Price

$7238 AUD per person

$870 AUD Single supplement

Inclusions

  • Meet and greet service on arrival in Kathmandu
  • 24 nights accommodation (2 to 3 star hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan. Guest Houses in Shree Nagar, Bhaktapur. Resort in Kurintar.)
  • 24 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • English speaking local guides
  • Equipment porter for trekking
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Domestic flights Pokhara/Jomson/Pokhara
  • Entrance fees, park fees and permits for Kathmandu, Chitwan and Lumbini
  • Special trekking permit for Mustang – ACAP permit and TIMS permit
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Personal porters
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

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Open to only a select few groups of trekkers per year, the Kingdom of Mustang, formally known as the Kingdom of Lo, is the last true Tibetan Kingdom. Crooked Compass invites you to discover this small outpost of Nepal, a region previously locked off from the rest of the world until 1992. Be part of the small privileged minority that have the opportunity to experience this precious, preserved gem.

Hike through whitewashed villages and crumbling remote hermitages scattered across semi-arid desert. Explore monasteries clinging to the edge of rocky shelves, snow-capped peaks, towering from above.

Encompass Nepal's highlights and be washed up in its charm and the warmth of the people and beauty of its scenery, mountain life and exotic wildlife.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to the buzzing city of Kathmandu! Stepping off the plane is an adrenaline rush in itself for many people. Your eyes darting from left to right, not wanting to miss any of the action, your ears ringing with the whirring sounds of Himalayan mountain life and the aromas assaulting your senses. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure to trundle through narrow winding streets or hop in a rickshaw and explore. This evening, a pre tour meeting will take place where you will meet your fellow travellers and receive a briefing on your tour. Documents will be collected this evening, so please ensure you have a copy of your passports, travel insurance and at least four passport photos.

Overnight Dwarika Chhen or similar

Day 2 – Kathmandu

Following breakfast this morning, you will be met before commencing your city tour of the enchanting city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu for many is exhilarating, intoxicating and exhausting. Exploring the main highlights including a visit to Bauddhanath Stupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Discover Pashupatinath, the holiest temple of Lord Shiva, the Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Durbar Square. Many travellers are surprised by the sheer number of temples surrounding the square, and the two adjoining squares, some dating back to the 12th century. (B)

Overnight Dwarika Chhen or similar

Day 3 – Pokhara

This morning after breakfast, you travel by private vehicle to Pokhara. If the weather is clear, the scenery through the country side will not disappoint. Showcasing you with some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscapes, this drive will get you excited for the beauty that is to come.

Upon arrival, you will head to Fewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal, where you will spend the afternoon on a boating excursion. As the sun starts to dip, head back to the lakeside for a magical evening. (B)

Overnight Atithi Resort & Spa or similar

Day 4 – Pokhara to Jomsom - Trek to Kagbeni

An early start this morning as you fly from Pokhara to Jomson. This flight will provide spectacular scenery if the weather is clear as you fly between Annapurna (8,055m) and Dhaulagiri (8,146m). Upon arrival in Jomsom, you will meet your porters and begin your hike to the beautiful village of Kagbeni. This hike is just over 2.5hrs. Upon arrival, you will visit the traditional house of the monastery on the banks of the Kaligandari. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 5 – Enter Mustang - Trek via Chhuksang Village to Chele

Today, you will enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Trek through the river valley using a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand on the west bank of the river. Chhuksang village (2,980m) is a beautiful place with white washed houses and agriculture fields with little rain but fertile soil. Your trek continues on as you reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. The trail then leaves the valley and climbs steeply up to the village of Chele where you will overnight. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 6 – Trek Chele to Shyangmochen

This morning after a good night’s rest, you start ascending to Samar as the trail climbs up to the Bhena La (3,840m) before reaching another pass, Yamdo La (4,010m). From here, spectacular views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda can be seen. You then descend steeply following along a ridge to the small village Shyangmochen.  (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 7 – Trek Shyangmochen via Nyi La Pass to Ghame

Today is a short walking day to Ghame. You start gently ascending to Yamda la (3,850m) and reach Gheling which is home to Tibetan influenced houses, before dipping into the lap of Nyi La hill. There are also Buddhist chortens and a monastery to explore. Continue your climb to the Nyi La pass from where you can see a magnificent landscape of the blue, grey and red colours of the surrounding mountains and Himalayan views of Tilicho, Annapurna,  Nilgiri. In the background, you can see Bhrikuti Peak peering through. Your descent will bring you into the large village of Ghame. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 8 – Trek Ghame to Charang - Visit Red Gompa

As you start your days hiking, you will cross the Ghame khola, located along the side of the longest Mani wall (a secret stone wall in Buddhism) in Mustang. As you ascend through the scenic landscape, you will reach Choya La (3,850m). A gentle descent will bring you into another significant village, Tsharang. Visit the Red Gompa which is one of the most famous gompas in Mustang where you can observe collections of statues, painting and thankas. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 9 – Trek Charang via Lola Top to Lo Manthang

This is going to be an amazing day as you reach Lo-Manthang. Ascend gently through the rocky trail and to Tholung Valley.  Continue climbing before you reach Lola Top (3,860m) from where you can see the walled city of Lo Manthang and the spectacular view of the landscape with the far hill being the Tibetan boarder. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 10 – Lo Manthang

Following breakfast this morning, explore the amazing sites of Lo Manthang which will include the Raja’s Palace, the Red Thubchen Gompa, and the Jampa Lhakhang, Choprang gompa and Chodey gompa. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 11 – Trek to Northwest Valley to Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar Village

Start todays hiking after breakfast. If you are feeling tired or would simply like an alternative to trekking, today it is also possible to hire a horse to ride instead. Explore Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar village located in the northwest of Lo Mangthang.  Namgyal Gompa is highly respected by the local Buddhist communities. Located in the mini hillock, this gompa offers fantastic views of the surrounding valley and villages. Continue hiking to Tingkhar village which is the last large village on the northwest side of Lo Mangthang. Spend time discovering these beautiful villages and watching the slow paced life of the locals before returning to Lo Manthang. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 12 – Trek Lo Manthang to Ghami via Chogo La

Today you ascend through the high route as you continue exploring and hiking the remote trails of Mustang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4,070m, crossing alpine meadows and continues ascending to the Chogo La (4,325m) which is also a highest point on your tour. Descend to Ghar Gomba Monastery via Lo-Geker to reach Ghami where you will overnight. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 13 – Trek Ghami to Samar

Returning back through the trail you ascended, you will enjoy hiking through the remote villages with Tibetan style houses, across open plateaus, and natural vegetation. Pass mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and with the mighty Nilgiri Mountain in the background. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 14 – Trek Samar to Kagbeni

A bit of a steep hike today as you start descending towards the Kaligandaki Valley. Here the path can become windy as you make your way into Kagbeni. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 15 – Trek Kagbeni to Jomsom

Trek back to Jomsom today where you will have your last night on the mountain. Celebrate your achievement of hiking through the Kingdom of Mustang with your crew. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse

Day 16 – Pokhara

This morning following breakfast, you will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Spend the day hiking to the World Peace Stupa, Shiva Cave and David Falls. For those of you keen on mountaineering, be sure to leave time to explore the International Mountaineering Museum. (B)

Overnight Atithi Resort & Spa

Day 17 – Shree Nagar

Following breakfast, you begin your four hour drive through the beautiful countryside to Palpa, an ancient traditional village rich in heritage and culture. Continue driving to Shree Nagar Hill Station. From here you can see far off to the horizon backed by views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. (B,L,D)

Overnight Hotel Srinagar or similar

Day 18 – Shree Nagar

Spend the day exploring the quaint villages around Palpa and Shree Nagar. Today is a great opportunity to really mix with the locals and see how they live life in the mountains. (B,L,D)

Overnight Hotel Srinagar or similar

Day 19 – Lumbini

Today, you drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. The drive is an hour and half and upon arrival, you will visit the monastery and the Lumbini Gardens where the Lord Buddha was born. (B,L,D)

Overnight Hotel New Crystal or similar

Day 20 – Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, you will make your way to Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival, enjoy some refreshments, before having lunch and learning of the activities on offer here. After lunch, you will visit Tharu village and the National Park’s visitor’s centre. Enjoy the sunset view from the riverbank. This evening, enjoy a traditional tharu dancing (native people) program or spend time watching a slide show on wildlife you may spot here in the park. (B,L,D)

Overnight Sapana Village Lodge or similar

Day 21 – Chitwan National Park

Following breakfast, enjoy a dugout canoe trip followed by a nature walk or visit the Elephant Breeding farm. Before lunch, participate in bathing the elephants. After lunch, spend your afternoon on an elephant back safari. (B,L,D)

Overnight Sapana Village Lodge or similar

Day 22 – Chitwan National Park

Today is a day of park based activities including a 4X4 jeep safari. Keep your eyes peeled for tigers, leopards and other elusive wildlife. (B,L,D)

Overnight Sapana Village Lodge or similar

Day 23 – Kurintar

This morning you drive for an hour and half to Kurintar Spring Resort. Enjoy soaking in the spring water pools and taking in the unique surrounding environment. If you are interested, why not visit the village nearby. (B)

Overnight Riverside Spring Resort or similar

Day 24 – Bhaktapur

A beautiful scenic drive today as you take the highway to Bhaktapur. Spend the night in Bhaktapur Durbar Squire which is great place to witness local works of art, architecture, a rich unique local culture and traditional heritage. (B)

Overnight in Hari’s Home or similar

Day 25 – Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast in your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your onwards flight. It is time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and reflect on one of the most rewarding experiences of your travelling life.  (B)