This trek is the most popular and fascinating
trek in Nepal. The HMG of Nepal gave permission to the trekkers
in 1991 under strict control on obtaining a special permit
for this region. The strictness is enforced to protect the
tradition as well as the environment of this region. So, limited
numbers of Tourist are allowed to visit this area. Therefore
Mustang area is able to protect its own typical Tibetan culture.
The main attraction of this trek is Lo Manthang. It's the
capital of Mustang and the people of Lo Manthang are known
Day 01: Fly to Jomsom from
About 30 minutes flight from Pokhara. Upon arrival at Jomsom,
meet the crew & set for the first day's walk towards Mustang.
The trail to Jomsom to Kagbeni is other worldly experience
& through the Kaligandaki River Bank. Now the landscape
changes into barren, the wind blows very heavily. After 3
hours walk you reach to Kagbeni for the night halt.
Day 02: Kagbeni-Chusang 2850m.
The trail widens significantly an endless stretch of sand,
pebbles and bounders. Vegetation is almost non- - existent
except for small shrubs and thorn bushes. The Kaligandaki
canyon is awe-inspiring. However, the trail is kept lively
with several passing mule trains and horsemen bearing wares
from after. This day is uphill, quite steep at times up to
the little village of Tangbe 2900m where we stop for lunch.
Then after the path flattens out up to Chusang a fairly large
settlement inhabited mostly by a mixed ethnic group of Gurungs,
Thakalis and some families from the land of Lo. There is a
small Buddhist Gompa constructed out of stone and mud across
the river, which can only be reached during the colder months
when water is low. By itself Chusang is a very interesting
village with narrow covered alleys running through the center.
Day 03: Chusang-Samar (3050 M) 4 hrs
Having entered this long and secluded valley one feels also
a distinct change, not only to topography but there is a world
of difference in culture, lifestyle and landscape. Settlements
are more scattered, smaller and basic. The people of Lo or
Mustang practice agriculture but because of the lack of the
rain and fertile soil, cultivation is in sheltered plots of
land making the landscape of a pattern of brown with scattered
patches of shaded greens. A little ahead of Chusang we cross
a small bridge across the Mustang Khola River, across which
is colorful little village called Chaili. The trail then veers
northwest along steep lines right up to the village of Samar,
out campsite, making it a tough four hours walk. Samar is
a very old and small village situated amongst a grove of trees
with a stream running through the middle.
Day 04: Samar-Gelling (3720 m) 5 hrs
As in all desert lands, settlements in Mustang are in oasis
village most houses are constructed out of mud and stones
with roof cast out of twins, straw and a mixture of mud and
pebbles. The trail descends crossing couple of mountain streams
followed by a fairly flat stretch of two hours before we arrive
into a wide valley. The Gelling village is located an hour
walk away to the right of the main trail and in a valley between
two hills. North of the village lies a Buddhist Gompa, which,
though new contains exquisite wall paintings.
Day 05: Gelling-Charang
(3520 m) 5 hrs
The days walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang.
Much of one's energy is spent negotiating loose dry soil that
give way every times you walk uphill, making it seem tiresome
infertile at times. However, the magnificent views of the
countryside the gentle contours of the north in contrast to
the rugged mountain canyons in the east and west are the source
in inspiration to walk on. A total walk of five good hours
brings us to Charang, a large spread out village inhabited
totally by the people of Lo who are of Tibetan origin. The
old monastery and the adjoining Gompa are said to be some
500 years old and contain some of the finest religious wall
paintings in the world.
Day 06: Charang-Lo Manthang (3760 M) 4 hrs
We spend part of this morning exploring this interesting village
and its large old monastery. We then go a bit out of the way
to see Dhakmar, a small-secluded village. Today's walk is
only for 4 hrs. But mostly uphill and then the trail flattens
out till Lo Manthang, then capital of Mustang consisting of
over two hundred houses. The entire village is walled and
painted earth brown and white.
Day 07: Lo Manthang
Today is the day to explore Lo Manthang. Visit the King's
Palace & the surroundings of Lo Manthang as well as the
monasteries over there.
Day 08: Lo Manthang-Lo Geker. 5 hrs
Today the trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn,
offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours
across the head of a valley and crosses another ridge, then
drop into another large desolate valley. After ascending to
the valley floor, the route heads to the right, up the center
of the valley to it head. Cross a ridge at 4070 meters &
traverses across the heads of two more valleys to an indistinct
pass. Cross the pass to some meadows & a stream. The trail
then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy
valley where LO Geker is situated in a grove of large trees
alongside a stream. Visit the Lo Geker Monastery, one of the
oldest gompas in Nepal that is still active built between
775 and 787.
Day 09: Lo Geker-Ghami (3550 m) 4 hrs
Climb to a ridge the across a valley to cairn and a pass 200
meters above Lo Geker. The route crosses some alpine meadows
to a crest, and then drops down a steep eroded gully to the
upper part of the village of Tahmar "Red Crag".
A large stream meanders through this village, making this
a particularly pretty valley. Most of the surrounding hills
are pastel shades of Grey & yellow, but a huge red fluted
cliff provides a dramatic contrast. The trail descends alongside
the stone walls and fields of the extensive village, then
climbs to a ridge. It is a short descent to Ghami at 3550
meters. Ghami is a large village of whitewashed houses situated
above hectares and hectares of fields. Visit the Gompa in
Day 10: Ghami-Samar. 6 hrs
From Ghami, follow the direct route to the Nyi La, climbing
to a cairn on a ridge and then contouring upwards to meet
the trail from Charang. Continue to the pass and descend steeply
into the Gelling to an isolated teahouse and descends gently
to the three houses of Tama Gung. A steep set of switchback
leads to a stream, then the trail climbs to a huge painted
chorten. The trail rejoins the Gelling trail near the ridge,
just below a chorten and the remainder of the days is on already
traveled trails to Samar.
Day 11: Samar-Kagbeni. 6 hrs-Jomsom. 3 hrs
Today is the same way that you already had. The trail passes
through Chusang & other major villages like Tangbe. After
Tangbe the trail still continues through the bank of Kaligandaki
River as well as the windy landscapes & reaches to Kagbeni.
Day 12: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara.