This incredible trek goes to the border of Tibet, an area of ancient villages, age-old castles, antique palaces, and Tibetan monasteries. It is an insight into the centuries-old Tibetan-Buddhist culture. We begin our trekking in the old once-kingdom of Mustang. It lies in the rain-shadow of the Annapurna in a mesmerizing landscape of deep canyons carved, brilliantly battered sandstone formations of beautiful pastels and plateaus overlooking gleaming white glaciers. This Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition visit to Mustang then continues into the hidden valleys of Naar, crossing over the seldom frequented Teri La pass (5’577m) to Phu. The Naar region was opened to foreigners in 2012. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give a 24-hour emergency response to an accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal full of historical monuments, Hindu Temples, Buddhist Monasteries. We receive our valuable guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. One of our company representatives will be waiting to welcome our guests with guests’ names and a display board that reads Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd. The guests are dropped at the hotel and taken to the city for short sightseeing. Then in the evening, the guests are served Welcome Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)
A tour guide according to the need of our guests will be provided. The guide takes the guests for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing includes Pashupati area, Boudhanath, Patan, and Swoyambhunath area. The time for sightseeing begins after breakfast; it goes generally 9.00am to 5.00pm. On the same day, the company makes the permit and does other paper works for the trekking. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (827m) by bus 6-7 hours
This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going the bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after you left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see a group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally, we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take a report and give a briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Pokhara-Jomosom (2720m)-Kagbeni(2810) 20-minute flight 2-3hours of walking (2850 m)
We fly to Jomsom today early morning or let’s say, before noon, It is because the weather in Jomsom is often windy in the afternoon. The small plane, often twin otter, floats northward from Pokhara between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri by the Kali Gandaki valley. After about 20 minutes we land on the runway of Jomosom. All of a sudden we feel that we are in a totally different world. We take tea/coffee right after we land in Jomsom and get ready to walk. We go through check post of ACAP. In Jomsom, we can visit, later on, Mustang Eco Museum, ACAP Unit Conservation office, Shiva and Ganesh Temple. Jomsom has a telephone, internet, and sauna facilities.
We do not stay here today because we stay here on the way back, hence we to one of the beautiful villages of a Himalayan region called Kagbeni from where the Upper Mustang begins and that is to see everything through the dress of the people, the monastery, the narrow crawl-by-stealth-through passage, and the barren landscapes. This is the place where we can encounter the tourists who trek around the Annapurna.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) 4-5 hours
From Kagbeni we walk first several hours through the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. We pass several Buddhist people villages so we could also see a monastery among the villages. We see the giant rocks here and there. Sometimes, there are many-carved holes in the rock walls where people/army during the war made their shelter. We wonder how they could ever have used them as high above the river. Near Chele we see the Kali Gandaki River flowing through the rock tunnel. It looks really amazing. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk uphill to Chele, a village of Gurung people, originally from Tibet. So they speak Tibetan.
Day 06: Chele to Shyangbochen (3800m) 4-5 hours
The path goes slightly uphill for the whole trek today. In some parts the climb is steep. The barren lands, white Himalayan peaks, rivers, and streams are the common scenery in this area. Today, we cross 4 passes. The first one is Taklam La (3624m), the second one is Dajori La (3735m), the third one is Bhena La (3860m) and the 4th or the last one is Yamda La (3860m). Finally, we reach Shyangbochen where there a couple lodges for the trekkers. Telephone service is available here.
Day 07: Shyangbochen to Ghami (3520m) 4-5 hours
Today the path goes uphill, flat and downhill. In the beginning, we walk uphill. On the way, we can visit the village of Geling. We can visit a monastery and some beautiful stupas here. After Geling we cross a pass called Nyi La (4025m). From the pass, we can view Mustang valley, Mt. Annapurna range and Mt. Neelgiri. Then the path goes down to the big beautiful medieval village Ghemi. Before we reach the village Ghemi, we cross a pass called Ghemi La (3765m) This area is largely isolated and deserted.
Day 08: Ghami to Ghar Gumba (3950m) 4-5 hours
We cross a wooden over Ghemi Khola then the path goes uphill. We see a hospital made by Japanese that provides health services here and the longest Mani wall of Mustang on the way. We cross a village called Dhakmar that lies in the altitude of 3820m. After this village, we cross red cliffs where we can get the chance to view blue sheep. We cross a pass called Mui La (4170m). From the pass, we see the most parts of Mustang valley and various peaks of Himalayas. We walk flat and downhill to Ghar Gumba. A big monastery lies here. The slogan we hear that is “ Pure Virtue of Lo Nying Sect scriptures of Padmasambhava. We camp beside the Gumba (monastery). If we visit the Gumba, we will be welcomed by Tibetan Butter Tea (su tea). A big Sculpture of Buddha in Padmasambhava is seen inside the Gumba.
Day 09: Ghar Gumba to Lo Manthang (3810m) 4-5 hours
The path goes uphill first then flat for some time and then downhill to Lo Manthang. We cross a pass called Lo La (3950m) before we reach Lo Manthang.
Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang Kingdom is surrounded by a very high wall with square towers at the corner points. Only a white palace of four levels and three red colored monasteries can be seen. The town has only one port. We can camp outside the city wall.
Day 10: Lo Manthang Rest or hiking
Today we have a rest in this beautiful city of Mustang. We can go to visit the palace and meet the King and Queen of Mustang riding the wooden ladder. Also, we can take pictures along with the royal couple. But we have to take an appointment at least a day before. We are welcomed by Tibetan Su Tea in the palace which we drink staying along with the royal couple. We have to honor the royal couple with the Khada.
Lo Manthang has lots of stupas, few Gumbas, chyortens and we can see the city decorated with lots of colorful prayer flags. A school and police check post lie here where our permits will be checked. Internet and telephone facility is available here. Also, we can use a cell phone.
A special festival called Tiji falls in the month of May here. Tiji festival is one the greatest festival and celebrated for 3 days. The people around the Lo Manthang gather in the city in great number (around 5000-6000). The tribes living around wear their cultural costumes during the Tiji. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide arrange for our visit to the various places today
Day 11: Lo Manthang – Chosar – Namgyal Gompa – Lo Manthang(3810m)
Today is the special and exciting day in Mustang. We hire a horse for hiking. Let’s say we are going for ‘horse hiking’. We ride the horse almost for the whole day today. We visit Kim along, Chosar and Ghar fu, small and beautiful villages in the Himalayan region. We visit several caves. We visit a special monastery made in a cave. Hence, we have to carry small torch lights today. We visit the cave that lies in the altitude of 4275m. We cross several wooden bridges over Chhokardokpa Khola and Nhichung Khola during our horse hiking. We walk through rough roads in some sections. We back to the other way round to Lo Manthang crossing Namgyal Gompa, the famous monastery in Mustang. .On that day we do the hiking of Namgyal where we can see monastery like Gelup sep Monastery of victory.
Day 12: Lo Manthang – Yara (3650 m) 4-5 hours
Today we begin the trip with the trip to Yara. First, we cross the Dokpolo Khola. Then we go uphill and cross a windy pass from where the view of Lo Manthang is spectacular. Then the path goes downhill and flat. Then the path is steep descent to Kali Gandaki River. We cross the big river in Mustang (Kali Gandaki) on the eastern shore. But first, the path takes us on a high-altitude route from where the views are fantastic. The steep descent to the river is just as spectacular and the only bridge made of two separate wooden beams. So we need to be aware while crossing. We may also hire a horse to cross the river. After crossing the river we go directly into a side valley to spend the night after a strong rise in the village of Yara.
Day 13: Yara-Luri Gompa (4050m) –Yara 4-5 hours
Today we are going to have hiking to visit the village of Tashi Kabum and Luri Gompa. Luri Gompa is one of those places in the Himalayas where words fail. In a bizarre landscape of pink and yellow pinnacles and humps stand two little monasteries. One of the monasteries is housed in a cave. This cave is then almost completely filled with a stupa which local people say it was born naturally. The whole is framed with fantastic rock paintings from ancient times and also very different from the ideas that we normally see in Buddhist monasteries. If we wish, we can hire a horse even today.
December, January, and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So, trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So, a tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit.
March, April, and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programs during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
June, July, and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September, October, and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
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.
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)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
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)
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
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 are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
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 daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.