Want to experience Nepal in Tibetan Plateau? Upper Mustang is a relatively new area for non-Nepalis. It opened for foreigners only some fifteen years ago, and foreigners still need trekking permits and can go only on ‘organized trek’. Blessed with beautiful scenery, Upper Mustang has a unique history, culture, myth and legend. Unfortunately, it would be best to travel for hours to reach one village from the other.
Trekking in the region brings you to the old Kingdom of Mustang, called Lo, which has a strikingly similar culture, language, and geography to that of Tibet. Because of isolation from the outside world, their culture’s originality can still be seen. The trails you trek are the old caravan route for trade between Tibet and lowland Nepal. The trekking leads to the ancient capital of Manang, Lo Manthang, which has narrow alleyways, and long walls of beautiful prayer wheels. The royal palace and some monasteries can see, including the 15th century ThugchenGompa. If you feel like going outside the capital, our guides will take you to Chhoser to visit a sanctuary and an old cave dwelling.
Day 1- Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrive in Kathmandu and settle in your hotel. Meet with your tour providers.
Day 2- Drive to Pokhara: Our tour operators will meet you at the hotel lobby and accompany you to the bus stand to Pokhara. Arrive in Pokhara, settle in the hotel, stroll around the city, lakeside, and enjoy beautiful mountain views.
Day 3-Pokhara to Jomsom and Kagbeni: Excited? As you fly to Jomsom at 2720 meters for 25 minutes, you will have captivating views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna! Upon landing, you climb up the trail with a gorgeous view of Kali Gandaki valley for 4 hours to Kagbeni at 2800 meters.
Day 4-Kagbeni to Chele: It is an exciting day with 5-6 hours of trekking to Chele at 3055 meters. You pass through Chuksang, Tanbe Town with white houses and apple trees, and then you will continue to Chele, a small town. Amazing views begin, and you feel like you are in a new world.
Day 5-Chele to Syangboche: Your day is challenging as you walk 5-6 hours to Syangboche at 3930 meters. A challenging trek to EkloBhatti and Taklam La pass, Samar, where you see fantastic views of Mount Nilgiri, and downhill to RangchyungStupa in red, dark, white and yellow. From there to Shyangboche. You will lodge here overnight.
Day 6- Syanboche to Ghami: You will take Yamda La (3,845 meters) pass, Gelling. Tama Gun and continue to Nyi La (4015 m) pass to Ghami.
Day 07-Ghami to Charang: Walking through dry land with spectacular farmland views at a distance, you will arrive at Charang, with a tiny population and stay overnight there.
Day 8 – Charang to Lo Manthang: Your 8thday will start from Charang to Lo Manthang at 3810 meters, only after climbing a pass past Charang from where you will see the spectacular views of the valley below and see the old capital of Lo Manthang. You will stay there overnight.
Day 9-At Lo Manthang: Enjoy the day at the old capital, the walled city of enclosing houses with ancient history and connection with Tibet. Visit Gopas (monasteries), mainly Jampa, Thubten, Chodey, and Choprang.
Day 10-Lo Manthang to Drakmar: Be prepared to walk 6 hours to Drakmar at 3,810 meters, towards Kagbeni and visit beautiful GharGompa and lodge there.
Day 11- Drakmar to Geling: Get ready to walk through dry areas for 5 hours until you reach Geling at 3800 meters. On the way, you climb down, up an edge and then down to Ghami, cross NyiLa pass, cross a stream, climb up to a colourful stupa, and then continue to Geling, where you will have night’s rest.
Day 12 -Geling to Kagbeni: You will start at Geling and arrive at Syangboche and Chuksang, visiting Chungsi Cave Monastery and then at Kagbeni an antiquated exchange post with a Buddhist monastery.
Day 13-Kagbeni to Muktinath: Feel tired? Please do not. You are walking 5 hours to an amazing place of Muktinath, where a temple idol is worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus. From Kagbeni, you advance to Thorong La pass, which is also part of the Annapurna circuit and then proceed to Muktinath, one of the 108 Divya Desham for Vaisnavites (Hindus) and ‘Chumig Gyatsa’ for Tibetans (“A Hundred Waters”).
Day 14-Trek to Jomsom: You are on your last leg! Walk 5 hours to Jomsom, and your journey on foot is over. From Muktinath, you walk to Jharkot and Khingar, and then to Jomsom. Be proud of what you achieved in your days of hiking in the mountains and relax and stroll in Jomsom town.
Day 15- Fly back to Pokhara: Fly, appreciating the beauty of the Gandaki valley and mountains while in the sky and arrive at Pokhara, enjoy the day and night and wait to be transferred to Kathmandu.
Day 16-Pokhara to Kathmandu: After days of walking, you will be driven to Kathmandu, and for 7 hours, you will pass through the beautiful landscape and arrive in Kathmandu, the city of temples. Settle in the hotel, relax, and buy your souvenirs!