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Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek

Our guide Walking with Client - at Jomsom

Overview

Trip Highlights: 
  • Opportunity for exploring the cultural village of Gurung people at Ghandruk. 
  • Poon Hill (3210m) - the best view of Dhaulagiri and the entire Annapurna massif.
  • Trek along Kali Gandaki Valley - the worlds' deepest gorge, Marpha - the apple garden & Muktinath  - the holy temple.
  • Hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom-Pokhara
Trip Introduction
Lower Mustang is a part of Annapurna Conservation Area Project, that has the largest protected biodiversity area in Nepal. The trek offers the opportunity to explore the Tibetan culture as Mustang is considered for its long historical and cultural relationship with Tibet. In addition, the Gurung, community-based Mag community-based villages are nevertheless unique with their welcoming nature. The scenic Himalayan panorama of Dhaulagiri and the entire Annapurna massif is an unforgettable life experience.    

Lower Mustang Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts with a six hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, then two hours drive further to Nayapul from where the trekking starts. The route heads towards Ghandruk (1950m)  - a Gurung community-based village popular for its cultural and traditional significance. Walking through dense rhododendron filled forests the trail reaches Ghorepani (2874m). An early morning hike from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) is a must for breathtaking scenic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif. The trail then goes through Tatopani, Ghasa towards the apple garden of Marpha(2670m). The trail is followed through the deepest gorge in the world - Kali Gandaki Valley. The route then heads towards Muktinath (3795m) - a Hindu temple with huge religious significance, and finally to Jomsom. An early morning flight to Pokhara after several days of trekking, surely is a good option. Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara is how the trek ends with Nepal Guide Treks.

Outline 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

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodation:
Included in our Lower Mustang Trek package is the cost of accommodation in the three-star rated hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can easily upgrade your accommodation status while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Similarly, you will be provided with accommodation in comfortable tea houses during the whole trekking duration. Accommodation in single, double, triple, twin or sharing can be arranged as per your requirements. The privilege of attached toilets may not be available in all tea houses. In such conditions - public sharing toilets will be available outside your respective rooms.

Meals:
Generally, the meals cost included in Lower Mustang Trek package is the cost of Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as the cost of all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the entire trekking period. Thanks to the growth in tea house and services - we varieties of food from around the globe are made available on the menu. One important thing to keep in mind is that we will have the dinner and the breakfast the following day in the same tea house that overnight was spent. En-route we will make a stop at a favourable place for short rest and for Lunch before trekking further to our destination. 

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:

Trekkers with almost zero experience of trekking have successfully done this trekking. However, we recommend trekkers to gain a well maintained physical fitness that has been acquired by several months of daily exercise. A general trekking day is marked by a continuous trek of 5-6 hours, so a good level of physical fitness is strongly recommended for doing this trek.

Best Season for Lower Mustang Trek:

September, October and November (3 months in autumn) and March, April, May (3 months in spring) are considered as the best trekking seasons for Lower Mustang Trek. The weather would be clear, sunny and warm. Some adventure seekers who do not like crowded environment can also choose to trek during December, January and February. June, July and August 3 months will be affected by monsoon.  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel. 
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Click here for detail info about world heritage sites of UNESCO in Nepal
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. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort 
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [914m/2997ft] [6 hrs drive]
After breakfast, we will take a six hours drive to Pokhara which is situated about 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu. We will drive over Prithvi Highway along the banks of Trisuli River and head upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. Our drive passes through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort 
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul [1050m/3444ft] & Trek to Ghandruk [1950m/6396ft] [2 hrs drive & 4-5  hrs walk]
We drive for another one and half hour to reach Nayapul - the starting point of our trek. From Nayapul we start our trek along the sub-tropical Modi Khola river valley towards Birethanti. At Birethanti we make a stop at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)'s checkpoint. After completing the permit check process our trail heads north up the Modhi Khola valley over a rough dirt road trail that ends at Kimche. From there we will climb the stone paved trail all the way upto Ghandruk. The village is inhabited by Gurung tribe communities and is an amazing example of stonework. There are several tea houses and other services at Ghandruk.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk  to Tadapani [2590m/8495ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]
From Ghandruk we will follow the main trail that heads from the northwestern end of the village towards Tadapani. Our trek is a gradual climb through dense forest filled with rhododendron and oak trees where we will have opportunity to spot several species of birds and wild animals. We will arrive at a place called Bheri Kharka where there are few tea shops. The area is a paradise for bird lovers as we trek along with mesmerizing sounds of birds chirping. We will continue our trek until we arrive at Tadapani for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani [2874m/9426ft] [5-6 hrs of walk]
From Tadapani we will follow the trail that starts with a short descend to cross over a small stream and climb uphill towards Banthati where there are few tea houses and other facilities. We continue our trek with several ascends and descends through beautiful oak forest to reach the village of Ghorepani. From here we will have magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail) and other fascinating snow-capped peaks.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

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]
We will make an early morning hike up to Poonhill for enjoying the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail) 6997m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Hiunchuli 6441m, and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Then, we continue our trail downhill passing through Ghar Khola and head towards Tatopani. Magnificent view of Mount Nilgiri can be seen from Tatopani. On our route we can see variety of wild animals, birds with eye-catching waterfalls and sceneries along the way. At Tatopani, we can enjoy and relax at the natural hot spring bath where the water is approximately about 60 degrees hot.  
Accommodation: 
Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa[2010m/6592ft] [6-7 hrs of walk]
From Tatopani, we will trek on a broad motor road trail that can be quite dusty. Our trek goes along the Kali Gandaki river. We will gradually ascend passing through the magnificent waterfall of Rupche Chahara. We continue to trek along the dusty trail that leads through deep gorges where we can hear the huge flows of the river stream and continue trekking to reach the village of Ghasa.   
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha[2670m/8757ft] [6-7 hrs of walk]
Leaving Ghasa we will follow the trial that goes through forest along the banks of Lete river and head towards Lete. From there we trek along the east side of Kali Gandaki Valley to reach Larjung village. We will continue our trek until we arrive at the apple garden of Marpha. Marpha is a picturesque stone flagged village surrounded by apple orchards from which the locals produce cider and brandy.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni[2800m/9184ft] [5-6 hrs of walk]
From Marpha we will follow a broad trail that goes along the east bank of the river towards Ekla Bhatti. From here we will continue to trek along the bottom of the valley to reach the village of Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a settlement of narrow flagstone paved paths and houses with flat rooftops. Beyond the village we can enjoy stunning views of the gompa with Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri rising above us.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath [3795m/12447ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]
Leaving Kagbeni we will follow the trail that ascends steeply to the upper valley with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and the Kali Gandaki Valley. We will pass through one of the oldest village in the region - the village of Jharkot where the culture and tradition is largely influenced by Tibetan culture. From there we will climb all the way to reach an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindus - Muktinath. The holy shrine is a Buddhist gompa and a pagoda style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. From here we can enjoy magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and other chains of snow-topped high peaks.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m/8898ft] [4-5 hrs of walk]
From Muktinath, we will follow the trail that leads to Jharkot. From here we will avoid the motor road by following a small irrigation stream to reach Khingar. However, here onwards we will have to follow the road route that will lead us all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the main administrative center and headquarter of Mustang. After arriving at Jomsom, we will celebrate the completion of our wonderful Lower Mustang Trek.
Accommodation: 
Tea House Lodge
Meals: 
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Free day at Pokhara for sightseeing. 
We take an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara is home to thick forest, emerald lakes and a place of remarkable natural beauty. The reflection of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake makes this place truly magical. Besides, visiting sacred places and sightseeing around the city in Pokhara could be a good way to spend your day.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort  
Meals: BB Plan

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
It takes approximately four to five hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive along Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road when we pass through many villages and towns.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. The world heritage sites inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for departure
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
February 15, 2018 March 2, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
February 26, 2018 March 13, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
March 5, 2018 March 20, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
March 15, 2018 March 30, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
March 25, 2018 April 9, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
April 3, 2018 April 18, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
April 13, 2018 April 28, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
April 23, 2018 May 8, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !
May 10, 2018 May 25, 2018 $ 1155 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 16 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer by private vehicle.
  • Hotel/Resort Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB Plan –as per mentioned in Itinerary – 4 nights in Kathmandu and 2 Nights in Pokhara
  • Tea house lodges accommodation during trekking
  • All meals- B/F, Lunch & Dinner during trek
  • TIMS – Trekkers information Management System and Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary 
  • Jomsom – Pokhara flight 
  • Trekking guide and required number of porters
  • Staffs insurance, salary and clothing
  • General first aid kids
  • All necessary paperwork and government taxes 

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodation:
Included in our Lower Mustang Trek package is the cost of accommodation in the three-star rated hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can easily upgrade your accommodation status while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Similarly, you will be provided with accommodation in comfortable tea houses during the whole trekking duration. Accommodation in single, double, triple, twin or sharing can be arranged as per your requirements. The privilege of attached toilets may not be available in all tea houses. In such conditions - public sharing toilets will be available outside your respective rooms.

Meals:
Generally, the meals cost included in Lower Mustang Trek package is the cost of Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as the cost of all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the entire trekking period. Thanks to the growth in tea house and services - we varieties of food from around the globe are made available on the menu. One important thing to keep in mind is that we will have the dinner and the breakfast the following day in the same tea house that overnight was spent. En-route we will make a stop at a favourable place for short rest and for Lunch before trekking further to our destination. 

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:

Trekkers with almost zero experience of trekking have successfully done this trekking. However, we recommend trekkers to gain a well maintained physical fitness that has been acquired by several months of daily exercise. A general trekking day is marked by a continuous trek of 5-6 hours, so a good level of physical fitness is strongly recommended for doing this trek.

Best Season for Lower Mustang Trek:

September, October and November (3 months in autumn) and March, April, May (3 months in spring) are considered as the best trekking seasons for Lower Mustang Trek. The weather would be clear, sunny and warm. Some adventure seekers who do not like crowded environment can also choose to trek during December, January and February. June, July and August 3 months will be affected by monsoon.  

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