Upper Mustang Trekking

 

This trip takes us into a magic world of the unknown where history as medieval as the mountains in Mustang…as you walk into semi parched territory it’s a mysterious emotion that stirs your feelings and leaves you mentally stirred but thrilled with the suspense. The beauty here is unrefined and pungent, but yet so heavenly, you feel like you are on another planet…

This endeavor is an extension of the Tibetan plateau, so similar to neighboring Tibet, Bon (pre-Buddhist) and Buddhist culture. This has been a forbidden area for over a decade, with movie type landscapes, warm-friendly locals, and the walled city of Lo-manthang as it was hundreds of years ago, complemented with grand views of glistening snowcapped peaks standing tall as if in protection to this ancient kingdom.

Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Jomsom is the capital of this old kingdom that has now been reduced to a district, but the original Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang Trekking has an average elevation of 13,000ft and is located to the north of the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and is therefore north of the main Himalayan range and geographically is part of the highlands of Tibet. It is a vast high valley, arid and dry, characterized by worn out canyons, colorful stratified rock formations and has a vast harsh desert like appearance. One of the most engrossing features of Mustang is literally its thousands of cliff dwellings, some of which look completely unreachable. It is assumed that these cliffs may date back as far as 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much greener land and a booming powerful kingdom.

It’s obvious here in Mustang, much of the history is now a matter of fiction rather than known facts, but it’s evidently open that Lo was once a section of Ngari, a province of Tibet and one among a number of semi independent kingdoms. It was incorporated into the Tibetan Empire under the most famous of the Tibetan kings Songtsengampo. It was an important means of crossing the Himalaya from Tibet to Nepal, and many of the olden salt caravans passed through Mustang. In reality, Mustang became an independent kingdom in its own right, under the rule of Ame Pal, the founder king of Lo in 1380. The present royal family can trace its history 25 generations back to Ame Pal, and the city of Lomanthang, which we will visit, was the actual seat of their power.

 

Trip Factors:

Trip Duration: 16 Days

Trek Duration: 10 Days into diverse ecological territory

Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu

Activities: Trekking on familiar trails

Trip Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging…

Accommodations: Hotels and Lodges (pretty good teahouses for mountain standards)

Meals: Nutritious meals are provided throughout the journey on the trail

Transportation: Flights and private car/ tourist coach

Maximum Altitude: 3520m…at Tsarang where the views are simply great!

Details Itinerary

Your Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. The panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below is worth a sight. At the airport, our office team will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Refresh and get familiar with your surroundings; in the evening, your senior guide will meet you at your hotel to give you an orientation about the entire details of your trek. Have supper and go to bed. This is your first night in the valley of the gods, or so they say.

 Day 02: Cultural tour and an orientation about your trip

Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities bear a rich historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the most famous Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in the city BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. In the evening, your senior trek guide will give you an orientation about your trip at your hotel. overnight at your hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Bus/flight

Your trip starts with your 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You also have the option to drive down by a luxury tourist bus. During your flight, you will be sightseeing the most magnificent and sensational view of Himalayan range. As your flight lands on Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Manaslu and the Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and trek to Kagbeni 2810m

After touchdown at Jomsom, we hit the trail to the Kaligandaki plains. The road diverts to the right bank of the river plain, and our hike is pretty easy going with few ups and downs most of the way to a place called Ekali Bhatti (lonely inn) where there are three or four tea-houses at present. Earlier, it used to be the only teahouse in the area when it got its namesake, ‘Ekali –Bhatti’. From here, the path splits into two ways, the one higher up leads to Muktinath and the other route takes us to upper Mustang and Tibet via Kagbeni.

Our trail heads past Eklai-bhatti towards North West and the walking gets much easier on a gradual winding route as the road widens and we walk further on the river bed towards the windswept village of Kagbeni for the overnight.

The famous film ‘Caravan’ was shot in this area some years ago. This is where we crash out for the night

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele village - 3100m.

Our day pans out with a special permit check up and we proceed from here on to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we come across scenic quaint places to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trail fluctuates up and downhill. We first reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges before we reach the village of Chele and our teahouse lodge for the night.

Day 06: Chele to Gheling village - 3520m.

From Chele village the trail will climb gradually towards the Chele pass at 3630m. Continuing our trail, we will enter into the beautiful and evergreen descent to Samar village at 3620m.we will enjoy natural and beautiful views of long mountains ranges. The trail will climb above the Bhena-la, Yamdo-la and descends toward the Shyangbochen at 3800m.Then we will hike for 40min to Ghiling village to bunk out for the night.

Day 07: Ghiling to Charang village - 3560m.

We will relish the early morning views of the surrounding of Geling and will march heading west climbing to the gently sloped area and through green fields. Then the way follows via the Tama Gaon, Nye-la pass, and steeply to Ghami village. After lunch at Ghami, we will climb up to Choya-la pass and then a gentle steep track to Charang village at 3560m to sleep out the night

Day 08: Charang to Lo-manthang - 3840m.

From Charang, we will follow the descending trail to cross the Charang-Chu then we need to climb the rocky hill to Tholung valet. After 3 hours walk on we will see the ancient walls of Lo-Manthang village at 3840m. This is where we crash out for the night in our lodge

Day 09: Full day in Lo-manthang.

Today we do some foraging around the areas. We check into 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 we continue to explore Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to our 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 attractions of this walled town. Another attraction is the four-storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. We crash out at our hotel for the night

Day 10: Full day in Lo-manthang Explore.

There’s so much more to Explore in Lo-Manthang, by riding a pony and hiking as a choice. Overnight at Lo-Manthang

Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar

While returning from Lo-Manthang, we head down a dissimilar route than the one we came by. We trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as its central figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to a mythical legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa will have their wishes fulfilled. We explore the local area with the likelihood of dusty wind, so it’s suggested we do the hike in the morning. We bunk out at our teahouse lodge for the night

Day 12: Drakmar to Samar

After a hearty breakfast, we will trek down to real interesting Samar. This is an opportunity to observe nature all around us. We bunk out in our lodge

Day 13: Samar to Jomsom

From Samar onwards, it will be one of the most pleasant walks as we will loose altitude day by day. The trek follows an easy descent towards the Kaligandaki River Valley passing through the old village of Jharkot after an hour or more of this good walk. On reaching the river bed at Ekale-bhatti, we reach a small settlement with about 3-4 teahouses, where we can take a breather for some time. From here onwards, it can get very windy in the afternoon time, as our walk follows a gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached for our overnight camp. Jomsom, a large village town is the headquarters of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above by the river Kaligandaki. Here, we will have sufficient time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and pure apple juice. This area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apples and its by-products. A few swigs of the apple brandy could set our moods on a high after a wonderful memorable trip we just completed. We bunk out at Jomsom on a wonderful high.

Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.

After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This dramatic 30 minute flight to Pokhara between the gorge of the two huge mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is a nervy tingling experience we will enjoy. On arrival at Pokhara airport our guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. We use the rest of our time exploring the lake and then spend our overnight at our hotel down by the lake.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu.

From Pokhara, a thrilling scenic drive of 6 to 7 hours will be enough to return to Kathmandu. We will relaxingly enjoy the views of green forest and the road side houses of rural Nepal while returning to Kathmandu. The evening will be delightful visiting the market area of Kathmandu. We will check into our hotel BB plan and enjoy the comforts of a soft bed with soft pillows after the trailblazing Mustang trek. We also have the options of a Flight from Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Farewell program – see you again, Friends!

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Nepal Great Himalaya’ will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to organize your plans for the next adventure in the wonderful Himalayan country of Nepal. Thank you for visiting Nepal…we sure hope to meet you again someday!!!

 

Cost Include

Cost include

  • Airport - hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • 2 nights’ hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per category.
  • 2 nights’ hotel in Pokhara on BB plan as per category.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  • Local fresh fruits where available.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse.
  • Upper Mustang Trekking map, 1 in a group.
  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
  • Trekking porter /Sherpa to carry your bags during the trekking 2 peoples1 poters, max 20 KG baggage/ for 1porter.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
  • Ground transportation by coach from Kathmandu to Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle from Pokhara -  Nayapul - Pokhara
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits (ACAP fees).
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All government taxes and our service charges.
  • Farewell Dinner before departure.

Cost does not include

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your Travel insurance emergency evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.

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