Mustang Trek

Mustang Trek

18 Days from US$ 3990pp*

Trip Code: HD440

The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, known as ‘Roof of the world’ is located in northern Nepal and is surrounded on three sides by Chinese held Tibet. Mustang is one of the oldest civilizations on earth. Here the medieval world is uniquely preserved from the influence of modern technology. A land covered with small villages, ancient monasteries, friendly people and breathtaking scenery, Mustang's wealth was derived from being a major trading hub on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route between Tibet and Nepal, which reflects the rich Buddhist culture, history, laws and customs. The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centered around the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.

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Trip highlights

  • A land covered with small villages, ancient monasteries, friendly people and breathtaking scenery
  • Amazing desert scenery of this high Himalayan kingdom.
  • Ancient Monasteries and centuries old caves
  • Tiji is greatest festival in mustang region
  • Thousand men, women and children participate in the annual elaborate re-enactment of the Tiji myth, telling of a deity named Dorje Jon who battles his demon father to save the kingdom from destruction

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 15-30 days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activities: Trekking & Walking
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Group Size: 2
  • Trip Seasons: March / April / May
  • Price: $2501 - $5000
  • Max. Altitude: 4720m/15485ft.

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Day by Day

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu.

    • Arrival in Kathmandu, Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Shangri-La Hotel. Kathmandu. Evening – A cultural evening with folk music and ethnic dancing with a fine Nepalese cuisine at Bhojan Griya.
      (Shangri-La Hotel – A conundrum of nature and culture, complemented by an excellent variety of dining, sports and recreation facilities. It is perfect blend of contemporary and international standards and graceful tradition. Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel.
  • Day 2 Kathmandu Heritage explore.

    • Explore vibrant and eclectic Kathmandu, artistically rich and an ancient cultural heritage which is full of fascinating sights. Visit living goddess Kumari Devi. Visit Swoyambunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the World, which is majestically set high on a Hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. It is nicknamed as the monkey temple after the tribe of monkeys that look after the hill and often amuses the visitors. Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel.
  • Day 3 Kathmandu - Pokhara.(800m) 5 hrs.200 kms.

    • Scenic Mountain drives along the Trishuli River.(Optional: where you will have an experience of white water Rafting for three and half hours, you will cross approx 32 kms by river boat.USD 40.00 Per person) This trip offers many photo opportunities.
      Overnight stay at Hotel Pokhara Grande (website: http://www.pokharagrande.com).
      Note: Pokhara Grande is a 5 star deluxe Hotel in the most beautiful city of Pokhara. Pokhara Grande is situated in the heart of the city. A perfect amalgamation of beauty and luxury. Entering Pokhara Grande one wanders from shops selling prayer flags, carpets, masks and singing bowls.
  • Day 4 Pokhara-Jomsom (2750m)

    • Take a morning flight, catching a breathtaking 35 minute flight to Jomsom. The flight takes us up through the Kali Gandaki gorge, the world’s largest, with its towering snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. It will seem as though you can reach out and touch the peaks! Below us will be magnificent views of waterfalls, canyons, and terraced fields. This is truly one of the world's most spectacular flights! The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the village. Overnight at Lodge.
  • Day 5 Jomsom/Kagbeni (3.5 hrs)

    • This is fairly easy section of the trail along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni, the gateway to the restricted zone of Mustang and one of the major trading routes between Tibet and India. The traders brought salt from Tibet and barley, spices and clothes from India. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet, trade came to a halt and many of the rich villages lost their revenue and later, many of their people. Nowadays, though there is again some trade, the majority of village income comes from tourism. As we enter the dusty village, legend says that we should think good thoughts, leaving all bad ones outside the town gates.
      Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 6 Kagbeni/Chele (5-6 hrs)

    • From Kagbeni to Tangbe, the trail winds along the east riverbank and occasionally ventures out into the rocky river bed. Initially, the trail climbs steeply to the top of the hill but you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of prayer flags, stupas, and villages. After crossing several windblown plains and passing through a canyon, you arrive at the Mustang village of Tanbe. This small village is filled with whitewashed adobe houses nestled against each other and is surrounded by beautifully terraced fields of wheat, barley, and buckwheat, as well as small apple orchards. On the lower side of Tangbe, you'll see three elegant chortens and the remnants of an old abandoned fort. As you continue your walk, be on the lookout for black ammonites, small fossils of coiled sea mollusks that inhabited the Tethys Sea and covered the Tibetan plateau millions of years before the Himalayas were formed. They are considered to be holy by many local people. Overnight at tent.
  • Day 7 Chele/Geling ( 5 hrs)

    • The climb from Chaile is up a fairly steep spur to a cairn at 3150m, from which there is a view of the village of Gyagar across the canyon. The trail, which is literally carved into the side of this spectacular canyon, continually offers spectacular views. After crossing a mountain pass, the trail makes a long gradual descent on a pleasant trail to Samer. Finally, after passing through several small canyons that are home to cool streams and shady juniper trees, you will arrive in Geling at 3620m. Though the largest village before entering Upper Mustang, it is a rarely visited gem. The town, set among numerous poplar groves and a central stream, boasts one of the oldest Gompas in Mustang. Spend the evening relaxing in front of the central field, where you can observe grain being threshed, animals grazing, and children playing.
  • Day 8 Geling/Charang (6 hrs)

    • From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields of barley and groves of poplar trees up the center of the valley, passing below the settlement of Tama Gaun and an imposing chorten. After rejoining the direct trail, it becomes a steep slow climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 4020m, the highest point reached on the trek. Charang is a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the large Charang Cho Canyon. The huge five story white dzong and red gompa are perched on the edge of the Kali Gandagi gorge on the east end of the valley.
  • Day 9 Charang/Lo Manthang (5 hrs)

    • Today you'll move slowly but steadly up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 11,841 feet. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. After a rest break you'll travel across a desert-like landscape painted in every hue of grey and yellow. Finally, you’ll reach your destination- the whitewashed walls of the city of Lo, which sits among fields filled with horses and yaks. You may even have time to see the start of the Tiji festival.Overnight at tent.
  • Day 10 Tiji Festival

    • You’ll spend the better part of the day at the Tiji Festival watching all the dances and celebrations that take place, including horse racing and a giant tug-of-war. You’ll see Tibetan women in their traditional clothing and colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes. This is an almost unknown festival that most Nepal trekkers never experience. Definitely bring your cameras along today!
  • Day 11 Lo Manthang

    • Explore surrounding area of the Lo-Manthang in addition to the festival. Explore the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city, or you can rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area.
  • Day 12 Lo Manthang/Ghemi (via Lo Gekar)

    • You’ll have the opportunity to vary your return route and visit two villages that you did not see on the trek northwards. At Ghemi you'll visit Gar Gompa, the oldest active gompa in Nepal. Ghemi is also known for its many hectres of beautiful fields and for its white- washed houses. The trail to Lo Gekar is not a main trading route and is crisscrossed with herders trails, so our local guide is particularly useful here. Todays trek will cross several valleys, some lush and others barren. Near the end of the hike the trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley, where Lo Gekar is situated within a group of large trees by a stream. Lo Gekar, which means “Pure Virtue of Lo,” is also known as Ghar Gompa, or "House Temple.”
  • Day 13 Ghemi/Samar

    • This is your one great hike of the trip, bringing to you lots of beautiful and rich scenery. You’ll be crossing a pass Shyangmochen 3800m and down to the valley with beautiful, ancient village settlements.
  • Day 14 Samar/Kagbeni

    • The first half way leads you down hill to Chhuksang and the second half way takes you on a straight path along the kali-Gandaki river. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 15 Kagbeni/Jomsom (3.5)

  • Day 16 Jomsom/Kathmandu (via Pokhara)

    • Relax in Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara Grande.
  • Day 17 Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Day 18 Final departure from Kathmandu.

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Trip Info

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in five star hotels as per the itinerary.
  • Flight Pokhara - Jomsom –Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Full lodge trek from Pokhara to Jomsom and with 1 guide and 1 porter and a full camping trek with meals, guide, sherpas, porters, cook upper Mustang Trekking.
  • 2 men tent, dining tent, table & seating chair, toilet tent for upper Mustang Trek.
  • Necessary Kitchen equipment
  • Conservation & Special Trekking Permit for Low & Upper Mustang.
  • Transportation of staff & equipment
  • Staff flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara
  • Cargo for trekking goods from Pokhara - Jomsom -Pokhara
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Insurance & clothing for trekking staff. Upper Mustang
  • Airport /hotel/airport transfer
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Transportation by Private A/C Car as per itinerary
  • Welcome Dinner

TRIP COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Helicopter rescue incase needed
  • International airport taxes
  • Tips for staff
  • Laundry, phone calls.
  • Bar bills, Mineral water, Sweety, candy.

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Dates and Price

Tiji Festival, was celebrated from May 03 to May 05 in 2016.
Festival Date for 2017- to be published.

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