Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transport: Tourist Bus & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pokhara Hotel & Teahouse
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: Lo Manthang (3800m)

Highlights

  • A scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back.
  • Visit the deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Enjoy views of the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
  • Visit the centuries-old kingdom of Lo Manthang 
  • Explore the various monasteries of the Mustang region
  • Cross mountain passes along the way
  • Visit the king’s palace in Lo Manthang

Description

The Upper Mustang Trek by Mount Mania trek takes you to a culturally, historically, and the geographically unique kingdom of Mustang. Mustang is also referred to as Lo. Lo was a part of the Tibetan empire in the past. So, the culture, language, and geography of this region are pretty similar to that of Tibet. 
 
Foreign tourists started to trek to Upper Mustang only after 1992. So it has remained isolated from the outside world for a long period of time. Therefore, Upper Mustang has preserved its Tibetan culture. 
 
The geography of the Mustang is also unique too. It lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri range. As a result, this region is quite dry. So the landscape of this region is also quite dry. You can see rugged, barren rocky landscapes. You can also visit canyons along the way. 
 
The Upper Mustang trek by Mount Mania starts from Kagbeni. You can take a flight/ bus to Pokhara first and then take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom flies over the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. 
 
From Kagbeni, the trail follows the ancient trail which people of Mustang in the past used to trade between lower regions and Tibet. After trekking for 5 days, you will reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang. 
 
When you enter Lo Manthang, you will get a feeling of stepping in a different world altogether. Lo Manthang is home to various alleys, chortens, wonderful prayer wheels, and different animals. One of the most wonderful places to visit in the Upper Mustang region is the royal palace where the king and queen of Mustang still reside. 
 
You can also visit the Thugchen Gompa in Upper Mustang. The history of this monastery dates back to the 15th century. You can also go to the various sky caves in this region that are really thrilling. You can also visit the Amchi museum and Amchi school while exploring Lo Manthang. 
 
Along with the various villages during the trek, you can also enjoy towering views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range along the way. You can see 35 mountains that are over 6000 meters during your trek to Upper Mustang. 
 
After the exploration of Lo Manthang, you will trek through various villages like Drakmar, Ghiling, and Chhuksang before reaching Jomsom for your flight to Pokhara. You can also explore the wonderful valleys of Pokhara and Kathmandu on this trip.
 
Mount Mania invites you to this unique trek to Upper Mustang that takes you to fascinating landscape, centuries-old culture and delightful views of the mountains in Upper Mustang. 

15 Days Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

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After breakfast in the hotel you are staying in, you will get ready for your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. The sightseeing tour includes the visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley. A professional licensed guide will accompany in your tour.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

The Nepalese term “Durbar” translates literally as a palace. The Kathmandu Durbar Square served as a palace for Malla and Shah kings of Nepal. The history of this palace dates back to the 3rd century. The biggest attractions in Kathmandu Durbar Square are Kasthamandap, Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple, Taleju temple, Basantpur tower, Mahadev temple, Shiva Parvati temple, Bhagwati temple, Krishna octangular temple, and Kal Bhairav.

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath stupa is also known as "Monkey Temple". It lies at the top of a hill, which overlooks the Kathmandu valley. Many people believe that Swayambhu was born out of a lotus, which bloomed in the middle of a lake. The lake spread across the Kathmandu Valley. The temple dedicated to Goddess Harati. Some of the major attractions of this stupa are the huge gold plated Vajra ‘thunderbolt’ set in the east side of the stupa, a Buddha statue on the west side of Swayambhu, and the Sleeping Buddha

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath temple is a temple which popular for its devotion to Lord Shiva. It was built in the 5th century. According to a legend, the temple has existed from the beginning of the millennium. Pashupati is the largest temple complex in Nepal. The main temple of Pashupatinath has pagoda style of architecture with a gilded roof.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath stupa lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. The stupa is 36-meter-high. It is of the largest stupas in South Asia. There are plenty of monasteries that surround Boudhanath stupa. Boudhanath stupa has the shape of a mandala. It replicates the Gyangtse of Tibet. 

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Accommodation: No Hotel
  • Altitude: 1320m

After breakfast, you will leave your hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. Along the highway, you can see the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River. After a drive of 6-7 hrs, you will reach Pokhara (820 meters). An alternative way to reach Pokhara is by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. This flight will be quite scenic as you can catch your first views of the Annapurna range. If you have some time, you can also explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Distance: 210km / 6-7 hrs
  • Altitude: 820m

After an early breakfast in your hotel in Pokhara, you will take a 20-minute flight to Jomsom. The flight takes you over the world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki Gorge. The gorge is set near Kali Gandaki river. Two towering Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna form the Kali Gandaki Gorge. In Jomsom, you will meet your guide and head out to Kagbeni.

Jomsom is a large town and a major village in the Kali Gandaki valley. It is also the administrative headquarters of the Mustang region. The trail from Jomsom meanders up the broad Kali Gandaki riverbed. The routes are deserts with sand and rock through the surrounding peaks i.e. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri, and Annapurna Ranges. After trekking for a couple of hours, you will reach Eklai Bhatti. The Nepalese word “Ekal Bhatti” means a lonely teahouse.

Another hour’s walk from Eklai Bhatti leads you to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful village of traders resident who has been a link in the supply of foods & essentials between Mustang and the land of Lo-Manthang & the rest of Nepal. As you arrive Kagbeni from the south, you can catch wonderful views of the Nilgiri mountain. Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang. It is a Buddhist village with Bön influences. The trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2800 meters) is 3-4 hours long. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 30m fly / 8km / 3-4 hrs
  • Altitude: 2800m

After having breakfast, you will continue your trek towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki. You will first cross the Police and ACAP checkpoint. Along the way, you will climb numerous ridges. The first of the village along the way is Tangbe village. Tangbe has whitewashed houses along with buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple fields.

From there, you will hike to Chhusang village for 2 hours. From here, you will cross the dwindling Kali Gandaki. After crossing the Kali Gandaki Valley, you will trek uphill to Chele (3050 meters). The duration of today's trek is 5-6 hours. The inhabitants of Chele follow the Manangi culture.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 13.5km / 5-6 hrs
  • Altitude: 3050m

The initial part of today’s trek takes you along a steep barren land. You will trek alongside the copper red canyon. You will have to make a gradual descent to some Stupas (Chortens) on a ridge. After hiking downhill for some time, you will get to a beautiful beautiful village called Samar.

From Samar, descend into a giant gorge after climbing a ridge. After trekking through another valley, fields, cross a stream, you will reach a ridge which lies at 3,800m. You will cross another pass, trek past another ridge before going downhill to Syangbochen (3475 meters). It will take you 6-7 hours to get to Syangbochen from Chele. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 11.5 km / 6=7 hrs
  • Altitude: 3475m

You will start the trek from Syangbochen to Ghami(3520 meters) after having breakfast. The trek is 5-6 hours long. You will first hike an uphill to get to a pass at 3,770. After crossing the pass, you will trek downhill to Gheling village. From Gheling, you will trek uphill as you cross fields to the center of the valley.

Then you will climb a tough terrain before getting to Nyi La pass (3,840m). From there, you will trek downhill for half an hour before you reach a trail junction. The trail to the right takes you to Charang. You will take the left one as it will lead you to Ghami (3520 meters). Today’s trek is 5-6 hours long. It is a village of clustered whitewashed mud and stone houses canopied by an overhanging cliff. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 9.5km / 6-7 hrs
  • Altitude: 3520m

You will head out to Tsarang (3600 meters) on a 5-6 hour trekking journey today. You will trek to the vastly dry part of Mustang today. As you will walk on rough terrain, you might find the trek quite challenging today. However, on reaching the destination, you will get splendid views of the remote countryside as well as panoramic views of the rocky mountains.

Tsarang is a large village at the top of the Tsarang Chu Canyon. You can see a big fort of the medieval times to the east of the village. Tsarang village is also home to red Gompas that have a delightful collection of statues and thangkas. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 10.5km / 5-6 hrs
  • Altitude: 3600m

After having a hot breakfast, you will embark on your trek to one of the major attraction centers of this Trek – Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo. The history of this town dates back to 1380. On your way to Lo Manthang, you will trek through Lo-Gekar. It is the oldest Gompa in Nepal and older than the Samye Gompa of the Tibet.

The trail from Lo-Gekar to Lo Manthang is moderately easy. Today’s trek is 3-4 hours long. On reaching the walled city of Lo, you can visit the ancient temples and monasteries of the region. You can also visit the periphery of the king’s impressive palace. The king and queen of Lo Manthang still reside in this palace. You can also explore this place in the back of a horse. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 11km / 3-4 hrs
  • Altitude: 3800m

Today you will explore the mystical town of Lo Manthang. You will hike for 2 hours to reach visit the Namgyal Gompa. This beautiful Gompa lies on a hilltop. This monastery holds a high social, religious as well as legal importance. It also serves as a local courthouse. From Namgyal Monastery, you will visit the village of Tingkhar. It lies to the northwest of Lo Manthang and consists of around 40 households. You will also visit Champa Lhakang, which consists of a large Buddha statue. It also has very detailed Mandalas painted on the walls. After the exploration of Lo Manthang, you will get back to your teahouse in Lo Manthang. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 3-4 hrs
  • Altitude: 3800m

Instead of following the trail south to Tsarang, you will turn southwest. This trail is an indistinct one. It passes the irrigated fields of the city before reaching Lo Gekar. After Lo Gekar, the trail climbs steeply to Chogo La pass (4325m), the highest point on this trek. This pass will be the last vantage point to see Lo Manthang.

The trail then descends to a stream before you reach Ghar Gompa. It is an ancient monastery that is more than 1200 years old. You can also meet the Guru Rimpoche. Ghar Gompa is famous for its rock paintings. Legend has it that anyone who makes a wish at Ghar Gompa has its wishes come true. From Ghar Gompa, the trail climbs to a ridge. Trekking further, you will cross some alpine meadows before reaching a crest and dropping down a steep eroded gully overshadowed by red rock towers. Eventually, after a trek of 6-7 hours, you will reach Drakmar (3800 meters).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 17.5km / 6-7 hrs
  • Altitude: 3800m

After having a hot breakfast, you will start a 5-6 hour trek to Ghiling (3806 meters). The trail passes through a dry plateau and fields. You will also experience strong winds on your way to Ghiling. This can make your trek a bit difficult. Ghiling is quite a dry settlement. Ghiling offers the best views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. If you want, you can also take a tour of the village in the evening time. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 13km / 5-6 hrs
  • Altitude: 3806m

You will start your trek to Chhuksang (3050 meters) after breakfast. The trek will be 6-7 hours long. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang, you enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas. You will cross small villages en route to Chhuksang, where you will spend your night at a teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 15km / 6-7 hrs
  • Altitude: 3050m

Today, you will walk down to the southern border of the Mustang region to Kagbeni. You will trek downhill through an old salt trade route. You can also visit a stupa, monasteries, and chortens (Buddhist shrine) along the trail. After trekking for a couple of hours, you will reach Kagbeni, where you will have lunch.

From Kagbeni, you will head to Jomsom following the Kali Gandaki River Bank. The trek takes place an easy and flat road. You will continue trekking downhill on a stony path facing Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. After trekking for 6-7 hours, you will reach Jomsom (2700 meters).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Distance: 18km / 6-7 hrs
  • Altitude: 2700m

After breakfast, you will take an early morning 25- minute flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through the Kali Gandaki gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The flight is quite scenic as you can catch views of both of these mountain ranges. After arriving in Pokhara, you can spend the rest of the day sightseeing around Fewa Lake. You also have the option of cycling to explore Pokhara. Pokhara is also home to some wonderful caves which you can explore. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Distance: 30m fly
  • Altitude: 820m

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara, you will check-out from the hotel. You will then head out to the Tourist Bus Park in Pokhara to catch your tourist bus. The bus leaves at 7 AM in the morning, The bus ride will take you past small towns on the way. You will also get to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. After 6 hours drive, you will arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show in the evening. After dinner, we will drop to your hotel.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Accommodation: No Hotel
  • Distance: 210km / 6-7 hrs
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus Ticket (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Round Trip Flight Ticket (Pokhara and Jomsom)
  • Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast (Twin Sharing)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (ACAP and Upper Mustang Special Permit)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
28 Feb, 2023 - 14 Mar, 20239 space LeftGuaranteedUS$1475

Useful Information

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

There are various factors like length, state of trekking trails, altitude, etc. which determine the difficulty of any trek.

Although the trip is 17 days long, you will only trek for 11 days. You will spend other days sightseeing or catching a flight/ bus to various destinations.  You will trek for an average of 5 hours a day in the Upper Mustang trek. 

The trekking trails to Upper Mustang are quite well-managed. Most of them are well-defined. The altitude of the teahouses you will stay in the Upper Mustang trek is less than 3800 meters. 

Taking all these factors into consideration, the Upper Mustang trek is a moderately difficult trek. Make sure that you exercise for a few months prior to coming to this trek. 

Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang is one of the driest parts of the country. So unlike many other trekking destinations in Neal which are quite wet in the monsoon, the Upper Mustang region is quite dry in the summer season. 

So there are 3 major trekking seasons to Upper Mustang- autumn (September. October, and November), spring (March, April, and May), and summer (June, July, and August). Any time in these seasons will be the best time for the Upper Mustang trek.

Besides, you can also complete the Upper Mustang Trek in the winters. As the trek takes you to an altitude of over 4000 meters, you have to be wary of the cold in the winters. So you should pack properly before coming for the winter trek to Upper Mustang. 
 

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Yes, a training regime at least two weeks before the Everest base camp trek is ideal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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