Mustang Trek | Cosmic Trekking and Expedition
Mustang is the hidden kingdom in the world. On top of Kaligandaki River, Mustang lies in the north of the Annapurna region bordered with Kagbeni village. The last point of Upper Mustang trek reaches to Lo-Mangthang, a walled city of whitewashed mud bricks with wonderful Buddhist prayer wheels and stupas. Mustang preserves one of the undisturbed Tibetan cultures in the world.
The trekking to Upper Mustang starts from the north of Kagbeni. In Upper Mustang, we can see Buddhist oldest monasteries and nunneries built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges. Mustang trek was opened in 1990 that is still a restricted area for the cultural conservation.
To get 10days trek permit, one must pay US $500 government royalty. The best season for Mustang trekking is May, June and July.
Dry landscape and muddy cave, Lo-Mangthang Palace, indigenous people and culture and ancient monasteries are the main attractions of Mustang trek.
Day 01: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni
Fly to Jomsom. From Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route forward to Eklebhatti and reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the route meets the junction where the trail splits for Muktinath, the pilgrimage temple and for Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area; it’s a hive of activity for donkey and yak caravans coming and going to and from mustang and for pilgrims taking a rest on route to Mukthinath. In Kagbeni, you can easily spend a few hours wondering around taking in this lovely village. O/N at Kagbeni.
Day 02: Kagbeni to Chele (3100m)
From Kagbeni you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail makes several ups and downs to arrive at Tangbe village (3060m). Walking further and descending you will reach to Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see many beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields. From Chhuksang making more ups and downs along the Kali Gandaki River you will get to Chele village. O/N at Chele.
Day 03: Chele to Geling (3570m)
From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele La (3630m) (pass). After crossing the ridge from Chele La the trail enters a large sided valley and descends to Samar (3620m) where you will have views of the distant Annapurna Himal dominated by Nil Giri. The trail climbs up to the Bhena La (3830m) and to Bhena (3860m). Climbing to another pass, the Yamdo La (4010m), you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling, spend some time here soaking up the village atmosphere. O/N at Geling.
Day 04: Geling to Charang (3560m)
Turning west from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi La (4020m). The trail then drops steeply to Ghemi (3510m), a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. From Ghemi the trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Choya la (3870m). Making a gentle descent the trail reaches to Chharang. O/N at Chharang.
Day 05: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)
The trail descends from Charang, crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail, then enters the Tholung valley. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten, then crosses a stream and reaches the LoLa (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. Descending for some time the trail crosses a stream and climbs up to Lo Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortens. O/N at Lo Manthang.
Day 06: In Lo Mathang
This day will be spent in this mystical and isolated city. You will awake to the mystical sounds of monks chanting and the heady sent of temple candles. After having breakfast you will visit the four major temples within the city walls. The major attraction of this area is the three storey’s Jampa Lhakhang, the red Thubchen gompa with a massive assembly hall, Chodey gompa and Choprang gompa. After visiting the temples you will take a walk to visit the ACAP office and to Tarchun Gurung’s shop where you can climb up to the roof for a view of the town, and buy a memento to take away with you. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp. O/N at Lo Manthang.
Day 07: Trip around Lo Manthang
Again you spend another day in Lo Manthang getting to know the place and getting an incite into how the people live in this remote and arid landscape. After having breakfast you will visit the raja’s Place which is an imposing four storey building in the centre of the city. Then you will hire a horse to visit some other villages in this area where you will observe the local culture, life style, tradition and warm heartedness of these people. Return back to Lo Manthang Camp. O/N at Lo Manthang.
Day 08: Lo Manthang to Drakmar
From Lo Manthang the trail climbs steadily offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4070m and continues climbing to the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. The trail makes a short, steep descent and crosses the Chharang River, then climbs to Lo Geker and reaches to Ghar gompa a small monastery. Climbing to the ridge, crossing a valley along some alpine meadows, and then dropping down a steep eroded path you will reach Drakmar. O/N at Drakmar.
Day 09: Drakmar to Shyangmochen
The trail descends passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar, then climbs to a ridge and descends to the lower part of Ghemi and further descending you will reach to Jaite (3820m) and descend again gently to Chhung-Kah. The trail then reaches to Tama Gaon (3710m) and continues descending to Shyangmochen. O/N at Shyangmochen.
Day 10: `Shyangmochen to Chhuksang
From Shyangmochen the trail follows the quite stream all the way down to Chhuksang. O/N at Chhuksang
Day 11: Chhuksang to Kagbeni and kagbeni to Jomsom
Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara. O/N at Pokhara.