Price: USD 3,695
Our Upper Mustang itinerary has been carefully designed to explore the quieter areas and in most places stays away from the new road. We approach Lo Manthang on the west side of the Kali Gandaki and descend on the less visited east side of this valley.
Upper Mustang is located north of Annapurna and at an average altitude of 4,000m is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colourful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and there are still very few people (about 700 trekkers each year) visiting Upper Mustang, as a result, it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.
Mustang is a remote semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom with a walled capital called Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang was once part of Tibet and was used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the current royal family can trace their lineage back to this time. In 1960s Mustang was a stronghold for Tibetan Khampa guerrillas fighting the occupying Chinese forces. CIA supported these fighters and secretly trained some of them in the US.
Internal flight to/from Jomsom and Kathmandu.
All transfers including airport collections.
One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek.
Lodge based accommodation on trek however we also bring along tents in case you prefer to sleep outside of the lodge. The tents will be allocated on a twin share basis using our three person Western branded tents.
All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus.
11 day Upper Mustang permit costing US$550 per person.
Bespoke weather forecasts for Upper Mustang region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek.
Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
Upper Mustang trekking map was given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and have an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
Pre-departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.
International flight to/from Kathmandu.
Travel & trekking insurance.
Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25).
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for the suggested kit list.
Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
Other items not listed in “What is included”.