Day 1; 14th October 2018: Arrival in Kathmandu
The trip begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. One of the company representatives will come to welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in our private van.
Day 2: Permits procedure and afternoon flight to Pokhara
As Upper Mustang is a restricted area to foreigners, you will require the permit to pass through the checkpoint. After acquiring the permits, you drive to the airport and take the afternoon flight to Pokhara. It will be a 20-minute flight to Pokhara where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas such as Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna massif, and Dhaulagiri massif. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 3: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and trek to Kagbeni 2800m,3-4 hours
Today, you leave Pokhara and take an exciting flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is famous for its strong winds and breathtaking landscape. After some rest in Jomsom, the trek begins with the walk on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River. The trail is mostly flat and filled with uneven rocks and sand. You can view the peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Nilgiri (7061m) ranges on the way to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a traditional town with narrow alleyways and ruins of the ancient fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 4: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3100m, 5-6 hours
After getting the permits checked in Kagbeni, you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail follows on the eastern bank of Kali Gandaki River and you will walk mostly on sand. You can see some caves on the western side of the river. You arrive at the Gurung village of Tangbe where you will have lunch. Tangbe has red and whitewashed houses. Then, you cross Kali Gandaki River and climb up the steep trail to reach Chele. Chele is a small settlement from where you can overlook the beautiful valley. Overnight in Chele.
Day 5: Trek from Chele to Syangboche 3600m via Rachung Cave, 6-7 hours
Today’s trek is difficult as it involves some steep climbs and descents. You will cross the Taklam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735m), and descend on a pleasant trail to Samar. About two hours from Samar is Rachung Cave. It is a cave which looks as if it has been stuck on the vertical wall. The trail goes through a forest of green bushes and small trees. You then cross a river and descend along a ridge to reach Syangboche. Overnight in Syangboche.
Day 6: Trek from Shyangbochen to Dhakmar 3820m, 5-6 hours
In the morning, you climb up to a small pass from where you can see the Ghiling valley spreading out in front of you. Then, you walk through Ghiling village and cross Nyi La Pass (4010m). You continue the trek further and pass the longest Mani wall in Mustang. After crossing a stream, you walk through the terraced fields and arrive in Dhakmar. Overnight in Dhakmar.
Day 7: Trek from Dhakmar to Lo-Manthang 3810m via Ghar Gompa, 6-7 hours
After breakfast, you leave Dhakmar and ascend a steep crumbled gully and cross some alpine meadows. You climb a ridge and keep descending until you reach Ghar Gompa. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Mustang, which was built by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century. After Ghar Gompa, the trail descends to a wooden bridge over Charang Khola. Then, you climb up and keep walking until you arrive at a ridge in Marang. After having lunch here, you cross Marang-La Pass (4230m) and descend to a small ridge. You follow the crisscrossed trail and arrive at the walled capital of Lo-Manthang. Overnight in Lo.
Day 8: Exploration Day to Chhosar village and caves, 6-7 hours
Today, you head for the mysterious Chhosar village. If you wish, you can ride horses or ponies to get to Chhosar from Lo-Manthang. You explore Niphu Monastery and ancient caves which are about 2500 years old. Jhong Cave is the largest man-made the cave in Upper Mustang. It is fascinating as it is five stories high and has more than 40 rooms. These caves hold the secrets from the past centuries as they are decorated with Buddhist murals and Tibetan scripts on ancient parchments held by worn wooden covers. You return back to Lo-Manthang in the afternoon and explore the palaces and fortress of the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo. Overnight in Lo.
Day 9: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m, 6-7 hours
You leave the beautiful village of Lo-Manthang and move to Yara. First, you ascend gently until you reach Dhi La Pass (3950m). It will take an hour to reach here. Then, you make a steep descent and pass a canyon to reach Dhi village. Walking down along the colored canyon, you arrive in Yara. Overnight in Yara.
Day 10: Hike to Luri Cave Monastery 4-5 hours
Following the river route, you hike to Luri Cave Monastery. It is set on a ledge at least a 100m from the ground. The winding footpath from the bottom of the valley will take you to a single entrance which leads into two chambers; the outer chamber and the inner chamber. The outer chamber is a shrine whereas the inner chamber is decorated with a series of paintings. These paintings are believed to be made during the 14th century or even earlier. After exploring these chambers, you retrace your steps back to Yara. Overnight in Yara.
Day 11: Trek from Yara to Tangge 3240m, 6-7 hours
It will be a long and difficult trek today. First, you make a steep ascent and then the trail continues downside to Dhechyang Khola. You will find Shaligrams (fossilized black rock collected in the riverbeds) all around the place. The trail then steeply ascends and takes you to the top of a small pass. Then, you cross a large plateau and reach Tangge village. Overnight in Tangge.
Day 12: Trek from Tangge to Chhusang 2980m,8-9 hours
You start the trek to Chhusang early in the morning. First, you cross a suspension bridge and follow the short river route. Then, it will be a climb for around 3 hours. After reaching Pa (shelter house), you take a short break around the small water spring and have lunch. Then, you cross many small passes and reach the top of a ridge. Encountering the strong winds, you steeply descend to reach Chhusang village. Overnight in Chhusang.
Day 13: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2720m 5-6 hours
It is the last day of trekking as you head back to Jomsom. You follow the same way from which you came to Upper Mustang. After the climb, over the rocky trail to Tangbe, you descend to Kali Gandaki riverbed. You walk along the banks of Kali Gandaki River and reach Kagbeni. After having lunch in Kagbeni, you follow the motor trail and arrive in Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
It will be an early morning flight back to Pokhara. The view is absolutely amazing as you pass over the mountains and the gorge of Kali Gandaki River. In the evening, you can enjoy the lakeside or visit the pubs and local bars in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15: Reserve Day for flight delay/cancellation and the afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
It is a reserve day for flight delay/cancellation, so you can get a quick tour of Pokhara before heading back to Kathmandu. Phewa Lake is one of the most preferred tourist sites as you can do boating there or just relax at the beach. You can also visit the World Peace Pagoda or go for paragliding. Then, you take the afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, our company representative will accompany you to the airport to connect you with your scheduled flight back home.
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