Mustang, a tiny enclave making the border between Nepal and Tibet, has remained cut-off from the outside world until very recently. Popularly known as ‘the Forbidden Kingdom,’ the traditions, language and culture of this land remain virtually untouched.
Inaccessible for much of the year, the walk to reach remote Mustang takes one through the spectacular landscapes of the Annapurna range. In an attempt to protect the area from a huge influx of popular tourism, the government of Nepal has only opened the doors to the tiny Kingdom in 1992, keeping strict control over the activities of trekking parties and charging a hefty trekking permit fee. As a result, the pristine-looking Kingdom with its rich traditions and heritage has remained till this day unspoilt.
Leaving the lush valleys of Pokhara and making your way up to this arid high-altitude mountain desert where villages with their Buddhist monasteries towering above them appear like oases of life, the Kingdom of Mustang trek is an experience of a lifetime.
Before and after the trek, we have also arranged a brief cultural tour of the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys, so
that you may marvel at the diversity and rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
21 Days/20 Nights Trekking Tour (9 days on trek)
KINGDOM OF MUSTANG TREK
Twin sharing accommodation in government approved hotels
All meals (except dinners in Kathmandu)
All trekking equipment
All transport within Nepal
All international airfare
Any expenses of personal nature
Personal Medical Insurance
Airport Taxes (if applicable)
Tips to local staff
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best seasons to visit Nepal are Spring and Autumn. During the months of March till May, the country enjoys beautiful days and moderately cold nights. Flowers are in full bloom and it is a perfect time to go trekking in the Annapurna and Everest regions. The months of September till the end of November are equally sunbathed. The autumn light is particularly clear compared to the Spring and offers a photographer’s paradise.
Although the weather can be cold in the winter, with snow in upper valleys, the winter months can prove to be the best time for a cultural tour of Nepal with the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys enjoying mild weather. If you plan to visit the southern Terai plains in Chitwan or Lumbini for example, then winter will be an ideal time to go.
Summer corresponds to the monsoon season in Nepal. Although the days are often cloudy and rainy, summer provides an excellent opportunity to see the exceptional fauna and flora of the country in full bloom. For exceptionally high altitude trekking such as Upper Mustang, summer is the only season possible. Adding to this, as Spring and Autumn can often be a little crowded with tourists, Winter and Summer can provide a much more peaceful and exclusive journey.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – visit of Swayambhunath
Day 2: Visit of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Day 3: Visit of Patan and Baktapur
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara
Day 5: Visit of Pokhara
Day 6: Flight to Jomsom and drive to Kagbeni
Day 7: On trek - Kagbeni to Chele (7 hours)
Day 8: On trek - Chele to Geling (6 hours)
Day 9: On trek - Geling to Charang via the Nyi La pass (7 hours)
Day 10: On trek - Charang to Lo Manthang (5 hours)
Day 11: On trek - rest and visit of Lo Manthang
Day 12: On trek - Lo Manthang to Drakmar (6 hours)
Day 13: On trek - Drakmar to Shyangmochen (6 hours)
Day 14: On trek - Shyangmochen to Chusang (5 hours)
Day 15: On trek - Chusang to Muktinath (7 hours)
Day 16: Drive to Tatopani hot springs
Day 17: Drive to Pokhara
Day 18: Rest in Pokhara
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 20: Last day visit of Kathmandu
Day 21: exit to onward destination
NUMBER OF PASSES ON TREK: 1
Nyi La Pass (3950 mts/12959 ft)
Several unnamed minor passes