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Yogatrek in NEPAL

 

Trek to Mustang : 2018

 

the preserved kingdom = 18 days

 

travel with a French certified physiotherapist and yoga therapy expert

This unique and pristine yogatrek 2018 is under preparation, especially

for the trekkers around 60 years old because Eric Lon is 66 yo.

Trek without smoking


This « yoga trek » is tailor made for the non smokers, but it is also a great opportunity for the smokers who want to stop smoking. Feel free to contact Eric Lon as soon as possible during winter because it is easier in France than when he is trekking in the Himalayas.

 

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Yoga and trekking in Mustang

This is a Trek that takes you along the Kali Gandaki Valley to the ancient Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang. The word 'Mustang' conjures up ideas of remoteness and seclusion, a hidden region lost amongst the mountains. This was an independent country until it was closely consolidated into Nepal just a few decades ago. The kingdom of Mustang lies in the rain shadow formed by the Annapurna & Nilgiri Himalayas and thus gets very little rain which fortunately, makes the area ideal for trekking even in the mid monsoon while the other areas of Nepal remain unsuitable for trekking due to heavy monsoon rains.

The Trek to this mystique kingdom which requires a special permit that costs US$ 900 per person [valid for 10 Days]. It begins at the airstrip of Jomsom after flying up early from Pokhara. The trek is rather easy as most of the route goes along the bank of Kali Gandaki River and eventually leads you to Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang at 3730 meters, which is the highest point on this trip.

Daily practical teachings of yoga are included to make this trek easier.

There are no massage salons in this region. Locals are using the services of "Amchis" who are Tibetan doctors. Far from everything, better trek with a masseur physiotherapist, Eric Lon.

Highlights

- Discover the Buddhist culture and the remote Mustang area
- benefit from the experience of Eric Lon and get 1 yoga class every day
- Explore the Mustang region and be part of the few ones to visit this incredible place
- Optimized acclimatizing process with yoga

Trip facts about Mustang

Trip duration: 18 Days
Trip grade: easy trek
Activity: Yoga / Massage / Trekking and Cultural excursion
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: camping
Accommodation: Hotel, tent
Transportation: Flight and car
Maximum altitude: 3730m

Dates : Choose your dates and contact: ericlon@hotmail.com

Outline itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu: Welcom, Namaste
Day 02 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 - Fly to Pokhara
Day 04 - Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni [2780m]
Day 05 - Trek to Chhuksang [2920m]
Day 06 - Trek to Samar [3290m]
Day 07 - Trek to Geling [3440m]
Day 08 - Trek to Ghami [3460m]
Day 09 - Trek to Charang [3490m]
Day 10 - Trek to Lo Manthang [3730m]
Day 11 - In & around Lo Manthang
Day 12 - Trek to Lo Gekar
Day 13 - Trek to Ghami [3460m]
Day 14 - Trek to Chhuksang [2920m]
Day 15 - Trek to Jomsom [2710m]
Day 16 - Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara
Day 17: free day in Ktm
Day 18 - Depart from Kathmandu: Namaste. See you again...

Price (per person on double occupancy: coming soon

The price includes:

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation in tent during the trek (camping trek)
Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu flights
English speaking local expert guide, porters
Masseur physiotherapist and 1 yoga session every day and yoga massage classes
National Park fees & Mustang permit
4 nights accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast
1 night accommodation at hotel in Pokhara on double sharing with breakfast
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort
Insurance of the guide and porters

The price excludes:

International flight & departure tax
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance.

Individual treatment and massage

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu: Welcome, Namaste
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara
We take the short but scenic 30 minute flight to Pokhara, enjoying the views of Ganesh, Manaslu and the Annapurnas along the way. We stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni: 2780 meters
We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom (famous for its apples) where we will be met at the tiny airstrip by our trek crew. After some initial preparation of loads, we begin our trek to the pretty village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom we cross a small suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and sand littering the trail. This makes it very easy going. We will get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Kagbeni with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, fields of wheat and barley and a large red Gompa, give us a preview of scenes that we would come across in Upper Mustang. At the north end of the village is the police check-post. Here we will complete our paperwork before entering this long forbidden region of Nepal.

Day 5: Trek to Chhuksang : 2920 meters
It is possible to trek right up the river valley, but we use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand but the path is kept interesting by the passing of mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet. On the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang. Unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang which are of the Sakyapa sect, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. We stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where we come across the first black, white and red Chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chhuksang village is only about 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. There are three separate parts to this village and some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river from Chhuksang are some spectacular red eroded cliffs above the mouths of some inaccessible caves.

Day 6 : Trek to Samar: 3290 meters
There is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang practice agriculture. But due to lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is limited to sheltered plots of land. This spots the brown landscape with patches of green. Continuing north, we reach the river. A steel bridge spans the river just in front of a tunnel and north from here the Kali Gandaki becomes impassable by foot. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to the village of Chele. Watch out for the ferocious Tibetan mastiffs here, which are chained to many of the houses. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass we descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. This is a major place to stop for horse and mule caravans.

Day 7: Trek to Geling: 3440 meters
We climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley. Like in all settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed using mud and stones. The roofs are made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles.

Day 8: Trek to Ghami: 3460 meters
From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing Chorten. We then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs.

Day 9: Trek to Charang : 3490 meters
Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.

Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang: 3730 meters
We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner.

Day 11: In & around Lo Manthang
Today, you are free to explore the fascinating city of Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short tour will incur extra costs.

Day 12: Trek to Lo Gekar
We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa.

Day 13: Trek to Ghami: 3460 meters
We continue our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded gully to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.

Day 14: Trek to Chhuksang: 2920 meters
Now we must retrace our route back over the Nyi La to Chhuksang.

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom: 2710 meters
It's a long and sad final day, passing back through Kagbeni to Jomsom where we end our trek. It's now time for us to take a nice hot shower. In the evening, we celebrate with the Sherpas and porters, whom we have come to know so well over the last 2 weeks.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara
We take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara and catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu

This day can be used in case of flight delay in the mountains

Day 18: Depart from Kathmandu: Namaste, see you again...
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).

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