Upper Mustang and Thorong la Pass trekking description:
Mustang trekking tours unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north on Annapurna Himalayan range of Nepal. Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be "barren as a dead deer" but where beauty and happiness abound is spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army. Trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colorful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountains which makes you medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very especial one.
Annapurna Circuit trekking is one of the top first trekking destinations in Nepal. Annapurna circuit is equally popular as a around Annapurna trekking, opened for trekkers and adventures in 1980s. The region no doubt is rich in sceneries apart from the diverse culture and flora and faunas. Annapurna circuit trekking is most popular trekking trails because of its panoramic scenery of Himalayas.
Mustang and Annapurna circuit combines trek offers an excellent mountains view including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna Ist (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), and Tilicho peak (7134m) etc. Furthermore, there are the settlements of diverse communities such as the Bramin, Chhetree, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, magars, Tamang, and Gurung. Also, it is a trail rich in wild animals such as Mountain Thair/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. And during the trek you will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains each over 6,000 meters high. The trek has also some of Nepal's oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with narrow streets, and beautifully colored houses. Kaligandaki valley is the world's deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range.
Upper Mustang and Thorong la Pass trekking highlights
Lo-Mangthang - capital of Mustang district, Holy and ancient caves, Amazing Kaligandaki valley, stunning view from the Thorong la summit, Mystical Marshyangdi valley, Lifestyles of Mustangi and Mustangi People, great Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri family, Annapurna family as well as Nilgiri and hundreds of snow capped mountains, explore pristine Gangapurna lakes, Muktinath Temple, Ice lake...etc
Upper Mustang and Thorong la Pass trekking grade
This trekking is suitable for experienced walker looking for something a like a challenging and energetic. It does require for previous trekking experience, you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 6 to 6:30 hours perhaps every day, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Upper Mustang and Thorong la Pass trekking covers
Deepest kaligandaki gorge, Mustang - Lo Manthang - Muktinath - Thorong La, Mystical Manang and Marshyangdi valley - Besisahar
Upper Mustang and Thorong la Pass trekking best season
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
Upper Mustang and Thorong la Pass Trekking outline itineary
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1348m), B/B Plan
- Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB), B/B Plan
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m) 6 hrs, B/B Plan
- Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) to Kagbeni (2800m) 3hrs, Tented Camp / Lodge Trek, F/B Plan
- Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele (3100m / 6hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 06: Chele – Gheling (3570m / 8hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 07: Geling – Tsarang (3560m / 7hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 08: Tsarang - Lo Manthang (3840m / 5hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 09: Exploration around Lo-Manthang Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar (3520m / 9 hrs) via Ghar Gompa., Tented Camp / Lodge Trek, F/B Plan
- Day 11: Dhakmar – Shyangmochen (3800m/ 5hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 12: Shyangmochen – Chhusang (2980m / 5 hrs, Tented Camp / Lodge Trek, F/B Plan
- Day 13: Chhusang - Muktinath (3800m/ 5 hrs) via Gyula Pass 4077m, Tented Camp / Lodge Trek, F/B Plan
- Day 14: Trek Thorong La Phedi (4050m/ 3 hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 15: Cross Thorong la 5416 m then to phedi (420m/ 10 hrs), Tented Camp / Lodge Trek, F/B Plan
- Day 16: Trek to Manang village (3400m) , 6-7 hours walking, Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 17: Trek to Chame (2630m) Pisang (3300m), 6 hours walk, Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 18: Trek Dharapani village (1860m, 5-6 hours.), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 19: Trek to Jagat village (1300m, 5-6 hours.), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 20: Trek from Jagat village to Bulbhule (840m, 5-6 hours.), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 21: Bulbule to Kathmandu by Bus (1348m / 8 - 9 hours), Tented Camp / Lodge Trekking, F/B Plan
- Day 22: Final departure, B/B Plan
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Upper Mustang and Thorong La Pass Trekking (Opposite route) detail itineary
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1348m)Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. After welcome drinks, Our representative will give you information about further programs. If you have enought time permits, hike around Thamel for light sightseeing.
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO. On returned may be we can visit the oldest markets of Nepal to explore.
Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m), Drive by tourist Bus takes 7 hours or by Fly takes only 25 minutes.Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Fly to Jomsom (2720m) to Kagbeni (2800m) , walking around 5 hours.You will be land on District headquarters of Mustang and will start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy for The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for overnight stop. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Kagbeni – Chele (3100m), walking around 7 hours.The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed house, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks, which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that ahs fallen from the cliff above forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to chele at 3030m. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Chele – Gheling (3570m), walking around 7 hours.The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descend to Geiling. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Geling – Tsarang (3560m), walking around 7 hours.From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we arrive to a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five – story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Tsarang - Lo Manthang (3840m), walking around 5 hours.The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang- Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. There is a view of the walled city of lo. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Lo-Manthang rest for excursion.Another day in Lo -Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja's Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthangthere is two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja's summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek to Drakmar (3820m) , walking around 6:30 hours.
Our trail climbs steadily offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. We climb a ridge at 4070m and continue to the Chogo La (4210m/13810ft). It is the highest point on our trek. The trail then makes a short, steep descent and crosses the Charang River. We climb to Lo Geker and reaches Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We climb to the ridge, cross a valley along some alpine meadows, and drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) , walking around 5:30 hours.
The trail descends passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar and climbs to a ridge. It further descends to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820m). We descend again to Chhung-Kah. We follow the trial to Tama Gaon (3710m) and continue descending to Shyangmochen. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) , walking around 6 hours.
Our trail follows a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We can also take an alternative route to Samar by visiting Ranchung Cave. The alternative route is 30-minutes longer. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) walking around 7 hours.
We follow the stream, pass Chhusang village and make a small steep ascend onto the plain valley for a while. We keep ascending until we reach a small pass from where we can see the Muktinath and the red painted Buddhist Monasteries. After traversing, we drop down to the small stream and cross a suspension bridge. We climb up for a while and walk through the villages to Muktinath. This route is very popular for the Fossil stone “Saligrams” mainly between Tetang to Gyu La Pass 4077m. It also offers the 140 Degree panoramic view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan range. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Muktinath Temple visiting and trek ascend to Thorong la phedi 4050m .), walking around 3 hours.
We walk to the Muktinath temple to exploring around. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.
After lunch, we ascend up to the Thorong la Phedi walking through the morriane rocky and grassy trails. Along the trails, you will have a great view of Mustang valley especially Jharkot village and ancient monestery called Jharkot Shakyapa Monestery and Dhaulagiri range which you can see on photo above given. From Muktinath Temple to Thorong la phedi (4050 m) takes around 3 hours as a maximum. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Cross over Thorong la 5416 m then walk down to phedi (4020m), walking around 10 hours.Today is challenging day rather than others because we are going to cross Thorong La (5416m/17764ft), known as the widest pass in the world. Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About five hours ascend to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. This should be a lifetime unforgettable experience for trekkers. An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Another five hours of walking will take you down to Thorong la Phedi (4200 m) in Marshyangdi valley. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek to Manang village (3400m) , walking around 6 hours.Our descent continues through the Marshyangdi Valley to Manang village, home to the legendary Yeti. There are so many side trips either visiting Tilicho Lake (5100 m) known as world's highest lake, Ice lake, Gangapurna Lake and Gangapurna glacier and more. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Manang to Chame (2630m) trekking via Pisang village (3300m), walking around 6 hours.
From Manang village, we take further to Braga village where you can experience one of the oldest monestery which is build by Dalai Lama around 500 years ago. From here to chame we take easy trial passing Humde Airport and Pisang village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Manangis people. Waiting here is the 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Mount Annapurna himalayan range including Mt.Gangapurna, Mt. Tilicho, Mt, Manaslu, Thorong Peak, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Annapurna 2. From here, we continue our journey to Chame where we stay overnight.
Trek to Dharapani village (1860m), walking around 6 hours.
The trail passes small villages, can see short glimpse of Mt. Manaslu and other snow peaks and drop down to Danque through the knee crunching trail and have a lunch. After lunch, walk on the level and flat trail until reaching Dharapani, takes about maximum 4 hours. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek from Dharapani village to Jagat village (1300m), walking around 5 hours.
We descend down along the Marsyangdi River, first cross by an iron bridge just end of the Dharapani village. Then, continue up stream of Marsyangdi Riveruntil reaching Kotro and cross by a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. The trail continues right hand through the small battis in the canyon. There is again other suspension bridge, cross over the bridge and drop down to sandy area near the Tal village. After Tal, the trail drop down to the River in rocky trail and climb up the through the dense forest area and again cross by a suspension bridge near the Chyamje where lunch break. Then, the trail continues in the left hand until reaching Jagat village. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Trek from Jagat village to Bulbhule (840m), walking around 6 hours.
We descend down through the rocky trail until reaching Syange where we can see very picturesque water fall about 200m. Then, pass the water fall and continue along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule following the road trail for short-cut. It takes about 5 hours to reach and enjoy with last day trekking treat. Accommodation is depends upon your request, either lodge or Tent camping.
Bulbule to Kathmandu by Bus (1348m / 8 - 9 hours)
We take a bus to Besisahar, which is a big town of Lamjung district. From here we change a bus which drives directly to Kathamndu. And transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Drop you in Kathmandu international Airport onward your final destination. Wish you your wonderful blissful journey !!
- Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off by private vehicles.
- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu within BB Plan
- 1 night twin sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara within BB Plan
- Flight : Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara round trip flight fare with required domestic airport tax
- One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
- All land transportation according to the itinerary
- Guest house / Tented camping accommodation during the trekking
- If you choose Camping trekking; - Professional cook, kitchen helper, sherpa and required porters, All kitchen and cooking equipments during trekking
- If you choose Guest house basis trekking - Lodge accommodation along the routes
- Special Trekking Permit for Upper Mustang Controlled region trekking
- English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide during the trekking.
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day during the trekking days
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project permits and TIMS permits for trekking
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of all trekking crew
- All Government Taxes and Company service charge.
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (this is a mandatory condition of booking)
- Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Optional Excursions: optional excursions such are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest.
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters.
- Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control.
- Personal equipment, nature or any donation.
- All types of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Tips for the crew (Note: TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- International Airfare and departure airport taxes.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized 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. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.