Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Highlights

Cultural and UNESCO world heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu
Beautiful, surreal high desert mountain landscapes with view of Annapurna, Dhaulagari, Nilgiri, and Tukuche Mountain
Sky Caves , tibetian culture and Sacred hindu pilgrimage site-Muktinath temple
Restriction trekking in Nepal-the last forbidden kingdom
The world oldest monastery Lo Gekar Monastery near Dhakmar

Introduction

Upper Mustang Trek leads you to the ancient kingdom of Mustang with the ever gracing presence of Buddhist religion. The old kingdom of Mustang, which is also known in the local language as Lo, has a long historical heritage. In the old times, Mustang was politically part of the Tibetan empire, and one can feel the old relationship still alive with cultural similarities to Tibet. Architecture is borrowed from Tibetan styled building construction, and Buddhism takes the form as practiced by Tibetans. Today, Mustang is still considered to be a kingdom within the greater Nepal, as the king of Lo, oversees the order of Lo, although he has been stripped of many powers. Furthermore, the legitimacy is inscribed by the honorary rank of Colonel of Nepal Army being awarded to the king of Lo.

Upper Mustang Trekking is a relive of the olden days, as the trail is the same one used by the salt caravans. As you follow through the road that previous inhabitants have used to travel for trade exchange (goods for salt) from the lowlands, one gets to see the capital Lo Mangtang. The king stays at the capital at his palace where visits can be made during certain periods. Being a Buddhist town, the decorated monasteries among which a fifteenth century Thugchen Gompa serves as an example to the history. Further, one can experience old local artifacts in the Amchi museum. Amchi refers to traditional Tibetan healers that even used to serve the kings. Moreover, you can visit nearby attractions on horseback as well.

Unlike other mainstream trekking routes of Nepal, upper mustang trekking is slightly different. Caves, monasteries and deserted landscape are the major things to see in Lo Manthang of Mustang . In the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, the area receives the occasional rainfall. As a result Jomsom-Lo Manthang is the best trek during monsoon season of Nepal (June to August). Tiji Festival is also the major highlight of Upper Mustang trek.Teji mean “praying for world peace”. Dates for the festival are derived on the basis of Tibetan Calendar. Every year, According to the Tibetan Calendar it happens on the third month during 27th to 29th. Trip Itinerary:
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Eagle Eye treks and Expedition(EETE), who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by EETE. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at our office.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara(5-6 hours) (823m/2,700ft) and check into Hotel

We drive to Pokhara early in morning and enjoy amazing views of the valleys, hills and mountains in clear sky. After check in to hotel, lakeside visit and enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara.

Day 04- Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters).

Early morning we are flying Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet.

On arrival to Jomsom you will meet the rest of the trekking staff. From Kathmandu you will have a guide with you. We start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Overnight at kagbeni.

Day 05- Trek to Chaile (3050 meter)

The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hr, then we trek and cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight at chaile

Day 06- Trek to Geling (3500 meters).

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge, which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at geling.

Day 07- Trek to Charang (3620meters).

From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass NYI LA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings, of seated Buddha’s. Overnight at charang.

Day 08- Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters).

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lomanthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at manthang

Day 09- Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar.

It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang. Overnight at tented lodge.

Day 10- Trek to Dhi (3410 meters)

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11- Trek to Tange (3370 meters).

From Dhi the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3370m.Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12- Trek to Tetang/ Chusang (3022 meters).

The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13- Trek to Jomsom (2713meters).

This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village. This is the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the trek, with all the trekking staff. Overnight at lodge

Day 14- Morning flight to Pokhara and same day Sightseeing around Pokhara.

Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomson back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15- Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters).

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey of upper mustang , we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Final departure

Our upper mustang Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from eagle eye treks and expedition will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our upper mustang trekking and Nepal. Or onward for next Program.
Cost included:

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
Domestic flights from pokhara to jomsom to pokhara
transportation deluxe A/C tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara to kathmandu as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader (trekking guide)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Eagle Eye treks and expedition’s t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and upper mustang restricted area trekking permits and TIMS
Trekking completion certificate
farewell dinners with Nepalese cultural dance
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes

Cost doesn’t Include:

Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) (it is expected)

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