This restricted trek region offers off the beaten trails in trans Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, its pristine culture and tradition of Tibetan Buddhist, local agriculture in terrain dry lands, the most ancient Buddhist monuments like monasteries (gompas), stupas (chhortens) with colorful Buddhist holy flags, stone wall colorful painting stupas, cave monasteries constructed in the contemporary period of war between Lobas ( inhabitants of Mustang) and Khampas from Tibet, old Buddhist holy books written in golden ink, old Buddhist painting arts (Thankas) etc.
Also, you can discover the exceptional polyandry marriage system in society and funeral system of Tibetan Buddhist. Instead of burning the death body, some time the Lamaist (The Buddhist priest) gives the death body to the vultures cutting in pieces according to astrological figure of death people. Most of the trekkers do 10 days trek in Mustang for the cultural and historical visit as an easy trek tour in altitude below than 4000m. But our company has been continuously organizing Mustang Secret Trek since 2011 giving chance to explore off the beaten trails of Bharcha, Khonchok Ling Monastery, Chhosar Village, Samdzong, Yarsang Khola, Chhujung Gompa, Chaka Khola, Amakha etc.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Mustang Secret Trek Maximum Elevation: 4900m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trek Duration: 26 days Mode of Operation: tea house lodge trek + camping trek Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and strenuous Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Mustang Secret Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 02: Trek preparation & formalities for special permits of Mustang. 2 star hotel bed & breakfast. Day 03: Kathmandu (1300 m) - Pokhara (930 m) by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel comfort bed & breakfast. Day 04: Pokhara - Jomosom 30mn by plane and Jomsom - Kagbeni 45mn by jeep Kagbeni - Chhusang 3 hours walking / +400m / -200m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 05: Chhusang – Paha Camp Site 7 hours walking / +1430m / -300m. Overnight camping. Day 06: Paha Camp Site - Tangge 4 hours walking / +230m / -930m. Overnight camping. Day 07: Tangge - Dheychyang khola - Yara 6 hours walking / +1110m / -810m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 08: Yara - Tashi Kabum - Luri gompa - Ghara 4 hours walking / +480m / -155m. Overnight camping. Day 09: Ghara - Amaka - Chaka khola Camp Site 5 hours walking / +700m / -880m. Overnight camping. Day 10: Chaka khola Camp Site - Chhujung Gompa 3 hours walking / +320m / -160m. Overnight camping. Day 11: Chhujung gompa - Yarsang khola Camp Site 4 hours walking / +930m / -150m. Overnight camping. Day 12: Yarsang khola Camp Site - Samdzong 4 hours walking / +365m / -1000m. Overnight camping. Day 13: Samdzong - Lo Monthang 4 hours walking / +370m / -500m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 14: Lo Monthang rest day, visit around the royal palace, ancient monasteries (Gompas), chhortens, stupas etc. Overnight in Lodge. Day 15: Lo Monthang - Konchok Ling - Chhoser - Lo Monthang 25 mn by Jeep then 4 hours 30mn / +550m / -550m and 2 hours 30mn / +150m / -250m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 16: Lo Monthang - Lo La - Dheegaon 4 hour walking / +400m / -750m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 17: Dheegaon - Tsarang - Lo Ghyekar 4 hours 30mn / +800m / -215m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 18: Lo Ghyekar - Dhakmar - Ghemi - Chhunkar (Ghilling) 5 hours 30mn walking / +800m / -955m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 19: Chhunkar - Ghilling - Ranchung (Chunsi Cave) - Samar 4h35 / +1100m / -1000m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 20: Samar - Chele - Chhusang 3 hours walking / +20m / -650m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 21: Chhusang - Tetang - Muktinath 6 hours walking / +1200m / -460m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 22: Muktinath - Lupra - Jomosom 5 hours walking / +270m / -1110m. Overnight in Lodge. Day 23: Jomosom - Pokhara 30 mn by plane or Jomsom - Beni - Pokhara 10 hours by bus bed and breakfast. Day 24: Pokhara - Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast. Day 25: Rest day in Kathmandu bed and breakfast. Day 26: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-1 night comfort hotel in Pokhara bed & breakfast included.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project & Special permit of Mustang.
-Kathmandu - Pokhara round trip by tourist bus.
-Pokhara - Jomsom round trip by plane and domestic airport tax.
-Jomsom-Kagbeni by jeep.
-Camping equipment: tents, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, porters tent, utensils, chairs, tables etc.
-Accommodation in tea house Lodge + Tented camping.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-13 % compulsory government and local taxes.
-An experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook & porters.
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
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
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
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
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
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
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow