Mustang is a destination, which was inaccessible to trekkers before 1992. The Kingdom has now emerged as a perfect location for internal as well as external tourists and is aptly termed as the “Forbidden Kingdom”. Its dry arid lands amalgamated with the views of the white mountain peaks all around makes the visit to this Forbidden Kingdom a treat to the eyes.  The Kingdom of Mustang Trek is truly a wonderful opportunity to explore the depths of raw wilderness in the most remote regions of Nepal.

Trek through trade routes of barley fields. Move through dusty plains, ethnic inhabitants, dry arid lands, perfect mountain scenery, monasteries, and stupas, to experience something out of a fairytale dream. The views of the Annapurna range including the likes of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna etc. appears in full glory as you reach the Kingdom of Mustang. Explore pilgrimage sites, ancient towns and retained cultures at its best in the exotic Kingdom of Mustang Trek, on this 19-day journey.

  1. Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    The biking tour starts first with the arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport of Nepal. You will be transferred to the hotel and the afternoon is free for sightseeing.

  2. Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    This is a free day to explore the architectural significance of the capital. Kathmandu is regarded to be the central attraction spot for architectural diversity and beauty. Today, we explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

  3. Day Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the sides of the roaring Trishuli River and the views of terraced fields all around.  Pokhara is aptly called as the Lake City, owing to the numerous number of natural and artificial lakes it holds dear. Witness perfect views of the snowcapped peaks like Macchapuhccre and the entire Annapurna Range.Afternoon free for boating in Phewa Lake.Approximately 6 hours drive.

  4. Day Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni

    Today, we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jomsom is situated in the heart of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Valleys. The ambiance and the mystery of Jomsom are simply breathtaking. Trek to Kagbeni. Approximately 3 hours of walk.

  5. Day Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath & return to Kagbeni

    Head north along the KalaiGandaki riverbank to reach the attractive village of Kagbeni. Explore its orchards, fields of barley and arid landscape with old houses. Visit the most revered pilgrimage spot in Nepal, Muktinath. Explore the burning natural gas and sacred springs in the ambiance of the perfect natural setting and views of mountain peaks. Return to Kagbeni. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

  6. Day Trek from Kagbeni to Chele

    Enter the once forbidden kingdom of Mustang today. Trek through the Tangbe village, cross the Kali Gandaki Bridge and reach the region of extensive barley fields at Chele. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk.

  7. Day Trek from Chele to Samar

    A gentler day to aid acclimatization. Cross the pass and descend through a pleasant trail to Samar, home to a grove of poplar trees. Approximately 3 hours of walk.

  8. Day Trek from Samar to Gelling

    Time to visit the less visited village of Gelling, through several passes. Climb the ridge, descend and pass a large chorten to reach the small village of Shyangmochen. Descend to Gelling, surrounded by extensive fields of barley. Approximately 7 hours of walk.

  9. Day Trek from Gelling to Tsarang

    The trail climbs gently up the center of the valley to reach Nyi La pass (4020m) and finally, crosses the Tangmar Chu River. The destination for today is Tsarang, full of willow trees, the maze of fields and situated on top of the Tszang Chu canyon. Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.

  10. Day Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang

    Descend downwards to cross the Charang Chu and climb to the walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the Mustang Kingdom. Approximately 4-5 hours of walk.

  11. Day In Lo Manthang

    Time to explore the mystical village of Lo Manthang, filled with monasteries and a monastic school. Visit nearby villages, mix in with ethnic inhabitants and explore the of past of this mystical village.

  12. Day Trek from Lo Manthang to Dhakmar

    Take a different route to cross the Chogo La pass and descend to the Gekar monastery. Climb a ridge and across grassy meadows to reach the red cliffs of Dhakmar. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

  13. Day Trek from Dhakmar to Shyangmochen

    Look out for vultures in the morning, cross a ridge and descend down to Ghemi. Cross a pass and reach the hamlet of Tama Gaon, from where we rejoin the main trail to reach Shyangmochen. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk.

  14. Day Trek from Shyangmochen to Chukksang

    Take a different route through dry terrain to reach the Yamdo La and Bena La pass. Rejoin the upward trial to reach Chukksang. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

  15. Day Trek from Chukksang to Jomsom

    We return to Tangbe and Kagbeni today, to return back from the river bed to Jomsom. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

  16. Day Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

    Fly back to the beautiful Lake City. This is also a buffer day in case of flight delays. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can use the opportunity to explore the whereabouts of this beautiful city.

  17. Day Optional sightseeing in Pokhara

    Yet another day to explore the vicinity of the beautiful Kathmandu city. We use this day to take a mountain flight to immerse ourselves in the views of the mighty Everest and other surrounding peaks that make Nepal one of the most sought-after countries in the world.

  18. Day Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Fly back to the capital. The afternoon is free for sightseeing. Visit the Pashupatinath temple, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. We also visit Boudhanath, the largest stupa in the country.

  19. Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    Yet another day to explore the vicinity of the beautiful Kathmandu city. We use this day to take a mountain flight to immerse ourselves in the views of the mighty Everest and other surrounding peaks that make Nepal one of the most sought-after countries in the world.

  20. Day Depart transfer

    Time to depart back to our own countries, only with a promise to return back for more.

  • Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    The adventure in the depths of Nepal begins first with the arrival in the capital. Kathmandu is home to the only international airport in Nepal, and this is where we will land on this day. You will be transferred to the hotel and the afternoon is free for exploration of the throbbing nightlife of the city

    • Meals not included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    This is a free day to explore the architectural significance of the capital Kathmandu has been listed as one of the most historic areas around the world. With several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from, it is best to take time out to marvel at the architectural delights put forward by the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur Durbar Square. Durbar Square basically means Palace Square and each of the Squares once belonged to the Kings of the respective kingdoms.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in Basantapur and consists of a complex of palaces, temples, courtyards and the KumariGhar. KumariGhar houses the only living Goddess in the world. Another important World Heritage Site is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Full of architectural delights, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square has retained its beauty and charm even after the devastating earthquake that shook the nation in 2015.

    Patan Durbar Square, situated in Lalitpur, is a marvel of Newari architecture. Tiled with red bricks, the temples and idols in the area are worth drooling upon. We end the day with a relaxing drive back to the hotel.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the sides of the roaring Trishuli River and the views of terraced fields all around.  , we drive to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. It is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range.  Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.

    Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for years, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. Approximately 6 hours drive.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni

    Our journey and the time to test our skills start today. We start the day by flying to the beautiful and mystical Jomsom.  The flight takes about 22 mins and we can surely hope to catch a glimpse of the sky-high, white-capped peaks. Take a peek out of the plane to get a view of the Dhaulagiri range and way beyond. The small plane bans left and touches down to Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful town situated in between the two giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

    Jomsom spreads over both banks of the Kali Gandaki River and is a perfect spot to witness the views of the towering backdrop of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. You can find merchants and local inhabitants going about their daily work there. The awesome splendor of the mountain peaks glistening all around, combined with the mystique of the people living in Jomsom, makes this town a perfect mixture of beauty and splendor.  Jomsom is the gateway to Mustang and is also home to a small airport. Trek to Kagbeni. Approximately 3 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouses
  • Day Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath & return to Kagbeni

    The actual journey to test our skills and power starts today. We get up early to see the views of the sunshine and have breakfast before starting off. After breakfast, we start off an easy acclimatization trek to the Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat today and does not eat up much of our energy. The road traces the Kaligandaki River to the boundary of Upper Mustang. We see a considerable change in the scenery as we move upwards. The greenery is left behind as we come across dry shrubs and reach the dry region of Annapurna.Head north along the KalaiGandaki riverbank to reach the attractive village of Kagbeni. Strewn with mud brick houses, dark alleys and the imposing views of sky-high Himalayas, Kagbeni is a beauty on its own. The village stands as a green oasis in the otherwise barren lands and is dominated by a red monastery. The modern amenities that a traveler wants is easily available, however, the village has retained its medieval beauty. The village also boasts a monastery, where the monks of the Gelukpa sect reside. Explore its orchards, fields of barley and arid landscape with old houses. Visit the most revered pilgrimage spot in Nepal, Muktinath.

    In the afternoon, we will utilize our time to breathe in the glory of Muktinath. Muktinath is known as one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists and is visited by a huge number of internal tourists every year. Near the Muktinath Temple, lies the Jwala Mai Temple, an attractive pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. We will visit both the temples and marvel upon the burning flame on the water and the views of the mountain peaks all around, and a different vibe to the area altogether.

    The strategic location of Muktinath under the Thorong La Pass makes it even better. Hindus call this sacred place the MuktiKshetra meaning the place of salvation. Tibetan Buddhists consider this place to be a place of Dakinis. ChumigGyatsa situated in Muktinath is one of the 24 Tantric places.  After sightseeing around this region of holy and spiritual importance, we descend down to the main bazaar of Muktinath, Ranipauwa. We return back to Kagbeni to stay the night. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Kagbeni to Chele

    Enter the once forbidden kingdom of Mustang today. Our permits will be checked as we begin our trek today. We start off on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River, moving on to walk among sand amidst the presence of strong winds. We will ascend a hill and reach the Tangbe village. The narrow alleyways, barley, and buckwheat, as well as white-washed houses, are surely destinations worth visiting. Cross a river on the way and continue walking across another village before reaching the Chele village.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Chele to Samar

    This is a gentler day to aid acclimatization. This day offers astonishing and mind-boggling views of Tilicho, DamodarDanda, and Yakama Kang peaks today. We will cross the beautiful Ramching Cave to reach the Samar village. Samar is home to a grove of poplar trees. Approximately 3 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Samar to Gelling

    Today, we visit the less visited village of Gelling, through several passes. We will be crossing two passes today. We start off by passing the Taklam La Pass and then the Dajori La Pass. Climb the ridge, descend and pass a large chorten to reach the small village of Shyangmochen. Through a few teahouses, beautiful villages and chortens we will reach the village of Gelling. Descend to Gelling, surrounded by extensive fields of barley, and spend the night in this beautiful village. Approximately 7 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Gelling to Tsarang

    The trail climbs gently up the center of the valley to reach Nyi La pass (4020m) and finally, crosses the Tangmar Chu River.theNyi La Pass offers mind-boggling views of the Annapurna to the south and further into Mustang. The trek today passes through fields of barley and poplar trees.  We descend down to QumonaKhola through spectacular mani walls. The destination for today is Tsarang, full of willow trees, the maze of fields and situated on top of the Tszang Chu canyon. Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang

    Descend downwards to cross the Charang Chu and climb to a ridge which offers the first view of Lo Manthang. The trail now drops down to a stream. From here it is an uphill trek to a plateau where the Lo Manthang is situated. Whitewashed walls of the village enclose 150 homes, gompas and a palace. The walled city of Lo Manthang is the capital of the Mustang Kingdom. Approximately 4-5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day In Lo Manthang

    Time to explore the mystical village of Lo Manthang, filled with monasteries and a monastic school. Visit nearby villages, mix in with ethnic inhabitants and explore the past of this mystical village. Lo Manthang is a location of historical beauty and cultural diversity. There are four major gompas that one should visit here. We also visit the palace, the home to the King and Queen of Mustang. The King is a ceremonial one, but he is known to be someone who resolves local issues.

    The fascinating town is not only beautiful naturally, but is an opportunity to observe the vibrant Tibetan culture. You can also hire a jeep or horse to visit the nearby Chosar valley. Chosar has towering red cliffs and beautiful caves.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Lo Manthang to Dhakmar

    Take a different route to cross the Chogo La pass and descend to the Gekar monastery. The Gyakar village is also home to a century-old gompa called the GharGompa. The gompa is known for the presence of beautiful rock paintings all around. It is believed that wishing something in the Gompa fulfills all desires of a devotee. After exploring the gompa, we climb a ridge and across grassy meadows to reach the red cliffs of Dhakmar. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dhakmar to Shyangmochen

    Look out for vultures in the morning, cross a ridge and descend down to Ghemi. We start the trek early in order to avoid being disrupted by strong winds. The trail takes us through the dry plateau and will take us through locations of extremely strong winds. We reach the village of Ghiling, which is dry but offers views of the Nilgiri peak as well as the Dhaulagiri peak. Cross a pass and reach the hamlet of Tama Gaon, from where we rejoin the main trail to reach Shyangmochen. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Shyangmochen to Chukksang

    Take a different route through dry terrain to reach the Yamdo La and Bena La pass. After some trekking, the way to Chukksang offers great views of the Himalayas and the views of small villages that we passed en route. Rejoin the upward trial to reach Chukksang. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Chukksang to Jomsom

    We return to Tangbe and Kagbeni today, to return back from the river bed to Jomsom. This is the last day of the trek and it is also a long one. The Mustang Trials come to an end after some time as we join the trial of the Annapurna circuit. After some lunch at Kagbeni, we move on to reach the mystical village of Jomsom. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

    We fly back to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara today, by leaving behind the beauty of the Annapurna region in all its glory. This is also a buffer day in case of flight delays. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can use the opportunity to explore the whereabouts of this beautiful city.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day Optional sightseeing in Pokhara

    Pokhara is not only home to beautiful lakes, but also to natural creations like caves. Continue exploring the delightful setting of Pokhara by visiting the outskirts of the village. Enjoy walking through the markets and buying souvenirs. Hire bicycles to ride to the countryside or embark on a beautiful boating ride in the Phewa Lake We will visit the famous Mahendra Cave and the Gupteshore Cave today. Above the Gupteshwore cave is the Davis Falls. Also included is the opportunity to make a visit to the beautiful Mountaineering Museum which also contains a medal of the Macchapucchre. Clothes worn by the traditional Sherpa people and information about previous mountaineering expeditions in different regions of Nepal are showcased in the museum. Gurkha Museum, Sarangkot, and Peace Pagoda are other locations which we will visit if time permits. This relaxing day is surely set to make you forget the pain in your aching muscles after the wonderful trekking journey.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After being transferred back to the domestic airport of the enchanting Pokhara City, it's finally time to bid goodbye to the Annapurna Range, which you have witnessed from up close in the past two weeks. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes. Upon reaching the Kathmandu domestic airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

    We will use the day to visit the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple.

    Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.

    In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King BhupatindraMalla. Beautifully carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    This is yet another day to explore the vicinity of the beautiful Kathmandu city. We use this day to take a mountain flight to immerse ourselves in the views of the mighty Everest and other surrounding peaks that make Nepal one of the most sought-after countries in the world. This is a perfect opportunity to touch the clouds and to view the magnificence of the high peaks of the Everest region from up above. Embark on the experience of a lifetime and get a chance to explore the scenery of the whitish peaks casting a glow all over the region.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Depart transfer

    With the memories of the wonderful experience fresh in mind, it is finally time to bid goodbye to this beautiful Himalayan nation. With a promise to come back for more, we bid farewell to this trek of a lifetime and return back to our native lands.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.        
    • Standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
    • Accommodation in the local teahouses during the trek period.
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek & tour period.
    • Only Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • What's included

    • Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Annapurna Conservation Area fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges
  • What's not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars

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