A beautiful trek in the semi-independent kingdom in the north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, called Mustang. This region was only opened for the westerners in 1992 making it the most undisturbed culture in the world. Lomanthang is the capital of Mustang at an elevation of nearly 3800 metres above sea level. Mustang is renowned for it’s inaccessible caves, chortens, monasteries and arid-desert like conditions.Hidden behind the majestic himlayas, Mustang is truly breath taking. You will need special area permit to do trekking in this region.
Itinerary Mustang Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft
Api-Saipal treks and expedition centre representative will receive you at the airport. We will organise a transfer to Api- Saipal Homestay, where you will have an opportunity to see and experience authentic Nepalese lifestyle. After a time to freshen up, you will receive a briefing about your upcoming trips. Overnight at Api-Saipal homestay.
Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing
Pashupati nath, boudhanath, Patan durbar square
Pashupati nath : This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith .The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. This temple complex is listed on world heritage site since 1979. You can see ritual’s after life. It is located at the bank of Bagmati river ,which is also considered very holy. Pashupatinath is Lord Shiva, the god of the gods, Ancient scriptures ( The vedas, Upanishads and Puranas ) have described his as Lord of the entire living beings and the source of eternal Peace and bliss. This temple is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhist.
Boudhanath : This Great Majestic Boudha Stupa stands approximately 6-7 kms north east from center of Kathmandu Valley. This stupa is approximately 120 ft in diameter, I hector in width and 43.25m in height. The area of stupa is 6,756 square metres. This great stupa is known as the mind nature of three times – past, present and future. This Stupa is also called the Stupa of enlightenment or Bodhi Stupa. It is the most largest and significant Buddhist monument in the world and religiously, culturally and archeologicaly very important for the people. This great stupa was enlisted in world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979.
Patan Durbar square : is situated at the Centre of city Lalitpur. It is one of three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley. One of it’s major attraction ancient Royal Palace where Malla kings of Lalitpur resided. It is a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts. Patan is filled with stone carving’s, Metal statues’s, including dozens of Buddhist and hindu temples. This city is known for it’s rich tradition of arts and handicrafts, Patan is third largest city of Nepal. The city of Patan is believed to have been built third century B.C and was expanded by Lichhavi dynasty in 6th century A.D. and again by Malla king’s of medieval period. In 1768, King Prithivi Narayan shah began his campaign to unify Nepal and Patan became a city in the kingdom of Nepal. Patan is also enlisted in the world heritage site by UNESCO, This city gives us an idea of our ancient civilization.
Overnight at the comfort and peace of Api-Saipal Homestay
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
It’s about 7 hrs drive through the countryside of Nepal, It’s approximately 200 kms through the Prithivi highway of Nepal. It is very scenic drive passing through the forest, by the side of green hills and mountain ranges. The Trishul river will follow through the half way and another half of journey is accompanied by Marshyangdi river.You will reach Pokhara about 3’o clock, the most beautiful city of Nepal. Once you check in the Hotel, you can explore around Lakeside where they offer wide range of cuisines from around the world, or just stroll around Fewa Lake and be blown by the beauty of Pokhara.
Overnight at Little Tibetan hotel, Lakeside
Day 04 : Fly out from Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni
After 25 mins of flight from Pokhara, we will land in the headquarter of Mustang. A large town and major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old salt trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom we face the strong winds of Tibetan Plateau. From Jomsom we will start trekking towards Kagbeni, the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kaligandaki river bed. After 4 hrs of walking, we will reach Kagbeni ( 2858 m / 9375 ft ), which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is very beautiful and interesting village situated on the main old age Trans Himalyan Salt route to Tibet via upper mustang.
Over night at Tea house in Kagbeni
Day 05 : Kagbeni to Chele
(3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hrs
After a breakfast, our trek continues passing Upper Mustang trekking permit checking counter, we follow the riverbank of Kaligandaki and continue up the river. It is quiet joyful to trek in this region because of it’s uniqueness. We will pass Tangbe village which is surrounded by green fields. From here onwards we continue to Chhusang village putting out footprints on the riverbed of Kaligandaki. We will find old fossils on the path, cross an old wooden bridge and pass a huge red rock forming a tunnel through which kali gandaki river flows. After 5-6 hrs of walking, we will reach beautiful chele village.
Overnight at Tea house.
Day 06 : Chele to Syanbochen
(3475m/11,398f): 6-7 hrs
The trek today gets little bit challenging. From Chele , the first part of trek is an uphill. We climb to Taklam la pass ( 3,624 m/ 11,923 ft ), through the plateaus and narrow stretches with the view of tilicho peak, yakawa kung, Nilgiri and damodar danda. Onwards we descend to the quaint village of Samar, after 3hrs of similar walk we will reach Syangbochen. You can explore the surrounding area in evening.
Overnight at Tea house.
Day 07 : Syanbochen to Ghaymi
(3520m/11,546f): 5-6 hrs
After Breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda la pass. ( 3,850m /12,667 ft ) Passing tea houses, chortens and local settlements on the way. The typical local architecture painted bright red and white can be noticed. We climb upto Nyi pass ( 4010m / 13,193 ft) and gradually descend to Ghame, which is our stop for the night and the lerger village in uppermustang.
Overnight at Tea house.
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang
(3500m/11,480ft): 4-5 h
rAfter breakfast, we are on the road again and cross Ghami khol ( River ). From here the trial climbs to plateau and passes besides one of the longest mani wall ( Buddhist prayer wall made of stone ). Barren hills and uncanny rock formationwith no greenery or the remotest sign of human life welcomes us. The silence on route this dessert stretch is overpowering and we wil be glad to reach charang.
Overnight at Tea house
Day 09 : Charang to Lo-Manthang
(3700m /12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
The next morning, we are on the way to Lo-Manthang the capital of Mustang. Lo-manthang was established around 1450 by the son of legendary Ame Pal, who conquered and united the small kingdoms in upper mustang. A wall 300 meters long and 150 meters wide has served as protection against bandit’s, warriors and ferocious winds. The small community of Lo-Manthang is made up of more than thousand resident’s whose houses are connected by narrow cobble stone alley’s. You can see the mustang palace towering over the settlements.Overnight at Tea house
Day 10 & Day 11 at Lo-Manthang Exploring the Mystical Lo-manthang.
Day 12 : Lo-Manthang to Charang
Day 13 : Charang to Ghemi
Day 14 : Ghemi – Syanbochen
Day 15 : Syanbochen to Chele
Day 16 : Chele to Kagbeni
Day 17 : Kagbeni to Jomsom
Day 19 : fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara ( 25 mins )Leisure day in pokhara, you can choose to stroll around pokhara or go for sight seeing around pokhara or just chill in the restaurant around fewa lake. If you are adventurous, pokhara offer a wide range of adventure sport such as bunjee jumping, para gliding, ultra light aircraft, zip lining, cannyoning. We will be more than hapy to organize it for you according to your choice.
Day 20 : fly out from Pokhara to Kathmandu.You will have a leisure day in Kathmandu to catch up with shopping or just chill out.
Day 21 : Depart from Kathmandu.