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.
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.
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town and our first night's camp. Overnight: Private Eco-camp
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our last day in Mustang as we retrace our trail along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni. Overnight: Camping
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
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.
After breakfast trip concludes with a transfer to the airport.