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Hidden Kingdom of Mustang 17 days

  • On the way in Mustang

  • Daily live of Lowa women


Trip Overview

Duration: 17 days
Maximum height: 3'810 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous 
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best Season: February, March, April, May, October, November

Behind the great Annapurna massif lives in a secluded valley a king of ancient times. It is the King of Mustang. A country that has been influenced by Tibetan culture and trade Salt Road, between Tibet and India.

In his region lies the valley of Khali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world surrounded by the two eight-thousander Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

The capital is called Lo Manthang, which literally means "valley of all desires" and the time seems to have stopped. The old name of the kingdom is Lo "South"; its inhabitants call themselves Lowa. The population are ethnically Tibetans and speak Lokye it originates from the Tibetan language. They live and still practice the Tibetan tradition and Buddhism - living in ancient painted houses made of mud and wood. The monasteries of the 16th century are richly decorated with Fresco, thangkas, statues of giant gods of old traditions.

Most recently, in 1992, the upper region of the Khali Gandaki river valley, and the hitherto "Forbidden Kingdom" was officially opened and has been taken generations of adventurer under the spell. Who wants to visit today Mustang needs an entry permit. You can still reach Mustang only on foot or on horseback.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara 6 – 7 hours drive by bus

Day 04: Flight to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni 2‘810 m

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele 3‘050 m

Day 06: Chele – Syanbochen 3‘800 m

Day 07: Syanbochen – Ghami 3‘520 m

Day 08: Ghami – Charang 3‘560 m

Day 09: Charang – Lo Manthang 3‘810 m

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang

Day 11: Lo Manthang – Dhakmar 3‘820 m

Day 12: Dhakmar – Ghiling 3‘570 m

Day 13: Ghiling – Chhuksang 2‘980 m

Day 14: Chhuksang – Jomsom 2‘710 m

Day 15: Flight to Pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu by bus

Day 17: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara, 6 – 7 hours drive by bus
The route takes us through green landscapes, villages, along rivers, rice fields and beautiful mountain scenery. In the afternoon we reach Pokhara and it offers the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and many others. Pokhara is the city of lakes. Our hotel is located on the Fewa lake, we have the rest of the day for either boating, hiking along the lake, shopping or sitting in cafes and simply relax and enjoy the environment.

Day 04: Flight to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni 2‘810 m
After our breakfast we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. The scenic flight takes about 20 minutes; we have a view of the 8'000er the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is the capital of the district of Mustang; it is also the capital of the region Khali Gandaki which is cross-linked for decades with the old Trans-Himalayan salt route to Tibet. We follow the river bed of the river Khali Gandaki for about 3 hours and reach the village Ekley-Bhatti. After another hour we arrive in Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an interesting, windswept village in the middle of the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Road. 

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele 3‘050 m
Our day begins with a check of our entry permit; we continue upstream along the Khali Gandaki. Later we reach the village Tangbe with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses, wheat, barley, buckwheat fields and apple garden. We walk to the beautiful village Chhuksang with its fantastic rock formations. After crossing a bridge, it is worth to take a look back at the impressive rock face. Hundreds of years ago high up, a cave system was beaten in the rock. It is believed that the caves were used for ritual purposes and for protection. In Mustang, we will encounter similar caves. After a short, steep climb, we reach Chele. 

Day 06: Chele – Syanbochen 3‘800 m
Today we cross the Taklam La Pass 3'624 m, walking across the plateau, where we have the opportunity to see the Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and the Damodar Danda. Once we have reached Samar the trail goes on a ridge and then down to a stream. We pass the Ramchung stalactite cave where Guru Padmasambhava, is said, to have meditated in the 8th century. In rock imprints of his hands and body can be seen. We continue through a spectacular ravine and arriving in Shyanboche. In this area juniper trees are found, the locals dry them and use it as a kind of incense to invite gods.

Day 07: Syanbochen – Ghami 3‘520 m
After breakfast we climb up the Yamda La pass 3’860 m, we let Chorten and villages that are characterized by the Tibetan style behind us. Another pass is upon us, the Nyi Pass 4’010 m, after we arrived down we reach Ghami, the third largest town in the region Lo.

Day 08: Ghami – Charang 3‘560 m
After crossing the Ghaymi Khola, we climb up to a plateau and pass a long impressive Mani Wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers of Buddhism. We keeping east and reach Charang with its labyrinth of fields, willow trees and houses which are separated by stone walls from Charang Chu Canyon. The huge five-storey Dzong and red Gompa, as well as many large paintings of Buddha are impressive.

Day 09: Charang – Lo Manthang 3‘810 m
Along the way we have magnificent views of the Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti Peak. We first go down the Charang Chu Canyon, after crossing the river it goes steeply up. Now after we have left the windy Lo Pass 3’950 m behind us, we can already see the Lo-Manthang valley. The old historic royal city with its white and red buildings, as well as the city walls are coming closer.

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang
Today, we have enough time to enjoy the region. The Namgyal Gompa, which is located on a hill, is worth a visit; it is one of the most important monasteries of the local community and even includes the local court. Then we can explore Tingkhar, the last village in the north-west of Lo Manthang. For those who still have the desire to explore the area, vistit one of the four main Temples, the Champa Lakhang "God's house", the red Thugchen or the Chyodi Gompa. Another idea is to see the four-storey building of the Raja's palace and the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Day 11: Lo Manthang – Dhakmar 3‘810 m
We take a different route to Jomsom, as the one we have come. We walk a different route to Jomsom, as the one we have come. The way takes us to the 1’200-year-old Ghar Gompa with his Guru Rinpoche. The Gompa is known for its stone painting. The legend says that every wish expressed in the monastery, will come true.

Day 12: Dhakmar – Ghiling 3‘570 m
A 5 – 6 hour walk is waiting us.

Day 13: Ghiling – Chhuksang 2'980 m
Today we have again the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a view of the Himalaya, after about 5 hours we reach Chhuksang.

Day 14: Chhuksang – Jomsom 2‘710 m
The last day of our trek will be a long day, an 6 to 7 hours walk until we arrive in Jomsom. After we left the Upper Mustang in Kagbeni, we enter the Annapurna Circuit Trail. If you brought enough time; this offers the option to hike till Muktinath.

Day 15: Flight to Pokhara
A 20 minute scenic flight takes us back to Pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu by bus

Day 17: Departure

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.