Upper Mustang Trekking leads you to the culturally significant hidden Kingdom that remained mysterious for the long time. The trek was permitted only after 1992. The trek lies in the restricted area of the Mustang region, which requires a special trekking permit. The trail lies in the Himalayan rain shadow area, which is almost arid, but the seasonable flowers and vegetation makes the trek spectacular.
Upper Mustang trek begins from Jomsom after a picturesque flight from Pokhara. But the trek through the restricted region begins from Kagbeni, which is a gateway of the Upper Mustang, which is populated by the Thakali people. The trail of Upper Mustang was used by the traders. The features of the isolated and imposing landscape are equally assisted by the cultural beauties as monasteries, chhortens, mani walls and the whitewashed houses throughout the trail. The frequent up and down trail, the red sandy cliffs, view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountain ranges are very heartwarming. The windswept valleys and narrow gorges make the trek pretty challenging, but a moderately fit person can do this trek. Crossing over some of the passes, you reach to the stone walled town of Lo-Manthang, which is a remarkable and ultimate destination. This is a blessed destination for the cultural exploration throughout the surroundings. Tiji festival is the identity of this place that has got an international recognition.
Monsoon is one of the best favorable season for the trek to Upper Mustang.
Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.
You will be greeted by the representative of and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, we give you a short briefing about the trip overview. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 :Sightseeing and trek preparation.
We can do only a half day Kathmandu sightseeing tour as we have to do some preparations about the trek, including the trekking permit, because the trekking area lies in the restricted region. Then back to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 :Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus (6 hours).
From Kathmandu, we drive to Pokhara in the morning. Through the Prithvi Highway, the drive offers the sceneries near by the Trishuli and Marshyangdi River valley, green hillside and the terraced hillside. Then, transfer to the hotel. It is a city of Lakes and a wonderful place to see around. Overnight at Pokhara hotel.
Day 04 :Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2780m).
We fly from Pokhara to Jomsom in the morning. It is a picturesque flight through the middle point of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. In Jomsom, we meet our crew and walk continually to Kagbeni through the dusty Kali Gandaki valley. After about three hours walk, we reach to the gateway of the Upper Mustang and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05 :Trek to Chele(3050m).
From Kagbeni, we enter into the restricted region with a pass after the breakfast. We follow the bank of the Kaligandaki River. The traditional settlement with whitewashed houses are wonderful. We pass Tange and chhuksang and trek down to the River, cross the bridge and walk uphill for half an hour to Chele. Overnight at lodge.
Day 06 :Trek to Syanbochen (3475m).
After the breakfast at Chele, we begin the trek quite early as the trail goes through the passes. The sandy trail leads us to the Taklam La pass through the steep climb. Dajori La and Yemdo La Pass are other passes lie on the trail to Upper Mustang. Steadily, we reach to the tiny village of Syangbochen and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07 :Trek to Ghaymi (3520m).
Another wonderful day through the pass. Continuing the trek after the breakfast at Syangbochen, we ascend continually and pass the Nyi La pass (4010 meters). The mountain views of Annapurna and Nilgiri can be seen. Then we proceed to the Ghami La pass (3765 meters) and descend to the Ghyami village. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08 :Trek to Charang (3490m).
We pass through the longest mani wall of Upper Mustang after the breakfast at Ghami. We have options to choose the route. We reach to Dhakmar and the red cliff can be seen in the surroundings. Heading towards Chharang, we walk steadily and reach to our destination, where the greatest library in Lo, is located. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09 :Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m).
From Charang, we begin the journey through the arid land of the Mustang, which is accompanied by the sandy cliffs and the mountains on the horizon. We gradually reach to the capital of the Upper Mustang- Lomanthang, which was a subject of mystery for a long time as a hidden kingdom. It is a stone walled town, located almost the border region with Tibet. If we reach there early, we can visit the historical palace and some nearly located heritages. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10 :Explore in Lo Manthang (3700m).
The exploration day, we have breakfast and set out to the monasteries and the locality of Lomanthang. The history of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, chhortens and mani walls fates back to the centuries. We visit the Namgyal Gompa and also visit to the nearby village of Tingkhar, where the Champa Lakhang lies. Then we back to Lomanthang and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11 :Trek to Drakmar(3819m).
From Lomanthang, the stone walled town, we commence the excursion through avoiding the dusty sand. One route comes down via Chogo La (4280 meters) and the next route comes down via Dhi La (3950 meters). Passing The Ghar Gumba and crossing the Mui La Pass, we trek down to Dhakmar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12 :Trek to Ghiling (3806m).
Descending via Ghami, the downhill route leads us all the way to Ghiling crossing the pass of 4025 meters. The barley and buckwheat fields are commonly seen throughout the trail of Upper Mustang, which is same to the Ghiling. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13 :Trek to Chhuksang (2920m).
After the breakfast at Ghiling, we start to trek down via Syangbochen. Crossing various passes that we had crossed while heading to Lomanthang, we we reach to Chele. Crossing the River through the rock tunnel, we reach to Chhuksang and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 14 :Trek to Jomsom (2710m).
The last day of the trek, we trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom via Jharkot village. After exploring the Jharkot monastery, we also visit the fort and trek down to Kagbeni, which is the borderline of Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Then we continue to trek through the Kaligandaki River bank and finally reach to Jomsom. Overnight at lodge.
Day 15 :Flight to Pokhara.
Early in the morning, we fly back to Pokhara enjoying the snow capped Himalayas. It is a short and picturesque flight. Then, transfer to the hotel. Visit around the city with sightseeing and boating in the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 :Drive from Pokhara to Kathmadnu.
From Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the Riverbank sceneries. If you have one more day, Pokhara sightseeing is a recommended thing to do along with the boating in Phewa Lake. Then, transfer to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 :Final Depature.
According to the time of your flight, our airport representative drops you to the International Airport for your final departure. Thank you for joining us for your trekking in Nepal. See you again.
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