Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

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    Mustang trek is one of the popular treks in Nepal. Mustang is one out of 75 distr

Mustang trek is one of the popular treks in Nepal. Mustang is one out of 75 districts of Nepal and its district headquarter is Jomsom. Mustang trek provides us the opportunity to trek into the trans-Himalayan mountainous region Nepal, the landscape of this region resembles with that of Tibetan plateau. There are two different regions within Mustang; the lower Mustang and Upper Mustang. The word Mustang in Tibetan language means “the fertile land”.

Mustang region trek directly leads us to the last forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Mustang used to be ruled by the Bistas since the late 14th century. But after the unification of the Kingdom of Nepal all their powers were seized. Though they became powerless after unification, they continued to use the title king in their name. But, after Nepal became the republican country back in 2008, the title king was also seized from their name by the Nepal Government. All these things did not affect the thinking of the locals of Mustang; they still used to treat the Bista family as their royal family and used to give all respect. The Last king of Mustang was Jigme Palbar Bista.

No foreigners were allowed to enter into the Upper Mustang region until the 1992. Upper Mustang trek is still a restricted area trek. You need to pay 500 US $ per person as a permit fee just to enter into this region. The inflow of tourists has been highly monitored by government officials since the year 1992 and every year only handful of tourists are given permits to enter in the Upper Mustang region.

Upper Mustang trek lies in a rain shadow region. So, trek during the monsoon season is possible in this region. It is also a cold dessert of Nepal so during the Mustang trek we will see very few types of vegetation, barren lands, rocky trails and chilly weather. We won’t be scaling very high altitude during this trek. We can enjoy the views of Mt. Nilgiri, Tukche Peak, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and himalayan ranges. As in the other Himalayan regions Buddhism is a predominant religion in this region. Very small portion of Mustangs population follow the ancient Bon religion Mustang trekking Nepal can be the ideal option for the trekkers who wish to study and research about the indigenous ethnic and religious groups.

Lo Manthang is the capital of Upper Mustang. It is a walled city painted with white colour. These high walls were used to safeguard the kingdom as well as the residents from foreign invaders. Apart from the palace and topographic uniqueness, the other major attraction of the Mustang region is the Mustang Tiji festival.  Tiji festival is celebrated in the premises of the Lo kingdom in the presence of the King of upper Mustang. It is a 3 day ritual, celebrated on the month of May every year. The date of the festival is finalized by the monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery. They also are the one who carry out all the rituals for three days. Locals and the tourists gather in the palace premises to witness this unique and interesting festival.   

The word "Tiji" is the abbreviated form of the words "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace". Tiji festival is celebrated to mark the victory achieved by the Dorjee Sonnu (Lord Buddha's incarnation) over Man Tam Ru (a demon who used to feed on human beings and responsible for causing storms and droughts in the Mustang region).

There is a myth that Guru Padmasambhav (also popularly known as Guru Rinpoche) once fought with demon and killed the demon, and it is believed that he scattered the demon’s body parts all over the Mustang valley. From the blood of the demon the towering red cliffs emerged and the place where Guru Rinpoche threw the demon’s intestines near a place called Ghami. Later on the intestine was covered by the local people by building the stone prayer wall above it. This prayer wall is the longest in Nepal.

A view of the huge yellow & red cliffs, red eroded canyon wall and the caves in the huge cliffs looks mesmerizing to watch. These caves have got huge significance from the past as dead bodies were de-fleshed in these caves. Researchers, anthropologist and archaeologists discovered 1,500-year-old bones in high Cliffside caves of Upper Mustang.

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Day 01:  Kathmandu to Pokhara.
We set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus early in the morning at 7:00 clock. While on a drive we see rivers valleys, villages and farmlands. Upon arrival at Pokhara, fists we check in our hotel and explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon. Overnight in Pokhara.

Driving time: 6 hrs
Height: 1100m Pokhara.
Overnight: Budget Hotel Pokhara.

Day 04:  Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni
After an early breakfast we taka short drive to the airport and fly to Jomsom. A scenic flight of 20 min will takes us to Jomsom. From Jomsom we head further to Kagbeni passing through Kaligandaki valley. Kagbeni is small town which lies at the bank of two rivers, Kaligandaki and Kak Khola. We sleep overnight a Kagbeni.

Trekking time: 3-4 hrs
Height: 2858m Kagbeni
Overnight: Tea House

Day 05:  Kagbeni to Chele
We start with gentle uphill walk and we pass by special permit check up. We continue by the river bank of Kaligandaki. We reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. After cross by the Kaligandaki George, world's deepest George, we reach at Chele village.

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs
Height: 3050m Chele.
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 06:  Chele to Syanbochen
After refreshing breakfast we towards Eklo Bhatti. We have to cross Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak and Damodar Danda. Another descend takes us to the village of Samar. We take our lunch here which is followed by next 3 hrs downhill walk and we will be at Syanbochen.  On the way, we pass by series of cool stream, juniper trees and Ramchung. Overnight at Syanbochen.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 3475m Syanbochen
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 07:  Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs
This day start with a ascend to Yamda La (3,850m) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages. We cross
mountain passes, and a boulevard of poplar trees and fields of Barley.  We then cross Nyi Pass (4,010m) and descend to Ghaymi. Ghayami is surrounded by barren land. 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: 3520m
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 08:  Ghaymi to Charang
After the breakfast we take gentle walk to Ghaymi Khola. After crossing the river we ascends to the highlands and a very long Mani wall. The end of the Mani wall brings us to the village of Charang. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Height: 3500m Charang.
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 09:  Charang to Lo-Mangthang
We start the trek with gentle descends to Charang Chu Canyon and steep ascend afterwards. Further the trail ascends gently to the pass of Lo (3850m), from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang valley we could enjoy the amzing view of of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak, and also Tibetan Border. We nestle down at Lo-Mangthang.

Trekking Time: 3700m
Height: 3700m Lo-Mangthang.
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 10:  Explore Lo-Mangthang
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa, situated on a top of the hill serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court.  We also visit Tingkhar, the last village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang. Then we walk back to tea house. If you display the interest then we can visit the palace and additional gompas.

Day 11:  Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar.
Today we trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. We explore the local area and sleep overnight at Drakmar.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 3810m Drakmar.
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 12:  Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs
We start the day bit early trek back to Ghiling. We come to Ghiling bit early and take lunch, since the afternoon gets
dusty most of the time. We take rest and explore the area in the afternoon. Overnight at Ghiling.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: 3806m Ghiling
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 13:  Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: 3050m Chhuksang.
Overnight: Tea House.

Day 14:  Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs
Though this is the last day to walk but it does not show any mercy as it is a long day walk. We start bit early and trek to Kagbeni. After having lunch at Kagbeni we descend down to Jomsom. If you are interested then you can hike up to Muktinath Temple.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: 2700m
Overnight: Local Tea House.

Day 15:  Fly back to Pokhara
Take an early morning breakfast and watch the giant mountains again, attend a 30 min flight to Pokhara. You will be transferred to Lake Side and it time to say good bye to Guide and porter.

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