Upper Mustang Trekking
Mustang is a Tibetan kingdom that falls within the boundaries of Nepal nestled in the Himalayas at 13,000 feet. Upper Mustang region lies north of Kagbeni which is north-west part of Nepal and is influenced by Tibetan culture. Upper Mustang is far Nepali’s most restricted area in Annapurna region. It was opened for foreigners in 1992 and is located at the Northwestern area of Nepal and the part of Tibetan Plateau. The main places of interest of Mustang trekking are ancient Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts,interesting culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. Upper Mustang area is similar to trekking into Tibet, which geographically is a part of Mustang a land where the soul of man still considered to be as real as feet walks. The land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan Plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, inspire of hardship.
The Capital Lo Manthang (3730 m) of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang was attached to Tibet in the 14th century. The region was annexed by Nepal in 17th century. Since, Mustang region lies in the Tran-Himalayan part of Nepal and Therefore untouched by the outside world or the Chinese cultural revolution, Lo Manthang is truly a medieval town with 14th century monasteries still remains active to preserve this magnificient Trans-Himalayan Kingdom.
This Trek is little expensive than other in Nepal because of expensive trekking permits. The cost of a permit is 50$ per day.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m).
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprwling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1300 m).
Today, After morning breakfast you’ll visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with our professional guide. You will go for the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Boudhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit hitorical Kathmandu Durbar square with temple, unique architectures and kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip. Overnihgt at hotel with BB basis.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m), 5-6 hours drive.
Today, After breakfast we will take a scenic drive 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara. Walk around the lake side and explore pokhara city on your own. Sitting at hotel balcony you can have an excellent view of the mountians as they are only 28 kms away from pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900 meters. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m), 30 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek.
We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom (famous for apples) where we will be met at the tiny airstrip by our trek crew. After some initial preparation of loads, we begin our trek to the pretty village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom we cross a small suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and sand
littering the trail. This makes it very easy going. we will get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire annapurna massif. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 05:Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m), 5-6 hours.
Today, After morning breakfast we will leave lower Mustang and enter Upper Mustang. After walking for some time we can see the Gompa Kang and numerous caves in the west. At Tangbe we will get a good opportunity to stretch our legs and try our stamina as we climb up to 3060 m. Tangbe is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways. Here we will find the typical Mustang chortens painted in black, white & red. After 1 hour of further walking we reach the village of Chuksang. Where there is majority of Thakali people but they live in harmony with the Bhotias and Gurungs. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 06: Trek to Samar (3290 m) 4-5 hours.
Today, we walk from Chhuksang to samar lasts for around 4-5 hours and the day is not very tiring so you can take frequent breaks to interact with the villagers and take pictures. villages become more scattered as you enter deeper into the region, life becomes more basisc and the landscape more arid. You leave the valley today and climb steeply up to Chele home to a number of ferocious Tibetan Mastiffs, Thankfully chained to the village houses. We cotinue up on the side of a steep canyon to a pass after which you then descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of popular trees. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 07: Trek to Geling (3440 m) 5-6 hours.
Today, We climb above samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. we cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang . The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley. Like in all settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed using mud and stones. The roofs are made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3460 m), 5-6 hours.
Today, After morning breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850 m) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibeatan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barely. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010 m) would be a little longer descend to our overnight stop at Ghami. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 09: Trek to Charang (3,490 m), 3-4 hours and explore charang.
Today our trail is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3730 m) 2-3 hours.
Today, we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and
stroll back to hotel or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house” the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four storey building of the King’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 11: Explore at Lo Mangthang.
There are no rigid facts but it is said that this city was already in existence before 1390 and Ama pal, was the person responsible for constructing this beautiful town in the cold desert. The last king of Lo Manthang was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born 1933) and was the 25th king of Mustang from the Bista Dynasty. The people of Lo Manthang are known as Lhobas.The village is noted for its tall white washed mud bricks walls, gompas and the Raja’s or Royal or king’s palace, a nine -cornered, five story structures built around 1400. There are four major temples; Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 12: Trek to Lo Gekar & then to Ghami (3460 m), 5-6 hours.
We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang and the Charang valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. We continue our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded gully to Dhakmat for Lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 13: Trek to Chaile takes about 6-7 hours.
Today, we will keep our views of Dhaulagiri and Nil Giri mountians and take lower trail via Rachen Gompa from Shyanboochen, Rachen gompa is mysterious Gompa grown itself lap of the rocky cave, continue to samar and then to Chaile.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3900 m) or Kagbeni about 5-6 hours to Muktinath and if We go to Kagbeni only about 4-5 hours.
Now we must retrace our route bcak over the Nyib La to Chhuksang for a while and then can take upper route to Muktinath a hindu’s temple located on the highest mountain 3900 m, you can see many Nepali and Indian pilgrimist even walking on their bare feet or you can trek same way back to Kagbeni.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2710 m) Muktinath to Jomsom about 4-5 hours but from Kagbeni to Jomsom is about 3 hours.
The trail is all the way flat down through the very beautiful landscapes and view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), most of the way through the bank of Kaligandaki river where you will fell very very windy but you will feel relax. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara.
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to pokhara. 30 minute scenic flight to Pokhara airport between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake.Overnight at hotel with BB basis.
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu.
After morning breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. after arrival you will transfer to hotel. you can take rest in hotel. Overnight at Hote with BB basis.
Day 18:Transfer to Tribuwan international airport.
Today, our company representative will drop you to the Kathmandu airport for your final departure for your home country or onward destination.
[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
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