A pretty tough journey into the hindmost world of obscurity & history as old as the mountains in Mustang…as you hike into one of the most isolated high countries on earth, amidst beauty so Raw, but yet so divine, and full of bliss…

Mustang is easily identified with the Tibetan plateau, with similar Tibetan customs, Bon (pre-Buddhist) and ancient Buddhist traditions. This region was closed to the outside world for over a decade; the theatrical landscapes, welcoming local folks, and the medieval city of Lo Manthang with its old but high strong walls that date back for centuries, with sublime views of silver grey snowcapped peaks that rise into the clouds seem to stand like ancient warrior guards watching over this old kingdom of yore.It’s good to know about your trip before you begin it.Mustang is the medieval kingdom of Lo. Jomsom is the capital of this once independent country that now been given the status of a district, however, the true Tibetan approach of this district actually remains north of Kagbeni and is commonly called ‘Upper Mustang’’.Mustang’s altitude is said to be approximately 13,000ft with its physical settings wonderfully placed to the north of the mammoth peaks that are Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and is placed north of the central Himalayan range; this area is physically connected to the high country of Tibet. The region is a huge elevated valley, parched and waterless, identified by tattered canyons, with jagged rocky settings and looks like a barren desert stretching for miles.One unique identity of Mustang is the numerous cave dwellings, and many of them are seemingly impenetrable. Archeologist state that these were inhabited in times as old as 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was probably more verdant and at the peak of its powers.

Mustang’s history is now more of a myth rather than noted archives, but it seems clear that Lo was once part of Ngari, which is now some of Tibet and was a rather wobbly group of warring factions. It was incorporated into the Tibetan Empire under the most famous of the Tibetan kings Songtsengampo. This was the only way by going across the Himalaya from Tibet to Nepal, and this is the ancient route of the old salt bandwagons that clambered through Mustang. On conclusion of the 14 Century, Ngari was drawn into Malla Empire, with its capital Sinja based in western Nepal. Factually, the independent kingdom took its own shape according to its own rights, under the rule of Ame Pal, who was the rightful king of Lo in 1380. Mustang’s current royal family can dig its roots by going back 25 generations to Ame Pal, and the city of Lomanthang, became the crux of their power. This history will make our visit to Lo Manthang even more interesting…

It was during the 1960’s; when Mustang was used to train Tibetan freedom fighters who conducted raids against Chinese forces in Tibet. The CIA played a covert role and the Tibetan Khampas were discreetly taught and trained in America to fight the Chinese. After the USA’s then president Nixon’s dropped into China in the 1970’s, the CIA stopped playing an active role and the Nepalese army removed resistance fighters from Mustang soil.Our Mustang itinerary has been designed with much contemplation and it does not waver on the basis of the period given to you when touring the kingdom. You do get deep insights into the main town, Lo Manthang, and one or two of the villages beyond. Our experience tells us that early autumn {September/October} is definitely the best time to visit this ancient kingdom, which is not much affected by the monsoon.

Famous explorers such as Professor David Snellgrove and the Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci dropped into Mustang in the 1950’s and much of his stories of a Tibetan like arid region worked up curiosity in the region for other keen adventurers to follow.Recognizing the special nature of this old, tiny kingdom, the government of Nepal charges all visitors a fee for anyone who seeks to hike past Kagbeni, the border of Upper Mustang. Trekking groups were legally processed to visit this land of yore for the first time in March 1992; you would be part of a small fortunate minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal.Mustang is a less frequented trail where it’s only you, cattle, the local folks & the mountains…you’d love it down here.

ACTIVITIES Trekking and Walking
14 Days
DIFFICULTY Intermediate
BEST SEASON Autumn and Spring
COST US$2100




Day 01: Drive to  Pokhara – {820m}

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni {2810m}

Day 03: Trek to Chuksang (2920m)

Day 04: Trek to Samar {3290m}

Day 05: Trek to Ghiling {3600m}

Day 06: Trek to Tsarang (3,520m)

Day 07: Trek to LO MANTHANG (3,780m) the capital of Mustang

Day 08: A day for Rest & some local excursions of LO MANTHANG

Day 09: Trek to Ghami 3,440m

Day 10: Trek to Samar (3660)

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka {3845m}

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath. (3,710m)

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom {2720m}

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & drive back to Kathmandu (1350)

Cost Include(s)

  • All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Arrival pick up & departure.
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal flights
  • All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, National Park entrance fees.
  • Accommodation in twin sharing local lodges or best available places for accommodation
  • Trekking guide & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
  • Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
  • All hard ware gears
  • Fare well dinner after the trip

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Kathmandu food lunch & dinner
  • International flights to Kathmandu,
  • Tips for Porter, guide & other
  • Personal gears, clothing & equipment
  • Personal expenditure, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain region, mineral water, snacks, desserts.
  • Medical examination (if required) & vaccination costs
  • Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our
  • control
  • Visa fees & Travel insurance.
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals or drinks except the 3 main meals specified in itinerary
  • Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above

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Trek Grade:                 Moderate & do-able but you should have had some good hiking practice.

Season:                         April-May-September-October. Should you not find the time in these months that are considered the best time of the year                                            for this trip,  you can trek in Mustang anytime of the year as this region falls in the rain shadow areas of Nepal.

Trek Duration:              12/13 Days on the trail…as you hike through heaven in a secluded spot on mother earth!!!
Overall Duration:          14/15 Days

Starts:                             In Kathmandu

Ends:                                In Kathmandu

Accommodation:           Hotels & Teahouse lodge

Meals:                               Provided on the trail

Transportation:              A tourist coach & flights

Highest altitude:            3780m at Tsarang

Cost are based on single person, Please ask for the group price. Cost includes 5 star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara as per the Itinerary.


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