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Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek, also known as the "Mustang Trek" or the "Forbidden Kingdom Trek," is a distinct and culturally rich trekking destination in Nepal's remote Upper Mustang region, known for its Tibetan-influenced culture, breathtaking desert landscapes, and ancient cave dwellings.

Upper Mustang Trek, also known as the "Mustang Trek" or "Lo Manthang Trek," takes you to a hidden Tibetan kingdom in northern Nepal, bordering Tibet (China). This autonomous dynasty has kept the ancient Tibetan Buddhist religion, culture, and lifestyle unchanged for centuries. The region takes great pride in preserving its Trans-Himalayan kingdom, which includes unparalleled Buddhist shrines, cliff-hanging monasteries, Thankas, Mandalas, deities, and a cave-dwelling community. The trek provides a remote and arid experience, with stunning landscapes and ancient Buddhist monasteries throughout the Mustang region. The wild lunar landscape, rugged mountains reaching the deep blue skies, and majestic icy peaks in the south enchant trekkers on this extraordinary journey.

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights and Attractions

Region

Mustang

Duration

20 Days

Starting Price

USD 2,500.00

Group Size

5 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Overland l Flight

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge and Guesthouse

Meal Plan

AP

Trip Grade

Moderate

Max. Altitude

4,600m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

5 - 8 hours


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will greet you and ensure a smooth transfer to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet our team. We will organize a pre-trek briefing in the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This gathering is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delicious dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine and captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in Nepal's rich cultural traditions.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's distinct charm and spiritual atmosphere.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m)

    After breakfast in Kathmandu, we travel approximately 200 kilometers west to Pokhara, also known as The Lake City because of its numerous lakes. The scenic journey takes us along the Trisuli River and then the Marsyangdi River, passing through terraced fields and small hill towns. The Himalayan views in Pokhara are breathtaking. We check into our hotel, relax, and then go boating on Fewa Lake and explore the charming streets of the city. We will be staying in Pokhara overnight.

    Distance: 200km | Transfer Duration: 6-7 Hours |  Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 04 Pokhara to Kagbeni (2,820m)

    Your adventure begins with an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri during the 20-minute flight. After landing in Jomsom, you will meet the Nepalese crew and begin the first day of trekking to Kagbeni, which will take approximately 3 hours. The trail to Kagbeni is barren, with craggy rocks and sand, but mostly flat and easy to follow. The scenery is picturesque, with breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri mountains. As you approach Kagbeni, you get a glimpse of the Upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways, tunnels, green fields of wheat and barley, and a striking red gompa (monastery). At the village's north-end checkpoint, a sign warns that the area beyond is restricted. Here, you complete the necessary paperwork to enter the long-forbidden region of Upper Mustang, Nepal.

    Note : If the flight is canceled due to bad weather, we will travel to Kagbeni by road the same morning. Landslides or overflowing torrents occasionally cut the track on this road route, especially during the summer months (August and September). It is sometimes necessary to adapt to the environment and walk for a few minutes to reach another vehicle on the other side of the disaster. These rare imponderables are likely to increase travel time. When this occurs, we encourage you to maintain a sense of adventure and good humor.

    Flight: 20 min | Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +770 meters  |  Altitude Loss: -700 meters |  Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Kagbeni to Chele (3,075m)

    We begin our journey in Kagbeni and travel through the Kali Gandaki valley, which is known for its arid landscapes. Along the way, we pass through Thangbe, a large fortified village adorned with painted Chortens and distinguished by a prominent ancient fortress in ruins. As we ascend, the valley transforms into a high desert with towering wind-sculpted cliffs and caves. Our path takes us past the village of Chusang (2980m), and then we follow the river for one final climb to the village of Chele.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -450 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06 Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m)

    Today's trek is more difficult than the previous days. We cross two mountain passes: Taklam La (3,624m) and Dajori La (3,735m). Along the way, we see breathtaking views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda peaks, as well as the famous Ramchung Cave. We descend further and arrive at Samar Village. We continue our journey, following a trail above the village until we reach a ridge. From there, we descend a steep trail until we reach a stream, then continue on to Syanboche. Our overnight destination is Syanboche.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +660 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -260 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07 Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m)

    Our ascent begins at the Yamda La pass, which stands at 3,850 meters. Along the way, we come across charming teahouses, chortens, and picturesque villages. Trekking through poplar forests and vibrant barley fields, we eventually arrive at the Nyi Pass at 4,010 meters. We descend from the pass and arrive at Ghami, one of the largest villages in the Lo region. Ghami is known for its beauty, with fields surrounding the entire village. We will spend the night in Ghami, enjoying the tranquil surroundings.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +535 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -490 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08 Ghami to Tsarang (3,570m)

    Today's trek begins with a descent down a difficult and occasionally slippery trail. We cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin our ascent. The pathway is adorned with mani walls, which enhances its beauty. Our journey takes us over the 3,870-meter Tsarang La Pass, which leads to the village of Tsarang. This charming village sits atop the Charang Chu canyon, with a massive fortress and a stunning red gompa to the east. We will spend the night in Tsarang, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +870 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -820 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09 Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,820m)

    Our journey takes us through the vast valley to the Tholung Lo La pass, which stands at an elevation of 3,945 meters. Prayer flags adorn the pass, and the view provides a breathtaking view of Mustang's "capital" and surroundings. We descend briefly to Lo-Manthang, 3,820m, and spend the afternoon exploring the walled city's maze-like alleys. Our exploration includes visits to significant sites and monuments such as Jhampa Lhakang, which houses a massive Buddha statue and expansive mandalas, as well as Thubchen Chodey's monasteries. If the "Raja" (king) is present, there may be a chance to see the grand palace.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +720 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -500 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10 Excursion day in Lo-Manthang

    Today is a free day to explore the captivating city of Lo Manthang, which has remained unchanged since the 14th century. The city has approximately 150 houses, as well as accommodations for many lamas. The city has four major temples, including Champa Lhakang, which houses a large clay Buddha statue and intricately painted mandalas on its walls. The king's palace, located in the heart of the city, is a grand structure that now houses the King and Queen. Although the King's role is primarily ceremonial, villagers throughout the kingdom respect him and seek his advice on a variety of issues. You have the option of taking a day trip to the upper valley on horseback or foot.

    Walking duration: 2-3 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +240 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -240 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Lo-Manthang to Yara (3,610m)

    After breakfast, we leave the village of Lo-Manthang and begin our gradual ascent to Lo La. The path is sandy, and we enjoy the scenery along the ridge until we arrive at a small pass. From there, we descend steeply along a narrow, dusty trail. After that, we cross a large plateau and descend further, encountering a difficult and knee-crunching path until we reach Dhi village. Following lunch, we cross a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River and begin a steep ascent. We continue upstream of Puyung Khola, admiring the breathtaking scenery and the numerous caves adorning the stone walls. After about 7 hours of walking, we will arrive at Yara village, which sits at an elevation of 3,610 meters.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -800 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12 Hike to Luri Gompa (4,000m)

    From Yara, we take a short hike to Luri Gompa, a magnificent monastery built into the rock. There are two monasteries nearby, one located below the Luri cave monastery and accessible via a steep climb. This cave monastery, built in the 15th century, is the oldest and most famous in the Mustang region. Inside the caves, we can see a large chorten as well as numerous images and statues of protectors and gods. However, access to a highly sacred religious text is prohibited. Luri Gompa serves as a lunch camp, and the remainder of the afternoon is free for us to rest and relax as we please.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +550 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -550 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13 Yara to Tangye (3,320m)

    Today's trek involves ascending to a 3,700-meter pass before descending steeply to cross the Dhi Khola river. The scenery resembles a desert, but it has a majestic atmosphere. After crossing a second pass at 3,900 meters, we take a gentle downhill path to the "hidden" village of Tangye, where we conclude our journey for the day. Along the way, we cross a ravine, ascend slightly to a plateau at around 3,750 meters with a breathtaking view of massive organ pipes and Dhaulagiri, and then descend through steep bends to ford the Dichvang Khola river. After a long climb to a 4,000-meter pass, we descend to Tangye village at 3,340 meters, enjoying spectacular views of the village and its fields. We will explore the village, admiring its remarkable architecture and magnificent chorten alignment.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +850 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,050 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14 Tangye to Chhuksang (2,950m)

    Today is the longest and most stunning day of our circuit trek, as we travel through breathtaking natural beauty. Our journey is extended because we need to find water sources along the way. We begin with a long ascent to a 4,100-meter pass, which provides us with spectacular panoramic views of the distinct red landscapes of Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) against the scenic backdrop of the Mustang region. Following a brief descent to PaHa for lunch, we continue more leisurely along ridges, eventually descending steeply but briefly to the village of Chusang, which is distinguished by its fortress-like tall houses. This day's trek has not only the longest distance but also the most enchanting scenery, with the winding ridge path providing breathtaking views of the region's most beautiful fairy chimneys and colorful cliff faces.

    Walking duration: 9-10 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,250 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,750 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15 Chhuksang to Muktinath (3,710m)

    Today's trek is strenuous, as we ascend through a river gorge to Gyu La Pass at 4,050 meters. Along the way, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), the world's seventh-highest mountain, as well as the majestic peaks of Nilgiri (7,061 meters) and Tilicho Peak (7,134 meters). After crossing the pass, we will descend into the village of Muktinath, where Hindu and Buddhist shrines coexist peacefully. A pagoda temple dedicated to Vishnu and a sacred spring with a natural gas flame nearby are two of the village's notable sites. The Muktinath Temple is a complex structure, with pilgrims passing through numerous small shrines before reaching the main temple, which houses a life-size golden statue of Lord Vishnu.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16 Muktinath to Jomsom (2,670m)

    Today's trek is a long descent from Muktinath to Jomsom, which marks the end of the journey. Descending is usually easier than ascending. We begin by climbing Lubra Danda before descending to Lubra village, which is known for its picturesque Thakali community. The village provides breathtaking views of prominent peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche, resulting in an overwhelming visual experience. The trail continues as a wide and flat path, leading us through the scenic Kali Gandaki River valley and eventually to Jomsom, Mustang's district headquarters. Jomsom is known for its windy conditions, which add a unique element to the final leg of the trek.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +300 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17 Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

    We will fly to Pokhara early in the morning for breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, as well as the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki. We can spend the day relaxing in the hotel or exploring Lakeside, which offers a breathtaking view of the mountains and a charming natural setting. Pokhara has many interesting places to visit, such as:

    • Mahendra Cave: Perched on a hilltop overlooking Pokhara, this cave is renowned for its stunning vistas and features Hindu and Buddhist shrines that attract numerous tourists.
    • David's Fall: Located approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Pokhara, this waterfall is a popular destination for swimming and picnicking.
    • Phewa Lake: As the largest lake in Pokhara, Phewa Lake is a favored spot for activities such as boating, fishing, and bird-watching.
    • Begnas Lake: Situated around 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Pokhara, Begnas Lake is another popular location for boating, fishing, and bird-watching.
    • Tal Barahi Temple: Positioned on an island in Phewa Lake, this temple is a well-known pilgrimage site and an attraction for tourists.
    • International Mountain Museum: Situated in Pokhara, this museum provides exhibits on the history of mountaineering and the people of the Himalayas.
    Flight duration: 20 min    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 18 Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After a delicious breakfast, we say goodbye to the enchanting lake city of Pokhara and embark on a scenic drive to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day at our leisure to relax and rejuvenate or shop for souvenirs. Whether you choose to relax or explore the vibrant markets for unique souvenirs, this free time allows for personal enjoyment before we continue our adventure in this captivating city.

    Distance: 200km | Transfer Duration: 6-7 Hours |  Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 19 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today we have free time to explore Kathmandu on our own. You could spend the day shopping for souvenirs, exploring the colorful streets and bazaars, or sampling the local cuisine. You could also go to some of the city's popular tourist attractions, such as Bhaktapur and Patan, which highlight Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. You could also participate in other activities such as hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate at one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you decide, make sure to take in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 20 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to depart. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will collect our belongings and head to the airport. We will arrive at the airport on time to complete all of the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we leave this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking Himalayan views and appreciate the Nepalese people's warm hospitality and kindness. This concludes our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable experience in Nepal.

    Transfer 25-30 min | Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop: Private transportation will be arranged for your airport transfers before and after the trek.
  • Hotel Accommodation: You will have a total of 4 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara, staying in a twin-sharing room on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • City Cultural Tour: Enjoy a guided City Tour in Kathmandu with an experienced City Tour Guide, and all entrance and monument fees are included.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu accompanied by our Nepalese crew.
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara accompanied by Guide.
  • Meals during Upper Mustang Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided during the Mustang Trek.
  • Accommodation during the Trek: Best available tea-house or lodge accommodation in twin-sharing rooms during the trek.
  • Trekking Staff: Well-experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide for groups of over 6 people, and Porters (at a ratio of 2:1). Their daily allowances, meals, and accommodation will be provided.
  • Insurance: Our Nepalese team members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Trekking Permits: Special permit for Upper Mustang, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit fee and TIMS card.
  • Taxes and Service Charges: All government-applicable taxes and the travel agency service charge are included in the package.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara: The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara is not included in the package. You will need to cover these expenses on your own.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package. It's essential to have proper insurance to cover any unforeseen situations during the trek.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure are not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: If there are unforeseen circumstances like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or any other natural calamities, any additional expenses arising from these situations should be borne by the trek participants themselves.

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Upper Mustang Trek is a renowned and sought-after trekking route in the Mustang region of Nepal. This extraordinary journey leads you through the remote and culturally vibrant region of Upper Mustang, where you will be mesmerized by its awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient monasteries, and charming traditional Tibetan-influenced villages.

The duration of the Upper Mustang Trek can vary based on your chosen itinerary and walking pace. On average, it typically takes around 10 to 14 days to complete the trek. However, it's important to note that this timeframe can be adjusted according to your preferences and fitness level.

Yes, a permit is required for the Mustang Trek. The trek falls under the restricted area, and a special permit is necessary for the Mustang region, as well as Annapurna Conservation Area. These permits can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Securing these permits is crucial to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the regions and to ensure responsible trekking practices. By obtaining the necessary permits, trekkers can enjoy a legal and fulfilling experience while exploring the captivating landscapes and diverse cultures along the Upper Mustang Trek. As permit requirements and regulations may change, it's essential to verify the latest information from official sources or registered trekking agencies before planning your trip.

The ideal time to embark on the Upper Mustang Trekking is typically from March to May (spring) and from September to November (autumn). During these months, the weather tends to be favorable with dry conditions and clear skies, offering excellent visibility of the surrounding landscapes.

In the spring season, from March to May, the temperatures gradually become milder, and the rhododendron forests along the trail burst into vibrant blooms, adding a splash of color to the journey. It's a great time to witness the awakening of nature after the winter season.

Similarly, from September to November, the autumn season brings stable weather conditions with cooler temperatures and less rainfall. The skies are often clear, providing panoramic views of the majestic mountains and making it an ideal time for trekking.

It is important to note that weather conditions in mountainous regions can be unpredictable, so it's always advisable to check the current weather forecast and consult with local guides or trekking agencies for the most up-to-date information before planning your trek.

Upper Mustang Trek is renowned for its moderate to challenging level of difficulty, demanding trekkers to possess a good level of fitness and endurance. This trek entails crossing high mountain passes and navigating through rugged and remote terrains, which can be physically demanding. Proper physical preparation, along with mental resilience, is essential to fully enjoy and successfully complete this rewarding adventure. Trekkers should be prepared for varying weather conditions and changes in altitude during the journey to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

On the Mustang Trek, you will find a range of accommodation options, varying from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. The lodges offer relatively better amenities and provide guests with a bed, a blanket, and a pillow for a more comfortable stay. The teahouses, on the other hand, offer more modest facilities, including communal dining areas and shared bathrooms, where trekkers can rest and refuel during their journey. While the accommodations may not be luxurious, they offer a cozy and authentic experience amidst the stunning landscapes of the region. It's important to note that the availability and quality of accommodation can differ along the trail, so it's advisable to be prepared for varying levels of comfort during the trek.

Trekking in the protected areas of Nepal now requires a licensed trekking guide and a trekking agency-issued TIMS Card, as per the Revised TIMS Provision effective from March 31, 2023. This rule applies to specific Protected Areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory for trekkers to be accompanied by a guide. This regulation is in place for safety purposes and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Mustang Trek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: Manaslu region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing the high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Manaslu region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Manaslu region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Mustang Trekking offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

For the Upper Mustang Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Mustang Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Upper Mustang Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Mustang Trek:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Mustang Trekking. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Upper Mustang Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Mustang.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Trekking Guide: The Guide is in charge of the whole team. Starting as a porter and moving up to roles like kitchen assistant or even cook, the team holds a deep respect for Sirdar's leadership.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: In Nepal's mountainous terrain, the tradition of human porterage has endured over time. Some porters working with agencies request heavier loads for higher pay, exceeding 20 kg. We ensure extra payment for every kilogram beyond 20 kg. To avoid excessive strain, particularly loads over 25/30 kg, we kindly ask you to consider the weight of your belongings. We provide a 2:1 porter-to-client allocation.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

In Nepal, the traditional national dish is "Dal Bhat," which is lentil rice, served with white rice, lentil soup (dal), and accompanied by spicy vegetables and meat. We offer food services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with occasional tea breaks. The meals are intentionally simple to cater to your preferences and ensure satisfaction. Before leaving Kathmandu, consider bringing 'trail munchies' for extra snacks during your journey. Nepal has a diverse range of foods, and our goal is to provide an authentic culinary experience while considering local limitations. Your guide will work with the kitchen teams or local cooks to create menus that allow you to explore various dishes at different prices. We recommend trying Dal Bhat to savor the traditional Nepali flavor and make the most of your culinary journey.

  • Breakfast: Begin your day with the customary "morning tea" complemented by Tibetan bread, toast, chapati, pancakes, and various egg preparations. Occasionally, muesli or porridge may be served.
  • Lunch: Depending on the trail's progress, enjoy a cold (picnic-style) or hot meal. The main course includes options like stir-fried rice with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, curry, and assorted vegetables. Tea or coffee is also available.
  • Afternoon Snack: Upon reaching your daily destination around 4-5 pm, a snack comprising cookies and tea awaits.
  • Dinner: Served typically in the early evening (around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), dinner features a soup or starter, a warm dish (dal bhat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and a dessert. Tea or coffee accompanies the meal.
  • Beverages: During each meal, two cups of tea or coffee per person are provided. Additional cups and other beverages are at your discretion. Drinking water during trekking days and extra meals is an additional cost.
  • Special Circumstances: For particularly arduous treks or when crossing challenging passes, breakfasts may be streamlined due to early departures. In such cases, energy-rich supplements become crucial. You're encouraged to bring energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate from your home country or obtain them in Kathmandu.
  • Dietary Considerations: Should you have specific dietary preferences, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us during the trip booking process. Our field teams will strive to accommodate your needs, though certain local limitations might affect the range of alternative menus. For high-energy expenditure journeys, planning extra supplies (such as energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates) is advisable to ensure adequate caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private Minibus: Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

During the trek in the Mustang region, lodges offer a basic and rustic level of comfort, unlike the improved accommodations found on the Annapurna Tour due to higher tourist attendance. The lodge rooms in Langtang lack heating due to isolation and limited fuel, making a good sleeping bag essential for comfort. Sanitary facilities are also basic, with showers available for a fee and often lukewarm due to solar heating. Above 3,000m, hot water basins can be requested to conserve energy. Some lodges may not have electricity, but those with electricity offer battery charging and limited Wi-Fi for a fee. On the last night before the pass, if lodges are full, staying in a tent is the most rustic option with no showers and a dirt floor. Lodge owners generally don't accept advance reservations for single rooms, so flexibility is necessary. Prepare adequately with essential items like a sleeping bag and light sandals for a more enjoyable trekking experience in the Mustang region.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Mustang, a region located in the north-central part of Nepal, experiences a unique and semi-arid climate due to its rain shadow effect caused by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The climate in Mustang can be characterized as generally dry and cool, with distinct seasons. Here's an overview of the climate and temperature ranges in Mustang:

    Spring (March to May):
  • Daytime Temperature: 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)
  • Nighttime Temperature: 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)
  • Spring in Mustang is relatively mild and pleasant. The weather starts to warm up, and the landscape begins to bloom with various wildflowers and vegetation.
  • Summer (June to August):
  • Daytime Temperature: 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F)
  • Nighttime Temperature: 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F)
  • The summer months bring the monsoon season to other parts of Nepal, but Mustang remains relatively dry due to its rain shadow location. However, some occasional showers can still occur.
  • Autumn (September to November):
  • Daytime Temperature: 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)
  • Nighttime Temperature: 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)
  • Autumn is another popular time to visit Mustang. The weather is clear and cool, making it an ideal time for trekking. The skies are generally unobstructed, providing excellent mountain views.
  • Winter (December to February):
  • Daytime Temperature: 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F)
  • Nighttime Temperature: -10°C to 0°C (14°F to 32°F)
  • Winter in Mustang is cold, especially at higher altitudes. Snowfall can occur in the upper areas, making trekking more challenging. However, the clear skies offer beautiful views of snow-covered landscapes.

Keep in mind that these temperature ranges are approximate and can vary based on the specific location and altitude within the Mustang region. If you're planning a visit to Mustang, it's advisable to check the weather forecasts for your intended travel dates and prepare accordingly, especially for the colder months.

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Mustang Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Upper Mustang Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your Manaslu Circuit Trek is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Upper Mustang Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
  • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
  • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
  • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
  • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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