The trek goes from Nar village through isolated region to the semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang near the Tibetan border.
Upper Mustang located in the north central part of Nepal in the top of Kali Gandaki River, is opened for trekkers since 1992. It is regarded as the most unanticipated, mysterious and least known part of the country. Landscape here is barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars with irregular moraine terraces, which forms a vivid array of earthen reds, yellow and brown. Popular among the travelers as “Hidden Valley”; Upper Mustang trek is a easy trekking and appropriate for all ages along the permitted route to Lo Manthang( a small country under Nepalese principality titular King, Jigme Palwar Bista).
Leaving Annapurna Circuit at Chame, we will walk to the remote and isolated village of Nar. Leaving the village of Nar behind us we will cross rarely visited Teri La pass (5,595m) and enter into Upper Mustang.
Each year about 700 trekkers visit the area. Strong wind blows across the area in the afternoon. Situated in the rain shadow area, Mustang receives relatively less rainfall than the other part of the country.
Day 01: 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 02: 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. 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 03: Drive to Besi Sahar(760m)
Today early in the morning we will drive towards Besi sahar the starting point of the trek. Following the Trishuli river with the spectacular vista of green hills, snow clad Himalayas, farmed slopes and infinite natural beauty to Besi Sahar.
Day 04: Trek to Chamje(1,430m)
Leaving Besi Sahar behind us the trail goes uphill to Marshyangdi River through the typical Gurung village with the astonishing vista of Syange waterfalls. Making our way through the stone village of Jagat which in the past used to be Tibetan salt trade hub; the trail descends and climbs through rugged forest to the Tibetan influenced village of Chamje crossing the suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River.
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani(1,940m)
From Chamje the trail steadily goes uphill to Tal(1700m), a former lakebed. From Tal the trail continues through the field of barley, wheat and potato along with pine forest to the village of Kodo and to Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the biggest Tibetan villages in the Manang valley.
Day 06: Trek to Chame(2,700m)
Today the trail steeply goes through the forested ridges along with several landslides in route to the west of the valley. Watching the awe-inspiring vista of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV to Chame crossing a magnificent align of Man walls nearby. In Chame we will drench ourselves in hot spring which adds relief to the long day trek.
Day 07: Trek to Dharmasala(3250m)
Crossing the suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River the trail goes uphill to Nar Phu Khola. We will be trekking through densely forest gorge overlooking the invincible vista of Annapurna massif. Crossing another suspension bridge we will trek to Hulaki Odar(3080m) to a small hot spring and then to Dharmasala. Stay overnight at local lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Naar(4,100m).
Day 09: Acclimatization and rest day in Nar village.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka(4,400m).
Day 11: Trek to Lapse Khola Camp (4,500m)
Day 12: Trek to High Camp (4,900m)
Day 13: Cross Teri La (5595m) and trek downhill to Pasphu Khola Camp (4750m)
Day 14: Trek to Yakpa(4300m)
Day 15: Trek to Tangga(3300m)
Day 16: Trek to Yara Gaon(3600m)
Day 17: Trek to Lo Manthang(3770m)
Day 18: Explore Lo Manthang(3770m)
Today we will take a extra day to explore the surrounding area of Lo Manthang. We will be visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal gompa situated in a hilltop is one of the important monasteries among the local people and also act as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa we will walk to Tingkhar which is last main village to the northwest of Lo Manthang. Or you too may visit Champa Lakhang( God House) or Thugchen Gompa or Chyodi Gompa which are other main attraction of this place. Other place of attraction includes a four storey palace and astonishing Himalayan vista.
Day 19: Trek to Ghemi(3,500m)
From Lo Manthang the trail goes downhill to Ghami.
Day 20: Trek to Samar (3600m)
Day 21: Trek to Kagbeni(2800m)
Day 22: Trek to Jomsom(2670m)
Day 23: Early in the morning take a flight to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Final Departure