Upper Mustang Trek
As a matter of fact, Upper Mustang is the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Upper Mustang Trek finally takes you to Upper Mustang which is the remote trans-Himalayan village of Nepal. In a like manner, trekking in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Similarly, this is the place where the true originality of Himalayan people exists. In addition to that, you can explore and get the chance to know the lifestyle of Himalayan people who are not much in touch with the rest of the world.
Correspondingly, people in Upper Mustang used to have their own officially recognized king even until recent time. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the traditional capital called Lo Manthang. Geographically, the Upper Mustang is the part of Tibetan highland. Therefore visiting Upper Mustang is like visiting Tibet. This beautiful opportunity is privileged by Upper Mustang trek.
In fact, Upper Mustang was made accessible for Foreigners (non-Nepali trekkers) only some fifteen years back. Even today, access is highly restricted. Hence, while doing the Upper Mustang trek, you will need a special trekking permit to travel further from Kagbeni and one must be accompanied by a government-appointed official to visit Upper Mustang.
Equally important, “TIJI” the major festival in Upper Mustang is the major attraction during the month of May. Upper Mustang trek on the month of may give you the opportunity to take part in “TIJI” festival. The word “Tempa Chirim” implies “TIJI” which suggests “Prayer for World Peace”. Additionally, “TIJI” is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction.
After you have arrived in Kathmandu you can rest and you will get to enjoy exploring Kathmandu valley on the second day. Here in Kathmandu, you will explore UNESCO world heritage sites. In addition to that, you will explore Hindu and Buddhist culture Visiting Temples and monasteries.
Then, from Kathmandu, you will leave for Pokhara either by flight or you will get to Pokhara by bus. It’s just 6 hours drive. Not to mention, you will be enjoying sightseeing in Pokhara. In factPokhara (the city of lakes) have so much to offer you.
From Pokhara domestic airport, you will fly to Jomsom at a twin otter. At the first place, landing on Jomsom domestic airport will be the breathtaking moment. Likewise, Jomsom is popular for Apple, strong winds and spectacular Himalayan landscapes. One the same day you will then trek to Kagbeni and explore Kagbeni that day. From Kagbeni after getting trek permit you will start your trek further for Lo Manthang accompanied by government-appointed officials.
Trekking in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege and you will get the chance to explore lifestyle, culture and tradition of true Himalayan people along with the breathtaking view of Himalayan landscapes.
The best times to visit Upper Mustang are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Some people might be able to do this trek during winter as well. However, winter in Upper Mustang might not be suitable for everyone.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel (1400m)
From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will invite to visit our office for briefing about the each day program and spare time for Mustang trek shopping.
Day 02:Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m)
Early in the morning after having breakfast make ready your Mustang Trek permits and scenic flight to Pokhara and transfer you’re Hotel, have lunch and explore the paradise city Pokhara. If time permits boating in Phewa lake and visit Barahi temple situated in Center of Phewa Lake, also side trip around lakeside.
Day 03:Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2810m)
Morning breakfast in Pokhara and transfer to Airport for Jomsom flying you are nuts and want to ride there from Pokhara, an increasingly popular uphill the journey begins with gentle 3.5 hour ride the Buddhist village of kagbeni, border of Mustang trekking trail and overnight here at lodge.
Day 04:Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795m)
After morning breakfast the trail goes mostly uphill ride along the 4×4 Jeep track to Muktinath, taking things slowly to get acclimatized to the altitude, while allowing you to taking stunning mountains views.finnaly arrive in Muktinath and overnight here at lodge.Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,795 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.
Day 05:Trek from Muktinath to Chele (3050m)
Early in the morning quick journey around Muktinath village to visit Buddhist and Hindu Temple in same place and get back to lodge have breakfast. The trail slightly takes you into the restricted region of Upper mustang, starting with the uphill climb to Gyu La (4077m). The walking trail involves carrying your bikes at time but you are rewarded with 1000m descend along a single track. The final stage is slightly climbed and River crossing to reaches Chele, where you spend a night at Lodge.
Day 06:Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3800m)
Morning breakfast in Chele trail leads you today is shorter day but no less taxing as you head up into the hills taking on less than four passes, all exceeding 3600m and you are following 4×4 Jeep and single track, with the mix of steep uphill and downhill and once again you will lug your bike uphill at times. Stop for night below Syangboche Che La (3800m) on the Syangboche River.
Day 07:Trek from Syangboche to Tsrang/Charang (3560m)
After morning breakfast begins your journey with more uphill climbing once you have cleared Syangboche La and Nyi La (4010m), rest assured the reminder of the day has mostly flat tracks. It also provide you some of the best scenery will provide you on the trip, with magnificent views of the Himalaya, valley and bright- yellow mustarded fields. Overnight at Charang, this is 400 years old Gulpa sect Monastery.
Day 08:Trek from Tsrang to Lo Manthang (3810m)
After morning breakfast in Tsrang take you into the crowning Jewel of the journey, the walled kingdom city of Lo Manthang. You will catch your first glimpse of it as you cross the ‘windy passes’ of Lo La (3950m) today is bit of uphill climb but riding is mostly easy 4×4 Jeep Tracks, with 25km total riding distance. You will arrive in Lo Manthang in Lunch time and take well earned break. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09:Rest day or Explore day in Lo Manthang.
After morning breakfast taking in the atmosphere of this amazing medieval kingdom. An option for your rest day is a sidetrip uphill to Gharphu following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghom Cave and still possible to see many colorful monasteries,Chorten around Lo Manthang village,which is hundred of years age old Buddhist and Tibetan things.
Day 10:Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghami (3765m)
After giving your leg day off in Lo Manthang it’s time to leave Lo Manthang, starting with challenging Climb uphill over Pangga (Samduling) at 4090m, 75% readable single tracks. From here it’s thrilling downhill road to Dhakmar, with dramatic landscapes, head on to Ghami for the night; it’s your last stop in Upper Mustang.
Day 11:Trek Ghami to Samar (3660m)
Quick breakfast in Ghami heading back on same trail the single track uphill climb followed by a downhill to Syangboche. Today spending night here in Samar. In 2005 Samar village asked for our support in the village and has made it their goal to renovate and extend the old, run-down Samar monastery. Meanwhile, local workers and There is still need for a painter who is proficient in the art of traditional Buddhist wall painting and a statue builder who can professionally restore the hundreds of year’s old clay Buddha.
Day 12:Trek from Samar to Chhusang (2980m)
After morning breakfasts in Samar the trail takes you over Daroji La (3735) and Takma La (3624) passing sky burials en route and continues the trail to lead you to spending night here in village of Chusang.Tshuksang sits on a fertile piece of land stretching wide into the riverbed. It actually consists of the three villages Thsuk, Tshuksang and Tshomnang, and even tough just a few hundred meters apart they have different names.
Day 13:Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom (2820m) Via Kagbeni (2810m)
Quick breakfast in Chhusang and from here trail head back into the Annapurna region, a steady ride along the river taking back to kagbeni and continue kali Gandaki valley to Jomsom for following day early morning first flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu Via Pokhara. Celebrate your upper mustang journey with your adventure Nepali friend.
Day 14:Flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
After morning breakfast transfer to Jomsom Airport and fly to Pokhara and than from same airport to connected flight to Kathmandu and transfer your hotel. Evening celebrate your farewell dinner with Nepali Family.
Day 15:Departure for your onwards flight.
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