Mustang Culture – 14 Days
- Experience an incredible mountain flight from Kathmandu -Pokhara-Jomsom
- Trek through rugged mountain landscapes and rich cultural legacy
- Visit the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang with its famous gompas
- Explore an area culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet
- Magnificent mountain views across to Mustang and Western Tibet
Mustang, Nepal is one of the best destinations to see the culture and geographical landscape that are similar to Tibetan plateau. You travel in high altitude regions without too much concern about high altitude sickness. The weather in summer and monsoon season is perfect in this once forbidden kingdom. We travel on foot to Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang and drive back to Jomsom. The trail is not so tough. A good leg is just enough! You would enjoy the adventure in an instant that took Giuseppe Tucci, Michael Peissel and Tony Hagen not less than 3 weeks to travel magic kingdom. We fly in and out of Jomsom.
The forbidden land of Mustang has been opened to limited number of foreign visitors. Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang, is located north of the main Himalayan chain between the snow-capped mountain on the east and west. It is part of Nepal that has jutted inside Tibet. We cross the dull, dusty, barren and high passes (average 4600m) on foot to reach the enigmatic land. The weather is generally dry throughout the year. Most of the historical sites and villages are located in the valley at the elevation of 3300 to 4000 meter.
We take you by flight to Jomsom, a remote airstrip in the mountain, and travel north. As you ascend to higher elevation you come across patches of green vegetation on the western side of Mustang and in places where small rivers flows down from Mustang himal. It is amazing to see the landscape that keeps changing with the light of the sun. The panoramic view of Nilgiri and Damodar himal are in the south and east and the dull and gray rolling hills spreads to Tibetan plateau.
At Lo-Manthang you will find the houses and monasteries enclosed in the fortress. We will also visit some of the major villages around Lo Manthang that has historic gompas and caves. At the monastery at Tsarang we can see valuable fresco painting on its walls. There are several caves used by people long time back. Historian and archeologist believe that human civilization of Mustang dates back to 800 BC. Indeed Mustang is totally another world.
People of Lo-Manthang are called Lobas. Their surname is same as that of Bista and Gurung ethnicity of middle hills but their way of life and cultural practice is typically of Tibetan. Many of them have two names – one is Hindu and other is Buddhist. The land and people can still mesmerized anyone like it did to Tony Hagen, a Swiss geologist, Giuseppe Tucci- an Italian scholar, and a French adventurer – Michael Peissel who traveled to Mustang in between 1952 to 1962. Little has changed since then. This kingdom was closed for foreigners for about 3 decades. It was opened for tourist only in 1991. Since then the government have allowed only limited visitors. This old salt trading route of the Trans Himalayan region is bound to change dramatically in due course of time when the road from the north and south eventually link the capital to Jomsom.
Note: Above itinerary shows planned night stops. This may be changed due to weather, technical or logistic condition. Flight to Jomsom can be delayed due to weather condition especially during monsoon and in winter due to rain or thick fog. Allow 2 days before and 3 days after the trek in Kathmandu. In Mustang during the day it is hot and in the morning and evening it is cool. Sky remains deep blue and clear. View of Himalayan range can be seen clearly. In the southern part of the Himalayas the weather is wet.
COST- Private Trip
2 person 780 per person
3 to 5 persons 740 per person
6 to 9 persons 640 per person
10 to 15 persons 655 per person
* Mustang Permit US$500 Single Supp: USD 80
*Government fees and airfares are subject to change.Cost Includes
- Airport transfers
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Thamel) on Bed and Breakfast
- Lodge accommodation (double sharing in most places) on Bed and Breakfast
- Trek guide (sardar) and an assistant sherpa above 5 persons in a group 1:5
- Porter for member baggage 14 kg
- Local transport
- Accident insurance for staffs and porters, and ground transportation as required
- Airfares, Visa fees
- Tims & Park permit fees
- Private transport to start and from end point of trek
- Excess babbage and personal porter
- Personal equipment , warm clothing, sleeping bags(rental US$ 5)
- Emergency evacuation, Personal accident and health insurance
- Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic and bottled beverage, hot shower, laundry and tips
- Expenses due to flight delay, etc. and any other services that are not specifically mentioned