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Lo Manthang Trekking

Lo Manthang Trekking is a popular trekking destination for those who wish to explore the remote areas of Nepal and witness some great landscapes. The ancient wall city of Mustang is the forbidden Kingdom and was only opened for trekkers since 1992. Trekking into Mustang is a completely new experience due to it’s isolated state alongside breathtaking landscapes. This ancient Himalayan Kingdom is located in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kali-Gandaki River. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are similar to the Tibetan people. It’s one of the most picturesque places in Nepal and the entire region has an isolated & mystical feeling in it. Before it was opened for tourism, this part of western Nepal was travelled by only a handful of westerners.  These same people brought back anecdotes of a culturally highly developed, thriving medieval society with landscapes almost beyond description located towards the north of the two eight thousand meters peaks, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. This arid place with snow-capped mountains and barren hills goes deep inside the Tibetan plateau. Cold winds sweep through narrow canyons and over plains. Erosion has left its marks in bizarre rock formations. Yet humans have dwelled and lived here for centuries and have built settlements along rivers and creeks. Local here works as farmers, sowing and harvesting barley and potatoes and looking after livestock to relatively fertile meadows. High up in vertical cliffs are inaccessible caves where people dwelled two thousand years ago.

The trekking plan is to follow the Kali Gandaki from Jomsom northwards then follow the western route to the capital of Lo-Manthang; afterwards hike back again to Jomsom over the holy site, Muktinath. It takes some effort to embark a journey into such mystical location and trekking into Lo Manthang provides this not to be missed opportunity. 

Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent panorama of the world’s highest mountain ranges overboard flight to the Kathmandu Valley
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Sightseeing tour 
  • Scenic exciting flight of Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara 
  • Trek past gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Witness spectacular mountain views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri & other snow-capped peaks
  • Explore Lo-Manthang, a historical place well known for thousand years’ old monasteries
  • Unveiling pre-historic culture with visits to mysterious caves, cave temples
  • Discover Pokhara, the most beautiful lake city of Nepal
  • Varieties of floras and faunas 
  • Getting along with the locals and knowing their age-old culture & tradition

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride

Day 04 : Pokhara to Jomsom (flight- 35 min) to Kagbeni (2800 m) 4-5 hrs

Day 05 : Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06 : Chele to Syangboche (3475m) 7 hrs

Day 07 : Syangboche to Ghaymi (3520m) 6 hrs

Day 08 : Ghaymi to Charang (3500m) 5 hrs

Day 09 : Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)

Day 10 : Explore around Lo-Manthang (3700m)

Day 11 : Lo-manthang to Yara (3700m)

Day 12 : Yara to Tangee (3240m) 6-7 hrs

Day 13 : Tangya to Chhuksang (2980m) 8-9 hrs

Day 14 : Chhuksang to Kagbeni (2800 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Kagbeni to Jomsom 5-6 hrs

Day 16 : Jomsom to Pokhara (20 min flight)

Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs bus ride

Day 18 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary. 
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary. 
  • Kathmandu city tours, including of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus. 
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary. 
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government licensed guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Round trip flight fare from Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara with domestic airport tax.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Special Trekking Permit (US$ 500 Per Person for 10 Days) If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person)
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee.
  • TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Breakfree Adventures T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Government taxes & service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal trekking equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
  • Nepal entry visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride

After exploring the historic Kathmandu Valley, on the day, you will board a tourist bus which will take you towards Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. During this 6-7 hours bus ride, you can see Trishuli River along the way. You will reach Pokhara during the early afternoon hours. After lunch, you can wander around the beautiful lake city known for enthralling spectators with its superb mountain views. O/N at Hotel.

Day 04 : Pokhara to Jomsom (flight- 35 min) to Kagbeni (2800 m) 4-5 hrs

You will have to wake up early as the flight to Jomsom leaves in the morning. The super scenic flight takes around 35 minutes to touch down in Jomsom. You will have a whale of a time in the brisk flight as you can see the most amazing natural views from the airplane window.  After landing in Jomsom, the trek to Kagbeni will start after lunch.  You will reach Kagbeni before sunset where you will get ample time to stroll around the village.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) 5-6 hrs

Following some rivers over a series of small ridges, on the day, you will proceed towards Chele. During the trip, you will come across various black, red and white Chortens known as hall-marks of the upper Mustang region. You will reach Chele before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Chele to Syangboche (3475m) 7 hrs

After breakfast, start the trek to Syangboche en-route passing along Ekle Bhatti. The trail then crosses Taklam La pass (3624m) and that completes today’s hike and arrive at Syangboche. You will have to walk on plateaus and narrow stretches this day witnessing spectacular panorama of Tilicho peak, Damoda Danda, Yakawa Kang. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Syangboche to Ghaymi (3520m) 6 hrs

Resume the trek to Ghaymi where the route goes uphill to Yamda La (3850m) where the trek starts. You will climb the Nyi Pass (4010m) and finally descending down will reach the village of Ghaymi. En-route you will pass thru several teahouses and local villages reflecting Tibetan culture and traditions. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Ghaymi to Charang (3500m) 5 hrs

This day involves crossing the Ghyami River to start-off the hike. The trail ascends on a plateau then passes besides a very long Mani Wall – a sacred stone wall built by Buddhists. Then finally arrive at the village of maze fields, Charang. O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)

We will trek to reach Lo Manthang today. We will have exquisite views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I
and Bhrikuti peak on our way. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply to
a large isolated Chorten. After crossing a stream, we reach to Lola (3950m) from where you get a glimpse of the walled city of Lo Mangthang. The views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Climbing down for some time the trail crosses a stream and then climbs up to Lo Manthang. Overnight, we stay at a tented camp.

Day 10 : Explore around Lo-Manthang (3700m)

This is a reserved day for exploring and sightseeing in Lo-Manthang as well as acclimatizing in the high altitude. Today, you will visit Gompas, ancient palaces, and few historical monuments.  Also, you will visit few caves, and cave temples that typify upper Mustang. O/N at Lodge.

Day 11 : Lo-manthang to Yara (3700m)

After breakfast, start the trek leaving the village and keeping up gently ascending until the trail reaches Day-La after an hour. This location is the last point from where Lo-Manthang can be spotted. The village of Dhi is reached after 3 hours of hike then descend for about an hour down to have a lunch break. After lunch, you will pass a small river and make a short steep climb to Yara village which take about 1 & half hour. Spot the innumerable caves at the stonewalls. O/N at Lodge.

Day 12 : Yara to Tangee (3240m) 6-7 hrs

Today is bit difficult and a long day. So, start-off early where the trail first goes thru short but steep ascend and becomes long flat way for about an hour. You will continue steeping down to Dechhyang Khola coming down from Damodar Kunda. You can find ‘saligrams’- black fossils of marine animals, everywhere. Then trail steeply ascends and leads to the top of the pass then goes up & down to arrive at a huge plateau. After crossing the plateau will reach the village of Tangee where you can see several big Chortens. O/N at Lodge.

Day 13 : Tangya to Chhuksang (2980m) 8-9 hrs

This day too is going to be long, so start-off early leaving the village and crossing a suspension bridge and follow a short river route. Cross the river and steeply climb up to reach a small pass taking about 3 hrs. The trail then continues past many small passes until reaching the hill top. You will then steeply descend and also encounter some strong winds until reaching the village of Chhusang. Witness good views of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche peak and other snow-capped mountains. O/N at Lodge.

Day 14 : Chhuksang to Kagbeni (2800 m) 5-6 hrs

The trails get smoother as you walk towards Kagbeni. Passing some forests and rivers you will reach Kagbeni for an overnight shelter. O/N at Lodge.

Day 15 : Kagbeni to Jomsom 5-6 hrs

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Jomsom following the lower altitude trail in the Annapurna region. Hiking past some dense forest area you will slowly proceed towards Jomsom. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You have completed venturing the upper Mustang as you reach Jomsom.  You can go around this beautiful place or relax in a lodge. This place is happening all day long with scores of tourists from all around the globe. O/N at Lodge.

Day 16 : Jomsom to Pokhara (20 min flight)

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Pokhara bound flight from Jomsom. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 20 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Pokhara city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Pokhara airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels. You can make the most of your day by going around the Pokhara city which will glorify you with its water beauties. O/N at Hotel.

Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs bus ride

After a brisk sightseeing in Pokhara during morning hours, you will have to pack your bags to leave for Kathmandu. For the return trip, you will be offered a choice either to fly or to take road ways. Whatever means of transportation you chose you will be left with some time to go around the streets of the capital city for shopping. The day will give you the last chance to add up to your shopping list. O/N at Hotel.

Day 18 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October & November are the best seasons for the Lo Manthang Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) is also good for Lo Manthang Trekking. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Lo Manthang Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Lo Manthang Trekking your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 18 days Lo Manthang Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 18 days Lo Manthang Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Lo Manthang Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Lo Manthang Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Lo Manthang Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 18 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: February to November

Max Altitude: 4,230 meters (Marang 'Chogo' la)

Daily walking: 5-7 hours each day

Transportation: Tourist bus, Private vehicle & Flights

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Starts/Ends: Jomsom

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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