Description

This drive is one of the classic drives that entail driving in the rain shadow part of the wind-swept desert landscape of the Himalayas with views of implausible gorges, high passes and enormous vistas. The journey to Lo-Manthang entails passing through authentic Tibetan villages, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snowcapped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and caves. The founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, came here centuries ago to defend Buddhism against the forces trying to destroy it. To celebrate his successful battle, he built the temple of Lo Gekhar that still stands today, surviving along with an unadulterated Tibetan culture that cannot be found elsewhere.

For political reasons travel into Mustang was strictly forbidden and the region remained isolated from the modern world. In 1992 it was decided to allow outsiders in on a very limited basis. This isolation has helped maintain a way of life almost unchanged for centuries.

In the early 7th century the land of Upper Mustang mainly Lo Tshu Dhyun was highly influenced by Lasha of Tibet. The land was granted to retainer of the Ghunthang King of western Tibet. In late 1300’s a warrior Ampel (first king of Mustang) from Tibet defeated the local warlord’s to unite the kingdom and established his capital at Lomanthang.

Itinenary

Day 02: AM: Fly Kathmandu / Pokhara (827 m) (Approx. 25 minutes flight) / Drive to Jomsom via Beni (Approx.155 Km)

Day 03: Drive Jomsom to Ghiling (3570 m) (54 Km)

Day 04: AM: Sightseeing of Ghiling / Drive Ghiling to Lo- Manthang (3810 m) (30 Km)

Day 05: Sightseeing & Drive around Lo – Manthang

Day 06: Drive Lo – Manthang to Jomsom (84 Km)

Day 07: Drive Jomsom to Pokhara (155 Km)

Day 08: PM: Fly Pokhara / Kathmandu (Approx. 25 minutes flight)

Day 09: Final Departure

***End of Arrangements***

Facts

Best Period: Mar, April, May-June – Oct, Nov.

Time Period:08 Nights / 09 Days

In Kathmandu: 02 Nights

In Pokhara: 01 Night

In Mustang: 05 Nights

Highest Altitude: 4010 m

Warning: Altitude Sickness.

Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara / Lodges / Teahouse in Mustang and Upper Mustang