Mustang is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on theTibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world follows the trail on Mustang which lies beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif in central Nepal is the hidden kingdom of Mustang, an intriguing scorched region, forming part of the Tibetan plateau.
Untouched by the outside world, 16th century monasteries remain active, adorned with unrivalled frescoes, thankas and status of gigantic deities, preserving ancient traditions. Mustang is the land of Barley field’s pasture for grazing herds. These upper reaches the Kali Gandaki River, which has tantalized a generation of trekkers – have recently been opened in 1992. Mustang being a restricted area, there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure & Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850 m)
Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat in bus journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Pokhara flight to Jomsom (2713 m) then trek to Kagbeni (2800 m)
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport, fly to Jomsom. This is one of the world’s exciting flights to see mountain closely through the tiny aircraft, Annapurna I 8091 meters, Dhaulagiri 8167 meters, fishtail 6997 meter and other numerous peaks. You begin your trek to Kagbeni following along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En- route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River with beautiful Ekle Bhatti. Kagbeni people are influence with more Tibetan and also Kagbeni is gateway for Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda trekking. After reaching at Kagbeni (2800 m) there is oldest monastery so better to visit this monastery and look around Kagbeni village.
Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3060 m)
Today trek trail starts with a special permit check up and on wards to the riverbank of Kali gandaki up stream. During the trek we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village (3060 m) with narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang (2980 m) and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali gandaki follows. We head up to small ridges reach at Chele village (3050 m)
Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800)
Today trek trail climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624 m) and Dajori La (3725 m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Himal. Further descend a little to the village of Samar (3620 m). Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another about 3 hrs easy walk takes us to Shyangbochen (3800 m). On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.
Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520 m)
Today trek trail short gentle climb to the small pass (3850 m) then you will meet two trails one right hand side trail goes to Geling (3570 m) where available larger red Gompa and another left hand side trail goes directly to Nyi La Pass (4010 m) through Tamagaon (3710 m) Please consult with your guide for route recommendation. If you choose trail goes to Tamagaon will be shorter one but if you choose through Geling will be longer walk. Both trail flat and gentle up hill till Nyi La Pass (4010 m) then descend to the Ghami / Ghemi (3520 m), the third largest village in the Lo region. The trail is passing a chortens and local villages which are like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. You will passes on the trail poplar trees and fields of Barley.
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang
Outside Ghami we see what is Mustang’s longest Mani wall – approximately 1000 m long and decorated with simple carvings, blending in well with the surrounding scenery. There is also a group of chortens standing in front of the red wall which forms the end of the valley. Again, the architecture here is like an organic extension of nature. According to legend when the famous Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) came to the area and fought and destroyed a demon, its intestines landed at the site where the Mani wall stands, its lungs near the red cliffs behind and its heart at the spot where Mustang’s oldest monastery, Lo Gekar, was built. A steady climb takes us up a 3820 m pass, after which a lunar-looking desert stretches to the horizon. There is no sign of vegetation or human life here, only barren hill after barren hill with the same distinctively creepy beauty. The first indication of human presence we see next is the Tsarang chorten – the large red-painted Stupa is in the middle of the landscape and further down the monastery and the palace of Tsarang can be distinguished in the fields. A broad road leads to Tsarang, Mustang’s second town, with around 1000 inhabitants.
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3810 m)
Today, trek trail to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Khola and then climbs steeply after crossing the river (Khola). Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,950 m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Manthang (3810 m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Finally you reach at Lo-manthang then visit Royal Palace, Monasteries and town.
Day 10 –Day 11: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810 m)
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may hire horse to go to Chosar village to see the beautiful two Gompa (monasteries) called Garphu and Nyphu Gompas as well as Chosar village is main trading route to Lhasa (Tibet) and return to Lo-manthang (3810 m)
Day 12: Lo- Manthang to Dhi Gaon(3825 m) 6 hours.
You continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows. Stay overnight in camp
Day 13: Dhi Gaon to Yara Gaon(3600 m)3 hours
It is short trek this day. Overnight in camp on full board.
Day 14: Rest day Yara gaon.
This day you visit the Tashi Gompa and latter you trek back to Sukhang takes 2 hours. In Sukhang you visit the Luri Gompa a. Stay overnight in camp in Surkhang.
Day 15: Yara gaon to Tange (3240 m)5 and ½ hours.
The trail now mostly descends and crosses over streams like Dhechang and Tangge stay overnight in camp.
Day 16: Tange to Paha (4210 m)4 and ½ hours.
Your trail now gradually ascends and passes through high a summer pasture. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 17: Paha to Tetang (3067 m) 6 hours.
Today you pass over the Baha bhanjayang (Cha Che La). Tetang is a walled village.Stay overnight in camp on full board.
Day 18: Tetang to Muktinath (3800 m) 6 and ½ hours.
The trail ascends all the way to Muktinath. During your trail you can enjoy beautiful landscape,caves,old Tibetan styles villages,apples orchards,yak and sheep. Stay overnight at lodge on full board.
Day 19: Muktinath to Jomsom(2713 m) 5 hours.
Today you continue down for early 2 hours and then walk along a flat path until you reach Jomsom. Stay overnight at lodge on full board.
Day 20: Jomsom , Pokhara and Kathmandu
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167mt) and give us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. From Pokhara we again fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel
Day 21: Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner. Overnight at Hotel
Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your on wards destination
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