Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most sought after treks in Mustang region. The Holy Damodar Kunda Lake is located in the rain shadow area to the north-east of Mustang at an altitude of 4890 meters. Great ceremony is organized each year in the full moon of August during which Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from far and wide visit this exquisite lake with great enthusiasm. Damodar Kunda is located close to Tibetan border on restricted Upper Mustang.
Along with a religious significance, the area is equally fascinating from nature viewing perspective. It allows great views of Damodar Himal and Tibetan plateau towards north while we can view Annapurna Mountain Range to the south. Muktinath Peak (6,706m), Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m) and other 65 peaks can be viewed from this area. Although August is the best month to visit Damodar, you can always visit Damodar Lake during April to September.
Visit to Lo Manthang is another highlight of this trek. Known as ‘The Last Forbidden Kingdom’, Lo Manthang is hidden in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Lo Manthang was opened for trekkers only since 1992. A fortified city of Lo Manthang was once an independent kingdom before being annexed into Mustang. It is among few remaining places where Ancient Tibetan Buddhism is still in practice.
We organize 22days Lomanthang and Damodar Kunda trekking itinerary. Enrich your life with this spiritual awakening trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final departure
As you land at the airstrip of Tribhuvan International Airport and finish the custom formalities our representative will be waiting at the exit of Arrival Hall. Our representative will be holding the placard with your name on it. He will greet you and escort you to the hotel where welcome drinks will be served. After refreshment, you will receive a brief instruction regarding your trek.
This is the day in which you will be observing the medieval city Kathmandu with our guide in an exciting sightseeing tour. Out of 10 cultural heritage site listed by the UNESCO in Nepal, 7 of them lie within the Valley while 4 of these sites are in Kathmandu. On this day, you will visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath, holy temple of Hindu Pashupatinath, 2500 years old Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath and the ancient Royal Palace at Basantapur Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will also get time for your trek preparation and shopping in the afternoon.
Leaving hotel, we will drive to airport in Pokhara from where we will board our flight to Jomsom. The right side of airplane gives aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. We will reach Jomsom in about 20minutes. After assembling crew, we will prepare for Upper Mustang trek. The trail continues through the bank of Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni where we will stay overnight.
Leaving hotel, we will drive to airport in Pokhara from where we will board flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The right side of airplane gives aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. We will reach Jomsom in about 20minutes. After assembling crew, we will prepare for Upper Mustang trek. The trail continues through the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni where we will stay overnight.
We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.
Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.
We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.
Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.
We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good.
Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.
We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village around the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.
We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.
Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will transfer you to Airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. We hope you will have a memorable time in Nepal and we wish to serve you again. we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.