Mustang Trekking Agencies
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2013 5:57 AM Last Post By: la_vache
May 27, 2013 12:35 PM
Mustang Trekking AgenciesHi,
We are hoping to do the 10-Day Upper Mustang trek August next year. We were going to go as a solo group (2 of us and a guide) but are now considering going with an agency. Can anyone recommend a cheap (and reliable) trekking agency to do this trek with? Also, is there any hope of the government lowering the outrageous $500 trekking fee by then?
Thanks in advance,
May 27, 2013 1:08 PM
There is little hope of the permit cost being lowered (though it used to be $750) so I would budget for $500 per person. To get the permits an agency is needed anyway - independent guides will need to use a TAAN-registered agency.
I have used a number of agents and the only one I recommend is Himalayan Magic Adventure; a small locally owned agency (like so many) that arranged a competitively priced long trek and the service was excellent and flexible. TAAN credentials and contact details here:
I think the key for this trek is to hire a guide that is from the area so speaks the language. To keep the costs down I suggest paying for food separate so you only pay for what you actually eat (hiring the guide on a 'daily rate' rather than getting a 'package').
May 27, 2013 1:16 PM
May 28, 2013 12:24 AM
As said for Upper Mustang you need an agency anyhow to arrange your permits.
I went to Upper Mustang in August/September 2010 with Adventure Glacier treks and also did a few other great treks with them. You can contact Dil at dsapkota75 @ yahoo.com . He knows the area very well and can offer a good deal I'm sure. I'd advice you to go for 12 days instead of 10, so you can go to the eastern area of U. Mustang, but it will cost you 100 dollars more... Be sure also to have enough time before and after your flight to and from Jomson in case of bad weather as you might have to wait or even go by jeep/bus as an alternative to flying.
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Jun 1, 2013 8:34 AM
I just returned from trekking the Annapurna Circuit last week and used Himalayan Magic Adventures. I cannot recommend this company for many reasons, most importantly because the guide provided did not speak English well enough to communicate about simple subjects and he did not know the NATT trails. He, like many guides we encountered, wanted to trek the road which is easier, dusty and has occasional jeeps and motorcycles going by. The company agent had no clue about the trekking trails and overcharged at every turn. (I used this company relying on recommendations and admittedly didn’t check it out before leaving Kathmandu the day after arriving.) However, that said, I had a wonderful time and loved the Annapurna Circuit – we forced our guide to go on the NATT trails, which are fantastic. We met several trekkers with great guides that spoke very good English. At the end of our trek in Kagbeni, we met two Amercians with a guide going into Mustang for 10 days. The guide spoke excellent English and was very organized, pleasant, strong and capable. I was impressed by him and wrote down his name and company for future reference. So, I know that he has just last week trekked this route you want to go on and will be up to date on information about it. His name was Binod with hikenepal. I would definitely contact him for information on this trek if I were you.
Jun 1, 2013 10:13 AM
10@9. Wow, is this one of the more sophisticated ads? Most incredible "The company agent had no clue about the trekking trails and overcharged at every turn" Either you have a package or you pay for yourself, so how can the agent overcharge at every turn??? And why for heaven's sake would you start on a trek with a guide with whom you can't communicate on basic things? Seems I've been lucky so far...
Jun 1, 2013 10:36 AM
11No, this is not an ad. What I mean by overcharging is that I also arranged for transportation by jeep or car from Pokhara to Chitwan and hotel room in Pokhara at the end of my trip through the same agent. I knew I was paying more, even though it was low season, but I was okay with it. I didn't want to have to bargain with my agent. I had also asked him to look into resorts in Chitwan and communicate with me by email while I was on the trek. He quoted me a price on the resort I wanted that was double the price I got from the resort directly. When I then told him that I would book it directly, he then said he was going to charge me more for the car drive there from Pokhara. He booked us on the 4th flight out of Jomsom, which was cancelled (and is probably usually cancelled - certainly at that time of year) so we then incurred a very large expense to get to Pokhara (a 9 hour jeep ride) in time to catch the car and get to Chitwan. I didn't have flexibility in my schedule to find another car to take us to Chitwan. We got to Pokhara at midnight. We left the next morning at 7 am.
Yes, I definitely made some mistakes by leaving on my trek the morning after I arrived in Kathmandu. When I went to his office twice the day before we left in order to finalize the arrangements and meet our guide, I was told the guide was not available. I trusted the glowing recommendations I had read about this agent and felt everything would be fine. Our agent, guide and porter met us the next morning at our hotel and we set off in the car on our trek. I didn't have a lengthy conversation with him and I really wasn't prepared to call off the trek at that point. We were on our way. And, our trek turned out great anyway. I just met so many guides that spoke good English and knew the trails better, that I wouldn't recommend this guy to anyone. I think people should know, but if you give a bad recommendation, then people say it's an ad. This isn't an ad - it is truly my experience. Criticize my inexperience with travel agents all you want, but I was simply trusting a couple of other people's recommendations of having used this agent several times. I would do it differently next time. This was my first experience with trekking travel agents!
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