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Mustang Trek

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Trip Name:  

Mustang Trek

Grade:

 Moderate

Duration: 

17 Days

Altitude: 

3800 meters

Activities:  Walking and Sightseeing
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
Transport:  Bus/Jeep/Car/Plane/Helicopter
Best Season: March-May Sept-Nov

Mustang is a beautiful trekking destination. A hidden and mysterious kingdom of Nepal was officially opened in 1992 for trekking. The area is a restricted region and a few numbers of trekkers visit this region. You need special permission from the concerned departments to visit this region.

The trekking package mainly focuses on the upper mustang. The trekking region incorporates a fine vantage point Lo Manthang at a height of 3840 meters. We can find very few settlements in this region. The people of this region are highly influenced by the Tibetan Buddhists. They celebrate festivals like Tiji. They have a unique culture and way of living. We can find mainly four major castes in this region. They are royals’ caste, blacksmiths, butchers, and the millers.

Upper Mustang is a blessed creation of nature. Its landscape and natural beauties captivate every traveler. The region is similar to the Tibetan plateau and has semi-desert vegetation. In this trek, you get to explore the beautiful places like Jomsom, Chhuksang, Kagbeni, Chele Lo Manthang, and others. Stunning peaks, appealing artworks, unexplored culture, and tradition, surround this region. The seasonal flower, bushy vegetation and brown and grey cliff makes the journey memorable and outstanding.

We can encounter numerous Gompa and Chortenes besides awe-striking landscapes and cultural diversity on our journey. This trek also gives access to gigantic peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri 8172 meters, Annapurna massif, and Machhapuchhre ranges.

Is previous experience before do Mustang trek? 

A visit to Mustang is a special experience. A Stable and good health condition can help you to successfully reach the upper Mustang. Experience is not mandatory but helps you a lot to accommodate with altitude and diverse culture.

Best time to visit mustang:

Well, spring and autumn season is the best time to visit mustang. You can see clear gigantic mountains and landscape during these seasons. The temperature and climate are moderate during day and night. Compare to the summer and winter season, these seasons have very little or no mist or fog. Winter and summer are taken as off-season to visit Mustang. Nevertheless, if you are an adventurous lover then trek to Mustang in winter or summer is not a good idea. Preparation for cold, detailed information and unconditional circumstances like rainfall, snowfall can help you to complete the trek in the off-season as well.

Major highlights of the Mustang Trek:

  • Explore and experience the wilderness and surprising hidden kingdom: Upper Mustang.
  • Observe the panoramic view of a gigantic vista like Dhaulagiri.
  • Get to know the culture, tradition, and religion of native people.
  • Experience the spectacular scenery of wind-eroded cliffs, snow-capped mountains.
  • Cross overpasses and explore Lo-Manthang, a stone-walled town.
Itinenary
Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu city

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu valley via airbus, our representative picks you up from the airport and lead your way to the hotel. On the very day, you get the essential information about the trek.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Mustang trek preparation

We only explore a few UNESCO listed heritage sites due to time constraints. We visit places and sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar and Hanuman Dhoka, Swayambhunath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.
After completing the sightseeing, we make the necessary preparation for the trek. We make all pieces of major equipment ready.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara (910 meters). Duration: 6-7 hours.

We take off from the Kathmandu valley and drive via bus to Pokhara. We can also take via flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It takes around 30 minutes. Doing so gives us extra time to explore Pokhara city which is the busiest tourist hub in Nepal. In the evening, we explore the beautiful Lak Fewa and walk around the lakeside.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2743 meters) then hike to Kagbeni. Duration: 4-5 hours

It only takes 25-30 minutes from Pokhara to reach Jomsom. Flying over and along the green hills, snow-clad mountains and rivers are amazing. From the Jomsom, we hike to Kagbeni. We follow the trail present at the side of Kali Gandaki Rivers. As we trek, we can have an appealing view of soaring mounts like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Kagbeni is the gateway and checkpoint for restricted permit area to antique Mustang. Here, we can visit some ancient monuments, old monasteries, and gambas that are over 500 years old. Overnight at the teahouse

Day 5

Trek to Chele (3050 meters). Duration: 6-7 hours

We leave Kagbeni behind and make our way to Chele. We trek via Tangbe and Chuksang to reach Kagbeni. The windy trail to Chele comprises up to and down hills with a majestic view of Nilgiri and Tukuche.
In Tangbe, we can see red-white houses, apple orchards, and fields of buckwheat, wheat, and barley.
Chele is a small and beautiful village having a Tibetan influence.
Overnight at the teahouse

Day 6

Trek to Syangbochce (3800 meters). Duration: 6-7 hours

The trekking distance from Chele to Syangboche is approximately 7.1 miles/ 11.5 km. Today’s trek gives us access to pass over two magnificent passes: Taklam La Pass (3624 meters) and Dajori La Pass (3735 meters). Altogether, today we cross four passes with several ascend and descend. The magnificent views of Tilicho, Damodar Danda, Chungsi cave, Ramchung cave, and Yaskawa Kang along the trail entertains us. Each of the above sites is a sacred place of Mustang.
After descending, towards the Samar village, we finally can reach Syangboche. It is a small village at a height of 3475 meters. On the other side of Syangboche, there is another pass called Syangboche Che La Pass at the elevation of 3800 meters.
Overnight at the teahouse

Day 7

Trek to Ghami (3500 meters) from Syangboche. Duration: 5-6 hours

We start our trek and first cross a beautiful high passes Yandal, Nyi La pass and Ghami La pass. In between, we also pass antique villages like Ghelung. We can witness beautiful ancient Chorten, and significant Gompa as we trek.
Today, deep valleys, extraordinary view of eroded gorges, colorful ravine, uneven geography lures you even more.
Our meeting point Ghami is the third-largest town of Mustang. The village is rich in antique monasteries, mani walls, and Chorten.
Overnight at the teahouse

Day 8

Trek to Tsarang (Charang, 3579 meters). Duration: 5-6 hours.

We take an early breakfast and make our way to Tsarang. We take an uphill trail and pass across several passes. We get to vie the glittering view f high mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Thorang Peak and more above the sand valley. We get to meet the longest Mani wall of Mustang Chinnel La. The architecture of this mani wall is aw-striking.
Then, we make our way to Choya la pass (3820 meters) which is the most challenging part of the trek. Afterward, we reach to Land of Chortens, Tsarang. Tsarang has 400 years old Gulpa Sect Monastery. The monastery is an ancient masterpiece preserved till now.
Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 9

Trek to Manthang (3840 meters). Duration: 4-5 hours

Our today’s peak destination is Lo Manthang. The trek offers scenic beauty and appealing culture and tradition. From the Tasarang, we ascend and cross the Tsarang Chu passing several plateaus and villages. Then, we set our feet onwards Tholung village.
The windy Lo La pass at the elevation of 3950 meters gives access to the outlook of huge mountains like Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
After passing mesmerizing landscapes, passes, and mountains, we reach to Lo Manthang. Manthang is the capital city of Mustang.
Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 10

Acclimatization and exploration day

Taking a break for acclimatization is the most suitable decision during trekking.
We stay at Manthang and explore the place. The place is popular for having the finest and largest Tibetan Buddhism gompas of Nepal built in the 14th century, a 4-store palace. The other major highlights of Manthang are Nyphu cave, 2500 years old, Thinkar summer palace, Konchok Ling Cave, Ritseling cave and other exceptional monasteries. Today’s vibes are fully influenced by Buddhism and Tibetan culture.
Overnight at the teahouse

Day 11

Trek to Drakmar (3810 meters). Duration: 6-7 hours

We trek from Manthang to Gyakar village. Gyakar has 1200 years old Ghar Gompa. Then, we pass the highest plateaus like Marang la (4300 meters) and Muila. Finally, we reach Drakmar.
Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 12

Trek to Ghiling (3750 meters). Duration: 5-6 hours

We kick our trek early to avoid strong winds as today our trek descends.
From the Ghiling, we can have a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. In the evening, we can hike around Ghami La and Ny La.
Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 13

Trek to Chhuksang (2980 meters). Duration: 6-7 hours.

We walk through steep ridges of hills and encounter Tetang, a village between two hills.
Then, following the south trail, we visit the excellent Chungsi cave Monastery where saint Padmasambhava meditated in around the 7th century.
Then, we make our way to Chuuksang that lies between Mustang and Kagbeni.
Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 14

Trek to Muktinath (3710 meters) and drive to Jomsom. Duration: 6-7 hours.

We make a quick breakfast and head back to the Annapurna region. We trek following the trail with scenic Mani walls and catch a beautiful glimpse of Muktinath Temple. After that, we descend the Chhuksang and step out from the restricted area of Mustang. From here, we make our way to the entrance gate of Muktinath Temple. Muktinath temple is a significant religious place and has great importance to both Hindus and Buddhists. There are 108 holy springs around the temples and people believes taking bath in theses spring gives salvation.
Also, Muktinath has a legendary flame coming out of the rock.
After a quality time at Muktinath, we catch a drive and trace back to Jomsom.
Overnight at the teahouse

Day 15

Fly back to Pokhara city and explore

We retrace our journey back to Pokhara. We take a morning flight after breakfast to Pokhara. We can explore peace pagoda, Davis Falls, Mountains Museum, Gupteshwor cave, and Few lakes.
Besides, we also have an option like paragliding, kayaking, boating, cycling, and zip-flying and others to do in Pokhara.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16

Drive to Kathmandu

We take an early drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest and in the evening have a farewell dinner.
Overnight at the teahouse

Day 17

Final Departure

We take you to the airport and have a final farewell form the blue lake travel and tours.

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2020-05-25

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Beautiful Mustang

5.0 rating
February 24, 2020

Tour was excellent. Guide and driver always took care to find clean restrooms on the way for my kid and wife. Always a helping hand. It was wonderfully organized, I can strictly recommend it. Wonderful trekking experience thanks to Blue Lake Travel and Tours.

Christopher Adams
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