- Country Nepal
- Duration 16 days
- Region Upper Mustang Region
- Max Altitude 5,490 meters / 13,649 feets
- Group Size 4 to 6 People
- Arrival On Kathmandu
- Departure From Kathmandu
- Grade Easy
- Meals Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
- Accommodations 4* Boutique Hotel, Lodges in Trek
- Prime Activity Trekking
- Minor Activity Cultural Sightseeing
- Date & Price
- Include & Exclude
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Inside the Forbidden Kingdom
The Mustang Trek, also known as “Medieval age or Forbidden Kingdom Trek,” in the old hidden Buddhist kingdom of Mustang (“Mun Tan” meaning literally in Tibetan “the fertile land”). The region of Mustang, officially opened to tourism in 1992, only allows limited numbers of trekkers each year to protect and conserve the local traditions and its fragile environment. Mustang lies to the northwest of the Annapurna range and extends onto the Tibetan Plateau. Its mountain range forms a frontier basin to Tibet.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers a circuit trek around Mustang by visiting Lo Manthang a medieval wall city, the capital of Upper Mustang where the king is still present for the local people. We hike across many passes such as Nyi La (4020 meters), Lo La (3940 meters), Mui La (4160 meters), etc. Besides such adventures, this Trek offers you the chance to discover the high Himalayan vegetation which cultivated at around 3000 to 3500 meters and the colorful monastic artistic treasures of the various ethical local groups of the Gurung, Lopa, Thakalis and Tibetan populations.
This journey starts with a stunning mountain flight to Jomsom and a short drive to picturesque stone-flagged villages surrounded by the high Himalayan apple orchards. Our trek starts along the Kali Gandaki river, following the salt caravan route of the olden days, where the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt with grain from the lowlands. The road goes through a breathtaking scenery of the wild and isolated region of the Mustang valley with its eroded canyons, narrow valleys, typical Tibetan villages, Buddhist Gompas (monasteries) and cave monasteries in the cliffs. We encircled by some of the highest mountains of the Himalaya: Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m) and many seven other 7000-meter peaks such as Tilicho, Nilgiri, Annapurna II, III and IV, Tukcha and the Holly Machhapuchara (or “Fishtail”).
Trekking in the outdoors especially in the Himalaya provide some health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. It is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas that were mercilessly affected by the April 2015 earthquake.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team is privileged to welcome you in the Himalaya. We committed to organizing small groups with high-quality services that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambiance and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides.
Highlights of Trip
- Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
- Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Stunning mountain flight to Jomsom above the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
- Sightseeing in Pokhara with visit of the International Mountain Museum
- Fabulous trekking in the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang
- Discovery of ancient Himalayan people settlements
- Exceptional panoramic views of the massif Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Range, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchare, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna and many other beautiful Himalayan giants
- An uncrowded Trekking experience in a remote part of Nepal with Buddhistic art and culture of the Lo, Gurung and Thakali people
- The importance placed on high-quality organisation, staff, equipment, and services to a small team of trekkers.
Map of Trip
Altitude Chart of Trip
- Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
- Day 2 : Flight to Pokhara (850m), 30 mins / Hotel
- Day 3 : Flight to Jomsom, hike to Kagbeni (2800m), 3 hrs / Lodge
- Day 4 : Kagbeni to Chele (3070m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 5 : Chele to Syanbochen (3460m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 6 : Syanbochen to Ghemi (3480m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 7 : Ghemi to Lo Tsarang (3510m), 5 hrs / Lodge
- Day 8 : Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3700m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 9 : Rest day at Lo Manthang
- Day 10 : Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3820m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 11 : Dhakmar to Ghiling (3815m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 12 : Gheling to Chhuksang (3050m), 5 hrs / Lodge
- Day 13 : Chhuksang to Jomsom (2710m), 6 hrs / Lodge
- Day 14 : Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes flights / Hotel
- Day 15 : Flight to Kathmandu
- Day 16 : International flight back
Date & Price
The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Price||Voyage Status||Book Now|
|09 Nov, 2017||24 Nov, 2017||USD 5,490||SPACE AVAILABLE||Book Now|
|11 Sep, 2017||26 Sep, 2017||USD 5,490||SPACE AVAILABLE||Book Now|
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!
- All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
- Flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom and back (by airplane), incl. local taxes
- 5 kg cargo personal material luggage
- Accommodation in 4-star Boutique hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, on a sharing basis, including breakfasts (4 nights). Please note that additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
- Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All entry fees to the world Heritage sites of Kathmandu
- Accommodation in lodges during the trekking on a sharing basis
- All the main meals during trekking
- All necessary trained and experienced staff, guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
- All necessary trekking permits
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Communication equipment in case of emergency
- Oxygen, mask, and regulator in case of emergency
- Weather report
- First aid kit
- Wild Yak Expeditions postcards
- All government and local taxes
- Big Smile from the Wild Yak Expeditions Team
- International flight (possibility of booking by Wild Yak Expeditions)
- Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight (except see "included")
- Nepal entry Visa fee
- Extra night(s) accommodation on the way to/from trekking due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trekking due to any reason which is not related to WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunches in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
- Individual beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, satellite communications, Internet, laundry, battery recharge and shower in the lodges, extra porters, and all other personal items)
- Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
- Tips (Guide, Sherpa(s), Porters, driver, City guide, etc.)
- Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for this trek because our experience has found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.
Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.
Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In a case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.
The Guide equipped with communication means, only to used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national rescue helicopter airlines
To minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regular basis.
Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.
Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely modify during the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary. However, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.
The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you for being prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.
Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.
Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in directing and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our members' needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish managed, and the trail/campsite is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will frequently be informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.
Assistant guide: Our assistant guide also has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all the essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members to monitor the group.
Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters' rights and have high standards to make sure that they treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and medical insurances.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEAL
Kathmandu: We stay at 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.
Transportation: In Kathmandu, all the transportations will be conducted by a private vehicle. Flight to Jomsom and back is by new two engines, Twin Otter aircraft. Kathmandu to Pokhara two-way by the Boeing plane.
During Trekking: We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag, as the sleeping rooms are not heated, but the dining hall will be heated in most of the lodge every evening. Showers are available at the majority of lodges at an extra cost. Please note that majority of the lodges the toilets are common, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms on available especially on resting days or acclimatization day in Jomsom and Lo Manthang to enjoy a shower.
Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant's charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch package will serve the day we cross the Pass.
TYPICAL TREKKING DAY
Mustang trekking paths are broad and well maintained as compared to other parts of Himalayan trekking trails. While we are in trekking, our day starts with a warm wake up tea/coffee. After refreshing ourselves, we pack our luggage and proceed for the breakfast. As day sets off, considering the altitude and acclimatization, we walk slowly towards our next destination making frequent rest breaks to take photographs, treasure the landscape, confront the culture and admire the fascinating mountains sceneries. Our trained guide will accompany the group. A1 to 2 hours relaxing lunch break taken except when crossing the pass. After the lunch break, we will at least spend 2 to 3 hours more on the trail before reaching the next lodge where we will welcome by some warm hot tea/coffee and cookies/biscuits. Before the dinner, we might enjoy a short walk through the village, photographing or chat with other group members or exceptional staff. After the dinner, you will be briefed on the next day program
Pre-Training before Trek
Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.
Before your embark for Mustang Trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally, you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4-hour hike, which familiarises already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatise and enjoy the trekking days.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you.
MUSTANG Trek: Easy
An easy trekking grade takes into consideration the following factors:
- An altitude up to 4500 m above sea level
- An average trail inclination of about 25% (although there might be short steeper sections)
- An average of 300-400 positive elevations a day
- A trail in its main parts in good condition (stone-paved trail, well marked)
- The capability to walk 4-5 hours per day, without any high pass to cross
It requires the following skills from each participant:
- A good stamina, to be able to walk for several hours at a sustained walking pace (4-5 km/h) in a mountain environment
- You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail; walk confident without any external help
- You can carry a small personal backpack (30-35 liters)