Journey to Upper Mustang

September 27, 2016

I had traveled to Upper Mustang in April 2006. Our last destination was Lo- Manthang.  The Lo- Manthang city is situated in Mustang district nearby Tibet border.

We started our journey from Kathmandu. One early morning we drive by bus to Pokhara.  On the way, we saw many beautiful villages with attractive landscape. We reached to Pokhara for the lunch. After short rest, we had lunch then we proceed to explore natural beauties of Pokhara valley.

The next day early morning, we flew to Jomsom.  The Jomsom is district headquarter of Mustang. We had breakfast in Jomsom then continue our walk toward Kagbeni village through the bank of Kaligandaki River. While we were walking, we took experience the strong wind of Kaligandaki valley, which we heard about that.  That was funny and made us excited for further more walking. We reached to Kagbeni in the afternoon and explored the oldest Gompa and its surrounding before lunch then we moved ahead towards Chele village for overnight stop.

Day third that was sunny day even though we could not see the mountain views because of we were surrounding by dry and rocky hills. We begin to hike after breakfast. The steps were challenging us. That was not easy to reach 3800 meters from 2700-meter altitude. However, we struggled and finally we reached to place called Ghilling for overnight stop.

Day fourth, we walked around an hour through village and trace field then again the rocky hill, dusty trail with strong wind challenged us. There was no way with us, except bet to the challenges. Somehow, we succeed to left behind all challenges to reach to Charang village.

The fifth day was last day to reach to our final destination.  Since early morning, we all were excited. Comparatively the trail also was easier than earlier days. The path was wide and slightly ascending but no required sweat. After four walking finally, we reached to walled city Lo-Manthnag.  After short rest, we had lunch then we explored Lo- Manthang and at the same time, we had hire horses to visit to Chhoser village as pony trek.  That was my first horse ride. In the evening, the Mistangi King Mr. Jigme Parbal Bista was invite to us for a cup of tea together at his palace. Around an hour he interact with us and at the he thank to us for the visiting to Lo- Manthang.

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