The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Mustang, Nepal Horse Trek.
You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:
Mustang Horse Trek 2020 Trip Notes
For the Mustang Trek we will take a maximum of 10 trekkers, hence spaces are limited.
We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, and the best back-up and support available.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Amelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison
Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.
Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of Experience Required
The Mustang trek is of only moderate difficulty as we can ride the horses on most of the trail apart from steep descents and the occasional exposed section. Participants must be of reasonable health and capable of walking/riding for about 4-6 hours a day. As the highest point in the Mustang region is above 4000m there will be effects of altitude to some people, which is not necessarily determined by age, fitness or previous experience. However, by riding on horseback we are rarely faced with much in the way of strenuous exercise unless we choose to walk off the good food!
Our program involves slow and gradual climbs to higher altitudes with time to enjoy the views and meet the hospitable local inhabitants. If there is any doubt about your health please consult a doctor first. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your trek.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
Nestled strategically at the head of the Kali Gandaki valley, Mustang once held significance as the gatekeeper of trade between India and Tibet, thereby making Mustang an attractive principality for warlords and kings. Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava himself en route to Tibet leaving a legacy of working monasteries that are still very active.
Our ultimate destination on the journey, Lo Monthang, a town encompassed by tall fortified walls, once served as protection from marauders and was the hub of Mustang.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. We will take meals in lodges and teahouses along the trail and will supplement this with some of our favourite imported snacks and coffee! We are able to accommodate most dietary requirements but do please inform us in advance.
In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Radisson in Lazimpat near Thamel. The hotel is conveniently located just a short taxi ride to the heart of the Thamel district, which is nearby and is a lively shopping and restaurants district.
In Mustang we will be camping in small mountain tents. Each person/couple will have their own tent with foam mattresses. Our ‘tent village’ will consist of a large dining tent with tables and chairs, a cook tent, and Sherpa and porter tents. Each day while we are travelling the camp will be dismantled and moved to our next camping location.
Clothing & Equipment
You will be provided with a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided by trek members. If you have any queries about items on the list please do ask.
We use horses on this trek and whilst horse transport is fairly common here, these steeds are not too similar to their western counterparts. The horses are mountain trekking horses from the region, which belong to local inhabitants of the region. Hence they are sure-footed and hardy whilst being of appropriate temperament for treks of this type.
The saddles and tack are all of reasonable quality and the saddles very comfortable for riding. During the trek a ‘horseman’ escorts our group to cater to the needs of the horses. At times we can choose to walk parts of the trail when it suits, to also get some exercise and aid our acclimatisation.