Mustang, the last Himalayan Kingdom
Day 1 Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Your guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, perhaps your trip leader can show you the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk and introduce you to the Nepalese way of living.
Meals not included
Day 2 Route Kathmandou - Pokhara
After breakfast, early in the morning, we take the route to Pokhara. We leave Kathmandu via Thankot Pass (1400m) giving us our first glimpses of the Ganesh Himal (7400m), Langtang (7200m) and Manaslu (8163m) massifs. We drive through several valleys and along the rivers Trishuli and Marsyangdi to Pokhara Valley at the foot of the Annapurna.
Transport: 6 hours drive
Day 3 Flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Chhusang (3000 m)
We take a domestic flight between Pokhara and Jomsom (2700 m); this short mountain flight offers, weather permitting, simply magnificent views of the Annapurnas, Kali Gandaki valley and the Dhaulagiri massif... At Jomsom, we take a vehicle to Chhusang, a pretty village inhabited mainly by Gurung and Thakalis people. The Kagbeni is our entry point to Upper Mustang. Here we complete the Government formalities relating to the Mustang Special Permit before entering the multicoloured mineral universe.
Elevation: + 300m
Transport: Domestic flight
Day 4 Chusang - Chele (3100 m) - Taklam Pass (3625 m) - Dajong Pass (3660 m) - Samar (3600 m)
We begin our walk after breakfast. We cross the Kali Gandaki gorge and it is a short climb up to the small village of Chele. After Chele, a beautiful trail, carved into the rock, leads to Taklam-La (3625 m) and then Dajong-La. From here, it is a beautiful walk down to Samar (3600m), a very old village found in the middle of a wooded grove alongside a stream.
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: + 650m/-150m
Day 5 Samar - Chungsi Cave - Syanbodche (3800 m) - Geling (3570 m)
Todays' hike begins with an uphill stretch and then descends to Chungsi Cave. According to local legends, the 8th century Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Tibet, the Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava ,meditated in this cave. Our trek continues gently upwards to Syangboche (3800 m) where we stop for lunch. Then, we continue to Geling village (3570 m) and visit the old fortress and Sakya school monastery with its beautifulTantric Buddhism murals.
Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
Elevation: + 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 (3765 m). We stop in Ghemi village (3510 m) for lunch. Here, we visit the small monastery in the heart of the village, it is surrounded by caves which, in the past, served as a shelter against invaders. This afternoons agenda features an easy climb in one of the most dazzling places ever along the iconic red Mustang walls which dominate the village of Dhakmar.
Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
Elevation: + 860m/-610m
Day 7 Dhakmar - Mui La Pass (4100 m) - Ghar Gompa (3920 m) - Marang La Pass (4230 m) - Chogo pass (4320 m) - Lomanthang (3840 m)
After a good nights sleep at the foot of the red cliffs, we begin the longest day of our trek. Today is not the most challenging hiking day but it is the longest. It is an easy uphill walk to Mui la pass (4100 m) and towards the oldest Mustang monastery, Ghar Gompa. This Nyingmapa School monastery has beautiful, newly renovated frescoes which are well worth a visit. After lunch, we cross the Marang and Chogo passes and plunge into Lomanthang, the capital of Mustang which is surrounded by striking scenery.
Hiking: 7 to 8 hours
Elevation: + 900m/-850m
Day 8 Lomanthang: Rest day and discovery
Lomanthang is a small, walled city featuring early iconic 15th century monastaries. Stroll through the winding streets of the village to discover the two historic monasteries of Jamba Lhakhang and Tukche, and their sumptuous frescoes. Lomanthang is very close to Tibet and Tibetan cultural influences can be observed.
Day 9 Jhong - Nyiphu - Chossar - Lomanthang
We take Jeeps towards the Tibetan border Sicha Khola valley. We leave the Jeeps at the foot of Jhong Cave, a real troglodyte skyscraper! On our way back, we visit the monastery of Nyiphu. We return to Lo-Manthang, through the fabulous lunar landscape of Chossar and several charming villages.
Transport: 30 min drive in jeeps
Hiking: 4 hours
Elevation: + 100m/-100m
Accommodation: The same lodge
Day 10 Lomanthang - Dhi - Yara (3640 m)
Today we climb up to Loday Pass (3950 m). We walk along a plateau at 4050m above sea level and then hike down to Dhi. We cross the Kali Gandaki River and arrive at the village of Yara.
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: +500m / -700m
Day 11 Yara - Luri - Yara
Discover the unique Luri Gompa monastery and its ancient Buddhist art. We visit the Luri caves and beautiful 15th century Buddhist frescoes before returning to Yara.
Hiking: 3 hours
Elevation: + 200m/-200m
Day 12 Yara - Sertang Pass (3945 m) - Tangge (3420m)
We cross a desert rocky plateau, far from any civilization. It is a short descent to Dhechyang Khola River (the black river) where there are lots of fossils! From here, we climb to Sertang Pass (3945 m) where we picnic. Extraordinary views of the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri await us. We descend via several stages to the village of Tangge.
Elevation: + 800m/-1000m
Day 13 Tangge - Cho Cha La Pass (4210m) - Chusang (2980m)
Early morning departure for a long day of hiking. We cross Yak Khola and climb up to Cho Cha La Pass at 4210 m. Then, its is a short descent to our lunch spot in Paha. A beautiful afternoon walk along the ridges awaits, then we make the steep descent into the valley of Nursing Khola and join Chusang village.
Hiking: 8 to 9 hours
Elevation: + 120m/-1600m
Day 14 Chhusang - Gyu La Pass (4070m) - Muktinath (3800m)
Today begins with an easy climb to the beautiful village of Tetang at 3040m. Then, we climb to Gyu Pass (4070m). Along the way we can enjoy beautiful views of the 'white mountian' Dhaulagiri (8165m), the 'blue mountain' Nilgiri (7061m) and the villages of Muktinath and Jharkot. We walk down to the temple of Muktinath, dedicated to the Hindu god of liberation and flanked by 108 taps where Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims take holy showers to cleanse their karma.
Hiking. 6 hours
Elevation: + 1200m/-450m
Day 15 Muktinath - Lupra - Jomsom (2720m)
We leave Muktinath through a small Mountain Pass at 4000m with beautiful alpine landscapes. On the way, with a little luck, we will see the bharal 'blue sheep' of the Himalayas. A steep descent leads us to Lupra, a village which sits well-hidden in the gorge of Lupra Khola. Lupra is rarely visited by tourists and maintains a charming authenticity. After a quiet break in this village, we head back to Jomsom following the Kali Gandaki River.
Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
Elevation: + 100m/-1200m
Day 16 Flights: Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a lovely journey above the Kali Gandaki, the deepest canyon in the world, flanked by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Then we fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, free time upon arrival.
Dinner not included
Day 17 Visit Kathmandu
Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and home to the the Buddha's discerning eyes as well as several surrounding monasteries. After the Buddhist stupa, we visit Pashupatinath Temple. This is the most important Hindu temple, it belongs to the God of destruction and reconstruction. Thousands 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.
Meals not included
Day 18 End of stay
End of stay
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: NEPMUS-EN
- All in-country transfers by private vehicle as detailed in itinerary
- Accommodation in 3 * hotel / B&B in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Trek includes full-board and lodging
- Full accompaniment by an English speaking Altaï Guide
- Domestic flights: Jomsom - Pokhara - Katmandou
- Visits as per itinerary: with a cultural guide in a private vehicle
- Luggage transport - up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: ACAP and TIMS
- Staff Insurance
- All local taxes
- Entrance fees to historical sites & monuments
- Meals in Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley
- Nepalese visa: US $ 25 to U$ 40
- Mustang Special Permit: 600 US$ (12 days)
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- Notebook or travel diary
- No cotton
- Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and water proof protective outer layers
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
- You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.