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    Upper Mustang Photography Tour

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      12 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate
    • Activities
      Adventure Trek and Tours
    • Accommodation
      Hotel
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
      4
    • 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.

    Highlights

    • 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 Overview

     

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour

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

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

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

    Our adventure starts right from the capital of Kathmandu by exploring its ancient monuments of both Hinduism and Buddhism. It is done along with the old palace courtyards of different eras 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 a great photography opportunity, our next destination takes you to scenic and beautiful Pokhara City. It's a verdant valley, blessed with the natural wonders of Annapurna Himalaya and serene lakes that catches the reflection of snow-capped mountains.

    From scenic Pokhara, now we get ready for our real adventure toward the remote corners of the Himalayas around the Mustang region. After a scenic flight of 30 mins(approx.) from Pokhara city, we reach Jomsom, a headquarters town of the 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 the 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 significance.

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

    After a 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 these picturesque spots with stunning views of the sunrise over an array of Himalayan peaks. And finally, we head towards Kathmandu city, after enjoying a lovely and fantastic Mustang Photography Tour.

    Upper Mustang Photography Tour Best Seasons

    All months from March to November.

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

    October to November is yet another best time for this Mustang tour due to the clear views of peaks. With a short sunlight day, it can be cold in the morning and nighttime, 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.

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    • 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 the Upper Mustang Photography Tour.

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

      The evening includes a nice dinner(with the most popular Nepali foods)  in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with local cultural programs. Remember the next day morning, we will have a 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 km east of Kathmandu. It’s the temple of Lord Shiva-Pashupatinath which is famous for its superb architecture with two-tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Visitors can see the temple and activities performed on the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.

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

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

      After a wonderful visit to the Great Stupa, the tour continues towards the center 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, the historic seat of past royal, belonging to the Malla and Shah Dynasty. Visit the Temple of Kumari and the holy quadrangle with a Buddhist stupa, center from 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 wood of a single tree called ‘Kastha Mandap.

      From here visit Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), which stands as one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas and the landmark 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 an 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 most famous places in all Himalayas picturesque Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara overnights in nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake.

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

    • Day04

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

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

      After 5 hours of driving, we reach the beautiful village of Kalopani, a place with a 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 the walk leads you past Ekle-Bhatti village. And then into an impressive old village at Kagbeni, the door to Upper Mustang and beyond towards the Tibet border.

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

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

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

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

      Enjoying great scenery descend to Syangboche village another interesting traditional village. With pleasant and wonderful stops drive to 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 driving past Ghami and Dhakmar villages. Then finally reach nice looking village of Tsarang, an impressive place surrounded by vast fields of buck wheat and barley.

      Here we visit its old monastery enriched with ancient religious relics and painting on walls and ceilings with a 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 a large village within the fort and Dzong of Lo-Manthang guarding the villages against invaders.

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

      The drive carries a facing view of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho, and Bhrikuti's 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 a nice path to reach Lo Manthang for overnight stops.

    • Day07

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

      Today you will be fully engrossed in taking pictures around this exciting place within the walled town of Lo-Manthang. Exploring narrow neat stone paved alleys 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 special permission to enter King’s palace and visit the interior of the old palace. And to grant an audience with the late King of the Mustang family if possible.

    • Day08

      Drive to Kagbeni 2,804 m – 05 hrs.

      After a most glorious and amazing time within the former walled kingdom of Upper Mustang at Lo-Manthang, we take a morning drive to the same route. You get more opportunities 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 the holy spot of Muktinath one of the highest places on the trip.

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

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

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

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

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

    • Day10

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

      The 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 a high Annapurna range of peaks with calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas. After reaching the city, you get transferred to the hotel by the beautiful Phewa Lake, with time to explore around interesting streets of the lakeside.

    • 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 hilltop which is a famous viewpoint for super sunrise views over a range of mountains. The range includes from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu. It 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 the hotel. After having refreshments, 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.

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

    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.

    Departure Dates & Price

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    • Start Date22nd Apr 2024
      End Date3rd May 2024
      USD 1950Per person
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      End Date10th May 2024
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      End Date17th May 2024
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      End Date24th May 2024
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      End Date31st May 2024
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    • Start Date27th May 2025
      End Date7th Jun 2025
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      End Date16th Jun 2024
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      End Date24th Jun 2024
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      End Date1st Jul 2024
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      End Date7th Jul 2024
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      End Date16th Jul 2024
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    • Start Date13th Jul 2024
      End Date24th Jul 2024
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