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What’s included

  • A Sherpa guide and camp crew
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek
  • Free Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Special Mustang permit
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu & Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share...

Wild Mustang Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Wild Nepal | Walking & Trekking

Wild Mustang Trek
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      Vigorous / Strenuous

      Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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

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    Vigorous / Strenuous

  • Duration: 25 days from the UK
  • On trek: 13 days
  • Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £4885, Land only from £3935

Trek the little-visited northern region of Mustang and explore ancient sky caves before taking the wild eastern route out of the kingdom.


  • Trek to the remote villages, cave complexes and monasteries north of Lo Manthang and meet the local nomads.
  • Return down the wild eastern side of Mustang.
  • Stay in lodges in Mustang as well as enjoying a full camping experience in the ‘wild’ sections of this unique trek.
  • Join in the flamboyant celebrations of the Tiji Festival on the May departure.


Attending the Tiji Festival in Lomanthang was a wonderful experience. The landscape north of Lomanthang and also the eastern part of Mustang are truly spectacular and definitely wild. Great mountain views of the snowcapped Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho. The walking is challenging in parts but a very rewarding experience.

Mr G K-B, Australia


I know that without fail the experience will be an adventure.

Mrs H, Stonehaven


All of Mustang is amazing, but few people get to explore the string of villages to the north of Lo Manthang, or to exit the kingdom down the east side of the Kali Gandaki river. There are some real gems of places to find; the very remote village of Samdzong all on its own in the middle of nowhere, the oases of Yara, Ghara, Tangye, and other hamlets too many to mention. There some absolutely...

Steve Berry, MD, Mountain Kingdoms


Attending the Tiji Festival in Lomanthang was a wonderful experience. The landscape north of Lomanthang and also the eastern part of Mustang are truly spectacular and definitely wild. Great mountain views of the snowcapped Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho. The walking is challenging in parts but a very rewarding experience.

Mrs Gerdy Kelson-Braamhaar


All of Mustang is amazing, but few people get to explore the string of villages to the north of Lo Manthang, or to exit the kingdom down the east side of the Kali Gandaki river. This trek takes you to some pretty remote places and camping and pack animals are needed to get you there. In particular the walking down the east side is much dryer and less inhabited. For me this was part of the...

Steve Berry


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The remote and mysterious region of Mustang is situated in the far north of Nepal, beyond the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, and extending into the highlands of Tibet. It is a vast, high, arid valley characterised by eroded canyons and colourful stratified rock formations with a barren, desert-like appearance fringed by snow-capped peaks. Lying in the rain shadow of the Himalaya it is an ideal region to explore in the summer, outside of the normal Nepal trekking season. Called the ‘Forbidden Kingdom’, Mustang’ has long been shrouded in mystery. Protecting its authentic Tibetan culture from outside influences, it remained closed for many years to foreigners until it finally opened its doors in 1992. Trekkers were however at that time restricted to the west side of the valley.

The walled city of Lo Manthang is one of the undoubted highlights of the trek and you will have time to wander the enticing streets, explore its impressive temples and possibly visit the King’s Palace. For those travelling in May there are also the flamboyant celebrations of the Tiji Festival to enjoy.

Just reaching Lo Manthang itself is a very fine objective and achievement, but the beauty of Mustang does not stop here! The northern villages are fantastic to see. There are old salt mines, nomads living in large tents made from woven yak hair, ruins of many castles the history of which is long lost, ancient cliff temples, and jaw-dropping scenery. Some of the villages are so remote that it is hardly believable that they exist, so cut off are they from their neighbours. It would take weeks to explore all the side canyons and visit all the hermit nests, but this trek takes you to some of the best.

Leaving Lo Manthang behind, your return journey takes you along the stunning eastern side of the Kali Gandaki valley, through the picturesque villages of Dhi, Tange and on towards Tetang. Trekking across high desert plateaus and passes, amidst constantly breathtaking scenery, you will see numerous cliff dwellings and hermit caves and visit the remarkable 13th century cave monastery at Luri, one of the last remaining examples of its kind. As you head further south you will also enjoy commanding views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. Finally, you end your trek at Tetang and take the short jeep ride back to Jomsom. Here you can reflect on a superb cultural and scenic experience, unlike any other in Nepal.

Private Departures

Kirsty and Adam on Kala Pattar close up 800x750

Wild Mustang Trek - Private Departures

If you would prefer to travel just with your partner, friends or family, we can arrange a private departure of this holiday. You follow the same itinerary, but travel on dates that suit you. Alternatively we can include elements of this holiday in a bespoke Tailor Made itinerary. Contact our friendly team for details and prices, and to make a booking.

At a glance


Vigorous / Strenuous

Duration: 25 days from the UK

On trek: 13 days

Max. Altitude: 4,200m/13,799ft, Le Lo La Pass, Day 19

Private Departures Available

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Accommodation types: Hotels, lodges/tea houses, camping


The May 2022 departure attends the Tiji festival.

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals on trek.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 Depart London, arrive Kathmandu
3 Fly to Pokhara
4 Fly to Jomsom, Drive to Kagbeni
5 Trek to Chele and Samar
7-8 Trek to Ghami, Tsarang and Lo Manthang
9 In Lo Manthang
10-13 Trek to visit the northern villages and caves and meet the nomads
14 At leisure in Lo Manthang. (May departure attends Tiji Festival).
15-19 Trek down eastern side of Mustang. Visit Luri Gompa
20 End trek at Tetang
21 Drive to Jomsom
22-25 Fly to Kathmandu. At leisure. Fly to London
Leader: Nepalese Sherpa, Mustang

Our Sherpas have been leading treks in Mustang for many years. In fact, we have been taking groups there every year since 1994 (with the exception of the years of Maoist rebellion). We have used the same group of Sherpas for our Mustang treks in all that time. They are extremely knowledgeable about the culture, history, geology, flora and fauna of the Mustang region.

Nepalese Sherpa, Mustang

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London to Kathmandu

Depart London on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You may choose to eat here tonight or venture out into nearby Thamel with its many bars and restaurants.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Shanker Or Similar, Kathmandu

Day 3 - Fly to Pokhara, 827m/2,713ft. Afternoon at leisure.

This morning you will take the short morning flight to Pokhara, Nepal's second city. This exciting flight passes over the terraced Himalayan foothills with views of the main range to the north. Overlooked by the stunning spire of Machapuchare, 'Fishtail Peak', the town of Pohara is the start point for treks to the Annapurna region, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and, of coure, Mustang. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Pokhara's bustling lakeside with cafes, shops etc is just a short walk or taxi ride from the hotel.

Overnight icon Overnight: Barahi Hotel or Similar, Pokhara

Day 4 - Fly to Jomsom, 2,743m/9,000ft. Drive to Kagbeni, 2,896m/9,500ft.

You take the 20-minute early morning flight, usually around 7.00am. You will get close-up views from your small aircraft of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and nearby satellites. It is a sensational flight! On arrival you will be met at the tiny airstrip by your Sherpa crew. After some initial preparation of loads and a cup of tea, you drive the sort distance to Kagbeni through dry river beds and streams on the jeep road.

Upon reaching Kagbeni, a very pretty Tibetan-style village, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red gompa (monastery), there is a taste of scenes to come in Upper Mustang. About 50 families live here, most of them traders who represent the link in the chain between modern Nepal and the 'Tibetan' peoples of Mustang.

At the northern end of the village there is a sign saying 'restricted area, tourists please do not go beyond this point'. Here, tomorrow, you will complete your paperwork formalities to enter this long-prohibited region of Nepal. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has set up a very interesting information post here with displays of Mustang artefacts and photos. Look out for the excellent coffee shop very near the ACAP office.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 5 - Drive to Tange, 2,962m/9,600ft. Trek to Tetang and on to Chele, 3,050m/10,0007ft - 4 hours.

To avoid the unpleasant experience of walking on the road you drive to Tangbe, 2,926m/9,600ft, a stunning village with the remains of an old castle, narrow alley ways, ochre coloured chortens and an archery ground and here are also the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang.

You then take the path leading inland to the village of Tetang, again well worth exploring, before crossing the river and following the Nari Khola down to Chussang village, at the confluence of the Narshang Khola and the Khali Kandaki. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. There are three separate parts to this village and some broken castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river from Chussang are spectacular red organ-pipe eroded cliffs above the mouth of some inaccessible caves. The five villages of this area, Chele, Gyakar, Chussang, Tangbe and Tetang are home to a culturally unified group of people, closely related to the Manangis, rather than the true Lobas.

There is a distinct change here, not only in topography, but there is also a world of difference in the culture, lifestyle and people. Settlements are more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang do practice agriculture, but because of the lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is in sheltered plots of land creating a landscape of patterned brown, with scattered patterns of shaded greens.

Continuing north, this time unavoidably on the jeep road, you reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above forming a tunnel through which the river flows. A steel bridge spans the river just in front of the tunnel and north of here the Kali Gandaki becomes impassable on foot, although locals sometimes travel this route on horseback, through a steep, narrow canyon. There are many caves here high on the fluted red cliffs above. Climbing 100m/328ft to the village of Chele, you stay in a simple but characterful lodge at the upper end of the village. Most of the houses now have sheep horns above their doorways and ghost traps. Watch out also for the ferocious Tibetan mastiffs that many of the local people keep.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 6 - Trek to Samar, 3,660m/11,811ft, via Ghyakar and Kyuten - 5 hours.

Climbing from Chele after breakfast you come to a place where you can see the village of Gyakar across a huge canyon. Here there is a very impressive suspension bridge which you cross and a short climb brings you to fields of barley topped by a wood of large trees. There is no shortage of water here. Then you arrive at the entrance gateway and tunnels under houses that lead to the small square of Gyakar which boasts a single tap and a washing place. Leaving the village you go gently up through odd looking bushy plants and dog roses. It becomes drier and more arid. Continuing up you come to a big gulch and drop down to a stream and then up into a narrow defile. From the exit of the defile it is a long contour round to the village of Samar. As you walk from Gyakar look across to your right and you will see the old cliff path that used to be the main path from Chele to Samar. Some people do still use it apparently.

Samar sits in a grove of poplar trees and is a major stopping place for the mule caravans coming from Tibet.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 7 - Drive to Ghami, 3,520m/11,549ft - approximately 2 hours. Explore village.

From Samar our aim is to move to Lo Manthang by jeep. By trekking the first two days you will have already gained valuable acclimatization and now you will maximise the time available for seeing the northern villages and trekking the eastern route. At the same time it gives you the opportunity to explore the important village of Ghami and the township of Tsarang.

From Samar the jeep road takes the western most route through Bena, Chungsi, Syangboche and Geling crossing the Nyi La Pass, 4,045m/13,271ft, before dropping down to the beautiful village of Ghami. Here you check in to the Hotel Royal Mustang, one of the best lodges in Mustang, owned by the 'royal' family there. You will stay in the relatively new lodge and eat your meals in the large, ancient, family house, full of interesting things!

In the afternoon you can make a thorough exploration of this medieval village. There are two temples here, a small and very old one right out on the eastern corner of the village, and a larger gompa very close to the massive crumbling palace. Every street and alleyway is worth delving into, but a must is to see the incredible cliff dwellings half an hours hike west out of the village. There are several clusters of caves set into the massive fluted cliffs. To your left is an eroded mountain that looks like some god of architecture designed it.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 8 - Drive to Lo Manthang, 3,770m/12,369ft, via Tsarang, 3,520m/11549ft - approximately 3 hours.

From Ghami the jeep track leads down to the river and on past the longest mani wall in Mustang, and then climbs to the Choga La Pass, 3870m/12,697ft. You continue to Tsarang, built near the Charang Khola, a tributary of the Kali Gandaki Nadi. This is the second largest settlement in Mustang and has a feeling of importance. The huge entrance chorten is very impressive. The town is dominated by the fortress/palace and the nearby Thupten Shedrup Monastery. The old palace is where at least a couple of explorers were treated as guests - Michel Peissel was one in 1964 and also Ekai Kawaguchi, the famous wandering Japanese monk who stayed here on his way to Tibet in 1899. The ancient palace is in part a small museum.

From Tsarang the road drops down into a deep canyon before climbing up the other side. Stop to soak up the panoramic views - to the south are the Annapurna peaks and the familiar peak of Nilgiri, to the east is a chain of snow-capped peaks, the largest of which is Bhrikuti, 6363m/20,877ft. The road passes the famous Sungda Chorten, and you will be amazed by yet more cliffs of differing coloured strata. Finally you cross the Lo La Pass, 3850m/12,631ft, to get your first sight of the fabled squared-walled city of Lo Manthang below.

Overnight icon Overnight: Royal Mustang Lodge, Lo Manthang

Day 9 - At leisure and sightseeing in Lo Manthang.

You will have a full day at leisure and for exploration around Lo Manthang. The city is an absolutely fascinating place, with narrow streets and houses built adjoining the city wall and contains about 150 houses, plus many cells for lamas. There are three 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. There is a large amount of renovation and restoration taking place in all the temples in Lo Manthang and this is going to take years to complete. The 2015 earthquake also did a lot of damage and part of the palace, an imposing 4-storey building in the centre of the city had to be demolished. The last king was an active horseman and kept a stable of the best horses in Mustang. He also bred Lhasa Apso dogs and had several monstrous Tibetan mastiffs. His son, Jigme Bista, is rightfully the new king of Mustang although the present government of Nepal has passed a law forbidding royal titles. He is therefore the 'unofficial' king.

Overnight icon Overnight: Royal Mustang Lodge, Lo Manthang

Day 10 - Trek to Namgyal, 3,845m/12,615ft, Thinggar and on to Chumjung, 4,170m/13,681ft - 4 hours. Meet nomads.

Leaving Lo Manthang you drop down to cross the Chohorak Dokpa Khola river and take the path for an hour to the small village of Namgyal. The monastic school sits austerely on a hill above. A huge gloomy structure it was founded in 1465 but extended in 1953. It has a small but interesting museum. Now you carry on northwards, gaining only a little height to reach Thinggar where you can see the summer palace of the late king. This too was built only in 1950.

Further up the plain and beyond the Khiwaling Khola River is the herder settlement of Kiwaling. We hope to camp beyond here at Chumjung, where you will meet some of the last families of nomads living in this region. These nomads live in large yak hair tents and they have large herds of sheep and goats. Watch out for their large Tibetan mastiffs! By definition the nomads move from place to place but we expect them to be at Chumjung at this time.

As this is a short and easy day there should be time in the afternoon to explore a little beyond camp. There are a number of interesting looking paths.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 11 - Trek via Garphu, 3897m/12,785ft, to Bharcha, 3,845m,12,615ft - 4 hours.

Moving on from Chumjung you cross a rise and drop down to the Chhungma Khola and to the small hamlet of Nyamdo where there is an ancient gompa. The scenery is dramatic - riverside cliffs and bluffs, peppered with accessible caves and topped here and there with old walled fortresses. This was, and still is, the only way to Tibet, hence the fortifications, as Tibetans were a warlike race long before the Dalai Lamas came to power. In fact you cross the road leading to Tibet on your way to Garphu and Ghom. Take your time as there is much to see here and it is not far to Bharcha. We recommend you visit the monastery of Garphu which has a small school attached. Visiting Thong is another option.

Leaving this fantastic collection of caves, cliffs ruins and hamlets behind you now walk southwards on a good path to the village of Bharcha. There is a very nice tea shop here that you will no doubt relax in after an unforgettable day.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 12 - Trek to Samdzong, approximately 3,950m/12,959ft - 4 hours.

Another fabulous day in the Kingdom of Lo! It's a short day but with much excitement. From Bharcha you make a steep little sandy climb and then it is slowly up to the pass, the Samdzong La, 4052m/13,294ft. There follows an exciting path that weaves its way down through spectacular cliffs. At one point the path is a ramp of dry stone walling against a cliff. You come to a mani wall at the bottom of the descent. You are now on the floor of a huge new valley. High above is a wonderful cluster of cave dwellings. Theories differ for such caves being from between 2,000 to 8,000 years old. You turn left and north east and follow the path. The scenery gets more amazing the further you go. A thin stream, only 2 feet wide snakes along the floor. Occasionally there are barely recognizable huge chortens, decayed by time. There are massive cliffs with wonderful paths. At one point there is a highly decorated chorten with many prayer flags strung across the gorge. Here you will be asked to take off your hats because the residing spirit does not like them. There are a few fields before you reach the perfect Tibetan-style village of Samdzong.

In 2011 a team of Swiss archaeologists came to Samdzong and in a nearby cave discovered the remains of 27 humans, possibly dating back 1500 years. These are being kept in a rough building at the end of the village. It may be possible to find the key to visit this.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 13 - Trek to Lo Manthang, 3,770m/12,369ft, via Nenyul - 6 hours.

Samdzong is struggling to survive as global warming dries up their water supply. It is heart wrenching to think that in years to come such a beautiful place could be abandoned. Also incredible to think there are other villages in Mustang even more remote than this.

On the way back, just down from Samdzong you may venture up a narrow canyon, just for fun. It should take you 3½ hours to arrive back at the tea shop at Bharcha for a well-deserved drink in the friendly company of the family who own it. It is now no more than 2½ hours to Lo Manthang. Leaving Bharcha you eventually pass around 20 new houses. The royal family gave the land to people wanting to flee from villages like Ghara, where water shortages are forcing them to leave. Reaching Nenyul you pass some highly decorated chortens before crossing the river on a footbridge. From here it is a little over an hour to Lo Manthang where you will probably stay at a lodge called the Lotus Holiday Inn.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 14 - In Lo Manthang. Tiji Festival (May 2022 departure) or day at leisure with optional walks.

Tiji Festival (spring 2022) The spring departure in 2022 is timed to coincide with the incredible annual festival of Tiji, said to be one of the most atmospheric events still held in the Himalaya. Held annually to chase away demons, it is a time of prayer and dance as monks don colourful costumes and masks and perform ritual dances watched by spectators (dressed in their best clothes and jewelry) who will have gathered from throughout the region. There are usually horse races out on the 'Plain of Prayers' and a Tibetan style Tug-of-War. It is not always obvious where and when these elements of the festival will take place so your leader will have to make enquiries. The festival is truly an experience not to be missed.

At leisure and optional walks We suggest today you make a lovely and worthwhile half day walk to the ruined castle that can be clearly seen atop a conical hill just north of Lo Manthang. This castle is said to have existed well before Lo Manthang was founded in 1441. It follows that the first king of Mustang, Ame Pal, must have lived here, before building the palace that exists to this day inside the square walled city. It takes about an hour to reach the village of Namgyal and then a further hour will see you standing on top of the castle. A fantastic path leads back down to Mustang.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 15 - Trek to Dhiagon, 3,420m/11,220ft - 6 hours.

Leaving Lo Manthang it is an hour uphill to the Lo La Pass, 3,940m/11,220ft. Follow the road down for 5 minutes to a small chorten. The main road goes to Tsarang but you turn off to the left. It is desolate country with a few ups and downs and contouring in and out. There is a huge escarpment to the left with layered cliffs and great views to the right, southwards, of Nilgiri Peak. There is a good chance of seeing Blue Sheep along here. The first pass, 4,100m/13,452ft, arrives after 3½ hours but the real descent is half an hour further on, 4,042m/13,261ft. 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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 16 - Trek to Yara, 3,615m/11,860ft, and 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 village of Ghara on your return trek to Yara.

Overnight icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 17 - Trek to riverside, Dhegaon, 3,445m/11,335ft - 4 1/2 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 like 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 icon Overnight: Camp

Day 18 - Trek to Tange, 3,370m/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 dotted 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. Tange has some of the largest decorated chortens in the whole of Mustang.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 19 - Tek 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 icon Overnight: Camp

Day 20 - Trek to Tetang, 2,997m/13,452ft - 7 1/2 hours.

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 actually come down near Chussang but reaching the bottom you will turn left and 20 minutes brings you to Tetang and the Kailash Hotel which has a nice orchard for 'green camping'

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 21 - Drive to Jomsom, 2,743m/9,000ft.

You finish your trek with the walk 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 icon Overnight: Lodge

Day 22 - Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Transfer to hotel.

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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Shanker Or Similar, Kathmandu

Day 23 - 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 to explore, 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 icon Overnight: Hotel Shanker Or Similar, Kathmandu

Day 24 - At leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Depart Kathmandu.

You will have a little more time at leisure today in Kathmandu before an afternoon group transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to London.

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Day 25 - Arrive London.


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For the majority of our holidays, a deposit payment of £400.00 per person is required to secure your place(s), however a small number of holidays require a higher deposit - please refer to the holiday itinerary for more details. If the holiday departs within 60 days, a deposit of £1,000.00 per person is required.

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What’s included

  • A Sherpa guide and camp crew
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek
  • Free Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Special Mustang permit
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu & Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Lodge accommodation on a full board basis
  • All camping facilities on trek, where mentioned
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Full porterage on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • All internal flights and domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)

What’s not included

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

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Wild Mustang Trek          

Attending the Tiji Festival in Lomanthang was a wonderful experience. The landscape north of Lomanthang and also the eastern part of Mustang are truly spectacular and definitely wild. Great mountain views of the snowcapped Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho. The walking is challenging in parts but a very rewarding experience.

Amazing Wild Mustang Adventure          

All of Mustang is amazing, but few people get to explore the string of villages to the north of Lo Manthang, or to exit the kingdom down the east side of the Kali Gandaki river. This trek takes you to some pretty remote places and camping and pack animals are needed to get you there. In particular the walking down the east side is much dryer and less inhabited. For me this was part of the attraction. There are some real gems of places to find; the very remote village of Samdzong all on its own in the middle of nowhere, the oases of Yara, Ghara, Tange, and other hamlets too many to mention. There some absolutely incredible fluted cliffs, worn down into strange shapes by the hand of time, and peppered with ancient cave dwellings. If you are looking for something really wild - this is it!!

Extend your holiday

Bardia National Park extension

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  • 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!

Bhutan extensions from Nepal

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  • 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.

Chitwan National Park extension

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  • 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.

Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension

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  • 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.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension

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  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads
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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.

Tibet Extension

Tibet sightseeing 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.

Koshi Tappu, Nepal

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  • 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.

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

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  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide
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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal

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  • 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.

Lumbini Extension, Nepal

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  • Visit one of Nepal's most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites
  • Stay in a comfortable hotel next to Lumbini
  • Spend a full day touring the site with an expert local guide
  • Flights and transfers to/from Kathmandu included
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Enjoy a three day extension to the birthplace of Buddha, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Take the short flight from Kathmandu, and spend two nights in a comfortable 3* hotel, just steps from the Lumbini temple complex, with a full day to explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site in the company of an expert local guide.

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