A voyage in time
In Tibetan, Mustang means fertile land. Mustang, or the Kingdom of Lo, is an area located at the North-West of Nepal and it borders Tibet. Mustang was a prohibited area to foreigners up until 1991. Formerly independent, since 1951 it has been an integral part of Nepalese territory . Located behind a mountainous barrier, Mustang sits in a rain shadow, unaffected by the monsoons. It has a dry, desert-like, and windy climate. Here one lives with the rhythm of the seasons isolated from modern time. With Short trek Mustang you will be learning all of the history of Mustang.
Fantastic canyons with red cliffs, chimneys of fairies and monasteries; Lo Manthang, the royal capital city strengthened by high Mustang, is an exceptional voyage to the meeting of an authentic culture full of legends and secrets.
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- Fly or Drive to Pokhara (913m)
This day you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport you will be picked up and transfer to Hotel. This day can be used for short visit around Pokhara city. (International Mountain Museum, Mahendra cave, Davis fall and Fewa lakes are some popular places to visit)
O/N at Hotel.
Day 02-: Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek
Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress.
Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village.
Day 04: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours
Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche.
Day 05: Syanbochen to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 6-6hours
We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village.
We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east.
Day 06: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours
We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good.
Day 07: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to choser, chonup, zong cave, nyphu monastery which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang.
Day 08 : Drive back to Jomsom
Day 09- Morning Flight to Pokhara and same day take a flight to Kathmandu or stay at Pokhara
Today 20 minute morning flight takes us from Jomson back to Pokhara. The upon arrival check in for Pokhara-Kathmandu flight. Free at leisure. Still this day can be use for short walking and shopping. There will be farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show.
O/N at Hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Day 10- Fly or Drive back to Kathmandu.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Pokhara airport. Fly to Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel. Free at leisure.
What’s included in the package?
- Upper Mustang Special Trekking permit
- Annapurna conservation area entrances permit
- Trek permit (TIMS)
- English speaking GOV licence holderGuide and porter
- Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara flight ticket
- Lho-Manthang to Jomsom by Jeep
- Three meals every day during your trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea or coffee optional.
- Accommodation in Local Lodge during your trek
- All the governmental taxes
What’s not included in the package?
- Your international flight ticket and Nepal visa
- Horse or Jeep riding to Tibet boarder
- Your personal nature of expenses such as bar bills, telephone, showers, email and internet, laundry
- Tipping for your staffs.
- Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Transport Kathmanu – Pokhara- Kathmandu
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency
- Any type of donations
- Any other unseen personal expenses