Mustang Trekking – 10 Days
Mustang Trekking – 10 Days Overview
Mustang Trekking is the best trekking destination. Mustang is the last forbidden kingdom Mustang is also known as mystique valley and “mini Tibet of Nepal”. Many cultural, natural and geographical features of Mustang are closed to Tibetan lifestyle. The geographical landscape of Mustang is barren having isolated environment located in north mid-western part of Nepal. Upper Mustang is semi-autonomous and Tibetan influenced territory in which enchanting monasteries, caves, treeless barren land, pasture land for goat and sheep, picturesque villages, shows the real existence of primitive society. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world, it was able to progress its own distinguishing culture and heritage. The major attraction of upper mustang is walled city of Lo- Manthang with unique King palace.
Upper Mustang was separated kingdom of Nepal until the time of Monarchy in 2006. Even there is no king in Nepal but people of Mustang have the same respect for their present king Jigme Paramal Bista. The trail to mystique kingdom of Nepal requires a special permit that costs of $ 500 per person valid for 10 days. The region of Mustang lies north of the main Himalayan range also know as trans-Himalaya. This trek offers huge Himalayan sites such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), Nilgiri (7824m) and you will be surrounded by many 6000 meters high mountains.
After having a 20-minute fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, go ahead to Kagbeni, Samar, Ghami, Charang and Lo-Manthang. We try to organize trek to Lo- Manthang targeting “TIJI” festival also known as “The chasing of the Demons” most important festival of this region celebrate in the month of May, Buddhist monks dress in elaborate customs, mask perform dance, read holy books supposed to drive out the evil spirit from the body. Those people who want to trek to “Off the Tibetan Path” Upper Mustang will be a better choice.
- Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Tour & Permit Arrangement
- Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara, (Drive-6 hrs, 3o minute flight)
- Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/4 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m/6 hours (via Tangbe/ Chuksang),
- Day 06: Trek from Tsaile to Syangmochen 3800m/7 hours (via Samar)
- Day 07: Trek from Syangmochen to Tsarang 3560m/7 hours (via Geling, Ghami)
- Day 08: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3840m/4 hours
- Day 09: Explore around, trek to Jhoser Cave
- Day 10: Explore around, visit Monastery
- Day 11: Lomanthang to Jomsom Drive
- Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
- Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 14: Departure to Respective Destination
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport by our representative, transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and a short briefing, relax.
Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Tour & Permit Arrangement
Stay in Kathmandu for official procedure & Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our Tour Guide by private car, Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara, (Drive-6 hrs, 3o minute flight)
Morning fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Half day Sightseeing in Pokhara Valley with our Trekking Guide by private car. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/4 hours
Early in the morning we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom with viewing a scenic and majestic Himalayan Ranges just above the deepest Kaligandaki gorge and after arrival in Jomsom, we meet with our support staffs and will have a breakfast. After breakfast, we prepare our trail goes along the Kaligandaki River passing the Jomsom’s main village. Then, we walk on the wide bank of the Kaligandaki and move on in the wind. We have a short glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. On this bank ammonite fossils are often found. From the trail on the bank, we make a small ascent and go down again, and then we reach Eklebatti. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue slightly ascends and level trail until reaching Kagbeni Village, which is doorway to upper Mustang. We will visit the peculiar colors and shapes of the Chhorten and Kani in the village and ancient Sakya-Pa Sect Buddhist Monastery. From the top of monastery, we have a great view of Nilgiri Himal, Tilicho Peak and other snow-capped mountains as well as scenic terraced field. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m/6 hours (via Tangbe/ Chuksang),
In the morning after breakfast, we check in our restricted area permit and we are taking first step into Upper Mustang. The route will continue on the left bank of Kaligandaki with small ups and downs along the Kaligandaki River. After a long walk, we cross small stream and climb up on the terraced hill; we will come to Tangbe, the first Mustang village where the village has a medieval atmosphere. We will have our lunch here, and then we continue the trail traversing upward and will reach Chhusang village. From Chhusang, we will go back again to the river shore and move in the upstream direction of the Kaligandaki. When there is an iron bridge where Kaligandaki River runs through a tunnel built in the huge rock that blocks the river shores and just above the bridge, there is 16 small caves. After cross the bridge, we make a steep ascent onto the terrace ahead and we will reach Tsaile from where we can see the zigzagging Kaligandaki and Nilgiri Himal further in the interior. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Trek from Tsaile to Syangmochen 3800m/7 hours (via Samar)
Morning after breakfast, we leave the village and climb up the unstable pebble road and will come to a plateau. We keep climbing the gentle slope and enter an area with the big canyons. We follow the trail that cut out of the cliff and after passing the canyons we will reach a small pass. Then, we move to a gentle mountain flank and continue the slightly descent and will reach Samar village surrounded by a poplar grove. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we descend steeply to a stream, then climb up and descend steeply to another stream, then climb up to a plateau. We keep climbing up the right fork to the Chungsi-La and countering through the amazing canyons until reaching Ranchung Cave whose large stalactites resemble Rangchung (self-arisen; ie not man-made) chhorten. The Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated here in the 8th century during his traveling in Mustang. Himalayan griffons nest in the surrounding cliffs. After visiting the cave, we climb gradually past pasture to Syangmochen. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Trek from Syangmochen to Tsarang 3560m/7 hours (via Geling, Ghami)
In the morning after breakfast, we climb up to a small pass where there is a colorfully painted square chhorten. We will see a large valley of Ghiling spreading out in front of us. We continue descending to the right towards Ghiling, cross a stream and move on along the stone walls in the farm fields. Here are two ancient monasteries and big huge chhortens and we will visit it. After visit the monasteries, we walk through the big village and climb up the gentle slope with shrubberies and will join in mail trail. From here, a long ascent continues to Nyi-La. When we cross over this pass, we will enter the center of the Mustang, which used to be called the Lo Region. We descend the gentle slope and go around the valley ahead towards the left. We will be overlooking Ghami village and we descend steep zigzag slope and will reach the village. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we leave the village and cross a river using the suspension bridge. We climb onto the terrace and pass along the longest Mani Wall in Mustang. The effect of the erosion on the cliff ahead attracts attention by its strange forms and the varieties of colors such as red, blue, white, etc. it is like a Mandala painted on the cliff. The trail goes around to the right and a steep ascent start in rocky gully, then traverses to the Tsarang-La. On the top of the pass we find a big stone pile and the Annapurna Himal in back looks beautiful. The, we keep walking a long and gentle descent until reaching Tsarang Village. There is a huge Chhorten in the entrance of the village. This village is long greenery settlement and can see farm fields spread out and surrounded by stone walls. We also can see the Gompa, which is painted in stripes of Red, White and Black as well as can see the prominent five-storied Old Palace. Stay overnight at tented camp.