The Upper Mustang trekking brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom. It’s also called ‘Lo’. Lo was the king from the 15th century, and Lomanthang was the capital city of Mustang. Upper Mustang is located near the border of Tibet and the people from this region speak Tibetan language and practice traditional Tibetan culture. Tibetan Buddhism is still being practiced in a very pure form and the villages are built in Tibetan styles, a white painted houses with firewood tucked on the roofs. Teahouse trekking to Upper Mustang is possible now somehow, camping trek allows you free itinerary to explore all corners of the Mustang trek, as the tea houses are not available all around the trail to Lomanthang.
It’s not only the culture of Mustang, but the landscape that is very much similar to Tibet. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna, so this is one of the treks that can be done in monsoon season as well, when the wild gray arid Mustang landscape is relieved by welcome splashes of greenery. Walking in a complete desolate landscape, surrounded by the monumental rocks, naturally formed in the shape of castles, gives you the feel of visiting an ancient museum. In this barren landscape, each village with its farmed fields is like an oasis. The trek to Mustang follows the salt caravan route of the olden days, when the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt for grain from the lowlands. The goal of the Upper Mustang trekking is explore olden Tibetan Buddhism,monasteries,observe the unique landscape which is similar to Tibet. And of course to visit the capital of Upper Mustang ‘Lo Mantang where the ceremonial monarchy was existed till 2008. Lo Mangtang is a medieval town, surrounded by a huge town wall. From the pass of Lo La (3950 m) above Lomanthang, you can see the town shimmering in the distance in the barren landscape. Entering Lo Manthang through the town gate, you enter a different world. It is just wonderful to wander through the narrow alleys. On all corners of the streets you can find small groups of women spinning wool and discussing the news of the day. At the end of the afternoon big herds of goats are being let through the city gate and through the narrow alleys, back to their sheds inside the town.
Upper Mustang trekking is restricted area hence special permit to be obtained by government registered trekking agency before entering into the Upper Mustangs boarder at Kagbeni.The special permit for Upper Mustang trekking is 500$ for 10 days and 10 days permit is mandatory for this trekking.50$ each additional day to remain in the restricted area. The upper Mustang restricted area starts and ends at Kagbeni which is 8 km north from Jomsom. Jomsom is administrative region for Mustang district.Mustang trekking is possible to do as a tea house trekking as there are numbers of lodges and small inns are run by locals. They provide twin sharing rooms with basic facilities of toilets and bathrooms.And during the trek you can have meal from local lodges so you dont need to organize large number of porters and team of Chef for your trekking logistics unless you want to try the classic styles of trekking which was very necessary before developing lodges and tea houses in Mustang trekking and other remote trekking routes.
Upper Mustang trekking can be started flying to Jomsom from Pokhara, and trek to Kagbeni and to Lomanthang. After exploring villages, monasteries, localsculture and lifestyle and ofcourse, enjoying the very beautiful landscape of Upper Mustang trekking you will trek down to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara or you can take a jeep/ bus ride over the high cliffs on the newly opened track of Beni-Jomsom- Mustang road along the Kaligandaki valley. The ride in itself feels like an adventure. The bus ride, Jomsom to Beni and from Beni to Pokhara it might take 10/12 hrs ride. So the best option can be flying out both way from Jomsom tp Pokhara which saves time and comfort. Unless somebody wants to combine Ghorepani Poonhill scenic (3,210 M) trekking after Upper Mustang trek then there is no choice of riding a jeep/ bus to Tatopani from Jomsom. And in one day trek to Ghorepani and another 1 day trek to Nayapul and you have done Mustang trekking with the side trip of Ghorepani Poonhill.
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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel
Day 02:Half day Sightseeing in Kathmandu And Trekking preparation. Hotel Accommodation
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara ( 930m.) 6 hrs drive.Hotel
Day 04:Fly to Jomsom 25 minutes (2710m.) and transfer to Kagbeni( 2800m.) 3 hrs. Lodge Accommodation
Day 05:Kagbeni to Chele( 3550m.) 6 hrs. Lodge
Day 06:Chele to Syangmochen( 3500m.) 4-5 hrs. Lodge
Day 07:Syangmochen to Ghami (3520m.) 5-6 hrs. Lodge
Day 08:Ghami to Tsarang ( 3520m.) visit Lo-Gekar Monastery. 6 hrs.Lodge
Day 09:Tsarang to Lo Manthang(3840m.) 5-6 hrs.Lodge
Day 10:Explore Lomanthang- Lodge
Day 11:Lo Manthang to Drakmar ( 3810m.) 6-7 hrs.Lodge
Day 12:Drakmar to Ghiling ( 3806m.)5-6 hrs.Camp
Day 13:Ghiling to Chuksang (3080m.) 5-6 hrs.Camp
Day 14:Chhuksang to Jomsom (2710m.) 5-6 hrs.Lodge
Day 15:Fly back to Pokhara 25 minutes. Hotel
Day 16:Drive to Kathmandu 6 hrs (Evening farewell dinner in Nepali cultural Resturant). Hotel.
Day 17:Trip end. Finaldeparture. Transfer to airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to HotelUpon your arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nature Adventure Trekking. And you will transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. Check in the hotel after taking some rest you will walk around the Thamel. In the evening the welcome dinner is arranged at Nepalese Restaurant in Thamel. Overnight in hotel
Included meals: Dinner (D)
Day 02Half day Sightseeing in Kathmandu And Trekking preparation. Hotel AccommodationToday after Breakfast, you visit some important places in Kathmandu. In this guided city tour you would visit World heritage sites. The Hindu temple Pashupatinath, The biggest Buddhist monuments Baudhanath or a monkey temple (Swayambhunath). After the city tour you will meet your trekking leader and we'll hold pre-discuss about Mustang trekking. Overnight in Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast (B)
Day 03Drive to Pokhara ( 930m.) 6 hrs drive.HotelThe tourist bus leaves early morning from the bus terminal so you have to have your early breakfast before setting off to bus terminal to Pokhara. Usually 6:30 am is reporting time to bus station. During the bus journey you will enjoy the scenes of countryside villages, greenery, and magnificent mountain views as you approaches to Pokhara city. Check in Hotel, troll around the Phewa lake or boating on the lake. Dine on Nepalese restaurant, Overnight in the Hotel
Included meals: B
Day 04Fly to Jomsom 25 minutes (2710m.) and transfer to Kagbeni( 2800m.) 3 hrs. Lodge AccommodationAs Jomsom is windy in the afternoon, your flight to Jomsom will be early morning. So you have to have early breakfast and transfer to airport. A 25 minutes scenic flight to Jomsom will be very pleasant moment to enjoy the view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. YOu will have spectacular view of Mt Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri which are the mountains with the height of above 8000m. Jomsom is the largest city in the Mustang area, it is also administrative town for Mustang. From Jomsom we take a jeep ride to Kagbeni for around 1 hr ride. Kagbeni is ancient town existed from the Trans- Himalayan trade route to Tibet in the olden times. And it is also entrance to Upper Mustang restricted area.
Day 05Kagbeni to Chele( 3550m.) 6 hrs. LodgeYour journey begins with special permit chek in the permit check post near Kagbeni. The trail follows riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. Amid the walk we have picturesque pleasant spot to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails passes through the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village the white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, grain, wheat and apple plantations. From that point we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river go to the immense red lump of aggregate that has tumbled from the cliff above, shaping a passage through which the Kaligandaki flows. We walk on to a small hill to reach at Chele village.
Day 06Chele to Syangmochen( 3500m.) 4-5 hrs. LodgeToday, we begin our trek and walk further to Ekle Bhatti. We move to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow trail with views of Tilicho Peak Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further walk down to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the edge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs ridge walking takes us to Syangmochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Local people utilize the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to welcome gods and begin any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave popularly known as Ramchung Cave.
Day 07Syangmochen to Ghami (3520m.) 5-6 hrs. LodgeAfter breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m) passing a couple of teahouses, chortens and locl villages which is similar to Tibetan style of houses with open Balcony. We cross mountain passes, and a parkway of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The move to Nyi Pass (4,010m) will be a bit longer. Descend to overnight stop at Ghami. Ghami is the third biggest town in the Lo Manthang area, Ghayami is encompassed by huge fields, the majority of which are infertile and unplanted.
Day 08Ghami to Tsarang ( 3520m.) visit Lo-Gekar Monastery. 6 hrs.LodgeStart the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghami Khola, the trail ascends to a plateau and passes by a long Mani Wall, a holy stone wall made by the adherents Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail travels east to the town of Charang willow trees and houses separated by stone dividers at the highest point of the Tsarang is Chu canyon. There is an an enormous white dzong and red Gompa which is our tea house for this evening's stop.
Day 09Tsarang to Lo Manthang(3840m.) 5-6 hrs.LodgeToday, we trek to Lo-Mangthang enjoying a magnificient view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first heads down to Charang Chu Canyon and afterward climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail rises delicately to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, scenes of the walled city appears grand with its slopes on the Tibetan Border. We stay at lodge for the overnight stop.
Day 10Explore Lomanthang- LodgeToday we explore the Lo Manthang and its surroundings. We visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa located on a hill top serves as an important Monastery for religious community of the local people and also as a local court. After exploring the Namgyal Gompa the trip continues to Tingkhar, the last main village toward the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and walk back to lodge. Alternately you may have another alternative to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the major attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- story building of the Raja's castle (Palace of King from Lo Manthang) as well as the surroundings panoramic view of the Himalaya.
Day 11Lo Manthang to Drakmar ( 3810m.) 6-7 hrs.LodgeWhile coming back from Lo-Mangthang, we take an alternate route than that we walked by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with over 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also popular for its artistic creations of rock paintings. As indicated by the legend, any individual who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is satisfied. Explore the nearby area. It’s likely to be very windy it’s suggested to walk in the early morning.
Day 12Drakmar to Ghiling ( 3806m.)5-6 hrs.CampToday, we trek down to Ghiling village where overnight stay. It’s 5-6 hrs walking from Dhakmar. While arriving at Ghiling you have lunch and then explore around the area. Today is lunch camp.however it will be dusty in the afternoon, better to stroll in evening time.
Day 13Ghiling to Chuksang (3080m.) 5-6 hrs.CampWe re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have great landscape amid the trip with a Himalayan view. Make the most of your outing and overnight at teahouse.
Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom (2710m.) 5-6 hrs.LodgeToday is our last day of the trekking. Better to walk early to avoid the windy afternoon. When we arrive to Kagbeni we have done the Upper Mustang trekking (Lo-Manthang).After lunch at Kagbeni take a jeep ride to Jomsom for the overnight stop.
Day 15Fly back to Pokhara 25 minutes. HotelAfter early breakfast in the morning we check in the airport at Jomsom. Fly for 25 minutes to Pokhara. When you land in Pokhara our guide will transfer you to Hotel at Lakeside. Rest of the day enjoy by walking around the lake, shopping or boating in the lake. Overnight in the hotel.
Included meals: B
Day 16Drive to Kathmandu 6 hrs (Evening farewell dinner in Nepali cultural Resturant). Hotel.After breakfast in the Hotel transfer to bus terminal for Kathmandu. The tourist bus reporting time from Pokhara is 7am in the morning. Arrive to bus station transfer to Hotel... Evening farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Included Meals: B, D
Day 17Trip end. Finaldeparture. Transfer to airportYour trip to Nepal ends. Check in the airport 3 hrs earlier of your flight time. Transfer to Airport. See off to Friends..
Included meals: B
I have been on 3 tours with Nature Adventure Trekking and Expedition, led by Lakhir Rai, and each one has been excellent: Mustang Valley (Upper MustangTrekking), Annapurna Sanctuary and Ghorepani Circuit and the Everest Base Camp Route. After my first trek with Lakhbir, I returned…continue