For a long time Mustang had been a forbidden land. But recently the Upper Mustang region has been opened for a limited number of trekkers. Lo -Manthang (Mustang) is located on the north of the main Himalayan chain, between the snow-capped mountains on the east and the west bordering Tibet. The climate and land in the region is dry and arid just like a desert. This is the route where you are likely to come across some very important historical sites such as the 800 year old cave and religious carvings which have been recently discovered.
A cultural King, who is very much loved by the Tibetan people from long time. Along the way you can see hundreds of old monasteries, shorten, old cave, old villages as well good view of annapurna and Dhaulagiri range includs many peaks. Inhabit by Tibetan people who are emigrate from Tibet nearly thousand years ago. In this region due to temperature and less rain even in monsoon season doesn’t much sport to group more foods ,each year they only able to grow one item food like a barley, wide and potato are the major farming here, others necessary goods they supply from lower part of Nepal. Winters is very cold weather here because of heavy snowing everywhere in the region , most of the people use to go down to pokhara or Kathmandu, only few people use to live in villages for look after house and animal, but in spring everyone re-turn back to village for trade and farming, as well in monsoon is the good temperature for live in this region.
Mustang is famous for being an important salt trading post in the Trans Himalayan belt and is thus yak caravans and traders are a common sight here. This trek is unlike any other and is sure to give you a lifetime experience and many memories sights and scenes.
Our journey is maintained focusing Total Days of trip, distance, geography, and individual capable efforts. We will hike 4-8 hours per day. Each day hike is balanced with scheduled breakfast, launch, and dinner in pre destined hotel, Guest House, camp and locality.
Arrival at Kathmandu
|Altitude 1350m||At hotel||+|
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
|6-7 hours||Altitude 820m||At hotel||+|
We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, and descend to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages.
Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and then trek to Kagbeni
|3-4 hours||Jomsom, altitude 2713m and Kagbeni, altitude 2820m||Home stay||+|
Nice views of the Gorkha Himal.
Trek from Kagbeni top Chele
|6 hours||Altitude 3000m||Home stay||+|
The trail climbs up steadily towards the Tibetan plateau. At first, the path follows the river closely, later it leads eastwards to a flat piece of dry and desert-like land. The scenery is amazing with its red sandstone pillars and canyons. Thousands of years of erosion have formed the landscape; rock formations in fantastic forms and colours will be our companion throughout the trip. The small town of Chele is nestled among extensive barley fields that blanket the hillside.
Trek from Chele to Geling
|6 hours||Altitude 3500m||Home stay||+|
The climb continues along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass at 3500m with great views of the Himalayan chain, the Nilgiri and Tilicho. From here, it descends on a pleasant trail to Samar (3300m) situated in a grove of poplar trees. This is a major stopping place for horse and mule caravans. Then the trail climbs steadily into a valley filled with juniper trees to reach 3800m. We then descend gently towards Geling.
Trek from Geling toTsarang
|5 hours||Altitude 3809m||Home stay||+|
The trail climbs gently through fields, and then becomes steeper to reach Nyi La (3840m). This pass is the southern boundary of Lo or Mustang itself. We descend to Tsarang, a large spread-out village inhabited entirely by Lobas. The huge five-story monastery fortress is perched on the edge of the Kali Gandaki gorge, to the East end of the village. The Gompa houses an excellent collection of statues and Thanks.
Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang
|5 hours||Altitude 3809m||Home stay||+|
We climb gently above the valley to round a large chorten visible for miles around, then continue to the final ridge (3850m). Through a prayer flagged notch, a natural portal, lies the ‘plain of inspiration’ beneath our feet. Out in front of us, the red and grew monastery of Namgyal, summer residence of the kings of Mustang. In the centre, surrounded by a ring of rounded hills, each topped by a crumbling fort, stands the amazing walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the inner kingdom, and the seat of its great monastic tradition. The prosperity of the city comes mostly from the time of intense commerce with Tibet (salt and wool).
Explore the Lo Manthang valley
We now have two full days to explore the many monasteries, ancient halls and temples of the walled city and the areas around it. The centre of the city is dominated by the three major buildings: the Champa Lhakang, (housing an enormous painted seated Buddha, claimed to be dating back to the early 15th century); the Thugchen Gompa, with its wonderful frescoes; and the King’s Palace, the most imposing building in the city, with its solid tapering walls sweeping up to a full four stories. You might even have the occasion to meet Jigme Dorje, the King. We also visit Chhoser Village where we can visit one of the old cave called Jhong Cave.
Jhong Cave and its history…
The cave itself bears a great historic importance. It is about 2500 years old. It has one entrance gate, which leads to several rooms. Once “HAJIGAVA” a Tibetan terrorist Gang attacked the village. The villagers escaped and hid themselves inside Jhong cave. The terrorist tried to enter the cave but were unable to do so, lastly they blocked the water supply. The villagers now thought of an idea. They washed their heads with mustard oil. Then the terrorist thought that the villagers had plenty of water with them. So they failed to capture the villagers and thus went empty handed. In this way, the cave provided shelter for the villagers.
Explore the Lo Manthang valley
Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghami
|6 hours||Altitude 3460m||Home stay||+|
For the first part of the return journey to Kagbeni, an alternative route crosses the Tsarang Khola farther westward. Our track meanders through this wide sparse pastureland. Then we reach a greener valley and descend past the isolated settlement of Lo Gekar to the welcome lush green of the trees around Ghar Gompa. Afterwards, we walk up to a small pass and continue over to the lovely green valley of Tramar, where the distinctive red-fluted cliffs return to contrast with the yellow hues of the north. Continuing down through the village fields we reach Ghami, a pretty whitewashed village with a small gompa and a nunnery.
Trek from Ghami to samar
|6 hour||Altitude 3300m||Home stay||+|
Trek Samar to Kagbeni
|7 hours||Altitude 2700m||Home stay||+|
Trek to Jomsom
|2 hours||Altitude 2700m||Home stay||+|
Flight to Pokhara
|25 minutes||At hotel||+|
Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
|Flight 25 minutes, Drive 6-7 hours||+|