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The Kingdom of Mustang

Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, north of the Annapurna range, Mustang is one of the finest Himalayan destinations for both its rugged mountain landscapes and rich cultural legacy. This outstanding trek, which includes several long trekking days and a number of passes over 4000m, follows established trails through substantial villages that once served a thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking; a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks. A highlight is the visit to Lo Manthang, where the King of Mustang reigns over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. This is an outstanding journey to one of the true gems of the Himalaya.

Inclusions

15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$600
airport transfers
expert bilingual guide
fight Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu valued at US$512
20kgs luggage allowance
special permit US$500
group medical kit
good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
private transportation
all park entrance fees
porters to carry all personal and group equipment
porter's insurance
sightseeing in Kathmandu
site entry fees
accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
Hightlights
Trek through rugged mountain landscapes and rich cultural legacy
Visit the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang with its famous gompas
Explore an area culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than Kathmandu
Enjoy a fully supported camping based trek with three hearty meals per day
Watch the sun rise and set behind the breathtaking Annapurna range
Experience an incredible Himalayan Mountain flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Jomson
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $4,690
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Nepal
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Walking/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Sep 201813 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,690
24 Mar 201908 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,690
04 May 201919 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,690
24 May 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,690
27 Sep 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,690
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town and our first night's camp. Overnight: Private Eco-camp
Day 4
This morning we take a spectacular flight to Jomsom where we will meet our trekking crew. A half day walk brings us to Kagbeni, an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang. To pass beyond this point you need a special Mustang permit. We will meet our liaison officer and the crew will prepare for tomorrow's crossing into Mustang. Overnight: Camping
Day 5
We enter Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. Across the river we can see Kang Gompa, a centre of the Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We cross to the east bank of the river and ascend to the village of Chele. Immediately, the strong influence of Tibetan culture of Lo is evident with the decoration of the houses. Overnight: Camping
Day 6
The trail today is characterised by the crossing of a series of large spurs. At the top of each are chortens and an excellent view of this barren but beautiful countryside. The valleys that dissect the trail have cool streams and juniper trees to enable us to relax, before continuing on for what is a long day on the trail. These passes are at altitudes up to 3800m. These altitudes should not present any acclimatisation issues, so we just take our time and enjoy the walk. Overnight: Camping
Day 7
Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail as we head to Nyi La (pass). At 4050m this is the highest point of the trek thus far and offers fantastic views both south towards Annapurna and further into Mustang. We descend to the Qumona Khola and pass a spectacular series of mani walls to the village of Charang with it's huge white dzong and red gompa. Overnight: Camping
Day 8
We leave the Charang Khola and climb the ridge to 3800m for our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the city is situated. The only gate is in the north east corner and we make our way to the entrance. The white washed walls enclose around 150 homes, Gompas and a palace. Overnight: Camping
Days 9-10
We have allowed two full days to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja and his rani (queen). Although the raja's function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe the vibrant Tibetan culture. An optional side trip is also available either on horse or jeep to the nearby Chosar valley. Chosar is a remarkable location with towering red-cliffs with caves that were inhabited as far back as 2,500 years ago. The cost of this optional side trip is paid locally (USD$35 for horse or USD$150 for a jeep that can fit up to 7 people). Overnight: Camping
Day 11
Today we depart Lo Manthang and head south. We hike towards Dakmar, on the way we can see an old monastery called "Ghar Gumba" which was built on 8th Century. After visiting Ghar Ghumba the trial leads us to Ghami our overnight stop. Overnight: Camping
Day 12
Leaving Ghami we once again cross the Nyi La (4050m) before steadily descending down the valley Shyangbochen. After Shyangbochen, we trek down to the narrow canyon where the mysterious Chungsi Cave Monastery lies. It is said that the famous Buddhist teacher Guru Ringpoche meditated in the Chungsi Cave and it is considered by some to be as significant a pilgrimage site as Mt Kailash. Our destination today is Samar, a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, mani walls, a monastery, prayer flags and people following Tibetan life style and traditions. Overnight: Camping
Day 13
Our last day in Mustang as we retrace our trail along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni. Overnight: Camping
Day 14
This will be our last day with the trek crew. After a morning walk along the northern section of the Kali Gandaki valley we reach Jomsom. Tonight we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey. Overnight: Eco-lodge
Day 15
This is a fantastic way to conclude our journey. The spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki that defies description. The huge mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges tower above us as we retrace the valley we trekked 2 weeks ago. At Pokhara we board another aircraft for yet another spectacular mountain flight, this time along the face of the Himalaya past the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang ranges. On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to the hotel.
Day 16
After breakfast trip concludes with a transfer to the airport.