Upper Mustang Trek
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP
Experience the real Tibetan life/ Explore ancient Buddhist monastery and primitive life/ Visit hidden kingdom. Best Season : March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and early November.Difficulty: Mustang trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. And it does not require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical conditioning and be able to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack.
Special requirements for Mustang Trekking
you need to have special trekking permit to enter Mustang area. The permit fee is US $ 500 per person for a period of 10 days. Counting starts from Kagbeni once you enter restricted area. For any extra days in restricted area you have to pay US $50 per day.
Mustang trek starts from Pokhara. We can fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the main gate to entry in Upper Mustang area.Mustang trek in Nepal introduces you to the ancient cave civilization and the rural communities of Mustang ancient and forbidden wall kingdom. Often referred to as little Tibet of Nepal, Upper Mustang is known as a kingdom within the kingdom of Nepal remaining isolated and aloof from the outer world and modern civilization for centuries. Trek to Upper Mustang is known by different names such as Mustang ancient and forbidden wall kingdom trekking, Lo Manthang trekking, Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal or Tiji festival trek in Mustang. This is a control trekking area requiring Mustang trek special permit. Trekking in Nepal to explore upper Mustang region can be a rewarding opportunity to uncover many myths of such unique places on earth.
Tiji is the main Festival in Mustang.It comes every year in May. The festival is fixed by main Lama from Tibetan calender.It goes up to three days.Tiji Festival – Lo Manthang presents a concise overview of the land and people of Lo, the history of Tiji and its significance, as well as the main events of the festival and the role of the community in it. The booklet is designed in a colorful and eye catching manner. It contains a number of highly engaging photographs of the festival and the region itself, including the unfurling of a distinctive Thangka depicting Padmasambhava. The booklet was written by Tsewang Bista and Dr Kesang D B Bista from the Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation, and is dedicated to His Eminence, the late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (1919-2007), Head of the Tsharpa branch of the Sakyapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 01 – Arrival in kathmandu
upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Day 02 – Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley
Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03 – Kathmandu-Pokhara
we fly west from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the Gem of Nepal and the starting point for Annapurna treks. Take some time in Pokhara to enjoy the town, the dramatic scenery, and walk along the shores of Phewa Lake.
Day 04 – Pokhara-Kagbeni
A short flight to Jomsom, the administrative capital of the Mustang district, reveals spectacular views of the region. From Jomsom we trek north to Kagbeni, the last settlement in lower Mustang and the most ethnically Tibetan in the unrestricted area. We stay overnight here.
Day 05 – Kagbeni-Chele (3100 metres).
We enter the restricted area of upper Mustang today, trekking along the Kali Gandaki gorge to the village of Chele. This cluster of whitewashed buildings is huddled at the base of a sheer cliff. The flat roofs of the houses serve as safe storage for the stacks of precious firewood used for cooking and heating. Life here has not changed much over the past centuries.
Day 06 – Chele-Geling (3570 metres).
Traveling west from Chele, today we cross several mountain passes (Chele, Bhena and Yamdo). Rock formations chiseled by wind and weather line the route, providing a feast for the eyes. From Shyangmochen (3800 metres) we descend to Geling. Set in a green oasis of barley fields, the town of Geling stands in stark contrast to the barren landscape that surrounds it.
Day 07 – Geling-Charang (3560 metres) Choede Gompa
Today we take a gentle climb upward through the fields of barley and then more steeply to Nyi La (Nyi Pass), the southern boundary of the Kingdom of Lo. Our descent brings us into the town of Charang with its large monastery teetering on the edge of the Kali Gandaki Gorge.
Day 08 – Charang-Lo Manthang (3700 metres)
We climb upward again to a final ridge, where we can look down through a natural gateway strung with prayer flags to the Plain of Inspiration. The walled city of Lo Manthang below is the summer home of the Raja of Mustang. A ring of rounded hills surrounds the city, each one topped with a fortress.
Day 09 – Lo Manthang Thupchen Lakhang
we spend the day exploring this ancient city, capital of the kingdom and the center of its culture. Monasteries, temples, and ancient structures tell the story of the ancient Tibetan culture and the monastic traditions that are still alive here. Visit the huge seated Buddha in the Champa Lhakang that dates back to the 15th century and examine the beautiful frescoes of the Thugchen Gompa. The Raja may well be in residence at the Raja’s Palace, the largest building in Lo Manthang.
Day 10 – Manthang-Ghami (3460 metres) via Gekar
We head out over pasture land and cross the Charang Khola to the isolated village of Gekar and Ghar Gompa. Our walk leads us over hills and through green valleys to the village of Ghami with its cluster of buildings surrounded by fields.
Day 11 – Ghami-Samar (3300 Metres)
We climb today, up to the Nyi La pass before heading down to Samar, a picturesque settlement surrounded by poplar trees. This is a stopping point for mule and horse trains carrying supplies to the remote villages of this kingdom.
Day 12 – Samar-Kagbeni
Our trek today takes us back to Kagbeni, where we exit the restricted area of upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 13 – Kagbeni to Jomsom
Our trek today is short as we head back to Jomsom and a return to civilization, or the closest thing to it in this region.
Day 14 – Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara today. Overnight stay at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 15 – Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu.