|Group Size:||2- 10 Person|
|Max Altitude:||4230.00 meters|
|Trip Category:||Trekking Tea House Trekking|
|Travel Style:||Trekking Adventurous Cultural And Religious Tour Local Living Private|
| Places Covered
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Tribhuvan International Airport, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Jomsom, Ghasa, Beni , Thamel, Chele, Samar, Ghilling, Tsarang, Lo Manthang , Dhakmar, Hotel Prince Plaza, Choser Valley, Syanbochen, Marang La,
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As said by his holiness Dalai lama, Mustang is amongst few places that still preserves unsoiled Tibetan culture that dates back to 1500 years. This is a result of historical relationship with Tibet which is continued till today. Upper Mustang trek is where history meets today – you will see medieval Asia meeting the 21st century at this very trek in Nepal.
Upper Mustang lies in the north west of Annapurna religion and is extended on to the Tibetan plateau. The majority of land that traverses in Upper Mustang trek is arid, as a result of rain shadows caused by the soaring mountains in the Annapurna. The mud and stone houses, separated by narrow alleys and decorated by traditional murals is starkly striking. The villages which preserves the culture and tradition that dates back to over 1500 years is even more captivating. People's lives revolving around the folklores, stories of the witches and black magic is truly out of this world and out of practice.
Every tiny bit of Upper Mustang Trek is unique in its own was. This was a Kingdom in Kingdom of Nepal until the abolition of Kingdom of Nepal in 2008. Despite the abolishment, the former king of Mustang still remains there and in his palace, with his family and entertains the tourists. The festival witnessed in Upper Mustang is extraordinary and very unexpected that you will dare not to believe your eyes. The festival of Tiji is ancient ritual that dates back to Guru Rinpoche - the man who is believed to bring Tantric buddhism to Tibet. The festival is celebrated usually in the month of may and for 3 days. They perform 53 different magical dances in different attires. Likewise the other festival of Yartung takes place at the time of Harvest and waves off summer. The inhabitants thank the lord for the harvest of the season by drinking, dancing, horse racing and archery.
Upper Mustang trek is amongst some vacation that may be easy on the legs but difficult on the memories. It will make you not want to stop exploring the region even after having spent over two weeks with the people and the nature.
|Day 1||Arrival and transfer to the Hotel/Hostel|
|Day 2||Trek preparation and shopping|
|Day 3||Kahmandu to Beni (830m)|
|Day 4||Beni to Ghasa (2010m)|
|Day 5||Ghasa to Jomsom (2700m)|
|Day 6||Jomsom to Muktinath (3760m) Via Kagbeni(2810m)|
|Day 7||Muktinath to Chele (2810m), Via Gyu La 4077meters|
|Day 8||Chele to Samar (3150m)|
|Day 9||Samar to Ghilling (3510m)|
|Day 10||Ghilling to Tsarang|
|Day 11||Tsarang to Lo Manthang|
|Day 12||Lo Manthang - Choser valley|
|Day 13||Lomanthang - Dhakmar via Marang La 4230 meter|
|Day 14||Dhakmar to Syanbochen|
|Day 15||Syangbochen - Chele - Kagbeni - Jomsom|
|Day 16||Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu|
Arrival and transfer to the Hotel/Hostel
Thank you for choosing Lo Manthang trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.
Trek preparation and shopping
You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.
Kahmandu to Beni (830m)
We take a bus to Beni, it takes tentatively 7.5 hours, the vehicle goes to Beni via Pokhara, we would spend a night at Beni before moving ahead. We would cross the Kaligandaki River, which originates from Tibet and a lake inside Nepal named Damodar kunda.
Beni to Ghasa (2010m)
Today our trip would start by boarding a bus to Ghasa. Although there is a provision of trekking trail it is used in the recent days by public transportation. On the way we would cross the deepest Kaligandaki gorge of the world.
Ghasa to Jomsom (2700m)
After spending a night at Ghasa we make a move towards the windy village of Mustang district known as Jomsom. Jomsom by far is also the most advanced village, the district headquarter in fact Jomsom holds the only airstrip of the whole district.
Jomsom to Muktinath (3760m) Via Kagbeni(2810m)
We head out early and the first day of the trek provides ample amount of walk, which is much required for days to come. 20 minutes from Jomsom and we are out on the river beds of Kali Gandaki. This portion of walk is basically on the banks of a river and is very flat with the views of towering hills at all ends. First noticeable village we cross is Ekle Bhatti and comes Kagbeni. It takes around 3 hours of easy walk to reach Kagbeni. Usually we stop at Kagbeni for lunch. After Kagbeni the trail gradually inclines on the motorway to the top of a ridge. We make our way through many villages with less than 20 houses. The first village is Kingra, second is Jharkot and finally Rani Pauwa. The entire way is easy ups and down very dry and dusty motorway. There are small patches of greens and very few trees in this section. Overnight in Rani Pauwa.
Muktinath to Chele (2810m), Via Gyu La 4077meters
After exploring fossils at the shore of Kaligandaki while in Muktinath and Kagbeni we would head towards Chele via Gyu La. Gyu La is a high pass in the district of Mustang. We would rejoice the view of mountains Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak and many others. Promptly after steep descend from Gyu La we head to Chele.
Chele to Samar (3150m)
The trail escalates from the very center of Chele on loose rocks and dusty trail. The inclination of the trail in the beginning of the trek is gradual. Around one and half hours on walking on the trails carved out of a barren cliff we make it to a small grassy basin. Further down the trail we reach Dajori La (3735 m) pass with beautiful views of the deserted mustang. The next small village located around 45 minutes after the pass is Samar - a beautiful village marked by poplar trees and beautiful terrace for millet farming. overnight in Samar.
Samar to Ghilling (3510m)
We cross several passes on this day but the days walk can be described as gradual and not demanding. Immediately after Samar we begin the climb until a nameless ridge and then all the way down to the stream and 2 hours further into a valley all the way to vena La pass (3830 m). After almost an hour from Vena La, passing a gorge and a stream, reach Yamdo La 4010 meters. The pass is the first and an excellent viewpoint for the landscape of upper Mustang and Tibetan plateau. Almost 4 hours past Yamdo la and walking through the villages of Syanboche and crossing one big stupa at Chhunggar, we finally make it to Ghilling. Overnight in Ghilling.
Ghilling to Tsarang
We begin climbing to the top of Ghilling valley and all the way to Nyi La pass (4010 meters), which takes slightly over 2 and ½ hours. The views of Annapurna towards the south and Nilgiri dominating the landscape is beautiful. Another hour of gradual descend from the pass takes us to the village of Ghemi, a small spot with handful of teahouses. After crossing Ghemi and Ghemi Khola, it takes around 2 hours to reach Tsarang La via the trails along the longest mani walls in Mustang. After long and easy descent for almost 2 hours we make it to the rustic settlement of Tsarang.
Tsarang to Lo Manthang
The trail drops from Tsarang to Tsarang Khola, and further ascend for around 3 hours past another stream namely Thulung Khola, all the way to a broad plateau. In this section of today’s trek you will as well see a significant stupa, made out of the local resources. On gradient trail we keep strolling for another 1 and ½ hours to reach Lo La pass (3950m). Lo La pass offers very beautiful views of Lo Manthang and the plateau further north. A lazy walk of around an hour would bring us to our final destination. Overnight in Lo manthang.
Lo Manthang - Choser valley
We take the main trail out of Lo Manthang that leads to Tibet. Staying on the right banks of Mustang Khola for around 2 hours and all the way across the valley to Nyphu Gompa. The Gompa is very significant - with the red walls in the very arid and dry landscape, it is seen from distance. Another 45 minutes of easy walk and we are in a place called Gharpu. Almost 40 minutes north of Gharpu, we reach the famous site of Zhong cave. After sightseeing various landscape and monuments in Choser valley we return back to Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Lomanthang - Dhakmar via Marang La 4230 meter
This trail is chosen on our way back for the reason that you could see two of the villages in Mustang that was not seen when northbound. We head southwest rather than south and walk along the irrigated fields and the irrigational canal. 45 minutes of easy ascent to a pass at 4000 meters and we cross the valley of Lo Manthang. The pass offers the last view of upper Mustang. Past couple of valleys and past couple of passes we make it to Lo Gekar, which homes a small Gompa under the groves of large tree. Furthermore, we walk all the way across the valley and to the top to one final pass at 4170 meters and descend steeply to Dhakmar. Overnight in Dhakmar
Dhakmar to Syanbochen
We begin descending from Dhakmar along with the stream and shortly begin to climb to the top of the ridge at around 3700 meters. We pass couple of passes namely Ghemi la, Nyi La (4020 m) and Syangmochen la and villages of Ghemi, Gheling, Tama gaun and Chhungar. Chunggar village is pretty noticeable with the large apple orchards, a big chorten and a campsite that it houses. The final pass that we cross before arriving Syanbochen is the Syanbochen la. The walk today basically is a roller coaster ride but none of the trail is demanding and technical. Overnight at Syanbochen.
Syangbochen - Chele - Kagbeni - Jomsom
We take the same route back from Syangbochen onwards. We spend the day 13th day in Chele, 14th day in Kagbeni and 15th day in Jomsom. The walk is mostly on a flat surface but however there are some ascends and descends but does not require a huge effort. .
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
We board an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and later on the same day take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. However this day would be planned based on the weather and the flight from Jomsom. Your flight for Kathmandu is usually scheduled for the same day but if in case the Jomsom flight is reschedule, the Kathmandu flight is rescheduled as well. From the airport in Kathmandu we will transfer you to you hotel. This is the final day of our Upper Mustang Lo Manthang trek.