words. A popular destination of hundreds and thousands
of people from around the world every year, it has
a different significance to everyone.
The Kingdom of Nepal offers an incomparable blend
of high mountains and rich cultures. Nepal embraces
the Central Himalaya including eight of the worlds
10 highest peaks, rushing rivers and rolling terraced
hills; lush, steamy tropics and high altitude plains.
Nepal's unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism is endlessly
fascinating, as is its rich ethnic mosaic of diverse
people. There are few places as strange and beautiful,
and few people as friendly as people in Nepal.
THE LAND OF LO
Duration: 21 days
(16 days tented trek, 1 day Pokhara,4 days Kathmandu)
This trek takes you behind
the Himalayas to the once-forbidden kingdom of Mustang,
a Tibet-like valley, with arid terrain and wind-eroded
hills. Opened to a handful of trekkers recently, Mustang
attracts adventurers from around the globe. The trip
to Mustang is one of the finest adventures that Nepal
Located at the upper end of the Kali Gandaki River gorge,
the deepest in the world Mustang is famous for its untouched
cultures, its harsh landscape, its unique art and architecture,
and some of its prehistoric caves are still used by
Mustang sees very little rainfall and relies on trade
for most of its income. Its capital Lo Manthang(3730m)
is a fortress-like legendary city of about 150 stone
houses and Tibetan-style monasteries. Local inhabitants
are known as Lobas and they practice Tibetan Buddhism.
The trek starts from the Jomsom airstrip(2713m). You
will pass through Kagbeni, a settlement of closely packed
mud houses, winding alleys, and impressive chortens.
At Charang and ancient fortress standing at the edge
of a great hill houses Buddha statues and sacred scroll
paintings. Then you will walk across desert-like terrain,
climb over a ridge, and enter the valley of Lo Manthang.
Despite the apparent squalor of the city, it is prosperous
and wealth is measured in terms of acreage, horses,
and social standing. One of the most striking aspects
of the city is the local architecture. The roof of the
house is used to store large stacks of firewood, often
indicative of social status and wealth. On the walls
are horns of sheep and yak.
At Mustang we will be visiting monasteries that date
back to the 1420s. You will especially love the intricate
mandalas painted upon its walls and enjoy a visit to
Thugchen Gompa, a massive assembly hall supported by
huge wooden columns near the center of the city.
Reisen Nepal will introduce you to King Jigme of Mustang
and his queen and you will see how he and his ancestors
have lived in this ancient enclave over the centuries.
We will also take you to the upper Mustang area and
its two secret valleys. You will see the Mustang King's
summer palace, Namgyal Gompa(the monastery of victory),
and other important gompas. The valleys are on the main
trading route to Lhasa used over the centuries by pilgrims,
traders, and invaders. This trip to Mustang is sure
to move your heart even if you have traveled extensively
throughout the world.
||Arrive in Kathmandu-Transfer to hotel-Welcome
dinner. Full day sightseeing tour around ancient
Stupas, Temples & Palaces of Kathmandu
||Overland to Pokhara –Explore the town
||Fly to Jomsom(2713m)-Trek around the village
and Rest-Trek to Kagbeni(2810m)-Cheley(3050m)-Ghami(3520m)-Tsarang(3500m)-Lo
Manthang(3700m)-(Side trips to Chhosar, Tinghar,
Phuwa and Namgyall, Nyphu, Kyamaling)-Gar Gumpa-Gami-Sangmuchey-Cheley-Kagbeni-Jomsom
||Fly to Pokhara-Drive to Kathmandu
||Time on own.
||Trip ends after breakfast. Transfer to international
airport for departure.
FESTIVAL IN NEPAL
Though the Nepalese have diverse
beliefs and ethnic background, all unite in
the celebration of the year's major festivals.