Upper Mustang trek (15 days)
Mustang is the hinterland enriched with mainly barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and many other unique attractions. The view of wind swept Kali-Gandaki valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni and vast ridges that straggle high mountains provide a mind-blowing experience.
Nepal’s Mustang region preserves a life almost unchanged for centuries. It lies hidden behind the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna at the very roof of Asia on the arid Tibetan plateau. It has long been isolated from the outside world (and only opened to trekking groups since 1992). As you make your way through this secluded land, you’ll pass brightly painted shortens (Buddhist shrines) and tiny villages guarded by enormous monasteries. Vistas include unusual and arresting views of the snow-covered Himalaya to the south, and desolate high plateaus, deep canyons, and an ocean of windswept hills the colors of a desert sunset to the north. Once at the walled capital city of Lo Manthang, you’ll absorb a great sense of timelessness and appreciation for an ancient culture as you discover the ruins of old forts, monasteries rich in art and history, and caves replete with magnificent religious statues.
Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Actually the capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom, but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang. The real capital, Lo Manthang, where the present king lives, is a fantastic square-walled town sitting on the ‘Plain of Prayers’. The small kingdom of Mustang, closed to westerners until 1992, is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400's to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet. Local legend tells the tale of the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, who before building Samye (the oldest monastery in Tibet) came to Mustang to stand guard against and do battle with the evil powers out to destroy Buddhism. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today.
Highlights of the Trip:
Barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and many other unique attractions.
Fact of the Trip:
Tour Region: Annapurna Region
Best season: March – November
Transportation: By tourist bus / private.
Accommodation: Hotel, Resort & tea house /camping
Trekking style: camping only
Highest access of the trek: 3730m
Mustang Heritage Trekking Itinerary:
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.
Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m.) and it takes about 25 minutes and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810 m.) which takes about four hours.
Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900 m.) which takes about five hours.
Day 04: Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150 m.) and it takes about three and half hours.
Day 05: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.) which takes about five hours.
Day 06: Trek from Giling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) and it takes about five hours.
Day 07: Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang (3620 m.) which takes about five hours.
Day 08: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (Mustang) (3730 m.) and it takes about three hours.
Day 09: Rest day at Mustang. Today is free to explore the fascinating city of Lo Manthang, untouched since the 14th century. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout the kingdom.
Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.) which takes about six hours.
Day 11: Trek from Ghami to Chuksang (2900 m.) and it takes about six hours.
Day 12: Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m.) which takes about seven hours.
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) and it takes about five hours.
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes and stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Pick & Drop to Airport / 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with Tour guide
3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek
Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
Trekking Guides and Porters
Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
National Park entry fee (if applicable).
All ground transportation
Any Meals in Kathmandu & other places
Airfare domestic / international flights
Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival of Tribhuwan International Airport,
Kathmandu which will require 2 passport size photos.
Airport tax required for the Domestic / International flights All alcoholic, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, Internets.
Personal Trekking Equipment, medical and travel insurance Entrance fees for
Sightseeing/Monument Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue
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