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Upper Mustang Trekking Nepal - 24 Days

At present Mustang is a very popular trekking region in Nepal. The Home Ministry of Nepal announced the Opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. According to government rule, liaison officers should always accompany with the trekking groups. The region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as “Upper Mustang". The trek to Lo Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your trek memorable.

The small kingdom of Mustang, closed to westerners until 1992, is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400's to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet. Local legend tells the tale of the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, who before building Samye (the oldest monastery in Tibet) came to Mustang to stand guard against and do battle with the evil powers out to destroy Buddhism. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today.

Our route will take us across the vast Kali Gandaki riverbed, up over windswept passes at 14,000 ft. and across the 'Plain of Aspirations' to the walled capital city of Lo Manthang. All this through a landscape of indescribable vastness and beauty, home to the infamous snow leopard, the endangered bharal (blue sheep), and the mythical mehti (abominable snowman). Rimmed by 20,000+ snowcapped peaks and bathed in hues of orange and red rocks with sporadic fields of vibrant green, yellow and red of barley, maize, and buckwheat, Mustang is a step back to a simpler time.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01:
Arrive In Kathmandu
Day 02:
Kathmandu City Tour
Day 03:
Kathmandu - Pokhara
Day 04:
Pokhara - Tikhedhunga (1491m.)
Day 05:
Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2855m)
Day 06:
Ghorepani - Tatopani
Day 07:
Tatopani - Ghasa
Day 08:
Ghasa - Marpha
Day 09:
Marpha - Kagbeni
Day 10:
Kagbeni - Chele
Day 11:
Chele - Geling
Day 12:
Geling - Charang
Day 13:
Charang - Lo Manthang
Day 14 - 15 - 16:
Lo Manthang
Day 17:
Lo Manthang - Ghami Via Gekar
Day 18:
Ghami - Samar
Day 19:
Samar - Kagbeni
Day 20:
Kagbeni - Jomsom
Day 21:
Jomsom - Pokhara
Day 22:
Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 23:
Kathmandu
Day 24:
Departure

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