Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Duration 12 Days Difficulty4,000m

Trip Highlights

  • The opportunity to venture into the remote land of Nepal
  • Geologically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau
  • Arid and dry Valleys with colorful rock formations and cliffs
  • View of Snow-clad Himalayan peaks along with unscathed cultures and traditions

Set out on an expedition, to a secluded place unscathed by modern times and surrounded by mountains. Journey to a place where people still live in stone-roofed huts and raise farm animals for a living. The location is nowhere else but the northern part of Nepal. And Upper Mustang Trek will take you there.

A Concealed Exotic Destination

Mustang is also known as the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Sitting beyond the Annapurna Mountain Range, this place is known for its ancient culture and lifestyle. Mainly, the Upper Mustang region is less travelled by trekkers as it is further north from the Annapurna Circuit. Moreover, the area is almost ignored by the central administration of the country. While this has hampered the provision of facilities there, it also has kept the place unspoiled and natural. So, if you want to explore the true Himalayan lifestyle, then Upper Mustang Trek is for you.

You will feel as if you went back in time upon seeing the beautiful environment. Until the 1990s, tourists were not allowed to visit this place. However, now, it is open to visiting though only a few trekkers go there. You’ll walk through a unique tree-less landscape and rocky pathways. Moreover, you’ll get the view from the other side of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri, among others.

Medley of Nature and Culture

You’ll travel to mysterious sites, hidden caves and historic monasteries. You’ll witness the Tibetan culture and the lifestyle of the Sherpas. Also, you’ll understand the hardship of living beyond the mountains. The valleys are dry and covered with colorful rocks. They are also surrounded by snow-clad mountains and are geographically a part of the Tibetan plateau. Furthermore, the place is also popular for unique cuisines and the liquor made of Apple.

Overall, Upper Mustang Trek lets you explored the undisturbed part of Nepal. We provide this trekking package all-round the year but the best time to visit are spring and autumn. Moreover, we offer you this trekking package at the best price.

Price From US$ 1000

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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Pokhara
  • Best time to visit July, Aug, Sep
  • Max-Altitude 4,000m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Early morning, we get on a Jeep from Pokhara. Then we will travel for a ten-hour long journey to Jomsom. We go through Nayapul, Ghorepani, Tatopani, Kobang and Marpha. Finally, we’ll reach Jomsom in the evening where we’ll spend the night.

We begin our trail along the Kali Gandaki River. We will walk along a sandy path with strong winds running. We’ll pass through houses, barley fields and apple orchards for 7 hours to reach Chele.

We’ll walk through Taklam La pass and Dajori La pass and hike for 6 to 7 hours to reach Syanbochen.

We’ll hike for about 5 to 6 hours and through Yamda La pass to reach Ghami.

We descend and then ascend across the valley to reach Tsarang in 5 to 6 hours.

We descend to a canyon, cross a bridge and begin our ascent. After 3 to 4 hours, we reach Lo-Manthang.

We will explore Lo-Manthang and acclimatize to the environment.

We pass through Gyakar village, Ghar Gompa and hike for 6 to 7 hours to reach Drakmar.

We mostly descend but face strong winds as we walk for 5 to 6 hours to reach Ghiling.

We trace the path to Lo-Manthang until we reach Chhuksang. The trek takes about 5 to 6 hours.

We descend for 6 to 7 hours until we reach Jomsom.

We get on a Jeep and ride back to Pokhara. It is a 12-hour ride from Jomsom to Pokhara.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 2 Night 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara for with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Most ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking Guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Trekking pole and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork, special  trekking permits for restricted area and  (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).
  • Tips for guide(s) and porter(s).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape,  bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to the safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Accommodation, All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
  • Personal clothing and gear.

FAQs

JYou are required to travel Pokhara and then transfer Jomsom to start our trek. Depending on your finances and the comfort you can pick different options. As the tourist bus to Pokhara is the budget options requires 6-7 hour, you can also have a 30-minute flight to Pokhara if you opt to get the convenient options. . Pokhara is the next largest city in Nepal in addition to a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Since you must maintain Pokhara anyways, you may want to explore the town as well and do some tour in Pokhara. If you’re following the acclimatisation plus some practice day hikes, there are several short hikes available around the Pokhara valley, depending about how many spare days you may have.

JFrom Pokhara, you should plan to either fly or drive to Jomsom. We recommend flight to Jomsom that cost $120 per person, if you don’t have plenty of days to spare.  Jomsom is the gateway to Upper Mustang  where we will start our trek. Unless you mind travelling an extended distance via overland, there’s a immediate Jeep drive  to Jomsom from Pokhara as well. The Jeep will take 8~9 Hrs  to  reached  Jomsom. Yes, it is an extended journey but it’s the cheapest option to attain the trailhead.

The package includes accommodations throughout the trek, as well as one night in Pokhara Accommodation during the trek, there are teahouses which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot shower at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blanket and pillows. Some will have an en-suite bathroom but most have shared the bathroom with squat toilet .you will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them Discovery World Trekking have good public relation with local service providers in Annapurna trek; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation.

At Pokhara, the accommodation is more luxurious. we stay at hotels with a single room and attached bathrooms, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility The accommodation for your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package as there are plenty of hotels in Kathmandu that you can select according to your requirements.

Upper Mustang is recommended to be visited between February and November. Since it is situated in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya, it continues to be the perfect destination through the monsoon season in Nepal of June – August.
You might avoid the chilly season (end of December and January). Even the residents of Lo-Manthang leave the administrative centre to steer clear of the freezing temperature and snow.

You may even want to time your visit through the most celebrated festival in your community, called “Tiji Festival” which literally means, ‘prayer for world peace’. That is a three-day event seen as a the dancing of monks to commemorate the incarnation of Buddha. That is normally held in the 3rd week of May but exact dates vary and dependant on the Buddhist calendar. If you’re ever in your community for this time, it is strongly suggested to add this in your itinerary. Watch this quick video if you are considering just what a Tiji Festival might be.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind.

We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.

Head

Sun hat or scarf
Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries

Face

Sunscreen
Sunglass with UV protection
Face/body wipes
Hands

Lightweight gloves

Body

Hiking shirts
Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
Hooded rain jacket
Fleece jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
T-shirts (bring Lightweight wool)
Polypropylene underwear
down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
Sweater
Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

Hiking Boots that been worn in (available in rent in Kathmandu)
Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
Thermal bottle
Water purification
Trekking pole
Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek) available in rent in Kathmandu/ Pokhara
Toiletries (toilet papers, toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

Medium size drying towel
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Deodorant/ floss
Biodegradable bar soap

Other Personal accessories

 

In this trek, you’ll be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even convenient and memorable. All guides are well trained certified with the last experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak most part of the Nepal. Porters may also be assigned to transport your luggage. Two different people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage shouldn’t exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of 1 porter for just two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can likewise have one porter per person. Our crew members will be the residents of high Himalaya remote control areas and their physical endurance and heredity character can live easily and comfortably at thin air without having to be affected. All our staff are extremely valuable to us, they may be well paid and we look after their insurance, clothing, lodging and food throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Health care when ill or injured. We ensure that these are happy once we think that only happy people can make others happy The neighborhood expert trek leader to help you specialized under the next subject. We offer basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

The most of all, tipping reaches traveller’s discretion and really should be relied on good service that will not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are extremely much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a suggestion is the accepted and honoured way of give you thanks (Dhanyabada) once and for all service. Normally the tips can be found by the end of the trek which is most beneficial done as an organization. Most groups gives the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the finish of the trip. The quantity of the trip is completely an individual preference which may be pretty much dependant on your perception of service quality, amount of trip, appreciation and budget of their work. It’s important to Finding World Trekking crews who professionally look after you at all times through the trekking, inspire excellent service and provide enriching journey- the trip of once in an eternity experience. We ensure that of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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