Mustang - The Forbidden Kingdom
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,395 (land only) - from $3,290 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Transfer to the airport and take the half-hour flight west to Pokhara. Great views of the Nepal Himalaya from the plane. After checking in at the group hotel, the afternoon is free to explore this charming lakeside town.
Day 3: An even more exciting morning flight takes us to Jomsom (2713m) in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Here, we meet our crew and board 4WD vehicles for the drive via the village of Kagbeni (and the police check-post). From here, we can stretch our legs with the trek to Chukksang (2980m).
Day 4: Taking it easy, we hike above the Kali Gandaki and then cross the river on a bridge, before climbing up through Chele and following a path cut into the side of a yellow cliff. Overnight in Samar (3660m).
Day 5: Another not-too-difficult day of trekking as we skirt around below the 4000 metre contour and cross 2 low cols, before dropping down to Geling (3570m).
Day 6: Today, we board 4WD vehicles again for the drive along the ever-improving jeep road into the heart of Mustang. We cross the Nyi La to Ghami and then the Chinji La (4200m). Beyond Charang, we reach the amazing walled city of Lo Manthang (3840m).
Day 7: A day for exploring in and around Lo Manthang, with its narrow alleyways and brightly painted houses and chortens. We spend a second night in Lo Manthang.
Day 8: We begin our exciting 5-day walk out from Lo Manthang, with a hike across open plains and a gradual climb to the Dhi La (4100m). From here, we drop down to the bed of the upper Kali Gandaki and the village of Dhi, with its old monastery. Then, ascending beside a tributary stream, we reach Yara Village (3760m).
Day 9: Today, we hike eastwards, through Gara and up to the impressive, 13th century cave monastery of Luri Gompa (3920m), where there are many colourful wall paintings. After a great 6-hour return hike, we spend a second night in Yara.
Day 10: Heading south now, we cross a col and descend into another of the eastern tributaries of the Kali Gandaki, before climbing again to cross the Sertang Danda at an unnamed 3850 metre pass. We overnight at the thriving and not-too-often visited village of Tangge (3240m).
Day 11: Probably the longest walk of the holiday, as we cross yet another tributary stream and hike up to the Lelo La at 4200 metres. There are great views across a wild landscape to Dhaulagiri, as we pass the summer shepherds settlement of Pa and make the long descent of the Siyarko Danda to reach Chukksang, beside the Kali Gandaki River.
Day 12: Today, we hike up to the Gyu La (4077m) for amazing views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri, then drop down easily to the pilgrimage centre of Muktinath in time for a late lunch. We have an hour or two for sightseeing amongst the temples, before driving down to our overnight lodge in Jomsom.
Day 13: We take the short and exciting internal flight to Pokhara and then catch an onward flight to Kathmandu. Check in to the group hotel.
Day 14: A free day for sightseeing in colourful Kathmandu. This is also a useful contingency day. We spend a second night at our hotel in the Nepalese capital.
Day 15: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.