Walking holidays Mustang Teri La 31 Days

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (820m) by bus/air
This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after you left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Pokhara-Jomosom (2720m)-Kagbeni(2810), 20 minute flight, two hours of walking, in 2850 meters
We fly to Jomsom today early morning or let’s say, before noon, It is because the weather in Jomsom is often windy in the afternoon. The small plane, often twin otter, floats northward from Pokhara between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri by the Kali Gandaki valley. After about 20 minutes we land on the runway of Jomosom. All of a sudden we feel that we are in a totally different world. We take tea/coffee right after we land in Jomsom and get ready to walk. We go through check post of ACAP. In Jomsom, we can visit later on, Mustang Eco Museum, ACAP Unit Conservation office, Shiva and Ganesh Temple. Jomsom has telephone, internet, and sauna facilities.
We do not stay here today because we stay here on the way back, hence we to one of the beautiful villages of Himalayan region called Kagbeni from where the Upper Mustang begins and that is to see everything through: the dress of the people, the monastery, the narrow crawl-by-stealth-through passage and the barren landscapes. This is the place where we can encounter the tourists who trek around the Annapurna.

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele five hours walk, 3050m
From Kagbeni we walk first several hours through the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. We pass several Buddhist people villages so we could also see a monastery among the villages. We see the giant rocks here and there. Sometimes, there are many-carved holes in the rock walls where people/army during the war made their shelter. We wonder how they could ever have used them as high above the river. Near Chele we see the Kali Gandaki River flowing through the rock tunnel. It looks really amazing. We cross suspension bridge over the river and walk uphill to Chele, a village of Gurung people, originally from Tibet. So they speak Tibetan.

Day 06: Chele to Shyangbochen (3800m)
The path goes slightly uphill for the whole trek today. In some parts the climb is steep. The barren lands, white Himalayan peaks, rivers and streams are the common scenery in this area. Today, we cross 4 passes. The first one is Taklam La (3624m), the second one is Dajori La (3735m), the third one is Bhena La (3860m) and the 4th or the last one is Yamda La (3860m). Finally we reach Shyangbochen where there a couple lodges for the trekkers. Telephone service is available here.

Day 07: Shyangbochen to Ghami (3520m)
Today the path goes uphill, flat and downhill. In the beginning we walk uphill. On the way we can visit the village of Geling. We can visit to a monastery and some beautiful stupas here. After Geling we cross a pass called Nyi La (4025m). From the pass we can view Mustang valley, Mt. Annapurna range and Mt. Neelgiri. Then the path goes down to the big beautiful medieval village Ghemi. Before we reach the village Ghemi, we cross a pass called Ghemi La (3765m) This area is largely isolated, and deserted.

Day 08: Ghami to Ghar Gumba (3950m)
We cross a wooden over Ghemi Khola then the path goes uphill. We see a hospital made by Japanese that provides health services here and the longest Mani wall of Mustang on the way. We cross a village called Dhakmar that lies in the altitude of 3820m. After this village we cross red cliffs where we can get the chance to view blue sheep. We cross a pass called Mui La (4170m). From the pass we see the most parts of Mustang valley and various peaks of Himalayas. We walk flat and downhill to Ghar Gumba. A big monastery lies here. We camp beside the Gumba (monastery). If we visit the Gumba, we will be welcomed by Tibetan Butter Tea (su tea). A big Sculpture of Buddha in Padmasanbhava is seen inside the Gumba.

Day 09: Ghar Gumba to Lo Manthang 3810m
The path goes uphill first then flat for some time and then downhill to Lo Manthang. We cross a pass called Lo La (3950m) before we reach Lo Manthang.
Lo Manthang the captal city of Mustang Kingdom is surrounded by a very high wall with square towers at the corner points. Only a white palace of four levels and three red colored monasteries can be seen. The town has only one port. We can camp outside the city wall.

Day 10: Lo Manthang Rest
Today we have a rest in this beautiful city of Mustang. We can go to visit the palace and meet the King and Queen of Mustan riding the wooden ladder. Also we can take picture along with the royal couple. But we have to take an appointment at least a day before. We are welcomed by Tibetan Su Tea in the palace which we drink staying along with the royal couple. We have to honour the royal couple with the Khada.
Lo Manthang has lots of stupas, few Gumbas, chyortens and we can see the city decorated by lots of colorful prayer flags. A school and police check post lie here where our permits will be checked. Internet and telephone facility are available here. Also we can use cell phone.
A special festival called Tiji falls in the month of May here. Tiji festival is one the greatest festival and celebrated for 3 days.The people around the Lo Manthang gather in the city in great number (around 5000-6000). The tribes living around wear their cultural costumes during the Tiji. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 11: Lo Manthang – Chosar – Namgyal Gompa – Lo Manthang
Today is the special and exciting day in Mustang. We hire horse for hiking. Let’s say we are going for ‘horse hiking’. We ride the horse almost for the whole day today. We visit to Kimaling, Chosar amd Ghar fu, small and beautiful villages in Himalayan region. We visit several caves. We visit a special monastery made in cave. Hence, we have to carry small torch lights today. We visit the cave that lies in the altitude of 4275m. We cross several wooden bridges over Chhokardokpa Khola and Nhichung Khola during our horse hiking. We walk through rough roads in some sections. We back to the other way round to Lo Manthang crossing Namgyal Gompa, the famous monastery in Mustang.

Day 12: Lo Manthang – Yara (3650 meter)

Today we begin the trip with the trip to Yara. First we cross the Dokpolo Khola. Then we go uphill and cross a windy pass from where the view of Lo Manthang is spectacular. Then the path goes downhill and flat. Then the path is steep decent to Kali Gandaki River. We cross the big river in Mustang (Kali Gandaki) on the eastern shore. But first, the path takes us on a high-altitude route from where the views are fantastic. The steep descent to the river is just as spectacular and the only bridge made of two separate wooden beams. So we need to be aware while crossing. We may also hire a horse to cross the river. After crossing the river we go directly into a side valley to spend the night after a strong rise in the village of Yara.

Day 13: Yara-Luri Gompa (4050m) -Yara

Today we are going to have a hiking to visit the village of Tashi Kabum and Luri Gompa. Luri Gompa is one of those places in the Himalayas where words fail. In a bizarre landscape of pink and yellow pinnacles and humps stand two little monasteries. One of the monasteries is housed in a cave. This cave is then almost completely filled with a stupa which local people say it was born naturally. The whole is framed with fantastic rock paintings from ancient times and also very different from the ideas that we normally see in Buddhist monasteries. If we wish, we can hire a horse even today.

Day 14: Yara to Tangge, 3240 meter
In the beginning we walk downhill then the path goes flat for long time. After we cross Puyung Khola, a stream then the path goes uphill. Between Yara and Tangge there is no village or house. We walk towards south and cross twice a ridge of the mountain over. The first is a low and consequently does not as much as before. After we cross Dhechyang Khola, another stream, through knee-deep water we start a second climb. That takes a lot longer. Again beautiful views around the highest part of the path. From the plateau, the path leads through a corridor of palings into the valley. Finally we camp in Tangge which is a very nice pleasant village with a row of glorious stupas.

Day 15: Tangge – Yak Kharka, (4100m)

Today also we walk through the landscape without any human settlement. The area looks like green desert since it is consists of large pastures for the sheep and yaks. Hence, the area is named as Yak kharka or Bhedi Kharka. The view around us is full of natural beauty. We spend the night in a tent in a camp which we make in one of the Yak/Bhedi Kharkas.

Day 16: Yak Kharka – Samena Khola (4220m)

The path goes slightly up and down. The scenario is just like of the previous days; no human settlements, green pastures for the yaks and sheep everywhere. We spend the night in a tent which we set beside Samena Khola, a small river.

Day 17: Samena Khola – Teri – La BC 4630m.

Today we have to leave early in the morning because it is quite long walking day (about 7 hours walking). We are slowly acclimatizing and approaching to our goal Teri-La pass. The type of the topography is similar to the previous days even today. We spend the night at Teri La Base camp.

Day 18: Teri La Base Camp – Teri la High Camp 5100m

As we are climbing to the higher altitude every day, we need acclimatization continuously. We don’t walk for long today. We slowly trek to high camp of Teri La. Then we have rest for a while and hike around the hill for more acclimatization so that we can easily climb the pass next day. We stay overnight at the tent in Teri La High camp.

Day 19: Teri La High Camp – Teri La Pass (5595m) – Phedi (5000m)

Early in the morning our cook will prepare for our breakfast and pack lunch which we will have on the way. Today we carry enough water and walk slowly because today is the most challenging day since we are going to cross the pass, the goal of this trek. The view from and around the pass is superb. After crossing the pass we descend to the Phedi and spend the night at tented camp there.

Day 20: Phedi – Labse Khola 4800m

Today we walk through the trail that is slightly flat and downhill. We still walk through the calm, deserted area, no human settlements, no tall trees but green and green everywhere. Finally we set the tent camp at Labse Khola after walking for about 6 hours.

Day 21: Labse khola – Yak Kharka 4600m

Today also we walk through the route that goes slightly flat and downhill. Green deserted area, no human settlements at all, no trees except some occasional bushes and green pastures everywhere. Finally we set the tent camp at Yak Kharka, a big pasture for the Yaks especially, for the night.

Day 22: Yak Kharka – Nar Gaon 4110m

Almost after a week, today by the end of the day we will come to the area where we will see some the human settlements. The path slightly goes downhill. Now we can see light jungles occasionally. Finally we reach small but beautiful human settlement of Nar. We can see a small hydropower project here. Also telephone, post office and health service is available here. Monastery, chyorten and mani walls tell us that we are in the Buddhist village. We spend the night in a tent at the camp near the village.

Day 23: Nar Gaon- Kyang 3820m

The trail goes slightly downhill to the campsite of Kyang. We again walk through the trail without human settlement on the way but we see the landscape is not a green desert but with some light jungles. The trail goes along the Phu Khola. We have a calm camping at Kyang for the night after leisurely walking for 4/5 hours.

Day 24: Kyang – Phu Gaon 3900m

Today we are going to visit a beautiful and famous Buddhist village of Phu in the Himalayan region. Our trekking will not be meaningful if we miss to visit this village. We can visit to the beautiful and famous Gompas; Thashi Gompa, Samdu Choling Gompa,here. Health post, Telephone and postal services are available here. We can reach Phu in the afternoon and can explore the village along with the guide of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. We stay there over night in a tent.

Day 25: Phu Gaon to Singenge Dharmashala, 3230m

We walk down to Singenge Dharmashala crossing Kyang today. It will be round 6 hours walk today. Since we are walking flat and downhill, the walking will be easy today. Finally we have a camp at Singenge Dharmashala from where the view of waterfall is incredible.

Day 26: Singenge Dharmashala to Koto 2600m

Today we check out from the Nar-Phu Valley special area walking through the route that goes along the Nar Khola and we meet Annapurna circuit trek route which we will follow from the next day onwards. The topography now is full of vegetation. We reach Koto a beautiful village in the Himalayan region that lies near the headquarter of Manag District. We spend the night in Koto. Telephone service is available here.

Day 27: Koto – Tal (1700m)
Today we walk through the trail that goes along the Marsyangdi River. The trail is either flat or downhill. So the walking will be the easy one. We feel warm wind since we have come to the low altitude. We cross Bagarchhap on the way. In Bagarchhap, there is a beautiful monastery that we can visit. Also there is a health post, telephone and internet facility. In the autumn of 1995 Bagarchhap was hit by a landslide in which 24 houses were destroyed and 20 people had been killed. We walk to Dharapani. At Dharapani we go over the bridge to the west bank of the Marsyangdi and our permits will be checked here because the check post of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and Manaslu Conservation Area Project lies here. We are now in a completely different world with many tea-houses, restaurants and lodges in comparison of the routes we walked in the past. We head down to Tal. Tal is a typical village with the majority of Gurung and Magar tribes.

Day 28: Tal – Syange (1100m)
We walk down along the Marsyangdi River. We cross the villages like Chamje, Ghattekholagaun and Jagat. These villages also have the majority of Gurung and Magar tribes. In some places beautiful views of waterfalls welcome us on the way. We finally reach Syange a small village beside the river bank of Marsyangdi where we stay overnight. We can witness many beautiful waterfalls here in Syange. This is the ending point of our trekking. Tomorrow we will drive to Kathmandu.

Day 29: Syange – Kathmandu (by bus or jeep)
Sometimes we have direct bus service from Syange to Kathmandu. If not we get in a jeep up to Besi Sahar; the headquarter of Lamjung District. Then from Besi Sahar, we can take local bus to Kathmandu. Until Besisahar the road is rough as it is just graveled. But from Besi Sahar, the road is pitched. At Dumre we reach the road that runs from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As well as on the way we will have lunch in Muglin. The drive will take 6 to 10 hours. It depends on the situation of the road traffic and especially the pass to the Kathmandu valley can sometimes cause delays.

Day 30: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing  3- 4hours 

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 31: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.