Why Explore Nepal with TEP?
Access the Kingdom of Mustang
As you enter the village of Kagbeni, you will pass colorful doors adorned with Khenis, or ‘ghost eaters,’ which protect stores, homes and places of worship from evil spirits. You are now in the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, one of the most sacred regions on the planet. Be prepared to step back in time. Mustang is one of the only places on earth that has remained relatively unchanged for the past 2,000 years.
Named by National Geographic as a Top Tour in Asia
The 2018 Edition of National Geographic Traveler’s Asia Tours of a Lifetime named The Myth of Mustang as one of the must take tours in Asia. The Tours of a Lifetime series highlights guided trips and treks that surface historical landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, artisan villages, and ancient cities.
For your nights off the trail, relax in the comfort and luxury of our 4 and 5 Star Premium accommodations – featuring some of the finest resorts in Nepal. On the trail, our cooks curate local cuisines sure to take your taste-buds on a journey through the history and culture of the Nepalese people.
Special Departure with David Axelrod
Join renown photographer David Axelrod on a special departure of The Myth of Mustang adventure on October 28th 2019. David has explored over 50 countries capturing some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes and cultural experiences.
David studied travel writing and photography under the tutelage of acclaimed adventure author Tim Cahill and veteran National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale. His work has been featured by major travel and lifestyle brands, from AFAR and Fodor’s to Cole Haan and Relais & Chateaux.
On this Special Departure David will be working with participants on the following photography objectives:
- Master the fundamentals of digital photography
- Learn how to tell photographic travel stories
- Understand essential on-the-road workflow and best practices
- Learn how to use photography to enhance the travel experience
Your adventure to Mustang is riddled with mysterious adventure as the saga of the Second Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, unfolds before you. Journey deep into the Himalayas and discover a remote land draped with faded prayer flags and The Story of a leader who changed the course of history over 1,200 years ago.
- Visit Yangleshö Cave in the sacred village of Pharping where Rinpoche is said to have attained enlightenment, and relax in traditional Nepalese gardens during your stay at Kathmandu’s exquisite Shangri-La hotel.
- Take in a birds-eye view of Kali Gandaki gorge and the towering summits of Annapurna (26,502’) and Dhaulagiri (26,811’) on a flight to Jomsom and descend beneath a palette of blue sky and red fluted pinnacles to Dhakmar where story has it the cliffs, etched in crimson, were stained by the blood of a demon slain by Rinpoche.
- Trek to the village of Ghami to observe locals spinning ancient prayer wheels and to marvel at the six-syllable mantras carved into the stones of the longest Mani (prayer) wall in Nepal, built upon the remains of the same slain demon.
- In Kathmandu, visit the ancient palaces, temples and exquisite wood-carved shrines in Patan Durbar Square, and walk in Rinpoche’s footsteps at Boudinath, a massive Buddhist stupa – one of the largest and holiest in the world.
- Host City: Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM)
- Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights (4 Days Trekking)
- Accommodations: 5 Nights Hotel / 4 Nights Tented Camps
- Guest-to-Guide Support Ratio: 3:1
- Group Size Maximum: 14 people
- Trip Activity Level: Moderate*
*Please refer to our Trip Activity Level Guide or speak to one of our Adventure Consultants at 855-208-6800 to determine if this is the right trip for you.
Daily Itinerary Overview (Days 1 – 6)
Enjoy a warm welcome and bit of exploration in Kathmandu, Nepal’s vibrant and historic capital city, before our kick-off dinner with a special guest who introduces the legend of Guru Rinpoche.
Today, pay homage to the holy ground of Guru Rinpoche’s spiritual development in Pharping at the Yanglesho and Asura Caves. More grandiose sacred sites offer contrast upon return to Kathmandu before a free evening to explore the colorful tastes and scenes of this lively capital.
Hop between the verdant village perched on the banks of the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers as you make your way to the resort town of Pokhara. This afternoon, spend some time wandering the lakeside shops and island-temple before we meet to discuss our departure for Mustang tomorrow.
Our journey to Mustang continues on a stunning 20-minute flight that takes us over the deepest gorge on the planet and two of the world s highest peaks. The Annapurna massif fills the horizon line as we drive along the Kali Gandaki River to the beginning of our trek up to the village of Chele and our campsite for the evening.
Today’s trek takes us over three mountain passes where we experience the effort it takes to cross this challenging terrain and are rewarded with the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas. Shrines and prayer flags remind us all the while of the resolve pilgrims have to uphold spiritual discipline even in these isolated realms.
Juniper trees, lilting streams and cool caverns keep us refreshed today as we make our way through pasturelands and medieval villages to the Rangjong Cave. Back in Chele this evening, your guides regale you with stories of the Upper Mustang, while you dine on spinach momo and hot apple pie.
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Expedition Start Dates
2019 Start Dates
- May 18, 2019 (limited spaces)
- October 28, 2019 (with David Axelrod)
- November 25, 2019
To inquire on a custom date, please CONTACT US!
Prices are based on per person, double occupancy
$4,875 (5 – 14 Guests)
- The Price Above Includes
- $490 | Internal Nepal Airfare (Required)
- $500 | Mustang Restricted Area Permit (Required)
- $350 | Everest Mountain Flight (Optional)
Single Supplement: $500
Forced Single Supplement: $250
Hotel Shambala | Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Shambala is a Tibetan themed boutique hotel in Kathmandu offering the best in modern amenities with traditional Nepalese hospitality. The hotel’s decor features items that have been sourced locally to support and highlight the craftsmanship of local artisans including hand-knotted Tibetan rugs, hand-embroidered furnishings, thanka paintings and custom hand-made furniture. The hotel also has a roof-top infinity swimming pool with some of the best views of the city and a world class spa. Hotel Shambala, hands down one of the best hotels the city has to offer.
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Atithi Resort & Spa | Pokhara, Nepal
Nestled amidst the lush forests, snowcapped mountains, and pristine lakes of Pokhara, the Atithi Resort & Spa offers a luxurious combination of local culture, modern architecture, and high-end amenities. Relax in a private Jacuzzi, take a dip in a waterfall-laden pool, or indulge in a hot-stone massage at the Arogya Spa before walking to an array of nearby shops and restaurants. Atithi, Nepalese for “guest,” takes service seriously; rest assured, you will be exceptionally cared for throughout your stay.
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David Axelrod Biography
David Axelrod is a seven-continent explorer whose lifelong travel obsession has taken him to over 50 countries. His adventure collection includes running with the bulls in Pamplona, summiting Mt. Rainier, sandboarding in Namibia, rafting through the Grand Canyon, attending the World Cup in Brazil, and voyaging to Antarctica.
David studied travel writing and photography under the tutelage of acclaimed adventure author Tim Cahill and veteran NatGeo photographer Ami Vitale. He published a full-length guidebook at the age of 21 and released his debut travel essay collection at 27. Since turning his love of photography into a career, his work has been featured by major travel and lifestyle brands, from AFAR and Fodor’s to Cole Haan and Relais & Chateaux, and been published in glossy travel magazines like CURATED. David’s fine art travel photography print shop, 2STRAWS, inspires people to expand their worlds and turn their homes into sanctuaries with vibrant and uplifting imagery.
David believes strongly that even the most uncomfortable experiences can be transformative. A devoted “globonaut,” points & miles expert, and travel media guru, he is committed to help others push past their personal and creative boundaries. There’s nothing he loves more than capturing memories in the remotest corners of the planet, sharing them, and teaching others how to do the same.
David Axelrod’s Photography Workshop
- Master the fundamentals of digital photography and develop your personal style
- Learn how to tell photographic travel stories combining landscapes, street shots, and environmental portraits
- Understand essential on-the-road workflow and best practices to stay organized and efficient while traveling
- Learn how to use photography to enhance the travel experience and cultivate the habit of seeing with new eyes
- Bring home photos you’ll be excited to share, whether to add to your portfolio or simply convey to friends and family what the trip meant to you