Remote trekking in the Kingdom of Mustang
Situated on the southern end of the Tibetan plateau, the Upper Mustang region of Nepal is reminiscent of an old, untouched Tibet. The former Kingdom of Lo has an expansive landscape of red cliffs dotted with mystical man made caves, over 10,000 holding archaeological secrets dating back to at least 2000 years. Living mostly as subsistence farmers along an ancient Nepal-Tibet trading route, Mustangi people have a proud rich culture embedded in Tibetan Buddhism. This trip takes you through traditional Tibetan style villages, passing fields of millet and barley at an altitude between 2720m-4025m. Trekking through this landscape will take you back to another era in time.
To avoid recent road development in the region, this itinerary makes the most of foot tracks where possible following trails that are remote with little trekker traffic. We will circuit around Upper Mustang including a few days exploration of the ancient capital city of Lo at Lo Manthang and important sites surrounding the capital. This trip also includes a day at the holy pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu – Nepal|
27 September 2020 – 15 October 2020
|DURATION||19 days/18 nights|
|PRICES per person||AU$4,890 twin share rate|
AU$5,570 single rate
|GROUP SIZE||4-16 Guests|
|Destination||Nepal, Upper Mustang|
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal!
Upon arrival into Kathmandu airport you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to the Hotel Tibet International in Lazimpat. Today is a joining day and so you are free to relax this afternoon. The hotel is centrally located and close to the popular tourist quarter of Thamel, where you can find many souvenir stores selling Tibetan trinkets, gear stores, and a wide variety of cafe’s and restaurants. In the evening a trip briefing will be held with your trek Leader, before heading out for a welcome dinner. D
In Kathmandu, half day sightseeing
Kathmandu is a fascinating city and home to many UNESCO World Heritage sights such as Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Durbar Square. Following breakfast we will take a sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, the major Hindu Temple, and Boudanath Stupa, the major Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu. Afternoon is at your leisure, and we suggest heading into Thamel, the major tourist quarter of Kathmandu. Thamel is a hive of activity; there are many restaurants, cafes, book shops, gear stores and markets. This is the ideal time to pick up any items for your trek, which you may have forgotten to bring with you. Hotel B
Drive to Pokhara (820m), approx. 6 hours
We will drive by bus to Pokhara, a scenic drive that offers glimpses of Nepali hill villages with paddy fields and traditional style hill houses. Pokhara is a tourist town and is the entry point to the Annapurna mountain range and Mustang. On arrival in Pokhara, you can rest in the afternoon and enjoy activities around Phewa lake.
Accommodation: Boutique hotel B,L
Fly to Jomson (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m), approx. 3 hours
Our flight to Jomsom will depart first thing in the morning. We will have breakfast at a hotel in Jomson and will organise porters for our trip. The trek to Kagbeni is mostly flat along a dirt road that follows the Kali Gandaki river upstream. Once in Kagbeni, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the historic town with its narrow alleyways, traditional tightly packed homes and colourful flagpoles. Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Trek to Chele (3050m), approx. 6-7 hours
We continue the journey north along the same dirt road following the Kali Gandaki river to Chele. Just before Chele, we cross the Kali Gandaki river and trek up to the small village by the river side. From here we enter the protected Upper Mustang region. Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Trek to Ghiling (3570m), approx. 6-7 hours
Our morning has an uphill climb to reach the small pretty village of Samar (3660m). Shortly after the village of Syangboche (3880m), we will cross Syangboche pass at 3850m before making a gradual descent to the large village of Ghiling passing barley fields. Houses in Mustang are characteristically Tibetan in style consisting of white stone and clay flat roofed homes often drying wood and dung. Villages surrounded by fields in summer often appear like an oasis amongst the arid valleys and red cliffs. Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Trek to Dhakmar (3825m), approx. 5 hours
We will climb up to Nyi Li pass (4025m) behind Ghiling for views of Annapurna and Nilgiri before we rejoin the dirt road to the village of Ghami. As we exit Ghami, look out for the longest maniwall of Mustang sitting amidst a background of stunning red and blue cliffs. We head left up a gradual trail to the small village of Dhakmar. Look up above the red cliffs to spot rare blue sheep. Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Trek to Lo Manthang (3560m) via Ghar Gumba approx. 20km, 7-8 hours
Today is a longer trekking day as we continue along the high trekking trail crossing Mui la pass (4170m) and Marang la pass (4230m) to reach Lo Manthang. Along the way, we will make a short visit to Ghar Gumba monastery (3950m), one of the older monasteries of the region. Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Explore Lo-Manthang (3810m)
We take a rest day in Dingboche to acclimatise to our increased altitude gain. In the morning, we’ll walk up to a lookout to touch the 5000m mark. It’s a steep climb but the views of Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7861m) and on clear days, Cho Oyu (8201m) and Shispangma (8013m) are worth any feelings of breathlessness. After lunch, if you’re feeling energetic, you can hike towards Chhukung village or down to Pheriche. Alternatively, curling up with a book and hot chocolate is also recommended! B,L,D
Trek to Yara (3650m) 6 hours
The morning will start with a climb up to Lo la pass (3950m) for farewell views of Lo Manthang and then a climb over Udi hill to Dhi village by the Kali Gandaki river. We will cross over to the east side of the river that is more remote and we will camp for the next few days. Accommodation: Camping B,L,D
Day walk to Tashi Kubum cave complex and Luri gompa
From Yara it’s a short hike to the six man made caves of Tashi Kubum that houses ancient Buddhist paintings and a large chorten. We will then trek up to Luri gompa monastery, a 13th century monastery built amongst a complex of caves used for Buddhist rituals. We will return back to Yara for the night. Accommodation: Camping B,L,D
Trek to Tangge (3240m) approx. 5-6 hours
We continue ascending up the valley until we reach a junction with Kyumupani river. From here we head west and down behind Yaripangje hill to Dhecyhang river. We then trek across Sertang hill to Tangge for the night.
Accommodation: Camping B,L,D
Trek to Paha (4218m) approx. 5 hours
After crossing the river bed, it’s a gradual ridge climb to the remote village of Paha with views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Accommodation: Camping B,L,D
Trek to Tetang (3040m), approx. 5 hours
As we complete the circuit of upper Mustang, we continue along a high ridge trail that offers commanding and final views of the mysterious region. We will camp near the river bed in the village of Tetang.
Accommodation: Camping B,L,D
Trek to Muktinath via Gyu La (3760m), approx. 6 hours
Our destination today is Muktinath, a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists. We will take the remote back route to Muktinath that includes a steep 1000m ascent to Gyu La pass (4077m) before a gradual descent to the busy small town. You can take the afternoon to absorb scenes of Hindu and Buddhist worshippers around Muktinath temple. Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Trek to Jomson via Supra (2720m) approx. 5-6 hours
We avoid the road route to Jomson by descending along a foot trail to Panda river and walking to Lupra, a small Thakali village. From here we rejoin the road trail at Panda back to Jomson. Tonight is our last night with our porters and camping staff so there will be farewell dinner to thank them for their support.
Accommodation: Teahouse B,L,D
Fly to Pokhara (820m) & Kathmandu
An early morning flight back to Pokhara where we connect with another flight back to Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel B
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 500 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||AU$500 per person|
|Balance due:||75 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 74 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 100 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 30 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.