This incredible trek goes to the border of Tibet, an area of ancient villages, age-old castles, antique palaces and Tibetan monasteries. It is an insight into the centuries old Tibetan-Buddhist culture. We begin our trekking in the old once-kingdom of Mustang. It lies in the rain-shadow of the Annapurna in a mesmerizing landscape of deep canyons carved, brilliantly battered sandstone formations of beautiful pastels and plateaus overlooking gleaming white glaciers. This Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition visit to Mustang then continues into the hidden valleys of Naar, crossing over the seldom frequented Teri La pass (5’577m) to Phu. The Naar region was opened to foreigners in 2012.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Welcome to Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal full of historical monuments, Hindu Tempales, Buddhist Monasteries. We receive our valuable guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. One of our company representatives will be waiting to welcome our guests with guests’ names and a display board that reads Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd. The guests are dropped at the hotel and taken to the city for a short sightseeing. Then in the evening the guests are served Welcome Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)
A tour guide according to the need of our guests will be provided. The guide takes the guests for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing includes Pashupati area, Boudhanath, Patan and Swoyambhunath area. The time for sightseeing begins after breakfast; it goes generally 9.00am to 5.00pm. On the same day the company makes the permit and does other paper works for the trekking. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (827m) by bus 6-7 hours
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 2-3hours of walking (2850 m)
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 (3050m) 4-5 hours
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) 4-5 hours
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) 4-5 hours
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) 4-5 hours
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.The slogan we hear that is “ Pure Virtue of Lo Nying Sect scriptures of Padmasanbhava. 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) 4-5 hours
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 or hiking
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(3810m)
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. .On that day we do the hiking of Namgyal where we can see monastery like Gelup sep Monastry of victory.
Day 12: Lo Manthang – Yara (3650 m) 4-5 hours
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 4-5 hours
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.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.