Upper Mustang Trek
Mustang is one of the districts of Nepal west from Kathmandu, with an area of 3,573 sq. kilometer with a population near 14,000. The district straddles the Himalayas alike almost all northern districts of Nepal and extends northward onto the Tibetan plateau. Upper mustang, former kingdom of Lo is now a part of Nepal and last known forbidden kingdom where Tibetan is still spoken widely and Tibetan culture remains dominantly in practice. Mustang is rich in culture and has diverse settlement where some parts of region shelters ethnic Thakali community which is a community comprising both Tibetan and Nepali elements.
Upper Mustang Trek offers a spectacular trekking into one of the most isolated trails and mountains. The desert like open field south of Tibetan border, below the mountains and above Kaligandaki River is known as upper Mustang also know known as Lomanthang. The trek starts itself from the most startling spot of the world which is the deepest George of Kaligandaki region and probably in world itself as well. Most of the trail used for trekking to Lomanthang by the trekkers is the same trail used by 15th century traders. Rich is culture specially Buddhist, similar to the area of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, this trek offers the closest feeling of being in Tibet without being in Tibet for real. Beside Tibetan ambiance and culture the trek offers monasteries dated thousand year back, caves used as escape route centuries ago and mountainous ladscape.
The trail to Lo-Mangthang Valley leaves behind tree-less barren landscape, steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and till this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and last minute preparations
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and overnight in Pokhara
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni(2810m)
Spending a night in one of the most beautiful village par Mountains we would head towards holiest destination of the district named Muktinath. Muktinat is the home of Hindu as well as Buddhist deities. We could see the beautiful temple of lord Bishnu as well as a Buddhist monastery.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chuksang
We walk for 5 hours on this day and on the bank of river as well as high trails. The Nilgiri mountain range dominates the southern sky all day long and the center stage is set by the colors of buckwheat, barley and apple orchards. The trail sometimes opens to revealing stretch of endless yellow sand. The trails are often musical by the jingles of the goods carried by flock of mules making it way to and from Tibet. The yellow mountains with unreachable caves and the prayer flags along with the sacred gompas will keep your eyes intact until we reach Chuksang. We stay overnight at Chuksang.
Day 06: Chuksang to samar (3150m)
After spending night in local tea house lodge we head towards Samar. Samar is the only location in mustang where a little greenery can be witnessed even in desert. Not only you will see change in the topography but also the culture, way of life, language and customs of the locals living in here.
Day 07: Samar to Ghilling (3510m)
This section of the trek is like the roller coaster ride with strenuous ascends and descend. We make our way through small streams straight up to Ghilling
Day 08: Ghilling to Tsarang
On this day from Ghiling to Tsarang we cross another pass named Nyi-la (4010). The main attraction of this day is the landscape of Mustang. After reaching Tsarang we would explore the true Tibetan cultured people settled in Nepal. We would also see the remains of ancient palace now destroyed along with monastery where people do their daily prayers.
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo Manthang
The main attraction of this trek is “Lo Manthang” or the kingdom of Lo or the last forbidden kingdom. The village’s main attraction is the high bricked mud and stone walls of the houses and the royal palace of the king which is a 5 stories building built in 15th century and where still a king resides till the day. There are 4 major shrines, huge assembly hall and a gompa all built in late 15th century. Although opened to foreign nationals since 1992 the place is visited by very few in numbers every year.
Day 10: LoManthang Choser Lo Manthang
We halt at Choser to witness the most beautiful mega structure built by the ancient settlers from Tibet. Today the cave is known to the world as Jhong cave. The Jhong cave has its own legacy where it is said that Khampa warriors built the cave took asylum in it in order to fight with Chinese army. Towards the end of the day we walk back to lomanthang.
Day 11: Lomanthang Dhakmar via Marang La 4230 meter
From lomanthang we make our way through beautiful grazing land for mules, horses and yaks, this greenery probably is one after days of walk. Via Marang la we would head back to where we started the journey. Dhakmar’s landscape is a stunner, we would see hills made out of red sand which appears like dunes made out of sand.
Day 12: Dhakmar to Syanbochen
Descending down to the village of Dhakmar known as Grand Canyon of Nepal we further move ahead to Syanbochen.
Day 13: Syangbochen to Chuksang
On our way to Chuksang from Syanbochen we would also explore a cave where it is believed that guru Rinpoche once meditated.
Day 14: Chuksang to Muktinath
Some sharp bends and steep ascend we once again drop back to Muktinath. Muktinath is a pilgrimage to Hindu pilgrims, one of the highest of all. Muktinath is a shrine that is located in the heart of Buddhist settlement and the priest of the temple is a Buddhist nun. The temple showcases the existing practices of religious harmony in the country which is significant in its own way. It is a quiet amusing place to be spending a night before heading lower ground.
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom,
The trail is easy and an off motor road all the way to Jomsom. Often the quiet ambiance and beautiful is bothered by the noise of the vehicle running in the newly built motorway. Once we reach Kagbeni the breathing becomes easy. From Kagbeni we walk on the rocky trail on the banks of raging Kali Gandaki. We can see the Nilgiri right across the street once we reach Jomsom. We stay overnight in Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu. Hotel.
We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and further a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Depending on the weather condition it may take half day to reach Kathmandu.
Day 17: A free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
This is free day in Kathmandu and you can spend it by rejoicing culinary from all around the world in the busy Thamel area. If there are any errands, this is a perfect day for you to get something for your loved ones. If you are still willing to add some sightseeing and interested in relics, we can arrange you with a perfect escape to medieval age.
Day 18: Depart from Kathmandu.
This is the end of your trekking in Nepal! We can help you create further itineraries for your trips in the country or you can hang out with us or you can add up sightseeing with us. If you are scheduled to fly back to your next stop, we will transfer you to the airport and wave you off in authentic Nepalese way. We hope you had the best time with us and we depart hoping to see each other in the future!
All meals during trek
Accommodation during trek on local lodge
English speaking local expert guide, porters
Annapurna Conservation fees
Trekkers' Information Management System fees
3 nights accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort
Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
Insurance for all staff & porters
International Airport Departure Tax
Entry visa fee
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