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Trekking Nepal's Upper Mustang ~ where rivers swirl around mighty peaks and life in chalk-white villages moves slowly ~ a Pristine Corner of the Himalayas
On this expedition-style trek, you’ll learn about the Mustang’s status as a forbidden kingdom, which ended in 2008 when its ruling kingdom of Nepal became a republic. We’ll start our trip by exploring the temples and markets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city before travelling to the lakeside city of Pokhara at the foot of the Himalayas and onto the large village of Jomsom to start our journey.
Until 1992, Mustang was closed to the outside world. Even today, only a few thousand find their way to Upper Mustang each year. It’s vast, arid, and one of the few places left of Earth where one might truly escape to an authentic Tibetan enclave. Upper Mustang is isolated by culture, by government order, and by geography. The government has instituted a forward-thinking permit system that demands a $500USD fee of every visitor to keep this contemplative corner of the Himalayas pristine.
Princes of ancient kingdoms walk the walled cities, remains of the long dead rest in peace in caves from prehistory, and barely-cut roads wind through skies topped with mountains. The region, defined as much by its 13,000-foot passes, striated rock formations, and colorful stupas as by its almost unfathomable remoteness, was, until 2011, accessible only by foot, horseback, or private aircraft. The name Mustang is derived from the Tibetan word ‘mun tan’ which translates in Nepali to mean ‘fertile plain’ Tibetan is widely spoken and the traditional culture of Tibet largely remains throughout the region.
This is an “off the beaten” path adventure. As with other treks in Nepal, teahouses are available along the entire trek in Upper Mustang. Teahouses are simple houses, often the home of the family that runs them, and offer basic meals in a communal eating hall along with rooms which share 2 - 4 people.
Expect camping conditions with rustic toilets and long periods of no hot water nor shower facilities.
Retreat starts Oct 4 with a welcome dinner. Check in to the hotel anytime that day to get settled. If you have a late night arrival, you may have to arrive Oct 3..
Retreat ends after breakfast on Oct 21
Flights: There are myriad of different ways to look for flight. I like to use www.skyscanner.com
Money: I usually just bring my ATM card for cash and use as needed when I am in Kathmandu. Bring USD with you on the plane as you will need for your Visa. You are welcome to bring Travelers Cheques... but I have not used them in a very long time. ATMs are fine in Kathmandu, Pokhara and major cities but it doesn't hurt to inform your banks before coming to Nepal (sometimes banks might block your card).
Money Exchange Available:• in Thamel• Or Nirajan can help us with a better rate. The rates aren't as good at the airportEntry, Exit and Visa Requirements (US Passport Holders)
Requirements for Entry: Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry Visa appropriate for purpose of travel
Tourist Visas:Online application: https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visaEither apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate before traveling, or purchase a tourist visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu) or at the following land border points of entry: You may request: 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa ($25 USD) 1-month multiple-entry tourist visa ($40 USD) 3-month multiple-entry tourist visa ($100 USD)
Bring: 4 passport photosBring Cash for Visa Fee Visa fees are payable in USD. Money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, but credit card payment is not a reliable option. Tourists may stay no more than 150 days in any given calendar year.
Dress Code: Yoga - Please bring leggings or very loose trousers with stretch so most of our legs will be covered. Scarf - I always have one with me in case I need to cover my shoulders.
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Daytime Temperatures Range 68F - 77F
You will receive a more extensive list in the Program Guide. Some suggestions are yoga mat, layers for all weather, reusable water bottle, comfortable shoes Kathmandu has nearly everything. . They have lots of street vendors.
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*Single Supplement avail for 3 nights only
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to hold your space and is due at the time of registration.
Full balance must be paid 60 days prior to event start date.
Cancellations must be sent in email to email@example.com.
60 days or more prior to the event: your entire payment will be refunded less $500 non-refundable deposit.
If retreat is full, waitlist will be available.
A more detailed itinerary is available upon request.
Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 Kathmandu Drive to Pokhara
Day 03 Pokhara fly to Jomsom 2743 M (8,999 ft) and Trek to Kagbeni. Distance; 10.7 Km (6.6 miles)
DAY 04 Kagbeni Trek to Chele. Distance; 15.3 Km (9.5 mile)
DAY 05 Chele Trek to Syangboche. Distance; 11.5 km ( 7.1 miles)
DAY 06 Syanboche Trek to Ghami. Distance; 9.3 Km (5.7 miles)
DAY 07 Ghami Trek To Charang. Distance; 10.7 Km (6.6 miles)
DAY 08 Charang Trek to Lo-Manthang. Distance; 11 km ( 6.8 miles)
DAY 09 Explore Lo-ManThang Valley
DAY 10 Lo-Manthang Trek to Drakmar via Samduling, Marang la 4230 M (13,878 ft) Distance: 17.2 Km (10.6 miles)
DAY 11 Dhakmar Trek to Ghiling. Distance; 14.3 Km ( 8.8 miles)
DAY12 Ghiling Trek to Chhuksang. Distance; 17.2 Km (10.6 miles)
DAY 13 Chhuksang Trek to Kagbeni and Drive to Muktinath Temple.
Day 14: Muktinath - Kali Gandaki River - Jomsom.
DAY 15 Fly to PokharaFree time to explore and relax.DAY 16 Fly Back to Kathmandu and Drive to Home Stay (Ranikot)After breakfast, around 10 fly to Kathmandu, and then drive to Ranikot Homestay, Barbeque and cooking with Nepalese family.