Upper Mustang Trek takes trekkers to the northern part of Nepal which shares the border with Tibet, Autonomous Region of China. The site has close cultural and religion tie with Tibet since the time of yore. The almost entire population of this area follow Tibetan Buddhism as most of the people leaving here are descendants of Tibet. The deserted part from Tibetan part to the south of Kagbeni is known as Upper Mustang. The high mountains here block monsoon rain and due to this, it is considered a rain shaded area.
There are many things to explore in Upper Mustang, especially for explorers and archaeologists. The ruins and monasteries here are the main subject of research for them. The caves here are more than 1000 years old and have significance to human civilization.
Trekking to Upper Mustang starts from Kagbeni. It (Kagbeni) is known as Entrance to Upper Mustang. Annapurna Conservation Area protects this place. The trail goes till Lo-Manthang crossing world’s deepest gorge at Dana. The view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri is mesmerizing for any trekkers. Mustang is rich in culture and tradition. Tiki is their main festival. Brothers of the same family marry a girl and this is a perfect example polyandry which is commonly seen in Mustang.
Adventure White Mountain Will receive you at international airport of Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to hotel. Today you can enjoy Thamel as it is one of the cream touring sites of Kathmandu. Tourists believe that Nepal visit is incomplete without visiting Thamel. You will spend night in a hotel.
The real fun begins from today as you get chance to witness at least four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. You visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is regarded as Historic City and Kathmandu Durbar Square is a lively example that speaks about the history of this nation. The site covers five acres of land. Hanuman Dhoka, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinatha and Bouddhanath are the main place of our visit today. We will spend night in a hotel.
After having a breakfast we leave Kathmandu for Pokhara- City of lakes. We either go in a private vehicle or a tourist bus. It takes around six to seven hours to reach Pokhara. The journey in between is so marvelous. You can view Trishuli River, cable car and various waterfalls on the way. Right before entering Pokhara the breathtaking view of Machhpuchhre (Fishtail) mountain will leave you speechless. You arrive at Pokhara by noon. You will get time to walk around lakeside and can even enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. The majestic view of Fishtail Mountain from Pokhara is fascinating for every trekkers/tourists. Spend night in a hotel.
Early in the morning after breakfast we catch flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. It is a scenic flight of around 20 minute. Walking along Kaligandaki River we arrive at Ekley Bhatti village. An hour of further walk takes us to Kagbeni. It is a windswept village. It is a rain shaded area. We stay overnight at Kagbeni.
The checkpoint at Kagbeni will check our trekking permit to Upper Mustang. A couple of hours walk will bring us at Tangbe village. We arrive at Chhusang. Crossing river falling from cliff will take us to Chele. Here we spend night.
After breakfast we start moving ahead. We climb Taklam La Pass and descend to a village of Samar. Further three hours walk will bring us at Syanbochen. Here we will enjoy our night.
We start uphill walk today and arrive at Yamda La. Climbing Nyi Pass get us at Ghyami. Here we will spend night.
Crossing Ghyami Khola and Mani walls bring us at Charang village. It is a place that has influence of Tibetan culture. The white Dzong and red Gompa here are the attractions for the tourists. We spend night here at Charang.
It is going to be a wonderful walking experience today. It is a walk in beautiful land observing Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. In the beginning we follow descend trail to be at Charang Chu Canyon. We follow up and down to be at windy pass of Lo. It is a point to enjoy Lo-Mangthang Valley. We spend night here.
To adjust body temperature with the increasing altitude we take rest for a day and it is known as acclimatization. To avoid altitude sickness it is essential. Despite being rest day we will keep on roaming nearby area. We pay visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. The Namgyal Gompa here serves as local court. If weather supports us we will visit Tal Champa Lakhang which means God House.
After breakfast we start trekking. Gyakar is our first on the destination today. Further walk from here brings us to Drakmar. The attraction of this place are Ghar Gompa and Guru Rinpoche. The rock painting of Ghar Gompa is popular and it is 1200 years old. We will put off at Drakmar.
We will be walking for six hours today. We lunch at Ghiling and explore the area. It gives different outlook of Nepal. The culture and tradition of this place is really different to the world.
Enjoying scenic beauty of Himalayas we move ahead. It is a pleasing walk. We arrive at Chhuksang after around six hours of walk. Here we put off at night.
It is longer trail today. After breakfast we start moving towards Jomsom. To avoid the wind on the way we walk early in the morning. We lunch at Kagbeni and further move ahead to be at Jomsom. Here we halt at night. If time permits we will visit monasteries.
Early in the morning after breakfast we catch flight to Pokhara. It is a flight on around 20 minute. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains from the flight. In Pokhara you will have ample of time to enjoy the city. You can visit Gupteswor Cave, Mahendra Cave, Davi’s Fall and enjoy boating in Phewa Lake. We will put off at a hotel in Pokhara.
Now it is time to head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We will have a breakfast and drive back. The staff of Adventure White Mountain will accompany you in the evening as they will invite you for a farewell dinner for positively completing the trip.
Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.
July 03, 2017
Before the trip in Nepal I saw many pics about Mustang, so I decided for this trek. Sincerely I contacted many tour agencies and Adventure White Mountains was the best that offered me more services and reasonable prices. It was a beautiful trek a friendly and professional guide, Thank you so much Dipak for everything
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