Lower Mustang Trek
Lower Mustang Trek
Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek

Duration10 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude3760 M
Group Size1- 12
StartsKathmandu/ Pokhara
EndsPokhara/ Kathmandu
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Lower Mustang Trek Overview

Mustang district located in the Western region of Nepal is composed of Lower Mustang Trek and Upper Mustang Trek. Lower Mustang trekking has a semi-arid and desert landscape and is also known as the Forbidden Kingdom. A special permit is not required to enter the Lower Mustang region trek.

Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trekking in Nepal takes you to the lower part of the Mustang district, part of the Annapurna circuit trek, which covers around 30% of the total district. It features the temple of Muktinath, one of the most popular Buddhist and Hindu shrines in the Himalayas, visited by thousands of visitors and trekkers alike. Muktinath is located at an altitude of 3710m and contains 108 auspicious sprouts where taking a shower is consider part of the purifying ritual. The temple is based on the bank of Kali Gandaki river, famous for Shaligrams and fossils. Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, is another major attraction. The gorge is the result of the two tallest mountains Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna, standing side by side drained by a river fed by the Himalayas. Jomsom is one of the biggest towns in Lower Mustang, the district headquarters of Mustang District. Along with Jomsom Kag beni is the ancestral home of the Thakali people who are renowned for Buddhist culture Thakali cuisines and apple brandy. The Mustang trek passes through Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the most successful conservation areas in Nepal that protects such wild species as snow leopards, Himalayan Thar, Wolves, pine, and juniper vegetation.

At different points along the Nepal trek, you will be able to get superb glimpses of the majestic Himalayas including Mt. Dhaualagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, and Mt. Tukuche among others. The trail to Lower Mustang trekking begins at Pokhara and takes a total of 10 days.

Trip PlanExpand All

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. A short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu. Your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines that reflect the ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Drive or fly to Pokhara, where the afternoon is free to enjoy the views of Lake Phewa. Take an optional boat trip on the lake or a microflight to see the Himalayas up close.

If the weather is clear, you will be called by your guide for a ride to a local hilltop for a spectacular sunrise view of the Annapurna and Dhalagiri ranges. Then fly to Jomsom, where we begin our trek to Kagbeni. The trail follows the river to Eklai Bhatti and then on to the medieval-looking town of Kagbeni. This town has closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys and a large ochre-coloured gompa perched above the town. We will stay in one of the guesthouses operated by the hospitable Thakali people of this region. (3 hrs).

today we will ascend 900 metres to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhists. We will first walk through Khingar (3400m) and then to Jharkot (3500m), which is an impressive fortress- like village. We will continue our way to the first part of Muktinath, known as Ranipauwa, where we will stay the night. There will be time to explore the area and see some of the holy Hindu places such as Jwala Mai Temple, with a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas (4 Hours).

Today’s trek bring us to Marpha, home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route (6 hrs).

This day will be a rewarding day when we trek further down the Kali Gandaki valley alongside the Kali Gandaki river to Ghasa. We will pass the villages of Tukuche (2580m) and Larjung (2560m). We then cross the Kali Gandaki river on a high suspension bridge and continue through an area covered with fir, juniper and cypress trees. Near the village of Kalopani (2530m) we will have splendid 360˚ views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. After crossing another very long suspension bridge (107 metres long) we will reach Lete/Ghasa, our base for this night (6 hrs).

Today our trek leads us through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley. Much of the way is cut through solid rock and subject to frequent landslides. Before we reach the village of Dana (1450m) we pass the Rupse Chhahara (beautiful waterfall). Descending farther down past several landslides we will reach Tatopani, meaning hot water, which is situated on the riverbank. We will stop here to make the most of a well deserved bath in the hot springs (be sure to bring a bathing costume). (5 hrs).

Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

As per your program you will move to another tour program or flight back to you home

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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Tea house accommodation during the trekking
  • Three star level Hotel Accommodation during the Kathmandu and Pokhara stay
  • Pokhara to Jomsom Flight fare,
  • Naya pul to Pokhara private vehicle transfer
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu Round trip tourist bus service
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali restaurant
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch dinner Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance and International airfare
  • Tips for Guide and porter (trekking staff)
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (without itinerary )
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