Kathmandu Pokhara transfer and transfer to Hotel.
The last forbidden kingdom of Nepal, Mustang , landscape like Tibetan plateau with old and strong Buddhist practice. The Capital, Lo Manthan is an old walled town still undisturbed and untouched by west civilization , and daily life is much as it has been over the centuries. Around Lo Manthan one can explore the nearby Garphu , Nirphu and almost tree-less landscape, on a steep and rocky trail for panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.
|Group Size :||02 - 14 people||:||3890m|
|Destination :||Nepal||Fitness level :||Moderate|
|Trip Season :||AUTUMN (Sept – Nov)||Departure from :||Kathmandu|
|Meals :||Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board on Trek|
|Accomodation :||3 star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge on trek|
|Trip Mode :||Lodge to lodge trek|
Kathmandu Pokhara transfer and transfer to Hotel.
Easy walking along the riverside to Jomosom, the district capital of Mustang, which is the most interesting town in the area. The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peak will make you buy some extra rolls of film. Arrive at Kagbeni, the entry point of the upper Mustang.
There is a trail along the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over numerous ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, looms massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village and cross the river there. Continuing north, climbing up the trail, we reach a huge red mass of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. The culture changes from the Managi culture to that of the Tibetan of Lo from this point.
The climb continues through steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. This is followed by a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samara to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge and to another valley field. Cross a stream and climb up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at 3770m and descend to Geling.
From Geiling the trail climbs gently up to the interesting pass on NYI LA and descends below blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu River. We then climb past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch of main walls in Nepal. Climb over another pass at 3600m then make a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa makes an interesting visit in which to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as numerous paintings of seated Buddha's.
The trail descends for about 100m from Charang, crosses the Charang-Chu and climbs steeply via a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m, there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent cross a stream before climbing up to the plateau of LO Manthang.
There are four major attractions, and several other places to visit, here. The Tall Champa Lakhang 'good house', the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall are the main attractions of this town. Another attraction is the four-story building of the King Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Besides LO Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting: The western Tingkhar, the site of the King's summer Palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Nangyals 'The Monastery of Victory', which is the newest and most active Gompa in LO. The eastern valley contains Chosar, the site of a high school, Garphu and Nyphu Gompa. This is the main trading route to Lhasa.
The trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn offering a last glimpse of LO Manthang. The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys before crossing a ridge at 4070m and descending southwards through two more valleys, meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar. LO Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal. We cross a ridge after a little climbing and drop down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of extensive villages before climbing to a ridge. It is a short descent from there to Ghami (3490m)
From Ghami climb to Nyi LA and descend to Samar via the outward route.
Return trek to Kagbeni.
Kagbeni to Jomsom: (2750m).
Jomsom /Pokhara flight and Pokhara /Kathmandu by bus.