Mustang trekking is one of Nepals most mysterious and least known kingdoms. The landscape of Upper Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colourful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal.
Upper Mustang trekking is lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditional which is so rich & unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital is walled city ruled by religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. As everywhere in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795ft) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545ft). You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. The elevation of the the trails rise from 2815 meters (9,233ft) to 3780 meters (12,398ft) above sea level
Day 01:Kathmandu - Pokhara, Drive 6 hours
Day 02: Pokhara – Jomsom and to Kagbeni
Day 03: Kagbeni - Tsehile (3110m)
Day 04:Tsehile - Syangbochen (3800m)
Day 05:Syambochen - Tsrang (3570m)
Day 06:Tsarang-Lomanthang (3530m)
Day 07:Explore Lomanthang (3760m)
Day 08:Lomanthang - Tsarang
Day 09:Tsarang - Syambochhen
Day 10:Syambochhen - Chuksang (3050m)
Day 11:Chuksang - Kagbeni
Day 12:Kagbeni - Jomsom (2743m)
Day 13:Jomsom - Pokhara
Day 01Kathmandu - Pokhara, Drive 6 hoursThe beginning of this entire trekking experience shall start with the drive to picturesque Pokhara that shall give you spectacular and breathtaking view en-route. Rural settlements, waterfalls and rivers, lush hills and the far away glimpse of the snow-clad mountains make the journey entertaining. Mt. Machhapuchhre welcomes the travelers as you reach the vicinity of Pokhara. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city and lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 02 Pokhara – Jomsom and to KagbeniWe shall leave early for Jomsom and the drive to airport for your flight shall be earlier. The 25-minute flight to Jomsom passes above the world’s deepest gorge formed by the Kali Gandaki River, gets face to face with the spectacular views of glittering mountains including Mt. Daulagiri, Annapurna ranges, and Mt. Machhapuchhre besides other humongous peaks. Upon arrival in Jomsom meet with our crews and proceed toward Kagbeni. We shall have around 4 hours of trek to the small town of Kagbeni, the checkpoint for entering into the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The view of snowy peaks adds beauty to the rugged landscape. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 03 Kagbeni - Tsehile (3110m)After obtaining permit for entry into the restricted Mustang valley, we leave early from the hill-town of Kagbeni after breakfast and proceed toward Tsehile as the journey during the day shall be disturbed by the strong wind that blows dust and sand all around. The trail follows to the bank of Kaligandaki upstream. Encountering some ups and downs on the trail we reach the village of Tangbe which has narrow lanes, typical white washed houses, cultivation fields and apple orchards. The journey passes further through the settlement of Chunksang. Before we reach Tsehile we need to cross a bridge over Kaligandaki and climb steeply up about 35 minutes to the Tsehile Village. Overnight in Tsehile.
Day 04Tsehile - Syangbochen (3800m) Today shall be relatively more strenuous trekking as we shall cross four passes Taklam La (3240m), Dzong La (3550m), Baga La, Yemdo pass (4000m) In this mostly uphill trek, you shall travel through Samar, Bhona, and Yemdo villages. Besides the rugged path and deep gorges, a red-painted cave monastery (the Rangchyung Chorten, name means ‘the chorten that formed itself’) that has two large chorten-like formation, forests with bushes , several caves used as temporary home by herders, settlements with clusters of settlements are the other attractions of today’s section of the trek. There are very few settlements in Mustang with each village contains about 2-6 families. Finally we reach to the small settlement of Syangbochen having three families. Overnight Camp in Syangbochen.
Day 05Syambochen - Tsrang (3570m) Another adventurous day is scheduled for today. We shall pass four Passes today as well that includes Shyammochhen La, Nyi or Nya La (4050m), Ghemila (3520m), Tsarang la (3920m).the closely built houses in Ghelung village which is a relatively well off settlement, rugged riverbed, red cliffs, enormous sand dunes are encountered before reaching the village of Ghami. There is a big village in Ghami. After Ghami, we see big Chhortens along the way and we travel through the Great Chorten Gate before we arrive in Tsarang, a villages containing about 50 families or houses. Intermittently we traverse through Lo Gekar, Mustang’s oldest monastery, desert looking landscapes, barren hills before exploring the Tsarang chorten, the large red-painted stupa and the palace of Tsarang further down the trail. Overnight in Tsarang.
Day 06Tsarang-Lomanthang (3530m) We start our trek with a few hours’ trek following the valley bed, ruins of ancient gompas and have the view of walls of Lomanthang- the main city of Mustang- from the Lo (Dry) Pass. The capital of kingdom founded by the King Ame Pal, Lomanthang has the Palace of Historic King of Am Pal, where the current Mustangi King resides; current king is the 25th descendent of the founder king who is still much loved and respected by the locals. With historical shrines, gompas, interesting villages and unique traditions, this closed town is relatively prosperous and is influenced by Tibetan lifestyle. Overnight in Lomanthang.
Day 07Explore Lomanthang (3760m) This is a scheduled leisure day. There are plenty of monuments and sites to visit in this ancient and culturally rich city. You may visit the four-storied palace of King of Mustang, Monasteries including the brick-red Jampa Lhakhang which is the oldest gompa built in 1387, Low Caste Village, a 50 foot clay statue of Jampa (future) Buddha, and other monuments. Besides this, the cave village of Chosar, the cave-dwelling site of Jhong Cave, Namgyal Gompa and village, Herbal Medical School are other attractions that you can explore around the Lomanthang valley. You can visit with Traditional Herbal Medicine Doctor, known as ‘Amchi’ in local language. Old and ancient gompas, white-washed villages, unique tradition of Polyandry still practiced by some, view of rugged Tibetan plateau and white peaks make the scenic diversity of this ancient valley. Overnight in Lomanthang.
Day 08Lomanthang - TsarangToday onwards the return journey of our trekking experience shall begin. Your return journey will be easier than going up. The trails that we followed while trekking up to the Lomanthang shall be followed while we trail back from the walled city of Mustang. A major portion of today’s trek shall involve uphill climbing initially as we pass through Lo (Day) La and Chogo la. Further we move ahead and descend to Ghar Gumba from where we depart from the trail leading to Dhakmar and move towards Tsarang via Saukre and Marang and along the Charang river. Finally Tsarang is reached. Overnight in Tsarang.
Day 09Tsarang - SyambochhenWe further move on lower altitude in our trek. Today’s trek has ups and downs, including four of the passes that we passed through previously as well as the sight of red cliffs, long Mani walls near the settlement of Ghami, the view of Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiri as well as rugged landscape, unique cultures, barren hills and chortens and many more. Though previously trekked, these amusements never fail to attract the trekkers. Overnight in Syambochhen.
Day 10Syambochhen - Chuksang (3050m)Today as well we shall cross couple of passes, some unique settlements including the Yemda and Samar, diverse cultural heritages, forests and caves, temporary settlement of the herders, ancient monasteries and gompas as well as sparsely populated villages. The caravan of trekkers, porters and the locals with their domesticated animals may be encountered upon by the our trekking team. We have our stay at the village of Chuksang. Overnight in Chuksang.
Day 11Chuksang - KagbeniThrough ups and downs along the trail we head towards the beautiful Kagbeni. Initially we pass through settlements of Tetang and Tangbe after uphill walk as we reach to Gurung village, and black, white and red chortens after which we march alongside the mighty Kali Gandaki River. During the dry season the trekkers may also use the river bed route in this section of trek. After some hours of trekking we descend to the destination for today, Kagbeni. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 12Kagbeni - Jomsom (2743m)Today is you last night with your all crews including cooks, porters, guide etc. You will enjoy your dinner this evening offering some drinks to your crews. In today’s section of the trek we are accompanied by the torrential Kali Gandaki River as we shall have a slow descend to avoid much pressure to our already strained body. We traverse through the settlement of Ekle Bhatti, the ammonite fossils in the riverbed of the river, gravel road, hospital before we reach the vibrant and scenic Jomsom. Jomsom is home to Eco Museum, the office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and other amenities as it is the District Headquarter of Mustang district. Trekkers may explore the beautiful town if time and energy permits. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 13Jomsom - Pokhara Our adventurous yet beautiful and entertaining adventure comes to an end as we prepare ourselves for our return to the scenic Pokhara. All flights to Pokhara start morning only. So we shall wake up early and line-up for flight to Pokhara. The short yet scenic trip to the Lake City of Nepal is always enchanting and attractive for the travelers. After the sojourn to Pokhara we shall move back to the Kathmandu after which the trekkers shall depart for their respective destinations. You may do some souvenir shopping and explore the streets of Kathmandu if the time permits. We thank you for joining our team for the trekking adventure to the restricted Mustang valley and we hope that you had the best of experiences from this trekking adventure. See you soon in Nepal again.