$ 1150

Lower Mustang Trek- 14 Days

Lower Mustang Trek is specially designed for those who are eager to visit the Kingdom of Tibetan Buddhist within a short period of time frame. The trek start through the ancient trading route from India to Tibet up the Kali Gandaki valley starting from the road head near Pokhara and finishing at the pilgrimage site of Muktinath with many seasonal events that attract pilgrims to and from Muktinath shrine above Thak Khola. It is moderate short trek and you don’t need expensive permits to trek to lower Mustang.

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. Lower Mustang trek is not just about its unique wild landscape and deepest gorge of the world but it is about the vibrant villages, sunrise and sunset view surrounded by the breath taking mountains, unique cultural sharing harmony of religion, spiritual hub of Hindus and Buddhist.

The first fascinating journey to Lower Mustang starts with the mesmerizing view of sunrise from the Poonhill on the way with hot spring shower in Tatopani with a gorgeous view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the whole Annapurna region to the most important Thakali Village of lower mustang and other major places like Kagbeni which is a unique famous village of Baarah Gaun (lit. twelve villages) region in Mustang district and a gateway to Upper Mustang. The trek to Lower mustang takes you Muktinath, the holy temple area together with the Apple garden of Marpha.

Above the Himalaya brings you the Lower Mustang Trek with unlimited adventure, enjoyable memories and a remarkable trip. With the professional guides and porters, we ensure you the best trip of your life.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 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. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Messenger Tours and Travel.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu

Our city guide will take you for the sightseeing of world heritage sites of UNESCO in Nepal. As it is not possible to visit all heritage sites of Kathmandu, have to choose 3 to 4 sites.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [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. After six hours of driving we will reached to Pokhara; a 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 enjoy the tranquil night of Pokhara with live music, luxurious bar and pubs.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

 

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Upper-Ulleri [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 TikheDhunga to the steep way to Upper-Ulleri. The village is inhabited by Gurung tribe communities and is an amazing example of stonework. There are several tea houses and other services at Upper-Ulleri.

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

 

Day 05: Trek from Upper-Ulleri to Ghorepani [4-5 hrs walk]

From Upper-Ulleri we will follow the trail that starts with a short descend to cross over a small stream and climb uphill. 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

 

Day 06: Early Morning hike to Poon Hill and back to Ghorepani. Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani[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

 

Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa [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

 

Day 08: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha[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

 

Day 9: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni [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

 

Day 10: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath [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

 

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [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

Day 12: 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 

 

Day 13: 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

 

Day 14: - Farewell Departure

Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Domestic Flight/Transportation
  • Food along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Required permit works
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide/ Porter during the trip
  • One licensed English speaking trekking guide
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Carried by the guide but you are also advised to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Certificate for Trek Completion
  • Optional Add-ons
  • Porter

 

Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare
  • Your Visa Charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, tidbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter
  • Tips for guides and porters

Accommodations

We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and 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 300.

Meals

All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.

 

Acclimatization

This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.

 

Team Composition

For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

 

Porter Care

Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.

 

Best Time to Travel

The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

YearCostDiscount
2020$115018% each
2021$115015% each
2022$115012% each
2023$11509% each
2024$11506% each
2025$11503% each

Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)

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