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Sherpa Village and Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang Charity Trek 2011

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 - 24 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3750 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3750 US Dollar (USD)

In 2012 Education Elevated and Sherpa Adventure International will lead a trip to Nepal to help raise money for the rebuilding of a School in Chyangba village and support students with school dress. During the trip we will visit the newly built library and distribute school dress to students. After that we will trek to the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang.

The Kingdom of Lo in the Mustang Region of Nepal is one of the most remote kingdoms in world. One of the few remaining authentic Tibetan cultures still left in the region, the northern part of this astounding kingdom is open to a small number of fortunate permit holders each year. For the adventure of a lifetime, join us as we explore the dramatic landscape, ancient culture and spectacular mountain scenery of this isolated region.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, April 15th: Arrive Kathmandu. Kathmandu (1310 m/4298 feet) our airport representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It is 7 km and takes about 30 minutes. Our tour leader will brief the group about the trip at the pre-departure meeting. The briefing will cover the itinerary and re-confirm flight times and what time the city tour will depart on "Day 2".

Day 2, April 16th: Kathmandu City Tour. Breakfast in Hotel at 8:00 a.m. after breakfast. Today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by privet car with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include: Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square. It is about 35 km and takes approximately 6,5 hours. After noon ready for trek.

Day 3, April 17th: Fly to Phaplu.

Day 4, April 18th: Trek to Chyangba Village.

Day 5, April 19th: Visit school and library. Visit school, library and distribute school dress to students.

Day 6, April 20th: Rest day and visit village.

Day 7, April 21st: Trek back to Phaplu.

Day 8, April 22nd: Fly back to Kathmandu. Those who want to join Mustang trek only arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 9, April 23rd: Rest day and get ready for trek.

Day 10, April 24th: Drive to Pokahara after noon rest.

Day 11, April 25th: Pokhara – Jomsom (2400 m) – Kagbeni (2800 m). Early morning get to the airport for Jomsom flight. A short flight across the Annapurna range and along the Kaligandaki Gorge, 30 minutes later we land at Jomsom airport. Jomsom is a tiny airstrip, it gets extremely windy during the day. This is the reason to fly early morning.

We assemble the team, get our luggage ready and then start the first day trek. Walking across Thak Khola and then further on the banks of Kali Gandaki River, we walk the windy gorge towards Kagbeni. You may also encounter groups of pilgrims heading for Muktinath, above Kagbeni. Kagbeni used to be the capital of a King whose fort can be seen above the village. His people lived by managing and taxing the trade flows through the valley.

Day 12, April 26th: Kagbeni – Chele. Altitude: 3030 m. You walk through police check post to get your permit checked for restrict area. You still walk on the right side of the Marsyangdi River. You reach Tangbe village (2990 m) and have lunch there. This village has a lot of apple and apricot tree. The trail climbs over many ridges as it heads north of Gompa Kang and some caves are seen on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki river.

Black, white and red chortens, which justify upper Mustang, appear and Nilgiri (7061 m) looms at the foot of the valley. We arrive at Chhuksang (2920 m), a Gurung village, situated at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Across the river some spectacular red, eroded, "organ-pipe" cliffs are seen above the inaccessible caves. The trail leaves Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele (3030 m) that makes a change from Manangi culture of the Gurung villages to Tibetan culture of Lo.

Day 13, April 27th: Chele – Geling. Altitude: 3440 m. The trail climbs steep to a cairn at 3080 m with a view of Ghyakar across s huge canyon and then to a pass (3480 m). We descend gradually to Samar (3290 m), from where Annapurna Himal and Nilgiri are visible. The trail climbs to a ridge and then descends to a large gorge and enters into another valley filled with juniper trees. We arrive at Shyammochen. Again the trail climbs up to a ridge at 3800 m and descends to Geling.

Day 14, April 28th: Geling – Tsarang. Altitude: 3490 m. We climb gently through fields up the center of the valley to the Nyi La (3950 m) that marks the southern boundary of Lo Manthang. We see Annpurna range, Nilgiri on the south from the pass. The land is more like dry and similar to Tibetan Plateau. The descend from the pass is gentle through blue, grey and red cliffs. You will visit an old monastery of Tibetan structure and style. The trail passes through perhaps the longest and the most spectacular stretch of Mani wall in Nepal and arrives at Tsarang.

Day 15, April 29th: Tsarang – Lo Manthang. Altitude: 3780 m. At Charang, there is a huge five storey white dzong (Tibetan style fortress) and red Gompa in Tsarang. The Gompa houses statues and Thanka paintings and other paintings of seated Buddha. From Tsarang, the trail descends gradually, crosses a river and climbs steeply to a ridge to enter a valley. Again the trail climbs gradually passing through a desert-like landscape painted in every hue of grey and yellow to a ridge (3850 m) that offers the first view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descend and a climb we arrive at the plateau of Lo Manthang.

Day 16, April 30th: Lo Manthang. Here at Lo Manthang, explore three important Gompas built in the early 15th century. We will also learn about other vital heritage conservation and education projects. If we are very fortunate our stay here will include an audience with the well-loved and respected king and queen at the four-story palace.

Day 17, May 1st: Lo Manthang – Ghami. Altitude: 3460 m. Trek back down to Ghami via Lo Gekar. The monastery of Lo Gekar one of the oldest in Nepal, older than the older than the famed Samye Gompa in Tibet lies between bushes and yellow birches. Not only its location is pleasant, the interior is what makes it really the nicest monastery we have visited in Mustang. It’s also one of the oldest and most important gompas. It was here, at the "Pure virtue of Lo", where the first hidden scriptures of Padmasambhava were found. He hid his teachings all over the Himalayan region, thus making sure that they remained undiscovered in times of danger for Buddhism. Passing through Thamar village, the steep trail finally reaches Ghami.

Day 18, May 2nd: Ghami – Samar. Altitude: 3290 m. After having breakfast, we climb to Nyi La and descend through the same route to Samar for overnight camp.

Day 19, May 3rd: Samar – Kagbeni. Altitude: 2810 m. This is the home of the enterprising Thakali, originally traders of Nepali grain with Tibet salt. Kagbeni is dominated by its impressive dzong (fort) and gompa, a wonderful little village.

Day 20, May 4th: Kagbeni – Jomsom. Trail down from Kagbeni is smooth, easy walk passing little tended fields and a prominent castle. Alder and willow trees cluster where there is an oasis. View of Daulagiri accompanies the descent, and is gradually joined by views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peaks. The path joins the Kali Gandaki, the river runs through a narrow gorge, and the trail goes across stone. In the noon, the wind develops which sweep up the glacial dust into a fog.

Average speed of the wind here is 100 miles an hour. Take a cloth or handkerchief to breathe through. Trekkers will already have encountered mules and some individual horses, which are used both for freight and also for carrying decrepit pilgrims into Muktinath. Jomsom is the point where we started our trip 2 weeks ago. There are plenty of lodges available, we might stay overnight in one of them. Since today is the last day with the crew, the boys will perform dancing and singing program, organize last night celebration. You will forget your tiredness for moment and join them for dances.

Day 21, May 5th: Jomsom – Pokhara. We take our flight back to Pokhara. A day to really relax in this lovely lakeside town, with its many excellent restaurants and bars - time for a little celebration. Wait there are more… You can do boating on the lake or visit Davids fall and Tibetan refugee camps. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22, May 6th: Pokhara – Kathmandu. After breakfast we take a flight back to Kathmandu, yes finally little time for your friends and family. All the shops from the little street of Thamel are waiting for your arrival. Overnight at hotel.

Day 23, May 7th: Extra day in case of flight cancel.

Day 24, May 8th: Transfer airport for departure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All domestic flight
- All domestic transportation
- Hotel in Kathmandu with (bad and breakfast)
- All meals and lodging during the trek
- All trekking arrangements including permits and governmental fees
- Guide, porters
- Cook and kitchen staff
- Insurance for all Nepali staffs
- City tour and entrance fee
- Satellite phone for emergency use
- Oxygen for emergency use
- Welcome and farewell dinner.

Price Excludes:
- International flight to/from Kathmandu
- Your personal insurance (cancellation, accident, health, emergency)
- Nepal visa for 30 days at USD 40
- Personal clothing and equipments
- Staffs tips and gratuities for services provided on a personal basis
- Other items not listed in “Price Includes" section above.

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