Forbidden Kingdom Mustang of 21 Days

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The historical remote Mustang trek unseals the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world and lying north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal within the Mt. Annapurna-Mt. Daulagiri rain shadow. The fabled Mustang is quintessentially Tibetan in character and to date largely unspoiled and requires special restricted permit to enter the area. This land is where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, and is said to be "barren as a dead deer", but beauty and happiness are abound among the Mustang people in spite of their hardships. Mustang was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's, and the walled city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang, still remains a kingdom, whose early history is mysteriously embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact.

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1350 m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (750 m).
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom- Kagbeni (2800 m).
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3030 m).
Day 06: Trek to Syamboche (3500 m).
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3460 m).
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3490 m).
Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3780 m).
Day 10-11: At and Around Lo Manthang.
Day 12: Trek to Yara (3500 m).
Day 13: At and Around Yara.
Day 14: Trek to Tangya (3320 m).
Day 15: Trek to Tetang (3050 m).
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3798 m).
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2800m).
Day 18: Fly back to Pokhara.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu.

Trip Details - FK90

Activities: Trekking
Total Days: 15 Group Size: 2-15
Activities Level: Moderate
Accommodations:
City hotel = 06 Nights Map plan | Camps = 14 nights on AP Plan
Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu (1350 m).
Our representatives will receive you at the airport with a warm welcome, and immediately drive to your luxurious hotel. Our team will give you an introduction of this city and its historical, religious, and cultural sites of the valley. Upon reaching hotel, you will again be oriented on the trip arrangements and the details of the trek. 
Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Sightseeing mythical Kathmandu Valley is incredible and unforgettable, as it involves being in proximity to many UNESCO World Heritage sites like Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath temple, Pashupatinath temple, and Boudhinath. All day long, you get to be enthralled by the uniqueness of these historical and religious sites. You will be very moved by the depth of ancient art and culture present here in the valley.We also get to visit other cities (Bhaktapur, Kirtipur, and Patan) inside the valley that are equally enriched in cultural and religious sites as the city of Kathmandu. You will be very busy as you go around the valley to capture the magnificence of these religious sites that have been enlisted into UNESCO World Heritage sites. 
Day 03:Fly to Pokhara (750 m).

While our representatives will be busy engaging in obtaining special permits for trek in Mustang region, we will also get busy in our part by carrying on with our sightseeing of another beautiful city of Pokhara. Our flight will be short but very fun-filled as you won’t be able to take your eyes off of spectacular sceneries of mammoth hills and snow-capped high mountain peaks nearing closer and closer to you.  Upon reaching Pokhara, our new team will receive you and drive you to the hotel by the lakeside amidst numerous fancy restaurants and bars. 
Day 04:  Fly to Jomsom (2400 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800 m).

We drive to airport in the early morning to catch the flight to Jomsom. It will be a short flight lasting for about 30 minutes across the Annapurna range and along the gorges of Kali Gandaki.  After landing on the airstrip of Jomsom, we assemble a team, then get our luggage ready, and start out on our trek across river Thakkhola further onto the banks of river Kali Gandaki, which presents us with numerous deepest gorges, and then leads us towards Kagbeni.  There are chances we might come across goups of pilgrims heading towards Muktinath, located right above Kagbeni, where we stay overnight in one of the lodges.
Day 05:  Trek to Chele (3030 m).

Today, we begin by walking through the police check post, where we get our permit approved for restricted area of Mustang. We find a trail to follow that will leads us to the spectacular Marsyangdi river on our right side and then to village of  Tangbe (2990 m), where we have our authentic lunch. Then we continue on our trail that climbs over many ridges as it heads north of Gompa Kang. We catch few sights of some caves on the west bank of the great Kali Gandakiriver on our way through before Mt. Nilgiri looms magnificently before us.  We arrive at Chhuksang (2920 m), a picturesque Gurung village, situated at the confluence of the river NarshingKhola and riverKali Gandaki. Across the river some eroded red 'organ-pipe' cliffs are seen above the inaccessible caves. The trail leaves Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele(3030 m), which makes a remarkable change from typical Manangi culture of the Gurung villages to the strange Tibetan culture of Lo. 
Day 06:  Trek to Syamboche (3500 m).

Today, we start on the trail that climbs steeply to a cairn at 3080m alongside a  magnificent view of Ghyakar,  a small village with numerous terraced fields that spread down the huge canyon, and then leading us to the Pass (3480 m). We descend gradually to Samar (3290m), from where we cherish panoramic views of the majestic snow-capped Annapurna and Nilgiri peaks. The trail ascends to a ridge and then descends to a large gorge and enters into another fabulous valley filled with juniper trees before arriving at the small and lovely village of Syambochen, where we stay overnight in one of the lodges. 
Day 07:Trek to Ghami (3460 m).

We trek back down to Ghami via Lo Gekar, where we visit the monastery of Lo Gekar, which is one of the oldest monasteries of Nepal, even older than the famous SamyeGompa of Tibet. The monastery is scenic in its location, which is between bushes and yellow birches, and spectacular inside because of its unique interior. It was here in this very monastery 'The Pure virtue of Lo' (the first hidden scriptures of Padmasambhava) were found. Guru Padmasambhava hid his teachings all over the Himalayan region during the times of danger to Buddhism, thus making sure that they remained undiscovered. After passing through the Thamar village, the steep trail finally encounters the lovely village of Ghami.
Day 08:  Trek to Tsarang (3490 m).

On this day, we start out early by climbing gently through the fields and up the center of the valley towards the Nyi La (3,950m), which marks the southern boundary of Lo Manthang (the unofficial capital of Mustang). From here, we savor the view of exquisite beauty of Mt. Annapurna range, and Mt. Nilgiri on the south. Then we descend from the pass gently and slowly through the spectacular blue, grey and red cliffs. Along the way, we visit more of the ancient monastery of Tibetan structure and style, and pass through perhaps the longest and the most spectacular stretch of ‘mani wall’ in Nepal before finally arriving at Tsarang, where we find ourselves a lodge to rest and relax. 
Day 09:  Trek to Lo Manthang (3780 m).

At Charang, there is a huge formidable five storey white dzong (Tibetan style fortress) and fabulous red Gompa, with statues and Thanka paintings of Lord Buddha. From Tsarang, the trail descends gradually, crosses a river, and climbs steeply to a ridge before entering another valley. The trail climbs again gradually passing through an awesome desert like landscape painted in every hue of grey and yellow towards a ridge (3850 m). And after a short descend, we arrive in the spectacular plateau of Lo Manthang. 
Day 10-11: At and Around Lo Manthang.

At Lo Manthang, we explore three important sacred Gompas, which were built in the early 15th century, and learn about other vital heritage conservation and education projects.  We ride on a horse to Chussar (here the site of Garphu&Narphugompas are worth visiting) &Thinkarvalleyand also visit King’s summer palace near the Tibet border.  It takes around 2 hours to reach to NamgyalGompa, which is situated on a hilltop and serves as important monastery and a local court for the local folks. We also visit Tingkhar, which, which is a village of around 40 houses, before finally returning to Lo Manthang, where we either could camp overnight or stay in the lodge. 
Day 12:  Trek to Yara (3500 m).

After an expended and memorable visit of historical places in Lo Manthang, we start our journey on a flat path for about 2.30 hours and then gently descending downward. After half an hour of walking down wards, we cross village of Dhie, and thencrossa river on a metallic bridge. It will be quite enjoyable walk by the bank of the river before climbing steeply for about an hour to reach Yara, which will also be our site for camping overnight.a
Day 13: At and Around Yara.

Mostly this day will be our rest day, but we could also keep our activity going by visiting Lori Gompa, which is situated on a giant rock. It will be a nice walk towards Lori Gompa, as the trail towards it is very traditional. After touring the Gompa, we retreat back to Yara and camp for another night. 
Day 14: Trek to Tangya (3320 m).

From Dhie, the trail goes through the river for about 2 hours and crosses a river from the sacred lake of DamodarKunda. There will be no bridge on the river, so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river, the trail climbs up high above a pass of 3850meters through a grassless and treeless bare hill.  After passing through the pass, the trail drops directly down towards the village of Tangbe, which stands at an elevation of 3370m with total houses of about 30. Here in this village, we find peaceful campsites for our overnight stay. 
Day 15:Trek to Tetang (3050 m).

Today, we start out on the trail through a steep ridge of hills enjoying the fine views of wind carved hills, before arriving at Tetangvillage, which is situated between two hills. People of this village find the location to be a safe haven from strong wind gusting through the entire Kali Gandaki valley. We stay overnight in our tented camps in this village of Tetang. 
Day 16:  Trek to Muktinath (3798 m).

We leave the village of Tetang and trek towards Muktinath, which is a very popular center of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus.  Lower of Muktinath in Jharkot, you can see the castle which controlled the salt trade into Tibet via the river Kali Gandaki. Caves on the opposite walls are the remnants of prehistoric settlement. The religious significance of this place is huge as annual pilgrimages in October brings in about 200,000 people, who stay here for about a month, from all across the nation as well as neighboring nation of India and Bhutan. There is a natural gas leak, which emerges through a spring line, and the flame is believed to be the combination of the elements -fire, water and earth. The legend has it that this is where Hindu Lord Vishnu took his physical form, as a snail, in one of his seven incarnations.  Hindus believe that bathing in the “108 boar's head water spouts” of the place brings salvation after death to the pilgrims. We find another serene campsite for our overnight stay in Muktinath.
Day 17:Trek to Jomsom (2800m).

Trail down from Muktinath is smooth and easy. We pass through little tended fields, prominent castle, and clusters of alder and willow trees. Magnificent viewsof Mt. Dhaulagiri accompanies our descent along with views of Mt. Nilgiri and Tukuche peaks. Our path joins the Kali Gandakiriver, which runs through a narrow gorge, and we could encounter some mules and horses used as a freight for carrying decrepit pilgrims into Muktinath along the way before finally reaching Jomsom, which was the point where we started our trip 2 weeks ago. Today will be our last night with our trekking guides, so usually there will be program with dances and singing and other celebration. There will be plenty of comfortable lodges in Jomsom for your last night in the mountainous region. 
Day 18:Fly back to Pokhara.

We take our flight back to Pokhara, and dedicate this day for more relaxation. And the town of Pokharais perfect to help us unwind from the strenuous adventure we took into the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. We could stroll through nice little towns by the lakeside, and could go on for a boating on the serene lake of PhewaTaal, and visit ‘David Falls’, or if time allowsoff to Tibetan Refugee Camp. The evening could be passed relaxing at our lodges looking at the stunning peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Manaslu, and five peaks of Mt. Annapurna. 
Day 19:  Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu.

All the shops from the vibrant streets of Thamel will be waiting for your arrival back in the city. In recent years, the bustling Thamel district has surpassed ‘Freak Street’ as the ultimate mountain trekkers’ gathering place. You will find a maze of small streets filled with restaurants, internet cafes, gift shops, and other stores opened just to cater tourist with the souvenirs and different domestic products Nepal has to offer. 
Day 20:KATHMANDU Valley Sightseeing.

You will have another whole day of sightseeing to continue from where you left on Day 1 and Day 2. We could carry on with our more sightseeing of all the religious sites we might have missed during your first two days here in the city. There might a place you might want to re-visit, and other times you could just want to see more of the heritage sites of historical significance. In the late afternoon, you could go around the town for more shopping and for more discovery of unique culture and tradition of the Kathmandu valley. There will be even more fancy restaurants and bars for you to rest and truly relax for the last time around. 
Day 21:  Departure from Kathmandu.

After hearty breakfast, we drive you to Kathmandu International Airportyou’re your safe flight back home.
Cost Included
All airport transfers.
- Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Luxury Lodges as mentioned as available.
- Luxury North Face Tents.
- Private vehicles.
- Local English Speaking Tour Escort/guide. - All sightseeing with entry fees.- All applicable govt. taxes.
Cost Excluded
All airport transfers.
- Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Luxury Lodges as mentioned as available.
- Luxury North Face Tents.
- Private vehicles.
- Local English Speaking Tour Escort/guide. - All sightseeing with entry fees.- All applicable govt. taxes.
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