Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking (13 days)

The historical remote 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.  

Detail Itinerary:

  • Day 01: From Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m)
  • Day 02: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni. (2,800m)
  • Day 03: Trek to Chele(3,050m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Geling (3,440m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Charang (3,490m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m)
  • Day 07: Explore Day at Lomanthang.
  • Day 08: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk
  • Day 09: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m), 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 10: Ghiling to Chele (3050m), 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 11: Chele to Jomsom (2700m), 6-7 hrs walk
  • Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)
  • Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m) 7-8 hrs drive
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Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: From Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m)

Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore of the landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side, evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni. (2,800m)

Take an early morning flight to Jomsom (windy valley). Then after some initial preparation, our trek leads towards the northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views 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.

  

Day 03: Trek to Chele(3,050m)

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 Chhusang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.

 

Day 04: Trek to Geling (3,440m)

After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar to a ridge and then descends into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which 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.

 

Day 05: Trek to Charang (3,490m)

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.  

 

Day 06: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m)

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.

 

Day 07: Explore Day at Lomanthang.

We have allowed full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen) is the attraction as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Although the raja's function is now finished as we have republican democracy. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. There are many places to explore and manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires the donations and entry fees which is made by your own.Overnight at Lomanthang.

 

Day 08: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang  we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During the walk you'll suffer the dusty wind so we suggest walking in the morning. Overnight at Ghar Gumpa.

 

Day 09: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m), 5-6 hrs walk

Continue down to the valley at Ghiling which will be dusty day. Evening we explore area but we explore evening time due to the windy and dusty. Overnight at Ghiling.

 

Day 10: Ghiling to Chele (3050m), 5-6 hrs walk

Today we walk same trail back to Chele. You will have wonderful scenery during your walking with the great Himalayan view with wonderful landscape. Overnight stay at Chele.

 

Day 11: Chele to Jomsom (2700m), 6-7 hrs walk

This will be our last day of trek which is quiet long. We will be walking through the valley all the time to get in to the Kagbeni where we had our first night of the trek at the beginning. Once we reach Jomson, we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey. Stay overnight at Jomsom.

 

Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

After breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between George of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri which is known as the deepest George in the world. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. 

 

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m) 7-8 hrs drive

Morning at 7 am, we'll drive to Kathmandu through the Prithivi highway which is the same route we drive to Kathmandu on our way to Pokhara. It is interesting driving route where one can enjoy the scenery of natural beauty. Afternoon arrive Kathmandu and we will host farewell dinner at Nepalese restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

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