Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Total Duration:17
  • Best Time:Fall, Spring
  • Max Elevation:3810 m
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Highlights

Tibet, the border to the north.
Many special management zones due to globally threatened flora and fauna.
Fragile Environment.
Unique culture and heritage.
Forbidden Kingdom until 1991.
Unique mode of settlement with several old monasteries, ancient walled city and reserved caves.

Overview

“Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture. Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.” – Dalai Lama

Until 1992, this Himalayan region was closed for foreigners. Nesting on the Tibetan boarder, this region is dominated by giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Situated at the head of the KALI GANDAKI river in north central Nepal, Mustang is naturally and culturally attractive. Tourists in Upper Mustang can opt for the strangely eroded landscape of this remote territory that presents a vibrant mosaic of earth colors- red, yellows, browns and blues. This location is bestowed with ecological diversities, delightful views of snowy peaks, colorful village, monasteries, ancient palaces.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m)

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara (910 m)

Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom (2720 m) - Kagbeni (2800m)

Day 05: Kagbeni - Chele (3050 m)

Day 06: Chele - Ghiling (3570 m)

Day 07: Ghiling - Charang (3560 m)

Day 08: Charang - Lo Manthang (3810 m)

Day 09: Explore Cave, Monastery, Namgyal (3910 m)

Day 10: Lo Manthang - Dhakmar (3820 m)

Day 11: Dhakmar- Syanboche (3800 m)

Day 12: Syanboche - Chhusang (2980 m)

Day 13: Chhusang - Muktinath (3760 m)

Day 14: Muktinath - Jomsom

Day 15: Jomsom - Pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m) Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara (910 m) Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom (2720 m) - Kagbeni (2800m) Day 05: Kagbeni - Chele (3050 m) Day 06: Chele - Ghiling (3570 m) Day 07: Ghiling - Charang (3560 m) Day 08: Charang - Lo Manthang (3810 m) Day 09: Explore Cave, Monastery, Namgyal (3910 m) Day 10: Lo Manthang - Dhakmar (3820 m) Day 11: Dhakmar- Syanboche (3800 m) Day 12: Syanboche - Chhusang (2980 m) Day 13: Chhusang - Muktinath (3760 m) Day 14: Muktinath - Jomsom Day 15: Jomsom - Pokhara Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu Day 17: Departure

Day 01: Arrival at TRIBHUWAN International Airport (TIA), in Kathmandu (1350 m) and transferred to hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to POKHARA (900 m). It’s 200 km to POKHARA, About six hours scenic drive through PRITHIVI Highway following the river bank of TRISHULI and MARSYANGDI river. If the weather is clear, can view the Himalayan ranges of GANESH HIMAL, MANASLU and ANNAPURUNA.

Day 03: Flight POKHARA - JOMSOM (2720m) and trek to KAGBENI (2810 m)

It’s just a 20 minutes short flight, but amazing flight through the KALIGANDAKI river gorge; the deepest natural river gorge in the world; which lies between two 8000 m giants peaks, Annapurna I (8091 m) & Dhaulagiri (8167 m).

After landing at JOMSOM airport, walk through the east bank of KALIGANDAKI river to Ekle Bhatti (2740 m) about one and half hours. Then another 30 minutes can reach KAGBENI, an oasis-like settlement of flat-roofed houses. There is also a Tibetan Buddhist GOMPA of SAKYAPA sect in the village and views of the GOMPA with Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna.

Day 04: Trek to Chele (3050m)

Walk through a narrow flagstone-paved path, then we enter to the restricted area of Mustang. From here, we continue our walking to east bank of Kaligandaki river. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe (3060 m), Chhusang (2980 m) Then Chele (3050m) with fantastic landscapes. There is a small, but impressive cave in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara, the buddha of Success and Achievement. From Chhusang, 45 minutes walking to Chele, we can see the good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri.

Day 05: Trek to Geling (3570m, 5 - 6 hours walking)

Today we will ascend the treeless, waterless terrain and reach at the Dajori La Pass (3735 m) with views down the valley. After another 30 minutes can reach at Samar(3660 m), a small picturesque village. Then walk through the center of the village and descend to a stream where we can see eroded watercourse, then we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838 m) and Yamda La (3860 m). From here we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-colored hills nearby, then we walk to Syangboche village (3800 m) following MANI walls and STUPAS, then eventually we arrive at the village of Geling. There are 2 GOMPA in the village, the date back to 15th century which are worth visiting.

Day 06: Trek to Charang (3560 m)

Today climb a steep uphill just above the 2 GOMPA and continue walking to a pass (4025 m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurna range. Then we trek down to Ghemi (3520 m), a small settlement of few tea houses, then continue trek down to a stream and cross a suspension bridge and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest MANI wall in Mustang region. Following the trail beside the MANI wall, we climb up another pass of Charang La (3870 m) and descend to Charang, the old capital of Mustang.

Day 07: Trek to Lo Manthang (3809 m)

Short and moderate walking to Lo Manthang, the medieval walled village. We walk following the Charang river to the north and gradually climb up to the Lo La (3950 m) from here we can see the good views of Lo Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass, it is an easy downhill walk to ancient walled capital of Lo Manthang.

Day 08: Explore Lo Manthang

Walk around the valley. There are four major GOMPA which are worth visiting, Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”, Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa, Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the “New Gompa”.

Day 09: Trail ascends steadily, before climbing a ridge at 4070 m and continuing to the Chogo La (4210 m).

This is the highest point on Upper Mustang Trek. The trail then advances to a short, steep descent and crosses the Charang River. Then climb to Lo Geker and arrive at Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We then climb the ridge, cross a valley and alpine meadows, and then drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar.

Day 10: The trail descends, passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar before climbing to a ridge. It further descends to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820 m), dropping again to Chhung-Kah. Then continue to Tama Gaon (3710 m) and down to Shyangmochen.

Day 11: Shyangbochen - Chhusang (2980 m)

Our long hike now follows a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We can also take an alternative route to Samar visiting Ranchung Cave. The alternative route is just 30 minutes longer.

Day 13: Chusang - Muktinath (3760 m)

Following the stream, pass Chhusang village and make a short steep ascent onto the valley floor. We keep ascending until we reach a small pass from where we can see Muktinath and the red painted Buddhist Monasteries. After traversing the pass, we drop down to the stream and cross a suspension bridge. We ascend for a while and walk through the villages to Muktinath. This route is very popular for the Fossil stone “Saligrams” which is mainly found between Tetang and Gyu La Pass (4077 m). It also offers a terrific 140 degree view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan range.

Day 13: Muktinath - Jomsom (2700 m)

Muktinath is one of most important destinations for Hindu pilgrims and as well Buddhists too. In the morning, after visiting Muktinath Temple. We can enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak. There are water spouts which channel into the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Our trail descends through the village of Jharkot where we can explore the Jharkot monastery, this is both a Tibetan herbal medical center and an old fortress. Then continue our trek back to Jomsom.

The views of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village along the way are truly amazing. After passing Ekle Bhatti then will arrive at Jomsom.

Day 15 - Jomsom - Pokhara

Early in the morning, fly to Pokhara. afternoon, Boating at Fewa lake.

Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure

Transfer to Airport for your onward journey.

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