Upper Mustang was until recently a separate kingdom, a hidden Trans- Himalayan valley behind the Annapurna’s that still retained its own king. The journey begins with a flight from Pokhara to the airstrip at Jomsom, a mountain trading post/town in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Initially it is relatively easy ride to enter into the restricted region of Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang borders Tibet and it offers Spectacular Mountain and high plain scenery. It also provides the opportunity to visit mystical villages and monasteries. Ride with the yaks in the high meadows and rub shoulders with nomads and the local village people alike, taking in their ancient culture and way of life. Mustang is described as a “cold desert”, ”a moonscape” “a lost kingdom”, however it is described, it is vastly rich in ancient tradition and mythology that fit so neatly into a huge barren landscape similar to the Tibetan plateau. The people of Mustang are of Tibetan origin and their way of life and spoken language reflects this ancestral lineage. The natural picture is one of red fluted hills, cliffs and pinnacles.
We basically Bike up the Kali Gandaki valley with occasional excursions high above the valley walls. Settlements here are scattered with little sign of cultivation between villages, making them somewhat akin to oasis. Our destination is Lo Mangthang, the town stands as a monument to Lo Manthang’s rich history and cultural heritage that flourished because of its prominent position on the major ancient salt trade route from Tibet to Nepal. Maize of gompas (religious shrines) and houses surround the king’s palace all of which is contained within the eight meters high and 700 meters long boundary wall. Along the periphery of the boundary wall are a series of 14 guard towers, built to protect the town from its many envious enemies of the past. Life here is deeply rooted in religion with chorten, Mani walls (in scripted prayer walls) and monasteries in abundance.
A. Itinerary in Detail
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Welcome from the airport and transfer to Hotel. Introductory program and briefing about the trip.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing includes Pashupatinath/Boudhanath/ Swayambhunath.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (Remaining time sightseeing around Pokhara).
Day 04: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (Short acclimatization ride).
Day 05: Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810m) 95% ride able.
Day 06: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) 30% ride and push.
Day 07: Ride to Ghami (3460m) 40% ride.
Day 08: Ride to Lo Manthang (3800m) 90% rides.
Day 09: In Lo Manthang (Sightseeing) 95% rides.
Day 10: Lo Manthang towards the Kora La and return 95% ride.
Day 11: Ride to Dhi overnight homestay in a local Mustang family house 35% ride.
Day 12: Dhi to Luri Gompa to Dhi 35% ride.
Day 13: Ride to Ghami (3460m) 95% ride.
Day 14: Ride to Chele (3050m) 35% ride.
Day 15: Ride to Kagbeni (2810m) 95% ride.
Day 16: Ride to Jomsom (2713m) 100% ride.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara (835m) flight and sightseeing around Pokhara.
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m) Bus or flight.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport. Departure to your onward destination.
Cost: Please contact us for a quote
(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the ground. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote.)
Important Note and Optional Activities
Please note Upper mustang is a restricted area with only a limited amount of tourists allowed in each year. The permit fee for ten days in the region is $500 U.S.