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‘Upper Mustang Tour’ is one of best selling trip of Tour Experts. This trip will bring you to the majestic and mysterious kingdom Mustang. Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom or the ‘Kingdom behind the mountains. This region remained restricted to the rest of the world until 11th October 1991when the government of Nepal finally allowed Mustang to the rest of the world.

Mustang is the only place in Nepal which still has their own King, Jigme Palbar Bista.  Even after Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request.

Lo Mangthang is the capital of Mustang district and is located in the Himalayas with its borders extending northward onto the Tibetan plateau. Mustang region is rich in culture, tradition, unique lifestyle and many mysterious man-made caves. This tour brings you flying through the deepest gorge in the world, between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri. The trail follows to Dhakmar where you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, the Lo Gekar Monastery.  Lo Gekar Monastery was built in the 8th century by the famous Tibetan magician Guru Rimpoche.  Legends have it that Guru Rimpoche had to kill a powerful demon first and the blood of the demon was used to paint the rocks around Dhakmar. This trek will also bring you to world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Region and the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley that passes through dry barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remains unchanged from centuries to this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks.

Another attraction in Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is celebrated every year during the end of the dry season. The Mustang people have their own way of family life and culture, which is a surprise for many foreigners; one such culture is that, all the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

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Day 1

Drive: Kathmandu-Pokhara (200km/6/7 hrs drive)

After breakfast in Kathmandu, you’ll pick up from hotel and start drive to Beni. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. (We can also take a scenic 25 min flight to reach Pokhara.) Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the late afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. Accommodation: Kuti Resort Included Meal: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2

Drive: Pokhara-Tatopani and shower at Hotspring (110km/5 hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, you’ll pick up from hotel and start your journey to Beni. First we drive west to the town of Beni with the black top road and then follow the Kali Gandaki River. The road after Beni is off-road. The Kali Gandaki valley is the world’s deepest gorge, between Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m) Himalaya. Tatopani is a small town where you can experience the natural hot spearing and local activities. Accommodation: Guest House Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

Drive: Tatopani- Muktinath Temple-Kagbeni (2900m) (105km/5/6 hours drive)

After breakfast at Tatopani, you’ll continue drive towards to Kagbeni. Today you will drive through local villages of Kalopani, Ghasa and explore the apple farming of Marpha Village and Jomsom local market. Then you will cross Kagbeni village and visit holy temple complex of Muktinath and 108 taps dedicated to lord Vishnun. Also you will visit Jal Devi where you can see the fire lighting itself (Natural gas), the local town of Muktinath, Buddhist monastery in Jharkot with incredible views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche Peak and and drive to Kagbeni for overnight stay. Accommodation: Guest House Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

Drive: Kagbeni-Syangbochen-Ghami (3520m) (32km/5 hrs drive)

Today morning after breakfast you will visit Kagbeni Monastery and Buddhist School. Before living Kagbeni your guide will check-in your special Upper Mustang permit and start your journey to Upper Mustang. At the first you will cross Kaligandaki River near Chhuksang village by Jeep and climb up to Chella Village, Samar Village, Syangboche village, Bhina, Ghiling and arrive at Ghami village. Today you will have amazing landscape during the day from Syngboche and other places. This is your private trip so you can stop your Jeep anywhere and enjoy with the pictures. Also you will see the local farmer houses with Yak and houses caravan, Tibetan culture and local activities during the day. Accommodation: Lodge Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5

Drive: Ghami-Lo Mathang (3810m) (17km/3 hrs drive)

After breakfast, today you will visit monastery of Mustang Lo Gekar which is very important monastery in Mustang, then visit Tsarang monastery, visit Lo-Manthang, "Jampa Gompa" the oldest monastery , built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God House", "Thupchen Gompa" a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century, "Chodey Gompa", now the main city gompa and Monastic Museum. Also you will observe domestic Yaks and cattle caravans, Wonder mountain views and landscape from the passes, Buddhist school, arts, king palace and local activities in Lo-Manthang. Accommodation: Lodge Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6

Explore around Lo Manthang and Chhosar (3810m)

Today after breakfast you will explore Namgyal Mompa, sky caves of Chhosar and the Shija Jhong cave of Mustang dating back to over 3,000 years have been subject of excavation for archaeologists from around the world. There are other several caves near Chhosar have been used for burial, meditation and also for living. Also till now Sky Burial is used in Upper Mustang which is in Chhosar and nearby villages. After finished the sightseeing of local areas you will drive back to guesthouse by jeep. Accommodation: Lodge Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7

Drive: Lo Manthang-Jomsom (2720m) (50km/6/7 hrs drive)

After breakfast, you will drive all the way to Jomsom crossing several local villages, Kaligandaki River, Buddhist stupas and monasteries on the way. Evening you will have time to explore local market of Jomsom. Accommodation: Lodge Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8

Drive: Jomsom-Beni (900m) (96km/6/7 hrs drive)

After breakfast, you’ll drive all the way to Beni from Jomsom. From Jomsom, you will have option to fly out to Pokhara and then fly to Kathmandu. But this needs to finalized before the trip starts. Accommodation: Lodge Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9

Beni-Kathmandu (1310m) (300km/10 hrs drive)

After early breakfast, today you’ll drive to Kathmandu.
  • 1 nights in Pokhara at Kuti Resort or similar hotel with full board basis on twin sharing basis
  • 7 nights in local guest houses/lodges during the tour with full board basis on twin sharing basis
  • 4WD jeep for whole tour from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • One English Speaking Trekking Guide for whole tour
  • All required trekking permits and fees (Mustang Special Permit, ACAP and fees for monastery)
  • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Extra for attached toilet room during the tour expect in Pokhara
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  • Start Thursday March 5, 2020
    End Friday March 13, 2020
    Group (Min-Max) 1 - 15 Pax
    Price $1,650.00 $1,575.00 /Person

Trip cost is based on twin sharing. You'll share room with one of your same gender team member. If you would like to stay at single room, yes you can.

The more food you eat at altitude the better you´ll perform. Menus for this trek will be mostly ala-carte basis in best available lodges and restaurants. However our trekking guide will help to set out the menu (for big groups). Considering the loss of appetite on the higher altitude, Tour Experts endeavors to choose food items that are testy and easiest to digest at high-altitude. We suggest you to bring your own specialized food if you so desire such as chocolate bars, dry foods etc. We cater to different dietary requirements and full vegetarian menus can be provided on request.

It is mandatory to have good emergency evacuation insurance which will cover evacuation by any means of transportation from high altitude. It is also highly recommended that all member have cancellation insurance in case of an accident prior to departure, or if the trip is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Given trip cost is based on 5 people. So if group size is less or more cost will be different. Please contact us if you need costing for different group size.