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Upper Mustang Trekking

location_iconKathmandu, Pokhara, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Chusang, Samar, Ghami, Charang, Lo-manthang, Choser

Country

Nepal

Duration

12 Days

Best Time

March to November

Max Altitude

12,467 ft./ 3,800 m.

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle

Group

Private

Grade

Easy
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Overview

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.

 

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).

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Itinerary

Daily Schedule
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Day
1
Arrival in Kathmandu
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Altitude

1300m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

You will be welcomed by one of representative of Global Holidays Adventure and will be taken to hotel by private vehicle.

Day
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Trek Preparation & Flight to Pokhara.
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Duration

30 min.
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Altitude

820 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Flight / Private Vehicle

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. Evening explore lakeside city.

Day
3
Flight to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni.
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Duration

4 hours walk.
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Altitude

2804m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Flight/Private Vehicle

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.

Day
4
Kagbeni to Chele.
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Duration

5 hours walk.
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Altitude

3070m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day
5
Chele to Syangboche.
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Duration

6 hours walk.
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Altitude

3475m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day
6
Syangboche to Ghami.
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Duration

5/6 hours walk.
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Altitude

3520m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day
7
Ghami to Ghar Gompa to Lo Manthang.
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Duration

5/6 hours walk.
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Altitude

3800m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day
8
Explore Kingdom of Lo Manthang and Chooser.
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Altitude

3800m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 store 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.)

Day
9
Drive back to Jomsom via Muktinath.
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Duration

6 hours drive.
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Altitude

2,743 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day
10
Fly/ Drive back Pokhara (16 minutes flight /6-7 hours drive)
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Altitude

820m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Flight / Private vehicle

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.

Day
11
Fly back Kathmandu.
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Duration

30 min.
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Altitude

1350m.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Flight/ Private Vehicle

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.

Day
12
Final Departure.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast

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

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Inclusions

  • 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 by flight / 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).
  • Lomanthang to jomsom by local Jeep hiring.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Excludes
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Faqs

What is the Physical requirement for Upper Mustang Trek?
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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.

Will somebody come to pick up me at the Airport upon my arrival?
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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.

What is the Visa procedure and Visa cost? Should we apply for the visa from our home country or will get it in Nepalese Airport? What essential documents should I bring with me?
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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.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and during the trek?
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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.

How is the toilet facilities in the Higher Himalayan region?
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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.

How is the shower facilities during the trek?
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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.

Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or should we carry it on our own?
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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.

What kind of foods can I expect during the trek?
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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.

What short of transportation facilities are available in the whole trip?
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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.

What is the best season for this trekking?
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Upper Mustang is rain shadow area where you can go from august to mid December and February to May.

What is the likely temperature and weather during the trek?
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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.

Can I charge my camera and mobile batteries on my Trip?
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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?
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There are telephone services in most of the hotels/lodges from where you can make international calls. There are mobile network services available in most of the places. Above that, Global Holidays Adventure offers satellite phone services in every trekking packages.

Can I use ATM and credit cards during the trip?
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ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu, Pokhara andJomsom. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.

How much additional money do I need per day?
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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.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
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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.

How is the drinking water facility during the trek? Should I bring water purifiers?
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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.

What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?
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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.

Why is the travel insurance compulsory?
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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.

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

Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
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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.

Is there any option to reach Lo-manthang for Physically disable people ?
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Yes, we organize 4WD jeep tour in Mustang for Physically and timely restricated travellers to reach Lo-manthang.

I would like to extend my holidays, any recommendations?
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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.

How do I know that your company is a legal company?
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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.
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Levy Shachar

USA

Journey of Heaven

Before this trip, we had never been to Nepal. I and my friend book this Upper Mustang trek with Global Holidays Adventure after sharing mails related to the trek, tourist visa, and other necessary topics. Samsher helped us with all the confusions and queries. Nepal is a lovely country and Nepalese people are very honest, we must say. We walked around the UNESCO sites of the ancient ones. We were well treated by our city guide, Saroj with much information about the places. Regarding the Upper Mustang trek, it is the most beautiful and unusual place we have ever been too. We have always heard and read about the Grand Canyons. Landscape of Upper Mustang was somehow like that. We were fascinated by the ancient Tibetan cultures, temples and local settlements. It really felt like heaven; looking all those plateaus and sceneries. Our trek guide, Muste tamang, helped us during the entire difficult situation in service and also during the trek. He was the backbone of our trip. Had a wonderful and fun time with him!! To all the travelers, enlist Upper Mustang exploration in your travelling list. If you do this trek, do with Samsher and Global Holidays.

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Graevitskii Gennadii

Russian Federation

Well planned trek with reliable and helpful guide and porters

Surya and his teamwork made our vacation trip very enjoyable, informational and a great experience. Well planned trek with reliable and helpful guide and porters. Proper and qualitative management and services. Upper Mustang is a must do trek and for this trek, I recommend Global Holidays with all my experience. Namaste!

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BIZZI GIANLUCA

Italy

Incredible Experiences of Upper Mustang !

I am confusing how to start this review. I did Upper Mustang trekking with my wife Cristina at the last week of July over 12 days with Global Holidays Adventure. The guys were absolutely fantastic and helpful from the beginning to end. Samsher was incredibly responsible on our emails and questions. It was our first trip in Nepal and Samsher and his team made it stress free and everything was professional. The trek took us through the amazing desert scenery of high Himalayan Kingdom. We enjoyed with the beautiful landscapes, very old Buddhist monasteries in Lo-manthang and surrounding areas. We also get a opportunity to learn more about the Buddhism from our Guide Sansge Sherpa. He said himself was monk and later on he became a guide. He is very experience in this region and very familiar about the local culture and religions. Once we booked this trip, we were not able to send advance deposit to them but they confirm our booking and arranged flights and hotels for us. We are really happy and definitely back to this company for next holidays in Nepal.

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Hannah Mjelde

Netherlands

TitleThank you for well-organized Trekking in Upper Mustang

Hey Samsher and Surya, your country is very beautiful and you people are amazing. Thank you for well-organized trekking in Upper Mustang. Guide was excellent, tea houses accommodation and foods in mustang were nice. Now I am agreed $ 500 Mustang permit is worth.

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Gararda Stokeman

Sydney, Australia

We fell in love with this landscape with beautiful colors

After 17 days trekking in Mustang, guided by Sange Sherpa from Global Holidays Adventure, we got back to home. It was fantastic, all the time we were surrounded by Himalayan peaks – Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and others have been our companions. We were In Mustang during the rice harvesting season, It was amazing – we fell in love with this landscape with beautiful colors. The people were so nice and their culture are unique. The weather was wonderful. We will back again. Thank you Global Holidays for this amazing experience !

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