• Trip duration
    16 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    -
  • Best period
    Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

Mustang was an ancient forbidden kingdom, located in the Mustang District, within Province Number 4, in northern Nepal’s Dhawalagiri region. The district covers a surface area of 3,573 km², bounded by the Tibetan plateau to the north and by the Himalayan mountain range (8,848m) to the south. It is included in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest protected area in the country.

Our trip will begin and end in Kathmandu (1,400m), Nepal’s capital and largest city. From here, we will transfer to Pokhara (1,400m), a city over the Phewa Lake, considered to be a trekking gateway to the Annapurna area. We will then fly to Jomsom (2,743m), the main town in the Mustang District, where our trekking journey will begin.

During the following days, we will take the route to Lo-Manthang (3,840 m), a square-walled town, capital of the old kingdom of Lo, where the king still lives. We will trek across Mustang’s cold, high-altitude arid moonscape landscape of eroded stratified sandstone formations, which together form a picturesque colorful mosaic of earthen reds, yellows and browns. We will walk across vast arid valleys, canyons, caves, and cliffs, surrounded by some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the 8th-highest mountain in the world, and the Annapurna Massif (8,091). For your reference, below you will find a detailed itinerary of the program.

As one of the trip’s highlights, while visiting several villages in the area, we will be able to experience Tibetan culture firsthand! Isolated from the rest of the world, untouched by modern civilization, and with strict regulations for tourists, Mustang was able to preserve its own rich and unique culture throughout the years.

This is a moderate to fairly challenging trek. Therefore, to be able to join, you must be in good shape and have prior trekking experience.

Discover one of Nepal’s most wild and remote areas in this exciting 16-day trek. Send me your booking request now!

If you are looking for other similar activities in Nepal, I recommend the 16-day classic Everest Base Camp trek, the 16-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp, and the 11-day Langtang trek.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu

Our staff will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel.

Day 2

Preparatory meeting

We will meet at our office to review the itinerary. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3

Kathmandu - Pokhara

Transfer by bus to Pokhara city (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 4

Pokhara - Jomsom

Flight to Jomson city (30 minutes). Trek to Kagbeni village (2,847m) (3 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 5

Kagbeni - Chaile

Trek to Chaile village (3,050m) (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 6

Chaile - Geling

Trek to Geling village (3,500m) (6 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 7

Geling - Charang

Trek to Charang (3,620m) (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 8

Charang - Lo-Manthang

Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,840m) (4 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 9

Day in Lo-Manthang

We will visit the city and explore its surroundings.

Day 10

Lo-Manthang - Ghami

Trek down from Lo-Manthang to the town of Ghami (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 11

Ghami - Samar

Trek to Samar village (3,660m) (6 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 12

Samar - Kagbeni

Trek back to Kagbeni (6 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 13

Kagbeni - Jomsom

Trek back to Jomsom (3 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 14

Jomsom - Pokhara

Flight back to Pokhara (30 minutes). Free time to explore the city. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15

Return to Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16

Farewell

Departure from Nepal. End of trip.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters
Please note that the price includes: airport-hotel-airport transportation by private car; 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on B&B plan, and 2 nights in a 3-stars hotel in Pokhara on a B&B plan; accommodations during the trek (private room); all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek; trekking cook, kitchen staff, and porters; transportation by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara; flight tickets Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu with airport tax; personal sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bag, and walking stick (if necessary); group medical supplies (first aid kit); travel and rescue arrangement; Mustang area trekking map; TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System); all necessary paper work and national park entry permits; and all government taxes and tourist service charge. However, the price does not include: meals while in Kathmandu; international airfare and airport departure tax; personal trekking equipment; personal travel insurance; Nepal entry visa fee; and gratuities for trekking staff and driver.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate
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Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Kathmandu city, Nepal

Accommodation

Hotels and tented camps

More info

Located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Mustang receives less rain than any other place in Nepal. Strong winds usually strike the area in the afternoon, subsiding at night.