Mani Rimdu Trekking

Mani Rimdu Trekking

Upper Mustang Trek to hidden paradise of Mustang is a tremendous tour that travellers experience best ever holiday trip in their life in Nepal. Trekking in this region will allow you to undergo the way of living of true mountain people. The Upper Mustang Trek escorts you into the old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. Despite being geographically situated in Nepal, the region encircled by this trek bears a palpable Tibetan influence as Mustang is a part of Tibetan Plateau. This area is remote and isolated to the Himalaya region. The trekking in Upper Mustang region was restricted before for people from outside the country but from around 15 years ago the Trekking is opened for everyone. Though it is open for everyone to trek around this region, the permit is only available to registered travel agencies. High peaks, glaciers, passes alpine valleys can be seen during the trek. Also you will be able to visit the Holy Muktinath Temple, together with picturesque villages including Lo-Manthang, Charang and Ghami village.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will head towards Pokhara after exploring Kathmandu a little more. From the city of lakes, Pokhara we take a mountain flight to Jomsom and begin our trekking to Kagbeni, entering to the strange rocky landscape. The trek further continues towards Chele via Tangbe and Chhuksung. From Chele, the trail is a climb in and out of massive side valleys of Kali Gandaki. After reaching Chele La (3,630) we slowly descend to Samar from where the journey reaches Gelling while we cross a stream and walk through Bhene La, Shyanmochen and Yamdo La. Mustang Trek reaches Charang as we ascend to Nyi La from Geilling and descend to Gheme and Pass Choya La.

Mustang Trekking trail proceeds towards Lo - Manthang, the capital of Mustang Kingdom. In Lo - Manthang you will visit the Palace of the Royal Family of Mustang and many other temples having a long history. From Lo - Manthang we return to Ghami and trek to Kagbeni passing Samar. The trail heads towards the Muktinath Temple, Pilgrimage for Buddhist and Hindus with a ever glowing flame. Muktinath Trekking route ends after we trek to Jomsom from Muktinath. From jomsom we take a flight to Pokhara and enjoy our time at the peaceful environment in lakeside.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Useful Info

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m] Transfer to the Hotel. (Car).
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. “B”. (06-07 Hours).
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara [970 m]. “B”. (06-07 Hours drive).
Day 04: Pokhara - Fly to Jomsom Trek to Kagbeni [2,810m]. "B,L,D". Trek (25 m flight and 03-04 Hrs Trek).
Day 05: Trek to Chele [3,030 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hrs).
Day 06: Trek to Gelling [3,570 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hrs).
Day 07: Trek to Charang [3,560m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs).
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang [3,800 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (04-05 Hrs).
Day 09: In Lo-Manthang [3,800 m]. "B,L,D". Trek .
Day 10: Trek to Ghami [3,490 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hrs).
Day 11: Trek to Samar [3,150 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs).
Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni [2,810m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs).
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath [3,802m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs).
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom [2720m]. "B,L,D". Trek (05-06 Hrs).
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara [930 m]. "B". Flight 20m. + Car.
Day 16: Fly Back To Kathmandu [1,338m]. “B”. (Car+Flight 25m.+Car).
Day 17: Free day in kathmandu [1,338m]. “B”.
Day 18: Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. “B”. (Car).


Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Namaste Nepal [1,330 m]:
A representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport according to your flight time. You will be transferred to hotel and a short briefing will be done after you have settled down. If you have any queries please do let us know. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): Today we will explore the Kathmandu Valley. We will visit the World heritage sites located in Kathmandu Valley. After your breakfast we will drive towards Swyambhunath also known as the monkey temple because of hundreds of monkeys living around the stupa. It is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Stupa and believed to be more than 2,000 years old. We will then drive to the ancient palace of Kathmandu Valley, the Kathmandu Durbar Square. This premises was the palace of ancient Kathmandu with many other attractions like temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple and the Kastamandap temple inside the Durbar Square Area. We will also visit the Pashupatinath Temple and BouddhaStupa on the same day. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most scared Hindu Temple in the world whereas BouddhaStupa is the oldest and the biggest Stupa of Nepal. We will also Issue our Special Permit of our trekking so this day should be compulsory in Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Drive To Pokhara [970 m] - (B): After breakfast we begin our drive to Pokhara, Nepal’s Lake city. The journey continues slowly passing many villages and terraced fields as we drive along the Trishuli River followed by Marshyangdi River. We normally arrive by midafternoon so you can walk around lakeside. You can also do rafting in Trishuli River on the way to Pokhara if you want to add extra adventure in your journey. Overnight in Hotel.

Note: If you wish to take flight to Pokhara instead of Car Please do let us know.

Day 04: Pokhara - Fly to Jomsom Trek to Kagbeni [2,810m] - (B,L,D): Finally we will be starting our trek. After breakfast we take mountain flight to Jomsom. The flight to Jomsom offers splendid view of Annapurna Himalayan Range. From Jomsom we follow the gravel riverbed of Kali Gandakiriver crossing mule paths that goes all the way to Tibet. The trek today is short which lets us explore the medieval village of Kagbeni which is situated right on the border of Mustang offering mysterious landscape often living the travellers speechless. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 02-03 hours.

Day 05: Kagbeni Trek to Chele [3,030 m] - (B,L,D): The trail today climbs few ridges before reaching to a plateau at 3,040m followed by a short climb to Tangbe at an elevation of 3,060m. From Tangbe, we trek towards a Gurung settlement at the confluence of Narsging River and Kali Gandaki River named Chhuksung. The trail then enters the Kali Gandaki valley from where we get to see the ancient caves standing high above on the eastern bank of the river. After climbing a steep rocky gully we finally reach Chele. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 06: Chele Trek to Gelling [3,570 m] - (B,L,D): The day begins with a steep spur climb up towards the Chele La (3,630m). From Chele La, the trail gradually descends to Samar at an elevation of 3,620m. We slowly trek into another valley trekking further uphill from Samar. We then cross a stream to proceed in the direction of Bhene La. We finally descend down to Geling via Yamdo La and Shyanmochen. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 07-08 hours.

Day 07: Gelling Trek to Charang [3,560m] - (B,L,D): Ascending continues on this day as well. We start our trek aster your breakfast at the Tea house. The trail heads westward from Gelingclimbling gently through the fields and passes below Tama Gaon. After reaching Nyi La at 4,020m we begin to descend towards Gheme which connects to the trail heading Choya La. From Choya La, we descend for one last time to finally reach for our overnight stay in Charang. Overnight in Tea House.Averahe trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 08: Charang Trek to Lo-Manthang [3,800 m] - (B,L,D): The first phase of the trail descends 125m to cross the Charang Chu. After crossing Charang Chu we begin an challenging steep rocky trail to enter theTholung Valley. Continuing further ahead we reach Lo La. We finally enter the plateau of Lo Manthang after a short downhill walk from Lo La. We will have our overnight stay in Lo Manthang. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 09: Lo-Manthang [3,800 m] - (B,L,D): When in Lo- Manthang there are many attractions that have unique characteristics of its own. We will explore Lo-Manthang on this day. We will visit the four major attractions of Lo Manthang. The JampaLhakhang, a three storey temple, ThubchenGompa, a huge assembly hall near the center of the city, ChodeyGompa, founded by the Mustang King in 1710, the main temple of the city and the ChoprangGompa, which is popularly known as the "New Gompa".The restaurants and shops in the market are also nice place to visit. Overnight in Tea House.

Day10: Lo-Manthang - Trek to Ghami- (B,L,D): We finally retrace back from Lo Manthang. While returning we have options of trails to choose not forcing us to return back on the same trail. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghami.Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 11: Ghami Trek to Samar- (B,L,D): We continue down the valley and rejoin the trail that we used to enter Mustang. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 05 to 06 hours.

Day 12: Samar to Kagbeni [2,810m] - (B,L,D): This is our last day in the Kingdom of Mustang. We follow the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 07-08 hours.

Day 13: Kagbeni Trek to Muktinath [3,802m] - (B,L,D): Today we head towards Muktinath, a scared Hindu Temple. We head up the wide riverbed for an hour where a lodge emerges. We stop there for refreshment before choosing the trail ahead : high or low path. Both come with unique landscapes so choosing any will be the best decision. As we turn east away from Kali GandakiriverMuktinath and Thorung Pass appear in the distance. . Muktinath Temple is a point of Pilgrimage for Buddhist and Hindus where flame, water and air meet.Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 14: Muktinath Trek to Jomsom [2.720 m] - (B,L,D): It's an easy return trip to Jomsom today and the view down the stony plains of the Kali Gandaki to the vast white-topped wall of the Nilgiris, is simply stunning. We will spend the last night of the trek in Jomsom. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 15: Fly To Pokhara [930 m] - (B,L,D): We take our flight early in the morning to Pokhara. After landing on Pokhara check in to the hotel. Nothing planned for the day ahead. However, there are many places around Pokhara that you do not want to miss while you are there. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (Mid Day) [1,330 m] - (B): After breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara we proceed towards airport for our flight to Kathmandu. The flight is around 25 min long that offers marvelous mountain view from the left side. Once you land in Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): This is a leisure day in Kathmandu. You can walk down the streets of Thamel for any last minute shopping or spend your time in restaurants around Thamel. There are many other places that you can visit like Palaces of Bhaktapur and Patan or The Gardern of Dreams. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 18: Fly back home - (B): According to your flight time, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will drop you to the airport.


Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival and Departure Transport.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as mentioned with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with an entrance fee.
  • Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house while trekking.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara drive.
  • Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara Kathmandu flight with airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Mustang Trekking Region map.
  • Tims and Acap fees.
  • Special Permit for Mustang.
  • Government taxes.
  • Office services charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days) you should get visa Upon your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

Weather information

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period:In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

  • Lightweight Trekking (walking) (Waterproof) boots and spare laces. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes for evening and walk around campsite.
  • Warm Jackets (Fiber fill or down) down should be adequate.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or ponchos (Get guaranteed Waterproof)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • A tracksuit.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • Few pairs of cotton T-shirts.
  • At least 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sun born.
  • A woolen hat for morning and evening and Sun cap (Hat) during the day and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck..
  • A pair of gloves.
  • A pair of sandals to shower and campsite.
  • Few pair of thin and thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume.
  • Sleeping bags for night. (At least -20 Celsius)

Equipment and Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gears while trekking. (We provide)
  • Daypack to carry personal day requirements. (25-30 Ltr) This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some small plastic bags for garbage.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Headlamp or torch light with spare batteries and bulbs.Candles or lighter to burn toilet paper and to lit on.
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.
  • Walking poles. (If you like to have).
  • Camera with spare batteries and films
  • Reading materials, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of
  • passport photograph
  • First aid kit with enough Personal medicine.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM:
This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS
1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good
a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)
a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)
Severe symptoms of altitude sickness
a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING
1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION
1. Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT
1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4 ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

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