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A challenging traverse from Mustang to Nar & Phu Camping Trek 25 Days


Situated to the north of Mustang is a region of Nepal seldom visited by westerners - Damodar is one of the last frontiers close to the Tibetan border, where rugged landscapes and ancient culture merge in a very unique interpretation of lands forgotten by time. On this stunning traverse from Mustang we cross numerous high passes including the Saribung La (5600m), and emerge to the regions of Nar & Phu, where Tibetan culture thrives in the small villages and monasteries we pass. The highlight of a trek in this region is the beautiful landscapes; it is a must for keen photographers who will appreciate the scale and grandeur of the high plateaus and solitude this region has to offer.

Fact of the Trek;
Highest Elevation: 6225m
Best Season: Autumn (Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April)
Mode of Trek: Tented Camp
Trek Start/End: Jomsom/Bhulbhule
Grade: Strenuous
Culture: Majority of Gurung, Thakali, Mustangis and Ghale Lama

Himalayan Sights:  Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Thorong Peak, Ratna Chuli, Saribung, Himlung, Annapurna Ranges, Manaslu and other snowy peaks.

High Lights of the Trek: Stunning view of high Himalayan Range, unobstructed Sunrise & Sunset view, typical lifestyle and culture of Gurung Thakali, Mustangis and Ghale Lama, scenic and picturesque villages, old ancient Monasteries, wildlife, beautiful terraced fields, Deepest Kaligandaki Gorge, King’s Palaces, Saribung high pass.

Detailed Itinerary

Note that although we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m,
You'll be met at the airport by our representative from the company, so look out for a office sign/logo with your name when you leave the airport. They will bring you back to the Hotel. Welcome drinks will provide by Hotel and short briefing about your treks and refreshment. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
A free day to explore in the Kathmandu Valley. Our tour guide introduces as following Options: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (1420m), its whitewashed Stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional Gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (Koras) of the Stupa. Durbar Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies. Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating - when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 800m,

Up early for our short but scenic flight to Pokhara, 198 kilometers west of Kathmandu. You will fly high above the north-south Rivers flowing down towards the Terai from the Himalaya and Tibet, over terraced villages and green hills with the Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges in the distance, to balmy, sub-tropical Pokhara. We have the afternoon to wander the Shore of Phewa Lake, drink fresh juice, do some shopping, or sit and relax at the hotel with a book. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2713m and trek to Kagbeni 2810m
This morning we take a spectacular flight tracing the Kali Ghandaki underneath the massive bulk of Dhaulagiri to Jomsom. Here we will meet our trekking crew and make last minute preparations. A half day walk brings us to Kagbeni, an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang. To pass beyond this point we have a special Mustang permit. We will meet our liaison officer and the crew will prepare for tomorrow's crossing into Mustang. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3030m
An early start sees us trekking along level ground for and hour or two before the road starts to climb and we gain views of the river. In places the trail is narrow, steep, sandy and mostly loose gravel. We follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. In this area the local’s villagers search the riverbeds for the coal black rocks which carry the nautilus shaped fossils which are found for sale throughout the Annapurnas. On the opposite bank of the river we can see the Kang Gompa, a well known center of Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. The river bed narrows near Tsaile and we cross a metal bridge before a steep climb up a rocky gully to Tsaile where the Tibetan culture of Lo is evident in the architecture and decoration of the houses. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 6: Trek from Tsaile to Giling 3440m
A more challenging day ahead with the crossing of three passes. We cross a long suspension bridge hanging over the canyon which is used to access the village of Ghyakar, and climb on a dusty trail to the first pass, Taklam La (3624m) and then Dajori La (3735m). Stopping for a well earned rest and lunch at the village of Bhena. In the afternoon we descend and climb twice to cross two streams before a climb to the next pass which is the Yamda La (3920m). From the pass, we can see Shyangbochen in the distance. We descend on switchbacks, traverse a ridge and then make a final climb to Shyangbochen. The surrounding countryside is picturesque and you may choose to wander around with a camera or just relax under the juniper trees. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 7: Trek from Giling to Tsarang 3490m
We begin the day with a steep climb followed by a gradual descent. We pass a beautifully painted chorten surrounded by flat rocks with Tibetan prayers carved on them, and from this point it is mostly downhill towards Ghemi. After lunch at Ghemi, which has the longest Mani Walls in Mustang, we descend to Qumona Khola, cross a bridge and pass by a Japanese funded hospital. Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail as we head toward Tsarang La (pass). At 3850m this is the highest point of the trek thus far and the southern boundary of Lo. After the pass, it is downhill until you reach Tsarang, the second largest town in Upper Mustang and a former capital. Here we visit the red gompa and the abandoned king’s summer palace. This palace was built in 1378AD and once boasted the greatest library in Mustang. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3730m
We leave the Tsarang Khola and climb the ridge to 3800m for our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the city is situated. The only gate is in the north east corner and we make our way to the entrance. The white washed walls enclose around 150 homes, Gompas and a palace. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Days 9: At Lo-Manthang
We have allowed two full days to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja and his rani (queen). Although the raja's function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Luri Gompa 4000m
We follow the ridge for approximately 4 hours before arriving in Dhi and then Yara village. This is a unique area where we find ancient caves set into stone walls. From Yara, it is a short trek to Luri Gompa which is built into the rock. There are two monasteries; one is situated below Luri cave monastery accessed by a steep climb. This is the oldest and most famous cave monastery in the Mustang region, constructed in the 15th Century. It is situated at an elevation of 4005m. Inside the caves, we can see a big chorten and many images and statues of protectors and deities. There is also a highly sacred religious text however access to this is not permitted. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Trek from Luri Gompa to Ghuma Thanti 4600m

Today we will carry a packed lunch as there are no rest stops suitable for cooking. After a 5100m pass crossing we follow the barren valley and reach the village of Lhetak. We are now leaving “classical” Mustang and entering the vast, wild valley of the Namta River. Stay overnight tented camp.

Day 12: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Lakes of Damodar 4890m

We follow an undulating trail to our next pass crossing at an altitude of 5600m which takes us to the high plateaus of the Damodar Kunda. Conditions here can be harsh with extreme cold and wind however it is also a very beautiful place. The lakes are sacred to the Hindu people and many perform a pilgrimage to this place, where it is believed that those who take a dip in the lake’s water, will be freed from all sins. We are high in the rain-shadow area of the Himalayas, north of the famous Annapurna range of the Upper Mustang region. From here, the views are spectacular, and we can see the Tibetan Plateau and Damodar Himal to the north, and the massive Annapurna in the south. There are 65 peaks in the himal range including Damodar Himal, Muktinath Himal (6706m) and Bhrikuti Peak (6364m). We continue to Namta Khola after passing the lakes, today again we travel with a packed lunch. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Damodar Kunda to Base of Japanese Pass 4950m
Continue along the Namta Khola valley. Our camp tonight is stunning and surrounded by wild mountain terrain, a truly remote wilderness location. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 14; Trek from Japanese Pass to Base of De Hults Pass
After our crossing of the Japanese Pass we encounter a large river of ice which leads from the heart of Damodar Himal to De Hults Pass and eventually forges south to become the valley of Phu. This region was for a long time inaccessible and mysterious, and today still receives a small limited number of visiting trekkers. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Cross De Hults Pass 6225m, to Base of Saribung Pass 5240m
De Hults Pass is a high altitude pass and a more challenging proposition than the Saribung pass - it is glaciated and therefore we need to be aware of the crevasse hazards as we negotiate our crossing. Surrounding us is a magnificent amphitheatre of snow covered mountains where only a handful of people have passed before us. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Cross Saribung Pass 5600m
We are now very close to the Tibetan border. From the base we make our traverse over the Saribung Pass and descend steeply on a snowy trail.The first part of the walk is on small yak herders trails and then the trail ascends steeply until we reach an easy walk over a small pass. There are often blue sheep grazing on the hillsides with the magnificent backdrop of Bhrikuti and Chaku Himal.

Day 17; Descend To Glacier Camp and to Phu
A tough day as we must cross the glacier and ascend to our next camp. Initially we descend the lateral moraines to cross the rubble strewn glacier and then follow the valley until we reach Phu Gaon. There is usually no trail due to snow, and so crossing the glacier can be slow, however the scenery is absolutely stunning and more than makes up for the effort. We view the Bhrikuti Himal’s southern face and say our goodbyes to the Saribung Himal. Following a small stream until we reach the deserted village of Nagoru Kharka. We are now in one of the most unique, hidden valleys where the cultures, natural diversity and religion of ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale can be found. The people are dependant on subsistence agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Rest Day at Phugaon 3980m
Today we will take a rest day and explore both the Tashi and Samdu Choling Monasteries. The very old Buddhist Monastery of Tashi Lakhang is listed in the 108 world’s greatest Buddhist monasteries. It is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. We also have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snowy peaks. Phugaon is a remote village with stupas and Mani walls, the houses are built of stone and constructed on top of one another. It is a wonderful place to explore and to gain a rare insight into village life. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta 3560m/5-6 hours,
Morning after breakfast, we will walk on the Tibetan plateau and pass the kani/gate end of the village and drop down in the narrow valley and arrive in Kyang where we just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang. Then we continue the trail until reaching Meta. We can see the very spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Trek from Meta to Koto 2600m/6-7 hours,
In this day, we start trek steep down for the while and walk through the pine forest passing many streams and picturesque water fall near the Dharmashala. We cross over the many suspension bridges and arrive in Koto after 6 hours. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 21: Trek from Koto to Dharapani 1860m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek in the level trail passing small villages until Timang through the Pine forest which takes about 2 hours. We can see short glimpse of Mt. Manaslu and other snow peaks. Then, we drop down to Danque through the knee crunching trail and have a lunch. After lunch, walk on the level and flat trail until reaching Dharapani. It takes about 2 hours. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 22: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat 1300m/5-6 hours,
Climb down along the Marsyangdi River, first cross by an iron bridge just end of the Dharapani village. Then, continue up stream of Marsyangdi Riveruntil reaching Kotro and cross by a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. The trail continues right hand through the small battis in the canyon. There is again other suspension bridge, cross over the bridge and drop down to sandy area near the Tal village. After Tal, the trail drop down to the River in rocky trail and climb up the through the dense forest area and again cross by a suspension bridge near the Chyamje where lunch break. Then, the trail continues in the left hand until reaching Jagat Village. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 23: Trek from Jagat to Bulbhule 840m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we walk down through the rocky trail until reaching Syange where we can see very picturesque water fall about 200m. Then, pass the water fall and continue along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule following the road trail for short-cut. It takes about 5 hours to reach and enjoy with last day trekking treat. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 24: Drive from Bulbhule to Kathmandu 6-7 hours,

Morning, after packed all the equipments and upload to the bus and drive back to Kathmandu passing beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages. The views of mountains are spectacular during the driving and transfer to Hotel.

Day 25: Final Departure to International Airport
After breakfast we send you off to the airport for your flight home.

Our Package Inclusive
# Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
# 4 nights accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
# Sightseeing Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
# Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost and airport tax.
# Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the lodge/tea-house trek.
# Lodge-lodge and party tented camp accommodation during the lodge trek.
# 1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipments, salary and insurance.
# All ground transportation by private vehicle.
# Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
# Naar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit.
# Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
# All necessary permits.
# Tourist Service Charge.
# Office Service Charge.
# All government tax.
# First Aid Medical Kit box.

Our Package Exclusive
# Any  meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
# International Airfare to and from Nepal.
# Travel Insurance.
# Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
# Items and expenses of personal nature.
# All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
# Personal Trekking Equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu and Pokhara).
# Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
# Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
# Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
# Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
# Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man.

Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.

N. B. This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The package itinerary can be redesigned or changed due to trekker’s fitness and time frame of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget. Please email to us at mystiquenepaltreks@yahoo.com for more details and discussions for suitably programs.

P.S. In case of Emergency Evacuation during the trip, Helicopter Rescue will be arranged by Mystique Nepal Himalayan Trekking & Expedition (P) Ltd within 1-2 hours in first call. The cost of the rescue must be paid by the clients themselves or insurance company.

TREKKING/TOUR CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:

There will be a cancellation fee of 30% for any cancellation unforeseen problems shown one month prior to Trekking/Tour departure date, a cancellation fee of 50% two weeks prior to Trekking/Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
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