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Mustang Tea House Trek

Trip Title: Mustang Tea House Trek

Trip Length: 13 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Mustang

National Park: Mustang / Annapurna       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 3+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Upper Mustang

Months: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November,

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Description:

Mustang Tea House Trek, The old Kingdom of Lo, an ancient and rich Tibetan culture surviving in an arid, wind swept land in Northern Nepal. A wilderness of huge proportions Mustang has been open to only select organised groups since 1992, offering a truly exceptional experience rich in ancient tradition and mythology with a countryside similar to the Tibetan plateau.In lower Mustang the hills tend to be huge red fluted cliffs while upper Mustang offers an endless expanse of yellow and grey rolling hills. This camping trek takes in the walled town of Lo Manthang, a visually extraordinary place, home to the present Mustang Raja and full of beautiful temples and Gompas.

Itinerary:

Remember if you have a group of 2 or more we can arrange this trip for you on your prefered date during any of the available months listed.

Day 01.
Drive to Pokhara (200km) mainly mostly following the Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers; depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 6-hrs drive. During the drive you can enjoy beautiful hill scenery. Arrive late afternoon at Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 02. 3 hours.
Mountain flight to Jomsom (2,713 m.). Trek to Kagbeni (2810 m.) Visit Kagbeni Gompa.

Day 03. 5/6 hours.
The trail heads up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki river valley climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni and can be seen from many different angles. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about and cross the river and continue north climbing up to a huge red chunk of rock that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile.

Day 04. 5/6 hours.
The trail continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at (3540m), the trail then makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar village. The Annapurna massif, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley plain, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at (3800m) the route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at (3770m) and descend to Geling Village.

Day 05. 4 hours.
From Charang village the trail climbs gently up to NYI LA pass and descends below blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.

Day 06. 3 hours.
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lomanthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

Day 07. 4/6 hours.
It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang.

Day 08. 4/6 hours
After a wonderful time at Lo-Manthang we head back to Ghar Gompa and explore the local area. During the walk we will the Himalayan winds and so we walk only in the morning.

Day 09. 5/6 hours.
Trek back to Ghiling and stop early before the dust storms. Explore the area in the early evening when the winds have abated.

Day 10. 5 hours.
Back to Chele for the overnight stop; you will experience wonderful scenery great Himalayan views.

Day 12. 6/7 hours.
Trek to Jomsom (2713 m.). The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as a palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kali Gandaki valley and Kagbeni village.

Day 13.
Fly back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Price:

The below cost is quoted under the basis of per day per person:

Tea-House Price – per person :

€ 1400

The Tea House Price includes:
Accommodation in available hotels or guesthouses in route, food (except bar bill), English speaking registered Guide and their all expenses including insurance, ACAP entry fee, Mustang permit (€ 407), ground transportation, internal flights (Pokhara – Jomson return) and government taxes, Trekking permit and TIMS Card.

Prices Dont include:
Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc, bar bill, extra drinks and food en route outside of meals times, personal sleeping bag and gear – like your boots ! , personal insurance.

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