Lower Mustang Trek - Nepal Trekking Routes
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Lower Mustang Trek

  Nepal , Restricted Region

Duration

10 Days

Tour Type

Trekking

Group Size

2+

Accommodation

Tea House Lodge,Camping

Meal

Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Max. Altitude

3760 m

Best Season

Sep-Oct/Mar-May

Departure from

Kathmandu

Overview

Mustang district located in the Western region of Nepal is composed of Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang. Lower Mustang trekking has a semi arid and desert landscape and is also known as forbidden kingdom. Special permit is not required to enter Lower Mustang region.

Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trekking takes you to the lower part of Mustang district, part of the Annapurna circuit, that covers around 30% of the total district. It features the temple of Muktinath, one of the most popular Buddhist and Hindu shrine in the Himalayas, visited by thousands of visitors and trekkers alike. Muktinath is located at an attitude of 3710m and contains 108 auspicious sprouts where taking shower is considered part of 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 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, district headquarters of Mustang District. Along with Jomsom Kag beni is the ancestral home of Thakali people who are renowned for Buddhist culture and Thakali cuisines and apple brandy. The trek passes through Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the most successful conservation areas in Nepal that protects such wild species as snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, Wolves, pine and juniper vegetation.

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

Itinerary

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.
The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change. If above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast,accommodation during the trekking and Kathmandu following itinerary
  • 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 resturant
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch dinner Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for Guide and porter (trekking staff)
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary )

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