Day 1: To Kathmandu
Monday 14 September
Fly from Heathrow to Kathmandu on Qatar or Emirates Airlines. D
Day 2: Walking tour of Pattan
Tuesday 15 September
Morning arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to Green Tara Heritage hotel in Patan. Afternoon walking tour of Patan, the City of Arts and Architecture, renowned for its fine works in bronze, copper, silver and gold work. Visit to include the Durbar Square, Patan Palace Museum, and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (the famous ‘Golden Temple’). B, D
Day 3: Drive to Bandipur, short walk in the hills around Bandipur
Wednesday 16 September
Morning visit to Swayambhu, famous Buddhist shrine and pilgrimage site of the Kathmandu Valley; then drive out of the Kathmandu Valley and on to Bandipur, a bazaar that preserves the old-style architecture of a Newar trading community. This hilltop town overlooks the Marsyangdi river valley with stunning views towards the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Gaun Ghar Hotel. B, L, DAccommodation: Gaun Ghar Hotel
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara: either rest or visit cultural sites in Pokhara
Thursday 17 September
On a clear day see the magnificent Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges with Machapuchare (the ‘fish-tail), the Matterhorn of the Himalayas, right above. You may wish to go for a little hike in the afternoon or drive to the Peace Pagoda on the far side of Pokhara’s famous lake. You can buy any last minute items in the many trekking shops along Lakeside. Time permitting, we will visit Devi’s Fall, also called Hell’s Fall, where the Fewa lake drains wildly through its deep gorge, Ramghat Gumba, and other religious sites. Explore the old bazaar and visit the important shrine of Bindhyabasini, dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati. Stay at Temple Tree Hotel. B, DAccommodation: Temple Tree Resort & Spa – Pokhara
Day 5: Fly to Jomsom (early morning), Drive to Muktinath & Kagbeni
Friday 18 September
The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom skirts around the Machapuchare–Annapurna range and follows the course of the Kali Gandaki River. There will be spectacular views of the west face of Dhaulagiri, and the Nilgiri peaks with their large folds. In the afternoon we will drive to Muktinath with its ancient temple past the amazing fortress-like village of Jharkot. Overnight stay in Muktinath. B, L, D
Day 6: Trek from Kagbeni to Cheley
Saturday 19 September
We will trek for a full day, off the road, to Cheley, sending the jeeps ahead. There will be spectacular views up and down the valley. Once in Cheley, we are in the fully Tibetan cultural part of Nepal. Stay in Mustang Hotel. B, L, DAccommodation: Mustang Hotel
Day 7: Trek from Cheley to Ghyakar drive to Charang
Sunday 20 September
We now head north up the Kali Gandaki valley towards Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The trail follows the broad valley floor with numerous branches of the river. Saligrams – small nodules of mudstone enclosing ammonite fossils – are common in this region and are sacred to Hindus as symbols of Lord Vishnu. They have been eroded from the Jurassic and Cretaceous limestones that formed in the Tethys Ocean, a vast ocean that previously lay between the Indian plate to the south and the Asian plate in Tibet to the north. As the Himalaya mountains rose from about 35 million years ago to the present day, the mountains dammed the rivers flowing south off the Tibetan plateau. The Kali Gandaki was a huge lake over 600 meters deep in the south stretching north for more than 40 km. At some stage during the Pliocene – Pleistocene, earthquakes caused the river to breach and enormous floods were released to the south all the way to the Tarai and plains of India. The cliffs of very fine, barely consolidated, pale orange dust are the relic lacustrine sediments left once the lake burst and the water drained. Erosion has caused amazing geomorphological features including pillars of rock capped by stones. On our drive up the valley, we will stop at Gilinga and Ghami. The views and landscapes of Mustang get better and better with amazing cliffs bounding the deep Kali Gandaki and views of the High Himalaya to the south. Overnight stay in Charang at Hotel Dolma. B, L, D
Day 8: Drive to Lo Manthang
Monday 21 September
After a short walk around Charang/Tsarang, we will complete the route to Lo Manthang by jeep in the morning and spend the afternoon visiting monasteries, palace, and museum in Lo Manthang. Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel B, L, D
Day 9: To the Tibetan border
Tuesday 22 September
We will drive to the Kora-la pass (4660m). On the way back we will visit the caves and monasteries of Choser. Overnight in Lo Manthang B, L, D
Day 10: Walk to Kyimaling and to Lo Manthang
Wednesday 23 September
We will visit some more villages of Mustang and return to Lo Manthang for the night. B, L, D
Day 11: Walk to Ghar Gumba and then on by jeep to Ghami
Thursday 24 September
We will walk 11 kms to Ghar Gumba, then pick up the jeeps to continue to Ghami. Overnight stay at Lower Mustang Hotel B, L, D
Day 12: To Kagbeni
Friday 25 September
After a short walk around Ghami, we will take the jeeps south to Kagbeni pausing briefly at several locations for photography stops. The views south to the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges east of the Kali Gandaki and Dhaulagiri ranges, west of the Kali Gandaki are spectacular. Stay at Red House Hotel B, L, D
Day 13: To Jomsom
Saturday 26 September
We will drive the short distance to Jomsom and then either take a short trek to Lubra and visit its Bonpo Gumba or hike to and around Lake Dgumba. Overnight in Om Hotel. B, L, D
Day 14: Fly Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Sunday 27 September
Two short flights will return us to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. We will transfer directly to Bhaktapur and experience a homestay with a local family, that of our guide Shamsher Pradhan. B, D
Day 15: Kathmandu to Bhaktapur
Monday 28 September
In the morning we will walk to one of the most ancient sites of the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan, which has stunning Lichhavi period sculptures and a museum. The rest of the day will be spent in Bhaktapur, ‘city of devotees’, known as Khwopa in Newari, the local language. It is the best preserved of the three ancient royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley, but also the worst-hit by the 2015 earthquake. We will see the architectural gems of Bhaktapur and observe the damage caused by the earthquake. Stay at Shamsher’s House B, D
Day 16: Departure for London
Tuesday 29 September
Fly from Kathmandu to London Heathrow on Qatar or Emirates Airlines.
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Dates & Prices
|Dates||Price per person (Double/Twin share)||Single room supplement|
|14-29 Sep 2020||£3,580.00||£458.00|
- We will contribute £25.00 per person booked on the tour to Kashigoan Village School in Nepal. This school is supported by Professor Mike Searle.
- International flights on scheduled Qatar or Emirate Airlines in economy class inclusive all taxes.
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhra. All meals for the rest of the tour.
- All transfers and sightseeing arrangements by private coach/vehicles as per itinerary.
- Permits to enter Mustang.
- Entry fee to Monuments and places of interest.
- Services of a local English speaking guide.
- Services of Prof. Mike Searle and Prof. David Gellner as trip scholars.
- Tips & gratuities.
- 100% protection of your payment by our ATOL & ABTA licences.
- Visa fee: Tourist visa will be available on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Visa fee for a 15 days tourist visa is USD30. Please keep this money and two passport size photographs handy for the immigration officer at Kathmandu airport on arrival.
- Travel Insurance: Foreign office advises all overseas travellers to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place before departure.
- Camera /video entrance fees if applicable.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.