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Regal Trip to the Last Forbidden Kingdom - 17 Days

20 May – 05 June 2019

Mustang lies in the northwestern part of Nepal, is home to thriving Buddhist cultures for more than a thousand years. This regal trek takes to this vibrant Buddhist cultural land where you will find ample opportunities to revitalize yourself. This trans-Himalayan region has harsh geographical features but endowed with the magnificent cultural and spiritual landscape. This regal trek along the ancient trail of the Kali Gandaki river valley that once was an important crossroads for trans-Asian trade for centuries, also called a heritage path trodden by great saint and yogi. Along the trail, you will come upon the oases of villages in the midst of barley and buckwheat, and mustard fields reminiscent of early Tibetan medieval civilization you might have seen in some books in somewhere else. As you pass by, you will catch the glimpse of spectacular ancient monasteries and temples majestically stay atop a hillock overlooking each village. Even mysterious is once you enter the restricted area you will be overwhelmed with and marvel at the mystic caves on the face of steep caves along with the deep gorges and ravine beneath the treacherous trail. Finally, the three traditional major towns Ghami, Tsarang, and Lomonthang welcome you after ascending and descending for some time. These towns are obscured in legends and tales associated with the arrival of great saint Padmasambhava and great yogi Ngorchen Kunga Sanpo. Lo Monthang, famous walled town and the capital city of Mustang is the culmination of your journey. Being in the walled town, a religious domain makes you feel as if all your worldly sufferings momentarily comes to a standstill and regain spiritual comfort.
While in villages and in towns, you will have Luigi Fieni and our local tour guides at your disposal. They will enlighten you on the history, culture, and tradition of the region. There are numerous living heritages you will come across in these major towns adorned with exquisite wall paintings, old thanks, and manuscripts in silver and gold. To the north of Lomonthang, you will go on a day trip Tsoshar which you can’t miss, a cave village where monasteries exist in primitive settings. Besides, your tour guide will familiarize you with the rudiments of Tibetan traditional medicines and local art and craft by meeting you with local Amchi and local artisans and craftsmen.
This is the land of mysticism and spirituality blessed by great saint and yogi, and successive religious kings of Mustang. Should you want to see for yourself this spiritual land of Shangri-La, you can join us on this regal journey to the Land of the Last Forbidden Kingdom

Trip highlights

  • Exploring the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
  • Witnessing the walled city of Lomanthang
  • Witnessing the 15th-century Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen monastery, through the eyes of Luigi Fieni who has spent almost two decades restoring these monasteries and training locals.
  • Visiting the oldest monastery of the region, Lo Gekar dating back to 8th
  • Trip accompanied by Luigi Fieni, who has deep insight from the reconstruction project in Thubchen, Jampa Lhakhang monastery, and conservation of cultural heritage in Upper Mustang.
  • Breakfast while in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Breakfast while in Kathmandu and Pokhara

All meals during the trek (Jomsom to Jomsom)

Accommodation Pokhara and Kathmandu and during the entire period of the trek

* Please allow US$50 for monastery visits and donations in Upper  Mustang

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu

You will be met by a representative of Mustang adventure trek and transferred to hotel Tibet,Lazimpat. A pre trek briefing will be given in the evening.

Day 2

Kathmandu Tour and preparation of the permits for the trek. Welcome dinner with Luigi Feini and Tsewang Bista.

Day 3

This morning we take a flight to Pokhara,in good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna range.Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest town.

Day 4
Fly to Jomsom (2710m), trek to Kagbeni (2810m),walk

Approx. 3 hours

This morning we take a spectacular flight to Jomsom where we will meet our trekking crew. A half day walk brings us to Kagbeni,an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang.To pass beyond this point you need a special mustang permit.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5
To Chele(3030m),walk approx. 6 hours ,or ride approx 4 hours

We enter Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. From Kagbeni we will also be accompanied by our wonderful horseman, who will provide and manage ponies on our trek. Across the river we can see Gang Gompa, a centre of Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify Upper Mustang.The white town surrounded by fields of wheat ,barley and buckwheat,interspersed with small apple orchards.we cross to the east bank of the river and ascend to the village of Chele. Immediately, the strong influence of Tibetan culture of lo is evident with the decoration of the houses.(Overnight basic lodge)

Meals: B,L,D

Day 6
To Samar via Gyakar village ,walk approx. 5-6 hours or ride approx. 4hours

Today you will be passing through a small village called Gyakar with very traditional alleys and houses from early period. You will also be crossing a long suspension bridge that is built on the deepest gorge. Samar is a small town of 14 -15 houses but beautifully located with wonderful views of the mountains. Meals : BLD

Day 7
To Ghilling via Chungshi Rangjong cave monastery – approximately 6-7 hours

You will be witnessing a very special cave monastery dating back to 8th century where it is beleivied that Padmasambhawa ( Guru Rinpoche) actually meditated. The cave monastery is one of its kind in Mustang with many self emanated deities on the wall of the cave. The trail today is little more challenging with lots of ascend and descend.

Melas: B,L,D

Day 8
To Dakmar approx. 6-7 hours

Today is a short ride to the picturesque village of Dakmar,with its fields of barley and poplar trees. It has one of the most amazing red cliffs. You will also be passing by the longest mani wall ( pray wall) in Mustang before you reach Dakmar village.

Day 9
To Charang (3490m)walk approx. 6-7hours or 4-5 hour ride

Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail before you head out to Lo Gekar monastery, the oldest monastery of the region. This is one of the most powerful monastery that you will witness. Luigi will share his restoration work as he has spent lots of time restoring the wall paintings in this monastery. After visiting this monastery, we will continue to walk to Charang village.On arrival in Charang we will meet Maya Bista,the niece of the last king of Mustang .

Meals:B,L,D

Day 10
To Ghara walk approx. 6-7 hours

Today, you will be trekking in the eastern part of Mustang crossing the Kali Gandaki river. The trail is good for riding the horse and you will have spectacular view of the cliffs and the mountains. Ghara is a very remote village and not many tourist actually stay here. The view from the local lodge that we will stay is just amazing since it is on the hill top.

Day 11
To Dhi via Luri monastery – 6 hours

You will be witnessing one of the most amazing cave monastery called Luri. The cave houses one of the most beautiful stupa. The wall paintings on the stupa and the wall of the monastery are just mesmerizing. After witnessing this cave monastery, you will be walking down to Dhi village. The trail will be little rocky today.

Day 12
To Lo Manthang (3830m) walk approx. 6-7 hours

The trail today is the most challenging one. You start the day with steep ascend and possibility of riding horse on this part of the trail is not possible. So we have another option of taking the horse till Charang and then taking the jeep to Lomanthang. Today is the first day of the Teji festival and the festival starts in the afternoon at around 2 pm only. We should be in Lomanthang by 1 pm and will be witnessing the festival in the afternoon.

Meals :B,L,D

Day 13
Lomanthang

Today is the second day of the Teji Festival. The festival starts in the afternoon only. Therefore we will do a short day trip to Choser and witness the cave monastery and the cave structure. In the afternoon we will be back in Lomanthang to witness the second day of the festival.

Day 14
Lomanthang

Morning – explore Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen monastery where Luigi have spent more than a decade working on the restoration. Luigi will give an extensive tour of these monasteries.

Afternoon witness the final day of the festival.

Day 15
Jomsom

Today you will drive back to Jomsom in a private jeep. The journey will take around 8 hours. Lunch will be served in between the journey.

Day 16
Early morning flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara

Day 17
Kathmandu tour and shopping

Day 18
International departure

Included in the Cost

  • Airport transfers
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Fight Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu valued at US$499
  • Special permit to Upper Mustang US$550
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share basis
  • Souvenir Mustang Adventure Trek duffle bag
  • Private transportation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Porters or mules to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Porter's insurance
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Site entry fees
  • Trip accompanied by Luigi Feini

Not Included in the Cost

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips to the staffs at the end of the trek
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Monastery entrance fees
  • Entrance fee for the festival

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