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  • Trek Duration
    15 Days
  • Max Altitude
  • Trip Grade
  • Group Size
    Min : 02 Trekkers
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guest House
  • Start/Ending
    Jomsom to Jomsom

Trip Overview

“Journey to the Forbidden Kingdom: Exploring the Enigmatic Upper Mustang”

The Upper Mustang Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal, located in the Mustang district in the northwestern part of the country. The region is often referred to as the “last forbidden kingdom” because it was closed to foreign visitors until 1992 and still retains much of its traditional Tibetan culture and architecture. The trek starts from the city of Pokhara and follows the Kali Gandaki River through beautiful landscapes and small villages before reaching the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. Along the way, trekkers will encounter colorful prayer flags, monasteries, and caves that were once used by Tibetan monks for meditation. It is an incredible journey that takes you through the remote and ancient kingdom of Mustang, located in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

The trek is usually done over 12-16 days and requires a permit to enter the Upper Mustang region, which can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency. The best time to do the trek is from March to November when the weather is relatively dry and the skies are clear. The Upper Mustang Trek is considered a moderate trek and is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. However, due to the high altitude and remoteness of the region, it’s important to take proper precautions and acclimatize properly. It’s also recommended to hire a local guide or porter to help navigate the terrain and provide insights into the local culture. The trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines breathtaking scenery, ancient culture, and unique wildlife, making it one of the most memorable treks in the world.

Trip highlights

  • Explore the Hidden Kingdom: Mustang was once an independent kingdom, and its isolation has allowed it to retain its traditional culture and practices. Trekking through Mustang gives you the opportunity to explore this hidden kingdom and experience its unique blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture
  • Stunning Scenery: The trek takes you through the rugged terrain of the Himalayas, passing through dramatic landscapes of deep gorges, barren cliffs, and towering snow-capped peaks. The views of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri, are simply breathtaking
  • Ancient Buddhist Monasteries: Mustang is home to some of the most ancient and well-preserved Buddhist monasteries in the world. The trek takes you to the famous Lo Gekar monastery, which is believed to have been built in the 8th century
  • Unique Flora and Fauna: The region is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, Tibetan wild ass, and Himalayan blue sheep. You may also encounter other wildlife such as marmots and yaks
  • Local Villages and People: The trek takes you through several traditional Mustang villages, where you can observe the local way of life and interact with friendly and welcoming people. You can also taste the local cuisine and learn about the region’s history and culture

Trekking permit for Upper Mustang trek

If you are planning to trek in Upper Mustang, you will need a special permit called the “Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.” This permit is required because Upper Mustang is a restricted area and the government of Nepal strictly regulates the number of tourists who visit this region.

To obtain this permit, you must first obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, which can be obtained through a trekking agency or the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. Then, you will need to apply for the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit through a registered trekking agency.

The cost of the permit varies depending on the season, but it usually ranges from USD 500 to USD 1,000 per person. The permit is valid for 10 days and can be extended for an additional fee if you wish to stay longer in the region.

It is important to note that you must travel with a licensed guide and stay in government-approved accommodations while trekking in Upper Mustang.

Is solo trekking allowed in the Upper Mustang Trek?

Solo trekking is not allowed in the Upper Mustang Trek area. As per the regulations set by the Nepalese government, the Upper Mustang region is a restricted area, and travelers are required to obtain a special permit to enter the region. Moreover, trekkers are required to travel with at least one registered guide or porter. This is to ensure the safety and security of travelers and to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the region. Therefore, if you plan to trek in the Upper Mustang region, it is mandatory to travel with a licensed guide or a trekking agency authorized by the Nepal Government.

Additionally, it is generally recommended to trek with a guide or a porter, especially if you are not an experienced trekker or unfamiliar with the terrain and culture of the region. A guide or porter can help ensure your safety and provide valuable assistance and information throughout the trek.

It’s also important to note that solo trekking in any remote area can be risky due to the lack of immediate assistance in case of an emergency, so it’s crucial to take all necessary precautions and be adequately prepared before embarking on a solo trek.

What is the Upper Mustang trek about?

The Upper Mustang trek is a captivating adventure that takes you deep into the remote and mystical region of Upper Mustang, also known as the “Forbidden Kingdom.” Located in the north-central part of Nepal, bordering Tibet, Upper Mustang is a restricted area that was off-limits to foreigners until 1992. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore a culturally rich and visually stunning landscape that has remained untouched for centuries.

The Upper Mustang trek allows you to delve into the unique traditions, lifestyle, and architecture of the Tibetan-influenced Mustang people. The region is renowned for its ancient Buddhist monasteries, cave dwellings, and intricate Tibetan-style murals that adorn the walls of these structures. The trek takes you through picturesque villages like Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, and Charang, providing a glimpse into the traditional Mustang way of life.

As you traverse the arid and barren landscapes of Upper Mustang, you’ll encounter dramatic cliffs, deep canyons, and majestic rock formations sculpted by wind and water over time. The landscape bears a resemblance to the Tibetan plateau, with its wide open spaces, high desert plains, and snow-capped peaks in the distance. The journey also involves crossing the Kali Gandaki River, which flows through the world’s deepest gorge, adding to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the trek.

Apart from the cultural and natural highlights, the Upper Mustang trek offers a sense of solitude and tranquility as it attracts fewer tourists compared to other popular trekking routes in Nepal. This allows you to immerse yourself in the serene surroundings, connecting with the vastness of the Himalayan wilderness.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city or rest.

Day 02: Special Permit for Upper Mustang Preparation and Explore day

On the second day in Nepal, we will spend the whole day in the Kathmandu Valley. It is because, on this day, we have to take a special permit to enter this route. Without a special trekking permit, you are not allowed to enter in this route because it is one of the restricted areas of Nepal. And on this day, we will explore all around the Kathmandu Valley and take some rest.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (6 to 7hrs)

Start from Kathmandu and head west towards Kalanki. You will pass through the New Bus Park and Kalanki Chowk. From Kalanki, follow the Prithvi Highway, which leads to Pokhara. You will pass through Naubise. You will cross the Trishuli River and pass through Mugling. From Mugling, the road starts to climb into the hills, and the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You will pass through small towns and villages like Bharatpur, Damauli, and Dumre. Keep driving on the Prithvi Highway until you reach Pokhara. The entire journey takes around 6-7 hours keep driving on the Prithvi Highway until you reach Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2715m) and walk to Kagbeni (2804m / 4hrs)

From Pokhara, we will take a short flight toward Jomsom. It takes almost 25 minutes to reach Jomsom from Pokhara. Once we reach Jomsom, we will slowly move toward Kagbeni. The trail from Jomsom to Kagbeni follows the Kali Gandaki River, which is the deepest gorge in the world. You will walk along the river on a flat and dusty trail. After walking for about an hour, you will reach the village of Ekle Bhatti. From Ekle Bhatti, the trail gradually climbs up to the village of Kagbeni. You will pass through the village of Tangbe and Chhusang before reaching Kagbeni.

Day 05: Trek to Chhusang (2800m / 6hrs)

The trail starts by crossing the Kali Gandaki River via a suspension bridge. Once you cross the river, you will see a trail on your left-hand side that leads to Tangbe village. After about an hour of walking from Tangbe, you will reach the village of Chele. After Chele, the trail gets steeper and the terrain becomes more rugged. You will need to climb several steep hills before reaching Chhusang. Once you reach Chhusang, you can explore the village and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 06: Trek to Somare (3340m / 6hrs)

Start by heading east out of Chhusang, following the trail that leads to the Kali Gandaki River. Cross the river using the suspension bridge and continue on the trail on the other side. Along the way, you will have a great view of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Tukuche. Follow the trail as it winds its way through the valley, passing through several small villages along the way. Continue on the trail as it heads north towards Somare.

Day 07: Trek to Gheling (3540m / 5hrs)

From Samar, continue on the trail towards the east, which will take you through a series of small streams and hills. After walking for another 2-3 hours, you will reach the village of Chungsi. From Chungsi, continue on the trail towards the east, which will take you through more beautiful landscapes and traditional villages. After walking for another 2-3 hours, you will reach Gheling, a beautiful village with traditional Tibetan-style houses and a stunning monastery.

Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3560m / 6hrs)

The trail will lead you across several small streams and rivers. The trail will then start to ascend towards a small ridge, which offers some stunning views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. After crossing the ridge, the trail will start to descend again towards Tsarang. The trail can be steep in some places, and there may be loose rocks and gravel.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3700m / 5hrs)

Leave Tsarang and head towards the village of Charang. The path is relatively easy and follows the Kali Gandaki River for some time. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail starts to ascend gradually toward the Lo La Pass. Enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and the Mustang Valley from the top of the pass. Descend from the pass towards the village of Lo-Manthang. The trail is steep and rocky, so be careful while walking down.

Day 10: Rest day at Lo-Manthang

Taking a rest day in Lo-Manthang can be a great way to recharge and relax during your trek. On this day, we can take a stroll around town and admire the architecture and traditional Nepalese culture. We also visit Royal Palace in Lo-Manthang is an impressive structure that dates back to the 15th century. It is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the town. Lo-Manthang is surrounded by stunning landscapes and mountain views. Take some time to sit back and enjoy the view during your rest day.

Day 11: Trek to Dhamkmar (3810m / 6hrs)

The trek begins at Lo-Manthang, a historic walled city in Upper Mustang, and follows a well-defined trail towards the south. The trail passes through several small villages and offers breathtaking views of the Mustang Valley and the surrounding mountains. After walking for about 2 hours, you will reach the village of Dhigaon. The village is home to a beautiful ancient monastery called the Dhigaon Gompa. From Dhigaon, the trail continues to descend gently for another 1.5 hours until you reach the village of Dhamkar.

Day 12: Walk to Syangboche (3540m / 6hrs)

From Dhamkar, you’ll follow a well-defined trail that gradually ascends towards Syangboche. The trail offers stunning views of the Mustang Valley, with its unique landscapes, traditional villages, and ancient Buddhist monasteries. As you trek toward Syangboche, you’ll pass through several small villages, including Ghar Gompa and Samar. The trail also takes you through a beautiful forest of juniper and pine trees. After trekking for about 4-5 hours, you’ll reach Syangboche.

Day 13: Trek to Chhusang (2800m / 6hrs)

From here, you’ll start walking towards the north, following the Kali Gandaki River. After about an hour of walking, you’ll reach the Ghami Khola, a small river that you’ll need to cross. After crossing the Ghami Khola, you’ll start climbing up towards Yamda La. The climb is steep and can be challenging, but the views from the top are spectacular. From Yamda La, you’ll start descending towards Samar. From Samar, you’ll continue walking towards the north, following the Kali Gandaki River. After about an hour, you’ll reach Chhusang.

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2830m / 5hrs)

Cross the river using the suspension bridge and head north. Follow the path along the river for about 2-3 kilometers until you reach a small village called Tangbe. From Tangbe, continue north along the river for another 3-4 kilometers until you reach a junction with a signpost pointing towards Kagbeni. The path will lead you uphill, with a steep climb for about half an hour, until you reach a plateau. From here, you’ll be able to see the village of Kagbeni in the distance. Follow the path downhill for about 1-2 kilometers until you reach the outskirts of Kagbeni.

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2715m / 4hrs)

The trek offers spectacular views of the mountains, the river, and the surrounding landscape. After walking for about an hour from Kagbeni, you will come across a suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and continue along the trail. You will pass through several small villages, including Tangbe, Chhusang, and Samar. From Samar, the trail climbs up to a ridge and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You will also pass through the village of Ghiling, which is famous for its apple orchards. After crossing the ridge, the trail descends to Jomsom.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara (850m / 25min)

From Jomsom, we will take a short flight toward Pokhara which takes almost 25 minutes to reach. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you will find a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and activities to enjoy. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, including the famous Phewa Lake, and is a popular destination for adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu

To drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you will need to follow the Prithvi Highway. Continue driving on the Prithvi Highway for about 126 km until you reach Mugling. This is the point where the Narayangadh-Mugling road connects with the Prithvi Highway. Once you reach Mugling, you will need to take a left turn and cross the bridge over the Trishuli River. After crossing the bridge, continue driving on the Prithvi Highway for another 25 km until you reach the town of Naubise. At Naubise, you will need to take a right turn towards Thankot. From Thankot, continue driving toward Kathmandu until you reach your destination.

Day 18: Final Departure

This will be your last day in Nepal and on this day at the hotel lobby, there will be a guide who is with you in the trekking period. From the hotel, you will drive toward the international airport and see you take off from Nepal and also hope that you will give a chance to serve you again.       

Cost Details

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: 3 Nights standard accommodation in Katmandu.
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Pokhara BB Plan
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Kathmandu both by flight
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a cup of tea or coffee).
  • All Trekking Permit (Special Upper Mustang Permit $ 500 Per Person) and ACAP Permit.
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the trek & Campsite where is no ability to lodge.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, flight ticket, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra Days Restricted area USD 50 days
  • Private Car, Jeep, Van, or Helicopter
  • personal expenses (bar bills, beer, coke, a bottle of water, hot water, phone call, laundry service, Helicopter rescue, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

Trip Map


Cost & Date

Departure Date Duration Availability Cost Booking
09-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1299 Per Person
01-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1499 Per Person

Client Reviews



Breathtaking! - in every possible way Everest Base Camp

My once-in-a-lifetime experience with colleagues from Everest Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. started in the early season in 2023 in mid-February. After planning the trip without any problems and answering all the necessary questions via email or WhatsApp, I was met by Rabin (the boss of the trekking agency) at the airport in Kathmandu and then taken to the hotel, where I was finally able to meet my guide for the 12-day tour to Mount Everest Base Camp. Su Sil is an ideal hiking companion who, in addition to his profound knowledge of the region around Mount Everest, has a friendly and cheerful manner. The hotel, where I stayed the first night, left nothing to be desired and corresponded to an upper class hotel by Napalese standards.

The next morning, the flight left for Lukla at 7am as planned, Su Sil -my travel guide- had all the necessary documents for the flight ready and the adventure towards Mount Everest began…

My booking included an all-inclusive service, so you got 3 meals a day plus a fruit plate to cover your vitamin needs. The accommodation (tea houses) was chosen by the guide in a sensible and appropriate way along the way. In addition, Su Sil always had all the necessary documents for entering the national park at hand. From an altitude of 5000m above sea level, the altitude slowly began to affect me and I suffered extremely badly from altitude sickness, which manifested itself in headaches, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. However, Su Sil had all the necessary medication with him to reduce the effects of altitude sickness to a minimum. Su Sil could speak and understand English without any problems and could also respond to deep thought processes and follow other conversations without any problems. I also came into contact with other trekking groups, as the open-hearted nature of the trekking guides, often in the evenings by the fireplace in the tea house, led to conversations with people from all over the world, which were intensified by the positive mood of the guides among themselves.

At the end of the almost 2-week trek and after successfully climbing the first base camp of Mount Everest and Kala Patthar (5644m), I was again accommodated in the hotel from the first night for one last night. The hotel also has a spa and wellness area, which was logically used directly. The trekkers’ massage is highly recommended!

All in all, the 12-day trip was an absolutely incredible experience. After having been around the world a lot, my expectations were initially a bit low, but in the middle of the trip they were completely fulfilled by the friendliness of the people, the Nepalese culture and the incomparable beauty of the mountain ranges. I was also able to build up a very friendly relationship with my guide, in which we support each other, talk positively to each other and use every conceivable minute for the most diverse conversations.

Thank you for this experience and I will definitely be back!


Soren Dorfhoff


Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes

Source: Tripadvisor


Hongkong, China

EBC + Island Peak Trek

A professional guide with passion brought us going to EBC, Kala Patthar and Island Peak Summit. He can manage all the matter letting us trek with no worry. There were three days no flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu due to bad weather, but we can still on schedule. Thanks for his help and made this trip memorable. He is Rabin Gurung.


Tift Lars


Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche Peak Climbing

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

Source: TripAdvisor

Jasmin H


Gokyo Lakes with Gokyo Ri

The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah, Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas

Toronto, Canada

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and cabable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagernessto help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an exlcellent campanion on any trek ! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to any one who is making a trip in Nepal. He is is a wonderful person, and a good friend.

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Details Address : 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.

Amy Cheung

Hongkong, China

Island Peak Climbing Via Everest Base Camp

I’m so grateful that I finally finished the trekking, and this must be credit to our professional guide, Rabin! He is so nice! He cared us so much, greeted us with his big warming smile during the whole journey! Before this trekking, the highest place I had ever been was only 934 meters, I was so worried about high altitude problem. But In fact, my adaptability was pretty good, cuz Rabin’s trekking plan was so suitable for me that I finally reached EBC and Kala Pattar under the snow and strong winds! When we backed to Island Peak Base Camp after summit, he brought hot drinks and biscuits and waited for us on the way, that was so sweet and we were really really exhausted and hungry at that time, he just like an angle showed up to us!

It’s a great trekking journey and I really thanks Rabin’s guiding and accompany with us! We shared the precious moments on this journey!

Jan Erik & Camilla Hedborg


Helambu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

This is the second time that we go to Nepal, and both times Rabin has been our guide while trekking. First time we did a 4 day trek in the Annapurna region and the second time a 6 day trek in the Helambu region. We enjoyed both our treks very much and are so happy to have been able to trek with Rabin on both occasions, who is not only a knowledgeable and experienced guide, but also a very nice person and good company. Both of us a re happy to recommend you contacting Rabin if you are planning a trip to Nepal – whether you are going for a short hike or longer trip that needs more planning.

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Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker


Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!


Alex Lim


Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.


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Rechard Boston

California, U. S. A.

Annapurna Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek

After reading online reviews we contacted Rabin and several other “Trekking companies” inquiring about trekking the Annapurna Circuit. This was our first visit to Nepal so we were a little apprehensive about selecting a guide via web endorsements and email. After receiving several quotes and descriptions of the trek we focused on Adventure Guides. I had done some research on where to stay in Kathmandu and when I asked Rabin where he recommended he suggested The International Guest House. The very same place i was interested in. He met us at the airport and had a vehicle to take us to the hotel. Rabin and porter Suk were great to travel with. They took care of all the tedious details so that we could enjoy Nepal and the trek. It was a fabulous journey and we are planning to come back next year and trek with Rabin. Visited October 2016

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