THE CLASSIC WALK INTO THE MYSTERIOUS "KINGDOM OF LO"
16 days: Ancient Monasteries - Pure Tibetan Culture - Breathtaking Landscapes
A timeless and breathtaking journey through the Kingdom of Lo which, until recently, a hidden Tibetan Buddhist enclave forbidden to foreigners. Sculpted canyons with wild rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces and mysterious, ancient cave hermitages, Tibetan Buddhist gompas and soaring snow-peaks characterize this spectacular region, a 'thumb' sticking up into the Tibetan plateau. Mustang is a Kingdom tucked away along the deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, a remote and starkly beautiful region, Tibet's arid high desert bordered by some of the Himalaya's highest mountains. Formerly the Kingdom of Lo and a part of the Western Tibetan Kingdom of Ngari, 'forbidden' Mustang has lured intrepid travelers to its remote realm for centuries, but only the most adventurous made it to this mountainous and inaccessible bastion of Tibetan Buddhism.
People have inhabited this harsh region for thousands of years, some of the early dwellers living or meditating in ancient caves, rich in Buddhist art, which pepper the bizarre rock formations. Mustang became part of the Yarlung Dynasty of central Tibet, later falling under the jurisdiction of the Malla Kingdom of Nepal (Jumla) and in the fifteenth century, the independent Kingdom of Lo was founded, ruling such other remote regions as Dolpo. It was only incorporated into the Kingdom of Nepal in 1951. Soon afterwards, renegade Khampa freedom fighters battling the Chinese used Mustang as a base of operations, and it was closed to all Westerners until 1992. This mythical land north of the 8000 meter peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri still requires a special restricted area permit to enter, and numbers are limited, thus helping to preserve its unique heritage.
2017 TRIP DEPARTURE DATES:
The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang Trek is a part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. Our Classic Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Nepali Guide and full support crew. We are able to arrange this incredible cultural itinerary as a camping or teahouse trek starting on any day of the week during the months of March through October for groups of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
2017 LAND ONLY PER PERSON TRIP PRICE:
2 to 4 People: $3920.00
5 to 8 People: $3675.00
9 to 12 People: $3455.00
Mustang Restricted Area Permit Fee of $500.00 is included in your trip price.
Single tent and hotel room supplement: $540.00 per person.
Hotels: 4 nights hotels and 1 night mountain lodge
Camping Trek: 10 nights of fully supported tented camping or staying in teahouses
Trek Grade: 10 days MODERATE trekking
Maximum altitude: 13,300 feet at Nyi La Pass
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: Relax in the morning and afternoon flight to Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 3: Flight to Jomsom 9,000 feet and drive to Kagbeni. Camp.
Day 4: Trek to Muktinath at 12,170 feet. Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Chele. 13,375 feet. Camp.
Day 6: Trek across the Schyangmochen La (12,630 feet) and Yamdo La (13,155 feet) to Tama Gaon.
Day 7: Trek to Dhakmar Village. 12,400 feet. Camp.
Day 8: Trek to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang (12,600 feet) the capital of Mustang. Camp.
Day 9: In Lo Manthang. Excursions to the local monasteries and the royal palace. Camp.
Days 10 to 13: Return trek to Jomsom. Lodge.
Day 14: Fly via Pokhara to Kathmandu. The afternoon is free. Group hotel.
Day 15: Morning sightseeing and free afternoon in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 16: Transfer to the airport and depart Kathmandu.