The Kingdom of Mustang

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Explore the long forbidden ‘Tibetan' Kingdom of Mustang

Details

Duration: 17 Days
Starts in: Nepal
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Free day in Kathmandu

Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.

Fly to Pokhara

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town and our first night's camp. Overnight: Private Eco-camp

Fly to Jomsom (2710m), trek to Kagbeni (2810m), walk approx. 3hrs.

This morning we take a spectacular flight to Jomsom where we will meet our trekking crew. After a long journey from our respective homes we have a half day walk to stretch the legs that brings us to Kagbeni, an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang. To pass beyond this point you need a special Mustang permit. We will meet our liaison officer and the crew will prepare for tomorrow's crossing into Mustang. Overnight: Camping

Drive to Chhuksang (2900m) 2 hours, walk to Samar (3660m) approx. 3-4hours.

We enter Mustang by 4x4 Jeep and follow the road along east bank of the river over a series of small ridges and past Tangbe, where we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify upper Mustang. At Chhusang our jeep ride ends, here we will take a detour to the beautiful village of Tetang before returning to Chhusang for lunch. Following lunch we begin our trek in earnest along the road until we near the village of Chele (1 hour), where we cross to the west bank of the Kali Ghandaki and begin our ascent to Samar along a beautiful trekking trail. Immediately, the strong influence of Tibetan culture of Lo is evident with the decoration of the houses. As we ascend our views of the surrounding area beyond the Ghandaki improve, we will pass the village of Ghyakar and trek on to the Dorjori La (3735m) our first pass crossing for the trip. From there we descend to our camp for the night in the village of Samar (3660m). These altitudes should not present any acclimatisation issues, so we just take our time and enjoy the walk. Overnight: Camping

To Chhunggar (3750m), walk approx. 7 hours

The trail this morning involves crossing of a series of large spurs before we reach the Chungsi Cave on the Syanboche Khola. Here the Padmashambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, meditated on route back to India from Tibet. It's then upward along the Syanboche Khola to the Syanboche La (3850m). It is in this area that there are some iconic chortens and an excellent view of this barren but beautiful countryside. Following lunch we follow the road through some undulating terrain to our camp at Chhunggar (Kunga). Overnight: Camping

To Dhakmar (3820m), walk approx. 6 - 7 hours

Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark the way as we head to Nyi La. At 4020m this is the highest point of the trek thus far and offers fantastic views both south towards Annapurna and further into Mustang. The famous red cliffs a real feature of the landscape. We take a detour from the road to cross the Ghami La (3765m) before arriving in the village of Ghami in time for lunch. From Ghami we leave the road behind and trek on for a further 3 hours, making a gradual ascent to the village of Dhakmar Overnight: Camping

To Lo Manthang (3830m), walk approx. 6 - 7 hrs.

Today we make our final approach to Lo Manthang. Today's route takes us far from the motor road to Lo Manthang and allows us to get a sense of what life before modern transportation must have been like for the people of Upper Mustang. We start by following the trail along the top of one of Mustangs famous red cliffs to the Mui La (4100m), descending slightly to Lo Gekar for lunch. At Lo Gekar we will be visiting the Ghar Gompa (monastery) which is believed to pre-date the first monastery built in Tibet, that being Samaye Monastery built by the Padmashambhava. Following lunch it's a gradual ascent to cross the Chango La (4280m) before making a final descent to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. Overnight: Camping

At Lo Manthang (3830m)

Today is yours to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the Raja (King) and his Rani (queen). Although the Raja's function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe the vibrant Tibetan culture. An optional side trip is also available either on horse or jeep to the nearby Chosar Valley. Chosar is a remarkable location with towering red-cliffs with caves that were inhabited as far back as 2,500 years ago. The cost of this optional side trip is paid locally (USD$35 for horse or USD$150 for a jeep that can fit up to 7 people). Overnight: Camping

To Yara (3650m), walk approx. 6 hours.

Today we depart Lo Manthang and head south-east. The morning walk will start with a steady climb up to Lo La (3950m). From here you will have a spectacular view back at Lo Manthang and the surrounding area. Shortly after we leave the road once more as we walk toward the Dhi La (3950m) before descending into a beautiful canyon where we will find the village of Dhi. From Dhi we will follow the Punyung Khola past many more beautiful cliffs to the village of Yara. Overnight: Camping

Rest day at Yara, explore Luri Gomba

This morning we'll walk to Luri Gomba (approx 2-3 hours), and return to Yara in the afternoon. Overnight camping.

To Tangge (3240m), walk approx. 6 - 7 hours.

This morning we cross the Punyng Khola and start a gradual climb for an hour or so to a view point where we will have views back at Yara village. From here it is a gradual descent to the Dechyang Khola where we may be lucky enough to spy the beautiful peaks of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. After crossing Dhechyang Khola the trail continues towards Tangge. Your efforts trekking to the lunch spot (4015m) will be rewarded with a feast for the eyes as we savor the views of the Himalayas. After lunch we will descend to a plateau and on to Tanggye, our overnight stop. Overnight: Camping

To Paha (4218m), walk approx. 5 - 6 hours.

This morning we cross the Tangge and Yak Kholas before ascending once more along a fantastic trail with gorgeous views on your back, be sure to stop ever once and a while to soak them in. Tonight we will make camp in an area used by local herdsmen to graze their livestock when conditions allow. Overnight: Camping

To Chhusang (2900m), walk approx. 5 - 6hrs. Drive to Kagbeni (2810m), 2 hours.

As is often the case, what goes up must inevitably come down. Today we make our final descent to Chhusang, gradual at first as we follow the ridge line towards the Kali Ghandaki, on route the views of the surrounding area are bound to be as good as any other section of our journey. After approximately 3 hours and with Chhusang in view below, we make a rapid descent back to where it all began. Following lunch we return to Kagbeni by 4x4 Jeep. Overnight: Eco-lodge

To Jomsom (2720m), walk approx 3 hours.

One final stretch to Jomsom to take in the view of this splendid part of the world. Overnight: Camping

Fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu

This is a fantastic way to conclude our journey. The spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki that defies description with the huge mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges towering above us. At Pokhara we board another aircraft for yet another spectacular mountain flight, this time along the face of the Himalaya past the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang ranges. On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to the hotel. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Trip concludes in Kathmandu

After breakfast trip concludes with a transfer to the airport.

Additional Information

Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, north of the Annapurna range, Mustang is one of the finest Himalayan destinations for both its rugged mountain landscapes and rich cultural legacy. This outstanding trek, which includes several long trekking days and a number of passes over 4000m, follows established trails through substantial villages that once served a thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking; a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks. A highlight is the visit to Lo Manthang, where the King of Mustang reigns over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. This is an outstanding journey to one of the true gems of the Himalaya.

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