You take a morning flight for Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. Then after trek to Kagbeni, a sacred place for Hindu pilgrims, along the serpentine Kali Gandaki valley. The trail is wide along the sandy riverbed filled with saligrams. This trek provides spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Annapurna massifs.
Kagbeni is a beautiful village lies a top a cliff overlooking the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola rivers. It is the last village in Lower Mustang. This ancient settlement is like an oasis amidst rocky arid mountains. Get a chance to explore and enjoy its narrow alleys, irrigation canals, green patches of wheat, barley and recently-restored gompa. Kagbeni is the entry point for Upper Mustang, the forbidden kingdom historic region of the Himalayan nation. After the security check, move forward for Lo Monthang in Upper Mustang.
Lo Monthang is the walled city with a single entrance through which only the king is allowed to ride but all others have to walk. There are about 150 households along with some important Tibetan Buddhist gompas within the walls of Lo Manthang.
The king, Lo Gyelbu, Jigme Palbar Bista resides in his four-storied mud palace. Bista is an avid horseman keeping his own stable. Some of his horses are the best in Mustang. One should be careful from the attack of his Tibetan mastiffs. The king is just titular now but he is well respected and loved in the region. In the 1380s, Ame Pal established his reign in Lo with its capital in the walled city of Lo Monthang.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not too far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $3 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex. Please note, however, that at several of the places in high season, there is a limited choice of accommodation and all the lodges have only multi-bedded rooms. Where this is the case, the group will be split amongst the available rooms and this could be unsegregated male/female. Hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. One the trek only sharing rooms.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages and Deserts are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included if you have booked the hotel with us. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the trek as meat are not hygiene.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks for all trips & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Domestic flight to Jomsom has only 15KG of baggage allowance.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 4230m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday.
Here you can find further information about Altitude Sickness.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 12 kgs for the porter.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
Find more details about Equipment Checklist.
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $40 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $120 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport copy to make the necessary permit and arrangement. Please make sure we have this at least one month ahead of your trip. We also need your original passport after arrival to obtain the special Mustang permit.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK/US/Australia/Germany e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist checkup.
Know more about how you can stay healthy in Nepal: Staying Healthy in Nepal.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season is neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. December till Feb is winter and cold but often clear blue sky and nice day. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -1ºC at Jomsom. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the higher elevation- the night time temperatures during winter may reach –5ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Mustang trek. 1:50,000. Nepa Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definitive map for the Mustang trek.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humor and appetite of adventure and discovery.
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Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Traditional welcome by our airport representative. Your guide briefs about your further programme. Typical Nepali dinner served in the evening.
You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
After breakfast in hotel you will drive to airport for a breathtaking mountain flight to Pokhara. Pokhara, known as Lake City, is a beautiful place and one of the most attractive destinations in Nepal. Flight to Pokhara offers stunning views of the Himalaya. One can see Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri among other peaks. Free afternoon to explore the extraordinary city.
You will take spectacular 15-minute morning flight to Jomsom between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri missives. Jomsom lies on the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. It is on the base of Niligiri Himal. We will meet our crew there and have tea break before starting three hours trek to Kagbeni, an ancient village which is the gateway of Upper Mustang.
You will enter Mustang along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki river over a series of small ridges. One can see Kang Gompa, a center of the Nyingmapa, across the river. At Tangbe you will see distinct black, red and white chortens that characterize upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses has an fascinating pattern of alleys. The settlement is surrounded by green fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat interspersed with apple orchards. You will cross the river and ascend to Chele village.
Today’s trail is characterized by the crossing of a series of spurs. At the top there are chortens. It offers excellent views of harsh but beautiful countryside. The valleys along the trail have cool streams and juniper trees so that trekkers can relax for a while. These passes are up to 3800m high. There is no issue of acclimatization in such altitude. One can take his/her time and enjoy the walk.
Today’s trek to to Nyi La (pass) marks avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley. The pass at an altitude of 3850m is the highest point of the trek. You will descend to the Qumona Khola and pass a amazing series of mani walls to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red gompa.
You will leave the Charang Khola and ascend the ridge up to 3800m from where you first view the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to the stream and climbs onto the plateau where the the city is situated. The only gate is in the north-east corner. The white washed walls enclose around 150 houses, gompas and a palace.
The whole day is to explore this outstanding historical and cultural center. You will visit four major gompas during the stay. The palace is the house of the king and his queen. Although the king is titular now but he helps people to resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating and offers innumerable opportunities to observe rich Tibetan culture.
Another free day to explore the fascinating city of Lo manthang. You explore this beautiful village where Lamas are living. You will visit different cultural and heritage centres. One can hire horses to visit these valleys. Another major attraction in Lo Mangthang is the four-storey palace. You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and spectacular view of the Himalayas.
You start today’s trek soon after breakfast. You will leave Lo Manthang and move toward south. You have a choice of trails today. No need to back-track through the same trail. Climbing the ridge, you will have your last view of the walled city before you descend the valley towards Ghami. It will take 7-8 hours to reach Ghami.
You will continue down the valley and rejoin the trail that you used to enter Mustang. Further more walking through the rural village you will reach Samar. Overnight in Samar.
Your last day in Mustang. You retrace your trail along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.
Today is your last day with the trekking crew. After a morning walk you will reach Jomsom. Tonight you will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and review your journey.
This is a fantastic way to conclude our journey. The spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki that defies description. The huge mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges tower above you as you retrace the valley which you trekked 2 weeks ago. At Pokhara you will board another aircraft for another spectacular mountain flight, this time along the face of the Himalaya past the Annapurna, Manaslu,Ganesh and Langtang ranges. On arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to the hotel.
It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before setting for the airport.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Aug 14 2014
I did trek to Upper Mustang with Trekking Team Group and I strongly recommend this agency to anyone, who is looking for reliable and professional partner in Nepal. TTG also made my arrangements for the trip to Tibet. Everything was just going perfectly. Manager Shreehari is very hands-on and also very kind. It's a joy to deal with TTG.
Jun 09 2014
I am visiting Nepal almost every year and I always go to Trekking Team Group, where I found profesional service, friendly people and accurate information. I specially appreciate their individualization so I can get exactly what I need. Last time I have been in Mustang and it was wonderful experience. The team we had to support our group was perfect. Thank you guys!
Feb 05 2014
We - a family of four with children did the Mustang trek, followed by clockwise romp through the Annapurna circuit (Muktinath to Besi Sahar). The route was put together after endless email exchanges with Shree who was very patient and informative and eventually delivered an extremely well matched and tailored package. This also included Chitwan trip and guided tour in Pokhara, Kathmandu and Bakhtapur.
We randomly picked Trekking Team Group and few other service providers from the list on thegreathimalayatrail . Their offer was by far the lowest we received and since the dialogue with them was very helpful and as they received good reviews on Tripadvisor, selecting them was a no brainer.
From the moment of our landing till our return to the airport we were looked after in the most personal way by Shree and his staff. On the trek we really enjoyed the company and guidance of our guide Arjun and the two porters Ram and Tasi.
The trip was an incredible success. We were tended by a very professional and experienced staff on the trek - patient, adaptable, caring, resourceful, and with which a connection was created on all age levels.
Food and lodging met and at times surpassed our expectations.
As life will have it, not everything went according to plan, but each event was openly and thoughtfuly countered with the best available means.
We wholeheartedly recommend Trekking Team Group to anyone looking to tailor a touring/trekking vacation in Nepal. Our experience is that any issue or concern that shall be raised will be fully cared for by this attentive team.
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.