Geological and Cultural Tour to Annapurna Region and Mustang – Nepal Himalaya
17 – 31 October 2020
Small Group Tour
Day 1: To Kathmandu
Saturday 17 October
Depart from London Heathrow for Kathmandu, flying on an overnight flight.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Sunday 18 October
You will be met on arrival by a representative of Indus Experiences, and escorted in an air-conditioned vehicle to check-in for two nights at Kathmandu Guest House. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Kathmandu
Monday 19 October
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambunath (Monkey Temple). Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan City / Bhaktapur / Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 4: To Pokhara
Tuesday 20 October
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara through a subtropical region of Nepal. View Precambrian rippled sediments at Gurkha Village. View mountains of Annapurna Range. Overnight at the luxurious Hotel Fish Tail Lodge overlooking the Phewa Lake.Accommodation: Fish Tail Lodge, Pokhara
Day 5: To Tatopani
Wednesday 21 October
Drive Pokhara to Tatopani via Beni. See metamorphics, recent lake deposits and landslides. Overnight at local lodge. Visit hot springs.
Day 6: To Jomsom
Thursday 22 October
Drive Tatopani to Jomsom (2700m above mean sea level), following the spectacular Kalingandaki Valley. Stops to study the geology. Commencing in sub-tropical vegetation we cross the Main Central Thrust into metamorphic rocks of the Greater Himalayan Series. Then crossing the South Tibetan Detachment we see spectacular Tibetan / Tethyan folded strata, all virtually un-metamorphosed. Among these are the folded Lower Palaeozoic Nilgiri limestones. Vegetation includes pine, cypress and juniper forest. Apples are grown at Marpha and apple juice and apple brandy can be purchased. Just short of Jomsom we visit the small ‘Tibetan’ village of Syang and take tea. Fabulous views of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m). Night at Jomsom hotel.
Day 7: To Kagbeni
Friday 23 October
Study water worn rocks in river bed around Jomsom. Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni, known as the ‘Gateway to Mustang’. This is 11kms with less than 100m height gain. Impressively folded rocks are visible in the cliffs on either side of the wide valley. Search for ammonites in the river bed. Dramatic mountain scenery amidst arid ‘Tibetan’ landscape. A shorter variant to this trek is available. Visit Red House Museum in the early evening. Overnight at the Yakdonald Guesthouse where yakburgers are on the menu.
Day 8: To Syanboche
Saturday 24 October
Our journey takes us through Chhuksang, a typical Tibetan settlement. Our route allows the study of dramatic cliffs on either side of deep ravines. After crossing the Bhena La (3860m) we visit the Chungsi cave on an attractive trek along the Syanboche river. Night at local guesthouse.
Day 9: To Lo Manthang
Sunday 25 October
Drive to Lo Mantang visiting Ghami on the way. Ghami has a small museum and Tibetan handicrafts. Later we take a side valley on the west to visit the beautiful little monastery of Ghar Gumba (3950m). Here we take a trek to see the ‘Red Cliffs’ a dramatic exposure of the Tethyan sediments. Crossing the Lo La a splendid panorama opens up to the north with the Lo Mantang settlement nestled in the centre, its grey black royal palace standing out. Two nights at local guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek in Lo Manthang Area
Monday 26 October
Explore this ancient hidden Tibetan settlement, hidden from view until recent years, with its several monasteries, some with exquisite frescoes, all located within the old ‘city’ walls. Semi-precious stones available for purchase. Take trekking route off road to north of Lo Manthang, visiting Choser Cave and passing numerous chortens.
Day 11: To Chhuksang
Tuesday 27 October
Drive back south remaining mainly on the west side of the Kaligandaki as it flows downstream to and beyond Kagbeni. We take a side valley diversion up to Luri Gumba (near Ghara), approached by ladders up a cliff face. Small caves and underground shrines are decorated with frescoes on rock walls displaying clearly visible geological structures. Travel on through Syanboche to Chhuksang. Night at local guesthouse.
Day 12: To Jomsom
Wednesday 28 October
Drive to Jomsom, passing through Kagbeni on the way, and, at Jomsom, visit small museum. Splendid views of mountains surrounding the small airstrip. Jomsom village is the headquarters of the Mustang District. It is located partly on glacial deposits and partly on lacustrine deposits, visible on both banks of the river. Overnight at local hotel.
Day 13: To Pokhara
Thursday 29 October
Fly Jomsom to Pokhara, a spectacular flight through the mountains. Transfer to Fish Tail Lodge hotel where some may wish to visit the spa and pool. Rest of the day free to visit the bustling town, lakeside amenities, mountain museum, the Peace Pagoda and a limestone cave. Overnight at Fishtail Lodge, Pokhara
Day 14: To Kathmandu
Friday 30 October
Transfer to Airport for flight to Kathmandu. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel and rest. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant for farewell dinner with cultural programme and interactions with Everest summiteer. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House
Day 15: Fly back home
Saturday 31 October
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.
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Dates & Prices
|Dates||Price per person (Double/Twin share)||Single room supplement|
|17-31 Oct 2020||£3,700.00||£295.00|
- International and internal air fares inclusive of all taxes in economy class. Club class supplement is available on request.
- All transfers by private air-conditioned coach.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu guest house and FishTail Lodge in Pokhara on half board basis.
- Full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu and Pokhara with an English speaking guide.
- 8 nights / 9 days tour inclusive of accommodation at local lodges on sharing basis with all meals as per lodge menu, services of local English speaking Sherpa Guide, Sherpa Sirdar and porters.
- Farewell dinner at Nepalese restaurant with cultural programme and interaction with an Everest Summiteer.
- Permits to enter Annapurna region and Mustang restricted area
- Services of Dr Danny Clark-Lowes, Geologist.
- Complementary mineral water while driving and on sightseeing trips
- Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
- Visa fee.
- Travel Insurance.
- Lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Items of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
- Tips and gratuities.