A short flight is on the cards today. We make our way to the airport after breakfast. Then take a 20minutes flight to Jomsom. During the flight, you can see the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range, which is quite spectacular. From Jomsom, we trek towards Kagbeni (2800m). It is a short 3 hours trek, and we trek uphill along Kali Gandaki to reach Kagbeni village. Kagbeni is a quaint yet scenic village, and it is your gateway to Upper Mustang. The view of the majestic Mount Nilgiri is spectacular from the south of Kagbeni. We halt for the night at a local lodge here.
We have our breakfast in the morning and continue towards the east of the Kali Gandaki river. On this day we travel towards Chele (3050m). The total duration of the trek is 7 hours. We trek through many ridges till we reach Tangbe. It is a picturesque village with a labyrinth of narrow alleys and whitewashed stone houses. The village also has many buckwheat fields and apple trees in the locality. We have our lunch there and continue towards Chhusang village. We cross the dwindling waters of Kali Gandaki, and climb up the huge red conglomerate. After crossing the Kali Gandaki valley we travel uphill to Tiche Chele. Here we halt for the night.
Next, we trek towards Syanboche (3800m). The trek falls along with a steep barren land alongside the copper-red canyon. This is one of the elements that makes Mustang famous. As we make our way downhill, we reach the beautiful village of Samar. We have our lunch here surrounded by beautiful sceneries. While exiting the village of Samar, we pass by 4 colored Chortens. The trekking trail takes us up and downhill till we reach Syanboche. We pass a few beautiful and less populated villages before we reach our resting place. We spend the night at Syanboche. The total duration of the trek is around 5 hours.
After breakfast, we head towards Ghemi (3500m). We trek through curving terrains crossing 2 passes. We start from Syanboche pass (3850m), from where the view of Upper Mustang is spectacular. After this view, we head downhill towards Gelling passing several chortens on the way. We then ascend and cross the Nyi La pass (4020m). Following your ascent to Nyi La pass, we descend and come to a junction. We continue our descent until we finally reach Ghemi. We halt for the night here. The total trek duration is 5 hours.
Charang (3560m) is next on the list. You will pass one of the longest mani walls of Mustang (1000 ft) as you make your way out of the village. Then we hike uphill over a pass at 3820m from where you can catch a glimpse of Mustang. Mustang looks like a desert with no vegetation and barren hills from here. You come across the palace and monastery of Tsarang, which is a delightful sight. Charang is the 2nd largest village of Mustang and was the capital of Mustang before Lo Manthang. We spend our night at one for the lodges here.
Today is the day we trek (for about 4 hours) towards Lo-Manthang(3840m). We start the trek from the lodge via the Tsering Thupten Monastery. Then we cross the Cherang river which separates Cherang from Lo. we need to cross the Lo Pass before we reach Lo-Manthang. Lo Manthang was the capital of the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. The palace of the King still stands impressive than ever and the descendants of the kings also living there. The biggest festival of Mustang, the ‘Tiji Festival’ takes place once every year in Lo-Manthang. We rest for the night here.