Lower Mustang Trek - 15 Days

About Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek is a mystical journey that offers Tibetan Buddhist culture, barren landscape, and some of the best views of the Annapurna Himalayas, aka the western Himalayas. Even though Lower Mustang Trekking does not take you to a very high altitude, the views and experience you will get on this venture is unlike any other part of Nepal. The best thing about Lower Mustang Trek 15 Days is that it is not as expensive as the Upper Mustang Trek. Therefore, if you are on a budget and looking to explore the beauty of the Mustang region, then this is the perfect trek for you.

Mustang region is called the hidden treasure of Nepal that houses centuries-old preserved cultural heritage, unspoiled nature, and kindest people. Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), Mt. Tukuche (6,920 m), Mt. Himalchuli (7,893 m), etc are some of the snow-capped massifs that are visible throughout the trek. Likewise, Lower Mustang Trek will take you across the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge, and one of the holiest sites in Nepal, Muktinath temple.

Lower Mustang Trekking is an adventurous journey full of biological diversity, cultural encounters, and once in a lifetime experiences. The trail passes by picturesque villages and dense forests. Moreover, we have designed our Lower Mustang Trek itinerary including the very famous Poon Hill viewpoint and Tatopani village, known for its natural hot springs. There are so many things to look around and do during Lower Mustang Trek 15 Days. For further information regarding the package or Lower Mustang Trek cost, contact us anytime.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you have some extra days to spend amidst nature, then extend your trip to Upper Mustang Trek. Or, you can join one of the very famous trails in the Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek. We also offer tailor-made service for the Lower Mustang Trek package. You can design a custom Lower Mustang Trek itinerary as per your needs.

Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Trek through picturesque villages and dense forests
  • Explore beautiful Ghorepani village
  • Get to see gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Enjoy natural hot spring in Tatopani
  • Taste delicious apples and its products in Marpha
  • Visit the holiest pilgrimage site, Muktinath Temple
  • Observe the rich culture and tradition of locals
  • Experience the daily lifestyle of locals
  • Witness stunning barren landscape and Himalayan mountain views

Itinerary

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Land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where you can see our team member holding your nameplate near the terminal gate. He will escort you to the hotel. Relax and unpack. In the evening, you meet with other team members over a welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

After having a delicious breakfast, you go sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your tour guide will introduce you to the monuments and their importance. You get to learn about Nepali culture, art, and architecture during the tour.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

You will travel to Pokhara, the city of lakes. You can either fly or drive to Pokhara. Either way, you can see the amazing landscape. Upon reaching Pokhara, you move to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day strolling around Lakeside. Also, don't forget to do boating on tranquil Fewa Lake, enjoying the gorgeous sunset and Mt. Fishtail.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Another drive from Pokhara takes you to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. The trail from Nayapul goes along the subtropical Modi Khola river valley. You reach Birethanti and pass by lush forests to reach Tikhedhunga for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Tikhedhunga, the trail gradually ascends towards picturesque Ghorepani village. After several ascends and descends through lovely rhododendron forest, you reach Ghorepani from where you can see magnificent views of Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, etc.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, you wake up early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill to witness amazing sunrise along with western Himalayan mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Tukuche, etc. The trail then continues towards Tatopani. Descending through Ghar Khola, you pass by lush forests, where you can see a variety of birds and flora. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs. Spend some time enjoying the hot spring and relaxing your muscles.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail moves along a dusty broad motor road. Further, walking along Kali Gandaki River, you slowly ascend and pass by the beautiful waterfall of Rupche Chahara. The trail then passes by deep gorges and takes you to Ghasa.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Ghasa, you follow the forested path that moves along the banks of Lete River. You will reach Lete village, and further, walk along the east side of Kali Gandaki valley to reach Larjung village. From here, you pass by beautiful apple orchards and reach Marpha.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Continue trekking along the east bank of a river and reach Ekla Bhatti. From here, you walk along the bottom of the valley to reach Kagbeni from where you can see excellent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, etc.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Kagbeni, the trail ascends steeply, offering wonderful views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and Kali Gandaki Valley. Passing by Jharkot, where you can see Tibetan culture, you climb to Muktinath. Muktinath is a very famous and important pilgrimage site in Nepal.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

You visit the Muktinath temple in the morning and retrace the path back to Jharkot. From here, you walk following a small irrigation tram to Khingar. The trail then moves towards Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After early morning breakfast, you fly to Pokhara. The flight offers breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains. Upon landing at the airport, you move to the hotel. enjoy the rest of the day exploring around and buying souvenirs.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Again, you can drive or fly to Kathmandu as you feel. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you move to the hotel. The rest of the day is leisure.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

You have an extra day in Kathmandu. Explore the tourist areas and visit monuments like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, etc. Later in the day, you can visit the local market and do shopping. The day ends with a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

You fly back to your home today. Our airport representative will drop you at the terminal gate of the international airport and wish you our last goodbye.

  • Breakfast only

Cost Details

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Entry fees whiles on sightseeing.
  • Three times meal whiles on trekking, breakfast/lunch/dinner/tea/coffee/hot chocolate.
  • Accommodation in normal tea house during trek
  • All staffs and porters salary their insurances and food.
  • Lower mustang trekking Map each person trekking map for group
  • Private transportation to Kathmandu to pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Flight from jomsome to pokhara
  • All necessary paper work & permits
  • All ground transportation.
  • ACAP permit and Tims permit.
  • 2 night hotel at pokhara with Breakfast
  • 4 nights room at Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement.
  • Duffle bags.
  • Your food whiles staying Kathmandu/pokhara
  • Your personal expenses like bar and beverage bill and soft and hard drink
  • Personal equipments, sleeping bag
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • International flight
  • Tipping to crew
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal medical

Useful Information

Lower Mustang Trek route

Lower Mustang Trek begins with a scenic journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A short drive from here will take you to Nayapul, and you trek towards Ghorepani via Tikhedhunga. Trekking through lush forests and small villages, you reach Tatopani, where you will get to enjoy natural hot springs. The trail then passes by beautiful villages like Ghasa, Marpha, and Kagbeni. You reach Muktinath, a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus & Buddhists. Further, walking along Kali Gandaki Riverbank, you descend towards Jomsom, where the trek ends.

Lower Mustang Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Lower Mustang Trekking is a moderate trek. The trail offers mixed terrain. You will have several ascends & descends through steep and rugged paths. Likewise, you will be traveling in a remote part of Nepal, which demands high endurance to survive on minimal facilities. Previous trekking experience is not mandatory to go on Lower Mustang Trek 15 Days, however you have to be in good health and fitness.

This trek will take you above 3,500 meters, which involves the risk of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS) is an illness that occurs during a high altitude journey when your body did not get properly acclimatized with the elevation. Having ample rest days in between the trek will keep you away from it, and also make sure to keep yourself hydrated.

Best time to go on Lower Mustang Trek

The best time to go on Lower Mustang Trek is between March to April and September to November. Stable weather, and moderate climate, which is needed for the trek are seen in these months of the year. Different flora and vegetation decorate the trail in spring, whereas autumn lets you experience Nepali festivals.

Accommodation & Meals

Lower Mustang Trekking is a teahouse trek. You will be staying in a comfortable teahouse, however the services you get will be limited because of the remoteness of the region. Usually, teahouse owners like to provide rooms on a sharing basis. Likewise, the washroom is generally common. While in cities, you stay overnight in tourist standard hotels or 3-star hotels.

Meals are provided as per the menu of the teahouse. They don't have a fixed menu all the time, but you can see dishes like rice, curries, veggies, meat, egg, toast, porridge, soup, sandwich, pasta, momo, etc. We advise you to incorporate dal bhat at least in one meal because it is highly nutritious, delicious, and affordable.

Communication & Electricity

Electricity is available throughout the trail. You will get the charging facility almost everywhere. We still recommend you to carry extra batteries for your electronic device. Likewise, the cellular network is also available in most parts of the trek. Carry a local SIM card for better service.

Travel Insurance

Traveling in the Himalayas can bring unseen situations anytime. Lower Mustang Trekking traverses remote parts of Nepal, where the basic infrastructure is very minimal. And, if something happens in a place like that, then travel insurance is the only way to keep oneself safe. Things like air evaluation, hospital bills, medical bills, flight cancellation, and loss or theft of personal property are advised to have covered in the travel insurance.

Guide & Porter

Lower Mustang Trek traverses one of the very remote and underdeveloped parts of Nepal, therefore proper guidance will help you avoid unseen risks. While traveling with us, you will be guided by our professional trek guide, who has many years of trekking experience and has lead several groups in the Himalayan trail. Likewise, porters will also accompany you during the journey.

Environmental Contribution

We love traveling and organizing trips in the Himalayas, however we are also very careful with all the measures we take towards our eco-friendly ventures. We make sure our presence does not harm nature in anyways. We collect our waste before leaving the site as well as encourage fellow travelers to do so. Likewise, all our equipment during the trek is sustainable. We run a small organization that helps kids from underprivileged mountain families with their education.