- Expert led trek to Mustang, the most spectacular walk through the Himalaya
- Spend time exploring the fabled city of Lo Manthang
- Spectacular aerial views of the Himalayan ranges
- The last bastion of Tibetan Buddhism
The Kingdom of Mustang is perched on the border with Tibet and for many years was closed to foreign visitors. However, the Nepalese Government re-opened the region in 1992 - for strictly limited numbers of organised trekking groups. Mustang is a barren landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage. The region is one of the last bastions of undisturbed living Tibetan culture.
This group tour combines travelling through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples and in the shadows of the Himalayas most iconic mountains.
Why should I join this group tour to NEPAL, Mustang VALLEY?
An opportunity to visit such a remote area, to climb beyond the main range of the Himalaya, and to walk in the footsteps of ancient caravan routes.
The most significant thing that makes your Upper Mustang Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by Nima Lama.
Why travel with Nima Lama?
Nima Lama will accompany you on the trek and will be on hand in Kathmandu. His main function is to look after your welfare. He is an experienced trekker chosen not only for his knowledge of the Himalaya, but perhaps more importantly, for his "people skills". He is there to ensure you have a safe, informed and enjoyable trek.
Nima Lama’s passion for the Himalaya goes beyond trekking and he is an active first aid responder - qualifying from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) from Wyoming, USA. His charity worked has involved him in the Nepal earthquake response in April/May 2015.
Our trekking team includes Sherpas and porters. They are responsible for the smooth running of the trek, guiding you during the day. The porters carry all equipment and they are supplied with additional equipment and clothing by our Nepalese trekking partners to ensure they are adequately protected on our treks.
Is this group suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a tour leader on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room at the hotels in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply. Please note, however, that it may be necessary to share rooms at the lodges during the trek as space is tight.
What does this tour include?
Predominantly this is a trekking tour with a handful of days for some down time, allowing opportunities for sightseeing of Kathmandu and Pokhara. An exciting flight linking Pokhara and Jomsom offers fantastic views up the Kali Ghandaki Gorge. Spend 10 days in and around the Mustang Valley, one of the most ancient and remote regions of the world. Be part of a small and privileged minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal. Take time to explore Lo Manthang. A welcome break in Pokhara gives time to reflect on your achievements, perhaps celebrated in a steak house with a G & T in hand. Spend a final few days in Kathmandu to visit the key attractions of the city. If you are not ready to turn your back on the mountains take an Everest Scenic Flight (optional) for a final glimpse of the majestic Himalaya peak.
What is the accommodation like in Nepal?
The accommodation in both Kathmandu and Pokhara are Nepalese owned and have been chosen for their traditional style and green spaces.
Whilst trekking, the accommodation in the villages are typical tea houses. Teahouses are essentially small hotels found in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. All lodges have a comfortable dining room. Meals are varied but do remember that the availability of fresh vegetables and fruit is an issue at these higher altitudes. All lodges can provide hot showers and a battery charging service for a small extra fee.
Bedrooms are normally shared, with two beds. Bring earplugs for a good night’s sleep as the walls are pretty thin! The tea house trek through Mustang focus on the most interesting places such as houses of local residents. Food is cooked fresh to order and a warm meal served around a toasty stove. No matter the quality of the tea house the friendly spirit of the local Nepalese is always present and they will do their best to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Trekking in the Mustang region is an experience not to be missed and shows you the other side of Nepal that very few tourists get to see.
What is the food like in Nepal?
Nepalese food has been strongly influences by both India and Tibet, although in Kathmandu there is a growing interest in western dishes. You can hardly find a Nepali who doesn’t like dal-bhatt. (lentils and rice). Whilst staying at the tea houses you can expect to eat pancakes and porridge, eggs and bread for breakfast. Lunch will be served on the way to your destination. Dinners are normally a variation of daal baht; a plate of rice with small sides of vegetable and a bowl of lentil soup. Please bear in mind that meat is hard to come by while trekking in Nepal. Variations for dinner may include noodles, dumplings, stew and soups.
A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.
What is a typical trekking day like?
Soon after first light your Sherpa will knock on your door and will offer you a nice cup of warm tea. After freshening up, you will pack your bags and assemble in the dining hall for a hearty breakfast before setting off on the day`s trek. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking you will take a lunch break. After a relaxing lunch, you will typically spend 2-3 more hours on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day you will rest and take some time to admire the views. There will be plenty of picture taking opportunities - incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you will take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If you are so inclined, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighbourhood. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall you will receive a brief on the next day`s itinerary. You will place your order for breakfast which will allow your guide to have everything ready for you in the morning. Finally, it`s off to bed for a well-earned night`s rest before starting all over again the next day.
What altitude will the trek reach?
The upper Mustang trek doesn't require special acclimatization days but slow and gradual ascent is necessary for gradual acclimatization process in the think air environment. Thus the itinerary is planned sensibly allowing sufficient time for gradual acclimatization. The highest altitude you will sleep at is 3849 metres. There is a day when the trek pushes up a little to a maximum height of 4,050 metres.
How fit should I be to enjoy this tour?
Simply the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trekking experience. The walking pace during the day is relaxed and with a number of Sherpa guides in the group, you are able to walk at your own pace. Expect to walk on average 5 – 6 hours. If you are a regular walker then this trek will present few challenges. The terrain in the Himalaya is best described by our Sherpa crews who say the day’s walk will be 'a little bit up and a little bit down'. So do plan a few training walks before coming to Nepal to get the most from your walking holiday. Prepare with 10 km walks frequently two to three months before your holiday. No technical experience is required for this trek.
What is the weather like in April ?
Spring is well known for beautifully blooming rhododendrons and longer days, with the settled weather predominately in the mornings. The day temperatures sit around 16 – 22 degrees Celsius with night time temperatures dropping to just below freezing ( -2 to -5 celsius).
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.