Trek to Mustang

This trek is one of the classic treks that entail trekking in the rain shadow part of the wind-swept desert landscape of the Himalayas with views of implausible gorges, high passes and enormous vistas. The journey to Lo-Manthang entails passing through authentic Tibetan villages, 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 caves. The founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, came here centuries ago to defend Buddhism against the forces trying to destroy it. To celebrate his successful battle, he built the temple of Lo Gekhar that still stands today, surviving along with an unadulterated Tibetan culture that cannot be found elsewhere.

For political reasons travel into Mustang was strictly forbidden and the region remained isolated from the modern world. In 1992 it was decided to allow outsiders in on a very limited basis. This isolation has helped maintain a way of life almost unchanged for centuries.

The trek starts with a scenic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and hike to the Tibetan village of Kagbeni. As we climb higher following the Kalighandaki river the landscape becomes more rugged and one starts to get a glimpse of the vast plateau, ancient villages of Tangbe and Syangmochen unchanged and unaffected by time and modern culture. En-route we will be passing number of high passes such as Chele La (3,540m), Vena-la (3,870m) and Yamdo la (4,050m) from where we get fantastic views of Nilgiri (6,940m) and Tilicho (7,134m) which dominates the southern sky. From Syangmochen we start the climb passing the village of Chukkar, Tamagaon and crossing the pass of Nyi La (3,950m) and Ghami La (3,800m). Descend down to Ghami La cross the Qumona river to arrive at the longest Mani wall (prayer stone wall) in Nepal. The next highlight is the 24 feet high choten gate that marks the arrival at Tsharang. The next days hike brings us to Lo Manthang a medieval walled city on the Tibetan Plateau north of the main Himalayas range. Lo-Manthang served as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, which survives as the Kingdom of Lo or "Upper Mustang". The next few days we will explore the ancient monasteries, temples and caves around Lomanthang.

We return back to Jomsom to catch the flight back to Pokhra.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive / Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara (210 km)
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and trek to Kagbeni (2,840m)
Day 05: Trek to Chele Village (3,050m)
Day 06: Trek to Syangmochen (3,820m)
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3,650m)
Day 08: Trek Lo -Manthang (3,780m)
Day 09: Sightseeing around Lo-Manthang
Day 10: Sightseeing around Lo-Manthang
Day 11: Trek to Ghami (3,440m) via Lo Gyakar Gomba
Day 12: Trek Ghami to Samar
Day 13:Trek to Chuksang & drive to Jomsom via Tangeb & Kagbeni
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Day 15: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure

Trip Facts

Best Period: Mar to June & Oct & Nov
Time Period: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Trek Period: 10 Night / 11 Days
In Kathmandu: 04 Nights
In Pokhara: 02 Nights
Trek Type: Strenuous
Highest Altitude: 4,010m
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Jomsom (Pokhara / Jomsom flight)
Trek End Point: Jomsom (Jomsom / Pokhara flight)
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara / Basic Lodges on trek (Tents available on prior request)
Trek Cost: Details of cost upon request

Features

National Park: Annapurna National Park (7,629 sq. kms)
Mountains: Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare
Rivers: Kali Ghandaki, Trishuli, Narayani
Tribes: Lobas
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

Maps

Map of Mustang Trek