Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

Overview

Upper Mustang Trek takes you to one of the popular but remote parts of Nepal where you get some of the most desolate enthralling landscape and traditional different cultures set apart from the mainstream. Upper Mustang is located in the north-central region of Nepal that borders China. Till two decades ago, this part of Nepal was restricted to tourism, as the zealous government wanted to keep the pie of Shangri-la, off-limit to foreigners. Thus getting it the nick-name of ‘The Forbidden City’ or ‘Little Tibet’. The trails to and in Upper Mustang include natural made beauties spanning isolated valleys, ancient villages, exquisite trails and natural vegetation. The primary objective of going to Mustang, is to Marvel at Lo Manthang, the capital of the Mustang region. Getting to it is only possible by its high altitude weathered isolated trails. It has been known for hundreds of years for its monasteries, meditation caves, art and architectural marvels of the locals and scenic wonders all around.

The ebullience of your Upper Mustang increases with what in store for me, as you hop aboard, the Trans-Himalayan flight to Jomsom, a mountain airstrip. You ascent gradually to Kagbeni, leading you all the way to Lo Manthang, being the pivotal point of your trekking destination in the district, Mustang. Your quest for getting to Lo-Manthang is only complimented by old monasteries, worth exploring, burlesque landscapes, and cultural and historical places all mingled in. The path takes you through Kali Gandaki, one of the deepest valley on earth. When it’s all over, you end up at Jomsom. This trekking route is best suited for enthusiastic adventurous hikers where one gets get to see the enchanting country of Upper Mustang. It is a dream lover of the natural world that gets to explore the majestic Himalayas while walking on scenic trails.

There is much that one gain from doing this trek. The first is getting to the once forbidden city of Lo Manthang which off-limits to the outer world till the 1990s. Then get a taste of what life was like in that form of Tibetan Buddhism practiced. Then having the pleasure of visiting the caves above in the valley to the religious troglodytes that lived in them. The seeing how cultivation for sustenance was and still done in this isolated part of western Nepal. Getting the chance to see some of the rarest species of birds and animals that exist here. In addition to trekking in this part, you also get to take glimpses of the various snow-capped mountain peaks of Nepal and the Chinese side on the trek. The mid-range part of the trek gives you the greenest forest that one can pass through. The best part is traveling on foot through some of the roughest but friendly trails for trekking enthusiast that was naturally created.

Where do we stay on the trek?
You need not worry about lodging on the trek. The itineraries are made in such a manner that each day’s destination lands you at a village of different kinds in which they have lodges that cater to the western world. They are mostly on twin sharing bases, with toilets, plus foods are according to western or local taste with both dinner and lunch. On the way, you might eat lunched cook up by the staff or eat at the local teahouses on the way.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Upper Mustang
Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride
Day 04 : Pokhara to Jomsom (flight- 35 min) to Kagbeni (2800 m) 4-5 hrs walk
Day 05 : Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06 : Chele to Geling (3570m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 07 : Geling to Tsarang (3560m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 08 : Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 09 : Explore around Lo-Manthang
Day 10 : Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 11 : Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3850m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 12 : Shyangmochen to Chhuksang (2980m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 13 : Chhuksang to Kagbeni 5-6 hrs walk
Day 14 : Kagbeni to Jomsom 5-6 hrs walk
Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara (20 min flight)
Day 16 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours bus ride
Day 17 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Witness magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepal’s sky, and excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites along with Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries
  • Catch terrific - Kathmandu -Jomsom, Jomsom -Pokhara flights known for mind-blowing sceneries
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Enjoy view of spectacular mountains on the trekking way along with Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other majestic peaks
  • Visit Lo-Manthang, a historical place well known for thousand years’ old monasteries
  • Unveil pre-historic culture by viewing mysterious caves, cave temples
  • Explore Pokhara, the most beautiful lake city of the country, also known for providing superb mountain views
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas
  • Get along with ethnic people and their culture

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

On getting off your flight into the International Airport, a company representative of Breakfree Adventures will welcome you and chauffer you off to a three star hotel. You now can either relax your fatigue or if your vitality allows it, haunt the city for its surprises. The night is at the hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

On your first full day in Nepal, your get to see the sights, sounds and vibes of the capital of Nepal Kathmandu, with relics of its historical past, so much so, UNESCO has made four of them world heritage site. They are Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, Boudhanath Stupa, Syambhunath an ancient Buddhist temple atop a hillock and Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historical city centre and place of Kathmandu’s kings. They all depict the art and culture of Nepal. You stay at the same hotel for the night.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara, 6 to 7 hour Bus Drive

Having explored the city the previous day, you now head to Pokhara by tourist bus. It is a 6 to 7 hour journey, hardly a sore, as your mind will be absorbed by the natural panoramic views of rivers, verdure hills and landscapes and petite villages along the way. You are checked into a hotel for the night.

Day 4
Pokhara to Jomsom (flight 35min) to Kagbeni (2800m) 4 to 5 hrs Walking

Early in the morning, we take the 35 minute flight to Jomsom. You get a panoramic view of Himalyan ranges to the north and other green landscape below. Your trek now starts as you head toward Kagbeni after completing breakfast. You stay at a lodge for the night.

Day 5
Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) 5 to 6 hrs Walking

The path to Chele follows some rivers over couple of small ridges. On the hike, you come across quite a few black, red and white Chorten as common features of the entrenched Buddhist faith of the Upper Mustang Region. You finally Chele, before sunset. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 6
Chele to Geling (3570) 5 to 6 hrs Walking

Today, you trek continues onto Geling Village that is a small village in the district, in which, the all buildings are painted red in symbolizing monasteries. The hike takes you over undulating terrain and you reach Geling ahead of sunset. You are put up for the night at a lodge.

Day 7
Geling to Tsarang (3560m) 5 to 6 hrs Walking

Trekking for 5 to 6 hours, you get to Tsarang. On the way, you will come across white Dzongs and red coloured Gompas. Tsarang is in the inaccessible and remote area of Upper Mustang, in Kali Gandaki River Valley. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 8
Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m) 5 to 6 hrs Walking

Today, your hike takes you to the walled city of Lo Manthang. You will first have to trek for about 5 to 6 hours to get there. The path to your destination crosses Marang (Chogo) La and then you enter the city by a gate in the north east. The city and its surrounding areas have monasteries that are hundreds of years old and caves, art and architectural wonders of the locals. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 9
Exploring Lo Manthang

Today no hiking, just exploration of the hidden wonders of Lo Manthang. You get to visit the Gompas, ancient palaces. You also are taken to a few historical monuments along with meditation caves and caved temples which surrounds the valley. You stay for the night at a Lodge.

Day 10
Lo Manthang to Drakma (3820m) 5 to 6 hrs walking

Today, we trek onto Drakma, a place for large covered areas or terraced fields against red cliffs. You can also visit the tryglodytes of cave living in the area. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 11
Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3850m) 5 to 6 hrs Walking

Today, you get to hike towards Shyangmoched made famous for its colourful chorten atop the Shyangmochen La. Here you are offered spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayan Ranges. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 12
Shyangmochen to Chhuksang (2980m) 5 to 6 hrs Walking

Today the hike takes you to Chhuksang, which is on the rougher side, scary slips and detours. Carefully hiking for about 6 hours you get to the village Chhuksang beside the Kali Gandaki River. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 13
Chhuksang to Kagbeni 5 to 6 hours walking

Passing a few forests and rivers, you reach Kagbeni where you shelter for the night at a lodge.

Day 14
Kagbeni to Jomsom 5 to 6 hours walking

It is the final day of the trek. You follow the lower altitude trail of the Annapurna region which passes through thick forests. It has a few monasteries on the way unique to the Buddhist tradition and culture. You stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 15
Jomsom to Pokhara (20 Minutes Flight)

Today, you board a domestic flight to Pokhara with a bird’s eye view of the places you have visited and try to spot what you had seen. On landing, you are chauffeured off to your hotel for the night.

Day 16
Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 to 7 hours Bus Ride

Today you head back the turns and twists of roads to Kathmandu, allowing you the change to take in the rolling green hills, wayside villages, and the rafting river of Trisuli. In Kathmandu, your check into a hotel for the night.

Day 17
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

With sweet and vivid memories of your trekking adventure to Upper Mustang, a representative of Breakfree Adventures, chauffeurs you to the International Airport three hours ahead of time for inflight check in formalities.

We will have hoped that you had had a fabulous adventure in your trek with our tailor made package in this Upper Mustang Trek and it will bring future plans to use other trekking destination we have in store.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transfers by a tourist bus. (Option: Flight or private vehicle)
  • Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Round trip flight fare from Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara.
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Special Mustang trek Permit (US$500 Per Person for 10 Days) for more than 10 days in restricted area, US$50 per day / per person.
  • Annapurna Conservation area (ACAP) entrance permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 3 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • Extra accommodations in Kathmandu or Pokhara if required.
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
When is the best time to do Upper Mustang trekking?

The best time to do Upper Mustang trekking is from June to September and up till December though the trek can be done around the year. Upper Mustang is known as the Himalayan High Alpine desert. It is located at the rain-shadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, so even during monsoon, it receives less rain so trekking is possible in the rainy season too (Jun till Aug).

How is the upper mustang trek difficulty?

Upper mustang trek difficulty is a moderate grade trek but the trek is good to go for any age group. For any physically fit person there won’t be a problem since you won’t have to go over 4000 meters like in Everest or Manaslu regions treks. No technical parts are involved other than the ability to walk for about 5-6 hours each day. Also, you need to go for a frequent switch into high altitude and climatic challenges.

What is the level of fitness for this trek?

Though the trek is a moderately difficult graded hike, anyone with good physical fitness can accomplish this trek. Also, no previous trekking experience or technical experience is required. You are required to walk for five to six hours per day. If you don’t have a previous trek experience or do not exercise regularly, we recommend that you go for a little exercise and daily walking before your trip.

Is travel insurance for Upper Mustang trekking required?

Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 4000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Upper Mustang trekking and read their policies

Do I get altitude sickness on Upper Mustang trekking?

At higher altitudes, anyone might experience altitude sickness regardless of how you fit you are or age-difference. Those who haven’t lived at high altitudes may also suffer from altitude sickness (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). The best thing to do is walk slow and proper hydration altitude sickness on Upper Mustang trek can be prevented

How is Upper Mustang trekking accommodation?

Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Mustang region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Upper Mustang trekking accommodation is very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.

What does Upper Mustang trekking food cost?

Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then Upper Mustang trekking food cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.

Is drinking water available during the trek?

Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.

What foods should I bring with me?

Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.

Will the company arrange the required Permit for Upper Mustang trek?

Yes, and the company arranges all the required Permit for Upper Mustang trek which includes ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee US$30 per person and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card US$10 per person. Since Upper Mustang is a restricted area so a special entry permit is required; this cost US$ 500 Per Person for 10 Days. All of these permits are already included while booking so you don’t have to worry about it.

Can I take showers during the trek?

Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. A hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.

Where should I buy trekking gear?

You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last chance to buy trek gears in Pokhara before going for a trek.

Is charging my camera, mobile possible

All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.

If I get sick during the trek, what will happen?

Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you.

Is support of a trekking guide required?

Booking the trek with us, we shall provide our experienced trek guide and necessary porters. Hiring a trekking staff or booking an organized trek is not mandatory but doing it individually without experienced staff completely depends upon you.

Do I need a porter?

If you are fit and can carry your own baggage which comes to 15 kg maximum and walking the high mountain terrains then hiring a porter isn’t necessary. Otherwise, hiring a porter is a good idea where you only have to carry your day-pack. The maximum load is 15 kgs each porter.

What are tips for trekking Upper Mustang?

Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek. You can give them a certain amount as tips for trekking Upper Mustang as per your desire at the end of the tre

Will I get wifi on Upper Mustang trek?

Wi-fi is available only till Jomsom and after Jomsom, there are no internet facilities. Though local sim card ‘Namaste’ seems to work at some parts of the trek.

Taking children on this trek is possible?

Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, it shouldn’t a problem. Make sure, they have prior experiences of a few days hike and high altitudes.

Does the trekking staff have a first-aid kit?

Our trek guide carries a comprehensive first aid kit with basic medication for altitude sickness, cold, diarrhea, headache, etc. All of our guides are trained on mountain wilderness medication

Sleeping bags, walking poles, duffle bag are required for this trek?

Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.

How much money is required each day?

You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.

Is there ATM on Upper Mustang trek?

No, there is no ATM on Upper Mustang trek. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the only option.

What is the walking hour per day?

Usually, it’s about 5-6 hours in most of the days. The walks must be slow and steady.

What is the group size? Can I do this trek privately?

The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.

Where should I store my luggage in Kathmandu before going to trek?

Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek. If you are starting the trek from Pokhara then you can store it at your hotel in Pokhara.

What is the packing list for upper mustang trek?

The packing list for upper mustang trek depends upon the season you travel. During winter warm clothes are suggested. These include down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. In summer, still requires light warm clothing. In most cases, your company already provides down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at the Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exist with both local and foreign brands.

What will be the upper mustang trek temperatures?

Upper mustang trek temperatures is average ranging from 13°C to 20°C while in daytime and the temperature drops down from -3°C to 0°C at night. The average Annual Temperature of the region is about 10.9 °C and Rainfall is about 307 mm. In Spring, (Apr-May) is 16°C to 22°C while -6°C to -2°C at night. In Monsoon (Jul-Sep) at daytime is 13°C to 20°C while the temperature drops down from -3°C to 0°C at night. Autumn (October and November) is 12 to 20°C at day and -8 to -4°C at night. In Winter (December, January, and February) is 0 to 5°C in day and -25 to 20 at night.

Is there a difference between Everest or Annapurna and Upper Mustang Trek?

The difference between Everest or Annapurna and Upper Mustang Trek is basically you will get to High Alpine Himalayan Desert with less greenery instead of green forest and vegetation. There will be majestic Himalayan views but dry land and small oasis settlements coupled up with ancient Buddhist religion and culture where many forts, monasteries, caves are scattered all over the region.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October & November are the best seasons for the Upper Mustang Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) is also good for Upper Mustang Trekking. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Upper Mustang Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house(lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Upper Mustang Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 17 days Upper Mustang Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 17 days Upper Mustang Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Upper Mustang Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should any body in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Upper Mustang Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Upper Mustang Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

  • 16 Nights/17 Days
  • February to November
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Private car, Tourist bus & Flight
  • 4230 meters
  • Moderate
  • Jomsom
  • Jomsom
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • 5 - 7 hours each day
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Lo-Manthang, Jomsom
  • Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

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