- duration 17 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 10+ years old
- max group size 50
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Trek in the remote, famed region of Upper Mustang in the Nepal Himalayans
- Explore Lo Manthang, the Tibetan kingdom and capital of Upper Mustang
- Challenge yourself and discover the spiritual journey that comes with days of trekking
- Discover the highlights of Kathmandu on a sightseeing tour before your trek
Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kali Gandaki River. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint whitewashed houses. The restricted area of Tibetan influence lies north of Kagbeni, and Nepalese refer to this as Upper Mustang.
By choosing this trek through Mustang, we will be sampling a slice of history that may not be preserved for much longer. The sights of spectacularly fluted red cliffs and Mustang’s endless expanse of yellow and grey rolling hills will stay in our memory long after we go home, as will our experience of the Kingdom’s incredible little towns and the rugged gentility of its people. The trek takes us to the walled town of Lo-Manthang, a visually extraordinary place, home of the present King and full of beautiful temples and gompas.
This itinerary is designed best for those who have some kind of previous experience in high altitudes over (3840m/12599ft) and are able to walk 7-8 hours a day. This allows us to walk very long distances with the required amount of high altitudes acclimatizing. Also, the itinerary goes through the various landscapes and traditional Tibetan-like settlement.
For more information please see the itinerary and whats included sections, or contact us to see if this trip is a good fit for you.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and sightseeing
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and begin trek
Day 5: Trek to Chele 3100m
Day 6: Trek to Shyangmochen 3800m
Day 7: Trek to Ghemi
Day 8: Trek to Tsarang
Day 9: Trek to Lo Manthang 3840m
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang
Day 11: Trek to Ghar Gompa
Day 12: Trek to Geling
Day 13: Trek to Chele
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure
- All accommodation including 3 nights in hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights in hotel in Pokhara and 11 nights in lodge/guest house or camp while trekking
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary including all breakfasts, all meals while on the trek, and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- All airport/hotel pick ups and drop offs in private car/van
- An experienced English speaking trekking guide
- Porter services (one porter for two trekkers)
- National Park Permit, TIMS and Upper Mustang Permit
- All domestic airfares and taxes (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom and return)
- Use of down jacket and sleeping bag for the duration of the trip if needed
- Company kitbag and t-shirt
- Nepal entry visa fees
- International airfare and departure tax
- Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Some meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Tips for local staff, guides, and porters
- Entrance fess to sites visited
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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.