Mustang Helicopter Trek also known as Upper Mustang Heli Trek highly recommends to those who want to enjoy the beauty of highly cultural land of upper Mustang in Nepal. Upper Mustang Heli trek is for family with children and seniors. This is once in a lifetime holidays in Mustang.
Upper Mustang is the ultimate gateway to an old Buddhist kingdom of Nepal. It has its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet. A moderate grade off the beaten path track passes through the driest region of Nepal with spectacular mountain scenery.
Mustang is similar to Tibet both culturally and geographically. Upper Mustang Heli trek is famous for its desert beauty and harsh, cliff faced landscapes. Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region of the Himalaya. Therefore, we can trek to Mustang all the year around except winter season. The best time for Mustang Helicopter Trek is from March to early November. Winter is not a good time for Upper Mustang heli trek because of cold and snow.
Mustang belongs to the restricted area of Nepal. So a special travel permit requires for Heli trekking to Upper Mustang. Two peoples are necessary to issue Mustang trek permit. It costs USD 500 for 10 days upper Mustang special trekking permit. Moreover, we also need Annapurna conservation area project(ACAP) permit for Upper Mustang helicopter trek.
Likewise, this is a teahouse trek. The teahouses are simple, and offer basic meals in a communal dining hall. The bedrooms have usually with two single beds.
The Upper Mustang helicopter trek begins at Jomsom with a short and scenic mountain flight from Pokhara. We trek then to Lomanthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, walk past the different small nice villages. Explore in and around Lomanthang for some days, and then we return to Pokhara by helicopter ride.
Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu(1330m)
45 minutes from Airport to Thamel BB Plan-Breakfast Standard Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu
You will be welcomed at the airport and transfered to your hotel in Kathmandu where a pre-trek arrival briefing and other information will be given. Remainder of the afternoon is free. Your guide will be happy to assist you in any way he can and will meet you every day while you are in Kathmandu to help you with any queries.
Day 02Fly to Pokhara and Transfer to hotel
25 minutes by flight BB Plan-Breakfast Basic Tea house lodge
A 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and many others. The drive to Pokhara also offers many amazing sights of the landscapes like pasturelands and terrace farms and rivers. At Pokhara after arrival, we will check into the hotel and in the evening, you can also enjoy a pristine boat ride on the Phewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 03Fly to Jomsom (2713m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m,3-4 hours) trek
3-4 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today, we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom- a village famous for its apples, strong winds and its amazing landscape. We will begin our trek from Jomsom on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. Passing through the Eklebhatti village before reaching Kagbeni, we can enjoy the amazing terrains and admire the many natural features of the landscape. Kagbeni is ideally located at the bank of two rivers and the village is beautiful with flat roofed houses. It also has ruins of an old fortress.
Day 04Kagbeni to Chusang(2900m, 4-5 hours)
4/5 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
The trekking trail begins alongside the east bank of the Kali Gandaki Valley. Walking on both high valley trails, we will follow the path that run alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Next, the path opens up on a wide land where a number of mules can be seen carrying goods. The valley tends to narrow down as we walk through ancient caves towards Tangbe Village. As we continue towards Chuksang, we can admire the well-kept narrow alleys, the whitewashed houses, buck wheat and barley fields and apple orchards of the gorgeous Tangbe Village. Chuksang is only around 2 hours walk from Tangbe.
Day 05Chhuksang to Samar (3150m, 3-4 hours)
3/4 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Crossing a suspension bridge, we will follow the trail that goes along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and ascend on a steep trail to the Chele Village. On the way, we can get good views of the Nilgiri and the Tilicho peaks. From Chele, we will climb on a steep path and continue ascending alongside a steep canyon towards the Darori La Pass, which lies at 3735 meters. From the top, it is a gradual descent all the way to the small and picturesque village of Samar. The village is beautiful with ancient poplar trees surrounding it.
Day 06Samar to Geling (3510m, 5-6 hours)
5/6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Climbing on a ridge above the village, we will descend into a large ravine following the trekking trail today. We will walk on a trail filled with juniper trees before crossing a stream. The trail then ascends steeply towards the Bhena La Pass at 3838 meters. Descending from the pass for a while before ascending again towards the Yamda La Pass at 3860 meters, we get our first view of Upper Mustang from the top of the Pass. We will then descend from the pass and continue walking towards a big stupa, passing cairns before descending to the village of Geling- a beautiful village with far-reaching fields of barley.
Day 07Geling to Ghami (3490m, 5-6 hours)
5/6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
We will ascend gently through barley fields and pass the Tama Gaon (village) and a chorten on the way to our next location. Climbing on a steep trail towards the Nyi La Pass at 4,010 meters, we can get excellent views of the Annapurna range from the top of the Pass. We will then descend and walk on a trail that leads us to Ghami. The village is a large dotting of whitewashed houses and barren fields sheltered by overhanging cliffs.
Day 08Ghami to Tsarang (3620m, 5-6 hours)
5/6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and slippery trail. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola, we will begin ascending down towards Tsarang. The pathway is beautiful with Mani walls along the trail. Next, we will cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870 meters and reach the Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight stay in a guesthouse at Tsarang, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3730m, 3-4 hours)
3/4 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
We will visit the red gompa and a fortress in the morning before beginning our trek towards Lo-Manthang. Our trail drops down to the Tsarang Khola and we will cross a bridge over the river. Next, we will climb up towards the Lo La pass at 3950 meters. From the top of the pass, we can get good views of northern Mustang and of Lo-Manthang. Descending to Lo Manthang- which is an ancient walled capital of Mustang, we can enjoy the rocky dunes that dot the landscape. The town has only one entrance so we will have to circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner.
Day 10Explore Lo Manthang
Rest Day AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We will spend the day touring three major Gompas of the town- the Jhampa, the Thupchen and the Chhoeda. All of these Gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades.
Day 11Helicopter ride over Lo Manthang/ Mustang to Pokhara
AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Having explored the exquisite region of Upper Mustang, we will enjoy a helicopter tour on our return trip to Pokhara. The helicopter tour, which begins from Lo Manthang, is one of the major attractions of this entire trip. From the helicopter, we can get remarkable views of the unique landscape of Upper Mustang. As we get near Pokhara, we can also see sights of the mighty Himalayas and serene lakes that the city consists of. We can spend the rest of the day boating in the serene waters of the Phewa Lake, resting and discovering the quaint streets of Pokhara.
Day 12Fly to Kathmandu
25 minutes by flight BB Plan-Breakfast Standard Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and fly to Pokhara. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take rest or do some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13Kathmandu Airport
before 3 hours you have go airport TIA BB Plan-Breakfast Back to your final destination
It is time to fly home. Those people traveling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport. Note that the above route and walking hours must be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to weather, trail conditions or other reason.
Full fledged Cost
- Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
- Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book only on your request.
- Round way flight from Kathmandu/ Pokhara/Jomsom/ Pokhara/Kathmandu.
- Ground Transportation from pokhara to Nayapul
- Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
- 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
- All Trekking permit -ACAP Permit, local government taxes and TIMS card.
- All government taxes, vat, company service charge.
What's not included?
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication.
- Nepal visa fee
- All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
- All personal trekking equipments like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
- Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee
- Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom.
- All the cost not mention on above cost includes.
Annapurna Trek Accommodation
Annapurna Trek accommodation will be basic tea houses for boarding/lodging.This is the most popular style of trekking to langtang Valley and simply involves trekking from tea house to tea house. Tea houses are essentially small hotels find in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers in a room. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the langtang Trek, the lodges usually have running cold water and western style toilets. Also the hot shower is also available but it need to pay extra cost for it.
In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room with an extra cost and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.
Annapurna Region Trek Meals/Food
Trekkers can choose a meal/food from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals on langtang trek includes omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, mo mo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.
There is not a problem for vegetarian food and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.
Annapurna Trek Weather/Temperature
Weather/Temperature in Summer Annapurna trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Annapurna is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in langtang during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn Annapurna Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Annapurna. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November.
Weather/Temperature in Winter Annapurna Trek in December, January and February.The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Annapurna is severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Annapurna winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.
Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Annapurna region. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Annapurna lovers.The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.
Annapurna Trek Equipment
Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu and Pokhara Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list for comfortable langtang trek.
Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Headlamp with extra batteries
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Moisture wicking long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Trekking Pants (2)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Panty Liners and Tampons
Ear plugs for sleeping
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper
The rooms/accomodation on Annapurna region Trek are all very basic. There are many nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms available with the delicious food menu and great hospitality in the tea houses and lodges.
Yes, If you had not done trekking before then, this region will be best for the startups which are the moderate level of trekking.
You will need to carry a good-sized of a day pack where you could put your personal belonging items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. The porters will carry the bigger packs with your clothes etc. They will carry packs up to 15kg.
Yes, there are electricity/power in most tea houses at the lower part of the trekking. But no heating in the room. In the higher part of the trekking, there will power only a solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room at expensive rates. The battery charging cost range take as per hour for cameras and laptop computers even more expensive.
Yes, Insurance is almost needed 100% trekking to Annapurna. Injury and altitude sickness are far too common on trek. So it is best to pick up insurance World.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May), these are the best season to go on a trek in Annapurna Region. The sky is clear at this time, and you will get to see panoramic views of Langtang Mountains.
If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide and depending on the severity. In a serious case evacuation would be by helicopter.
There is no specify training method to recommend that applies to each individual. The training you should do to prepare for langtang trek depends on your current level of fitness and any medical conditions.Trekking in Annapurna region is suitable for almost all people with moderate fitness. It does not need any prior experience and running, walking, and swimming are the fitness activities to get involved in the excursion.
There are between 2 to 12 fellow travellers in the group. The langtang trek is a popular trip so most of our groups are fully booked. The groups typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in thier 20's to 60's. The group comprises of people from all nationalities.
Trekking in Annapurna region is considered moderate in difficulty level, but still, a good level of fitness is required to complete the trek. As long as you are physically fit and possess sound health, you can go on this trek. We have a flexible route with enough acclimatization and rest days before heading towards higher elevation.
Annapurna region trek is not dangerous at all because trekking in Annapurna region is considered moderate. The altitude increases with daily ascent above 3,000 m to 4,000 m high.there are risks of getting altitude sickness, as you will be trekking above 3000 m. It depends on the person, how he/she is going to react to altitude regardless of their fitness and experience.
Weather/Temperature in Summer Annapurna region trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Annapurna is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in langtang during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Annapurna region Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Annapurna region. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November
Weather/Temperature in Winter Annapurna region Trek in December, January and February. The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Annapurna as severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Annapurna winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.
Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Annapurna. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Annapurna lovers.
The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.
Since you will be in the mountainous region, Wifi and phone network might not work everywhere or for many days. However, most of the guesthouses offer Wifi for free or for a little charge. It is better not to rely on the internet and enjoy your trip.
At the lower altitude guesthouses there will provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all the showers, it costs you extra charge as per shower. The higher you go the hot shower is expensive.
Yes, you will be able to use ATM and Credit Cards during the trip. You can use ATM Card in Kathmandu valley and major cities, it’s better to have cash.
The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel or you can leave in our office too.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
According to thee size of your groups, it differs. The vehicles will be small and light so that it can be handled easily and safely through the narrow roads of Nepal. It can be a car, minibus, land cruiser, van, Jeep.