The Lost Kingdom of Lo Mustang

The Last Himalayan Kingdom

Known as the forbidden Kingdom of Nepal, Upper Mustang was closed to foreigners until 1992 after which it was opened as a controlled area for visitors. Located in the north-central part of Nepal along the upper end of Kaligandaki River, and the southern end of the Tibetan plateau,  the region is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal.  The area was part of Tibet until the 13th century, when a powerful General Ama Pal achieved independence in 1380, establishing the Himalayan Kingdom and his hereditary line of Kings.  It eventually aligned with Nepal becoming an autonomous district and a Kingdom within Nepal. The federal constitution in 2008, ended the political title of the kings but socially, they still hold the tradition and cultural practices and are central to life in Mustang. 

Annapurna Region and More

Our journeys trekking gently along the Kali Gandaki valley will provide you the opportunity to explore the landscapes and communities of the Annapurna conservation area of the valley. We will visit some of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries, villages, local healers, uniquely beautiful landscapes and hospitable people living in quaint whitewashed houses and maybe meet the new king of Mustang.

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Brief itinerary

Trip Highlights

  

· Exploration and visit of the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang

· Visiting ancient monasteries, caves, and interaction with traditional healers, monks, and farmers 

· Trekking through the desert like landscape of upper Mustang, and the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley

· Fascinating view of the Annapurna Himalayan Range and landscape

· Visiting ancient monasteries, caves, and interaction with traditional healers, monks, and farmers 

Itinerary

Day 1    Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m)

Day 2    Full day Sightseeing in   Kathmandu with a local guide 

Day 3 Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara or drive 6-7 hrs 

Day 3   Drive to Pokhara on a deluxe bus

Day 4   Flight to Jomsom, trekking to Kagbeni (2840 m)

Day 5   Trekking: Kagbeni – Chele (3050 m), 5-6 hours

Day 6 Trekking: Chele – Gilling (3510 m) 5-6 hours

Day 7 Trekking: Gilling – Tsarang (3620 m), 6/7 hours

Day 8 Trekking: Tsarang – Lo Manthang (3730 m), 4-6 hrs

Day 9 Exploration in and around Lo Manthang

Day 10 Trekking: Lo Manthang – Yara (3550 m): 4-5 hrs

Day 11 Trekking: Yara – Luri Gompa (ca. 4100 m) & back to Yara, 6-7 hours

Day 12 Trekking: Yara – Tange (3240 m): 6-7 hours

Day 13 Trekking: Tange – Kharka – Narshing La, Cha Cho La 4060 m) – Pee (3800 m) 

Day 14 Trekking: Pee - Tetang – Gnyu La (3990 m), 4-5 hrs

Day 15 Trekking: Tetang – Gnyu La (3990 m) – Muktinath (3760 m): 4, 5 hrs

Day 16 Trekking: Muktinath – Jomsom, 4-5 hrs

Day 17 Flight back Jomsom – Pokhara – KTM. O/N Hotel Vajra with breakfast.

Day 18 KTM free day, O/N Hotel Vajra with breakfast

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Trek Cost (Per Person): 

US $ 3550 (4 Pax group size basis)


ingle Supplement: 

US $ 350.00


Tour package cost includes 


· Airport pick-up and drop 

· Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a star category /boutique hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

· Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus

· Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara by flight

· Other ground transportation to and from trekking destination

· Necessary documents and permits including ACAP Permit, TIMS card, and Mustang Special Permit

· Experienced English-speaking trekking guide, trek assistant, porters 

· Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek(with tea and coffee)

· First aid Medical kit

· Sightseeing in Kathmandu

· All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)

· Transportation on a private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary


Does not include 

· International airfare to Nepal and back home

· Your Nepal entry visa fee

· All kinds of beverages (soft/hard)

· Travel insurance and emergency evacuation expenses

· Extra baggage charges in domestic flights (above 15 KGs)

· Additional days accommodation expenses (either due to early or late arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason except as per schedule)

· All personal expenses (including the gears and clothing taken on hire by the participant, phone calls, battery charge, shower, etc)

· Tips for guides and porters

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General Information 


Season: 

Marc to November. Mustang being in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is less affected by rain. And hence possible to trek in the rainy season too. 

Permits & Regulations

It’s a restricted area and trekkers visiting Upper Mustang are required to get a special permit of 500 per person permit, 10 days. Extension beyond this will cost $50 per day. The trekking area also covers Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and hence visitors need to pay $20 USD per person conservation fee.

Accommodation & Meals

As with other treks in Nepal, teahouses are available along the entire trek in Upper Mustang. Teahouses are simple houses, often the home of the family that runs them, and offer basic meals in a communal eating hall along with bedrooms, usually with two single beds.

Airline tickets 

You will need to book your flight tickets in advance and let us know about your flight details in advance. It helps us to keep tracks of confirmed participants and arrival in Nepal. 

Travel Insurance 

We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance to protect from unforeseen circumstances. Please let us know if you need any help. 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

You can reserve your seat by paying a deposit of $400. Final payments need to be done at least 60 days prior to departure. If you have to cancel the trip; the following charges will be made:

- No charge will be applied for cancellations before 60 days

- A charge of 10% will be applied for any cancellation made prior to 30 days of departure date.

- A charge of 25% will be applied for any cancellation made prior to 21 days of departure date.

- A charge of 50% will be applied for any cancellation made prior to 10 days of departure date.

- No refund for any cancellation made thereafter

Weather

There are generally two traditional tour seasons for travel in Nepal. One from March to May and the next being October – December. June – August - September is the time of rain and monsoon. However, there is local life and visitors are taking advantage of the offseason too. In March–May temperatures are relatively comfortable in the day although it can be a bit cold in the morning and evenings. This is the time when there is greenery in the mountains and flowers are blossoming. The second season from October to December is most preferred in terms of clear sky and views as well as local activities. During the day it's usually sunny but in the morning and evening, especially in the later season, it can get cold too freezing temperatures. There is also high chances of snow and wind in passes above 4000 m. Usually, it's safest to descend to a lower elevation or your camp before later noon.