Mustang trekking region used to be a protected area once while there was no allowance for tourists to enter the region. In 1992, the government opened the mustang trekking region as one of restricted trekking regions to visit in. This part of the Land, almost ideal to Tibetan landscapes, is also sometimes known as mini-Tibet of Nepal.
The Mustang trekking route lies at the remote part of Mustang district. Mustang district is also known as one of two “districts beyond the Himalayas” in Nepal. The capital of Lo Manthang (3750m) is walled complex with local houses and monasteries which date back to centuries ago. Mustang used to be the Buddhist kingdom of Lo extended to Kaligandaki Gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, one of the world’s deepest gorges. Mustang is an Arid Land with Rocky hills, windy Days, Barren and desert hood Climate which resembles the Tibetan Plateau. Mustang trekking region is always of a top list trekking regions of Nepal. Mustang is one of the two districts beyond the Himalaya in Nepal. Trekking in Mustang offers a unique experience to the trekkers with its almost deserted Land, distinct culture, lifestyle and religion. The people in Mustang are believed to have migrated from Tibet once when there was free border between Nepal and Tibet. Most of the Mustangis follow Buddhist religion which is somewhere influenced by BON culture. The construction of Physical Mustang is influenced by its religion. Housing styles, monasteries, Chortens resemble a part of Tibet having made with stones and Mud Bricks.
People living in Upper mustang are called Bhotias while those living in lower are called Lobas, which are said to have migrated from Lo kingdom. Families living in mustang region are religious in nature, which have many festivals as TIJI festival, the greatest in mustang with big celebrations. To get to the city of Unique culture and art, one may take flight from Pokhara to Jomsom followed by continuous trekking along the almost deserted landscapes.Tingkar, Garfuk, Nifuk, Chele, Chharang are the transit villages along the way. Camping has majorly been an option to accommodate in, whilst recently some of the localities have also started offering guest house services at the comfort of Visitors.
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Free evenings to shop around. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu (1350mtrs.).
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The day drive to Pokhara is wonderful with spectacular views of Rivers, Landscapes, hills, water falls, springs, markets, cities and some settlements. You will see the two big Rivers of Nepal; Trishuli and Marshyangdi which are most favorable for white water rafting in Nepal. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check in the hotel and free evening. Overnight in hotel in Pokhara (850 mtrs.).
Day 03: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni. Jomsom is major transit point of the region renowned for its apples in Nepal. The Thakali village of Jomsom concludes houses of Tibetan style. Spectacular views of Nilgiri Mountain are seen throughout the flight and trek. Overnight in Kagbeni (2900 mtrs.).
Day 04: Trekking from Kagbani to Chele. Trek along the Riverside to reach the village of Tangbe. The typical mustang begins here which is marked by red, white, black chortens. A following trek leads to the village of Chele which resembles you the Tibetan ancient culture. Overnight in the Village of Chele (3200 mtrs.).
Day 05: Trekking from Chele to Ghiling. The first part of the trek starts with a steep climg before you reach Samar. After crossing the River just away Samar, you will reach the most incredible and longest Mani wall of Nepal, which is just awesome. Overnight in Ghiling (3510 mtrs.).
Day 06: Trekking from Ghiling to Charang. The Chharang village is a web of fields, willow trees. The houses here are separated by stone walls. You can also see the Gompa in Chharang village where ther are a lot of collections of Statues and Thangka. Overnight in Chharang (3650 mtrs.).
Day 07: Trekking from Charang to Lo - Manthang. Lo – Mangthang is the capital of Mustang. This is the only place in Nepal where there is still a king. The place is situated within a very tall brick wall. The houses are closely connected to each other and there is narrow passage between them. A number of Temples, Gompas and the Palace influence the incredible art of the place. Overnight in Lo – Manthang (3730 mtrs.).
Day 08: Day in Lo – Manthang. Explore the places around in Lo – Manthang. Overnight.
Day 09: Trek from Lo – Manthang to Ghimi. Start trekking back to Jomsom from Lo – Manthang. From the Marang La. pass just below Lo – Manthang, see the last glimpses of the capital and follow the Kali Gandaki trail to arrive Ghimi for a overnight stay in Ghimi (3690 mtrs.).
Day 10: Trekking from Ghimi to Samar. Retrace the way back to Samar. Overnight.
Day 11: Trekking from Samar to Kagbeni. Retrace the way back to Kagbeni. Overnight.
Day 12: Trekking from Kagbeni to Jomsom. Optionally, you can travel to Muktinath Temple dedicated to Lord Bishnu’s incarnation.
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 14: Sightseeing in Pokhara. The sightseeing with some activities in Pokhara on this day includes Boating in Phewa Lake, visiting the world Peace stupa, visiting the Davi’s falls etc. ovenight in Lakeside enjoying the light reflection in Phewa Lake.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, retrace the way back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing in Kathmandu on this day includes sightseeing in Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square etc.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu, you have free time to shop in Kathmandu for the whole day.
Day 18: Free morning in Kathmandu and drive to the airport for onward flight in the afternoon.