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What’s included

  • A Sherpa guide and camp crew
  • 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 & Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Special Mustang permit
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek
  • Lodge accommodation on a full board basis, where mentioned
  • All camping facilities on trek, where mentioned
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Full porterage on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified

Wild Mustang Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Nepal | Walking & Trekking

New for 2018
Wild Mustang Trek
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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Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous ? Vigorous / Strenuous
Duration:  24 days from the UK  
On trek: 13 days

Flight inclusive from £4,070,
Land only from £3,445

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

Highlights

  • 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 April departure.

Reviews

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, MD, Mountain Kingdoms

I know that without fail the experience will be an adventure.
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Heading north from Mustang, we trek sections of the western side of the Kali Gandaki valley to the capital Lo Manthang, where the real adventure begins. The villages and cliff-side cave complexes to the north are extraordinary, and here we visit some of the last nomadic communities in Mustang and a royal sammen palace, before we cross a high pass to the solitary village of Samdzong. Ochre and white striped chortens and crumbling fortress monasteries sit beneath imposing wind-sculpted cliffs. Mustang was once an important trading route for the old salt caravans crossing the Himalaya and the traditional white-washed villages on this high plateau bordering Tibet have a well preserved Tibetan culture.

Having explored the north, we trek southward down the starkly beautiful eastern side of the kingdom, heading out through even remoter country. The gorges, high plateaus and isolated villages on this side of the river are rarely visited by outsiders and offer wonderfully wild trekking. 

The spring departure visits the sacred Tiji Festival with its masked demon dancers in Lo Manthang.


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous
Vigorous / Strenuous

Duration:  24 days from the UK  
On trek: 13 days

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

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges, Camping

Festival:

The April 2018 departure attends the Tiji festival.

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

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
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
10-13
Trek to visit the northern villages and caves and meet the nomads
14
At leisure in Lo Manthang. April departure attends Tiji Festival
15-19
Trek down eastern side of Mustang. Visit Luri Gompa
20
End trek at Tetang
21
Drive to Jomsom
22-24
Fly to Kathmandu. Day at leisure. Fly to London
Leader: Local Leader, Nepal
Local Leader, Nepal

Whether it's a cultural tour, gentle walking holiday or strenuous trek, our holidays in Nepal are led by professionally-trained English speaking leaders. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Nepal.

They will be sure to provide you an unforgettable experience in their wonderful country of Nepal. 


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kathmandu

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu, 1,373m/4,504ft.

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to te Shangri La Hotel. This is a very comfortable hotel situated near the British Embassy, to the north of Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. It has a lovely garden with a swimming pool where you can relax, and several excellent restaurants. The bustle of Thamel, with all its restaurants, shops and bars, is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Pokhara, 827m/2,713ft.

    This morning you will take the short morning lfight 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 iconOvernight: Shangri La Village Hotel, Pokhara or Similar
  4. 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 iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  5. 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 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 a world of difference also 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 iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  6. 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 iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Ghami, 3,520m/11,549ft - approximately 2 hours.

    From Samar our purpose 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 ancient, large, 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 are 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 iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  8. 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 iconOvernight: Royal Mustang Resort, Lo Manthang
  9. 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 iconOvernight: Royal Mustang Resort, Lo Manthang
  10. 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 they 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  11. 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 Dali 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  12. 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 between such caves being from 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  13. 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 iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  14. Day 14 - 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - 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 villages of Ghara on your return trek to Yara.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  16. Day 16 - 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - 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 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
  18. Day 18 - 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  19. Day 19 - 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 iconOvernight: Camp
  20. Day 20 - 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 iconOvernight: Lodges In Mustang
  21. Day 21 - 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 iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  22. Day 22 - 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 iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  23. Day 23 - Fly back to London.

    After breakfast you will be transferrred to the airport for your flight home.


2018

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What’s included

  • A Sherpa guide and camp crew
  • 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 & Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Special Mustang permit
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek
  • Lodge accommodation on a full board basis, where mentioned
  • All camping facilities on trek, where mentioned
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Full porterage on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • Sightseeing where specified

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  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
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  • 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.


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • 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.


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.


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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