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EXPLORE TIBETAN CULTURE & LIFESTYLE IN NEPAL’S UPPER MUSTANG REGION

  • 15N 16D
  • 3840 M
  • MAX 6 PEOPLE

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore The Ancient Kingdom Of Lo-Manthang (Last Forbidden Kingdom Of Nepal) Whose Cultural Values Are Similar To Tibetan Mainland  
  • Trek Through The World Steepest Gorge Across A Breathtaking High Altitude Desert In Upper Mustang
  • Explore Numerous Historical Monasteries And Gompas Which Are 14th Century Back
  • Learn And Understand Cultural And Historical Monuments Related To Tibetan Buddhism & Lifestyle Of Mustang Desert Valley
  • Follow The Ancient Remote Trails And Trade Routes Which Are Isolated From The Modern World & Oldest Gompa At Lo Gekar

The Upper Mustang region which preserves the centuries back old history and culture & follows Tibetan Buddhism is an amazing place to visit for those who are in the interest of learning Tibetan Buddhism religion, Culture and its ancient roots. This 16-day trip from Pokhara will take you to the Upper Mustang Valley through the ancient salt caravan trail from where people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt for various Grain from the Lowlands of Mustang Valley. This trip will follow barley fields, narrow alleyways, hidden chortens, long stone walls of beautiful prayer wheels and herds of farming animals( Yak & Mountain Goats) and reach Lo Manthang valley by passing Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range on the south, which is also called the Last forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. This region was closed to foreigners till the late 90s which has contributed to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature.

MEAL GUIDE

YOUR INCLUDED

MEAL GUIDE: B = BREAKFAST, L = LUNCH D = DINNER

DAY 1- ARRIVAL TO POKHARA

After arrival in Pokhara & transfer you at Pokhara Hotel.

DAY 2 – EXPLORATION DAY AT POKHARA: B

Early Morning we will see the sunrise over the beautiful Sarangkot Hill station and will meet at our office for the preparation of Trip. The rest of the day you can enjoy the Pokhara city by yourself.

DAY 3- POKHARA- JOMSOM TREK TO KAGBENI: B/L/D

Today trek starts from Pokhara according to the availability either, we will take the flight from Pokhara airport to Jomsom or private jeep drive to Jomsom which is a very scenic trip on Pokhara Baglung Highway with Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges encountering on the Northside passing many Nepali villages at curvy Hilly road. After reaching Jomsom, we will start a few hours trek to Kagbeni

DAY 4 -KAGBENI (ENTRY POINT) TO CHELE: B/L/D

After Breakfast, our trip heads towards Kaligandaki Valley which is an ancient trade route where People of Mustang (Lo)bring back their horses to Kagbeni & Jomsom to run their daily life. After some hours of walking from Kagbeni, we will reach Tangbe village (3060 m) which has narrow alleys with whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. Tangbe will follow another beautiful village called Chhuksang and overnight to Chele village.   

DAY 5: CHELE VIA LOWER TRAIL (CHUNGSI CAVE) TO SYANBOCHE: B/L/D

Today, while hiking from Chele upwards we will experience Tibetan culture of ‘Lo’ rather than Manangis culture and the rest part of the trip is a desert trek within side valleys of Kaligandaki valley. After some hours of Trek trail enters large side valleys of Samar Village which is surrounded by poplar trees. Samar village is the stopover for Horse caravans and you can see many old horse stables around the village while passing by before heading to Syanboche Village for Overnight Dinner.

DAY 6: SYANBOCHE TO DHAKMAR: B/L/D

This day you will pass through Geling village full of poplar trees and barley fields and the trail will continue broad valley Nyi La which is at 4020 M. Ghemi passes on the way and its third-largest village in Upper Mustang Village and surrounded by buckwheat fields & historical building Royal mustang where the king of Lo used to live. Another attraction for today is a spectacular Mani wall with blue, grey, and red cliffs across the valley.

DAY 7: DHAKMAR (LOGHEKAR MONASTERY) TO LO- MANTHANG: B/L/D

This afternoon, we will visit the second largest village of ‘Lo’ kingdom called Charang (Tsarang) also the former capital of the kingdom of ‘Lo’. Charang is full covered with maize fields, willow trees and houses separated by beautiful stone walls and old historic buildings (former palace) which now serves as a good Library in Upper Mustang. From Lo La we can see the walled city of Lo Manthang. We will also visit Ghar Gumba which reflects the true culture of Buddhism.

DAY 8: EXPLORE LO MANTHANG HERITAGE SITES & MONASTERIES: B/L/D

Today we will explore the stone-walled city of Lo Manthang visiting various heritage sites around it and feel the strong sense of Lo Manthang which has embraced unique century back Tibetan culture. The main temples and museum we visiting in Lo Manthang are Jampa Lhakhang( 3 storey Buddha Statue backdated 1147-48), 15th-century red Thubchen Gompa near the city center and Chode Gompa and Choprang Gompa. This is also the main gateway to trade salt and other essential stuff to other parts of Nepal with Tibet and trade passes through Kali Gandaki valley before modernization connects Nepal and Tibet.         

DAY 9: LO MANTHANG TO YARA: B/L/D

With unforgettable memories & kind hospitality of Lobas people from Lo Manthang, we will descend back from Lo Manthang to an alternative trail of Kaligandaki Valley for an overnight stay at Yara village.

DAY 10: EXPLORE LURI GUMBA BACK TO YARA: B/L/D

Today, we will head towards to Luri Gumba which is one of the impressive caves situated at 4000 M of Upper Mustang Valley. Our Guide will explain the caves paintings dating back to the 12th Century which are Newari Style Buddhist Frescos and 14th Century chortens hidden in the fantastic landscape of fluted and eroded massive cliffs.

DAY 11: YARA TO TANGGE: B/L/D

Today we will cross the Kaligandaki river several times while walking through this remote Kalidgandaki river bank we can find saligrams the fossils shell backdated many century old. Hindus in Nepal and India worship as a form of Lord Vishnu with its unique different stone marking. Tangge is an incredibly stunning village, with monumental ochre and long Mani walls and traditional architecture, surrounded by terraced barley fields, a village of many sheep, goats and the largest Chorten in Mustang over 50 feet high.

DAY 12 – TANGGE TO CHHUKSANG: B/L/D

Today is one of the long days walking during our Upper Mustang Trek. Enjoy walking your full day with a superb view of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and other snow peaks in front of you and finally reach overnight at Chhuksang village.

DAY 13 – CHHUKSANG TO MUKTINATH (EXIT POINT): B/L/D

Today is our last day within the Upper Mustang restricted area and we follow the downstream Kaligandaki river trail to Muktinath Temple which is one of the holy places for Hindu & Buddhist peoples around the world. Many Hindu devotees come to this temple once in a life to worship for getting salvation from their sin.

DAY 14 – MUKTINATH TO JOMSOM: B/L/D

Today we will start early morning trek towards Jomsom after the Breakfast which is also a meeting point for the Annapurna Circuit region. During the day time in Jomsom, it’s a heavy desert wind flowing 

DAY 15- JOMSOM TO POKHARA: B/L

After Serving breakfast, we will head to Jomsom Airport and took the spectacular Scenic flight to Pokhara or we will come back by private jeep back to Pokhara.

DAY 16- POKHARA TO KATHMANDU: B

We will drop you off from Pokhara Hotel to Either Pokhara Airport or to the Pokhara Tourist Bus Park

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Fully Escorted trek with English Speaking Professional and Friendly Local Guide (who have experience of 20 years doing Upper Mustang Trek).

Tea Houses / B & B Hotels Accommodation

Meals as specified on the respective days (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Flight ticket or 4 wheeler private Jeep from Pokhara to Jomsom

3 Cup tea every day for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Flight ticket or 4-wheeler private jeep from Jomsom to Pokhara  

Restricted Area Trekking Permit for Upper Mustang valid for 10 days

ACAP & TIMS permits required for your Trek

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation

All Government and Local taxes

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Your international flights Tickets

Nepal Visa fees & Airport Taxes

Cold drinks, Beverages and your personal expenses along the trek

Evacuation in case of emergency (But we will arrange to help the Heli rescue service in case of Emergency which your Travel Insurance company will bear up)

Personal Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended to get yourself)

Gear for your Trek

Anything else not mentioned in ‘WHAT INCLUDED’

Tips for your drivers, hotels, restaurants, etc.

WHAT TO BRING DURING YOU TREK

ESSENTIAL

Medical Masks (useful for dusty conditions)

Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)

Headlamp with extra batteries

Sunglasses with UV protection (Only in Summer days)

Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)

Light and expedition weight thermal tops

Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Rucksack and Travel Bags

MEDICAL

Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)

Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)

1 skin-blister repair kit

Anti-diarrhoea pills

Anti-headache pills

Cough and/or cold medicine

Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide

Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

Water purification tablets or water filter (optional)

PRACTICAL ITEMS

1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit

Smartphone contains Alarm clock, GPS and Altitude finder

1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

2/3 Large Ziplocs bag

1 litre water bottle

1 small folding knife

Binoculars (optional)

TIBETAN BUDDHISM CULTURE-(15N 16D)

  • Medium Trek with Rich in Cultural Heritage

  • All Our Departure Dates 100% Guaranteed

  • Best Value for Money

  • Group Size–Minimum 2 Person needed to start the Trip

  • Extra Money is charged if you hired a Potter

USD 2100

/Per Person

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