Upper Mustang Trekking.

Upper Mustang Trekking.
Upper Mustang Trekking.
  • Trip Code: DWT-MT-15
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Max. Altitude: 3,850m at Muktinath
  • Nature of Trek: Tea House Trekking
  • Accommodation: selected hotel in Kathmandu,Pokhara and tea house during the trek
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, pokhara and all meals during the trek
  • Transportation: Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec,
  • Trip Starts: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trip Category: Mustang Region Trekking
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
15 Days incl. Flights / Bus ...
from
US$ 2500
US$ 1900

About Trip

Explore what was a prohibited region till the last decade, breathtaking landscapes, Tibetan culture, walled metropolis of Lo Manthang, impressive sights of the snow covered hills.

Trip Highlights
  • Pass yak pastures with yaks grazing
  • Stay at Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district
  •  A day at tourist hub Pokhara
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west and
  • Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  •  Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  •  Visit Muktinath,a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful mustang district and interact with its people
  •  Explore Lo Manthang, “the last forbidden kingdom”.
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan lifestyles.

The upper Mustang area is a recently opened trekking region.allowing foreign visitors only since 15 years ago. It's a rare privilege and required restricted area permit. It's a hidden kingdom that had not been in touch with nepal for several hundred years making the culture there very unique from the rest of nepal.

This is area is full of historical and religious monuments,natural and geographical diversity . we will come across ancient caves, holy fossil rocks, deserted land territory and cliffs Geographically part of the Tibetan plateau, the upper mustang area is rich in Tibetan culture, especially in the ancient capital Lo Manthang.Lo manthang is a beautiful small town with only around 150 houses ,the old King's palace and the Chode Lhakhang , a monastery which is around 200 years old.

Being located in the Annapurna conservation area on the trail to Upper Mustang we can see the glorious panorama of the mountain ranges including Dhaulagiri (8167m),Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu range (8,163m)

Forour trek to Upper manang we first fly to Jomsom from Pokhara Airport and head towards Kagbeni , the gateway to Upper mustang trekking. The trail continues Chele,Syangboche,Ghyami ,Tsarang, , Ghiling and Lo- Manthang, We also explore the holytemple of Muktinath .Overall its is a moderate level trekking and the best way to explore the unique cultures and traditions of upper mustang and the natural beauty of the himalayan landscape.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) 200 km west of the Kathmandu Valley - 6-7 hrs

After an early breakfast we go to Pokhara by a tourist bus (6-7 hours drive). On our way we can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Manasulu and Lamjung Himal in the east. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travelers. Accommodation at Hotel near Lakeside.

Day 2 : Fly to Jomsom (2720 m/8915 ft)- 25 minutes flight and trek to Kagbeni(2900 m/9500 ft) - 4 hrs

We go on an early morning flight to Jomsom. During the early morning the weather is the clearest and you will see spectacular mountain views as we pass through two eight thousanders mountains between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, following along the world’s deepest gorge. The landscape below is absolutely breathtaking. We land in Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang. Here we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. 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 Upper Mustang. Overnight at Lodge.included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 3 : Trek to Chele (3055 m/10,025 ft) –5-6hrs

After leaving Kagbeni, we register our documents at the check post to the restricted area we start trekking early morning to avoid the heavy Mustang wind in the afternoon. We follow the east bank of the river to Chuksang, On the way we can see Mt. Nilgiri glowing orange from the sunrays.the area beside the river can be windy and have dust blowing, we will need sunglasses and perhaps a face mask or cloth for our nose and mouth. Passing by Mustang’s trademark red sandstone pillars and rock formations, formed by thousands of years of erosion we reach the village of Tangbe. It's a pretty village with red and white washed houses and picturesque apple orchards and barley fields then we follow a relatively narrow canyon to Chele, a small town along a ridge. The otherworldly location is spectacular. Overnight at Lodge.included meals (breakfast , lunch , dinner)

Day 4 : Trek to Syangboche (3475 m/11,400 ft) –5-6hrs

From Chele we climb a steep spur and then continue up a steep canyon to Eklo Bhatti and ascend up to the Taklam La (3,625 m/11,940 ft), a high pass. Transcending beyond the pass we go down to Samar,we can see the beautiful view of Mount Nilgiri from Samar This is a usual place to stop for horse and mule caravans From here we go.on a downhill path leading to a large gorge past Rangchyung Chorten that's painted red, black, yellow and white. The trail goes through some Juniper then the path descends to Shyanmochen, a tiny village with some tea houses at 3,710m Overnight at Lodge.included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 5 : Trek to Gyami (3,515m/11,535) ft -6 hrs

The day begins with an ascent up to another pass, this one is called the Yamda La (3,845m/12,655 ft), and through astonishing landscape of desert and a few remote settlements and their nearby crops. Again, We The trail climbs up from from Shyangbochen leading up to a large valley then descends to a wide barley field at Geling . The houses here are painted white and ochre and made of mud and stones, just like in Mustang From Geling, we go up to thef settlement of Tama Gun and make our way to climb a pass known as the Nyi La (4015 m/13,205ft) .descending from the pass is quite calm , from there we come up to a trail junction we take the left trail that leads to Ghami. Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 6 : Trek to Tsarang (3505 m/11,500 ft) –5-6hrs

Today's trek may be through maybe the driest part of Mustang, However, those heavenly perspectives of the countryside, starting with the tender forms of the north of the rough mountains in the east and west, compensates for the difficult climb.Finally, we arrive at Tsarang,an extensive spread-out town with around 1000 inhabitants.Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 7 : Trek to Lo Manthang (3700 m/12,135ft) -5hrs

Starting on flat land ,we ascend over yet another pass and enjoy the delightful in view of the valley below. We will also be able to see Lo Mathang. We go down take a and enter Lo Mathang from the north Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 8 : Rest and Exploration Day, Lo Manthang

Today we take a break from the trails and explore Lo Manthang, a walled city with around 150 houses. This is an ancient city , said to have existed before 1390.we explore the Gompas and Royal Palace including the Jampa Gompa, Thubten Gompa, ; Chodey Gompa and Choprang Gompa. You can even visit Tingkat- a home to around 40 houses.Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 9 : Trek to Drakmar (3,810 m/ 12,485ft)– 6hrs

From Lo Manthang,we head south towards Kagbeni. We will not take the same route we took to arrive Lo Manthang. As we journey to Drakmar we will also make it sure we head to the famous Ghar Monastery decorated with beautiful wall paint Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10 : Trek to Geling (3800 m/12,470 ft) – 5 hrs

We trek through remote and arid landscape . It's mostly downhill but required a short climb up a ridge then we descend down to Ghami Then we head to Nyi la we go over it to reach Gelling. We cross streams and climb up to a large painted chorten. After walking further we reach our destination at Geling Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 11 : Trek to Kagbeni (2900m/9,500 ft) via Chuksang (3,055 m/10,025 ft) – 5 hrs

From Geling we join the regular trekking tail to Syangboche and continue south to Chuksang, on our way we will visit the legendary Chungsi Cave Monastery built beside vertical canyon wall, this is will known as the place Padmasambhava meditated with.After crossing two deep valley we reach the riverbed of the kali gandaki and then follow the trail to Kagben, an ancient trade post with a Buddhist monastery,Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 12 : Trek to Muktinath (3,850 m/12,623 ft)– 5 hrs

Today we go to the valley to the direction of Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world. We are now on the world famous Annapurna circuit route, but we will cross the pass from another direction. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We make a scenic climb up the Jhong River valley with marvelous scenery along the way. The trail passes ancient villages on the way to Muktinath, Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it ‘Chumig Gyatsa,’ which in Tibetan means "A Hundred Waters". The temple’s walled complex has a Buddhists monastery and Hindu shrines, 108 bathing spouts and even an ‘eternal flame’. Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 13 : Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,915 ft)– 5hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. We make a journey down the valley to Jharkot and Khingar where there are beautiful monasteries that you can explore as we lose elevation and gradually join the Kali Gandaki River valley bottom and the trail leads to Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang.Jomsom market area may seem like a big change from the serene trails and villages that we have visited. Rest and refresh at the lodge or explore Jomsom bazaar. Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).

Day 14 : Early morning flight to Pokhara(820 m/ 2,690 ft)-25 minute flight, (and optional flight back to Kathmandu).

We say goodbye to Mustang today and will have an early morning flight back through the Kali Gandaki Valley’s southern section. The scenic flight returns us to Pokhara. (We can then connect with a flight back to the ancient city of Kathmandu, or take a day of exploration of Pokhara and tourist bus to Kathmandu the following day). The rest of the day is yours to explore the city and perhaps go souvenir shopping or just relax in the tourist haven Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L,)

Day 15 : Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) - 6-7hrs

Today is an early start as we depart by tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. Its a 200 Km route that first follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu.You may also choose to return by a 25 minute flight (not included in package).Our trek package completes at Kathmandu Accommodation at selected Hotel in Kathmandu.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)..
  • Return transport to and from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (if going by flight, there will be an extra surcharge).
  • Private transport from Pokhara’s bus station to your hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.
  • Two nights accommodation at a selected hotel in Pokhara near the lake (breakfast included).
  • Return Flight Pokhara toJomsom including Airport taxes.
  • Tea House/lodge accommodation during the Trek.
  • All Standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trek.
  • Official DWT (Government registered and licensed) Expert Guide withaccompanying porters (generally, 1 porter per 2 trekkers) to assist withcarrying gear during the trek. (We cover the porters’meals, lodging, salary, transport,insurance, equipment, and other essentials.)
  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Medical kit.
  • We  use pulse oximeter on our clients everyday during the trekking for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitudes as it is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks
  • All Government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging emergency rescue (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking Certificate of Completion.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure
Cost Excludes
  • International Flight.
  • Accomodations, meals  in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • All Personal Expenses such as laundry, telephone calls,bar bills, beverages, snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Extra shower fees at lodges along the trail, battery re-charge fees, andincidental expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters.
  • Any additional costs or delays cause by events beyond our control. e.g. landslides necessitating trail diversions,weather delays,political unrest, illness, et cetera. 

Trip Note

Getting there
You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. The next day we will be traveling to our destination via bus or a local jeep.

Free Transfer
We provide free airport pickup and drop by private vehicle. Upon arrival you’ll be warmly welcomes by our Discovery world trekking crew with a traditional offering of Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then directly transfer you to your hotel. To make use of this service please submit full flight details of arrival and departure in advance by mail.

Accommodation
The Upper Mustang Trek 15 days is a long trek with 2nights hotel in pokhara,12 nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. 3 nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

Meals
The meal package in this trek is very convenient. Three meal items of 13 breakfasts, 13 lunch and 12 dinner are included in the package. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude for health benefit. Meals in Kathmandu and pokhara  are not included in the packages, although there are variety of Nepalese and international cuisine readily available for you to choose according to our taste.

Best Season
The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to The Upper Mustang Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring, summer and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due strong winds, storms and slippery trails.

January February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. The temperature can be extremely cold. Though the day time may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time.

March April
This is the best time of the season to trek in the Upper Mustang Trek. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of the central Himalayan range will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with variety of colors.

May June
This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

July August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Its a good option to go trekking during the monsoon months as the region is in the rain shadow.

September October
This is also one of the perfect season for the Upper Mustang trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Uppe Mustang trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

November December
As winter slowly begins, snow falls begins and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. Keep in mind that seasonal migration takes place during this time and many residents from Lo Manthang and surrounding areas will move down to lower altitudes for the winter months.November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

Acclimatization
Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
The Upper Mustang trek is slightly challenging yet a rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single
The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader, and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well experienced guides

A typical day on trek
A day on trekking will be rewarding with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert guide along with porters to carry out your baggage. You need to take your small regular day pack on hiking days. The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. Each morning after packing our bags and having a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 am -8am, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. after trekking 3 to 4 hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after an hour rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter being only 2 to 3 hours when we read our overnight lodge we snack on the prepared extra dietary snacks, then after dinner, we will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. In the evening before going to bed, we discuss each group member hiking experience of that day. And the guide will brief the next day trip plan. After completing of trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment. Trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Discovery World Trekking crews, playing card, talking to and chatting with the crew members, reliving the day adventure or reading books before heading off to the bed for well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek
There is mobile phone coverage on the most of the routes, but this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. Although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.

Extra personal expenses on trekking
Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking
Throughout the lodges at The Upper Mustang trek, electricity for camera and mobile battery  recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. Most of lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.

Insurance Policy
Trekking in The Upper Mustang Trek requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and other casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. To join in The Upper Mustang trek, at a minimum, a comprehensive travel insurance policy is must to cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusively helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. Trekker is refused to be participated in The Upper Mustang Trek, with improper policy or without travel insurance policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment. You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.

Passport and visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange
You can exchange most foreign currencies through the banks and through the money exchanges. Money exchangers are also legitimate. You might be able to also exchange small amounts of cash at the hotel you are staying. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu. Money changers or Money exchangers in Kathmandu are found all over Thamel. The going rate is normally displayed in the front of the stores on a board. The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NRP). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupees in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined. Despite having the security advantage of traveler’s cheque, many hassles problems like a lengthy process and high rate of commission may take place during the processing at banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of many ATMs in Kathmandu (if you card is linked to the International Cirrus System), or by exchanging your travel cash at a bank in Kathmandu, the service fee charge will impose on around four percent or more depending up on the bank. There is a day transaction limit on cash withdrawing if you use the bank. Please note that most establishment banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage
Your main luggage should not be over 20Kgs and they will be carried by our porters. Trekkers will carry a light back for easy access to water, camera, toilet paper and warm layers of clothes. Any excess baggage can be kept at Discovery World Trekking and you can collect them after the trek.

Safety
Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Equipment lists for The Upper Mustang Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

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
  •  Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

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

Footwear

  •  Hiking Boots
  •  Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs 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
  •  Tooth brush
  •  Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  •  Bio degradable 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

Responsible travel
We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews
During the Upper Mustang Trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage which should not exceed more than 20kgs. A proportion of one porter for two trekkers and one assistant guide with 8 trekkers. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. The local expert trek leader to guide you in Everest base camp is specialized under the following subject.

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

Tipping
Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience

Booking and payment process
Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bounded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable. 10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer and western union. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking. In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip extension
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

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After completing the Upper Mustang trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

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Upper Mustang Trekking.

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“Upper Mustang Trekking”
“Upper Mustang Trekking”, Veronica

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…

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Essential info

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. Trekking in Nepal can easily be achieved by the all levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from the diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with doctor before deciding to do trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is difficult task to determine the trip grade preciously due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek.
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • Total duration of trek and average walking per day in trek.
  • Backpacking level.
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day.
  • General level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of service.

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health, physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hrs per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek , Sarankot trek and Langtang trek .

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hrs capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hrs daily at cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevation. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Gokyo via Everest base camp trek, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

In this type of trekking at least 6-7 hrs per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time therefore high level of both mentally and physically fitness as well as stamina is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with extreme weather condition and snow covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, Makalu trek, Kanchanjunga trek etc.

Grade:  challenging

Altitude remains around 6000m at this level of trekking. Trek might be longer enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hrs with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to small peak. Trekkers therefore require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World Trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

Trekking is an adventurous way of traveling through the hills and mountains and in Nepal, trekking often includes world-famous views of the Himalaya and scenic surroundings. Trekking is a favorite activity for tourists to Nepal and is a great way to get to know the land and its residents. It involves getting up close and personal with nature while hiking for multiple days through hills and valleys to areas that are often far away from vehicle travel.

As an adventure activity, trekking is mostly done for entertainment, excitement, cultural interaction and education – getting to know a country and its people, culture, landscape and scenery among other highlights. For mountain climbing expeditions, trekking is often the first part of the journey where the mountaineers get used to the increasing altitude as well as the climate and landscape. Nepal’s renowned trekking regions include the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang with many more areas that have been developed and that are up and coming including the whole rest of the hills up to the Himalaya!

Routes take trekkers travel through picturesque farmland and villages, remote hills, forests and valleys with Himalayan fed streams and rivers. Visitors can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth while trekking in Nepal. Facilities along trekking trails are usually more basic than facilities in urban areas and overnight accommodation is in lodges, teahouses and tents and sometimes a combination depending on location and availability of facilities. Now a days, accommodation and meals can be arranged along most trails at lodges and teahouses, especially on the popular routes. In the not so distant past, travelers and porters traveled together with sufficient tents, food and equipment because of a lack of facilities and accommodation, especially in the more remote, uninhabited areas. Our teahouse treks are organized with accommodation and meals along entire routes.

The government regulates most of the areas where trekking is done and permits are required for entering Nepal’s extensive range of national parks and conservation areas. Discovery World Trekking takes care of everything, including arranging permits, allowing you to savor every moment on the enchanting trails!

Discovery World Trekking offers the whole range of trekking packages for Nepal. We look forward to sharing with you the magnificence of the Himalaya and its world famous attractions along with the legendary kindness of the people that populate the hills and mountainous regions.

Rural life in Nepal follows a natural pace depending on season and weather. While trekking, you can travel at your own pace along the scenic trails that link each day’s way points. Many of the trekking routes are in fact ancient trade routes that link Tibet, Nepal and India! The trails often pass through groves of rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower and grazing areas for cows, sheep, water buffalo and even yaks! The mountain panoramas will be unforgettable as well the scenic villages along the way graced with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. These settlements will allow trekkers an insight into the traditional ways of life cultural heritage of Nepal along with the wide range of biodiversity of the landscape.

An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometers. Along the way you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering the local flora.
Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children can be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well-being as the highest priority.  We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honored to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when traveling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird-watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

  • A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.

Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

Useful Info

Please Note: The Upper Mustang trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you. The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although, it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

We look forward to guiding you on the Manaslu Circuit and through some of the most dazzling landscape on the planet with unforgettable Himalayan panoramas along the way!