Below is the planned itinerary, however details to not become set until... We discuss any other options for tours or additional day trips (this is OUR trip, after all!) Security deposits have been taken Even then, due to weather and other causes there is always a possibility of a shift in plans- any changes will be made with our safety and best interests in mind!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft) After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Himalayan Hikers who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Depending on arrival time we may enjoy an evening meditation practice then go to our welcome dinner with Devin. Overnight in Kathmandu. Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation After breakfast we tour Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. We will be able to get some food and refreshments at Boudhanath stupa before heading back to the hotel. That afternoon Deven will brief us on the details of our trip and we will pack for the trek. Chelsea will lead us through an evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Kathmandu. Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours Option to rise for a short morning meditation. We have breakfast then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. In the afternoon we can enjoy boating in Fewa Lake or exploring the city’s quaint streets. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Pokhara. Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Kagbeni. Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours Morning movement and meditation. Afterwards 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. Evening meditation practice. Day 06: Chele to Syanboche (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours 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. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Syanboche. Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours 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. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Ghami. Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours Morning movement & meditation. 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. Evening meditation practice. Overnight in Tsarang. Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours Morning yoga & meditation. 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. Evening meditation practice. Overnight in Lo-Manthang. Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization Morning yoga & meditation practice. 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. Evening meditation practice. Overnight in Lo Manthang. Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours 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. Evening yoga & meditation practice.
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours 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. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Ghiling. Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours Morning yoga & meditation practice. 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. Evening meditation practice. Overnight in Chhuksang. Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours 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. Evening meditation practice. Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara 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. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 16: Rest day in Pokhara Morning yoga & meditation practice. We’ll enjoy an extra day in Pokhara to explore the city and surrounding area. Overnight in Pokhara. Day 17: Back to Kathmandu 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. Evening yoga & meditation practice. Overnight in Kathmandu. Day 18: Fly Home! Our Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Hikers will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.