Lo-Manthang Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Half Day visit of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. PM: Free, preparation for the trekking. O/N hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni
Fly to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This is the most interesting town in the area. The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peak will make you buy some extra rolls of film. After breakfast trek along the Kali Gandaki River. Arrive Kagbeni, the entry point of the upper Mustang for overnight stop. O/N in Kagbebni.

Day 05: Kagbeni - Chele
There is a trail up the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.  Nilgiri peak which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley.  Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village about 1 1/2 hrs trek, and cross the river from there and continue north climbing up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030 Mt. The culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo from here.

Day 06: Chele - Geling
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540 Mt.  Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 Mt.  The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen.  From there gently climb to a pass at 3770mt and descend to Geling.

Day 07: Geling - Charang
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on your trek NYI  LA and descend below the blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu ( river), then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal.  Climbing over another pass at 3600m,  the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang.  The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha's.

Day 08: Charang - Lo Manthang
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang-Chu  and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb.  Finally from a ridge at 3850 Mt.  there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of LO Manthang.

Day 09-10-11: Lo Manthang
There are four major places and several other places like the Tall Champa Lakhang  "God house", the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attractions of this town.  An another attraction is the four-story building of the Raja's Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.  Having seen one, you are excited to see the others.

Besides Lo Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting.  The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja's summer palace,  Kimling and  Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Nangyals  "The Monastery of Victory" is the newest and most active Gompa in LO.  The eastern valley contains Chosar, the site of a High School, Garphu and Nyphu Gompa and is the main trading route to Lhasa.

Day 12: Lo Manthang - Ghami via Gekar
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek.  The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of LO Manthang.  The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys and across a ridge at 4070m then descends across to the south through two more valleys, meadows and a stream.   The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar.  LO Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa in Nepal.  Then crosses a ridge after a little climbing and drops down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends along the side of the stone walls and fields of extensive villages, then climbs to a ridge. It is a short descent to Ghami.

Day 13: Ghami - Samar
From Ghami climb to NYI  LA and descend to Samar through the same route.

Day 14: Samar - Kagbeni
Return trek to Kagbeni.

Day 15: Kagbeni - Jomsom
Trek back to Jomsom. O/N in Jomsom.

Day 16: Jomsom - Pokhara
Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Kathmandu

Day 17: Kathmandu
After breakfast you're free as your own in Kathmandu.  O/N in Kathmandu

Day 18 Departure to Airport

  • Warn welcome airport in Kathmandu & transfer hotel
  • All arrival and departure transfers using private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis in all places except in Chitwan
  • Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on FB (Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) basis in Chitwan
  • Hotel accommodation on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis
  • All sightseeing with local English speaking guide
  • All transfer by private vehicle; it is depend on group size
  • Necessary entrance fees
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance
  • Airfare to/from Nepal.
  • Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
  • Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
  • Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Personal Insurance.

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