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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

Group size: 

Min 1-12 Max

Max-Altitude: 

5555

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Nepal

Best Season: 

March to November

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Trek House during the Trek

Overview

Upper Mustang – formerly known as the Kingdom of Lo is one of the remote & isolated regions of the Himalayas which was a strictly restricted area until 1991. By far, many trekkers have had the opportunity to visit & relish the beauty of this untouched region. This region lies at the north of Annapurna at the altitude of 4050 meters and thoroughly tied to the Tibetan culture & language.

Earlier this place hadn’t had many basic facilities but as of now, some tea houses are accessible where you get simple lodging and meals on this classic trek. The trekking trail to Upper Mustang takes you all through the rocky land with the snowcapped mountains with amazing barren landscapes and to this mysterious kingdom with amazing Buddhists architecture.

The major highlights of this trekking are relishing the beauty of Mount AnnapurnaMount DhaulagiriMount Nilgiri and several other peaks plus you will witness several ancient Buddhists monasteries, prayer mani walls surrounding stupa with the colorful prayer flags. 

Our trek begins from a flight to Jomsom with the pleasant view of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri during the flight. From Jomson, we will be heading to Kagbeni to the gate of Upper Mustang. We will be crossing through various terraced fields, apple orchards etc. At Lo Manthang (at the altitude of 4050 meters), we will be visiting a monastery named Lo Gekar Gumba - one of the ancient Gumba (Gompa) of Nepal. We will also encounter the longest Mani wall of Nepal on our trials. We also visit numerous Gumba/Gompa (monasteries) of this region.

Some of our trails will be a barren dry arid land without trees where you will be visiting some of thechortens (Buddhist shrine) & can find Buddhist monks reciting prayers. We will also encounter several communities on our trial such as Manangi’s & Tibetan communities & also get to experience their unique cultures. Our trekking trials will pass through several villages and we get a blend of unique culture and traditions in between. 

Trekking to Upper Mustang can be done in every season but the perfect/preferable months are from March to November. 

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides you this interesting trek for adventure loving people with experiencing the unique culture and the natural diversification of this mysterious land through the windy trail. If this itinerary does not fit your vacation, we can arrange the different itinerary according to your vacation schedule. For further information or want to inquire more about this trek, please feel free to email or contact us.

Itinerary

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.

Included in the Price

    • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
    • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
    • Best available twin sharing local lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by tourist bus
    • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight
    • Special Trekking Permit US $ 500 per person for 10 days
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits
    • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
    • Seasonal Fruits during the trek
    • Staff – one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide and porters
    • Duffle bag for use during the trek
    • GHHTEAM  t-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
    • First-aid medical kit
    • Government taxes & office service charges

Not Included in the Price

    • Nepal visa arrangement
    • International airfares
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from the mountains (due to any reason) other than the programmed itinerary
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Alcoholic drinks or other table drinks
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
    • Personal equipment and clothing

Fixed Departures - 2018



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 27th May YES
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 12th September YES
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 28th September YES
 4th October YES
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 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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