TREK

  • Days:15 Days
  • Difficulty:Moderate
  • Country:Nepal
  • Activity:Trekking & Hiking
  • Max Altitude:4322m/14,181ft
  • Accomodation:Tea House/Lodges
  • Best Season:Mar-May, August-Nov
  • Meals:B/L/D
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UPPER MUSTANG TEA HOUSE TREK-15 Days Day/s

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Trip Introduction

The ancient kingdom of Mustang also known as the forbidden kingdom is in a spectacular location on a high plateau in central Asia, hidden behind an almost impassable wall of the world’s highest mountains. The dominant geological feature is the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world, and is part of an ancient trade route stretching from Lhasa, across the Tibetan plateau and then down the gorge via Nepal to India. The isolation of Lo-Manthang was at times helpful in maintaining a degree of independence during periods of conflict between warlords.

Upper Mustang Trek is a relatively new trek in Nepal as the region was opened to foreigners since 1992. The area developed a unique culture and tradition as it remained in seclusion for all these years. You will find a well-preserved Tibetan culture and get to witness the Bon religion, which predates Tibetan Buddhism. You will be visiting different Gompas and Chortens and walking on a bridge festooned with prayer flags.

There are close cultural ties between Tibet and Lo-Manthang. Due to its proximity to Tibet and the arid mountainous terrain that surrounds and protects upper mustang-culture, religions and language have remained entirely Tibetan Its people, known as the Loba, speak a dialect of Tibetan, and geographically Lo-Manthang is a western extension of the same plateau, with the same problems of inaccessibility.  With the onset of winter most people here bundle up and descend to the Himalayan foothills, and return only after the temperatures go up again. Most of the people engage in farming during summer, though there is little vegetation as the region itself is high mountains desert.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Unique Culture and Tradition: Upper Mustang remained secluded for centuries, which resulted in the development of a unique culture and tradition that is well-preserved to this day. You will witness the Bon religion, which predates Tibetan Buddhism, and visit different Gompas and Chortens.
  • Spectacular Location: The ancient kingdom of Mustang is located on a high plateau in central Asia, hidden behind an almost impassable wall of the world’s highest mountains. The dominant geological feature is the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, which is part of an ancient trade route.
  • Tibetan Influence: Due to its proximity to Tibet, Upper Mustang has close cultural ties with Tibet. The people, known as the Loba, speak a dialect of Tibetan, and the culture, religions, and language have remained entirely Tibetan.
  • Inaccessibility: Upper Mustang is geographically a western extension of the Tibetan plateau, with the same problems of inaccessibility. This isolation was helpful in maintaining a degree of independence during periods of conflict between warlords.
  • Farming in High Mountain Desert: Most of the people engage in farming during summer, though there is little vegetation as the region itself is a high mountain desert. With the onset of winter, most people descend to the Himalayan foothills and return only after the temperatures go up again.
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu! A company representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport and escort you to the Marriot Hotel. Late in the afternoon or early evening, there will be a briefing on the trip arrangements and important information about your stay in Nepal.

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Day 2

Today you can take your time for trek preparation either for shopping or organizing yourself for trek or if you want to explore the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage. Take a morning tour of Bhaktapur, an enchanting medieval Nepalese town dripping with character. A highlight is Durbar Square, with its temples, ancient palace ruins, and exquisite Sun Dhoka – a gilded gate crafted in 1753. Come afternoon, explore Kathmandu’s fascinating sights, shrines, and markets. Don’t miss Asan Tole bazaar, Durbar Square, the Thamel district, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple – try to catch the sunset here!), and King’s Palace. The afternoon is free to rest or explore. Alternatively hire a driver and head for the ancient city of Patan. Overnight Hotel

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Day 3

We will take the morning scenic flight to Pokhara (2,700 ft), passing over the deep valley and rivers of central Nepal and taking views of the Ganesh, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. After checking into the hotel, you are free to visit the lake side. Overnight Hotel

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Day 4

From Pokhara we take a very early 17 minute flight up the spectacular Kali Gandaki Gorge lying between the peaks of Dhaulagiri (26,788′) and Annapurna (26,538′) to Jomsom (9,053′), the administrative center of the Mustang district. Upon arrival, we meet our trekking staff and begin hiking along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni (9,315′), a medievallooking village that is the “gateway” to Mustang. We are now in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, and it’s easy to see how closely this area geographically resembles Tibet. The peak of Nilgiri (23,166’) dominates the southern skyline. Overnight at lodge.

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Day 5

We travel by jeep by village of Tangbe (10,037′) and take in our first views of the uniquely colored chortens and landscapes of Upper Mustang, where beautiful red, yellow, and brown sandstone pillars rise from a barren, desert-like terrain. We’ll continue driving to Chhuksang (9,774′), at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Narshing Khola rivers. From here we leave our jeep and start hiking north. We’ll cross the Kali Gandaki before a short steep climb brings us to the village of Chele (10,168′), from where we’ll have a magnificent view of the southern valley of the Kali Gandaki. Continuing west from Chele, we make a steep climb that leads to a cairn from where we’ll see the village of Ghyakar (11,683′) and its surrounding fields across a massive canyon. The climb continues on a long, steep, dry trail and winds up the side of a deep canyon. After crossing a ridge, we enter a large side valley, gradually descending to our lodge at Samar (11,874′). Once a trading post for horse caravans, Samar is an oasis surrounded by groves of poplar trees amid the arid landscape. Overnight at lodge.

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Day 6

After breakfast, we take an alternative route to the main trail in order to visit an ancient cave that houses the Rhangchung Chorten (meaning “the chorten that built itself or appeared by a miracle”), hidden away in a deep canyon. We take a sharp descent to cross a ravine, then we deviate off the main trail, cross an even deeper ravine then start up the long hike up to a pass from where we will have a great view of the canyon to our north and east and of the snowcapped mountains to the south. After the pass a narrow traverse flanked by juniper bushes brings us to another lower pass from where we get the distant view of Syangmochen (12,464 ft.). After a very steep descent, we finally reach the cave monastery, which seems to be growing out of the vertical wall. The cave, decorated with khatas (ceremonial scarves), numerous chortens and other ritual items is believed to have been visited by Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who brought Buddhism to Tibet. After visiting the cave, we head north to Syangmochen.  After a gradual and long climb we arrive at Syangmochen where we stop for lunch. After lunch we will head to Jhaite. Overnight at Lodge.

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Day 7

Today we will walk through barley field of Tama Gaun village, we will then begin an unrelenting climb for about 1.5 hours that takes us across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass (13,186 ft.), the southern boundary of Mustang proper. After a gentle descent for about 1.5 hour, we reach the Village of Ghami (11,513 ft.), where we will have lunch. After lunch we cross a suspension bridge and then pass one of the most impressive and the longest Mani Walls in Nepal. We will then climb for another 1 hour to the high pass (12,694 ft.), and then descent for another 1 hour to the ancient town of Charang. The entry portal is picturesque, with a nearby five story Dzong (fortress monastery), formerly the home of the Kings of Mustang. Overnight at lodge.

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Day 8

The trek today to Lo-Mangthang we will have magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends for 20 mins to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs gradually for about 30 mins after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently for 3 hours to the 12,628 ft. windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. From here the walk is downhill for about 30 mins to reach Lo-Mangthang. Overnight at Lodge

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Day 9

we will visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and walk back to the lodge. You also have the option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house” the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight at Lodge

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Day 10

While returning from Lo-Mangthang, we take a different route as we trek to Drakmar via Gyakar.  The trail begins gradual uphill for 1 ½ hrs to a small pass and then after another 1 ½ hour we will reach one of the highest passes of the Mustang valley. We will walk about an hour on a narrow flat trail to reach the river. After crossing the river, we will walk for 30 mins to reach Ghar Gompa,where we will have lunch.  According to the legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. After lunch we will walk uphill for 1 ½ hrs and then walk gradual downhill for another hour to reach Dakmar. Overnight at Lodge.

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Day 11

Today, after a gradual downhill walk for 1 ½ hrs we will cross the river. After crossing the river, we will walk for another 20 mins to the village of Ghami. Then we will retrace our trail to Tama Gau and have lunch there. After lunch we will walk gradual uphill for 1.5 hour and reach to top of the hill and then finally walk downhill for 10 mins to reach Syangbochen. Overnight at Lodge.

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Day 12

From here we drive to the edge Jomsom, enjoying wonderful views, of the Nilgiris (23,160′ and 22,763′) and passing some high hills, we’ll drive 5/6 hours into Jomsom town and overnight at a lodge.

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Day 13

After breakfast we fly back to Pokhara. This is a 30 min flight to Pokhara and then transfer to the hotel. You can relax and enjoy beautiful pokhara city. Overnight hotel.

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Day 14

Bid a fond, if somewhat hesitant, farewell to beautiful Pokhara as you fly from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Hotel

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Day 15

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Or if you’d prefer to spend more time in Nepal. We would love to accompany you on another trip through Nepal in the future.

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NOTE:

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors,that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

 

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Included

  • Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara: Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on bed & breakfast Basis- Twin Bedroom
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: National Park permits, TIMS permit & conservation entry fee
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during trek
  • Member transportation: Air and ground Transportation with Guide as per itinerary. Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all.
  • Member Luggage:  Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters
  • Lodging & Food: Food 3 meals a day (BDL) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek
  • Guide and Porter: 1 English speaking Guide, Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek
  • Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff daily wages, salary and food and accommodation
  • First Aid Kit: A well-stocked first aid kit will be available for emergencies.

 

Excluded

  • Airfare and Visa: International flight fares to/from Kathmandu and Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Personal Transportation: Any personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara and during early returns from the trek.
  • Extra Night in Kathmandu & Pokhara: Any extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrivals, late departures, or early returns from the trek.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required, including rescue, repatriation, medication, medical tests, and hospitalization costs.
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, internet, battery recharge, shower, laundry, alcoholic beverages, boiled water, beer, coke, and personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and staff.

 

 


Note: Any other services not mentioned in the included or excluded services list will not be covered and will be the responsibility of the trekker.

Route Map


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Accommodations

Basic Trekking Equipments List

                  

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Quantity Type Remarks
1 Woolen Cap     1
2 Sunglasses     1  UV protected
3 Bob Scarf/buff Mask     1
4 Warm down Jacket     1
5 Thermal Inner Layer  2 pairs
6 Gloves  1 pair
7 Sleeping Bag    1 20 + Degrees
8 Trekking Trousers & Inner Vest As per necessity
9 Trekking Shoes  1 pair   Full Ankle
10 Woolen Socks 3/4 pairs
11 Trekking Poles  1 pair
12 Water Bottle    1    Thermos  1 L+
13 Waterproof Jacket    1
14 Slippers  1 pair
15 Sun Block    1     SPF 30
16 Personal First Aid Kit    1
17 Trekking Bag    1    Rucksack  50 L+
18 Area Map    1
19 Head Light with extra battery    1

General Trekking Info


  1. Trekking at high altitudes requires warm clothing to protect you from the cold. A down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m. You can rent a down jacket for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but please note that in case of loss or damage, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  2. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep during the trek. You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but again, if you lose or damage the sleeping bag, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  3. Before embarking on your trek, make sure to acclimatize to the altitude by spending a few days in Kathmandu. This will help your body adjust to the change in altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.


  4. It is essential to have proper trekking shoes that are comfortable and provide good traction. Make sure to break in your shoes before the trek to avoid blisters and discomfort.


  5. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so it is crucial to pack for different weather conditions. Layers of clothing, including a waterproof jacket and pants, are recommended.


  6. Trekking poles can be a lifesaver, especially when trekking uphill or downhill. They help reduce the pressure on your knees and provide extra stability.


  7. It is important to stay hydrated while trekking. Carry a water bottle or bladder with you and make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid drinking untreated water and carry water purification tablets or a water filter.


  8. Toiletries like wet wipes and hand sanitizer are essential, especially when there is no access to running water. It is also important to carry toilet paper and dispose of it properly.


  9. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically demanding, so it is essential to be in good physical shape. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can help prepare your body for the trek.


  10. Respect the local culture and traditions by learning a few words in the local language and dressing modestly. Avoid giving money or sweets to children, as it can encourage a culture of begging.


  11. Trekking in the Himalayas can be an unforgettable experience, so take the time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture. Take plenty of pictures, but remember to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.


 

FAQ

You can apply visa to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country also you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. If you prefer to use a visa service you will find many by searching on the internet, one in particular we have found reliable is CIBT: https://cibtvisas.com/

Yes, it is compulsory you should arrange your travel insurance and please insure your chosen policy also covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs.

In Kathmandu or in other cities we use 5-star hotels and in trekking or in remote areas we provide the highest quality available.

Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.

Nepal is Greenwich Mean Time plus five hours and 45 minutes. That means if it’s 8:00pm in Kathmandu, it’s 9:15am in New York and 6:15am in California.

Nepal is on the 220V system. Sockets are usually the three-pin variety, but they vary. If you are planning to use something like a hairdryer or electric shaver at the hotel, bring a converter and a selection of plug adapters.

There are varieties of Food item so menu will be provided to all the clients and they can order their food according to the menu.

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.

You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. You can also buy mineral water bottles or boiled water during the trek.

Yes, we will provide you a domestic sim card or a satellite phone from which you can make international calls. You can also buy a domestic sim card on your own in Kathmandu.

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