Upper Mustang offers a treasure trove of gems within its moonscape terrain. When you enter it at Gyu La Pass east of Kagbeni, you will get the chance to take in arid valleys with colorful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high in the cliffs. A jewel is the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang which has remained unchanged for centuries. Enjoy the scene of white-washed houses, famous palaces, and beautiful monasteries, amplifying in beauty when coordinated by sunset and sunrise.
If you are interested in an off-the-beaten-track experience that explores the hidden world of the old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, Down to Earth Adventure has the perfect range of horse riding experiences for you. The trails will take you along the salt caravan route and will give you a sense of the importance of the lucrative trade of Tibetan salt for the lower land Mustang grains.
Your journey is made more authentic by the selection of extremely sure-footed and resilient Tibetan ponies which are perfectly suited to the rugged terrain. Don’t let their size fool you, with their short, powerful legs and strong hindquarters, these animals are the breed for their considerable strength and endurance. Descended from ancient stock including both the famous Mongolian pony and various Chinese breeds, these prized animals will lead you on an epic, life-changing adventure.
Flying into Jomsom from Pokhara will leapfrog you into an untouched world like no other you will ever see again in your life. It will also provide you with unique perspectives of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri as you soar above the Kali Gandaki River. Opportunities to visit local Tibetan homes and to be welcomed into the kitchen, the center of the house will give you an incredible insight into the lifestyle and culture of the Mustangs. A bonus incentive is to time your horse ride to coincide with the Tibetan Buddhist Tiji Festival which occurs at the end of the dry season in late winter.
Prior Horse riding/ trekking experience is not necessary for taking part in an easy ride/trek. Anyone who is fit and healthy enough to seatting on Horse 4-6 hours a day can manage moderate Horse ride/treks. These Riding/ treks only involve lower altitude with daily ascents of around 300-600m on well-maintained paths and with easy access to local amenities.
Day Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, welcome dinner, overnight at hotel.
Day Day 2Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation day, overnight at hotel.
Day Day 3Drive to Pokhara, the overnight at hotel.
Day Day 4Fly to Jomsom, horse riding to Kagbeni (2810 meters), overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 5Horse riding to Muktinath and return to Kagbeni, 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 6Horse riding to Chele (3050 meters), 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 7Horse riding to Syangboche (3800 meters), 7 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 8Horse riding to Ghemi (3520 meters), 3 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 9Horse riding to Tsarang (3560 meters), 3 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 10Horse riding to Lo Mangthang (3800 meters), 4 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 11Acclimatization day to explore Lo Mangthang, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 12Horse riding to Dhakmar (3820 meters), 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 13Horse riding to Ghiling (3570 meters), 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 14Horse riding to Samar (3660 meters), 4 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 15Horse riding to Jomsom (2720 meters), 3 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Day Day 16Fly to Pokhara, sightseeing, overnight at hotel.
Day Day 17Drive to Kathmandu, farewell dinner, overnight at hotel.
Day Day 18International departure / onward travel.
Price: USD 600This trek will take you on a journey of discovery. Each location in your itinerary has been deliberately selected to offer you superb mountain views.
Price: USD 900Highlights of this compact trip include a breathtaking sunrise from Poon Hill, walking in the shadows of giant peaks such as Annapurna (8109m), Dhaulagiri (8176m) and Machhapuchhare (Fish tail) peak…
Price: USD 1100Highlights of this trip include the Mt. Dhaulagiri icefall at Kalopani, visiting Muktinath Monastery, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindu Vaishnavas and Tibetan Buddhists.
Price: USD 1100The Pikey Peak Trek is a well-known for its amazing sunrises and sunsets featuring the outlines of the most spectacular towering mountain giants.
Price: USD 1150This itinerary is perfect for people who have short time constraints, a love for the mountains and want all of this in a relatively easier package (below 4000m) than hiking over high passes to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Lakes.
Price: USD 1050This trek is both remote and compact, passing through isolated Gurung villages, beautiful rhododendron forests and rarely-trekked high alpine pastures.
Price: USD 1100 Trekking in Annapurna region will give you a feast of high mountains such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna 1 (8051m), Annapurna South (7219m) and the holy Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) Peak.
Price: USD 800This trek offers you the chance to investigate the rich culture and hospitality of the Tamang including the lifestyles, architecture of their mountain homes and ancient monasteries along the way.
Price: USD 1200Highlights of this truly unforgettable paradise include the Langtang Valley which is enclosed by snow-capped mountains and features relatively untouched Tamang culture and of course the high altitude sacred lake of Gosainkunda (4300m) in the South- West of the national park.