Lower Mustang Trek
The Mustang region is present at the southern end of the Tibetan plateau. Dominated majorly by the peaks like the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, this region offers the chance to embark on a classic, rewarding trek which takes trekkers into the most remote and mystical areas of the earth.
The earthquake that shook Nepal in April, 2015 has had no effect on the trail and the trail is extremely safe from the effects of the earthquake. Within a reasonable time frame, this trek allows us to witness astonishing altitude variations and diversity both in terms of ecology and religion. This area, overflowing with natural beauty, is surrounded with pristine peaks, steep terraces and barren plateaus all offering the experience of a lifetime. Poon Hill with its breathtaking views, Tatopani, the natural hot springs, pilgrimage of Muktinath and the harmony of the people residing in the area are the highlights of this extremely rewarding trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Sarangkot (1300m- 1500m)
Day 04: Sarangkot- Nayapul- Tikhedhunga (1500m- 1525m)
Day 05: Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani (1525m- 2850m)
Day 06: Ghorepani- Poon Hill- Tatopani (2850m- 3195m- 1180m)
Day 07: Tatopani- Ghasa (1180m- 2080m)
Day 08: Ghasa- Tukuche (2080m- 2590m)
Day 09: Tukuche- Kagbeni (2590m- 2810m)
Day 10: Kagbeni- Muktinath (2810m- 3800m)
Day 11: Muktinath- Jomsom (3800m- 2713m)
Day 12: Jomsom- Pokhara (2713m- 1500m)
Day 13: Pokhara- Ktahmandu (1500m- 1300m)
Day 14: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon reaching the Tribhuvan International Airport, trekkers will be taken into the hotel to relax and relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine. Evening walks around the area are highly recommended, to get acquainted with the historic beauty that the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
This day is dedicated to explore the historic beauty possessed by the capital of Nepal. UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Syambunath are worth visiting. Today, through a guided tour, you will be able to obtain the historic facts and observe the architectural beauty of the capital of the country. Preparation for the upcoming trek too will be carried out in today.
Kathmandu- Pokhara- Sarangkot (1300m- 1500m)
Today, the day starts with a flight to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The several lakes present in the city and the views of the Himalayan ranges beyond us will incapacitate our senses. We boat into the Phewa Tal, visit the island present there and continue boating further across to the land from where the journey to Sarangkot begins. A short trek will bring us to Sarangkot which offers spectacular views of the mountain ranges. 1 hour flight. 2 hours trek.
Sarangkot- Nayapul- Tikhedhunga (1500m- 1525m)
We begin first by a short trek to Naudanda. We then travel by road and drive to Naya Pul, which is the beginning point of our trek. This 1 hour drive is followed by a trek to a prosperous town Birethati, present beside the Modi Khola. We then ascend upwards to the main trail and reach Sudami. Climbing up through the side of the valley, we reach the town of Hile. From Hile, it’s an upward climb to Tikhedhunga. 1 hour drive. 4-5 hours trek.
Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani (1525m- 2850m)
The climb from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri is a steep climb and is a tiring one. Ulleri is a large village inhabited by Magar populations and situated at an altitude of 2070m. From here the trek ascends slightly but easily upwards and passes through several oak and rhododendron forests. Through several waterfalls and streams the trail now ascends up to Banthati and finally climbs to Nangethathi. This trail now takes us up to the beautiful town of Ghorepani. 4-5 hours trek.
Ghorepani- Poon Hill- Tatopani (2850m- 3195m- 1180m)
This day starts early, at around 5 am. We hike up to Poon Hill to witness the extremely mind-boggling views of the sun rising over the pristine Himalayan peaks. After a one hours trek, we get to witness the brilliant spectacle of watching the sun rise over the Annapurna, Machapucchre, Dhaulagiri and several other ranges. After spending some time on Poon Hill we return back to Ghorepani and embark on a journey to Tatopani. The trail descends steeply and reaches Chitre through terraced trails. The trail now drops down to Sikha which is full of hotels and shops. The trail descends further to Ghar and into the Ghar Khola, crossing which we climb above the Kaligandaki River. The trail now reaches Tatopani. Tato meaning hot and pani meaning water. This area is home to the natural hot springs which can be used to relax the aching muscles. 7-8 hours trek.
Tatopani- Ghasa (1180m- 2080m)
The trail today starts and moves upwards t the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest one in the world. This gorge is situated in between the 8000m peaks of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna and the passage through the gorge is itself a spectacular one. The trail now rises and gently reach upwards to Dana and finally to the Rupse Chhahara. Rupa Chhahara is home to a stunning waterfall which soothes the senses. Through the eastern bank of this river, the trail takes us to Kopchepani and climbs through a suspension bridge to reach Pahirothapla which is the border of the Myagdi and Mustang districts. The day ends after we reach Ghasa. 5-6 hours trek.
Ghasa- Tukuche (2080m- 2590m)
Today too, the trail ascends upwards and first passes through Lete. From here we reach Kalopani which offers the spectacle of the Nilgiri peaks situated to the east of the village. After relinquishing our senses by witnessing the views, we now move further upwards to reach Larjung. Upon reaching the village of Khobang which consists of narrow alleyways we walk further up to the ancient Thakali village known as Tukuche. 4-5 hours trek.
Tukuche- Kagbeni (2590m- 2810m)
Through the Kali Gandaki, the trail continues upwards through a barren terrain. We pass through a Tibetan Refugee Settlement and then a horticulture research station before reaching Marpha, a large Thakali village. Marpha has several teahouses of urban design but still retains the features like whitewashed buildings, narrow alleyways and flat roofs. The Nyingmapa gomap situated there can also be visited here. After exploring Marpha, we continue further to reach Jomsom, a large settlement. Jomsom is the administrative centre of the region consisting of army camp, an airport and several government offices including shops and banks. Upon crossing the river to the eastern bank, we continue further upwards to the Eklai Bhatti and move towards Kagbeni. Situated at the junction of Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki, Kagbeni is the the northernmost village which does not require a permit to visit. Tibetan influences are seen and observed all along the region. 5-6 hours trek.
Kagbeni- Muktinath (2810m- 3800m)
The trail today begins with a steep climb upto the Jhong Khola valley. After this, we reach Khingar, a trail leading directly to Muktinath. After exploring this village, the trail climbs directly upwards to Muktinath through Ranipauwa. After leaving our belongings behind in Ranipauwa, it’s a short walk up to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Muktinath, is a religious haven for both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims and offers the chance to observe the serene harmony of these two religions coming close together. Several Tibetan traders, Indian sadhus and internal tourists can be seen here. The Buddhist gompa and temple Jwalamai is present here. Natural springs adorn the region. The eternal flame that glows all year long in Muktinath can be viewed and marveled upon too. 4-5 hours trek.
Muktinath- Jomsom (3800m- 2713m)
Retracing the route we chose before, we descend down to the settlement on Jomsom amidst mountain scenery offering the exclusive views of Nilgiri, Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri.
Jomsom- Pokhara (2713m- 1500m)
A flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is filled with the chances to view the amazing scenery of the passes situated between the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Himal ranges. This 20 minute flight is followed by visits to several of Pokhara’s sightseeing marvels such as the David Falls, Shiva Gufa, Mahendra Gufa, Gupteshwore Gufa, Seti Gorge and many more spectacles. This day can also be utilized to boat around the beautiful Phewa Lake or relax the aching muscles. 20 minutes flight.
Pokhara- Ktahmandu (1500m- 1300m)
This day, which marks the end of our spectacle filled journey, includes a flight back from the beautiful Pokhara city, back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu at noon, we have the rest of the day free to visit the remaining places of Kathmandu and to collect souvenirs for loved ones back home. You can also enjoy the Nepali cuisine, visit pubs around the capital or just relax and memorize the experience to last for a lifetime.
After a memorable, adventurous endeavor taking us into the depths of the Himalayan country of Nepal, it is finally time to bid goodbye. With a content heart and wonderful memories to last for a life time, you can depart from Nepal, only to promise to come back for more adventure in the future.