- 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.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR TO NEPAL'S MUSTANG VALLEY?
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.
WHY TRAVEL WITH NIMA LAMA?
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.
IS THIS GROUP SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
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.
WHAT DOES THIS TOUR INCLUDE?
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.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN NEPAL?
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.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN NEPAL?
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.
WHAT ALTITUDE WILL THE TRip REACH?
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.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
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.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN APRIL ?
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).
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.