Upper Mustang Trek Tiji Festival Month of last May 2019
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Mustang Trek: Mustang Short Description
Mustang trekking is one of Nepal’s most mysterious and least known kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang which lies in the very heart of Mustang. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal.
Mustang trek lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditional which is so rich & unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital is walled city ruled by religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. As everywhere in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795ft) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545ft). You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters.
Trekking duration: 12 Days Treks & 2 Nights Kathmandu Hotel & breakfast
25 May 2019:- Arrival Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
26 May 2019:- Preparation & make to special permit for Mustang & briefing, Afternoon Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight where we stay overnight hotel.
27 May 2019:-Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and trek to Kagbeni 2800m, 3-4 hours Early in the morning, we go to the airport by taxi and we fly to Jomsom and have breakfast. Then we continue our trail passing the River bank of Kaligandaki until we reach Lubra where we visit the Bon-Po monastery. It takes about 3 hours. We keep walking to Eklebatti. Where we have lunch. After lunch, we continue until Kagbeni which takes about 1 hour. We can visit the red-painted Gompa which is said to be about 1000 years old. Overnight in Lodge.
28 May 2019:- Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m, 5-6 hours In the morning after breakfast, we must register our Restricted Area Permit in check post which is situated at the end of the village. Then the route continue passing the river bank of Kaligandaki. Repeating small ascents and descents until Tangbe village which takes about a 3 hours walk. We can see beautiful landscapes and the Buddhist influence like Chhörtens , Maniwalls. Then we continue our trek for 1 hour to Chhusang village passing over a rocky trail. We have our lunch break in this village. After lunch, we again continue on our route by the river bank and we cross over an iron bridge where the Kaligandaki River runs through a tunnel naturally built in a huge rock. It takes about 1 hour. Later we can see 16 caves above the tunnel. We walk up a steep ascent untill we reach the village of Tsaile which takes about 30 minutes. We have a good view of Nilgiri Himal and the Kaligandaki River. Overnight in Lodge. (Enter Restricted Area)
29 May 2019:- Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m, 6-7 hours In the morning, we climb up an unstable path and arrive at a plateau. We keep ascending the gentle slope and later we climb steep cliff way and arrive at a small pass.We keep gently descending to Samar village. It takes about 2 and half hours. We have lunch break here. After lunch, we leave the village and keep on going up and down until we reach the Chungsi cave monastery. It is an incredible place and we enjoy the strong spiritual environement . It is a steep ascent about 1 and half hours . We visit the monastery where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in 8th century. Then we continue our trek passing narrow way between two big huge rocks. It takes 1 and half hour to reach Syangmochen village. Again we climb up until we reach a small pass. After a you gentle descend we reach the village of Ghiling. We see a big Chhörten and two Gompas whose walls are notably painted in red. Overnight in Lodge.
30 May 2019:- Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang 3560m, 6-7 hours In the morning, after breakfast, we visit the monastery. Then we keep on walking ascending gently until we reach Zaite village which takes about 1 hour. After the village a long ascent awaits us to Nyi-La 4020m. We cross over this pass entering the center of Mustang which is called the Lo region. Then we keep gently descending to reach a small pass again. After that pass it really goes steep down in a zigzag way to Ghami village. It takes 2 and half hours. We have lunchbreak. After lunch we walk again through Nepali flat which means down and up and finally crossing the small Khola. We can now see the longest Mani Wall in the Mustang region which is painted with vertical stripes of white, red and black. Then we have again a long steep ascent to a small pass and descend gently to Tsarang village. It takes about 3 hours. We can see a big huge Chhörten in the entrance of village, an Old Palace and Tsarang Gompa which we willvisit in the evening. Overnight in Lodge.
31 May 2019:- Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3840m: Upper Trail 7-8 hours,Lower trail 4-5 hours We follow the upper trail which allows us to explore the Lo-Gyakar-Ghar Gompa. First we follow the river side trail to Marang village. It takes about 1 hour. Then we cross the River on a suspension bridge and continue to Ghar Gompa which takes about another 1 and half hours. Where we visit the Gompa. It is one of the oldest Gompas of upper Mustang. It was built by Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the 8th century. After visiting the monastery, we continue our trek crossing the small river and keep walking on the plateau and where we have at some point our packed lunch. After lunch, a long gentle ascent continues to reach Chogo-La 4230m which is the highest point in this region. Then we keep descending to Lo-Manthang which takes about 4 hours. Now we are in the ancient wall city of Mustang. Overnight in Lodge. (Tiji Festival)
01 June 2019:- Trek from Acclimatization Day or Exploration Day Hike to Chhoser 7-8 hours or hike to Namgyal monastery 2-3 hours Today, we have 2 options to explore the forbidden kingdom. To visit Chhoser Village and another to explore Namgyal Monastery. Both are nice hikes. If we decide to go to Chhoser, we can visit many caves and a cave monastery. We need to carry our packed lunch. Or we just go to Namgyal monastery. Later in the day you have a time to explore the other monasteries in Lo-Manthang or just do some shopping. Overnight in Lodge. (Tiji Festival)
02 June 2019:- Overnight in Lodge, Home Stay. (Tiji Festival )
03 June 2019:- Drive from Lo-Manthang to Jomsom by Jeep which takes about 7-8 hours. Overnight in Lodge/Home Stay (Exit Restricted Area)
04 June 2019:- Jomsom to Pokhara by flight early Morning and we fly back to Pokhara to Kathmandu afternoon and transfer to our Hotel.
05 June 2019:- Transfer to international airport for your final departure
Note: – Above itinerary can change according to your friends holiday’s lengths.
Mustang Tea house/Lodge trek organize cost person USD 1750/- per client
1) Mustang special permit fee USD 500 per person for day
2) Annapurna conservation fee USD 23 Per person it mean Rs 2260
3) Meals and daily salary of Guide & Porters
4) Insurance of Guide & Porters during the trekking day
5) Room at best available Teahouse/Lodge during the trekking days
6) Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at best available restaurant during the trekking days for the clients
7) Pokhara to Jomsom by flight & Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
8) Guide flight with you both way Pokhara to Jomsom /jomsom to Pokhara
9) An experience Guide who is speak English very well and between 2 clients 1 porter who carry 25kg
10) In cases of emergency, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, after that medical treatment and take care for on your behalf. This will be paid for your own travel insurance company. (Please ensure that you are adequately covered for this eventuality).
11) We will also inform your Embassy or consular that you are doing trekking under our care.
12) In cases emergency, we will contact your family or friend and make them aware of the situation.
13) Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight & Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
14) Porters they will meet you Jomsom
Cost does not include:
1) Personal trekking equipment of client
2) Bar bill: Coke, fanta, sprite, juice, mineral bottle water, beer and whiskey etc
3) Personal expenses of clients: Laundry, donation and email/Internet and telephone etc….
4) Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
5) Tips for Nepal Guide
6) Emergency Rescue evacuation( Alpine Adventure Team (P)Ltd give services but most be cover your insurance)
Sign of Clients Sign Authorized
Right now above trek is possible on the Teahouse package organized services. We do not need to take tent and kitchen equipment for the above trek. There are teahouses on the trekking trail where we can spend nights and can take three times daily meals etc.
I suggest you following personal trekking equipment for your Mustang trek. This is as follows:
Personal trekking equipment of list:
1) Strong, comfortable boots with good soles that should be large enough to allow one or two layers of heavy woolen/cotton socks. Sport/running/tennis shoes are for low altitude. An extra pair of sandals and at least-a-half dozen pair of woolen/cotton socks.
2) To pair of woolen or corduroy trousers, a warm fleece jacket, a down jacket, three T-shirts, two drip-dry shirts, ski or thermal underwear, a woolen/fleece hat, gloves, a water and wind proof jacket, sunglasses and some towels.
3) A strong and warm sleeping bag equipped with a hood.
4) Water bottle, medical kit, Swiss army knife, sewing kit, torch light with spare batteries and sun scream (50+).
5) A light day bag (20 to 35L) and walking sticks
6) Rucksack or one large duffel bag for the trek that is carrying by porter.
Note: – If you manage equipment according to above list, it will be 12 to 14kg per person. Standard trekking equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu.
Mustang trek is a high altitude trek. It will be much better if you learn about symptoms altitude sickness. This is as follows:
Everybody says that Nepal Himalaya is beautiful and do not talk much about High Altitude Headache when go to mountains. There should know types of High Altitude Sickness and it’s symptoms before heading to mountains. This is as follows:
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can develop at any altitude over 2500 meters in the Nepal Himalaya.
Causes of Altitude Sickness:
• Less oxygen than at lower altitudes
• Low barometric (climatic) pressure
• Rapid ascent (too fast)
• Possible dehydration
• Hypothermia (chilled)
Type of altitude sickness:
AMS: Acute Mountain Sickness (Mild symptoms feel like a hangover)
HAPE: High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (Lung problem associated with water in the lung)
HACE: High Altitude Cerebral Edema (Mental or psychological problems associated with the presence of water/fluid in the head)
AMS: Acute Mountain Sickness (Mild symptoms feel like a hangover)
• Shortness of breath/respiration
• Loss of appetite
• Sleep disturbance
Never ascend with any symptoms of AMS! Usually within one or two days you will feel well and can continue your trek. You can always re-ascend when the person feels better.
HAPE: High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (Lung problem that is associated with water in the lung)
• Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
• Severe cough – dry (difficulty in cough)
• Very tried – unusual fatigue while on walking
• High pluses rate e.g. 110 beats per minute
• Blueness of face, lips and fingernails that means inability to transport oxygen into the blood.
HACE: High Altitude Cerebral Edema (Mental or psychological problem associated with water in the head)
• Sever symptoms of altitude sickness
• Server headache
• Ataxia – Walking like a drunk
• Altered mental status/mental confusion
• Irritable/does not want to be bothered by other people
HACE can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours if progressive symptoms are ignored.
If the victim is unable to walk, s/he is carried down on the Sirdar/Guide/Porter’s back or by yak/horse. No matter what the reason, never delay, even at night and seek medical help. Treatment is no substitute for decent. Nor special precautions are needed on decent. The only cure is to descend and then to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
Do not hurry to the destination when trekking in the Himalayan of Nepal. The main precaution to take is not go up high too fast. You should schedule frequent rest days between the 3500m and 4300m contours, sleeping at the same altitude for at least two nights. Go/climb higher during the days, but always descend to the same level to sleep.
Drink 3-4 liters of fluids (boiled water, iodinated water and soups etc) per day to avoid dehydration; this helps in the acclimatization process.
We do not recommend taking any drug to try and prevent AMS for the usual trekking routes in Nepal. It is safer to rely on a planned slow ascent. Nowadays, however, some trekkers use the drug Acetazolamide (Diamox) as one treatment for mountain sickness. Talk to your physician about its use and side effects. In addition, other drugs are Nifedipine which is used for HAPE and Dexmethasone which is used for HACE. Remember – do not take medicines indiscriminately and to consult your physician.
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have a known heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or pregnant (recommended staying below 3600 meters). For other chronic medical conditions consult your physician.
Children are more susceptible to AMS and need to be watched closely. It is risky to trek to high altitude with infants who cannot tell you when they are feeling well.
Do not expect everyone in your party to acclimatize at the same rate. You may have to wait an extra day for some members or be prepared to split the group. Being in a hurry in the mountains of can be deadly! Most of the problems of high altitude are totally preventable. With careful precautions, you experience in the mountains should be safe and rewarding.
You should bring/buy some medicine for water purify, fiver, diarrhea, vomiting, Diamox (privation for high altitude sickness) and some bandage etc. If you are taking any medicine regular, please do not forget to keep it on your first aid kit.
Consider taking the following items in your medical kit:
• Blister kit
• Insect repellent containing DEET
• Topical antibiotic cream
• Iodine tablets and/or water filter
• Diamox or Acetazolamide
• Acetaminophen or Tylenol for analgesia
• Ibuprofen or Advil for analgesia and as an anti-inflammatory agent
• Immodium or Lomotil for diarrhea
• A nasal decongestant such as Afrin
• Pepcid or Zantac for heartburn
• An antibiotic, especially a Quinolone such as Ciprofloxacin or Leavaquin
• A prescription pain medication such as Tylenol with codeine or Hydrocodone
• An asthma inhaler if you are prone to exercise induced asthma or asthma associated with bronchitis or upper respiratory infections
Never trek alone. If you have no friends available with whom to trek, consider hiring a guide or a porter to trek with you and walk together while on trek.
Please visit website: www.himalayanrescue.org to find additional details about Mountain Sickness and other Hazards in the Nepal Himalaya. Source: about altitude sickness and the trial from brochure of The Himalayan Rescue Association of Nepal and some others.
Comprehensive travel Insurance is advised to cover emergencies like Helicopter rescue and medical treatment in case of accidents on the trial. Rescue operations take time and cost a great deal of money. Someone in Kathmandu or your family or your Insurance must guarantee the payment of the flight before the rescue. I will need a photocopy your travel Insurance with contact details.
I will need two photos to manage Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card (Trekking permit) and also photocopy of passport etc. you can give me these documents on the same time of payment for Trek organize.
If you have further more questions, please do not hesitate to ask with me. I am always ready to help you and can make your Round Mustang trek easy, memorable, best and safe trek in Mustang region.
I am looking forward to hearing from you as soon as.
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