Expert-Led Group Tour

Nepal Group tour - Mustang Valley walking and jeep safari

Travel with Nima Lama in the shadows of the Himalayas.

15 days

from £3,975pp
  • Expert-led trek to Mustang, the most spectacular walk through the Himalaya
  • Spend time exploring the fabled city of Lo Manthang
  • Spectacular aerial views of the Himalayan ranges
  • The last bastion of Tibetan Buddhism

The Kingdom of Mustang is perched on the border with Tibet and for many years was closed to foreign visitors. However, the Nepalese government re-opened the region in 1992 - for limited numbers of organised trekking groups. Mustang is a barren landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage. The region is one of the last bastions of undisturbed, living Tibetan culture.

This group tour combines travelling by jeep and on foot through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples, in the shadow of the iconic Himalayas.


This tour gives lovers of wilderness, an opportunity to visit a wild and remote area; to go beyond the normal tours in the Himalaya and to walk in the footsteps of ancient caravan routes. Please note this is not a trekking trip, but a tour designed to appeal to people whom love being in the mountains but do not want to spend every hour of every day, trekking. The group will travel by jeep but there will be stops en route to give you the opportunity to walk and explore. You can walk as much or as little, as you like.


A key factor contributing to the success of our Upper Mustang walking and jeep safari is the skill, courtesy and experience of our tour expert, Nima Lama. Nima and his crew members know this area better than most and give close attention to every detail of the trip, to ensure a safe, comfortable, fun and fulfilling adventure.

Nima Lama’s passion for the Himalaya goes beyond trekking and he is an active first aid responder - qualifying from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) from Wyoming, USA. His charity work has involved him in the Nepal earthquake response in April/May 2015. 


Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and Nima Lama will be on hand throughout to give advice and help if needed.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex, so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room at the hotels in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply. Please note, however, that it may be necessary to share rooms at the lodges during the trek as space is tight.


Perfect for those wanting to journey to Nepal's Mustang valley region, this tour offers a perfect balance of jeep and walking safari, with a handful of days for some downtime, allowing opportunities for sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara. An exciting flight linking Pokhara and Jomsom offers fantastic views up the Kali Ghandaki Gorge. Spend four days in and around the Mustang Valley, one of the most ancient and remote regions of the world. Be part of a small and privileged minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal. Take time to explore Lo Manthang. A welcome break in Pokhara gives time to reflect on your achievements, perhaps celebrated in a steak house with a G & T in hand. Spend a final few days in Kathmandu to visit the key attractions of the city. If you are not ready to turn your back on the mountains take an Everest scenic flight (optional at extra cost) for a final glimpse of the majestic Sagarmatha.


The accommodation in both Kathmandu and Pokhara are Nepalese owned and have been chosen for their traditional style and green spaces.

Whilst trekking, the accommodation in the villages are typical tea houses. Teahouses are essentially small hotels found in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. All lodges have a comfortable dining room. Meals are varied but do remember that the availability of fresh vegetables and fruit is an issue at these higher altitudes. All lodges can provide hot showers and a battery charging service for a small extra fee.

Bedrooms are normally shared, with two beds. Bring earplugs for a good night’s sleep as the walls are thin. The tea house trek through Mustang focuses on the most interesting places such as houses of local residents. Food is cooked fresh to order and expect a warm meal served around a toasty stove. No matter the quality of the tea houses, the friendly spirit of the local Nepalese is always present and they will do their best to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Travelling in the Mustang region is an experience not to be missed and shows you the other side of Nepal that very few tourists get to see.


Nepalese food has been strongly influenced by both India and Tibet, although in Kathmandu there is a growing interest in western dishes. You can hardly find a Nepali who doesn’t like dal bhat. (lentils and rice). Whilst staying at the tea houses you can expect to eat pancakes, porridge, eggs and bread for breakfast. Lunch will be served on the way to your destination. Dinners are normally a variation of dal bhat; a plate of rice with small sides of vegetable and a bowl of lentil soup. Please bear in mind that meat is hard to come by while travelling in the more remote regions of Nepal. Variations for dinner may include noodles, dumplings, stew and soups.

A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


The upper Mustang section of the trip doesn't require special acclimatisation days but the itinerary has been planned sensibly to allow for slow and gradual ascents, to give you time to get used to the oxygen-thin air. The highest altitude you will sleep at is 3,849 metres. There is one day when the trip goes to a maximum height of 4,050 metres.


The walking pace will be relaxed and with several Sherpa guides in the group, you can walk at your own pace. If you are a regular walker then this trek will present few challenges. The terrain in the Himalaya is best described by our Sherpa crews who say the day’s walk will be 'a little bit up and a little bit down'. So, do plan a few training walks before coming to Nepal to get the most from your holiday. No technical experience is required for this trip.


Spring is well known for beautifully blooming rhododendrons and longer days, with the settled weather predominately in the mornings. The day temperatures sit around 16 – 22 degrees Celsius with night time temperatures dropping to just below freezing ( -2 to -5 Celsius).

Departing on:
  • 29th April 2018

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

STARTFINISHPrice Excluding Flights £Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
29th Apr 2018 13th May 2018 £ 3,975 £ 675 £ 395 Nima Lama Available
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what is included

  • Domestic Airfares
  • Gratuities
  • Meals as indicated ( full board on trek)
  • Mustang Permit ( $500)
  • Sleeping bag, liner, duvet jacket and kit bag
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • International flights
  • Tourist Visa for Nepal
  • Travel Insurance


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Suggested group flights
The suggested group outbound flight for this tour is:

Jet airways 9W121, scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 20:45 on Saturday 28th April, arriving into Delhi at 09:45 on Sunday 29th April. Connect with the Jet airways flight 9W departing Delhi at 13:45 on Sunday 29th April, arriving into Kathmandu at 15:45 on Sunday 29th April.

An arrival transfer will be provided to connect with this flight. You will then be met and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu.

For those making their own way to Kathmandu and not taking the suggested group flight, the starting point for the group is the hotel in Kathmandu. Please speak to one of our team should you need help organising an arrival transfer. You will meet with the rest of the group for a short briefing at the arrival hotel - meeting time to be confirmed in your final documentation.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal - a heady and extravagant tangle of contrasts. Rapidly developing and almost alarmingly hectic, Kathmandu is a city to awake the senses, but it is not without its spiritual and cultural side. The old quarter's back streets, while still teeming with life and an array of smells from spices to incense, offer a more colourful side to the city.

Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by Nima, who will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door, and driven to the Shangri La Hotel - approximately 20 minutes. A briefing will be given by Nima and is scheduled for the late afternoon. He will discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements and hand over your trek pack. This evening, Nima will organise a welcome meal at one of Kathmandu's fine Nepali restaurants.

welcome dinner included

You will be staying at Shangri La Hotel - Kathmandu, Dinner only

Day 2

Kathmandu to Pokhara
After a leisurely morning, you will be transferred with Nima and the group from the hotel to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport for the flight to Pokhara. The short flight offers spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain including the 8000-metre peaks of Manaslu (8163metres) and Annapurna (8091metres).

After arriving in Pokhara, you are then transferred to the Shangri La Resort, where you will have time to explore the lakeside area of the town.

In the evening, there is the option to dine out at one of the many fine lakeside restaurants.

breakfast included.

You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort, Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Pokhara to Jomson and, travel onto Chhusang
Weather permitting, the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720metres) leaves early in the morning and is perhaps the most exciting flight in Nepal. There are fantastic views as you fly up the Kali Ghandaki Gorge, flanked on either side by the Himalayan giants of Annapurna 1 (8091metres) and Dhaulagiri (8167metres). The crew will already be in Jomsom (2715metres) waiting for you to arrive.

Begin the trip from the airport on the west bank of the Kali Ghandaki River before quickly crossing to the east bank and into the main part of Jomsom. From here join the jeeps and follow the pilgrim road to Eklebhatti, which ascends to Muktinath (3880metres). You will then continue up the Kali Ghandaki valley to the small village of Kagbeni, which marks the beginning of the restricted zone. Here with the help of Nima and the local team, you will complete permit formalities and then continue on the road on a series of short ascents and descents on the east bank of the Kali Ghandaki. The next village from Kagbeni is Tangbe (2940metres), located above the valley and identified by a trio of black, red and white chortens (Buddhist shrines). Drive past Tangbe with the road gradually climbing up to a pass and then descending towards the Kali Gandaki to reach the village of Chhusang.

Chussang is a small village on the banks of the Kali River surrounded by huge red and orange sculptured cliffs with inaccessible caves.

A relatively small city and known as one of the main gateways to the Himalayas, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Visitors are greeted by the stunning Mt Machhapuchhre, which looms large and reflects in the still waters of Lake Taal. Activities in Pokhara would include hiring a boat on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many fine lakeside restaurants .

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Bhrikuti Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Chhusang to Ghami
The drive from Chussang to Chaile takes about 30 minutes as you will follow the Kali Gandaki upstream and cross just below Chaile (3100metres). From here the road winds along the ridges below Taklam La (3624metres) and Dajong La (3660metres), with spectacular views before reaching the small settlement of Samar (3620metres). There will be a stop here for tea and stretch your legs before walking through the gateway above Samar to descend to a small stream. The trail traverses through open fields and before crossing the Jhuwa Khola to ascend to a small pass at Bhena La (3830metres) where the jeeps will be waiting. The views from the pass are spectacular and on a clear day one can see Nilgiri North (7061metres) and Tilicho (7130metres) towards the south along with Purkhung Himal.

From Bhena La the jeep will journey via a lone teahouse to another pass of Bega La (3840metres). From here the road descends and then climbs up to Yamda La (4010metres) to reach the village of Syangmochen (3800metres) where you will have another stop, this time for lunch. After lunch, the road climbs up to Syangmochen La (3850metres) and then gently climbs up and traverses through the small settlements of Tamagaon and Chhunggar to reach a lone teahouse at Jhaite (3820metres).

From Jhaite the road winds up to the pass at Nyi La (4020metres). From the top of the pass you can see Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna (8091metres) along with Yakwakang (6482metres) towards the south. From Nyi La the road descends and winds below the ridge of Ghami La (3765metres) to reach the sprawling village of Ghami. Late afternoon arrive at Ghami and after settling in you can explore the village and perhaps visit the 500 year old monastery founded by Norchen Kunga, the patron saint of the Kingdom of Lo.

In Ghami see the ruins of the Old Palace built by Ame Pal, the first King of Lo in the 14th century. Today's drive should take around five hours, with additional time allowed for stops along the way.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Royal Mustang Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Ghami to Tsarang
After breakfast, drive down to the Ghami Khola and then climb up to the longest Mani Wall in Mustang. The Mani wall rolls out to the valley and the road starts to climb up Chinggel La (3870metres) and then gradually descends to the Tsarang Valley. You are welcomed with a big Chorten Gate and the big ochre coloured Tsarang Monastery looming behind the village.

Tsarang is one of the larger villages in Mustang having more than 80 houses and is situated just above the Tsarang Khola canyon. It used to be one of the capitals of the Kingdom of Lo in the 14th century. Stonewalls separate the houses and there is a labyrinth of irrigation canals along the streets. Just adjacent to the monastery lies the five-storied Tsarang Dzong, which is somewhat in ruins now but still worth a visit for its armoury, the living quarters and the prayer room of the King of Lo. The Tsarang Gompa, which follows the Sakya tradition, was built in 1385 built by Ame Pal the first king of Lo. Tsarang Gompa is adorned with fantastic 15th century frescos in the assembly hall walls.

Todays drive, should take around two hours, with additional time allowed for stops along the way.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Lumbini Guest House, Full board

Day 6

Tsarang to Lo Manthang
From Tsarang the road skirts to the end of the village and descends to the Tsarang river before climbing up to a small pass and the large stupa of Sungda Chorten, with wonderful view of the rolling barren hills and ochre cliffs. Driven to Lo La (3950metres), which offers great views of the fabled city of Lo Manthang. From here the road descends to Dogpolo Khola and climbs to Lo Manthang. You will now reach the mystical capital of Lo, housing up to 180 dwellings within the city walls, most having been inhabited by the noble men of the Kings court. Ame Pal, the first King of Mustang, built the walled city in 1385 and the area where it stands today was called the "The Plain of Aspiration". The city is quite prosperous primarily due to its past salt and wool trade along the Kali Gandaki with Tibet. Lo Manthang traditionally had a single entrance, through which only the King, Queen and Khempo (Abbot) were allowed to ride, everyone else having to walk.

There are four major monasteries within the walls of Lo Manthang - the 14th century Jamba Lhakhang (the oldest gompa, built in 1387, with the striking 50 foot Buddha), the Thubchen Gompa (built in the 15th century) with its 30 ft high pillars in the Great Assembly hall and beautiful murals on the walls Chhoede Gompa and Choprang Gompa.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Lotus Inn, Full board

Day 7

Lo Manthang
Leaving Lo Manthang you cross the Dokpa Khola and then climb up along a wide canyon trail past the ruins of an ancient fortress. Then travel along the plains on the western banks of the Mustang River passing a few Chortens to reach the small settlement of Chhosar. You will have short stop at the tributary of the Mustang River, where you will follow the river upstream for about 30 minutes to reach the medieval caves of Jhong, believed to be more than 2500 years old. Climb up a flight of stairs to reach the entrance of the caves, which is narrow, and the ladders leading to the upper chambers can be tricky, so having a headtorch is very useful in navigating your way through the antechambers.

Leaving Jhong Caves, cross the river and head to the cave monastery of Nyphu Gompa, which is built into the rock face before then walking to the scattered houses below with wonderful views of Gharphu Gompa on the east banks. In front of you, a range of spectacular snow-peaks marks the border with Tibet, and around us streams and green meadows line our trail.

Further down south and after crossing the Kimaling River, we will reach Kimaling village, a white-washed village surrounded by fields. The Kimaling Gompa is below the village and is worth a visit if the local key keeper is around.

Retracing our steps back to the river we head left to reach the sprawling village of Thhingar, where the King has his summer palace. From Thhingar the views of Namgyal Monastery are spectacular along with the snowy peaks in the background. The western valley leads to Namgyal Gompa, which follows the Gelukpa tradition (the Monastery of Victory) set spectacularly on top of a ridge and currently being rebuilt. The Chhosar valley was the main trading route with Tibet and Lhasa and we can find remnants of old forts located strategically that used to guard this important salt trade route.

The Kingdom of Mustang's main 'city' Lo Manthang contains around 150 houses and four monasteries, one of which is reported to date back to the 15th century. The city itself has declined since the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Prior to this, Lo Manthang was a centre for the old salt and wool trade and at one time was a prosperous city. The dominant building in the centre of the city is the King's Palace. The Royal Family are descendants of an aristocratic family from Lhasa in Tibet and today, though their duties are largely ceremonial, the King is a well-respected horseman and breeder of Lhasa apso dogs.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Lotus Inn, Full board

Day 8

Lo Manthang to Ghami
After breakfast, walk to the Kacho Dzong, which takes about an hour. The trail descends down to the Dokpa Khola and then climbs up to small chorten with a prayer flag. From here it is a steady climb up to the fort. The views from the Dzong are spectacular with 360 degrees of views of the mountains towards Tibet and the Himalayan range to the south. After enjoying the views, retrace your way back to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch we drive back to Ghami which should take around two hours.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Royal Mustang Lodge, Full board

Day 9

Ghami to Chhusang
Drive back to Chhusang, retracing your way, stopping en-route at Samar for lunch or a cup of tea.

You will have the opportunity to stretch your legs and walk from Bhena La to Samar (around 80 minutes) while your jeep waits for you. From Samar it is a short drive to Chhusang and if we have lunch at Chhusang we will cross the Kali Gandaki River and visit the 800 year old Ani Gompa at Gumba Gang. The afternoon excursion takes about three hours and the drive to Chhusang will take around five.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Bhrikuti Lodge, Full board

Day 10

Chhusang to Jomson
After breakfast, retrace your steps to Jomsom following the Kali Gandaki River downstream stopping on the way to Kagbeni where you will exit the restricted area of Mustang. Your trek permits are checked in Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, drive through Eklebhatti to reach Jomsom for lunch.

This afternoon, there is the opportunity to go for a walk to the village of Thini on the other side of the Kali Gandaki River and then to the sacred Dhumba Lake, which lies south of Thini. The walk will take three and a half hours in total and the drive to Jomson will take around three hours.

breakfast, lunch and dinner included

You will be staying at Hotel Majesty, Full board

Day 11

Jomson to Pokhara
Today you will rise early in the morning for the return flight to Pokhara where you will then return to the Shangrila Village Resort located a few minutes drive from the Airport. After freshening up you will have the rest of the day free to relax or do some exploring. There are various small museums scattered around town including the renowned International Mountain Museum, which is worth a visit.

breakfast included

You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort, Breakfast

Day 12

We have allowed an extra day at Pokhara as on rare occasions flights can be cancelled at Jomsom due to inclement weather. This extra day acts as a contingency plus Pokhara deserves an extra day to appreciate the sights it has to offer.

A relatively small city and known as one of the main gateways to the Himalayas, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Visitors are greeted by the stunning Mt Machhapuchhre (6997metres), which looms large and reflects in the still waters of the Phewa Lake. Activities in Pokhara would include hiring a boat on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal or walking (1 hour) up to the Peace Pagoda, which offers spectacular mountain and city views.

breakfast included

You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort, Breakfast

Day 13

Pokhara to Kathmandu
In the morning, transfer to Pokhara airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival you are met at the airport and transferred back to your starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing.

Located in the south of the city, Patan is also worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings.

breakfast included

You will be staying at Shangri La Hotel - Kathmandu, Breakfast

Day 14

Today you have a full day in Kathmandu for optional sightseeing and also the opportunity to take the scenic flight to Mount Everest. Please let us know if you would like to take part in this flight.

breakfast included

Day 15

Your trip ends today after breakfast. Nima will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

Suggested group flights
The suggested group inbound flight for this tour is:

Jet airways 9W263, scheduled to depart Kathmandu airport at 09:50 on Sunday 13th May, arriving into Delhi at 11:20. Connect with the Jet airways flight 9W122 departing Delhi at 13:35 on Sunday 13th May, arriving into London Heathrow at 18:20 on the same day.

A departure transfer will be provided to connect with this flight.

For those not taking the suggested group flight, please speak to one of our team should you need help organising a departure transfer.

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Nima Lama

Nima Lama
After earning a degree in Arts from Kolkata, Nima started his career in hotel management before switching to the tea industry and then the trekking industry. For 18 years he has led treks and expeditions throughout Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh and Tibet. He was also a member of the expedition that made the first Nepali ascent of Saribung Himal in 2006.

His passion for the Himalaya goes beyond trekking and he is an active first aid responder - qualifying from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) from Wyoming, USA. His charity work has involved him in the Nepal earthquake response in April/May 2015. He also works as a volunteer trainer for the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Lodge Project, which he help found, and where profits from tourism are reinvested back into local communities.

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Min 6 / Max 9

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Nima Lama

Departure Date (S):

  • 29th April 2018

  • Moderate Activity - The tour may occasionally involve slightly longer walks, but nothing over 4 hours. The tour will involve visits to a variety of sites throughout the duration of the itinerary and be at a moderate pace.

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