|Fitness Level||: Moderate||Max-Altitude||: 4200m / 13779.36ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 1-12 pax|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu, Nepal||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals on trek|
|Accommodation||: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, standard tea houses on trek|
The Upper Mustang Trek, unlike any other trek in Nepal, takes you to the remote, Last Forbidden kingdom of Mustang. You can see that Lo, the capital of Upper Mustang sharing close ties with the Tibetan culture, language and geography. The Tibetan culture in the region is so untouched that you will feel you are in Tibet and not in Nepal when you trek to Upper Mustang. The valleys are dry and arid and you can see many cave dwellings located high up in the hills along with differently colored rock formations. The barren landscape of Upper Mustang definitely is colorful with settlements of white washed houses, fields of barley and chortens decorated with prayer flags.
The trekking route of Upper Mustang follows the trail that was used to be used by Tibetans who traded salt with those living in the lower lands for grains. The main highlight of this trek is the visit of Lo Manthang the capital of Upper Mustang. The view of this medieval capital from the Lo La is simply awesome to see the 6 meter high white washed wall in the distance standing out in contrast against the desolate scenery. When you walk into Lo Manthang entering the town gate you’d feeling like you’ve reached a different world. Here you’d find narrow alley ways, long walls of beautiful prayer wheels, concealed chortens, and herds of farming animals ambling in from the fields- definitely it’s a fascinating world to come and feel that you can hardly can get to experience in the outer world.
The Upper Mustang trek certainly is a chance not to be missed to experience and uncover the real life of the people of this desolate region so different from other parts of Nepal. So, it’s a unique experience altogether. Here beauty and happiness is found to grow in spite of the hard life so evident in the area.
The trek to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom then to Kagbeni- the gateway to the region of Upper Mustang . You’d walk along the banks of Kali Gandaki River northwards to reach Lo-Mangthang, the fabled capital whose history is shrouded in myth and mystery- it’s very interesting!So one should not miss the 18 days teahouse/lodge Upper Mustang trek definitely a great adventure that would take you on a "off the beaten path" in the Trans-Himalayan Region.
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A wave of mountain air welcomes you, as you get off the airplane. Look out for your name on a placard, held by one of our friendly Wind Horse representative. The short drive to your hotel, takes you across the city, our crazy traffic system here will keep you amused all along.
Take a shower. If time permits, you can take a walk in the vicinity, the Nepalese are a friendly lot and they will definitely return a greeting if you pass one. Walk down the narrow lanes and observe the deep rooted beliefs of the people. This is truly depicted by the ancient altars and shrines that stand next to modern structures. The city is bustling with contemporary life and ethnic values; it is a city unlike any other. So have a good night sleep and feel fresh to begin the adventure the next day.Overnight in Kathmandu.Accommodation: Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel
Following breakfast, there will be a guided sightseeing to the Hindu and Buddhist sights in Kathmandu. As you walk down to the “Kathmandu Durbar Square”, look up at the temples and see, the intricately carved details of gods and goddesses come alive. Take a peek at the “Kumari” ghar (ghar: residence). The Kumari, the living Goddess of purity herself, resides inside the walls. The “Jhonchhe” Tole (Tole: locality) used to be frequented by the hippie generation in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Amazingly around 50 temples can be seen in the vicinity. Also, the Nepalese handicraft stalls line the lanes, so pick something up for your loved ones back home.
The mischievous primates that line the 365 stone steps up the hillock to the “Swyambhunath” Stupa can grab your snacks, if you decide to eat on your way up. The amazing view of the city below will take your breath away.
A little distance away, throngs of Hindu devotees can be seen queued up at the Pashupati Temple, the holy men or “Babaji’s” of the temple will bless you. The temple signifies the once stronghold of Hinduism, which still rules the beliefs of more than 75% of the Nepalese population.
Further away at the gates of the “Boudhanath” Stupa, you will not notice its enormity until you step inside. The gigantic stupa is one of the biggest in the world; the colorful fluttering prayer flags atop the whitewashed background will be a sight to behold. Inhabited mostly by Tibetan settlers, the stupa is an accolade to the deep-rooted Buddhist beliefs of a nation, where Buddha himself was born. All the above mentioned places are listed in the UNESCO, as heritage sites. Take a break in the evening, the bars at Thamel area serve till midnight and the music is live.Later in the day, join us for a pre-trip discussion in our office for the last minute preparation before the trek. Here you can meet your trek leader as well as other members of the group. If there are any questions you can ask the trek leader and also the management.
Following breakfast, our adventure begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara offering views of rivers, terrace fields and captivating view of the Annapurna range as you near the city- scenic lake city. Feel free to take a stroll through the city in the evening or relax by the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Following an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for short scenic and spectacular flight to Jomsom. Upon arrival in Jomsom you will meet our support crew. The trail follows the bank of the Kali Gandaki crossing many tribuatries over small bridges. After you’ve walked three hours you’d reach Ekley Bhatti eventually. Following an easy hour walk, you would reach Kagbeni- an interesting village in the Mustang region; here you can see the confluence of the Kak River flowing from Muktinath and the Mustang River making the Kali Gandaki River. In Kagbeni, you can visit a small monastery and enjoy the stunning views northwards looking into the kingdom of Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.Accommodation: Hotel Yak Donald’s
After a healthy breakfast and permit check, you’d start the day’s journey walking along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Walking uphill and downhill on windswept, sandy trails the views are so scenic and picturesque you’d be stunned. Before reaching, the next village- Tangbe, you’d cross two tributaries of Simkoshiu River and Dhingho River. After passing through this quaint village of whitewashed dwellings, apple orchards with fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, you’d be heading to Chhusang. Then, you continue walking northwards crossing the Narsing River and reach Chhomnang. From here, you carry on heading in the same direction crossing a modern, steel bridge and after climbing on some small ridges you’d reach the destination of the day- Chele. Today, you cannot miss the views of the unique, colorful rock formation with many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs and dry, attractive windswept villages. Overnight in Chele.Accommodation: Mustang Getaway Hotel
After filling up yourselves with a hearty breakfast, we’d trek back to Ekley Bhatti, and from here it’s time to climb steep steps to reach Samar for over 600 m. En route to Samar you’d have to traverse the Taklam La (3624m), Dajori La (3838m) and then from Samar you’d have to climb and cross the Bhana La (3838m) to reach Syanboche. On this trail you’d be walking on plateaus to see views of the Damodar Danda, Tilicho Peak and Yakawa Kang- it’s magical. It takes around three hours to reach Syanboche from Samar passing through small streams and juniper trees. The famous Ramchung Cave also can be seen on the trail. Overnight in Syanbochen.Accommodation: Hotel Dhauligiri
On this day, following breakfast, get ready for some interesting climb passing small, quaint villages to Yamday La (3,850m /12,667ft). The houses of the villages are of the Tibetan architectural style with an open verandah, so you can feel you are in Tibet for a while. While crossing the pass you traverse fields of barley and poplar trees worth the view. Now, you’d be ascending the Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft). From here you can see Mustang in the north and the Annapurna in the south. Then, descending you’d take the trail to Ghaymi- an attractive village with many chortens, mani walls and a gompa (monastery). Overnight in Ghaymi.Accommodation: Low Ghami Guest House
Following breakfast, get prepared for an enjoyable walk. You’d be crossing the Ghaymi River, and climb to a plateau walking past a scared stone- a very long mani wall (a scared Buddhist wall). As you walk east from the end of the wall the trail leads to Charang- a small, quaint village. This would be your final destination of the day. Enjoy your stay in this village where you can feel a strong Buddhist influence and also see houses separated by stone walls on top of the of the Charang Chu Canyon. You’d also pass by big a white dzong and red monastery. Overnight in Charang.Accommodation: Hotel Mount Kailash
Enjoy your breakfast, and then set to discover the village of Charang and also visit the gompa. Then, we head to Lo-manthang, first descending down to the Charang Chu Canyon. After crossing the river then there is a steep ascent you’d have to climb. As you keep walking you’d be ascending and traversing the Lo Pass at 3850m- a very windy pass. You will be able to see the valley of Lo-manthang from the pass, and thereafter the trail takes you down reach Lo-manthang. As you reach the place the trail becomes broad and finally you will get have the first glance of the walled-city of Lo-manthang. To enter the city, since there is a single entrance, you’d have to walk all the way to the north-east corner to the gate. Overnight in Lo-manthang.Accommodation: Lotus Holiday Inn
This day is a free day for you to visit sites that would be worth exploring like the famous Namgyal Monastery- monastery of high significance of the local people and also the local court. Later on, you can also visit the Tingkhar valley, located northwest of Lo-manthang and last among the popular villages in the area. Here you can also see the summer palace of the local king. The exploration is just an amazing experience. There are other options to visit other interesting sites with ancient ruins, interesting gompas- “God House” (Champa Lakhang), ochre coloured Thugen Monastery, the Entrance Hall and the Chyadi Monastery. Certainly the view of the panoramic snow-capped mountains and the four-storey palace of the local king, can regarded as a main attraction of the area.Overnight in Lo-manthang.Accommodation: Lotus Holiday Inn
Following breakfast, you’d be trekking to the eastern region of the Kali Gandaki River- an easy walk to begin with; then you’d be traversing the Lo La (3950m) to reach Dhi after walking a steep descent which takes about half an hour. From here, you’d walk down to the Kali Gandaki River and cross to the river to the east bank, then taking a steep ascent for an hour and then getting gentler you’d come to Yara- the place for the night halt. Overnight a YaraAccommodation: Sarabhung Guest House
Make sure you have had an energy-filled breakfast, you’d be heading to Tange- a sparsely populated village having as many as 30 houses attached together. You’d have to walk down to the Dhechyang River, with no bridge you’d have to cross this river wear sandals wading through the waters. Do not forget to catch glimpse of the ammonite fossils and collect them as souvenirs from the trek. Thereafter, climb Sertange Danda ridge and traverse a pass and the walk down to Tange. Overnight in TangeAccommodation: Tange Guest House
One needs to be prepared for a long day today. First, there is the climb out of the village and then walk down to Tange River. Then you’d walk uphill to Le Lo La at 4,200 m, enjoying the breathtaking views of mountains like Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri south of Kali Gandaki River. After having crossed the pass you’d trek to Paha-, walking along a ridge and we walk down to the village of Tetang located between two hills. Overnight in Tetang.Accommodation: Tetang Guest House
On this day after you’ve crossed the village of Tetang, you’d climb to a wide valley and after passing the Gyu La at 4077, you can see the attractive village of Muktinath and the mountains. Then you’d be walking down and crossing a suspension bridge over a small stream to enter the village of Chhyongar; after that you’d be walking on flat land till you reach Muktinath. Once you are in Muktinath, it is worth exploring the place visiting the famous Hindu temple and also a Buddhist monastery. One can see many Hindu pilgrims visiting Muktinath- a place of great, religious significance for the Hindus. Overnight in Muktinath.Accommodation: Eureka Inn
Get ready to head to Jomsom today, so after breakfast you’d walk through the village of Lupra- a newly found route; a village very remote and unexplored. A perfect, off the beaten trail, for those who want to experience something very distant and untouched. En route you can also visit the Bon-Po monastery. So after walking on level, dusty and windy trail you’d reach Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.Accommodation: Hotel Himalayan Inn
Today you’d be taking an early flight to Pokhara; so after breakfast you’d be boarding the 20-minute flight. Once you are in Pokhara you’d receive at the airport and transferred to your comfortable hotel. while you are there just kick back and relax or hit the streets leading to the lakeside area. Have a drink! You have a lot to discover in Pokhara “The City of Lakes.” Overnight in Pokhara.
Following an early breakfast, get ready to drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Enjoy the drive which is indeed fantastic passing by beautiful Nepalese countryside of little towns, river and villages. Once you reach Kathmandu, check in at your hotel. Free to explore on your own, indulge in some last minute shopping or visit some UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another adventure visiting our spectacular mountains.
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