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    Upper Mustang Photography Tour

    • Destination
    • Durations
      12 days
    • Max. People
    • Trip Mode
      In Hotels-Mountain lodge and Guest-House.
    • Areas of Tour
      Nepal Far North West Himalaya around Mustang district.
    • Mode of transport
      Scenic flights and drives with hikes.
    • Beyond Kathmandu
      09 Nights and 10 Days with flight-drives and walks.


    “A place with amazing views of high peaks along with local fascinating cultural villages.
    Scenic, impressive country an extension of Tibetan high plateau with exceptional views.
    Explore beautiful Pokhara and its amazing view-points with great wonderful scenery.
    Stunning sunrise views from Sarankot with spectacular range of mountain panorama.
    Former forbidden walled kingdom of Upper Mustang on Old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route.
    Fabulous views of great eroded and weather beaten high cliffs and canyon of varied colors”

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour 12 days

    ‘A country for photographer’s paradise with amazing scenery and great colorful cultures’

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour takes you to amazing high country of Nepal Far North Western Himalaya at Upper Mustang. It’s a most scenic place truly a photographers paradise within deserted landscapes of barren and arid terrain. And yet, it offers charming and beautiful views.

    Photography Tour to Upper Mustang certainly surprises you with the magnificent and dramatic dry landscapes. This place is an extension of Tibet Far South West plateau, where culture and people resembles across the border. Also, one can witness the Tibetan custom of Buddhism and pre Buddhist sect of ancient Bon traditions.

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour also leads you to experience around former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang and its beautiful surroundings. It is rich in eroded high cliffs and canyons reflecting with varied colors on sunlight including views of Mustang Himal and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

    Our adventure starts right from the capital of Kathmandu by exploring its ancient monuments of both Hindu and Buddhism. It is done along with old palace courtyard of different era of past medieval times. And, here you witness the harmony of local impressive culture(like Tiji Festival) and traditional life as it was past thousands of years.

    After an interesting tour with great photography opportunity, our next destination takes you to scenic and beautiful Pokhara city. Its a verdant valley, blessed with natural wonders of Annapurna Himalaya and serene lakes that catches reflection of snow-capped mountains.

    From scenic Pokhara, now we get ready for our real adventure towards the remote corners of Himalaya around Mustang region. After a scenic flight of 30 mins(approx.) from the Pokhara city, we reach Jomsom, a headquarter town of Mustang district. It is located on Old Trans Himalayan Salt and Caravan route to Tibet, a strong trading post as well.

    Now, from Lower Mustang, we start heading towards the interesting villages of Kagbeni and then, towards Chusang and Dhakmar. Then finally, we reach amazing former kingdom of Lo-Manthang. On this route, you can enjoy taking shots of beautiful landscapes and high snow capped peaks with traditional farm villages. Also, the place is highly adorned with long series of prayer bells and stone slate walls of great significant.

    Within walled city of Lo-Manthang, you will be engaged with exciting visit and culture exploration with old heritage living style of Lo people. Also, one gets opportunity to explore the fort palace of former King of Mustang who ruled till last Ten decades. Visiting the old and important monasteries are another highlights of the trip.

    With great time around Upper Mustang, we drive back to Jomsom for flights back to scenic Pokhara city. Now, it’s time to enjoy your time around this picturesque spots with stunning views of sunrise over array of Himalayan peaks. And finally, we head towards Kathmandu city, after enjoying lovely and fantastic Mustang Photography Tour.

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour Best Seasons
    All months from March to November.

    March to May is best time for Upper Mustang Photography as per clear views.  Wild flowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler morning and night time.

    October to November is  yet another best time for this Mustang tour due to clear views of peaks. With a short sunlight days, it can be freezing cold in the morning and night time, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.

    As Mustang falls within rain-shadow blocked by high Himalayan Mountains, July to mid September is also regarded as the best season.

    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel.

      On arrival get received by our staff and guide and transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your lovely rooms, get refreshed from jet-leg. Then join in with other members of Upper Mustang Photography Tour.

      Our guide / leader will brief with information about the hotels-including detail of trekking regarding local lodge, walks, view, history and culture.  Simultaneously, with few important do’s and don’ts while you are with us having enjoyable times.

      Evening includes a nice dinner(with most popular Nepali foods)  in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with local cultural programs. Remember the next day morning, we will have an Kathmandu tour.

    • Day02

      In Kathmandu with full day sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.

      After breakfast, the interesting tour starts with a short drive to Pashupatinath Temple a holy Hindu Temple. It is situated 5-kms east of Kathmandu. It’s the temple of Lord Shiva-Pashupatinath which is famous for its superb architecture with two tiered golden roof and silver doors . Visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.

      Beside Hindu people, other are not allowed entering main Temple premises. However one can witness the religious activities from the other side of Bagmati River and observe pilgrims in worship. From here a short drive leads to the Bouddhanath north east from Pashupatinath area.

      The Stupa of Bouddhanath lays 8-kms east of Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa is one of the biggest in the world. The area around known as ‘Little Tibet’ due to local people of Tibetan origin and culture.

      After a wonderful visit of great Stupa, tour continues towards centre of Kathmandu city around its old Durbar Square (palace courtyard) an interesting place full of lively activities.

      Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square (old Palace and courtyard), Akash Bhairab Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, historic seat of past royal, belonging to Malla and Shah Dynasty.Visit Temple of Kumari and holy quadrangle with Buddhist stupa, center form the residential quarters of the Chaste Virgin Living Goddess called KUMARI. Kastha Mandap located near the Temple of Kumari a unique type of wooden temple also known as Maru Satal built in 1596 A.D. by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla, where the name Kathmandu derived from a temple built by a wood of a single tree called ‘Kastha Mandap.

      From here visit Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), stands as one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas and the land mark of  Nepal. It has a history of more than 25 centuries old. This Great Stupa of Swayambhunath, is the wonder and the glory that was Nepal, listed as World Heritage Site.

      After a great full day tour of Kathmandu at place of interest back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure.

    • Day03

      Drive to Pokhara 860 m -06 hrs and get transfer to hotel by the lake.

      After having a good breakfast, an exciting drive leads to one of the famous place in all Himalaya at picturesque Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara overnights in nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake.

      Afternoon you can have a free walks around the lake side with interesting shops and stores.The place includes world class restaurants with close views of Annapurna mountain range and stunning peak of Machhapuchare Himal.

    • Day04

      Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m – 07 hrs ride.

      With overnight stop in Pokhara, after the breakfast, we take a long scenic drive to Jomsom. On the way, we encounter numerous villages like Beni, Tatopani, Kalopani and Marpha which is really typical to encounter. Jomsom is approximately 157 km far away from Pokhara and 357 km approx. from the capital city of Pokhara.

      After a 5 hours of drive, we reach a beautiful village of Kalopani, a place with stunning view of Nilgiri South. Here we take our first Himalayan lunch. Then, the drive continues towards another scenic village of Marpha and then finally to the stunning destination, Jomsom.

    • Day05

      Drive to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m via Kagbeni- 05 hrs.

      From Jomsom, the trail leads along Kaligandaki plains where walk leads you past Ekle-bhatti village. And then into an impressive old village at Kagbeni, the door to Upper Mustang and beyond towards Tibet border.

      At Kagbeni, you enjoy time with great photo opportunity taking pictures of local people interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism religion. Also, can enjoy interesting traditional farm life, visiting its monasteries and streets lines with shops and stores with Himalayan views.Then, the drive leads within towering colorful canyon and high eroded cliffs to reach at Tiri-Gaon village with well cultivated farm fields.

      Journey leads through beautiful landscapes with short up and downs and on winding path to reach at Tshele village. It is a moderate size village. And from here onward into more Buddhism culture and custom similar to Tibet across the border.

      From this nice village of Tsele, continue with some stops for photography and then drive climb to reach at Gyakar village. And then step into windswept terrain within dry and arid country. Finally, we reach Samar village, one of the attractive looking villages.

      With time at Samar village continues to reach a small place of Bhena and then a steep climb leads to a ridge on top Yamda La(3,860 m) pass. It offers stunning views of Upper Mustang landscapes with high snow capped peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal range.

      Enjoying great scenery descend to Syangboche village another interesting traditional village. With pleasant and wonderful stops drive t0 Tsarang also spelled “Charang”. Visit its old monastery and witness Buddhist prayer wheels propelled and supported by fast flowing water. After an interesting tour of the Gompa / monastery, continues drive past Ghami and Dhakmar villages. Then finally reach nice looking village of Tsarang, an impressive place surrounded by vast fields of buck wheat’s and barley.

      Here we visit its old monastery enriched with ancient religious relics and painting on walls and ceiling with great statue of Buddha.

    • Day06

      Drive to Lo-Manthang 3,810 m – 02 hrs.

      From here our journey leads to our main highlight and goal of the trip at Lo-Manthang. In former times it was known as the walled city. But at present, it’s actually a large village within the fort and Dzong of Lo-Manthang guarding the villages from invaders.

      It is the place, once a former kingdom where Raja (king) of Mustang ruled over around huge Mustang region, where drive leads to Marang village. From here climb a ridge top, past chhorten and mani stones prayer walls in between Tsarang and Lo Manthang.

      The drive carries a facing views of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. And then up to Lo La(3,950 m) high offering grand scenery looking down towards Lo Manthang walled village and a fortress. From here descend to the base of a pass then on nice path to reach at Lo Manthang for  overnight stops.

    • Day07

      At Lo-Manthang for local excursion and explore the village-town.

      Today you will be fully engrossed taking pictures around this exciting place within walled town of Lo-Manthang. Exploring narrow neat stone paved alley within impressive villages and houses with Tibetan design and carving.

      Tour around its historical and cultural centers one of the main attractions of Lo-Manthang. Explore four grand monasteries of Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and its Great Entrance Hall.

      Take a special permission to enter King’s palace and visit the interior of the old palace. And to grant audience with late King of Mustang family if possible.

    • Day08

      Drive to Kagbeni 2,804 m – 05 hrs.

      After a most glorious and amazing time within former walled kingdom of Upper Mustang at Lo-Manthang, we take morning drive to the same route. You get more opportunity to photograph the villages-people and beautiful landscapes and slowly reach Kagbeni, the cultural village with a complete Tibetan influence.

      Great fun shooting with your camera taking photos of cheerful people of Tibetan origin with wide smile along with views.

    • Day09

      Drive to Muktinath and drive back to Marpha 2,650 m – 03 hrs ride.

      Today, the drive leads further up to reach at holy spot of Muktinath one of the highest place of the trip.

      Muktinath, located on route of popular Annapurna Circuit trekking routes of Manang via high Thorang la a high pass. It joins the trail here while coming from upper Mustang region. In auspicious time the place flooded with pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist, a great photograph opportunity.

      Enjoy views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s peaks where Muktinath history and its temple goes back to antiquity of thousands years. Both Hindu and Buddhist come on the pilgrimage to this sight of natural power.

      Visit Temple of Muktinath and its 108 water spout, one of the sources of Kaligandaki River. Rest of the afternoon visit the village around Muktinath and immerse within its culture and traditional life.

      After enjoying the beautiful time around Muktinath, we take a drive from holy place of Muktinath to Jomsom town. And then, further drive takes place to reach the beautiful village of Marpha. It’s a last overnight spot in a nice lodge around Mustang area.

      Jomsom area from Kagbeni to Marpha is famous for delicious apples and products cider, brandy and juice. Celebrate last night dinner with staff and other members.

    • Day10

      Drive back to Pokhara and transfer to hotel -07 hrs ride.

      Last day of our Upper Mustang Trek package completes after taking a quite long scenic drive to reach beautiful Pokhara city.

      Pokhara is a charming place blessed with high Annapurna range of peaks with calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas. After reaching the city, you get transfer to hotel by the beautiful Phewa Lake, with time to explore around interesting streets of lake side.

    • Day11

      Morning drive to Sarankot for sunrise views and photograph afternoon drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.

      Early morning short drive to Sarankot hill top which is a famous view point for super sunrise views over range of mountains. The range includes from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu. Also, offers an aerial view of Pokhara valley and Lake Phewa, a popular spot for Para-Gliding as well.

      After catching the views of sunrise and mountains, we get back to hotel. After having refreshment, we take our lunch in Pokhara. And then, we head back to Kathmandu city where on the way you get stunning views of landscapes, rivers and mountains. Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

    • Day12

      International departure for homeward bound.

      Enjoying marvelous time and experience on  Upper Mustang Photography Tour and over high Larke-La pass it ‘s time to return back. Morning board in a vehicle for exciting and interesting overland journey to reach back at Kathmandu for last moment within amazing Nepal and its Himalaya.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Upper Mustang Photography Tour

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
    • Three night 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu. (Before tour and after tour)
    • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
    • Pokhara -Jomsom  – Lomanthang -Pokhara by Jeep (Jeep can be sharing).
    • Three meals during Mountains area.(Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner)
    • A professional guide during tour.
    • All necessary permit and TIMS card.
    • Tea house accommodation during tour in Mountain.
    • Two night 3 star standard hotel in Pokhara .
    • Phewa lake Photography.
    • Route map.
    • All necessary vehicles during tour.
    • Fare well dinner with culture show.

    What's Excluded in Upper Mustang Photography Tour

    • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • All drinks during  Tour in Mountain.
    • Extra charge which is not cover in Package.
    • All entry fees if required.
    • Extra activities in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal.

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