as the best section of this is in the Himalayan so rain shadow and this are gets very little rain even in the middle of the monsoon as it is to the north of the main Himalayan ranges chain and 90% of the rain falls on the southern slopes (Neither EBC, Langtang, Kanchenjunga, Makalu or ABC treks are in the Himalayan Rain Shadow) Places like Tilicho Lake (Possible side extension of AC from Manang) are Best visited at this time of year – I visited and guided many time Tilicho Lake during a Monsoon We see the best views of the year on my experience
Ok you will get a bit wet on your first few days trekking but once above Pasang the weather will improve, then you have three choices on the Kali Gandaki side from Jomsom, – Fly, Jeep or get wet again and trek.
One thing to mention is that you need a minimum of two people to trek Upper Mustang (Or you have to pay double the permit price i.e. 2 x $500!!)
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be welcomed by our staff (Nepal Guide Info Team) and will transfer to your hotel. Evening you will have meeting with office representative for trip briefing. Some of facts, rules and regulations are important to know while you travel Upper Mustang of Nepal 2019/2020. Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathandu to Pokhara
Mainly there are two different options to get Pokhara from Kathmandu. Flight will be the easy option which takes only 30/32 minutes but if you prefer by bus it may take up to 6/7 hours to cross about 200 kilometers. Also the Trishuli River drive you may enjoy with beautiful local villages. The other option will be get Pokhara would be by private transports like car, van etc.. Evening visit Pokhara city and stay overnight
Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom (2,713m) flight to Kagbeni (2,810m)
The early flight of half an hour takes to Jomsom on the lap of Himalayas. After taking breakfasts here, you’re walking journey starts to Kagbeni passing Ekali Bhatti. Normally you walk about 3/4 hours today with easy flat land. No tree is found along the trek. Mostly you fallow Kali gandaki river side. Take lunch and rest. Afterward visit the traditional village of Tibetans kagbeni with over 500 years old monastery. And stay overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Chussang (2,920m) – 6 hours walk
After checking your special Mustang permits in kagbeni the trek goes uphill for while leaving Kali Gandaki River behind. The trail goes to harsh barren countryside all the way with some stops. Here you cross some small and tiny villages as walk progress coming to the town called Tangle, after walking an hour more brings the overnight stop place. Chusang located at the confluence of the Narsang River and the Kali Gandaki River.
Day 05: Trek to Samar (3,290m) – 6 to 7 hours walk
First villages comes Chele after passing this village the stream via the broken canyons and ruin castle walls on the around cliffs. Pass the river from Chussang are some massive red eroded cliffs higher the mouths of unreachable caves. After passing the tiny bridge an up climb for about 45 minutes brings to Chele town. From this village walk gets steep up for an hour upto ridge at 3,130m, a perfect vistas of Gyagar across a big canyon is visible. Afterwards the path goes up slowly windswept terrain up to at 3,540m. Normal decent for a while takes you to Samar for overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3,600m) 6 to 7 hours
The trek today fallow the tiny climb above Samar village to a ridge, with a downhill leading to a large gorge past a Chorten anted red, black, yellow and white all the colors are made from local stones. Meeting some Juniper trees the trek goes on to another township. From here the path descends to Shyangmochen, am tiny livings with some tea houses at 3,710m, taking right downhill the trek descends towards to Gelling for overnight stay.
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3,520 – 6 to 7 hours
From gelling, the path goes up genteelly via the fields up the centre of the valley, crossing below the Tama Gung village, the walk carry on a long climb across the head of the valley to the Byi La Pass 3,950m which is also elevated place of the trek as well the cross itself happens to be the southern bundry of Lo. From here a normal down for half an hour arrives to junction the right trail leads to tsarang where the left leds to Ghami town.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,780m) – 5 hours
A day you arrives the final destination, the path starts with short descends passing the Charangchu River with steep uphill on side and crossing via the Tholung valley. Path divert with normal climb as the valley goes up to a large Chorten whch marks the boundry of Tsarang and Lo. And we climb landscapes on elevation of 3,850 meter where from the clear lo-mangthang village can be seen. As only one entrée place is northern side so one has to circle the wall to main gate to get Lo-Manthang village
Day 10: Rest or explore day of Lo-manthang.
Having around 150 houses the Lo-Mangthang village is residence of lamas, the closely located, and palaces and monasteries are in bottom portion in these houses. The school, health post, police post and man significant chortens are situated outside the walls to the north. People from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practive practical cultural economy. Before strong trade with Tibet was disrupted, all of the salt and wool trade on the kali Gandaki crossed via Lo-manthang. This is the village where the king of Mustang kingdom living. Jigme Parbal bist, and the queen and they are from Nobel family of Lhasa. During the trek you will be exploring all those significant and cultural places.
Day 10: Trek to Ghami (3,440m0 6 to 7 hours walk
As we start return back from the trek today’s walk mostly goes downhill. However short climbs need to be faced. Firstly you climb up to the top where from the last view can be seen of Lo-Manthang village, then we descends downhill slopes most of the path to Ghami town. Ghimi is another significant town of this area.
Day 11: Trek to Samar – 4 to 5 hours walk
The path goes straight route to Nyi La, with a climb to the side and then contouring upwards and encounters the road from Tsarang. From the top the steep descend waits all the way to Gelling town. After passing stream once again the trail climbs up towards to large painted Chorten. Then it is straight towards path to overnight camp.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka, – 5 to 6 hours walk
Our trek from Samar goes to the less known region by the westerners, descending on the same route for 3 hour via Chele town and then arriving to Mustang Khola, trek leads climbs further up to the ridge, on leaving the village way down below the walks is more less on the gradual uphill trek and we arrive our overnight camp.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,710m) – 4 Hours walk
Less frequented upper part of Mustang, you will be viewing more of fellow treks, the trek from the camp towards to slow climb for less than an hour up to 3,970m. Here from the trek leads down slope to Muktinath. The massive views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peak here from the trek is much bigger. Evening you will visit the holy temple of Muktinath.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom ( 5 hours)
Although the vehicles are available these days, the trek mostly leaves down to Ekali Bhatti and straight flat to Jomsom. It windy valley as well so do not forget to wear eye glass and globs. Most of the time along the kali Gandaki River you reach Jomsom for overnight
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara
An early morning flight for about half an hour arrive at Pokhara.If you prefer same day back to Kathmandu which is also possible. But it’s better to spend relax day in Pokhara after long trek. Visit around and stay overnight.
Day 16: drive or fly to Kathmandu
Up to you either you want drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, car or van. Driving takes about 7 hours and flight takes only 30 minutes.
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
Upon your flight time we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport buy Nepal guide info team