Naar to Upper Mustang GHT
Nepal

Approaching Teri La pass
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Strenuous
  • TRIP STYLE: Camping
  • TRIP LEADER: International Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 5 - 14 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 30 Apr 2021

Details

Naar to Upper Mustang GHT is an adventurous trek crossing Teri La (5,595m) from Naar village over to the semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang near the Tibet border.

After leaving the Annapurna Circuit at Chame/ Koto we walk to the isolated village of Naar then from there walk up the remote Lapse Khola river. At the end head of this valley we cross the rarely trekked Teri La pass (5,595m) to enter Upper Mustang.  Upper Mustang is arid and dry with colourful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.

There are exposed sections on the descent from Teri La pass so it is necessary for anyone joining this trek to have accurate foot placement while walking and confidence in walking on rocky terrain without a defined trail. There was also a fresh landslide area with larger rocks and boulders to cross and it is likely this may have been caused by the 2015 earthquake. This is a rarely trekked area in a remote region of Nepal where there are only a few other trekking groups each season attempting to cross Teri La pass.

  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of this region.
  • The Mountain Company has organised two successful Naar to Upper Mustang GHT treks. For more information on how these treks went please take a look at our Trip Reports.
  • We work with some of the best mountain leaders and guides with deep knowledge and experience of the Himalaya and Karakoram. Unlike many other operators we still allocate appropriately trained international leaders for more remote and technical trips like Naar to Upper Mustang GHT.
  • Read our AITO Traveller Reviews for Naar to Upper Mustang GHT where our overall holiday rating is 100%. Our approach to organising trips in the Himalayas has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • Our itinerary has been carefully designed to ensure sufficient acclimatisation as well as including a number of spare days to maximise the chance of crossing the pass.
  • Western branded tents are used for all of our camping treks in Nepal. These are high quality three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.
  • The Mountain Company will receive bespoke weather forecasts for the Damodar Himal region from EverestWeather.com and from our in house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Nepal. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety. We use GPS on Thuraya satellite phone to upload daily your location on to Google Maps so your friends and family can track your progress during the trek.
  • We provide all porters with windproof jacket & trousers, crampons and shelter as per International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • There will be a range of tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and supper. We give everyone in the group one chocolate or muesli bar per day (Mars, Twix, Bounty etc) and also provide Pringles and biscuits at tea time. For breakfast every morning we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. There will also be a portable altitude chamber (PAC or Gamow bag).
  • Pre trip support will be given by our Operations team with first hand knowledge of Naar to Upper Mustang GHT trek. During high season we have a TMC representative from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu

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Hotel Tibet

Flying into Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience, with the Nepalese Himalaya sprawling out below you. After customs, you will pass out of the restricted area and into the passenger pick-up area outside the building. You will see a Mountain Company signboard and our representative will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. 

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Hotel Tibet

Today your leader will brief you on the expedition and check your gear for the trip. We will take your passports from you at the briefing and then we will visit the government offices to obtain the expedition permits. For the rest of the day you can explore Kathmandu and purchase any last minute items for the trek. 

Bus to Jagat (10 hours)

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Camping

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by private bus. It is a scenic drive with several picturesque gorges and occasional glimpses of mountain peaks. At Dumre we turn off the Pokhara highway and drive north following Marsyangdi River to Besisahar. We drive beyond this town passing a new hydro-plant being built at Bhulbule by the Chinese until we arrive at Ngadi. At this village we will change vehicles from our bus to local jeeps then continue the drive to Jagat where we camp in the garden of a lodge.

During the months of April, May and October it will very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 Degrees Celsius for the first few days of the trek. We have chosen the months of April/ May and October as these months are likely to have optimal conditions for crossing the Teri La pass. It is important to bring plenty of water, wear a sun hat and apply sun cream. 

Walking for 16km (7 hours)

Walking ascent 950m

Walking descent 330m

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Camping

Today we will walk up to Dharapani.  Shortly after leaving Jagat, there are views of the impressive 200m Chamje waterfall before dropping to the river and crossing to return to the quieter east side of the valley. The dirt road, which now runs all the way into the Annapurna Circuit, is on the west side of the valley; we avoid this, enjoying the wildlife, flora, terraces and small farms and an occasionally excellent path of large stone steps climbing and descending the spurs of the valley.  

The trail passes through huge boulders fallen from the mountains above. There is a steep but spectacular ascent on a good trail to the beautiful and colourful village of Tal, which lies in a wide flat valley. After about four hours walking we have lunch at Tal. 

After lunch there is a dramatic section of the trail along the base of a cliff next to the Marsyangdi River. Landslides on the east bank make the trail here impassable and we have to cross the river to the west bank where we join the dirt jeep track for a short section into Dharapani. There is a good selection of campsites, shops and a telephone point in the town. After about three hours hiking in the afternoon, the camp is at 1,940m.

Walking for 13km (6 hours)

Walking ascent 900m

Walking descent 300m

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Camping

There is a permit checkpoint leaving Dharapani and then we pass through the picturesque villages of Bagarchapp and Timang and we start to get views of the Annapurnas, Lamjung Himal and if it is clear, Manaslu, appears on the left skyline looking back down the valley and Peak 29 is on the right. On this day, we hike for 5 to 6 hours into Koto located at 2,600m. 

Walking for 9km (4 hours)

Walking ascent 600m

Walking descent 250m

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Camping

We start off with a permit checkpoint immediately leaving Koto and then leave the Annapurna Circuit to enter the Naar Khola valley. This trail is much quieter and less frequented by trekkers. 

The trail is excellent and wanders initially through pine forests and then the valley narrows to a spectacular gorge with the river a torrent running through it. The path follows around pine-clad spurs, crossing the Naar Khola after a short descent to a bridge. There is a small hot spring some 50 metres downstream of this bridge and although the path can be slippery, the spring is natural is worth the 5-minute detour. 

After about four hours of walking we stop in a small clearing in the pine forests where there are a few tea houses. We stay here for the night as this is required for acclimatisation to high altitude as otherwise if one pushes on there is a rapid ascent profile to Naar village located at 4,100m.

Walking for 8km (5 hours)

Walking ascent 840m

Walking descent 185m

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Camping

After breakfast we continue to ascend the valley then cross behind a waterfall near a clearing in the forest at 3,250m called Dharmasala. After this village, there is a short steep section for a further hour into the terraced village of Meta (also known as Methang), which is used by some people from Naar as a winter retreat. Meta is above the tree line and here the valley begins to open out to provide superb views of the surrounding area, including a view of Mount Kang Garu.

Walking for 10km (5 hours)

Walking ascent 840m

Walking descent 225m

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Camping

This is a shorter day to allow for some rest and acclimatisation. Leaving camp we contour along the valley until we reach Naar Phedi, the junction of the Naar and Phu Khola rivers, where there are two very impressive bridges above the Lapse Khola gorge about 80m below. One bridge is stone and wood built for yaks. It is then a short hike up to the monastery where we will stop and visit the Gompa. The views up the Phu Khola valley are impressive and we are likely to see Himalayan Griffons circling on the cliff above. 

It is only a 3 hour walk from here to the village of Naar, this place has Tibetan houses and also extensive field systems built by the villagers for growing barley and potatoes in these high altitude fertile soils. After a steep climb from the monastery, we pass through the wall which encloses the community of Naar and some impressive chortens in yak pastures with wonderful views of Kang Garu. Shortly after the chorten, Naar comes into view beyond a flat area of open fields. We camp at a guesthouse and there is ample opportunity to explore the village during the afternoon. 

 

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Camping

Acclimatisation walks around Naar village (4,100m). This is an essential day for acclimatisation. We will do a short walk in the morning up the Kang La valley towards the Kang La pass to help with acclimatisation. Blue sheep are often seen along the valley sides, as well as many domestic yaks.  

Walking for 11km (7 to 8 hours)

Walking ascent 950m

Walking descent 700m

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Camping

After a short and gentle climb out of Naar, we descend very steeply down a zig-zag path for some 300m to the Lapse Khola river taking around an hour. We then follow the Lapse Khola river along an impressive path, cross on a Himalayan bridge and then make the steep climb to Chaungseng Kharka, a yak kharka (meadow) on the opposite side of the valley. This can be a windy place and the villagers from Naar have built yak dung drying walls, taking advantage of the wind to dry the dung before carrying it back to Naar or Meta. 

We have lunch at the kharka after 3 to 4 hours hiking. After we then continue traversing high above the Lapse Khola with expansive views of the surrounding area as we are now well above the treeline. The trail undulates along the side of the valley and ascends and descends spurs. Just before the trail drops down to a small yak kharka camp near the valley bottom, there is a short section where the trail is narrow and above a series of steep scree slopes; care will need to be taken here. 

It is possible to camp at the yak kharka, but we continue alongside the river for a further 30 minutes to an open grassy area set above the river, which is much better for camping about 4 hours walking in total during the afternoon. 

Walking for 8km (6 hours)

Walking ascent 650m

Walking descent 400m

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Camping

After a short walk along the valley we climb and descend a rocky spur on a good path before crossing the Lapse Khola river. We then walk gently along and up the valley close to the river for around 2 hours before climbing the west bank opposite Jomsom khola which enters the Lapse Khola from the north.The trail then contours along the valley side with occasional rocky steps to negotiate. We pass a number of small yak kharka where we will have lunch before descending again to the Lapse Khola river to another unnamed camp at 4,600m. Snow leopard tracks have been seen here on previous Mountain Company treks. 

Walking for 6km (4 hours)

Walking ascent 300m

Walking descent 0m

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Camping

This is a shorter day but as we are now walking at high altitude it can be a tough section of the trail as we ascend over 5 hours to Teri La Base Camp at 4,900m. We ascend the left valley side for a short distance until the trail levels out and then traverses the valley through sparse vegetation. There are excellent views both back down the Lapse Khola and ahead towards the Teri La, eagles may be seen circling above and along the valley sides. 

After a couple of hours, we pass a small camp area as the Lapse Khola valley turns northwards. In another hour, we head west, leaving the Lapse Khola valley; there is a camp here, called ‘Base Camp’ on some maps.  

Walking for 3km (3 hours)

Walking ascent 350m

Walking descent 50m

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Camping

This is a shorter day but this will set us up well for crossing the pass for the following day. We ascend 300m from Teri La Base Camp to to Teri La High Camp so this is excellent for our acclimatisation. Today the trail follows a side valley on easy terrain for about 3 hours until the valley opens up with spectacular views from Teri La High Camp. You can spend the afternoon relaxing and preparing for tomorrow’s crossing of the Teri La.

Walking for 14km (8 hours)

Walking ascent 600m

Walking descent 950m

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Camping

From camp we ascend for about 3 hours to the summit of Teri La at 5,595m where the views are superb over to Annapurnas and Chulus. From the pass we descend to our camp next to the Pasphu Khola. Initially dropping below 5,000m to cross the Rijung Chwa Khola, before climbing back up to cross a number of ridges and descending to our camp on the banks of the Rijung Prama Khola. 

There are exposed sections on the descent from Teri La pass on rocky terrain and in places without a defined trail. There are also often fresh landslide areas with larger rocks and boulders to cross. A long but very satisfying day.  

Walking for 12km (7 to 8 hours)

Walking ascent 500m

Walking descent 950m

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Camping

Today we follow the trail on a high traverse day starting from camp with a steep start to gain the high shoulder, then a series of ridge traverses. There are more spectacular views of the Annapurnas, Chulus and Himlung and Kang Guru behind us. 

We descend to the river and the fields of Yakpa Kharka then ascend again to a rocky ridge before a few more high contour traverses to descend into the Samena Khola Valley. We cross the river via an impressive gorge to camp in the ruins of the old Kampa (Tibetan Army) village of Yakpa.

Walking for 13km (7 to 8 hours)

Walking ascent 500m

Walking descent 1,500m

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Camping

Today follows another wonderful trail in Upper Mustang. From Yakpa we ascend for about 2 hours and 500m to reach a high path with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri. This view of Dhaulagiri is rarely seen on other treks. After about another 2 hours walking along a series of ridges we have lunch on a rocky col, with a large rock Chorten and pray flags. 

The splendour of Upper Mustang opens up and with views of the Tibet Plateau. After lunch we have two large river valleys to cross and follow the traditional trade route through Makar Valley into Tangga. We camp in the village of Tangga. 

Walking for 8km (4 to 5 hours)

Walking ascent 720m

Walking descent 560m

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Camping

This morning we walk through the historic village of Tangga and ascend up through the moraine of the valley to gain a high plateau. There are more stunning mountains views as we cross the plateau before entering the red earth hills and the twisting and winding path in the rock flutings. After a few hours we drop down in to the Dhechyang Khola river valley to Dhye Thangchung.  Here we camp in the grounds of a very basic tea house.

This is a new village and an apple farm formed by 26 families and supported by international NGOs. The original village of Dhey about 10km away is struggling to grow crops due to environmental changes and lack of water.

Walking for 6km (4 hours)

Walking ascent 525m

Walking descent 300m

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Camping

After crossing the river we climb steeply on to the valley shoulder before traversing more weird and wonderful rock formations.  As we approach the village of Yara Gaon we cross the river. It is worth looking out for fossils in this area as they can frequently be found in the river bed.

Walking for 15km (7 hours)

Walking ascent 900m

Walking descent 700m

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Camping

A pleasant walk down the river valley as we leave Yara and arrive at the village of Dhi. After a look around the village, we  climb up through more rock formations to cross the Dhi La. There are a number of false summits to this pass which takes about 3 hours to reach the top of.  There is a high and airy trail along the Udi Danda followed by an hour descent to arrive into the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. 

Walking for 18km (8 hours)

Walking ascent 250m

Walking descent 520m

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Camping

A spectacular trek day as we cross two high passes to reach the village of Ghemi. Initially on the new jeep road leaving Lo Manthang to pick up the original trade route trail and climb high to cross the Chogo La (4,280m) with spectacular views looking back over Mustang and the Annapurna ahead. Dropping down to the village of Lo Gekar and a quick visit to Ghar Gumba Monastery, we climb back up to cross the Mui La (4,170m) and descend to the spectacular red cliff valley of Dhakmar, before crossing a small pass, the Sang La to arrive in the village of Ghemi.

Jeep to Jomsom (7 hours)

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Lodge in Jomsom

Today we travel by jeep as the new road has taken over from the trekking route. We drive through Chele and then change jeeps at Chusang and continue through Tangbe to Jomsom. We stay in a lodge near the airport and then in the evening we will have a party with our amazing crew. We will also hand out tips to our crew as a thank you for all their hard work throughout the trek

Flight to Pokhara & Kathmandu

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Hotel Tibet

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara then onto Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu where you can then spend the rest of the day doing what you please.

Sightseeing day in Kathmandu

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Hotel Tibet

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu as well as to pack your bags for the trek starting tomorrow morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items not needed on trek.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.

In the streets of Kathmandu there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit as well as products imported from China and India. While the city has dramatically expanded over the last 10 years, on the outskirts of the valley it is still possible to see traditional houses set in landscape sculpted by contours of the paddy fields. These villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid red chillies of laid out on mats drying in the sun.

Flight home

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Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.  End of trip.

Dates & Prices

We provide an early bird discount for the first people paying their deposits to make up our minimum group size

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Dates 30 Apr 2021 to 23 May 2021 Trip Leader International Leader Price US$4,495pp
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What's Included

  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit (US$500).
  • Internal flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu.
  • All transfers including airport collections.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek.   
  • Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 tents are used for our Naar to Upper Mustang GHT trek. These are expedition grade tents for three person with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, western leader, Sherpa guide, ponies, porters and cook.
  • The porterage allowance for your main bag to be carried by a porter is 20kg. 
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Damodar Himal region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this expedition.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
  • We use GPS on Thuraya satellite phone to upload daily your location on to Google Maps so your friends and family can track your progress during the trek.
  • Trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Entrance to the monasteries in Lo Manthang (US$10)
  • Tips. Each trekker should allow for tip amounts into the group fund of 21,000 Nepalese rupees equivalent to £150, US$200 or €170.
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is located in Lazimpat next to the Radisson and is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our previous clients enjoy staying at this property due to its good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor and the roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Camping in Nepal

We use both Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s and Quechua tents for our camping treks in Nepal.

Practical Information

A Typical Day On Camping Trek

The day starts with an early morning mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the assistant guides. Before heading over to the mess tent for breakfast you will pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and, after the porters have arranged their loads, they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, probably between 7am and 8am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11am at a spot by the side of the trail and is prepared for us by the cooks.


There is more walking after lunch and normally you will get into camp by mid afternoon with the tents already put up by the local staff. In the evening a three course meal is served in the mess tent around 6-7pm. After supper the international leader will discuss the plan for the next day with the group. People might stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring to their tent for the night.

While on the trek, the cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities.  For breakfast you are likely to get porridge or cereal, toast or chapatis, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. For our camping treks we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine. On arrival to camp in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three course meal will follow later in the evening.

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Clothing and Equipment List for Naar to Upper Mustang GHT

For the safety of everyone in the group and to help ensure a successful trek, you are required to have the following items in our clothing and equipment list tailored for Naar to Upper Mustang GHT. Your gear will be checked by the group leader in Kathmandu prior to departure for the trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. During the first couple of days on this trek you will experience hot conditions with temperatures around 25˚C. You will experience the coldest temperatures at Teri La High Camp at an altitude of 4,900m where overnight lows can get down to around -12˚C.

Each trekker should bring one backpack for gear required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. The maximum weight allowance for back pack is 5kgThe rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance for your duffel bag  is 15kg. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.

We suggest you print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear

  • Walking Boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.  Boots must be in good condition, the best approach is to get new boots and break in before the trek. Over the years of organising treks in Nepal we have had several boots fall apart so it is essential you also bring trail shoes as a backup.
  • Trail shoes. Can be used around camp and as a replacement if your walking boots fall apart!
  • Sandals. fully enclosed sandals are best to protect your feet during river crossings. These are required for river crossings as well as two trekking poles.
  • Walking socks.

Clothing

  • Waterproof and Windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek and in windy conditions.
  • Trekking trousers. (eg. Mountain Hardwear Mesa V2 or The North Face Paramount Peak) Minimum two.
  • Soft Shell Trousers.
  • Long sleeve tops or shirts (not cotton). Minimum two.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece or synthetic/ primaloft top.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece / synthetic top. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet can be used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket to provide maximum warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece or synthetic pants. To be worn around the lodge or added as an additional layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket.

Heads and Gloves

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.
  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf. (eg. Buff Headwear or purchase a #myTMCbuff).
  • Headtorch. Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses. The lenses need to be Category 4 rated and should have side protection or wraparound design to prevent light getting through to your eyes that could cause sun blindness.

For crossing the passes

  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Having two poles is mandatory as required for your safety on steep and loose sections of the trail, river crossings and for walking through deep snow higher up.
  • Kahtoola Microspikes or YakTrax Summits. These are for your safety and security when descending passes if snowy or icy conditions.  These are not crampons - they can be fitted directly to your walking boots.
  • Gaiters. A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.

Personal equipment

  • Sleeping bag. Maximum overnight lows at Teri La High Camp will be around -12℃. Note: it is possible to rent a bag in Kathmandu from Shonas Rental.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty and helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Sleeping mat (eg.Thermarest). On trek we provide everyone with one foam mat however we recommend two layers for maximum insulation and comfort. We also provide everyone with a pillow.
  • Daypack. Recommended size is 40 litres or larger as you need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing as well as climbing gear and down jacket. The pack should have a good waist belt. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold- drybags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).  You may use a hydration pack lower down but the tube will freeze in the cold so ensure you still have 2 water bottles.
  • Pee bottle. Highly recommended as means you do not have to get up to find toilet tent at night! For men you can use an old water bottle for women take a look at SheWee.
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira).
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer. We suggest you keep this in your day pack for use after a toilet break during the trek or before eating any snacks. We provide sanitizer for use before meals.

Travelling

  • Duffle bag for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter). A rugged, waterproof duffle bag made of a plastic material 100-120 litres in size is recommended eg. Mountain Equipment 100l or Rab 120l. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag, soap, travel towel, toothbrush, travel wash etc. You will be provided with toilet paper on trek.

Personal first aid kit

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best)
  • Rehydration powder (eg Dioralyte).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

Threat and risk assessment for Naar to Upper Mustang GHT

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. 

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our Naar to Upper Mustang GHT. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on the Naar to Upper Mustang GHT we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for the Naar to Upper Mustang GHT is available on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path. 
  • Altitude illness including but not limited to AMS, HACE and HAPE.
  • Getting lost or becoming separated from group eg. crossing high passes in whiteout.
  • Severe bad weather and conditions when camping.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke).
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall.
  • Rock fall and landslides.
  • Snow and ice avalanches eg crossing the Teri La.
  • Glacial crevasses eg crossing the Teri La.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic accident. We use a private bus or jeep from Kathmandu to Ngadi. Due to local rules we cannot take drive our bus to Jagat so we have to use local jeeps for this section of road and also at end of trek from Ghemi to Kagbeni and onto Jomsom.
  • Flight accident [see paragraph “Internal flights in Nepal” for further information about STOL flights].
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

Internal Flights

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) travel advice to Nepal states that “STOL airstrips in Nepal are among the most remote and difficult to land on in the world and are a challenge for even the most technically proficient pilots and well-maintained aircraft.” For their latest advice please take a look at their Safety & Security section under Air Travel.

There have been a number of recent air accidents in Nepal and in December 2013 The European Union banned all airlines based in Nepal from flying in the 28-nation bloc under the latest changes to a list of unsafe carriers.  For more information on Nepal’s air safety profile take a look at Aviation Safety Network.

Weather and climate for Naar to Upper Mustang GHT

Naar to Upper Mustang GHT trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5˚C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25˚C.  At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15˚C to -12˚C.

The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognised as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom.

Suggested reading and maps for Naar to Upper Mustang GHT

Maps

Upper Mustang The Last Forbidden Kingdom High Route by Nepa Maps Scale: 1:80,000 This map will be included in your welcome pack when you arrive in Nepal.

Books

East of Lo Manthang: In the land of Mustang by Peter Matthiessen and Thomas Laird.

Mustang, a Lost Tibetan Kingdom by Michel Peissel.

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