The Kingdom of Mustang
Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, north of the Annapurna range, Mustang is one of the finest Himalayan destinations for both its rugged mountain landscapes and rich cultural legacy. This outstanding trek, which includes some long trekking days and several passes around 4200m, follows established trails through substantial villages that once served a thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking; a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks. A highlight is the visit to Lo Manthang, where the King of Mustang reigns over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. This is an outstanding journey to one of the true gems of the Himalaya.
|DAY 1||Join Kathmandu|
|DAY 2||In Kathmandu, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley|
|DAY 3||Fly to Pokhara|
|DAY 4||Fly to Jomsom|
|DAYS 5/13||Explore Mustang, crossing small passes and visiting Buddhist villages, including two days to appreciate the cultural heritage of Lo Manthang - the ancient capital|
|DAY 14||Return to Jomsom|
|DAY 15||From Jomsom take a spectacular mountain flight to Pokhara, connect to Kathmandu|
|DAY 16||In Kathmandu, trip concludes|
MOST MEMORABLE PART: The return hike back to Jonsom.