DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT KINGDOM AND MONASTERIES OF MUSTANG
- Into the Forbidden “Kingdom of Lo”
- Luri Gompa Cave Monastery
Mustang was founded by Ame Pal, who set himself up as king of this Tibetan territory in 1380. The present raja of Mustang and his family can trace their ancestry directly back some 25 generations to Ame Pal. Some time around the year 1800 Mustang became a part of Nepal, but retained its status as a separate principality until as recently as the 1950’s when the area was more closely consolidated into Nepal. Because of its sensitive border location, on the north side of the Annapurna Massif, Mustang was inaccessible to foreign visitors until 1991, when the Nepalese Government opened up the whole of the country. The upper (northern) part of Mustang remains a secluded and quite secretive Buddhist enclave, which previously prospered as a result of its strategic location on an important trade route between Nepal (and India) and Tibet, along the great natural highway of the Kali Gandaki Valley.
Evidence of this former prosperity is the excellent stock trail that runs north to south through the territory, a trail that we follow on this great trek. Offering straightforward moderately strenuous trekking on good trails, and at relatively modest altitudes, a trek into Mustang is a fantastic introduction to the first-time trekker in Nepal or for the more experienced person looking for a unique trip. The landscape is quite unlike anything that is to be found elsewhere in Nepal, with deep gorges and strangely sculptured rock formations, which are often brightly colored – yellow, red, orange, grey and blue. Set within this unusual landscape, each of the many painted villages and monasteries of Mustang appears to be more picturesque than the last – presenting unbelievable photographic opportunities. The cultural make up and recent history of the region is unique and fascinating and the local people, the “Lobas,” are friendly and hospitable.
The culturally outstanding Kingdom of Mustang and Luri Gompa Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. Our Classic Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Nepali Guide and full support crew. In addition to our fixed group dates, we are also able to arrange this trek starting on any day of the week during the months of March through October for groups of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: Relax in the morning and afternoon flight to Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 3: Flight to Jomsom 9,000 feet and drive to Kagbeni. Camp.
Day 4: Trek to Muktinath at 12,170 feet. Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Chele. 13,375 feet. Camp.
Day 6: Trek across the Schyangmochen La (12,630 feet) and Yamdo La (13,155 feet) to Tama Gaon.
Day 7: Trek to Dhakmar Village. 12,400 feet. Camp.
Day 8: Trek to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang (12,600 feet) the capital of Mustang. Camp.
Day 9: In Lo Manthang. Excursions to the local monasteries and the royal palace. Camp.
Day 10: Travel southeast to Yara at 11,810 feet. Camp.
Day 11: Day excursion to the 12th century cave monastery of Luri Gompa. 13,500 feet. Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Tange. 11,050 feet. Camp.
Day 13: Trek to the high summer pasture of Pha at 12,790 feet. Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Tetang. 10,500 feet. Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Kagbeni or Muktinath and further to Jomsom. 9,000 feet. Lodge.
Day 16: Fly via Pokhara to Kathmandu. The afternoon is free. Hotel.
Day 17: Guided half-day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. Afternoon is free. Hotel.
Day 18: Transfer to the airport and depart Kathmandu.