At present Mustang is a very popular trekking region in Nepal. The Home Ministry of Nepal announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of immigration to protect their traditional from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. According to government rule, liaison officer should always accompany with the trekking groups. The region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as "Upper Mustang".
Day 1: Kathmandu - Pokhara. From Kathmandu to Pokhara there are two ways to reach. One is by bus, which are 200 km far from Kathmandu by bus is takes approximately about 6 1/2 hours by tourist bus. The road mostly follows the Trishuli River. Along the drive you see beautiful scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at Pokhara with enough time to enjoy the colorful town of Pokhara. By air it takes you about 3O minute o/n stay in Pokhara.
Day 2: Pokhara - Jomsom. Fly to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang and start trek to Kagbeni and the starting point of the "Upper Mustang". Overnight camping at Kagbeni.
Day 3: Kagbeni - Chele. There is a trail up the bank of the Kaligandaki that climbing over many ridges as over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses fields of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach chhusang dominates the southern skyline at kagbeni continues to loom massive at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village about 1 1/2 hrs trek, and cross the river from there and continue north climbing up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to chele at 3,030 m. The culture changes from the Mustangi Culture the Tibetan culture of Lo from here.
Day 4: Dheling - Geling. The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the speculator steep canyon to pass and cairn to a pass and cairn of rock at 3,540 m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chorines on a ridge, then descend further on a pleasant trail to samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to bridge at 3,800 m and descend to Geling.
Day 5: Celing - Charang. From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on your trek NYI LA and descend below the blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu (River). Then climbs past what so perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3,600 m. The route makes a long gentle descent to charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thakas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha's.
Day 8: Charang - Lo-Manthang. The Trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the charang -Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a climb on a ridge and continues to climb, finally from a ridge at 3,850 m. There is a view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up in to the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
Day 7: Lo-Manthang. There are four major places and several other places like the Tall champa lakhang "God house". The red thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. An another attraction is the four -story building of Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Having seen one, you are excited to see the others.
Day 8: Lo-Manthang. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other valleys worth visiting. The western valley Thingkhar, The sight of Raja's summer palace, Kimling and phuwa as well as the Gompa of Nangyals "The monastery of victory" is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. The eastern valley contains chosar, the site of a High school, Garphu and Nyphu Gompa and is the main trading route to Lhasa.
Day 9: Lo-Manthang - Ghani via Gekar. This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass make by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys and across a ridge at 4,070 m then descends across to the south through two more valley meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older then samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa in Nepal. Then crosses a ridge after a little climbing and drops down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends along the side of the stone walls and fields of extensive villages, then climbs to a ridge. it is a short descent to Ghami.
Day 10: Ghami - Samar. From Ghimi climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar through the same route.
Day 11: Return trek to Kagbani.
Day 12: Return trek to Jomsom.
Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara. Fly to pokhara lakeside village site, "Front row center" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" Mountain peak of Machapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You're free in Pokhara valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place like a boating in fewa Lake over looking of Annapurna Range, David falls, Mahendra cave and some Temples. Evening you are free to explore the colorful town/N in Pokhara.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu. End of the tour.
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