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Trekking and Meditation in Upper Mustang Lodge Trek, 22 Days

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Upper Mustang is a very unique area north of the Annapurna-circuit and within north of the main Himalayan range. Because of that it is cut of from the summer-monsoons of the himalayan Southface and is therefore quite a dry, desertlike landscape. Geographically and culturally this ancient Buddhist kingdom belongs already to the Tibetan plateau. Strictly off limits for tourism for many centuries, it is one of the treasuries of original Tibetan culture in a landscape, which looks very similar to the Tibetan highlands. Many old and important monasteries can be found here in tibetan-style villages with their traditional Chortens. In the sixties and seventies of the last century this ‘Lost Kingdom’ created some irritations in the relationship between Nepal and China, because it was one of the strongholds of the Tibetan resistance against the Chinese occupation. This trek, although mainly in high attitude, is without any peculiar difficulty and allows us to calmly explore this unique Buddhist region, which is a spiritual and retreat site of significant importance. We will also try to arrange appointments with spiritual teachers (Lamas) belonging to the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism. There are not many places left in the Himalayas, which are like an open window to original ancient Tibet. One can feel here transported back into a spiritual enviroment, which is already lost in the Tibetan mainland. Because of his exceptional spiritual atmosphere we have choosen this trek for our Trekking and Meditation program.


Itinerary in detail;
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with SFT representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about Meditation Program and Trek in Upper Mustang, Relax.

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour to Kopan Monastery, Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa with our tour guide by private car. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by A/C Tourist Bus and transfer to Hotel.

Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni,
Wake up early in the morning and fly to Jomsom. We will have breakfast after a short Teaching/Meditation and prepare to do trek. After breakfast, we will trek along the Kaligandaki River until reaching Kagbeni with great view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. We will have our lunch and after lunch, we will visit the Buddhist Monastery where we will practice our short Teaching/Meditation with instructor inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 4: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile,
Morning wake up, Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will trek to Chhusang. We will have good views of mountains and picturesque landscapes as well as medieval village of Tangbe during our whole day trek. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we will continue our trek to Tsaile. We also can see the 16 Caves near the Tsaile village where the Kaligandaki River flew through the rock tunnel. Evening we will practice Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor before Dinner for 1 hour. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 5: Trek from Tsaile to Syangmochen,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will trek to Samar along the rocky canyon trail and will have lunch. After lunch, we will trek again with several ups and downs until reaching Chungsi Cave for 45 minutes meditation. Then, we will walk into the pasture land till Syangmochen. Evening, Teaching/Meditation before Dinner. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 6: Trek from Syangmochen to Ghami via Ghiling,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor for 1 hour before breakfast. After breakfast, we will trek to Ghiling and visit the Buddhist Monasteries as well as meditate for 45 minutes inside the Monastery. We will have lunch there. After lunch, we will continue to walk until Nyi-La and after traverse; we will enter the center of the Mustang, which used to be called the Lo Region. We will walk a long descent until reaching Ghami. Evening, Teaching and Meditation inside the Monastery before Dinner for 1 hour. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 7: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang via Lo-Gyaker/Ghar Gompa,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor for 1 hour before breakfast. After breakfast, we will leave the village and cross by a suspension bridge; pass along the longest Mani Wall in Mustang. The effect of the erosion on the cliff ahead attracts attention by its strange forms and the varieties of colors such as red, blue, white, etc. it is like a Mandala painted on the cliff. We will follow along the small stream until reaching the village of Drakmar situated below snow capped peaks and hills of yellow, grey and red rock in Upper Mustang. We will have our lunch. After lunch, we will walk onto the ridge until reaching Ghar Gompa. We will meditate for 45 minutes with Teacher. Then, we will walk down to Tsarang Village. Evening, we will visit the Palace, Monastery and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor and local monks inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 8: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will leave the village and walk down to Tsarang Khola and cross by an iron bridge, then walk onto the wide plain valley until reaching the huge isolated Chhorten that marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo-Manthang. We will continue to walk on the plain valley and traverse Lo-La; we can see the first view of ancient wall city of Lo-Manthang. Then, we will walk down with dusty trail until reaching Lo-Manthang. We will have lunch and after lunch, we will meet with King of Upper Mustang. Evening, we will visit one of the oldest monastery and Teaching/Meditation before Dinner for 1 hour. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 9: Exploring the Medieval Wall City and Monasteries of Lo-Manthang.
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor for 1 hour before Dinner. After breakfast, we will visit the ancient city and monasteries inside the city. Afternoon, free for resting in Lodge. Evening, Teaching/Meditation before Dinner for 1 hour inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 10: Hike to Namgyal Gompa and surrounding villages,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will hike to Thinggar village and visit the old monasteries. We will walk through the terraced fields. Then, we will back down to Namgyal village and visit largest Buddhist Namgyal Monastery. After visit, we will back to Lo-Manthang. Evening Teaching and Meditation before Dinner for 1 hour inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 11: Hike to Chhoser Village and exploring the Cave Monasteries,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will hike to Chhoser village. First we will walk to down to small stream and climb up for a while, and then we will walk along the upstream until reaching Chhoser village. We will visit the Cave Monastery and take a meditation for 1 hour. Then, we also visit numerous Caves. After visit, we will return back to Lo-Manthang. Evening Teaching/Meditation for 1 hour before Dinner. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation for 1 hour before breakfast. After breakfast, we will trek to Dhi Gaon, first we will walk dusty trail to Lo-La and continue along the ridge. A long walk on the ridge, we will drop down to Dhi Gaon with narrow dusty and gully trail until reaching Dhi where we will have lunch. After lunch, we cross by a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River. Then, we continue to the narrow river trail until reaching Yara with viewing picturesque Caves inside the cliffs. Evening Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor before Dinner for 1 hour inside the Monastery. Overnight in Home-Stay.

Day 13: Exploring the Luri Cave Monastery and village of Ghara,
Morning, wake up and Teaching/Meditation with our Instructor for 1 hour before breakfast. After breakfast, we hike to Luri Cave Monastery. We will walk along the river-bet trail until reaching Luri. Then, we will visit and take a meditation inside the Cave for 1 hour. After that, we will return back through the Ghara village and back to Yara. Evening Teaching/Meditation before Dinner for 1 hour. Overnight in Home-Stay.

Day 14: Trek from Yara to Tangya,
Morning wake up and Teaching/Meditation for 1 hour before breakfast. We will prepare our packed lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. After breakfast, we will trek to Dechhyang Khola which is flowing from Damodar Kund. We will cross the river. There is no bridge. Then, we will climb up to the ridge and traverse the ridge; we will continue until reaching Tangya village passing several small ups and downs. Evening Teaching/Meditation before Dinner for 1 hour. Overnight in Home-Stay.

Day 15: Trek from Tangya to Chhusang,
Morning wake up and Teaching/Meditation for 1 hour before breakfast. We will trek after breakfast and will prepare our packed lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. We will trek from Tangya by crossing suspension bridge and make a steep ascent until reaching Paha (Shelter House) and make a lunch break. After lunch, we will walk on the level trail viewing the stunning and sparkling Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Tukuche Peak and other snowy peaks over the ridge. Then, we will drop down in a gully trail with windy part until reaching Chhusang. Evening Teaching/Meditation before Dinner. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath,
Morning wake up and Teaching/Meditation for 1 hour before breakfast. We will start our trek after breakfast. Then, we follow along the stream passing Tetang Village and picturesque mani wall. We will make a small steep ascent onto the plain valley for a while and keep ascending until reaching on small pass from where we will see the Muktinath and all the red painted Buddhist Monasteries. After traversing, we will drop down to the small stream and cross by a suspension bridge. Then, we will climb up for a while and walk through the villages until reaching Muktinath. We will have our lunch and after lunch free time to rest. Evening Teaching/Meditation before Dinner inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 17: Exploring the Monasteries,
In the morning wake up and meditate before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will visit the Muktinath Complex where Jwalamai Monastery and Muktinath Temple Situated. We will visit the monasteries. Afternoon free for resting in Hotel. Evening Teaching/Meditation before Dinner inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom,
Morning wake up and Teaching/Meditation before breakfast for 1 hour. After breakfast, we will trek down to Jharkot and visit ancient Monastery and Traditional Medical Clinic. Then, we will trek down with dusty motor road until reaching Ekle Batti and have lunch. After lunch, we will keep walking along the Kaligandaki River bed route with strong windy until reaching Jomsom. Evening Teaching/Meditation before Dinner. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel in Pokhara,
Early in the morning after breakfast, we fly back to Pokhara and have a breakfast. Then, we will visit around the Lake Side area and Dinner with Cultural Program. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Morning wake up and drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C Tourist Bus passing the scenic Thrisuli River. We will make our Breakfast and Lunch on the way and transfer to Hotel.

Day 21: Full day Sightseeing Tour to Pharping with our Tour Guide by private car, Overnight in Hotel.

Day 22: Final Departure to International Airport and your further Destination.


Our Tour Package Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Domestic Flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara and domestic airport tax
* 6 nights accommodation with breakfast at Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary and entry fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the lodge trek.
* Restricted area special permits (USD 500/ 10 Days).
* All transportation by tourist bus and car.
* Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
* Meditation Instructor and his food, accommodation, salary and insurance during the trek.
* Tourist service charge, Vat.
* Office Service charge.
* Guide & support staffs insurance and salary.

Doesn't include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays,political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

 
                                    
                                                 Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de.

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss  Family Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.



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5,160.00
4,486.96
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5,880.00
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