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Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days

Upper Mustang Trek – 16 Days is moderate level trek and favorable for all the seasons throughout the year. Come and join Upper Mustang Trekking and make your holiday lifetime memorable.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

  • Upper Mustang trekking on the trekkers paradise Annapurna region.
  • Awesome exploration sites of upper Mustang valley on special trekking area of Nepal .
  • On the extension of high Tibetan plateau with age old Tibetan culture/religion.
  • Once a forbidden kingdom, since last 30 years open the doors to outside world.
  • A country of fascination with its ancient traditions and Tibetan way of life.
  • Dramatic scenery with brown, green valleys and high snow-capped mountains.
  • Grand views of Dhaulagiri, Damodar, Birkuti Himal & Annapurna mountains.

Upper Mustang Trek, also famous as trekking to Lo-Manthang ,which is popular as cold desert trekking in Nepal among serious adventure seekers. Upper Mustang trek – 16 Days is specially based on remote trekking area. Upper Mustang Trek – 16 Days give opportunity to explore thousands of years old monasteries around the Himalayan deserts of Nepal. Mustang is a typical valley & is known as hidden treasure of Nepal. The landscapes are really astonishing through lots of small caves which are thousands of years old. The northern part of Upper Mustang area is articulated with the Tibetan plateau. Upper Mustang area is rain gumshoe area so the trek is idea for monsoon season. Another stimulating fact about the Upper Mustang is that people have their own Local King of Mustang. Upper Mustang Trek – 16 Days  is the most prevalent trekking route among all camping treks of Nepal.

Upper Mustang was barred to enter for foreigners until 1992 and this land is still prohibited for single trekkers so that the trekking should be organized by a company in group basis. You will also be needed an Immigration Permit issued by Department of Immigration, Nepal. Normally, Upper Mustang trekking starts after a mountain flight to Jomsom which is about half an hour. Jomsom is a lovely valley called which is mostly windy during the day. Jomsom is also the capital of whole Mustang District. From Jomsom the trekking goes slowly to high regions looking like deserts. Upper Mustang Trekking area has the domination  of Tibetan influenced people & can be found them with their untouched typical culture. The Upper Mustang trekking region is judiciously expensive than Annapurna, Everest & Langtang Regions of Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days essentially includes scenic flight to Jomsom through white snow capped mountains of Nepal, ascertaining the hidden kingdom of Nepal, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and Mustang Himalayan ranges, amazing caves, natural landscapes, the king of Mustang, untouched Tibetan cultures.

Outline Itinerary

Day Program Elevation
1 Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu 1440m
2 By tourist bus to Pokhara 900m
3 Pokhara fly to Jomsom  then trek Kagbeni , 3 hours walk 2700m-2810m
4 Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3050m
5 Trek from Chele to Gheling 3750m
6 Trek from Gheling to Charang 3560m
7 Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang 3810m
8 Acclimatization and exploration day
9 Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar 3820m
10 Trek from Drakmar to Syanboche 3800m
11 Trek from Syanboche to Chhusang 2980m
12 Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath 3800m
13 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2700m
14 Jomsom to Pokhara by air 900m
15 Drive back to Kathmandu 1440m
16 Farewell

Day 1
Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m)

When you arrive in Kathmandu airport, our agency representative will be waiting for you in the airport holding our company and your name play card. From airport our agency representative will escort you to the hotel. After you check in to the hotel, you will rest and fed your flight sickness till next day.

Day 2
By tourist bus to Pokhara (900m)

After the well rest moment at hotel of Kathmandu head towards pokhara which takes 6 to 7 hr of drive. Pokhara is located in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare. From pokhara you will get see spectacular views of the machapuchare and other highest mountain from all parts of the town. This city is quite different then Kathmandu as it has plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. This beautiful city provide the most intresting activities before heading to trekking like ,short walks around lake side or bicycle rides around city, you can swim or canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene felt about it.

Day 3
Pokhara fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) then trek Kagbeni (2,810m), 3 hours walk

After we have breakfast in the early morning, we will head towards to catch the morning flight to Jomsom. From Pokhara Airport we will take a domestic flight to Jomsom which offers us great aerial view of beautiful Pokhara city and different mountain ranges. After reaching there we will start walking towards Kagbeni. On the way we will pass through different small villages and diverse landscapes. After reaching there we will have the Overnight in here.

Day 4
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m)

Today after breakfast we will walk toward Chele, after entering the restricted area of Mustang we will continue to walk uphill. Putting the Kagbeni and Nilgiri Mountain at the back, we will continue to ascent via. Rolling hills and passing by beautiful village of ethnic communities. We will get chance explore the local traditions, cultures and lifestyle on the way. Finally we will be at chele and have the overnight.

Day 5
Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m)

Today’s walk offers us the best views of snowcapped mountains and walk above the rolling hills is also wonderful experience. We will again pass by the small and beautiful villages and somewhere we can find stone walls and chortens too. We will get chance to observe the great scenarios. After the wonderfull journey we will reach beautiful Gheling. Here we will have overnight

Day 6
Trek from Gheling to Charang (3560m)

After having breakfast atGheling, we will continue our trek toward Charang. We will observe the great panorama of different snowcapped mountains including Tilicho, Nilgiri and Annapurna. Passing through the small villages, cultivated lands and patches of forests we will reach Charang. One can explore thye beautiful chortens in Charang. Here we will have the nigh stay.

Day 7
Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3810m)

FromCharang we will travel through small patches of forests and cultivated lands. After little ascends we will reach the entrance of Lo Manthang valley. The maniwalls and chortens will make our trip more exciting. Lo Manthang is the capital of Mustang where king lives. This place also offers the best views of gigantic peaks and diverse landscape. Today Manthang will be the place where we will have the night stay.

Day 8
Acclimatization and exploration day

Today after having breakfast we will explore the surrounding of Lo Manthang. As today is a day for acclimatization, we will not trek uphill but we have the will rest in Lo Manthang to give our body little rest. Tode spend at day whole day and night a Lo manthang.

Day 9
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m)

After one day of resting in Lo Manthang, we will continue toward Drakmar. On the way we will visit Buddhist chortens and gompas. The beautiful maniwalls and best views of high peaks adds the beauty to the trail. After walking for approximately 7 hours, we will reach Drakmar. And night will also be spend at Drakmar.

Day 10
Trek from Drakmar to Syanboche (3800m)

After having breakfast, we will warm-ups and trek back to Syangboche. Where we are going to stay tonight.

Day 11
Trek from Syanboche to Chhusang (2980m)

After having breakfast, we will trek back to Chhusang. On the way we will make a visit to Chungsi cave monastery which was originated thousands of years before. Retracing the footsteps we will reach Chhusang. Here we will have the overnight.

Day 12
Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath (3800m)

Today we will make a visit to the holy land of Hindus- Muktinath. Muktinath is very famous pilgrimage site of Hindu devotees. Thousands of people makes pilgrim to Muktinath Temple every year. Peoples believes that worshipping Muktinath will release a person from the chain of birth and death and one can rest in peace in heaven. Today we will stay here

Day 13
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m)

Todayfrom Muktinath we will trek toward Jomsom after having breakfast we will have quite easy walk through the rolling hills. We will enjoy the great mountain vistas from the trail. After 5/6 hours of walking we will reach Jomsom valley. Night will be well spend at Jomsom

Day 14
Jomsom to Pokhara (900m) by air

After having breakfast, we will take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. This will offer us an opportunity to observe the aerial view of beautiful valleys and high gigantic peaks. On reaching Pokhara you can go for sightseeing in the famous sites of Pokhara including Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Davis Falls etc. today we will have to spend in 3 star hotel at Pokhara

Day 15
Drive back to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of our trekking. We will drive back in our private vehicle following the same trail. We will enjoy the great views landscapes and patches of small settlements. After reaching Kathmandu you can relax in your hotel room.

Day 16
Farewell

The journey comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Trekking in Himalayas will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Cost Include

  • Airport Pick and Drop via Private Transport
  • One night stay at the hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast with twin sharing basic.
  • Two night stay at the hotel in Pokhara including breakfast with twin sharing basic.
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via Tourist Bus
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus
  • Flight tickets: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara (Round Trip) – for guide & Porter
  • Flight tickets: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara (Round Trip) – for customer
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • Specail Permit for Upper Mustang 500 USD Per Person for 10 Days
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food and accommodation).
  • 14 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 14 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • 11 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking Ending Point to Pokhara
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • Our service charge and government taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu - Pokhara and during trekking
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Services not mentioned herein
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1. How difficult are the treks?

It depends on the individuals’ adaptation of walking in any situation and at any circumstances. It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available. Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

2. How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

Completely, we assure the safety and security of the women travelling with us. We will provide the privacy that the women need. We will also give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking.

3. What is tea house trekking?

Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook.

4. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 25US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 40US$ for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

5. What is the best air route to my destination?

There are enough airline companies operating daily flights from Middle East of Kathmandu. Kathmandu only has got only international airport in Nepal so, where ever you are coming from you must come through tribhuvan international airport.

6. What type of insurance should I have before come to Nepal? Can I get it there?

For coming to Nepal you should have both medical and Rescue evacuation insurance. Yes you can get it here too, but we recommend purchasing it in your own country to avoid any last minute hassle and basal.

7. When should I travel to Nepal?

In Nepal it rains a lot between Junes to August. You too can enjoy great treks during this period of year in rain shadow region. But if you planning for more popular trek autumn and spring is the best time. As during this period climate will be moderate and will favorable for the trekking.

8. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities having branches of some international bank. Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as American Express, Visa and Master card are accepted. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

9. When should I book my trip?

We suggest you to book your trip in advance to avoid the disappointment and hassles. We too will make an effort to accommodate last minute bookings but some time due to the last minute planning we may unintentionally make few mistake which may offend you so it will be better to do advance booking.

10. Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes, our agency representative will pick you from airport. We will be displaying our placard of your name with our agency name.

11. How much spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will be at and package, facilities you may choose . However our trip profile will give you information about how to budget form additional meals, optional excursions and extra expenses that might occur in any specific trip.

12. Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home town. But domestic flight ticket will be included in our package. Other help like river rafting, city guided tour, mountain flight, jungle safari will be provided according to your necessities.

13. What is the physical conditioning level needed for trekking?

If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should do long day hikes at your home.

14. Is a Trekking permit needed?

Permit is not required for trekking in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and some other regions. However, conservation permits or National park permits are required. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal where trekking permits are required.

15. Are the food / water safe to eat / drink?

All the meals are prepared with high standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

16. What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

17. What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to conform reservation before arriving to Nepal. Rest of the payment can be paid after arrival.

18. Can we bring some food from home?

19. You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

20. Is there any communication when we are on the mountain?

In the way in many villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephones from where you can make international calls. And now a days we have the internet facilities most of the trekking destination.

21. What’s the difference between trekking, hiking and mountain climbing?

You can do all day walk, where you stay overnight (or several nights) at three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different things. Trekking is a multi-the place you’ve walked to. Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike. Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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