Expert-Led Group Tour

Nepal Group Tour - Mustang Valley

Travel with Nima Lama in the shadows of the Himalayas.

17 days

from £2,995pp
  • 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 strictly 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 through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples and in the shadows of the Himalayas most iconic mountains. 

Why should I join this group tour to NEPAL, Mustang VALLEY?

An opportunity to visit such a remote area, to climb beyond the main range of the Himalaya, and to walk in the footsteps of ancient caravan routes.

The most significant thing that makes your Upper Mustang Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by Nima Lama.

Why travel with Nima Lama?

Nima Lama will accompany you on the trek and will be on hand in Kathmandu. His main function is to look after your welfare. He is an experienced trekker chosen not only for his knowledge of the Himalaya, but perhaps more importantly, for his "people skills". He is there to ensure you have a safe, informed and enjoyable trek.

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 worked has involved him in the Nepal earthquake response in April/May 2015.
Our trekking team includes Sherpas and porters. They are responsible for the smooth running of the trek, guiding you during the day. The porters carry all equipment and they are supplied with additional equipment and clothing by our Nepalese trekking partners to ensure they are adequately protected on our treks.

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 of the arrangements for you and there will be a tour leader on hand throughout to provide 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?

Predominantly this is a trekking tour with a handful of days for some down time, allowing opportunities for sightseeing of Kathmandu and Pokhara. An exciting flight linking Pokhara and Jomsom offers fantastic views up the Kali Ghandaki Gorge. Spend 10 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) for a final glimpse of the majestic Himalaya peak.

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 pretty thin! The tea house trek through Mustang focus on the most interesting places such as houses of local residents. Food is cooked fresh to order and a warm meal served around a toasty stove. No matter the quality of the tea house the friendly spirit of the local Nepalese is always present and they will do their best to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Trekking 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 influences 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-bhatt. (lentils and rice). Whilst staying at the tea houses you can expect to eat pancakes and porridge, eggs and bread for breakfast. Lunch will be served on the way to your destination. Dinners are normally a variation of daal baht; 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 trekking in 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 is a typical trekking day like?

Soon after first light your Sherpa will knock on your door and will offer you a nice cup of warm tea. After freshening up, you will pack your bags and assemble in the dining hall for a hearty breakfast before setting off on the day`s trek. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking you will take a lunch break. After a relaxing lunch, you will typically spend 2-3 more hours on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day you will rest and take some time to admire the views. There will be plenty of picture taking opportunities - incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you will take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If you are so inclined, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighbourhood. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall you will receive a brief on the next day`s itinerary. You will place your order for breakfast which will allow your guide to have everything ready for you in the morning. Finally, it`s off to bed for a well-earned night`s rest before starting all over again the next day.

What altitude will the trek reach?

The upper Mustang trek doesn't require special acclimatization days but slow and gradual ascent is necessary for gradual acclimatization process in the think air environment. Thus the itinerary is planned sensibly allowing sufficient time for gradual acclimatization. The highest altitude you will sleep at is 3849 metres. There is a day when the trek pushes up a little to a maximum height of 4,050 metres.

How fit should I be to enjoy this tour?

Simply the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trekking experience. The walking pace during the day is relaxed and with a number of Sherpa guides in the group, you are able to walk at your own pace. Expect to walk on average 5 – 6 hours. 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 walking holiday. Prepare with 10 km walks frequently two to three months before your holiday. No technical experience is required for this trek.

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).



Departing on:
  • 29th April 2017

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

DEPART UKARRIVE UKPrice Excluding Flights (£)Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
29th Apr 2017 15th May 2017 £ 2,995 £ 600 £ 265 Nima Lama Available
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what is included

  • Domestic Airfares
  • Meals as indicated ( full board on trek)
  • Mustang Permit ( $500)
  • Sleeping bag, liner, duvet jacket and kit bag
  • Tipping
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • International flights
  • Tourist Visa for Nepal
  • Travel Insurance

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi

Day 2

Fly Delhi to Kathmandu


Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport and transferred to the Shangri La Hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. A briefing given by your group leader is scheduled for the late afternoon. He will discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements and hand over your trek pack. In the evening your leader will organize a welcome meal at one of Kathmandu's fine Nepali restaurants.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal - a heady and extravagant tangle of contrasts. Rapidly developing and almost alarmingly hectic, Kathmandu is a city to awake the senses, but it is not without its spiritual and cultural side. The old quarter's back streets, while still teeming with life and an array of smells from spices to incense, offer a more colourful side to the city.


You will be staying at Shangri La Hotel -Kath

Day 3

Kathmandu to Pokhara
We make an early departure from the hotel to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport for the flight to Pokhara. The short flight is spectacular with views of the main Himalayan chain including the 8000-metre peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna. After arriving in Pokhara we are transferred to the Shangri La Resort in time for lunch. The afternoon is free for exploring the lakeside area of the town. Options would include hiring a boat on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many fine lakeside restaurants .


You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort

Day 4

Pokhara - Jomsom- Chhusang
Weather permitting the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom leaves early in the morning and is perhaps the most exciting flight in Nepal. There are fantastic views as we fly up the Kali Ghandaki Gorge, flanked on either side by the Himalayan giants of Annapurna 1 (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). The trekking crew will already be in Jomsom (2715m), awaiting our arrival. We begin the trek from the airport on the west bank of the Kali Ghandaki River before quickly crossing to the east bank and into the main part of Jomsom. From here we hire a jeep and follow the pilgrim road to Eklebhatti, where the main road ascends to Muktinath (3880m). We bear left and continue up the Kali Ghandaki valley to the small village of Kagbeni, which marks the beginning of the restricted zone. Here we complete permit formalities and then continue on the road on a series of short ascents and descents on the east bank of the Kali Ghandaki. The next village from Kagbeni is Tangbe (2940m), located above the valley and identified by a trio of black, red and white chortens (Buddhist shrines). The village itself is a maze of whitewashed, flat- roofed houses linked by narrow alleyways. We will explore the village before continuing the drive to our lodge at Chuksang. From the lodge, huge red and orange sculptured cliffs with inaccessible caves dominate the opposite side of the valley.

A relatively small city and known as one of the main gateways to the Himalayas, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Visitors are greeted by the stunning Mt Machhapuchhre, which looms large and reflects in the still waters of Lake Taal. Activities in Pokhara would include hiring a boat on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many fine lakeside restaurants .


You will be staying at Bhrikuti Lodge

Day 5

Chhusang to Samar Trek (5-6 hrs)
There are five villages in this immediate area linked by ethnic ties - Chele, Gyakar, Chuksang, Tangbe and Tetang. They are related to the people of the Manang Valley rather than those from Jomsom and Kagbeni or Lo Manthang. It is a tough existence for people in this area - arable land is limited and trading is necessary to supplement any income made from the soil. The morning walk follows the riverbed before crossing the Kali Ghandaki on a steel suspension bridge close to the place where the river passes under a huge block of red sandstone. From here there is a steep ascent to the village of Chele, where we take lunch close to barley fields and nearby willow trees. In the afternoon we climb again to a cairn at 3130 meters. Here we witness views of the village of Gyakar, lying across an impressive canyon where a patchwork of green fields gives a dash of colour to the barren terrain. The trail which is narrow in places continues to ascend to a pass at 3550 meters. To the south great views of the Himalayan peaks can be enjoyed including Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks. From the pass it is a short descent to the village of Samar and our camp close to a willow grove and irrigation channels.

The Kingdom of Mustang nestles on the border with Tibet and has long been closed to foreigners. Many centuries ago Mustang was a part of Tibet, although it was annexed by Nepal in the 18th century. It was only during the 1950s and 1960s that a few visitors to Nepal were given the opportunity to visit the kingdom for anthropological research. However, the Nepalese Government re-opened the region in 1992 - for strictly limited numbers of organized trekking groups only. The trek to Mustang is a spectacular walk through Himalayan terrain that contrasts wildly with the lush fertile hills and valleys located to the south of the main Himalayan chain. Mustang is a barren landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage.


You will be staying at Himali Hotel and Lodge

Day 6

Samar to Jhaite Trek (4 hrs)
From the village we descend steeply past a red, black, yellow and white chorten nearly 60 meters into a deep ravine before inevitably climbing out and descending again into another canyon. We then ascend and continue our climb through an area of shrub juniper. It takes nearly two hours to reach a small ridge at 3750 meters after which a short descent leads to a couple of tea houses at Shangmochen and a welcome break. We ascend again to reach another pass at 3770 meters, where we enter a huge east-west valley. Here we bear to the right and traverse and climb up to a lone lodge at Jhaite.


You will be staying at Hotel Zaite Jamyang

Day 7

Jhaite to Ghami Trek (4 hrs)
We begin the morning by ascending gently through the fields up the valley, passing below the settlement of Tamagang and a large chorten. We rejoin the main trail and begin another steep climb to the head of the valley to Nyi La (Pass) (3930m). We are now at the border of Mustang and descend gradually for half an hour to meet a trail junction. The right fork heads to Charang and our track bears to the left towards Ghami (3250m) where we take lunch.


You will be staying at Royal Mustang Lodge

Day 8

Ghami to Tsarang Trek (3 hrs)
In the afternoon the track crosses a river gully before ascending to a plateau and Mani wall where we head east, climbing above the village of Tramar to a ridge at 3770 meters. From here it is a gradual descent to Tsarang, a large and fertile village populated by people form Mustang - the Lobas. The village has a magnificent monastery.


You will be staying at Mayas Inn

Day 9

Tsarang to Lo Manthang Trek (5 hrs)
After spending part of the morning exploring Tsarang, we descend from the village into the Tsarang River canyon before ascending a stony trail heading north, with fine views behind us of the Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna ranges to the south. The trail passes an isolated chorten and spectacular caves etched into the surrounding cliffs, before reaching a ridge at 3850 meters for our first views of Lo Manthang and the spectacular scenery of the Mustang Khola and the snow-capped peak of Mansail in the west. From the ridge we descend to a small river and climb briefly to enter the fabled walled city from the north-eastern corner.


You will be staying at Hotel Mystique

Day 10

Day to Explore Lo Manthang
Free day to explore Lo Manthang. Optional walk towards Chosar.

The Kingdom of Mustang's main 'city' Lo Manthang contains around 150 houses and four monasteries, one of which is reported to date back to the 15th century. The city itself has declined since the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Prior to this, Lo Manthang was a centre for the old salt and wool trade and at one time was a prosperous city. The dominant building in the centre of the city is the King's Palace. The Royal Family are descendants of an aristocratic family from Lhasa in Tibet and today, though their duties are largely ceremonial, the King is a well-respected horseman and breeder of Lhasa apso dogs.


You will be staying at Hotel Mystique

Day 11

Free Day to Explore Lo Manthang
Free day to explore Lo Manthang. Option to explore the valley to the south of the 'city'.


You will be staying at Hotel Mystique

Day 12

Lo Manthang to Samar Drive (5-6 hrs)
From Lo Manthang we will hire jeeps for the return journey heading back via Tsarang to Samar.


You will be staying at Himali Hotel and Lodge

Day 13

Samar to Jomsom Drive (4-5 hrs)
From Samar we descend into the Kali Ghandaki Valley to Chhusang , Kagbeni and onto Jomsom, a dusty and wind-swept town where we spend the night in a lodge to await our flight back to Pokhara the following morning. The day has been kept short as contingency time in case of delays with jeep travel on the return leg of our journey.


You will be staying at Hotel Majesty

Day 14

Jomson to Pokhara
We rise early in the morning for the return flight to Pokhara where we return to the Hotel Barahi, located close to the lakeside. After a welcomed shower, we have the rest of the day free to relax or do some exploring. There are various small museums scattered around town including the renowned International Mountain Museum.


You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort

Day 15

Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Located in the south of the city, Patan is also worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings.


You will be staying at Shangri La Hotel -Kath

Day 16

Kathmandu
A full day in Kathmandu for optional sightseeing and the opportunity to take the scenic flight to Mount Everest. Please let us know if you would like to take part in this flight.


You will be staying at Shangri La Hotel -Kath

Day 17

Kathmandu to London
Our trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is included.

Fly Kathmandu to Delhi

Fly Delhi to London

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Nima Lama

Nima Lama
After earning a degree in Arts from Kolkata, Nima started his career in hotel management before switching to the tea industry and then the trekking industry. For 18 years he has led treks and expeditions throughout Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh and Tibet. He was also a member of the expedition that made the first Nepali ascent of Saribung Himal in 2006.



His 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 worked has involved him in the Nepal earthquake response in April/May 2015. He also works as a volunteer trainer for the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Lodge Project, which he help found, and where profits from tourism are reinvested back into local communities.

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Departure Date (S):

  • 29th April 2017

  1. Extremely Active - This tour is very active and may involve strenuous activities and longer treks. This tour will be very busy and there will be very little free time. 

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