Upper Mustang Trek 17 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Tour, Trekking, and Hiking
  • Best Season Mearch-May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 3,870m/12,697ft

Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Scenic drive to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway alongside Trishuli river
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom with views of Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world) and Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang-royal palace, visceral and arid landscapes, chortens with prayer flags and a century-old cave in Chhoser, pony rides, and excursion of the kingdom through medieval alleyways.
  • Hospitality, authentic Thakali cuisine, high passes, and views of Mt. Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna peaks.

Upper Mustang  Trek Overview

Upper Mustang Trek takes us to the secluded world of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, once called Lo. This spectacular remote trans-Himalayan region in Nepal was once a part of the Tibetan empire. Hence, it has close ties to Tibetan culture, geography, and language even today. Also known as ‘The Las Forbidden Kingdom’ because it remained closed to foreigners until 1992, Upper Mustang’s isolation from the outside world has helped to preserve the ancient Tibetan culture and the region’s natural features. Mustang falls in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif creating impressive formations of rocks in all colors and a ruggedly arid landscape.

The enchantingly barren landscape of Mustang hosts white-washed houses, chortens decorated with prayer flags, and barley fields. Upper Mustang Trekking to this spiritual kingdom follows the ancient salt caravan route used by the people of Mustang to trade Tibetan salt for grain with the people of the lowlands. The center of our trek is the capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang.

Once we enter Lo Manthang through the town gate, a world of hidden chortens, narrow alleyways, long walls of carved prayer wheels and herds of farm animals grazing in the fields enter your vision like a masterful landscape painting. The royal palace, the venerable Thugchen Gompa, built in the 15th century, amchi museum and amchi school (amchi is a traditional Tibetan doctor), a century-old cave in Chhoser, and pony rides are some of the major attractions in Lo Manthang.

Upper Mustang Trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara following a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom the next day. From Jomsom, we follow the Kali Gandaki River upstream to Kagbeni which marks the start of the restricted area of Upper Mustang. We trek northwards from Kagbeni to reach Lo Manthang. After a day of excursion and acclimatization in Lo Manthang, we resume and come to rest at Dhakmar. Upper Mustang also dazzles you with panoramic views of Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri among other majestic peaks.

Nearby Dhakmar is the Lo Gekar Monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in the world. It was built in the 8th Century by Guru Rinpoche, the famous Buddhist master. It is said that Guru Rinpoche killed a powerful demon whose blood painted the rocks surrounding Dhakmar bright red. After passing two days in Lo Manthang we head south, making our way back to Kagbeni and then to Jomsom. Flying from there to Pokhara, we will have the rest of the day to explore this beautiful city, of which we had a mere taste at the beginning of our trek. The next day we bid Pokhara adieu and drive back to Kathmandu for our farewell dinner before flying home the next day.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and giving you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • 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

We have breakfast and then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude827m/2,713ft

Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds, and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

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

We get our permits checked and then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,050m/10,007ft

Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before.  Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,475m/11,401ft

We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens, and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,520m/11,549ft

Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies 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. Altitude3,870m/12,697ft

We begin our trek by descending into a canyon and crossing a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which is at 3950m. From the top of the pass, we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass, we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,730m/12,238ft

Lo Manthang is a walled town in the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located northwest of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,730m/12,238ft

We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century-old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar. Overnight in Drakmar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,810m/12,501ft

We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village in the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,806m/12,487ft

We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,050m/10,007ft

Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom.Overnight in Jomsom.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,700m/8,859ft

Enjoy the 20 minutes long scenic early morning mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains as well as the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Once we are in Pokhara, you can stroll around and spend some relaxing time outdoors, or rest in your hotel. Overnight in Pokhara.

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

Drive alongside the Trishuli riverbank with views of Nepalese villages, terraced hills, forested hills, and a display of the local lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping and have farewell dinner in the evening.

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

Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.

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 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 Trek 17 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
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-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 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 Upper 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: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 21, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayNovember 03, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 21, 2022End DateEnd: SundayNovember 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 24, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 09, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 12, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 15, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1889

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)

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.

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.

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.

  • Johanna H
    Johanna HAustriaDate: May 08, 2014

    Trekking in the kingdom Mustang

    It was really indescribable to see the different landscapes and the different colors of the rocks and sometimes we could see the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Mustang has a hint of Tibet and the people are very friendly. Also, there are only a few tourists and in the lodges, we could stay in the kitchen together with the family, this was really an adventure. With our guide and the porters, we feel like a family. The trekking was perfectly organized and sure that wasn't our last trip in Nepal booked by Adventure Club Treks.

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