Mustang, a hidden Kingdom behind the Himalayas
Day 1 Arrival and welcome in Kathmandu then transfer to the hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer and check-in at the hotel. Rest and free time, or depending on your arrival time, you may see the old streets of Kathmandu: Ason Tole, Indra Chowk....
Day 2 Route Katmandou - Pokhara
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you take a public vehicule for Pokhara. While leaving Kathmandu at the Thankot Pass (1400m), enjoy a first glimpse of the Ganesh Himal (7400m), Langtang (7200m) and Manaslu (8163m) massifs. Driving through several valleys and along the rivers Trishuli and Marsyangdi, you enter Pokhara Valley, located at the foot of the Annapurna.
Drive: 6 hours
Day 3 Flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Chhusang (3000 m)
Your day begins with a flight between Pokhara and Jomsom (2700 m); this mountain flight offers, weather permitting, a magnificent view of the Annapurnas, the Kali Gandaki valley, the Dhaulagiri ... At Jomsom, you take a local vehicle for Chhusang, a pretty village inhabited mainly by Gurung and Thakalis people. At Kagbeni – the entry point to Upper Mustang – you complete the Government formalities relating to Mustang Special Permit before entering Upper Mustang, a real mineral and multicolored universe!
Ascent: + 300m
Day 4 Chusang - Chele (3100 m) - Taklam Pass (3625 m) - Dajong Pass (3660 m) - Samar (3600 m).
Enjoy you breakfast in front of wonderful landscapes! Then, you walk for a while and cross the Kali Gandaki gorge. Short climb to the small village of Chele. After Chele, a beautiful trail carved into the rock leads to Taklam-La (3625 m) then Dajong-La. Enjoy a beautiful walk down to Samar (3600m): a very old village located in the middle of a grove of trees alongside a stream.
Trek: 5 hours
Ascent/descent: + 650m/-150m
Day 5 Samar - Chungsi Cave - Syanbodche (3800 m) - Geling (3570 m).
The day begins with an uphill part and then the trail descends to Chungsi Cave. According to local a legend, Guru Rimpoche, an 8th century Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Tibet, meditated in this cave. You trek up gently to Syangboche (3800 m) for lunch, then you continue to the village of Geling (3570 m) known for its old fortress and a monastery of Sakya school that you visit and which contains beautiful murals of the Tantric Buddhism.
Trek: 6 to 7 hours
Ascent/descent: + 750m/-800m
Day 6 Geling - Nyi la pass (4000 m) - Ghumi pass (3765 m) - Ghemi - Dhakmar (3820 m).
Today, we cross two Mountain Passes: Nyi La (3950 m) and Ghumi La to reach the village of Ghemi (3510 m) for lunch. Visit the small monastery in the heart of the village surrounded by caves that, in the past, served as a shelter against the invaders. In the afternoon, an easy climb in one of the most dazzling Mustang places of red walls that dominate the village of Dhakmar.
Trek: 6 to 7 hours
Ascent/descent: + 860m/-610m
Day 7 Dhakmar - Mui La Pass (4 100 m) - Ghar Gompa (3920 m) - Marang La Pass (4230 m) - Chogo pass (4320 m) - Lomanthang (3 840 m).
Appreciating the amazing hues and shades of the red cliffs, you start the longest day of the trek, though not the most difficult one. It's an easy uphill walk to the Mui la pass (4100 m) towards the oldest Mustang monastery, Ghar Gompa, of the Nyingmapa School, whose beautiful frescoes have been renovated. After lunch, you cross the Marang and Chogo passes and then plunge into the capital of Mustang, Lomanthang, situated in a striking scenery.
Trek: 7 to 8 hours
Ascent/descent: + 900m/-850m
Day 8 Lomanthang: Rest day and discovery
You are in the Mustang Capital! Lomanthang is a small, walled-city, which had its moment of glory in the 15th century. Stroll through the winding streets of the village to discover the two historic monasteries, Jamba Lhakhang and Tukche, and their sumptuous frescoes. Lomanthang is very close to Tibet, hence, you observe here influences of Tibetan culture as well.
Day 9 Jhong - Nyiphu - Chossar - Lomanthang
You take local Jeeps towards Tibetan border, and the Sicha Khola valley. Visit Jhong Cave, a real troglodyte skyscraper! On your way back, you also visit the monastery of Nyiphu on way to Lo-Manthang, through a the fabulous lunar landscape of Chossar, passing through several typical, charming villages.
Trek: 4 hours
Ascent/descent: + 100m/-100m
Accommodation: Same Lodge
Day 10 Lomanthang - Dhi - Yara (3640 m).
After break, you climb up to the of Loday Pass (3950 m) then walk along a plateau at 4050m before walking down to Dhi. You cross the Kali Gandaki River to reach the village of Yara.
Trek: 5 hours
Ascent/descent : +500m/-700m
Accommodation : Lodge.
Day 11 Yara - Luri - Yara
Excursion to the monastery of Luri Gompa, a small "jewel" of Buddhist art, and visit the Luri caves housing beautiful 15th century Buddhist frescoes. Return back to Yara.
Ascent/descent: + 200m/-200m
Trek: 3 hours
Day 12 Yara - Sertang Pass (3945 m) - Tangge (3420m)
Today, you cross a deserted and rocky plateau, far from any human settlements. Short descent to the Dhechyang Khola River (black river) where there are many fossils. Climb to Sertang Pass (3945 m) where you enjoy a picnic amid a beautiful natural setting. Extraordinary view of the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri .... Then descent via several plateaus to the village of Tangge.
Ascent/descent: + 800m/-1000m
Day 13 Tangge - Cho Cha la pass (4210 m) - Chusang (2980 m)
It's a long day of trek. Hence, an early morning departure is planned today. You cross the Yak Khola before climbing to a Pass at 4210 m before a short descent to Paha, your lunch spot. Enjoy a beautiful walk along the ridges before taking up a steep descent into the valley of the Nursing Khola, up to the village of Chusang.
Ascent/descent: + 120m/-1600m
Trek: 8 to 9 hours
Day 14 Chhusang - Gyu Pass (4070m) - Muktinath (3800m)
You start the day with an easy climb to a beautiful village of Tetang at (3040m). Then, you climb to Gyu Pass (4070). All along, you enjoy a beautiful view on the “white mountin”, Dhaulagiri (8165m) and “blue mountain” Nilgiri (7061m) and also on the villages of Muktinath and Jharkot. Walk down to the temple of Muktinath, dedicated to the Hindu god of liberation, flanked by 108 taps where the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims take a holy shower by way of a belief to cleanse their karma.
Trek. 6 hours
Ascent/descent: + 1200m/-450m
Day 15 Muktinath - Lupra - Jomsom (2720m)
You leave Muktinath and cross a Mountain Pass at 4000m, through beautiful alpine landscapes. On the way, with a little luck, you can even see the bharal or "blue sheep" of the Himalayas. A steep descent then leads you to Lupra, a Bon village well-hidden in the gorge of Lupra Khola. Less frequented, Lupra has managed to maintain its charm intact. After a quiet break in this village, you head for Jomsom following again the Kali Gandaki River.
Trek: 5 to 6 hours
Ascent/descent: + 100m/-1200m
Day 16 Flights: Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Early in the morning, you take a beautiful mountain flight between the Annapurnas and the Daulaghiri for Pokhara then for Kathmandu . Free time upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 17 Visit: Kathmandu
Bodhnath : the largest Buddhist stupa in the world with the Buddha's discerning eyes as well as some Buddhist monasteries around. Pashupatinath: After the Buddhist stupa, you visit the most important religious temple of Hindu people. It is called Pashupatinath and belongs to the Hindu God of destruction and reconstruction. Thousans of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India pray, dance, sing and make offerings in this temple every day. Traditionally, when Hindu people die, they are cremated. This is the most important site for cremations that take place on the bank of the holy river called Bagmati.
Day 18 End of stay
End of stay
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
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Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount
- Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)