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MUSTANG TOUR & TREK

MUSTANG comes from the phrase "mun" "tan" the meaning is Fertile plain. Mustang is also known as "Himal Pari Ko Desh" meaning the country beyond the himalays and is located in mustang district of Dhaulagiri zone of Nepal. Nepal is a landlocked country of South Asia.The headquarter is Jomssom. It covers an area of 3,573 km² and has a population (2009) of around 20000. The district lies in the Himalayas of northern Nepal and extended towards the Tibetan plateau. Upper Mustang, The former Lo Kingdom comprises the northern two-thirds of the district. This kingdom was a depended on the Kingdom of Nepal but was abolished by the republican Government of Nepal on October 7, 2008. Most mustangese live along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, once a major trade route through this mountainous region. There is no Potala Palace or Drepung Monastery in Mustang, but this arid ancient land tucked away in the far north of Nepal, beyond the snowy Himalayas, is like a flashback to the Tibet of the 1950s.

In addition to trekking routes through the Lo Kingdom ("Upper Mustang") and along the Annapurna Circuit in lower Mustang, the district is famous for the springs and village of Muktinath (a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site), apples, and Marpha brandy. A shepherd in a remote region of Nepal bordering Tibet has been instrumental in the discovery of an extraordinary art treasure that lay hidden for centuries: a collection of 55 exquisite cave paintings depicting the life of the Buddha. The 12th-century paintings - a large central mural flanked by smaller panels - were found last month in a partly collapsed cave last month in Mustang, a kingdom long forbidden to foreigners in the high Himalayas, 150 miles north-west of Kathmandu. "Finding the cave was almost like a miracle," said Italian art conservator Luigi Fieni, a member of the team of Italian, American and Nepalese art conservators, conservation architects and archaeologists. They used ice axes to cut their way to the cave, at 3,400 metres.

Foreigners were permitted to enter Mustang only in 1992, and Mr Fieni's team began work there nine years ago, restoring spectacular wall paintings in a crumbling 15th-century Tibetan monastery. It was when they asked about other art treasures in the region that a villager remembered having seen, as a boy, a cave full of colourful paintings. "Unlike the murals in the monastery, the Mustang cave paintings do not reveal a Tibetan but a strong Indian influence, including the animals they depict - leopard, tiger, monkey and deer," said Mr Fieni. "In fact, the style evokes the fabulous cave paintings of Ajanta, which predate the Mustang caves by several centuries." The simultaneous discovery of ancient Tibetan manuscripts in nearby caves has also led to speculation that the area might have been a teaching retreat, similar to the Buddhist university in Nalanda. Mustang is of significance to Buddhist scholars as perhaps the only region where Tibetan culture and religion have survived virtually untouched by time or the depredations of modern Chinese colonisation - although a road was recently opened to the capital, Lo Manthang. Guru Gyaltsen, a Tibetan Lama, said: "The Mustang people are Tibetans. They speak the Tibetan language; their origin is in the Tibetan culture." For centuries, the region was part of Tibet, before being taken over by Nepal. The location of the cave has been kept a secret to deter smugglers. The explorers call it the Snow Leopard Cave, as the animal's footprints were found inside.

  • Quick Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info

Quick Itinerary

  • Day 01.Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), Overnight at hotel
  • Day 02.Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation, Overnight at hotel
  • Day 03.Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs drive, Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 04.Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m): 4 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 05.Trek Kagbeni to chele (3050m): 5-6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 06.Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 07.Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 08.Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3500m): 4-5 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 09.Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 10.Exploration Lo-Mangthang, Overnighht at Lodge
  • Day 11.Trek Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m): 6-7 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 12.Trek Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 13.Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 14.Trek Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m): 7 hrs, Overnight at Lodge
  • Day 15.Fly Jomsom to Pokhara, Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 16.Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 17.Departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu

    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), Overnight at hotel

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation, Overnight at hotel

  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m)

    Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs drive, Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m):

    Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m): 4 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to chele (3050m):

    Trek Kagbeni to chele (3050m): 5-6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 06: Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3475m):

    Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 07: Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m):

    Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 08: Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3500m):

    Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3500m): 4-5 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 09: Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m):

    Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 10: Exploration Lo-Mangthang:

    Exploration Lo-Mangthang, Overnighht at Lodge

  • Day 11: Trek Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m):

    Trek Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m): 6-7 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 12: Trek Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m):

    Trek Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 13: Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m):

    Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 6 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 14: Trek Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m):

    Trek Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m): 7 hrs, Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 15: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara:

    Fly Jomsom to Pokhara, Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:

    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Day 17: Departure:

    Departure

COST INCLUDES

  1. Arrival and departure transfers.
  2. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara twin sharing room with breakfast.
  3. Kathmandu sightseeing as per above program and entrance fees.
  4. Accommodation Tea house/ mountain lodge on the trek.
  5. All meal Breakfast, lunch & dinner on the trek.
  6. All required supporting crews with experienced leader (guide), porters to carry luggage.
  7. Sleeping bag, Down jacket, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip end)
  8. Foods, accommodation, insurance for service crews.
  9. Annapurna Conservation Area permits fee & TIMS Card.
  10. Upper Mustang special trekking permit.
  11. Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket with domestic airport tax.
  12. Kathmandu – Pokhara –Kathmandu Transfer.
  13. All applicable taxes and service charges.

COST EXCLUDES

  1. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel.
  2. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle drinks etc)
  3. Bottled drinks throughout the trek.
  4. Extra tea / coffee after and before meal.
  5. Your travel insurance.
  6. Insurance for any loss and damage.
  7. Rescue & evacuation services.
  8. Tips for guide, porters & driver.
  9. Any additional cost due to unforeseen circumstances

Booking Information: Advance payment of USD 100 / INR 5,000 per person is required for booking confirmation. Balance amount can be paid upon arrival at Kathmandu. If cancellation takes place after booking confirmation then advance deposit amount will be forfeited.

Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste.

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Mugum Travels & expeditions Pvt.Ltd. and charge whould be paid by the client themselves.

Tour Cancellation

  • There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation Three weeks before the tour departure date.
  • 50% two weeks prior to tour departure date and no refund there after no fefund no delay arrivals for what ever reason.