Most enjoyed during the summer months, the mustang trek is very different from any other trek in Nepal. The wind roaring valleys of Mustang and Jomsom give way to the desert like conditions of Lo Monthang. Situated near the tibetan border in the north, Lo Monthang is inhabited by Nepali Tibetans; who for years have traded with their counterparts in the north.
The “yarthung” festival in the summer months is very popular among the locals of the Mustang and Manang area.
|Day 01:||KATHMANDU / POKHARA :
Fly Kathmandu/ Pokhara by afternoon flight & transfer to Hotel.
|Day 02:||POKHARA/ JOMSOM/ KAGBENI:
Fly to Jomson by early morning flight & meet the trekking crew at the Jomsom airport. After a short prepatarion, the trek starts along the bank of Kaligandaki river to the little pretty village of Kagbeni which is North of Jomsom. The walking duration is Three to Four hours.
|Day 03:||KAGBENI/ CHELE :
At the Police Check Post at the north end of Kagbeni Village, you have to clear the formalities to enter the Upper Mustang area. The trail continues the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north. You can see Gompa Kang & some caves on the west bank of the river. The village of Tangbe is situated alongside the east bank trail above the river at an elevation of 2930m. Nilgiri Peak, which dominated the southern skyline at Kagbeni continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Chhuksang village is about hours an half beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the arshang Khola & the Kaligandaki 2920m elevation. Continue north, wither wading the river or climbing. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m.
|Day 04:||CHELE/ GELING :
The climb from Chele is up a steep spur to a cairn at 3130m. Here there is a view of the village of Gyagar across a huge canyon. You will see some Chortens on a ridge, then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar (3290m). The Annapurna Himal, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Shyangmochen is the lunch place for today. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen to a pass at 3770m & enters another huge east-west valley. There is a trail junction , take the right fork and descend to Geling with its extensive fields of barley at 3600m.
|Day 05:||GELING/ CHARANG :Â
From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields up the center of the valley, passing below the settlement of Tama Gung and an Chorten. It rejoins the direct trail and then becomes an unrelenting climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 3950m, the highest point reached on the trek. The descent from the Nyi La is gentle ,the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch of mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes long gentle descent to Charang at 3520m.
|Day 06:||CHARANG/ LO MANTHANG :
LO MANTHANG The trail descend about 100m from Charang crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to cairn on a ridge opposite the valley at 3580m, then enter the Tholung valley. The trails turns north and climbs gently as the valley climbs to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. Still climbing, the trail crosses a stream, then becomes a grand wide through fare traveling across a desert like landscape painted in every hue of gray and yellow. Cross a stream, then climb up onto the plateau of Lo Manthang. In Lo Manthang the Raja’s palace is an imposing 4-story building in the center of the city. It is the home of the present Raja, Jigme Parbal Bista and the queen who is from an aristocratic family of Lhasa. The Raja is an active horse men and keeps a stable of the best horses in Lo. He also breeds Lhasa Apso dogs and several monstrous Tibetan Mastiffs that can be hear barking angrily on the second story of the palace.
|Day 07:||LO MANTHANG :
There is a lot to do in Lo Manthang, After visiting the temples in the city, consider renting a horse to visit some of the other villages in the area. There are two valleys above Lo Manthang. In the western valley are Tingkhar, the site of the Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as will as the Gompa of Namgyal ( the monastery of victory), most active Gompa in Lo. The western valley contains Chosars, the site of the High School, and Garphu and Nyphu Gompas. This is the main trading route to Lhasa, a route that Tucci describes as ” used over the centuries by pilgrims and apostles, robbers and invaders. ” The ruins of numerous forts along the trail lend credence to this observation
|Day 08:||LO MANTHANG/ GHAMI :
There is an opportunity of vary the return route, visiting tow villages that you did not see on the trek northwards. From Lo Mangthng the trail to Charang heads south; to reach Lo Gekar, turn east along an indistict trail that passes the irrigated fields of the city. The tail to Lo Gekar is not a main trading route and the area is cirsscrossed with herders trails. The trail climbs steadily to a pass market by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. After descending to the valley floor, the route heads to the right up the centre of the valley to its head. Cross the ridge at 4070m and traverse across the heads of two more valleys to an indistinct pass. Cross the pass to some meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley where Lo Gekar is situated in a grove of large trees alongside a stream.Lo Gekar(which means” pure of virtue of Lo”) is also known as Ghar Gompa.”House Temple” because the structure is built like a house with small separate rooms. There is no village nearby, you can see Marang and below that Charang. Climb to a ridge, then across a valley to a cairn and a pass 200m above Lo Gekar. The trail descends now alongside the stone walls and fields of the extensive village, then climbs to a ridge, It is a short descent to Ghami at 3440m. Ghami is a large village of whitewashed houses.
|Day 09:||GHAMI/ SAMAR :
From Ghami, follow the direct route to the Nyi La, climbing to a cairn on a ridge and then contouring upwards to meet the trail from Charang, Continue to the pass and descend steeply into the Geling valley. Follow the trail that by passes Geling to an isolated tea house and descends gently to the three houses of Tama Gung, A steep set of switchbacks leads to a stream, thenthe trail climbs to a huge painted Chorten, The trail rejoins the Geling near the ride, just below a Chorten and the remainder of the day is on already travelled trails back to Samar.
|Day 10:||SAMAR/ KAGBENI :
Retrace the upward trail back to the Kaligandaki and downstream to Kagbeni. JOMSOM From Kagbeni take a Jeep ride to Jomsom for the night.
|Day 11:||KATHMANDU :
Take early morning flight to Pokhara to connect yuour flight back to Kathmandu & transfer to the Hotel.