Upper Mustang is the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. This trek takes you inot the hidden world of the old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang popularly know as Lo. The regions isloation form the outside world has contributed to highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature. Upper Mustang opened its door only after 1991. The trek to Lo Manthang is on isolated region is an incredibly satisfying one for those who want to experience the hospitality and warmth of the locals living in this remote region. Lo Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, lies in the remote Himalaya desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, is an antique Tibetan Village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture. Nepal Department of Immigration started to issue only a small number of special trekking permits since 1991. Before 1991 the region was prohibited to visit for foreign nationals.
The trail follows the ancient salt caravan route through which the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt for grain from the lowlands. The last stop of the Upper Mustang trek is the capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. From the pass Lo La at 3950 m you can see the walled medieval capital in the distance, the white-washed 6-meter tall wall sticking out in sharp contrast to the barren landscape. Entering into Lo Manthang through the town gate is like stepping into a different world within a unique part of Nepal. A world of narrow alley ways, hidden chortens, long walls of beautiful prayer wheels and herds of farming animals sauntering in from the fields in the afternoon to adjourn to their sheds inside the city. The royal palace still stands atop. Thugchen Gompa is another attraction here.
Upper Mustang is a perfect destination where generous scope is offered for visiting Buddhists Monasteries. This semi autonomous and heavily Tibetan influenced region was described by Tillman as fascinatingly ugly country, the more fascinating for being so little known” indeed, the trek to Lo Manthang is through an almost treeless barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill, unbelievable panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several others peaks make your trek marvellous with lifetime experience. Trek begins from Jomsom – reachable by flight and accessible by walk from Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tatopani-Jomsom and Kali Gandaki Valley trekking route.
Mustang is one of those few places in the world that has survived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, was a forbidden land for outsides. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to preserve their life style and heritage that remained almost untouched for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. The high desert rain shadow of Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau.
Trekking in this area is a great option during the monsoon months of June-August as the region receives very less rainfall. But you must add a day or two on each side of your itinerary for travel interruptions due to bad weather in the lowlands.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
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Essential trip information:
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Welcome to the land of Buddha. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our company representative at the arrival gate with your name written on it. You will be then escorted to hotel. You will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore the amazing mid-hill landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. The bus will have breaks twice on the way, once for the breakfast and once for the lunch. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side and evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.
Today we fly to Jomsom (windy valley) in the early morning, then after some initial preparation of loads, our trek leads towards northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views of snow peaked mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Enjoy your evening to walk around the village which is very interesting with its settlement where clustered type of house can be found. Overnight at the lodge.
The trek starts towards north valley of Kagbeni to Chele where we pass the beautiful village of Tangbe, with its picturesque traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheat and apple orchards. We enjoy views of the magnificent Nilgiri peak and cross several ridges. After Chhuksang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kali Gandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.
After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar that lies on the ridgetop and then descends into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which is filled with juniper trees. Then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites in the form of a Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail continues descends to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley and stop for overnight.
Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa (monastery) which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.
We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner. We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. Stay overnight at Lomanthang.
Today, we will explore wonderful monasteries in close proximity of this prosperous cultural town that surprisingly has sophisticated lifestyle. Visit around the Champa Lakhang, red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the prime highlight of Mustang the most popular King’s palace. However, to enter these prehistoric monuments need bit of a luck as they open during special occasions only. Witnessing the external walls and the courtyards of these landmarks are wonderful enough to spellbind you.
Then we walk towards the eastern valley of Lo-manthang that comprises Choshar, the spot of the high school and Garphu and Nyphu Gompas. The site lies on the route to Lhasa, which was trodden centuries ago by pilgrims, messengers, dacoits and invaders. The ruins of myriads of fortress throughout the route cater credible observation. In six hours round trip to and back from these locations is a wonderful walking escapade of the day.
On this day, we explore the prime highlights in the western valleys. Namgyal Gompa and Tingkar village are destinations well off for the travelers to explore around. This is about 4 – 5 hours, round trip hike. It takes couple of hours to reach Namgyal Gompa that nestles n the hilltop catering the demanding views of Himalayas to the north. It is a revered monastery for the local community and it also serves as the local court. After we explore Nyamgal Gompa we trek to Tingkar, an incredible settlement having around 400 houses. It is the last major habitat right at the foothills of Himalayas. At the end of the day, we trek back to Lomanthang for the overnight stay.
Today, we head up to the acme of Dhi pass (4100 m) from where we descend to Dhi village. Exploring around the richest village f the region, which is Dhi, we chase the trail down to the river that takes almost two hours and cross the river reach Surkhang 3670m.
Today’s hike is relatively short but goes to the elevation of 4000m at Yara Gang. Yara Gang houses one of the oldest monasteries of the region- Lori Gompa. During 4-5 hours round trip to Yara Gang and return back to Surkhang, you will witness the authentic and traditional form of monastic culture and during the walk the scenic views of Himalayas other landscapes are additional rewards.
As the trek begins today, strip off your shoes and cross Ghechang River, which originates from a sacred highland lake of Damodar Kunda. Beyond the river, we climb up t the top of the pass at 3850m, and tread along the grasslands that continue with hike along the stripped hills. Beyond the pass we trek along the course that nose-dives to the village of Tange 3240 m. The stack of dried woods on the rooftops reflects the economic status of the family in the society.
We are almost at the brink of ending our wonderful trekking around Upper Mustang and wilderness that surrounds it. Walking through deep ridges that caters exceptional views of wind imprinted hills on both sides brings us to a small village amidst the similar landscape, Tetang. Tetang Village nestles between two of these hills to shield it from the strong wind that hit the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the higher altitude village of Chhuksang.
Treading through the village of Jharkot where we halt to explore Jharkot Monastery, a Tibetan herb medical center and the old fortress we continue our journey towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.
We believed that you would have a late morning sleep, no problem! Breakfast at morning at 08: AM then slowly started the day walking. All the way down, deserted hills, takes 2 hours around to reach Kali Gandaki River Valley then walking mostly through the river valley, cross Jomsom- the head quarter of Mustang, Overnight at Jomsom.
This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Refreshed up; evening we meet again, take a feedback of your trip. We host a farewell Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurant. Over night at Kathmandu.
Day 19: Return
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.
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|Feb 1 Mar 18 – Tue 20 Feb 18
Sat 1 Sep 18 – Wed 19 Sep 18
Mon 1 Oct 18 – Fri 19 Oct 18