The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
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Nepal - The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
This is an adventure in Upper Mustang, of thirteen days including nine over 2500m altitude (8,000 feet), with a trek over 5000m (16000ft). Six night in bivouac, a hard trek with steep climbs and very little to eat (so it is for people already trained into survival), hot and cold climates (a few night under -5°C / 23°F), magnificent landscapes, flights in little twin-engine planes, crossing rivers with rope, sleeping on the rough, and high chances to glimpse on the blue sheep, eagles and vultures, wolves, foxes and maybe tracks of the elusive snow leopard…
We will pick you up at the airport for a transfer flight to Pokhara. You will have a terrific view on the Himalayas, highest mountain range of the World. Flying over the city and having a first peek on the biggest lake of the country, you will then be taken by cab to your hotel in town, and enjoy a traditional nepali meal. When the evening comes we will gather to give you a briefing on the expedition, get our equipment ready, and share the food rations. Whatever you don’t need can be kept at the hotel during the training. Night in a comfortable bed (altitude below 1000m / 3,000ft).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and flight to Jomsom by a small twin-engine plane. A traditional thakali meal at the inn in Jomsom. Warm-up trek to the village of Kagbeni (2H, small ascending elevation). Diner and night in a lodge (altitude over 2500m / 8,000ft).
Breakfast at the lodge. Mountain walk by trails to the fortress of Jhong (about 3H, steep ascending elevation). Visit of the fortress and meeting with the young amchi (Tibetan doctor) for a first initiation to medicinal plants. Acclimatizing walk between 3500 and 4000m and a first peek at the Himalayan ecosystem. Light diner (rice and soup) and night in a lodge at Jhong (altitude over 3500m / 11,000ft).
Breakfast at the lodge. High mountain walk by trails, to the pass of Ghyu (about 31/2H, steep incline to 4100m / 13,500ft) then walk down to our first campsite. Installation of a mountain bivouac, water treatment (from a small stream). Night in bivouac under the Ghyu La (altitude 4000m / 13,000ft).
High mountain walk following game trails, along the Dhingklo khola to it’s spring (about 4H, steep incline). Installation of a bivouac on the high-plateau, foraging some edible plants. Night in bivouac in a dry environment under the Tawa Himal (altitude 5000m - 15,000ft).
High mountain walk in a very exposed and dry area, to the source of the Yakchhu (about 2H, medium-gradient) then a steep downclimb to our campsite (about 4H, very steep decline). Installation of our bivouac, water treatment (from a glacier melt stream). Night in bivouac by the Yakshhu (altitude under 4000m / 13,000ft).
Walk up and down in rocky off-track (about 4H, steep gradients). Survival courses about orientation, distress signals and other techniques. Installation of our bivouac, treatment of water (from a stream). Night in bivouac by the Narsing Khola (altitude under 4000m / 13,000ft).
High mountain walk following the river (about 31/2H, medium gradient). Observation of animal tracks, foraging, installation of a bivouac, treatment of water (from river). Night in bivouac at the confluence of two rivers (altitude 3500m / 11,000ft).
Going down the frigid river with multiple team challenges with ropes (about 3-4H, medium gradient). Installation of a bivouac in the gorge or Narsing river, treatment of water. Night in bivouac under the Siyarkotangk danda (altitude 3000m, 10,000ft).
Extraction! After a short walk down the river, we finally reach civilization. After a light snack to break our fast at the monastery of Tentang, we get back to the trekking trails to walk back to Kagbeni (about 3H, gentle incline). A well-deserved yack-burger is awaiting there for us. Night in a lodge (altitude over 2500m / 8,000ft).
In the early morning, easy walk by the Thak khola towards Jomsom (less than 2H on a gentle slope). After a breakfast and a real coffee, we fly back to Pokhara. Installation at our hotel, and personal time out in the afternoon. Diner in a nice restaurant by the lake. Night in the hotel in a comfortable bed (altitude below 1000m / 3,000ft).
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer by taxi to the airport and flight back to Kathmandu. Installation at the newari residence of Dwarika Chhen. Visit of Basantapur (historical neighborhood of the capital) and private time for shopping or other errands. Traditional newari diner and night at the residence.
Transfer to the airport and flight back to your home country.
- Sleeping bag (for extreme cold)
- Trekking gear (shoes, winter socks, pants, under-pants, warm sweater)
- A pair of flip-flops
- A pair of extra socks
- Poncho or raincoat
- Garbage bag
- Organic soap and towel
- Camera and Go-Pro are allowed
- Phone and camcorder not allowed
- All local transports and transfers
- All accommodations, hotel, inn, bivouac and camping
- All meals and rations
- All training costs
- A survival expert during the whole training
- All taxes and permits
- 24h assistance
The trip includes
- International flights, airport taxes and overweight luggage
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses
- Personal insurance
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Wow !! (friends will laugh) What an experience !! You come back changed! I learned a lot about myself, tapping on my own reserves, taking care of others, nobody knew each other at the start, to finally become a welded and united group. We shared so many beautiful things, unique moments in one life !! Thanks to Nadia and Denis (from who we’ve learnt a lot and who is a nice person)! Personally it's been a long time that I wanted to do one of these survival courses and I realized a dream!