|Max Altitude||Trip Duration||15 days|
|Tour Grade||Difficult||Group Size||Min 2|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Pokhara|
|Accommodation||one night accommodation in Kathmandu, one nights accommodation in Pokhara and 12nights during the trek|
|Transportation||All ground transportation|
Upper mustang trek is one of Nepal's most mysterious and wonderland kingdom. The scenery of Mustang is an extra ordinary of sandstone columns that are uneven terraces that presents a multicolored mixture made up mainly of earthen reds, yellows and brown. Upper mustang trekking is moderately easy trekking along the acceptable route to Lo Manthang, Lo Manthang lies in the outstanding heart of Mustang, the capital of the valley. Whole Upper Mustang Valley is full of old and important Buddhist monasteries, the pure & Pristine Tibetan Buddhist culture and customs adds the flavor of inscrutably nice landscape.
Trekking to Mustang is from beginning to end is nearly treeless barren landscape. strapping winds normally blow across the area in the mid-afternoon, usually falls down at night. Located in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Upper Mustang has a lot less chances to have rain in this region, only few very light showers a year.
Mustang goes on as it has for centuries at a relaxing speed. As usual, Mustang offer also a great Himalayas views., highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795ft) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545ft)& many others
You are in 360 degree views of more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. The altitude of the trekking trails rise from 2815 meters (9,233ft) to 3780 meters (12,398ft) above sea level.
Day 1 : Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 2 : 6-7 hours drive to Pokhara by tourist bus.
Day 3 : Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni [2780m ) – 30 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
Day 4 : Trekking to Chhuksang [2920m] about 5-6 hours
Day 5 : Trek to Samar [3290m] 4-5 hours
Day 6 : Trek to Geling [3440m] 5-6 hours
Day 7 : Trek to Ghami [3460m] 5-6 hours
Day 8 : Trek to Charang [3490m] 3-4 hours and explore charang
Day 9 : Trek to Lo Manthang [3730m] 2-3 hours & explore Lo Manthang
Day 10 : In & around Lo Manthang
Day 11 : Trek to Lo Gekar & then to Ghami [3460m] – about 6 hours
Day 12 : Trek to Chaile takes about 7 hours
Day 13 : Trek Muktinath (3900M) or Kagbeni about 6 hours to Muktinath and if you go to Kagbeni only about 4.30 hours
Day 14 : Trek to Jomsom [2710m] Muktinath to Jomsom about 5 hours but form kagbeni to Jomsom is about 3 hours.
Day 15 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and relax in Pokhara, walk around Lake side, may be boating. Relaxing !
Landing at Tribhuwan International airport and be welcomed by Adventure Glacier treks representative and take you to your Hotel, check and rest.
drive by tourist bus to Pokhara included in the price ( you can fly to Pokhara extra cost 97 euro or $118 also can take private car on same price depending on group size, to share) to Pokhara takes about 7 hours by bus, 5 hours by car and 25 minutes by flight.
We take the incredibly nice early morning flight to Jomsom (well-known for its apples) . We will meet our porter/s there, manage the luggage, may be cup of tea and start our trek along the Kaligandaki river bed, crossing over suspension bridges with great views of Himalaya peaks called Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more. We will arrive to Kagbeni with a view of large red Gumba ( Buddhist monastery) with narrow alleyways.
Trekking permit checking formalities at the border of Lower & Upper Mustang and then step up to the forbidden king of Upper Mustang, we can see long valley of Kaligandaki river with some clay mountain on the both sides of river, On the west bank of the river there are some caves and Gompa Kang. Different most monasteries in Upper Mustang which is of the Sakyapa sect, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. We most likely stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where we come across the first black, white and red Chortens that symbolize Upper Mustang. The little village is a warren of thin alleys in the middle of white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chhuksang village is about 2hrs walk further than Tangbe at the flowing together 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.
The settlements turn into more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang are farmers but due to be shortage of rainfalls, is not easy to grow things there but still Mustang is cultivating plots of land to grow white, barley, potato, garlic, cabbages, Champa, apples and some more. The 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 stony channel to the village of Chele. Samar is probably the most greenest village in the region that has some big trees even.
We climb on top of Samar to a ridge and then move down 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 lodges , keeping to the right side Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have shaped in the form of Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gradually from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling, with its wide 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 combination of mud and stones.Geling ahs two Buddhist monasteries and one is forbidden for female visitors, these are one of the important monasteries in Upper Mustang.
From Geling, the track climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an impressive Chorten. We then begin a tough climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite calm 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. The great views of Ghami from distance with colorful clay mountain on the background is probably the best picture you can take in Mustang.
The trek is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the superb views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rocky mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb,we will see number of small caves both sides of the trail. Finally, we arrive to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon, this is 2nd biggest and 2nd important village after Lo manthang, the capital. At the eastern end of the village are a enormous dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an outstanding collection of statues and thangkas, the palace building here is bigger than the one in Lo Manthang.
We spend part of the morning exploring the attractive village of Charang and its huge 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 ultimately we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The town has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner, The walk was made to be hidden from their enemies as these people came to live in Mustang after revelation in Tibet.
We are gratis to explore the charming Village of Lo Manthang. The village contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the village and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborate mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an impressive structure in the heart of the village and is engaged by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King was respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers carry on to looked for his recommendation regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short tour will incur extra costs. The King of mustang died on 2016 and this was the last king of Upper Mustang as he did not have his own son to carry on.
We start our return trip from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route to Ghami. This highland route offers spectacular views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Low Gekar owns the oldest monastery in Mustang called Ghar- Gompa. We go on our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before down to 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.
we keep our views of Dhaulagiri and Nil Giri mountains and take lower trail via Rachen Gompa from Shyanboochen, Rachen Gompa is mystifying gompa grown itself lap of the rocky cave, continue to Samar and then to Chaile. This involves quitea lot of up Up and down hills, not an easy walking day but worth.
Now, we must retrek our route back to Chhuksang for awhile and then can take upper route to Muktinath a hindu's temple situated on the highest mountain 3900M, you can see many Nepali and Indian pilgrims even walking on their bare feet.. Or you can trek same way back to Kagbeni..
It's a long and 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 might celebrate with guide and porter/s, which we have come to know so well over the last 2 weeks.
rupertf546 Cambridge, United Kingdom
Dil and his team are fantastic! Our trek through Upper Mustang was smoothly organised, personalised to what we wanted, and a superb experience of the people, culture, landscape, and food of this unique area. Arjun and Dipak- our guide and porter - made everything go supremely well, and they became good friends with us. There were no problems at all, and we recommend Adventure Glacier very highly indeed, for high quality of service, good value and a really friendly approach! This was our second long trek with them and we will be be back to do another as soon as we can!
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