Upper Mustang Trek is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which until recently was off limits to western tourists. The area has an isolated and mystical feel to it. Located in the north of the Annapurna Region on the border to Tibet it is a high desert region that features stark treeless landscape under the shadow of high snow capped peaks dotted with a colourful mosaic of fields.The influence here is Tibetan, with the language, culture and religion closely linked to the Tibetan people. Lo Manthang considered until recently to be The Last Forbidden Kingdom until it was opened to foreigners still considered to be a separate kingdom is possibly the most unique and fascinating place in Nepal. Thousands of years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this place unchanged for centuries. Many people consider Upper Mustang to be more authentically Tibetan than Tibet for this very reason. And for tourists this presents a unique opportunity to experience this ancient history and culture.
Home to some ancient Monasteries and Buddhist sites as well as the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath (sacred to Hindu’s and Buddhists) Upper Mustang is a deeply spiritual experience. Also home to the Kali Gandaki Gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world this area will delight not only with it’s cultural and spiritual diversity but It’s stark and stunning natural beauty.
Until 1991 Upper Mustang was a restricted region for outsiders, which led to earning its name as the last forbidden Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal or Mini Tibet of Nepal. Upper Mustang trek takes you to the hidden world of the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang and therefore is closely tied to the Tibetan culture and traditions. Upper Mustang is the perfect getaway for those who seek solitary and cultural mix; this region is very rich in Tibetan culture and has no. of Buddhist monasteries, rare medieval Buddhists arts, and exotic culture, unbelievable views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and several other peaks. With almost treeless barren landscape and steep rocky trails are some other reasons which differentiate this trek from other.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 2: Half day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 6 hrs drive
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Chele (3050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Syanbochen (3475m/11,398ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Charang (3500m/11,480ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar 4-6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810m/12,500ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft) 7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft) 6 hrs
Day 16: Flight back to Pokhara
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu 6 hrs
Day 18: Departure from TIA.
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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
Why Tipping is essential?
There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.