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Mustang

18 days

3 - 5 pax

price starting from $ 795

Overview

Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has easy trail. After Chaile make steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down trail to Syangboche (3800m). Next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has carving of many deities on the stonewall.

ABOUT TIJI FESTIVAL - Festival of a life time

This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddhas incarnation -Dorjee Sonnu- over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature which ate human flesh and caused storms and droughts. The Teeji festival usually takes place in May and June and lasts for 3 days. Dances are performed by the lamas of Lo Manthang choedhe monastery during the celebration. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Namgyal and Chhoser live in the monastery. The first day marks the harassment of Man Tam Ru in a dance called Tsa Chham, on the second day a dance called Nga Chham takes place commemorating the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demons son. The attempt to return the demon to lord Buddhas realm takes place on the third and final day.

The lamas chant prayers while performing almost 50 separate religious dances to chase demons from Lo Manthang. They are followed by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators.On the final day, in a nearby field, courtiers fire ancient muskets as a high lama shoots an arrow at a red demon effigy laid on a ragged tiger skin. He tosses five more demons into the sand to signify the exorcising of the city. Fireworks are also let off to celebrate the occasion. Please write to us to find out exact festival date.

Highlights

Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has easy trail. After Chaile make steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down trail to Syangboche (3800m). Next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has carving of many deities on the stonewall.

Inclusions

  • Airport transfer
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu Fuji 2* on (BB) or similar
  • City sightseeing tour with English speaking guide.
  • Service of trek guide and porter baggage (10kg) provided
  • All meals and accommodation using lodge with simple room and bed during the trek.
  • All ground transportation as described in the programme
  • Expenses related to special arrangements like puja, appointment with shamans, Bon-po priests,etc. and the cost of facilitator and interpreter throughout the tour

Price

COST- Private Trip
Net per person in US dollar
 
2 persons:US$ 850 per person
3 to 5 persons:US$ 795 per person
6 to 9 persons:US$ 715 per person
 
Departure: As per you choice of date
 
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Itinerary

Day 1- 15 May: Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, in Hotel{BB} 

Day 2- 16 May: In Kathmandu, sortout equipment, last minute shopping - Hotel

Day 3- 17 May: Deluxe bus to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara - Hotel

Day 4- 18 May: Trek to Kagbeni (2900m)- Lodge/Tea House accommodation

From Pokhara fly to Jomsom in the morning. The flight duration is 35 minutes. The plane takes you through the Kaligandaki valley with Dhaulagiri in the left and Annapurna on the right hand side. Jomsom has a STOL airstrip. Small 16 seater plane can only land at the airport. You start your journey from Jomsom following Kaligandaki-river to the north. The trail skirts right-bank of the river. You stop for lunch at Eklebhatti and continue the walk to Kagbeni. It is major junction for several villages around this area.

Day 5-19 May: Chaile (3150m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Continue to follow the Kaligandaki river towards north to Chusang. It is a large village on the east bank of the river; on the west bank little further north is Chaile. Except for crossing the river in monsoon the trail to Chaile is easy.

Day 6- 20 May: Syangboche (3800m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

From Chaile climb the steep path carved out of the mountain. On the ridge is a small village known as Sammar. Stop for rest, and walk on thee main trail that continually ascends to a ridge (3800), then descend to make another climb to a pass. Make a short descend to Syangboche. It is stopping place for traders and travelers. There is an alternative path that leads to a cave nestled deep in the valley where there are carvings of Many deities. The name of cave is Rongbyung Chorten. These cave is used by the Lamas (Buddhist priest) for meditation and prayer. From cave the walk to Syangboche is steep.

Day 7- 21 May: Tsarang (3500m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Next day descend to Ghilling. The trail becomes broader as you approach Ghilling. Ghilling village is about an hour walk from the main trail marked by a big chorten (Stupa). The wide path now becomes wider as you approach Nyi La-pass (3950m) and descend to Ghami (3440m). The pass is the highest elevation on this trek. At Ghami there are health and agriculture office of the government and a police check -post. Cross the bridge over a small river and continue the journey through a spectacular long stretch of Mani Stone, about 244 meter long. The trail gradually climbs to a ridge and descends to a relatively large and prosperous village. The marooned color structure of the monastery is visible as you reach Tsarang. Visit the monastery at Tsarang. There are several thanka painting hanging on the ceiling and pillars of the monastery. Fresco painting of Thousand-Buddha and large collection of Buddha and large collection of Buddhist text staked in the corner.

Day 8- 22 May: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Make a short descend to a small river that flows below Tsarang, and climb the short and steep trail that becomes leveled and brad as you approached Lo Manthang in the scorching heat. It is about 4 hours walk to the final destination. En- route stop to see caves high above the steep wall.

You will see the unmistaken land mark- a red fort of Lo Manthang and , a big and distinct red structure of Namgyal monastery located in north-west direction as you climb up the ridge top in the final lap to the once forbidden city.

Day 9- 23 May: In Lo-Manthang

Inside the frotress there are 3 monasteries. One of thm has image of a huge sitting-Buddha in meditation and the other has several statues of various deities including Buddha. Old and beautifully painted thanka paintings are hanging from the ceiling and pillars of the monastery. Inside walls are painted with stories of Buddha and other epics and beliefs. The gompas appears old and in original shape. The Lamas uses the third monastery located in the center. This is Thugchen-gompa. The monks uses this monastery for prayer and other functions. People in Lo Manthang believe that this monastery came into existence because of tantric power of an various Gods of Hindu mythology with different name but similar connotation. Inside the monastery, in addition to living quarters of the monks, there is a separate chamber that store masks and costumes. These costumes are worn at Lama-dance festival that take place every June. This festival continues for 3 days. King of Mustang attends this festival in his ceremonial dress. The story of Lama Dance is based on tantric legend.

For return journey retrace the trail back to Jomsom. Though there is an alternative trail on the east Side of the plateau and we can organize upon your request but because of its ruggedness it has not become popular yet. If you want to take this route you should add two more days or cut some days in Kathmandu.

Day 10- 24 May: In Lomanthang

In Lomanthang - visit sorrounding villages like Namgyal, Chosar / Chornup or grace last day of the festival.

Day 11- 25 May: Trek to Ghami -  Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Trek Leisurely to Ghami

Day 12- 26 May: Retrace trail to Samar- Lodge/Tea House accommodation
Trek leisurely to Samar.

Day 13- 27 May: Retrace trail to Chosang - Lodge/Tea House accommodation
Trek leisurely to Chosang.

Day 14- 28 May: Retrace trail to Jomsom - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Trek leisurely to Jomsom. This day you can visit to Thini and Musium at Jomsom or visit to nearby village Marpha.

Day 15- 29 May: Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu - Hotel(BB)

Day 16- 30 May: In Kathmandu, free day - Hotel(BB)

Day 17- 31 May: In Kathmandu. Free day- Hotel (BB)

Day 18- 01 June: Depart Kathmandu.

Private Trip: As per your choice dates

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.

Trip Highlights

Trip Code
S-TRIP-08 Special Trip Package
Total Days
18
Total Nights
17
Trip Grade
Moderate
Maximum Elevation
3950 meter
Trip Mode
Ground transport with tour guide
Average Day Activity
6-7 hours trek & sightseeing
Group Size
3 - 5
price starting from $ 795
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Overview

Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has easy trail. After Chaile make steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down trail to Syangboche (3800m). Next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has carving of many deities on the stonewall.

ABOUT TIJI FESTIVAL - Festival of a life time

This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddhas incarnation -Dorjee Sonnu- over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature which ate human flesh and caused storms and droughts. The Teeji festival usually takes place in May and June and lasts for 3 days. Dances are performed by the lamas of Lo Manthang choedhe monastery during the celebration. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Namgyal and Chhoser live in the monastery. The first day marks the harassment of Man Tam Ru in a dance called Tsa Chham, on the second day a dance called Nga Chham takes place commemorating the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demons son. The attempt to return the demon to lord Buddhas realm takes place on the third and final day.

The lamas chant prayers while performing almost 50 separate religious dances to chase demons from Lo Manthang. They are followed by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators.On the final day, in a nearby field, courtiers fire ancient muskets as a high lama shoots an arrow at a red demon effigy laid on a ragged tiger skin. He tosses five more demons into the sand to signify the exorcising of the city. Fireworks are also let off to celebrate the occasion. Please write to us to find out exact festival date.

Highlights

Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has easy trail. After Chaile make steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down trail to Syangboche (3800m). Next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has carving of many deities on the stonewall.

Inclusions

  • Airport transfer
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu Fuji 2* on (BB) or similar
  • City sightseeing tour with English speaking guide.
  • Service of trek guide and porter baggage (10kg) provided
  • All meals and accommodation using lodge with simple room and bed during the trek.
  • All ground transportation as described in the programme
  • Expenses related to special arrangements like puja, appointment with shamans, Bon-po priests,etc. and the cost of facilitator and interpreter throughout the tour

Price

COST- Private Trip
Net per person in US dollar
 
2 persons:US$ 850 per person
3 to 5 persons:US$ 795 per person
6 to 9 persons:US$ 715 per person
 
Departure: As per you choice of date
 
---.

Itinerary

Day 1- 15 May: Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, in Hotel{BB} 

Day 2- 16 May: In Kathmandu, sortout equipment, last minute shopping - Hotel

Day 3- 17 May: Deluxe bus to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara - Hotel

Day 4- 18 May: Trek to Kagbeni (2900m)- Lodge/Tea House accommodation

From Pokhara fly to Jomsom in the morning. The flight duration is 35 minutes. The plane takes you through the Kaligandaki valley with Dhaulagiri in the left and Annapurna on the right hand side. Jomsom has a STOL airstrip. Small 16 seater plane can only land at the airport. You start your journey from Jomsom following Kaligandaki-river to the north. The trail skirts right-bank of the river. You stop for lunch at Eklebhatti and continue the walk to Kagbeni. It is major junction for several villages around this area.

Day 5-19 May: Chaile (3150m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Continue to follow the Kaligandaki river towards north to Chusang. It is a large village on the east bank of the river; on the west bank little further north is Chaile. Except for crossing the river in monsoon the trail to Chaile is easy.

Day 6- 20 May: Syangboche (3800m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

From Chaile climb the steep path carved out of the mountain. On the ridge is a small village known as Sammar. Stop for rest, and walk on thee main trail that continually ascends to a ridge (3800), then descend to make another climb to a pass. Make a short descend to Syangboche. It is stopping place for traders and travelers. There is an alternative path that leads to a cave nestled deep in the valley where there are carvings of Many deities. The name of cave is Rongbyung Chorten. These cave is used by the Lamas (Buddhist priest) for meditation and prayer. From cave the walk to Syangboche is steep.

Day 7- 21 May: Tsarang (3500m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Next day descend to Ghilling. The trail becomes broader as you approach Ghilling. Ghilling village is about an hour walk from the main trail marked by a big chorten (Stupa). The wide path now becomes wider as you approach Nyi La-pass (3950m) and descend to Ghami (3440m). The pass is the highest elevation on this trek. At Ghami there are health and agriculture office of the government and a police check -post. Cross the bridge over a small river and continue the journey through a spectacular long stretch of Mani Stone, about 244 meter long. The trail gradually climbs to a ridge and descends to a relatively large and prosperous village. The marooned color structure of the monastery is visible as you reach Tsarang. Visit the monastery at Tsarang. There are several thanka painting hanging on the ceiling and pillars of the monastery. Fresco painting of Thousand-Buddha and large collection of Buddha and large collection of Buddhist text staked in the corner.

Day 8- 22 May: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Make a short descend to a small river that flows below Tsarang, and climb the short and steep trail that becomes leveled and brad as you approached Lo Manthang in the scorching heat. It is about 4 hours walk to the final destination. En- route stop to see caves high above the steep wall.

You will see the unmistaken land mark- a red fort of Lo Manthang and , a big and distinct red structure of Namgyal monastery located in north-west direction as you climb up the ridge top in the final lap to the once forbidden city.

Day 9- 23 May: In Lo-Manthang

Inside the frotress there are 3 monasteries. One of thm has image of a huge sitting-Buddha in meditation and the other has several statues of various deities including Buddha. Old and beautifully painted thanka paintings are hanging from the ceiling and pillars of the monastery. Inside walls are painted with stories of Buddha and other epics and beliefs. The gompas appears old and in original shape. The Lamas uses the third monastery located in the center. This is Thugchen-gompa. The monks uses this monastery for prayer and other functions. People in Lo Manthang believe that this monastery came into existence because of tantric power of an various Gods of Hindu mythology with different name but similar connotation. Inside the monastery, in addition to living quarters of the monks, there is a separate chamber that store masks and costumes. These costumes are worn at Lama-dance festival that take place every June. This festival continues for 3 days. King of Mustang attends this festival in his ceremonial dress. The story of Lama Dance is based on tantric legend.

For return journey retrace the trail back to Jomsom. Though there is an alternative trail on the east Side of the plateau and we can organize upon your request but because of its ruggedness it has not become popular yet. If you want to take this route you should add two more days or cut some days in Kathmandu.

Day 10- 24 May: In Lomanthang

In Lomanthang - visit sorrounding villages like Namgyal, Chosar / Chornup or grace last day of the festival.

Day 11- 25 May: Trek to Ghami -  Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Trek Leisurely to Ghami

Day 12- 26 May: Retrace trail to Samar- Lodge/Tea House accommodation
Trek leisurely to Samar.

Day 13- 27 May: Retrace trail to Chosang - Lodge/Tea House accommodation
Trek leisurely to Chosang.

Day 14- 28 May: Retrace trail to Jomsom - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Trek leisurely to Jomsom. This day you can visit to Thini and Musium at Jomsom or visit to nearby village Marpha.

Day 15- 29 May: Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu - Hotel(BB)

Day 16- 30 May: In Kathmandu, free day - Hotel(BB)

Day 17- 31 May: In Kathmandu. Free day- Hotel (BB)

Day 18- 01 June: Depart Kathmandu.

Private Trip: As per your choice dates

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.

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