18 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Annapurna Region
Location
September-May
Dates
Minimum 2 travelers
Group Size

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Mustang – The Walled Forbidden Kingdom , is the quite fascinating destination for all surrounded by northern snowy mountains,  dotted with ancient forts, walled medieval villages and monasteries rich in Buddhist art, offers its few visitors a year a fascinating glimpse into this remote enclave of Tibetan Culture. A deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation has meant that Mustang remains one of the world’s most special trekking destinations. Entry is limited and special trekking permits are required. 12 to 15 days should be allowed for Upper Mustang and it may also be combined with the Jomsom trek. Best time to visit is late March to November. A reasonable fitness level is required.

Although it was open for the tourists in 1990, the tourist arrival here started only in 1992. Speedily blowing gushy air, barren desert, mound, and settlement inside the rocky cave, celestial houses made of local design & Buddhist Stupa and houses fluttering with its religious standards are the special peculiarities of Mustang.

Lomanthang was the fort inhabited by 181 houses. Lomanthang has been encircled by 856- meter long wall. This fort was encircled in this way to defend from the frequent attack of the then Jumla state by that time.

Tiji, the special festival

TheTiji festival a three-day ritual known as “The Chasing of the Demons”, centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.

Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words “ten che” meaning “the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds” and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

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Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu air port- transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink will be served.

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Day 02: Kathmandu – Trek preparation and Free Time

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Day 03: Fly to Pokhara. Permit preparation and check other essentials for the trek.

4

Day 04: Drive to Jomsom via Beni by Jeep & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m.): 3-4 hrs

5

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele (3200m.): 5-6 hrs

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Day 06: Chele – Gilling (3500m): 5-6 hrs

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Day 07: Gilling – Ghami (3500m.): 5-6 hrs

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Day 08: Ghami – Tsarang (3550m.): 4-5 hrs

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Day 09: Tsarang – Lo-Manthang (3800m.): 5-6 hrs

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Day 10: Lo-Manthang

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Day 11: Lo-manthang – Ghami (3500m.): 6-7hrs

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Day 12: Ghami – Samar (3400m.): 6-7 hrs

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Day 13: Samar – Chhusang (3000m.):5-6 hrs

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Day 14: Chhusang – Kagbeni (2800m.): 5-6hrs

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Day 15: Kagbeni – Jomsom 2700m. – 3 hrs

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Day 16: Drive to Pokhara. Farewell dinner with Nepalese Live Cultural Show

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Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

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Day 18: Final Departure

Additional Information

We can customize this trip as per your schedule, budget and preferences. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

TRIP FACTS

Group Size 2 to 12 people
Trip Duration 18 Days
Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking, Cultural tours
Maximum Altitude 3870 m
Trek Starts In Kathmandu
Trek Ends In Kathmandu
Trek Type Tea House/ Lodge
Accommodations Hotels, Tea Houses
Transportation Flight/Private Vehicle or public bus
INCLUDED IN THE COST
Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast e.g. Hotel Karuna
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
 Complimentary Farewell Dinner with Nepalese Live Cultural Show
Ground transportation : Jomsom – Pokhara , Pokhara – Kathmandu
Domestic flight ( Kathmandu – Pokhara  )
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
Sleeping bag if needed (to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Special permit for Upper Mustang and ACAP)
Medical kit (carried by your trekking guide)
All government and local taxes
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Other any transportation except  Included in the section
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Important Note: 

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Accommodations 

We will be staying in hotel/resort in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement is served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.

Meals 

During the trek, we provide all meals whereas only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be a farewell dinners for guests with Nepalese live cultural show. The most common cuisines in most menus are Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and common continental.

The Trekking Group

There will be one leader(Guide ), assistant leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Upper Mustang trek for group of any size, but generally include a maximum of twelve people in a group as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements 

The most significant thing that makes this trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. We have the best and professional trekking leaders selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne only employs local staff. They have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

Porter Care 

Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, we also provide the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters get equal treatment and attention like every other team members in case they get sick. We have contract with helicopter emergency evacuation company to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns 

Upper Mustang is strikingly beautiful, but also equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Our experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.

Acclimatization 

Like all other itineraries, this trek can also curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Consult your doctors if you have any known heart, lung or blood diseases before booking the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements 

It is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers without technical skills who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light backpack. Anyone who is physically fit with good health can participate in this trek. However, it is always best to start jogging and exercising regularly at least a month before the actual trek. Also, trekkers with high altitude trekking experience can find this trek relatively easier than others.

Best Time to Travel to Upper Mustang Trek

September to November in autumn and March to May in spring season is favorable months to trek to this trekking region.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

What to bring

Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking trousers
  • lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • fleece or woolen trousers
  • waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
  • , ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Running shoes and/or sandals
  • Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • Compass or GPS(optional)
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • Water bottles
  • Small folding knife
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • Medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • Modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Green note:

 Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.

Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek

Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
August 24, 2017

Being in one of the most restricted place on earth is so unreal. I had a great time over there. Meeting local people and getting to know their living style, culture and warm food in local homestay was really exceptional experience. I will surely come back to Nepal. Thank you Sisne for your great service and excellent Nepal experience.

September 9, 2017

I am glad I chose Sisne Rover Trekking for my trip to Upper Mustang. I went to Nepal with my wife and found Sisne via Lonely planet. We really enjoyed the trekking route and the facilities provided by the company. Thank you for making this trip memorable.A+++

September 16, 2017

Thank you for making us part of your journey. We really appreciate your kind words. Have an adventurous time ahead.

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