Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek
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Are you interested in exploring beautiful places, experience the homestay, experience a way of life of true mountain people? Then Upper Mustang trek is the perfect trekking destination. It is a rare pleasure to trek in Upper Mustang. Here you will witness a way of life of real mountain people, who have had very little interaction with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years and have preserved their rich cultural heritage. Until recently the government of Nepal officially acknowledged their king. The Trekking of the Mustang is the ultimate path to the mystical realm of Mustang ‘s old Buddhist kingdom, usually called Lo. After decades of being prohibited and separated from the rest of the world, the region was able to develop within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely linked to Tibet. The Upper Mustang is about two-thirds north of the Dhaulagiri District. This trek is famous for its beauty of the desert and its harsh, cliff-faced landscapes. A trek into Upper Mustang is close in many respects to trekking in Tibet because it is a part of the Tibetan plateau geographically. The Mustang district was a separate kingdom within Nepal until 1950. It was not until 1992 that trekking began in the area. Just a few walkers could consider the fragile climate and the people ‘s ancient enclosed culture. Upper Mustang, being in the shadow of the Himalayan climate, is one of the country’s regions ideal for trekking even during the monsoons. The upper Kali Gandaki valley is still very dry with rainfall only periodically during this period. Over Kagbeni, there are few accommodation facilities available so groups must be completely self-sufficient, particularly in fuel. In the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri massif, Mustang produces an extremely arid land with rocks and spectacular formations in all kinds of colors. This desolate landscape is dotted with villages of whitewashed homes, barley fields, and chortens festooned with prayer flags that give a splash of color to the countryside. Although porters are available in Jomsom, the use of mules to carry the loads up to Mustang is preferable. Mustang is cold in winter and is windy and dusty all year round. Due to the harsh weather winter treks are best avoided.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu. (1300m)As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find our representative to welcome you to the airport, you can move to your selected hotel in Kathmandu without any delay. He will provide some necessary information about the trek to Everest’s view in the evening you will meet your guide.
Day 02- Spare and arrangement day in KathmanduYou will have an additional day in Kathmandu before moving toward Everest base camp trek. According to your wish, you can spend the day. A day will suffice to visit some of Kathmandu 's famous heritage sites, restaurants. You can also shop for some personal trekking equipment like medication, Trekking shorts, Sunscreen.
Day 03- Dart to Pokhara (900m) from KathmanduEarly in the morning, after breakfast, you 're going to go by bus to Pokhara. It will take nearly 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara, the beautiful city on the lake. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and much more by way of the road. You arrive late in the afternoon. You will be moved to your Room. You can visit nearby Pokhara places, such as Pokhara lakeside, one of Nepal's well-known tourist destinations, in the evening time. Night at Pokhara.
Day 04- Flight to Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni (2,800m)We travel to Pokhara airport after breakfast (less than 20 minutes) and fly to Jomsom. On clear days, the short 20 minutes flight has great views. On your flight, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the high hills and mountains. Near view from the flight to both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna is spectacular. Jomsom is where your actual foot trek starts. You will continue your 3-hour trek after checking out from the airport. You will walk uphill alongside the river Kali Gandaki to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the picturesque village and the gateway to Upper Mustang. The village is by two riverbanks. In the south of Kagbeni, you will see the magnificent Nilgiri Mt. Kagbeni Overnight.
Day 05- Trekking to Chele (3,050m) from Kagbeni (2,800m)The walk to the east bank of the Kali Gandaki continues today. You will climb many ridges and reach the village of Tangbe in the north. The picturesque village of Tangbe is a maze of narrow alleys between white-washed houses of mud and stone. You will also see fields of buckwheat and apple trees. From here you can continue your hike to the village of Chhusang. It takes about 2 hours to do so. Before that, you must cross Kali Gandaki 's dwindling waters. Then, you 're going to scale Conglomerate's big red mass. It fell from the above cliff and is now forming a tunnel into which Kali Gandaki flows. After entering the Kali Gandaki Valley, you begin to ascend to Tiche Chele. A night out at Chele.
Day 06- Trekking to Syangboche (3,800m) from Chele (3,050m)Today, as we cross the Taklam La Pass (3,624 m) and the Darjori La Pass (3,735 m), the hiking gets a bit harder. But along the way, there are stunning mountain views and intriguing caves to keep our minds off our hard-working legs. The path goes down to Samar Village from where we walk to a hill and then down to Syanboche on another steep trail. Syanboche overnight.
Day 07- Trekking to Ghami (3,520m) from Syangboche (3,800m)There is another major pass to be crossed today, the Yamada La (3,850 m), as well as chortens and fascinating villages with their barley fields to peek at. Then we have another pass to cross by trekking through the woods. Nyi Pass is 4,010 m away, but we are heading down to Ghami where we're spending the night. For this area, Ghami is a large village and is beautifully located and surrounded by fields. Overnight at Ghami.
Day 08- Trekking to Charang (3,560m) from Ghami (3,520m)After breakfast, today's trek begins over rugged and often slippery terrain as we descend over the Ghami Khola to a suspension bridge. The trail takes us past mani walls (walls made of stone with Tibetan mantras carved into the stones) and over the Charang La Pass (3,870 m). The village of Charang sits atop the Charang Chu canyon. Also, to the east of this village is a fortress and red gompa. After lunch, we have plenty of time to explore. Overnight at Charang.
Day 09- Trekking to Lo-Manthang (3,840m) from Charang (3,520m)The next day we drop into the canyon early in the morning, crossing a river and climbing up to the Lo La Pass (3,950 m). From the pass, we get our first glance at Lo Manthang 's historic and beautiful village. This walled village is the King of Lo's ancestral home and is now the scene for many fascinating and colorful Buddhist festivals. The neighboring mountains at the place's environment-Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak at. Overnight at Lo- Manthang.
Day 10- Acclimatization day in Lo-Manthang (3,560m)During the trek Acclimatization day is important to adjust with environment. Today we get to explore some of the mysteries of Upper Mustang during the acclimatization era. A quick trek to the Chhoser region marks the beginning of a day you won't forget! Here we find the so-called Jhong Caves or even Sky Caves. What were those five-story high caves built into the cliffside, Experts are also puzzled as to who and why built those caves. They are presumed to have been used as burial chambers, hiding places, meditation places, and later, monasteries While relaxing, we can enjoy the atmosphere of the caves, the lunar scenery, and the mountains. Then we head back to Lo Manthang where we were last night.
Day 11- Trekking to Dhamkar (3,820m) from Lo- Mnathang (3,560m)Today is a longer day, but as usual, many exciting things can be seen on the lane! The century old Ghar Gompa has beautiful rock paintings in Gyakar Village. You must make a wish here, as tradition has. The walking time is from 6 to 7 hours. Before heading to Drakmar, we have time to explore the gompa. Overnight at Dhamkar.
Day 12- Trekking down to Syangboche (3,800m)The next day early in the morning after breakfast, you return from Dhamkar to Syangboche. You will visit all the sceneries you missed along the way. You can visit the chorten at Rangchyung. This is one of Mustang 's holiest locations. You can see the flags of prayer and the little figures of clay left by the pilgrims who come here. Overnight at Syangboche.
Day 13- Trekking to Chhusang (2,980m) from Syangboche (3,800m)You will continue your trek back early in the morning. You can visit some of the sights you missed on the trip, such as the Chungsi Cave monastery if you want. Once again, we can stop at Samar village for lunch. We will make our descent down to Tetang from here. This upper Chuksang village sits between two hills. It gives you some exit routes from the fierce wind that is known for Kali Gandaki Valley. Chusang seems to be another beautiful village you will be spending the night in.
Day 14- Trekking to Jomsom (2,720m) from Chhusang (2,980m)Today, on the trails to the south, you will continue to walk. You will follow the trails up to Jharkot village. And visit the Monastery of Jharkot, Tibetan Herbal Medicine Center, and ancient fortress. This fortification had once been a palace. You get fantastic views of Nilgiri on the way down, and the large stretch of Kali Gandaki Valley. From here you leave the restricted Upper Mustang area and walk to Kagbeni. You can enjoy the delicious Mustang apple and experience the local culture. A night of dancing, eating, and drinking usually follows this last night. You can tip your local trekking staff this evening if you wish.
Day 15- Flight to Pokhara(900m) and rest the dayYou will be heading to Pokhara early in the morning. The end of your Upper Mustang tour is great. This flight takes you along the Gorge of Kali Gandaki from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri. You will have a free day in Pokhara before you head to Kathmandu. You can also explore the beautiful lake town of Pokhara if you are fascinated. Pokhara is one of Nepal 's renowned tourist destinations. In Pokhara, the fun, the beauty of the lakes is possible. Boat trips, pony trips, paraglide, bungee, or relax in one of the valley's several lakes. Before or after the finishing Sikles, most visitors prefer to stop.
Day 16- Drive back to KathmanduWe will head towards Kathmandu after Pokhara. Along the way you will be having your snakes and lunch. In the late afternoon you hit Kathmandu. You can rest at your hotel and you can roam nearby places in the evening, visit the Thamel area, which is the perfect place to visit at night.
Day 17- Departure from KathmanduBefore the departure flight, again our representative will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. In you free time you can visit some nearby places or restaurants if you want.
- Trek Duration: 16 days
- Trek Grade: Moderate
- Highest Altitude: 3840 m
- Accommodation: Lodge/tented house/homestay
- Transportation: Overland & flight
- Group size: 2 to 12 (maximum)
- Best Season: Monsoon
- Experience a way of life of true mountain people
- Exploring beautiful places and experience the homestay
- Explore the Kathmandu valley
- You will have the opportunity to visit UNESCO world heritage sites and explore Hindu and Buddhist culture.
- There is so much to offer Pokhara (the city of lakes).
- Enjoy astonishing views of the landscape of the Himalayas.
- Experience the ultimate path to the mystical realm of Mustang ‘s old Buddhist kingdom
- Witness the beauty of the desert and its harsh, cliff-faced landscapes.
- Enjoy the fragile climate and the people ‘s ancient enclosed culture.
- Witness decorated with colorful prayer flags, mani walls and mudbrick houses.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.