Upper Mustang is forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, The tour started to take off and landing from Kathmandu and Pokhara only. But it has a merely structured and culturally rich region, lies in the western part of Nepal. The local ctradition and lifestyle are similar to the Tibetans. It is an ancient valley generally regarded as unscathed and culturally preserved. Lo-Manthang is the capital city of the Himalayan forbidden kingdom. Due to its secluded geographical location, Upper Mustang helicopter tour becomes thrilling to explore the forbidden valley.
The views are breathtaking of Kali Gandaki River and its gaps along with the scattered ethnic settlements by the river. This package offers you the angelic panaromas and the bumpy ride along the bank ok kaligandaki river. The views are breathtaking of Kali Gandaki River and its gaps along with the scattered ethnic settlements by the river. as structurally it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The Mustang district was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the MahaRaja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.
Our represent will be at the airport as per your flights details given earlier. Drive to the hotel and rest. In the evening, briefing about the trip.
We drive west of Kathmandu to Pokhara through the lush mountain valleys. The road winds along scenic valley basin dominated by farming terraces and charming villages connected by suspension bridges. Closer to Pokhara, we will see snow peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu range in the backdrop.
Enjoy the scrumptious breakfast with in vicinity of Phewa lake and the Himalayas. After breakfast, we set out on our journey to Mustang. We first drive west to the town of Beni and then head upstream Kali Gandaki river. The Kali Gandaki valley at this point becomes the world’s deepest gorge, wedged between Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m). Kalopani is the most scenic village situated with the view of both Himalayan giants.
We are literally in trans-Himalayan region. The landscape changes from lush green to arid, windy valley after Kalopani village. Kaligandaki snakes along the wide and far reaching valley that have been eroded in thousands of years. The villages of Tukuche and Marpha, we pass by are popular for Apple orchard and the brandy. From Kagbeni, we register our permits and literally enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. These were the dwellings of ‘Khampa warriors’ who were fighting against Chinese in 1960es. Elders from the village still recall their memories. On the way, you can visit Chungsi cave believed to be meditated by Guru Rinpoche (Padmashambhava). Tsarang is one of the historically and culturally important village in Upper Mustang. The village have some ancient stupa, palace and monastery with murals. It is believed that the monastery used to host ceremony with up to 10,000 monks it its hay days.
Short hike to Ghar Gompa, allows you to explore and see the farm, pastures and the monastic life off the main village of Mustang. Ghar Gompa is believed to the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery established by Guru Rinpoche even before the ‘Samye monastery’ in Tibet. Its rustic ancient appearance with mystic painting and sculptures is rarely seen elsewhere. Later drive to Lo Manthang and check in local lodge. Later walk around the Michelle Paisel’s ‘Lost Tibetan Kingdom’. The place has less changed since then.
Visit Namgyal gompa, sky caves of Chhoser and the Garphu gompa. Honeycomb caves of Mustang dating back to over 3,000 years have been subject of excavation for archaeologists from around the world. These caves have been used for burial, meditation and also for living. Some of them are still being used in Chhoser and nearby villages.
Explore the Ghhursanbo cave and the water in the higher reaches of the village and enjoy the view of snow peak.
Drive to pokhara after the adventorous
Drive back to kathmandu via flight ar drive