Lomanthang Trek (Upper Mustang)
The land of Lomanthang trek is often compared with Shangri La, a mythical kingdom that never existed. The land is so beautiful that you can easily get confused if the terrain is real or if you are gazing through a canvas. By far, this is one of the most beautiful treks that preserves rustic beauty in terms of culture, people and the terrain. This trek is more of a joy and spiritual trek over just any other trek which takes you through mountain and topographical experience.
Majority of Lo Manthang is a treeless, plantless, barren and arid landscape but so beautiful that you will not just get bitten by the travel bug but Nepal bug. This heavenly landscape is inhabited by god like inhabitants of Thakali community. These people are primitive people of Mustang district and originally from Thak Khola. These people have physical features like the Tibetans and not just that but Thakalis have deeply interlinked culture, practices and way of life with Tibet. The fresco like landscape on the other hand is a tireless terrain that remains around 3000 plus meters but never surpasses high altitude. The trekking can be opted by people with very less or no fitness activities.
Lomanthang trek also showcases the mountains; Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri are two prominent mountains in the region. The teahouses along the trail makes your trek very convenient but the teahouses are very basic. The roosters crow and the cow moos wake you up early in the morning whereas the dogs barking and the insects making noise in pin drop silence of the night gives you the feeling of returning back to basics. Some very rare facts about Lomanthang is that is the last known forbidden kingdom of Nepal. The non ceremonial king still resides in the village and takes part in all the proceedings of village from womb to tomb.
Throughout Lomanthang trek you will see villages draped in prayer flags. The entire region is very calm and composed and a lot of it is radiated by the chortens, monasteries and gompas built by the locals with local resources and bare hands. The cultural practices is of around 1500 years old and it is reflected via one of their biggest festivals of Tiji, where Thakalis flock from around the region to participate in the happiness.
In very short, Lomanthang trek will not fail to mesmerize you and awe inspire you in every way and without making you work hard. Book this off the beaten trek to a restricted land today!
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom(830m)
- Day 05: Jomsom to Chele Via Kagbeni(2810m)
- Day 06: Chele to Ghilling
- Day 07: Ghilling to Tsarang (Charang)
- Day 08: Tsarang to Lo Manthang
- Day 09: Lo Manthang - Choser valley - Lo Manthang
- Day 10: Lomanthang - Dhakmar via Ghyakar
- Day 11: Dhakmar to Syanbochen
- Day 12: Syangbochen - Chele - Kagbeni - Jomsom
- Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara
- Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 15: Farewell
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! A representative from Karma eco trek will receive you at the airport and drop you off to your hotels. No plan is set aside for the day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing
Although the trek requires preparation from long back and almost everything is prepared by this day, you will do last minute shopping if anything is require. Once you short things out in the morning, you head out to see couple of UNESCO heritage sites in the city. These sights are considered national heritage and exploring them is a beautiful way to get along Nepalese way of life and culture. You will do last minute packing in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara
There are two options to get to pokhara and this one explains by bus. If you wish to take a flight please let us know. The bus ride takes around 7 hours and it traverses through one of the busiest highways namely Prithvi highway. The bus makes its way through coiled road and along major tributaries namely Trishuli, marsyangdi and seti. With frequent rests in between and viewing the beautiful landscape as well as the settlements along the highway you will reach the touristic town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom(830m)
You can either reach Jomsom by taking a picturesque flight of 25 minutes or take a bus which takes around 8 hours. This itinerary describes the journey via bus. The first phase of today's travel is on a black topped highway whereas the second phase is more of off the beaten trek. From lush green hills you will soon traverse through arid and dry landscape within no time. The bus ride is scenic as it offers mountain view and as well goes through the second largest waterfall in the country. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 05: Jomsom to Chele Via Kagbeni(2810m)
It is almost 1 and ½ hours drive from Jomsom to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful village, looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert. The village lies in the confluence of 2 rivers and falls in the ancient salt trade route to Tibet. After getting off at Kagbeni, we get our permits checked and move forward to the restricted area. To Chele from Kagbeni takes around 5-6 hours with frequent breaks in between. You will ascend along the Kaligandaki river but however the uphill climb is not difficult. You will reach the villages of Tangbe followed by chhusang and finally Chele. In all of these villages what is common is white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Overnight in Chele
Day 06: Chele to Ghilling
The trail primarily ascends towards Samar as it lies on the top of the hill. This place as well makes a fine place for rest but however you will move a little further. From Samar you walk on a ridge before you descend down to a gorge. Just before reaching the gorge is a beautiful chorten in the middle of nowhere, painted in red, yellow and made out of local resources. We enter a complete different valley after you descend from this point. The first village you will come across is Bhena and the second village you will see is your destination of the day Ghilling. Overnight in Ghelling.
Day 07: Ghilling to Tsarang (Charang)
Today is going to be a little difficult than the other days on the trail. You will climb and descend 2 passes to reach your final destination and one of the passes climbs slightly above 4000 meters. Thee trek could take anywhere from 4-5 hours and you will traverse through Tibetan style hamlets. The first hurdle of the day is crossing Nyi La pass and descending down to Tangmar Chu river. Further down after crossing the river the trail gets horizontal and then climb another pass to descend down to your rest area of the day Tsarang. Overnight in Tsarang.
Day 08: Tsarang to Lo Manthang
The entire trek today takes around 5-6 hours with proper rest in between. You would trek looking at a magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peaks. The trek immediately drops to a canyon of Tsarang Chu, at a point. Furthermore, you cross the river and climb the steep trail all the way up. From the top you will see the valley of Lo from where Lo Manthang trek gets its name. From here the trail gently ascends all the way to the village of Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Day 09: Lo Manthang - Choser valley - Lo Manthang
Chosar valley is no farther than 2 hours and is an easy stroll compared to what we had covered on the days earlier. The valley is the last valley and after Chosar begins the plateau of Tibet. The valley is a part of Lo Manthang excursion and houses famed cave namely Zhong kha. The valley also has a monastery and a monk school. The cave is a carved on the face of the mountains by the escapees of Tibet some 2500 years old. Once you explore the valley you will bounce back to Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Day 10: Lomanthang - Dhakmar via Ghyakar
After spending 2 days in this beautiful valley of Lo Manthang we begin walking down and ending the trek. You will walk down a different route so that you can get maximum of Upper Mustang’s terrain and people. The route is inclusive of a Gompa namely Ghyakar, which houses a 1200 year old gompa. The trail is usually dry and dusty at this point so it is advised to start the trek early to avoid such circumstances. Overnight in Dakmar.
Day 11: Dhakmar to Syanbochen
It takes almost 7 hours from Dhakmar to Syangbochen but the walk is on a horizontal plain or has very gradual ups and downs. Down the lane, this trail meets the other trail that you had walked on your way up. The first noticeable village you will walk into is Ghami and then further to Syanbochen. You are still in the restricted area. Overnight in Syangbochen.
Day 12: Syangbochen - Chele - Kagbeni - Jomsom
Right from the front door of your teahouse, you will start descending and descend all the way. The first valley and the village you will reach after your first descend in Samar. Samar also has a beautiful and rustic monastery and also caves. If you have some juice left in you, you can opt to climb this cave carved on the mountain face. There are short ascends as well to climb up the valley to exit it. The walk from Syangbochen to Chele takes around 4-5 hours and from here you will board a local jeep all the way to Jomsom
Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara
On our way back you would board a picturesque flight to Pokhara. If the weather permits you will see 2 of the highest mountains in the world, however Nilgiri is as well a show stopper. The flight takes around 20 minutes and once you land in Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu
If travelled by bus, you will board a tourist bus all the way back to Kathmandu via same highway.
Day 15: Farewell
On this day we will transfer you to the airport as per your schedule and wave you off. Thank you for making Karma eco trek your travel partner. Hope to serve you in the future as well!
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle (Depends on the group size).
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- 2 nights Hotel acc0modation in pokhara, food is not included.
- All government and local taxes.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- An experienced Trekking Guide,Assistant Guide, Cook, assistant cook and Porters.
- All accommodations on the trails and full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu ).
- Best available local lodges / Teahouse in mountain.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs.
- Both way private bus/jeep transportation Kathmandu to pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- Tips for trekking staffs.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.