Nepal Mystical Mustang Trekking Tucked behind the legendary Himalayan peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, the forbidden kingdom of Lo was isolated for centuries. This region of Nepal, now called Mustang, is the off-the-beaten-track getaway of your dreams. Trek through this remote land, where vast monasteries stand guard over pocket-sized villages and every ridge offers another arresting vista. You'll be one of the few to discover the walled city of Lo Manthang, nearly untouched since the 14th century. Enjoy comfortable camps in the heart of Mustang and a five-star hotel experience in Kathmandu.
Discover a long-isolated feudal kingdom, now accessible only by permit, on this Himalayan expedition
Experience authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture in a land of vast monasteries and remote villages, and the superior Nepal camping experience versus basic mountain lodges
Trek the northern Himalaya's spectacular summits and valleys with MT Sobek's top mountaineering experts
Internal Airfare: $600 Minimum Age: 16
14 nights from $6,295 per person
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Day 1 Arrive in Nepal Welcome to Kathmandu! Meet your MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, your trip guide will hold a short briefing and orientation, including information on trekking and other important information. In the evening we will gather for a welcome dinner. Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel (D)
Day 2 Culture in Kathmandu, Flight to Pokhara 30-minute flight Enjoy a morning tour of the Pashupatinath Hindu temple complex on the Bagmati River and Bodhnath's enormous Buddhist stupa — the largest in Asia and the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the UNESCO-listed Kathmandu Valley. Later in the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Pokhara, a lively town set beside Phewa Lake with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La Village (B, D)
Day 3 Journey from Pokhara to Samar via Jomsom 20-minute flight & 2.5-hour Jeep transfer 4–5 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 2,365’ elevation gain & 525’ elevation loss Weather permitting, board an early scenic flight to the small airstrip in Jomsom, the administrative center of the once-isolated Mustang district of Nepal. Transfer to a Jeep for the drive to Chele, passing medieval-looking villages and the rocky Kali Gandaki River (one of the holiest rivers in Nepal) before entering the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. Enjoy views of the uniquely colored chortens and landscapes of the Upper Mustang, then arrive in Chele, from where your hike begins. Steep climbs reward with stellar village and valley views; gradually descend to camp at oasis-like Samar. Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Mustang (B, L, D)
Day 4 Explore Rhangchung Chorten and Ghemi 2-hour Jeep transfer 5–6 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,730’ elevation gain & 1,110’ elevation loss After breakfast, hike to an ancient cave that houses Rhangchung Chorten, hidden away in a deep canyon. Cross two deep ravines and enjoy snowcapped mountain views before arriving at the sacred cave monastery, decorated with khatas (ceremonial scarves), numerous chortens, and other ritual items. From here the trail passes through a wooded area in the narrowing gorge, broadens into a valley, and then climbs to Syangmochen, from where we will drive to Ghemi. Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Mustang (B, L, D)
Day 5 Hike to Ghar Gompa 5–6 hours/6.5 miles hiking with 2,165’ elevation gain & 725’ elevation loss From Ghemi, follow the trail across the valley, across a suspension bridge over the Dhakmar Chu River, then past the most impressive and longest stretch of mani wall (boulders inscribed with carved Buddhist prayers) in Upper Mustang. Descend to the secluded village of Dhakmar, situated under magnificent red sandstone cliffs dotted with cave openings. Climb up a rocky gully to Muila pass and your first view of famous Ghar Gompa, an eighth-century monastery.
(B, L, D)
Day 6 Descend to Lo Manthang 5–6 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 1,085’ elevation gain & 1,595’ elevation loss Depart Ghar Gompa and, after crossing several valleys, reach the Chago La pass — at 14,038', it's the highest pass on the trek through Mustang. After a long, gradual descent, you finally get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang in the distance, set amongst fields and poplar trees. From here, a steady downhill leads you to camp.
(B, L, D)
Day 7 Enjoy Lo Manthang Rest your legs and tour Lo Manthang, starting with its two 15th-century monasteries, Thubchen Gompa and Champa Gompa. Atmospheric with burning incense, flickering yak-butter lamps, Buddhist murals, intricate mandalas, and chanting monks, entering these buildings — so remote they've been untouched by modernity for centuries — is a sensorial and spiritual experience. A team of conservation architects has gently restored both monasteries with funding provided by the American Himalayan Foundation. Also here, visit the monastic school at Choede Gompa, the only monastery in Lo Manthang that houses monks.
(B, L, D)
Day 8 Depart Lo Manthang for Yara 7–8 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,930’ elevation gain & 2,600’ elevation loss Leaving Lo Manthang, the trail leads south towards Charang, climbs a pass overlooking Lo Manthang, and then heads down toward the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The final section of the dry, dusty trail drops sharply to the village of Dhi, marked by a patchwork of fertile fields and trees. After a well-deserved break at Dhi, hike up to the village of Yara. Just before reaching Yara, behold an incredible series of 300-foot-high, wind-scoured cliffs resembling giant organ pipes. The cliffs are dotted with numerous cave openings — one of Upper Mustang's most spectacular sights!
(B, L, D)
Day 9 Day Trip to Luri Gompa 5–6 hours/6.5 miles hiking with 1,330’ elevation gain & loss Take an excursion from Yara to Luri Gompa, one of the world's few remaining cave monasteries. Luri is also the most important in Upper Mustang, as it is one of the only monasteries in the region belonging to the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery comprises a series of interconnected chapels covering various levels, all carved out of the cliff. The inner room contains a large chorten painted with deities. Kashmiri-style paintings of exquisite flowers, deities, and various figures of Indian origin adorn the dome-shaped roof and the west wall.
(B, L, D)
Day 10 Hike to Tangge 7–8 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,660’ elevation gain & 3,600’ elevation loss From Yara, the trail leads south to Dhechyang Khola, winding steeply uphill before opening to magnificent views of landscape below. Continue downhill into the village of Tangge, a small hamlet whose homes form a fort nestled below cliffs eroded into massive columns. The view of the settlement, with its groups of chortens and mani walls of various shapes and sizes, is simply stunning! Tonight's camp is constructed in a walled compound to protect guests from the dry Mustang winds.
(B, L, D)
Day 11 Cross Rivers to Behold Dhaulagiri 5–6 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,200’ elevation gain & 660’ elevation loss On your way out of Tangge, enjoy an atmospheric walk through town to the trail leading down to the Tangge Khola, where you'll cross a wooden bridge. Hike above the village, then descend to the wide, rocky Yak Khola plain. After another river crossing, ascend steeply as the horizon widens between Charang, Lo Manthang, and Nepal's northern border. From the prayer flag-adorned summit of Pha, revel in your first awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri. Tonight, camp near the only water source on this part of the trek.
(B, L, D)
Day 12 Journey on to Jomsom 2-hour Jeep transfer 6–7 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 710’ elevation gain & 4,280’ elevation loss Today the trail winds uphill, opening to exceptional views of the entire Mustang Valley. Admire them, but then refocus on the trail, which is narrow and, on one side, drops 3,000 feet! Soon the trail veers away from the rim and reveals the extraordinary Kali Gandaki Valley, with myriad peaks surrounding the famous Thorang La pass (17,764'). Begin your descent of a steep, rough trail that leads to Chhuksang where our jeep will be waiting for us. From Chhuksang transfer back to Jomsom enjoying wonderful views of Mt. Nilgiris (23,166'). After many nights of camping, enjoy a night at a cozy guesthouse. Accommodation: Om Guesthouse—Jomsom (B, L, D)
Day 13 Return to Kathmandu 20-minute flight & 30-minute flight Bid farewell to the Upper Mustang as you fly from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara. If weather affects your flight (always possible in Nepal), you'll spend another day in Jomsom. Flights in and out of Jomsom are commonly delayed or cancelled due to unpredictable weather. If delayed, all meals at Jomsom are included while you wait. An extra day at the end of the trek ensures connections to your homeward-bound flight. Without delays, spend the day exploring in Kathmandu! Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel (B)
Day 14 Explore Kathmandu Begin today in Kathmandu Valley with a morning tour of Bhaktapur, an enchanting medieval Nepalese town. A highlight is Durbar Square, with its temples, ancient palace ruins, and exquisite Sun Dhoka — a gilded gate crafted in 1753. This afternoon you're free to roam, relax, or do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing in Kathmandu on your own. In the evening, join the group for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel (B, D)
Day 15 Depart for Home After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Please note that most flights require an overnight en route to your destination.
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is located at an elevation of 4,600 feet in Kathmandu Valley. Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims from all over the world visit the religious sites of Kathmandu, making tourism is a primary industry. Kathmandu is a city rich is culture and history dating back nearly 2000 years, and Kathmandu Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its 7 groups of monuments and buildings with outstanding universal value.
Most tourists stay in Pokhara or environs for a day or two to relax along the lake, but the main reason to go there is that, at 90 mi/145 km northwest of Kathmandu, it's the starting point for treks into the Himalaya—you can see the Annapurna range from town on a clear day.
There's not much in Pokhara itself. The resort area on Lake Phewa has better accommodations generally, although Pokhara has had a building boom, so visitors now have a wider selection of accommodations from which to choose. You can rent a rowboat and paddle out to a temple, located on one of the lake's islands (birds are sometimes sacrificed before the altar there).
Spelunkers might also enjoy an excursion to nearby Mahendra Cave, once believed to house Nidhini, a female demon who devours people and cattle. The white stupa on the hilltop across the lake is the new Peace Pagoda, worth the climb for superb views of Pokhara and the mountains.
If you're not planning a full trek, a day trek can be made to Sarangkot, a small village about a two-hour walk into the mountains. The mountain panorama you get from Sarangkot is far superior to what you can see in town, and in the other direction there's a fine view of the Lake Phewa resort area. The village has comfortable lodges but can suffer from a shortage of water at times. The night view of Lake Phewa is impressive, and sunrise showers the snowcapped mountains with exquisite color.
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