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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is a 12-day moderate trip of the desert valley behind the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal, 86 km northwest of the Jomsom Airport. Lo Manthang (3730 m) is a village of Mustang District where is the Buddhist culture, tradition, food habit and dress likewise Tibet. Lo Manthang hiking begins after the Pokhara-Jomsom flight (18 minutes). The 22nd cultural king lives in the restricted area, whose history dated back to the 14th century. Kagbeni village (2800 m) has ACAP Check Post bank of the Kali Gandaki River.  A secured walled town, Lo Manthang was built by the first king Ame Pal. There are 200 mud houses and the four-storied whitewashed palace with the four traditional wards, such as Mahakala, Tara, Dipankar Buddha and Maitreya Buddha. Locals called Lobos, who believe on caste and hierarchy group, such as cardiac (Bista-king’s cast), Ghara (blacksmith), Shemba (butcher) and Emeta (musician).

Upper Mustang Trek also called Lo Manthang trekking was opened in 1992 for tourists. Both a tea house and camping trip are arranged in the controlled area (2567 Sq Km big). It required a special permit ($500), ACAP permit ($20), TIMS card ($20) and minimum two people in a group. Mustang District has 6000 people, 63 types of birds, 28 mammals, 2 reptiles, 2 amphibians and 200 types of vegetation. The polyandry marriage system (reason to avoid splitting of a family’s farmland) still in practice for a few families. The farmer plows fields with Dzo (ox), produce barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Pasture land is at the rim of the Tibetan plateau for the sheep, Himalayan goat (Chyangra), horse, and yak. A horse, mule, and yak are used for transport. People do farming, herding, caravan trading and tea shop business. During the winter people migrate to Pokhara, Bhairahawa, and Kathmandu. This is a rain Shadow Area of Nepal. The UNESCO is exploring ancient caves and monument for the heritage site. 

Upper Mustang Trek is a holiday to visit a natural cave, Chorten, monastery, palace, and alpine village with Gurung, Bista, Thakuri, and Bhotiya people. They are friendly and humorous. Korala Border between Nepal and Tibet located 12 km north of the village. The Jhampa Gompa (1387 AD) believed to be a replica of the Ghangtse Jhampa Gompa nearby Lhasa. Thupchen Gompa was built by the first King, Tashi Gon. Chhyoede Gompa (1757) was built by King A-Ham Tshewang Phuntsok Tskgyen Norbu. The five-storied Jhong Cave with 40 rooms located 3 hours away. A day hiking takes to the Nyphu Cave Monastery. Damodar Kunda located a few days away. The mountain festival, Tenchi, Losar, Saga Lug Ka, and Duk Chu have celebrated annually. The village clinic called Amchi School. A Jeep and horse available in Jomsom to visit the Lo Manthang Village. Contact in Yeti Trail Adventure for the trip booking. Day to day itinerary is below.

Day 01: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) - 4/5 hours

Day 02: Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 03: Chhuksnag to Samar (3290 m) – 4/5 hours

Day 04: Samar to Geling (3440 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 05: Geling to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 06: Ghami to Charang (3490 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 07: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) – 4/5 hours

Day 08: Rest in Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)

Day 09: Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 10: Ghami to Samar (3290 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 11: Samar to Kagbeni (2800 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 12: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710 m) – 2/3 hours

Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) – 20 minutes

Day 01: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) - 4/5 hours
Regular flight starts early in the morning due to the windy valley. The views of Annapurna, Pokhara, Sarangkot, Seti River, Dhaulagiri and its glaciers and deepest valley Kali Gandaki are included on the way to Jomsom with the Twin otter flight. Jomsom is the district headquarter of the Mustang is situated bank of the Kali Gandaki River with the Nilgiri view. There is army camp, police post, market and normal to star level hotel with electricity. Walk along the bank of the Kali Gandaki valley. A gravel road with the Jeep and motorbike go to the Muktinath Temple. Follow the right bank of the river to the Eklebhatti, one trail splits to the Muktinath. Hiking continues through the bank of the river to Kagbeni. The views of the Nilgiri and Kali Gandaki valley with a terraced field in the Kagbeni are beautiful. Stay overnight here.

Day 02: Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb through the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River with a view of the natural cave and Kang Gompa in the west bank of the river. Continue walking to reach the Tangbe village (2990 m) with chorten, terraced fields and Nilgiri views. Walk continues to the Chhuksang village at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Narshing Khola. There is a small salt mine up to the Narshing Khola. Stay overnight there.

Day 03: Chhuksnag to Samar (3290 m) – 4/5 hours
Cross the river over the Kali Gandaki valley then climb uphill to the Chele (3030 m) with a shop and terraced field of barley and wheat. Here are five villages include Chele, Ghyakar, Chhuksang, Tangbe and Tetang with the ethnic group. Climb uphill with the view of Ghyakar to a cairn (3480 m) then descend gradually to the Chorten to reach the Samar village with poplar trees, hotel and stable with the views of Annapurna and Nilgiri. Stay overnight here.

Day 04: Samar to Geling (3440 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb uphill to a ridge, then descend into a gorge with the Chortens. Walk continues next valley with juniper tree. Cross a stream and climbs to a ridge, then descends to the Bhena. Hiking continues to a pass, then descends to the Shyangmochhen (3650 m) with teashops. Climb gradually uphill to a pass (3700 m) in a valley. Take a right-hand side; descend to the Geling with poplar trees and barley field.

Day 05: Geling to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb gradually uphill through the Geling valley to reach the Tama Gaon and the Nyi La (3840 m). Descend continues and take a left trail to reach the Ghami village with whitewashed houses. Here are police post, Gompa, potato field, and the red nunnery end of the village. Stay overnight here.

Day 06: Ghami to Charang (3490 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk continues, cross the Ghami Khola, then climb gradually uphill to the Charang village with Mani walls, willow trees, electricity, Red Gompa with a collection of paintings. Here is 5-storey fortress. Stay overnight here.

Day 07: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) – 4/5 hours
Walk downhill to cross the Charang Chu then climb uphill steeply through a ridge and village (3530 m) to the Tholung Valley. Climb gradually to the large chorten between Charang and Lo. Cross a stream, reach over a ridge (3850 m) with the view of Lo. Descending continues to cross a stream then climb uphill to the Lo-Manthang with police post, several monasteries, Chortens, local King’s palace and terraced field. Stay overnight here.

Day 08: Rest in Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)
Visit in several Gompas, Temples, King Palace and explore the Tibetan type of Nepalese people with their lifestyle and culture in a rest day. Stay overnight here.

Day 09: Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours
Head west trail and climb uphill to some ridges then descend to the large valley. Climb uphill to a ridge (4070 m) and next pass then descends to the Lo Gekar. The 8th century Ghar Gompa with a stream and grove of trees are there. Climb to a ridge then descending to the Dhokmar village nearby a stream. Descend with a field, then climb to a ridge. Climb downhill to the Ghami village with the terraced fields, police post, lodge and monastery. Stay overnight here.

Day 10: Ghami to Samar (3290 m) – 5/6 hours
Take a direct route to the Nyi La at 3840 m. Climb uphill to a ridge and meet the trail from Charang. Climb uphill to the pass and descend steeply to the Geling valley. Descend through the Tama Gaon to a stream and climb uphill to a ridge. Climb downhill to the Samar village with the views of Nilgiri and Annapurna, a grove of the poplar tree and caravan horse station. Stay overnight here.a

Day 11: Samar to Kagbeni (2800 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb downhill to the Chele and Chhuksang villages. Cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and reach the Kagbeni. The confluence of the Muktinath Khola and the Kali Gandaki River is known as real Kagbeni where the Hindus do the religious perform with a wish to their late parents in heaven. The Red Gompa, terraced field, Nilgiri view and electricity are here. You can meet the vulture at the riverbank. Stay overnight here.

Day 12: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710 m) – 2/3 hours
Walk through the left bank of Kali Gandaki River. Reach Eklebhatti with few tea shops and a trail joins from Muktinath. Continue to a windy valley with the views of the Tilje peak at first, later Dhaulagiri just before the Jomsom. Reconfirm your flight ticket to Pokhara one day before in Jomsom. Stay overnight here.

Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) – 20 minutes
Take an early morning flight to Pokhara with a view of the Kali Gandaki River valley, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ghorepani, Sarangkot, Phewa Lake with the World Peace Stupa and Pokhara valley. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide.
  • 11 night’s lodge with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • Professional trekking guide & porter.
  • Lodge, food, salary, transport and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • ACAP permit, special permit and TIMS card.
  • Tourist bus ticket from and to Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Flight ticket to Jomsom and Pokhara with airport tax.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Mountain.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except farewell meal.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower, desert, water and battery charge in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.
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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Activities : Trekking
  • Maximum Altitude : 3840 m (Nyi La Pass)
  • Trek Grade & Mode : Medium/Tea House Trek
  • Himalayan Sights : Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri (8167m)
  • Valley & River : Kaligandaki (the deepest valley)
  • Transportation : Private vehicle/flight
  • Trek start and end : Jomsom (2710 m)
  • Accommodation : 12 nights in the mountain
  • Meals : Full board meal during the mountain
  • Best Time : March/April/May/ June//August/September/October/November

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