Nestled strategically at the head of the Kali Gandaki valley, Mustang once held significance as the gatekeeper of trade between India and Tibet, thereby making Mustang an attractive principality for warlords and kings. Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava himself en route to Tibet leaving a legacy of working monasteries that are still very active.
Our ultimate destination on the journey, Lo Monthang, a town encompassed by tall fortified walls, once served as protection from marauders and was the hub of Mustang.
When we arrive into a village each night we have time to explore for a while prior to a scrumptious meal provided by our Sherpa staff.
Food is of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. During the trek we will be dining in our mess tent with western meals.
In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Radisson in Lazimpat near Thamel. The hotel is conveniently located just a short taxi ride to the heart of the Thamel district, which is nearby and is a lively shopping and restaurants district.
In Mustang we will be camping in small mountain tents. Each person/couple will have their own tent with foam mattresses. Our ‘tent village’ will consist of a large dining tent with tables and chairs, a cook tent, and Sherpa and porter tents. Each day while we are travelling the camp will be dismantled and moved to our next camping location.
Clothing & Equipment
You will be provided with a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided by trek members. If you have any queries about items on the list please do ask.
We use horses on this trek and whilst horse transport is fairly common here, these steeds are not too similar to their western counterparts. The horses are mountain trekking horses from the region, which belong to local inhabitants of the region. Hence they are sure-footed and hardy whilst being of appropriate temperament for treks of this type.
The saddles and tack are all of reasonable quality and the saddles very comfortable for riding. During the trek a ‘horseman’ escorts our group to cater to the needs of the horses. At times we can choose to walk parts of the trail when it suits, to also get some exercise and aid our acclimatisation.