UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •  Group size: 2-3
  •  Best Seasons: Spring & Autumn

Trip Introduction

Mustang is the hinterland enriched with mainly barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and many other unique attractions. The view of wind swept Kali-Gandaki valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni and vast ridges that straggle high mountains provide a mind-blowing experience.

Nepal’s Mustang region preserves a life almost unchanged for centuries. It lies hidden behind the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna at the very roof of Asia on the arid Tibetan plateau. It has long been isolated from the outside world (and only opened to trekking groups since 1992!). As you make your way through this secluded land, you’ll pass brightly painted chortens (Buddhist shrines) and tiny villages guarded by enormous monasteries. Vistas include unusual and arresting views of the snow-covered Himalaya to the south, and desolate high plateaus, deep canyons, and an ocean of windswept hills the colors of a desert sunset to the north. Once at the walled capital city of Lo Manthang, you’ll absorb a great sense of timelessness and appreciation for an ancient culture as you discover the ruins of old forts, monasteries rich in art and history, and caves replete with magnificent religious statues.

Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Actually the capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom, but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang. The real capital, Lo Manthang, where the present king lives, is a fantastic square-walled town sitting on the ‘Plain of Prayers’. The small kingdom of Mustang, closed to westerners until 1992, is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400’s to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today.

Day 01 : Arrive in airport pick up and transfer to hotel
Day 02 : Sight-seeing of Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 : We drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara {914m} – 6 hrs.
Day 04 : Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom {2700m} – 25 mins. Flight
Day 05 : Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang {2900m} – approx 5 hrs
Day 06 : Trek from Chuksang to Samar {3150} – approx 3 & ½ hrs
Day 07 : Trek from Samar to Geling {3510m} – approx 5 hrs
Day 08 : Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) – Approx 5 hrs
Day 09 : Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3620m.) – Approx 5 hrs
Day 10 : Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (Mustang) (3730m.) – Approx 3 hrs
Day 11 : Rest day at Mustang
Day 12 : Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490m.) – Approx 6 hrs
Day 13 : Trek from Ghami to Chuksang (2900m.) – Approx 6 hrs
Day 14 : Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m.) – Approx 7 hrs
Day 15 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m.) – Approx 5 hrs
Day 16 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 17 : Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 18 : Departure for home

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