Upper Mustang lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditional which is so rich & unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital is walled city ruled by religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. As everywhere in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795ft) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545ft). You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. The elevation of the the trails rise from 2815 meters (9,233ft) to 3780 meters (12,398ft) above sea level.
Day 01 Kathmandu to Pokhara by Bus
Day 02 Pokhara to Jomsom
Day 03 Jomsom to Lo-Manthang.
Day 04 Explore Lo-Manthang.
Day 05 Lo-Manthang to Muktinath
Day 06 Muktinath to Pokhara
Day 07 Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive to Pokhara (200km), approximately 7hr away by tourist bus. We will see good scenery of countryside while driving. We will arrive in the late afternoon at Pokhara around 2 pm. Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore it's scenic land on bicycle/foot or you can go boating in Fewa Lake overlooking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges.
Breakfast at hotel, your tour will start from Pokhara to Jomsom drive 4 WD Jeep, through the river bank of Kaligandaki via Beni, Ghasa, Marpha, Jomsom along the Kaligandaki Valley(10 hrs) Arrival Jomsom, evening rest, Overnight Hotel. Along the way you will witness the barren wilderness of the mustang valley, Rupse waterfall and most of all the memorable off-road travel.
After Breakfast we head towards Lo-Manthang. After about an hour drive we reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang. The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peak will make you buy some extra rolls of film. The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and we reach Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed house. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the soughern skyline of Kagbeni. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village and we cross the river and continue north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile at 3030 m. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs 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 Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river) we will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang- Chu and climbs steeply up 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 then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
There are four major places and several other places like the Tall champa Lakhang “God house”, the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hal which are the main attraction of this town. An another attraction is the four- story building of the Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Having seen one, you are exciting to see the others. Besides Lo Manthang there are two other interesting valley worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as active Gompa in Lo. The eastern valley contains Chosar, the site of a high School, Garphu and Nyphu Gompa and is the main trading route to Lhasa. If we have enough time we can hike surrounded green hills from where we can easily get views of Tibet and Mt. Kailas.
After Breakfast breakfast we head back towards Muktinath.
Breakfast at Hotel, then a short 15 min trek to Muktinath temple, holy bath at 108 waterspout "Muktidhara", and dip in 2 MuktiKunda, & worship at Muktinath Temple, drive back to Jomsom. From Jomsom a short trek(1hr) to Dhumba Taal where you can experience pristine lake atop a barren hilltop. Visit Jomsom Baazar and drive to Maprha Village "the apple capital of Nepal", where you can buy souvenirs at the souvenirs shop. Then Drive back to Pokhara. Over night stay at Hotel.
From Pokhara the tourist bus leave early morning to Kathmandu. It takes same hours that take from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
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Upper mustang tour was very fun with image travels and tours. The tour was well managed and I enjoyed it. The transportation, food, and the guidance was very good. 5 ?!!