Upper Mustang Trekking 19 Days


The Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the last remaining historical trekking regions of Nepal. The upper Mustang trekking region is also known as the district behind the Himalayas and the cave city of Nepal. Hundreds of cave residences and several massive cave monasteries have been discovered in the Upper Mustang region. The Upper Mustang area is also famed for monasteries older than the Samye Monastery in Tibet, and the region is geographically scenic, surrounded by the Himalayas. Upper Mustang is a not to miss pilgrimage destination among the local Buddhist and Hindu belief and for the neighbouring nations such as Tibet, India and Bhutan.

Also known as the Kingdom of Lo, Mustang existed as an independent state as early as the 5th century but was absorbed into Tibet in the 7th century. Later it achieved a degree of independence and became an important centre of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ame Pal (1380-1450) founded a dynasty that has survived until the present day, even if the country was integrated into Nepal in the 18th century. The last king, Jigme Palbar Bista, the 25th after Gyalpo Ame Pal, was born in 1930 and lived as the Raja of Mustang (King of Mustang) until the 16th of December 2016, the day when he passed away at an age of 86. However, the Kingship, the Rajya Rajauta (the Petty States and Rulers), got crapped by the Nepal Government in 2018, after declaring Nepal as a republic after the political changes in the country.

The inhabitants of Mustang, which consists of about 6,000 people, are culturally a Tibetan people, speaking the Tibetan language and following Tibetan Buddhism.

Up until 1992 Mustang was closed except for a few royal guests. The first legal trekkers were allowed in only in March 1992, upon payment of a high royalty, minimum $700 for 10 days, which is changed now ($500 for a 10 days permit).

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For these reasons, trekking to the Upper Mustang/Lo is a rare privilege. Not many foreigners go there but those that do discover a traditional way of life, landscape, architecture and art so enthralling that it cannot be forgotten.

To the south of Mustang live the Thakalis, who provide a cultural and geographical bridge between Mustang and the middle hill tribes of Gurungs and Magars. A famous place of pilgrimage in this area for both Hindus and Buddhists is Muktinath, also known as Chumig Gyatsa (One Hundred Springs), located 18 km northeast of Jomsom.

If you extend the trek from Jomsom to Beni, you’ll end up back in Gurkha country amidst typical Nepalese scenery. The fauna and flora become richer as you descend from alpine to temperate and finally into subtropical forests. The views and the backdrop of the Himalayas are stunning throughout.

If you are Trekking to Mustang in May-June, then consider the trip to coincide with the Tiji (Mask Dance) Festival in Lomanthang. The beating of drums and singing fill the air as the ancient thangka (religious painting) of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhism’s Lotus-born Saint) is brought from the Palace of Lo Manthang into the square. The people of Lo (Upper Mustang) eagerly await its arrival through clouds of incense, and with great clamour and anticipation, the monks place the thangka on display by rolling it down a massive wall. The festival is commonly celebrated by the people of Lo Tso Dhun (the seven provinces of Upper Mustang).

Trip Highlights

  • Walk on the ancient lifeline route
  • Visit the places visited by very few tourists due to its permit cost.
  • Enjoy walking within picturesque and dramatic landscapes
  • A broken moon land renowned as a photogenic country
  • Walk into weather washed beautiful canyon
  • Explore impressive interwoven ancient villages
  • Visit the innermost ancient villages of Mustang.
  • See and learn on Bon and Buddhism culture
  • Experience the anciently preserved Tibetan culture in its purest form
  • Visit a forbidden walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang
  • Visit the most ancient caves
  • Visit the Muktinath, the site of salvation
  • Experience classical cultural dots and undisturbed natural scenery
  • Admire and enjoy seeing the grandeur of the Himalaya
  • Visit the medieval towns, stupas, temple, and monasteries

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 19 days from arrival to the day of departure.
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites.
  • Trek starting point: Jomsom.
  • Trek ending point: Jomsom.
  • A domestic flight in: Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,220 metres Jeng-La.
  • Accommodation: The best teahouse lodges in each village.
  • Meals: An open menu to choose by client.
  • Trip grade: Easy to Moderate.
  • Best season to trek: from the first week of May to the mid of November.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Day 02: In Kathmandu - visit the UNESCO sites.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara. A 6 hours drive

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom 2,750m. (by air) & trek to Kagbeni 2,847m. A 22-minutes flight and 2 hours trek

Day 05: Trek to Chhusang. A 4 hours trek

Day 06: Trek to Samar. A 4 hours trek

Day 07: Trek to Geling 3,500m. & Gami 3,520m. A 6 hours trek

Day 08: Trek to Charang 3,620m. A 4 hours trek

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,810m. A 4 hours trek

Day 10: Visit Lomanthang

Day 11: Trek to Logekar Gonpa and Drakmar 3,820m. A 6 hours trek

Day 12: Trek to Shyangbochen 3,850m. A 5 hours trek

Day 13: Trek to Tetang 3,850m. A 7 hours trek

Day 14: Trek to Ngyu La Pass 4,135m. and Muktinath 3,800m. A 7 hours trek

Day 15: Trek to Lupra, Thini and Jomsom. A 5 hours trek

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara 820m. 22-minutes panoramic flight

Day 17: Guided tour and fly to Kathmandu. A 40 minutes flights and 30 minutes drive.

Day 18: Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either visiting nearby shrines or rest back in your room.

NOTE: If you arrive in the morning flight then we take a late afternoon visit; we’ll visit Boudhanath, one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and a site of great veneration. If you arrive in the late afternoon or evening flight, then we will include this visit on day two.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu - visit the UNESCO sites.

The rich tapestry of the Buddhist heritage of Nepal is synthesized in Kathmandu Valley. After breakfast visit UNESCO site Soyambhunath stupa on a hillock overlooking Kathmandu valley. Well known as ‘Monkey Temple’ the golden spire crowning, Soyambhunath is the most ancient and vital of Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu valley.

After visiting all these places, return to Patan city. Believed to have been founded in the third century B.C., and later expanded in the sixth century, the ancient town of Patan renowned for its rich Buddhist heritage, was one of the significant Buddhist cities in Asia by the 7th century as Buddhist pilgrims, scholars, and monks from India, Tibet and China visited the city. In its one period, the entire population of Patan City was comprised only with monks and artisans. We will visit major Buddhist temples of Patan such as the Golden temple founded in the 12th century, Mahaboudha (Temple of thousand Buddhas) of the 17th century, and other important Buddhist sites.

At around the end of the tour, we'll also visit the Museum of Patan. Located inside the medieval palace, the Patan Museum is a must for anyone interested in Asian Art, history of Nepal, curatorial science, or religion. It is a world-class museum that displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential part of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

The museum also exhibits a long span of Nepal's cultural history and some rare objects. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism are explained in extensive labels. Finalize the trip and drive to the hotel.

In the afternoon, visit another UNESCO site of Boudhanath - the vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. Boudhanath is the primary pilgrimage destination for Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara. A 6 hours drive

A scenic drive passing through several small towns and farmlands will take you to Lake City Pokhara where eye-opening views of Himalayas welcome you. Located beneath the Himalayas, the lush natural beauty of Pokhara is a place of "Dream Holiday". The site is famous for its tranquil lakes, natural beauty, and superb scenery. We stop at Pokhara for lunch and walk around the lake. Then we continue further 30-minutes’ drive to Yoga Meditation centre. Get checked into the rooms – dinner and overnight in the hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom 2,750m. (by air) & trek to Kagbeni 2,847m. A 22-minutes flight and 2 hours trek

Early in the morning, a flight leaves for the region north-west of Pokhara, towards the great chasm between the snow-covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You'll enjoy splendid views of the towering massifs, each more than 8,000 meters and the river below, which has created the deepest gorge on this planet.

Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang. On arrival there, you'll meet the rest of the trekking staff (the guide will be with you from Kathmandu) and start the trek to Kagbeni, the main gateway to Upper Mustang, there you'll camp overnight.

Kagbeni has been one of Nepal's important trading centres for centuries. The village was formed around the 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet, and there is still a checkpoint to control all groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang. There are a monastery, a police check post and an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office in this village, which is well worthy of visiting.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Chhusang. A 4 hours trek

The trail leads up north over several ridges toward the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River and Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white-washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley and wheat, and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, dominating Kagbeni's southern skyline, can be enjoyed in its different shapes. From here it is another one and a half hours to reach Chhusang.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Samar. A 4 hours trek

We cross the river and continue north up to a huge red boulder of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki flows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile, which marks the cultural divide between the Manangis and the Tibetans of Lo.

The climb continues over steep, treeless, dry terrain, along the side of a spectacular canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3,540m. Then the trail makes a gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and on further along a pleasant stretch to Samar village, where we will camp and visits its villages and chortens. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Geling 3,500m. & Gami 3,520m. A 6 hours trek

We climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge, where the trail emerges out into a broad field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3,800m. The route goes over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3,770m and descend to Gelling village. From Geling the trail climbs gently up to an exciting pass, Nyi La, and then descends beneath blue, grey, and red cliffs at Gami.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Charang 3,620m. A 4 hours trek

After crossing a steel bridge over the Tagmar Chu (river), we arrive at a Mani wall, perhaps the longest and most spectacular such wall in Nepal. After negotiated another pass, at 3,600m, the route makes a gentle descent to Charang village. A huge five-story white dzong and red gonpa are the main attractions there, featuring statues and thangkas (many of them large paintings of seated Buddhas).
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,810m. A 4 hours trek

From Charang we will descend about 25 minutes and cross the bridge and continue with a gentle climb. While on the trek we'll view some ancient stupas and the monasteries of Charnag and its Valley.

Finally, there is a view from a hill ridge of the walled city of Lo, Nambyal, and Chhosar villages. After a short descent, we cross a stream and then climb up onto the plateau of Lo Manthang.

Up to the end of the 18th century, Mustang (Tibetan sMon-thang) was the main town of a provincial district known as Lo, which extended down the valley of the Kali Gandaki River as far south as Kagbeni.

Lo was a dependency of Nga-ri (Western Tibet), which in the 10th and 11th centuries consisted of three kingdoms (in the north-west corner of present-day Nepal).

There was a chain of strongholds (all now in ruins) the whole length of the Kali Gandaki Valley from Kagbeni to Mustang. The lords of these castles seem to have ruled as absolute masters, and each in his small domain. At the end of the 18th century, the Gurkhas took control of the whole Kali Gandaki Valley.

Though Tibetan in culture and language, Lo supported Nepal in its war with Tibet in 1860, thus affirming its right to its ancient feudal system of rajas and serfs. Serfdom got abolished in 1956. The title "Raja of Mustang" was borne until 28 May 2008. Finally, on 28 May 2008, the kingdom was officially abolished by the 1st Constituent Assembly, and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal was declared. The sub-national monarchies in Mustang, Bajhang, Salyan, and Jajarkot got also abolished in October 2008.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 10: Visit Lomanthang

Chhoser is an exciting cave town where you can see all its neighbouring villages, where they recently discovered ancient wall paintings. On the way to Chhoser we visit the villages of Nyaphu and the Nyaphu monastery on the cliff, Gharphu and Nedar, and also the Thubten Monastery. The villages in such an isolated landscape are incredible and the monasteries, erected inside caves, dating from before the thirteenth century are incredible. The main building of the Thubten Monastery, located under a cliff, rests on an interior wall, while the prayer rooms are located far inside the cave. End the excursion and return to Lo Manthang.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Logekar Gonpa and Drakmar 3,820m. A 6 hours trek

We leave the mud-city of the forbidden Kingdome and treks back toward the Gami via Logekar Monastery. The trail climbs steadily up till a small hill ridge, from where we can view the Lo Gekar Monastery, Charang, and Mornag villages. Then the trail continuously descends until Lo Gekar (Ghar Gompa). We visit the Lo Gekar gonpa which is older than Samye gonpa in Tibet, and one of the oldest gonpas of Nepal.

Finalize the visit and our lunch at Logekar Monastery. After lunch, we'll continue our trek with a steady climb up to a small pass. After this pass, we descend about 500 meters with a view of Dagmar village, one of the most interesting villages with ancient caves in its red sand cliff.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Shyangbochen 3,850m. A 5 hours trek

In one and half hours further, the trek will bring us to Gami. The trail requires only some minor descending and climbing to reach Gami. From Gami we retrace the trail, which we walk while climbing up.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Tetang 3,850m. A 7 hours trek

In the morning we'll pay a visit to a cave below the Shyangmochen village. This is a Cave of the Self-Emanating Buddha (Rangjyung cave), a not to miss place.

We then retrace the trail to Samar and continue, mostly downhill, to Chhuksang village, where we will cross the River Kaligandaki and continue with minor climbing to the village of Tetang. The trail provides some fine views of wind-carved hills and the village of Tetang. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering Mustang from Kagbeni. From Tetang village it takes one day to go to Jomsom and a day to arrive at Muktinath.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Ngyu La Pass 4,135m. and Muktinath 3,800m. A 7 hours trek

From Tetang village the trail climbs till the Gnyu Pass, which takes around 3:30 hours. The entire route provides a beautiful panorama of the Himalayan range and green Valley with many kinds of Himalayan flowers (Aug-Sept). From Ngyu-La Pass, you can see the whole Muktinath area at a distance of 2 hours’ gentle walk.

You'll arrive in Muktinath, tired but with a sense of accomplishment. Muktinath, the Lord of Salvation, is a holy place both for Buddhist and Hindu, which attracts thousands of devotees from Nepal, India, and Tibet every year. The Muktinath region, facing Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the south-east, Dhaulagiri to the south-west and Thorang Peak and Yak Kawa Kang to the north, is a living museum of old villages, such as Dzar, Dzong, Khingga and Purang.

Muktinath, also known by Chumig Gyatsa (One Hundred Springs) is situated some 18 kilometres north-east of Jomsom. The Muktinath temple was constructed in 1815 A.D. by Queen Subarna Prabha, the wife of Rana Bahadur Saha, king of Nepal after she had a dream. The main temple is built in a Tibetan pagoda style containing a huge brass image of Vishnu or Chenrezig (in Buddhist) as Tibetan Buddhists call him.

Nearby is another temple, where gushes out of rock considered very holy. There is also a Buddhist monastery (Salamebar Dolamebar monastery) in the eastern corner of the Muktinath precinct; dedicated to Jwala Mai, the goddess of fire, shielded by curtains, are burning eternal flames. Hindus believe the flame, to be Agni, the god of fire.

There are two other sites of worship within a single structure nearby; the Shiva-Parvati temple and a Narsingha gonpa (Monastery). The lower story is the gompa, while the upper floor is the temple. At the back of the temple are 108-waterspouts, Chu-Mig-Gya-Tsa, fashioned in the shape of boars' heads, the boar is one of the ten incarnations of Chenrezig (Buddhist) / Vishnu (in Hindu). This water is channelled from a spring above the temple.

For Hindus, the importance of Muktinath, besides its holy water, lies in the belief that Lord Vishnu takes the form of saligrams. Saligrams are fossils found in the Kali Gandaki River, just a few hours' walking down from Muktinath. The traditional caretakers of Muktinath are Tibetan Buddhist nuns.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Lupra, Thini and Jomsom. A 5 hours trek

Today is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Dzarkot where one can visit the Dzarkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical centre and the old fortress of Dzarkot, which once served as a palace. We then trek to Lupra Gonpa with some of the finest views of Dhaulagiri, Tukche, Nilgiri and Tilicho mountain and the Kaligandaki valley. At Lupra village there is a small but beautiful and authentic village visited by very few people. There we probably pay a visit to its monastery. The next village on the trail is Thini a big village opposite the Jomsom airport. Then shortly descend to the Kaligandaki river to cross the bridge to Jomsom. After seeing extraordinary human effort in this corner of the World with such isolation and solitude, we arrive at Jomsom, where we get a round trip of our trekking into the Upper Mustang!

In Jomsom, we will spend our last night in the Kaligandaki Valley. This is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a 24 hours bus ride to Kathmandu.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara 820m. 22-minutes panoramic flight

In the morning, board in a small aircraft (Twin Otter / Dornier or similar types). The flight offers fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range of mountains on both sides of the flight route.

A great mountain scenery lasts till it touches the beautiful Pokhara city airport. Once we get out of the plane, the panorama to the northeast of Pokhara, filled with high mountain rows, greets us back. Transfer to Pokhara Lakeside and get distributed into rooms. The rest of the day is free for rest and refreshment. In the evening, we will stroll around the lake of Pokhara while choosing one of its best restaurants for a hearty dinner.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 17: Guided tour and fly to Kathmandu. A 40 minutes flights and 30 minutes drive.

Early in the morning, a short excursion to the Sarangkot viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views and the incredible mountain panorama. Return to your hotel and breakfast.

After breakfast, visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of the mountain and mountaineering in the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and their natural habitat, where we will also know a bit about the different ethnicities of Nepal.

After lunch, a short drive to Pokhara airport to board our domestic flight to Kathmandu, a beautiful 40 minutes' take you back to Kathmandu. We are back in the colourful city of Kathmandu. Arrive at your hotel and get checked into your rooms – dinner and overnight in the hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 18: Kathmandu

A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant of Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 19: Departure

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. At the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), you will go through the immigration formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast.


NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
2 - 3 Persons 2300$ 2482$
4 - 5 Persons 2222$ 2400$
6 - 7 Persons 2170$ 2350$
8- 10 Persons 2130$ 2310$
Single room supplemen 300$ 480$

What is included

  • Airport pick-up and departure services as per itinerary
  • 4-nights of hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • 1 guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for entire trekking period.
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff.
  • A Trekking Map in the group
  • A good sleeping bag for each member (If one require)
  • A pair of a trekking pole for each member (if required)
  • A trekking duffel bag for each member (if required)
  • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and TIMS permit
  • Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang
  • Trek with all meals and accommodations in teahouse lodges
  • Airfare Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara (tax and airport transfer included)
  • Guided tour of Sarangkot and International Mountain Museum in Pokhara with transport and monument entry fee
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • Airfare Pokhara/Kathmandu (tax and airport transfer included)
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well) International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in the above price include section.


Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

The best month to take this itinerary is from the first week of May to the end of September. However, this area can be trekked in Spring and Autumn season and find the region in a beautiful setting of nature.

Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.


Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites, and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Do we join a group during trekking?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and in good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
In Nepal altitudes ranging from 3000 to 4000 metres are taken as normal altitude, where we find permanent villages and vegetation. In the Mustang region, there are permanent settlements above the 3,800-metre elevation such as Lomanthang at 3,810 metres, Muktinath 3,800 metres and other several small side villages. This trek itinerary mostly takes place at altitudes around 3,600 metres where you are unlikely to notice mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover, or take a helicopter flight to Kathmandu. But such a possibility is very rare if we follow the itinerary and walking rhythm set by our guide.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is included and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and a hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while on a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Pokhara and Jomsom, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, and Pokhara to Kathmandu, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft.

What about the guide?
We provide government-certified local guides in any major international language you require. The guides are not only fluent in the respective language, but also have a good experience of the local culture and geography.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get a vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $400 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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