Alternative to Upper Mustang Trek is Lower Mustang Trek. Lower Mustang Trek is the classic trek in Nepal exploring the Himalayan lifestyle and traditions. The trek follows the ancient trading route to Tibet of the Kali Gandaki valley. It is considered as one of the most sacred trek due to strong Buddhist culture that has been preserved for thousands of years. It is the gateway of the Nepal’s last forbidden kingdom “Mustang”, the trekker can see the landscape of mustang and reach to the Hindus and Buddhists sacred pilgrimage Muktinath Temple. We experience a range of surroundings, from the culture of the lowland villages to the splendour of the high Himalaya.
Trekking in the Mustang region is an amazing experience as you make your way along the deepest gorge of the world i.e. Kali Gandaki gorge to the dry and barren lands to admire the fascinating views of mountains like Annapurna panorama, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machapuchare, Mt. Tukuche and many more. The lower Mustang Trek occupies the southern edges of Tibetan plateau and has similar landscape like that of the Tibetan plateaus – wild, dry and barren. This trek is not just about its unique wild landscape and deepest gorge of the world but it is about the vibrant villages that you pass along the way, sunrise and sunset view amidst the mountains, unique cultural encounter, biological diversity and the famous spiritual hub of Hindus and Buddhist i.e. Muktinath Temple in Muktinath.
This trek gives many spectacular views of the two Himalayan giants, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This is indeed a classic trek which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a realistic time frame and without climbing to extreme altitude.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
|PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE DEPARTURE||Please call us or email us 14 days before with flight details so we can arrange pick up and drop off from Kathmandu Airport|
|NOT INCLUDED||International flight to Nepal
Travel and medical Insurance
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Essential trip information:
Please note: The trek dates can be viewed on the calendar when booking.
If the treks dates are not your preference, please email us your preferred dates.
|No. of pax||2-12|
Welcome to the land of Buddha. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our company representative at the arrival gate with your name written on it. You will be then escorted to hotel. You will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore the amazing mid-hill landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. The bus will have breaks twice on the way, once for the breakfast and once for the lunch. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side and evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.
From Pokhara we take on an hour pleasant drive through mountain highway to Nayapul. Then we walk about 20 minutes on a level trail to Birethanti (1056 m) on the bank of Modi river where is an Annapurna Conservation area check post. From Birathanti the trail follows Bhurungdi river upto Tirkhedhunga (1577 m). The trail is level and passes through several small villages on the way. Then the trail climbs through stone steps for about 1 hrs to Ulleri – a large Magar village.
From Ulleri the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. Then we climb through forests all the way to Ghorepani – a pleasant village on ridge top with excellent views of several peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Machhapuchre Hiunchuli, Tukche etc. Ghorepani means “horse water” in Nepali. There is watering spot for the teams of horse, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom.
We make an early morning excursion to Poon Hill, about an hour’s climbs, provides a breathtaking view of the high Himalayas. From Ghorepani, the trail climbs through ridge with excellent Mountain View for about 1.5 hours. Then there is a steep descent to Banthanti with few teahouses. Another One and half hours walk through forests with short ups and downs will take you to Tatopani.
Today you will track the trails that ascend gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana surrounded by orange groves. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest segment of the gorge. You will discover the covered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village.
After breakfast you trek towards Larjung. Few hours of descents follows other rock-strewn ascents through forests of juniper, cypress and fir along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you reach Larjung, you cannot help but marvel at the architectural grandeur of this small town; tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style.
You begin to trek along the trail that follows the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Yet again, you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail further meanders through stonewalled orchards. Soon you will come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. After a lunch in Marpha, you continue trekking towards Jomsom. As you approach your destination Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri.
After breakfast you resume your trekking along the path up to the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki. You come across a stream and verdant vegetation. On crossing a small ridge to Chhancha Lhumba at 2730 m, you continue heading towards Muktinath. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri dominates the view as you ascend to Khingar (3200 m). More meadows, streams and lush vegetation can be seen along the trail as it paves to Jharkot (3500 m). You encounter the ruins of the Dzong and pristine villages of Purang and Changur. As you trek past mule stables and steep barren hillside, you enter Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa for years has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travelers. On trekking further, you enter Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Pilgrims flock to the Buddhist gompa and pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
This day we will be trekking to Kagbeni. This village is gaining popularity for its unique culture and is often shown in Nepalese cinema.
Heading away from Muktinath, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking on the magnificent view of Nilgiri. You stay overnight in Jomsom and in the evening you can celebrate the achievement of your trek with the crew, whom you have come to know so well over the last 9 days.
Today early morning you will fly Jomsom to Pokhara where you will connect with the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the Kathmandu hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore this exotic city on your own.
After breakfast, we drive to back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Refreshed up; evening we meet again, take a feedback of your trip. We host a farewell Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurant.
Day 15: Return
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.
Fixed Dates – Please select your dates on the “book the tour” section
|Sat 1 Sep 18 – Sat 15 Sep 18
Mon 1 Oct 18 – Mon 15 Oct 18