Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days
Max. Altitude: 3710M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Mustang
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Family Holidays Honeymoon Travel Lodge & Tea House

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Lower Mustang Trek

Annapurna region/Annapurna Conservation is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. There are many different routes for trekking in Annapurna region. Annapurna Circuit, Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek etc are the most popular trekking routes. Also Lower Mustang lies in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Trekking Experts offers you Lower Mustang Trek which allows you to trek in lower altitude yet you’ll discover the great views of mountains, culture, people and nature.

 

Lower Mustang 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 and Magar based communities, scenic views of great eight thousand meter mountains like Dhaulagiri and the entire Annapurna massif. Lower Mustang Trek with Trekking Experts 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 trip further leads through Tatopani, Ghasa towards the apple garden of Marpha (2670m). The trail is followed through the deepest gorge in the world – Kali Gandaki gorge. The route then heads towards Muktinath (3795m) – a sacred temple and ends at the capital of Mustang-Jomosm.

Trip Highlights

Explore the well-preserved Tibetan culture of Lower Mustang

Visit Muktinath, one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal

Views of the north face of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri

Fly over the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki

Visit the pre-Buddhist Bon village of Lupra

Enjoy Hot spring at Tatopani

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After an early breakfast at hotel, our trekking guide will pick you from hotel and drive towards Pokhara by a private air-conditioned vehicle. On your way, you can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers along green and Rocky Mountains, rivers connecting each other and small springs too. It will take about six hours drive to reach Pokhara. You’ll stop on the way for lunch. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you’ll be checked-in at hotel and you’ll free time to relax at hotel or explore around Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa and Begnas Lake, also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna (8,091m), Machapuchare (6,993m) in the north, Dhaulagiri (8,169m) in the west, Manaslu (8,156m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983) in the east. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist's paradises with many facilities for travelers.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 820 meter

After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, you’ll drive to Nayapool which will take one and a half hour. From Nayapool, you’ll start your first day of trekking along the sub-tropical Modi Khola river valley towards Birethanti. At Birethanti you’ll make a stop at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)’s checkpoint. After completing the permit check process, the trail heads north up the Modhi Khola valley. There is option to drive till Kimche too; however it is better to walk for physical preparation. And then you’ll reach Ghandruk village inhabited by Gurung tribe communities.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 1950 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll continue your journey the main trail that heads from the northwestern end of the village towards Tadapani. You trek will gradually climb through dense forest filled with rhododendron and oak trees where you will have opportunity to spot several species of birds and wild animals. You will arrive at a place called Bheri Kharka where there are few tea shops. The area is a paradise for bird lovers as you trek along with mesmerizing sounds of birds chirping. You will continue your trek until you arrive at Tadapani for our overnight stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2590 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll leave Tadapani and will follow the trail with a short descend to cross over a small stream and climb uphill towards Banthanti where there are few tea houses and other facilities. You’ll further continue your trek with several ascends and descends through beautiful oak forest to reach the village of Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, you will have magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) and other fascinating snow-capped peaks.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2875 meter

You need to wake up quite early morning today to witness the great sunrise views from Pooonhill (3210m). Very early morning you’ll hike up to Poonhill for the sunrise view over and you’ll be able to enjoy the great views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6997m) , Tukuche Peak (6920m) , Hiunchuli (6441m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Then, then you’ll continue your trail downhill passing through Ghar Khola and head towards Tatopani. Magnificent view of Mount Nilgiri can be seen from Tatopani as well. On your route, you can see variety of wild animals, birds with eye-catching waterfalls and sceneries along the way. At Tatopani, you can enjoy and relax at the natural hot spring bath where the water is approximately about 60 degrees hot.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 1190 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you will trek on a broad motor road trail that can be quite dusty. The trail follows along the Kali Gandaki River. You will gradually ascend passing through the magnificent waterfall of Rupche Chahara (waterfall). You’ll continue further along the dusty trail that leads through deep gorges where you can hear the huge flows of the river stream and continue trekking to reach the village of Ghasa.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2010 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you will continue your trek following the trail that goes through the forest along the banks of Lete River and heads towards Lete. From there you’ll trek along the east side of Kali Gandaki Valley to reach Larjung village. You will continue your trek until you 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.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2670 meter

After breakfast at lodge, today you will follow a broad trail that goes along the east bank of the river towards Ekle Bhatti. From here you 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, you can enjoy stunning views of the Gompa with Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri rising above.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2810 meter

After breakfast at lodge, today you’ll trek to Muktinath. You’ll ascend steeply to the upper valley with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and the Kali Gandaki Valley. You will pass through one of the oldest village in the region – the village of Jharkot where the culture and tradition are largely influenced by Tibetan culture. From there you 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 you can enjoy magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and other chains of snow-topped high peaks.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3760 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll your last day of trekking by following the trail that leads to Jharkot. From here you will avoid the motor road by following a small irrigation stream to reach Khingar. However, here onwards you will have to follow the road route that will lead you all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the main administrative centre and headquarters of Mustang. After arriving at Jomsom, you will celebrate the completion of our wonderful Lower Mustang Trek.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2720 meter

After very early morning breakfast at lodge, you’ll say good bye to your guide and porters. And then you’ll take short flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you’ll take connection flight to Kathmandu. And once you arrive in Kathmandu airport, you’ll be picked up by Trekking Experts’ representative and drop you to hotel. You’ll have free time to relax at hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be met by our city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centred on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora And after tour back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

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  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 1 night in Pokhara at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 12 nights in local lodges during the trekking on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at lodges/local restaurants (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Pokhara ground transfer by air-conditioned private vehicle Jomsom-Pokhara by flight with airport taxes Pokhara-Kathmandu by flight with airport taxes 15 kg baggage per person for trek and flight

Annapurna Conservation Fee TIMS Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 porter for every two members to carry personal baggage 1 assistant guide for every 5 members English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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