upper Mustang trek - Last Forbidden Kingdom In Nepal

Duration:15 Days| Difficulty: Moderate

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The upper Mustang area is a recently opened trekking region.allowing foreign visitors only since 15 years ago. It's a rare privilege and required restricted area permit. It's a hidden kingdom that had not been in touch with Nepal for several hundred years making the culture there very unique from the rest of Nepal.

This is area is full of historical and religious monuments,natural and geographical diversity . we will come across ancient caves, holy fossil rocks, deserted land territory and cliffs Geographically part of the Tibetan plateau, the upper mustang area is rich in Tibetan culture, especially in the ancient capital Lo Manthang.Lo manthang is a beautiful small town with only around 150 houses, the old King's palace and the Chode Lhakhang, a monastery which is around 200 years old.

Being located in the Annapurna conservation area on the trail to Upper Mustang we can see the glorious panorama of the mountain ranges including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu range (8,163m)

For our trek to Upper manang, we first fly to Jomsom from Pokhara Airport and head towards Kagbeni , the gateway to Upper Mustang trekking. The trail continues Chele,Syangboche,Ghyami ,Tsarang, , Ghiling and Lo- Manthang, We also explore the holy temple of Muktinath. Overall it is a moderate level trekking and the best way to explore the unique cultures and traditions of upper mustang and the natural beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

Day 01 - Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) 200 km west of the Kathmandu Valley - 6-7 hrs

After an early breakfast we go to Pokhara by a tourist bus (6-7 hours drive). On our way we can

see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manasulu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travelers. Accommodation at Hotel near Lakeside. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 02 - Fly to Jomsom (2720 m/8915 ft)- 25 minutes flight and trek to Kagbeni(2800 m/9500 ft) - 4 hrs


We go on an early morning flight to Jomsom. During the early morning the weather is the
clearest and you will see spectacular mountain views as we pass through two eight thousanders
mountains between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, following along the world’s deepest gorge. The
landscape below is absolutely breathtaking. We land in Jomsom, district headquarters of
Mustang. Here we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. The route follows a pleasant trail up the arid valley of the Kali Gandaki River to the fort of Kagbeni, an ancient trade post with a Buddhist monastery. Kagbeni is just south of the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Overnight at Lodge.included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03 - Trek to Chele (3055 m/10,025 ft) –5-6hrs


After leaving Kagbeni, we register our documents at the check post to the restricted area we start trekking early morning to avoid the heavy Mustang wind in the afternoon. We follow the east bank of the river to Chuksang, On the way we can see Mt. Nilgiri glowing orange from the sunrays.the area beside the river can be windy and have dust blowing, we will need sunglasses and perhaps a face mask or cloth for our nose and mouth. Passing by Mustang’s trademark red sandstone pillars and rock formations, formed by thousands of years of erosion we reach the village of Tangbe. It's a pretty village with red and white washed houses and picturesque apple orchards and barley fields then we follow a relatively narrow canyon to Chele, a small town along a ridge. The otherworldly location is spectacular. Overnight at Lodge.included meals (breakfast , lunch , dinner)

Day 04 - Trek to Syangboche (3930 m/11,400 ft) –5-6hrs


From Chele, we climb a steep spur and then continue up a steep canyon to Eklo Bhatti and ascend up to the Taklam La (3,625 m/11,940 ft), a high pass. Transcending beyond the pass we go down to Samar, we can see the beautiful view of Mount Nilgiri from Samar. This is a usual place to stop for horse and mule caravans From here we go on a downhill path leading to a large gorge past Rangchyung Chorten that's painted red, black, yellow and white. You'll get a magical view of Mt. Everest from Syangboche the home of Nepali-Tibetan Sherpa is known as Solu Khumbu. They belong to Nyingma-pa Tibetan Buddhist sect and practice their own Buddhist tradition and custom which was brought when they migrated from Tibet to Nepal. The region north from Jorsale is just about 113 sq. km is under Sagarmatha National Park. Blue pine, fir and juniper forests grow in lower elevation and birch and rhododendron forests in between 3300 m to 4000 m The trail goes through some Juniper then the path descends to Shyanmochen, a tiny village with some tea houses at 3,710m Overnight at Lodge.included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05 - Trek to Ghami (3,520m/11,535) ft 5-6 hrs


The day begins with an ascent up to another pass, this one is called the Yamda La (3,845m/12,655 ft), and through astonishing landscape of desert and a few remote settlements and their nearby crops. Again, We Then the trail climbs up from Shyangbochen leading up to a large valley then descends to a wide barley field at Gelling. The houses here are painted white and ochre and made of mud and stones, just like in Mustang From Geling, we go up to the settlement of Tama Gun and make our way to climb a pass known as the Nyi La (4015 m/13,205ft) .descending from the pass is quite calm, from there we come up to a trail junction we take the left trail that leads to Ghami. Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06 - Trek to Tsarang (3505 m/11,500 ft) –5-6hrs

Today's trek may be through maybe the driest part of Mustang, However, those heavenly perspectives of the countryside, starting with the tender forms of the north of the rough mountains in the east and west, compensates for the difficult climb.Finally, we arrive at Tsarang,an extensive spread-out town with around 1000 inhabitants.Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07 - Trek to Lo Manthang (3810 m/12,135ft) -5hrs


Starting on flat land, we ascend over yet another pass and enjoy the delightful in view of the valley below. We will also be able to see Lo Mathang. We go down take a and enter Lo Mathang from the north Overnight at lodge.Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08 - Rest and Exploration Day, Lo Manthang


Today will be the day to explore Lo Manthang (One of the best places with full of historical things on our Upper Mustang trek), a walled city with around 150 houses. This is an ancient city, said to have existed before the 1390s approximately. Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo from its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal. The village is best known for its tall whitewashed mud-brick walls, gompas and the Royal King's Palace (Maharaja Palace), a nine-cornered, five-story structure built around 1400 (older than anything that exists now in the world with such architecture). There are four major temples: Jampa Gompa(Jampa Lhakhang ), the oldest beauty of art, built in the early around 15th century and also known as the "God's house" (Also Thubchen Gompa), a huge, red mass assembly hall inside the God's house and gompa built in around the late 15th century situated just southwest of Jampa Gompa( Chodey Gompa), now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the "Naya Gompa". Even though foreign visitors were allowed in the kingdom after 1992 only, after such a long time of the historical tourism to Upper Mustang remains limited yet. So today in gist we explore the Gompas and Royal Palace including the Jampa Gompa, Thubten Gompa, Chodey Gompa and Choprang Gompa. You can even visit Tingkat- a home to around 40 houses. Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). In this way, Our Exploration Day to Lo Manthang will be successful and it's for sure it will be the best part of our Upper Mustang Trek.

Day 09 - Trek to ghami (3520m) - 6/7 hrs

From Lo Manthang, we head south towards Kagbeni. We will not take the same route we took to arrive Lo Manthang. As we journey to Drakmar we will also make it sure we head to the famous Ghar Monastery decorated with beautiful wall paint Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10 - Trek to Samar(3700m) - 6/7 hrs

We trek through remote and arid landscape very carefully taking all the magical views about there. It's mostly downhill but required a short climb up the bridge then we descend down to Ghami, Then we head to Nyi la we go over it to reach Gelling finally. We cross streams and climb up to a largely painted chorten. After walking further we reach our destination at Geling Overnight at lodge.Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 - Day 11 : Trek to Chhusang (2980m) - 5/6 hrs

From Geling we join the regular trekking tail to Chhusang and continue towards Chungsi Cave Monastory- one of Gellinghighlight from The Upper Mustang region of Nepal on our way built beside vertical canyon wall, this is will know as the place Padmasambhava meditated with. After crossing two deep valleys we reach the riverbed of the Kali Gandaki and then follow the trail to Kagben, an ancient trade post with a Buddhist monastery, Overnight at lodge. Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 - Trek to Muktinath (3,760M) 6 /7- hrs

Today we go to the valley to the direction of Gyu la pass (4077m), one of the highest passes in the world. We are now on the world famous Annapurna circuit route, but we will cross the pass from another direction. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We make a scenic climb up the Jhong River valley with marvelous scenery along the way. The trail passes ancient villages on the way to Muktinath, Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it ‘Chumig Gyatsa,’ which in Tibetan means "A Hundred Waters". The temple’s walled complex has a Buddhists monastery and Hindu shrines, 108 bathing spouts and even an ‘eternal flame’.Then we'll go for Tangey trek towards Pa where are possibilities to get water so we will have our lunch at Pa after Pa we will trek Tetang Camp at Tetang. After an early start, we have a good view of the village of Tetang, which consists of two separate settlements surrounded by high walls and from a distance looks like a large fort. The ascent to a plateau is steep and the trail here can be rather difficult to locate. There is an easy walk over a plain, after which comes about three hours of steep walking uphill, with the narrow trail getting precipitous at times, with loose black gravel. After ascending high in the valley the trail makes a right turn and the pass becomes visible above. At the pass, the mountains seem amazingly close, with Thorung, although the lowest peak, looking particularly impressive, having large glaciers clinging to its steep flanks. Overnight at the lodge. I ncluded Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 - Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,915 ft)– 5hrs


We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. We make a journey down the valley to Jharkot and Khingar where there are beautiful monasteries that you can explore as we lose elevation and gradually join the Kali Gandaki River valley bottom and the trail leads to Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang.Jomsom market area may seem like a big change from the serene trails and villages that we have visited. Rest and refresh at the lodge or explore Jomsom bazaar. Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 - Early morning flight to Pokhara(820 m/ 2,690 ft)-25 minute flight, (and optional flight back to Kathmandu).


We say goodbye to Mustang today and will have an early morning flight back through the Kali Gandaki Valley’s southern section. The scenic flight returns us to Pokhara. (We can then connect with a flight back to the ancient city of Kathmandu, or take a day of exploration of Pokhara and tourist bus to Kathmandu the following day). The rest of the day is yours to explore the city and perhaps go souvenir shopping or just relax in the tourist haven Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 - Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) - 6-7hrs


Today is an early start as we depart by tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. Its a 200 Km route that first follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu.You may also choose to return by a 25 minute flight (not included in package).Our trek package completes at Kathmandu Accommodation at selected Hotel in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Trip Duration

15 Days

Destination

Mustang Treks

Country

nepal

Group Size

2-12

Difficulty

Moderate

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