Duration : 18 Days
Grade : Moderate
Accommodations : Tea house / Lodge
Higest Access: 4090 m.
The trek into Upper Mustang is still a privileged entrance into the way of life of the true mountain people. Mustang is situated north of the Annapurna Himal on the borders of Tibet, which geographically it is part of. It was a separate Kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal as late as 1950, the “Raja” of Mustang still maintains his residence in Lo-Mantang (the region’s Capital). Mustang’s wealth was derived from being a major trading hub on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route to Tibet.Mustang remains a restricted region and special permits are needed to visit, it was only in 1992 it was opened to foreigners, our destination is the exotic walled capital city of Lo Manthang . Built in 1380 A. D. by the first King of Lo, the city stands as a testimony to Lo-Manthang prosperity of rich cultural heritage. The city wall some 700 m. long and 8 m. high, has a series of 14 towers along its periphery these were guard towers in the past protecting the town from its enemies. The Kings Palace is surrounded by a maize of gompas and private houses all enshrined within the city boundary walls.
Lo-Manthang’s life is deep rooted in the religious sentiments and ulture of its people where polyandry is still practiced. The township abounds with many chortens, maniwalls and onasteries. Prayer flags flutter above all the houses in, what is, an almost surreal setting. A mystical region frozen in history, Mustang remains one of the ultimate journeys. Trek Schedule.
Itinerary In Detail
Everyday About 6 – 7 hours walk
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu Half day Seight seen in Kathmandu ( Pashupatinath Temple and Bauddha nath temple) & preparation for trekking.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara : (Pokhara is second largest city in Nepal in about 850 m.) you can enjoy walking around the Lake side or go for boating at the Fewa Lake, visited to world peace Stupa, and many more things to see.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom(2720m) trek to Kagbeni (2810m) After breakfast fly to Jomsom from Pokhara. It is a short flight of 15 minutes to Jomsom also known as Himalayan yard. Your trek starts today from here. The trail is pretty flat with full of small rocks and sands along the bank of Kali Gandaki river. Since you are in a windy valley, you need to flow along with the wind in slow pace viewing the appealing mountains views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche to the west and Nilgiri and Annapurna ranges to the South until you reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is gateway to upper Mustang, explore around local village and Buddhist monasteries here. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Day 05: Chele (3050m)- Today we need to have our special permit checked at ACAP to enter the restricted zone of Mustang. After getting permission, follow the river bed of Kali Gandaki till 3 hours to reach the village of Tangbe. You will see farming lands, greenaries, apple orchards around this village. Continue the same flat trail forward for 1 hour till Chhusang and have a short lunch break. Walk for another hour and half and cross the suspension bridge and ascend the small ridge leading to Chele village.You will see amazing treeless barren colorful landscapes and snow capped mountains from here.
Day 06: Syangboche (3920m) Today we begin our trip following the trail to the north west leaving behind Kali Gandaki river. The trail gradually ascends uphill till Dajori la(Chele la) pass at 3735m. The trail slightly descends to Samar village from there. Take lunch break here.Follow the descending trail till a small stream from where you have option to trek through the Chhungsi cave or trek through Yamda la. We recommend you to take the trail through Chhungsi cave. The trail climbs gently up for an hour and half and descends steeply to Sangboche river. You will see Chhungsi cave with self emanating statues of guru Ringpoche and buddhist priests at the bank of Syangboche river. From the cave climb slightly up till Syangboche. On the way you will see colorful landscape, colorful chortens painted by the color pigments made from local rocks, spectacular canyon valley, incredible view of Nilgiri himal, herds of sheeps and horses grazing on meadows and local traditional villages.
Day 07: Ghemi (3520m) From Syangboche the trail climbs gently to the top of the hill called Syangboche La at 3850m then gently downhill to the Ghiling. Take lunch here and explore around the typical sherpa village for a while then continue your trek by ascending gently uphill to Nyi La pass.Now descend gradually downhill for an hour to reach Ghemi la pass. Continue the steeply downhill trail until large village of Ghemi village. Ghemi is a large village of whitewashed houses surrounded by large fields. Overnight at guesthouse here.
Day 08: Charang (3560m) The trail to Charang starts by descending downhill till the river stream. Cross the suspension bridge and ascend up along the side of the longest Mane wall in Nepal till a plateaued area. There are two routes to Charang from here- one is a shortcut route(5hrs) and the other is the long route(7 hrs) to the west that pass through Dhakmar, Mui la pass, Ghar gumba , Marang and then Charang. You can take one of the routes as per your level of energy. Whichever route you choose, you will sight blue sheeps and red, blue and gray hills along the way. Charang village is at the top of the large Chrang chu canyon. Charang houses huge five storey white tibetan style fortress and red gompa on the edge of Kali gandaki gorge to the east. The gompa is 400 years old and is of Gelup lineage which houses collection of thankas, buddha statues. The royal palace of charang has been turned into museum, you can visit there as well.
Day 09: Lo Manthang (3810m) Today the trail is pretty easy.consisting of flat roads mostly till the walled city of Lo manthang. Lo Manthang is a wide platue surrounded by the colorful barren landscapes. The sight of Lo Manthang is wonderful , it seemed as if the village has been sketched by colorful pigments by an artistic painter.
Day 10: Buffer day at Lo Manthang Today we explore surroundings of Lo manthang which is our final destination. Lo Manthang is circumferenced by the white wall housing royal palace and 4 major buddhist monasteries namely: the 3 storey Jampa Lakhang, Thubchen gompa at the center of the city, Chodey gompa and Choprang gompa (New gompa). You can collect ticket to visit all those gompas and lamas there will brief you about the gompa and its history. The royal palace is an imposing four-storey building in the center of the city which is the home of ceremonial king of Lo.You can take appointment and meet the king there if you wish to. There is a lot to do in Lo Manthang. After visiting the monasteries in the city, you can hire a horse to visit some other villages around Lo.
Day 11: Yara (3650m) Its time to return back to Kathmandu. Today we will follow previous trail back till 30 minutes then follow new trail to the east leaving behind the trail to Charang. Climb gently up for around 2.5 hours till Udi danda(hill) and descend steeply down about 2 hours to Dhi village. Take lunch break here. After lunch cross the suspension bridge and gently ascend another 1.5 hours to Yara. From Yara you can either go to Damodar Kunda(lake) – hidus pilgrimage site or stay another day at yara to visit Luri gumba or continue to Tangge.
Day 12: Tangge (3240m) Hike for an hour gradually up until you reach a huge deserted and flat land from where you can enjoy the stupendous view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri himal. Continue the flat trail about 2 hours then descend steeply down for half an hour to Dhe Khola(river). Cross this river and climb steeply up about 2 hours leading to top of the ridge from where you can sight the panoramic view of the hills and ridges. You need to descend steeply down for half an hour then follow the flat trail for an hour then descend again steeply downhill for half an hour to reach Tangge. You will find caves, decorated and colorful chortens aroud the village.
Day 13: Tetang (340m) From Tangge cross the suspension bridge and follow the flat trail for around half an hour and cross the river then ascend uphill for about 4 hours to Cacho La pass. You can view picturisque landscape and terraced view of upper Mustang valley.You can also enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche , Tilicho and Thorong Peak. Hike down gently for an hour then gradually uphill for an hour and half then steeply down for an hour till Tetang.
Day 14: Muktinath (3700m) After breakfast follow the uphill rocky trail through the ridge around 4 hours leading to Gyu pass(4077m). From here you can view Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Thorong peak, deserted land of upper Mustang and villages around Muktinath. After walking for about an hour you will reach Muktinath. Muktinath is the popular and most visited pilgrimage site by hindus and buddhists. It is regarded as the most holy and pious place. The Muktinath is the temple of lord Shiva that lies on the grove of poplar trees. There is budhhist gompa adjacent to the temple. There are 108 waterspouts around the temple that discharge holy water from the cow’s head shaped tap. It is believed that taking shower on those 108 waterspouts will take away all your sins.Inside the Gompa, behind a tattered curtain, are small natural gas jests called Jwala mai that produce a perpetual holy flame alongside a spring which is the source of the religious importance of Muktinath. Stay overnight here.
Day 15: Jomsom Descend gradually down about 3 hours till bank of Kali Gandaki river and follow the flat rocky trail by the bank of the river till Jomsom. Explore around Jomsom today.
Day 16: Pokhara
If the weather is favorable fly back to Pokhara. Under bad weather conditions you can take jeep to Pokhara or wait another day for weather to be good. Sightseeing around Pokhara city. Today is the last day of your trek, you can party with your trekking team to shed off your tiredness.
Day 17: Kathmandu Drive back to Kathmandu on tourist bus. On the way if you wish you can stop for rafting at Trishuli river on your own cost.
Day 18: Transfer to Airport for final Departure.
Total Cost for whole trip 3200 USD per person.
Must be 2 person to visit here.
For camping 3600 USD per person (must be more than 5 persons)
The price is Includes:
- Transportations from Airport to Airport.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
- Air tickets Kathmandu to Pokhara & pokhara to Kathmandu & Pokhara to Jomsom & Jomsom to Pokhara.
- Trekking Permits.
- Upper Mustang entrance fee (USD 500 per person).
- Sleeping bags.
- Government License holder trekking Guide and Porters and their Insurances.
- Transportations for trekking starting point and back to Pokhara.
- Good lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with hot drinks like tea and Coffee in trekking.
- First Aid Kid.
Price is not Includes:
- International flight tickets.
- Lunch and Dinner in kathmandu and Pokhara .
- Pokhara Seightseen and in Mustang region ( old palace, Musium Monestary ).
- Trek/travel Insurance.
- Hot shower/Camera’s battery charge during the trek
- Local donations.
- Toilet papers
- Cold & Alcohol drinks in trekking.