Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region.
The trek to Lo-Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. In places the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal's oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses.
Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The fabled medievalwall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom it's full of culture and religious heritage. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel Yak & Yeti.
Flight to Pokhara. Accommodation in Hotel
Fly to Jomsom (2,720m). Start the trek to Kagbeni (2800m) - the gateway to the forbidden kingdom (moving jeep). Going to Chusanga (2980m). Following the ancient trans-Himalayan way the salt. Night at the lodges.
Going to Samara (3620m). Transition is accompanied by stunning views of the mountain range, which is dominated by snow-capped peaks of the Nilgiri (6940m) and Tilicho (7,134m), from which it is impossible to take your eyes at sunset. Night at the lodges.>
Transition in Ghislenghien (3570m). Today, to be the most loaded, but the most beautiful part of the route. Overcoming discharges and climbs we open green fields and valleys of mountain rivers. Pass through the gorge to the next valley, pass 3540m and descend into the gorge to the next ascent to the pass of 3800m in the village rested Syangboche, climb on the last pass and down to the Ghislenghien the nigh
Transition to Tsarang (3560m). Gentle ascent to the pass Nui La (3780m), descent into the valley of the river Tangmar Chu, then the longest climb on the next pass (3600m) and descend to spend the night in Tsarang - the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lo. There are unique five-story white Dzong (fortress) and the Red Gompa (monastery) where available collection of ancient Buddha statues and the tank.
Going to Lo Monthang (3809m). Descent into the valley, climb to the 3850m pass., Which offers a fantastic view of the first city-kingdom of Lo, surrounded by white, blue and red mountain ranges. Descent into the valley and climb to the plateau Lo Manthang 3730 sq. people with the ancient town surrounded by ramparts, unchanged for centuries. The visit to the King (optional) and a museum of Tibetan medicine.
Day at Lo Monthang. Visiting monasteries Luo ancient Buddhist statues and shrines, talk with llamas.
Track Lo Manthang - Gami (3520m). From the pass, 3870 m open last view of the capital of the mystical kingdom. Descent into the valley to the Gompa Lo Gekar - an ancient monastery in Nepal. Further down the ridge to Gami. Night at the lodges.
Trek over Nha La (4010m) to Samara (3620m). Return on that route.
Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) along the ancient river Kali Gandaki. Cross the borders of the Kingdom of Lo. Night in the guest-house.
Transfer by jeep to Muktinath (3760m). Muktinath - a shrine of Buddhism and Hinduism. Many pilgrims flock here to worship the golden statue of Muktinath, Guru Padmasambhava, "burning" in the water and washed 108mi holy sources. Here they can feel all five elements of the universe together in their natural form - water, fire, earth, air and ether. Return to Jomsom by jeep. Night in the guest-house.
Schedule Flight Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport. Fly home.