Lower Mustang Trek
Lower Mustang Trek
|Duration : 14 days||Accommodation : Standard | deluxe hotel | Lodges|
|Season : Sept – June||Transport : Private vehicle | Flight|
About Lower Mustang Trek
Relish your trip on the background of two mountain ranges at the hidden treasure of Nepal, Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna. Trekking in the region of Mustang is an incredible experience as you travel the deepest gorge of the world, i.e. Kali Gandaki gorge to the dry and untouched land and admire the intriguing view of the mountains such as Panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Mountains, Himchuli Mountains, Mt Nilgiri Mountains, Mt. Tukuche Mountains, and many more. The Mustang Trek on the southern edges of the Tibetan plateau has a landscape comparable to the Tibetan plateau – wild, dry and barren. The Lower Mustang Trek is not only about its distinctive wild landscape and deepest gorge, but also about the dynamic and vibrant villages, sunrise and sunset views, distinctive cultural activities, biological diversity and the renowned religious center of the Hindus and Buddhists, i.e. Muktinath.
The first intriguing experience is the amazing view from Poon Hill of the sunrise. Before the snow covered mountain panorama, it’s a wonderful experience to see the magnificent golden rays raised. In the natural warm water spring in Tatopani bathing can serve as a relief for the fatigue from your journey throughout the day. Likewise, you will pass through some wonderful villages such as Ghasa, Marpha, Kagbeni, Jomsom, and many more as you follow you along the path. The cultural meeting and interaction with local individuals is a fantastic way to understand people, lifestyles, culture and tradition. The small streets of Marpha are exceptional, with their flat roofs and white washed houses. Also common is the village for apples cultivated locally in the region. Similarly, Jomsom is a bustling region with numerous hotels, stores, banks and other public offices.
Muktinath is the main highlight of this trek. Muktinath is a famous religious site which annually attracts a large number of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims worldwide. A temple of Lord Vishnu, accompanied by a Gompa, stands in this location. The eternal fire that burns with natural gas to this place is a surprise for everyone. Get prepared for the beauty of the Himalayas while walking along the wild landscape of the distinctive Buddhist culture affected by the Tibetans.
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DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU, NEPAL
One of our representative will be there at the airport to welcome and pick you up. The he/she will escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu where you will be briefed about the trek. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Today we will begin our Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour, which involves cultural heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the art palace, paintings, carvings and a brief glimpse at Nepal’s history. Breakfast included overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/3020ft) Duration: 6 hrs
Early in the morning, your guide will join you for the drive to Pokhara. The drive is long but very exciting and beautiful. You will be transported for check-in to Pokhara hotel upon arrival. You can experience boating on Fewa Lake in the afternoon and you may want to photograph the reflection on the serene water of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range. Breakfast included overnight at the hotel.
From Dhunche, the path gets forested and waterfalls cascaded. You’re more likely to see Red Pandas and Rhesus Monkeys. The forests that are interrogated clear you in Gumanechok, on the hillside. Standing on a steep hill, Lama Hotel will fire to serve you.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 04 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) Duration 1 hour and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,570m) Duration 4 hrs
After an hour drive on a private car from Pokhara, we start our trek at Nayapul. We reach Birethanti (1015 m), a big village with shop, tea houses, after a short 15-minute walk along the banks of Modi Khola, and Birethanti. From here, the trail runs through the village and follows Bhurungdi Khola’s northern bank. The route climbs up to Hille at 1,495 m on the side of the valley and we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m after a climb. The trek today is comparatively brief and simple, a prelude to the Annapurna trekking experience. Guesthouse overnight, breakfast including lunch and dinner.
Day 05 - Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) Duration: 7 hrs
From Tikhe Dhunga, the route goes through the suspension bridge near the Tikhe Dhunga campsite. The path leads up to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080 m on a steep staircase (approximately 3300 steps). The route climbs across pastures and cultivated lands across the village. There is a camping site and water stops over Ulleri for an hour’s walk. The route passes two amazing streams before going to Nangethanti for a brief, final climb before stopping for lunch. The Nepalese term ‘ Thanti ‘ means ‘ rest house. ‘ Snow can cover the route in winter. The panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m), Nilgiri (6 940 m) Annapurn I(8091 m), Hiunchuli (6 4411 m) and many more, from Nangethanti we climb to Ghorepani at 2850 m. Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.
Day 06 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) and onto Tadapani (1200m) Duration: 7 hrs
We’ll get up early on and walk to Poon Hill (3,210m/10529 ft) this morning. The view to the sunrise and the Himalayan view, including the Dhaulagiri Mt., South Annapurna, Fishtail and others, are great from here. We’ll come back to Ghorepani after visiting Poonhill, have a nice breakfast and walk to Tatopani.
Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch included and dinner.
Day 07 - Trek to Ghasa (2120m) Duration: 7 hrs
The journey begins now in a valley of the Kali Gandaki that has proved to be the deepest gorge in the globe Here we will take part in a lovely day of sightseeing on the Kali Gandaki Rivers. Around 30 mins from Dana wed will see a really big waterfall: the Rupse Chhahara (which is a lovely waterfall). We pass the Bhala Khola over a high suspension bridge before we reach to the river Dana (1450 m). The steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley, where much of the road is cut through solid rocks, our trip will be continued from there. On a 120 meter bridge to the south, we will cross the river again. This is the southernmost edge of Tibetan Buddhism in the Valley and will proceed to Ghasa.
Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 08 - Trek to Tukuche (2560m) Duration: 5 hrs
The journey follows a narrow gorge along the Kali Gandaki River and reaches traditional Thakali villages. The gorge and river are crossed many times today through long suspension bridges, offering stunning view. A number of towns (e.g. Lete, Kalopani and Kokhethati) will be crossed by. On the way, we can see the top of the mountain Dhaulagiri over west. At Tukuche village we will end our day. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 09 - Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) Duration: 5 hrs
An simple and beautiful day’s walk to first see the town of Khobang with narrow streets and tunnels that connect houses. We can go to Kanti Gompa (a Buddhist temple) for a brief side trip. Then our way leads to Marpha, one of the prominent places for apple farming. Here we can see a wine brandy distillery and stroll down the orange orchard. We will proceed our tour for another 2 hours before our day’s final destination at Jomsom, have lunch here and then we will continue our journey through Eklai Bhatti along the Kaligandaki River. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 10 - Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Duration: 4 hrs
Today we are going to climb 1000 meters up to Muktinath, an important site both for the Hindu and the Buddhist pilgrims. We’re going to pass Khingar (3400 m) first and to Jharkot (3500 m), which is an amazing fortress like village. Our way to the first part of the city of Muktinath, known as Ranipauwa, continues. There will be time to explore the region and see some of the holy Hindu sites like eternal natural fire next to a holy spring. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 11 - Trek to Jomsom (2600m)
Trek to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hrs. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12 - Morning flight to Pokhara, 20-minutes.
Morning flight to Pokhara, 20-minutes. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast.
Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, 6 hrs. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast.
Day 14 - Farewell
A representative from our company will bid you farewell after taking you to the International
airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
- All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
- Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
- Meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
- Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Optional tours and activities during free time
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.