The highlight of this trek involves 16th-century monasteries remain active, adorned with unrivaled frescoes.
The highlight of this trek involves 16th-century monasteries remain active, adorned with unrivaled frescoes. Mustang is the land of Barley field’s pastures for grazing herds. The trail above Kali Gandaki River tantalized a generation of trekkers. Mustang is considered a restricted area, and there are some government formalities like obtaining a special permit. The major attraction of this trek is Lo Manthang, the impressive walled capital. Above Lo Manthang is Tibet and our excursion takes near to Tibet territory.
Early morning breakfast and transferred to airport for Jomsom flight. On landing in Jomsom our trekking staffs will meet you at the airport and after some formalities at Jomsom, we leave Jomsom, on the trail
It is interesting to look for the famous black stones which contain the Kali Gandaki famous sea fossils (40 million years old). Kagbeni is a surprising stronghold village closing the Mustang valley. Camp nearby. 3 hours walk.
Our onward journey enters the restricted area of Mustang, we stop by the check post to submit our permit and allowed to step toward Mustang region. Our walk by the bank of Kali Gandaki, with several ups & down trail, paddy fields for about 3 hours we reach Tangbe, the first Mustang small village having a medieval atmosphere. The eight chortens are connected to each other, which is an unusual sight. After Tangbe, its about 1 hour walk upward we come to Chhuksang village, our campsite place. Near Chhuksang the Narshinga Khola meets Kali Gandaki and other side of Kali Gandaki stands eroded cliff with number of caves are found where people used to live, the caves are found along the river side erected about tens of meters high and people still wonder why it is made so high. 6 hours walk
We have to go along the Kali Gandaki, called now the Mustang Khola, we cross the iron bridge and make a steep ascent onto the terrace ahead to reach Chele (3050 m). The village is clean, very inward looking and perched on a place which allows the checking of all the valley movements. We already can feel the change of ethnic groups and customs. Then the trail after Chele is desolate desert, climb the unstable pebble and come up on a small plateau, closed by a surprising bottleneck of stone penitents. After a view of Gyagar village, a wall-surrounded village we pass through small pass (3530 m), continue the trail is through gentle mountain flank and little downward and come to Samar village, surrounded by poplar grove, a good irrigation system and friendly people. Campsite near the village. 4.30 hours walk.
The trail climbs above Samar village on the ridge and crossing many valleys by going up and down many times. After crossing few hamlets, namely Bhena & Yamdo, a long ascent starts to Baga La pass (3870 m) which is pilled by stones. We descend, pass the valley, here we will find a holy cave fervently venerated by the inhabitants (especially a Chorten shaped stalactite). Way up across another canyon, spectacular too, till Shyangmochen (3700m) where we rejoin the main trail. After crossing another short pass (3860m) and descend the path, crossing a stream, move along the stone walls in the farm field we finally come to small village of Geling (3520m). Geling village have houses scattered in wide area where as almost all the villages in Mustang are close by, this is the difference of Geling village, where we have our camp today. 3.30 hours walk.
We start with climbing gentle slope and after a while an ascent come to the pass Nyi La (3950 m), the highest pass of the course and again enter the center of Mustang , also called the Lo region. We continue walking down and around the valley to reach village Ghami (3520 m). From Ghami we cross the river and start a steep ascent about 45 minutes and walking straight for about 2. hours, reach to Dhakmar. Specialty of this place is for having long standing cliff with red colors, it is an eye catching spot for the day as we camp for the night here. 5 hours walk.
A steep ascent to the Lo Gekar monastery, we visit of 11th century ancient monastery
The trail goes on more easily till the Tsarang big village, where we camp. Village is overlooking monastery. Around that village there are numeral remarkable points we can visit too, such as the big chorten at the beginning way from Gemi.
On the way out of Tsarang we pass nearby a turbine which once provided electricity to the village. Several mills work on that torrent and a big chorten marks the way out of the village. Many troglodytes’ settlements are towering us. A dry valley, which progressively becomes greener, leads us to a pass where prayer flags are flapping at 3870m. We overlook the Lo Manthang valley. There is a short walking hour for arriving below the Mustang capital walls. The place has two gates: the main one on the north, the second one, unobtrusive and discreet, on the south. Camp outside the place. 4 hours walk.
Visit by horse or jeep to Chussar (here the sites of high school and Garphu & Narphu gompas are wroth visiting) & Thinkar valley, King’s summer palace, near to Tibet border. It’s a day tour and back to Lo Manthang. Whatever the mood of the authorities, there are numeral hikes around Lo Manthang, amidst barley, mustard and buckwheat fields.
After an expended and memorable visit of such historical places in Lo Manthang, we start our walk today with an easy start. We walk in the flat path for about 2.30 hours without any strenuous trail and then lately gentle descending downward. But, before reaching Die village it’s a steep down walk for half an hour and we reach Die village. After crossing Dhie village we come to cross the river on a metallic bridge and also enjoy walking on the bank of the river. Now we have a steep climb up for about an hour and some gentle steep walk before coming to Yara. Today’s walk would be a 6.30hours walk.
As a rest day at Yara, we should not miss to visit Lori Gompa. We ascend toward Gangra village and than to Lori – Gompa. It is also considered a traditional trail. The gompa is situated in a rock. After having a time to explore Lori Gompa , we retreat back to Yara again for the night stop.
At first the trail drops to the Ghechang Khola at around 3350m, then again goes up till 3800m before dropping again! Camp site near Tange. Visit of that remote village with a remarkable architecture, especially its wonderful chortens line. 6 hours walk
Long & tough walk today!! Firstly a horizontal trail till the torrent, then it steeply rises to 4100m about 4 hrs and then flat and almost descending down. A great moment of that trekking amidst a titanic atmosphere. 9 hrs hours walk.