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Discover Lo Manthang Mustang Nepal: A Journey of Culture and Adventure

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13 days
Availability : October - June
Kathmandu, Nepal
Min Age : 10+
Home » Holiday Packages » Annapurna Region » Discover Lo Manthang Mustang Nepal: A Journey of Culture and Adventure

Three travelers standing beside an off-road vehicle in the arid desert landscape of Lo Manthang, Mustang, Nepal, with distinctive rocky formations in the background.
Adventurers in the unique desert landscape of Lo Manthang, Mustang, Nepal, highlighting the region’s beauty and geological wonders.

Overview of Lo Manthang Mustang Nepal

Lo Manthang, located in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, stands as a vivid testament to the unspoiled Tibetan culture that thrives in its traditional form. This remote area, once an autonomous kingdom, is renowned for its stark landscapes and rich Buddhist heritage, making it a unique destination for trekkers and cultural enthusiasts. Opened to tourists in 1992, Upper Mustang offers a blend of rugged terrain and historical marvels, including ancient monasteries, chortens, and the iconic walled city of Lo Manthang, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Enchanting Landscape and Culture of Lo Manthang

Nestled on the border with Tibet and overshadowed by the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mustang’s landscape is a dramatic mix of arid high-altitude deserts and vibrant earth colours. The region is culturally rich and closely linked with Tibet, offering travellers an authentic glimpse into traditional Tibetan life. The journey through Mustang is punctuated with colourful villages, monasteries, and ancient palaces, all set against the backdrop of breathtaking natural scenery.

Optimal Seasons for Exploring Upper Mustang

The ideal time to explore Upper Mustang differs:

  • Spring: Offers mild weather and blossoming flowers, ideal for trekking and cultural visits.
  • Summer: Warmer temperatures and occasional rains.
  • Autumn: Clear skies and stunning mountain vistas make it the best trekking season.
  • Winter: Cold with occasional snow, offering a unique but challenging landscape.

Special Considerations for the Lomanthang Mustang, Nepal

Due to its restricted access, a special permit is required to preserve its unique environment and culture. Additionally, practical tips such as staying hydrated, renting trekking equipment, and trying local cuisine enhance the trekking experience. Grasping these elements is essential for anyone intending to venture into this remote region of Nepal.

Unique Offer: Drive and Hike to Lo Manthang

For those preferring not to trek, a jeep driving tour offers an alternative way to experience Mustang’s natural and cultural heritage. This journey includes stops at significant cultural sites in Kathmandu and a scenic route through the Annapurna region, culminating in a visit to Lo Manthang.

A brief Itinerary: From Kathmandu to Lo Manthang and Back

  • Days 1-2: Arrival and cultural tours in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara, witnessing the Himalayan landscapes.
  • Days 4-5: Journey to Kalapani and then to Samar, experiencing increasing elevations and remote landscapes.
  • Days 6-8: Trek from Samar to Ghiling, Dhakmar, and Lo Manthang through Choku La.
  • Day 9: Explore Lo Manthang’s ancient sites like Ningma Samten Monastery and Choser Cave.
  • Day 10: Drive to Tatopani to relax in the hot springs.
  • Days 11-12: Return drive to Kathmandu with an additional day for relaxation or further exploration.
Trek Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Time

Between 7 – 8 am

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up/drop off as per the programme
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation as per the tour itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu on a private vehicle (4 Wheel Jeep Drive)
  • All meals during the Mustang Tour
  • Special Permit to Lomanthang and including ACAP

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Private Expenses including beverages
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa
  • Staff tipping

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What to Expect
Tour Highlights
  • Cultural Immersion in Kathmandu: Visit historical and spiritual landmarks like Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Scenic Drives Throughout the Tour:Experience breathtaking landscapes on drives throughout the tour, including the route to Pokhara, nestled by the serene Fewa Lake.
  • Journey Through the Annapurna Region: Explore diverse ecosystems, from lush forests to arid high-altitude deserts, mostly through scenic drives.
  • Trekking in Upper Mustang:You will trek through traditional villages, sacred monasteries, and dramatic landscapes resembling the Tibetan plateau.
  • Visit Lomanthang:Explore the ancient walled city, its royal palaces, and monasteries steeped in Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Relaxation at Tatopani Hot Springs:Unwind in the therapeutic hot springs of Tatopani after days of trekking.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, at an elevation of 1350 meters and are transferred to your hotel. This day is reserved for your rest and acclimatization. Overnight in Kathmandu, with breakfast included the following morning.

Day 2Cultural and Heritage Tours in Kathmandu*

Spend your first full day exploring the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu. Visit historical sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites deeply explore the city’s rich spiritual and historical heritage. Overnight stay in Kathmandu with breakfast included.

*This optional tour can be added during the main tour booking.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Following breakfast, set out on a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, descending to an elevation of 900 meters. This 200 km journey takes about 6-7 hours and features breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. Overnight at a hotel near Fewa Lake with breakfast included.

Day 4Drive from Pokhara to Kalapani

Begin your day with a drive from Pokhara to Kalapani, ascending to 2530 meters. The journey covers approximately 125 km and takes about 4 hours. Overnight in Kalapani, with all meals provided.

Day 5Drive from Kalapani to Samar

Continue driving from Kalapani to Samar, increasing elevation to 3660 meters. This drive covers about 45 km and takes roughly 2 hours via Marpha, Jomsom, and Kagbeni. Overnight at a guest house in Samar with breakfast included.

Day 6Trek from Samar to Ghiling

Trek from Samar to Ghiling, covering a distance of approximately 15 km over 5-6 hours, reaching an elevation of 3570 meters. Overnight at a guest house in Ghiling, with all meals included.

Day 7Trek from Ghiling to Dhakmar

The journey continues with a trek from Ghiling to Dhakmar, covering approximately 17 km in about 6-7 hours at an elevation of 3540 meters. Overnight at a guest house in Dhakmar, all meals are provided.

Day 8Trek from Dhakmar to Choku La, then Lomanthang

Start your trek early from Dhakmar to Choku La at an elevation of 4208 meters, covering the distance in about 4-5 hours. After a short rest, proceed with a 6.3 km walk to Lomanthang, reaching an elevation of 3809 meters. This trek provides a remarkable transition through diverse landscapes and panoramic views. Overnight in Lomanthang with all meals included.

Day 9Exploration in Lomanthang

Explore the ancient walled city of Lomanthang. Visit the Ningma Samten Monastery and the Choser Cave, which offer insights into the region’s rich Buddhist heritage and historical depth. Enjoy another night in Lomanthang with all meals included.

Day 10Drive from Lomanthang to Tatopani

After breakfast, start a scenic drive to Tatopani, known for its rejuvenating hot springs. This drive is a relaxing transition after the high-altitude experiences of previous days. Overnight in Tatopani with all meals included.

Day 11Drive from Tatopani to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu, covering a significant distance that retraces through the diverse landscapes of Nepal. Overnight at a Kathmandu hotel, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12Additional Day in Kathmandu

Use this day to relax, shop, or explore any parts of Kathmandu you may have missed, such as the Garden of Dreams or the National Museum. Overnight in Kathmandu, with breakfast included the following morning.

Day 13Departure Day

Approximately three hours before your flight, you will be transported to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure, concluding your diverse and enriching journey through Nepal.

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Theo

Group Traveller

The Upper Mustang Trek with Nepal Hiking, guided by Chabi and Porter Bhim, exceeded all expectations. Chabi’s expertise and passion for the region added depth to the trek, while Bhim’s reliability was significantly impacted. The untouched beauty and rich cultural heritage of Upper Mustang left us in awe, and Nepal Hiking’s flawless organization made the experience stress-free. Highly recommended for an extraordinary journey in the Upper Mustang region.

16 June 2023

Vedran K

Solo Traveller

This was my second visit to Nepal and another great experience with Nepal Hiking. Bhairam is excellent manager who will go an extra mile to make you feel welcomed, secure and comfortable. Gokal and Bishnu were excellent guides and companions during wonderful trek to Upper Mustang.

What I really liked is flexibility in adjusting to our tempo and our wishes. They really took care of us, especially being with my girlfriend who was first time in Nepal and doing trekking. Great communication, honesty and professionalism.

I will be coming back in October for another Annapurna trek and again will be doing it with Nepal Hiking! Great work guys!

25 August 2019

Cindy Fong

Solo Traveller

My trek to Lo – Mangthang (Upper Mustang) was spectacular. Everyone I met in the hotels, along the trekking path, etc., was extremely friendly and helpful. The landscape is wonderful. Ram, my guide and Bikul, my porter, were absolutely helpful. Ram profanely taught me a lot of practical Nepali use. We became like a little family because the group size was so small.
Thank you very much.

16 September 2016
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