Upper Mustang trekking is unique in its nature. Upper Mustang is in rain shadow just like Tibet which makes it possible to trek even in the monsoon season. Upper Mustang trekking is comparatively recently opened for trekkers than trekking in other regions. When upper Mustang was opened for trekking, limited numbers of trekkers were allowed in the beginning. This resulted in good preservation of culture and nature of Upper Mustang.
The region was Buddhist kingdom ruled by Lo. It is located in the upper section of Kali Gandaki River. The region is mostly flat with some small hills. Its easy terrain and wide trekking trail makes upper Mustang trekking ideal for even old age people.The geological setting and the culture of upper Mustang is similar to Tibet. The countryside of Lo Manthang has vast expanses of yellow and gray rolling hills which make upper Mustang trekking attractive and enjoyable. In a way, upper mustang trekking offers trekkers the experience of trekking in Tibet.
Several ancient Buddhist monasteries with attractive paintings and colors scattered around Lo Manthang are one of the highlights of upper Mustang trekking. The history of this place goes back to 8th century. One of the great Buddhist masters, Padmasambhaba was believed to live in this area for meditation. The ancient Buddhist culture is still vibrant in this region and life has remained untouched by the modern civilization. The clusters of mud houses in Lo Manthang make this place distinct from other areas in Nepal
Arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Cultural tour of Swayambhunath, the Buddhist stupa, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley and Kathmandu Durbar Square clustered with old royal palaces and distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning enjoying the scenic beauty along the bank of Trisuli and Marshyangdi River, mountain sceneries and typical Nepalese villages.
Fly to Jomsom in the morning with magnificent views of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. Commence trekking following the bed of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni, the confluence of Thak Khola and Mustang Khola.
Restricted trekking area begins and the trail climbs over many ridges and Nilgiri (7.061m) looms at the foot of the valley and arrives at Chhuksang (2,920m), a Gurung village with the views of some spectacular red, eroded, ‘organ-pipe’ cliffs on the otherside.
Climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele (3030m) and starts Tibetan culture of Lo. Further climbing up to a cairn at 3080m offers a view of Ghyakar across s huge canyon and the descend to valley
Ascending to the ridge and then a pass, southern boundary of Lo Manthang. And then gentle descend through blue, grey and red cliffs.
Pass through spectacular stretch of mani wall to Charang (3,490m) which houses five storey white dzong (Tibetan style fortress) and ared gompa with statues and Thanka paintings.
Gradual descend and then steep climbing to a ridge and further climbing through desert like landscape to ridge with view of Lo Mantang.
Exploration of four main temples in Lo Manthang and a visit to the king.
Different route on the return via Logekhar with visit to a old Ghar Gompa.
Passing through valleys and climbing to several ridges with great views of Himalayas above Lo Manthang.
Gradual descend passing valleys, a stream and a cave and then to a ridge with magnificent views of Annapurnas and other Himalayas.
Follow the Kali Gandaki River downstream to Jomsom.
Fly to Pokhara in the morning. Overnight Pokhara.
By flight / land transportation to Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport for deaprture.
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