Upper mustang trekking is an exploration of the forbidden and the alienated Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Having been located in the frontier of Tibet, a great deal of influence can be experienced of Tibetan trade and culture here it is at the center point for all the northern mountain range of Nepal and Tibet too. The landscapes here are like a desert and the rugged terrain of Upper Mustang Trekking is really thrilling. The rainfall seldom occurs here. Upper mustang, an ancient Himalayan kingdom is located at the top of the Kaligandaki River.
Fundamentally, the kingdom Upper Mustang trekking includes two distinctive regions: the southern part and the northern where the trekkers can experience very alike culture and tradition to those of Tibetan people. To be here means the travelers feel some kind of mystical experience and the real thrill of an isolated world which has not been touched by the flame of modernization. The unique age-old civilization of the people of this region undoubtedly satisfies one. The entire area of Upper Mustang is really a picturesque, inspiring and infatuating and enchanting.
The major attraction of Upper Mustang is the fortified fabled city of Lo-Manthang. According to the history of Nepal, Upper Mustang was a separate kingdom within Nepal until the time of Monarchy till 2006 and even after the downfall of Monarchy this small Tibetan settlement has the same respect to the kingship as for their King Jigme Paramal Bista. The trek to Lo-Manthang is considerably important as the trekkers have go through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki and the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is enriched with some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses and most strikingly, the vibrant Buddhist cultural celebration with their classical music.
The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.
It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you are suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur.Many standard polices cover you for trekking to high altituides, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.For more information please see our information section.
Tea house trekking
Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.
Carrying my stuffs when trekking
We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuffs that are not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.
Can I drink the tap water
We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:
1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.
How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking?
- All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend / family member who is over 18 years of age.
- Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
- Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11
What is your cancellation policy?
If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure ,we will refund your payment in accordance to the following schedule:
- 75% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 90 days prior to the original departure date.
- 50% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 60 days prior to the original departure date.
- 0% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 59 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing you trip.