Mustang/Lo Manthang Trek
The newest are open for travel is Mustang an area often called the Lost Kingdom of Lo. Situated in Western Nepal, above the heavily traveled trail of Jomsom and Muktinath, Mustang is truly a unique adventure into New Territory. Mustang is considered a Moderate Level Trek, and its challenge comes from its rocky terrain and the endless series of small passes one negotiates, day in day out. Walking in Mustang is different too. Rock and sky surrounds the traveler, with the highest pass being at a height of 3950 meters. The Tibetan language, dress and religion permeate Mustang and a sense of awe accompanies the vast landscape of the land. Canyons, prehistoric caves and rocky crags form the texture of the terrain. Often described as desolate and barren, the beauty of Mustang comes from the open spaces and soft colors. The trekking season is late March until early November.
After you go through the immigration formalities and collect your bags, we will meet outside the terminal building, we will meet the entire group and greeting with the Nepali culture way will take place by one of the representative from International Adventures Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., we then drive to hotel where we will do the check in process and rooms will be allocated. Evening will be followed by the welcome dinner hosted by International Adventures Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.
We will have a full day sightseeing of popular venues Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Bhaktapur Durbar (Palace) Square, Pashupatinath temple is one the very important pilgrimage site of the hinuds. Boudhnath is one of the largest stupa in the world, which is a sacred place both for Buddhist and Hindus. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest towns in the Kathmandu valley that dates back to centuries. It’s palace holds many untold story about the Kathmandu valley at the same time the fusion of modernization of the city is one of the luring factor. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip either in our hotel or at office of International Adventures Treks & Expeditions. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After our breakfast, we head to Pokhara. One of the managed city in Nepal and the city of Lakes. When we arrive in Pokhara we can already see few rewarding views of the mountains including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take rest. We can spend the leisure time by enjoying the boat ride in fewa lake and strolling around picturesque street of the Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
An early morning flight from Pokhara – Jomsom (2713m) and after a 30 minutes preparation, we begin our walk to Kagbeni, which will take us 3 to 4 hours to Kagbeni (2810m). Jomsom is popular for many of the things, Apple farm, apple brandy & the strong wind after 12 noon which even push the person walking. We trek through open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eklaebhati village, the village is located at the bank of two rivers, the beautiful houses that are build with flat roof. We may find ruins of an old fortress. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Before we cross the checkpoint sum up all and get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali (black) Gandaki River. We ascend sandy hill together with strong winds. We reach Tangbe where we find admiring narrow alleyways, the white washed houses, fields or barley and buckwheat fields & the orchards of apple. We pass another village while we continue our journey to Chele, We continue our walk on ridge and pass another village and cross a river finally we are in Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.
After breakfast we begin our trek for today, let us be clear that the day will be little harder in terms of previous ones. Get prepared to cross two passes which is Taklam La pass (3,624 m.) and Dajori La (3,624 m.), altitude wise these passes are not that high, but to get through these passes are bit difficult. On the other hand we will be able to enjoy the great view of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. After the passes we descend further and arrive at Samar Village. Our walk continue on the trail abovethe village and reach a ridge. Further we descend on steep trail to a stream and continue our journey to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.
After breakfast we ascend and cross Yamda La pass (3,850 m.), we pass by few chortens, tea houses and beautiful villages. Continuing our journey we pass through poplar forests and barley fields. Before we descend to the biggest village of Lo region; Ghami, we will be crossing one more pass Nyi Pass at 4,010m. During the season of barley, the village looks astounding surrounded by the fields. Overnight in Ghami.
It is about 5 hours to Charang from Ghami to join the main trail to Lo Manthang. Our walk begins with descent through rough trail often slippery. After crossing the bridge over the Ghami Khola we start ascending. The Mani walls along s trail add beauty to our walk. After crossing the Tsarang La pass we then arrive in Tasarng Village. During the season of farming Tsarang can be seen full of maze fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the large Charang Chu Canyon with a huge fortress and red Gompa that on its east. Overnight in Tsarang.
The trail descends about 125 meters from Charang, and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to the Tholoung Valley. The trail turns North and climbs steeply to a large isolated Chorten that marks boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. Finally, form a ridge at 3950m, there is a view of type walled city to Lo Manthang. Once again we have very beautiful views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well Damodar Kunda (pond). A short descent leads onto the plain of aspiration at 3780m. The trail then crosses a stream and climbs up onto the pleasure of Lo Manthang.
We will have this day as the acclimatization day and to explore the town of Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang With a short vertical an oriented North-South and a very flat almost square horizontal arm, the closely houses of the city itself, the palace and temples are in bottom portion, the vertical if “L houses the monastic community and the two Gompas, and this portion of the city wall is painted red.
The normal trek itinerary includes the same trail to return back where as we trek on a different route to return from Lo-Manthang, even though it is not completely different route. We pass through Gyakar village where we can find century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful paintings on the rock. The locals believe that if you make a wish at the Gompa, will have it fulfilled. After short exploration of the Gompa we continue our trek to Drakmar. Overnight in Drakmar.
Today we will strat the trek early as possible to avoid the strong sandy wind and cover down most the distance. We can witness the dry plateau and fields before we arrive at Ghiling. To be on the safe side, put on a mask and sunglasses as we are likely to hit by strong wind and sand particles on our face, this sort of weather can make our walk bit tough. Even though Ghiling is a dry place, we have that amazing view of mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, as the wind settles down a bit by evening take a short walk around the village. Overnight in Ghiling.
After breakfast we begin our walk, the trail is the same as before when we ascended to Lomanthang. We still have that mesmerizing views of the Himalayas and the small. Overnight in Chhuksang.
This is the last day of the trek and it is quite lengthy walk. With the short walk from Chhukusang we now arrive at the check post, once again we ensemble and go through the formalities. We now join the trail of Annapurna circuit. At Kagbeni we will have our lunch break and continue our trek to Jomsom. After we arrive at Jomsom we say good bye to most of the service staffs, it is a kind of culture to reward the service staff with some tips that you would be willing, it also shows that you appreciate their company and the hard work. Overnight Jomsom.
Fly back to Pokhara
Get ready to fly to Pokhara early in the morning as most of the flight takes off from Pokhara to Jomsom, we will have the earliest flight as possible. One of the amazing experiences that you will have during the flight is that the airplance passes throught the gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After we arrive in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel and the day is all yours.
After breakfast, we begin our journey to Kathmandu leaving behind the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara. Our journey will continue alongside the river banks with beautiful view of terraced hills and rural lifestyle. Upon reaching Kathmandu we freshen up and prepare to celebrate the successful completion of our trek followed by the farewell dinner hosted by International Adventures Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The holiday to the beautiful Nepal and Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal comes to an end today. Representative from International Adventures Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. will accompany you to the airport 3 hours before your flight for next destination. We hope that you had a great holiday with lots of good memories to take back home and will comeback for next holiday in Nepal here with us.