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Mustang Trekking

Culturally and geographically similar to Tibet, the “Forbidden Kingdom” of Mustang was only opened to trekkers in 1992. Its Buddhist monasteries, unique and dramatic landscapes and hardy yet open people, make it one of the most interesting and rewarding places in Nepal, yet it remains visited by just a lucky few. A spectacular destination for that “once in a lifetime” journey.

12-day trek into Mustang
After a breathtaking flight between some of the highest mountains of the Himalaya to Jomsom, we trek north up the valley of the Kali Gandaki, finally arriving in the unique earth-coloured landscape of Upper Mustang. We'll trek through picturesque white-painted villages, huddled against the wind and surrounded by fields of buckwheat, barley, orchards of apple trees and groves of Willow and Poplar. We visit the monasteries of the area, painted in the horizontal grey, white and yellow stripes typical of the Sakyapa sect of Buddhism and also pass long walls of intricately carved mani stones. Later we come across the red and white chortens (monuments) which typify upper Mustang and are further evidence of an ancient heritage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lo Manthang - Ancient Capital
Finally we arrive at the ancient walled fortress city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang. Although Mustang is culturally Tibetan it is actually part of Nepal. The Raja (king) of Mustang has retained his title and a certain degree of autonomy. The Raja's imposing four-storey palace dominates the city. Formerly trade with Tibet in salt and wool made the kingdom wealthy. We can visit the temples of the city, some dating back to the 15th century, built from the proceeds of trade. These include the Champa Lakhang which houses a huge painted statue of the Maitreya Buddha and the red Thugchen Gompa adorned with massive wooden columns.

Fact Box  
Starting from: Kathmandu
Ending at: Jomsom
Grade: Moderate-Difficult
Highest access of the trek: French pass (5300m), Thapa pass (5200m)
Culture encounter Mixed
Trekking type Camping
Himalayan sights: Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna range, Manaslu, Nilgiri etc
Most Attraction of the trek: Close Mountain View, Villages
Best Seasion: February, March, April, May, October, November
Meal: breakfast, lunch, & Dinner)
Activities: Trekking
Transportation: Car / Van
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum Group Size: 1
Per day Walking: 5 to 7 hours
Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu Airport & Transfer to Hotel
Welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 02 Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
We will be visiting three of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will visit first the Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.
It is a 30 minutes drive to Boudhanath Stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrims site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices.
One of the holiest hindu shrines in the world, The fabulous pagoda houses the linga of Lord Shiva and people bathe in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it is sometimes very crowded.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This former royal palace complex offers the elegant 15th century Palace of 55 win-dows, artistic courtyards, the Golden gat.
Patan Durbar Square : Durbar Square an enchanting melage of palace buildings, courtyards and pagoda temples, is the center of Patan's religious and social life.
Day 03 DRIVE TO POKHARA. 7/8 hrs.
The fun is about to begin. You travel by minibus through the foothills to reach the lush, flat Pokhara valley with its paddy fields, winding rivers and views of the Annapurna range, including of course the famous ‘Fish Tail’ peak of Machhapuchhare. The 6 or 7-hour drive gives a taste of all that is Himalayan – amazing scenery, Third World farming communities, colour, vibrant life and big mountains. You fly back at the end of the trek to sample both experiences. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 DRIVE TO BAGLUNG AND BENI. (2,200ft/671m) 4 hrs TREK
TO SINGA. (2,800ft/853m). 3 hrs.

After hot breakfast is over, you drive up to Baglung and on to Beni, the central hub of the
district with many buildings including government offices. It will probably be hot and humid as
the trek begins west up the left bank of the Mayagdi Khola, past a cable car over the river. You
pass many small villages before reaching Singa and camp overnight at the school field.
Day 05 TREK TO DARBANG. (3,350ft/1,073m). 6½ hrs.
Beyond the village, the Mayagdi Khola meanders, passing through many cultivated areas and villages like Tatopani Shiman and Tal Kot; lunch after about 4 hrs is by a stream. It is a short climb to Babiyachaur and then a high, winding path on a mountainside. Here there are terraced hillsides and paddy fields and the path is an easy walk, being either flat or gently ascending. After Ratorunga the path follows the river. After quite a bit of up and down, you finally reach Darbang (3,650ft/1,113m). and on to Darbang. Camp overnight.
Day 06 TREK TO SIBANG ( 5,905ft/1,800m), 7 hrs.
From Darbang, after crossing the Myagdi river over the suspension bridge, the trail winds up gradually for one hour. After leaving the river behind, a steep climb of 1½ hrs leads to the ridge, then a short pleasant walk will bring you to the village of Dharapani, 1½ hrs, where lunch is taken with stunning views of Putali and Ghurja, the western peaks adjoining Dhaulagiri massif. The path follows along the farm fields to the south of the ridge from where Dhaulagiri
Himal is visible before reaching Sibang, 3 hrs, where you camp overnight.
Day 07 TREK TO MURI. 4½ hrs.
The track descends towards the Gatti Khola for two hours before a steady climb for a further two hours until the large village of Muri is reached for the overnight campsite. The inhabitants of this village are mostly of the Magar tribe. You will have time here after the camp is organised for a short visit around the village of Muri and to wash clothes. Camp overnight.
Day 08 TREK TO BAGAR. 6 hrs.
Your trek path skirts around and descends to the warm areas of paddy fields partially penetrated by the tributary Dhora Khola. After crossing it, the main path ascends the cultivated valleys, passing rural farmhouses, and goes through a hamlet to a mountain path then skirts around the ridge. The path continues winding steeply uphill for two hours and coming out at the top of the ridge, the path descends gradually to a small farm village at Bagar, the last village en-route before Marpha village is reached at the Kali Gandaki valley.
You camp overnight at the primary school playground.
Day 09 TREK TO DOBANG. (8,202ft/2,500m) 6 hrs.
The day begins with a very steep hill (30 mins) after an hour from camp, then a descent with stone steps cut from the rock. There are cliffs above with massive bees’ nests and ropes for collecting honey. Lunch is within the trees after about 4 hrs. The high winding trekking path follows the village through the grassy area, there is damp and slippery ground, requiring concentration, before finally descending as a steep stone path to the river’s edge. You may see monkeys here. Following the river for a while, the path follows a gently sloping mountain
and continues through a forested area with many ups and downs grassy area you make the ascent through the forest to emerge to camp overnight at the level
area of Dobang.
Crossing Konban Khola, once again you enter the forested area until the ascent becomes a descent, and you can see the west wall of Dhaulagiri I, between the breaks of the trees. You head down to Myagdi Khola side, take the left bank path and climb up towards another khola called the Pakite Khola, without ever getting too far from the Konaban river. You will cross this little stream to the tableland of Chartare(Saligare), lunch shortly before the hamlet 4½ hrs. There are some short steep sections on mud where you use roots for hand holds- care! Then 2½ hrs of climb to a misty, moss-hung clearing in the forest and camp for the night.
Day 11 TREK TO PAKHABAN (Japanese camp). 5-6 hrs.
Leaving your campsite, you continue following the trail ahead leading to the forest areaknown as Italian Base Camp, 10,499ft/3,200m, 40 mins. The trail leads into a rocky area, then climbs the mountainside with a steep hill at the end. After crossing the steep hill, the path narrows until you cross one glacier and descend to another glacier that originated from the west wall of the Dhaluagiri. You climb the opposite bank to a wide grassy area in a shallow valley of Pakhaban, also known as Japanese Camp. Pakhaban is a beautiful campsite with an impressive view of the West wall of Dhaulagiri I and to the rear the huge stonewalls
from Tsaurabong Peak press closer. You get a feeling here that you are deep in the heart ofthe Himalaya. Camp overnight.
A rest day for acclimatisation, you explore the glaciers for the next day’s ascent to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Camp overnight.
Day 13 TREK TO DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP. (15,420ft/4,700m), 8 hrs.
You follow a lateral moraine from Pakhaban to a rocky ridge, which finally descends to the glacier again. This you follow as the valley bends to the right to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From here you are looking up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I, while to the west there are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II, 25,423ft/7,749m and Dhaulagiri III, 25,305ft/7,713m and Dhaulagiri V, 24,987ft/7,616m. In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from
the north east col. Camp overnight.
It will be very cold here but further acclimatisation is necessary; it is important to prepare for the days to come.
16,732ft/5,100m) 6 hrs.

You need to carry lots of water as you cannot fill up. Leaving the glacier you climb a terracedhill on the right bank, which runs along beside the glacier for a while. You have to cross the moraine entering from a gently sloping incline on the right. You follow this valley to the French Col, 17,585ft/5,360m, 4½ hrs, naturally from here there is an amazing view of Himalayan peaks in all directions, including Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal and Tahshikang. All these peaks surround the Hidden Valley. To the right you can see Tukche Peak West and to the rear stands Dhaulagiri I. A gentle descent along the snow-covered landscape finally ends
at the wide Hidden Valley and grass for camp overnight.
Day 16 TREK TO ALUBARI. (9,842ft/3,000m), 7 hrs.
Alubari is much lower than Yak Kharka where we used to camp, so much warmer and safer if the weather breaks. It is a long day but worth it. It is an hour to the bottom of the pass, care needed on easy snow slopes. You then contour very high on north, (left) bank which is a potentially dangerous pass as the path stays above 15,420ft/4,700m for 5½ hrs before dropping very steeply. The ground is featureless with shale slopes. There are superb views of Tukche Peak, Nilgiri and perhaps the Annapurnas behind, Tilicho becomes visible later;
there are also stunning views of Jomsom and towards the arid trans-Himalayan zones towards Mustang. The path then goes down to the right and crosses a stream to reach Alubari, comprising several stone huts. Camp overnight.
Day 17 TREK TO MARPHA VILLAGE. (8,750ft/2,667m).
You start with a sharp descent along a narrow mountain path to a ridge from where Dhaulagiri is visible again. You wind around to the right and descend down by a long climb along a steep mountainside, zigzag path. The final descent of the day brings us to Marpha Village. Camp overnight.
Day 18 TREK TO LETE. (8,200ft/2,500m) 6 hrs.
Today you follow the path on the left bank along the Kali Gandaki river up to Tukche village, where, in the past, it is said that trade between Tibet and India flourished. You carry on further through the cultivated areas and then the rocky area up to the settlement of Larjung at 8,399ft/2,560m. You head along the banks of the Kali Gandaki then descend to the tableland of Lete. Once again, you have excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukche Peak, Annapurna I and Nilgiri. Camp overnight.
Day 19 TREK TO TATOPANI. (3,800ft/1,158m) 6 hrs.
Today brings many ups, downs and zigzags. You start by going along the narrow valley of the Kali Gandaki without going very far from the river and head up to Kabre where the valley widens. From here you descend along the zigzag mountain path through rocky cliffs to enter the village of Dana, consisting of little hamlets surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of oranges are offered for sale to travellers along the way. The path ahead meanders through small villages and finally reaches the village of Tatopani. Camp overnight.
Day 20 TREK TO GHOREPANI. (9,600ft/2,926m).
Today you make the long ascent to Ghorepani. After crossing a suspension bridge you carry on downstream along the Kali Gandaki crossing a wooden bridge across the Ghar Khola. You turn left and ascend a steep stone path to Durun Dhara. From here you descend along the rocky path to the Chhetri village of Ghare with its red walled houses. Ascend through terraced fields all the way up to Ghorepani. Ahead of us is a panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri range. Camp overnight.
Day 21 TREK TO TIRKHEDHUNGA. (2,000ft/609m). 5 hrs.
An early start is needed this morning to reach the highest point on Ghorepani Ridge, Poon Hill, for the close-up view of the south wall of pyramid-shaped Dhaulagiri for the sunrise. Today is an easy day with gradual walks through the main Trans-Himalayan Trade Route through the rhododendron and rain forest, descending to Ulleri and Tirkhedhunga villages, a pleasant spot with waterfalls. Camp overnight.
You trek for about 3 hours, a very short distance up to Nayapool. After this point you board your bus to Pokhara after an enjoyable and adventurous journey. The final walk of this superb journey leads through a series of farm villages to a more sub-tropical region, back to the rice paddies and following the course of fresh flowing rivers with a cascade of beautiful waterfalls as you come to Birethanti. After this lovely village over the Modi Khola another ½ hr will bring you to the road head for the 2 hr drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel
Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus (202 km. 7/8 hours)
Day 24 Depart Kathmandu
You will be transferred to the airport for your final departure from Kathmandu.

Trek Price as per above program

Group Size
2 - 3 
4 - 5
6 - 7
8 - 9
10 - 11
12 + Above 
Price in US$ 
800 750 700 700 650 600 550

Package Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • All the ground Transportation by bus
  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night hotel in Pokhara (Tourist Standard)
  • 16 night 17days trekking in Tent
  • All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Trek Permit & National Park fee
  • Tour leader for entire tour (All camping equipment like tent, Sleeping Bag, Kitchen Equipment, Jacket etc.)
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), necessary trekking staff and their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments.
  • Demostic Airfare ( Jomsom Pokhara and domostic airport tax)

Package Price Excludes

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fee of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the meal while you are in Kathmandu

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The most prominent ethnic groups in the annapurna region are the Gurung, Braman, chetri, Thakali and the Manangba.

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