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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek wealth of Himalaya!

Make your way to the wild and remote Trans Himalayan region of Nepal with Upper Mustang Trek. As the region lies near to the Tibet, you can find similarity in terms of landscape, culture and vegetation. Travelling to Upper Mustang is similar to that of travelling to the Tibet. You will be able to experience the dry and arid landscape in the backdrop of gorgeous Himalayas. The barren land with almost no trees is a peculiar feature of this journey. The off the beaten; rocky trails will take you in to the forbidden kingdom of Lo and let you experience the grandeur of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, etc.

Upper Mustang Trek has been recently opened for non-Nepalese trekkers and they still require a special permit to enter in to this area. The trek to this region is off the beaten type i.e. rocky trails, less travelled and with few people. The accommodation and food are really very simple type. Therefore, only few enthusiastic travelers opt out for this trek. As the region gets few travelers, it is still out of influence from modernization that has eventually touched rest of the world. When you walk through the trail of Upper Mustang, you will feel as if you have travelled back to time where these are ancient palaces, kings, forts, etc.

The colorful prayer flags, chortens, mani walls, etc on the way depicts the Tibetan Buddhist culture prevalent in this area. Mustang Region is mainly inhabited by people of Magar, Gurung and Thakali ethnicity who live a simple life and are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry for livelihood. People practice Buddhism as a major religion and celebrate festivals like Tiji and many more. Upper Mustang Trek is something more than natural and cultural exploration. It is a way to see how the world that we are living in is different. It is a way of gaining insights on people, their lifestyle and culture. It will let us know where we come from and what we have gained and lost in our present world.

So, are you ready to walk in to a desert like land with Nepal Intrepid Treks and experience the beauty that lies in nature, Trans Himalayas, plateaus, people, their culture and lifestyle? Join us to live a life that you have never experienced before!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 05: Trek to Chele
  • Day 06: Trek to Geling
  • Day 07: Trek to Charang
  • Day 08: Trek to LhoManthang
  • Day 09: Exploration of NamgyalGompa and Tingkhar
  • Day 10: Trek to Drakmar
  • Day 11: Trek to Shyangmochen
  • Day 12: Trek to Chhusang
  • Day 13: Trek to Muktinath
  • Day 14: Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 15: Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Everest Base Camp Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus. At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

Today we take a ride along a scenic route through Trisuliriver to Pokhara. The lush hills, rivers, forests and countryside view on our way is fascinating. Pokhara is considered as a gateway to the trail that takes us to the Annapurna massif. Annapurna region possesses five mountains over 7200m and is a home to some popular mountains like Annapurna, Macchapucchre and many more. As you arrive in the Pokhara, check in to the hotel and stroll around the Pokhara valley. Visit lakeside which is a popular destination in Pokhara. The majestic views of mountains, lake and the colourful boats will make the whole environment inspiring. Spend your night at a hotel in Pokhara. (Breakfast included)

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take an early flight to Jomsom. The twenty minutes flight over the Annapurna ranges will take you to Jomsom. Jomsom is headquarter of Mustang district. Upon arrival, we leave Jomsom and continue through our trail to Kagbeni. Owning to the dry and barren landscape our path along Kagbeni is quite windy in the afternoon. It may act as an obstacle to our journey. We then walk along the river bed of Kali gandaki for around three hours to Ekle Bhatti. From here, we take an easy walk for around one hour until we reach Kagbeni, our destination for the day. Kagbeni is regarded as the gateway to the Manaslu region. We stay at a guesthouse in Kagbeni for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

As we move ahead through Kagbeni, our permits will be checked at the Kagbeni check point. Leaving the checkpoint, we continue our walk through the river bed of Kaligandaki. We follow the river upstream enjoying the wild and alluring scene around. Our sandy trail undulates up and down in a windy afternoon. At first, we come across Tangbe village. The narrow alleys with white washed houses look beautiful. We pass crop fields of barley, wheat and apple orchards to Chhusang. From Chhusang, we cross the river and climb up huge rock that had fallen from a cliff above. We further climb a small ridge to the village of Chele. We stop at a guesthouse in Chele for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We continue our trail and walk towards Ekle Bhatti. From here, we pass plateaus and other narrow stretches as we climb up to the Taklam La Pass. The view of Tilicho peak, DamodarDanda and Yakawa Kang from the pass is fascinating. We descend down from the pass to the village called Samar. Exploring the village, our trail winds up above the village to a ridge and then descend down steep to a stream. We pass juniper trees and walk for another three hours to Synabochen. On the way we pass a famous Ramchung cave. Moving ahead, we climb up to Yamda La pass and further descend down to the village of Geling which would be our stopping point for the day. We enjoy our stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Geling, we pass the Tibetan style houses, chortens, barley fields and local villages. We climb up to Nyi Pass at an elevation of 4,010 metres and descend down to Ghaymi village. We cross Ghaymiriver and climb up to a plateau. We pass a tall and long mani wall which is believed to be built by the Buddhist followers. As the wall ends, we head to east until we reach Charang village. We can see the fields of maize and few stone walled houses in the village. Some willow trees also comes in sight. In the village, we visit a five storey white dzong and a red gompa which is the major attraction of the village. We spend our day at a guesthouse in Charang village for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we leave Charang and head towards LhoManthang enjoying the spectacular views of Tilicho peak, Nilgiri Himal, Annapurna I and BhrikutiHimal. A first, our trail descends down to Charang Chu Canyon and then ascends up steep as we cross a river. The trail continues ascending until we reach a pass at an elevation of 3,850. Strong wind blows at this pass all the time therefore, we need to cross the pass as fast as possible. But the view of Lo Manthang valley from this pass is beautiful. We can see the walled city adorned with hills in the Tibetan border. We descend down slowly from the pass until we arrive at Lo Manthang. We stay at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Lo Manthang is the capital of upper Mustang. Today, we spend our day exploring the capital of Upper Mustang region. We visit Namgyal gompa and Tingkhar which are the major attractions of this place.Namgyal is an alluring gompa situated in a top of a hill. It is an important monastery that acts as a local court for the community people. Any decision taken here is agreed by the people. Next, we head towards Tingkhar. It is a last village that lies northwest of Lo Manthang. We explore the village and get some insights on people, their psychology, their culture, custom and lifestyle. After exploring the village, we return back to our hotel or we may also visit Tall Champa Lakhang, The red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompaand the Entrance Hall if you are interested. We return back to our guesthouse for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Exploring the ancient capital city of Lo Manthang, we initiate our journey back but this time we do not take the same path which we came by. We take a different route. Today, we take a trail that will lead us to Drakmar via Gyakar.Gyakar has a 1200 years old gompa known as GharGompa with Guru Rimpoche as a main figure. The rock paintings in the monastery are a fabulous work of art. It is believed that any of your wish would be granted if the wish would be asked in the gompa in front of god. In the evening, we stroll around the area and stay at a guesthouse in Drakmar for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we walk for around five to six hours and retrace our journey back to Shyangmochen. Upon our arrival, we enjoy our day exploring the village. We stay at a guesthouse in Shyangmochen for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we head back to Chhusang. We enjoy the view of majestic mountains as we explore around the village. We stay at a guesthouse in Chhusang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We follow a stream and continue walking until we pass the Chhusang village. After tht we make a short and steep ascend up to the valley. We continue ascending up until we reach a pass from where we can see the beautiful and popular temple i.e. Muktinath. We can also get a view of red painted monastery at this point. We leave the pass and descend down to a stream and cross a bridge over it. We further ascend up and pass through some villages to Muktinath. The route from Tatang to Gyu La is very popular for Saligrams – a fossil stone. The way to Muktinath offers some manificent views of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and many more. We stay at a guesthouse near Muktinath for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinne included)

Muktinath is one of the popular spiritual centres that hold high value amongst Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. It is a temple of Lord Vishnu and is regarded as a “Muktikhsetra” i.e. a holy spot for liberation or salvation. There is a Buddhist monastery nearby. The major attraction fo this place is the eternal flame that burns continuously due to some natural gas. Enjoy the pinnacles of Dhaulagiri and other peaks in Annapurna range and descend down to Jomson. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jomsom. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and enjoy the day sightseeing Pokhara valley and strolling around the lakeside. Visit Lakeside, World peace pagoda, Gupteshwor temple, David’s fall, International Mountaineering museum and many other attractions in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara (Breakfast included)

Leaving the Annapurna region and bidding the picturesque valley of Pokhara a goodbye, we drive along the same scenic route to Kathmandu. As you arrive in Kathmandu, you can rest and make last minute preparation for your flight tomorrow. You can also visit the markets in Kathmandu and opt for last minute shopping if interested. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Transportation as per Itinerary
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) & accommodation during the trek.
  • Medical supplies [First Aid medical kit will be available].
  • Special Trekking Permit, Trekking Information Management System [TIMS],New Trekking permit to keep a record of tourist [This is for your safety].
  • Transportation Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu & Fly Pokhara-Jomsom and Jomsom-Pokhara
    Food, lodging,salary,insurance and other expenses of staffs.
  • All necessary paperwork.
  • Guided sightseeing tour including all entry fees.
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking guide, Porter( 2 pax for 1 porter) & (also a personal Sherpa on request).
  • T – shirt, Duffle bag, trekking map
  • Trip achievement certificate.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  • We provide such service with extra charge
  • (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
  • (Note: – Clients them have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.

    2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.

    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Best value and service — Hikes, Paragliding, Helicopter Tours

Best value and Best Service 

We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
Best value and service trekking company
Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!


You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.


Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.


Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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