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18 DAYS
PRICE AND INFO
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Price Includes & Excludes
Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 4230m
Duration: : 18 Days
Walking Days: : 13 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV

ACCOMMODATIONS
We will be staying at Manaslu hotel, Hotel Tibet or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu:  and guesthouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

MEALS
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

PHYSICAL CONDITION REQUIREMENT
Discovery Mountain Trek can offer advice and recommendations about health requirements but it is the individual responsibility of each trekker to acquire any necessary documents and medical care. The information on the technical sheet provided is indicative, it is your responsibility to check with the authorities concerned for the exact requirements for your chosen destination at the time of travel. If you do not obtain any necessary medical consultations or travel documents and are not allowed to enter a country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and procedures of police, customs and health at all times throughout your trip.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to travel in Nepal is in spring (February to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

GUIDE & STAFF ARRANGEMENT
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful Guide and crew member who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of Discovery Mountain Trekking Guide’s are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain Trek only employs local Staff, who have knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

PORTER CARE
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. International Porters Progress Group.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile in the mountain region. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain Trek employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain Trek, therefore, enforces a number of do and don’t. Please talk to your trek Guide to avoid environmental impacts.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain Trek trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

ACCLIMATIZATION
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, one day we take rest in somewhere which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

EQUIPMENT LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain Trek inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.

SLEEPING BAG
1 sleeping bag: -10° or -15° (*)
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

FROM HEAD TO TOE
A cap or sunhat
2-pair of thermals
Suitable shorts
Walking trousers
Thick walking socks
Warm gloves
Hat and scarf
A pair of high rise walking boots
Lightweight waterproof over trousers
Discovery Mountain Trek’s down Jacket (*)
Discovery Mountain Trek’s half T-shirt (*)
Long sleeve thermal tops and full-length long johns
A light fleece or equivalent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
A breathable windproof, water proof jacket (Gore-Tex…)
A pair of sandals or equivalent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
Long-sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material.

DAY BAGS
1 medium shoulder bag: 50-70 liter cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables,

PRACTICAL ITEMS
Tissue /toilet roll
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Female hygiene products
Anti-bacterial hand wash
1 compass or GPS (optional)
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

MEDICAL
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Water purification tablets or water filter
Small personal first-aid kit simple and light
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

Booking Terms
booking your trip with Discovery Mountain Trek accept with terms and conditions of sale. Every trekker is required to complete the form of registrations. At the time of registration, Trekker’s are expected to pay a deposit 25% of total cost to complete your booking. Please note the trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed name lists of participants, same as passport, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue, expiry dates and profession. You need to send us passport copy, photo identity and e-ticket by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.

Cancellation Policy
If any reason you have to cancel your trip, we Discovery Mountain Trek require written confirmation of your decision. The amount you have paid to us will be refunded according to the following terms:

  • Cancellation more than 35 days before your departure date: $80 will charged
  • Cancellation more than 35 to 19 days before your departure, deposit 25% will charged
  • Cancellation more than 18 to 10 days before your departure date: 50% will charged
  • Cancellation more than9 to 05 days before your departure date: 75% will charged
  • Cancellation less than 4 days before your departure date: 100% of the total will charged

I reserve the right to revise pricing rates declared under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declared forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed and booked by deposit.

RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain Trek. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Lukla, Jomsom, phaplu, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking guide, government-license holder
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag to be returned after trip complete
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara with guide & private vehicle
  • All meals breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork & permits ACAP and TIMS
  • Medical kit carried by your trekking assistant guide
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight from Jomson to Pokhara
  • Personal insurance for all Nepalese staff
  • Assistant – 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide
  • Porter service- 2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All government and local taxes

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Special permit for upper Mustang 500$ par person
  • Single supplement room in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery charge extra porters
  • Beverages soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, desserts, hot and cold shower
Date of departure Date of return
05/04/2020 22/04/2020
11/04/2020 28/04/2020
05/05/2020 22/05/2020
11/05/2020 28/05/2020
05/06/2020 28/06/2020
11/06/2020 28/06/2020
05/07/2020 22/07/2020
11/07/2020 28/07/2020
05/08/2020 22/08/2020
11/08/2020 28/08/2020
05/09/2020 22/09/2020
11/09/2020 28/09/2020
05/10/2020 22/10/2020
11/10/2020 28/10/2020
05/11/2020 22/11/2020
11/11/2020 28/11/2020

 

Trip Introduction

 A trek to the upper regions of Mustang is a journey into a land that time seemed to have forgotten. Each morning the loud bell at one of the monasteries gong for a wake-up call. Villagers take it as a sign of beginning their daily chores, mostly religious ones, before engaging in other duties such as cooking or foraging. The region is graced by crystal-clear views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks. Here, life is at close adherence to nature – with very little involvement of modernity or mechanization. 

This is a less-crowded trekking route preferred for pristine environment, immersive experience, and appreciation of natural diversity. This trekking is a rare chance to get involved and see the remote but diverse landscapes of Nepal. A culture and lifestyle that has sustained for hundreds of years at this location, is a sight to behold. The incredible windswept barren landscapes in villages that you see here, is indeed a testament to the amazing diversity of nature.

Sharing borders with Tibet, the culture might seem somewhat similar. The religion they follow is Buddhism, that dictates they lifestyle and traditions. The brown cliffs and barren landscapes of the entire valley will remind you of a desert, but it is in fact a rain shadow of the majestic Himalayan Range. It is important to note that this area has lots and lots of mysterious looking caves at various locations in the cliffs.

 As the sayings go, the walled city of Lo-Manthang is at least one thousand years old – that prospered and flourished in the medieval trade route with Tibet and beyond. Still today, people travel to Tibet each year for their various needs. Located at the top of the Kali-Gandaki River basin, it is also called the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo-Manthang. Visiting this restricted area requires special permit. Discovery Mountain will take care of the papers while you prepare the trek to Upper Mustang. Requiring a good level of stamina, this adventurous trek is one of a kind in Nepal. Go on this trip for an experience of remote Nepal at the rain shadow of the mountains.

 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)

After arriving in Kathmandu, Discovery Mountain Trek will pick up you from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Discovery Mountain Trek. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.

DAY 2 : KATHMANDU – POKHARA (875M) 6/7H DRIVE

We have breakfast then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets.

DAY 3 :POKHARA – JOMSOM – KAGBENI (2720M) 18M FLIGHT 3H TREK

Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress.

DAY 4 :KAGBENI – CHELE (3050M) 5/6H TREK

We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village.

DAY 5 :CHELE - GHELING (3570M) 6/7H TREK

You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of chortens and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. As in all the settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses are constructed using mud and stones, with roofs made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles.

DAY 6 :GHELING - DHAKMAR (3820M) 5/6H TREK

We trek from Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs.

DAY 7 :DHAKMAR – DHAR GOMPA - TSARANG (3560M) 6/7H TREK

We head towards Drakmar through colorful cliffs and green landscapes. Immediately leaving Ghami the trail follows little descent & ascent which takes approximately 45 minutes. Then we reach the valley of Drakmar. There are lots of cliffy caves above the village with colorful hillocks. at Drakmar we get a chance to see blue sheep while climbing the Mui La pass at 4170m. Ghar Gompa is the oldest monastery of Nepal which was built before Samey Monastery of Lhasa {Tibet}. This monastery is the Ngyinmapa sect where the hidden scriptures of Padmasambhava were said to be found. Then we follow the Tsarang Khola {stream} via Lo Ghekar as we reach Tsarang.

DAY 8 :TSARANG – LO-MANTHANG (3815M) 4/5H TREK

You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner.

DAY 9 :LO-MANTHANG – CHHOSER CAVES – LO-MANTHANG 4/5H TREK

We will vist the Chhosser ridding by Jeep and carry self packed lunch. Chhosser is a mysterious, by its beauty of architecture. This cave looks like cliff but inside it there are step by step floor with 44 rooms. This cave is so amazing that it gives the feeling of being in Alien place and returned back to Lo-manthang.

DAY 10 :LO-MANTHANG - YARA (3550M) 5/6H TREK

Finally, from the camp (Lo-Manthang) a short climb takes us up to a glacial valley with views of reddish brown historical wall city (the rainshadow zone) during the return back. From here we get an unforgettable image of the Lo. When come up to the hill, if you want to change the route you have to go by the opposite site. Along the mountain ridge after one hour the trail descends down to the village of ‘DHI’. The time is taken in between while streaming down. On the way, you will see the meadows of farming fields nearby the river side. That is DHI village and this is where we have our lunch break down here. After our lunch break, we cross a river to follow a path along the left bank of a river side to Yara at (3,838m). From here in the dry season the trail follows the riverbed but in the monsoon it winds up the hills to a final steep climb to the top. It looks a natural sandy castle in front of you when you are atop on the Yara hills. In some places you will find a kind of salty dust like mineral on the hill.

DAY 11 :YARA – LURI GOMPA – YARA (3850M) 4/5H TREK

Today we head down to Luri Gompa which was founded in the 13th century, it is also called Kagyukpa cave monastery. There are golden written lama’s books found here. The route continues up to Duyung Khola {river} which runs from the Damodar Kund (basin). This place is also famous for hindu pilgrims. the headwater is an area of land from where the water runs down into the KaliGandaki river. This place is famous for black ammonite fossils found hereabouts. Hindus and Buddhists collect these fossils to worship in their belief that it is the embodiment of God Vishnu.

DAY 12 :YARA - TANGE (3340M) 6/7H TREK

Early in the morning we leave Yara along a high winding path. This soon leads down to the Dhechaeng Khola (river) which runs from the Damodar Kund (basin). The trail just crosses the small river of melting ice water and then we climb up for around one and a-half hour to DHI village along the winding desert mountain path to the Lo-Pa village of Tangya. The inhabitants of this gentle religious group of Buddhism are mostly busy in local businesses; the small foot hills roll away to distance horizons sheltering the villagers from the gentle winds coming in from the valley. From the village you turn your face to the north and we see some sandy cliffs over several hundred years old.Hereabouts we find the small village of Tange.

DAY 13 :TANGE - CHUSANG (2985M) 8/9H TREK

We leave very early in the morning with our pack lunch because of the long distance compared to the other days. We climb some steps & then crossing over a suspension bridge following the trail to right side. We Soon come to the Yak khola (river) before climbing a terraced hill to PA at 4210m, it is the highest point of the Upper Mustang trip. The trail climbs for about two and a half hours then you summit on the top (4230m) it is a steep climb that covers your body with sweat. From here you are able to see in the distance the Damodar Himal and Saribung Himal at (6,346m). The main trail continues along the flat land to left after one and a-half hour walking; its now time to find a spot for lunch at PA. No houses but only the ruins remain here but drinking water sources are available here. So we will not waste much time as we just crossed only half the way. This leg of the journey takes another four to five hours total walking which is our target of the day. Now the trail descends and it is rough way so we must be careful! Injuries can happen due to carelessness. We can haul up here for some rest as the steps goes down and down. Meanwhile, you are able to see right down the mud roof valley that is your destination of the day. This is the village which we call Chhuksang or Tetang.

DAY 14 :CHUSANG – MUKTINATH (3760M) 6/7H TREK

Today, gradually we trek up till Gyu La {pass} 4077m. It is one of those beautiful days and we take it easy on our walk. We will pass through Kharkas where we can see grazing domestic animals as well as wild mountain goats. Its peaceful up the valley as we reach to the top of Gyu La. From the pass you can see panoramic views of Thorong peak, Nilgiri, Tukche peak & the lovely Muktinath valley. We reach Muktinath via Chhenkar village.

DAY 15 :MUKTINATH – JOMSOM (2720M) 5/6H TREK

This is a pretty easy day, the trail gradually descend to Eklebhati at Kali Gandaki River valley, and we walk another two hours along the wide sandy and windy valley. The trail moves between two hills.

DAY 16 : JOMSOM - POKHARA 18M FLIGHT

Takes about 18 minutes and stay overnight at our hotel in Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.

DAY 17 :POKHARA – KATHMANDU (6/7H DRIVE

After breakfast, you say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu.
After reaching in Kathmandu transfer to hotel and Afternoon we start our visit to two of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

DAY 18 :DEPARTURE ON YOUR DESTINATION

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Discovery Mountain Trek will take you to airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight to on your way home.

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