Mustang Trekking Nepal (Camping)
A vast expanse of rock; wilderness of huge proportions, Mustang opened only for selected organized groups since 1992. Mustang offers a truly exceptional opportunity to explore an area rich in ancient tradition and mythology. It is a unique experience which takes you to an arid region beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The route entails traveling across desert like landscape, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys. It is a land of barley field and pasture where sheep are seen grazing and ponies are used to carry loads. The views of windswept Kali Gandaki Valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni, sprawling ridges and high mountains provide a mind blowing experience for the brave adventurer. Trekking in Mustang is truly one of the most rewarding experiences in Nepal. Trekkers will have a close up view of the primitive society that has remained unaffected by modernization for centuries. The king still exists and grants audience to the visitors in his palace at the walled city of Lo Manthang.
Mustang trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. And it does not require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Sherpa and sufficient number of porters will carry all your trekking gear and necessary equipment.
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Highest access of the trek
Most Attraction of the trek
Minimum Group Size
Per day Walking
: Mysterious landscapes of Mustang including Lo-manthang
: Close Mountain View, Villages
: All the Year
: Breakfast, lunch, & Dinner)
: By local bus and by air
: Tented Camp
: 2-12 Pax
: 5 to 7 hours
: Fixed / Customized
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Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes
Day 02: Free day in kathmandu or self sightseeing around Kathmandu valley( option are)
Day 3 - Pokhara (850m)By Tourist bus to Pokhara or by air.
The bus journey will take approx 7 hours but by air it takes only 45 minates.
Pokhara is set in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare so you get spectacular views of the mountains from all parts of the town. It is quite different from Kathmandu, with few temples, but it does have plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. There are some interesting short walks or bicycle rides from Pokhara, you can swim and canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene feel about it.
Day 4 - Kagbeni (2776m)(Flight time: approx 30 mins; trekking approx 3 hours) Weather permitting the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom leaves early in the morning and is perhaps the most exciting flight in Nepal. There are fantastic views as we fly up the Kali Ghandaki Gorge, flanked on either side by the Himalayan giants of Annapurna 1 (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Our trekking crew will already be in Jomosom (2715m), awaiting our arrival. We begin the trek from the airport on the west bank of the Kali Ghandaki River before quickly crossing to the east bank and into the main part of Jomsom. The walking is easy as we follow the Kali Ghandaki through barren, windswept trans-Himalayan scenery. This is our first day at altitude so a relaxed pace is recommended. After just over two hours we reach the few houses of Eklabhatti, where the main trail ascends to Muktinath (3880m). We bear left and continue up the valley to the small village of Kagbeni, which marks the beginning of the restricted zone.
Day 5 - Chuksang (2950m)(Trekking: approx 6 hours) Before leaving Kagbeni we have to complete special permit formalities as we enter the restricted zone. The trail then climbs above the village and continues on a series of short ascents and descents on the east bank of the Kali Ghandaki. Whilst the valley floor is a flat river plain, it cannot be followed due to the number of river crossings that would need to be made. On the west bank we soon see the Gompa Kang Monastery, belonging to the Nyingmapa sect. The high trail that disappears into the barren distance leads to the Dolpo region. The first village from Kagbeni is Tangbe (2940m), located above the valley and identified by a trio of black, red and white chortens (Buddhist shrines). The village itself is a maze of whitewashed, flat- roofed houses linked by narrow alleyways. We take lunch close to the village near fields of buckwheat and apple orchards. The afternoon walk is shorter and we should reach Chuksang in a further two hours. Again we follow the east bank until we reach the confluence of Narshang Khola and the Kali Ghandaki. The village is split into three sections and the remains of an old fort can be seen close by. The scenery is totally unlike the traditional views one sees of Nepal; here the terrain is barren and very similar to that associated with Tibet. From our camp, huge red and orange sculptured cliffs with inaccessible caves dominate the opposite side of the valley.
Day 6 - Samar (3490m)(Trekking: approx 6 hours) There are five villages in this immediate area linked by ethnic ties - Chele, Gyakar, Chuksang, Tangbe and Tetang. They are related to the people of the Manang Valley rather than those from Jomsom and Kagbeni or Lo Manthang. It is a tough existence for people in this area - arable land is limited and trading is necessary to supplement any income made from the soil. The morning walk follows the riverbed before crossing the Kali Ghandaki on a steel suspension bridge close to the place where the river passes under a huge block of red sandstone. From here there is a steep ascent to the village of Chele, where we take lunch close to barley fields and nearby willow trees. In the afternoon we climb again to a cairn at 3130 metres. Here we witness views of the village of Gyakar, lying across an impressive canyon where a patchwork of green fields gives a dash of colour to the barren terrain. The trail which is narrow in places continues to ascend to a pass at 3550 metres. To the south great views of the Himalayan peaks can be enjoyed including Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks. From the pass it is a short descent to the village of Samar and our camp close to a willow grove and irrigation channels.
Day 7 - Gheling (3590m)(Trekking: approx 4 hours) From the village we descend steeply past a red, black, yellow and white chorten nearly 60 metres into a deep ravine before inevitably climbing out and descending again into another canyon. We then ascend and continue our climb through an area of shrub juniper. It takes nearly two hours to reach a small ridge at 3750 metres after which a short descent leads to a couple of tea houses at Shangmochen and a welcome break. We ascend again to reach another pass at 3770 metres, where we enter a huge east-west valley. Here we bear to the right and drop down to Gheling, where we make camp close to the extensive barley fields. It is a long morning’s walk, but we have kept the afternoon free to assist with our acclimatisation.
Day 8 - Tsarang (3580m)(Trekking: approx 7 hours) We begin the morning by ascending gently through the fields up the valley, passing below the settlement of Tamagang and a large chorten. We rejoin the main trail and begin another steep climb to the head of the valley to Nyi La (3930m). We are now at the border of Mustang and descend gradually for half an hour to meet a trail junction. The right fork heads to Charang and our track bears to the left towards Ghami (3250m) where we take lunch. In the afternoon the track crosses a river gully before ascending to a plateau and mani wall where we head east, climbing above the village of Tramar to a ridge at 3770 metres. From here it is a gradual descent to Tsarang, a large and fertile village populated by people form Mustang - the Lobas. The village has a magnificent monastery.
Day 9 - Lo Manthang (3760m)(Trekking: approx 5 hours) After spending part of the morning exploring Tsarang, we descend from the village into the Tsarang River canyon before ascending a stony trail heading north, with fine views behind us of the Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna ranges to the south. The trail passes an isolated chorten and spectacular caves etched into the surrounding cliffs, before reaching a ridge at 3850 metres for our first views of Lo Manthang and the spectacular scenery of the Mustang Khola and the snow-capped peak of Mansail in the west. From the ridge we descend to a small river and climb briefly to enter the fabled walled city from the north-eastern corner.
Day 10 - Lo Manthang (3760m)(Exploration day) The ’city’ contains around 150 houses and four monasteries, one of which is reported to date back to the 15th century. Inside the temples we are able to view many Buddha images and religious paintings. Photography is sometimes not permitted and you should beware of the fierce Tibetan mastiff dogs that guard the monasteries. The city itself has declined since the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Prior to this, Lo Manthang was a centre for the old salt and wool trade and at one time was a prosperous city. The dominant building in the centre of the city is the King’s Palace. The Royal Family are descendants of an aristocratic family from Lhasa in Tibet and today, though their duties are largely ceremonial, the King is a well-respected horseman and breeder of Lhasa apso dogs. After exploring the city in the morning we may take an optional walk towards Chosar in the afternoon.
Day 11 - Lo Gekar (3880m)(Trekking: approx 5 hours) Our return route has a few variations from the approach. The trail to the interesting monastery at Lo Gekar follows a minor path, away from the major route. We follow herders’ tracks up to a pass with final views of Lo Manthang before crossing into another valley and climbing to the valley head at 4050 metres. A further ascent and descent across two more valleys leads to a steep ascent and descent to the fertile valley and the monastery at Lo Gekar.
Day 12 - Ghami (3550m)(Trekking: approx 5 hours) From the monastery there are views of the two neighbouring villages of Marang and Charang. We begin the day with a climb to a pass marked with a cairn at 4100 metres. The trail then passes through alpine meadows before twisting down a red and purple eroded gully to the village of Tanmar. We pass through lush fields that are a stark contrast to the surrounding barren terrain and climb a further ridge that precedes a short descent to the village of Ghami (3440m). The village has a monastery but is off limits to tourists following the theft of religious artefacts some years before. We move beyond the village and make camp further up the trail en route to the Nyi La (Nyi Pass).
Day 13 - Samar (34900m)(Trekking: approx 5-6 hours) From the camp we ascend to a ridge marked by a cairn and then continue to climb until we meet the trail that comes from Tsarang. We head to a pass and then descend steeply into Gheling Valley, where we rejoin the trail used on our approach. We retrace our steps back to Samar with a final steep climb to the campsite.
Day 14 - Kagbeni (2860m)(Trekking: approx 6-7 hours) We retrace our steps back to Kagbeni. As we are walk in the opposite direction, it is difficult to imagine we travelled this route just over a week before.
Day 15 - Jomsom (850m)
(Trekking: approx 4 hours) We retrace our steps through a barren, almost moon-like landscape dotted with patches of green cultivation. Man-made canals cut across the terrain, irrigating the crops and fruit trees. We lunch at Eklaibhati. Heading south, the wide, windswept valley floor has little fertile land, which means a hard existence for the inhabitants of the Upper Kali Gandaki. After a few hours following the valley downstream we arrive back at Jomsom, a dusty and windswept town where we spend the night in a lodge to await our flight back to Pokhara the following morning.
Day 16 - Pokhara (850m)
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu or self visit to bhaktapur city.
- Changu Narayan:
Day 18: Tour ends
Cost: Twin Sharing basis:
Price in US$
Note:- Special rates will be priveded for Tour Operater and Wholeseller.
- Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport
- All the ground Transportation by bus
- Hotel in Kathmandu & Hotel in Pokhara at tourist standard hotel ( Centrally located, Attach bathrooms, hot and cold shower)
- 11nights 12 days trekking in tent ( some time we also use lodge during the trek, lodges are simple and clean enough)
All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Special permit for Mustang valid for 10 days.
- Trekking map for Mustang valley
- Annapurna national park permit with TIMS card ( we need 3 photos for permit)
- All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, Toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag, Kitchen Equipment etc.)
An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), Trekking cook, kitchen helper, sherpa and necessary number of porter’s , their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments are included in price.
Demostic Airfare ( Pokhara - Jomsom / Pokhara and domestic airport tax,
- Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
- Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at TribhuvanInternational Airport in Kathmandu.
- Sight seeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
- Lunch and Dinner while at Kathmandu and pokhara ( Allow Rs 1500.00 per person per day for your meals and drinks)
Treks GradesOur Treks have been graded Easy, Moderate and Strenuous depending on their difficulty. (More difficult treks are possible, but we would tend to categorise them as expeditions). We have listed a definition for each category.
We strongly advise against being too ambitious first time out – most trekkers return to Nepal again and again you can gradually increase your trek grade each time.
Easy:These trips can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. The walking part of the trip is fairly easy, usually between 5 and 6 hours a day.
Note: Even on a easy grade trek there will be tough uphill sections on some days.
Moderate:You will be walking 5-7 hours a day and will encounter some steep uphill and down hill sections. Some days may be at altitude. You should be fit before considering taking moderate grade trek.
Strenuous:A combination of moderate of strenuous walks, with some very steep uphill and down hill sections, often at altitude. You will generally be walking 6-8 hours a day. You should be fit and should prepare physically before taking a strenuous trek.
Please not that the grading system is not a straight forward measure of how for you are walking.
Rather it is an overall indication ho how tough it will be and it takes into account the number of hours trekking, altitude gain/ loss and trail conditions (rough track, steep uphill etc.) and usual temperatures. So even though a trek is grade easy it does not mean you will never feel tired. Similarly inexperienced trekkers need not necessarily avoid treks graded Strenuous.
FinnessOn any trek, there are some steeps ascents and descents so you require a reasonable level of fitness. The more physically fit you are, the more easily your body will adapt to hiking in the Himalayas. All treks demand a good day’s walking and it goes without saying that you should be pretty certain that you will enjoy a walking holidays before you consider trekking in Nepal. However you don’t have to be young or super-ft and age in itself is no barrier. There is physical exertion, but it is sustainable. Most people in good health who have prepared physically will have no problem in enjoying themselves. Before making your choice, things to consider are the duration of your trip. Its grading, style of accommodation and maximum and average altitude.
Altitude and AcclimatizationIt is common in the Himalayas to trek above 4,500 and sometimes 5,500m. There is no need to worry unduly about altitude, but above 3,000 air becomes thinner and your performance may be affected. No one understands why some people are affected and others not.
Being young strong and fit is no guarantee of success. The only way to acclimatize is to ascend slowly. Our routes have been carefully designed based a year of experience managing possible altitude related difficulties. On this trek we do not ascend above 5,600.
Be aware that altitude sickness can be fatal, so if your leader advises you to stay at a certain altitude or descend, please do as instructed. He has the experience and is there to ensure your safety. If you do need to descend you will be accompanied by one of our team and a porter and will be well looked after. The descent may be just a short – term measure and does not necessarily mean you will be unable to complete your ascent. There is no shame in being affected or not reaching the highest point on a trek.
In addition we carry a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) on all of your trekking trips in Nepal. If you are suffering form altitude sickness and conditions do not allow for an immediate descent your leader will arrange for you to use the PAC. The PAC works by increasing the pressure inside the chamber, using a foot pump. At high altitude, this increased pressure delivers a therapeutically significant amount of extra oxygen which simulates a descent.
Recommended Equipment ListEssential
- Towel (a small one)
- Walking boots with ankle support
- Day Pack
- Sleeping bag – from October to mid march you will need a minus 20 sleeping bag. At other times of the year a minus 5 bag is adequate. Note these can be hired locally.
- Down Jacket - this is advisable for treks form October to mid March. At other times a warm, windproof fleece jacket will be sufficient. Note that Down Jackets can be hired locally.
- Sunglasses ( glare is a severe problem)
- Torch (a head torch is particularly useful)
- Spare batteries
- Any first aid equipment (eg knee support bandages) that you think you may neeed.
- Good quality warm gloves
- Lodine water purification solution
- Toilet Paper
- Two pairs of trousers (One for trekking in and One to wear in the evening
- Three pairs of good quality trekking socks (Two pairs to wear during the trek and one pair to war in the evenings.) If you wear inner and outer socks, you should bring three pairs of each.
- Three or four T-shirts (We suggest you bring T-Shirts made out of a wicking Material)
- One long sleeved top for extra warmth
- One pair of thermals (both for your legs and your upper body)
- Woolly / Fleece hat
- Cap / Sunhat
- One or two fleeces depending on their quality and warmth.
- Waterproof / windproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Insect repellent (for lower altitudes)
- Spare boot laces
- Second pair of shoes (either traners sneaker or sandals)
- Energy food (Such as muesli bars, boiled sweets or nuts – note that the teahouses stock must chocolate bars).
- Wet wipes / waterless soap
- Ski Poles (these are definitely not essential but some people find them useful)
- Inflatable travel pillow
- Money belt or pouch
- Water bottle, with strap
- Torch and batterie
Especially on camping tours, tours involving felucca cruises, travel to remote areas and tours with homestays.
- Plastic bags
These are always useful for keeping camera and films dust free and for your dirty laundry.
- Personal washing / shaving kit
- Laundray detergent
- Camera and film
Take an ample supply of your favorite film & spare camera batteries.
- BinocularsTravel Plug / International
- Pocket knife
- Sewing kit
- Travel Alarm
- Walkman & cassettes / discs
- Playing cards / travel games
- Moist ‘hand/ wet wipes’
- Anti bacterial hand cleaner
- Writing materials
- Universal bath plug
- Sun hat
- Head scarf / sarong
- Lightweight wind / waterproof jacket
Medicines, Lotions etc.
- Insect repellent
- Suntan lotion & sunblock
- Lip balm
- Moinsturiser / After sun lotion
- Personal medical supplies
(Aspirin, paracetamol, plasters, bandage, safety pins, antiseptic cream, diarrhea a tablets, tampons, condoms etc.) Our Tour leaders carry comprehensive first aid kits but these are for emergency use only.
- Calamine Lotion / Insect bit cream
- Rehydration Solution
- Ongoing medication
If you are taking any medication or have a condition that needs specific medicines (e.gAstma you must take all necessary medicines with you.) You must also inform your Tour Leader of your condition at the start of your tour.
- Contact lens solution
- Spare pair of glasses & Safety cord
If you wear contact lenses, dust can be a big problem. If you are on a long trip you should also take the prescription for your glasses.
Our tour prices do not include insurance however it is a condition of joining our tours that travelers are fully insured for any medical expenses they might incur while traveling. At the start of your tour the Tour Leader will ask to see your insurance document and will note down the policy number and emergency contact number.
We recommended a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers repatriation and evacuation in case of a medical emergency, cancellation and curtailment as well as baggage and valuables, If your tour involves certain adventurous activates (I.e. trekking, white water rafting or scuba diving etc) You will need to make sure your policy specifically covers these activates. You may also need specific cover for expensive camera equipment.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations, Precautionary or preventative Medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return. To find out which, if any, Vaccinations are mandatory or recommended for your destination Contact your local doctor, Immunization Centre or Medical Centre for up-to-date information.If you need to arrange vaccinations or a supply of preventative medicine (e.g. Malaria tablets), you should Contact your doctor at least two Months before you depart. Some Inoculations require more than one Visit and can take several weeks to Administer.
Carry your Certificate
You should be issued with an International Certificate of Vaccination for each vaccination. Always carry these with you on your travels; they could provide essential information for doctors in the event that you fall ill whilst traveling.
Malaria is common in many parts of Africa, Asia and South America. Protection is in the form of tablets, taken either daily or weekly, or both. The course of tablets should normally begin 1-2 weeks before you depart, Continue throughout your travels and for 4 weeks after your return. Although you can obtain tablets from most pharmacies without prescription,
you must check that they are Appropriate for the area you are Visiting. There are many different Strains of malaria and a large number of them are drug-resistant. It may be Necessary for you to take a Combination of tablets for the region you are visiting.
No malaria tablets guarantee complete protection. The most Effective protection against malaria is to avoid being bitten. Mosquitoes Mostly bite at dusk and dawn so one of the best ways to minimize the Chance of being bitten is to wear long Trousers, long sleeves and socks at these times. You should take a good insect repellent and apply it liberally. Repellents with a high concentration of DEET (at least 35%) are generally considered the most effective.
Sampling the local food and drink is often one of the highlights of traveling. In most cases the food is Freshly prepared for you and is completely safe to eat, however it will probably contain ingredients that you are not familiar with or may be Prepared in a different way. This change in diet is one of the most common causes of travelers diarrhea. You can reduce the likelihood of suffering diarrhea if you treat food and drink with caution – at least in the early stages of your travels. In almost every country it is possible to buy bottled water. This is usually very cheap and a lot more convenient than trying to purify or filter tap water. Beware of ice in drinks and make sure you wash your hands frequenty.
In general we do not recommend the use of anti-diarrhea pills as in most Cases they do not cure the problem, they merely put it on hold. However, there are of course situations where ‘Blocking up’ may be desirable, for Instance if you are embarking on a long bus ride. Diarrhoea which lasts for longer than 48-72 hours, shows signs of blood or Mucus or which is concurrent with other symptoms, such as a headache or high temperature, should always be taken seriously. Seek medical advice
(your Tour Leader can assist you with this).
DehydrationIn deserts, in the tropics and at high Altitude, your body can lose a lot of water. Dehydration also occurs when you are suffering from diarrhoea. The best way to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids. In most countries you can obtain “rehydration salts” or “electrolyte Solution”. Although these do not taste great, they restore the salts lost by your body. You can also make your own rehydration mixture by adding 4 tablespoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon of salt to one liter of clean water.
Emergency & RescueTrekkers should be aware that there is very little in the way of rescue organization for handling trekker's emergencies in Nepal. If you are trekking with a reputable trekking agency then their staff will be trained to handle most contingencies. if you are traveling independently then you will have to rely on your own initiative to handle any problems. This is why trekking alone is foolhardy in the extreme.
At all times try to be aware of the location of possible sources of help, medical clinics, police or army posts etc. Try to find out where there are working telephones or radios as you pass along the trails.
At all times try to be aware of the location of possible sources of help, medical clinics, police or army posts etc. Try to find out where there are working telephones or radios as you pass along the trails. All trekkers should make sure that they are covered by a suitable travel insurance policy. This, at least, must cover the cost of a helicopter rescue, which is the only practical way of evacuating a seriously ill or injured patient from most of the trekking areas. It is essential to leave details of this policy with a responsible agency in Kathmandu. Either your trekking agency or your embassies are the obvious choices. Registering your details and intended plans with your embassy in Kathmandu is an extremely sensible step to take.
In the event that you do have a problem, and that problem cannot be solved with the resources at hand, then communications facilities must be located. Telephones or radios can be hard to find and may be a day or more away from the incident site. If it is possible to send a reliable person for help make sure that a note is sent detailing the location of the patient, the problem being experienced, specifying what help is needed. List what actions you are going to take in the interim. Fortunately, these days, helicopters are readily available, at a price, from Kathmandu and Pokhara. If a message can be sent then it is likely that a rescue can be mounted reasonably quickly.
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