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Upper Mustang – Lo Manthang Circuit trek (14 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-UMLM1

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 14 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3730m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Upper Mustang Lomanthang Trek

Upper Mustang Lomanthang Trek

Upper Mustang - Lo Manthang Circuit trek is one of longest and most exciting treks in the famous Mustang region. The trek takes you first to Upper Mustang, an ancient, magical place that is close to Tibet geographically and culturally than Nepal. Its beautiful rugged landscape, caves, Buddhist stupas and monasteries and beautiful views of Dhaulaigir, Annapurna, Nilgiri will mesmerize any traveler.
 
You will then explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang and visit Jhampa, Thupchen and Luri Gompas. From here you proceed to the sacred temple of Mukinath or Chumig Gyatsa a shrine revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. The shrine consists the statue of Padmasambhava, 108 water spouts and an eternal flame.
 
Also on the itinerary is the observation of Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is the world’s deepest gorge. You will also visit the Kali Gandaki Valley especially the famous towns of Kagbeni and Jomsom  that are home to Thakali people, known for their trading skills and rich  culture and hospitality. 
 

 Trip code: NET-TR-UMLM1
  Region Mustang Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 14 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3730m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Monsoon: JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 3 Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
Standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara
Lodge (Tea house) accommodation during the trek

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the tourist bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. This drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warming glimpse of Pokhara Valley and fall in love with its ethereal beauty.

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of mountains. You can observe the glistening white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m) takes about 25 minutes and after landing at Jomsom, you begin your trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810m) which spans for four hours. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m) takes about five hours. 
You trek right up to the river valley, but you use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand. Chusang village is only about a 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.) takes about three and half hours. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.) takes about five hours. You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) takes about five hours. From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up to the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (36200 m.) takes about five hours. Today's walk is perhaps through the driest part of Mustang. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.

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Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.) takes about three hours. You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest at Lo-Manthang. 
Today is a rest day at Lo-Manthang. You will acclimatize with the weather and climate by spending the day exploring caves and villages, visiting Jhampa and Thupchen Gompas and short hike up to Tingkhar.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Lo-manthang to Yara (3580m).
You will resume your trek today towards Dhi village passing a canyon before. The trail crosses Lo la pass at 3960 meters pass and becomes flat before the final short stretch of steep climb to the village of Yara. Yara is a small settlement featuring cliffs and Tashi Kabum cave that houses rare paintings and a stupa.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Yara to Luri Gompa and return to Yara. 
After breakfast take a short hike to Luri Gompa as the trail follows Puyung Khola. Luri Gompa belongs to Nyingma Sect of Buddhism. After exploration return to Yara.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Yara to Tange (3320m).
The rugged trail continues with a steep ascent. In no time you will reach Luri Gomba from where the trail goes down to Decchyang Khola. The river is famous
for Shaligram fossils. The trail then rises up to a pass at 3850m and then dips to the village of Tange that features Buddhist chortens.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tange to Tetang (3240 m.). 
The trail from Tange to Tetang passes by deep ridges and rolling hills to drop down to Kali Gandaki valley. Magnificent views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri visible once you reach Tetang.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.
 

Trek from Tetang to Muktinath (3825 m.). 
The trail ahead is an uphill one all the way to Muktinath. En route you will come across maniwall and beautiful views of Dhaulagiri peak. Muktinath or Chumig Gyatsa is a sacred temple revered both by Buddhists and Hindus. You can explore the temple in the afternoon.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours. Today we continue down for early two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. The flight is a scenic one with panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, especially Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri etc. 

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu. 


The Trip includes following services:
  • All airport pick-up and drop-off transport by private Hiace van
  • Special trekking permit for Mustang
  • Entry permits for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • One trekking guide
  • Three porters for 5 people (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles if required
  • Flight tickets: Pokhara - Jomsom – Pokhara as per the itinerary
  • All land transportation: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus
  • All transportation from airport to hotel and hotel to airport in Pokhara
  • Insurance and equipments for the guide and porters
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast at 2- 3 star standards hotel
  • First aid kits
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance from a reputed travel insurance company that covers helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural performance in Kathmandu on the last day at authentic Nepali restaurant
     
The Trip does not include:
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu u 

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. I am happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

 

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