IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE ANCIENT TIBET, COME TO NEPAL AND UPPER MUSTANG.

Trip to Nepal and the kingdom of Upper Mustang.

Welcome to this incredible lifetime experience where we will visit the three most important capitals of Nepal  with all its richness in terms of history , culture and buddhist philosophy. ( See blog from Alena on the site ) to then ascend to the Upper Mustang and Himalayas.

Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang) has almost entirely preserved an authentic atmosphere of ancient Tibet, its culture, lifestyle and ethnic wholeness, due to its remoteness and strict non-tourist policy. Situated in the rough Himalayan highlands on the border with Nepal. The village is closed by a wall so that Lo Manthang is also called the walled city of Upper Mustang. 

What awaits us? Extreme mountain climate and high altitudes, mind-blowing views and Himalayan nature – from tropical foothills and forested valleys to snow-white 8000-meters high mountain peaks. Naturally, there will be great encounters with an absolutely new culture. In essence, we are going to see the life of pure Tibetans, the way how huge monasteries function and form society, and the conditions under which wild and famous yogis practiced in remote caves while been able to take the most incredible pictures.

TOUR GEOGRAPHY

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

Concentration of the holiest Buddhist places on our planet, some of which we will be able to explore! For example, the Great Stupas of Swayambhu and Bouddha.

 

Pokhara.

It’s the second largest city of Nepal, situated on the shore of a beautiful mountain lake and surrounded by one of the highest Himalayan mountain ranges: Annapurna. Pokhara is a trekker’s paradise due to its natural beauty, and geographical location, which makes the city a starting point for most Annapurna trekking routes.

 

Mustang region (Upper and lower) – Регион Мустанг (верхний и нижний).

In only one week, we’ll travel for more than 4000 meters up to the mountains, conquering incredible serpentine roads, and almost reach the border with Tibet.

SOME FACTS ABOUT UPPER MUSTANG

  • Mustang is an ancient forbidden kingdom, bordered by the Tibetan Plateau and sheltered by some of the world’s tallest peaks, including 8000-meter tall Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Strict regulations of tourists here have aided in maintaining Tibetan traditions. Hence, we are still some of the lucky few that will visit the area.
  • Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992, which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world due to its relative isolation from the outside world.
  • The name «Mustang» is derived from the Tibetan word meaning, «Plain of Aspiration.»
  • Upper Mustang was only opened to foreigners in 1992 (annual quota at present of 1,000 people).
  • It is a popular area for trekking and can be visited year-round (regardless of season).
  • It is cold, and of high altitude, so we will have to wear really warm clothes.

TOUR ITINERARY

We’ll meet in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. We’ll stay at Boudhanath (1000m altitude).

We’ll spend some time doing permits in Kathmandu. Later, we’ll visit Swayambhunath Stupa, in the northwest of Kathmandu valley. Swayambhu literally means «self-existent one». Also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating mixture of Buddhist and Hindu iconography.

Pokhara is known as ‘the Jewel of the Himalaya’, and it’s the gateway to many trekking routes in the Annapurna region. Surrounded by the Himalayan peaks and next to the Fewa Lake, Pokhara will captivate its visitors with stunning and unforgettable views.

 

Marpha has carefully worked to maintain its unique heritage and architecture. Beside preserving its heritage, Marpha has embraced the modernity that arises with tourism and hospitality.

Kagbeni is located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River. Friendly people will welcome you in Charang, a small village in this high altitude desert.

Lo Mathang, the capital of Upper Mustang, is recognised as one of the best-preserved examples of Tibetan culture in the world.

Dhakmar is known for its colorful mountains.

Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists as well as Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. Buddhists name Muktinath Chumming Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means ‘Hundred Waters’.

Set alongside the Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni rests north of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. Kagbeni is a treasure of a village.

You’ll be able to get a boat and enjoy the lake, walk to the stupa or visit the caves with wonderful waterfalls. We’ll keep enjoying delicious local meals and socialise in the evening. 

 

On our last day on the tour, we’ll get the incredible sunrise colors over the Himalayas and after, a delicious breakfast. It will be time to say goodbye to our new friends and go back home or you can keep your adventure.

SAVE THE DATE

Nov 2nd to Nov 12th 2020

PHONE

+17865933621

EMAIL

javier@lifeisaphototrip.com

Your guides

Javier Rodriguez

He is a multicultural citizen of the world and a certified travel photographer with a passion for grasping and capturing the beauty of this world, knowing people, culture and leaving a positive legacy. After 27 years working in marketing for big corporations, he travelled to Nepal in 2018, and since then, he decided that travel and photography were what he wanted to devote his life to. Throughout this trip, Javier will be happy to share his knowledge of Nepal and give you some tips along the road about photography with you. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and basic French.

Alena Narcheva

Being originally Russian, Alena is a professional nomad and traveler. Since 2012, she has been organizing and guiding travelling groups twice a year, specializing in the Himalayan region, particularly, Nepal, India and Sikkim. Throughout all these years, she accumulated a substantial amount of knowledge and experience with the local culture. Starting from 2006, Alena is a practicing Buddhist of Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Therefore her interest and deep connection to Himalayan culture have a practical nature. Mostly in her travel, she concentrated on pilgrimage sites and religious aspects of culture, as well as many stories, legends and narratives.She speaks Russian and English.

$ 2000

11 DAYS & 10 NIGHTS

Permit to enter Upper Mustang.

Permit to enter Annapurna Conservation Area.

Transport (7 seats jeep) for 9 days.*

Organizational fee for organizers expenses and commissions.

Nepal and Himalayas
photography trip prices.

Accommodation for 12 nights including Kathmandu in double rooms. If you wish to stay alone in the room, please add 250$ to the total price.

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Nepal.
  • Nepali visa (30$ for 15 days).
  • Medical insurance.
  • Food and drinks.

 Important information.

  • Cold weather expected even in March. There are no heating systems in the houses, and no hot water as well! It’s extreme. Warm clothes and trekking shoes are necessary (They can be bought in Kathmandu in mountain shops). 
  • Food and guesthouses in Upper Mustang are very simple, even primitive! You should not expect any luxurious service for some days). Pokhara and Kathmandu are 100% civilized. 
  • Full Tourist Medical Insurance is absolutely necessary for this trip! It must include extreme sports, on which high altitudes fall. 
  • Altitude sickness and 1-2 days of acclimatization will affect everybody and is totally ok. It includes minor headaches, swelling, bad sleep. In case of increasing symptoms, you will be immediately transported on the lower altitude.

Please send your confirmation and all appearing questions to

alena.nar@gmail.com – Alena (English, Russian)  WhatsApp +79616388219 Or

javier@lifeisaphototrip.com – Javier (English, Spanish Portuguese) WhatsApp +17865933621  

Deadline for decision and prepayment (100%) is 15th October. 

Prepayment becomes non-refundable two weeks before the tour starting date.

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