Upper Mustang Trek

This restricted trek region offers the exploration of trans Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, though Nepal became republic country in 2008, 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. Also, trek permit of Mustang is per day 50 $. But some trekkers explore Mustang till 45 days because there are many climbing expedition peaks like Saribung peak, Bhrikuti peak, Gaugiri Peak, Araniko peak etc. We can see the excellent views of Tilicho peak, Nilgiri peak, Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri peak at the beginning and ending of trek.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Upper Mustang Trekking
Maximum Elevation: 3940 m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 18 days
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trekking
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov / Dec, Jan, Feb & Jun, Jul, Aug.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group Size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Upper Mustang Trekking
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included
Day 02: Trek preparation & formalities for special permits of Mustang. 2 star hotel. Bed & breakfast included
Day 03: Kathmandu (1300 m) to Pokhara (930 m) by plane 25 minutes and transfer to hotel comfort,near Fewa Lake in Pokhara. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m) by plane 20 minutes and trek to Kagbeni (2810 m) 3 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3100 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Chele trek to Geling (3570 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Geling trek to Charang (3560 m) 5 hours. Overnight tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Charang trek to Lo Manthang (3940 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 09: Exploration in Lo Mathang. Visit Jhong Gompa monastery and Gharphu Gompa monastery back to Lomanthang palace, meet King, entry in monasteries 5 hours.  Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 10: Visit Chhoser Gompa monastery, Ritseling Gompa monastery and Khonchokling Gompa monastery on horse. You can hire the horse in Lomanthang for the comfortable exploration. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 11: Lo Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820 m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 12: Drakmar trek to Shyangmochen (3800 m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 13: Shyangmochen trek to Chhusang (2980 m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 14: Chhusang trek to Kagbeni (2800 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 15: Kagbeni trek to Jomsom (2700 m) 3 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara by plane 20 minutes and same day Pokhara to Kathmandu flight. Hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 17: Reserve day due to bad weather in Jomsom in return. Hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 18: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-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, near Fewa Lake in Pokhara bed & breakfast included.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project & Special permit for 10 days in Mustang.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge twin basis  and hygienic food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, bus tickets, food and accommodation for guide, assistant guides and porters.
-Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom round trip flight tickets and domestic airport tax.
-13 % compulsory government and local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guides  & porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-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 city 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 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
Anti-diarrhea 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
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
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
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
Binoculars (optional)
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

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