Geological and Cultural Tour to Annapurna Region and Mustang – Nepal Himalaya
25 September – 10 October 2021 Special Interest


Geological and Cultural Tour to Annapurna Region and Mustang - Nepal Himalaya Special Interest

Participants on this trip will study aspects of the geology and physical geography of the spectacular Himalaya. In the course of our journey we will come to understand how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements. The tour will take us along mountain roads and tracks offering splendid views of some of the highest mountains of this mountain range. We will undertake treks in beautiful valleys, particularly along the Kaligandaki river, where geological exposures are dramatic and the varied flora is abundant. Access to Mustang, more Tibetan than Nepalese in character, is restricted, special permits being required. Our visit to this remote Shangri La-like valley, high up in the rain shadow of the Himalayan mountains, will be a highlight of the trip.

Accommodation will be at local hotels and lodges. This trip is suitable for amateur geologists, those with an interest in learning some geology and those who simply enjoy being in the mountains

Dr Danny Clark-Lowes

Dr Danny Clark-Lowes will lead this tour to Nepal. He is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world. As well as publishing scientific papers and books on geology, he is a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He has been leading Himalayan trips for some four years now.


15 days from £3,700.00 per person
London - Kathmandu - Pokhara - Tatopani - Jomsom - Syanboche - Lo Manthang - Chhuksang - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu - London

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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
Cost includes:
  • 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.
Cost does not include:
  • Visa fee.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Items of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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