Code UMT • 15 Days •
The Upper Mustang trek brings trekkers closer into one of the most isolated and spiritual places in the world. Situated on the north of Annapurna on the Tibetan border at a height of around 4000 meters, the area is topographically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau. Its valleys are bone-dry and dry with beautiful rock formations and cliffs. Behind them stand the Himalayan pinnacles, strikingly delightful and snow-topped. A piece of Mustang’s excellence lies in the fact that this district has been visited by very few numbers of travelers, which leaves it as one of only a handful few places on the planet where one can witness untouched Tibetan culture. In addition, Mustang is popular among the people not just as a place with remarkable scenes that will blow your mind, additionally for its great food and the production of a top-notch apple alcohol. For the daring trekkers and the ones enthused about testing, the tasting of the indigenous butter tea is an extraordinary affair and an opportunity to get close to the way of life of the locality. Advance up the Kali Gandaki River’s banks, seeing the excellence of its stunning blue waters and desert surroundings of the old kingdom of Mustang – a place where culture meets nature.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
After your trip to Kathmandu, Asian Journey will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture. Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, streets…
DAY 2 – Drive to Pokhara / 6 – 7 hours
It is a long way through Nepal on roads both tarred and earth-surfaced, but you won’t be disappointed. You will discover the beautiful countryside of Nepal. Lush greeneries, villages, farms, rivers, lifestyle of local people in the streets and the panoramic view on the Himalaya range.
DAY 3 – Fly to Jomsom (2,720 m) / 30 minuets flight -Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m) / 2 – 3 hours
To reach the beginning of the trek, you will take a scenic fl y with spectacular view on the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri Mountains and the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. Once upon arrival, we could start the trek. It will start with a gentle and fl at trail, which provides all along the way a good view on Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peaks. Kagbeni is an antique village, which will give you a glimpse of what you could expect during the trek. You will have time to explore the narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fi elds of wheat and barley.
DAY 4 – Trek to Chaile (3,030 m) / 5 – 6 hours
Today we will enter to the restricted area of Upper Mustang. As said to be the desert of Nepal; the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage, which is simply incredible. We will follow the Kali Gandaki River (an important tributary of the holy Ganges) and walk through small villages. Perched on a hill, we have to climb on a steep ascends to reach Chaile Village. Its location will give you a beautiful panorama view on the area.
DAY 5 – Trek to Geling (3,440 m) / 6 – 7 hours
The climb continues along steep in a dry area above a deep canyon. Then, the trail steeply descends in a large gorge surrounding by streams. A new steep climb up to a ridge at 3,800 meters of altitude is waiting for us before to go down to reach those whitewashed buildings of Geling village.
DAY 6 – Trek to Charang /Tsarang (3,490 m) / 6 – 7 hours
We continue our trek in a surprising and spiritual area with blue, grey and red cliff s. We have to cross the Tangmar Chu River on a bridge and walk along the longest and mostspectacular Mani walls in Nepal. Charang village provides some huge Dzong and a red Gompa, which houses an excellent collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.
DAY 7 – Trek to Lo Manthang (3,730 m) / 4 – 5 hours
Today, the track will go up and down with some beautiful viewpoints. From Lo-La Pass, we could enjoy the spectacular view of Lo Manthang and the valley of Thinkar and Chhosar. Also from the top of a hill you could see some historical ruined. And fi nally, we will get the walled city of Lo Manthang, which provides the surprising construction of the Nyphu Cave monastery built into the side of a soaring cliff and the 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave with a maze of corridors and compartments, which you could visit.
DAY 8 – Excursion to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar
Today, we will visit the village of Thingkar and its summer palace, which is abandoned and not anymore in use yet it’s worth hiking around. Alternatively we can climb up the viewpoint hill just north of Lo Monthang for the stunning view of all around the valley. Also, Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court.
DAY 9 – Trek to Ghar Gompa (3,920 m) / 5 – 6 hours
We will make our return with a trail, which climbs steeply. On the top, you could admire the last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Then, we will reach Chogo La Pass (4,325meters), the highest point on this trek. Finally, the track going down to Ghar Gompa, which is more than 1200 years old and famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfi lling our good wishes.
DAY 10 – Trek to Geling (3,440 m) / 5 – 6 hours
We will keep retracing our trail to Geling. You have to be award with the possibility of strong wind in this dusty area. Geling is a small village dominated by a fortress and a monastery of Sakya School.
DAY 11 – Trek to Chele (3,030 m) / 5 hours
As on the fi rst way, we will stop for the night in the village of Chele and you could enjoy for the last time the beautiful panorama off ering in this village perched on a hill.
DAY 12 – Trek to to Jomsom / 6 hours
It will be our last trekking day and it is an easy trail to Jomsom.. A good time to congratulate yourself about your trekking into the Buddhism culture.
DAY 13 – Fly back to Pokhara / 30 minutes
After your short picturesque fl ight to Pokhara, we will transfer you to your hotel. You could chose to relax after the eff orts made during the trek or wander around Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming. Our team will give all the necessary advices to enjoy this day in Pokhara.
DAY 14 – Drive to Kathmandu / 6 – 7 hours
As on the first way, you could enjoy the beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Once upon arrival to Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel.
DAY 15 – Fly back home
We will transfer you to the airport and hoping you spent a beautiful time with us in the Himalaya.
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