Lower Mustang Trekking

Mustang is a remote, semi independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna region on the Tibetan border) and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges and starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking and riding on horseback. The trek enters upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nested in apple orchard and encircled by Snow Mountains. It eventually reaches to Lo Manthang, ancient capital of Mustang which welcomes you with white washed mud bricks and teaming with Buddhist prayer wheels and stupas, seeming to arise from the earth itself. Camping is required and most necessities must be carried in since rare hotels and restaurants are here. This trek is typically ten days but can be longer than this. The high winds altitude and cold add to the challenge of this trek. It is not recommended to do in the winter season. Upper Mustang trek starts from Pokhara, a beautiful lake town of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to upper Mustang. We start our upper Mustang trek through Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the upstream to get to Lo Manthang which is capital of upper Mustang. In this trek you explore the thousand year’s monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of different landscapes.

Facts of This Trip

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Region: Mustang
  • Grade: Easy
  • Group size:Min. 1- Max.12
  • Season:Apr - Jun/ Nov - Dec
  • Max. Altitude:3802m
  • Transport: Drive in -Drive Out

Lower Mustang Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed heartily by company representative at the airport and transfer to hotel with a short briefing session reflecting ancient local tradition, shrines and temples found over here. Overnight in Kathmandu. (1000m)

Day 2: Visit World Heritage site in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square , Patan Durbar Square , Pasupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath ( also called Monkey Temple) as a half day trip. Overnight stay in Kathmandu (1000m/280ft).

Day 3: Drive from Kathnmandu to Pokhara takes about 6 hours. You will follow Marsyandi River, gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara passing the way full of window sightseeing of hills and mountains on the way. Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with the watchful view of different mountainous range to be seen. Pokhara lakeside villages are situated in the front row center to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. You spend your whole day watching famous fishtail mountain peak of Machhapucchre tower over tropical setting of Annapurna enjoying the Pokhara city by Fewa Lake witnessing the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas.

Day 4 : Drive to Nayapul (1010m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) which takes about 3 hours . You begin your trek at Nayapul after 1 hour driving to private vehicles from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the banks of Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti (1015n), a large village that has many shops and tea houses. The trail continues through the village. It follows the north bank of Bhurungadi Khola. You climb steadily up the side oo the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m and after the short climb, you reach Tikhedhunga at 1570m. This trek offers you relative journey which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Day 5: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840m) which takes five hours through steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at 2070m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently through fine forests of Oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti at 2250m. You trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. After an hour of walk, you reach Ghorepani (2840m). Stay overnight there with delux dinner.

Day 6: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tatopani (1190m) takes 6 hours starting your trek to Poon Hill. It takes an hour to climb from Ghorepani to Poon Hill presenting with best Himlayan viewpoints of Nepal from the spectacular Himalayan ranges with amazing sunrise views. You return to Ghorepani. From there, your trail makes a steep descent to Chitre at 2390m. You drop down to Shikha, a large village. You descend gently to Ghara at 1705m. Now you go descent of 500m takes you to Ghar Khola. As you turn north, it takes you to the Tatopani (1180m), a popular short trekking spot.

Day 7: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2010m) takes 5 hours. The trail climbs up the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge of the world situated in 1400m. Yoy climb up to Rupse Chahara (1550m), you see stunning waterfall. As the trail crossesto eastern bank of the river , you will reach to Kopchepani which crosses back to western side on the suspension bridge at 1935m . Then, yu will follow to a short climb to Ghasa at 2010m. Stay at guest house.

Day 8: Trek to Tukuche (2086m) from Ghasa. It takes about five and half an hours. You will start your trek crossing to eastern side of the river. Cross back again further up the trail before entering Lamjung at 2566m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alley ways. Stay overnight at the ancient Thakali village at Tukuche at 2590m. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 9: Trek from Tukuche to Kagbeni (2810m). It takes about 5 hours. From here you climb along the side of valley to Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a large busting settlement. Cross the river to the eastern bank, then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. Take direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however you follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Kholaand the Kaligandaki which is the northern most village. This is fascinating village with its rich Tibetan cultures and unique hospitality which influence us gently. Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3802m).It takes about 5 hours. You make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni. You join to direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200m. From here the trail continues high above the Jhing Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot (3500m). After leaving Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath (3802m). The initially visit Ranipauwa , ends 10 minutes walk up to hill rewarded with actual religious site of Muktinath , piligrimage center for Buddhist and hindus. You can see the hermits from India in grove of trees including Buddhist gompa and Vishnu temple of Jwalani. An old temple nearby sheltee a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame.

Day 11: Trek back to Jomsom (2713m) ,It takes about 5 hours. Follow same trail nearby Kagbeni and then the new trek takes you down to the Eklai Bhatti. Follow same trail to Jomsom and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 12: This wonderful morning, you fly back to Pokhara. This flight like a dramatic flight between the gorge of the two mountains, Annapurne and Dhaulagiri. On the arrival at Pokhara airport, you will explore different sites of lakeside Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu with the green scenic country. Sides in both side of the road. The drive today explores you to the tremendous deciduous scenic beauty of nature.

Day 14: Transfer to International airport for your final departure by the representative.

Service Includes

  • Air port pick up and drop by car.
  • Meals (breakfast + lunch+ dinner) during trekking
  • Accommodation (Teahouse / Hotel / Lodge or Camping ) while on the trek.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter. Note: 2 guest = 1 porter.
  • Food, drinks, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • All Ground transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and walking stick, if necessary.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • All government taxes.

Service Excludes

  • Meals while in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare
  • All kinds of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).

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