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15 Day Horse Riding and Trekking on the Upper Mustang, Nepal

Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Horse Riding Holiday to Nepal

Also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom, Upper Mustang is one of the favorite trekking destinations in Nepal, though it was accessible only after the year 1992. Horseback riding trek to Upper Mustang is also ideal even for those travel enthusiasts who seek adventure despite being unable to walk for long hours on consecutive days. This horseback riding trek is sure to fill the hearts of the travelers with fondness of the landscape and culture of Upper Mustang without having to make the strenuous effort.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Short horses

Highlights

  • 10 days with riding activity
  • Between 3 and 7 hours daily riding
  • Trekking through arid desert canyons to the walled city of Lo Manthang
  • Explore a pocket of lost Tibet that boasts spectacular ancients Buddhist monasteries
  • 1 Horse and horse man for each client including his food, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Airport transfers and two domestic flights
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction
Group size: 2-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for 3 nights in Kathmandu in a 3 star level hotel on B&B plan, for 2 nights in Pokhara in a resort on B&B plan. For the rest of the 9 nights spend while on the horse trek, you will stay at various tea house accommodations best available during the trek.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, and escorted to your hotel in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara - 25 minutes

After early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in the airport in Pokhara, a representative will meet you and transfer to your hotel in Pokhara. Meet with your guide and check the final preparation for the trek. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening with relaxation or walking by the Fewa Lake. Overnight in a hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.

Day 3: Pokhara - Jomsom by flight and ride and trek to Kagbeni (2800 m)

  • Ridding time: 3 - 4 hours

You will take the earliest flight to Jomsom which takes approx. 20 minutes to reach Jomsom.

Upon arriving in Jomsom, you will meet your team of horses and their horse man and begin your ride to Kagbeni. Riding your horse along the Kali Gandaki River, you will pass beautiful Ekleybatti village with small houses and old fortresses and reach Kagbeni after 4 hours of riding. Overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni.

Day 4: Kagbeni - Tsaile (3100 m)

  • Ridding time: 5-6 hours ride and trek

After registering the permit in check point, you proceed along the bank of Kali Gandaki River and reach Tangbe village. You continue ride on horse crossing a couple of Buddhist monasteries and Chortens before entering Chhusang village. Then ride on rocky ridges for a couple of hours and reach Tsaile, where overnight stay in a lodge is scheduled.

Day 5: Tsaile - Syangboche (3600 m) via Rachung Cave

  • Ridding time: 6-7 hours ride and trek

Ride on horses uphill to Ridge canyon and continue ride on steep terrain to Taklam La Pass (3624 m). Relishing the mesmerizing view of Nilgiri Himal (7061 m), Yakawa Kang (6482 m), and Tilicho Peak (7134 m), and Damodar Danda (4975 m), you will pass several lush forests, water streams, and villages to reach Rachung Cave. From Rachung Cave, ride for a couple of hours and arrive at Syangboche. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 6: Syangboche - Drakmar (3820 m)

  • Ridding time: 5-6 hours ride and trek

Leave Syangboche for Drakmar with a beautiful panorama of Dhaulagiri ranges behind you. Come across many monasteries, Chortens, villages, and lush Himalayan forests on the way. After riding for 5 hours, reach Drakmar. Overnight in a lodge in Drakmar.

Day 7: Drakmar to Lo-Manthang (3810 m) via Ghar Gompa

  • Ridding time: 6-7 hours ride and trek

Leaving Drakmar, you will ascend on a steep trail and pass a couple of lush Himalayan rhododendron forest. Then ride downhill and climb a ridge to reach Ghar Gompa. Ghar Gompa is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Mustang that is also known as Lo Gyaker which means “Pure virtue of Lo”. From Ghar Gompa, ride and trek to Marang-La Pass (4230 m) which is the gateway to Lo-Manthang and all the way downhill riding until reaching Lo-Manthang. Lo Manthang is the walled capital of the Kingdom of Mustang and is composed of colorful dessert and rugged houses. Overnight at a lodge in Lo-Manthang.

Day 8: Exploration Day to Chosar village and Caves

  • Ridding time: 6-7 hours ride and trek

Take a day to explore on horseback and hike up to Chosar village and Jhong Cave which is the largest man-made cave in Upper Mustang. Relish the panorama from Chosar and return back to Lo-Manthang. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 9: Lo-Manthang - Tsarang (3560 m)

  • Ridding timw: 3-4 hours ride and trek

Riding along a steep sandy trail, you will climb Lo-La Pass (3950 m) which leads to Tsarang. Ride along Tsarang Khola and cross an iron bridge over it to reach Tsarang. Then explore Tsarang Palace and monastery. Overnight at a lodge in Tsarang.

Day 10: Tsarang - Syangboche (3500 m)

  • Ridding time: 6-7 hours ride and trek

Come across many Mani walls, Chortens, and Buddhist monasteries before reaching Ghami. From Ghami, climb Ghami-La Pass (3250 m) and Nyi-La Pass (3932 m) which leads to Tamagaon. Ride along streams to reach Syangboche. Overnight at a lodge in Syangboche.

Day 11: Syangboche to Chhusang (2980 m)

  • Ridding time: 6-7 hours ride and walk

Riding and climbing Yamdo-La (4010 m), you will descend down to Bhena. Then ride along streams and pass Samar, then Tsaile. From Tsaile, follow the Kali Gandaki River and finally reach Chhusang (riding and trekking). Overnight at a lodge in Chhusang.

Day 12: Chhusang to Jomsom (2720 m)

  • Ridding time: 5-6 hours ride and walk

On the last day of the horseback trek, move on a rocky trail till you reach Tangbe. Then ride along small streams on a steep trail and pass beautiful small villages then reach Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.

Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara - 20 minutes flight

Fly off to Pokhara with a splendid view of the Himalayas. You can enjoy the day relaxing by the lakeside. Overnight at a hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.

Day 14: Reserve day for flight delay / cancellation and an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu

In case of a flight delay on the previous day from Jomsom to Pokhara, you will fly back to Pokhara in the morning. Later, fly back to Kathmandu in the afternoon.

After arriving in Kathmandu, leave for your hotel and enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu

The journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative of Sisne Rover will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight

Location

This horse riding trek to Upper Mustang offers an alluring panorama of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Nilgiri (7061 m), Saribung (6328 m), Manshail (6235 m) and other snow-capped mountains. The trek allows the trekkers to connect with the locals with ease as horses are the most beloved companion of the beautiful Himalayan deserts of Mustang. During the trek you will also have the chance to ride trough windy valley of Jomsom which is known all over the country for its famous apple farms and the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. The trekkers will come across ancient Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls, and get to learn about Tibetan culture of the region. The highlight of this trek Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang, is vibrant with the colorful deserts and ancient houses of similar patterns. The trek also reaches Rachung Cave, Ghar Gompa and Dzong Cave where the trekkers can observe the best-preserved form of Tibetan Buddhism. Trekking to the restricted areas of Upper Mustang on a horse's back helps the trekker to understand the way of life in the Himalayas.

Food

During the trek you have all daily meals included. While in Kathmandu and Pokhara only breakfast is included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Paragliding

Ultra light flight

Rafting

Zipline

Bungee Jump

Hot air balloning

Heli tour

What's included

  • 10 days of horse riding along the valleys of Upper Mustang
  • Airport pick up and drop off in Kathmandu
  • Flight : Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Flight : Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Full meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Breakfasts while in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Complimentary farewell dinner
  • Certificate of Trekking Completion
  • "Hike More, Worry Less” t-shirt as a souvenir of Nepal
  • An experienced English speaking guide
  • Trek assistant (2 trekkers : 1 porter )
  • 1 horse and horse man for each client including his food, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trekking guide)

What's not included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara in case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) - expected but it is not mandatory

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick up is included in the price.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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