Upper Mustang Overland Tour 14 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Jeep
  • Activity Trekking, and Hiking
  • Best Season Mearch-May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End kathmandu

Highlights

  • Tibetan culture
  • Preserved land
  • Upper Mustang accessible through motorways
  • Century-old statues of Maitreya at MentsunKhang Cave Gompa
  • Longest Mani Wall in Nepal
  • Unique culture and tradition of Lobas (people from Lo)
  • Five-story Dzong and ochre Gompa in Charang village
  • Collection of the mummified snow leopard for warding off evil spirits
  • Four major temples in Lo Manthang

Upper Mustang Overland Tour Overview

Upper Mustang Overland Tour ‐ 14 Days is a renowned Himalayan trekking destination for travelers seeking to hike through a place that has remained unchanged for centuries. Formerly known as the Kingdom of Lo is the northern area of Mustang in Nepal. Upper Mustang Overland Tour warms up with sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. It is also an opportunity to experience the culture of local Newars in the valley. The centuries-old royal palace and temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square exhibit some of the finest examples of wood carving and devotion to Hindu deities.

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour is an ideal trip of the Upper Mustang that presents a new alternative way of touring the region. It is perfect for people who want to explore the Mustang through the vehicle and want to skip out on long hours of trekking and hiking. The Upper Mustang Overland Tours is perfect for those who are limited on time and want to experience the spiritual region’s best elements and aspects in the fastest way possible. Experience the wonders of Upper Mustang while traveling on a comfortable jeep and see fleeting sights of natural beauty and local people all while seated on a jeep.

You will enjoy the panoramic view of hills, rivers, and settlements in the countryside as we fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara offers a stunning view of the Machhapuchchhre Himal and Annapurna Range. Kagbeni is the gateway to Mustang. You will witness the pilgrims who have faith in both Hinduism and Buddhism in Muktinath. On the Upper Mustang Overland Tour, you will assimilate the Tibetan culture and heritage preserved in the walled towns amid the foothills of the Himalayas.

During the Upper Mustang Overland tour, we will stay in Charang for a total of five nights. The following day after we arrive in Charang, we make an excursion to the ancient cave that has been turned into Gompas and return. Another day we head to Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang Kingdom. From the settlement in Lo Manthang, we get a fantastic view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti peak. We also explore the king's palace and several gompas before we drive further through Badlands-like terrain with high corroded hills.

After spending a night here, you will explore the village that is located near Damodar Kunda a pond. You will have lots of time to explore Chosar caves in the trading route between Tibet and Lhasa and go back to Charang. The following day, you will hike to Ghar Gompa and return to Charang again. You will see the paintings depicting stories and legends of deities and demons at Ghar Gompa built by Guru Rinpoche that dates back to the 8th century

Another day again, we head to Chhusang through desert-like terrain surrounded by corroded hills. Chhusang has remained secluded and locals are today moving towards modernization but at a snail pace. You will witness the transportation of goods on pony back or yak caravans in the settlements in Chhusang that have remained secluded and flourishes in preserving the tradition. You will be amazed to view the magnificent rock formation in the surrounding. We have set Chhusang as the endpoint in the Upper Mustang Overland Tour. After exploring the Chhusang we return to Muktinath and stay overnight before driving further to Pokhara the following day.

 

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal. 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

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupatinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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

After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal. The overland vehicle journey provides an opportunity to establish a visual connection with lush green hills, meandering 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. In Pokhara, check into a hotel and take a rest for a few hours. In the afternoon, we will take a boat ride on Fewa Lake. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view of Mount Machhapuchchhre and the Annapurna Range and also their lucid reflection on the crystalline surface of the water. Overnight in Pokhara.

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

In the morning, we drive to Kagbeni through amazing landscapes. The village of Kagbeni, the gateway to Mustang, is located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River. Once Kagbeni used to be a check post for traders in Nepal. We will enter through a checkpoint that controls pilgrims, travelers, and tourists flocking to Muktinath and Mustang. Trekkers are required to show their permits here for further entry. As we drive further into Kagbeni, you will notice the landscape gradually changing from lush green winding hills to barren ones turning into ash white. In Kagbeni you will get a glimpse of Tibetan culture and heritage. The village of Kagbeni is designed as a fortress town and was quite important during the famous salt trade times between Tibet and Nepal. When we reach Kagbeni, you may wander around the village’s cobbled streets with prayer wheels on the walls of the chortens and small Gompas. You may also visit “the Red Monastery” which has red-washed walls and is a giant block of a building built around 1429. Overnight Kagbani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,810m/9,220ft

The drive from Kagbeni to Charang (Tsarang) is a journey of white hills and a terrain that resembles the Badlands. Charang lies just south of the walled town of Lo Manthang, the capital of the Kingdom of Mustang. Dotted with numerous stupa structures, a monastery, and a Dzong (fortress), Tsarang is a settlement made up of several buildings and structures. Here, we will visit a monastery. The monastery’s inner walls are painted with murals depicting the deities of the Medicine Buddha Mandala. These depictions and rituals are special objects of devotion in the Kingdom of Mustang and can be found in almost all the temples in Mustang. Overnight in Charang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11482ft

On this day, we make an excursion to the Luri Cave and return. The Luri Gompa is located in the southeast of Lo Manthang and is considered an ancient cave. Very little has been known about its establishment. The Luri Cave is pitted with sandstone cliffs and bluffs fluted by wind and weather into fantastical formations, like serried, tapered pillars or organ pipes. These cliffs are pitted with caves, and such a cave forms the inner sanctum of the Luri Gompa, a small jewel of Buddhist art. The cave monastery sits high above the crumbling landscape like an eagle’s nest. Luri Gompa, covered with a red wash, perched on a ledge on a hundred-meter-high cliff, stands out against the sand and bone-colored sandstone pillars. A part of the Luri Gompa is visible from the valley below; its mud-brick superstructure perched on a ledge on one of the sandstone pillars. At first, it seems like the entrance to the cave is obtained only by scaling the pillar itself, but a winding footpath climbs one hundred meters to a door in a lower cave, inside which is a notched log that climbs to the Gompa itself. The treasures of the Gompa lie in its inner chambers which are hollowed-out or enlarged rooms with smooth walls. Natural light trickles in through a small window, making the space look ethereal. We explore the cave and return to Charang. Overnight in Charang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,950 m/12,959 ft

From Charang we drive to Lo Manthang, the capital of the Mustang Kingdom. The drive consists of beautifully unique acreages of badlands-like terrain with high corroded hills. When we arrive in Lo Manthang, you can explore the village on foot. There is a lot to explore in Lo Manthang that has preserved Tibetan Buddhist tradition and custom. 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 nine-cornered, 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”. 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.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3600m

You may choose either to hike or take a drive to Chosar Village. The canyon trail continues past dry gullies to the ancient ruined fortress, across a bridge through small cultivated areas to reach Chosar. From far away, we can view Nyphu Gompa at Chosar, its structure built into the rock face like an elegant architectural manifest. The old village is surrounded by white-washed hills. A range of spectacular mountains marks the border with Tibet in the foreground. You will witness a small stream that looks like a trail. Once, the valley used to be the main trading point. The trading route between Tibet and Lhasa and Chosar is peppered with the ruins of old fortresses strategically guarding the valley. After exploring the village and Chosar caves, we will drive back to Charang. Overnight in Charang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On this day, we hike to Ghar Gompa. It takes about 3 hours on a trek to reach the oldest monastery in Mustang. The monastery built by Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, dates back to the 8th century. Legend has it that the Gompa covered the heart of Balmo, the ogress conquered by Guru Rinpoche after a mythical battle in the 8th century. Ghar Gompa is decorated with paintings that depict stories and legends of deities and demons. The entrance of the Gompa is flanked by the Four Guardian Kings. There are painted carved stones and statues of Guru Rinpoche, Palden Lhamo on horseback, and Vajrapani in the Gompa. We explore the gompa and hike back to Charang. Overnight in Charang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11482ft

It is a pleasant drive from Charang to Chhusang through a desert-like terrain with colorfully corroded hills. Chhusang is a settlement located near the confluence of the Narsingha and Kaligandaki rivers, in the area between Tangbe and Chele. Chhusang is comprised of three different hamlets surrounded by red, orange, and silvery grey cliffs incorporating some cave dwellings. The society in Chhusang is influenced by Tibetan culture. Chhusang has remained secluded and flourishes in preserving its tradition. Locals here are moving towards modernization at a comparatively very slow pace. Only a few years back, the only way to gain access to Chhusang was on foot and the transportation of goods on pony back or yak caravans. Life is still and peaceful in the village and moves on slowly as it has always done. You may explore the village and admire the fantastical rock formation. Overnight in Chhusang .

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3660m/12008ft

Drive from Chhusang to Muktinath is a journey through the terrain with sparse vegetation along the road. We halt to visit Jarkot Monastery on the way.

Sacred Muktinath temple is a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple lies at an altitude of 3,710m at the foot of Thorung La mountain pass in Muktinath Valley. Literally, Muktinath is translated as “the Place of Liberation or Moksha“. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place for Dakinis, goddesses known as “Sky Dancers”. The temple is one of their 24 Tantric places. The temple has a human-sized golden statue of Lord Vishnu as Shree Mukti Narayana. There is also a bronze image of BhooDevi (The Earth-Goddess form of Lakshmi), the Goddess Saraswoti, and the princess Janaki (Sita). Statues of Garuda (the mount of Lord Vishnu) are also present. The statue of Lava-Kusa, the sons of Lord Rama and Sita is beautifully sculpted and presents a daringly haunting ambiance to the temple. You may also explore the wall of 108 faucets behind the temple that continuously go on splashing ice-cold water from the Kaligandaki River from bull-headed mouths.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,800m/12,467ft

We drive from Muktinath leaving behind rocky hills. The winding road changes terrains as we pass by fascinating landscapes of layered moulds and rice plantations. In eight hours, we reach Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

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

We take a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu via the same highway route. We follow the meandering Trishuli river in reverse this time. Once again, you will enjoy interacting visually with nature through the window of the vehicle in this six-hour journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu, enjoy walking around the local market and buying souvenirs in the afternoon. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch 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.

  • MealsBreakfast.

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 illnesses 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.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 nights).
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (2 nights).
  • 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
  • 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 walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation, and medicine.
  • Insurance covers 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: SundayJune 26, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayJuly 09, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1879
Start DateStart: ThursdayJune 30, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayJuly 13, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1879

If one of our set trips doesn’t fit your timing or you want to experience a trek you’ve designed, let us help you craft the trip of a lifetime. We’ll give you a complete quote based on your requirements, from itinerary, travel dates, group size, number of support staff, and of course, crafted to fit in your budget. We can also make our set trips be your private trip if you have at least a couple or more who want to go. These would be perfect for your group or family trip.

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)

Our Guides and Porters

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. 

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

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. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of 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.

  • Balivillaharmony
    BalivillaharmonyUnited StatesDate: June 25, 2014

    Mustang Trek - Absolutely Amazing

    Adventure club organized a fantastic trip for me to the Mustang area between Annapurna and Tibet. The whole trip was flawless for such a complicated place to visit. They organized permits, guides, equipment, and transport and ensured the three of us were looked after at all times. It's a pretty challenging hike... 11 days of up and down but incredibly fulfilling and no danger of altitude sickness as we never went higher than 4000 meters. The trip was truly amazing and I know that I'll be using Adventure club for my next visit to trek Nepal.

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