The Kingdom of Mustang

The Kingdom of Mustang

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The Kingdom of Mustang

17 Days Starting in Kathmandu and ending in

Visiting: Nepal

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

KOM

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

3 - 16

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Visit the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang with its famous gompas

  • Trek through rugged arid mountain landscapes and gorges in the secluded region of Mustang

  • Watch the sun rise and set behind the breathtaking Annapurna range

  • Embrace ancient Tibetan and Buddhist cultures

  • Experience an incredible Himalayan Mountain flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Jomson

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu

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 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Day 2 : Fly To Pokhara

Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town.
Overnight: hotel

Day 3 : Fly To Jomsom (2710M), Trek To Kagbeni (2810M), Walk Approx. 3Hrs.

Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning we board a scenic flight to Jomsom, the start of our trek and where we will meet our trekking crew. After a long journey from our respective homes we have a half day walk to stretch the legs that brings us to Kagbeni, an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang. To pass beyond this point we will need a special Mustang permit. We will meet our liaison officer and the crew will prepare for tomorrow's crossing into Mustang.
Overnight: Eco-Lodge

Day 4 : Drive To Tsarang (3560M) Drive Approx. 4 Hours

Meals Included: B, L, D

From Kagbeni we enter the kingdom of upper Mustang. We begin to appreciate the remarkable change of geography north of the Great Himalaya divide. The lush verdant landscape gives way to a stark almost desert like land interspersed with whitewashed settlements set in the midst of thriving barley and wheat fields defined by main walls and distinctive chortens reflecting the kingdoms rich and abiding Buddhist heritage. After reaching Chhusang the road crosses the Kali Gandaki river before it gradually ascends to Tsarang, the former capital of upper Mustang.
Overnight: Camping

Day 5 : Drive To Lo Manthang (3830M), ) Drive Approx. 2 Hours

Meals Included: B, L, D

From Tsarang we complete the short drive to Lo Manthang, the capital of upper Mustang. En route we gain sweeping views of the mountain ranges that define the border of Nepal and Tibet where we will trek in the coming days.
Overnight: Camping

Day 6 : At Lo Manthang (3830M)

Meals Included: B, L, D

Today is yours 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 (King) 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 7 : Drive 1Hr To Choser (3900M), Trek To Sam Dzong (4000M) Approx 7 - 8Hrs

Meals Included: B, L, D

The wild rugged, windswept region north east of Choser is one of the truly unexplored regions of the Himalaya. We commence with a gradual ascend to the Sam Dzong La (4050) that affords panorama views that extend to the Damodar Range that forms the border between Nepal and Tibet. From the pass the trail leads to the settlement of Sam Dzong (4000m).
Note: Over the past decade the small settlement at Sam Dzong has been subject to water shortage to irrigate their fields. As in other Trans Himalaya settlements including in Ladakh this may be a result of climate change.
Overnight: Camping

Day 8 : At Sam Dzong Camp

Meals Included: B, L, D

A contingency day is included in these initial stages of the trek to assist acclimitization. This day may be included at Choser or at Sam Dzong.
Overnight: Camping

Day 9 : Trek To Cho Dzong (3900M) Approx 7 - 8Hrs

Meals Included: B, L, D

We traverse the Cho Dzong (4450m) to reach Cho Dzong (3900m). A 14th century gompa at Cho Zhong with its exquisite wall painting has attracted Buddhist scholars to this isolated corner of Upper Mustang.
Overnight: Camping

Day 10 : Trek To Amka Camp (4250M) Approx 7 - 8Hrs

Meals Included: B, L, D

We cross open grazing lands crossing a series of ridges in the vicinity of 4500m to reach the Amka camp (4250m).
Overnight: Camping

Day 11 : Trek To Luri Gompa (3880M) And Yara (3650M) Walk Approx. 5 To 6 Hours

Meals Included: B, L, D

From Amka camp we ascend the Amka La (4250m) that leads to the remarkable meditation cave at Luri. Luri gompa honours Padmasambhava, the Guru Ring poche and is believed to one of the oldest cave temples in Mustang. We descend for two hours to the village of Yara where we camp for the night.
Overnight: Camping.

Day 12 : To Tangge (3240M), Walk Approx. 6 - 7 Hours.

Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning we cross the Puyung Khola and start a gradual climb for an hour or so to a view point where we will have views back at Yara village. From here it is a gradual descent to the Dechyang Khola where we may be lucky enough to spy the beautiful peaks of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. After crossing Dechyang Khola the trail continues towards Tangge. Your efforts trekking to the lunch spot (4015m) will be rewarded with a feast for the eyes as we savor the views of the Himalayas. After lunch we will descend to a plateau and on to Tanggye, our overnight stop.
Overnight: Camping

Day 13 : To Paha (4218M), Walk Approx. 5 - 6 Hours.

Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning we cross the Tangge and Yak Kholas before ascending once more along a fantastic trail with gorgeous views on your back, be sure to stop ever once and a while to soak them in. Tonight we will make camp in an area used by local herdsmen to graze their livestock when conditions allow.
Overnight: Camping

Day 14 : To Chhusang (2900M), Walk Approx. 5 - 6Hrs. Drive To Jomsom (2810M), 3 Hours.

Meals Included: B, L, D

As is often the case, what goes up must inevitably come down. Today we make our final descent to Chhusang, gradual at first as we follow the ridge line towards the Kali Gandaki, on route the views of the surrounding area are bound to be as good as any other section of our journey. After approximately 3 hours and with Chhusang in view below, we make a rapid descent back to where it all began. Following lunch we return to Jomsom.
Overnight: Eco-lodge

Day 15 : Fly To Pokhara And Kathmandu

Meals Included: B

This is a fantastic way to conclude our journey. The spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki that defies description with the huge mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges towering above us. 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.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Day 16 : Free Day In Kathmandu

Meals Included: B

Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Day 17 : Trip Concludes In Kathmandu

Meals Included: B

After breakfast trip concludes with a transfer to the airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4 nights hotel

  • 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$650

  • airport transfers

  • expert bilingual guide

  • fight Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu valued at US$512

  • an extra 5kg luggage allowance on Jomsom to Pokhara flight, total 20kg

  • special permit US$500

  • group medical kit

  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • 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

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What's Not Included

  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.

  • Tips

  • International flights

  • Airport and departure taxes

  • Visa

  • Travel Insurance

  • Please allow US$50 for monastery visits and donations in upper Mustang

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Grading

On a moderate trek physical activity will generally not exceed eight hours in a day, and altitudes generally not exceeding 5,500 metres. On a moderate adventure the physical activity is sustained and travelers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain. At any stage of a moderate trek you can expect long steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions. An example of an average day on moderate trek could include several ascents and descents of 500 metres or more, level ground is rare in the mountains.
To prepare for a moderate trek you should begin training at least four to five months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per bushwalk, albeit with stops along the way, you will cope with a moderately graded trek. Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and continuity are.

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    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

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  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Natasha Newman(Rivett, ACT Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

Our expert guide Samde was amazing. He was patient

Our expert guide Samde was amazing. He was patient, had great knowledge of the Tiji festival and local customs. Samde was also well connected. We had dinner (a couple of times) with the head chanter of the Tiji festival, we meet the King, Queen and Son of Mustang, and Amchi Gyatso Bista. So very blessed.

Heather Dickie(Darfield, New Zealand)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

The trip was superb! Thank you to everyone who mad

The trip was superb! Thank you to everyone who made it so enjoyable. Our guide Samde was excellent, and the other guides, cooking staff and pony men were all so kind and super competent. The landscapes were amazing, as were the monasteries and villages.

Yvonne Kessler(Switzerland)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

Amazing trip, great guide and trekking crew, perfe

Amazing trip, great guide and trekking crew, perfectly organized.

Todor Bechev(Sutherland, NSW Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

spot on, no complaints

spot on, no complaints

C. Miller(NSW, Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

This was the trip of a lifetime. Because I 'took t

This was the trip of a lifetime. Because I 'took to walking' so late in life and found it to be rejuvenating and calming that took me to this remarkable part of the world. If only it could stay as it is! It'd be lovely to keep it as 'a secret'. Every day since my return I remember more and feel more clearly the positive impact of this adventure on me. I don't know how you could describe in a marketing sense what you gain from participating in such a sojourn, but it was much more than a destination. Much more than a tick box. It was remarkable. It was very well put together by World Ex. If you can, DO IT.

Hai Nguyen(Mt Waverley, VIC Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

The team in Nepal was as great as ever. Very well

The team in Nepal was as great as ever. Very well organised and great attitude. Samde, our guide was superb with broad knowledge, and connection... it made our trip very interesting.

Carl Graves(Littleton, Colorado United States)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

Fantastic, everything as itinerary stated and so m

Fantastic, everything as itinerary stated and so much more. Great guide, porters, kitchen staff and horse men. I would highly recommend if you really want to see the culture of Mustang.

E. Brice(Western Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

The Kingdom of Mustang trek is full of breathtakin

The Kingdom of Mustang trek is full of breathtakingly beautiful scenery, ancient villages and rich history. Our trek leader and all the support staff made this a trip we’ll long remember.

William Gailey(Leichhardt, NSW Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

This Review is going to be a bit different, as I w

This Review is going to be a bit different, as I want to start with what went wrong (Not a world Ex Issue) and how the team on the ground helped us through My partner developed quite severe altitude sickness which we suspected was worsening. Our guide organized transport and accommodation and medical care for my partner and, once she was improving, helped get me back to the group so I could still get as much of the trip as possible. I cannot speak highly enough of our guides (Samde and Sabin) and the help they provided us without disrupting the trip for the rest of the group. The trip itself was excellent, but the seaport we got when things went wrong for me is the key bit and gives me alot of confidence for the next trip with World Ex

Eric Noble(Jan Juc, VIC Australia)  

The Kingdom of Mustang

Ten out of ten on every account,the trip was amazi

Ten out of ten on every account,the trip was amazing. Very well organized, great food, the sherpas, guides,porters,cooks and kitchen crew were all outstanding. This was my first trip with world expeditions ,my expectations were surpassed on every level. Samde Sherpa is an outstanding leader, his crew absolutely amazing. I cannot recommend them all highly enough, congratulations on a wonderful experience. Cheers.Eric.

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