Mustang Trek Itinerary
Those interested in a day tour of Kathmandu can arrive 1 day early.
Day 1 – Depart home country for Nepal.
Day 2 – Arrive in Kathmandu/(Hotel)Trek Briefing/Sightseeing in one of Asia’s most interesting ancient and resilient cities.
Day 3 – Fly to Pokhara(Hotel)Fly west along Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges, arrive Pokhara with time for a walk at the Lakeside.
Day 4 – Fly to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni(lodge) Early Morning flight to Jomsom and travel to Kagbeni to the entry point of the restricted area.
Day 5 – Trek to Chuksang (Lodge)Pass through the restricted entry gate and travel through classic Mustang village of Tangbe en route to Chuksang, the heart of a region called “Panch Gaon” or five villages”.
Day 6 – Trek to Samar (Camping) Follow the Kali Gandaki River until the trail rises up steeply to the narrow, ridgetop village of Tsaille. From there, continue up the trail, steep at times, through a rocky gorge to the high village of Samar.
Day 7 – Trek to Temagaon(Camping) En route to Temagaon, we visit Ranchung cave, known for it’s “self emanating” sculptures that appear deep inside cave complexes.
Day 8 – Drive to Lo Manthang(lodge) If time permits, we’ll visit the Temagaon cave complex before driving to the capitol city of Mustang, Lo Manthang. We’ll stop on the high desert plateau before entering the city, known as the “Plain of Aspiration”
Day 9 – In Lo Manthang(Lodge) Visit the festival of Tiji in Lo Manthang, a masked dance and blessing ceremony celebrating the fusion of Buddhist and Bon traditions simultaneously creating good auspices for the planting season.
Day 10 – Remain lodge and visit festival of Tiji
Day 11 – Trek to Di (Camping) Cross the Kali Gandaki to the East side of the Valley and camp near a remote, pastoral village with god access to our visit of the following day to Luri Gompa.
Day 12 – Day Trip Luri Gompa and cave monastery , Camp in Di
Day 13 – Trek to Tangya (Camping) A visit to one of the more remote and picturesque villages of Mustang, complete with eight multi-tiered Chortens that evoke an early Buddhist age.
Day 14 – Long trek to Chuksang via mountain and river trails to rejoin our approach trails to Chuksang/ Visit the pre-Buddhist or Bonpo restored chorten in the town’s center.(Lodge)
Day 15 – Trek or drive to Jomsom(Hotel) Visit the Natural History museum if time permits.
Day 16 – Fly to Pokhara early AM; Transfer to Kathmandu afternoon flight, Kathmandu(Hotel)
Day 17 – Kathmandu (Hotel) Sightseeing and shopping time throughout the Kathmandu valley. Visits to Patan or Baktapur are possible, depending on interest.
Day 18 – Transfer to airport and International Departures
Day 19 – Arrive Home country
Tiji Festival: Exotic by any standard this famed annual festival of mask danced, Thanka unfurling, meditation and mini theater performance is dedicated to “world dharma” and world peace. Exciting and colorful as the stories of demons released and returned can be transcendent if not breathtaking as we view the festivities inside this sacred monastery.
Highest elevation camping is Lo Manthang, 3840M
There are 3+ passes around 3900M :2 of which are on a drive day
The Everest Base Camp Trek / Island Peak climb program was planned, communicated, and executed perfectly. Honestly, it is quite difficult trying to identify any true flaws with the program. The acclimatization schedule was spot on.