Overview

Few regions of the great Himalaya remain few people traveled. The ancient former kingdom of Mustang in western Nepal is one of them when King was governing Nepal. Only a handful of foreigners have crossed the high passes to the valley of Tholung wherein lies the palace of Lo-Manthang, the seat of the King of Mustang, who is still in residence. The region was forbidden to foreigners until 1992 and till today remains a controlled region so the only limited number of trekkers are allowed to visit as of a deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation. Mustang with an average elevation of 13,600ft remains almost entirely Tibetan in character and appearance. A trek into Mustang takes us to a place of vast high arid valleys, eroded canyons, stratified rock formations, yak caravans, colorfully-painted mud-brick houses, a barren desert-like appearance and ancient salt-trade routes linked to the high passes of Tibet. A journey starts Kathmandu to Pokhara, second largest town of Nepal set on the shores of Phewa Lake. You spend a day here relaxing before taking the flight up the great Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom where the trek begins. You ascend the ridges to the north of the town with a spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range rising behind you. The trail continues to climb onto this southern edge of the Tibetan plateau towards Mustang. There are several pass crossings (the highest being the Nyi La at 3999m) all of which offer astounding views south to the Annapurna and north to Tibet before you make the final climb to a ridge at 3850meters. From here you look down into the Tholung Valley to the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Three days here enables you to explore this remarkable medieval city with its monasteries and palace or to ride ponies north to the border with Tibet. With luck, you may meet the king - a memorable character from another world. There are few options for trekking back and flying or driving out options from Jomsom down to Pokhara. This is an exceptional trip and experience it yourself.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Well-come to Kathmandu 1300m.

Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. Meet our representative then well-come and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu 1350m.

Visit the sights of Kathmandu valley with a tour guide. You will be visiting temples, stupas, secret site, architecture, and cultural things. 

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara 975m 6hrs.

Early morning drive to Pokhara through beautiful scenery and countryside Arrive Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for your own activities and preparation for next  day’s trek departure.

Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom – Kagbeni 2860m. 4 hrs.

Early in the morning a 20 minutes scenic adventure flight land at Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. After a final pack up and porter arranged, trek on a gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bend for about 4 hrs and reach to Kagbeni.

Day 05: Trek to Chele 3050m. 6 hrs.

After special permit check up and entry registration at the check post, the trail goes onward following the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream through some of the scenic picturesque place and sandy / windy trails to reach Chele village.

Day 06: Trek to Syanboche 3470m. 7 hrs.

The trail ascends to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda then descends further to Syanboche.

Day 07: Trek to Ghami 3515m. 6 hrs.

The trail ascends to the Yamda La (3,850m.) through local villages and chortens. After Nyi Pass (4,010m) the trail descends to the Ghami village.

Day 08: Trek to Charang 3510m. 5 hrs.

The trail climbs up to the plateau beside a long Mani wall crossing the ghaymi khola and reach Charang.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3740m. 6 hrs.

The trail descends to Tsarang Chu then climbs steeply after crossing the river windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the magnificent Lo-Manthang Valley with its hills on the Tibetan Border.

Day 10: Explore the Lo-Manthang.

Visit interesting surroundings including Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar village, Thugchen Gompa, Chhorak Gompa and a four- story building of the King’s palace.

Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar 3810m.  6-7 hrs.

Trek back on a different route passing through Gyakar village with a century old rock painting Ghar Gompa which is said to be fulfilled of visitor’s wish. After an exploration of the Gomba continue to trek to Drakmar village.

Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling 3800m. 6-7hrs.

Trek down facing strong winds through dry plateau fields with great views of Dhulagiri and Nilgiri mountains then reach to the beautiful village of Ghiling.

Day 13: Ghiling to Jomsom 2700m. 5-6hrs.

Trek through the same tail along the Kaligandaki River and nice villages that were seen while heading to Lo-Manthang and reach to Kagbeni where the permits are checked then a short trek down to Jomsom.

Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara 7-8hrs.

To avoid the flight cancellation problem and risk; better to drive out all the way to Pokhara through some of the beautiful villages and hot spring then reach to Pokhara city.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7hrs.

Morning; drive back by tourist bus through the lowland scenic countryside and reach to Kathmandu. Evening enjoy farewell dinner with the live cultural program hosted by the company.

Day 16: Departure.

Transfer to airport and fly back home or onward destination.

Cost Details

We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and include as much as possible while in Nepal and let you just to enjoy the holiday.

Airport transfers, 2-3 star standard hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara, guided city tour, entrance fees, special Mustang permit, Annapurna Conservation entry permit, Local hygienic and fresh meals, lodge accommodation, tea/coffee, fresh and can fruit, dessert, chocolate bars, land transportation, Pokhara - Jomsom flight, tour/trek guide, a porter for every two clients, insurance and other facilities for the staffs etc.

Personal wears & gears, personal nature expenses, any extra service/activities, emergency rescue cost, cold beverage, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, tips etc.

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Departure Dates

No fixed departures.

Trip Review


Barbara Naegele

20-05-2019
Thank you for an amazing trekking experience in Nepal. We were not sure for our successful trek without a support of great team who were always there for us as we wended our way from Ghasa to Lo-Manthang and on to Muktinath followed by Jomsom. For 40 years I read about Nepal and never imagined going as life gets busy with work and children. Then one day my cousin Jolyon said “lets go to Nepal” which for him has been a life long dream. The higher elevation the better I felt. Now reality returns as we head back to Canada. All the best to you and your company Abir!

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Starting from$2,100

  • Trip Level
    Moderate
  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Max Altitude
    4265m
  • Duration
    14 Days

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