Mustang is a remote and semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom. It lies in the northern part of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and is one of the last fortresses of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Only opened to westerners in 1992, the trek takes you to the capital Lo-Mangthang in the fascinating upper Mustang region. It is indeed a challenging trek due to high altitude, exposed terrain and continuous strong winds. Lo-Mangthang- a walled city is the capital of Mustang situated at an elevation of nearly 3800 meters. It lies in the central part of northern Nepal and at the top of the Kali Gandaki River. The entire region is famous for its inaccessible caves, Chortens, monasteries and barren desert-like conditions. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is a truly beautiful trekking zone. Special Area trekking Permits are required for the trekkers to visit this region.
Day 1: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
Flight duration: 25 Min
Altitude: 2743m/ 2804m, Hiking duration: 2/3 hours
In the morning, you will start your day with 25 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The early part of flight to Jomsom is extremely breath- taking. Under clear weather conditions, one can witness the Annapurna (8091m), the Dhaulagiri (8167m) and many more radiant peaks peeking out from the clouds. After landing in Jomsom you can have your Breakfast and begin your trek, heading to Kagbeni following the Kali Ghandaki River, the trail is rough and barren but is mostly flat.You will enjoy lovely views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s. A medieval looking town, Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers, is an interesting windswept village which is situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. The Mustang district has the oldest monastery which houses secrets which have till yet to be unveiled. Here you get the choice of lodges to stay overnight.
Day 2: Kagbeni to Chuksang
Altitude: 2900m, Hiking duration:7/8 hours
Today you will commence your trek from Kagbeni. After walking for some time you will see the caves on the west hand side and the Gompa Kang. You will have a good climb to Tangebe (3060m), a labyrinth of narrow alleyways; here you will find the typical Mustang chortens painted in black, white and red colours. Now, Chuksang is just one hour walking from here. The value of Chuksang has increased because of the presence of its 3 separate parts and ruined castle walls on the nearby cliffs, which is the centre of attraction for the people arriving in this place. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 3: Chuksang to Syangbochen
Altitude: 3820m, Hiking duration: 7/8 hours
With the dream of reaching to the extremely new world near Nepal - Tibet border, you will start trekking from Chuksang for the beautiful Place Syangbochen via chelle. You will pass through summer pass on the way. Now you will find two walking paths, the upper path leads to syangbochen via Vena and the lower pass leads to Milarepa cave. The more adventurous path will be the lower one as you will find the herds of the Himalayan transportation i.e. ponies, horses and donkeys carrying heavy loads on their back which are supported by ropes on their body. You will reach Syangbochen walking for the whole day. Syangbochen is a tiny Tibetan style village with some small shops and houses. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Altitude: 3820m, Hiking duration: 6/7 Hours
In the early morning, you can have a beautiful view of Dhaulagiri (8167m) standing with other surrounding mountains from Syangbochen. After having Breakfast, you will start walking for Dhakmar to the beautiful village i.e. Ghami passing Syangmochen Pass of 3850 m altitude. You will have lunch break in Ghami followed by short sightseeing in the local monastery, people, their cultures and traditions. From Ghami you continue walking to Dhakmar. Dhakmar is the Himalayan village with the different landscape. The place is surrounded by red muddy rocks all around with the Buddhists Prayer flags fluttering due to the gushing wind. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 5: Dhakmar to Lo-Manthang
Altitude: 3809m, Hiking duration: 8/9 hours
Today, After Breakfast Your trekking starts for Lo-manthang. On the way you have to walk through Dhakmar pass. The pass is really magnificent as there are natural rocks which look like the frozen ice and the architectures as made by human beings. From the pass you will reach the Ghar Monastery having red color, which stands with the 1200 years old historical importance.
After lunch in Ghar, you will continue your trekking to Lo manthang. Lo Manthang was formerly a walled capital of the Lo Kingdom. Lo is culturally and linguistically Tibetan northern two-thirds of Mustang District. The homeland of Thakali people who speak a different language and have a synthesis of Tibetan and Nepalese culture. The village is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and the King's Palace, a nine-cornered, five story structures built around 1400. There are four major temples: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the "New Gompa". The presence of the architectures in the almost treeless barren landscape which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown color mosaic has increased the value of this destination. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 6: Sightseeing around Lo-Manthang
Today is your sightseeing day in and around Lo-Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for many lamas. You will start your day for Zhong cave and Tshosher Monastery (a 1000 years old Tibetan Monastery) by hiring either a Horse or by Jeep. After returning from these places to Lo Manghang, you will start the local sightseeing which includes King's palace, Monastery, local surroundings and the village. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 7: Lo-Mangthang to Yara
Altitude: 3530m, Hiking duration: 7/8 hours
After having locally available Breakfast, you will leave the beautiful Lo-manthang and commence walking for Yara. The trail steadily climbs two small passes before plunging through a spectacular canyon to Dhi village. You will have your lunch here. From Dhi, you continue walking along the river bed to Yara. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 8: Yara to Baskhola
Altitude: 5074m, Hiking duration: 6/7 hours
Today, after having locally available Breakfast, your trekking starts for Baskhola. The environment of Baskhola is very panoramic with the sandy brown colored rocks. This place is today's destination. Our staffs will manage tents for Overnight stay and the cook cooks Nepali food for you and other staffs. Overnight accommodation in Camp.
Day 9: Baskhola to Damodar kunda
Altitude: 5200m, Hiking duration: 6/7 hours
You will have Breakfast prepared by our cook, and continue your trekking for the sacred place "Damodar Kunda". Damodar kunda is located in the remote Himalayan district in the lap of high Himalayas of Upper Mustang in western Nepal. In the column of Barah Puran; Lord Krishna has said that who pays a visit to this Kunda and takes a deep-bath, they will be freed from all the sin. It is also mentioned in Puran that two sons of Kubers were suffering from their wrongdoing & sin, which they did in their previous birth but lord Krishna suggested them to take bath in this Kunda and immediately after taking bath in this Kunda they were released from all their sin.
A common name for three lakes Brahma Kunda, Rudra Kunda and Ananta Kunda is Damodar Kunda. There is also a large meadow of kusha. As a motherland of shaligram, this shrine is of utmost importance for all Hindus on the earth; Gandaki River is believed to originate from this holy lake. Overnight accommodation in Camp.
Day 10: Damodar Kunda to Baskhola
Altitude: 5074m, Hiking duration: 3/4 hours
After having Breakfast in the camp, you will go for local sightseeing and to view the panoramic beauty of the Lake. Return to the Camp and have your Lunch and start trekking down to Baskhola. Today is your last camping date. Overnight accommodation in Camp.
Day 11: Baskhola to Yara
Altitude: 3900m, Hiking duration: 5/6 hours
After having your Breakfast, Commence your trekking to Yara. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 12: Yara to Tyange
Altitude: 3060m, Hiking duration: 7/8 hours
Leaving the beautiful Yara, you will start walking for Tyange. You will walk on a long plateau before descending to a river crossing and climbing up to a pass at 3860m. After that you have to walk, ascend and then descend before meeting another plateau to reach the Tyange Village. This village is outstanding for its chortens alignment. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 13: Tyange to Chhusang
Altitude: 2980m, Hiking duration: 8/9 hours
While trekking from Tyange to Chhusang. You will start walking down to a river crossing then climbing up to a pass at 4,100m named Pa. The views on north are increasingly fantastic as the panorama unfolds between Tsarang, Lo and the northern border. Finally, the summit of the pass is reached at 4050m. To the south is the first stunning view of Dhaulagiri. Prayer flags adorn the pass. Half an hour from the pass is the only water source on this section, known by the locals as Ba Ha. After some rest you will continue walking. The trail opens out and to the south one can see the impressive V-shaped Kali Gandaki valley as it cuts between the Annapurnas, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri. From here a spectacular descent begins, and after that, the path flattens out on a plateau and splints in two. The right fork leads to Chuksang whereas the left one leads to tetang. You will choose the right one and reach Chhusang. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 14: Chhusang to Muktinath
Altitude: 3800m, Hiking duration: 6/7 hours
The trail goes up the Narsing chu to the nice village of Tetang. The village is in two parts. The walls of the outer houses are over 10m high with few windows, giving a fortress-like appearance. The nearby second part of the village has the remains of a fort, again with high fortress-like walls. The trail heads up, across a plateau area and turns east into a narrow river valley, eventually reaching a pass at 4030m; superb view point of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Then we go down to Jhong and cross the Jhong River before climbing up to Muktinath. After ascending for some hours we reach to Muktinath. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom
Altitude: 2743m, Hiking duration: 5/6 hours
In the morning you will have a sightseeing tour of the very famous Hindu temple Muktinath where lots of pilgrims come to worship the god. You will start descending towards Jomsom to catch the flight to Pokhara, the next morning. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara
Flight duration: 25 Min.
You will have early breakfast in the lodge and you will head towards airport to catch the flight to Pokhara, a lake paradise city. It will take about 30 minutes to reach Pokhara. During the flight you can see many mountains as well as the trail down to Tatopani /Ghorepani. Check in to Hotel in pokhara. You have a full day to stroll around the city pokhara. you can enjoy roaming around the lake side as well as you can have fun by boating in the Phewa lake and witness the view and shadow of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri Mountains on the water of Phewa lake. Overnight hotel.
Day 18:Drive back to Kathmandu
Drive duration: 6/7 hours
After having Breakfast in the Hotel, you will catch the bus to drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and check in to Hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 19: Departure
Finally, today is the last day of your Nepal program. After having breakfast, you will pack your luggage, get fresh and check out from the hotel. You will be transferred to the International airport to catch the flight for your onward destination.
Damodar Kunda including Upper Mustang Valley
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