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Upper Mustang Trekking

Duration : 12 Days | Travel style : Eco- Friendly , Active Adventures

1850

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2 - 4 Pax US$ 2050
5-8 Pax US$ 1960
9 - 14 Pax US$ 1850
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Trip Highlights

  • Country

    Nepal

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max Altitude

    12,467 ft./ 3,800 m.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel and Lodge

  • Fitness Level

    Moderate

  • Best Season

    Mar to May - Aug to Dec

  • Group Size

    Any Private Group

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

Upper Mustang Trek enables to see forbidden kingdom with a monarch beyond the Himalayas. The cumulative trip through Lo-Manthang has many awe-inspiring trekking destination as the place endows the distinct landscapes and the typical Himalayan lifestyles in its original form.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

Experience mini Tibet: Tibetan people/culture/lifestyles.
Visit the picturesque areas including magnificent barren landscapes ancient caves, century old monasteries and many other archeological sites.

  • Experience culture and lifestyle of people influence by Tibet.
  • Amazing landscapes with ancient monastery, caves and archeological sites.
  • Experience amazing mountain vistas with beautiful landscapes.
  • Organic apple farms with apple products like pie, dried apple as well as apple brandy aka marpha.
  • Fly over one of the deepest gorges of Kaligandaki River.
  • Sight-seeing the beautiful Pokhara valley. (Lakes, caves waterfalls).

Upper Mustang, the part of Tibetan Plateau and popular as the mini Tibet, lies in the backyard of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massifs. Various passes averaging the height of 4000m has to be crossed in order to reach the place. Mustang mostly constitutes barren treeless landscapes with many ancient caves. The dried yet colorful hills manifest the incredible beauty of nature even in the green less form.

The people in the naturally isolated region of Mustang have their own distinct lifestyles, culture and traditions that have continued for centuries. The culture is dominantly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism following as the place was once a part of ancient Tibet. The historic monasteries, Chortens enrolled with prayers flags and wheels, various Buddhists arts and festivals take us closer to the spiritual ideology that has flourished beauty and happiness in spite of such a hardship in the region. Lo Manthang is the capital of the former historic and buddhist kingdom of Mustang. The early history of Lo Manthang is Embroidered by myths, stories rather chronologies.

Upper Mustang Trekking Altitude Map:-

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Fees, Permits and Facilities

A special permit is required in order to trek on the areas of Upper Mustang. The cost of permit is USD 500 for 10 days and additional USD 50 for each day after 10 day permit expires. Please keep in mind that its 10 days not nights starting and ending at Kagbeni. Upper Mustang is a restricted area and foreigners have only been allowed to visit after 1992. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit is also required as the areas of mustang is under ACAP.

The restricted area permit can only be obtained if you have 2 or more person travelling with you together. In case of single person you cannot obtain the permit.

When to go

  • March to May (Spring) - Most Recommended.
  • June to August (Monsoon) - Choice (Different expereince as Mustang lies in rainshadow area).
  • Spetember to November (Fall) - Most Recemmended.
  • December - Febraary (Winter) - Not Recommended (Heavy snow and low tempreture).

 

Itinerary

You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.

1

Day

Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by one of representative of Global Holidays Adventure and will be taken to hotel by private vehicle.
Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast Included)

2

Day

Trek Preparation & Flight to Pokhara.
Today you will do some last moment shopping of any items regarding the trek. You will hang out at the streets of Thamel while shopping. Later in the afternoon you will catch the flight to Pokhara.
Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast Included)

3

Day

Flight to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni (4 hours, 2804m)
You will catch a flight from Pokhara domestic airport which will take you to Jomsom. The flight duration to Jomsom from Pokhara is 16 minutes. You then will start your trek. Today we will move towards place called Kagbeni which is about 4 hours from Jomsom. With the magnificent views and windy afternoon at Jomsom, enjoying this small town we will move towards Kagbeni.
Overnight at Lodge

4

Day

Kagbeni to Chele (5 hours, 3070m).
Our journey today starts with the checking of the permits in one of the check post and we trek through picturesque villages, windy trails filled with amazing landscapes. The first part of trail is more like uphill and then we descend. First we reach Tangbe village, walking on narrow alleys of white washed houses and crossing the farmland of barley, buckwheat and apples. We then reach Chhusang and cross the river kaligandaki and move up towards cliff. Crossing few ridges we reach Chele.
Overnight at Lodge

5

Day

Chele to Syangboche (3475m 6 hours).
Today we cross place called Eklo Bhatti and cross the Taklam La Pass (3624m) too. After crossing pass and descending to Samar village we descend to a stream. Along the way we rest in places surrounded by juniper trees, cool streams and awesome viewpoints. Local residents of Mustang use dried leaves of junipers as incenses for auspicious occasion. We do also pass by cave called Ramchung cave.
Overnight at Lodge

6

Day

Syangboche to Ghami (3520m 5/6 hours)
Today after breakfast we start uphill trek and cross Yamdala Pass (3850m). Passing through many teahouses and local settlements with veranda houses reflecting Tibetan influence we move towards Nii Pass (4010m). After crossing the pass we descend towards Ghami. Ghami happens to be the one of the largest villages of Lo Manthang. Ghami is surrounded by large and barren fields.
Overnight at Lodge

7

Day

Ghami to Ghar Gompa to Lo Manthang (3700m 5/6 hours)
Today, the day will be interesting as we trek to Lo Manthang. Crossing and checking the oldest monastery of Nepal Ghar Gompa and getting insights of Buddhism is going to interesting. We will also cross to isolated village called Dhakmar. The less taken path today first descends to Charang and kind of steep after crossing river. The small walled town of Lo Manthang appears to be magnificent nearby Tibetan Boarder.
Overnight at Lodge

8

Day

Explore Kingdom of Lo Manthang
Well the day today is going to be another interesting day. After a good breakfast at walled town, we explore the place. We will visit few monastery like Chode Gompa, Jampa Monastery, Thupchen monastery and each monastery has equal culture traditional as well as historical importance. We also visit the Royal palace, a four storey building of the king which offers the panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Jong cave in Chooser, a man made cave filled with mystery. It caught the attention of the archaeologist from around the world. The Jong cave was home to human civilization long way back and makes you wonder how it is possible after visiting Jong cave. The culture of sky burial still alive in places of Upper Mustang.

(Recommended: You either take a jeep or horse while exploring areas of Chooser as you won’t miss a lot and taking jeep is more economical and safe.)
Overnight at Lodge (Breakfast Included)

9

Day

Drive back to Jomsom via Muktinath – 6 hours drive.
Today we will be driving back to Jomsom packing all our memory from the trek. It will take about 6 hours to get to directly to Jomsom without visiting Muktinath and visiting the place adds 2 more hours approximately in order to get to Jomsom. Muktinath is one of the holy place for Hindu and Buddhist community in Nepal and it is believed that if showered in 108 taps of Muktinath you will wash all your sins. If one doesn’t want to visit there you won’t be taken via Muktinath.
Overnight at Lodge (Breakfast Included)

10

Day

Fly/ Drive back Pokhara (16 minutes/6-7 hours)

Today we fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom airport collecting all the memories of trek. If any challenges like weather issue happens then we drive back to Pokhara enjoying the twisty roads leading to Beni-Pokhara.
Overnight at Hotel

11

Day

Fly back Kathmandu.
The 30 minutes flight from Pokhara will bring you back to Kathmandu. You can enjoy your rest of the stay in Kathmandu by shopping of some souvenir or anything for you and your people back home.

Overnight at Hotel

12

Day

Final departure
One of our representative will take you to international terminal on a private vehicle.

Cost Details

"So What you are paying For?"

We would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience.

Cost Include
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Upper Mustang Restricated area permit fee.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Cost Exclude
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 day, US$ 50 for 30 day, and US$ 125 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Upper Mustang Trek is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Mustang trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.


You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 30 for 15 day, $ 50 for 30 days and $ 125 for three month visa on entry to Nepal.
You should bring following essential documents in the trip:

  • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
  • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek.
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.


All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.

 
Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.


Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.


Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.


Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.


During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We take a domestic flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.


Upper Mustang is rain shadow area where you can go from august to mid December and February to May.


Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.


These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!

How is the communication facilities during the trek?


ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu, Pokhara andJomsom. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.


In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.


Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.


In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.


In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.


In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.


Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.


Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.


Yes, we organize 4WD jeep tour in Mustang for Physically and timely restricated travellers to reach Lo-manthang.


Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event. In general, following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.


On the top menu of our website, under the company there is "Our Legal documents" where all of our legal documents are present. We are officially registered with the followings:

  • Office of the Company Registrar, Reg No: 92142/068/69.
  • Company VAT No.: 600581666.
  • Tourism Industry Division, License No.: 1601.
  • Nepal Cottage and Small Industry, Reg No.: 12567/667.
  • Nepal Rastra Bank, License No.: 1397.
  • Member, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).
  • Member, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA ).
  • Member, Village Tourism Promotion Forum Nepal.

 

Required Equipments

We Global Holidays Adventure give you a guideline to help what equipment are necessary for Upper Mustang trekking. Normally personal equipment and items are individual choice but the most important face that one should have enough gears to tackle the weather in Himalaya.

During the trek heavy items will be carried by our porters and the personal belongings which you need for daily or frequent purposes like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun-cream and toilet paper etc are to be carried by yourself in the backpack. We will provide complimentary water proof duffel bag which you can use during the trek and it carried by porters. You can leave your non trekking items at the hotel or in our office and collect them after the trek.

Flowing gear list gives you some ideas that you can bring for the successful climbing.

GENERAL

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag (Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek.)


UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES

  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. 
  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube).
  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional).
  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional).

HAND

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).

CORE BODY

  • T-SHIRTS -2
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.

LOWER BODY-LEGS

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.

FEET

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take his medicine.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.

MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss army type.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.

OPTIONAL

Also Check following list while packing it helps you to prepare everything properly.

  • Personal medical kit
  • Water purification tablets
  • Earplugs
  • Sewing-repair kit
  • Camera
  • Knife
  • Water bottles
  • Quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Reading book
  • Note book and pen
  • Trek route map
  • Tissue / toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Upper Mustang trek packing list for the female trekker make you clear about things that you need to take. Female need some extra female hygiene products on packing list but depending on the aspiration of the trekker and her preferences.
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Sport bras
  • Lip balm
  • Secretary Pad

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