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Nepal Mystical Mustang Trek

Authentic Tibetan Buddhist Culture & Remote Himalayan Trails

 

Tucked behind the legendary Himalayan peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, the forbidden kingdom of Lo was isolated for centuries. This region of Nepal-now called Mustang-is the off-the-beaten-track getaway of your dreams. Our trek journeys through this remote land, where vast monasteries stand guard over pocket-sized villages and every ridge offers another arresting vista. With two days in the walled city of Lo Manthang, nearly untouched since the 14th century, you'll be one of the few to discover this magnificent, well-preserved treasure. Note: Due to ongoing construction in Upper Mustang, one day of the trek may require a short Jeep ride.

  • Discover a long-isolated feudal kingdom, now accessible only by permit, on this Himalayan expedition

  • Experience authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture in a land of vast monasteries and remote villages

  • Trek the northern Himalaya's spectacular summits and valleys with MT Sobek's top mountaineering experts

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Arrive:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Depart:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Price: from $6,395

Duration:

14 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-12 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

You will be hiking five to seven hours and 4.5-10 miles a day, up and down mountain trails that are steep and rocky, and at elevations between 8,500 and 14,000 feet. You need to be in excellent health and top physical condition to enjoy your trek.
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  • Arrive in Nepal

    Day 1

    Welcome to Kathmandu! Meet your MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, your trip guide will hold a short briefing and orientation, including information on trekking and other important information. In the evening we will gather for a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Culture in Kathmandu, Flight to Pokhara

    Day 2

    Enjoy a morning tour of the Pashupatinath Hindu temple complex on the Bagmati River and Bodhnath's enormous Buddhist stupa - the largest in Asia and the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the UNESCO-listed Kathmandu Valley. Later in the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Pokhara, a lively town set beside Phewa Lake with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range.

    Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La Village-Pokhara

    Guests at the serene Shangri-La Village enjoy up-close and personal views of the Himalaya right from their rooms, which feature epic panoramas. Private balconies off each guest room face the mighty Annapurna range, and spacious landscaped gardens complete the scene.

    Transportation: 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Fly to Jomsom and Drive to Ghemi

    Day 3

    Board a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (8,922') and embark on a Jeep ride to the village of Ghemi along the rocky trails of the Kali Gandaki River. At Kagbeni village, cross the checkpoint and enter the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. Drive through the villages of beautiful red, yellow, and brown sandstone pillars, cross famed Chele La Pass (12,251'), and descend to the village of Samar (12,005') with its views of the Annapurna. Continue ever higher over passes and through tiny settlements before descending to camp in the village of Ghemi.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Transportation: 5-hour private Jeep transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Ghar Gompa

    Day 4

    From Ghemi, follow the trail across the valley, across a suspension bridge over the Dhakmar Chu River, then past the most impressive and longest stretch of mani wall (boulders inscribed with carved Buddhist prayers) in Upper Mustang. Descend to the secluded village of Dhakmar, situated under magnificent red sandstone cliffs dotted with cave openings. Climb up a rocky gully to Muila pass and your first view of famous Ghar Gompa, an eighth-century monastery.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6.5 miles hiking with 2,165' elevation gain & 725' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend to Lo Manthang

    Day 5

    Depart Ghar Gompa and, after crossing several valleys, reach the Chago La pass - at 14,038', it's the highest pass on the trek through Mustang. After a long, gradual descent, you finally get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang in the distance, set amongst fields and poplar trees. From here, a steady downhill leads you to camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 1,085' elevation gain & 1,595' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoy Lo Manthang

    Day 6

    Rest your legs and tour Lo Manthang, starting with its two 15th-century monasteries, Thubchen Gompa and Champa Gompa. Atmospheric with burning incense, flickering yak-butter lamps, Buddhist murals, intricate mandalas, and chanting monks, entering these buildings - so remote they've been untouched by modernity for centuries - is a sensorial and spiritual experience. A team of conservation architects has gently restored both monasteries with funding provided by the American Himalayan Foundation. Also here, visit the monastic school at Choede Gompa, the only monastery in Lo Manthang that houses monks.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Lo Manthang for Yara

    Day 7

    Leaving Lo Manthang, the trail leads south towards Charang, climbs a pass overlooking Lo Manthang, and then heads down toward the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The final section of the dry, dusty trail drops sharply to the village of Dhi, marked by a patchwork of fertile fields and trees. After a well-deserved break at Dhi, hike up to the village of Yara. Just before reaching Yara, behold an incredible series of 300-foot-high, wind-scoured cliffs resembling giant organ pipes. The cliffs are dotted with numerous cave openings - one of Upper Mustang's most spectacular sights!

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,930' elevation gain & 2,600' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Trip to Luri Gompa

    Day 8

    Take an excursion from Yara to Luri Gompa, one of the world's few remaining cave monasteries. Luri is also the most important in Upper Mustang, as it is one of the only monasteries in the region belonging to the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery comprises a series of interconnected chapels covering various levels, all carved out of the cliff. The inner room contains a large chorten painted with deities. Kashmiri-style paintings of exquisite flowers, deities, and various figures of Indian origin adorn the dome-shaped roof and the west wall.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6.5 miles hiking with 1,330' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Tangge

    Day 9

    From Yara, the trail leads south to Dhechyang Khola, winding steeply uphill before opening to magnificent views of landscape below. Continue downhill into the village of Tangge, a small hamlet whose homes form a fort nestled below cliffs eroded into massive columns. The view of the settlement, with its groups of chortens and mani walls of various shapes and sizes, is simply stunning! Tonight's camp is constructed in a walled compound to protect guests from the dry Mustang winds.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,660' elevation gain & 3,600' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross Rivers to Behold Dhaulagiri

    Day 10

    On your way out of Tangge, enjoy an atmospheric walk through town to the trail leading down to the Tangge Khola, where you'll cross a wooden bridge. Hike above the village, then descend to the wide, rocky Yak Khola plain. After another river crossing, ascend steeply as the horizon widens between Charang, Lo Manthang, and Nepal's northern border. From the prayer flag-adorned summit of Pha, revel in your first awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri. Tonight, camp near the only water source on this part of the trek.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Mustang

    While on trek we will be camping in very comfortable and sturdy Mountain Hardware three man tents. Though they are designed to accommodate three people we will not put more than two in a tent. There is a vestibule at the front of the tent where you can store your hiking boots and trekking poles. We also provide a 6 foot 1 inch long and 2 feet 1 inch wide, fabric covered foam sleeping pad. We will also set up a toilet tent with toilet seat in each of our camps.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,200' elevation gain & 660' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey on to Jomsom

    Day 11

    Today the trail winds uphill, opening to exceptional views of the entire Mustang Valley. Admire them, but then refocus on the trail, which is narrow and, on one side, drops 3,000 feet! Soon the trail veers away from the rim and reveals the extraordinary Kali Gandaki Valley, with myriad peaks surrounding the famous Thorang La pass (17,764'). Begin your descent of a steep, rough trail that leads to Chhuksang where our jeep will be waiting for us. From Chhuksang transfer back to Jomsom enjoying wonderful views of Mt. Nilgiris (23,166'). After many nights of camping, enjoy a night at a cozy guesthouse.

    Accommodation: Om Guesthouse-Jomsom

    Om's Home is a simple traditional-style Nepalese inn, located in the heart of Jomsom and surrounded by the soaring peaks of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Rooms are comfortable and boast thick comforters and clean, crisp sheets - perfect for unwinding after a day's trek. The inn's restaurant serves fresh Tibetan bread and homemade soups, and there are plenty of charming areas to lounge in (Wi-Fi is available in the lobby).

    Activity: 6-7 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 710' elevation gain & 4,280' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour Jeep transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Kathmandu

    Day 12

    Bid farewell to the Upper Mustang as you fly from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara. If weather affects your flight (always possible in Nepal), you'll spend another day in Jomsom. Flights in and out of Jomsom are commonly delayed or cancelled due to unpredictable weather. If delayed, all meals at Jomsom are included while you wait. An extra day at the end of the trek ensures connections to your homeward-bound flight. Without delays, spend the day exploring in Kathmandu!

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Transportation: 20-minute flight & 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Explore Kathmandu

    Day 13

    Begin today in Kathmandu Valley with a morning tour of Bhaktapur, an enchanting medieval Nepalese town. A highlight is Durbar Square, with its temples, ancient palace ruins, and exquisite Sun Dhoka - a gilded gate crafted in 1753. This afternoon you're free to roam, relax, or do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing in Kathmandu on your own. In the evening, join the group for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart for Home

    Day 14

    After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Please note that most flights require an overnight en route to your destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

Nepal Mystical Mustang Trek

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in Nepal, pioneering unique and exploratory adventures for nearly 50 years.

Reason #02

Our expert MT Sobek Mustang guide Sanjeev Chhetri has been leading treks in the Upper Mustang since 1992.

Reason #03

Only MT Sobek combines our tenured trekking guide with an architectural restoration expert-both with years of experience in Mustang-for a winning combination.

Meet your guides

Sanjeev Chhetri

Sanjeev Chhetri

Sanjeev Chhetri is a graduate of Delhi University, India, and has been leading treks in Nepal, Tibet, India and the Alps since 1990. He is a top MT Sobek guide on our Mystical Mustang, Everest Lodge to Lodge and Everest Base Camp treks, and is very knowledgeable of the cultures, religions, and traditions of each region. Sanjeev has a deep affection for Mustang (he got married in Lo Manthang) and recommends it for the absence of trekkers, stunning scenery, and authentic Tibetan culture. Sanjeev loves being outdoors and meeting people from different walks of life. He lives with wife and son in Kathmandu.

Sirish Bhatt

Sirish Bhatt

Sirish was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and raised in Beijing. After majoring in Architectural Design and Architectural History at Tsing Hua University in Beijing, she returned to Nepal to pursue her passion-the conservation of historic buildings. Sirish first went to Upper Mustang in 1996 and fell in love with its people, culture and landscape. Since then she has worked on various restoration projects in the region and has accumulated a great understanding of its history and culture. Besides Upper Mustang, Sirish has also worked on many projects related to heritage conservation in Tibet, China and Nepal. Sirish brings extra depth and insight to our Mystical Mustang adventure.

Activities

Strenuous hiking on mountain and valley paths, covering 4.5-10 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 14,038'.

Lodging

Eight nights camping, one night at a comfortable guesthouse and four nights at hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Climate

Daytime temperatures: 50°F - 85°F. Night time temperatures 20°F - 35°F. High winds and dust are common. Rain or snow possible.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Your trip leader will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Do I need a visa for Nepal?

Yes, and you can get a 15-day visa on arrival for $25.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for this trip?

Yes, you will need to bring a medium-weight, down or fiberfill sleeping bag rated from -5°F to 10°F.

Will I have cell coverage on this trip?

It's best not to count on it as coverage is spotty.

Are there any luggage weight restrictions on the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom?

Yes. Luggage is restricted to 15 kg/33 lb per person-including checked and hand-carry luggage. It's not possible to pay for overweight luggage.

What is the Upper Mustang Permit Fee?

The Nepalese government charges $530 per person to trek in the Upper Mustang restricted area. This must be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu in US dollars. This cost also includes the $30 fee for the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is used in conservation efforts.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • May 09 - 22, 2022
    $6,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$580 internal airfare+$575 single supplement+$525 mustang permit fee (paid in cash in nepal)
    Available
  • Sep 26 - Oct 09, 2022
    $6,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$580 internal airfare+$575 single supplement+$525 mustang permit fee (paid in cash in nepal)
    Available

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  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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