Duration: 17 Days
Trip Grade: Challenginng
Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April
Altitude Max: 4010
Group Size: 2-10
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus and Flight Ticket
Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Tea House during the trekking
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during the trek
Upper Mustang Trek leads you to the ancient kingdom of Mustang with the ever gracing presence of Buddhist religion. The old kingdom of Mustang, which is also known in the local language as Lo, has a long historical heritage. In the old times, Mustang was politically part of the Tibetan empire, and one can feel the old relationship still alive with cultural similarities to Tibet. Architecture is borrowed from Tibetan styled building construction, and Buddhism takes the form as practiced by Tibetans. Today, Mustang is still considered to be a kingdom within the greater Nepal, as the king of Lo, oversees the order of Lo, although he has been stripped of many powers. Furthermore, the legitimacy is inscribed by the honorary rank of Colonel of Nepal Army being awarded to the king of Lo.
Upper Mustang Trekking is a relive of the olden days, as the trail is the same one used by the salt caravans. As you follow through the road that previous inhabitants have used to travel for trade exchange (goods for salt) from the lowlands, one gets to see the capital Lo Mangtang. The king stays at the capital at his palace where visits can be made during certain periods. Being a Buddhist town, the decorated monasteries among which a fifteenth century Thugchen Gompa serves as an example to the history. Further, one can experience old local artifacts in the Amchi museum. Amchi refers to traditional Tibetan healers that even used to serve the kings. Moreover, you can visit nearby attractions on horseback as well.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu:
Day 2 :Free Day in Kathmandu & trek preparation
Day 3 :Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley: 7-8 hrs drive
Day 4 :Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hrs walking
Day 5 :Kagbeni to Chele, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 6 :Chele to Syanbochen, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 7 :Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 8 :Ghaymi to Charang, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 9 :Charang to Lo-Mangthang, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10 :Explore Lo-Mangthang
Day 11 :Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gompa, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 12 :Ghar Gompa to Ghiling, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 13 :Ghiling to Chele, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 14 :Chele to Jomsom, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 15 :Fly back to Pokhara & Free relax day in Pokhara
Day 16 :Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (884m)
Day 17 :Departure from Kathmandu
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by a private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office to know about the details of the arrangements. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 :Free Day in Kathmandu & trek preparationFree day in Kathmandu & trek preparation. You will get the chance to sightsee inside the Kathmandu valley after having breakfast. The city sightseeing tour will lead you through various landmarks under world heritage listing such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath et cetera. Later, we will brief you about the trek and provide discussion for exciting queries regarding the trek.
Day 3 :Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley: 7-8 hrs driveDrive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is around 7-8 hours with an elevation of 823m (2700 ft). We will drive off on a tourist bus early in the morning. The scenic countryside and famous mountain ranges accompanies us through the journey. Pokhara is renowned for views of mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. Pokhara is also attributed with beautiful lakes like Fewa, Begnas and Rupa. Overnight stay at a lakeside hotel.
Day 4 :Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hrs walkingOn the fourth day, we fly to Jomsom on an early morning flight. During the 20 minutes flight, the beauty of the 8000ers is sure to delight you. Jomson valley is a major junction for salt trade route and serves as headquarter of Mustang region. Following the trails along the Kali Gandaki River, the trail passes through Ekley-bhatti village, and an hour from here leads to Kagbeni. Kagbeni holds special importance as it links Kak Khola with Mustang Khola and forms the great Kal Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
Day 5 :Kagbeni to Chele, 5-6 hrs walkThe next day is from Kagbeni to Chele which takes around 5 to 6 hours of walking. We need to show the permit to move upwards along the Kali Gandaki. The trails are windy and sandy, but provide opportunities to view absolute aesthetic sceneries. The uphill and downhill trail will lead us to Tangbe village. The village landscape features white washed houses, narrow alleys, orchards of apple and fields of wheat and barley. Moving on, we reach to Chhusang, and cross the river. We then see a huge conglomerate tunnel through which Kali Gandaki flows. Our day ends with arriving at Chele village after passing small ridges.
Day 6 :Chele to Syanbochen, 6-7 hrs walkAfter a short walk, the trail reaches Eklo Bhatti and ascends to Taklam La Pass (3624m). During the climb, views of Tilicho Peak, Damodar Danda and Yakawa Kang accompany us. The village of Samar lies a little downhill along the way. The trail passes through juniper forests, and the famous Ramchung Cave to reach Syanbochen after about three hours. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 7 :Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 5-6 hrs walkWe climb through a few teahouses and chortens and along local villages to the Yamda La pass (3850m). Houses along the way are built in the Tibetan architecture. Passing through poplar trees and barley fields along the way, the trail leads to Nyi Pass (4010m) where climbing becomes quite strenuous. Down the pass, Ghaymi village is the third largest in Lo region, our stay for the night.
Day 8 :Ghaymi to Charang, 4-5 hrs walkAfter a pleasant walk, we cross the Ghaymi Khola and climb to a plateau embellished with a long Mani wall. We follow this wall made by Buddhist followers to head east to Charang, a village with maize fields and stone walls separating houses. Overnight stay at a teahouse.
Day 9 :Charang to Lo-Mangthang, 5-6 hrs walkDropping to the Charang Chu Canyon, the trail then takes a steep climb which becomes gentler towards the Lo pass (3850m) where views of Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti and Tilicho peak are magnificent. The valley of Lo-Mangthang looks outstanding from here with hills towards the Tibetan end. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 10 :Explore Lo-Mangthang We spend this leisure day exploring Gombas and viewpoints in the periphery. Namgyal Gompa, a notable monastery that also functions as a local court, is situated atop a hill. The village of Tingkhar lies northwest and is the last major settlement. the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, the Raja’s four storey palace, the Entrance Hall and Champa Lakhang are other attractions of this town.
Day 11 :Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gompa, 4-5 hrs walkToday, we take an early walk from Lo-Mangthang as the route is mostly dusty with the afternoon wind. The Ghar Gompa is more than 1200 years old and is famous for its rock paintings. The presence of Guru Rinpoche along with legends that wishes made here come true also make this place well known.
Day 12 :Ghar Gompa to Ghiling, 5-6 hrs walkAgain, we take an early hike to Ghiling as afternoons are windy and dusty. After lunch, you can rest and explore the area towards the evening when the wind gets low. Overnight stay at Ghiling.
Day 13 :Ghiling to Chele, 5-6 hrs walkThe trail leads back to Chele is a pleasant one with wonderful views of the snow peaks passing along small hills and villages. Overnight stay in a teahouse.
Day 14 :Chele to Jomsom, 6-7 hrs walkEarly in the morning we start our walk to Kagbeni where we stop for lunch. Further on, we join the Annapurna circuit trek trail to reach Jomsom. Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage destination of the Hindus is close by where you can visit if you have a day to spare. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 15 :Fly back to Pokhara & Free relax day in Pokhara The early morning flight back from Jomsom is a scenic one and passes between the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri. Check in on a lakeside hotel upon arrival in Pokhara. The day can be spent either resting or exploring and taking part in some activities in the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Day 16 :Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (884m) A 5/6 hours bus ride from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu. The end of the journey is celebrated with a farewell dinner. You can spend your time strolling around Thamel or getting some souvenirs for your loved ones. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 17 :Departure from KathmanduDeparture from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle.
Green Valley Nepal Treks provided an excellent first time trekking experience for me and my three friends. We met one of the co-owners, KP, at the hostel he owns (Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel - a great place to stay). My group went to Nepal with no itinerary and KP was amazing at ...read more
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