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Facts of Trek

Grade : moderate to strenous

Best season: feb., March, April, august, septermber, october

Type of trek: tea house and camping

Per day walking: 5-6 hours

Trekking days: 12

Total days of Nepal:17

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Upper mustang trekking followed the upstream of the kaligandaki valley. From the kagbeni, permit Checking properly and controlled by the Government of Nepal to preserve its  culture from the outer influence which is opened in 1992 for the foreign tourist and trekkers.  Lobia and bhotia are the major tribes of the upper mustang areas who are practice the Sakyapa School of Buddhism. Houses are made by the sun baked mud bricks, stone and woods while landscape are the red mud cliff which is residual of the wind.people mostly grow potatoes, barley and buck wheat. Here are Total land covered 2600 sq. km where inhabited more than 6000 people. What kind of the festival held during the year , all are religious in nature. Tiji festival are the main in upper mustang trekking area. It is the semi autonomous region and forbidden kingdom of Nepal.

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After flight from pokhara , the trail leads the way of the bank of the kaligandaki river and the trail north of the kagbeni leads to the upper mustang treks Around 9-12 days trekkers visit the scattered ancient village geling, charang , sambar etc.  then reach the capital lo-manthang at the 3750 m. Namgyal gompa are the verdict place of the upper mustang, more than that ancient Buddhist  murals in the village of tingkar, garfuk and nifuk beside the  lomangthang. Now a days you can have a facility lodges in the upper mustang trekking , camping was compulsion since it opened lack of the lodges now you  travel light in the upper mustang trekking , after back you can extend your trip in the muktinath , holy Hindus Gods in trans Himalayan part of the Nepal.

 

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1. Arrive in Nepal

2. Sightseeing in Kathmandu

3. Kathmandu to pokhara

4. pokhara to jomsom fly then trek to kagbeni

5. Kagbeni to Chele(3100m)

6. Chele to Geling(3570m)

7. Geling to Charang(3560m)

8. Charang to Lo-manthang(3840m)

9. Rest and explore

10.Lomanthang to Drakmar

11. Drakma to Shyangmochen

12.Shyangmochen to Chhuksang

13. Chhuksang to Kagbeni

14. Kagbeni to Jomsom

15. jomsom to Pokhara

16. Pokhara to Kathmandu

17. Kathmandu to onward destination

Permit of the upper mustang trekk

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first 10 days permit cost $usd 500

Upper mustang trekking starting from jomsom and ending with jomsom. Actually upper mustang begining from Kagbeni and ending after come back kathmadu.  From jomsom it take 3 hours to reach in Kagbeni. Jomsom is 3 hours walking distance from Kagbeni. To get the permit of the upper mustang minimum 2 people necessary in group size. Passport vilidation should be 6 months at least to get the upper mustang trekking permit. It takes generally 2 working days to make a permit from immigration of Nepal. Mainly it need a orginal passport at the final procedure  to get the permit of mustang Nepal. Itinerary of upper mustang depend upon from where you starting trekking. Lower mustang and upper mustang if connected it will be more days but it is enough just 10 days permit of the upper mustang.

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Tourist peak season in upper mustang

 

Oct 15, 2015- Tourist arrivals in Mustang district in north-western Nepal, which is famed for the Muktinath Temple, have swelled. An increasing number of domestic and foreign visitors have been travelling to Muktinath to visit various religious sites as this is the pilgrimage season. The favourable weather has also led to more people visiting Kagbeni and Muktinath by both road and air.

“Autumn is the most appropriate time for people to visit Mustang,” said Bel Pun, a tourist assistant under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Jomsom. According to him, the number of people going to Muktinath to offer worship on the occasion of Sorha Sraddha has increased lately.

This is the time when the days are sunny and the Himalaya can be observed clearly.  Indian tourists have also been arriving in large numbers. After the April 25 earthquake, tourist arrivals had shrunk. But the recent upturn in tourism has reinvigorated the local tourism industry, entrepreneurs said.

Laxmi Tulachan, proprietor of Urica Inn, said the increased flow of tourists in recent days had given relief to them after the earthquake disaster.

The Jomsom office of ACAP, which keeps records of Indian and foreign tourist arrivals, said the number of domestic and Indian tourists had been impressive. It added that a total of 15,478 tourists had arrived in Mustang as of September this year, Last year, Mustang received 31,232 tourists.

Trekkers coming over Thorang Pass from Manang return through Muktinath, and this has helped the tourism business here. This route forms part of the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.

The Civil Aviation Authority Office here said that the number of people visiting Mustang by air had also gone up in the recent days. “As tourists are receiving the message that the Annapurna area has not been touched by the earthquake, a large number of religious tourists have been visiting Muktinath by air from Pokhara,” said Surya Bahadur Khatri, deputy manager of the authority. “The current arrival trend should be considered as fine.”

According to Tulachan, 50 percent of the tourists visiting Mustang are Indians, followed by Nepalis and other foreign nationals. Currently, seven to 10 flights arrive in Mustang from Pokhara daily, compared to two-three flights during the off season.

Tara and Simrik Air conduct flights between Pokhara and Jomsom. Tara added one flight after seeing a rise in tourist numbers. Kagbeni, Muktinath and Damodar Kunda in Upper Mustang are important destinations for pilgrims.

More recent and updating news about the upper mustang

When construction for the road from Beni to Lo Manthang was completed last year, many speculated that it would bring an end to Mustang’s mystery. After all, it was its inaccessibility and 'forbidden' status that attracted many searchers of Shangri-La to pay high entry permit fees and visit a region nestled on Nepal's northern border with Tibet.

Eased accessibility has made the district more modern, but the locals are more wary of the need to preserve their unique Tibetian traditions. The annual archery competition in Marpha that has been organised for the past 100 years by Thakali families of the area has changed. While contestants could earlier come in casuals, the organisers in 2010 made it mandatory for participants to wear the official Nepali daura suruwal.

Lo Manthang may be the ultimate destination in Mustang but there are also many obscure villages in Lower Mustang that are as mystical and can be reached on a day’s hike from Jomsom.

Quake-hit Upper Mustang still in ruin

POKHARA, Nov 26: Seven months have elapsed since the massive earthquake of April 25, but historical monuments and cultural heritage sites in Upper Mustang that suffered damages in the quake are still awaiting renovation. Ancient temples, monasteries, palaces and even schools were seriously damaged in the earthquake, which claimed over 9000 lives across the country.

According to Santosh Sherchan, chairperson of Lo Manthang-based office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACCAP), the quake-hit monuments in Upper Mustang are vulnerable to further deterioration.

"Monasteries and historical structures developed cracks and they can collapse even with a slight jerk," said Sherchan.

Centuries old Chode, Jhyampa, Thupden monasteries have been seriously damaged. The three monasteries are popular quite popular with tourists and revered holy sites of Buddhist people where many rituals are conducted.

There are multiple cracks in the 70-year-old Lo Manthang Palace. Parwar Bista, known as the King of Mustang, and his family had been living in the palace.

Similar is the state of 800 years old Chenhup Namgyal Monastery. "The statues of god and goddesses are fine but the walls and ceilings of the monastery are badly damaged. Charang Palace has also received serious damages," said Sherchan.

Social worker Indradhara Bista was highly critical of the government's lack of concern in renovating Upper Mustang's historical sites. "The debris and ruins of the damaged monuments in Kathmandu have been cleared off and given security, but no such work has been done up here. If the reconstruction work is delayed, many ancient sites will suffer irreparable damage," said Bista.

Every year before the earthquake, over 5,000 tourists visited various parts of Upper Mustang to see these timeless monuments that bear the ancient art and culture of Mustang people.

"At least Rs 250 million is collected from tourists visiting the area annually. The authorities should have used some of the amount for the reconstruction. It is a shame that nothing has been done so far," said Bista.

400 illegal Chinese motorcycles in upper Mustang

MUSTANG: Some 400 motorcycles of Chinese number plates are plying in Upper Mustang illegally for long due to lack of officials’ surveillance.

The Chinese motorcycles are operating in Lho Manthang, Chhoser, Chhonhup, Charrang, Surkhang and Ghami VDCs for years, it is said.

The local residents said that the motorcycles were brought in the villages as the Border Administration Office and Customs Office were centered only in the district headquarters

Chief of Border Administration Office in Lho Manthang, Krishna Raj Dhakal, said that the locals of Upper Mustang buy the motorcycles without paying customs tax after selling their horses in the biannual trade fair being held between the traders of Upper Mustang and Chinese.

Dhakal added that efforts have been initiated to bring the illegally run motorcycles in the legal framework. “For this to happen, we have talked to the local residents in the first phase. We have targeted to complete the process by first week of September,” Dhakal claimed.

Dhakal said that the motorcycles would be seised and process for auction would be initiated if the motorcycle owners fail to pay the customs tax in the given timeframe

The number of motorcycles has gone up in Mustang district with the opening of Kaligandaki corridor.

Schools in Upper Mustang remain shut as children start migrating to escape cold

MUSTANG, Nov 15: Many schools in the Upper Mustang area in the district have remained closed as majority of the students has started descending towards lower lands to escape severe cold in the areas during winter.

With the onset of winter starting from November in general, many people in the mountainous areas descend towards lower lands to escape cold followed by snowfall at times.

Around 200 children in the areas have migrated to various places in Pokhara, Kaski district to escape the cold, leaving many schools remain shut.

However, for a good step, concerned school authorities have managed temporary classes for the migrated children.

School inspector Motilal Chapagain said that a total of 11 schools at Chhonhup, Chhoser, Chhusang, Charang and Lomanthang have remained closed as many students have migrated towards the lower land with their families to avoid cold.

He, however, said that the schools have managed temporary classes in Pokhara for the migrated children so as not to affect their studies.

The District Education Office (DEO) said that two private organisations at Lomanthang have been running temporary classes for the migrated children as well.

"We have resorted to the move to provide temporary classes for migrated children to complete the course," Chapagain said.

The DEO said that the government has been releasing budget to run temporary classes for migrated children on the basis of the number of students. RSS

Mountain peaks in Upper Mustang at avalanche risk

POKHARA, June 15: Various mountains in the Upper Mustang area have developed deep cracks as a result of the devastating earthquake of April 25 and powerful aftershocks inviting avalanche risks.

A team of locals and police personnel that went for field observation in those areas informed that deep cracks have been noticed in various mountains and these could trigger avalanches in the lower parts of Mustang.

The observer team coordinated by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) included police, members of a local youth club and and office bearers of the conservation area management committee. They claimed to have reached to the altitude of around 5,000 meters and concluded that possibility of avalanches is high as the snow in the mountains is melting rapidly due to scorching summer heat.

According to police constable Sarvajeet Gurung of Chonhup Police Office, cracks were noticed in tall peaks around the four glacial lakes in Upper Mustang. "Although the ice in the peaks are as hard as rock, we found that many peaks surrounding those lakes have developed deep cracks."

There are four glacial lakes in the area -- Gyaka, Chho-Longyo, Chuhama and Hosryang. Gurung said the team was further divided into two teams. They took five days to complete their observation. "Even at present, rocks and ice in the weaker sections are continuously falling. Caves have also formed in some cracked areas. However, the upper parts of the caves can fall down anytime," he said.

"If by chance an avalanche occurs in Upper Mustang, it will cause considerable damage in lower Mustang as well. Hence, we have told the locals of lower Mustang to remain on high alert," added Gurung.

Social worker Indradhara Bista, a local of Lo Manthang, said that areas on the Tibetan side more risk from the avalanches than the Nepalese side. "We cannot afford to ignore the risks. People should remain on high alert."

According to her, the first village to be affected in the event of an avalanche is Kimling of Chonhup, a village with around 75 households. Similarly, Gyangel and Samjong of Choser VDC and Dehi of Surkhang are also at high risk. "There is higher risk of avalanche than of glacial lake outburst flooding," she said.

Kushan Dherkay Gurung, Treasurer of Himalayan Mountain Youth Club, who had also accompanied the monitoring team, said the quake have greatly weakened the upper parts of Mustang. "There are various bad cracks and snows of the weakened section are also melting rapidly, which multiplies the chance of triggering avalanche," he said.

Similarly, Tshering Dindu Gurung, vice-chairman of the youth club, said there is risk of flooding in the Kimling River with the snow melting rapidly. He said the locals of nearby settlements should take necessary precautions.

Santosh Sherchan, chief of ACAP, Mustang acknowledged the findings of the overserver teams and urged necessary preventive action against the looming danger.

Solar plant ready to light up Lo Manthang village

POKHARA, Sept 10: A 70 KW solar power station has been installed in upper Mustang. The project funded by the Chinese Government is expected to light 221 household in the Lo Manthang VDC. Gyanendra Khadka, secretary of VDC informed that the power station will supply 24-hour uninterrupted electricity to all households in the VDC. "There are 300 solar panels that will be generating electricity for the entire VDC," said Khadka. "Now locals will be able to use heaters and rice cookers in their homes."

Elaborating on the benefits of the electricity, Khadka said electricity supply will add comfort to tourists visiting the area and might eventually assist in extending their stay.

According to Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) Lo Manthang's chief Santosh Serchan, the present installations will effectively address the demand of the locals which had remained unaddressed by the 29-KW micro-hydro project that ACAP had built a decade back.

"With the 70KW project, all the households will now be able to enjoy the benefits of electricity," said Serchan. "As this region experiences cold weather during most part of the year, it will be a relief for the locals to keep themselves warm with electric heating appliances," he said adding that such facilities will also help in boosting tourism in the area.

Mustang Village Development Committee and Chinese authorities had entered agreement in late February this year for constructing the power plant. According to Mustang's planning officer Jiwan Gyawali, the plant constructed at a height of 3800 meters has been constructed with a budget of Rs 10 million. The equipments and technicians required for the project were provided by the Chinese government.

"The project was scheduled to complete in a year, but it was completed three months before the deadline," informed Gyanwali. Chinese government had appointed Kinsed New Energy Technology, a Chinese firm, for building the project. With the project completed, Chinese authorities are making necessary preparations to hand it over to local authorities.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has also agreed to increase the capacity of the plant from 70 KW to 100 KW. With the increased capacity, the plant will be able to supply electricity to other villages in the vicinity, Gyanwali informed.

Upper Mustang's Lo Manthang, Chonhup, Chosre and Surkhang VDCs consists of about 1200 households, of which only 400 are lighted by solar and micro hydro electricity projects, so far. There are three micro hydro electricity projects in Upper Mustang with a capacity of 29, 15 and 25 KWs. But they have been not sufficient to cater to local demand.

To ensure sustainability of the project, charges paid by locals as electricity bills will be used for maintaining and repairing the power plant.

Meanwhile, Asian Development Bank is also accessing demands for electricity in the area. It plans to support electricity project in the area to generate electricity for houses that have been left out by the existing electricity projects including the new China constructed solar power electricity.

As part of its 'Energy for All' scheme, ADB is collecting statistics of households without electricity in the Upper Mustang. "ADB's project will provide electricity to the households that have not been covered even by the new solar project," said Gyawali. "Process has already been initiated towards this end and we look forward to see entire Upper Mustang to be light up in the near future," he added.

Green vegetables farming possible in Upper Mustang

POKHARA, July 23: Farmers of Upper Mustang (3,900 meters) have started producing both seasonal and off-seasonal vegetables much to the surprise of agricultural technicians.

farmer of Ghiling, which is situated an altitude 3,500 meters above sea level, harvested a cabbage weighing 10 kg in September last year. The news came as a surprise as vegetables like cabbage and cauliflowers normally do not grow above altitude of 2,500 meters.

"We were surprised to see such a huge cabbage in a farm at Ghiling. It, however, is good to note that green vegetables are being produced in the mountainous region," said Surya Bogati, horticulture officer at District Agricultural Development Office (DADO), Mustang.

Until few years ago, only spinach and potatoes were produced in Upper Mustang. However, both seasonal and off-seasonal vegetables are producing in Upper Mustang these days. Local farmers are producing green vegetables in both tunnels as well as open farms.

"It was impossible to find green vegetables in Upper Mustang until few years ago. Things have changed now, may be because of the impact of global warming," Bogati said.

DADO Mustang has been encouraging locals of Upper Mustang to grow green vegetables in kitchen gardens. Some farmers have already started commercial farming of vegetables.

"Mountainous region is gradually becoming suitable for vegetables farming due to increase in temperature. Temperature here now is suitable for vegetable farming. Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, bitter gourd and bottle gourd, among others, can be grown here," Manohar Kadaria, horticulture officer at DADO Mustang, said.

Sanotsh Sherchan, conservation officer of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), said many villagers have started planting green vegetables in their kitchen gardens.

Goods worth about Rs 80 million offered in grant

BAGLUNG, Nov 19: Although Nepal's southern neighbor India continues to torment the country by imposing a trade blockade, China has provided large amount of food items and construction materials on grant to ease the hardship in Mustang district.

The grant items entered the country through Korala transit point and reached upper Mustang on Wednesday.

The current grant is a drastic increase in the annual grant provided by the Chinese government to the adjoining mountainous districts of the country. Even the local government officials have expressed astonishment at such a large number of commodities provided in grant by the Chinese government.

According to District Development Committee (DDC), Mustang, they had requested 1,200 sacks of construction materials and food materials for six Village Development Committees of the district. In response, the government of China sent 7,800 sacks, including food items and cement.

“We received more sacks of cement than we had asked for. We are quite surprised by the Chinese generosity,” said Jeevan Gyawali, the planning officer at the DDC.

Along with cements, the Chinese government also handed over 8,000 sheers of ply woods, 15,000 corrugated sheets, 25,000 kg peas, 30,000 kg soybeans and 500 solar panels.

Those grant items are meant for Choser, Chonup, Lo Manthang, Charang, Surkhang, and Ghami VDCs of upper Mustang.

“Although we had never asked for construction materials in the past, we sought them out this year for reconstruction,” informed Local Development Officer (LDO) Hari Prashad Bastola.

China had sent materials worth around Rs 3 million in grant last year.

The grant this year amounts to Rs 80 million, according to Bastola, which he said comes as a great relief amid the shortage of goods created by the ongoing trade blockade imposed by India.

“We need to know why China sent grants exceeding the demand. If the goods exceed the demand, they should be accepted only after securing permission from the Ministry of Local Development,” said Ganesh Bahadur Adhikari, Chief District Officer (CDO) of Mustang. “We will conduct studies and learn the reason.”

Along with Mustang, the Chinese government frequently supplies commodities to Darchula, Humla, Mugu, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Dailekh, Sindhupalchowk, Sankhuwasabha and other mountainous districts in grants. The grants are being provided as per the agreement between the Chinese government and the Ministry of Local Development


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