(Trekking in Off The Beaten Trail)
Mustang Trekking (Camping Treks)
||Mar - Aug,
Sep - Nov
| Trekking duration :
|18 - 25 Days.
|Trekking grade :
|Mx. altitude :
|Starting from :
|Ending Point :
with majority of Tibetan, Thakalis and Brahmins
|Mode of Trekking :
|Fully Organized Camping
|Himalayan Sights :
Himalayan ranges, Thorong Peak and Tibetan rugged
| Highlight :
||In upper Mustang you will experience the way of life of the tru mountain people, for years, cutt off from the rest of Nepal. In many ways, a trek into upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet which geographically it is a part of.
regions of the great Himalayas remain unraveled.
The ancient kingdom of Mustang in western Nepal
is one of them. It is divided into two parts namely
the Upper Mustang and the Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang
is largely inhabited by Manangi people and goes
up to the ancient capital of Lo Manthang. Whereas
Lower Mustang covers the part of lower valley along
the Kali Gandaki river. Forbidden & isolated
from the rest of the world Mustang was able to evolve
its own culture and traditional which so rich and
unique. This is the only district in Nepal with
its own religious King. The people of Mustang call
themselves Lobas. Their house and temple construction
all over the region use stone but mostly mud bricks
that are sun baked. Some beautiful architectures
in this region are the city wall and the four story
palace in Lo Manthang. Untouched by modern civilization,
life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries
in unhurried pace. There are so many caves, Monasteries,
Schools and hills around Lomanthang where you can
hike to observe Tibetan border.
Upper Mustang being in the Himalayan rain shadow
is one of the few parts of the country that are
suitable for trekking during the summer monsoon
period. Even at this time, the upper Kali Gandaki
valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.
The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult,
the highest point reached in only 3,800m. But the
conditions at times can be arduous. Cold in winter
and windy and dusty all year. Winter treks are best
avoided due to the cold when many of the locals
migrate to southern parts of the country and even
to India.Upper Mustang is restricted area of Nepal.
According to government rule, liaison officers should
always accompany with the trekking groups. There
are few accommodation facilities available above
Kagbeni so we must be fully self- sufficient especially
in fuel. We can take mules/horses to carry the loads.
The into the Kingdom of Mustang is through an almost
tree – less barren landscape, a steep rocky
trail up and down hill panoramic views of Nilgiri,
Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make
the trek memorable.
Itinerary ( Note : Itinerary can be customized according to
your duration of holiday )
to Day Itinerary
Arrival In Kathmandu
This is the first welcoming day that we meet upon
arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport and
transfer to Hotel. Short briefing will be followed
about necessary formalities and rest of the program.
Depending on your arrival time you will have choice
of visiting nearby sanctuaries or rest of the time
free for leisure.
/ Cultural Day In Kathmandu Valley
Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu, Patan city
where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and
Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local
tradition are highlighted on my guided tour. There’s
time to explore the city’s many charms on your
own or take a rest while I finalize trekking area
permits. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali
well come dinner await for you. Q/N in Kathmandu.
Today we drive to Pokhara (200km), approximately 7
hours away by tourist bus. We will see good scenery
of countryside while driving. We will be arriving
late afternoon at Pokhara around 2:00 o’clock.
Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable
beauty. We can explore its scenic land on bicycle/on
foot or as your own like boating in Fewa Lake over
looking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges.
In the evening prepare for the trek. Q/N..
- jomsom - Kagbeni
Today fly to Jomsom (20 minutes) the district headquarters
of Mustang district and we start walking up to Kagbeni.
An easy and lovely day walking along the riverside
to Kagbeni just 3 hours. The spectacular views of
Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peak
will make you buy some extra rolls of film. Kagbeni
is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and
the entry point of the upper Mustang for overnight
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki
climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches
Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow
alleys amongst white washed house, fields of buckwheat,
barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak,
dominates the soughern skyline of Kagbeni, will be
enjoyed all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe
we reach Chhusang village in about ½ hrs trek
and crosses the river and continues north climbing
up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen
from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which
the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali
Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully
to Chaile at 3030 m. From here the culture changes
from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of
The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless
terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon
to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail
makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a
ridge, then descends further on a pleasant trail to
Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri,
is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to
a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail
goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and
climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs over
yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends
to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass
at 3770m and descend to Geling.
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting
pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue,
gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge
of the Tangmar chu (river) we will arrive to a MANI
WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch
and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass
at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to
Charang. The huge five – story white Dzong and
red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections
of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings
of seated Buddha’s.
– Lo Manthang
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang,
crosses the Charang- Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky
trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb.
Finally from a ridge at 3850m. there is a view of
the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross
a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
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There are four major places and several other places
like the Tall champa Lakhang “God house”,
the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance
Hal which are the main attraction of this town. An
another attraction is the four- story building of
the Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding
panoramic views of the Himalaya. Having seen one,
you are exciting to see the others.
Besides Lo Manthang there are two other interesting
valley worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar,
the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and
Phuwa as active Gompa in Lo. The eastern valley contains
Chosar, the site of a high School, Garphu and Nyphu
Gompa and is the main trading route to Lhasa. If we
have enough time we can hike surrounded green hills
from were we can easily get views of Tibet and Mt.
Manthang - Ghami via Gekar
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages
on our return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the
pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of
Lo Manthang. The descends across to the south through
two more valleys and across a ridge at 4070m then
descends across to the sough through two more valleys,
meadows and a stream. The trail then makes along rocky
descent to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older then Samye
Gompa in Tebet and one of the oldest Gompa in Nepal.
Then crosses a ridge after a little climbing and drops
down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends
along the side of the stone walls and fields of extensive
villages, then climbs to a ridge. It is a short descent
Frm Ghami climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar through
the same route.
Return trek to Kagbeni.
Three hours walking back along the bank ob Kali Gandaki
Fly back to Pokhara in the morning. It takes about
19 minutes. Q/N in Pokhara.
Drive back to Kathmandu. Q/N in Kathmandu.
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