Go Nepal, Kathmandu Nepal
The Mustang Trek is a journey through Nepal's hidden valleys of Upper Mustang. It is worth noting that it is situated between Tibet and the Himalayas, making it distinct from the rest of the world. Until the 1830s, the walled city of Lomanthang was part of the Tibetan kingdom of Gungthang. The first Lomanthang story is embellished with myths and legends rather than recorded events. Even though the upper part of the Mustang is changing, it continues to astound visitors with its breathtaking views and tenacity in preserving its unique culture. Lo Mangthang has about 275 houses and four castes. The royal caste, commoners, blacksmiths, butchers, and millers Today, solar energy powers the entire town of Lo Manthang. Small decorative grass garden with holy decorations, Mani stones, and, of course, stacked wood.
The Upper Mustangs trek in Nepal was officially opened in 1992. The Mustang Road traverses the legendary forbidden kingdom's vast and arid valleys, eroded canyons, and yak caravans. Furthermore, mud brick houses painted in vibrant colors are located near the majestic Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri mountains. Surprisingly, even during Nepal's monsoon season, this Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best. As a result, it is located in the rain shadow, north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains, and is completely protected from the monsoon. The best part about this cultural trek during the monsoon season is that the city is bustling with locals going about their daily lives. Furthermore, the entire region is in bloom, creating a stunning contrast with the wind-eroded hills, red cliffs, and snowy mountains in the background. As a result, the trip up the Mustang is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the fascinating medieval fortified kingdom of Lo Manthang.
Some Highlights for Upper Mustang Trek:
1. Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang.
2. Stroll through a desert landscape with arrows and cliffs.
3. Lying in the shade of the rain, a beautiful walk to escape the summer monsoon.
4. The rich culture of Nepal - The origin of Tibetan Buddhism Lama.
5. Green and dry landscapes.
6. Tibetan food, dresses, and lifestyle.
7. Human Settlement in Himalayan Range.
8. The oldest monastery in the world.
9. Cave and Geographical Configuration
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of the Go Nepal than who will drop you off hotel. Then we checked into the hotel, we refresh and rest for a while. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be organized by the Go Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
We visit Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Bouddhanath Stupa, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square reveals the life of royalty in antiquity. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the monkey temple and the Baudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At the evening, we introduce ourselves to our fellow participants and discuss our trip for next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
After early breakfast in the morning and then we leave for Pokhara, also known as the City of lake due to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m / 26,794 feet), Manaslu (8,156m / 26,759 feet), Machhapuchhre (6,993m / 22,943 feet), the five Annapurna peaks and others. Then we checked into our hotel and take a break. We enjoy sailing on Fewa Lake and stroll through the picturesque streets of the city. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek
Today we will take a morning flight to Jomsom, famous for its apples, strong winds and scenery. We begin our walk on an open path along a beautiful valley. We cross the village of Eaklibatti before arriving at Jomsom, ideally located on the banks of two rivers. The city is beautiful, with its flat-roofed houses and ruins of an ancient fortress. We will spend the night in Kagbeni.
Day 5 : Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
We review the permits and then we start our walk along a path of the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on the sand in strong winds before climbing a hill. We arrive at the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow streets, white houses, fields of barley and buckwheat and apple orchards. We continue our walk and we pass another town and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk along a ridge before arriving at Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.
Day 6 : Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours
Our trip starting today will be a bit difficult compared to what we have experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, the Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Dajori La pass (3,735m). On our way, we can enjoy excellent views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and we pass through the Ramchung cave. We stroll down a little further and arrive at the town of Samar. From here we walk along a path over the village and arrive at a ridge. Next, we descend a steep path to a stream and continue our trip to Syanboche. Overnight at Syanboche.
Day 7 : Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours
We climb to the Yamda La pass at 3,850 m. On the way we will pass by some tea houses, chortens and beautiful villages. We cross poplar forests and barley fields to reach the Nyi pass at 4,010 m. From here we descend to Ghami, which is one of the largest villages in the Lo region. The city is beautiful, with fields that surround the entire city. Overnight in Ghami.
Day 8 : Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with Mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.
Day 9 : Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours
We begin our trek downhill towards a canyon and cross a river before starting our hike uphill to the Lo La pass at 3950 m. From the top of the pass, you can admire the beautiful village of Lo Manthang. From the pass, we descend to Lo Manthang, a beautiful fortified town. From there, the view of the Himalayas, including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti peak and Damodar Kunda (pond), is a pretty good. Night at Lo-Manthang.
Day 10 : Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
Lo Manthang is a fortified city located in the remote region of Upper Mustang in Nepal. We spent the day visiting three of the main gompas of the city: Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All these gompas have been restored by experts over the past two decades. We can also hike to Tingkhar, which is a beautiful village located northwest of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Day 11 : Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours
We walk on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our path passes through the village of Gyakar, which houses a centennial Ghar Gompa with beautiful cave paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish in the Gompa will enforce it. We explore the Gompa and continue our trip to Drakmar to spend the night.
Day 12 : Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours
We start our walk early to avoid strong winds and descend for most of the walk. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as it is more likely that we will experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still have good views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the town in the afternoon. Overnight in Ghiling.
Day 13 : Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
We start our walk after breakfast. We walk as before, before climbing to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy excellent views of the Himalayas and the small towns we have crossed. We will spend the night in Chhuksang.
Day 14 : Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours
Today is the last day of our walk and it is long. After a trek for a while, we reach the end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch in Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trip to Jomsom for the night.
Day 15 : Fly back to Pokhara
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The plane crosses a gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains, making this flight an incredible experience. Once in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 16 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful northern horizon of Pokhara and head towards Kathmandu. This will be a trip along the banks of the river with wonderful views of the terraced hills and the Nepalese rural lifestyle. After arriving in Kathmandu, we take a break or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17 : Final departure
Our trip to Mustang in Nepal ends today. A representative from the Go Nepal will drive you to the airport about three hours before the planned flight. On your return flight, you can bring back incredible memories of your trip to Upper Mustang and Nepal.
1. The Upper Mustang trek leads to the Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo, and its hidden Buddhist world.
2. This exciting trip includes panoramic views of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri mountains, among others.
3. The trek is relatively high in altitude (3,000m to 3,800m), which is heightened by the dry air.