Approx. trek time: 04 hours
Approx. drive time: 01 hour
This is a perfect day to visit Muktinath and Jharkot.
After breakfast we take the off road drive by our private jeep or trek to Chussang, the upper Mustang valley. The drive is very beautiful with great mountain scenery and small villages with crops of green barley along the Kali Gandakhi riverside. Sometimes it is possible to trek right up the river valley, but the best solution is to use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand. However, the path is kept interesting by the passing of several mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and probably Tibet as well. On the West Bank of the river you can see Gompa Kang and some caves. Unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. Next you pass the village of Tangbe, which is situated alongside the east bank trail above the river, at an elevation of 2,926m/9,600ft. Here are the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among whitewashed houses, fields of buck-wheat barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chussang village is only about 1-2 hours walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshang Khola and the Kali Gandaki.
Overnight at the lodge in Chussang.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.