Lo-Manthang trekking itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350meter).
Arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our tour guides and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be rest and relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Visit Kathmandu valley (1310meter).
After breakfast, we start half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and Swayambhunath. Afternoon is free and preparation for the trekking. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (820meter).
Early morning drive to Pokhara by a tourist bus which takes 6 hours and 200km west from Kathmandu. Or take a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom 25minutes flight then trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3hrs walking.
Take an early morning flight from Pokhara 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 Lo-Manthang (upper Mustang) for overnight stop. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele(3050m) 06:00hrs walking.
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. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Chele – Geling (3520m) 06:00hrs walking.
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 meters. 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 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at 3770meters and descend to Geling. Overnight at guest house in Gelling.
Day 07: Geling – Charang (3580m) 05:30hrs walking.
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. Overnight at guest house in Charang.
Day 08: Charang - Lo Manthang (3700m) 05:00hrs walking.
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang–Chu (River) and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally from a ridge at 3850meters 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. Overnight at hotel in Lo-manthang.
Day 09 and Day 10: Explore 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 king'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 King'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. Overnight at hotel in Lo-Manthang.
Day 11: Lo Manthang – Ghami (3520m), 07:00hrs walking.
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. Overnight at guest house in Ghami.
Day 12: Ghami – Samar (3540m) 06:00hrs walking.
From Ghami climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar through the same route. Overnight at guest house in Samar.
Day 13: Samar – Kagbeni (2800m) 05:00hrs walking.
Return trek to Kagbeni. Overnight at house.
Day 14: Kagbeni – Muktinath (3760) 03:30hrs walking.
Trek to Muktinath, overnight at guest house.
Day 15: Muktinath – Jomsom (2720m) 05:00hrs walking.
Trek back to Jomsom. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16: Jomsom-Pokhara(820m) fly 25 minutes.
Early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, afternoon sightseeing around Fhewa Lake and visit some other interesting places. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 17: Pokhara-Kathmandu, 6 hours drive.
Drive by Car/Van/Jeep or tourist bus (6:00hrs) or take a 30 minutes flight. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: fly back home.
Final transfer to international airport for flight back to home.