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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trek provides you the opportunity to travel through the mystic region of Mustang where lies the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Lomanthang. Mustang is a mystic valley located atop Kaligandaki River in the rain shadow of the Himalayas thus Mustang experiences least rainfall. It makes Upper Mustang Trek feasible even during the monsoon season.
Upper Mustang Trek takes you through a journey of barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and intermittent moraine terraces. Thousand years old monastery, the city wall and the four storey palace in Lomanthang, caves, local tribes and breathtaking views of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhawalagiri makes the travel to Upper Mustang more tempting. The route traverses through as diverse topography as world’s deepest gorge in Kali Gandaki to world’s highest regions of Lo- Manthang Valley. A special permit from Department of Immigration from the Nepal government is compulsory to begin Upper Mustang Trek. Permits restrict the visitor to a visit on 10-13 groups (2-14 people maximum).Strong winds usually howls across the area during day which subsides at night. While in Upper Mustang of Nepal, you will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000m high.
Upper Mustang Trek was closed for foreigners till 1991 as the government did not want this region to be influenced by western culture. However, after 1991 Upper Mustang Trek has been made open and since then it has transformed itself as one of the most sought-after trekking routes in Western Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m)
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050m)
Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen (3475m)
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3520m)
Day 08: Trek to Charang (3500m)
Day 09: Trekking to Lo- Manthang (3700m)
Day 10: Day of exploration at Lo-Manthang
Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810 m)
Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m)
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m)
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2700m)
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive or take a flight back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu
 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find our representatives waiting for you at the Airport. You will then be transferred to the hotel where you will be briefed about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
The next morning after having breakfast, you will leave for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will have a short tour to temples and monuments like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath and Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Suare (all UNESCO World Heritage sites). At the end of the day, you will return back to the hotel and prepare for the flight tomorrow.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara
After breakfast in the morning, we will go to the domestic terminal of the TIA to take a 25-minute flight to Pokhara. During the short flight to Pokhara, we will enjoy the majestic views of the glorious peaks of Manaslu and extensive snow-covered mountain Annapurna and Langtang range of the Himalayas. Our staffs will meet us at the Pokhara Airport and will shift us to the hotel. You can also take a tourist bus to Pokhara along the scenic Prthivi Highway. Travel time by bus is six hours to Pokhara. In the afternoon, you can either take rest in your hotel, or you can go for boating at Phewa Lake, where you can visit the Barahi temple that is accessible only on boat. At night, you will rest in the hotel.
Day 04: Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2858m)

We will take an early flight to Jomsom- the hub of Mustang Region from Pokhara the next morning. Our trek officially begins here. Our destination for the day will be Kagbeni which is the starting point of the Upper Mustang Trek. Enjoying the spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus and Tukuche, we will gently lower down to Kagbeni-a Tibetan village and a typical entry point of the upper Mustang. We will stay overnight at the teahouse in Kagbeni.

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050m)
The trail leads to the eastern bank of Kaligandaki River and then rises towards north to arrive to the Tangbe Village. The route swirls on through the maze of narrow alleys between the white houses and fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apples with a spectacular view of Nilgiri peak at the background. Continuing the trail through Tangbe Village will take us to yet another village-Chhusang. We will walk through the Village, cross the Kaligandaki River on a steel footbridge and clamber up to the village of Chele which nestles on a ridge above the gorge. We will stay overnight at a camp.

Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen (3475m)
Early with sunshine, we will begin our journey from Chele. We will follow the trail all the way up to the steep and barren terrain and then move along the side of a deep canyon to cross a stack of rock at 3540m. We will take a steady descend down the hill and move across chortens to make it all the way to Samar. Samar gives the perfect look of Annapurna. We will clamber up the hill to a ridge and then descend to a large ravine. We will continue walking through juniper trees and rivulets before climbing up to ridge at 3800m. Later we will transit through the cave Ramchung to finally end up in our destination for the day- Syanbochen.

Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3520m)
This day, we will pursue the trail through Tibetan styled local houses, tea houses and chorten all the way up to the Yamda La (3850m). After a brief rest, we will climb further to Nyi Pass (4010m) to finally arrive to Ghami- a small village encircled with rugged mountains to the east and west.

Day 08: Trek to Charang (3500m)
On the 8th day, we will have a pleasant walk through Mani walls before descending to Charang. We will pay visit to the huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa situated on the edge of gorge Kali Gandaki on the eastern edge of village. While in Dzong and red Gompa, we will observe the huge collections of statues, Thankas and paintings of seated Buddha. Charang/Tsarang is a large scattered village inhabited entirely by Lobos. Tsarang is a maze of fields of willow trees and houses separated by stone walls which is on top of the great canyon Charang Chu.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3700m)
The trail descends about 100 feet below Charang to cross the Charang-Chu and then climbs steeply up a rocky path to a pile of stones on a hill. We will catch the first glimpse of walled city of Lo-Manthang from the ridge situated at 3850m. We will then lower down to cross a creek before climbing to the plateau of Lo-Manthang. We will spend the night in the walled city of Lo- Manthang.

Day 10: Exploration day at Lo-Manthang
Today we will take a well earned rest after such hard toil. We will utilize this opportunity to explore around Lo-Manthang. We will get to the western valley of Tingkhar to the site of the summer palace of the Raja and delve into ocean of enjoyment simply by looking into the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Kimling, Phuwa and the Namgyal Gompa are also worth the visit. The town of Chosar existing towards the east of Lo- Manthang and rich in Gompas is another equally appropriate choice for you to explore.

Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810 m)
After visiting the walled city of Lo Manthang, we will make our way back through a different path which starts from Drakmar. While on the way to Dramkar, we will pay visit to the Gyokar Gompa which has been existing ever since over 1200 years and meet with Guru Rinpoche. The Gompa which is known as the wish fulfiller is famous for its cave paintings and legends. From Gompa, we will take the trail all the way up to the ridge. We will climb the ridge across a valley along some alpine meadows and then lower down a slope from where we will pursue the eroded path which leads us to Drakmar.

Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m): 5-6 hours
On the 12th day, after breakfast, we will continue our journey through a dusty and windy road to Ghiling. The large part of Ghiling is barren yet it is worth the visit due to the majestic views of Mount Dhaulagir and Nilgiri it presents. In the afternoon, we will explore the surrounding areas of Ghiling and get little personal with locals.

Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m)
Trekking back to Chhuksang is amazingly easy. You just need to gently descend the hill till you arrive to Chhuksang. The landscape of field and the mountain views it offers make Chhuksang worth the travel. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2700m)
The 14th day marks the end of Upper Mustang Trekking. From Chhuksang, we will walk to the southern border of the region and reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we will walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. Overnight stay in a guesthouse at Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
After having light breakfast, we will board a flight from Jomsom Airport to Pokhara. The journey will be brief, taking only 30 minutes to end but the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains it offers is itself rewarding. We will get back to the hotel in Pokhara and spend the day either taking rest or exploring Pokhara.

Day 16: Drive or take a flight back to Kathmandu
Kathmandu can be accessed through Pokhara both via driving or through flight. It takes either 25-minute flight or 6 hours bus tour to make it to Kathmandu. We will return to our hotel and enjoy the typical Nepali dinner amid the cultural show performed on your honor.

Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu
The long travel formally concludes this day. You will be assisted in your last moment preparation and transited to Tribhuvan International Airport. We bid you farewell and expect to serve you again!!
 

 

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