Lower Mustang Trek – 16 Days.

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
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$2250 $2000
Trip Code : NTE-LUT2
Accomodation : 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and pokhara, guest house during the trek
Duration : 16  Days
Grading : Moderate grading info
Max Altitude : 3600
Activity : Hiking and Camping
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara
Best Season : March-May & August-November

Trip Information

If you are wondering to travel in the dry and barren landscapes with the spectacular giant Himalayas on the backdrop and experience the decade-long culture of the Himalayan people, Lower Mustang trek is one of the best destinations in the world, which is situated at the northern central part of the Nepal. Lower Mustang trek lets us to travel in the geographically and geologically similar area of Tibet, where you will find dry land and meditation caves carved into the rocky sandstone cliffs. The journey onwards to the Lower Mustang trek will follow the deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki to desert-like dry and barren lands, where you will also get an opportunity to admire the majestic views of the Himalayas such as; Mount Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna panorama, Mt. Machapuchare, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tukuche and many more. 

The Lower Mustang is filled with the isolated and independent Tibetan Kingdom, the unique wild landscapes and deepest gorge, meditation caves, ancient and isolated villages with quaint whitewashed houses, oldest Buddhist Monasteries and biologically diverse. Experiencing a range of surroundings, from the culture of the lowland villages to the splendor of the high Himalaya, and enjoying with the impressive sunrise and sunset views along with the magnificent mountains views is really awe-inspiring. Another famous attraction of this trek is Muktinath Temple, a famous spiritual hub for both Hindu and Buddhist and the famous viewpoint called Poon Hill on the way is really amazing. Exploring the spiritual Muktinath temple and enjoying the amazing view of the stunning sunrise and the splendid Himalayas from the Poon Hill, surely makes this trek worth visiting.

This amazing Lower Mustang trek offers us to travel in the remote area of Nepal, even though, trekking route is easily accessible that we can take an air flight from the lake city, Pokhara to Jomsom. In this paradise city, Pokhara, you can enjoy boating in the Fewa lake and stroll around the area. Spring and autumn (March-May and September-November respectively) seasons are the best seasons to trek and explore the Lower Mustang.

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel. 
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [914m/2997ft]. [6 hrs drive]
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul [1050m/3444ft] & Trek to Ghandruk [1950m/6396ft] [2 hrs drive & 4-5 hrs walk]
Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Thadapani [2590m/8495ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]
Day 06: Trek from Thadapani to Ghorepani [2874m/9426ft] [5-6 hrs of walk]
Day 07: Early Morning hike to Poon Hill [3210m/10528ft] and back to Ghorepani. Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani [1190m/3903ft] [ [7-8 hrs of walk]
Day 08: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa[2010m/6592ft] [6-7 hrs of walk] 
Day 09: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha[2670m/8757ft] [6-7 hrs of walk]
Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni[2800m/9184ft] [5-6 hrs of walk]
Day 11: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath [3795m/12447ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m/8898ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Free day at Pokhara for sightseeing. 
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for departure

Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel. 

  • After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.

  • Our representative will welcome you and drop you at your hotel.

  • Hotel checkout and rest and relax in the hotel.

  • Stroll around the Thamel Bazaar to be familiar with the place.

  • Enjoy welcome dinner program organized by our

  • Overnight at hotel. 


Day 2 : Sightseeing at Kathmandu

  • Early morning breakfast.

  • Half day world heritage cultural tour (Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square).

  • A brief explanation about the further trek. (Afternoon trek briefing and trek gear distribution.)

  • Putting all the essential things in the bag.

  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

    Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So, you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing. 


Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [914m/2997ft] [6 hrs drive]

  • Morning breakfast and begin the journey.

  • Drive towards Pokhara from Kathmandu (6 hours).

  • Enjoy scenic drive on the Prithvi Highway by following the banks of Trisuli River and Marsyangdi River.

  • Enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake.

  • Stroll around the Fewa Lake.

  • Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas; Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Everest, Annapurna and many more.

  • Witness sunset views.

  • Stay overnight in Pokhara.


Day 4 : Drive to Nayapul [1050m/3444ft] & Trek to Ghandruk [1950m/6396ft] [2 hrs drive & 4-5 hrs. walk]

  • Morning breakfast.

  • Drive around two hours to reach Naypul.

  • Continue trek from Nayapul and along the Modi stream, and reach Birethanti.

  • Take trek permit at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

  • You can see the various beautiful village that has plenty of tea shops and guest houses on the way.

  • Continue trek by following the north bank of the Modhi Khola and reach to Kimche.

  • Climb slightly up to the valley Ghandruk, Gurung village.

  • Overnight at Ghandruk.


Day 5 : Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani [2590m/8495ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and depart.

  • Begins trekking by following the main trail to the northwestern end of the village towards Tadapani.

  • Climb gradually through the a dense forest filled with rhododendron and oak trees.

  • the Encounter with the several species of birds and wild animals.

  • Further trek will lead us to the Bheri Kharka, there you can see few tea shops.

  • Enjoy the mesmerizing sounds of birds chirping along the way

  • Arrive at Tadapani stay overnight there.


Day 6 : Trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani [2874m/9426ft] [5-6 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and depart.

  • Continue trek by following descend trail and cross over a small stream and climb uphill towards Banthati.

  • Meet the people and encounter with their culture.

  • Continue trek with several ascends and descends through beautiful oak forest.

  • Enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail) and other fascinating snow-capped peaks from Ghorepani.

  • Overnight at Ghorepani.


Day 7 : Early Morning hike to Poon Hill [3210m/10528ft] and back to Ghorepani. Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani [1190m/3903ft] [ [7-8 hrs of walk]

  • Before morning breakfast hike to Poon Hill.

  • Enjoy stunning sunrise views and mountains views; over Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail) 6997m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Hiunchuli 6441m, and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks.

  • Have a breakfast with the impressive views.

  • After exploration continue our trail downhill passing through Ghar Khola and head towards Tatopani.

  • Enjoy magnificent view of Mount Nilgiri from the Tatopani.

  • On the way, you can see various wild animals.

  • Enjoy viewing bird’s species and eye-catching waterfalls and sceneries along the way.

  • Enjoy bathing in the natural hot spring.  

  • Overnight at Tatopani.


Day 8 : Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa[2010m/6592ft] [6-7 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and depart.

  • Continue trek through the broad motor road.

  • Trek goes through the Kali Gandaki river.

  • Ascend gradually by passing through the magnificent waterfall of Rupche Chahara.

  • Continue trek through the deep gorges and reach to the beautiful village Ghasa.  

  • Overnight at Ghasa. 


Day 9 : Trek from Ghasa to Marpha[2670m/8757ft] [6-7 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and departure

  • Continue trek by following the forest along the banks of Lete river.

  • Trek along the east side of Kali Gandaki Valley to reach the beautiful Larjung village.

  • Continue our trek by following the apple garden of Marpha.

  • Stroll around Marpha village and visit apple orchards.

  • Overnight at Marpha.


Day 10 : Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni[2800m/9184ft] [5-6 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and departure.

  • Continue trek along the east bank of the river towards Ekla Bhatti.

  • Continue trek along the bottom of the valley to reach the village of Kagbeni.

  • Enjoy stunning views of the gompa with Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri rising above us.

  • Overnight at Kagbeni. 


Day 11 : Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath [3795m/12447ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and continue the trek.

  • Trek ascends steeply to the upper valley with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and the Kali Gandaki Valley.

  • Pass one of the old villages called Jharkot, where you can encounter with the Tibetan culture and tradition of the people.

  • Climb up and reach to the pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindus - Muktinath.

  • Explore the holy shrine, Buddhist gompa, and a pagoda-style temple.

  • Enjoy magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and other stunning snow-capped peaks.

  • Overnight at Muktinath.


Day 12 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m/8898ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]

  • Morning breakfast and departure.

  • Explore the Muktinath, and enjoy bathing 108 waterspouts.

  • Continue trek by following the trail and reach the Jharkot.

  • Depart the moter way and follow the small irrigation stream to reach Khingar.

  • The further trek will lead us to the Jomsom.

  • Jomsom is the main administrative center and headquarter of Mustang.

  • Overnight at Jomsom.


Day 13 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Free day at Pokhara for sightseeing.

  • Morning breakfast and take morning scenic flight to Pokhara.

  • After hotel check-out stroll around the Fewa Lake.

  • Enjoy around 1-hour boating in the Fewa lake.

  • Enjoy views of stunning mountains; Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Annapurna and many more.

  • Enjoying viewing the reflection of Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake.

  • Explore the Mahendra cave, Davids falls and many more.

  • Overnight at the Pokhara.


Day 14 : Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.

  • Morning breakfast and departure.

  • Around 6 to 7 hours’ drive takes us to the Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

  • You will drive through the Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River.

  • You will cross through many villages and towns.

  • Overnight at Hotel.


Day 15 : Kathmandu rest day.

  • Early morning breakfast.

  • You can visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.

  • You can do some souvenir shopping in the vibrant Thamel if you want.

  • Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

  • Overnight at hotel.


Day 16 : Final Departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out

  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure

  • Wish you safe flight


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Accommodation
We will be staying in 3 star  or Similar  hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The best available teahouses during the trek.All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 390. Please understand that since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses will be basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.
Meals
During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.
Team Composition
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least five hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk for longer hours. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but it is not mandatory. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.
Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Upper Mustang Trek. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
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