Lo-Manthang Trekking

Lo-Manthang Trekking (15 days)

Mustang is situated north of the Annapurna Himal on the borders of Tibet, which geographically it is part of. It was a separate Kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal as late as 1950, the "Raja" of Mustang still maintains his residence in Lo-Mantang (the region's Capital). Mustang's wealth was derived from being a major trading hub on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route to Tibet. Our destination is the exotic walled capital city of Lo Manthang. Built in 1380 A. D. by the first King of Lo, the city stands as a testimony to Lo-Manthang prosperity of rich cultural heritage. The city wall some 700 m. long and 8 m. high, has a series of 14 towers along its periphery these were guard towers in the past protecting the town from its enemies. The Kings Palace is surrounded by a maize of gompas and private houses all enshrined within the city boundary walls. This trip is rated moderately challenging. Porters will carry all gear except individual participant's day pack. Walking time each day varies from five to eight hours depending on individual pace. Most days will involve crossing at least two passes at an altitude near 3500m. Although this trek is not an easy stroll in the park, anyone in reasonably fit condition and having the right mental attitude should do just fine.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 02: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni
Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele (3100m)
Day 04: Chele to Geling (3570m)
Day 05: Geling to Charang (3560m)
Day 06: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)
Day 07: In Lo Mathang
Day 08: Trip around Lo Manthang
Day 09: Lo Manthang to Drakmar
Day 10: Drakmar to Shyangmochen
Day 11: Shyangmochen to Chhuksang
Day 12: Chhuksang to Kagbeni
Day 13: Kagbeni to Jomsom
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu

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Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Ahead to Pokhara by car, van or flight.

Day 02: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni
Fly to Jomsom. From Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route forward to Eklebhatti and reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the route meets the junction where the trail splits for Muktinath, the pilgrimage temple and for Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area; it is a hive of activity for donkey and yak caravans coming and going to and from mustang and for pilgrims taking a rest on route to Mukthinath. In Kagbeni, you can easily spend a few hours wondering around taking in this lovely village.

Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele (3100m)
From Kagbeni you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail makes several ups and downs to arrive at Tangbe village (3060m). Walking further and descending you will reach to Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see many beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields. From Chhuksang making more ups and downs along the Kali Gandaki River you will get to Chele village.

Day 04: Chele to Geling (3570m)
From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele La (3630m) (pass). After crossing the ridge from Chele La the trail enters a large sided valley and descends to Samar (3620m) where you will have views of the distant Annapurna Himal dominated by Nil Giri. The trail climbs up to the Bhena La (3830m) and to Bhena (3860m). Climbing to another pass, the Yamdo La (4010m), you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling, spend some time here soaking up the village atmosphere.

Day 05: Geling to Charang (3560m)
Turning west from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi La (4020m). The trail then drops steeply to Ghemi (3510m), a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. From Ghemi the trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Choya la (3870m). Making a gentle descent the trail reaches to Chharang.

 
Day 06: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)
The trail descends from Charang, crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail, then enters the Tholung valley. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten, then crosses a stream and reaches the LoLa (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. Descending for some time the trail crosses a stream and climbs up to Lo Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortens.

Day 07: In Lo Mathang

This day will be spent in this mystical and isolated city. You will awake to the mystical sounds of monks chanting and the heady sent of temple candles. After having breakfast you will visit the four major temples within the city walls. The major attraction of this area is the three storey of Jampa Lhakhang, the red Thubchen gompa with a massive assembly hall, Chodey gompa and Choprang gompa. After visiting the temples you will take a walk to visit the ACAP office and to Tarchun Gurung’s shop where you can climb up to the roof for a view of the town, and buy a memento to take away with you. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp.


Day 08: Trip around Lo Manthang
Again you spend another day in Lo Manthang getting to know the place and getting an incite into how the people live in this remote and arid landscape. After having breakfast you will visit the rajaŠŐ» Place which is an imposing four storey building in the centre of the city. Then you will hire a horse to visit some other villages in this area where you will observe the local culture, life style, tradition and warm heartedness of these people. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp.

Day 09: Lo Manthang to Drakmar
From Lo Manthang the 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 you will reach Drakmar.

Day 10: Drakmar to Shyangmochen
The trail descends passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar, then climbs to a ridge and descends to the lower part of Ghemi and further descending you will reach to Jaite (3820m) and descend again gently to Chhung-Kah. The trail then reaches to Tama Gaon (3710m) and continues descending to Shyangmochen.


Day 11: Shyangmochen to Chhuksang
From Shyangmochen the trail follows the quite stream all the way down to Chhuksang.

Day 12: Chhuksang to Kagbeni
Trek back to Kagbeni from Chhuksang.

Day 13: Kagbeni to Jomsom
Trek back to Jomsom.

Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu.

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