Upper Mustang Trek

Region

Annapurna Region

Duration

17 Days

Max Altitude

3770 m / 12369 ft

Best Season

March-May/ September-November

Activity Per Day

6-7Hrs

Transportation

Land/Air

Grade

2-Moderate

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Upper Mustang trekking is a 17-days trekking package created by Himalayan Social Journey in the northern central part of Nepal. Mustang is the ancient Himalayan Kingdom at the top of the Kali Gandaki River. The district is part of Dhaulagiri zone, therefore, the majestic view of Dhaulagiri which is the eighth highest mountain in the world and Annapurna range is visible. Mustang consist of two distinct regions; upper mustang in the southern part and lower mustang in the northern part. The Lower Mustang trek is easy compared to Upper Mustang trek and can be finished within a short amount of time. You can also opt for trekking both region at once. Trekking in the both region at once can be quite long and challenging too. 

The place is stunningly beautiful with a picturesque landscape and interesting culture. The culture of the place is similar to Tibetan culture. Also by those who have travelled the places has considered the place one of the interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The area was isolated and restricted for tourism until 1992. Trekking in Mustang is quite a lengthy process for any foreigner wishing to travel in this region. They require a special type of permit to trek in Mustang and should be accompanied by a guide. The place is an extremely popular destination in Nepal because of its pure culture and natural beauty. 

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

·         Mustang’s hidden remaining forbidden Kingdom

·         Trek through a wild barren region with cliffs and spires.

·         Visit Lomangthang’s walled metropolis and monasteries

·         A top-notch time out to get away from the summer monsoon mendacity in the rain shadow

·         Discover the hidden valleys and undulating landscapes.

Outline Itinerary ( 17 Days )

  • 1

    Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

    Once you land at Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be led to your hotel by one of our travel team. You will be welcome, with a sweet smile, a warm Namaste and a modest garland, in a traditional Nepali theme. Then he will guide you through the winding Kathmandu alleys at your hotel.

    Accomodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Hotel Holy Himalaya
    Meals: Dinner

  • 2

    Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

    Explore the historical sites of Kathmandu from centuries and experience the classical charm of the patrimony. We'll go to the four incredible sites in Katmandu listed as UNESCO-listed UNESCO cultural heritage sites [with 489 temples, 15 shivalayas and 12 jiotirlinga shrines], Boudhanath stupa, the huge Mandala Sanctuary of the eighth century, Swayambhunath Temple, the Kathmandu Valley stupa of the thirteenth century, and Patan Durbar Place (the Royal Palac Square of the 12th century). We 're going to visit the four amazing places. 

    Accomodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Hotel Holy Himalaya
    Walking Hours: 1/2 hours
    Meals: Breakfast
    Mode of Transportation: Private Jeep / Car

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/3020ft) 6 hrs

    Pokhara can be reached by two options: private jeep or by bus. The costs are very comparable anyway. So, whether or not you want to visit the countries depends on your decision. If yes, the best option is the private jeep. You will fly to Pokhara otherwise.

    Kathmandu is approximately 200 km from Pokhara and is approximately 7–8 hours from the hotel. Traffic jams often delay the planned arrival time. The experiences are nevertheless valuable. Overnight in Hotel Dandelion.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Hotel Dandelion
    Mode of Transportation: Jeep/ Flight
    Travel Time: 7-8 Hours on four wheelers and 45 min by plane

  • 4

    From Pokhara fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft) 3 hrs

    One of the most attractive flights in Nepal is the flight to Jomsom. With a  view from unbelievable moundland, especially when between the summits of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, this 20-minute flight will surprise you. That's amazing views. You'll have lunch and ample drinks before you go to the Kagbeni once you arrive at Jomsom. Overnight at a guesthouse.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Mode of Transportation: Jeep/ Flight
    Maximum Altitude: 2804m
    Walking: 2:30 Hrs

  • 5

    Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft) 5 - 6 hrs.

    There is a control point in Kagbeni that leads beyond a steep footpath towards Tangbe. In an hour, the aridness of the Mustang Area will be added. The road passes the high cliffs, gazing into Northern Mustang's breathtaking views. As you continue your journey through the Tangbe, the black and brown colors of sand and rocks will become familiar. Overnight at a teahouse

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 6.2 km (5-6Hrs) 
    Maximum Altitude:3060m

  • 6

    Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft) 5 - 6 hrs

    The path to Ghyakar takes us from Chele towards the Dajori La pass (3.735 meters) with views of Nilgiris and Tilicho 's magnificent peaks. A humble village of Samar with a monastery in Nepalese style can be found down the pass. The route goes across the Samakyung Khola and Ihuwa Khola canyon to the dirt road to syangmochen. The view from Dhaulagiri is outstanding

    We will then go to our destination Geling through a line of Chortens via the Syangmochen La Pass. Geling is a peaceful, lovely village to explore with a monastery. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 5-6 hrs 
    Maximum Altitude: 3735 m

  • 7

    Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft) 4 hrs

    We'll go over the farms and the meadows from Gheling. The views are rising significantly as you move forward. Shortly before we get to the Nyi La Pass, a smiley face is drawn on a rock. Perhaps the smile tried to convince the walkers that in the next few days something spectacular is expected. When we reach Ghami, we'll meet some of the amazing mani walls and the Upper Mustang chortens.

    The trail climbs up to the Choya La Pass through a long manic wall in Ghami and then descends to the Tsarang, dotted randomly with numerous Chortens. It's worth visiting the Tsarang monastery. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking:  4 Hours  
    Maximum Altitude: 3620m

  • 8

    Charang to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft) 3 hrs

    A ravine that unwinds the wonders of the Annapurna I, Nilgira and the Tilicho rivers, climbs up from the Tsarang. About two hours later, we reach Sungda Chorten, which is beautiful and then climb up to the Lo La Pass (3,850 m). The exotic palaces, white houses and red Lo Manthang monasteries are visible from here. The path then goes straight down to the Lo Manthang. overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 3hrs
    Maximum Altitude: 3840m

  • 9

    Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return 4 - 6 hrs

    Lo Manthang is an exceptional town separated by its 8.5 m high wall from the rest of the world. There are mysterious caves and palaces within this city centuries which appear at a glance inexplorable. But a few people have been exploring these ancient territories. The typical Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries tell us that Lo Mantang 's history is somewhat tied to Tibet. 

    Throughout the day, we will visit the Namgyal Monastery with pictures of Buddha and his disciples in its interior. Later, we go to Thingkar, a palace used by lo Manthang Royalties in the summer of 1953. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 5-6 Hrs 
    Maximum Altitude: 3850m

  • 10

    Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) 6 - 7 hrs

    It's a very long day, with frequent ascents and descents. There are several points behind the Chogo La, with views of the left valley. But you'll be in the new world after that. The trail continues down the Chogo La to Ghar Gompa, which is one of the best gompas in the entire area of Mustang. Now you'll climb up to Mui La, where the dry mustang is best viewed. The path goes down abruptly into a beautiful Drakmar village. Overnight at teashouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 6-7 Hrs
    Maximum Altitude:  3820m

  • 11

    Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) 5 - 6 hrs

    Initially the path winds its way around red cliffs and Drakmar's caves. Then a long Mani wall stretches to Ghami up to the steep bluff. We'll be at the Nyi La a little while from now. It is a few kilometers from here to the Syangmochen. In Syangmochen there are a couple of comfortable lodgings and the views are not misleading. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 5-6 Hrs
    Maximum Altitude: 3800m

  • 12

    Shyangbochen to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) 6 hrs

    From Syangmochen, the trail goes down the same path as before to the Chhusang. The road descends mostly, so you can easily get to Chhusang. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 6 hrs
    Maximum Altitude: 2980m  

  • 13

    Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) 7 hrs

    We follow the other course towards the temple of Muktinat, the Hindus sacred temple, rather than on the same road as Kagbeni. This temple is complex and it is necessary for the pilgrimage through many small shrines to finally see Lord Vishnu's man-like golden statue in the main temple. Pay heed to areas where non-Hindus are forbidden. There are also 108 carved taps in which all the sins of life are to be washed away. This temple is popular in Nepal both artistically and religiously. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 7 hrs
    Maximum Altitude: 3800m

  • 14

    Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) 6 hrs

    Muktinath is an interesting day that takes you through the beautiful Jharkot village to the spectacular Jomsom market. We will explore the marketplace once we reach Jomsom, and then check-in for the night. Overnight at teahouse.

    Meal: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Guesthouse
    Activity/ Walking: 6hrs
    Maximum Altitude: 2700m

  • 15

    Jomsom to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel Dandelion.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Hotel Dandelion
    Mode of Transportation: Jeep/ Flight

  • 16

    Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya/Himalayan Suite Hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel/ Hotel Holy Himalaya
    Mode of Transportation: Jeep/ Flight

  • 17

    After breakfast, transfer to airport for your international flight.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Mode of Transportation: Jeep/ Flight

Include

  • Airport pick up & drop
  • Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara -Kathmandu
  • Three star category hotel in Kathmandu Himalayan Suite Hotel or Hotel Holy Himalaya and Hotel Dandelion in twin sharing with breakfast
  • All meals accomodation ,insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Permit and TIMS
  • Special permit
  • Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara flight ticket
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by car/ Van/ Hiace
  • All necessary equipments during the trek.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara-Jomsom and back

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara and during trekking days
  • Private transportation and flight ticket KTM_PKR_KTM is optianal
  • City sightseeing entry fees (1000+400 +200+1000)
  • Cold drinks and beverages
  • Personal expenses and your insurance

Departures Dates

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04 Jan, 2021 - 21 Jan, 2021
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17 Jan, 2021 - 03 Feb, 2021
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Journey Route To Upper Mustang

Jomsom is the starting point for the Upper Mustang vicinity for nearly all routes. Most human beings choose to take The 20-minute flight between Pokhara and Jomsom to retailer time and to stop tough journeys by means of bus or jeep on a land. Kagbeni, simply north of Jomsom, whereas the official control point of the restrained region.

The mustang place lies inside the north-west of Nepal; the northern top mustang isolated and shared a border with Tibet. To the south is Kagbeni border metropolis in decrease mustang, passing via the Annapurna circuit. Three trekking routes are handy around top mustang. The most famous is the simple course that connects them through a short western path and an extended Japanese trail. All 3 trails provide dramatically arid geographical region with cute colorful layers exhibited on expanded cliffs regularly surrounded with the useful resource of caves, valleys, and exclusive rock formations. Rivers, saltwater, apple groves, barley farms, special Buddhist structures, and whitewashed settlements are placed under those mountains. The higher mustang trekking trail is no longer properly defined although there are not any passes over 4, three hundred meters, and a fact is obligatory.

Travel and Transportation Modes

There are usually two transportation options before trekking starts.

Flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom 

You can travel directly to Jomsom from Kathmandu, past Jomsom in Pokhara. A one-way travel costs roughly USD 153. Jomsom can be reached from Kathmandu in approximately an hour and 45 minutes. This is a picturesque ride overlooking the mountains and the local farmland.

Bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara

You may also take a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a plane to Jomsom if you do not want to take a trip to Jomsom. Local buses can carry you in 8 hours to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara is approximately NRs 500 – 600 (USD 5-6).

This means of travel is much cheaper and affordable. You will enjoy the experience along with saving a little money if you have time to spare.

Pokhara Flight from Kathmandu

Through Kathmandu you can also travel to Pokhara. The cost of flight is approximately USD 120. In about 40 minutes, it will take you to Pokhara. The costs often vary according to the seasons.

Jomsom flight from Pokhara

The fastest and the quickest flight to Jomsom is from Pokhara. Air travel from Pokhara to Jomsom costs approximately USD 111. From Pokhara, you can reach Jomsom in 25 or fewer minutes by train.

With great views, the flight is fascinating. From Pokhara you can also enter Jomsom in private jeeps. The roads are very rough, however, so brace your belts for a bumpy journey.

Trekking Permit for Upper Mustang Trek

Only a licensed trekking company that has a USD Bank account is eligible to apply. The online application form can be found on the official website of the Immigration Department, Nepal. Passport information, pictures, and route information and valid hiking visa are required. The licenses may only be issued by the Ministry of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara.- Himalayan Social Journey will take care of your Trekking Permits.

1. Upper Mustang Restricted area permits the US $ 500 each person for 10 days, not night, and the US $ 50 for an extra day. The permit start from Kagbeni and end at Kagbeni village of Mustang.

2. Annapurna Conservation area Permit: NPR 2260 for foreigner and NPR 226 for SAARC country. There are no limits days for ACAP permits.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

The trail takes a maximum of 7 hours each day. Also, the complete trek finishes in around 15 days or less from the day of trekking, which infers that this trek is simple to make, based on the length of the trek. 

However, you must be aware that walking for 7 hours is not a joke. It's quite difficult and frustrating, too, but at the end of the journey, you'll be greeted with the unparalleled beauty of the secret Himalayas, and this is worth every effort you 'd take to get there.

Preparing for the Trek

You need to train your body and brace yourself for 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions, to walk on a rugged terrain of 8-20 kg. You're going to walk both below and above the average altitude of Nepal. Trekking under the hot sun and the chilly cold nights is also likely.

Training makes the journey less complicated, safer and more pleasant. So before you go on a trekking experience, you need to spend longer and more effort training. The best way is to get to the top stairs that take one or two minutes. Till you puff, you can do 10 sets. By putting on a backpack from 5 Kg to 20 Kg, you can add strength. Your heart and lungs will become healthy by doing so. One thing you have to remember is that before you start the training program you still have to warm up and stretch. Cycling running, jogging or hill climbing may be another aerobic exercises. Or you can choose any exercise in the aerobic range (70% of your maximum heart rate).Aerobic activity protects the heart and reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. It also strengthens your lungs. It enhances breathing, endocrine, muscle tones and strengthens bones.

Best Time to Trek to Upper Mustang

Summer is not an ideal time to hike in Upper Mustang, as the moonsoon overlaps with the Summer and makes the trail muddy and difficult to get across.

Winter season is also very cold. In the day time , the temperature falls to about – 10oC; it goes beyond -20oC during the night. Therefore, in winter travel seems quite impossible.

Autumn is perfect for hiking, however, but trekking in the spring is strongly recommended, as one of the biggest Mustangis-Tiji festivals is a chance to enjoy .

Risk of Altitude Sickness while on Upper Mustang Trek

While in the trek to Upper Mustang altitude is not a big problem. During the trekking period you are always under 4000 meter, which means you feel less likely than you are to experience severe complications by altitude, even if you feel Altitude Sickness (AS) symptoms such as headache, nausea , or vomiting.

However, you need to be careful about the high altitude acclimatization techniques. Don't go for it if you don't feel like going. The disease of altitude may be fatal.

Meals and accommodation in Mustang Trekking Trails

At all stops along the upper Mustang track there are many tea-houses. There is therefore no need to carry tents. A small number of tea houses with a friendly staff are available for clean and simple service, while tea houses also provide delicious local food.

However, during the Tiji festival, you have to book beforehand for accommodation and food. You can also carry your own tents. Costs range from $4 to $6 on the trekking route. In addition, the price of a single meal is roughly the same.

Communication during Upper Mustang Trek

For mountain trekkers, communication is most critical. Some places have a strong communication network and may not have a place during Upper Mustang trek. Some places also have a satellite telephone. The trek is linked by NTC and Ncell both. Thus, NTC and Ncell number are available for our guides and porters.

Electricity and Connectivity

You will be staying Overnight in the tea houses during your trek. These are small lodges with a common area and a cabin. You can have your food or charge electronics in the community, sometimes use wireless internet and chat with walkers.

Hot water and electricity do not occur in every tea houses. Showering is a luxury and shouldn't usually be done anymore at an altitude of 3,500 m, because warming will be hard when you take a shower again. 

You would need to pay additional for all the above items (douches, hot water , electricity and wifi).To improve your connectivity, carry your phone to the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Villages above 4000 m tend to be the latter. Tea houses can have the potential to charge you either from solar sources or from a battery bank.but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.

Drinking water while on Trek

Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains. 

Insuring your safety

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Single Supplementary

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 250. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

Carrying Extra money

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.

As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one

Luggage per one person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

 

This Tour With HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessity.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Equipment and Packaging list for Upper Mustang Trek 

Clothing

• Trekking boots

• Short-sleeved 

• Trekking shirts

• Trekking pants and jackets

• Thermals underwear

• Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

• Insulating down jackets

• Woolen cap

• Trekking Gloves

• Raincoats

First Aid

• Diamox tablets

• Sanitary pads / Tampons

• Anti-nausea Medicines

• Band-aids

• Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

• Soap

• Toilet Paper

• Shampoo

• Sunscreen

• Hand sanitizer

Accessories

• Sunglasses

• Sleeping bag

• Cameras

• Batteries

• Water Bottle

• Solar Chargers

• Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

• Passport

• Travel Permits

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.