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18 Days Upper Mustang Horse Riding Holiday


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.

Trip Fact

  • Price starts

    USD 2700

  • Moderate



  • Duration

    18 Days 17 Nights

  • Activity

    Horse riding

  • Max. Altitude

    3820m (Dhakmar)

  • Season

    March to May, Sept - November

  • Accomodation

    Three Star Hotel, Tea House

  • Destination


  • Trip Start



Upper Mustang Horse Riding Holiday
Upper Mustang Horse Riding Holiday
Upper Mustang Horse Riding Holiday

Difficulty level


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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, welcome dinner, overnight at hotel.

Day Day 2

Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation day, overnight at hotel.

Day Day 3

Drive to Pokhara, the overnight at hotel.

Day Day 4

Fly to Jomsom, horse riding to Kagbeni (2810 meters), overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 5

Horse riding to Muktinath and return to Kagbeni, 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 6

Horse riding to Chele (3050 meters), 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 7

Horse riding to Syangboche (3800 meters), 7 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 8

Horse riding to Ghemi (3520 meters), 3 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 9

Horse riding to Tsarang (3560 meters), 3 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 10

Horse riding to Lo Mangthang (3800 meters), 4 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 11

Acclimatization day to explore Lo Mangthang, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 12

Horse riding to Dhakmar (3820 meters), 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 13

Horse riding to Ghiling (3570 meters), 6 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 14

Horse riding to Samar (3660 meters), 4 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 15

Horse riding to Jomsom (2720 meters), 3 hours, overnight at teahouse.

Day Day 16

Fly to Pokhara, sightseeing, overnight at hotel.

Day Day 17

Drive to Kathmandu, farewell dinner, overnight at hotel.

Day Day 18

International departure / onward travel.

Package Details

Trip Inclusions


  • Private vehicle transfers: International airports – hotel.
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus transport: Kathmandu-Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara- Jomsom, Jomsom- Pokhara
  • Accommodation

  • 3 nights staying at Kathmandu (three star) on a twin-share basis with breakfasts included.
  • 2 nights staying at Pokhara (three star) on a twin-share basis with breakfast included.
  • 12 nights staying at guesthouses on trek
  • Food / Drinks

  • Three delicious meals a day on trek
  • Hot Drinks provided with each meal on trek
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners with group.
  • *Meal inclusion: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Horse Riding

  • English speaking guide, experienced horse handler
  • Porter service (one porter: two clients; porter carries up to 15 kilograms of personal Horse )
  • Riding/Trekking gear for each client
  • Restricted area permit $500 USD
  • 11 days horse hire
  • Staff insurance included
  • Staff provided with protective footwear and clothing suitable for high mountains pass.
  • First aid medicine box carried at all times by staff.
  • Other

  • Complimentary four season sleeping bags with hot water bag, waterproof trek duffle bag hire for the duration of trek (to be used by porter to carry your trek gear)
  • Complimentary waterproof trek duffel bag (to store personal kitbag to be carried by porter), down sleeping bag and down jacket hire for the duration of the trek.
  • Complimentary Mustang region Trekking map, trek shirt and cap.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour (includes private vehicle transfers to and from hotel, English speaking guide to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple) *lunch not included.
  • Opportunities to experience authentic local culture and sample traditional foods and drinks.
  • Nepalese government taxes (13% VAT)

Trip Exclusions


  • International airfares to and from Kathmandu
  • Accommodation

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary (see terms and condition for more detail) in accommodation
  • Food / Drinks

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and must be purchased separately by the client.
  • Drinking water on Horse Riding.
  • Some lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary- see meal inclusions for more details)
  • Other 

  • Nepalese tourist visa (available on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Private travel insurance (ensure cover extends to medical evacuation
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Tips / gratuities for staff.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended

Meet Our Experts

No matter what the inquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is always on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

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Kipa Sherpa

Swekshya Tamang

Devi Ojha

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