Upper Mustang to Nar Phu Valley via Teri-La Pass Camping Trek, 27 Days
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Upper Mustang to Nar Phu Valley via Teri-La Pass Camping Trek, 27 Days

Days: 27 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

Upper Mustang to Nar Phu Valley via Teri-La Pass Camping Trek is an absolute adventure where you trek through two of the restricted and remotest regions in Nepal. The exploration of Upper Mustang–The Last Forbidden Kingdom—is followed by the wilderness of Teri-La Pass (5595m) which connects Upper Mustang with the secluded Nar Phu Valley. This trek offers the visitors a chance to explore the ancient caves, monasteries, medieval villages, breathtaking valleys, and to get an insight of Buddhist art and culture.

The trek to Upper Mustang and Nar Phu Valley starts with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. You take two flights, one to Pokhara and another to Jomsom. The trek starts from Jomsom and ends in Jagat. The trail passes through pine forests, streams, waterfalls and several suspension bridges. During the trek, you visit the ancient monasteries such as Rangchung Cave Monastery, Ghar Gompa, Luri Cave Monastery, Thukchen Monastery, and Lakhang Monastery. You will be exploring the historic city of Lo-Manthang and old villages of Nar and Phu in the Nar Phu Valley after crossing the dramatic mountain pass, Teri-La (5595m). This trek package not only gives you the opportunity to view the snowcapped mountain peaks such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Lamjung Himal (6893m,) and Annapurna II (7937m) but also allows to observe Buddhist culture and local lifestyle of the Himalayas.  Many ethnic groups such as Gurung, Tibetans, and Brahmins reside on this route and each has its own unique set of customs and traditions. 

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition is a renowned company best known for its quality service. We provide you with English speaking guides and porters who make sure that you do not miss out on any fun activity or important information en route. We take care of your permits, accommodation, and transportation, and make sure that you have an experience of a lifetime. Remember us for your Himalayan journey.


Fact of the Trek: 
Trek Region: Upper Mustang and Nar Phu Valley Region
Types of Trek: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 27 Days
Highest Elevation: 5595m
Mode of Trek: Full Camping 
Grade: Strenuous 
Average walking: 6-7 hours in a day
Trek Start/End: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and tented camp during the biking tour
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)  
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Mustangis (Lobas) and Gurung and their way of life
Major Mountains Sights:  Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 7061, Tilicho Peak 7134m, Thorong Peak 6144m, Saribung 6328m, Mustang Himal 6187m, Manshail 6235m, 
Highlights of the Trek: A challenging trekking through arid desert canyons to the walled city of Lo Manthang, a pocket of lost Tibet that boasts spectacular ancients Buddhist monasteries such as Ghar Gompa, Jampa Gompa, Namgyal Gompa, walled villages and remote caves shrines such as Chungsi cave, Dzong Cave, spectacular views of high Himalayan range, scenic mountain flight in and out of Jomsom and Pokhara, meeting local Loba people and their traditional Tibetan culture, passing several Buddhist monuments, explore the formar Himalayan kingdom of Upper Mustang and its beautiful landscapes. 

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Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representative will welcome you and then transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Permits Procedure and afternoon flight to Pokhara 
As this trek goes to the restricted areas of Mustang, you will require some permits to pass through the checkpoints. The company will arrange your permits after which you take the afternoon flight to Pokhara. It will be a scenic 20 minutes flight. You can relax by the lakeside in the evening. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 3: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m, 3/4 hours. 
From Pokhara, you take an early morning flight to Jomsom. The scenic 25-minute flight passes through Kali Gandaki George and presents magnificent views of the mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m). After some rest in the windy town of Jomsom, the trek begins as you head towards Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang. The trek is easy as the surface is mostly flat but filled with uneven rocks and sand. En route, you can enjoy the views of Tukuche (6920m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Nilgiri (7061m). Overnight at tented camp in Kagbeni.

Day 4: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3100m, 5/6 hours.
Follow the trail to the eastern bank of Kali Gandaki River and climb up several ridges in the north. Then you arrive at the Gurung village of Tangbe. You can see black, red and white Chortens here along with appealing patterns of alleyways. You head forward to Chhusang and cross a river. Then, you leave Kali Gandaki valley and climb steeply to reach Chele. Overnight at tented camp in Chele.

Day 5: Trek from Chele to Ghiling 3570m, 6/7 hours via Rangchung/Chungsi Cave Monastery. 
You continue the trek through the trail that stretches along the steep region and passes by a pile of stones.  Then, you cross a stream and descend down to arrive at Rangchung Cave Monastery. It is considered as one of the holiest places in Mustang. After a gradual climb from Syangboche, you descend to arrive in Ghiling village.  In Ghiling, you see a big Chorten and two gompas with red painted walls. Overnight at tented camp in Ghiling.

Day 6: Trek from Ghiling to Dhakmar 3820m, 5-6 hours. 
In the morning, you climb up a small pass and then walk through the Ghiling valley. Passing through the Ghiling village once again, you move on the Nyi-La Pass (4010m). Moving ahead, you cross the longest Mani wall in Mustang and then you cross a stream. Climb up a ridge and cross a valley to arrive in Dhakmar. Overnight at tented camp in Dhakmar.

Day 7: Trek from Dhakmar to Lo-Manthang 3840m, 7/8 hours via Ghar Gompa & Marang-La Pass 4230m. 
Ascend a steep eroded gully and pass through some alpine meadows. Then, climb a ridge and keep descending till Ghar Gompa which is also known as Lo Gyaker, meaning pure virtue of Lo. Then, you keep walking along a grassy valley. You walk further to cross Marang–La Pass (4230m) before descending and following the trail to get to the fortress city of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at tented camp in Lo-Manthang.

Day 8: Exploring The Wall City of Lo-Manthang. 
Today, you explore the palaces and fortress of the walled city of Lo-Manthang. It used to be the capital city of the former Kingdom of Mustang, which contains around 200 earthen structures including palaces and monasteries. This fortress city is one of the last places on earth which still follows the pre-Buddhist Bon culture. Lo-Manthang is also known as the reserve of the purest form of Buddhism. Lo-Manthang has Thukchen Monastery which is the only monastery in the world with 108 mandalas painted on its wall. Overnight at tented camp in Lo-Manthang.

Day 9: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m, 6/7 hours. 
Leaving Lo-Manthang, the trail steadily climbs two small passes—Lo La (3950m) and Dhi La (3950m)—before arriving in Dhi village. It will take about 3 hours through to reach Dhi village. You descend for about an hour and then you cross Puyung Khola. Continue climbing alongside the river to reach Yara. Overnight at tented camp in Yara.

Day 10: Excursion to Luri Cave Monastery 4/5 hours. 
Today, you visit the Luri Cave Monastery, which dates back to the 14thcentury. It is set in the high hills and the visitors have to scramble up a dirt trail. The lower caves have beautiful white stupas and painted walls. You can explore the ancient paintings of Shakyamuni Buddha and Padmasambhava. Then, you return back to Yara in the afternoon. Overnight at tented camp in Yara.

Day 11: Trek from Yara to Tangge 3240m, 6/7 hours. 
It is a difficult and a long day today. You start off early and make a steep ascend. Then, you descend steeply until you reach Dhechyang Khola. After crossing the river, the trail ascends and passes through the grasslands. The trail then drops rapidly to Tangge village. Overnight at tented camp in Tangge.

Day 12: Trek from Tangge to Yak Kharka 4100m, 5/6 hours. 
There aren’t many villages on this route. The climb through the barren land will take you to the meadow where the locals bring their yaks for grazing. This place is thus known as Yak Kharka which means grazing place for yaks. You may see some temporary huts of yak herders in Yak Kharka where you will be staying overnight at tented camp.
 
Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Samena Khola 4220m, 4/5 hours. 
This will comparatively be an easier trek as you pass through the gentle paced flat terrain. There is no vegetation as you move ahead but the highlight of the day will be the lively river bank of Samena Khola. You will come across some old cultivated lands before arriving at Samena Khola. Overnight at tented camp in Samena Khola.

Day 14: Trek from Samena Khola to Teri-La BC 4630m, 7/8 hours. 
You leave Samena Khola and follow the trail that heads upward. This trail passes through sparsely vegetated areas alongside Yak Khola, following which you reach Teri-La Base Camp. You can enjoy the view of Teri Himal (5935m) along with the views of other peaks as you rest in Teri-La Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp in Teri-La BC.

Day 15: Trek from Teri-La BC to Teri-La High Camp 5100m, 4/5 hours.
On this day, you trek to the High Camp. You need to be ready, physically as well as mentally, in order to make the climb and adjust to the altitude above 5000m. You cross Yak Kharka and follow the trails of Rijung Chwa Khola that flows on the foot of Teri Himal (5935m). Walking on moraine on a steep trail, you arrive in Teri-La High Camp. From the camp, you get an unobstructed view of Damodar Himal and Purung Himal ranges. Overnight at tented camp in High Camp.

Day 16: Trek from Teri-La High Camp to Teri-La Phedi 5000m, 6/7 hours via Teri-La Pass 5595m. 
Today is one of the toughest days of the trek as you cross the high mountain pass, Teri-La (5595m). The trek starts early today with a target to reach the top of the pass by the time of sunrise. From the top, you can view the Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Purkung. After a short break at the top, you descend to the other side of the pass to Teri-La Phedi. Overnight at tented camp in Teri-La Phedi.

Day 17: Trek from Teri-La Phedi to Labse Khola 4800m, 5/6 hours.
You follow the downhill track and arrive at the plain land in 4 hours. Continue the trek through the flat terrain of Nar Phu Valley to reach Labse Khola.  In mid-summer, you might see yaks and sheep grazing around the area. Overnight at tented camp in Labse Khola.

Day 18: Trek from Labse Khola to Yak Kharka 4600m, 6/7 hours. 
The trek continues through the wilderness to Yak Kharka. Following Labse Khola downstream, you reach Yak Kharka. There are only a few temporary shepherd huts here. It is a lush pastureland which is used for cattle grazing, especially the yaks. Overnight at tented camp in Yak Kharka.

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Nar Gaon 4110m, 6/7 hours.
Follow the trail downhill for around 7 hours to reach Nar Gaon. This village is located on the northern side of the famous Annapurna Trekking Trail. The name of the village is believed to be derived from Nar Khola. There are many Buddhist monasteries to visit here. You can interact with the locals and learn about their one of a kind culture in Nar. Overnight at tented camp in Nar Gaon.

Day 20: Trek from Nar Gaon to Kyang 3800m, 5/6 hours. 
Today’s trek is relatively easy. It will be a downhill trek. You walk past the Mani wall and continue to walk downhill to Phu River. Kyang village is located just above Phu River. You can see the locals and mules passing by as you move along the trail. Overnight at tented camp in Kyang.

Day 21: Trek from Kyang to Phu Gaon 3900m, 3/4 hours. 
Walk past the Chortens and streams that arise from the high Himalayas. Walking on a rocky path, you follow the trails of Phu River and then cross the river to in Phu Gaon. There is Lakhang Monastery, also known as the blessed house of gods, in Phu which is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Overnight at tented camp in Phu Goan.

Day 22: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta 3560m, 5/6 hours. 
You leave the hidden valley and follow the up and down trail to Meta. You pass through several streams and suspension bridges. It is an isolated trek and there are relatively fewer trekkers in this region. You might get a chance to see the blue sheep on the way. During this trek, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Lamjung Himal (6893 m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Overnight at tented camp in Meta.

Day 23: Trek from Meta to Koto 2600m, 6/7 hours.
It will be a downhill walk and comparatively an easier trek to the settlement of Koto. You walk through the pine forests passing many streams and picturesque waterfalls near Dharmashala. Koto is a small, clean and quiet village. You get an enchanting view of Annapurna II (7937m) from Koto. You can also explore the monastery located in Koto. Overnight at tented camp in Koto.

Day 24: Trek from Koto to Dharapani 1860m, 5/6 hours. 
The trail to Dharapani follows Marsyangdi River downstream, passing through pine forests and small villages. On the way, you reach a ridge from where you can get excellent views of Annapurna II (7937m). You continue the trek and arrive at Dharapani, which is a major junction in the Marsyangdi valley with a police check post and many government offices. Overnight at tented camp in Dharapani.

Day 25: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat 1300m, 5/6 hours. 
Climb down to Marsyangdi River and cross an iron bridge. You follow the Marsyangdi River and cross a few more suspension bridges on the way. After reaching Tal, the trail drops down to the river. Then you climb up through the dense forest and cross another suspension bridge. Continue on the trail and reach Jagat. Overnight at tented camp in Jagat.

Day 26: Drive from Jagat to Kathmandu by private 4W driving
The trek ends in Jagat. You drive back to Kathmandu in a private 4 wheeler. You can enjoy the views of the beautiful landscapes, mountains, and villages on the way back. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can rest in your hotel or explore the nearby markets. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 27: Departure to International Airport
After breakfast at the hotel, the company representative will take you to the airport 3 hours before your flight schedule. 

Pricing for Group Size Basis:
All inclusive Trek Cost for single trekker; USD 7915
All inclusive Trek Cost for 2 trekkers basis; USD 4585 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for 3 trekkers basis; USD 3965 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for 4 trekkers basis; USD 3610 per person

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 GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Fixed Departure Dates:
From 2018-09-15 to 2018-10-11
From 2018-10-07 to 2018-11-02
From 2018-10-27 to 2018-11-22

Price Adult below 12 years below 6 years
USD 7,915
EUR 7.456
SFr 7.939

Our Trek Package Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 3 night accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Full Camping Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the camping trek.
* Tented camp accommodation (Tented Camp) during the trek.
* Camping Equipment: Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Member/Client Tent, Guide Tent, Kitchen Equipments for Cooking.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and necessary porters and Guide, Cook and Suport Staffs/Porters Salaries, insurance and Equipment Charge.
* All domestic flights (Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom) and airport tax.
* Annapurna conservation area permit and all necessary permits.
* Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
* Naar Phu Restricted Area Permit.
* All Transportation.
* Office Service charge.
* All Goverment Tax.



Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) 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.


Upper Mustang to Nar Phu Valley via Teri-La Pass Camping Trek, 27 Days


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