Lower Mustang Trek

Trip Duration 13 nights/14 Days
Trip Code NAP-KGD-103
Trip Cost USD 985 per passenger
Trip Grade Easy to Moderate
Best Time Sept – Nov/March - April

Overview

Lower Mustang trek is follows the Kali Gandaki valley between the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and then emerges north of the main Himalayan range, on the dry desert like Tibetan Plateau. Kaligandaki Valley trek is a classic trek which is considered as one of the best trekking trails in the world. The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the route actually crosses to the other side of the main Himalayan range for some unusual views of the northern flanks. The final destination of the Kaligandaki Valley trek is the holy temple of Muktinath, the sacred pilgrimage of Hindu’s and Buddhist’s, with great religious significance.

Lower Mustang trek starts from Pokhara, and then heads north along the traditional trade route towards the Tibetan villages via Birethanhti and Tirkhedunga to Ghorepani then trekking trail follows the Kali Gandaki River valley from the Hindu lowlands in the south to the Buddhist villages and people in the upper valley. The 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.

Highlights

  • Visit temple, Art/architecture/Pogadas and heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Lake valley of Pokhara
  • Mid -hill cultural explore, Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, and Ksetri are the inhabitants mainly
  • Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views and many more
  • Natural Hot spring at Tatopani
  • Wide and colourful rhododendrons forest
  • The world deepest gorge and 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
  • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Easy to Moderate
Trip Duration 13 nights/14 Days
Trip code NAP-KGD-103
Trip Start/Ends Pokhara -Nayapul/Jomsom - Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Muktinath (3810m)
Trip Cost USD 985 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity 07-hrs drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu and 22m fly to Jomsom from Pokhara
The Route Maximum altitude (3810m) Muktinath and Poon Hill (3200m), 5/6-hrs average walking per day, easy trail
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain.

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. 

After breakfast from Pokhara we drive to Nayapul (1050m) which is take one and half hours drive then your trek begin following the path of Modi Khola passing Birethanti (1115m), a large and prosperous town. From there you will reach Tirkhedhunga (1577m.) which takes about four hours.

After breakfast your trek begins from Tirkhedhunga. The trail crosses Tikhedhunga you could ascend continuing steeply to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m) and climbs to Banthanti (2250m). On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna South ((7219m). Now your trail easier passing through rhododendron forest gently climb to Nanggethanti (2460m) and walking an hour uphill you will reach Ghorepani. On the way to Ghorepani you could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.

Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3200m). This day you can enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek from Ghorepani we crossing Chitre (2420m)) the trail descends towards Phalate (2390m) and down to Shikha, you will meet another large Magar village. The trail makes a gentle descent to Tatopani (1183m). There you will be able to enjoy the natural hot spring at Tatopani (1189m.) It is believed that one who takes bath get rids of skin diseases. 

The followed route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse Chhahara, the place famous for its beautiful waterfall. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa (2010m). This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style

The trail goes gentle uphill until you reach Lete (2480m.) crossing suspension bridge over Lete and then you will enter Kalopani (2560m).The trail goes to Larjung (2560m). The trail goes towards Khobang (2580m) and enters the large village of Tukuche (2580m) which is a large Thakali village. There are apple distillery, apple orchard, Chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and farming terraces.

The trails move through flat land till Jomsom. Jomsom is the Headquarter of Mustang and it is split into two towns and between these two towns passes through Kali Gandaki River. There is access of internet and banking facilities. From Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri. En-route you find farming terraces, apple orchard, monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak and many other unnamed peaks and mountains. Now your trail again passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through the Eklebhatti. The trail is windy after late morning. The river flows through broader course. Finally you reach Kagbeni following flat path. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Here you find monastery, apple orchard, Chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags and farming terraces. From here Upper Mustang begins and it is known as restricted area for trekking. The trekkers need to receive special permit to trek in this area.

It is about 4hrs gradual climb to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage spot for both the Hindus and Buddhist - with a Buddhist Gompa and pagoda style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most interesting aspect of the area however is the spot where natural burning gas issued from a rock situated at the same place as a small spring. The holy water flows from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Bishnu Temple in a grove of secret poplars.

Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom and it takes about five hours. Easy day, trail gradually ascends to Eklebhati at Kali Gandaki River valley, walk another two hours along the wide sandy and windy valley. Arrive to Jomsom, celebrate the last day of the trek will in Jomsom with all the trekking staffs.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon then you have free afternoon to be fresh up; evening we comment about the trip and celebrate farewell dinner together at Nepalese Typical Restaurant you have free time for shopping.

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

Cost Included

  • Fee: ACAP entrance permit and TIMS card 
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, trip as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation: 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing bedroom and 8 nights teahouse/lodges on twin or malti share bedroom on mountain. 
  • Food: Full board on teahouse (Brieakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 5 breakfasts in city. 
  • Staffs: Group Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation 
  • Transportation: Airport arrival and departure transfer, Kathmandu valley sightseeing by private transport, Kathmandu to Pokhara and return Kathmandu by tourist bus, Pokhara to Nayapul by car and Jomsom to Pokhara  flight.
  • Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and domestic flight
  • Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel and trekking equipments.
  • All lunch and dinner while in city
  • Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc
  • Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fees
  • Optional activities
  • 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  +9779851050327 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 trek we give a short brief about the Lomwer Mustang , Kaligandaki Valley Trekking 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: This 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 and 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 Lower MustangKaligandaki Valley Trekking this trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of 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 Lower Mustang and  Kaligandaki Valley Trekking 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 Trekking: 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: Kaligandaki Valley Trekking trips is accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 6 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 guide the trek will be accompanied by one porter or pack animal for every two people. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 25 kgs in tea-house and 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.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be reaching at (3810m) high destination during the journey to Kaligandaki Valley trekking. 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 and Medical Advice: Traveller must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking, at least walking 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.ve a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

Trekking 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.

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