• Duration

      20 days

    • Group

      16 Pax

    • Difficulty


    • Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

    • Max.Altitude


    • Season

      All Season

It is quite likely that the Tibetan poet Milarepa, who lived from 1040 to 1123, visited Lo. Upper Mustang was once part of Ngari, a name for far western Tibet. Ngari was not a true political entity, but rather a loose collection of feudal domains that also included parts of Dolpo. By the 14th century, much of Ngari, as well as most of what today is western Nepal, was part of the Malla Empire governed from the capital at Sinja, near Jumla.

It is generally believed that Ame Pal was the founder king of Lo in 1380. The ancestry of the present Mustang Raja can be traced 25 generations back to Ame Pal. Ae pal, or perhaps his father, conquered a large part of the territory in the upper Kali Gandaki and was responsible for the development of the city of Lo Manthang and many gompas. To the west, the Malla Empire declined and split into numerous petty hill states.

Lo maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. After the Rana rulers were overthrown the King Tribhuvan re-established the rule of the Shah monarchs on 15 February, 1951. Lo was more closely consolidated into Nepal. The Raja was given the honorary rank of colonel in the Nepalese army.

In Lo itself the countryside is similar to the Tibetan plateau with its endless expanses of yellow and grey-rolling hills eroded by the wind. There is more rain in the lower part of upper Mustang and the hills tend to be great red fluted cliffs of tiny round stones cemented together by mud. Villages are several hours apart and appear in the distance almost as mirages, during the summer season. After the crops are planted, they are green oases in the desert-like landscape.


  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

    Upon arriving at at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.

  • Day 2
    Visit old town of Kathmandu

    A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.

  • Day 3
    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

    A fascinating and scenic 6-hour drive from Kathmandu takes us to the picturesque valley of Pokhara. On a clear day, views of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna will be seen from this lakeside city famous for Phewa Lake, Peace Pagoda and of course, the mountain views. We spend the afternoon in leisure and spend some time sightseeing in Pokhara.

  • Day 4
    Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft). Trek to Marpha (2,670m / 8,760ft)

    A spectacular early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, flying up the Kali Gandaki River Valley directly between two of the highest 10 peaks in the world Dhaulagiri (26,811 ft)and Annapurna (26,504 ft). Jomsom is the administrative center for the Mustang District, and the change in scenery from lush Pokhara to this arid Trand Himalayan region is striking. After lunch hike to Marpha village visit a Buddhist Monastery and apple farms.

  • Day 5
    Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,810m / 9,219ft)

    We begin our trek here hiking up the gravel path to the valley of Kagbeni. This village is at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Jhong Khola coming down from Muktinath. The red-colored monastery belonging to the Shakya sect dominates this first of many Tibetan-style villages.

  • Day 6
    Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,077m / 10,095ft)

    There is a trail up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north. In the dry season, it is possible to trek the entire route up the river along the sand and gravel of the riverbed. Unlike most gompas in upper Mustang, gompa kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. the village of Tangbe is situated along side the east bank trail above the river at an elevation of 1990m. Here are the first of the black, white and red Chortens that typify upper Mustang. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys along white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley and wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, continues to loom t the foot of the valley. Chhuksang village is about 1.5 hours beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing khola and the Kali Gandaki at 2920m. There are three separate parts of this village and some broken castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Up the Narshing Khola is the gompa and village of Tetang and a small salt mine. Across the river from Chhuksang are some spectacular red organ-pipe eroded cliffs above the mouths of inaccessible caves. The five villages in this area, Chele, ghayakar, Chhuksang, Tangbe and Tetang, are culturally unified groups of people who call themselves Gurungs and are ore closely related to the Manang is than to the Thakalis or Lobas. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. This is a small village that boasts upper Mustang's first hotel, the Nilgiri, and a hop among the extensive fields of wheat and barley that blanket the hillside.

  • Day 7
    Trek from Chele to Shyangoche (3,900m / 12,795ft)

    The climb from Chele is up a steep spur to a cairn at 3080m. Here there is a view of the village of Gayakar across a huge canyon. A long wall of packed earth encircles Ghyakar and its fields. The climb continues- a long, steep, treeless, waterless slog-along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn at 3480m. Here the trail makes a long gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge, then descends further on a pleasant trails to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees at 3290m his is a major stopping place for horse caravans. The Annapurna Himal, still dominated by Nilagiri, is visible far to the south. The trail climbs above Samar to ridge then descends into a large gorge past a Chorten painted in red, black, yellow and white-all pigments made from local rocks. The trails goes into another valley filled with juniper trees, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m and drops to Bhena. The route skirts a gorge, climbs slightly to Yamda, then climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge, then descends to Shyangochen, a tiny settlement with a few teashops at 3650m.

  • Day 8
    Trek from Shyangoche to Charang (3,595m / 11,795ft)

    Trail climbs gently from Shyangochen to a pass at 3700m and enters another huge east-west valley. There is a trail junction here. The left trail is the direct route to the Nyi La, by passing Gelling. Take the right fork and descend to gelling with its poplar trees and extensive fields of barley at 3,440m. From Gelling, there trail climbs gently through fields up the center the valley, passing above these settlements of Tama Gaon and its imposing Chorten. It rejoins the direct trail and then becomes an unrelenting climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La at 3840m. This pass is the southern boundary of Lo itself. The descent from the Nyi La is gentle. The trail descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chhu River, then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch of Mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3770m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang at 3,490m.

  • Day 9
    Trek from Charang to Lo Manthan (3,891m / 12,766ft)

    Trail descends about 125m from Charang, crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 3530m, then enters the Tholung Valley. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. Still climbing, the trail crosses a stream, and then becomes a grand wide thoroughfare traveling across a desert like landscape painted in every hue of gray and yellow. Finally, from a ridge at 3,850m, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. A short descent leads onto the 'plain of aspiration' at 3,780m. The trail then crosses a stream and climbs up onto the plateau of Lo Manthang itself at 3730m. Crossing an irrigation canal at the southern wall of the city. The only entrance to the city is at the north-eastern corner, so circumambulate the wall to the gate where you are sure to find a group of adults and children playing, spinning wool and gossiping.

  • Day 10-11
    Rest and exploration in Lo Manthan

    There are four major temples within the city walls. Each of these buildings is locked. The villagers feel it necessary to control access to the temples; the caretaker and the key are available only at certain times, and usually only after a bit of negotiation. The tall Champa Lhakang (Lha Khang translates as 'god house') its said to date from the 1420s and is accessible only on the 2nd stories. The central courtyard with its carved wooden pillars has fallen into disrepair. Inside the temple is a huge painted clay statue of maitreya, the future Buddha, sitting on a pedestal that occupies the entire ground floor. The walls are painted with elaborate mandalas almost two meters in diameters that are in marginally better condition than the paintings in Thugchen Gompa. The red Thugchen Gompa is near the centre of the city, a massive assembly hall.

    Supported by huge wooden columns dating from the same period as Champa Lhakang. Tucci observed that the same artists had painted frescoes in both temples. There are statues of the deities Shakyamuni surrounded by Avalokitesvara, Vaisravana (the god of wealth) and Padmasambhava. One wall of the temple is completely destroyed; on the other walls are intricate frescoes in various stages of deterioration. The entrance hall contains huge scowling statues of four Lokapala, the protectors of the cardinal points of the compass. The other two temples are within the monastic quarter, which is the domain of several large growling Tibetan mastiffs. Secure the services of a monk before you even attempt to enter this part of the city. The main temple is the Chyodi Gompa, which contains dozens of beautifully crafted small bronze, brass and copper statues, any said that have been cast in Lo Manthang itself. The monks prohibit taking photographs of these statues in an apparent effort to limit interest in them among collectors of stolen art. Nerby is the older assembly hall, which contains little more than the images of three Shakypa Lamas.

    Raja's palace: the Raja's palace is an imposing four-story building in the center of the city. It is the home of the present raja, Jigme Parbal Bista, and the queen, or Rani, who is from an aristocratic family of Lasa. The raja is an active horseman and keeps a stable of the best horses in Lo. He also breeds Lhasa apso dogs and several monstrous Tibetan mastiffs that can be heard barking angrily in the 2nd story of the palace. Though his duties are largely cerenial, he is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout Lo.

  • Day 12
    Trek from Lo Manthan to Lo Gekar (3,522m / 11,555ft)

    The trail to Lo Gekar is not a main trading route and the area is crisscrossed with herders' trails, so a local guide is particularly useful here. The trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours across the head of a valley and crosses another ridge, then drop into another large desolate valley. After descending to the valley floor, the route heads to the west up the center of the valley to its head. Cross a ridge at 4070m. And traverse across the heads of two ore valleys to an indistinct pass. Cross the pass to some meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to the settlement of Lo Gekar (which means 'pure virtue of Lo'), then reaches a grassy valley where Ghar Gompa is situated in a grove of large trees alongside a stream. Ghar Gompa means house temple and is so-named because the structure is built like a house with small separate rooms. The gompa is decorated with paintings and statues and several large prayer wheels. The primary deities are placed on a brass altar inside a dark alcove; on one wall of the alcove there is a self-emanating statue. The real treasure of Ghar Gopmpa is the hundreds of painted carved stones displayed on the walls in wooden frames.

  • Day 13
    Trek from Lo Gekar to Tama Gaon/Gelling (3,571m / 11,716ft)

    Climb to a ridge, then across a valley to a cairn and a pass 200m. above Ghar Gompa. The route crosses some alpine eroded gully to the upper part of the village of Dhakmar, whose name means 'red crag'. A large stream meanders through this village, making this a particularly pretty valley. Most of the surrounding hills are pastel shades of grey and yellow, but a huge, red, fluted cliff provides a dramatic contrast. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of the extensive village, then climbs to a ridge. It is a short descent to Ghami at 3460m. from Ghami, follow the direct route to the Nyi La, climbing to a cairn on a ridge and then contouring upwards to meet the trail from Charang. Continue to the pass and descend steeply into the Gelling Valley. Follow the trail that by passes Gelling to an isolated teahouse and descends gently to Tama Gaon.

  • Day 14
    Trek from Tama Gaon to Chusang (2,966m / 9,731ft)

    A steep set of switchbacks leads to a stream, then the trail climbs to a huge painted Chorten before rejoining the Gelling trail near the ridge, just below a Chorten. The reminder of the day is on already traveled trails back to Chusang.

  • Day 15
    Trek from Chusang to Kagbeni (2,810m / 9,219ft)

    Retrace the upward trail back to the Kali Gandaki and downstream to Kagbeni.

  • Day 16
    Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft)
  • Day 18
    Free day at Pokhara

    This is a free day at Pokhara for relaxation and reflection of the wonderful trip we’ll have successfully completed. It is also a contingency day in case of flight cancellation to Pokhara. In the lakeside city, there is a ton of amazing activities you could try including paragliding, microlight and zipliner among others. You may also go sightseeing at various places of interests like Gupteshwar Caves, museums, Davis Falls, etc.

  • Day 19
    Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and leisure day

    We catch a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The short flight takes us over the hills and mountains that glisten below. Once we reach Kathmandu, the rest of the day will be leisure and free for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.

  • Day 20
    Departure from Nepal

    The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.

What's included

Price Details

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Price Includes

  • - All ground transportation by private vehicle for airport and hotel pick up/drop off, sightseeing and transfers
  • - All domestic flights (if any)
  • - Accommodation in teahouses and hotels
  • - All meals during trek
  • - Entry permit to parks, monuments and cultural landmarks
  • - Trekking guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) their daily wages, food, accommodation and other expenses
  • - Comprehensive medical kit
  • - In case of emergency, we can send helicopters for evacuation, manage all paperwork, and deal with related insurance companies (provided the client has valid insurance)
Not included

Price Excludes

  • - International airfare and airport departure tax
  • - Travel insurance covering medical treatment and evacuation by ground and air
  • - Nepal entry visa, obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • - Rescue and evacuation
  • - Extra road transport/flight cost in case member returns earlier
  • - Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and if applicable, in Pokhara
  • - Items of personal nature like laundry, communication and bar bill
  • - Tips for trip staff and driver. (Tipping is appreciated)
  • - Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section

Life on Trek

Trekking staff

Whilst on the trek, the Nepali guides and porters will ensure that you are well looked after. Every trek has an English speaking guide, known as the Sirdar, who is in overall charge. It is his responsibility to organize the trek en route and manage the guides and porters and deal with the local peoples and they are experts in trek organization, as well as being able to discuss the local culture, religion, and landscape. In addition there will be other guides, sometimes referred to by the generic term Sherpa, who will be your walking companions on the trek and will assist the Sirdar in organizing the logistic of the trek. On camping treks there will be full kitchen crew who are responsible for all aspects of catering. And finally there will be porters who are the transportation system of the Nepali mountains. They will carry the duffle bags and other equipment as necessary.


  • Fully equipped Camping treks - accommodation is provided in spacious 2 person tents. We use this method for our climbing trips and some treks where lodges are less frequent.
  • Lodge trek - accommodation is provided in the local Nepali lodges, some times known as tea- houses. It is usually necessary to share a double room. We use this method for our treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions.


On camping treks, all food is prepared by the trek cook - an expert in preparing delicious camp food. And most importantly, special care is taken to provide well - boiled, purified drinking water. On lodge treks, food is provided in the lodge and this ranges from delicious local specialties to common western dishes. If necessary, bottled water can be purchased from the lodges for a small fee, although many trekkers prefer to use fresh water with the added precaution of a purifying agent. You could bring some Chocolate or special energy drinks for yourself as these are hard to get in the Himalayas.

A typical trekking day

A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset. The day starts with an early wake up call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning's walk. The Sirdar will already be organized loads to porters and or animals, and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon's walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savour the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day's events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal.

Health and safety on the trek General

  • A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on the trek. However we advise that you also carry your personal first aid kit which includes specific items of preference.
  • We will, in an emergency, arrange for helicopter evacuation. (Note that you are required to hold insurance for this unlikely eventuality).
  • All meals on our camping trips are prepared to strict hygiene standards specifically for our groups, under the supervision of the trekking staff.
  • We use tea-houses that we now have strict hygiene standards and provide a broad menu.

High Altitude

Anyone can be affected by Altitude Sickness. However, our itineraries are specifically designed to minimize the risks associated with trekking to high altitudes by building in acclimatization and rest days. In the event of any symptoms we will ensure that the individual descends to a lower altitude to gain a quick recovery.

And finally……….. It must be stressed that whilst trekking in the Nepal Himalaya is challenging and rewarding, you must be prepared for he occasional inconvenience or discomfort. The correct mental attitude to trekking is as important as being physically prepared.


All equipment and food, and your own personal backpacks are carried by the porters or pack animals. It is only necessary to carry a camera or small daypack ! On camping treks all necessary camp equipment is provided - this includes dining tent, dining table and chairs, toilet tent, foam mattresses, and all cooking equipment. The only kit that you will need to bring is your own personal equipment and clothing.

Recommended Trekking Kit

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


  • Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn - in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof.
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking andor for traveling
  • Warm socks for colder areas.
  • Gaiters ,,in case of rain or snow.

Leg wear

  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking.
  • Thermal leggings for colder areas.
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
  • Waterproof trousers


  • Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton.
  • Thermal shirt for colder areas.
  • Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper.
  • Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes.
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings: can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava.
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking.
  • Sunglasses or goggles.
  • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
  • Warm gloves.

Other Items

  • Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to be carried personally.
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to storeseparate trekking gear inside your main bag.
  • One liter water bottle.
  • Personal first aid kit to include essential items.
  • Sleeping bag 4 season.
  • Torch, ideally head torch.
  • Camera and film! - for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya.
  • Toilet items and towel.
  • Large handkerchief bandana for neck.

Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In additional to the items mentioned above for trekking the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Plastic or Leather mountaineering boots, with gaitors & crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or salopettes.
  • Additional mitts and gloves suitable for climbing.
  • Ice ace, and ski poles (Note: ice axe can hired in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing harness
  • 2 X tape slings
  • 2 X screw gate karabiners.
  • Descended abseil device Ascender

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