Upper Mustang TrekMustang was only opened to the trekkers in 1991. The department of immigration issues only a small number of special permits. To protect the local Tibetan traditions from outside influence as well as protect the environment. Mustang is situated in the transhimalayan region of Nepal. The district of Mustang is where the Nepalese mountains yield to the southern Tibetan plateau. As the Transition Zone between these two extreme environments, Mustang offers the visitor a unique ecology and geology. Mustang caves, forts, monasteries and temples, which date to past millennia, carry echoes of the areas rich history and the friendly people are testament. Mustang's natural and cultural treasures have made it one of the most popular tourist and trekking destination of Nepal.
|Price starts from||$2000 Per Person|
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
|Departure Date||17th September, 20th October, 15th November 2016,1|
|Trekking Hours||7 Hours Per Day|
|Mode of Travel||Challenge|
|Group Size||2 to 20|
|Style of trek||Challenging|
Day 1: Arrival in Airport and transfer to hotel, rest day, itinerary briefing
Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath ( An UNESCO world heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara: about 6 hour drive by tourist bus or 30 minuates fly to Pokhara.
Day 4: Pokhara-Jomsom ( District headquarters of Mustang and start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy for The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni
Day 5: Kagbeni –Chele - The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed house, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks,which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley.Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that ahs fallen from the cliff above.forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to chele at 3030m.
Day 6: Chele- Geling - The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descend to Geiling.
Day 7: Geling - Charang - From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river) we will arrive to a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five – story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.
Day 8: Charang –Lo Manthang - The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang- Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
Day 9: Lomanthang – Ghami vial Gekar - This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on our return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The descends across to the south through two more valleys and across a ridge at 4070m then descends across to the sough through two more valleys, meadows and a stream. The trail then makes along rocky descent to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older then Samye Gompa in Tebet and one of the oldest Gompa in Nepal. Then crosses a ridge after a little climbing and drops down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends along the side of the stone walls and fields of extensive villages, and then climbs to a ridge. It is a short descent to Ghami.
Day 10: Lomanthang Rest day Explore around, Another day in LO-Manthang gives you to chance to explore its many sights. The tall Champa Lakhang (God- house) the red Thugchen Gompa,Chyodi Gompa and the Raja's Palace, as well as to gaze at the surrounding panoramic views of the Tibetan plateau and the Himalaya.
Day 11: Rest day Explore around there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar,the sight of Raja's summer palace. Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal( The Monastry of Victory is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the villages of Chosar, aloso rich in Gompas a;nd the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.
Day 12: Lo-Manthang Via Geker – Ghami Visit Lo-Geker Gompa on the way, which is one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal.It is older than the famed Samye Gompa in Tibet
Day 13: Ghami – Samar
Day 14: Samar To Kagbeni
Day 15: Kagbeni to Jomsom
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara- Kathmandu joins evening cultural show Dinner
Day 17: Final departure,transfer to hotel.