Mustang is a very popular trekking region in Nepal since the Home Ministry of Nepal announced the opening of restricted areas in October 1991. However, there is strict control over obtaining special permits from the Department of Immigration in order to protect local traditions from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The region of the Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni, is generally referred to as “Upper Mustang”. The trek to Lo Manthang passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape. A steep rocky trail climbs up and down hills with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks, making a truly memorable trek.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara by bus. Pokhara Lake side village sits (front row center” to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The splendor of its snowy mountains is yours here in Pokhara.
Day 02: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
Drive to Nayapul via the large village of Lumle and walk to Birethanti. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. From Sudami, climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hille at 1495m close to Tikhedhunga. Along the way various hamlets offer numerous camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is best to push on to Tikhedhunga.
Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m)
The trail crosses two sparklingly clear streams before making a short final climb to Nangethanti. After an hour’s trek from Nangethanti you will reach the Ghorepani Pass.
Day 04: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1190m)
Climb Poon Hill (3195m) from where you can observe many White Mountain peaks. Ghorepani means “Horse-Water” in Nepali it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses. mules, and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. From Ghorepani, the downhill trail follows the Jomsom route. Crossing a rhododendron forest we pass small villages and walk along side the Ghaja Khola. In Tatopani there are natural hot water springs.
Day 05: Tatopani to Ghasa (2010m)
Walk the Kaligandaki riverside and gradually ascend observing the transition to non-sub-tropical vegetation. Here, a very interesting suspension bridge has to be crossed making the trek very exciting. Arrive at Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali village.
Day 06: Ghasa to Tukuche (2590m)
The trail follows the Kaligandaki River through a narrow gorge passing Thakali traditional villages along the way. Marpha is the main habitation of the Thakali ethnic group.
Day 07: Tukuche to Kagbeni (2800m)
Easy walking along the riverside to Jomsom, the district capital of Mustang, which is the most interesting town in the area. The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peak will make you buy some extra rolls of films. Arrive at Kagbeni, the entry point of the Upper Mustang.
Day 08: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m)
There is the trail along the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over numerous ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, and wheat and apple orchards, Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, looms massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and cross the river there. Continuing north, climbing up the trail, we reach a huge red mass of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki flows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. The culture changes from the Mangi culture to that of the Tibetan of Lo from this point.
Day 09: Chele to Geling (3510m)
The climb continues through steep, tree-less, water-less terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. This is followed by a long, gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge and to another valley field. Cross a stream and climb up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at 3770m and descend to Geling.
Day 10: Geling to Charang (3620m)
From Geling the trail climbs gently up to the interesting pass on NYI LA and descends below blue, gray and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu River. We then climb past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch of Mani walls in Nepal. Climb over another pass at 3600m then make a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and Red Gompa makes an interesting visit in which to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as numerous paintings of seated Buddhas.
Day 11: Charang to Lo Manthang (3730m)
The trail descends for about 100m from Charang, crosses the Charang-Chu, and climbs steeply via a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent cross a stream before climbing up to the plateau of Lo Manthang.
Day 12-14: Rest day at Lo Manthang
There are four major attractions, and several other places to visit here. The tall Champa Lakhang “good house”, the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall are the main attractions of this town. Another attraction is the four-story building of the King’s Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Beside Lo Manthang there are two other interesting Valleys worth visiting: the western Tingkhar, the site of the King’s summer Palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Nangyals “The Monastery of Victory”, which is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. The eastern valley contains Chosar, the site of a high school, Garphu and Nyaphu Gompa. This is the main trading route to Lhasa.
Day 15: Lo Manthang to Ghami (3490m) via Gekar
The trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys before crossing a ridge at 4070m and descending southwards through two more valleys, meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompa in Nepal. We cross a ridge after a little climbing and drop down steeply to Thamar Village. The trail descends alongside the stonewalls and fields of extensive villages before climbing to a ridge. It is a short descent from there to Ghami.
Day 16: Ghami to Samar (3150m)
From Ghami climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar via the outward route.
Day 17: Samar to Kagbeni (2800m)
Trek back to Kagbeni.
Day 18: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2750m)
Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhra
Fly back to Pokhara
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
Day 21: Final departure We will drop you to the airport for your final departure
What is Included in the Cost
Arrival and departure transportation, Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transportation, Jomsom/Pokhara flight tickets, trekking permits, National park fees, Tims card, special permits, porters and guide, their food, wages, equipments and insurance, in trekking, your accommodation, foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) ,2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
What is Excluded in the Cost
Personal insurance, rescue flight, personal expenses such as bar bill, tips,, any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, road blockage due to landslides or strike.