Lower Mustang Horse Riding Trek

Trip Duration 10 nights/11 days
Trip Code NAP-HRS - 001
Trip Cost USD 1430 per passenger
Trip Grade Riding an easy trail
Best Time Sept – Nov and March - April

Overview

Lower Mustang horse riding trek design for those who are unable to walk on foot but still wish to visit holy temple of Muktinath than horse riding adventure will give you opportunities to visit this place or most common way to visit to Muktinath temple by helicopter.

Muktinath is the most sacred Hindu site in Nepal after the temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu which lies in the district of Mustang and is situated about 18-kms northeast of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3810 meter. Muktinath, a holly shrine for eternal peace and salvation is an ultimate destination to all Hindus and Buddhists for their Mokshya or salvation. It is said in the Vishnu Puran that even Lord Bishnu had visited Muktuchhetra to get rid from the curse of Brinda. It is believed that one who pilgrimage Muktinath once in his or her life will not go for the rigorous cycle of re-birth. There are two ways to get to Muktinath from either take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and hike for 7-8 hours from Jomsom or trek all the way from Pokhara through Kali-Gandaki valley, which takes 7/8 days. 

The horse ride trek to Jomsom is covered with glittering snow peaks like Nilgiri, Tukche and Muktinath, the famous shrine of Hindus. The lower Mustang region surrounding Jomsom, Kagbeni and Muktinath is characterized by alpine plateau landscape similar to the rugged Tibetan topography. The people of the lower Mustang region are of Tibetan ethnicity and the trek up the Kali Gandaki River across desert like mountain gorges provides an experience of a lifetime. From Muktinath descending to your treks and end at Jomsom. The day is usually consists of 4 to 5 hours of horse riding or walking.

The Muktinath horse riding adventure trip can be combine also an alternative for mountain biker’s who have interest and energetic physical conditions to ride the biking over the high pass of Thorong-La.

Highlights

* Rim of the Kathmandu valley
* Lake valley of Pokhara
* Horse riding through the Kaligandaki valley
* A great photographic site showing whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri ranges
* Excellent views of Dhawalagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna, Mustang
* Traditional Magar village, Thakali, Gurungs and Magar cultures to explore
* Explore beautiful Kagbeni village

 

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Riding an easy trail
Trip Duration 10 nights/11 days
Trip code NAP-HRS - 001
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom/Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Muktinath (3810m)
Trip Cost USD 1430 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kathmandu 7-hrs drive to Pokhara and start the trek according to itinerary and Jomsom fly back to Kathmandu
The Route Maximum altitude (3810m) Muktinath (3200m), 4/5-hrs average riding the horse per day in easy trail.
Season Sept – Nov and March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in City, teahouse/lodges and mountain accommodation during the riding period.

Itinerary

 Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening at hotel about the daily program activities by your Group Leader/Guide.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

This day after breakfast being early in the morning before 7:00 AM. This morning you will be drive to Pokhara (200km), departure at 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 6/7 hrs away by tourist bus. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O’clock. From the Pokhara valley you can see one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You're free in Pokhara valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland" of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place as your own like boating in Fewa lake over looking the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas. 

 Pokhara we fly to Jomsom the district headquarters of Mustang. From Jomsom you cross a small hanging bridge and then walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. This very easy, enjoyable start is at the same time picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and in the west the awesome mountain above Kagbeni, Nilgiri. Over to the south and south-west can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Upon reaching Kagbeni there is a taste of scenes to come in Upper Mustang, what with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red Gompa. At the police check-post at the north end of the village there is a sign saying ‘Restricted area, tourists please do not go beyond this point’. Here you will complete your paperwork formalities for you to enter this long-forbidden region of Nepal. ACAP have set up a very interesting information post here with displays of Mustang artifacts and photos.

Horse ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath takes about 4 hours. The trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. Gradually horse riding you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan style villages, apple garden, yaks herds, sheep herds and so on. You can look at Thorong-La valley straight up to the Muktinath. 

This day you can excursion around the main attraction of Muktinath such as; Kunda: In front of Muktinath temple there are 2 Kunda (Lake), where holy dip is believed it can wash away negative karma, the results of one's past negative actions. Muktidhara: Around the temple is a wall from the temple which there is 108 waterspouts (Dhara). The 108 faucets in the cast in the shape of bulls' heads pour fourth-sacred water closely arranged in a semi-circle with a gap of hardly a foot between the faucets, at a height of seven feet. Pilgrims who visit the temple take a holy bath in each of these spouts. But as the water is ice cold it requires burning desire and courage to take a holy bath here. Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts “Muktidhara” believing that it brings them salvation. It is also believed that the deity was originated from Jumla, far western part of Nepal. It has helped to make this area as center of Tourist attraction. In Janai Purnima Buddhist’s Yar tang Mala celebrated here. Jwalamai Temple: Even more sacred is the water that issues from rock inside the ancient Tibetan style “Jwala Mai Temple” sound of flowing river is situated south and a short distance below the of Muktinath Temple. Inside this Gompa, behind a tattered curtain, are small natural gas jest that produce Continuously burning flame, the Jwala Mai temple has a spring and there are three eternal flames “Holy flame from soil”, “Holy flame from rock” and “Holy flame from water” fed by natural gas. Currently two flames are continuously burning. The Hindu believes that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by Brahma himself, set water on fire. Hindus worship the fire as Jwala Mai. The Buddhist believes that Padmasambhav, the great Indian master who inducted Tantric Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet, meditated at this place. The Buddhist living will show foot prints which they say are those of the great master. Mharme Lha Khang Gompa: After completing prayer and Puja at the temple a visit to Mharme Lha Khang Gomba is situated to the North of Muktinath Temple. Mharme Lha Khang is translates as thousand holy lamps. As this monastery dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) with his huge clay image is placed center of altar along with bon deities: red Trakpo at right side and blue singe Doma at left side. Since Singe doma is lion headed deity, Hindu worships as Narasimha and name of monastry Narsingh Gompa. Gomba Samba, a "Newly Built Monastery". It is believed that founder of this monastery Syandol Lama came from Tibet. Originally this monastery was a big hostel for monks that later collapsed and people of Khinga and Jharkot jointly reconstructed it. The main deities’ monasteries are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is situated at left from entrance gate of Muktinath temple complex, would be worth it. Swaminarayan: One Hindu Guru connected to Muktinath is Lord Shri Swaminarayan, Satguru of Sabij Yoga, the goal of which is the realization of and service to God Supreme. At the end of the 18th century this Satguru practiced severe penance in Muktinath for two and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency in Nishkamvrat. In 2003 his followers funded the new wall around Muktinath and raised a small monument for him at Muktinath. Shaligram: Another attraction for the pilgrimage is the River kali Gandaki from where one can collect fossils of the Jurassic park age. One may find a fossil within a few minutes or it may take hours and without success. However, these fossils can be had from the local people at a price. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered sacred and is kept in Puja (Prayer) room in the house. It is supposed to be symbol of Lord Vishnu. 

The horse riding trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot, once served as palace. Continuing the horse ride toward Jomsom one will enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom, celebrate the last day of the horse riding trek will in Jomsom with all the trekking staffs.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 25 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time.

This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sight-seeing. Evening will have farewell meeting & dinner at Nepali typical restaurant.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

 Documents: All the entrie documents , ACAP entrance permit and TIMS card
• Activities: Sightseeing,, hiking and  riding trip as per the itinerary.
Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara on twin shared bedroom and 4 nights lodges on twin or multi sharing bedroom on mountai
Food: 10 breakfast,only.
Staffs: Trekking Leader/Guide, necessary supporter and horse and horseme
Transportation: Arrival/Departure transfer and surface road-head transportation.
Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

•  Pokhara to Jomsom  and return flight to Kathmandu
•  Travel insurance covering with emergency Helicopter rescue
•  Personal travel and hiking equipments 
•  Hiring horse and horsemen
•  All lunch and dinner and beverages
• Tips/Gratuities for your crews
•  Optional activities
•  All the temple and Monastery entrance fee
•  And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +977985105037 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting and trip briefing: On this tour, we give a short brief about the Mustang Horse Riding trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: Royal horse riding trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size & group joining: The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: National park entrance permit and TIMS card required for Muktinath Horse Riding trip so we suggest you to post us 8 passport-size photos, copies of your passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: During Muktinath Horse Riding tour part we accommodate on teahouse/lodges and has chosen according their Eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. These are basic lodges with just a couple of rooms with two separate beds. The lodges have running water but don't expect a hot shower. Blankets are available but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular price supplement. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodations are not available.

Food and Drink: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. The trekking lodges offer some good value meals and drinks. The meals are in teahouse similar to the camping trekking; the meals are prepared to a similar hygiene and may be repeated several times during the trek but are always hot, tasty and filling. With your breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea will also be included. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…

Your leader/guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best standard of meals in best value possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. In general, a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are offered for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks, and locally grown fresh fruits are available in some places. You can bottle mineral water from local teahouse or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Daily feature of Teahouse Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6:30 – 7:00AM with a cup up “Good Morning” tea brought to your room. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters. Having had breakfast we usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's few hours walking before lunch around 11.00 - 12.00 PM, at any of the tea houses or other lodges along the trail. We have an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our assistant guide will go ahead and reserve the lodge en-route for over night stop. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and we usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the lodge, everything will be ready. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, its always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Staffs: For most trips are accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 8 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our local leader prides themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people and villagers who live there, the flora, the fauna, and historical, cultural, religious and social aspects of the region in which you will be travelling.

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip so besides your leader and assistants guide the camping trek will be accompanied by a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals and the several porters or pack animals to transport all the gear from camp to camp. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 30kgs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Daily feature of Camping Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6AM with a cup up hot tea and followed by a small bowl of hot water to wash your face brought to your tent. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's walk around 3-hrs lunches will service en-route each day at a picturesque sport at around 12/01 PM usually an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our tents builder Sherpa will go ahead and set up the camp. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the camp, everything will be ready and afternoon tea will be served. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, its always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be above 3810 meters high. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Safety and Security: Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jeweler at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Health & Medical Advice: Horse riders must have the good level of fitness for mountain horse riding, at least walking/riding 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Packing list: While packing for trekking, warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety.Have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

Riding boots and sandals for rest
Wind proof down jacket
Woolen T-shirt/base layer
T-shirts
A thick pullover/fleece
Shorts / skirt for sunny days
Trousers / track suit or long pants
Thermal long underwear
Water bottle
Warm socks (woolen is best)
Swiss army knife
Flashlight with spare batteries
Sunglasses and Sun cream
Personal medical supplies
Towel
Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes
Warm woolen hat and Gloves

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Itinerary Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith. However, we have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences that stem from our previous clients, comments and our own research. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so NAP reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange: American Dollars are we accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. Most shops also accept visa and master card but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers, tourist standard buses to and from your trekking or climbing destination.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a cultural tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 4-7 per person a day for guide and US$ 3-5 per person a day for the porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedbacks are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

Last minute booking: We accept your last minute booking with 100% payment no later than seven days prior to trip starting date only in case of Nepal trips, but last minute booking will not be accepted for Tibet and Bhutan.

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