We especially enjoyed meeting the business people in Kathmandu and the professor in Paro which we could never have done on a regular tour.
Three Couples - Montreal, Canada

Trek Nepal: Annapurna to Mustang

Nepal may be a small country compared to neighboring China and India, but with eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including Mt. Everest, temples that will blow your mind with their beauty, and cities and town rich with history, culture, and art, this little sliver of the world more than makes up for its size. Over the 11 days of this itinerary, you will experience city life in Kathmandu, take a flightseeing tour over the world renowned Everest, explore the lakeside beauty of Pokhara, and traverse the region of Mustang, trekking valleys and villages, rivers and gorges. After all, there is no better way to see this beautiful country than by foot!

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  • Visit the temples, palaces, and markets of large urban centers Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara
  • Journey by plane past Mt. Everest, taking in a bird’s-eye view of it and the other “eight thousander” mountains
  • Trek through the Mustang region of Nepal, visiting villages and exploring rivers, gorges, and valleys
  • Explore the medieval walled city of Lo Manthang 
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Day 1

After your flight from Singapore, stopping in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll start off your trip in Nepal’s largest metropolis, Kathmandu. Once you check into the Dwarika’s hotel, hit the town to explore the famous sites. A great place to start is Dunbar Square in the city centre; you will also want to check out Kumari Temple, the Royal Palace, and Swayambhunath Stupa, the city’s oldest Buddhist shrine. After your day of sightseeing, enjoy a European-style dinner - but with all local Nepalese ingredients - at Le Sherpa.

Day 2
Everest - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Today, you will picked up at 5:30am and transported to the airport where you’ll board your plane, as you are heading on a one-hour flightseeing tour around the incredible Mt. Everest. Heading east, parallel to the Himalayan mountains, your flight will allow you to take in spectacular views of the “eight thousanders” - mountains that surpass 26,000 feet in height. In the afternoon, you’ll head east one hour to the ancient city of Bhaktapur, once a stopping point on a major caravan route between India and Tibet. Visit the local temples and the city square before enjoying the delights of a traditional Tibetan dinner at Garden of Dreams, a casual cafe, and heading back to Kathmandu for the night.

Day 3

Today, you’ll depart Kathmandu and head to the Pokhara, a large city beside Phewa Lake, known for its incredible beauty and views of the Himalayan mountains. Enjoy a casual lunch and then take in some of the local sites, like the Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave and the International Mountaineering Museum, which offer an intriguing look back at some of the original expeditions of Mt. Everest. Enjoy dinner at your hotel, the Fish Tail Lodge.

Day 4

This morning, you’ll take a short flight northwest to Jomsom, an area of high altitude known for having the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandakhi Valley, as it sits between two of the world’s highest peaks, the Dhaulagiri 1 and Annapurna 1. After you enjoy lunch and get settled in at your guesthouse, spend the day exploring the village, meeting local people, and visiting the local monastery, all while your body acclimates.

Day 5

On this, the fifth day of your journey, the true trekking will begin! After breakfast at your guesthouse, you’ll embark on a three- to four-hour trek from Jomsom to Chhusang, passing through the Tangbe Village and hiking the Kagbeni region, along the banks where the Kak Khola and Mustang Khola tributaries merge to form the Kali Gandaki. Before you reach Chhusang, you will be met with a spectacular view of the red eroded cliffs rising up across the river - a perfect end to the first day of trekking. Enjoy a nice dinner in your new guest house before getting some well-deserved rest.

Day 6

Now that you’ve reached the halfway point of your trip, you’ll have built up a bit of endurance, so you’ll be ready for your five- to six-hour trek from Chhusang to Ghami. You’ll hike alongside the red cliffs of the Kali Gandaki Valley, visit locals in Chele Village, and reach the highest point of the day, Nyi La pass (nearly 13,000 feet), at the southern boundary of the Mustang region. You’ll be ready to sit back and relax in your new guest house by the end of the day!

Day 7

Today’s trek will take you six hours by stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range, through Ghemi Village, a small settlement of tea houses, and alongside the longest Mani wall in the Mustang region - an incredible collection of Mani stones, each inscribed with the sacred Tibetan Buddhist chant “Om mani padme hum,” the “Mantra of Avalokiteshvara.” You will stay for the night in Tsarang, a small village known for having numerous stupa structures.

Day 8
Lo Manthang

Don’t put the hiking boots away just yet - today you’ve got a full five-hour trek to Lo Manthang, the medieval walled city of Mustang. You’ll follow along the Tsarang River which rises in elevation, eventually looking out over the entire “Lo La” region, offering stunning panoramic views of Lo Manthang and northern Mustang. Then, you’ll head down in elevation through the “Plains of Aspiration” to the medieval city, where local people gather every evening to spin wool and gossip. Enjoy dinner at your guesthouse, the Mystic Himalaya Lodge.

Day 9
Lo Manthang

Spend the day exploring Lo Manthang and its surrounding valley: meet and visit with local people; tour the Tibetan-style houses of the valley; check out the four Tibetan monasteries located nearby, known as the Four Gompas; and even dine with the King of Mustang! After several days of long treks, having a day to explore one spot will be a welcome retreat.

Day 10
Jomsom - Kathmandu

Now that you’ve trekked through Mustang, it’s time to see it all from above: you’ll fly by private helicopter back to Jomsom, taking in breathtaking views of the valleys and gorges you have hiked through. From there, you will be boarding a plane back to Kathmandu, where you have the afternoon to check out anything you didn’t see at the start of the trip: perhaps take a trip to the market to pick up some local goods or visit the Royal Palace or the Monkey Temple. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel - Dwarika’s - on your last evening.

Day 11

This morning, with a full camera memory card, new muscle definition, and perhaps a few small aches, you will depart Kathmandu, heading back to Singapore or onto your next exciting destination in Asia or elsewhere. Don’t forget to keep stretching out those legs - you’ve worked hard!


Suggested Accommodations

Dwarika's Hotel

Dwarika's Hotel

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.

Fish Tail Lodge

Fish Tail Lodge

The Fish Tail Lodge in Pokhara is situated on a peninsula on Phewa Lake. Guests are received and transported to the Lodge on its shuttle-floats or boats. Since its opening in the late 1960s, Fish Tail Lodge has hosted countless celebrities and numerous world leaders, including former US President Jimmy Carter, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Prince Charles and Princess Anne of England. The resort’s round cottages set amidst a lush garden offer a choice of 48 standard rooms and 12 deluxe rooms, all of which are decorated with oak furnishings and accented with traditional Nepali art. The restaurant overlooking the lake serves Nepali, Continental, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. There is no fitness center or spa, but there is a central swimming pool for fitness and relaxation. The hotel is located just 3 kilometers from the airport.
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