Upper Mustang Helicopter Trek 13 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Domestic flights and helicopter
  • Activity Trekking, Hiking and Heli ride
  • Best Season March -May and Sept -Nov
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 3730m/12234ft

Highlights

  • Scenic mountain flights
  • Flight views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna
  • View of Annapurna range from Nyi La Pass
  • View of Dhaulagiri range
  • View of Lo-Manthang from Lo La Pass
  • Cultural trek in the secluded Lo-Manthang near the Tibetan border
  • Buddhist heritages, Gompas
  • Six passes higher than 3,500m
  • Darori La Pass (3735m), Bhena La Pass (3838m), Yamda La Pass (3860m), Nyi La Pass (4,010m), Tsarang La Pass (3870m), Lo La Pass (3950m)
  • Mt Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu range and Tukuche peaks
  • Caves and corroded hills in desert-like terrain
  • Bird's view of the landscape on a Helicopter

Upper Mustang Helicopter Trek Overview

Upper Mustang Helicopter Trek is luxurious trekking to the secluded region in Nepal near the Tibetan border. Previously, Upper Mustang was called the kingdom of Lo and was restricted which has made it the region that has preserved the ancient culture and heritage. You will explore the landscape with caves and desert-like terrain surrounded by corroded hills and settlements with Tibetan-style architecture developed from medieval times. You will trek as well as take a helicopter ride to get an aerial view of the region as you head to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

The Upper Mustang helicopter trekking is an ideal trip for those who like to spend time in peace and tranquility. The region offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The snowy peaks loom over landscapes riven by rocky clefts. Upper Mustang has a trans-Himalayan climate; cool and semi-arid with precipitation. So, the travelers have wider options to choose the season except for the winter. We have Upper Mustang Helicopter trip group departures throughout the year except for the winter season. The Upper Mustang helicopter trek begins after a short and scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The trek is made to Lo- Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. You will pass by different small villages. You will trek and also explore the Upper Mustang for some days and return to Pokhara on the helicopter.

The first day of the trek lasts after 3 to 4 hours of hiking to Kagbeni. You will enjoy the countryside view along with the Kaligandaki River. You will cross take narrow alleys, and pass by the whitewashed houses, buckwheat and barley fields, and apple orchards on the way to Chhuksang. You will ascend to six passes higher than 3,500m in Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour. Darori La Pass (3735m) lies on the way between Chhuksang and Samar village. Bhena La Pass (3838m) and Yamda La Pass (3860m) between Samar and Geling, Nyi La Pass (4,010m) between Geling and Ghami, Tsarang La Pass (3870m) near Charang or Tsarang and Lo La Pass (3950m) near Lo-Manthang. You will witness white-washed houses. The Mani walls built of innumerable stones carefully carved with “Om Mani Padme Hum’ will certainly arouse your curiosity.

Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled capital town is at the center of exploring in the Upper Mustang. You will learn and assimilate the culture of ethnic Lhoba and Bon people who are said to be the descendants of Tibetans. You will pay a visit to Gompas and the king's palace with its unique architectural form. The nonagonal five-story palace built around 1400 is worth a visit. In Lo-Manthang you will also visit four temples, the oldest being Jampa Lhakhang built in the early 15the century. We spend two nights in Lo-Manthang. We also explore the caves depicted with ancient Buddhist paintings on cliffs.

The interesting point about this trek is that after exploring the region on foot you will also take a bird’s view of the region with a unique landscape with cliffs, canyons and corroded hills, and caves among other structures. The helicopter ride from Lo-Manthang to Pokhara will help you learn how the different elements in the landscapes connect one with another.

In Pokhara, you will have one whole day for boating, or enjoying the view of Mt Machhapuchchhre and its reflection on the surface of Fewa Lake. You may also relax and enjoy a lakeside party or celebration on the completion of the trek. When you take a flight back to Kathmandu, you will have another relaxing day.

Itinerary

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A representative from Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the airport in Kathmandu. You will take a 25-minute scenic flight to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchchhre, and the five peaks of Annapurna among others. On reaching Pokhara, we will check into the hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a boat ride in Fewa Lake and stroll about the city. Overnight in Pokhara.

Alternatively, you may choose an overland journey to Pokhara. The drive along the highway to Pokhara is also no less interesting and enjoyable. An overland tour to Pokhara is another opportunity to establish a visual connection with lush green hills, meandering the Trishuli River, and farms in the countryside. You will enjoy interacting visually with nature through the window of the vehicle during this six-hour journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude827m/2,713ft

In the early morning, we take a flight to Jomsom (2713m/8898ft). The village in the amazing landscapes with high winds is famous for producing apples. Our trek starts right from Jomsom along an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass by Eklebhatti village to reach Kagbeni. The words will fall short to admire the natural landscape. Kagbeni village, located near a confluence, comprises beautiful flat-roofed houses. It also has the ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2810m/9216ft

The trekking trail begins alongside the east bank of Kaligandaki Valley. Walking on both high valley trails, we follow the path that meanders alongside the Kaligandaki River. Next, the path opens up on a wide land where a number of mules can be seen carrying goods. The valley tends to narrow down as we walk through ancient caves towards Tangbe Village. We hike towards Chuksang, we can admire the well-kept narrow alleys, the whitewashed houses, buckwheat and barley fields, and apple orchards of the gorgeous Tangbe Village. It is about a 2-hour walk from Tangbe to Chuksang. Overnight in Chhuksang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2900m/9512ft

We set on a journey to Samar on this day. After crossing a suspension bridge, we follow a trail along the bank of the Kaligandaki River. We make a steep scent till Chele Village. From here, we get awesome views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks. Further, we advance on a steep path and continue alongside a steep canyon to Darori La Pass which is situated at 3735m. Thereafter, we descend all the way to a small picturesque Samar village surrounded by poplar trees. Overnight in Samar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3150m/10332ft

We climb on a ridge above the village and descend into a small valley. We hit the trail through juniper woods before crossing a stream. We follow a steeply ascending trail and reach Bhena La Pass at 3838m. There is another pass ahead. We descend and ascend to Yamda La Pass situated at the height of 3860m. From the Pass, you will take the first glimpse of the Upper Mustang. Far away you will see a big stupa. We descend hiking towards the stupa. Further, we pass by cairns and descend to Geling village where you will see barley fields. Overnight in Geling.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3510m/11513ft

Today we will be crossing Nyi La Pass, the highest on this trek. From Geling, we ascend gently through barley fields and pass by Tamagaun (another village) and a chorten on the way. We hit the steep trail to Nyi La Pass situated at 4,010m. After making effort to reach atop the pass, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range. We descend from the pass and follow a trail to Ghami. You will notice a large number of dotting whitewashed houses and barren fields sheltered by overhanging cliffs. Overnight in Ghami.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3490m/11447ft

We hit the trail descending through a rough and slippery trail. We cross a suspension bridge over Ghami Khola and ascend all the way to Charang or Tsarang. Along the edge of the pathway, you will be curious to learn about the history of beautiful Mani walls built of innumerable stones carefully carved with “Om Mani Padme Hum’. Thereafter, we cross Tsarang La Pass at an altitude of 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village is situated atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3620m/11873ft

In other treks and tours that take place in Upper Mustang, Charang village is designed as the base in the sense that travelers gain access to all the important places and return to stay there. But on this Upper Mustang Helicopter Trek or simply, Heli Trek, we just explore the Charang area in the morning and hit the trail to Lo-Manthang, the key area. We cross a bridge over Charangkhola walk a little and climb up towards the Lo La pass situated at 3950m. From the top, we can take an awesome view of Lo-Manthang in the northern Mustang. We descend to Lo-Manthang which was once an ancient walled capital of Mustang. You will be stunned to find the rocky dunes dotting the landscape. The town has only one entrance so we will have to circumambulate the wall to the gate on the northeast corner. Overnight Lo-Manthang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3730m/12234ft

Lo Manthang, the beautiful walled village occupied by ethnic Lhoba and Bon people, offers fantastic views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. Damodar Kunda, a pond is famous. The village of Lo Manthang is famous for its tall white washed mud brick walls, Gompas, and the Raja’s Palace — a nonagonal, five-story structure built around 1400. We will pay a visit to monasteries, and King’s palace among other places. There are four major temples in Lo Manthang — the oldest Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa built in the early 15th century; Thubchen Gompa with a huge, red assembly hall built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of the Jampa Gompa; the Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa also known as the “New Gompa”. All of these Gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. Recently, a dozen of caves have been discovered near the village in the north of Annapurna. The caves depict ancient Buddhist paintings on sheer cliffs at an elevation of 14,000 feet. Overnight in Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3730m/12234ft

The day after we explore the exquisite region of the Upper Mustang, we take a helicopter tour on a return trip to Pokhara. The helicopter tour from Lo Manthang is the joy of this trip as it offers an extraordinary aerial view of the unique landscape of the Upper Mustang. As we approach Pokhara, we can also view the majestic Himalayas and serene lakes in the city from a bird’s view. In Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day boating in Phewa Lake, resting, and strolling around the streets of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude827m/2,713ft

After breakfast, we take a 25-minute-long flight back to Kathmandu, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you may take a rest in a hotel and go for shopping souvenirs and other items. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our adventure ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

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  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. AltitudeN/A

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for you. understanding.

Trip Map

Upper Mustang Helicopter Trek 13 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. Pokhara with breakfast as per the Itinerary. 
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse /guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Round trip airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Private Charger Helicopter Ride from Lo - Manthang to Pokhara.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Government licensed; English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Special Mustang trekking permit)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and Upper Mustang Trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 07, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 19, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 23, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 22, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayNovember 03, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022End DateEnd: MondayNovember 07, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: FridayNovember 11, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $3799

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Required Permits:

The Upper Mustang was a restricted kingdom and demilitarized area until 1992. Meanwhile, Nepal’s Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation issues permits for travelers who wish to visit the preserved region at the fee of US Dollar 500 per person for the first 10 days and US Dollar 50 per person per day beyond 10 days. The permit, however, allows traveling in Lomanthang Rural Municipality, Lo-Ghekar Damodarkunda Rural Municipality, and all areas of ward no. 3 and Satang Village of ward no.5 in Baragung Muktichetra Rural Municipality.

Acclimatization, and High-altitude sickness

The upper Mustang overland tour in Nepal is a moderate journey on the basis of altitude and it is safe to discover the hidden kingdom. Hence, the chance of high-altitude sickness during the tour is very low. The highest altitude on Upper Mustang Overland Tour is in Lo Manthang at 3,600m above sea level. This tour has been designed properly to prevent altitude sickness.

Physical and Experience Requirements

It requires a normal level of physical fitness to make a trek in the Upper Mustang region. You do not need any skills or say you do not have to go through any technical difficulties. Most of the time we will be exploring the Gompa, caves, and hiking to the monasteries at moderate altitude or driving through the terrain.

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, and the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.

  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts

  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water

  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.

  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.

  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)

  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).

  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).

  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).

  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

  HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
  • UPPER BODY
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

Courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience on any team. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

Electricity is available in all teahouses where you will be spending the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or other electronic gadgets from solar panels or community hydroelectricity by paying a nominal charge. We strongly recommend you bring extra batteries or rechargeable power banks for backup. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail and the cellphone coverage is very poor, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Communication on Trek

On the Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal, the use of internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the lodges, but once we reach higher altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly be in touch with you for any kind of help you may need during the trek. Depending on the kind of network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for better access to the network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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