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Kathmandu: 19-Day Upper Mustang Trek

1. Kathmandu: 19-Day Upper Mustang Trek

Embark on a magical and unforgettable journey through the Upper Mustang on a 19-day trek which will push your physical endurance but is intensely rewarding. Travel through arid and haunting wilderness amongst wind eroded hills and cliffs on the way to the borders of the Tibetan Plateau. Discover how the region, until relatively recent times, was a Kingdom within Nepal with its own monarch, hidden from the outside world until the early 90s. The area was first opened to tourists in 1992 and only then with strict limits on the number of people allowed to travel there. Follow the Gandaki Valley trail with occasional detours above the valley walls. Settlements along the trail are scattered with little sign of cultivation between villages. Finally, arrive in Lo Manthang, the mystical capital of Upper Mustang filled with a rich history and cultural heritage. Explore the maze of gompas (religious shrines) and houses that surround the king's palace.  Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (TIA) International Airport (1,365 m). Transfer to your hotel, then, enjoy an evening welcome dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.  Day 2: Spend a free day in Kathmandu preparing for the trek. Stay overnight at the hotel.  Day 3:  Drive for 5 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara Valley (910 m). Stay overnight at the hotel. Day 4: Fly for 20 minutes from Pokhara to Jomsom. Walk for 3-4 hours to Kagbeni (2,858m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 5:  Trek for 5-6 hours from Kagbeni To Chaile (3050 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 6:  Trek for 6-7 hours from Chaile to Syangboche (3,800 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 7:  Trek for 5-6 hours from Syangboche to Game (3,490 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 8:  Trek for 4-5 hours from Game to Tsarang (3,730 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 9-10:  Trek for 5-6 hours from Tsarang to Lo-Mangthang (3840 m). Then spend a rest day to explore. Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 11: Trek for 4-5 hours from Lo-Mangthang to Ghami (3,520 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 12: Trek for 5-6 hours from Ghami to Samar (3806 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 13: Trek for 4-5 hours from Samar to Syangboche (3860 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 14: Trek for 5-6 hours from Syangboche To Tetang (2940 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 15: Trek from Tetang to Muktinath (3760 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2743 m). Stay overnight in a guest house. Day 17: Take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (910 m) then transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. Day 19: Depart Kathmandu.

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