Trip Duration: 23 Days
Trip Grading: Strenuous Plus
Max Altitude: 4325m
Best Time: March -December
Trip Mode: Camping + Tea house
Trek Cost: US$ 2390 pp
The Trans-Himalayan region of Mustang is regarded and the most mysterious and least known place of the country. Known as the Last forbidden Kingdom, the area preserves some of the past remnants of customary Tibetan Buddhist cultural practice. Located in Nepal Tibet border, the landscape of Mustang is similar to that of Tibet which composes of barren and eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces. The trail continues following established trails through villages which once used to fall in the trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These villages are settled in the middle of barley fields accompanied by chortens and monasteries which give a unique essence of enduring Buddhist culture. Mustang lying in the rain shadow area is semi arid desert with deep ravines flanked by snow clad Himalayas. The main eye popping factor of this trek is a visit to Lo Manthang which lies in the heart of Mustang. Lo Manthang is the capital of upper Mustang.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and prepare for the trek
Early in the morning we will enjoy a short airstrip from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. As soon as we land in Pokhara we will have our lunch. In pokhara we will do some sightseeing and prepare ourselves for the trek.
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom(2720m) and trek to Kagbeni(2810m); 3hours
From Pokhara we will take a 22minutes airstrip between the Himalayas with the astonishing view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif to Jomsom. Jomsom is the administrative hub of Mustang. After having breakfast in Jomsom we will start the trek following Kali Gandaki River to Eklebhatti and then to Kagbeni. Stay overnight in hotel in Kagbeni.
Day 5: Trek to Muktinath(3720m) and return to Kagbeni; 6hour
We will wake up early in the morning and trek to the holy temple of Muktinath which is dedicated to lord Bishnu. In the vicinity of temple there is hot water taps which is said to be holy and wash all the sins you have made in your lifetime. After paying our homage to Muktinath we will retrace our path back to Kagbeni for overnight stay.
Day 6: Trek to Chele(3050m); 6hours
Leaving Kagbeni behind us today we will enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Following Kali Gandaki river the trail goes both uphill and downhill to reach the village of Tangbe(3060m). From Tangbe the trail goes downhill through barley, wheat and buckwheat farm to Chhuksang village (2980m). We will continue the walk following Kali Gandaki River to the village of Chele.
Day 7: Trek to Syangboche(3800m); 7hours
From Chele the trail climbs to Eklo Bhatti and then to Taklam La pass(3624m) through flat land which offers the astonishing vista of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. After crossing the pass the trail goes downhill to a small town of Samar. From Samar the trail goes uphill to a stream for another 3hours through the juniper trees to Sangboche.
Day 8: Trek to Ghemi(3520m); 3hours
From Syangboche the trail goes uphill through few tea houses and chortens to Yamda La. Making the way through barley fields the trail climbs to Nyi Pass (13,193ft) and descends to our camping site in Ghemi which is also the third biggest town of the area.
Day 9: Trek to Tsarang(3560m); 3hours
Starting the trek crossing Ghemi Khola the trail takes us to a plateau next to extended Mani wall. From Mani wall the trail climbs to Choya La(3870m) and then to descend to Tsarng which is situated in the amid of corn fields.
Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang(3800m); 4hours
From Tsarang the trail descends offering majestic vista of Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and Annapurna I to Tsarang Chu. From here the trail steeply goes uphill through the rocky trail and enters into Tholung valley. Now the trail goes north and gradually climbs uphill to Lo pass (3850m), and then descends down cross a stream and climb to Lo Manthang. Stay overnight in Lo Manthang.
Day 11: Free day in Lo Manthang
We will take a day to explore and get an insight of mystical and isolated Lo Manthang. The places we will be visiting include Namgyal Gompa and Tinagkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated in a hilltop is also called as local court, from here we will trek to Tingkhar which is the last village in the northwest of Lo Manthang. If time permits we too can visit Tall Champa Lakhang also known as “God House”, Thugchen Gompa and Ghyodi Gompa. Stay overnight in Lo Manthang.
Day 12: Trek to Dhakmar(3820m); 6hours
From Lo Manthang the trail climbs up a ridge to 4070m and continues to Chogo La(4325m) which is the highest point of the trek. From here the trail goes downhill and cross Tsarang river and climbs to Lo Geker and reaches to Ghar gompa. We will climb to the ridge and walk along the alpine pastures and walk downhill to Dhakmar.
Day 13: Trek to Ghiling(3570m); 6hours
From Dhakmar the trail goes downhill through the barren landscape accompanied by mesmerizing Himalayan vista of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri to Ghiling.
Day 14: Trek to Samar (3660m); 4hours
From Ghiling we will trek downhill to the village of Samar.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom(2720m); 3hours
Trek back to Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we will catch a flight back to Pokhara and connect another flight to Kathmandu where the trip comes to an end.
Day 17: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.
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