The Mustang Trek is an exploration of the hidden valleys of Upper Mustang in Nepal. It is interesting to note that it is located between Tibet and the Himalayas, a place different from the rest of the world. The walled city of Lomanthang was part of the Tibetan kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830s. The first story of Lomanthang is adorned with myths and legends rather than recorded events. Even though the upper part of the Mustang is changing, it still surprises visitors with its breathtaking view and the stubborn way in which it clings to its unique culture. There are about 275 houses in Lo Mangthang with four castes. The royal caste, ordinary people, blacksmiths, butchers and millers. The whole town of Lo Manthang has solar electricity today. Small decorative style grass garden with several holy decorations, Mani stones and, of course, stacked wood.
The trek of the Upper Mustangs in Nepal was officially opened in 1992. The Mustang Road deploys the vast and arid valleys of the legendary forbidden kingdom, eroded canyons and yak caravans. In addition, mud brick houses painted in colours adjacent to the majestic Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Surprisingly, this trekking in Upper Mustang is one of the best to do even during the monsoon season in Nepal. Therefore, it lies in the shadow of the rain, north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain, completely sheltered from the monsoon. The best thing about this cultural trek during the monsoon season is that the city is filled with local people busy with their daily tasks. Moreover, the whole region is in bloom, which really contrasts with the wind-eroded hills, the red cliffs and the snowy mountains in the background- a magnificent view. Therefore, the trip up the Mustang is once in a destination of life to explore the fascinating medieval fortified kingdom of Lo Manthang.
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
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of the Taleju Adventure 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 Taleju Adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our trip to Mustang in Nepal ends today. A representative from the Taleju Adventure 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.
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