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Upper Mustang Heli Trek in Nepal
Upper Mustang Heli Trek In Nepal
Upper Mustang Heli Trek In Nepal

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Overview for Upper Mustang Heli Trek In Nepal


  • Trip Code: CT-10061
  • Package: Upper Mustang Heli Trek In Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Day(s)
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Helicopter | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
  • Best Season: Pokhara- Kagbeni- Cheale- Geling - Charang- Lo Manthang- Drakmar -Muktinath - Jomsom- Pokhara
  • Trip Route: March- April- May-June- July- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov

Trip Highlights

  • Lakeside city of Pokhara
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Beautiful Kagbeni village
  • Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang
  • Old monasteries and ancient artifacts
  • Sky caves
  • Helicopter ride over Upper Mustang

The Upper Mustang Heli Trek blends the perks of trekking in Upper Mustang along with Heli tour to Upper Mustang and fly back to Pokhara with amazing aerial view of the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. Upper Mustang trek in Nepal is somewhat like a treasure hunt as travelers will explore isolated valleys and settlements and experience their ancient and unique cultures that are preserved to its originality till today. The Upper Mustang in Nepal is lies beyond the Himalayan Ranges of Nepal towards the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas of Nepal lies towards the south of Upper Mustang region. Trek to Upper Mustang goes through the Annapurna region of Nepal which has a unique culture and the settlement of Upper Mustang had not been in touch with the rest of the country for many years. Travelers can experience a very primitive way of lifestyle among the communities of Upper Mustang during their travel to Upper Mustang which is still prevalent till this day.

Upper Mustang trek is one of the popular treks in Nepal for its exquisite beauty that gives a true sense of Himalayan culture. The landscapes on this desert like albeit terrains and valleys surrounded with snow capped mountains are truly spectacular and exotic. The Upper Mustang trek is popular trek in Nepal for its beauty that lies in solitude and isolation. During this trek in Nepal, mountains of Nepal that are in the Annapurna Region of Nepal can be seen such as Mt. Dhulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna First (8,091m), Fishtail Mountain (6,997m), and Tukuche peak (6,920m). The helicopter flight from Upper Mustang will surely gives travelers some amazing views of these Himalayan ranges of Annapurna Region while traveling to Pokhara on the way back.

The Upper Mustang Heli Trek is an amazing way to enjoy the trekking experience in Nepal. Although travelers will need a special trekking permit for Upper Mustang Heli trek to be able to visit here and it is also necessary for you to consult with a travel company in Nepal. It offers all the perks of traveling and enjoying the great Himalayan adventure by land and by air. The cost of Upper Mustang trek is a little higher than other treks in Nepal because of its restrictions and permits to preserve its originality and culture, and the fact that you'll be hiring a helicopter; however, it is one of the best trekking in Nepal that one can experience. The Upper Mustang Heli Trek can be done throughout all year except for winter. Winter is pretty harsh up there. Still, the best time to do Upper Mustang trek would be during the Spring and Monsoon season (i.e. March-July)

Trip Itinerary of Upper Mustang Heli Trek In Nepal


1

Arrival to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu) 

A representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. We'll have a short briefing session and feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.

Meal Included: No meals

2

Trek Preparation & Sightseeing 2 places.

We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to make this trek in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located at Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

3

Kathmandu to Pokhara

Altitude: 830m/ 2,722 ft  (Pokhara)
Drive approx.  7 hours by luxury tourist bus, 
Flight, 25 min.

We'll be heading to Pokhara on this day. There are two options regarding our travel to Pokhara; by air travel or by drive. A flight would take around 25 minutes to reach whereas driving to Pokhara might take around 7 hours. But we offter to you  short scenic flight and enjoy the rest of the day at chilling or exploring Pokhara.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

4

Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni

Altitude: 2,700m/ 8,855ft.(Jomsom) 2,800m/ 9,185ft (Kagbeni)
Flight time: 25 min.
Walk approx. 3 hours

We'll be taking an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which is quite short and takes us about 20-25 minutes to reach. The flight is really wonderful as we will fly between two huge mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranging over 8,000 meters in height. We start our trekking from Jomsom as we head towards the village of Kagbeni. The Kagbeni village is also known as the gateway to Upper Mustang. The Kagbeni villages is quite an old settlement which dates back to 14th century as it used to be a check post for traders from Nepal. These places are also famous for their amazingly delicious and juicy apples which might be the best apples you've ever tasted in your life.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

5

Kagbeni to Chuksang

Altitude: 2,980m/ 9,775 ft. (Chhusang).
Walk approx. 5 hours

The real trek begins this day onwards as we walk alongside the east bank of the Kali Gandaki valley. We follow the path that takes us alongside the Kali Gandaki river and after that it takes us to a wide land. After some walk we reach the village of Tangbe. We continue the trail through the traditional houses, apple trees, and fields finally leading us to the Chhuksang village. We'll spend overnight at this village.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

6

Chhusang to Samar

Altitude:
Walk approx. 4 hours

We follow the trail that goes through the banks of the Kali Gandaki River from where we'll be ascending onwards. We'll also get to see the beautiful views of the Nilgiri and Tilicho Peaks during our trek. After some trek we start doing a gradual descent towards the village of Samar. This will be the end of our day of trek upon arriving at Samar.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

7

Samar to Geling

Altitude:
Walk approx. 4 hours

Today we'll be descending into a large ravine as we walk on a trail filled with juniper tress. We come to a place where there's a stream and after crossing it our trail ascends steeply towards Bhena la pass. From there we head to another pass called Yamda La pass from where we'll start descending towards the village of Geling.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

8

Geling to Ghami

Altitude:
Walk approx. 3 hours

On this day we ascend through the barley fields and then climb on a steep trail tha goes towards the Nyi La pass. Amazing view of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges can be seen from the top of the pass. From there we descend as our trail takes us to the Ghami village. The village is adorned with whitewashed traditional houses and barren fields.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

9

Ghami to Tsarang

Altitude:
Walk approx. 3 hours

Our trail today is bit rough and slippery. We cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami River and then ascend towards the village of Tsarang. Our path is also filled with Mani walls along the way. We eventually cross the Tsarang La pass and reach to our destination for the day, the Tsarang village. The village lies at the top of the Charang Chu canyon where a huge fortress and red gompa lies.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

10

Tsarang to Lo-Manthang

Altitude:
Walk approx. 3 hours

This is the day we'll be trekking to the capital of the Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. We trek down To Tsarang River and cross the Lo La pass. From there we descend and make our way towards Lo Manthang. Upon arriving at Lo Manthang, we'll be exploring the village. This village resonate the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and the region is occupied mostly by ethnic group of Lhoba and Bon people. There are Gompas, monasteries, and a Palace that was build around 14th century. There are four major temples in Lo Manthang which are of important significance to the people of this region. They are Jampa Gompa, Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gampa, and the Choprang Gompa.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

11

Lo Manthang Exploration

We will be spending our day at the historic city of Lo Manthang which is also the capital of the Upper Mustang region. We visit three major Gompas of the city which are the Jhampa, Thupchen, and the Chhoeda Gompa. We'll also be wandering around the villages and witness the lifestyle of the people of this region.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

12

Helicopter ride over Lo-Manthang / Mustang to Pokhara.

Altitude: 830 m/ 2,722ft (Pokhara)
Flight approx. 1 hour,

Our trekking has come to an end and we return back to Pokhara on this day via Helicopter trip. The flight begins at Lo Manthang and flies us over the Mustang region also giving us spectacular views of the beautiful Himalayan ranges and unique landscapes. Upon arriving to Pokhara we'll enjoy the rest of the day in the beautiful lakeside town of the city.

Meal Included: Breakfast,& Lunch 

13

Pokhara to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu) 
Flight, 25 min 

We'll return back to Kathmandu by domestic flight. Our Office representive wait to you in Kathmandu airport.After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After resting for a bit, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.

Meal Included: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

14

Departure

Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

Trip Includes


  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (5 Nights).
  • Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (8 Nights).
  • Round airfare form Kathmandu –  Pokhara – Kathmandu by domestic flight.
  • Pokhara- Jomsom by domestic flight. 
  • Helicopter service from Lo Manthang to Pokhara.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Special permit for Upper Mustang.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes


  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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The Upper Mustang Heli Trek in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek that requires little to no prior mountaineering experience. You will be provided with a brief training by our travel experts in order to equip you with required information for the trek.

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Yes, the Upper Mustang Heli Trek in Nepal is completely safe. Since we check the weather condition before flying and if all the requirements are meet before the trip, we can assure that the trek is completely safe. However, unforeseen circumstance can arise and for that we will provide trainings on what you should do during the emergency conditions by our travel and mountaineering experts. 

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During the Upper Mustang Heli trek in Nepal, one can expect to explore the lakeside city of Pokhara, a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, beautiful Kagbeni village, Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, and a helicopter ride over Upper Mustang. 

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The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).

For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided (unless needed) during the Upper Mustang Heli Tour in Nepal. 

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To book the Upper Mustang Heli Trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.

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Additional Information


Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions. 

Altitude Sickness: 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 

The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

Safety and Security 

A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

Trekking Equipment 

CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek. 

Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek. 

Walking Hours 

On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

Hiring a Porter/Guide 

An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals. 

All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience. 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS


Exploring the isolated valleys and settlements

From: United States | On: 10 Sep, 2019
5

I have been travelling my whole life and I love to explore things that are not in the highlight every day. Nepal was a place I always wanted to go to. I’m glad that I finally completed my tour in Nepal. My main motive was to explore the isolated settlements in Nepal. So, I chose Upper Mustang region.

 

I am so thankful that I got a chance to peek through the local settlements of Mustang region. I was really inspired by the lifestyle of the people living there. We proceeded to return via helicopter which I think is way to underrated means of touring Nepal. It was really fun to scope out the Himalayas from the air.

 

I would like to thank CoreTreks for helping me with the helicopter tour. They are a team of professional who guides your through the trials of Nepal. They helped me from packing and preparing to book the return flights.I definitely recommend CoreTreks if you plan on visiting Nepal.

 

A delightful trip to Nepal

On: 24 Aug, 2018
4

Our trip to Nepal was a special one. As we had been planning for this particular trip for like almost 2 years. We are so glad that we finally did it. The trip was really inspiring and eye opening for all of us. We often take things for granted while there are people who are really happy and enjoying their life with limited resources.

 

I’m very happy that I chose Nepal as my trekking destination and will not hesitate to visit again in my free time. The beautiful villages feel like heaven. The monasteries and ancient artifacts keep the norms alive. And the famous Sky Caves was something extraordinary.

 

So, if you plan on touring the Upper Mustang just like us or any other region of Nepal, CoreTreks is the best possible partner that you can find in Nepal. They are a solid team of professional with deep knowledge in traveling and touring in Nepal. Plus they also offer customized packages, so the company is worth giving a try.

A memorable adventure to the Himalayas

From: Australia | On: 23 Mar, 2017
5

My family and I had a memorable adventure in Nepal. I was a bit conscious about my family but turned out that the trekking is really doable with proper planning and information. We trekked to Upper Mustang which took us like a week. Our stay was really nice and the food in Nepal is delicious.

 

The trip was an absolute success. We explored the beautiful pristine Phewa lake of Pokhara, flew from Pokhara to Jomsom, hiked through Kagbeni village and visited the famous Sky Caves. We really had a great time in Nepal. The local settlements and lifestyle of the people living there was really inspiring.

 

Special thanks to CoreTreks and the professional team for carrying out the tour and taking care of my family needs. We needed a family friendly package and they did not hesitated to make us our own custom package regarding to the need of our family. I highly recommend that you book your trip or tour to Nepal via CoreTreks too. Thanks.

A wonderful helicopter ride in Nepal

From: United States | On: 08 Oct, 2017
5

One of the memorable trip of my life. We had an absolute blast. The trekking to the upper mustang was a little rough for me as I am not one of the active trekkers among the group. But the tour exposed me to really stunning views of Nepal along with different cultures.

 

I appreciate the effort that the guiding team from CoreTreks put on and I’m really thankful to wonderful Nepalese people for welcoming us without any hesitation. It was a relatively short trip but really worthwhile.

 

I recommend that you consult to CoreTreks before you book your trip to Nepal whether it’s for trekking or touring. The team is really filled with positive energy and dedication. I cannot recommend CoreTreks enough.

 

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