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Duration - 14 Days
The region of Tibetan influence north of
Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. The ancient Kingdom of
Mustang – the capital Lo Manthan was attached to Tibet in the 14th century,
Although it retained its identity as an autonomous dynasty throughout the
centuries - is a walled city where people still remain predominantly
Tibetan. Still somewhat restricted (special permits are required) the trek
to Lo Manthan (3730 m) refers to the arid Tibet-like region at the northern
end of Kali Gandaki.
Annexed by Nepal in 17 century, but untouched
by the outside world or the Chinese Cultural revolution, 14th century
monasteries still remain active to preserve this magnificent Trans-Himalayan
kingdom, with their unrivalled Buddhist shrines with cliff hanging
monasteries, thankas, mandalas and deities and cave dwelling people. In this
wild lunar landscape of unreal color and beauty, ruggedly carved mountains
reach up to deep blue skies, while icy peaks glimmer majestically to the
south. Vast and barren ridges extend to the northern horizon making one feel
like an insignificant dot on a timeless landscape.
14 to 15 Days Tour
Trekking Season :
October to early December and mid-March to
Fly from Pokhara to
Jomsom (8,957ft/2,730m), the administrative capital of Mustang. Rushing
through the Kali Gandaki gorge, the planes seem puny under the looming Annapurna
and Dhaulagiri. The landscape is stark and naked - as harsh as truth itself.
Only the green fields put up a sylvan pretence. Jomson is the usual
airstrip, police post, army camp town. After crossing the wooden bridge to
the river's east bank, depending on the season and the river flow. The trail
reaches Kagbeni (9,055ft/2,760m) at the confluence f the Kali Gandaki and Jhong
Khola. An old fort in ruins and a red Sakyapa monastery dominate the village.
Southwards, the summits if Nilgiri and Tilicho loom.
After crossing the confluence of the Gyalungbo, the trail reaches the
village of Tangbe around midday, an ideal spot for lunch. The trail winds
its way through the village to reach a group of settlements, Chausang.
Those who can afford an extra day may want to stay there to explore a castle and
a few prehistoric dwellings. The trail crosses the confluence of Narsing
Khola with Kali Gandaki and comes out of the valley, climbing steeply, to reach
Tsaili (10,007ft/3,050m) village.
This day is a little tough as it involves climbing five passes, though not
of substantial heights. Leave early for the climb to the Chotare Lampach pass.
The trail then descends to Samar village located among popular trees lining
irrigation canals. Descend to cross a stream and follow the trail climbing
to Samar La. The trail descends again, goes past a few houses and ascends to
another small pass. Descend and the trail reaches Yamda. The next trip is
the climb to Dawa Lapcha pass (12,697ft/3,870m) marked by a large cairn and
prayer flags. After this trail we will visit in Tamang settlement of Tamaghyang.
Go up to Chaiti and up again to the Tstil La. The trail keeps to the
left of the village and goes through two passes to reach the Tramar (also,Trakmar)
village. There are some great views of Gemi and Damodar Himal from the
passes. And you are in Upper Mustang.
The destination is Lo-Manhang, the ancient capital of Mustang, where the
kings still resides. A steep, one-hour climb north-east of Tramar gets you to
the top of the plateau. Crossing it, you reach a small pass and descend to
Marang village. The ancient temple of Lo Gekar has excellent samples of rock
slate paintings. Another hour brigs you to the walled city, the Tibetan plateau
shimmers in the distance and the Damodar peak looks on from the right.
Spend the day exploring Lo-Manthang. Mustang is probably a mispronunciation
of Mathang in Nepalese, which means Plains of Aspiration or Plains of Prayer.
Mustang has come to signify the entire district south of the Tibetan border
along the Kail Gandaki till Ghasa. It's the region north of Kagbeni, Upper
Mustang, that the traveler looks for. Thubchen Gompa represents the
practical and rational side of Buddhism; Chamba Gompa sighifies the mystical
side. The third monastery, Chodi, belongs to the Sakya sect and forms the
monks' residential quarters.
A week into the trip, this day can be spent as a rest day. Or you
could go excursion to the villages of Gharphu and Nyphu, north of Manthang.
There are stunning cave monasteries there with dwellings inside.
A minor detour on the way back brings you to Dri village on the banks of the
Mustang Khola. A steep climb takes you to camp at Yara village. On the
ninth day, climb to the village of Gara, on way to the cave monastery of Luri.
It's built inside the sandstone cliffs with a chapel and an inner room that
contains a stupa embellished with deities. The monastery is supposed to have
been built by Guru Padmasambhava.
Returning to the main trail, reach Tsarang, an important town with a large
monastery and palace that once housed the king. Continue south along the
main tral, with a side trip to a meditation cave used by Guru Padmasambhava. Set
deep in a juniper-clad valley, this cave with its self-emanted rock images and
spiritual aura adds to the journey. The last day of trekking brings one
back to Jomsom.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Important Travel Tips
Jomsom, the starting point is at 9,000ft/2,745m
and the highest point is on top, of a small pass at 13,800ft/4,206m, just before
reaching the town of Lo-Manthang, which is the highest campsite at
Highlights of the Trek
The cultural richness, especially of the
interesting fortfield town of Lo-Manthang; spectacular Buddhist monasteries and
villages perched on hillsides. The bleakness and aridness lend beautiful brown
and red hues to the mountains, best brought out in the spectacular sunsets.
Trekking Supports Services
Reasonable guest houses and tea shops all along
the trail. Jomsom and Lo-Manthang also provide basic food provisions. Some
camping equipment can be bought at Jomsom and
but it must be brought along from Pokhara.
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