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Dolpo to the Kingdom of Mustang

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Wild Nepal | Walking & Trekking

Dolpo to the Kingdom of Mustang
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  30 days from the UK  
On trek: 24 days

Flight inclusive from £4,935,
Land only from £4,185

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A thorough exploration of Dolpo, legendary Dho Tarap, and the kingdom of Mustang including the square-walled ancient city of Lo Manthang.

Highlights

  • Experience the unique cultures of Dolpo and Mustang
  • Trek through impressive high mountain scenery and isolated villages
  • Cross three remote passes over 5,000m where very few others have trekked
  • Spend time in the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang and legendary Dho Tarap
  • Enjoy first rate camping and a four star hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek

Reviews          

I loved the remoteness of this trip; it felt like a true wilderness experience, and following in a snow leopard's snowy footsteps up to the Ghami La pass was exceptionally memorable.
Niki Morgan, Operations Manager

Out of all the many treks I have done in Nepal this is up there with the best. Fantastic variety of scenery, culture and wildlife. We met few other trekkers. The organisation was superb and the crew terrific. Lake Tilicho in the snow was a breathtaking sight - well worth a trip even if you do not continue over the pass. I can highly recommend this trip. Thanks to all.
Mr O, Chepstow

This is a fabulous adventure. It is a long trek visiting remote Upper Dolpo and Mustang. It crosses five 5000 m passes so a real sense of achievement on completing it. We visited remote monasteries and the fabled city of Lo Manthang is fascinating. The Sherpa and crew were professional and food excellent. The itinerary gives plenty of time to acclimatise with a rest day by the side of the...
Mr O, Gloucestershire

This hidden part of Nepal is still a treasure for the trekker and remains unspoilt - but visit soon before the new road projects alter the remote peace and isolation of this ancient kingdom. Unforgettable scenery and strong Tibetan influence surviving in the harsh climate add to its uniqueness and our Nepalese trekking crew described it as like being on the moon!
Dr W, Yorkshire

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Both Dolpo and Mustang evoke images of remote mountain deserts, shrouded in mystery, with high passes, ancient monasteries, abandoned cave dwellings, and of course, the elusive snow leopard.  With five passes over 5,000 metres, and 23 days of demanding trekking, this is a tough trek for the very fit and adventurous walker.  The rewards are rich, with scenery where the superlatives run out every day, and sustained cultural interest, where Tibetan Buddhism thrives. The delights of Lower Dolpo include the fabled turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake and the charming, picturesque settlement of Chharka, both featured in Eric Valli’s film, Himalaya. 

Beyond Chharka is true wilderness, home to sure-footed blue sheep and their enigmatic predator, the snow leopard. In 2014, one of our Operations Manager followed a snow leopard’s tracks towards the Ghami La for twenty minutes. There are extremely few people that pass this way, so you have a sense of being one of the privileged few to savour this uninhabited place, and admire the grandeur of this remote, high mountain country.  Blue sheep, wolves, vultures, lammergeyers and your crew are likely to be your only companions.  You may encounter snow on your approach to the Ghami La which will make progress more challenging, but also add magic to its crossing.

The Kingdom of Mustang reveals many treasures as you pass through.  From the ancient caves where inhabitants used to dwell, to towering rock pinnacles and dramatic canyons, harbouring cave monasteries, Mustang is a feast for the soul and the senses. We trek up the western side of the valley to the historic capital Lo Manthang, but unlike most of our competitors we then return down the little-known, spectacular, eastern side.

This is a challenging, remote trek with rich rewards, in terms of the scenery, culture, history and geology of the region.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  30 days from the UK  
On trek: 24 days

Max. Altitude: 5,700m / 18,700ft, Ghami La, Day 17

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping, Tea House

Meal arrangements: 28 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 25 Dinners B&B in Kathmandu, all meals on trek.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Nepalgunj and on to Juphal. Trek to Rupagad.
5-8
Trek to Phoksundo Lake, and enjoy a rest/acclimatisation day.
9-14
Trek over Bagala, Numala, Jhyarkoi La and Mo La passes to Chharka.
15-19
Trek over the Ghami La, 5,700m/18,700ft, to Lo Gekar in Mustang
20-21
Trek to Lo Manthang, rest day.
22-27
Trek to Yara, Tange, Pha and Tetang. End trek at Chussung. Jeep to Jomsom.
28-29
Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara. day at leisure.
30
Fly to London.
Leader: Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin

Stephen Goodwin is a mountaineer and writer. After a career as a political journalist on The Independent and The Times, he quit the surreal “Westminster village” for a real village in Cumbria. For 10 years (2004-2013) he was editor of the Alpine Journal, the oldest mountaineering journal in the world. A climber and ski-mountaineer, in 1998 he reached the south summit of Everest, filing an award-winning diary to The Independent. Since then he has returned to the Himalaya most years as well as climbing, trekking and ski-touring in the Alps, Andes and Turkey. He is the author of Lake District Climbs and Scrambles (2015, Vertebrate) and Day Walks in the Lake District (2009, Vertebrate). He also contributed a chapter on Upper Dolpo to Trekking in the Himalaya published in 2013 by Cicerone.


  1. Day 1 - DEPART THE UK

    Depart the UK for the overnight flight to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu.

    After arriving at Kathmandu airport you will transferred to the Shangri La Hotel, a stylish four star property located near the British Embassy, where you can relax in the lovely garden or have a dip in the hotel pool. Here you can relax and maybe go out for a meal in the evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Nealganj - 1 hour flight.

    This morning, you may have time for some sightseeing, or shopping in Thamel. In the afternoon you will take the flight to Nepalganj. The flight will give good views of the Himalaya to the north.

    On arrival you are transferred to your hotel. The town is situated 3kms from the southern Nepalese border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kitchen Hut Hotel or Similar, Nepalganj
  4. Day 4 - Fly to Juphal, 2,475m/8,120ft. Trek to Rupagad, 2,120m/6,955ft - 3 hours trekking.

    This morning you will enjoy a wonderful early morning, 35-minute flight, over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the major peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north east. After an exciting landing at the mountain airstrip at Juphal you meet your trek crew and Sherpa sirdar. It takes about an hour to descend through the village below the airstrip. Your path takes you through terraced fields to the Bheri River and you then walk for about an hour through the narrow gorge leading to Dunai until just before the big bridge over the river to Sulighat. Overnight camp in the garden of a lodge at Rupagad.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Chhepka, 2,670m/8,759ft - 6 hours.
    dolpo to the kingdom of mustang suli gad trail to chhepka s goodwin.

    At the confluence of the Thuri Bheri and Suli Gad rivers you turn to the north and follow the Suli Gad. The trail is fairly undulating, but mostly up and the going is firm underfoot. You are never far from the river and can always hear its roar. You pass through an area which is overgrown with marijuana plants and there are also crops for the villagers and their animals including millet, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet corn and chillies. Many of the villages in this area are involved in the production of a lotus-like plant called 'chuk' that is used to make vinegar and medicines. It is dried and flown from Dolpo to Nepalganj and exported to India. You continue to track the river and eventually reach the settlement of Hanke, which is also the entrance to the Phoksundo National Park. The three villages you pass through have a strange name connection; Parela, meaning 'eyelash', Rahagaon meaning 'eyebrow' and Ankhe meaning 'eye'. You continue northwards, following the river to Chhepka.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Somdua, 3,000m/9,845ft - 6-7 hours.

    A good deal of improvement has been done on this trail with new river crossings. The trail keeps closer to the river, crossing it several times; even so, there are still some steep undulations and at times the path hugs the cliff face. Frequent stops to admire the scenery, or to take a breather become a necessity. You continue to track the river until you reach your night's stop at Somdua.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Phoksundo Lake, 3,600m/11,811ft - 3-4 hours.

    From Sumdo the trail goes very steeply uphill. Here you leave the river and follow the path high above the water. You ascend to a ridge, about 3,875m/12,713ft, from where you will have the most staggering views of a 300m/1,000ft waterfall, the highest in Nepal and your first view of Phoksundo Lake, a study in turquoise. You then descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola and on to the picturesque settlement of Ringmo with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. The village now has solar panels helping to improve the quality of life of the villagers. From the settlement it is a short walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake where you set up camp.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Rest day.
    dolpo to the kingdom of mustang camp at phokundo lake.

    Today is for rest and recuperation although if you're feeling energetic, the nearby Bon Monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very relaxing. There will also be time to catch up with domestic chores if need be.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Bagala Phedi, 4,200m/13,780ft - 5 hours.

    After leaving the lake, you enter a beautiful pine forest on a lovely ascending trail listening to the laughing thrushes. Eventually you emerge at a clearing where you have excellent views of your route into Phoksundo including the bandstand and snowy peak behind. You continue on a rising trail. You can see the small villages of Rikke and Maduwa below. The scenic high traverse continues rising gradually with good views of Norbung Kang's impressive snow dome 6,985m, until you reach Yak Kharka at 3,982m. It's 4 ½ miles and approx. 3 hours walking from Phoksundo Lake to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka has a collection of tents, stone shelters, prayer flags and grazing yaks. You will probably have lunch here before an hour and a half's ascent to your campsite in a meadow with a big white prayer flag fluttering in the breeze. You are likely to spot choughs and lammergeyers here. You can see the start of your route upwards towards the Bagala the next day, and a trail towards Chhoital Tal (lake). For the energetic, you can walk up towards the lake in the late afternoon. It's good acclimatisation, and a pleasant excursion but it's quite a tough climb and will take between 1 ½ - 2 hours to walk to the high point where you can view the lake (lots of false summits!) - energy which you may find better conserved to cross the pass the following day!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek over the Bagala Pass, 5,214m/17,107ft, to beyond Danigar, 4,800m/15,748ft - 8-9 hours.

    Soon after you leave the campsite it's a steep pull upwards along a trail which follows the Ghuchun Khola, in a canyon. There are good views of Norbung Kang behind. The path twists and turns and heads seemingly forever upwards, until after 4 hours you are greeted to the extremely welcome sight of prayer flags adorning a huge cairn, marking the Bagala at 5,214m. There are superb views from the top of the pass of the Tibetan-like mountain desert landscape before you. After the obligatory pass photos, the trail weaves downhill, gradually at first, but becoming steeper and a little rockier until you reach the meadow of Daniger at 4,631m. You will probably have a light lunch here. It takes approx. 6-7 hours to reach Danigar from your campsite. You will trek for another couple of hours to reach your campsite, which lessens the pull up to the Numala the following day. It's fairly flat walking on a high traverse for a while, and you can see the path to Saldang. A short descent to the river, then you follow it, ascending for half an hour or so to your campsite at approx. 4,800m.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek over the Numala Pass, 5,238m/17,185ft to Tokyu, 4,200m/13,780ft - 8 hours.
    dolpo to the kingdom of mustang trek over numala.

    You begin ascending to the pass quite steeply at first and then more gradually. You can see Kanjiroba mountain behind you. The trail weaves around and it seems a frustratingly long time before the pass reveals itself and you see those welcome cairns and prayer flags at 5,238m. You may see snow finches and mountain finches en route. You descend quite steeply at first before contouring around the hillside for a while. You then continue descending on a stony path on a spur until you reach the river. You cross this, then walk over boulders, and eventually you end up on a flat, easy path into Tokyu 4,200m. Tokyu is an attractive, rustic village with the Thakchiu Khola running through it, several houses, greenhouses, chortens, mani walls and gompas. You are likely to spot several choughs here and the very attractive Guldenstadt's redstart was spotted here. You will probably be here at barley harvesting time. You have a superb view of towering Dhaulagiri from the pass. Champa Monastery is well worth a visit for its statues of Sakyamuni, the future Buddha, and Guru Rimpoche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Do Tarap and on to Moran, 4,200m/13,780ft - 3½ - 4 hours.

    It's approximately two hours of easy walking, on a fairly flat trail to Do Tarap 3,945m. En route you will see Crystal Mountain School and the Tarap Health Post. About 200 pupils receive free education every year up to 7 years of age. The health post and school are run by a non-profit NGO called Visit Dolpo, a sister organisation of Action Dolpo France. Their goals are to have a higher secondary school and to run a modern primary health care centre and free medical care. It is recommended that you visit Ribo Bumpa Monastery which sits above Do Tarap. It is 1000 years old and has a 3m high Guru Rimpoche statue. The Amchi Dr Namgyal Rimpoche has helped with the publication of 'Dolpo: The Hidden Land' and it was on sale in the monastery for 2,100 Nepalese rupees in 2014 (published in French). From Do Tarap it's about 1½ hours walking to your campsite at Moran 4,200m, passing the villages of Shipchock and Dhoro. The Dhoro Monastery, with its red tin roof, is worth a look, although in 2014 it was under repair. Images in front of the altar are Guru Rimpoche, Green Tara and Vajrasattra. It's a very gradually rising trail from here to camp, in a grassy meadow. This is blue sheep country.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  13. Day 13 - Trek over the Jhyarkoi La, 5,360m/17,586ft, to reach camp at 4,600m/15,092ft - 8 hours.

    You begin ascending very gradually, heading into a very impressive canyon, with interesting rock strata on a grand scale The path weaves around following the water cource. There are some very narrow sections with a steep drop to one side, but will present no problems for the confident and sure-footed. The trail steepens as you approach the pass, and the last 1½ hours, is quite a hard slog on a zig-zag trail. The pass is marked by a huge cairn and the obligatory prayer flags. It takes approx. 4½ - 5 hours to reach the top of the pass. You are rewarded for your considerable efforts with stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif and surrounding peaks. The descent is fairly gentle and forgiving, if a little long. It takes approx. 2 - 2 ½ hours to reach your campsite from the pass. Where you camp will depend on the availability of water at the time. You may be exceptionally lucky and see bharal (blue sheep) en route. Redstarts and mountain finches are some of the few birds that inhabit this inhospitable but beautiful terrain. It's quite a long, tiring day so be sure to eat and drink plenty.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  14. Day 14 - Trek over the Mo La, 5,035m/16,519ft, to Chharka, 4,100m/13,421ft - 6 hours.
    dolpo to the kingdom of mustang trek to chharka.

    You continue trekking in the Upper Panzang valley. The trail ascends up and around the hillside. It's not a difficult pass, and you should reach it in around 1½ - 2 hours. The gradient is easy. You may see lammergeyers, golden eagles, Himalayan griffin vultures, accentors, horned larks, marmots and yaks, and if you are very lucky, blue sheep. Prayer flags adorn the large cairn. Just next to this in 2014 was a large pile of snow leopard dung! You have wonderful views of surrounding ochre coloured hills. The descent is a pleasant, easy gradient, but is a long way! There is a grassy path about ½ hour from the top of the pass which is a good lunch spot. From here it's a dusty, winding descent. After an hour or so you hit a ravine which is short but sharp. It takes a long time for the town of Chharka to reveal itself. There is a large entrance kani to the village, and when you emerge from the kani, the very attractive town lies before you. Chharka is a delightful, quite sizeable place and has a monastery, a school, many typical flat-roofed houses, lodges, a suspension bridge, barley fields, and even a 'shopping centre' where they sell beer, soft drinks and will (for a small fee) recharge your camera batteries. Make the most of this civilisation, as it will be your last until you reach Mustang! Chharka was featured in Eric Valli's film Himalaya, and because of its picturesque charm and remote location, it's easy to see why.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - Trek to camp at Nakhkham Khola, 4,600m/15,092ft - 7-8 hours.

    Leaving Chharka 4100m and your last habitation until you reach Ghami, you head eastwards along the north bank of the Chharka Khola. After about 40 minutes the main path crosses a bridge and heads to Jomsom. Most trekkers take this route. Only a few trekkers and locals take the north bank and the path is often indistinct. The path rises and falls up and down canyons but always keeping to the north bank of the river River crossings may be needed here as the path has been wiped away by landslides, so keep your sandals in your day sack today! After 2 ½ hours of undulating rough ground you will probably have lunch by the Chharka Khola. Crag martins and a low flying Himalayan griffin vulture were spotted here. After lunch you cross the river as the path now follows the south side of the river. Two herds of blue sheep were seen here, as were snow leopard tracks! 2 ½ hours after lunch you reach a high open valley by the Nakhkham Khola where it's likely you will camp at 4600m. The day looks short on the map, but indistinct trails and broken ground make this day longer than it appears, with a lot more climbing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - Trek to High Camp, 4,900m/16,076ft - 3-4 hours.

    A short day to gain height before the pass the following day. You follow the river until the valley opens out at the top. Paths are indistinct here. Tibetan snowcock were spotted on the hillside above the camp. This high camp acts as a base to attempt the Ghami La the next day. Exactly where you camp will depend on the weather conditions and availability of water. If you have a free afternoon, you can go for an acclimatisation walk along the valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - Cross the Ghami La, 5,700m/18,701ft, and descend to camp at 4,800m/15,748ft - 8-9 hours.

    This is a long, tough day, but very spectacular. The first hour from the campsite is gentle uphill walking. In 2014, snow leopard tracks were followed by the clients and trekking crew for a good twenty minutes. At the head of the Nakhkham Khola there are wonderful views into Tibet as the path veers south eastwards and rises sharply towards the Ghami La. At first the going is relatively easy and an upper cwm at about 5200m is reached quickly. From here the going gets tougher as a number of boulder fields have to be crossed and route finding is difficult. The pass is long, though not particularly steep. You reach the top of a wide saddle after about 5½ hours. There is an indistinct trail with a few cairns but no obvious prayer flags. The trail then descends gently through boulder fields and on to a grassy hillside. You descend for a further two hours or so to a campsite by the river. This is a tough day as paths are non-existent in places and the pass is rarely crossed, making this a real achievement.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  18. Day 18 - Trek towards Ghami, 3,490m/11,450ft - 7-8 hours.

    Wolves have been seen and heard at this campsite at breakfast time. You leave the campsite and head eastwards, keeping the river on your right. It's a very gradual descent for a couple of hours and easy going trekking. Eventually, you head down to the Ghami Khola and you'll need to don your sandals to wade across the river. At its widest, it's shallow so you're unlikely to get your knees wet! After this you climb up the bank and continue walking eastwards. It's likely you'll enjoy your lunch half an hour or so after your river crossing. You then ascend for a while on a good path (narrow in places) and traverse across the hillside. There was a large landslide here in 2014 so surmounting this involved considerable further descent and ascent to regain the trail. Eventually you reach the highest point, adorned with prayer flags and a large cairn. From here you have wonderful, inspiring views of Mustang and the snow-capped peaks beyond.

    From here it's all downhill to your campsite, gradual at first, and then very steep. You will also need to negotiate a small boulder field before regaining a good path that meanders around the hillside. The scenery becomes ever more dramatic with steep sided gorges, cascading waterfalls, giant rock pinnacles, and the ever present view of Mustang, to whet your appetite for the coming days.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  19. Day 19 - Descend to Ghami, 3,520m/11,549ft, trek to Drakmar and on to Lo Gekhar, 3,934m/12,907ft - 8 hours.

    You continue traversing the hillside, passing a hermitage, the scenery spectacular and dramatic with its towering rock peaks, rushing river, and Mustang's distinctive mountain desert landscape ahead. More snowy peaks reveal themselves as you snake around the hillside. There is a good trail to Ghami, although narrow in places. You keep the Ghami Khola to your left as you walk. As you descend to Ghami, there is a puja place adorned by many prayer flags, set high on the hillside. A zig-zag trail leads up to it. It takes about 2 hours to reach Ghami, depending on your exact campsite location the previous night. Watch out for well camouflaged lizards darting around on the dusty trail. It's a stunningly beautiful vision as you approach Ghami. Fields of red (buckwheat) and yellow (barley) appear like an oasis in this desert landscape. You will see the caves hidden in the cliff-face beyond the fields and marvel at the incredible, 'organ pipe' rock sculptures. After so long in the wilderness, with no habitation, it is quite a shock to see local people tending to the fields, domesticated animals, houses and lodges.

    Leaving Ghami you walk down out of town to cross the river and climb up the other side. The diagonal path leads easily up across a dusty mountainside to a pass, the Deurali La, 3,717m/12,195ft. Looking back there are fine views of Ghami and you can see the state of dereliction of the old original palace. The path contours round the end of the next valley and you start to see the famous red cliffs above Dhakmar. The closer you get the more sensational they become, peppered here and there with clusters of cave dwellings. It is an easy descent into the valley where shortly you will come to a single house. In 2017 there were two women here, churning butter and weaving Tibetan apron material. You then pass an old manor house directly under the red cliffs. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche slew a dragon here and the cliffs were soaked with its blood.

    Beyond there is a scattering of houses and the path now passes trees and fields before entering a very dry gully. You climb slowly up through eroded rock formations past fluted rock columns on your left. Out of the top of the gully you arrive at a flattish plateau. You contour round to the actual pass, the Marung La, 4,042m/13,261ft. This has wide views over Mustang and down below you can see the monastery of Lo Gekhar. This is one of, if not the most important, temples in Mustang and it is surrounded by chortens daubed a rust colour. It is said to date back to the 8th century when Guru Rimpoche came to slay the demon that was preventing the building of Samye Monastery in Tibet. The temple was built on the dead demon's heart, under the main statue of Guru Rimpoche. The inner temple is the pure essence of Tibetan Buddhism, and there is a real, tangible power in the place. It is also a school for boy monks.

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  20. Day 20 - Trek to Lo Manthang, 3,770m/12,369ft – 5 hours.
    dolpo to the kingdom of mustang trek to lo manthang.

    It's a very pleasant and highly scenic walk today. You begin by ascending through an impressive canyon to the minor pass of the Mui-i-la. Another pass - the Marag La at 4,125m follows and eventually you descend into Ghar Gompa. It is definitely worth looking around the 8th century monastery at Ghar Gompa, and no doubt you will have lunch here. There is a giant statue of Guru Rimpoche in an altar behind glass in the inner sanctum. From Ghar Gompa it is 7 miles of walking to reach Lo Manthang. You ascend to the Chogo La at 4300m where you have great views of Niliguri peak, Tilicho peak, Annapurna I and the Muktinath Himal. From the pass, it's about 2 hours descent to reach Lo Manthang.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  21. Day 21 - At leisure in Lo Manthang.

    This day will be spent at leisure in Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, plus many cells for lamas. There are four major temples within the city and there is a caretaker with a key available at certain times. These temples really are very impressive, with huge clay statues of various Buddhas. The King's palace is an imposing 4-storey building in the centre of the city. He is an active horseman and keeps a stable of the best horses in Mustang. He also breeds Lhasa Apso dogs and has several monstrous Tibetan mastiffs. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, he is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout the kingdom. The city is an absolutely fascinating place, with narrow streets and houses built adjoining the city wall.

    Pam Ewam Namgyal Monastic School
    Past Mountain Kingdoms' clients visiting Lo Manthang, have found a visit to the Monastic School to be well worthwhile. This school is situated a 40 minutes' walk to the northwest of Lo Manthang. The school is always pleased to welcome visitors. If you would like to make a donation they would obviously welcome this too, but there is no hard sell. Mountain Kingdoms' clients, Keith and Patricia Mollon, chose to sponsor this school for several years. They said on the last visit that the school had certainly improved in the 3 years since their visit before. Although it calls itself a monastic school evidently not all the children will become monks, but they are well looked after, are receiving a very good education and are all learning Tibetan, Nepali and English.

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  22. Day 22 - Trek to Dhigaon, 3,420M/11,220ft – 6 hours.

    Leaving Lo Manthang, you head south following a steady trail across the plains before starting to climb toward Dhi pass at 4,100m/13,452ft. Enjoy the excellent views from the pass before descending steeply down to the attractive village of Dhi, nestled at the foot of a colourful striated cliff. Relatively few tourists visit Dhi and the villagers here are most welcoming. It is worth taking a short walk out of the village to visit the old ruined monastery. Here you have lunch before crossing the Mustang Khola (river) and following the smaller Puyon Khola strewn with ammonite fossils and past striking sculpted cliffs before starting to climb to the village of Yara.

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  23. Day 23 - Trek to Yara, 3,615m/11,860ft, visit Luri Gompa and cave, 4,000m/13,100ft – 7-8 hours.

    From Dhigaon you cross the Mustang Khola (river) and follow the smaller Puyon Khola, strewn with ammonite fossils, and past striking sculpted cliffs before starting the climb to the village of Yara.

    From Yara you will make a round trip to visit the ancient cave monastery of Luri Gompa, passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in Mustang. It is worth taking your head-torch to help you see the incredible frescoes inside the gompa. From Yara you continue through dramatic scenery for another couple of hours, passing the village of Ghara, to the crumbling, rugged landscape above which Luri Gompa sits like a precariously balanced eagle's nest amongst terracotta spires. There is no written record documenting the construction of the monastery but it is believed to date back to the 13th - 14th century and is associated with the Kagyu sect of Buddhism. The small chambers of the monastery are carved into the rock, with incredible paintings adorning the smooth domed ceiling, and along several wall panels. There is a complex of small cave dwellings nearby which are believed to be associated with the monastery. There should also be time to explore the distinctive villages of Ghara on your return trek to Yara.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  24. Day 24 - Trek to Riverside, Dhegaon, 3,445m/11,335ft – 4½ hours.

    In 2017 Mountain Kingdoms donated $477 to the village elders at Yara who had been trying to pump water to a new orchard. You might to see what progress has been made.

    You now climb out of the village and take the 'high route' to Dhegaon. Pass the collecting pond above Yara and turn right. The route takes you up on to the top of a massive level plain at 3,719m/12,201ft, whose edge is the fluted cliffs that are so awesome and so massive, seen yesterday. You next cross a pass, 3,710m/12,172ft, slightly lower than the high point of the plain, before dropping steeply down to a few relatively new buildings on the edge of the Dechung Khola river. A new foot suspension bridge is being built here and when finished the buildings may become a lodge. Small souvenirs were on sale here in 2017, including many fine ammonites.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  25. Day 25 - Trek to Tange, 3,370/11,056ft – 5 hours.

    Start the long 1¾ hour hike to the 'Slow Go' Pass, 3,911m/11,056ft. In the guidebook by Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons they make this sound steep and scary - it is not. An easy continuous haul brings you to the pass, a gain of 456m/1,496ft. Beyond and below the pass is a huge undulating plateau which dips down ahead. Cross this with many ups and downs, flat sections and occasional gullies. The ground is scattered with low, thorny bushes. Finally you find yourselves contouring around gigantic, mud cliffs and then down to a vast flat plateau. On the far side you come to the edge of a vertical cliff and you look down into a huge river basin. A small cairn marks the way down through a narrow passage in-between conglomerate cliffs. This descent is perhaps the best bit of the day as the village, like a green lozenge, comes into view. Tangye has some of the largest decorated chortens in the whole of Mustang.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  26. Day 26 - Trek to Pha, 4,100m/13,452ft – 6 hours.

    The day starts with a gentle climb for an hour or so, before crossing the Tage Khola (sandals may be required for the crossing here). From the far side of the river bank you climb steeply to the Le Lo La Pass at 4,200m/13,779ft where there are sensational mountain views of the high peaks including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho. If you are lucky you may also be able to spot the rare blue sheep sometimes found grazing here. The path is generally wide and good, but there are occasional airy stretches.

    Just below the pass on the other side are a series of springs which allow for a traditional high camping ground known as Pha where you will camp overnight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  27. Day 27 - Trek to Tetang, 2,997m/13,452ft. End trek at Chussung - 7½ hours. Drive to Jomsom.

    Now the sense that the huge adventure is nearing its end will begin to sink in. From Pha, with its small ponds for watering the nomads' sheep and goats, the path traverses a hillside and it becomes a very pleasant walk indeed, with views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Again parts of this this path sound very scary in Bob and Sian's guidebook. Don't worry, the main path is fine. There is one small section of moderately exposed cliff path and even this is wide enough for laden horses.

    The final stretch back from the cliff edge is fantastic, as is the long descent to the lower regions of Mustang. You finish your trek walking to Chussang to meet your transport for the exhilarating drive through Kagbeni and on to Jomsom.

    Now is time to celebrate your achievement with a party for your trusty Sherpas as tomorrow you fly back to 'civilisation'.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  28. Day 28 - Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

    Today you fly from Jomsom, through the Himalayan Mountains, down the Kali Gandaki Gorge, feeling like an insect in such grand surroundings, to land in Pokhara. From Pokhara you will fly to Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. No doubt you will be shell shocked on returning to 'civilisation'!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  29. Day 29 - At leisure in Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu, Asia's former hippie capital, has a wonderful mixture of crowded bazaars, Hindu and Buddhist temples, shrines and stupas, colonial and ancient architecture as well as more modern buildings. You could explore the bazaars and temple complexes of Durbar Square to best absorb the myriad impressions assailing your culture-shocked senses. You could also hire a mountain bike, or take a ride out to the fascinating city of Bhaktapur, an hour, or so east of Kathmandu. There are plenty of excellent places to eat in Kathmandu, cheap, noisy and cheerful in Thamel, or more luxurious in the surrounding areas of the city.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  30. Day 30 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.


2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 15 Sep - Sun 14 Oct 2018Available£4185 Book£4935 Book

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    From £195
  • Single Tent
    From £210
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  • Cover starts from £185
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Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed Western Leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotel in Nepalganj on full board
  • Mustang and Dolpo special permits
  • ACAP permit
  • Jeep ride to Jomsom
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Tea house accommodation in Jomsom on full board
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek.
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 3 reviews)

Mustang- a must! - Private Departure          

This hidden part of Nepal is still a treasure for the trekker and remains unspoilt - but visit soon before the new road projects alter the remote peace and isolation of this ancient kingdom. Unforgettable scenery and strong Tibetan influence surviving in the harsh climate add to its uniqueness and our Nepalese trekking crew described it as like being on the moon!

Dolpo to Kingdom of Mustang Trek          

This is a fabulous adventure. It is a long trek visiting remote Upper Dolpo and Mustang. It crosses five 5000 m passes so a real sense of achievement on completing it. We visited remote monasteries and the fabled city of Lo Manthang is fascinating. The Sherpa and crew were professional and food excellent. The itinerary gives plenty of time to acclimatise with a rest day by the side of the beautiful Lake Phoksundo. For me the highlight of the trip was the crossing of the Ghami La at 5700 m. We followed fresh Snow Leopard tracks and saw Wolves in this area. For a true mix of Wilderness and culture this was an outstanding trip and I would recommend it unreservedly.

True wilderness experience          

I loved the remoteness of this trip; it felt like a true wilderness experience, and following in a snow leopard's snowy footsteps up to the Ghami La pass was exceptionally memorable.


Extend your holiday

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly

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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara.  We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa.  From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Bhutan extension from Nepal
  • 5-day cultural tour or 8-day gentle walking options available
  • See the main sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • Bhutan is just a short flight from Kathmandu

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Though only a short flight from Kathmandu, Bhutan offers a very different Himalayan experience to Nepal. Characterised by lush valleys, terraced hillsides and soaring peaks the landscape is endlessly picturesque, whilst the imposing dzongs (monastery/fortresses) and Swiss chalet style houses give each town or village a look that is distinctly Bhutanese.
Here are just two options – if you would prefer something different please discuss with this office.

A taste of Bhutan - five-day cultural tour
This five-day tour visits Bhutan’s key sights and cultural centres including magnificent Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha and the fascinating treasures housed in the National Museum at Paro. The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Bhutanese guide and accommodation is in comfortable hotels with all meals included.

A short walk in Bhutan - eight-day gentle walking and cultural tour
This eight-day gentle walking trip offers the perfect introduction to some of the cultural highlights and scenic delights of Bhutan. You begin with sightseeing om Thimphu and a walk to Cheri Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most historic temples before travelling over the Dochu La Pass to Punakha, the former winter capital. In Punakha you take a lovely valley walk and visit the beautiful riverside dzong. Driving back to Paro you take a pretty walk from the Dochu La through beautiful forest. You then drive up to the Chele La Pass and take the lovely walk to Kila Nunnery, before ending your trip with the walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s greatest cultural treasure and a fitting conclusion to a superb extension. You will stay in good quality, comfortable hotels throughout and all meals are included.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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