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Mustang, an ancient Himalayan kingdom, which lies at the top of Kali Gandaki river in the northern part of the country, is considered one of the most fascinating and picturesque places of Nepal. The upper Mustang region consists of two parts: the northern and the southern part where the cultures and languages of people are similar to those of Tibetan people. The whole Mustang area has a mystical and an isolated feel to it which lures visitors to this region.
Upper Mustang Trekking offers unique and dramatic geography for the trekkers who have only seen those familiar forested, green landscapes in the rest of Nepal. With the cultural history as captivating as the landscapes, this region has attracted the curiosity of many Himalayan adventurers and it was only in 1991 that it got opened for limited visitation. In earlier days, Mustang was a vital trading route between India and Tibet and you can still see the interesting remains of forts which served as tax collection out posts then. In the late 1950s, this area was a center for guerrilla, who were armed and trained by the US C.I.A. to oppose the Chinese Army’s occupation of Tibet.
Upper Mustang Trekking route continues mostly on the valley floors though it may pass through the ridge during the sporadic rainy period that raises the level of the river. The horses will provide mounting assistance but it must be dismounted while descending. As the maximum altitude you need to climb for this particular trek is just about 4010m, it is not such a challenging trail to demand a lot of physical effort. Due to lack of high passes crossings and monsoon rains, this trek has the advantage of long seasons.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu| Check into hotel (O/N)
Board an international flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport, and then show you to your hotel room. The rest of the day is reserved for your rest.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing/Shopping (O/N)
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is famous for the Durbar Square site, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath and such other monuments expressing the excellence of the Nepalese art and culture. There are so many places to visit in Kathmandu alone that one day is not quite enough. All the same, our talented guide will have you tour through the best part of Kathmandu in a single day.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (7-8 hours of drive or 25 minutes flight)(O/N)
From Kathmandu, your guide will take you to Pokhara, which is just about 7-8 hours drive (or you can take a 25-minutes flight there enjoying the vista of Himalaya from the air). If time allows, you may be able to roam through the paradise like city of Pokhara.
You could dare yourself for paragliding from Sarangkot or just have a pleasant time boating on the pristine Phewa Tal, marveling at the pretty reflection of the Mt. Macchapucchare on its water surface.
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (20 minutes flight), Trek to Kagbeni (2858m) (O/N)
A 20 minutes short flight will take us straight from Pokhara to Jomsom (headquarter of Mustang), and from there we will begin our trekking.
After 4 hours of walking along the Kali Gandaki river (with a short rest at Eklebhatti village), the trail will lead us into Kagbeni, a beautiful village residing on the bank of two rivers and composed generally of old houses, a peaceful Buddhist monastery and the omnipresent Hindu temples. You can explore the village, and even stray a little further to examine its surroundings. We lodge at a local guesthouse for the night.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) (O/N)
Submit your special permit for checking, and then we can move on upstream through Kaligandaki riverbank capturing scenic landscapes along the trail.
This “5-6 hours” long route will first take us to the Tangbe village (attraction here is the white-washed houses, apple orchards and wheat, buckwheat & barley fields), and then further on, we cross the river and walk steadily along the ridges to reach the Chele village (houses here are made in Tibetan style).
Day 06: Chele to Geling (3440m) (O/N)
It’s a long and easy walk through a wide sandy route to Geling, You can expect to trek for about 6 hours going up and down a hill, with passes and windy paths along the way to Geling.
Day 07: Geling to Charang (3490m) (O/N)
Today is another 6 hours of hike up across a wide valley, and then we will descent down to the populated village of Ghami. Next is a walk though a bridge with the Tangmar Chuu river flowing beneath our feet, beyond which is a long line of Mani walls scorting us to a pass and then a descent down will bring us to our resting point, Charang.
Day 08: Charang to Lo Manthang (3760m) (O/N)
Yet another 6 hours of hike today, starting from a descent down Charang, an easy climb up a ridge (stop here for a panoramic view of the mountains and our ultimate destination), a descent downstream and we arrive at Lo Manthang – the mysterious city of the Upper Mustang territory. There’s a pretty gate, marking the main entrance of this Lo Manthang city. Welcome!
Day 09: Observe Culture and Ancient Monuments in Lo Manthang today (O/N)
We rise up early in the morning to explore Lo Manthang. This mysterious city too has whitewashed houses, and attraction here includes the Buddhist monasteries and the ancient palace (where a Mustangi king once ruled from). And, of course, there’s also the majestic vista of the Himalaya for our digital camera to capture, not to mention the unique Tibetan culture & lifestyle to witness in the wonderful city of Lo Manthang. All in all, it’s gonna be a wonderful day here.
Day 10: Lo Manthang to Ghami via Gekar (O/N)
Say goodbye to Lo Manthang, and head towards the Lo Gekar trail that will bring us to Ghar Ghompa (renowned for being one of the oldest monasteries still active to date; has awesome rock paintings). A descent down to Dhamkar, and then in a while, we will hit the soil of Ghami village where we will lodge for the night.
Day 11: Ghami to Samar (3700m) (O/N)
From Ghami, our next hike will bring us to Samar. It’s a pleasant walk down through some tiny villages along the trail. Keep your camera ready for shooting the grand vista of the Himalayas.
Day 12: Samar to Kagbeni (O/N)
We can rise up early in the morning to trek back to Kagbeni, or we could first take a 6 to 7 hours long hike to Muktinath – the holy pilgrimage point for both the Hindu and Buddhist alike. Besides the religious charisma, Muktinath also delivers exotic view of the surrounding peaks, especially that of Mt Dhaulagiri. Over an hour long walk will bring us back to Kagbeni.
Day 13: Kagbeni to Jomsom (O/N)
From Kagbeni, we backpedal to Jomsom. You will have a leisure day here, exploring the headquarter of Mustang district. Just watch out for the strong winds that sweep around this mountain region.
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara Via a Short Flight (O/N)
Enough of walking! Today, you shall sit back in your seat, and enjoy the beautiful vista of Himalayas moving by as your plane takes you from Jomsom to Pokhara. In other words, this is a 20-minutes short flight back to Pokhara, the major tourist destination of Nepal. You can spend the day sitting on a lakeside cafe, relieving the memories of your Upper Mustang trekking.
Day 15: Drive Back to Kathmandu (O/N)
Sit back and enjoy a scenic ride back to Kathmandu, from where it all started. You can linger around the capital city for a while (do some last minute sightseeing and shopping), and then we will help you board your international flight to home. Namaste!
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