You take a morning flight for Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. Then after trek to Kagbeni, a sacred place for Hindu pilgrims, along the serpentine Kali Gandaki valley. The trail is wide along the sandy riverbed filled with saligrams. This trek provides spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Annapurna massifs.
Kagbeni is a beautiful village lies a top a cliff overlooking the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola rivers. It is the last village in Lower Mustang. This ancient settlement is like an oasis amidst rocky arid mountains. Get a chance to explore and enjoy its narrow alleys, irrigation canals, green patches of wheat, barley and recently-restored gompa. Kagbeni is the entry point for Upper Mustang, the forbidden kingdom historic region of the Himalayan nation. After the security check, move forward for Lo Monthang in Upper Mustang.
Lo Monthang is the walled city with a single entrance through which only the king is allowed to ride but all others have to walk. There are about 150 households along with some important Tibetan Buddhist gompas within the walls of Lo Manthang.
The king, Lo Gyelbu, Jigme Palbar Bista resides in his four-storied mud palace. Bista is an avid horseman keeping his own stable. Some of his horses are the best in Mustang. One should be careful from the attack of his Tibetan mastiffs. The king is just titular now but he is well respected and loved in the region. In the 1380s, Ame Pal established his reign in Lo with its capital in the walled city of Lo Monthang.
NB: If you have an extra 2 days’ time and are interested in a more unique perspective on the Upper Mustang following the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki valley going through Yara, Ghara & Tange. Please do let us know, we will customize an itinerary for you depend on your interest and timeframe.
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Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Traditional welcome by our airport representative. Your guide briefs about your further programme. Typical Nepali dinner served in the evening.
You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
After breakfast in hotel you will drive to airport for a breathtaking mountain flight to Pokhara. Pokhara, known as Lake City, is a beautiful place and one of the most attractive destinations in Nepal. Flight to Pokhara offers stunning views of the Himalaya. One can see Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri among other peaks. Free afternoon to explore the extraordinary city.
You will take spectacular 15-minute morning flight to Jomsom between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri missives. Jomsom lies on the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. It is on the base of Niligiri Himal. We will meet our crew there and have tea break before starting three hours trek to Kagbeni, an ancient village which is the gateway of Upper Mustang.
Note: This flight is really depend on wind and weather, incase flight cancelled, we take a private 4WD jeep to drive to Kagbeni. It’s a long day drive in an uncomfortable road.
You will enter Mustang along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki river over a series of small ridges. One can see Kang Gompa, a center of the Nyingmapa, across the river. At Tangbe you will see distinct black, red and white chortens that characterize upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses has an fascinating pattern of alleys. The settlement is surrounded by green fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat interspersed with apple orchards. You will cross the river and ascend to Chele village.
Today’s trail is characterized by the crossing of a series of spurs, tremendous canyons and sky caves called Ramchung cave that date back to 3,000 years. This day’s trek is comparatively more difficult as we need to cross two passes throughout the day- Taklam la pass (3624) and Dajori La pass (3735 m). However, there is no issue of acclimatization in such altitude. One can take his/her time and enjoy the walk.
Today’s trek to Nyi La (pass) marks avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley. The pass at an altitude of 3850m is the highest point of the trek. You will descend to the Qumona Khola and pass a amazing series of mani walls to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red gompa.
You will leave the Charang Khola and ascend the ridge up to 3800m from where you first view the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to the stream and climbs onto the plateau where the the city is situated. The only gate is in the north-east corner. The white washed walls enclose around 150 houses, gompas and a palace.
The whole day is to explore this outstanding historical and cultural center. You will visit four major gompas during the stay. The palace is the house of the king and his queen. Although the king is titular now but he helps people to resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating and offers innumerable opportunities to observe rich Tibetan culture.
Another free day to explore the fascinating city of Lo manthang. You explore this beautiful village where Lamas are living. You will visit different cultural and heritage centres. One can hire horses to visit these valleys. Another major attraction in Lo Mangthang is the four-storey palace. You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and spectacular view of the Himalayas.
You start today’s trek soon after breakfast. You will leave Lo Manthang and move further. You have a choice of trails today. No need to back-track through the same trail. Climbing the ridge, you will have your last view of the walled city before you descend the valley towards Ghami. On the way we will visit oldest Monastery Called Logekar or Ghar Gompa. It will take 7-8 hours to reach Drakmar, a beautiful village surrounded by red cliffs and amazing landscape for overnight.
You will continue down the valley and rejoin the trail that you used to enter Mustang for about 2 hrs then we take a new trail again. Furthermore walking through the rural village you will reach Ghiling.
We take an upper route and enjoy the scenery. We trek through various small village and enjoy our last day of Upper Mustang trek.
Today is your last day with the trekking crew. After a morning walk you will reach Jomsom. Tonight you will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and review your journey.
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 you as you retrace the valley which you trekked 2 weeks ago. At Pokhara you will board another aircraft for another spectacular mountain flight, this time along the face of the Himalaya past the Annapurna, Manaslu,Ganesh and Langtang ranges. On arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to the hotel.
It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before setting for the airport.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Mar 14 2019
We decided to chose a local company on our second visit to Nepal. We were impressed with the social responsibility that this company demonstrates by not using bottled water and also their charity work providing meals in schools, providing dental care and clean drinking water.Our initial plan was to trek to Upper Mustang but unfortunately the amount of snow in late February prevented us from completing our initial plan. Shreehari and our guide, Birman came up with an alternative trekking plan which was still challenging and would give us the opportunity to see at least some of the Mustang area. They were also very honest about the reduction in costs that resulted from the different itinerary and provided a full refund for the difference.Our guide, Birman was very good at finding tea houses which had an ensuite bathroom. Out of all the places we stayed only one teahouse had shared toilet facilities.Birman made sure that we had enough water to drink and it was clear that safety of his clients was his top priority.The porters (Bikash & Sange) did an excellent job and we felt part of a family as we trekked out of Jomson and back in to Pokhara.I would highly recommend this local company and would definitely travel with them again on our next visit to Nepal.
Aug 16 2017
I have recently completed my second trek with TTG. This latest trip was beyond the Annapurna mountains to the Kingdom of Mustang. The trip was a proper adventure! My guide and I went up the Kali Gandaki river from the village of Kagbeni to the fabled city of Lo Manthang.
The trek took us through the amazing desert scenery of this high Himalayan kingdom. It is a very different region to the very nearby Annapurna Circuit which is more alpine in its feeling. Upper Mustang is a small desert kingdom hemmed in by the Himalayas. The trekking takes you through a region that few people visit and is wildly remote (for now).
We trekked around the sides of enormous mountains, through gorges with fast flowing rivers and over high passes (the highest is only 4100m) through this fascinating land. We visited lesser known parts of the kingdom including the Dhakmar with its blood red cliffs that glow brightly in the sun and the Gar Gompa which is an ancient Tibetan temple surrounded by chortens in a fantastical landscape of mountains.
We stayed in small guesthouses along the way which was a great way of meeting the locals and seeing how they live.
Trekking Team Group is a fantastic Nepalese trekking company based in Kathmandu. They ensure that your trekking holiday is both exciting and highly memorable. Your itinerary is as flexible as you need it to be so if you want to change your route or the duration of stay in a particular location then that's no problem.
Jun 04 2017
We decided visit Upper Mustang especially Tenji festival.
Trekking Team Group prepared program of this trip, we visited every interesting places, our guide Bir knows many facts about Mustang, local people and history. When we decided a little bit change program, everything was possible.
We can recommended Trekking Team Group - trip was fantastic, people form Trekking Team Group are very friendly and helpful, they are professionals.
Jul 06 2016
Trekking Team Group organized our trek to Mustang last month. Originally we had thought about Annapurna but switched over to Mustang as it would be less affected by monsoon. Turned out we made a right decision.Shree and his company offer first class support. Lakpa, our guide, was very helpful and a right man to do the job. Flights, hotels and staff service - all top notch. Definitely recommended.
Feb 13 2015
I did trek to Upper Mustang with Trekking Team Group and I strongly recommend this agency to anyone, who is looking for reliable and professional partner in Nepal. TTG also made my arrangements for the trip to Tibet. Everything was just going perfectly. Manager Shreehari is very hands-on and also very kind. It's a joy to deal with TTG.
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
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The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.