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Lo-Manthang Trekking 14 Days

Facts of the trip

Trip Code: UPM
Trip Duration: 14 days
Max. Altitude: 3700m
Grade: Moderate
Program Type: Hiking
Trek Start Point: Jomsom
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Accommodation: Tea house
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Mode of Travel: Adventure
Transportation: flight Drive and flight
Minimum Pax: 2
Best season: September to December & March to May

Lo-Mathang is upper Mustang it is once an independent kingdom, although closely tied by language and culture to Tibet. From the 15th century to the 17th century, its strategic location granted Mustang control over the trade between the Himalayas and India. At the end of the 18th century, the kingdom was annexed by Nepal.

“Lo-Mathang Trekking” is a very popular trekking region in Nepal. The Home Ministry of Nepal announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. According to government rule, liaison officer should always accompany the trekking groups. The region of the Tibetan influence Kaligandaki from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as “Lo-Manthang”. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down the hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and several others picks to make your trek a memorable one.

“Lo-Mathanng Trekking” is a sensational journey beyond the Himalayas to one of the most remote kingdoms on earth. Hidden behind the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, It is truly the Forbidden Kingdom. Once an independent kingdom, this land of Tibetan Buddhism was only opened to outsiders in 1992. With its ancient monasteries, palaces, caves, and ruins of old forts, Mustang is rich in art and history. This is perhaps the only region where Tibetan culture and religion have survived over the centuries mostly untouched by time and modern colonization. This trek follows the ancient trade route, passing through historic towns and eventually ending at the capital city of Lo Manthang. Region and requires a permit fee of US$ 500 per person for 10 days.


Day 01 Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 02 Pokhara Jomsom

Day 03 Kagbeni to Chele

Day04 Dheling to Geling

Day 05 Geling to Charang

Day 06 Charang to LO-Manthang

Day 07 LO-Manthang

Day 08 LO- Manthang

 Day 09 LO-Manthang to Ghani via Gekar

 Day 10 Ghami to Samar

Day 11 Samar to Kagbani

Day 12 Kagbani to Jomsom

Day 13 Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 01 Kathmandu to Pokhara: From Kathmandu to Pokhara there are two ways to reach. One is by bus, which are 200 K.M. far from Kathmandu by bus is takes approximately about 6 ½ hours by tourist bus. The road mostly follows the Trishuli River . Along the drive you see beautiful scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at pokhara with enough time to enjoy the colorful town of pokhara.  By air it takes you about 3O minute o/n stay in Pokhara.

Day 02 Pokhara Jomsom: Fly to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang and start trek to Kagbeni, and the starting point of the “Upper Mustang”. Over night camping at Kagbeni.

Day 03 Kagbeni to Chaile: There is a trail up the bank of the Kaligandaki that climbing over many ridges as over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses fields of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach chhusang dominates the southern skyline at kagbeni continues to loom massive at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village about 1 ½ 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 Mustangi Culture the Tibetan culture of Lo from here.

Day04 Ghiling to Geling: The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the speculator steep canyon to pass and cairn to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540Mt.Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chorines on a ridge, then descend 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 bridge at 3800 Mt. and descend to Geling

Day 05 Ghiling to 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  so 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 are an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thakas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.

Day 06 Charang to LO-Manthang: The Trail descends about 100meters down from Charang, crosses the charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a climb on a ridge and continues to climb, finally from a ridge at 3850meter there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up in to the plateau of Lo- Manthang.

Day 07 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 attraction of this town. An another attraction is the four -story building of Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas . Having seen one, you are excited to see the others.

Day 08 LO- Manthang: Besides LO Manthang there are two other valleys worth visiting. The western valley Thingkhar, 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 09 LO-Manthang to Ghani via Gekar: This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass make by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of LO Manthang. The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys and across a ridge at 4070meter then descends across to the south through two more valley meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar. LO Gekar Gompa is older then 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 10 Ghami to Samar: From Ghimi climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar through the same route.

Day 11 Samar to Kagbani: Return trek to Kagbani

Day 12 Kagbani to Jomsom: Return trek to Jomsom

Day 13 Jomsom to Pokhara: Fly to pokhara lakeside village site, “Front row center” to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous “Fishtail” Mountain peak of Machapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You’re free in Pokhara valley also called ” Magic Land ” or Dreamland” of Nepal , to explore the various interesting place like a boating in fewa Lake over looking of Annapurna Range , David falls, Mahendra cave and some Temples . Evening you are free to explore the colorful town/N in Pokhara.

Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu: After breakfast you’re return to Kathmandu by road. After arrive in Kathmandu You’re free to shop and pike up some last minute souvenirs, rest and visit the shop etc. O/N at Kathmandu .

Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@nepalfreelanceguide.com

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Your Program Duration = 14 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

Cost Include

Cost Includes
• Transport- Airport to Kathmandu hotel. Hotel to Kathmandu airport for Pokhara departure. Form Pokhara hotel to Pokhara airport for Jomsom flight. Arrival from Jomsom to pokhrar and transport to Hotel in Pokhara. From Pokhra hotel to pokhara airport departure to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport to Kathmandu hotel and final departure from Hotel to airport for your own dictation
• Special restricted area permits for Upper Mustang and National park permit.
• Two night hotel in Kathmandu with B/B plan (Bed and Breakfast)
• Two night hotel in Pokhara with B/B plan (Bed and Breakfast.
• Kathmandu-Pokhara -Jomsom-Pokhara flight tickets (For Guest and Guide
• Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu bus transport for portar.
• Best available lodges/tea houses during the trek
• All lodging and foods/meals during the trek
• Domestic flights and all taxes
• Guide and porter:- food, Salary, Accommodation during the trek and insurance
• Down Jackets, sleeping bags during the trek and sleeping bag and down jackets are returnable after the trek.
• Upper mustang restricted area permit fee $500 per person for 10 days time durations.
• Entire administration and Local taxes

Cost Exclude

Cost does not include item
• Kathmandu and Pokhara food.
• Nepal Visa Fees (you should bring accurate 40 USD cash and two passport size pictures)
• Personal expenses (Shopping, Laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, mineral water or boiled water, Phone calls, shower etc)
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early come back from trek (due to any case) than the fixed itinerary
• International fare/arrival taxes/departure taxes from your country to Kathmandu and from Kathmandu to your own destination
• Trip and rescue insurance
• Tips for guides and porters/ Donations
Note: – This trek only minimum 2 Pax not aloud single people.

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  • Dammaru Niraula was our guide and confidant for our recent visit to Nepal. We went on a humanitarian visit to build a hothouse in the village of Phortse in the Khumbu region of Nepal but also included some trekking on a personal level before and after our project. Dammaru was a vital link in getting the project off the ground and…

    Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group  Australia
    • Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group Australia
  • Dammaru Niraula Trekking Guide Trip Leader I have had an association with Dammaru over the last three years. My first trek with Dammaru was to the Solu Khumbu region where he tailored a trek to suit our request to climb some remote passes and stay off the main tourist routes where possible. His knowledge of the area was very impressive and his attention to our safety was always his major concern. The second trek I did with Dammaru two years…

    Ian Thwaity with hothouse group Australia
    • Ian Thwaity with hothouse group Australia
    • Australia
  • Dear Dammaru I have been trekking to Ghorepani poon hill on Jan 07 for 6 days with Mr. Dammaru. Poonhill is so beautiful, so all I can do is just taking pictures on poon hill. If you were planning to trek in Nepal, I…

    Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
    • Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
    • Japan
  • I was a member of a group of nine friends from Northamptonshire in 204 from the UK, on a trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Apart from one member, we were all approaching or over the age of 60 and were all well aware of the difficulties we could encounter at Thorong La which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769…

    Philip Pomeroy  Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • Philip Pomeroy Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • British
  • My husband and I embarked on a trip to Nepal in October 2006. We were hoping to avoid the large tour groups and were referred to Himalayan Holidays based in Kathmandu as a provider of customized tours. We had looked on the net to determine the tour we wanted to undertake and spoke to many people and eventually decided 6-day on Ghorepani Poon…

    Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie  South Australia
    • Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie South Australia
    • Australia
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  • Dammaru Niraula was our guide and confidant for our recent visit to Nepal. We went on a humanitarian visit to build a hothouse in the village of Phortse in the Khumbu region of Nepal but also included some trekking on a personal level before and after our project. Dammaru was a vital link in getting the project off the ground and then as a support person in Nepal before, during and after. He completed the following tasks with the utmost professionalism and patience. Arranged transfer of a large number of funds from Australian bank account to Nepalese bank account. Communications with the village before we arrived to ensure the walls were built. Organized our itinerary and necessary bookings for the trekking part of our journey for 8 adults. Once we arrived in Nepal he then assisted us in purchasing all the gear we needed for the finishing of the hothouse. e.g. Polycarbonate roof sheeting and the many other bits of hardware necessary. Transport of the roofing etc to Phortse village via helicopter, plane, yak, and porter. As well as being a part of the project Dammaru also was our trekking guide for the duration of our trip of 5 weeks. He organized everything for us from the hotel, in Kathmandu and everything in between our trek to base camp. He is honest, reliable and always puts the customer first. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dammaru to anyone who is considering a trip to Nepal.

    Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group  Australia
    • Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group Australia
  • Dammaru Niraula Trekking Guide Trip Leader I have had an association with Dammaru over the last three years. My first trek with Dammaru was to the Solu Khumbu region where he tailored a trek to suit our request to climb some remote passes and stay off the main tourist routes where possible. His knowledge of the area was very impressive and his attention to our safety was always his major concern. The second trek I did with Dammaru two years later. This trip was the culmination of a long term project to build hothouses in a village deep into the Solu Khumbu region. www.himalyanhothouse.org To complete this project Dammaru had a pivotal role in developing contacts, sourcing materials helping to manage the project finances. During the preparations for the Hothouse project, we found Dammaru to be honest, prompt and very hardworking. He also showed a great understanding of our requests and needs for the project to be successful. During the trek, itself Dammaru co-ordinated seven of our group and six porters as well as an extra climbing guide. He also acted as a very effective interpreter and liaison with the people of the village of Phortse. On a personal level, Dammaru is the most genuine man with a big heart. He shared the passion for our project and its humanitarian ideals. Once again our safety during the whole trek was his main concern. A phrase often used by Dammaru sums up his professional work ethic. Service is most important. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Dammaru Niraula if you plan to undertake a trek or similar activity in Nepal.
    Ian Thwaity with hothouse group Australia
    • Ian Thwaity with hothouse group Australia
    • Australia
  • Dear Dammaru I have been trekking to Ghorepani poon hill on Jan 07 for 6 days with Mr. Dammaru. Poonhill is so beautiful, so all I can do is just taking pictures on poon hill. If you were planning to trek in Nepal, I would recommend you as one choice. His personality and professional guide skill makes me fun of Trekking and Nepal. so I am planning to go to Nepal again this August. He may meet all demand of you request on your trekking trip even though you join in the big group.  Because he has more over 10 years experience of  trekking guide for Many English and Japanese speaker. Actually, I have never met such a good Japanese speaker guide and I had no chance to speak in English with him. I can recommend him to all people who need great experience guide with English or Japanese. so you can get satisfaction for a great guide. Very Thanks,
    Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
    • Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
    • Japan
  • I was a member of a group of nine friends from Northamptonshire in 204 from the UK, on a trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Apart from one member, we were all approaching or over the age of 60 and were all well aware of the difficulties we could encounter at Thorong La which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Our group was led by Dammaru Niraula and we were most impressed by his leadership qualities. He introduced us gently to the lower altitudes and gradually encouraged us on longer and more arduous days of trekking. At Manang, he encouraged us to take a day trek up the lower slopes of Gangapurna and Annapurna III (see my photo below) and afterward to attend an altitude safety lecture in Manang. We are all convinced that, without his careful attention to altitude safety, we would not all have completed the trek over Thorong La and some of us at least would have joined the many trekkers who are forced to descend suffering from altitude sickness. We will always be eternally grateful to Dammaru and his team of Sherpas. Like many Nepalese, Dammaru has a very quiet and gentle nature with a keen sense of humor and fun. At first, he appears to be shy and reserved but is constantly attending to the needs of his guests, assessing their temperaments and abilities and adjusting the itinerary accordingly. After a few days in his care, you come to realize that you are in the hands of an experienced, competent and understanding mountain guide. I can recommend him too highly and know that he will continue to offer excellent trekking facilities in the Himalayas.
    Philip Pomeroy  Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • Philip Pomeroy Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • British
  • My husband and I embarked on a trip to Nepal in October 2006. We were hoping to avoid the large tour groups and were referred to Himalayan Holidays based in Kathmandu as a provider of customized tours. We had looked on the net to determine the tour we wanted to undertake and spoke to many people and eventually decided 6-day on Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. We live in a plain and therefore training for the trek was a challenge in itself. We spent our weekends climbing up and down a 700metre high hill that was regarded as sufficiently steep for our training needs. However, we were unsure of what to expect in Nepal and were concerned about our levels of fitness for the trek that we had in mind. We were introduced to our guide, Dammaru at the hotel we were staying in Kathmandu and our anxieties were quickly alleviated. This diminutive gentleman exuded confidence and assured us that he was able to accommodate our individual fitness levels and ensure that our time in his country was hassle free. And indeed he did! Without it being particularly noticeable, Dammaru controlled the tempo of our daily treks in order that the enjoyment factor always exceeded any physical discomfort. His relationship with the locals was both real & genuine which meant we never felt like intruders or uncomfortable in their presence. Dammaru's keen negotiation skills with the local tea house proprietors' meant the delay between arriving & unwinding from the challenges of our daily treks was minimal with the accommodation always being appropriate to our needs. His professionalism was faultless. He provided us with a wealth of information on all aspects of the history, culture, flora, and fauna of this remarkable country. Not only was he a fantastic guide, but his cheeky grin and sense of humor ensured Dammaru to be a fantastic traveling companion. Our dealings with Dammaru exceeded all expectations and we hope to make a return visit to this stunningly beautiful country.

    Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie  South Australia
    • Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie South Australia
    • Australia
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