A highlight of Mustang Festival trekking is to visit the Lo Manthang Palace where the King of Mustang rule over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. There aged old monastery, caves in Mustang trekking. A good heat condition is required for Mustang trek. There are not well developed tea house lodges along the trail, but now can do lodged to lodged based tea house trekking if you don’t mind to stay on basic guest house on some places.
Explore the long forbidden ‘Tibetan Kingdom of Mustang. The Kingdom of Mustang preserves some of the last vestiges of traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, it is open to only a few select trekking groups each season. The trek follows established trails through substantial villages that once served a thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking, a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks.
A restricted Mustang trekking permit and ACAP permit is required for this Mustang trekking. Good trekking equipment is recommended. Here is Mustang festival trekking itinerary, please kindly check it and let us know if you have any suggestion and inquiry for this trekking.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
You will be met by a representative of our and transferred to hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the afternoon.
Day 2: Kathmandu Day Tour
Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Kathmandu day tour takes you Kathmandu’s world heritage sites –Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu durbar square.
Day 3: Kathmandu Pokhara
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal second largest town.
Day 4: Pokhara Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni.
Fly to Jomsom (2713m) treks to Kagbeni (2810m, 3hrs). This morning we take a spectacular flight to Jomsom where we will meet our trekking crew. A half day walk brings us to Kagbeni, an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang. To pass beyond this point you need a special Mustang permit. We will meet our liaison officer and the crew will prepare for tomorrow crossing into Mustang.
Day 5: Trek to Chele (3030m, 6hrs).
We enter Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. Across the river we can see Kang Gompa, a centre of the Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We cross to the east bank of the river and ascend to the village of Chele. Immediately, the strong influence of Tibetan culture of Lo is evident with the decoration of the houses.
Day 6: Trek to Geiling (3440m, 6-7hrs).
The trail today is characterized by the crossing of a series of large spurs. At the top of each are chortens and an excellent view of this harsh but beautiful countryside. The valleys that dissect the trail have cool streams and juniper trees to enable us to relax for a while. These passes are at altitudes of up to 3800m. These altitudes should not present any acclimatization issues, so we just take our time and enjoy the walk.
Day 7: Trek to Charang (3490m, 7hrs).
Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail as we head to Nyi La (pass). At 3850m this is the highest point of the trek thus far and the southern boundary of Lo. We descend to the Qumona Khola and pass a spectacular series of Mani walls to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red gompa.
Day 8: Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m, 4hrs)
We leave the Charang Khola and climb the ridge to 3800m for our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the city is situated. The only gate is in the north east corner and we make our way to the entrance. The white washed walls enclose around 150 homes, Gompas and a palace.
Days 9/10: At Lo Manthang.
We have allowed two full days to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja and his rani (queen). Although the raja function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture.
Day 11: Trek to Ghermi, walk approx. 7-8hrs.
Reluctantly we depart Lo Manthang and head south. We have a choice of trails today and are not forced to back-track on the same trail. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghermi.
Day 12: Trek to Samar, walk approx. 6hrs.
We continue down the valley and rejoin the trail that we used to enter Mustang.
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni, walk approx. 5-6hrs.
Our last day in Mustang as we retrace our trail along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom, walk approx. 2/3 hrs.
This will be our last day with the trek crew. After a morning walk we reach Jomsom. Tonight we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara.
This is a fantastic way to conclude our journey. The spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki that defies description. The huge mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges tower above us as we retrace the valley we trekked 2 weeks ago.
Day 16: Kathmandu Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu we have a spectacular mountain flight, this time along the face of the Himalaya past the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang ranges. On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to the hotel.
Day 17: Trip concludes in Kathmandu
Final transfer to Kathmandu airport to catch your onwards flight.