- duration 18 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 16
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 3840 meters
- Discover the hidden treasures of the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
- Visit this home of Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient Bön religions
- Challenge yourself on several days of trekking through the mountains
- Explore centuries old monasteries and other buildings
The Mustang Valley region lies at the head of the sacred waters of the Kali Gandaki River. Home to both Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient Bön religions, there are ancient caves filled with amazing religious artwork from centuries past. The landscape is often compared to a moonscape because of the lack of rain.
We invite you to journey to this ancient forbidden kingdom. This region was long closed to the outside world, and has only been opened up for a few adventurers to explore each year. Special permits are required to enter this amazing place, and we are one of those privileged Nepal trekking companies that can not only get you a permit, but also provide you with a knowledgeable guide who can show you the wonders of the Mustang Valley region.
This trek passes through narrow clefts in the rocks and also climbs to amazing alpine vistas. These are the beginnings of the high Tibetan plateau with the snowcapped peaks to the south.
Isn’t it time you personally discovered the forbidden kingdom of Mustang?
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m)
Day 2: Free day
Day 3: Travel to Pokhara (elev. 820 m)
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (elev. 2800 m)
Day 5: Trek to Chele (elev. 3100 m.)
Day 6: Trek to Geling (elev. 3600 m.)
Day 7: Trek to Tsarang (elev. 3560 m.)
Day 8: Trek to Lo-Manthang (elev. 3840 m)
Day 9: Experiencing Lo-Manthang
Day 10: Experiencing Lo-Manthang
Day 11: Trek to Ghemi (elev. 3510 m)
Day 12: Trek to Samar (elev 3620 m.)
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (elev. 2800 m.)
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (elev. 2720 m.)
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara
Day 16: Return to Kathmandu
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 4 nights accommodation in standard hotels in Kathmandu (breakfast included)
- 2 nights accommodation in standard hotels in Pokhara (breakfast included)
- Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Flight ticket Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara
- 11 nights accommodation in basic teahouses during trekking
- Meals while trekking: breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee
- Professional English speaking trekking guide
- Trekking porter/s: 1 porter for 2 trekkers
- Equipment: sleeping bags and down jacket
- Trekking permit (special trekking permit for Mustang, TIMS and ACAP entry permit)
- Insurance for Nepali staff (guides and porters)
- Single Supplement
- Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
- Lunch and dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal clothing and other equipments
- Personal insurance that covers helicopter rescue evacuation
- Personal expenses such as laundry, hot water for showers, etc.
- Any unseen expense produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters and expense that is not mentioned in price includes
- Tips for guide, porters and other staff
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationOur trip packages includes complete requirement for your holidays: Our trip starts from your arrival at Kathmandu till departure from Kathmandu. It is fully organized that includes accommodation in Kathmandu and trekking, all meals in trekking, all necessary logistic support, guide and porters, trekking permits and entrance fee, etc. There is not any hidden charge. You spend 2 nights in Kathmandu before trekking and another 2 nights after trekking: 2 nights stay in Kathmandu before trekking gives enough time to recover from jetlag, rest to restore energy for trekking and last-minutes preparation of trekking. 2 nights stay in Kathmandu after trekking is considered as reserve days, in case you could not follow itinerary due to any reason need extras days to reach your destination and delay your return from trekking. The trip itinerary is crafted by expertise. It includes plenty of time to insure your leisure and taking you to destination. It is very much flexible where it is necessary. A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather than any Western time schedule. The day starts with an early wakeup call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning’s walk. The sirdar will already be organized and have assigned loads to porters and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon’s walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savor the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day’s events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal. HEALTH ISSUES We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader. VACCINATIONS REQUIRED Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, we recommend the following : • Poliomyelitis • Typhoid • Tetanus • Rabies • Meningococcal • Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) MALARIA Nepal is listed as a country for which malaria prophylaxis is advised. We will not be visiting any malarial areas on the treks, however you may wish to consult your doctor about the need to take malaria pills. Trekkers who plan to do rafting and jungle excursions are advised to take the necessary medication to protect against malaria. ALTITUDE SICKNESS Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you need to give your body time to acclimatize. If you ascend faster than your body can acclimatize you will start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). A headache being the most common symptom, others are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances. The best way to acclimatize is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common wisdom is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m – If flying in to above this height remember to take extra acclimatization days (for example flying into Lukla). Once above 3000m, you should sleep no more than around 300m above your last nights altitude, and take a rest day every 3 days (or 1000m). At times it can be difficult to stick exactly to this schedule, as villages aren't always conveniently placed for acclimatizing, so you should think of the 300m as an average. During the day it is okay to trek higher as long as you descend to sleep. Remember the mountaineer’s saying "Climb High, Sleep Low". If at any time you get symptoms of AMS you should not climb higher until they are gone. If they persist then you should descend to below the height where they first started. Only start to climb again when they have gone. All of our itineraries allow for a proper acclimatisation schedule, and of course on our private departures you have the freedom to go slower if you are finding it tough - everyone acclimatises at a different rate. Please also consider your guide and porters and watch for signs of AMS in them. They are not immune to AMS. You will find a graph below detailing the acclimatisation schedule. It shows the ideal acclimatisation schedule against suggested itinerary. We always aim to get as close to the ideal as possible taking account of such things as available accommodation and camping spots with water etc. INSURANCE We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist. RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT Footwear: Trekking Boots, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes. Clothing: Down or fibre Jacket, filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, warm cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit. Other Equipment: Sleeping bag (4 seasons), down jacket, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters. Optional: Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.