Upper Mustang - "The hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom"
Upper Mustang trekking offers a chance to visit the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang which is closely related to Tibet both in culture and landscape. For example, houses in this region are still built in the Tibetan style with white washed walls and firewood stored on the roof. Mustang is located in an area termed the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and is a unique and wild landscape noted for its variety of colorful and strange rock formation punctuated by the brightly colored village communities.
The treks itself follow the old salt caravan route used to export salt and grain from the valleys. The trek journeys to the upper Mustang region to the village of Lo Mangtang, which is considered the capital of upper Mustang region. This town is enclosed by a giant wall. Entering into the town itself, one feels like one is entering a totally different world with tiny lanes and fascinating buildings. Nearby, Pass Lo La is a view point where the sparkling town can be seen perched in the midst of the somewhat desolate landscape.
The trip itself starts with an airplane flight from the city of Pokhara to Jomsom passing through the deep gorge of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. From there, one treks upriver toward Kagbeni, a limited access area of the upper Mustang region. On the way one can visit a famous and sacred pilgrim destiny, Muktinath, before heading north to the upper Mustang region. On the return journey, one travels through Dharampur crossing two passes. Close to Dharampur is the magnificent Lo Gekar Monastery, the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world. It is said thatthis monastery was established by the famous Tibetan guru Rinpoch, who is said to have killed a dominant demon and painted the rocks around Dharampur red with the demon’s blood. Another exciting thing to do on this trek is to ride horses and visit a small monastery and an old cavern residence suited high in the rocks.
Day 01: Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel
Day 02: City Sightseeing day (1328m) Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar square)
Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara (823m) Morning we'll drive through the scenic countryside and in route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes approximately 7 hours by tourist bus and for the fly it takes 35 minutes to reach Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni (2800m) Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. We started to walk from Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area.
Day 05: Kagbeni - 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) and Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see ample of beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields.
Day 06: Chele - Geling (3570m) From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele La (3630m) (pass),large sided valley, Samar (3620m), Bhena La (3830m),Bhena (3860m),Yamdo La (4010m) pass and you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling,
Day 07: Geling - Charang (3560m) Start to walk from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi La (4020m) ,Ghemi (3510m), and Choya la (3870m) a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. The trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Chharang.
Day 08: Charang - Lo Manthang (3840m) From Charang Chu climbs steeply up a rocky trail for the Tholung valley, after this valley you can crosses a stream and reaches the LoLa (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortles.
Day 09: In Lo Mathang (3840m) The 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.
Day 10: In Lo Manthang (3840m) Second day in Lo Manthang getting to know the place and getting an insight 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.
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang - Ghar Gumpa After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang reluctantly we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa.
Day 12: Ghar Gumpa - Ghiling (3806m) We continue down the valley to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay. Explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time.
Day 13: Ghiling - Chele (3050m) We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.
Day 14: Chele - Jomsom (2700m) After several hrs of morning walk we do end the upper Mustang trails from Kagbeni and join to normal as Annapurna circuit trek trail to reach Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom - Pokhara (823m) After breakfast we depart for Pokhara through flight. During on your travel you get kind opportunity to observe amazing and huge mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri so on.
Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1328m) When we return to Kathmandu we can takes two media via by plane/tourist bus. To wonder different cultural, life style, nature by road transportation is most fit one.
Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
During the trekking B/F, Lunch & Dinner and accommodation at tea house lodge.
Transportation- to/from trek starting & ending point
Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
Trained trekking guide and porter, necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
2- Nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2-nights in Pokhara (BB Basis)
Domestic air Fair
Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by Bus or for group private bus/car/van
Comprehensive first aid box for the trekking.
Extra day hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Foods self lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Personal expenses-laundry, telephone, Tea, coffee alcoholic beverages,
Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
Extra cost for if in case trek effected by natural calamities