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Upper Mustang Trekking

In common usage, the name Mustang refers to the arid Tibet-like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki (known to its inhabitants as Lo). Officially, Mustang is the name of the district along the Kali Gandaki from the Tibetan border south to Ghasa. The capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom; the region of Tibetan influence north of Kagbeni is generally referred to as upper Mustang.

The trek to Lo is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds usually howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Lo has much less rain than the rest of Nepal. During the monsoon the skies are cloudy and there is some rain. In the winter there is usually snow; sometimes as much as 30 or 40 cm accumulates on the ground.

In Lo itself the countryside is similar to the Tibetan plateau with its endless expanses of yellow and grey rolling hills eroded by wind. There is more rain in the lower part of upper Mustang and the hills tend to be great red fluted cliffs of tiny round stones cemented together by mud. Villages are several hours apart and appear in the distance almost as mirages; during the summer season, after the crops are planted, they are green oases in the desert-like landscape. Because of the cold and snow, most of the population departs from Lo on trading expeditions during the winter. The trekking season, therefore, is from late March until early November. The trek does not go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make the trek less pleasant than other treks in Nepal.

Day 01  Arrival Katmandu
Day 02- Katmandu to Pokhara
Day 03- Pokhara to Jomsong to Kagbeni
Day 04- Kagabeni to Chele (3100m)
Day 05- Chele to Geling ( 3570m)
Day 06 – Geling to Charang ( 3560m)
Day 07- Charang to Lomanthang (3840m)
Day 08- Lomanthang
Day 09- Lomanthang
Day 10- Lomanthang to Drakmar
Day 11- Drakmar – Shyangmochen
Day 12- Shyangmochen –Chhuksang
Day 13- Chhuksang – Kagbeni
Day 14- Kagbeni to Jomsong
Day 15- Jomsong to Pokhara
Day 16- Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17- Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.

 

Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met by Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure staffs at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
You have a scenic drive to Pokhara (by car/tourist bus). O/N in Pokhara.

Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni Fly to Jomsom.
From Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route forward to Eklebhatti and reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the route meets the junction where the trail splits for Muktinath, the pilgrimage temple and for Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area; it’s a hive of activity for donkey and yak caravans coming and going to and from mustang and for pilgrims taking a rest on route to Mukthinath. In Kagbeni, you can easily spend a few hours wondering around taking in this lovely village. O/N at Kagbeni.

Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele (3100m)
From Kagbeni you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail makes several ups and downs to arrive at Tangbe village (3060m). Walking further and descending you will reach to Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see many beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields. From Chhuksang making more ups and downs along the Kali Gandaki River you will get to Chele village. O/N at Chele.

Day 05: Chele to Geling (3570m)
From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele La (3630m) (pass). After crossing the ridge from Chele La the trail enters a large sided valley and descends to Samar (3620m) where you will have views of the distant Annapurna Himal dominated by Nil Giri. The trail climbs up to the Bhena La (3830m) and to Bhena (3860m). Climbing to another pass, the Yamdo La (4010m), you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling, spend some time here soaking up the village atmosphere. O/N at Geling.

Day 06: Geling to Charang (3560m)
Turning west from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi La (4020m). The trail then drops steeply to Ghemi (3510m), a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. From Ghemi the trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Choya la (3870m). Making a gentle descent the trail reaches to Chharang. O/N at Chharang.

Day 07: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)
The trail descends from Charang, crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail, then enters the Tholung valley. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten, then crosses a stream and reaches the LoLa (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. Descending for some time the trail crosses a stream and climbs up to Lo Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortens. O/N at Lo Manthang.

Day 08: Lo Mathang This day will be spent in this mystical and isolated city.
You will awake to the mystical sounds of monks chanting and the heady sent of temple candles. After having breakfast you will visit the four major temples within the city walls. The major attraction of this area is the three storey’s Jampa Lhakhang, the red Thubchen gompa with a massive assembly hall, Chodey gompa and Choprang gompa. After visiting the temples you will take a walk to visit the ACAP office and to Tarchun Gurung’s shop where you can climb up to the roof for a view of the town, and buy a memento to take away with you. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp. O/N at Lo Manthang.

Day 09: Trip around Lo Manthang
Again you spend another day in Lo Manthang getting to know the place and getting an incite into how the people live in this remote and arid landscape. After having breakfast you will visit the raja’s Place which is an imposing four storey building in the centre of the city. Then you will hire a horse to visit some other villages in this area where you will observe the local culture, life style, tradition and warm heartedness of these people. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp. O/N at Lo Manthang.

Day 10: Lo Manthang to Drakmar From Lo Manthang
the trail climbs steadily offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4070m and continues climbing to the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. The trail makes a short, steep descent and crosses the Chharang River, then climbs to Lo Geker and reaches to Ghar gompa a small monastery. Climbing to the ridge, crossing a valley along some alpine meadows, and then dropping down a steep eroded path you will reach Drakmar. O/N at Drakmar.

Day 11: Drakmar to Shyangmochen
The trail descends passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar, then climbs to a ridge and descends to the lower part of Ghemi and further descending you will reach to Jaite (3820m) and descend again gently to Chhung-Kah. The trail then reaches to Tama Gaon (3710m) and continues descending to Shyangmochen. O/N at Shyangmochen.

Day 12: `Shyangmochen to Chhuksang From Shyangmochen
the trail follows the quite stream all the way down to Chhuksang. O/N at Chhuksang

Day 13: Chhuksang to Kagbeni Trek
back to Kagbeni from Chhuksang. O/N at Kagbeni.

Day 14: Kagbeni to Jomsom
Trek back to Jomsom. O/N at Jomsom.

Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara. O/N at Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu. Hotel, B.B. O/N at Kathmandu.

Day 17: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.
Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.


Note:If above itinerary couldn’t meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Trip duration: 17 Days

Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

Maximum altitude: 4320m

Accommodation: Teahouse & Camping

Best Time for Trek: March, April, May, June, July, August, September October

  The trip cost will be vary depending on group size, duration of the days and services base. So PLEASE contact us for the cost with your interest of services, group size  and duration of the trip . Thank you

Note: Group leader travel free for groups of minimum 12 paying.

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