Upper Mustang Trek

Kagbeni Mustang

 

Maximum Group Size: 10

Tour Length 18 days / 17 nights

Starts  in Kathmandu on Saturday 5th May 2018

Finishes in Kathmandu on Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Fully Escorted by a representative of Incredible Indian Tours

Cost from USD2490 per person twin share (USD2840 including Optional Single Supplement)

On this tour we experience the annual Tiji festival in Lo Manthang

 

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Upper Mustang Trek & Tiji Festival

 

Overview  Highlights  Itinerary  Trip Notes  Downloads  Bookings  Gallery     
 

Accommodation Transport
Meals
17 nights Hotels / Trekking Lodges Airport transfers 17 Breakfasts
Private Minibus 11 Lunch
  3 Domestic flights 13 Dinners

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Have you ever dreamed of visiting one of the last hidden kingdoms – a Shangri La in the Himalayas? Upper Mustang was a separate kingdom until 2008 and opened to foreigners in only 1992 and still retains its unique Tibetan culture bred over millennia. The high desert rain shadow of Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau. With an amazing culture, stark and stunning landscape, nomadic communities and more to experience, this trek will offer you the rare privilege to visit the exotic land beyond the Himalayas.

Experience Incredible Nepal on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within Nepal by a western female tour leader with a full time local tour guide and specialist guides and porters (1 per 2 trekkers) for the trek.

 

Highlights

•     thrill to the charms of the quaint yet buzzing and cosmopolitan Kathmandu
•     chill out in the spectacularly situated lakeside town of Pokhara
•     enjoy an exhilarating Himalayan mountain flight out of Jomson
•     trek amongst stunning mountain scenery of the Upper Mustang Valley
•     experience the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang
•     be part of the colourful ’Chasing of the Demons’ festival – the Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang

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Day by Day Itinerary
 

 

Day 1 Kathmandu (D)
Arrival Day. We meet at 6pm to have a brief chat about our trek before heading out to dinner (included).

Hotel: Kathmandu Guest House

 

Day 2 Kathmandu (B)
We spend the day sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley and ensuring we have everything necessary for our trek.

Hotel: Kathmandu Guest House

 

Day 3 Pokhara (B)
We travel 7-8 hours on a tourist bus to Nepal’s second city – Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna and Mustang regions.

Hotel: Barahi Hotel

 

Day 4 Kagbeni (B L D) (2810m) 
An early morning flight to Jomsom, a spectacular 20 min flight between the Annapurna and Dhauligiri mountain ranges. We then walk 3-4 hours to Kagbeni, the entrance point to Upper Mustang.

Hotel: All accommodation on this trek will be in trekking lodges. Some will have attached bathrooms, but most will be in simple rooms with 2 beds, or dormitary style with outside amenities.

 

Day 5 Chele (B L D) (3050m) 
5-6 hours trek via Tangbe/Chhusang.

 

Day 6 Syangboche (B L D) (3800)
6-7 hours trek. Explore monasteries and villages.

 

Day 7 Ghami (B L D) (3460m)
5-6 hours trek. Explore monasteries and villages.

 

Day 8 Charang (B L D) (3560m)
4-5 hours trek. Explore monasteries and villages.

 

Day 9 Lo Manthang (B L D) (3730m)
5-6 hours trek. Explore monasteries, Kings palace and museum.

 

Day 10 Lo Manthang (B L D) 
Tiji Festival. Options to visit nearby villages, caves and monasteries.

 

Day 11 Drakmar (B L D) (3820m) 
6-7 hours trek. Explore monasteries and villages.

 

Day 12 Ghiling (B L D) (3570m)
5-6 hours trek. Explore monasteries and villages.

 

Day 13 Chuksang (B L D) (2920m)
5-6 hours trek. Explore monasteries and villages.

 

Day 14 Jomsom (B L D) (2713m)
6-7 hours trek (option of taking a jeep Kagbeni to Jomsom).

 

Day 15 Pokhara (B)
We take an early morning flight back to Pokhara, with the afternoon free to relax, sightsee or shop.

Hotel: Barahi Hotel

 

Day 16 Pokhara (B) 
We have a half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara, with the afternoon free to relax, sightsee or shop.

Hotel: Barahi Hotel

 

Day 17 Kathmandu (B D) 
We travel 7-8 hours on a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. We finish the trip with a farewell dinner at a Newari restaurant serving traditional Nepali food.

Hotel: Kathmandu Guest House

 

Day 18 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.
 

 

 

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Trip Notes   
  

Group size 

Minimum 4, maximum 10
 

Days 

18 days 17 nights
 

Starts and finishes in

Kathmandu
 

Tour inclusions

Arrival and departure transfers
All accommodation as specified
All transportation between overnight stops and to and from included sightseeing
All required trekking and area permits
Entrance fees for all sites listed as part of the itinerary
Meals as specified
Gratuities for hotel staff, drivers and guides

 

Tour exclusions

Visa costs
Meals other than those listed
Drinks, meal tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature
International flights

 

Accommodation

Hotels/trekking lodges (17 nights)

In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in mid-range tourist hotels. Rooms are twin share with private bathrooms with western style toilets. During our trek, accommodation is in simple ‘tea house’ inns. Some will have basic attached bathrooms, but most will have separate bathroom facilities.

 

Optional single supplement

If you are a single traveller, you are not required to pay a single supplement as we will match you up with other travelers. However if you do not wish to share accommodation, but would like to guarantee your own room throughout the tour a single supplement of USD300 will be payable. 
 

Transport

Private minibus between Kathmandu & Pokhara, domestic flights Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara, domestic flight Pokhara to Kathmandu.
 

Activities included

The following is a list of included activities on this trip. Other activities are optional and will be at your own expense. 
Monasteries in Upper Mustang (Mustang region)
Durbur Square, Boudhnath, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath (Kathmandu)

 

Meals included

17 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 13 Dinners

Meals

Traveling with Incredible Indian Tours we ensure that you will experience a vast array of the gustatory treats available in Nepal.  Some meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options. This allows you to choose where, and what to eat.  More often than not however we eat together as a group.  Your leader will offer suggestions for favourite restaurants throughout the trip. 

When you trek in Nepal, it is generally custom to eat in the tea house providing you your overnight accommodation. On the trek we also provide all meals as there will be limited options for you to eat elsewhere.
 

Money matters

Money exchange as at October 2017
AUD1 = 80 NPR 
CAD1 = 81 NPR
EUR1 = 122 NPR
GBP1 = 137 NPR 
NZD1 = 71 NPR
USD1 = 103 NPR
There are ATM machines (which accept both Cirrus/Maestro debit cards and Visa and MasterCard) in the main centres of Kathmandu and Pokhara. This is a safe and convenient way to access money in Nepal, however we suggest that you bring some money as cash/travellers cheques in case there are times that ATMs are not available. Most major currencies are accepted. Visa &  MasterCard credit cards are accepted in major shops and restaurants in the bigger cities. 

Spending money

Although entrance fees to specified sites are included in the tour price, there are additional sights that you may like to visit.  Some sites may levy camera fees. 
Spending money requirements will differ from one person to the next. You will need to take into consideration your spending habits when allowing for drinks, shopping, and optional activities. 

You will need to allow enough money for the following:
Meals – USD120 (or equivalent)
Optional Activities – AUD250 (or equivalent)
Money for drinks, shopping and incidentals.

Tipping

Tipping is an integral part of Nepalese life and is essential to a smooth trip. To make things easier, we cover tips for hotel and lodge staff, local guides and porters. We do NOT cover restaurant tips. You will need to allow approximately 10-15% on top of your restaurant bill.
Tips—allow USD15(or equivalent)

 

Physical rating 3/5

This trek involves quite high altitudes (3800m) and steep climbs over many hours walking (up to 7-8 hours per day). A good level of fitness will be required.
 

Culture shock rating 3/5

Conditions in Nepal are not always as comfortable as in other countries. You may need to occasionally deal with a squat toilet, or the great outdoor loo (especially on the trek), cold showers or power failure.
 

Travel insurance

Travel Insurance is highly recommended whilst traveling to Nepal and is compulsory for any group tour with Incredible Indian Tours. If you are relying on travel insurance provided through your Credit Card, take note that the policies are often inferior and may not provide adequate coverage.  
 

Visas

Foreign nationals apart from Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. They are available on arrival and at embassies/consulates in advance.
For information, or assistance with obtaining a visa, check out the following website.

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/tourist-visa.html
 

Health

We recommend that you consult your doctor for current medical travel information about before departure. Your leader will be carrying a basic first aid kit, but we suggest you bring along your own as well as any personal medical requirements .

The following websites have up-to-date information about health requirements.

Australia https://www.travelvax.com.au/
New Zealand http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/travelling
USA https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

UK http://www.travelhealth.co.uk/
Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines
 

Communications / Keeping in touch

Internet cafes are commonplace throughout Nepal (even in the mountains, although prices in the hills can be quite exorbitant). Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies, although coverage is sporadic and variable. If you have an unlocked mobile phone, you will be able to purchase a local sim card easily and inexpensively. Please bring extra passport photos for this.
 

Your tour manager

Your tour manager is there to organise and streamline your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Whilst they are not a guide per se, they will share their local knowledge, give you suggestions for your free time and manage the day to day running of the tour. They will introduce you to their local friends and recommend great local restaurants and experiences. They will have a broad general knowledge of Nepal, so do feel free to tap into their wisdom. A full time local guide, as well as specialist guides will be with us throughout the tour to provide an in depth insight into the history and culture. In addition, on the trek we will provide one porter for every two trekkers. Your bag will be stored in a large duffel that the porter carries.
 

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in responsible travel. This includes being     respectful to the local culture (ie dressing appropriately, and   learning a few basic cultural do’s and don’ts), being mindful of the environment, and leaving a positive image behind. Remember we are ambassadors for our country. Bringing a few photos of your family and home with you is a great way to interact with the locals by giving them a glimpse of your world whilst you visit theirs.
 

Joining hotel and arrival information

Kathmandu Guest House
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4700 632 / 4700 800

Transfer/joining instructions 

Your included airport transfer pickup will await you holding a sign with your name when you exit the baggage claim area of the arrivals hall. There are usually large crowds here so please look carefully for your transfer. 

Arriving early

Set in Kathmandu's bustling Thamel district, this laid-back guesthouse/hotel in a converted Rana dynasty mansion, is one of the original guest houses in Kathmandu operating since 1967.

Situated in the heart of Kathmandu with easy access to all sights, rooms have en-suite bathrooms and desks. Deluxe rooms include flat-screens, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and balconies, as well as tea and coffeemakers. 
There's an outdoor restaurant serving international dishes, as well as a garden with a terrace

Pre and post tour information

Extra accommodation at is available at the Kathmandu Guest House in their deluxe rooms for USD120/135 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room. 
 

What to take

We will be on the move a lot, so try to pack as lightly as possible.  The smaller your bag in Nepal the better, as the transport we use tends to have limited storage space. 

Nepal is very conservative and we ask that you dress accordingly. As a guideline, shoulders and knees should always be covered.  The wearing of shorts (except if trekking) is looked upon by locals as akin to wearing your underwear and will limit your entry into mosques, temples and other places of worship.  Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool. Singlets, tank tops and shorts are not suitable attire for Nepal.
 

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by the hotels we use in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek you will need to do your own laundry as and when required.
 

Weather

The weather during our journey should be great. Daytime temperatures will be warm, in the range 15-30 deg Celsius in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It will be significantly cooler up in the mountains. Warm clothing will be required for the trek as we are at altitudes of nearly 4000m and temperatures can get well down below zero at night. Rain is not very likely at this time of year, but sun is, so sunblock and a hat are also essentials.
 

Checklist

Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance (don’t forget your emergency insurance contact details), air tickets.
Photocopy of above documents
Day pack
Health vaccinations/medication
First aid kit
Money: ATM card (widely available and easy to access in the main centres); credit cards (widely accepted in main centres); cash and travellers cheques (for emergencies) 
Money pouch
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight
Mosquito repellent
Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper
Lock for your bag or suitcase
Good hiking or walking shoes for the trek

On booking, you will receive a detailed packing list for this tour with suggested items to bring and what you can purchase/hire locally for the trek to Mustang.

We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt to store your passport, air tickets, credit cards and cash. Avoid bringing valuable jewellery with you. Some hotels we use may have safety deposit boxes. 
 

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