Mustang Valley Trek- 17 Days



Trip overview
Primary Activity: Heritage Tour, exciting flight to Jomsom, trekking & Walking in Trans Himalayan Trail
Duration : 17 Days Trip Code : HNUMT017
Trip Grade : Easy to Moderate Max-Altitude : 3950 m/13035 ft.
Meals : BB in City; Full Board on Trek Accomodation : Hotel/ Mt. Lodge
Group Size : Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Tourist Bus/Private car/Flight
Trip Start : Kathmandu Trip End : Kathmandu
Route : Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Kagbeni-Lo Manthang-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Departure Dates
Best Season : Spring (March/April/May/Early June) and Autumn(September-October-November-Early December)
Trip Notes / Guideline on Itinerary: Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.

Description


Entering to the Trans Himalayan Kingdom following the Kali Gandaki Valley.

Upper Mustang trek is a great adventure trek that takes you along the “off beaten path” in the Trans-Himalayan trail and starts with electrifying flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. It is an easy trek that goes along the bank of the deepest gorge of the world, the Kali Gandaki River and takes you to the capital of Mustang, the Lo-Manthang at 3730 m.

Entering to the Majestic Kingdom Mustang, you will encounters the unique landscapes, picturesque villages, the ancient sky caves and monasteries along with the culture, lifestyle and heritage that remain unchanged for the centuries to this dates. The trail was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. 

  • Day 01 Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Meal: Dinner)
  • Day 02 Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)
  • Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Altitude: 823m/2,700ft Drive: 5/6 hrs. Meal: Breakfast)
  • Day 04 Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858/9,374ft) (Altitude: Kagbeni: 2,858/9,374ft Jomsom: 2,715m/8,910ft Flight: 20 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 05 Kagbeni to Chele (Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft, Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 06 Chele to Syanbochen, (Altitude: 3475m/11,398ft Trek: 6-7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 07 Syanbochen to Ghami (Altitude: 3520m/11,546ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 08 Ghami to Charang (Altitude: 3500m/11,480ft Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 09 Charang to Lo-Mangthang (Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 10 Explore the Lo-Mangthang (Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 11 Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa (Altitude: 3950 m/13035 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 12 Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (Altitude: 3806m/12,484ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 13 Ghiling to Chele (Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 14 Chele to Jomsom (Altitude: 2700/8,856ft. Trek: 6-7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 15 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (Altitude: 823 m/2691 ft. Flight: 20 minutes Meal: B)
  • Day 16 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B/D)
  • Day 17 Departure from Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)

Trip Photos and Videos


Day 01 Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Meal: Dinner)

On your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representative will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day trip. In the evening, we, the Hiking Nepal will offer you a welcome dinner introducing Nepalese cuisine and culture.


Day 02 Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)

After your delightful breakfast, you will be introduced with guide and takes you to UNESCO Heritages sites of the valley where you will observe living heritage of Medieval Nepal - Witness the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath and capture the sacred moments of Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat in Pashupatinath. Stroll the lively streets of Kathmandu Old Market Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit the home of The Living Goddess Kumari, Nepalese style of Architecture as well as astonishing wooden carving. A short drive from Kathmandu Durbar Square will take you to a hill top stupa called as “Swyambhu” meaning “self -emerge” and belief that the hill emerged impulsively from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu valley.


Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Altitude: 823m/2,700ft Drive: 5/6 hrs. Meal: Breakfast)

Early morning, after breakfast, catch Tourist bus or we can also organize a private vehicle for you. Viewing countryside villages, farm, shops and river, you will reach at Pokhara. A beautiful place with tremendous views of mountains and lakes. You can also go for Boating at Fewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 04 Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858/9,374ft) (Altitude: Kagbeni: 2,858/9,374ft Jomsom: 2,715m/8,910ft Flight: 20 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Take an early morning flight to Jomsom over the mountains with the views of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri; you will land at tiny airstrip of a beautiful town, Jomsom. It is also a headquarters of Mustang region and a major village of the Kaligandaki valley that links the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt trade route to Tibet. After initial preparation of loads, begins trek to the pretty village of Kagbeni. Since, it will be very windy in the afternoon from Jomsom onwards, gradually starts trekking along the Kali-Gandaki River bed after crossing a suspension bridge in an easy trail. Grasp the closest view of the Mt. Dhauligiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri and the entire Annapurna massif in south. You will reach at a beautiful land with narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, wheat and barley field, a large red Gompa picturing the culture and nature if Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is a sacred place and a major junction of river Kagh Khola coming from Muktinath and Mustang Khola forming the River Kaligandaki. Here, at the north is a police station where you will need to complete a paperwork while entering to Upper Mustang- a forbidden region of Nepal. Spend overnight at local lodge.


Day 05 Kagbeni to Chele (Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft, Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Begins to walk up stream of the Kaligandaki River. On the way, catch the scenic photographs of some caves, and Gompa Kang. In the Upper Mustang, you will visit numerous monasteries of the Shakya-Pa sect, however, Kang Gompa is of Nyingma-Pa sect of Himalayan Buddhism. The trail you will follow will be the ups and downhill. You will reach at Tangbe for a while. Here you will see first black, white and red Chortens that symbolize the Upper Mustang. Tangbe is a tangle of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Walking for hours, you will reach at Chukkung, from here onwards, you will see the distinct change in topography, lifestyle as well as culture and people. Spots you encounters will be the brown landscape with patches of green. And continuing the trail towards north, you will reach at the river where, you have to cross a steel bridge that takes you to the ridge village Chele. Spend overnight at local lodge.


Day 06 Chele to Syanbochen, (Altitude: 3475m/11,398ft Trek: 6-7 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today, you will have a climb in a steep trail and cross a Taklam-la Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft.) and Dajori la Pass (3735 m/12325 ft.). Walking through the plateaus and narrow stretches, you will view the mountains including Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. After crossing passes, descend down on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of a poplar trees. It is a main place to stop for horses and mule caravans.  Then, following the ascending trail above Samar village, you will reach to a ridge and starts descending steeply to a stream. Walking for nearly 3 hours in ups and downhill, you will reach at Syanbochen. On the way, you will enjoy cool streams, juniper trees, Chortens and some caves including a famous cave known as Ranchung cave. Spend overnight at local lodge.


Day 07 Syanbochen to Ghami (Altitude: 3520m/11,546ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Starts walking gently in uphill trail to a huge village and descending for a while, you will reach at Geling. You will see the Tibetan style houses with walls of mud and stones and a roof with twigs, straw and a mixture of a mud and pebbles. From here, you will walk uphill through the mountain passes following the trail with poplar trees. Then, begins climbing to the Nyi-La Pass (4,010m/13,193ft.), would be a bit linger but interesting Viewing Mountains: Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiri. The gentle descent from the pass will takes to a junction from where you will take left direction towards Ghami for overnight stay. Ghami is one of the largest village of Lo region surrounded by large fields, mostly barren. Spend overnight at local lodge.


Day 08 Ghami to Charang (Altitude: 3500m/11,480ft Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

After breakfast, you trek starts with a pleasant walk crossing Ghami Khola. You will climb to a plateau and passes a longest Mani wall; then catching the trail towards east, you will continue to walk to the village of Charang. It is a large spread-out village with mess fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village, visit a huge white Dzong and Red Gompa that exhibits an excellent collection of ancient statues and Thankas. Spend overnight at local lodge.


Day 09 Charang to Lo-Mangthang (Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today, spend morning time exploring village of Charang and then get ready to trek for Lo-Manthang.  You will gently walk in downhill to Charang Chu Canyon and then steeply climb above the valley crossing a river and gently ascending to a windy pass (3850 m) of Lo for a beautiful view of Lo-Manthang. Then walking for a while you will reach to a large isolated Chortens which is the entry point of Lo Manthang. View the walled city of Lo Manthang with a single entrance on the north east corner. Spend overnight at local lodge.


Day 10 Explore the Lo-Mangthang (Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft. Meal: BLD)

Today, take your own time to explore the surrounding of Lo Manthang. The city has around 150 houses, temples and monasteries. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar that lies on a hill top and stands as an important center of local communities and even a local court. First, you can visit Namgyal Gompa and the make your next destination to Tingkhar which is the main village in the northwest corner of the Lo Manthang. You can also make your journey to the Tall Champa Lakhang “God House” that contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as wall painting of “Mandala”; Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of the city. Likewise, the four stoyred palace of King at the center and the panoramic view of the Himalayas makes your trip overwhelming. Spend Overnight at local lodge.