Days: 31 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
This trekking takes us on a fascinating journey through an area that was until recently closed to foreigners. An exceptional landscape with orange colored rock walls, varicolored canyons and impressive forms of erosion characterize this desert like alpine terrain in the Mustang. This fantastic trekking destination is located on the border of Tibet and with its ancient villages, age-old castles, antique palaces and Tibetan monasteries it offers the visitors a comprehensive insight into the centuries old Tibetan-Buddhist culture. The visit of Mustang is followed by a pioneer trekking over the so far seldom crossed Teri La pass (5’577m) to the hidden valleys of Naar Phu, a new trekking area that was opened for foreigners only in 2002. This pioneer trek through forlorn alpine territory combined with the challenges of the variegated terrain provides the participants with an authentic expedition experience. On our trek through the diversified landscapes of Mustang and Naar Phu we have a chance to get in touch with the hospitable inhabitants of this Tibet like region in Nepal. Due to the severe visitor restrictions Naar Phu and Mustang remain still little frequented trekking areas with people that have so far been able to maintain their traditional way of life.
Seen from far away through the swirls of the mountain mist the Himalayan Mountains appear remote, forbidding and awe inspiring. By joining us on our exploration trek over the Teri La pass you will be able to see the splendor of these mountains close up and to enjoy the beauty of these remote and sparely populated valleys while getting an insight into the life and the ancient culture of these modest and friendly mountain people. The trek illustrates perfectly the beauty of the landscape in the Damodar Himal and the Kingdom of Mustang and it provides an inspiring insight into the ambiance of a typical exploration trek through these remote areas. Officially Mustang is the name of the entire district along the Kali Gadanki River, from the Tibetan border in the north to Ghasa in the south. The district headquarters is located in Jomsom, a couple of miles south of Kagbeni the access town to the restricted area of “Upper Mustang” also called the “Kingdom of Mustang”. Upper Mustang is characterized by the mostly pure Tibetan culture and its related language, religion and traditions. Its long, complex and rich history are a key element in making the “Forbidden Kingdom” one of the most interesting and picturesque trekking destinations in Nepal. The trek to the Kingdom’s capital Lo-Manthang takes us through a nearly tree less and barren landscape where strong afternoon winds are howling regularly across the wide open plateaus and through the small villages. Being located in the rain shadows of the Himalaya Lo-Manthang gets considerable less rain than the rest of Nepal. Only during the monsoon season there is some slight rain fall with occasional cloudy skies. During the winter the ground of the Kingdom of Mustang is usually covered with up to 40cm of snow and the region suffers from freezing temperatures. The capital of Lo-Manthang and the whole area of Mustang look like the Tibetan Plateau and are characterized by endless expanses of grey rolling hills eroded by strong winds. Farming is the primary source of food and income for the people of Mustang, they herd yaks and raise sheep or goats, most families also tend their own fields of barley, wheat and mustard. Due to the harsh climate conditions cropping can be done only once a year with planting taking place in April and May. In September the whole region is busy with harvesting. Despite its remoteness the inhabitants of Upper Mustang are worldly, well traveled and resourceful people who are a pleasure to meet. Whereas we hope they will conserve their traditions in spite of the continuous influx of tourists it should be recognized that these people are by no means a primitive tribe that must be protected from all outside influences. As visitor of this remote area you will soon recognize that Mustang’s inhabitants are essentially Tibetans and therefore very skillful traders and merchants. They are extremely self sufficient people and fully capable of taking care of themselves! With the opening of the Naar Phu region as a new trekking destination in 2002 it is now possible to trek from Mustang in the Kali Gadanki Valley to Naar in Upper Manang across the still unknown Teri La Pass. This high altitude traverse has so far remained nearly untouched despite its “discovery” in 1950 by the British Alpinist Bill Tillman. This exploration part of our journey takes us through an uninhabited and wild area into the virtually unknown Damodar Himal. Crossing the usually snow bound Teri La Pass presents a strong contrast to the barren landscape of Mustang and the lush green scenery of the Marsyangdi Valley. Along the Labse Khola River and under the majestic peaks of the Chulu Peaks we descend towards the village of Naar where we will reenter inhabited terrain again.
The last leg of our exploration trek takes us first again through the typical Tibetan landscape of Naar Phu to the lower and greener regions of the Marsyangdi Valley. This magical area between Naar and Koto is said to have the world’s highest concentration of Snow Leopards per square kilometer. When we reach the commercial route of the “Around Annapurna Trek” from Koto to Syange we will realize the striking difference between our journey through an isolated and quiet area where it appeared as time has stood still and the busy world with today’s hectic life styles that exist even here in the remote Himalayan villages. Along rivers with crystal clear water, close to rushing waterfalls and over green fields we follow the scenic mountain path that takes us through picturesque villages to our final destination Syange. After a last night in tents we will be picked up by 4×4 vehicles and driven back to the fascinating and lively city of Kathmandu.
The exploration trek through Mustang and across the Teri La Pass is a ground breaking journey which combines high altitude adventures with the discovery of an ancient Tibetan culture and its traditions. The trek provides an introduction into the remote and widely unknown Damodar Himal Mountains and follows the footsteps of the legendary Bill Tillman who explored this area in the 1950’ies. It is Nepal’s most recent trekking challenge.
Arrival in Kathmandu on 26th April 2018
Departure from Kathmandu on 26th May 2018
2 persons already confirmed for this trek and join with us for group joining.
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet SFT representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing, relax. O/N in Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Sightseeing to Kathmandu Valley with Tour Guide by private car. O/N in Hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m with Tourist Bus 6/7 hours O/N in Hotel.
Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m, 3/4 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m, 5/6 hours (U. Mustang Restricted Area Permit Entry for 13 days). O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 6: Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m, 6/7 hours via Rangchung/Chungsi Cave Monastery. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 7: Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang 3560m, 6/7 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 8: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3840m, 7/8 hours via Ghar Gompa & Marang-La Pass 4230m. O/N in Tented Camp.
Day 9: Exploring The Wall City of Lo-Manthang. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m, 6/7 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 11: Excursion to Luri Cave Monastery 4/5 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 12: Trek from Yara to Tangya 3240m, 6/7 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 13: Trek from Tangya to Yak Kharka 4100m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Samena Khola 4220m, 4/5 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 15: Trek from Samena Khola to Teri-La BC 4630m, 7/8 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 16: Rest Day. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 17: Trek from Teri-La BC to Teri-La High Camp 5100m, 4/5 hours (U. Mustang Restricted Area permit Exit). O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 18: Trek from Teri-La High Camp to Teri-La Phedi 5000m, 6/7 hours via Teri-La Pass 5595m (Naar Phu Restricted Area Permit Entry for 8 days). O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 19: Trek from Teri-La Phedi to Labse Khola 4800m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented
Day 20: Trek from Labse Khola to Yak Kharka 4600m, 6/7 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 21: Trek from Yak Kharka to Naar Gaon 4110m, 6/7 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 22: Trek from Naar Gaon to Kyang 3800m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 23: Trek from Kyang to Phu Gaon 3900m, 3/4 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 24: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta 3560m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 25: Trek from Meta to Koto 2600m, 6/7 hours (Naar Phu Restricted Area Permit Exit). O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 26: Trek from Koto to Dharapani 1860m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 27: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat 1300m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 28: Trek from Jagat to Ngadi 930m, 5/6 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 29: Trek from Ngadi to Bhulbhule 840m, 1/2 hour and drive to Kathmandu by bus 6/7 hours. O/N in Hotel.
Day 30: Full day Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites with Tour Guide by private car. O/N in Hotel.
Day 31: Departure to International Airport
Our Tour Package Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 5 night accommodation with breakfast at 3*** Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Full Camping Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the camping trek.
* 25 nights camping accommodation (Tented Camp) during the trek.
* Camping Equipments: Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Member/Client Tent, Guide Tent, Kitchen Equipments for Cooking.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, 1 sherpa(tents), porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) Guide, Cook and Suport Staffs/Porters Salaries, insurance and Equipment Charge.
* All domestic flights (Pokhara/Jomsom) and airport tax.
* Annapurna conservation area permit and all necessary permits (Tims).
* Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit for 13 Days.
* Naar Phu Restricted Area Permit for 8 Days.
* All Transportation.
* Tourist service charge,
* Office Service charge.
* All Goverment Tax.
* Any meals in Kathmandu 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 email@example.com
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.