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18-Day Upper Mustang Trek

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Overview

Mustang is located in the hinterland of Nepal, along the border with Tibet, and full of rugged barren mountains, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. On this hike, you'll experience a stupendous wilderness, one with pristine high desert mountain scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and many other unique sights. The view of wind swept Kali-Gandaki valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni and vast ridges that straggle high mountains provide a mind-blowing experience.

Nepal's Mustang region preserves a life almost unchanged for centuries. It lies hidden behind the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna at the very roof of Asia on the arid Tibetan plateau. It has long been isolated from the outside world (and only opened to trekking groups since 1992!). As you make your way through this secluded land, you'll pass brightly painted chortens (Buddhist shrines) and tiny villages guarded by enormous monasteries. Vistas include unusual and arresting views of the snow-covered Himalaya to the south, and desolate high plateaus, deep canyons, and an ocean of windswept hills the colors of a desert sunset to the north. Once at the walled capital city of Lo Manthang, you'll absorb a great sense of timelessness and appreciation for an ancient culture as you discover the ruins of old forts, monasteries rich in art and history, and caves replete with magnificent religious statues.

Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Actually the capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom, but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang. The real capital, Lo Manthang, where the present king lives, is a fantastic square-walled town sitting on the "Plain of Prayers". The small kingdom of Mustang, closed to westerners until 1992, is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400's to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet. Local legend tells the tale of the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, who before building Samye (the oldest monastery in Tibet) came to Mustang to stand guard against and do battle with the evil powers out to destroy Buddhism. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • DAY 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • DAY 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Half day sightseeing in Pokhara
  • DAY 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m) and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810 m) 4 hrs
  • DAY 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900 m) 5 hrs
  • DAY 6: Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150 m) 4 hrs
  • DAY 7: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m) 5 hrs
  • DAY 8: Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) 5 hrs
  • DAY 9: Trek from Ghami to Charang (3620 m) 5 hrs
  • DAY 10: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (Mustang) (3730 m) 3 hrs
  • DAY 11: Rest day at Mustang
  • DAY 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m) 6 hrs
  • DAY 13: Trek from Ghami to Chuksang (2900 m) 6 hrs
  • DAY 14: Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m) 7 hrs
  • DAY 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m) 5 hrs
  • DAY 16: Fly to Pokhara
  • DAY 17: Fly from Pokhara and to Kathmandu
  • DAY 18: Departure

Highlights

  • A remote trek in Nepal featuring fully-serviced camping
  • This is a great monsoon season trek; the best time to do the Upper Mustang trek is between March - October
  • Beautiful, surreal high desert mountain landscapes

LOCATIONS: Mustang

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking

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