Upper Mustang Tea House Trek is the trek to Lo-Mangthang (Upper Mustang trek). The trek to this region is to explore Tibetan villages in Nepalese border. These ancient Tibetan villages have unspoiled Buddhist culture. The region is also famous for medieval art in Buddhist monasteries. Upper Mustang, the capital of Lo-Mangthang is attractive for exploring beautiful Himalayan deserts in high altitude.
Lo Mangthang lies behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains which are very near with Tibet, therefore, practices Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Lo Mangthang was opened to explore after 1992 where there are various specialties hidden as mysteries. The land is windy and barren extended Tibetan plateau which has rocky formations with eroded canyons.
Lo Mangthang (Upper Mustang) people are of Tibetan origin Bhotias and Loba communities. They follow Tibetan lifestyle and cultural practices. These people follow Sakyapa Buddhism which is Tibetan-rooted. They celebrate festivals based on religion; among them, Tiji Festival is the most important. The population of this region is more than 6000 in an area of 2600sq. km. which is still being ruled by a king locally. The houses and monasteries are made up of stone or sun-baked mud bricks. The monasteries have medieval looks with historical importance.
The Exploration Mustang Trek is interesting trekking to Mustang region along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail follows Kali Gandaki to the top of Lo Mangthang with different opportunities to explore ancient settlements of Kagbeni, passing through the world’s deepest river gorge in kali Gandaki River and to Tibetan untouched villages of Lo Mangthang. The region is not disturbed by modern world development as it has preserved its culture in art and traditions.
Exploration Mustang Trek is challenging trek to the high Himalayan desert. It offers different insights about the region such as historical, cultural and so on. Trekking in this region is worthwhile for those who want to gain knowledge through traveling and seeking adventure journey.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters), Overnight at Hotel.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel, Evening free and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, overnight at Hotel.
After having Breakfast we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilo meter west of Kathmandu) - 6 Hours
We drive along the Trisuli and Mashyangdi River to reach Pokhara, we will see the beautiful river view and the view of Ganesh Himal and Mountain Manaslu as well During the Driving. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains, after 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) and trek to Kagbeni- 4 hours.
We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom. Just out of Jomsom then cross a suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. 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, overnight at tented guest houses.
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m.)- 5 Hours.
Today, we trek right up to the river valley, but we use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand on the west bank of the river; we stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where we come across the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chusang village is only about a 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki, Overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.)- 4 Hours.
There is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang practice agriculture. Lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is carried out in sheltered plots of land, covering the brown landscape with patches of green vegetation. Continuing north, we reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. From Chele we climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass we descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, Overnight at Lodge
Day 07: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.)5 Hours.
Today, we climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of chortens. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley, Lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.)- 5 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. We 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, overnight at Lodge.
Day 09: Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang (3620 m.)- 5 Hours.
Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. Finally, we 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 fortress and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas, overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.)- 3 Hours
Today, we will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our 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, overnight Lodge
Day 11: Rest at Lo-Manthang to explore.
We explore the Lo- Manthang for the whole day and overnight at Lodge
Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.)- 6 Hours.
We continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami, overnight at Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Ghami to Samar- 6 Hours.
Leaving Ghami we begin to follow narrow winding path until we reach Geling crossing a small stream. On the way we can enjoy good view of the Nilgiri Mountains, deserted landscapes, Tibetan style villages, farming terraces and natural vegetation. From Geling the path turns broader till Samar passing deserted landscapes, natural vegetation, plateau, Tibetan style houses, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags and observe the distinct culture of the local inhabitants. Samar is a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, mani walls, monastery, prayer flags and here you find people following Tibetan life styles and traditions, Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Samar to Kagbeni- 7 Hours.
Following a descending path we reach Chuksang crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki with views of natural vegetation and apple orchards, overnight at Lodge
Day 15: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m.)- 4 Hours.
Today, our trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through Eklebhatti. The trail is windy in the early afternoons. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang. From here we can have access to the internet and banking facilities, overnight at Guest houses.
Day 16: Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 20 Minutes.
We will take early flight to pokhara, and check in to hotel and visit the most beautiful city Pokhara, Relaxing Day and overnight at hotel
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu (6 Hours).
We take tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be fantastic along with many towns and we are able to see the settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.
Day 18: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
What is included in trip
• All hotel, airport arrival departure transfers
• 2 night hotel in Kathmandu 3star category on BB plan
• first night evening well come dinner, before departure Kathmandu farewell dinner
• all accommodation and food during the mountain
• English speaking tour leader (trekking guide) an experienced guide about tourism, bag, trekkers: culture, religion, mountain, trekkers 1 assistant guide (Sherpa) porter to carry trekkers:1 porter )including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food, and lodging
• Nepal unique treks can provide which is returned after trip completion (down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel trek bag, first add kid, trekking polls
• Nepal unique treks provide each trekking map, trekking t short
• All kind of necessary paper work times card, national park permit
• All government and local taxes
What is not included around the trip
• Nepal eatery visa fee (need to bring accurate US cash and two passport size photographs)
• Airport departure tax (per person rs:200)
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Excess baggage charge
• You have won food around city, lunch, dinner, drinks and also in case of early return from the mountain then the scheduled itinerary
• Extra night accommodation in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason )then the schedule itinerary
• Travel and rescue insurance, encase (can help for organized helicopter hospital)
• Personal expenses (bar bills, battery charge, laundry, phone calls, extra porter, bottle or boiled water, shower etc:
• Tips for your travel guide, mountain guide, and porter, driver ,hotel staff