Discovery of Upper Mustang trekking - 18 Days

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  • TRIP ID: SSNP189
  • TRIP NAME: Discovery of Upper Mustang trekking
  • DURATION: 18 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking in Nepal
  • BEST SEASON: September/October, March/April
  • MAX ALTITUDE: (3810m) Dhakmar
  • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 person
  • DAILY WALKING HOUR: 6/8 Hrs (Trekking with natural beauties & cultural tour)

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Discovery of Upper Mustang trekking

Discovery of Upper Mustang trek is a great off beaten path adventure trek for those who wish to make a challenging trek along with "off the beaten path" in around Annapurna region of Nepal.

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Discovery of Upper Mustang trekking

Discovery of Upper Mustang trek is a great off beaten path adventure trek for those who wish to make a challenging trek along with "off the beaten path" in around Annapurna region of Nepal.  If you are interested in making stunning adventurous trek in remote parts of Nepal, we recommend you to try our Upper Mustang trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Mustang has developed its own distinct cultural and geographical traits, making it an attraction not just for ordinary visitors but also for anthropologists, archeologists, and geologists. Discovery of Upper Mustang trek moves through the deepest gorge of the earth made by the Kaligandaki River, Kagbeni to Lo-Manthang, the cultural capital of Upper Mustang. You will explore the numerous monasteries going back to hundreds of years, moving through Himalayan ranges, pretty village of Kagbeni located at the bank of the Kaligandaki (black) River, pristine Tibetian culture, longest mini walls in Upper Mustang, mountain Desert & mystic valley, red Gompa and spiritual gate of Chorlten,  Lomangthang (the capital city of Mustang), King Palace and prince of Upper Mustang.

 The discovery of Upper Mustang trek is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom in Nepal, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991.The people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007. The Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. This trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang. The entire trek is a fantastic combination of unique culture in Nepal and natural landscapes with the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchre and Dhaulagiri Mountain.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation


Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (20m) & trek to Kagbeni (2,850m): 3-4 hrs

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m): 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs


Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m): 5-6hrs

Day 8: Ghaymi to Charang (3500m): 4-5hrs

Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m): 5-6hrs

Day 10: Explore and excursion to Lo-Mangthang

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m) 6-7hrs

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m): 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 5-6hrs

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700): 6-7hrs


Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara (910m) 30minutes


Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure

OR
If you want to visit Muknath you can extend yout trip from Chhuksnag to Muktinath That will take you one more day extra.


Day 14: Chhuksang to Muktinath (3800m), 6-7hrs

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom 5-6hrs

Trip Hightlights

  • Enjoy mix culture of Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture, it is also known as Mini Tibet of Nepal
  • Explore the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Challenging, stunning trek in the isolated off beaten trans Himalayan mountain region of Nepal
  • Warm hospitality of Thakali people and their culture
  • Explore the Lo-Manngthang mountain region pristine Tibetian influence village culture, traditions, hospitality, heritage and living style of local people.
  • Spectacular scenery of alpine forest and red mud mountain.
  • Lo Manthang, the walled city in Mustang to observe Kings Palace, many monasteries and Himalayan ranges

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Up an arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet greet and transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, in the afternoon you have option to stroll around ancient traditional tourist market on the north part of Kathmandu Durbar square. Tonight you will be treated to a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk dance and cultural performance.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast start sight seeing covering Hindu’s holiest pilgrimage site  Pashupatinath temple and Buddhist pilgrimage site world’s largest stupa Baudhanath. These two sites are also UNESCO world heritage site. Then we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation in the afternoon.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu via Prithvi Rajmarga, which is 207.3 km, takes 5-6hrs approximately. On the way we will stop to scenic spots, have a lunch and get refresh. The highway follows a series of deep river valleys, passing ancient stone villages and reach to Pokhara. Check in at hotel, Start Half day sight seeing covering boating to Phewa Lake, visit Barahi temple. In the afternoon, escort and stroll around Fewa Lake and local tourist market of Pokhara.Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (20m) & trek to Kagbeni (2,850m): 3-4 hrs
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom. A scenic adventure flight takes about 20-25 minutes over the mountains with spectacular views of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, brings you at the district headquarter of Mustang called Jomsom. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang and major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. After landing at Jomsom we start our trek towards Kagbeni which takes about 3-4 hours walk. Kagbeni is also the check point for entrance to Upper Mustang Trekking, it is an interesting windswept villages situated on the bank of Kali Gandaki river. We can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak while walking the trail in the opposite direction.
Overnight in Kagbeni

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m): 5-6 hrs
After the special permit check up, we start our trekking early in the morning as there is heavy wind gets up with blowing dust and sand later in the afternoon. This trails follows the up and downhill passing through the Tangebe village with picturesque scenic field view of barley, wheat and apple orchards. The trail ahead descends gradually to the riverbed, which is well-known for its fossils. The wide valley ends abruptly at a vertical cliff and a bridge crosses the Kali Gandaki, which flows through a natural tunnel in the cliff. The valley narrows further north and a steep trail leads us up to Chaile, which is a small town with good views towards the Himalayan ranges.
Overnight in Chele.

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs

Start trekking from Chele to Syanbochen, which will takes approximately 6-7 hours. At first we pass through Eklo Bhatti and Taklam La Pass (3624m) with views of Tilicho peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. The trail goes through a forest of small trees and green bushes which are able to survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. Sometimes it is possible to see the blue mountain ship in this area. We relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave, it is much more colder in Syanbochen.
Overnight in Syanbochen

Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m): 5-6hrs
After early breakfast we trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi, takes about 5 to 6 hours. uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, deserted village downstream. Another broad valley comes in from the left-hand side and in its centre is Ghami, Mustang’s third largest town, which is high above the river and surrounded by fields.

Day 8: Ghaymi to Charang (3500m): 4-5hrs
After breakfast, trek from Ghaymi to Charang, takes about 4-5 hours. Trail passes through the Ghaymi Khola, a sacred stone -wall made by the Buddhism followers, village of Charang with a maze of fields, huge white Dzong, Ghar- Gompa and red Gompa and reach to Charang.
Overnight in Charang

Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m): 5-6hrs
Trek from Charang to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Bhrikuti peak and Annapurna, which will take approximately 5-6 hours. At the beginning the trail descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then assends after crossing the river. Before we reach to Lo-Manthang enjoy the spectacular magnificent views of the fenced city near to the Tibetan Border.
Overnight in Charang Lomangthang

Day 10: Explore and excursion to Lo-Mangthang
Enjoy exploring the surrounding areas of Lo-Manthang. Visit Tingkhar and  Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar,  the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Here, you have another option to visit the main attraction of this town including the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, four- storey building of the Royal palace as well as the surrounding panoramic magnificent views of the Himalaya Mountain region.
Overnight in Lo- Manthang

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m) 6-7hrs
Lo-Mangthang mountain village is our ultimate destination. From here we return back and take slightly different route rather than returning back same way. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar, it takes 6-7 hours. We will explore the local area and  more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the major figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings.
Overnight in Drakmar

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m): 5-6 hrs
Start our trek early in the morning as there will be dusty windy later in the afternoon. Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling which will take approximately 5-6 hours. In the evening explore the local area of Ghiling to observe the culture, heritage and lifestyle of local people.
Overnight in Ghiling

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 5-6hrs
Trek from Ghiling to Chuksang which will take about 5- 6 hours. Enjoy the beautiful spectacular view of Himalayas.
Overnight in Chhuksang.

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700): 6-7hrs

Today is our last day of the trekking day and would be a long trekking time which is about 6-7 hours trek to reach to the Jomsom. We start trek early in the morning and have lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch continue trek to Jomsom.
Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara (910m) 30minutes

After morning breakfast fly back to Pokhara which will take 30 minutes with breath taking adventure flight between the George of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain. On arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel. Have a rest for couple of hours and in the afternoon you have to stroll around the Fewa Lake and local touristic markets.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Early morning have a breakfast and drive to Kathmandu, which will take about 6 hrs. Have a couple of hours rest and enjoy as leisure in the evening or you have option last minute shopping if you are interested.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure
You will be transfer to the airport for your departure by the private vehicle according to your flight schedule.

OR
If you want to visit Muknath you can extend yout trip from Chhuksnag to Muktinath That will take you one more day extra.



Day 14: Chhuksang to Muktinath (3800m), 6-7hrs
Today is our one of the toughest day of the trip as it is comparatively long walking which is 6 to 7 hours from Chhuksang to Muktinath. It is steeply climb to the pass followed descend to reach to Muktinath.
Overnight in Muktinath

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom 5-6hrs  
Today we visit the Muktinath temple early in the morning.  Then continue trek back to Jomsom, which will take 5 to 6 hours. Muktinath is holy place both for Hindu and Buddhist people. The town offer panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and it`s surrounding peaks. Here you will see Tibetian tradition, culture and south Indian sadhus. Behind the Muktinath temple there are 108 waterspout cast in the shape of cow headed and pour holy water where lots of pilgrimage take bath from the ice-cold holy water. It is easy and enjoyable downhill to Eklebhatti. From here onwards, we will have slightly flat, windy and downhill path to arrive to Jomsom.
Overnight in Jomsom

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