Naar to Mustang
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €2,995 (land only) - from $4,115 (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: Driving east to west on the Kathmandu to Pokhara road, we begin our spectacular journey through Himalayan foothills, following the Trisuli River, then turning into the Marsyangdi Valley as far as the roadhead at Syange where we make our first camp.
Day 3: We begin our trek by walking on the classic Annapurna Circuit trail following the Marsyangdi River and climbing steeply to the villages of Jagat and Chamje. We then descend and cross the river, entering the Buddhist region of Manang at Tal. We cross the river again to reach Dharapani (1943m) where we camp.
Day 4: Walking on the well-used Annapurna Circuit trail, we pass through the villages of Bagarchap, Lattemarang and Thanchok to reach our next camp at Koto (2600m). 5 hours of walking with 970 metres of ascent.
Day 5: Beyond Koto, we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail and head up the narrower and steeper gorge of the Naar Phu Khola to a campsiite at Dharmasala (3230m). 7 hours of walking with 1025 metres of ascent.
Day 6: Continuing our trek up the valley, we cross the river at Naar Phedi (3490m) and begin a long climb to Naar Village at 4110 metres elevation. 8 hours of walking with 1345 metres of ascent.
Day 7: We have a day for rest and acclimatisation in Naar, with lots of opportunities for exploratory short walks. Or, just take it easy.
Day 8: Leaving Naar, we descend to the valley of the Lapse Khola and crossing the river, we climb to camp in a high yak grazing area at around 4375 metres elevation. 8 hours of walking with 995 metres of ascent.
Day 9: The trail follows the Lapse Khola high above the river keeping approximately to the 4400 metre contour and climbing and descending to negotiate several side valleys. Towards the end of the day's trek we meet the river and make camp at around 4400 metres. 5 hours of walking with 515 metres of ascent.
Day 10: Still following the main Lapse Khola, we climb up to a high camp below the pass at around 4900 metres. 4 to 5 hours of walking with 620 metres of ascent.
Day 11: We cross the Teri La (5595m) with tremendous views over the Himalaya and north to Tibet. We then descend to a camp beside the Pasphu Khola (4745m). 10 hours of walking with around 1000 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 12: We have a long day of downhill, but still with several climbs to negotiate tributary streams. Today we reach Yakpa (4315m) in the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley. 6 to 7 hours of walking with 575 metres of ascent and 965 metres of descent.
Day 13: Another long day of generally descending, through wild country, to eventually reach the village of Tangge (3338m) in Upper Mustang. 6 hours of walking with 670 metres of ascent and 1500 metres of ascent.
Day 14: A well earned rest day. Tangge is a fascinating place and this is a great opportunity for an insight into local life in this trans-Himalayan village.
Day 15: Heading north on an undulating trail above the Kali Gandaki, we reach the village of Yara (3605m). 6 hours of walking with 850 metres of ascent and 500 metres of descent.
Day 16: Descending to the Kali Gandaki river we cross to the western bank and make a gradual ascent to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang at an elevation of 3800 metres. 7 to 8 hours walking with 800 metres of ascent and 600 metres of descent.
Day 17: A day for exploring in and around Lo Manthang, with its narrow alleyways and brightly painted houses and chortens.
Day 18: The jeep road allows us to drive as far as Benha and from this point we trek up to Samar at the crest of a rise overlooking the Annapurnas to the south. We camp at an old caravanserai (inn).
Day 19: We cross the Chele La (3630m) and drop down to Chele, where we cross the upper Kali Gandaki on a metal bridge. Shortly thereafter, we reach Chukksang, where we meet our transport for the drive to Jomsom. We overnight in a lodge near the airstrip.
Day 20: We take a morning flight to Pokhara and connect with a flight to Kathmandu where we check into the group hotel. This evening we will head out for a farewell dinner in one of Kathmandu's popular restaurants. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 21: A free day in Kathmandu. For those who wish, there will be a guided tour of some of the city's most important sights. This is also a contingency day in case of delays to the Jomsom flight. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 22: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.