Upper Mustang Trekking

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  • Upper Mustang Trekking
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Upper mustang trekking is an exploration of the forbidden and the alienated Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Having been located in the frontier of Tibet, a great deal of influence can be experienced of Tibetan trade and culture here it is at the center point for all the northern mountain range of Nepal and Tibet too. The landscapes here are like a desert and the rugged terrain of Upper Mustang Trekking  is really thrilling. The rainfall seldom occurs here. Upper mustang, an ancient Himalayan kingdom is located at the top of the Kaligandaki River.

Fundamentally, the kingdom Upper Mustang trekking  includes two distinctive regions: the southern part and the northern where the trekkers can experience very alike culture and tradition to those of Tibetan people. To be here means the travelers feel some kind of mystical experience and the real thrill of an isolated world which has not been touched by the flame of modernization. The unique age-old civilization of the people of this region undoubtedly satisfies one. The entire area of Upper Mustang is really a picturesque, inspiring and infatuating and enchanting.

The major attraction of Upper Mustang is the fortified fabled  city of Lo-Manthang. According to the history of Nepal, Upper Mustang was a separate kingdom within Nepal until the time of Monarchy till 2006 and even after the downfall of Monarchy this small Tibetan settlement has the same respect to the kingship as for their King Jigme Paramal Bista. The trek to Lo-Manthang is considerably important  as the trekkers have go through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki and the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is enriched with   some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses and most strikingly, the vibrant Buddhist cultural celebration with their classical music.


 Altitude sickness
The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.


Travel insurance
It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you are suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur.Many standard polices cover you for trekking to high altituides, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.For more information please see our information section.


Tea house trekking
Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.


Carrying my stuffs when trekking
We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuffs that are not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water
We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:
1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.


How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking?

  • All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend / family member who is over 18 years of age.
  • Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
  • Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11

What is your cancellation policy?
If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure ,we will refund your payment in accordance to the following schedule:

  • 75% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 90 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 50% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 60 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 0% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 59 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.

    Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing you trip.

Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu-Overnight in Hotel-

The very first day that you step in Nepal for the trip. You will be received by our representative in the airport. Our representative will be at the arrival holding placard with your and our  company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. And sometimes, in international flight, your luggage may be missing. Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.

After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce guide or trip leader. For this, be with   4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, copy of passport and copy of travel insurance. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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Day 2:Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing Tour-Overnight in Hotel-

Today, you will go to visit UNESCO World Heritage site including Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. This sightseeing tour commences after your breakfast. You will have lunch during the tour in the afternoon. So, you’d better have some money, Nepali currency is expected. For the whole day, you will be exploring Kathmandu valley, a valley of temples, major historical cultural heritages. Some of the heritages are destroyed by April Earthquake and they are in the course of renovation .The tour ends at around 4 pm. Overnight at hotel  in Kathmandu.

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Day 3:Drive/fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft), Duration: 8 hours-Overnight in Hotel-

After your breakfast, the leader or the guide will come to receive to the hotel where you stay and take you to the bus station. This drive takes you Pokhara from Kathmandu. The bust station is around 15 mins. Walk or you may get taxi too, from Thamel, or from the hotel. The tourist bus leaves at 7 for Pokhara every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get Pokhara form Kathmandu. On the way, you will see winding country road, river, woods and local people and their life style.  However, we must say, the condition of the road is not good. For your convenience, you also can take private car by making extra payment. Sometimes, bumpy and dusty…. To escape it, you, optionally, can go with flight. It is a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is optional and have to pay extra. The domestic airport from Thamel to fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu is 35 mins drive. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

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Day 4:Drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni, Duration: 8 hours-Overnight in Lodge-

The van will come to receive at the hotel where you stay along with the trekking leader. We begin our drive after breakfast. In the initial, we have concrete and smooth road. Then we enter into the arid landscapes with rough country road. On the way, the barren landscapes, suspension bridge, riverbank of Kaligandaki, and some mountain views including  Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri and to the south  the entire Annapurna massif can be seen. Kagbeni is a beautiful village with tunnels, irrigation canals fields of wheat and barley and a large red Gompa offer us a quite different insight of Upper Mustnag region. Now, we are in the forbidden and alienated kingdom. Overnight at guest house in Kagbeni.

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Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Charang (Tsarang), (3500m/11482ft)-Overnight in Lodge-

Today, we get our special permit checked in Kagbeni and begin our trekking via arid plateaus, desert like landscapes and we even happen to see some panoramic view of  Yakawa Kang.  We have numbers of up and downs and passes as well. Finally, after going through a long and beautiful mani wall, we get a beautiful village of maize field, Charang. Overnight at guest house in Charang.

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Day 6:Trek from Charang  to the Luri Cave – return- Overnight in Lodge-

We leave this beautiful village, Charang, after we have breakfast. We have a tough hiking today as we have to pass cliffs and narrow off the beaten trails. We first get Yara village on the way to Luri Cave or also called Luri Gumpa. We have to put a lot of effort to get this Cave- Gumpa. However, it is a rewarding climb to this holy cave and gompa. To get into the Cave or Gumpa, we have to crawl against the narrow entrance. After we enter, we have more or less enough space to stand. The cave is about 5 meters high. After we explore this cave, we get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at guest house in Charang.

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Day 7:Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang – 3600m/13 km-Overnight in Lodge-

Today we trek to one of the major awaited attractions of Upper Mustang trekking. We begin our trek today with a descent. Then we cross a river. After we cross the river, we have an ascent to pass Lo which is located at the elevation of 3850m. It is a popular vantage point to view mesmerizing Lo Manthang Village. The pass is windy.  Then, finally we have a descent to the village Lo Manthang.Overnight at guest house in Lo Manthang.

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Day 8: Trek from Lo Manthang to Explore the Chosar Cave and the Chosar Village – Return to Charang-Overnight in Lodge-

Today, we go to explore a mysterious cave in Chosar Village which is called Jhong Cave. The Cave is located at the border of Tibet. This is an outstanding historical cave in Upper Mustang with 5 story high built into a cliff. There are more than 40 different rooms inside the cave. To enter this cave trekkers have to climb up steep stairs. Inside the cave there are many ladders to go from one floor to another. From the window of Jhong Cave you can see the marvellous landscape of Chhoser valley. This cave was used as a safety by the villagers of Chosar.  It is 2 hour walk from Lomanthang to get this cave. After you explore this amazing cave, you get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at guest house in Charang.

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Day 9:Trek from Charang   to Ghar Gompa – Return to Charang-Overnight in Lodge-

Today we trek along rough and dusty trail until we get Ghar Gumpa. It is all the way down. It is a 4-5 hours walk. First we pass the settlement of Lo Gekar, then we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, Ghar Gumpa. It was built by Guru Rimpoche in 18th century, who is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.  We explore history and religious cult of the religious leader of Buddhism, Rimpoche, we get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at guest house in Charang.

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Day 10: Trek from Charang to Chhusang –Overnight in Lodge-

It is a trek to another isolated village of Upper Mustang region. We mostly trek via desert-like terrain and the valleys. Chusang is located at the junction of Narsingha River and the Kali Gandaki. The grey cliffs and different communities mostly influenced Tibetan culture amaze the trekkers here. Optionally, we can use private jeep to escape the trekking. The serene and peaceful village is every trekker’s attraction here. One can explore amazing cliffs and rocks here. It is a 6-7 hours hiking. Overnight at guest house in Chhusang.

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Day 11: Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath- Overnight in Lodge-

We begin our trek after we have our breakfast. Today, we trek through light green vegetations. On the way , we will visit Jarkot Monastery. At the end of the hiking today we get Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. A natural flame which never goes out and 108 water spouts are beautiful things to observe here.  Overnight at guest house in Muktinath

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Day 12: Fly from Muktinath to Pokhara, Duration: 1 hours-Overnight in Hotel-

It is a scenic flight of an hour. We can view beautiful mountain views and landscapes while flying from Muktinath to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

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Day 13:Drive or fly  from Pokhara to Kathmandu,Duration 8 hours-Overnight in Hotel-

Tourist bus station is around 15-20 mins..walk from Lakeside, Pokhara or optionally, you can take taxi to bus station. The leader will help to get the bus station. The tourist bus leaves at 7.30 for Kathmandu every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get Kathmandu form Pokhara. On the way, you will see winding country road, river, woods and local people and their life style.  However, we must say, the condition of the road is not good. Sometimes, bumpy and dusty…. To escape it, you, optionally, can go with flight. It is a 35 minutes flight from Pokhara  to Kathmandu.

In the evening , after you get to the hotel, we will have dinner together and review the trip and exchange the experiences during your trip and you can feedback us.

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Day 14:Farewell and Drop to the Airport.

According to your prescheduled flight to other destination, we drop you to the Trivhuban International  airport.


 

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport Pickup and Drop.
  • Domestic air from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Three night accommodation with breakfast in Katmandu.
  • Two night accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek. We provide attached bathroom wherever possible.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit) please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any extra drinks and foods like alcoholic and soft drinks, chocobar and snacks.
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Horse/Pony during the trek.
  • WiFi internet/phone call
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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