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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking The historical remote popular Himalyan mysterious Upper Mustang trekking unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world. Mustang HImalayan valley lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. The capital of Mustang is well known as Lo Mangthang, which is walled around Lo-Mustang. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. Mustang Lo Manthang trek starts from Jomsom along the bank of the Kaligandaki River from lower Mustang to upper Mustang. The trail route passes through pretty villages and beautiful landscapes. This trek was officially opened for tourists in 1991.

The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. The trekking to upper Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally blow across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. The trek to Lo- Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. In places the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses.

 

Trip Facts

 

Trip duration -17 days

Trek Duration - 14 days

Max. Altitude - 4,380 m

Group Size - Min-1

Trekking From – Pokhara

Trekking End – Pokhara

Grade – Moderate

Transportation – Drive

Type – Teahouse/Camping

Culture – Buddhist and bon culture and religon

Himalayan Sights – Spectacular views of the Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri , Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Throung Peak

Attraction of the trek – Buddhist Monastry situated on the way and Sakypa Monastry in Lomanthang,

Activity – Trekking and Tibetan Cultural excursion

Highlights of trip -Mustang hidden valley with ancient Himalayan Kingdom. Explore Lo-manthang Palace and cluture, Panoramic view from Chhoser.Experience Tibetan culture in Lo-manthang village and Buddhist Monasteries, Explores around the breathtaking Mustang valley and Tibetan villages .

Detail Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trekking

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
You have a scenic drive to Pokhara (by car/van). Overnight in Pokhara.

 

Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni
Fly to Jomsom. From Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route forward to Eklebhatti and reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the route meets the junction where the trail splits for Muktinath, the pilgrimage temple and for Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area; it’s a hive of activity for donkey and yak caravans coming and going to and from mustang and for pilgrims taking a rest on route to Mukthinath. In Kagbeni, you can easily spend a few hours wondering around taking in this lovely village. Overnight at Kagbeni.

 

Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele (3100m)
From Kagbeni you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail makes several ups and downs to arrive at Tangbe village (3060m). Walking further and descending you will reach to Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see many beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields. From Chhuksang making more ups and downs along the Kali Gandaki River you will get to Chele village. Overnight at Chele.

 

Day 05: Chele to Geling (3570m)
From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele La (3630m) (pass). After crossing the ridge from Chele La the trail enters a large sided valley and descends to Samar (3620m) where you will have views of the distant Annapurna Himal dominated by Nil Giri. The trail climbs up to the Bhena La (3830m) and to Bhena (3860m). Climbing to another pass, the Yamdo La (4010m), you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling, spend some time here soaking up the village atmosphere. Overnight at Geling.

 

Day 06: Geling to Charang (3560m)
Turning west from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi La (4020m). The trail then drops steeply to Ghemi (3510m), a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. From Ghemi the trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Choya la (3870m). Making a gentle descent the trail reaches to Chharang. Overnight at Chharang.

 

Day 07: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)
The trail descends from Charang, crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail, then enters the Tholung valley. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten, then crosses a stream and reaches the LoLa (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. Descending for some time the trail crosses a stream and climbs up to Lo Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortens. Overnight at Lo Manthang.

 

Day 08: Lo Manthang (3840m)
This day will be spent in this mystical and isolated city. You will awake to the mystical sounds of monks chanting and the heady sent of temple candles. After having breakfast you will visit the four major temples within the city walls. The major attraction of this area is the three storey’s Jampa Lhakhang, the red Thubchen gompa with a massive assembly hall, Chodey gompa and Choprang gompa. After visiting the temples you will take a walk to visit the ACAP office and to Tarchun Gurung’s shop where you can climb up to the roof for a view of the town, and buy a memento to take away with you. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp. Overnight at Lo Manthang.

 

Day 09: Trip around Lo Manthang
Again you spend another day in Lo Manthang getting to know the place and getting an incite into how the people live in this remote and arid landscape. After having breakfast you will visit the raja’s Place which is an imposing four storey building in the centre of the city. Then you will hire a horse to visit some other villages in this area where you will observe the local culture, life style, tradition and warm heartedness of these people. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp. Overnight at Lo Manthang.

 

Day 10: Lo Manthang to Drakmar
From Lo Manthang the trail climbs steadily offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4070m and continues climbing to the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. The trail makes a short, steep descent and crosses the Chharang River, then climbs to Lo Geker and reaches to Ghar gompa a small monastery. Climbing to the ridge, crossing a valley along some alpine meadows, and then dropping down a steep eroded path you will reach Drakmar. Overnight at Drakmar.

Day 11: Drakmar to Shyangmochen
The trail descends passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar, then climbs to a ridge and descends to the lower part of Ghemi and further descending you will reach to Jaite (3820m) and descend again gently to Chhung-Kah. The trail then reaches to Tama Gaon (3710m) and continues descending to Shyangmochen. Overnight at Shyangmochen.

 

Day 12: Shyangmochen to Chhuksang
From Shyangmochen the trail follows the quite stream all the way down to Chhuksang. Overnight at Chhuksang

 

Day 13: Chhuksang to Kagbeni
Trek back to Kagbeni from Chhuksang. Overnight at Kagbeni.

 

Day 14: Kagbeni to Jomsom
Trek back to Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom.

 

Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.

 

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu.

 

Day 17: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.


The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. Upper Mustang Trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements.

 

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the trekking).
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom both way flight fare.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses or provided tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
  • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu .
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.
 
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