Upper Mustang trekking with ABC Adventures leads you to fantastic journey of a lifetime enjoying around former forbidden regions. A fascinating ride to top Mustang trekking leading you tremendous windswept country, on an extension of world and highest Tibetan plateau with fantastic surroundings of landscapes and high snowcapped peaks of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Bhirkuti, Damodar, Mustang Himal which include incredible views of Annapurna ranges. Mustang; a place ruled by kings and queens for hundreds of years, at present the unofficial Mustang Raja (state king of Mustang), recognized as only a kingdom king of Nepal. This extraordinary journey starts and completes with scenic quick flight to and from Pokhara and Jomsom, headquarter town of entire Mustang area. Adventure starts on foot on Kaligandaki River valley, into gorge between beautiful red high crimson cliffs dotted with small caves and passing through villages on the windswept terrain crosses Cho-La and different passes and stone walled Lo Manthang village. Exploring interesting monasteries and villages enrich with antique Bon and Tibetan Buddhism subculture, return journey back to Jomsom wherein this impressive adventure of Mustang that concludes in Kathmandu.
Welcome to Kathmandu, our tour manager will receive you at the airport and then transfer to hotel (20 mins drive). Our experienced tour manager will brief the whole tour with multimedia arrangements in the evening after dinner. You will have a pleasant sleep at Kathmandu overnight.
Wake up call followed by tea, coffee, and breakfast. Our tour guide will take you to the famous Hindu temple SHREE PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE (world heritage site) and then BOUDHANATH STUPA (world heritage site). Return to the hotel and take lunch with half-hour rest. Afterward, we will move to KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE (world heritage site) and SWYAMBHUNATH STUPA (world heritage site). This day will end with the preparation of tour to Chitwan next day via tourist coach, overnight stay at Kathmandu.
A pleasant and interesting drive in the morning to Pokhara on the busy highway, following the Trisuli River for some times passing many towns and villages, on leaving Trisuli River heading west with views of snow capped mountains along the drive and finally ending the day ride at Pokhara in the comfort of nice hotels by the serene lake Pokhara, with time in the afternoon to browse around the lake side shops.
An early start from the hotel in Pokhara for a short flight to Jomsom, the flight takes only 22 mins with tremendous views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri range of mountains, on reaching Jomsom meet our trekking crews and porters.
Jomsom a large town and headquarter of Mustang district with the airstrip above the Kaligandaki river, this region is famous for apples and its product at Jomsom transfer to one of the nice lodge, afternoon a short walk to Marpha a gem village with white washed houses with neat paved street, the people around this villages are of Thakali tribe, famous traders and hotel, restaurant runners, it can be quite windy in the afternoon at Jomsom and Kaligandaki valley area.
First day walk of this fabulous journey starts right from Jomsom on a gentle path most of the day on the Kali-Gandaki river valley, after four hours of good walk on this windy valley reaching at Kagbeni village from here starts the Tibetan culture and religion with great scenery of Mt. Dhaulgairi, Nilgiri’s, this village, the door to Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang.
From Kagbeni morning walk on the winding uphill leading into a canyon and to Kaligandaki river gorge, walk follows the river upstream with fabulous landscapes scenery of red cliffs on both side of the river gorge, passing few villages and hamlets coming to a nice cultivated farm land at Tirigaon village, looking over an interesting and picturesque cliff canyon of red colored erosion, continue trek on this windswept valley for another few hours reaching at Tsele (or Chele) village for overnight stop, this quite a large village located by the Kaligandaki river valley.
After a nice overnight stop at Tsele village, journey leads to a climb to Gyakar village, on the wide barren and arid terrain to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely villages along this route. After a nice stop continue walk towards a small settlement of Bhena, and then leading to a steep uphill to Yamda La top at 3,860 meters a small pass, offering glorious views of Mustang wide valley including high peaks with Mt. Dhaulagiri mountain range. After an enjoyable stop with the striking views, descend all the way to Syangboche village for overnight halt.
After a climb up to a hard day of trek and then leaving behind the river bed climbing over the hills. After a climb up at Nyi La at 4,010 meters the terrain is s ride able on the jeep track. From this pass there are inspiring views of Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiris snow capped peaks, the ride will be a welcome change from hours of climbing and crossing over passes. The scenery opens up passing fields of mustard and barley (in the right season) that makes this area a lush enriched with greenery. It is also one of the most scenic days with the ever changing colors of the landscape form yellow and browns to reds, grays and blues as the sun moves across the Himalayan sky. From the pass till downhill to Gami village for overnight stop, in the after free to explore this nice village visit the friendly monks in the Gompa.
From Gami walk to Lo Gekar heading to a small creek which flows the other side of the pass and a welcome sign to see vegetation and green grass, flowers and bushes, soon reaching at Lo Gekar a small neat village with an old monastery. Afternoon explore the monastery, one of the oldest and most important in Mustang, the belief is here that the first hidden scriptures of Padmasambhava were discovered (he hid his teachings in many different places in the Himalayas, to ensure that they were safe when the times were dangerous for the survival of Buddhism). In the anteroom of the monastery are tiles depicting Buddha Sakyamuni and Bodhisattwas. The Gonkhang is illuminated by dozens of butter-lamps, which enhance the statues, including images of Padmasambhava and the Yoginis Yeshe Tshogyal and Mandarava. In a small room to the left are more beautiful figures, including a Green Tara.
Walk today leads to the main highlight of this trip reaching the higher side of Upper Mustang at Lho Manthang. A short and half day trekking to Lho Manthang for lunch and overnight stop, this pleasant morning walk follows a gentle path to cross a steel bridge to reach at Marang village, from here the trail winds up to a ridge top, coming across chortens and mani stones in between Tsarang and Lho Manthang, offering amazing views of windswept terrain landscapes and of true Tibetan plateau country with super panorama of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti mountains, after a wonderful moment walk leads to a climb at Lo La pass 3,950 meters elevation and looking below views of Lo Manthang walled city with its fortress, and then on the downhill path reaching a stream and an hour walk reaches inside a mystical, medieval walled city of Lho Manthang here check into a lodge for overnight stop for three nights.
An exciting place for rest and free day for two day on this highest overnight stop after a wonderful journey to here, after a lazy morning with breakfast explore the important places if the king of Mustang is around worth a visit to the palace like fort, nearly all the houses are of Tibetan style with its strong influence and way of life also, visit the surrounding villages intact with this large village rather than a city. This amazing place with four major monasteries the Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Here one can hire a horse known as Tibetan pony for the ride near to Tibetan frontier for interested and eager people.
After breakfast return journey using the same route for few hours with a nice pleasant walk. The trail heads to the eastward direction making a steep descends leading to a small village of Dhi located on the bank of the Phuyung Khola. From here walk leads to cross a small wooden bridge over the Phuyung Khola and then climbing steeply to another small village of Yara where the Buddhist player flags welcomes you. Afternoon free at leisure to explore this amazing and mystical area with great views of surrounding landscapes. A few hours of walk from Yara village brings to a small settlement of Luri Gompa afternoon with time to visit and explore the Luri Gompa and caves of the Gompas.
Today just a short walk to Luri Gompa area, with lazy and leisure morning few hours of walk from Yara village brings to a small settlement of Luri Gompa afternoon with time to visit and explore the Luri Gompa and caves. It is some of the last cave monasteries in Lo and Tibet. There is no written record exists and construction of Luri Gompa, this monastery with other are closely affiliated with Kagyu sect (one of the sect of Buddhism). The style of painting suggests they were done by Nepalese (Newari) artists working for Tibetan patrons. The cave temple dates from the 13th – 14th century, the central chamber of the Gompa is carved out of the rock creating a domed ceiling on which are painted a series of Mahasiddha, Sakyamuni Buddha and Chenrezig figures etc, which are the true masterpieces. Lining the walls are series of 14th century paintings, which depict India Mahasiddahs. Some are real individual and other mythical.
After an interesting time at Luri and visit to its monastery, morning walk starts on the path leading through grassless and treeless just bare red hill, after crossing a small pass the trail drops directly to Tange village at an height of 3,370m. Tange , a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflect the prosperity and status in the society.
Walking on barren wilderness of red earth landscapes in complete ambiance the path is gentle for few hours with views of distant snow capped peaks and the heading downhill to Tsusang village for overnight stop.
From Tsusang there are two routes leading to holy Muktinath one by normal Kagbeni and the other way by the upper path, as our route leads much shorter than the other on the uphill path for sometimes, walking for few hours on the high trail, and then the trail winds on the gradual with much wider trail to Muktinath for overnight stop, afternoon visit the holy Muktinath temple and its premises.
This sunny, magical valley Muktinath, one of the most sacred of pilgrimage places in all of Nepal and India, here, the natural elements are displayed in miraculous form-flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, stone and earth in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator, this natural wonder have awed man from the beginning, for Muktinath sanctity goes back into antiquity of 2,300 years ago. Both Hindu and Buddhist come on the pilgrimage to this sight of natural power. Along the way in the Kaligandaki Valley, the pilgrims search for the black glossy fossils called shaligram (ammonite), those are found in abundance here.
On the outside they look like small rounded rocks but split open they reveal the imprint of ammonites formed 140 million years ago. Because of its wheel-like shape the shaligram is associated with the Hindu god Vishnu.
From Muktinath walk comes to an end of this wonderful trip, today’s walk is quite short for 3-4 hours so enjoy the final day walk to Jomsom town which leads to a gentle downhill and then following several villages, after few brief stop along the way leads to the valley floor and to Jomsom and the end of the long walk of this amazing trips, at Jomsom in the comfort of nice and good lodges and enjoy the party with fellow members and staffs with apple products of Mustang area, as Jomsom, Kagbeni to Marpha famous for apples and its products.
Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for the normal schedule flight to Pokhara on reaching after a short sweeping ride with awesome views of the mountains, at Pokhara for transit to another plane for half hour flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu airport transfer to respective hotels in the hustle bustle of city life.
Last day in the Himalaya and amazing Nepal, as per the international flight transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport for the flight homeward bound to respective countries, after a most memorable time and experience in the high Himalaya of Nepal and the service of expert, friendly guides, staff and porters.
Difficulty : Moderate
Highest Altitude : 4100m ( Mardi Base Camp )
Best Season : Round the Year
Min People : 2
Routes : | Kathmandu | Pokhara | Dhiprung | Simre Kharka | Khorchan | Mardi Base Camp | Pokhara | Kathmandu |