Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days

Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Mustang Treks
Accomodation Hotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
Region Mustang Region
Distance 125km/77.6Miles
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration 15 Days
Max. Altitude 3,840m at Lo Manthang
Meals Included Breakfast in Kathmandu, pokhara and all meals during the trek
Group size 2-30
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season April, May, June, July, August, Sep, Oct, Nov
Trip Code DWT-MT-15
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Domestic flight from Pokhara- -Jomsom - Pokhara & Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu on a Tourist Bus
Grade Moderate

About the Trip

Upper Mustang is an arid river valley lying near the Annapurna Circuit in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas. In the past, this valley was a forbidden kingdom within Nepal. Due to decades of isolation from the world, it developed its own tradition and culture, which closely resembles the Tibetan culture. Currently, Upper Mustang forms a prime trek destination due to its unique desert-like terrain, its unique history, and culture.

Highlights

  • Jomsom (2,720m / 8,915ft) - the headquarter town of Mustang District
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091), Thorung Peak, Nilgiri (7,061m), Chulu West, Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Yak pastures, magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Muktinath - a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Mustang district and a chance to interact with its people
  • Lo Manthang - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mustang
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Insight into the Tibetan lifestyle
  • A day at the tourist hub - Pokhara

Benefits of Upper Mustang Trek with DWT

  • Free airport to hotel transfer during arrival and vice-versa during departure
  • Free excess luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking stores during the trek
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation to detect early signs of altitude sickness at high elevations
  • Medical kits for emergencies
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system

Comprehensive Overview

The upper Mustang area opened for treks and tours in the year 1992. In fact, Mustang was the last forbidden kingdom within Nepal, and it was isolated for hundreds of years, thereby developing its own distinct culture and tradition.

This area is full of historical and religious monuments, and its distinct geography differs from other parts of Nepal as it lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. Geographically, it is a part of the Tibetan plateau, and because of it, its culture resembles that of Tibetan rather than Nepali.

In Upper Mustang, you will find ancient caves, holy fossil rocks, arid land, and cliffs. Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of Upper Mustang, is a small town with around 150 houses, a palace, and a monastery called Lhakhang that is around 200 years old.

Mustang lies in and around the Annapurna conservation area. So as you trek to Upper Mustang, you can catch glorious sights of the mountain ranges - including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), and Manaslu (8,163m).

Your journey begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara while enjoying the views of mountains, traditional villages, terraced fields, and raging Trishuli and Marsyandi rivers. Pokhara is the tourist capital of Nepal. Here, you can enjoy the views of various lakes and Himalayan peaks - including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal. In fact, you can see the reflection of these mountains in the lakes.

The next day, you will fly from Pokhara to Jomsom - the headquarter of Mustang. As you fly, you can catch the views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, which are both above 8,000m tall. After landing at Jomsom, you will be trekking to Kagbeni - the gateway to Upper Mustang.

After a night at Kagbeni, we continue our trek to reach Chele. To avoid heavy wind in the afternoon, we will trek in the early morning hours. The trek regions can be windy and full of dust in the air, so you need to have your sunglasses and face mask ready. As you trek forward, you will come across Tangbe village, and little ahead lies Chele - the destination for this day.

From Chele, we will head to Syangboche following a path that passes through a settlement called Eklo Bhatti and Taklam High Pass (3,625m / 11,940ft). This trek is quite challenging as you will be gaining as much as 800m. You will also pass through a village called Samar - known for magnificent views of Nilgiri mountain.

Next, we will start the trek from Syangboche and head to Ghami. This time you will be passing Yamda La Pass (3,845m / 12,655ft) across desert landscape reaching Geling, Tamagaun, and finally to Ghami.

Our next trek destination is Tsarang - a town with roughly 1,000 inhabitants. The trek takes place in the driest part of Mustang, but the views of the countryside are mind-blowing.

From Tsarang, we head to Lo Manthang as we do so, you will enjoy the views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Brikuti peak. The trek will ascend until Lo La Pass and then descends to Lo Manthang. We will rest and explore Manthang for a day. At Manthang, there are so many places to explore, such as gompas, palaces, old temples, and many more.

After the ninth day, our return journey begins. First, we leave Lo Manthang and head to Ghami. On the way to Darkmar, we will visit the famous Ghar Monastery. We leave Ghami on the tenth day and trek to Samar. The path mostly descends to Geling. However, we move forward passing Jaite and Chhukungkah to reach Samar.

After Samar, our trek will take us to Chhusang. On the route lies a holy site, where people believe that Padmasambhava (Tantric Buddhist Master) meditated.

The next trek destination after Chhusang is Muktinath. You will be crossing Gyu La Pass (4,077m) and joining the Annapurna circuit trek. Muktinath is a common holy site for Hindus and Buddhists and hosts 108 bathing spouts. Additionally, you can see an eternal flame burning in the temple.

From Muktinath, we head to Jomsom, which marks the final day on the trails. The trail descends to Jahrkot and Khingar, ultimately leading us to Jomsom - which lies at the bottom of the Kali Gandaki River Valley.

After spending a night at Jomsom, we will catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. You can choose to explore Pokhara for a day or fly back to Kathmandu on the same day. If you choose to spend a day at Pokhara, you will return to Kathmandu on a tourist bus the next day.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive to Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) west of the Kathmandu Valley

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 205km / 127miles) 6-7 hrs

    After an early breakfast, we travel to Pokhara on a tourist bus. The journey will take around 6 to 7 hours. On our way, we can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Pokhara is a beautiful river valley known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manasulu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a tourist paradise complete with the most modern comforts. 

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
  2. day 2

    Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,915ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m / 9,500ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 25 minutes
    Trek Distance 11.4km / 7miles
    Highest Altitude 2,800m / 9,500ft
    Trek Duration 4 hrs

    We take an early morning flight to Jomsom. During the early morning, the weather is the clearest, and you will see spectacular mountain views - including two eight-thousanders mountains - Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The landscape below is absolutely breathtaking. 

    We land in Jomsom - the district headquarter of Mustang. The trekking starts from Jomsom. The route follows a pleasant trail up the arid valley of the Kali Gandaki River to the fort of Kagbeni, an ancient trade post with a Buddhist monastery. Kagbeni is just south of the restricted area of the Upper Mustang.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel New Annapurna (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Kagbeni (2,800m / 9,500ft) to Chele (3,055m / 10,025ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.2km / 6.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3055m / 10,025ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    The area above Kagbeni is called Upper Mustang, and you cannot enter the upper Mustang without a permit. There is a check post at the gateway, where we register our documents and trek forward. 

    We will start our trek early in the morning, along the eastern bank of a Kali Gandaki River to Chuksang, to avoid the heavy Mustang wind in the afternoon. On the way, you will get fantastic views of Mt. Nilgiri glowing orange from the early sun rays. The area beside the river can be windy with dust all over the air, so you will need sunglasses and perhaps a face mask to cover your nose and mouth.

    You will then pass by the Mustang’s unique red sandstone pillars and rock formations, formed by thousands of years of erosion, and reach Tangbe Village. Tangbe is a pretty village with red and whitewashed houses, picturesque apple orchards, and barley fields. Then we follow a relatively narrow canyon to Chele, a small town along a ridge. The views from Chele are other-worldly. We are sure you will not get similar views from any other parts of the world. 

    • Overnight at Mustang Guest House.
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Chele (3,055m / 10,025ft) to Syangboche (3,930m / 11,400ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.5km / 7.1miles
    Highest Altitude 3,930m / 11,400ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    This day's trek will be considerably challenging as we will be gaining around 800m in height. From Chele, we climb a steep spur and then continue up a steep canyon to Eklo Bhatti and ascend to the Taklam La (3,625 m/11,940 ft), a high pass. We cross the Taklam La pass to reach Samar. 

    We can catch beautiful views of Mount Nilgiri from Samar. This is also a usual place to stop horses and mule caravans for rest. From Samar, we descend to a large gorge past Rangchyung Chorten - painted red, black, yellow, and white, and trek ahead to reach Syangboche. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Nilgiri (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from Syangboche (3,930m / 11,400ft) to Ghami (3,520m / 11,535ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.3km / 5.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,930m / 11,400ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    The day begins with an ascent to another pass - the Yamda La (3,845m/12,655 ft) Pass, through an astonishing desert landscape and a few remote settlements. Again, The trail climbs up to a large valley then descends to a wide barley field at Gelling. The mud and stone houses at Gelling are painted white and ochre, just like in Mustang. 

    From Geling, we reach a settlement - Tama Gaun and climb a pass known as the Nyi La (4015 m/13,205ft). We will be descending from this pass and trek ahead to Ghami.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Lho Ghami (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Ghami (3,520m / 11,535ft) to Tsarang (3505m / 11,500ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.2km / 6.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,520m / 11,535ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    This day's trek takes you through the driest part of Mustang. However, the heavenly countryside perspective you gain compensates for a difficult climb. Finally, we arrive at Tsarang, an extensive spread-out town with around 1000 inhabitants.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Lumbini (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Tsarang (3505m / 11,500ft) to Lo Manthang (3810m / 12,135ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.5km / 7.1miles
    Highest Altitude 3,810m / 12,135ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    Starting on flat land, we ascend over yet another pass - Lo La Pass, from where you can enjoy the delightful views of the valley below - including Lo Mathang. We descend from Lo La Pass and enter Lo Mathang from the north.

    • Overnight at Hotel Shangri La (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Rest and exploration day in Lo Manthang

    Today will be the day for you to explore the historical Lo Manthang - a walled city with around 150 houses. This ancient city dates back to the 1390s approximately. 

    Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo since its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal. The village is best known for its tall whitewashed mud-brick walls, gompas, and the royal palace.

    This palace is a nine-cornered, five-story structure built around 1400. It is the oldest existing structure with such architecture. This town is also home to four major temples - Jampa Gompa (Jampa Lhakhang), Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Choprang Gompa. Jampa Gompa is the oldest and is also known as God's house. Similarly, Choprang Gompa is also known as New Gompa. The Nepal government opened Upper Mustang for foreigners in 1992, but, even today, tourism to Upper Mustang remains limited. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Shangri La (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Trek from Lo Manthang (3,810m / 12,135ft) to Ghami (3,520m / 5,577ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 16.1km / 10miles
    Highest Altitude 3,810m / 12,135ft
    Trek Duration 6/7 hrs

    From Lo Manthang, we head south towards Kagbeni. However, we will not take the same route we took to arrive at Lo Manthang. As our journey passes through Drakmar, we will also make sure we head to the famous Ghar Monastery decorated with beautiful wall paint. Our trek continues until we reach Ghami.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Lho Ghami (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Ghami (3,520m / 5,577ft) to Samar (3,700m / 12,139ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.2km / 8.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3,700m / 12,139ft
    Trek Duration 6/7 hrs

    We trek through the remote and arid landscape carefully, enjoying the magical views all around the path. You will be ascending to reach Chemi La and Yiy La passes and then descend steeply to reach Geling. After Geling, the descent eases as you reach Syangboche, but our destination lies further at Samar. Samar is a Tibetan-style village, complete with mani walls, monastery, and terraced fields. 

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Trek from Samar (3,700m / 12,139ft) to Chhusang (2,980m / 9,776ft )

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.9km / 6.1miles
    Highest Altitude 2,980m / 9,776ft
    Trek Duration 5/6 hrs

    From Samar, we join the regular trekking trail to Chhusang. The trails lead to the Kali Gandaki river bed. We cross this river through a rock tunnel and trek forward to reach Chhusang.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Braka (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Trek from Chhusang (2,980m / 9,776ft) to Muktinath (3,760m / 12,335ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14.5km / 9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,760m / 12,335ft
    Trek Duration 6 /7 hrs.

    Today you will be crossing Gyu La Pass (4077m) as the trek follows the world-famous Annapurna circuit, but you will cross the pass from a different direction. From this pass, you can see several majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet before you, and as you look behind, you can see the Annapurna range. 

    The trail passes through several ancient villages before reaching Muktinath - a common Hindu and Buddhist holy site. Buddhists call Muktinath ‘Chumig Gyatsa’, which in Tibetan means "A Hundred Waters". The walled Muktinath temple complex houses a Buddhist monastery, several Hindu shrines, 108 bathing spouts, and an eternal flame. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Town House Muktinath (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Trek from Muktinath (3,760m /12,335ft) to Jomsom (2,720m/8,915ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 22km / 13.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,760m / 12,335ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    You have reached your final day on the trekking trails. We descend to Jharkot and Khingar- where there are beautiful monasteries that you can explore. We gradually lose elevation as we join Jomsom, which sits on the bottom of Kali Gandaki River Valley. Jomsom market area is a huge change from the serene trails and remote villages we visited.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Himalayan Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) (and optional flight back to Kathmandu).

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 25 minutes

    We bid goodbye to Mustang and catch an early morning flight over the southern Kali Gandaki Valley to Pokhara. Then you can either fly back to Kathmandu or spend a day exploring Pokhara - a famous tourist hub in Nepal.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft) 6-7hrs

    We depart on a tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. It's a 200 km route that first follows Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River. If you want, you may choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package). Your trek package completes at Kathmandu. 

    • Overnight at your own selected hotel at Kathmandu.
    • Included meal (Breakfast)

What is Included?

  • Transportation Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • Private transport from Pokhara bus station to your hotel in Lakeside
  • Two nights accommodation with attached bathroom Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodations (12 nights in trek regions): Ten nights room with attached bathroom at Kagbeni, Jomsom, Syangboche, Ghami (2N), Tsarang, Lo Manthang (2N), Chhusang, Muktinath. Two nights standard room at Samar, Chele (Twin Sharing Room)
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost - including airport taxes
  • All standard meals (13 Lunches, 13 Dinners, and 14 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government licensed, experienced Discovery World Trekking trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide for groups with 12 or more trekkers. One porter for every 2 trekkers (Per trekker weight limit 9 kg).Guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment costs
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Special Trekking permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (from Kagbeni to Kagbeni). For each extra day USD 50
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Arrangement of the rescue operation in case of complicated health (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

What is excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Excess luggage charges (luggage weight limit is 9 kg per person)
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude heli - rescue and evacuation and health care costs (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays due to circumstances beyond our control like bad weather conditions, itinerary modification for safety, government policy changes
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included?" will be counted as excludes

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment list

We recommend you to bring only the basic clothing and accessories for the trek. Though you might have your own preferences, here is a list of items we recommend you for this trek. Please keep in mind that the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.

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
  •  Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  •  Hiking shirts
  •  Long-sleeved shirt
  •  Hooded rain jacket
  •  Fleece jacket
  •  Lightweight cotton pants
  •  T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  •  Polypropylene underwear
  •  Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  •  Sweater
  •  Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  •  Hiking Boots
  •  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 trekking)

Toiletries

  •  Medium size drying towel
  •  Toothbrush
  •  Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  •  Biodegradable bar soap
  •  Nail clippers
  •  Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  •  Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Upper Mustang trip start

You will be arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our representative will be receiving you. On the trip departure day, at around 7 am, we will head to Pokhara on a tourist bus from Kathmandu. 

We'll pick you up from the airport.

We offer a free Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick-up and drop-off service. Upon your arrival, you will find our company representative at your arrival gate holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will then transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Similarly, during your departure, our representative will receive you at your hotel and take you to Tribhuvan International Airport in a private vehicle. 

Accommodation Details

This fifteen-day trek includes twelve nights lodge to lodge stay at trek regions and two nights in Pokhara hotel. You will be staying in the best available lodges. We provide ten nights rooms with attached bathrooms at Kagbeni, Jomsom, Syangboche, Ghami(2N), Tsarang, Lo Manthang (2N), Chhusang, Muktinath. Two nights standard room at Samar, Chele (twin sharing basis).

You will spend two nights at a hotel in Pokhara in a room and attached bathroom, TV, 24 hours hot water, power, and laundry facility.

For solo trekkers, we will arrange a single private room with an attached bathroom in available lodges and single private accommodation in other places.

You will require two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek, but it is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and interests. 

Note:- Lunch and dinner at Pokhara are not included in the package.

Hot showers and Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in lodges/teahouses.

Meals

Since you will be hiking in high elevations, you will need plenty of nutritious food. We will provide you with enough nutritious, tasty, and hygenic food in the best hotels/restaurants, but your choices will get shorter and shorter as we trek in higher elevations. 

This trek package includes 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners.

Some of the popular menu items are:

Fourteen breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, and Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Thirteen lunches - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Thirteen dinners -  Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes items, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Raman, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, Steaks, etc

We recommend you to take fresh vegetables and liquids - hot lemon, green tea, lemon tea, ginger tea, garlic soup (must) at high elevations.

Though plenty of non-veg items are available at trek regions, we do not recommend them, because of meat quality concerns. We also encourage you to avoid dairy and stay away from alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates at high elevations.

Note:- This package does not include lunch and dinner at Pokhara (before flying to Jomsom). 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals(breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best seasons to trek to Upper Mustang

The weather is the decisive factor while deciding to trek to Upper Mustang. People trek to Upper Mustang throughout the year, but the trek is easier and more enjoyable in certain seasons. If you are looking for comfort and views, summer and autumn treks are the best. During winter, most residents leave Upper Mustang to avoid cold and snow. 

March to May (Spring)

Spring (March-May) is a season when mountains lovers and travel enthusiasts come to trek to Upper Mustang in large numbers. In this season, the climate is mild, with daytime temperatures between 16 to 22 °C Celsius. However, nights are colder as the temperatures can dip to below 0°C Celsius. 

June to August (Summer)

June to August is the summer season in Nepal, but it also coincides with the monsoon. However, there is no monsoon in Upper Mustang, which makes summer a perfect season to trek to Upper Mustang. On August full moon day, the locals at Upper Mustang celebrate a horse festival. The temperature during summer ranges from 16 to 25°C. The night temperature range from -3 to 0°C.

September to November (Autumn)

Like in other parts of Nepal, the autumn skies in the Upper Mustang are clear, providing great views of the mountains, but afternoons can be windy. The daytime temperature range from 12 to 20°C, while the nights are cold at -8 to -4 °C.

December to February (Winter)

The trekking season is over by November. The villagers will migrate to other regions to avoid cold, so the lodges are closed. In addition, the snow covers the trails making treks almost impossible.

Acclimatization

This trek package includes one day rest in Lo Manthang for proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is preventable but can be fatal if you ignore the symptoms. 

We have designed our itinerary for slow and steady ascending so the body can adapt to the new altitude. All our trekking leaders/guides have extensive first aid training and are well-experienced. Our crew will frequently use oximeters to monitor your blood oxygen level at high altitudes. We urge all trekkers to inform their group leaders as soon as the first sign of altitude sickness shows up. 

We guarantee that your health will be in reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will also suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time while trekking and drink plenty of water every day. If altitude sickness is severe, the only cure is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has the authority to decide whether to stop the ascent if altitude sickness shows up. It is essential to keep in mind that some people are more vulnerable than others.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

This is a moderate-grade trek. The hiking is generally 4 to 7 hrs a day, with regular breaks to appreciate the stunning mountain views. Past hiking experience would be an advantage, but no technical experience and skills are necessary. Trekkers who can hike 5 to 6 hours a day, at a reasonable pace, with a light day pack can complete this trek.

So you should be reasonably fit and prepared for long treks. Trekking at high altitudes is more physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitudes. 

To enhance stamina, exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks before the trip is a good idea. Please note that the fitter you are, the more you can enjoy the trek. To join our Upper Mustang Trek, you should be in good health and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. Participants with sensitive pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

Trekking group/single

We organize group as well as private treks. If you have your group, the bigger your group is, the more discounts you will receive. We can handle all group sizes. For groups of twelve or more, we add an assistant guide. Each trek team will have a guide and porters according to requirements. 

A typical trek day

Each day comes with a fresh trekking experience. You will be enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. Our experienced, friendly guides/Sherpas will be by your side during the trek. They will also share with you information about the places you will be trekking. 

All of our trek team will consist of porters to carry your luggage. However, we expect you to bring with you a small regular day bag with essential and valuable items. Each day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we start the day's trek around 7 to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the hike. 

After trekking for three to four hours, we will serve lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. After lunch, we will be resting for an hour and then continue on the walk. The afternoon walk is shorter - two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food and explore nearby places until it gets dark.

We serve dinner around 6 to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, you can indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. Your trek leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can read books, watch mountaineering videos, or enjoy games like monopoly and cards. Most foreigners indulge in learning light Nepalese language from our crew. 

Communication

During the Trek, you can use internet service at the lodges you will be staying in, but it will come with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once you reach high altitude, we will be communicating through the phone. 

Our Kathmandu office will remain in contact with all the trek teams via the team guide at least once a day to ensure that everything is going on as planned. You can buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but the signals might not be strong enough.

Extra personal expenses

Discovery World Trekking is transparent about the cost involved in all its trekking packages. This package does not include food and lodging costs in Kathmandu. Similarly, lunch and dinner in Pokhara (before taking the flight to Jomsom) are not included. 

Trekkers need personal spending money for visa processing, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks, tips to crew members, souvenirs, hot showers, mobile and battery recharge, mineral water. We recommend you bring cash (major currencies) and exchange for Rupees in Kathmandu. You can also bring your credit card, which you can use to withdraw Nepali Rupees from an ATM (bear in mind your bank may charge for this service). 

Electricity for battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the trek, electricity for camera and mobile battery recharge is available in all lodges but comes with a service charge.

You can either buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or fill your water bottle with boiled water that you can purchase in lodges/teahouses. We also advise you to use water purification pills. 

We do not advise you to drink water from rivers, taps, or wells in trek regions because the water might not be drinkable.

Travel Insurance Policy

This trip grade is moderately difficult. It comes with high altitude trekking risks such as potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events. Hence travel insurance is compulsory. 

All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including heli-rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest trek altitude.

We can recommend insurance companies according to the experiences of our previous clients. However, we do not sell travel insurance. 

Please send us your detailed insurance information within a week of booking the trek. In case of emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and informational documents to arrange a quick rescue. 

Before purchasing travel insurance, call insurance companies and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 4000m. Do not just believe in insurance company web content.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens from most countries receive an arrival visa at the Tribhuvan international airport. The visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months validity and a passport-size photo. The current visa cost is USD50 for 30 days, which you can pay in cash. 

Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visas. 

Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not receive an arrival visa. If you are a citizen of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Visa information may change without notice. Please visit www.immigratiion.gov.np for the latest info. 

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display ongoing rates visibly. Please note that only INR notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite traveler cheques' security advantage, we recommend you to bring cash and exchange them in Kathmandu. This will help you avoid lengthy bank processes and commission rates. 

You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel. Several of these ATMs are open 24-hours. The maximum withdrawal amount from these ATMs is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using a foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, you have to pay a service fee of about four percent or more depending upon the bank.

Most established banks in Asia will not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currency notes. So please ensure that you have new and clean notes.

How much luggage can I bring to the trek?

We assign one porter for every two trekkers to carry luggage. The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9kg. Our porters will not carry more than 18kg of combined weight. We also expect you to bring a small backpack for your valuables and essentials. We advise you to bring only the basics, you can leave the excess luggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free. 

We will recheck your luggage, equipment, gear before the trek start to ensure that you have packed all essential things.

Safety

We guarantee your safety and security. We take several precautions to ensure your safety. During the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our trek leaders/guides have completed extensive wilderness first aid training. If a trekker falls sick, the trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue to trek forward or descend immediately. Furthermore, we will hike as a group. 

Responsible travel

We strongly believe in environmental sustainability, and we should protect trek regions from the adverse effects of tourism. So, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During your Upper Mustang Trek, our trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you. For every two trekkers, we assign a porter to carry luggage. However, a porter will not carry more than 18 kg of combined luggage. If your trek group has more than 11 members, we also add an assistant guide.  

Our crew members are locals from remote high Himalayas. So their physical endurance at high altitudes is phenomenal. All our staff members are valuable to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the trek. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. 

We make sure that our trek members are happy because only happy people can make others happy. Further, our guides have:  

  • completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • government- authorized trekking guide training certificate
  • fluency speaking English and other major languages
  • conservation and biodiversity training
  • rock climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views tipping as proof of providing good service. However, tipping is at the traveler's discretion. We advise you to tip at the end of the trek as a group. The tip amount should reflect the quality of service rendered.  

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government-authorized, licensed, and bonded trek and tour operator. We have been providing our service for more than a decade. Our company is a member of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, you can book Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence.

For trip booking confirmation, we require 10 percent of the trip cost as an advance. You can pay booking fees by bank transfer, western union, or online through our website. 

Within a week of booking a trip, please email necessary documents - passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details. 

You can pay the remaining trek cost after arriving in Nepal, which you can pay in cash, bank transfer, and credit card. We will also email you the trek payment details along with available modes of payment.

Last-minute booking

It is always better to book trips in advance. However, if you are short on time, we also arrange last-minute trips. In the case of last-minute trips, you have to pay 100% of the trek cost 24 hours before the trek departure day. Though we will try our best to arrange trips any time, in case of last-minute trips, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control like - bad weather, landslides, or unavailability of lodges. For more information call/Viber/Whatsapp 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email [email protected] 

Trip extension

After completing the Upper Mustang trek, if you have free time, we can arrange other activities for you, such as exploring places in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc. 

Feedback

After completing the Upper Mustang trek, our company will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with a trek achievement certificate. It is also the perfect time to provide us with your feedback. 

USEFUL INFO

The Upper Mustang Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara, but we can accommodate your requests and schedule. If the departure date does not suit you, let us know, we can rearrange the trek at a time convenient to you. 

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline and may require changes due to external factors beyond our control - including but not limited to unstable weather, inaccessibility, unavailability of lodging and campsites, and unforeseen governmental decrees. 

Although it is very unlikely that changes will occur, you cannot hold us accountable for the delays or consequences due to these delays. 

If an itinerary needs adjustment or you need to redirect to other trails, the lead guide will decide after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. 

We look forward to guiding you on the Upper Mustang Trek and through some of the most dazzling landscapes on earth!

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“Upper Mustang Trekking”

Veronica
5 - Excellent
04/27/2017

I had the most amazing 20 days of trekking through Upper Mustang to Khopra and Ghorepani. My guide (Simbir) and porter (Manish) team were a young and yet experienced and energetic duo. They went all out to provide the most fun and safe trekking trip for me. I will really miss both of them! Back at Kathmandu, Paul was informative, meticulous, and service-oriented. He ensures everything in the trip runs smoothly, and really goes the extra mile in providing the best to you. One of my baggages got lost in transit upon arrival at Kathmandu, and Paul managed to get it back for me in a timely manner. Overall, I would strongly recommend doing your treks with Discovery World Trekking! Thanks to everyone for making my trip so fun and memorable! I'll be back for my 6th trekking trip in Nepal soon!

“Upper Mustang Trekking”

Veronica
5 - Excellent
04/27/2017

I had the most amazing 20 days of trekking through Upper Mustang to Khopra and Ghorepani. My guide (Simbir) and porter (Manish) team were a young and yet experienced and energetic duo. They went all out to provide the most fun and safe trekking trip for me. I will really miss both of them! Back at Kathmandu, Paul was informative, meticulous, and service-oriented. He ensures everything in the trip runs smoothly, and really goes the extra mile in providing the best to you. One of my baggages got lost in transit upon arrival at Kathmandu, and Paul managed to get it back for me in a timely manner. Overall, I would strongly recommend doing your treks with Discovery World Trekking! Thanks to everyone for making my trip so fun and memorable! I'll be back for my 6th trekking trip in Nepal soon!

Even Better than I Could Imagine!!

Cherie
5 - Excellent
11/02/2018

I can't imagine a better guided experience than what Discovery World Trekking provided for us on the 15-day Upper Mustang trek in Nepal! Our guide, Simbir, couldn't have been more gracious and competent. The whole crew made it safe and fun. They supported us and set us up for success. They even made me feel confident on the brief moments of technical terrain. I've trekked around the world and never had a better experience! I think of them now as friends and would enthusiastically recommend them. The trek itself was one of the neatest experiences of my life.

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