Mustang holidays

Mustang holidays provides an opportunity to explore the barren landscape of the Tibetan plateau and medieval culture, monastic charm and spiritual purity unparalleled elsewhere in the Himalayas. The trek begins after a 30 minute scenic flight from Pokhara to the mountain airport of Jomsom (2800m), second highest airport in the Nepal. From here we embark into a different world as the moonscape of the Tibetan plateau presents hues of gray, red and brown. The views we see in this trek is one of a deserted wasteland dotted with sporadic settlements, and frequented by people who work hard in the dry soils to see out a living. The people of this region were once very rich and prosperous from a busy trade in salt between Tibet and India.

Mustang holidays

Up high in the sandstone cliffs above the trail, giant towers of rock have been eroded into fascinating shapes by the wind and hermit caves are testament to the dedication of many monks of the region. Fossils underfoot remind us that the high plateau we are trekking to was once a seabed. From time to time the wind plays as messenger for the yak caravans up the valley and from the Buddhist monasteries, the prayer horns can seen haunting in the thin air. The lonely lammergeyer soars high above, perhaps searching out the next sky burial. It is an eerie sensation to be in these mountains, yet utterly captivating.

The route leads us the Kali Gandaki river valley towards the capital of the Kingdom, Lo Manthang – a town with a royal palace, monasteries, temples, caves and a medieval culture. The people in this town are surprisingly sophisticated. But it is the many villages on the route into and out of Mustang which make this trek holiday to Mustang such a rewarding one.

Mustang holidays short itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350meters).
Day 02- Rest OR Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03- Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus.
Day 04- Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters). 
Day 05- Trek to Chaile (3050 meter).
Day 06- Trek to Geling (3500 meters).
Day 07- Trek to Charang (3620meters).
Day 08- Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters).
Day 09- Exploration day of Lo-Manthang.
Day 10- Trek to Dhi (3410 meters).
Day 11- Trek to Tange (3370 meters).
Day 12- Trek to Tetang/ Chusang (3022 meters).
Day 13- Trek to Jomsom (2713meters).
Day 14- Morning flight to Pokhara.
Day 15- Leisure day and Sight in around Pokhara.
Day 16- Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters).
Day 17- Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Mustang holidays - itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350meters).
Warm welcome by one of our trek leaders then transfer to hotel. In the evening our trek manager will brief you about your great trek to Mustang. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02- Rest OR Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9 AM in the morning after breakfast. We will provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Monkey temple and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel.  Or day on your own.

Day 03- Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus.
Trek guide will come at hotel early in the morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7.00 am to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04- Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters). 
Early morning we are flying northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snows covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet.
On arrival to Jomsom you will meet the rest of the trekking staff. From Kathmandu you will have a guide with you. We start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05- Trek to Chaile (3050 meter).
The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hr, then we trek and cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06- Trek to Geling (3500 meters).
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge, which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07- Trek to Charang (3620meters).
From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass NYI LA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings, of seated Buddha's. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08- Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters).
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lo-Manthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09- Exploration day of Lo-Manthang.
Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10- Trek to Dhi (3410 meters).
From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo-Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11- Trek to Tange (3370 meters).
From Dhi the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3370m.Tangbe is 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 reflects the prosperity in their society. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12- Trek to Tetang/ Chusang (3022 meters).
The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13- Trek to Jomsom (2713meters).
This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kali -Gandaki valley and Kagbeni village. This is the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the trek, with all the trekking staff. The accommodations in Jomsom are better and well furnished; here we have a private room with modern bathroom. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 14- Morning flight to Pokhara.
Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomson back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15- Leisure day and Sight in around Pokhara.
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16- Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters).
Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.

Day 17- Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, we will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

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Mustang holidays Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Destination: Lo-Manthang, Mustang.

Trip Duration: 17 days

Max. Altitude: 4000 meters

Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.10

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 5-7

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