Tour Details at a glance

Tour Dates

6 - 20 October 2019

Tour Length

15 days / 14 nights

Tour Cost

US$4290pp twin share;
US$4600pp including Optional Single Supplement

Group Size

Minimum 4, Maximum 10

Starts and finishes in

Kathmandu

Accommodation

14 nights Hotels/Trekking Lodges

Transport

Private Minibus
3 Domestic Flights
Taxis for sightseeing

Meals

14 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners

Other Inclusions

Arrival and departure transfers; 
Entrance fees to all sights as per the itinerary; 
Restricted area permits
Guide fees; 
Tips and gratuities

Destinations - Tour > Nepal > Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang

Lo Manthang, MustangHave 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 trip 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.

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
* 4wd amongst stunning mountain scenery of the Upper Mustang Valley
* experience the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu 
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 private minibus to Nepal's second city ­ Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna and Mustang regions.
Hotel: Barahi Hotel

Day 4 Marpha (B L D) (2650m)
We begin our 4wd adventure into the mountains with an eight hour drive into the depths of the Kali Gandaki gorge to Marpha, famous as the apple-growing capital of Nepal.

Day 5 Kagbeni (B L D) (2810m)
After exploring the village of Marpha, we drive to Kagbeni, the entrance point to Upper Mustang (1.5hrs) via Muktinath (3800m) where we visit the popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
Hotel: All accommodation in Upper Mustang will be in trekking lodges. Some will have attached bathrooms, but most will be in simple rooms with 2 beds, or dormitory style with separate amenities.

Day 6 Charang (B L D) (3570)
5-6 hours drive to Charang. Part of the way can be hiked as an option.

Day 7 Charang (B L D) (3570m)
We have an acclimatisation day here in Charang before heading higher into Upper Mustang.

Day 8 Lo Manthang (B L D) (3730m)
2-3 hours drive via Ghar Gompa to explore the old palace and monastery.

Day 9 Lo Manthang (B L D)
We visit the monasteries and walled town of Lo Manthang and in the afternoon, we take a drive to the ancient Chossar cave and perhaps the Tibetan border.

Day 10 Chuksang (B L D) (2920m)
5-6 hours drive via Samar and Chele with an option for a trek to Chungsi caves.

Day 11 Jomsom (B L D) (2713m)
3-4 hours drive to Jomsom with a visit to the village of Thini and Dumba Lake in the afternoon.

Day 12 Pokhara (B)
We take an early morning flight back to Pokhara, with the afternoon free to relax, sightsee or shop.
Hotel: Barahi Hotel

Day 13 Pokhara (B)
We have a half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara, with the afternoon free to relax, sightsee or shop.
Hotel: Barahi Hotel

Day 14 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 15 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.

Trip Notes

Group size
Minimum 4, maximum 10

Days
15 days 16 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 (14 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 USD 310 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
14 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 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
Exchange rates as at April 2018
AUD1 = 81 NPR
CAD1 = 83 NPR
EUR1 = 129 NPR
GBP1 = 149 NPR
NZD1 = 77 NPR
USD1 = 104 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 trip involves quite high altitudes (3800m) and some fairly rugged 4wd drives. 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 in Upper Mustang), 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 and finishing 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 USD85/90 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.

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.

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 trip 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.

Bookings

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