16 Days Trekking tour itinerary for nepal: Explore The Dry Mountain Desert Of Nepal
Jomsom, Kathmandu, Mustang, Pokhara
Trek the Upper Mustang and explore its long and rich history with an influence of the Tibetan culture that makes it a foremost fascinating places to visit in Nepal. This is the most challenging and adventurous journey in the country.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
We heartily welcome you to Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by one of our company representatives who will further escort you to the hotel.
Later that day (if possible) or the following day, a meeting is scheduled at our head office to brief you the details of your upcoming trek. Here, you will also be introduced to your trekking guides and Sherpas.
If your flight arrives on time, a welcome dinner is also scheduled for you at one of the most popular local restaurants where you can enjoy Nepali food along with a glimpse of cultural music and ethnic dance.
On request, dinner can also be postponed to the following day (as per your convenience).
Sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage site in Kathmandu and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, itself offers a wide range of unique historical, natural and cultural sites. You will be guided to some of these sites for the purpose of sightseeing. The sites include the World heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square – one of the most important historical structure that offers eye appealing architectural wonders, the Pashupatinath temple - a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (the lord that holds the power of destruction), Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and the Boudhanath Stupa – dedicated to Lord Buddha.
However, you also have an option to skip one of these sites and visit another World Heritage site, ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with Mahabouddha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple that simply offers some of the historical masterpieces to the connoisseurs of art.
After spending 3-4 hours observing these beautiful sites, we will meet one more time to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots).
The evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours drive
Our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station from where we catch our bus to Pokhara. From the bus station, we head towards the west of Kathmandu valley to catch Prithvi Highway and then continue the journey towards west till Pokhara. The bus will stop twice on the way; once for the breakfast and then for lunch. This winding highway along the Trisuli River offers a spectacular view of mountains, rivers, jungle, waterfalls as well as hamlets situated higher up on the hills and amphitheater-shaped terraced field flaunting different seasonal crops.
On reaching Pokhara, you check into the hotel, freshen up, explore the city and in the evening stroll around the lakeside.
We stay overnight at a lodge in Pokhara.
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni. (2,800m/9,186ft) 30 minutes flight and 3 hours walk
After having breakfast, you will be transferred to Pokhara airport to board an early morning flight to the district headquarter of the Mustang - Jomsom. Passing through the world’s deepest gorge, this scenic flight to Jomsom offers a spectacular view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and the Annapurna range.
On arrival to Jomsom, you will meet the rest of the crew awaiting your arrival. The necessary pre-trek preparation is done at Jomsom. Shortly after this, the ultimate walk starts on crossing the suspension bridge at Jomsom which further leads towards the northern valley of Kaligandaki following the trail along the Kaligandaki River. The trail offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains like Tukuche, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri to the north, while the southern part of the trail features the entire Annapurna range.
After 4 hours of walking, we finally reach the Kaagbeni village (a gateway to upper Mustang), which is located at one of the major, era-old Trans-Himalayan salt trade path to Tibet. Kaagbeni is also located at the junction of two rivers - Kak Khola (descending from Muktinath) and Mustang Khola, and from here the river is named Kali Gandaki.
In the evening you can take a stroll around the interesting clustered settlement of people, Buddhist monasteries and some Hindu temples in Kaagbeni.
The night is spent at a lodge in Kaagbeni.
Trek to Chele (3,050m/10,006ft) 5 hours walk
After having breakfast, the trail ascends towards the northern valley of Kagbeni and heads towards Tangbe and the towards Chhusang valley. Along the trail, you can enjoy a network of narrow lane among the traditional red and whitewashed houses, Buddhist monasteries, red, black and white colored chortens, beautiful apple orchards as well as wheat, barley and buckwheat fields.
You will also be blessed with a glowing view of Nilgiri. After crossing several ridges and a stream along the trail, we now leave both Kali Gandaki valley and Manangi culture behind and enter Chele and the Tibetan culture of Lo. This place offers a perfect picture of Tibetan settlement.
The night is spent at a lodge in Chele.
Trek to Geling (3,440m/11,286ft) 5-6 hours walk
After having breakfast, we start our usual day trek, which first hikes up to Taklam La Pass, goes through even terrain to observe Yakawa Kang, Tilicho Peak and Damodar hill.
We further walk towards the village of Samar from where the ridge descends into the large gorge, passes chorten and make our way towards Shyangmochen walking through the beautiful valley crossing cool streams and juniper trees. Shyangmochen is a small settlement with a few tea shops.
Nearby Shyangmochen, you can also enjoy Rangbyung which is a cave that contains stalagmites in the form of Chorten. This is also considered one of the holiest places in Mustang. From here the trail descends to Geiling, which offer the pleasant view of the extensive barley field.
The night is spent at a lodge in Geiling.
Trek to Charang (3,490m/11,450ft) 5-6 hours walk
After having breakfast, the trail turns west and continues through the driest part of Mustang, which further passes through the fields that are below Tama Gaon.
From here we take a turn towards north to reach Nyi La. Here, the trail steeply descends to Ghyami. Ghyami is the third largest settlement surrounded by large barren fields in the Lo region. On crossing Ghyami River, the trail makes its way along the Mani wall (a sacred wall made by prayer stones) and from the end of the wall, the trail takes an eastward turn towards the village of Charang, which is a large spread village situated on the top of the Charang Chu canyon. On the eastern side of this village lie Dzong (fortress) and a Red Gompa (monastery) that exhibits an assortment of exceptional statues and Thangkas.
The night is spent at a lodge in Charang.
Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,237ft) 5-6 hours walk
Before heading toward Lo Manthang, we spend some time exploring the Charang village and the Red Gompa.
Then we climb up the valley to explore isolated Chorten, which separates the area of Charang and Lo Manthang. As the trail climbs up to the windy pass of Lo, the trail broadens eventually allowing you the very first glimpse of the walled city of Lo Manthang. This city has only one entrance on the northeast corner of the city; therefore, following the only option, we circumambulate the wall to get to the entrance.
The night is spent at a lodge in Lo Manthang.
Explore Day at Lomanthang (acclimatization day) (3,700m/12,136)
After having breakfast, without wasting our time we start exploring the Lo Manthang. We visit 4 major Gompas like Namgyal Gompa (situated on the hilltop and also used as a local court), Champa Lakhang (God House), Thugchen Gompa and Chyodi Gompa.
Other attractions of this area are the ceremonial King’s Palace (a 4-storey building at the center of the city), Tingkhar (a settlement of around 40 houses and the last village to the northwest of Lo Manthang) as well as the panoramic view of towering mountain and pure Tibetan culture. If you are lucky, you can also get an audience with the king or the queen.
The night will be spent at a lodge in Lo Manthang.
(Note: Entry fee should be paid in order to enter every monastery. These fees should be paid from your own pocket.)
Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3,942m/12,933ft) 6-7 hrs walk
The trail becomes very windy during the day. Therefore, after breakfast at Lo Manthang, without wasting much time, we start the day earlier than usual. The trail heading southwest passes through the irrigated field before Gekar and then climbs towards the cairn on the pass.
At this point, you can experience the highest altitude of this trek.
From the pass, the trail descends to Ghar Gompa, which is another major attraction of this trekking. In the Gompa, we spend some time enjoying the exhibition of paintings and artifacts. After exploring the area of Ghar Gompa, we finally head towards Drakmar for overnight stay.
Trek to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hour
Trail during the day gets very windy and dusty; therefore, we start early continuing our southward walk. The landscape around feels like a desert. We pass a number of caves during on the way, long Mani wall and the pass before descending to the Ghami village.
From here, we first walk up to the Ghiling hill and then down to the Ghiling village. Along the way, we also enjoy very beautiful views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.
In the evening, we can spend our time exploring the settlement of Ghiling.
The night will be spent in a lodge in Ghiling.
Trek to Chhuksang (3,050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hour
Leaving Ghiling in the morning, the trekking resumes. Enjoying the amazing view of Nilgiri, Tilicho and other peaks and now walking on the spectacular landscape, we continue all the way down to Chhuksang. You can also enjoy villages influenced by Tibetan culture.
In the evening, if you have energy, we take a stroll around the settlement of Chhuksang, where you can enjoy the settlement and lifestyle of people in Chhuksang.
The night will be spent in a lodge in Chhuksang.
Trek to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Today is the last day of our trekking. This day’s walk will be the longest walk during the entire trek as we do not stop at Kaagbeni but walk till Jomsom.
On reaching Jomsom, you will celebrate the success of our trek with other crew members. You can also demand for solitude to reflect upon the journey made during the past few days.
You will be loaded with pleasant memories, stories and experiences ready to share and cherish your entire life.
The night will be spent at a lodge in Jomsom.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 30 minutes flight
After breakfast, we check into the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. This 25-30 min flight between the gorge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is a bonus to feed your soul with thrill and adventure.
On reaching Pokhara we check in to the hotel where you can freshen up and then you can explore the lake area.
The night is spent at the hotel in Pokhara.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) 7-8 hrs drive
Exactly at 7 am, we start our journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway.
We stop twice – once for breakfast and the other one for lunch. Once again, you will get a chance to enjoy the pleasant view of Trisuli River, hamlets, and terraced farm on the way to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel (tourist standard).
In the evening we host a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants where we will share your experience while having dinner.
The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Some of you might also have few more days and some other activities planned in Nepal.
For the rest of you who are returning today, depending upon what time your return flight is, you can do some last minute shopping if you like to.
We will transfer you to the airport hoping it won't be long before we see each other again!
Arrival from the airport by private vehicle.
3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
2 nights accommodation in Pokhara.
One day Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley with private car.
Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the most popular and typical Nepalese restaurants with traditional dance & music.
One Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed and first-aid-trained with his entire expenses, equipment and insurance).
ACAP Trekking permits and Tims Permits.
Upper Mustang special permit & its procedure.
All meals during the trek (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast).
Lodges during the trek.
A Porter and his entire expenses.
All the gov. and local taxes.
Down jacket and sleeping bags.
Departure transfer by private vehicle.
Medicine kit box for a group.
Jomsom, Kathmandu, Mustang, Pokhara
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Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year.
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