James Upper Mustang Trek
Fixed Departure Date
- August 2018
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.
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. It's an austerely beautiful land demanding and harsh: alternately sun drenched and snowdrift, whipped and scoured by fierce, ceaseless wind a land where comfort is scarce. 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. It is reached only by foot or on horseback from Jomsom, nearest airport.
Geography of Mustang
Mustang covers 2,563 square kilometers and lies on the border of Nepal with Tibet. Over 8,000 people live in around 1,200 households in 32 villages and hamlets. Speaking a number of Tibetan dialects, they are culturally Tibetan, following traditional forms of Buddhism. Mustang lies above 11,000 feet, with harsh climatic conditions. Very little rain falls. Tibetan Buddhism's history has flourished in Mustang since the 8th century. Following the Chinese occupation of Tibet, it is in danger of extinction unless efforts are made to pass it on within the Tibetan.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (4264 ft)
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Malla Treks P Ltd. He or she will escort you to the hotel; there will be a briefing on the trek arrangement. Overnight in Kathmandu at Shangrila hotel Hotel . (Breakfast Included)
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the BagmatiRiver. It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of BhupatindraMalla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsalatemple,Bhairavnathtemple,Duttatrayatemple,PujariMuth and Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Shangrila.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight (2700ft)
In the late morning, we take a scenic flight to Pokhara ( 2,700ft) , passing over the deep valley and rivers of central Nepal and taking views of the Ganesh , Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. After checking into our lovely hotel we will have lunch at the hotel. After lunch we will visit in lake side, over night at PokharaHotel inPokhara.at shangrila village resort.
(Breakfast, included )
Day 04 : Visit Lama’s Himalayan Child home , sight seeing around pokhara valley Over night stay at shangrila village Hotel ( Break fast included)
Day 05 : Project work at child home , over night at shangrila village ( breakfast including)
Day 06: Fly to Jomsom& trek to Kagbeni (9,375ft): 3-4 hrs
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000 miters such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, KakKhola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. Over night at annapurnalodge.Accommodation with attached Toilet and Bathroom.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 07: Kagbeni to Chele (10,004ft): 5-6 hrs
Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. Accommodation with comman bath Toilet.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 08: Chele to Geling (11,710 ft ): 8-9 hrs
We have fabulous view of the Nilgiri range as we make a long climb up to the view of the Samar (11,847 Feet) and enter the high altitude desert country. Samar surrounded by popular, is a major stopping place for horse caravans our afternoon hike brings us over three high ridges (the highest is 13,153 fit) and past some teahouses then continues to Geling. This is a long and difficult day Over night at Kunga Guest house. Accommodation with comman bath Toilet.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 9 Geling to Charang (11,677 Ft) 7-8 hrs
After climbing gently through barley field below the village of the Tama Gaun, we will begin an unrelenting climb that takes us across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass (13,186 feet) , the southern boundary of mustang proper. A gentle descent brings us to the Village of Ghami (11,513 feet) in the afternoon we cross a suspension bridge over a river, pass one of the most impressive and longest mani walls in Nepal, climb another high pass (12,694 feet), and enter 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 the Mustang, and the vast red DorjeDhenGompa, which we will visit as time permits. Over night at Maya inn Guest House. Accommodation with comman bath Toilet.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 10 :Charang to Lo-Mangthang (12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. Over night at Tashi delay or Himalaya , Accommodation with attached Toilet and Bathroom.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 11 : Explore Lo-Mangthang
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit NamgyalGompa and Tingkhar. NamgyalGompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting NamgyalGompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall ChampaLakhang "God house" the red ThugchenGompa, ChyodiGompa 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 Himalaya. Over night at Tashi delay or Himalaya , Accommodation with attached Toilet and Bathroom.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 12 : Explore Lo-Mangthang- rest day
A day explore further north in Mustang with Lama pasang where the village called Choser. we will transfer by jeep spend the day touring the village . return to Lo manthang . Over night at Tashi delay or Himalaya , Accommodation with attached Toilet and Bathroom.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 13: Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom by Jeep (12,500ft): 8--9hrs
While returning from Lo-Mangthan, to Josmsom by Jeep, it takes approximately 8 9 hrs driving , we will stay over night in jomsom guest house.
( Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner Included)
Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara and drive back to hotel, we do shower, relax at the hotel after lunch we visit in child home . over night stay at shangrila village pokhara.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu 25 Minute
In the late morning, we take a scenic flight to kathmandu , passing over the deep valley and rivers of central Nepal and taking views of the Ganesh , Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. check in at the hotel after lunch We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. overnight stay at the shangrila
( breakfast including)
Day 15: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Malla Treks P ltd will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Malla Treks . Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Flight Delay in JOMSOM
Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Malla Treks P Ltd will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.
The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.
Cost per person twin sharing Us$ 2250.00 ( above five pax)
Single supplement $350.00
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- twin sharing accommodation in a Five star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights) & one night in Pokhara (Lunch , dinner and Breakfast Included)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
- T - house standard Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek. (we provide accommodation at Lodges which are mentioned in the details itinerary)
- Local Malla Treks Nepal licensed English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- ACAP permit
- Sleeping bag by Malla Treks Nepal (which need to be returned after the trek).
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Pokhara -jomsom -pkhara- Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu, Pokhar and Jomsom airport.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Free Malla Treks duffel/ (yours to keep to be returned after the trek).
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
Cost does not Include
- Mustang permit Usd 500 for 10 days (Please bring cash along with you)
- Meals in kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Support to the Himalayan children's care home
Middle fork works closely with and its supporters of Himalayan childre's home care in Pokhara , a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the childdren home where many of the children come from the remote Mustang region. we contribute 15% of the trips cost to make a building in Pokhara.
Durga Bhandari - Trek organizer
Mr Bhandari is as a Trekking operator of Nepal and owner of Malla Treks. During our stay in Nepal he will be fully responsibility to take care of us . He has over 26 years of experience in the adventure travel business. He assures you all to provide quality service and safe journey with highly experienced staffs and guides.
Lama Pasang Gurung- Trek Leader
Mr Gurng is a founder of Himalayan children's care home. He will be guiding us in the mustang trek . There will be above 5 children with us on the trek as they will meet their families while during the trek . many of them come down to Pokhara from mustang for study.
About Himalayan Children's care home
Himalayan Children's Care Home is a non-profit social organization registered with the Nepalese Government and affiliated to the Social Welfare Organization with the aim of preserving the rich cultural heritage and raising the socio-economic status of the Himalayan and needy people who are deprived of basic education and primary health care.
On 13th Nov 2006, The Himalayan Children's Care Home was founded with children from extremely deprived families living together under one roof to give them a better future. In order to survive, parents engaged their children in household activities such as fetching water, grazing the cattle, collecting firewood in all seasons, including the dead cold winter. Due to the harsh environment and poor quality of land, many people have dietary deficiencies and suffer from diseases. The Himalayan Children's Care Home ensures a better life with free education, health care, food and lodging for such children.
At present the home has 73 children aged between 5 and 16. They are from different villages in and around the Mustang region. Some of them are orphans; some have only one parent while others are from financially poor families who are not in a position to afford any fees. Himalayan Children's Care Home is aimed at providing a modern education and upbringing. We also aim to preserve the unique Tibetan culture and traditions that are currently on the brink of extinction. We wish our children to live together by developing respect, mutual understanding and love for nature.