Upper Mustang Trek

16 days

“adventure around wild west of Nepal Himalaya”

Highlights:
Exciting drive to scenic Pokhara valley with serene Phewa Lake
Grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya on flight to and from Jomsom
Exploring traditional farm villages of Mustang People enriched with Buddhist culture.
On high and vast country an extension plateau of South West Tibet
Exploring ancient walled city / village of Lo-Manthang of great interest”

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode:                  Hotel-Lodge on treks.
Trek Grade:                 Moderate and Adventurous.
Activities:                    Sightseeing tour- interesting drive / flights and scenic trekking.
Highest Altitude:         3,950 m high on Lo La pass and 3,810 m at Dhakmar.
Trek duration:             11 Nights and 12 Days (With flights both ways)
Total Trip:                   15 Nights and 16 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season:                        April to October including monsoon period.

Introduction:

Nepal Holiday Organizer present an ever exciting and beautiful Upper Mustang Trekking, a country of great fascination with its rugged arid terrain and landscapes, as Mustang located on an extension of world’s high and huge Tibetan plateau with dramatic sceneries of red canyon and windswept cliffs and high hills a mysterious and spectacular Himalayan destinations.

Upper Mustang Trekking situated in an old Trans Himalayan Caravan and Salt Trade Route to Tibet which is a mere distance from magical former kingdom of Lo-Manthang.

A great adventure starting with a short scenic flight from Pokhara to land at Jomsom town, the headquarter district of Mustang, and then walk leads on dry Kaligandaki River valley to reach lovely and interesting villages of Kagbeni-Chele-Tsuang-Tsarang and into the walled and fort like village at Lo-Manthang, where the Raja / King resides to this day.

The interesting part of the journey is exploring its rich old Buddhist religion and culture on the walk where you will encounter many religious monuments of prayer walls and wheels including old monasteries with ancient artifacts, the scenery on the trek is equally captivating from windswept landscapes with high snow capped peaks of Dhaulagiri-Nilgiri, Bhirkuti and Damodar Himal range.

After a wonderful time around Upper Mustang Trekking with fascinating big walled village of Lo-Manthang, our adventure concludes at Jomsom for the flight back to scenic Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
Day 03: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Tshele 3,050 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: In Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and local visit.
Day 09: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11:  Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara 860 m – 22 mins and transfer to hotel.
Day 15: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 16: International departure homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu after your international flight.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Nepal Holiday Organizer staff and guide for short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Upper Mustang Trekking, our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding trekking - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.

Day 03: Drive on tourist bus to Pokhara (8, 20m | 2,700ft) 200km - 06hrs.
Upper Mustang starts with an interesting and exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at scenic Pokhara, journey leads past farm villages and towns with views of mountains. Drive finally reaches Pokhara and then transfer to your hotel near the pristine and beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the nice hotels are located. 
(option by air takes 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara with alluring views of mountains and landscapes)

Day 03: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight in scenic and beautiful Pokhara, morning taking a flight to Jomsom, with fantastic views of mountains and then landing at Jomsom airport, located above Kali-Gandaki River.

Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district from Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley towards windswept country to reach at Kagbeni village with views of

 Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Himal, Kagbeni a nice village with similar to Tibetan culture and religion of Buddhism, located on the entry and finishing point of Upper Mustang area towards forbidden city of Lo Manthang, on the ancient Himalayan Caravan trade route.

Day 04: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads on uphill trail into canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kailgandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails.

This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.

Day 05: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

From Tshele or Chele, morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area.
After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

From here on down-hill to overnight stop at Geling village via Syangboche village.

Day 06: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

Morning visit old Geling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village.

After few hours of pleasant walk reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buck wheat’s for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.

Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the wall city (actually a large village) guarding this city / village surrounded by high wall.

At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village.

From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks.

Walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on nice trail to reach at Lo Manthang for two nights stop.

Day 08: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within great high wall, visit historical and cultural centre the main attraction of Lo-Manthang.

The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall.
Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit interior of the old palace and to grant audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.

Day 09: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.

After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Marang village, and then walk west using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.

From Dhakmar village, morning walk heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit Geling monastery.

Day 11: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.

Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages.

Walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Tsusang village.

Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk back on same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,720 m - 05 hrs.
From Kagbeni with pleasant walks as the trail descend to Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, an interesting country walk on river valley within dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons. A short walk of few hours brings you at large town in Jomsom the capital of Thakali people of Tibetan Buddhism sects. 

Kaligandaki and lower Mustang area famous for delicious apples and its products, here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juices. The area is also famously known as Apple Pie Trail. 

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Morning transfer to Jomsom small airport for short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, Pokhara with massive Annapurna Mountain views with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located. Afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus transfer to hotel.
Enjoying time in lovely Pokhara with glorious views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time on Upper Mustang trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

(By air 30 minutes of scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu)

Day 16: International departure for home ward bound.
As per your flight time Nepal Holiday Organizer guide and staff transfers you to airport after a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal, a country of Himalayan wonders.

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