Mustang is an extension of the Tibetan plateau and its traditions, culture, landscape is also highly inclined towards the Tibetan side. This area was forbidden for any visitors until the past few decades. However, Things has changed and the people here are one of the most friendly and welcoming in nature throughout Nepal. Lo Manthang which lies in the upper mustang region is still one of the most secluded places in Nepal as very less tourist go there however the
number of tourist is on rise.
Mustang, the old kingdom of Lo has a capital which is called Jomsom. However, the real authentic Tibetan district starts north of Kagbeni often referred to as Upper Mustang.
Mustang, situated in an elevation of 3962m, located north of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains is also often referred to as kingdom behind the mountains. Mustang is a big arid and dry valley with characteristics of colorful stratified rock formations, eroded canyons and has a barren, desert like appearance.
Acknowledging the specialty of this ancient, small kingdom, locals have imposed a surcharge to visit past through Kagbeni which will help for the development of the place. Area past through Kagbeni has only been allowed for visitors after 1992 and you will be a part of a minority group to visit this secluded place if you wish to take this trip.
Mustang is one of the secluded regions in Nepal with strong cultural, traditional values. The geography of the place is also quite amazing as it lies behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. With legal trekking groups only being allowed in for the first time in March 1992 and is still untouched by the outside civilization, you would be part of a small privileged minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal. There is tremendous amount of undulating trail with ample passes ranging from 3500m to 4200m.
Accommodation on local lodges owned by indigenous locals. cultures and landscapes with views of peaks, visiting traditional villages in the rich Buddhist culture with old monasteries of ancient Buddhist cultures and custom.
Mustang treks gives you the glimpse of the forbidden kingdom with dry and arid valley, colorful painted mud brick house amidst the great Himalayan range.
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Note: Accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be covered by the client themselves.
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Early breakfast, then a bus ride to Pokhara on a scenic highway. The ride is an interesting one along the lush foothills following the banks of Trisuli and Marsyangdi rivers past several roadside settlements that give nice glimpses of Nepal’s rural life. The road has been greatly improved in recent years so you can read, chat or look out the window in total comfort. On arrival in Pokhara, hotel transfer by the large and beautiful Phewa Lake for the night stay.
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport for the flight to Jomsom. On reaching Jomsom our trekking crew and guides will receive for the short trek to Kagbeni and onwards. The walk is pleasant with few ups and downs most of the way to Ekale Bhatti (lonely inn) on the Kaligandaki riverbed. From here the path splits into two ways, the higher trail leads to Muktinath and the other one to upper Mustang and Tibet via Kagbeni. Our trail leads past Ekale Bhatti northwest further along the wide riverbed towards the windswept village of Kagbeni for the overnight halt.
The trail goes uphill for half an hour leaving the Kaligandaki river behind for a while and passes through harsh barren countryside and a few small villages eventually coming to the village of Tangbe. Another hour of good walk brings you to the overnight stop at Chusang, lined up with few trees amidst the red earth surrounding. Chusang lies at the confluence of the Narsang stream and the Kaligandaki river.
Today's walk first leads to Chele village after crossing the stream through the broken canyons and ruins of a fort on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river can be seen spectacular red eroded cliffs above the mouths of inaccessible caves. An uphill walk for 45 minutes brings you to Chele village then the trail becomes steeper for an hour up to the ridge at 3130m/10269ft.Good view of Gyagar across a huge canyon. The trek continues with a slow climb on the windswept terrain till we reach a pass at 3540m/11614ft. From here a gradual descent leads you to Samar for the overnight stop.
The trail leads to a ridge above Samar village then descends downhill leading to a large gorge past a chorten painted with red, black, yellow and white—all the colors are made from rock minerals. The journey continues into another valley with juniper trees. After crossing a stream, it's an uphill walk to a ridge at 3800m, then the trail climbs over to another pass, from here the route descends to Shyangmochen 3710m/12172ft, a small settlement with few teashops. After a good rest, the trek continues ascending to a pass at 3770m/12369ft entering a huge valley, a downhill path leads to Ghiling with its large fields of barley on the outskirt of the village.
From Gheling, the route climbs gradually through the fields up the centre of the valley, passing below the Tama Gung settlement. Then it's a long ascent across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass 3950m, the highest point of this trek. A gradual descent of half an hour brings to a fork; the right path leads to Tsarang the left leads to Ghami village. Our route drops below the blue, grey and red cliffs, visible across the valley, to a metal bridge over the Tangmarchu river and climbs past the long and magnificent stretch of mani wall, probably the longest one in Nepal. From here it's the final climb of the day to a pass at 3600m then a gentle descent leads to the overnight Tsarang, an interesting village with a huge five-storeyed white Dzong and a red gompa perched on the edge of the Kaligandaki gorge. Interestingly Tsarang has its own electricity system.
Today's walk leads to Lo Manthang, the trek begins with a short descent across the Charangchu river followed by a steep climb on a ridge, then a walk through the Tholung Valley. The trail climbs gently northwards to a large chorten, which marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo. Climbing further ahead we come to a great wide windswept landscape, finally reaching a ridge at 3850m/12631ft with a grand view of the walled village of Lo Manthang. A short descent to the stream and a short climb to the plateau leads you to the southern wall of Lo Manthang village. As the only entrance to the village is located in the northeast corner, one has to circumambulate to the main entrance gate.
This large village has over 150 closely-packed households and a number of residences for the lamas. The palace and monasteries are in the bottom portion and the school, health post, police post and several important chortens are located outside the walls. Despite the apparent squalor of Lo Manthang, the village is prosperous and maintains a strong sense of community. Though the people call themselves Lobas, people from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practice a practical economic culture. Before its strong trade links with Tibet was disrupted, all the salt and wool trade in the Kaligandaki valley passed through Lo Manthang bringing substantial amount of money to this great village town. The Mustang raja's palace is an imposing four-storey building in the centre of the city and home of the present raja, Jigme Parbal Bista, and the Rani (queen), who is from the noble family of Shigatse, a city en route to Lhasa.
Today's walk involves more descents and only a few short climbs. Once outside the walls of Lo Manthang, the path leads to a steady climb to a viewpoint offering the last glimpse of Lo Manthang, the walk from here is on a gradual trail down the hill slopes, most of the way to Ghami village, another important village of this region.
The trail heads to Nyi La after a climb to the ridge and contouring upwards till we encounter the road from Tsarang. Then it's a steep descent all the way to Geling valley and across it to a lone teahouse then a gentle walk downhill to the small settlement of Tama Gung. A steep switchback leads to a stream and the trail climbs to a large painted chorten from where it is an easy walk to Samar.
Our route from Samar diverts towards an area less visited by western trekkers, the first portion is a 2-3 hours downhill walk through Chele village then eventually to Mustang Khola. From here it's an uphill walk for another 2 hours towards the remote village of Chhomang 2940m/9646ft. The trail goes high above this village coming to our overnight camp near the pass at Yak Kharka. Depending upon the time of our arrival and the availability of clean water we may camp on a nice grassy field before reaching the pass.
After spending days in the isolated upper part of Mustang, you'll be seeing more fellow trekkers proceeding from other regions of northern Annapurna via Thorang La and from Kagbeni. The trail from the camp leads to a slow climb of less than an hour towards a pass at 3970m/13025ft then goes downhill most of the way to Muktinath with superb views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peaks and the plain of Kaligandaki valley till we reach the village of Dzong. From here it's an easy trail that gets better nearing the holy place of Muktinath where we camp overnight and have time to visit the temple and its 108 stone water spouts. Bathing in all the spouts is believed to wash away your sins, give it a try!
The trek from Muktinath to Jomsom is the most pleasant walk of this trek as you lose altitude down to Ekle Bhatti in the Kaligandaki river valley, after an hour or more, passing through the old village of Jharkot. The valley can be quite windy in the afternoon, the walk follows a gentle trail for another two hours from Jharkot till Jomsom is reached for the overnight camp. Jomsom is a large mountain town with a small airstrip just above Kaligandaki river. You will have time to celebrate with the local apple cider, brandy and juice that Jomsom is famous all over Nepal.
Early morning, we board the scenic 25 minutes morning flight to Pokhara. Flights are normally scheduled in the morning because of the wind in the afternoon and sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reasons. Then we catch another scenic flight to Kathmandu. During both flights you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the amazing Himalayan peaks and ranges. At the Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the hotel
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