Upper Mustang Trek..15 Days

TREKKING IN MUSTANG –A FORBEDDIEN KINGDOM--The Classic Walk into the Mysterious "Kingdom of Lo"

13 DAYS TREKKING--Ancient Monasteries - Tibetan Culture - Breathtaking Landscapes

This trek is truly a breathtaking and unforgettable journey for life through the Kingdom of Lo which, until recently, a hidden Tibetan Buddhist enclave was forbidden to foreigners. Sculpted canyons with wild rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces and mysterious, ancient cave hermitages, Tibetan Buddhist Gompas and soaring snow-peaks characterize this spectacular region, a 'thumb' sticking up into the Tibetan plateau. Mustang is a Kingdom tucked away along the deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, a remote and starkly beautiful region, Tibet's arid high desert bordered by some of the Himalaya's highest mountains.

Formerly the Kingdom of Lo and a part of the Western Tibetan Kingdom of Ngari, 'forbidden' Mustang has lured intrepid travelers to its remote realm for centuries, but only the most adventurous made it to this mountainous and inaccessible bastion of Tibetan Buddhism. People have inhabited this harsh region for thousands of years, some of the early dwellers living or meditating in ancient caves, rich in Buddhist art, which pepper the bizarre rock formations. Mustang became part of the Yarlung Dynasty of central Tibet, later falling under the jurisdiction of the Malla Kingdom of Nepal (Jumla) and in the fifteenth century, the independent Kingdom of Lo was founded, ruling such other remote regions as Dolpo. It was only incorporated into the Kingdom of Nepal in 1951. Soon afterwards, renegade Khampa freedom fighters battling the Chinese used Mustang as a base of operations, and it was closed to all Westerners until 1992. This mythical land north of the 8000 meter peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri still requires a special restricted area permit to enter, and numbers are limited, thus helping to preserve its unique heritage.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1:              Arrival in Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Day 2:              Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.

Day 3:              Fly to Pokhara

We take the short but scenic 30 minute flight to Pokhara, enjoying the views of Ganesh, Manaslu and the Annapurnas along the way. We stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4:              Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni [2780m]

We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom (famous for its apples) where we will be met at the tiny airstrip by our trek crew. After some initial preparation of loads, we begin our trek to the pretty village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom we cross a small suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and sand littering the trail. This makes it very easy going. We will get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Kagbeni with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, fields of wheat and barley and a large red Gompa, give us a preview of scenes that we would come across in Upper Mustang. At the north end of the village is the police check-post. Here we will complete our paperwork before entering this long forbidden region of Nepal.

Day 5:              Trek to Chhuksang [2920m]

It is possible to trek right up the river valley, but we use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand but the path is kept interesting by the passing of mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet. On the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang. Unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang which are of the Sakyapa sect, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. We stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where we come across the first black, white and red Chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chhuksang village is only about 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. There are three separate parts to this village and some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river from Chhuksang are some spectacular red eroded cliffs above the mouths of some inaccessible caves.

Day 6:              Trek to Samar [3290m]

There is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang practice agriculture. But due to lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is limited to sheltered plots of land. This spots the brown landscape with patches of green. Continuing north, we reach the river. A steel bridge spans the river just in front of a tunnel and north from here the Kali Gandaki becomes impassable by foot. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to the village of Chele. Watch out for the ferocious Tibetan mastiffs here, which are chained to many of the houses. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass we descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. This is a major place to stop for horse and mule caravans.

Day 7:              Trek to Geling [3440m]

We climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley. Like in all settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed using mud and stones. The roofs are made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles.

Day 8:              Trek to Ghami [3460m]

From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing Chorten. We then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs.

Day 9:              Trek to Charang [3490m]

Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.

Day 10:            Trek to Lo Manthang [3730m]

We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner.

Day 11:            In & around Lo Manthang

Today, you are free to explore the fascinating city of Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short tour will incur extra costs.

Day 12:            Trek to Lo Gekar

We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa.

Day 13:            Trek to Ghami [3460m]

We continue our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded gully to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.

Day 14:            Trek to Chhuksang [2920m]

Now we must retrace our route back over the Nyi La to Chhuksang.

Day 15:            Trek to Jomsom [2710m]

It's a long and sad final day, passing back through Kagbeni to Jomsom where we end our trek. It's now time for us to take a nice hot shower. In the evening, we celebrate with the Sherpas and porters, whom we have come to know so well over the last 2 weeks.

Day 16:            Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara

We take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara and catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu.

Prices in US$:

 

Per Person

2-5 Pax

6-9 Pax

10-15 Pax

16+ Pax

Camping

$ 1840

$ 1740

$ 1640

$ 1540

Tea House ( Lodge)

$ 1200

$ 1150

$ 1100

$ 1050

+ Flight

       

COST INCLUDE

  • Arrival & Departure Transfer by Deluxe Car/Bus depending on the group size.
  • Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
  • 03 night’s Hotel with breakfast in 3 star decent Heritage hotel on twin sharing basis.
  • One full day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide.
  • Return transport by deluxe coach to/from trekking starting point including local transfers.
  • Three course of delicious meals while in trekking (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route.
  • Sherpa’s including Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy; Porter depends on trek type and group size.
  • Trekking equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc. ( Only for Camping)
  • Food, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance of trekking crews.
  • Trekking Permit, National Park & Conservation fees wherever applicable.
  • First aid kit box / Gamoe Bag / and other supplement equipments for high altitude treks such as; Upper Dolpa, Nar-Fu, Amphu Lapcha, Tashi Lapcha, Manaslu round, Upper Kanchenjunga, Makalu high pass, Round Dhaulagiri, etc.
  • Emergency rescue Support by helicopter from any parts of the country. ( Pls be insured)
  • Trek memorial souvenir.
  • Farewell dinner (cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant).
  • All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)

COST EXCLUDES

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamites, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc.
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

 

 

 

 

Upper Mustang Trek..15 Days

Upper Mustang Trek..15 Days

Activity :

Moderate Trek

Difficulty:

Moderate

Duration:

15 Days

Altitude:

4500 Meters