Mustang and Bhutan Tour 2018

Upper Mustang has managed to attract many trekkers to this hidden, mystical district. The less trodden path with less traffic and more to explore is what makes this trail a unique and highly adopted route for trekking. A permit of 500 US Dollars, valid for 10 days, is the prerequisite of this amazing journey. The remnants of this formerly independent kingdom, known as the Kingdom of Lo, and the tales about Mustang controlling the trade between the Himalayas and India is what will fascinate anyone who wishes to walk across it. Arid, dry but equally beautiful, this district provides an amalgamation of unique ancestry, topographical beauty, variety in tradition and amazing culture all in one.The commencement of this trek is by a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. From Jomsom, the trail passes alongside the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki and finally reaches Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the starting point of the Upper Mustang region. Ascending upwards, the Lo La Pass (3950 m) with the stunning view of the Lo Manthang is seen. All along the route, various villages with its ethnic populations and their style of living will fascinate trekkers. 

Lo Manthang is the former capital of the Lo Kingdom and the major attraction of the Upper Mustang Trek. A huge town wall guards it against unwanted prying eyes, and this beautiful town can be reached by descending downwards from the Lo La Pass. Upon passing through the town gate, the town gives an option of many monasteries to visit, various archaeological delights to explore and exudes a sense of harmony and peace. The oldest gompa, the ThugchenGappa, the palace of the former King, the residence of the Tibetan doctor amchi etc. are certainly worth visiting. The return trek can include a passage through Dhamkar, along with various passes and monasteries.The Upper Mustang trek takes trekkers through slate made houses, brightly colored prayer flags and beautiful arid valleys into the depths of the former kingdom, still evident in the region. For a trekker with an interest in the history of Nepal, this trek is a must. 

 

01 Day

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264 ft.)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from the company. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc.) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Trail Finder display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check-in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

Included meal: Dinner (D) 

02 Day

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m/2700 ft) 6 hours drive

Early morning at around 7 am, you will set off for Pokhara on private transport. Enroute you will see more of the countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. In afternoon, you will reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is the city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. You can explore the most accessible and beautiful Fewa Lake during the afternoon and enjoy boating too. You can explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours.

Overnight in Pokhara. (B) 

03Day

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom, Trek to Kagbeni (2858 M, 9375 ft), 3 to 4 hours 

After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000 meters such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village in the Kali Gandaki area linking the age-old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards, it is very windy in the afternoon. You will continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reach Ekley-Bhatti village. After a good stop over here, an hour of the easy walk will take you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age-old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributary, KakKhola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. (B, L, D) 

04Day

Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele (3050M, 10004 ft), 5 to 6 hours

Your journey starts with a special permit checkup and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki upstream. During the walk, you will be having a scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trail follows up and downhill. First, you will reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there, you will trek forward to Chusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of a conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki follows. You will head on to small ridges and reach Chele village. (B, L, D)

05Day

Day 05: Chele to Syanboche (3475m/11,398 ft), 6 to 7 hours

Today, you will start your trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. You will climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and DamodarDanda. Further, you will descend a little to the village of Samar. You will have to climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk will take you to Syangboche. On the way, you can relax along with the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. You will also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. (B, L, D) 

06Day

Day 06: Syanboche to Ghyami (3520m/11,546ft), 5 to 6 hours

After breakfast, you will be trekking uphill to the Yamada La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style houses with open Veranda. You will be crossing mountains and an avenue of trees and fields of Barley. Then you will have to climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) which would be a little longer. Then, you will be descending to your overnight stop at Ghaymi. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. (B, L, D)

07Day

Day 07: Ghyami to Charang (3500m/11,489ft), 4 to 5 hours

Today, you will be starting the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the Buddhism followers. From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to your teahouse for tonight's stop. (B, L, D)  
 

08Day

Day 08: Charang to Lo Manthang (3700m/12,136ft), 5 to 6 hours

Today, you will be trekking to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further, the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Manthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. You will stay at the hotel for the overnight stop. (B, L, D)

09Day

Day 09: Explore Lo Manthang

Today, you will be exploring the surrounding areas. You will be visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa, you will continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to the hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall ChampaLakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- story building of the King's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. (B, L, D) 

10Day

Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810m/12,500ft), 6 to 7 hours

While returning from Lo-Mangthang, you will be taking a different route than the one you came by. You will be trekking to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish will be fulfilled. You will be exploring the local area. There is the likelihood of dusty wind, so it is suggested to walk in the morning. (B, L, D) 

11Day

Day 11: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m/12,484 ft), 5 to 6 hours

Today, you will be going back to Ghiling for your overnight stay after a long walk which takes 5-6 hrs. After arriving and enjoying the lunch, you will be exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon. So, it will be better to walk in the evening time. (B, L, D)

12Day

Day 12: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft), 5 to 6 hours

Today, you will be moving towards Chhuksang for the overnight stop which will take about 5 - 6 hours trek. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip.

Overnight at the teahouse. (B, L, D)

13Day

Day 13: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6 to 7 hours

Your last day of the Mustang Journey would be a long one. It will be better to start your trek early today. You will be trekking to Kagbeni. After finishing the upper Mustang trails, you can join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After having your lunch at Kagbeni, you will be heading to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well. (B, L, D) 

14Day

Day 14: Fly From Jomsom to Pokhara

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 minutes dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will transfer you to the lakeside hotel. You can enjoy rest of the time by exploring the lake.

Overnight at hotel. (B)

15Day

Day 15: Drive From Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will be driving back to Kathmandu. It’s better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Overnight at Kathmandu. (B, D)

16Day

Day 16: Kathmandu to Paro (2230m)

Full board. Today, you will have your flight to Paro and in the afternoon, you will be having the first orientation tour of the city center. Overnight.

17Day

Day 17: Paro to Thimpu (2300M)

Full board. Today, you will be walking to Taktsang Monastery also known as "Tiger's Nest". In afternoon, you will be heading to Thimpu with a stop at the Tschogang Lhakhang temple. Overnight. 

18Day

Day 18: Sightseeing in Thimpu

Full board. Today, you will be visiting - the memorial Chorten, the Art School and the hospital of traditional medicine. In the afternoon, you will visit the Changangkha temple, the Drubthob female monastery, the folklore and textile arts museum and the impressive Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Trashi Chhoe Dzong is one of the main attraction of Thimpu which is situated on the bank of river Wang Chu. This actually is main house of original National Assembly, the secretariat, offices of king and ministers of different finances. Finally, you will visit a zoo that hosts the rare "takin", a national animal. Overnight.

19Day

Day 19: Thimpu to Punakha (1350m)

Full board. Today, you will be heading to Punakha via the Dochula pass which will take about 2 and ½ hrs drive. In afternoon, you will be visiting Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of Pho Chu River and Mo Chu River. It remains to be one of the most important dzongs in the country. This is where all the kings of Bhutan have been officially crowned. You will also be walking through the "fertility village" to the small Chhimi Lhakhang temple. You will also visit the ancient Semthokha Dzong. Overnight.

20Day

Day 20: Punakha to Gangtey/Phobjikha (3000m) (2 hour 50 minutes) via Wangdue Phodrang

Today, you will be driving up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Gompa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century.

Overnight at hotel. Meals: Full Board 

21Day

 Day 21: Phobjikha to Paro (5 hours drive 169 km)

Full board. Today, you will visit the Information Centre and enjoy some of the many nature trails throughout the valley. You will transfer to Paro by crossing the Dochula pass. In the afternoon, you will be visiting Paro Dzong and the Kyichu Lhakhang temple. You will also be visiting the local market. Overnight. Meals: Full Board 

22Day

Day 22: Paro to Haa to Paro

Today, you will drive to Haa through Chele La (3,988 m). From the pass, you can see Paro valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. You can also have a picnic at Chele La if you like to. In Haa, you will be sightseeing and then be going to katsho village and visit the Katso Lhakhang. The valley of Haa was only opened to Tourist in 2002 and Haa is the least visited valley in Bhutan due to the lack of Tourist infrastructure. This has helped in keeping Haa the way it has always been, with Bhutanese families living their traditional and simple life. There are no tourist standard hotels in Haa valley, so you will return to Paro for the night. Overnight hotel. 

23Day

 Day 23: Paro to Kathmandu

Today, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. You will be visiting Bhaktapur and have free lunch. In the evening, you will be having special Nepalese dinner in a restaurant with local dances.  Meals: FULL BOARD

24Day

Day 24: Kathmandu to Onward Destination

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Italy 

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Trailfinder. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; However, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Trip Facts

  • Duration24 Days
  • Tour GradeModerate
  • Trip CostAsk
  • Trip Discount No
  • Max Elevation3810 m
  • Best Month:Mar - May / Sep - Nov
  • Trip start/End:Kathmandu/ Kathmandu

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  • Accommodation
  • Domestic Flight (Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara)
  • International Flight(Ktm to Paro to Ktm)
  • Private transportation, Mustang Special Permit
  • Mustang Special Permit
  • Guide and Required Porters
  • Private Coach
  • Meals in Bhutan: Full Board
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Dinner on 1st day
  • Mustang: Full Board (Entire Trip)

 

  • Clients insurance
  • Beverages (Mineral Water, Soft or Hard Drinks), Snacks
  • Battery Recharge, Hot Water for bath in the trek