Upper Mustang TrekThe Mustang trek unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be “barren as a dead deer” but where beauty and happiness abound is spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830′s. The wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army. Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colourful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very especial one. Mustang-trekking.com regularly orginizes trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting TIJI festival.
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Jomsom, Lo-Maangthang, Tsrang, Kangbeni, Jomsom Pokhara & Kathmandu.
Primary activity: Trekking and Hiking
Group size: Minimum 02 & Maximum 12 + above
Country: Nepal (Asia)
Arrival & Departure: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking
Accommodation: 3 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu & 1 night in Pokhara
Trip Code: MGTNP 011
Secondary activity: Cultural & Historical Tours
Max-Altitude: 3810 m / 12,496 ft
Transportation: Comfortable vehicle
Trip grade: Moderated
Type of Tour/ Trek: Tea House
Best Season: Aug to Nov & Feb to May
11 nights at Hotel & Lodge
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/ 4428ft),
Welcome meeting at the exit gate of Kathmandu (TIA): Tribhuwan International Airport) you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain Go Trekking (MGT). Our representative with a MGT displays board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Manaslu / Hotel Nirvana Garden or another Similar Standard. After check in room you will visit MGT office, meet your trekking Guide as well as other participants and make final preparations for the trip.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing & Trek Preparation.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, Narayanthan (Buddhanilkantha) the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon there will be short trip briefing or discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We briefs us regarding our tour & trek.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) by Yeti or Buddha Air 25 minutes.
Today after breakfast Guided tour to Bhaktapur & Patan then departure toward Pokhara, which is takes 25 minutes with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and numerous of the beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, boating on Fewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft): 3-4 hrs
This day early breakfast transfer to airport for morning flight to Jomsom with super scenery flight of 25 minutes over the two 8000 meters mountain such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri & others snowy peaks. The Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region. After meeting trekking crew continue trek to kagbeni 4 hrs. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast starts trek with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Our Lunch will be in this village then trek forward to Chhusang. After crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hrs.
Today after the breakfast trek start to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we enjoy along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.
Day 07: Syanbochen to Tsarang (3500m/11,480ft) 6-7 hrs
After breakfast trek climb uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few local villages, chortens, magnificent Himalayan view of Annapurna range. We cross mountain passes, an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. After having lunch trek with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Tsrang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon-Overnight at Guest house.
Day 08: Tsrang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
Today we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I & Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Stay Overnight at Lodge.
Day 09: Explore Lo-Mangthang
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and visit to the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.
Day 10: Lo Manthang to Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft) 6-7 hrs.
After breakfast trail climbs steadily offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4070m and continues climbing to the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. The trail makes a short, steep descent and crosses the Chharang River, then climbs to Lo Geker and reaches to Ghar gompa a small monastery. Climbing to the ridge, crossing a valley along some alpine meadows, and then dropping down a steep eroded path and cross the small steam then ascend up to Ghaymi- Overnight at Hotel
Day 11: Ghaymi to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hrs
Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival have lunch and enjoy the day exploring the area. Stay Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hrs
After breakfast trek toward to Jomsom with wonderful scenery during the journey with Himalayan view and different land escape, cross the kagbeni-Ekle Bhatti-Jomsom for Overnight.
Day 13: Chhuksang to Muktinath (3710m/12168ft) 6-7 hrs.
Today after breakfast, trek toward to Muktinath. Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus & Buddhists. This place is known as Mukti Kshetra, which means the ‘Place of liberation or Moksha”.
Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom 4-5 hrs. Overnight is at Hotel.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara-Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Final Departure to home.