Duration: 15 days
Cost: USD 1860
Upper Mustang Trek commonly referred as the last forbidden Kingdom belongs to the trans-Himalayan Mustang region and passes very closely as a desert in Himalayas. Here, the trail covers the area comprises of high desert of Tibet i.e. Kaligandaki starting from the border of Tibet in southern region to up to Kagbeni called as Upper Mustang.
Our Skyline trek group starts with the Upper Mustang trek from the area called Jomsom and move towards Kagbeni recognized as the entering point of upper Mustang region. By following from the upstream of Kaligandaki River bank, we become able to reach at Lo-Mangthang i.e. the capital of famous Upper Mustang.
Excluding the excellent impromptu with tradition and culture of Tibet, the trek gives rewards to mountaineers and adventure lovers in the form of spectacular views of nearby mountains named Annapurna 1 at about 8091 meters and Dhaulagiri at the height of 8167 meters. While reaching at a particular point of the trek, you will get opportunity to encircle yourself with approximately 35 different mountains available in the height of about 6,000 meters.
Trekking in the Lost or Forbidden Kingdom region or Mustang region suits perfectly for only those trekkers, who want to have challenging trek experience. However, individuals do not require any mountaineering or trekking experience and possessing outstanding strength. Instead, every individual capable of walking about 5 to 6 hours on daily basis may easily be able to perform this trekking job.
Moreover, we organize our trekking program in such a manner that it always has some rest days and time for relaxation or refreshments, because of which you do not become tired and get energy for acclimatizing the high altitude.
Upper Mustang Trek belongs to the rain shadow area of Himalayan Mountains. It constitutes the last enclave associated with the culture of Tibet. Upper Mustang is until now remained untouched by latest civilization, as it receives permit for trekking since the year of 1991. However, mountaineers and trekkers will get the opportunity to view a four-storey palace and the city wall in Lo-Manthang, as wonderful architectures belonging to Mustang region. Furthermore, when you go inside Lo Manthang’s walled city, you will get excellent views of Gompas belonging to Tibet Buddhist community.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara 7 hrs drive by tourist bus and check in Hotel and Go for time boating in Phewa Lake. (B)
Day 02: Pokhara to Jomsom 25 minutes by flight and commence trek to Kagbeni (2810m) 2 ½ hrs (B, L, D)
Entry Restricted Area
Day 03: Kagbeni - Chele 3200m. - 5.5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 04: Chele - Gilling 3500m, - 5.5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 05: Gilling - Ghami 3500m. - 5.5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 06: Ghami - Tsarang 3550m. 5.5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 07: Tsarang - Lo-Manthang 3800m. - 5.5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 08: Lo-Manthang day hiking. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Lo-manthang - Ghami 3500m. - 6 hours (B, L, D)
Day 10: Ghami - Samar 3400m. - 5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 11: Samar - Chhusang 3000m. - 5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 12: Chhusang - Kagbeni 2810m - 5 hours (B, L, D)
Exit Restricted Area
Day 13: Kagbeni - Jomsom 2700m. - 2.5 hours (B, L, D)
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minutes by flight and transfer to the Hotel. (B)
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu 7 hrs drive by tourist bus and check in Hotel. And rest of the time for shopping (B)
Where is Nepal?
Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.
Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.
Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.
As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly"modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.
Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.
Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.
Not able to narrate in words how well off I am with Skyline treks and the team. I made back my purchase price within 16 days! If truth be told, careful helping hand through my dexterous guide Mr. Sanjaya Chapagain who navigate the entire trails throughout my Upper Mustang trek
What could be the great experience of hiking to the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki in Upper Mustang Trek? Especially, this trek is a pleasant surprise for passionate trekkers who wish to walk through the barren land enduring the strong and harsh wind throughout the trek.
I was extremely delighted by the views of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri that gave cold breeze while hiking in an arid hot desert terrain. It was undoubtedly one of the best trekking experiences of my life.
I highly praise for Skyline Treks, my trip organizer and Ang Ngima Sherpa my trek guide. Kudos to the entire team!