Mustang, the pride of Dhaulagiri zone is situated at western development region of Nepal which is well known for trekking expeditions. Mustang being divided in two parts namely Upper mustang and lower mustang consumes most of the attractive places and was opened for foreigners from 1992. Since then a lot of tourists have explored the forbidden kingdom. Mustang is surrounded by the Mt Annapurana and Mt Dhaulagiri creating an exotic view for the tourist Moreover, Mustang is also the home of the deepest gorge of the world of "Kali Gandaki".
Lower Mustang is the best known for the places such as Marpha, Jomson, Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath. Marpha is considered as the hub of the apple and apricot industry in Mustang. Mustang has two known distilleries companies, a drying facility and beautiful orchards. As Muktinath temple is considered to be sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhist, the place is always filled with local and international tourists. Lower mustang is also famous for its Tibetan style swellings and cobbled streets.
Upper Mustang is the former kingdom of Lo and a part of the Western Tibetan Kingdom of Ngari. The most famous place in the upper mustang is its capital "Lo Manthang". Sculpted canyons, distinguished rock formations, medieval villages, ruined fortresses, royal palaces, unexplored caves, Tibetan Buddhist Gompas and snow-peaks holds the great significance. The settlements of Mustang are either of Lo kingdom which are known as 'Lopa' or Thak known as 'Thakali'. They basically speak Tibetan, Nepali, Thakali- a Sino Tibetan language. Animal husbandry, agriculture, trade and tourism are the main source of income for the people of Mustang.
Being one of the top listed destination of Nepal, Mustang offers wide diversity in flora and fauna. Birds such as Hill and rock pigeons, crag martins, rose finches, pied wagtails, rock buntings, black redstarts, impeyan pheasants, grandala, snowcock and white-capped river chats, Himalayan griffin, lammergeyer, golden eagles etc. are the major attraction of this region. Moreover, animals like snow leopard, red fox, marmot, Himalayan wooly hair, blue sheep, yak and lynx etc. are the few popular animals to be seen in this region.
1. How can I enter in Nepal?
In South Asia, Nepal is known as one of the most popular tourist destination. Direct and non- stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu (Capital city of Nepal) are also available in several airlines. Such as direct flights from Paris, London, Doha, Frankfurt, Osaka, Shanghi, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Karachi, Hong-Kong, Bombay, Delhi, Paro, Culcutta, Varanasi and Lhasa.
2. Is someone is going to pick me up from the airport with transfer included?
Yes, the member from our company will come to the airport to pick you up with a display card of Nepal Wild-Land Adventure Company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included for our clients.
3. Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, first of all our staff will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel while our tour leader will be in waiting for you to give a few brief details regarding about the trip (Trekking).
While briefing our clients are kindly requested to bring their passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travelling insurance, notepad and writing pen with them.
4. What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake up normally at 7am in the morning. And after having breakfast, we repack our stuff and leave it with our other Sherpa team.
We normally go on a trail before 8am, all you need to carry is a stuff which are necessary to you and a camera to capture the beautiful moments while trekking. Our Sherpa team guides hike with an interesting flora and fauna sights. You can also find the spot to relax, use toilet facilities, purchase snacks or any drinks which you prefer and shop for souvenirs.
We will have lunch within 11am to 12pm. A usual day's trek normally ends in the early afternoon like 4pm to 4:30pm. After that you can have a quality time for yourself to read or nap before dinner.
After dinner you can play cards, rememorize all the breath taking moments of your day or chat about tomorrows hiking plans.
5. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Yes, of course. Telephone services and internet services are available in all the trekking routes in Everest, Annapurna and Lang tang areas.
6. Can I recharge my camera and other gadgets batteries along the trek?
Yes, in most of the places you can charge your batteries along our trek.
7. About water – are they available at each teahouse? Or are we supposed to bring iodine tablets?
You can buy mineral water, filter or boiled water during the trekking trail. If you want to bring iodine tablets then that would be great.
8. What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
Meals on full protein and nutritious basis will be provided to you during our trekking. Warm and freshly cooked food is served (Western, Continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Normally three meals each day will be provided.
9. What will happen if there is an emergency?
For the emergency case, all of our guides are well trained in the basic first aid and can handle the basic aliments that may occur on trek. If the case is out of hand then our team of Nepal Wild-land Adventure trekking will cover the required expenses of rescue operation likewise it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such as event where these expenses will be needed to recovered from your insurance company. In most regions there are also help posts which have been organized and established by the foreign doctors with an expert staffs.
10. Are all of your company staff insured?
All the trekking staff including guides, Sherpas, cooks and porters of our company is insured. They are all protected by fine life insurance policy with facilities of warm clothing and proper shelter on high altitude. We make sure to insure our staff member to be well paid and properly insured.
11. Could you give us some information about the guide?
We guarantee for the safety and security of all the trekkers with the many years of experience in this field with you. All of our staffs and members are well trained on this field with a trekking guide license and experience. We only hire the professional guides who are able to serve in a effective way to the guest and good in fluent English and also the one who can adjust to the Trekkers desired language. Our team members are expert one and are also active for any services as per the preference Of the Trekkers.
12. What kinds of banking facilities are provided in Nepal?
In Nepal you can find modern banking facilities with international banks in KTM (Kathmandu). All foreign currencies along with credit cards are accepted in Nepal. For eg: American Express, Visa and Master Cards. You can also find A.T.M facilities in Nepal.
13. Is travelling alone women with your company is safe?
We guarantee all the safety and security for every individual women traveler while with us. We are more alert and confident for such issues. You can believe us without any doubt for your safety. All the guides of our company are well trained and experienced in such types of cases. Personal room on lodge trek and tent for camping is provided to our clients according to their preference.
14. What happens if I have to leave the trip early?
Sometimes communication on mountain region is difficult but we assure you that in the case like this our company guides will make the best effort to obtain the quick transportation and reservation to get you home as quickly as possible in a safe and sound way.
15. Does this trekking company (Nepal Wild-land Adventure) accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, American Express and Master Cards. In case, if you are paying in person in Nepal then we kindly request you to pay in cash or traveler's cheque because the bank charges for credit cards are quiet high.
16. Can you arrange extra night lodging in case if I arrive early or depart late?
Is there a single room option?
We would be honored to make arrangements such as extra hotel rooms, personalized tour, airport pickup and arrangements for private rooms. If you need a single room then we request you to indicate us that on your application and we will contact you the details and info on single room supplementary costs.
17. Can I bring some food from home?
Yes, you may bring power gel, cereal bars, and similar high energy foods. We suggest you to bring Gatorade because it is one of the most highly recommended to fight dehydration.
18. Except trip price, how much extra money should I take with me?
This case depends on your spending habits. US$ 15 to US$ 20 per meal in Kathmandu is allocated.US$ 12 to US$ 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, coca cola, chocolates and other preferable stuffs.
19. Is visa to travel in Nepal is needed? What do I need to get my Visa?
Except Indian citizens, all the other foreign nationals need to obtain visa while entering in Nepal. To travel Nepal for 30 days, you need a visa passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for your stay.
20. What's the main form of greeting in Nepal?
Namaste or Namaskar are the common form of greeting in Nepal. You can also say the greeting in words as well as a gesture where you have to join your palms together and bring them closer to your chest and above 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaskar holds many meaning like Hello, how are you doing?, nice to meet you, good morning and so on.
21. What is the basic Nepali costume that I should know about?
The main and most important thing is that you should take off your shoes before entering one's home or a temple. And also it is considered illegal to take photographs inside the most temples.
DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Altitude1, 350m
After the arrival of you're at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
DAY 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.1350m
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhar a 200km/6-7 hours
Today, we will have an early breakfast. This morning, we will be driving to Pokhara (200km), in the morning, approximately 6 or 7hrs away by tourist bus. We will stop at the way for lunch and will arrive at Pokhara in the afternoon. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, and trek to Kagbeni 2860m – 3 Hours
After having an energetic breakfast at the hotel, we will fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight will take about 25 minutes which is accompanied by a picturesque and mind-whelming scenes, prospects and vistas of different mountains, hills and the deepest gorge of the world too. After landing on Jomsom, we officially start our trek by having a long walk to Kagbeni, but not quite long, approx. 3 hours.
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Samar 3060m – 5/6 hours
Today, after having the morning breakfast, we will trek to Samar through a comparatively narrower flagstone paved path. Today, we ought to enter the so-called 'restricted area' of Mustang. Today, with our chief destination as Samar, we will walk slowly but steadily for at least 5 hours until we reach our destination. In the way, we will be accompanied by splendid views of different mountains, forests, rivers, Sherpa villages, hills, rocks, etc.
Day 06: Trek from samar to Geling 3510m – 5Hours
Today, we continue our trek to Geling after having a strong healthy and energetic breakfast in the hotel. After just a hour, you can observe some great views of The kaligandaki valley with impressive sights of Mt. Nilgiri and Tilicho peak. Today, we trek for at least 5 hours. On the way, we will pass via the Dajori La Pass, ascending up and continuing to cross Bhena La and Yamda La Passes, we now make our way to Syangboche village. Finally, we arrive at the village of Geling, where you can visit a couple of ancient Buddhist monasteries.
Day 07: Trek from Geling to Charang (3620m) – 7 Hours
From Geling, we climb a steep uphill trail and continue walking to a pass at 4025m. The pass offers the beautiful views of Annapurna range. After the pass, we descend down to Ghemi, a small village with few teahouses. From Ghemi, we continue towards a stream and cross a suspension bridge which makes our way up to upper valley. Upper valley offers you the longest mani wall in the Mustang region. We follow the route beside the mani wall and climb another pass of Charang La to eventually reach Charnag, which is the old capital of Mustang. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang 3890m – 4 Hours
Today is a big day for our trek because we reach our ultimate destination, i.e. Lo Manthang. A trek of at least 5 hours will take us to our destination of the day. Following the Charang river to the north and then gradually climbing up to the Lo La pass, we can enjoy the panoramic views of Lo-Manthang and Upper Mustang. After the pass, we will take an easy downhill walk towards Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang.
Day 09: In Lo Manthang: Excursion to Loori Gompa, Fa, Tang, Sukhad, Yaradhara, Sarad, Chhoser, Chhongdup & Tingkar
Today, we will have a full day time to explore the mysterious capital of the autonomous region of the country, i.e. Mustang. We will have a full day exploration around the place. We will visit Monasteris and gompas , some of which date backs to the early 15th century. In addition to this, there are a lot of other places which are to be worth visited for. Today, we will have a busy schedule because you will only have a handful of time to visit numerous places in the to-do list.
Day 10: Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghami via Gekar – 6 Hours
Today, we will drop down from the capital to the a place named Ghami via the village of Gekar. We will spot awesome views of different mountains, hills and rivers. Today's trek will take no less than 6-7 hours.
Day 11: Trek from Ghami to Samar 3160m – 7 Hours
Today, we will amble to Samar, which we had already visited. The Trek might take 7 hours, a very long time though It wont be as hard because we are descending downwards, spending less amount of energy.
Day 12: Trek from Samar to Kagbeni – 6 Hours
We will trek to Kagbeni from Samar. The trekking time is approximately 5-6 hours. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom – 2 Hours
Today is the last day of our hard tedious trek. The trek might only take 2 hours because the path is not quite long from Kagbeni to Jomsom. So, we can start late today if you want to.
Day 14: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
After having your morning breakfast, we will catch an early morning flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. On the remaining time, you can take the sightseeing tour of Pokhara city. Enjoy boating at Phewa Lake, visit Mahendra Cave, Bat's Cave, and Davis Falls. If you wish, you can go for shopping in Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu – 7 Hours
Depending on size of group we will either arrange car or jeep with guaranteed ease and comfort.Driving all the way back to Kathmandu from Pokhara with help of private transport will be great ease and comfort unless some disturbance on traffic which might delay the schedule than pre assumed for Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It's been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you've had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matter.