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Lower Mustang Trekking – 14 days
 

The Mustang region occupies the southern fringes of the Tibetan plateau and is dominated by Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. This classic and rewarding trek takes us to the border of one of the most remote kingdoms on earth, within a reasonable timeframe and without ascending to extreme altitude. Trekking in this region is an adventure in wonderland. Astonishing altitude variations and ecological diversity make this area overflow with natural beauty. Trek across sacred valleys surrounded by enormous peaks and encounter people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have carved a lifestyle out of the steep terraces and barren plateaus of the area for thousand of years. Witness the breathtaking views from Poon Hill, experience the hot natural springs in Tatopani and encounter Tibetan traders as you trek to the pilgramage centre of Muktinath, where Buddhists and Hindus alike make the spiritual journey. A fascinating and rewarding Himalayan trek.

Please note: This trek is physically demanding and requires an above average level of fitness. Some trekking experience is recommended. Please discuss your suitability with your consultant if you have any concerns before booking.

Trip Facts:

Trekking Destination:             Mustang Trek

Minimum altitude:                  2810m.

Maximum altitude:                  3,800m. (Muktinath)

Grade:                                             Hard

Season :                                           Spring & Autumn

Accommodation :                   Tea House & Full Board Camping.

Duration :                                    14 Days

Minimum group size:              2 pax

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu (1310m/4298ft)

Our airport representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It is 7km and takes about 20 minutes. Our tour leader will brief the group about the trip at the pre-departure meeting. This will be held at 6.00pm, a notice regarding where it is to be held will be posted in the hotel reception. The briefing will cover the itinerary and re-confirm flight times and what time the city tour will depart on

Day 2: Kathmandu.

Today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by bus with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar square. It is about 35 Km and takes approximately 5:30 hours.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Sarangkot via Pokhara (1500m)

This morning we fly to the lakeside town of Pokhara, 206kms from Kathmandu. After lunch in Pokhara, we take a boat to visit the island in the lake, and then continue across the lake, from where we begin our trek to Sarangkot.

Day 4: Pokhara – Nayapy [1 hour drive] – Tikhedhungaga (1525m)

After breakfast, we trek to Naudanda, and from there travel by road to Naya Pul – the drive taking about 1 hour. We then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi Khola River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga. This is a short, relatively easy day, which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Day 5: Tikhe Dhunga – Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft)

From Tikhe Dhunga the trail climbs steeply to Ulleri, a large Magar village at 2070m. It continues to ascend, but more gently, through rhododendron and oak forests and across streams to Banthanti (2250m), before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti (2460m). From Nangethanti we head up to Ghorepani (2850m).

Day 6: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tatopani (1180m)

An early start at around 5am, and an hours hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas – one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tatopani. On leaving Ghorepani, the trail descends steeply to Chitre at 2390m. The hills are extensively terraced as the trail drops down through Sikha, a large village with shops and hotels at 1980m, and then descends gently to Ghara at 1705m. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge and then climbs up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing that too. Turning north the trail soon reaches Tatopani at 1180m. Tato means ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’, a name earned by courtesy of the hot springs. It is very beautiful place with relaxing hot spring pools by the Kaligandaki river. Tatopani is one of the more popular destinations in this region.

Day 7: Tatopani – Ghasa (2080m)

The trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is considered to be the deepest gorge in the world, situated as it is between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently to reach Dana at 1400m, and on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550m, where there is a stunning waterfall. The trail then crosses to the eastern bank of the river to reach Kopchepani, but then crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935m. A steep climb follows the suspension bridge to reach Pahirothapla, the border of two districts (Magdi & Mustang) and the trail then continues to climb to Ghasa at 2080m.

Day 8: Ghasa – Tukche (2590m)

We continue to ascend and pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m. Here we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east. We then cross to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560m. We then continue on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. We overnight in the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590m

Day 9: Tukche – Kagbeni (2810m)

The trek continues up the Kali Gandaki, with the terrain becoming much more barren and the breeze increasing as it passes through the gorge. On the way to Marpha we pass a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha at 2665m is a large Thakali village with many excellent teahouses, but it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings. There is also a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist gompa, which can be visited. After Marpha, the trek continues along the side of the valley to reach Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement, which is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp, and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank and continue onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. From here there is a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m. Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences. Kagbani is a gateway to the upper Mustang trek.

Day 10: Kagbeni – Muktinath (3800m)

From Kagbeni, the trail make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley to join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200m. From here we continue on the trail high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500m. This village is well worth exploring and so we will stop here for lunch or a tea break before continuing on to Muktinath. From Jharkot the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800m. We initially reach Ranipauwa where there are many teahouses and shops, and where we stay for the night. The actual religious site of Muktinath is a further 10 minutes walk up the hill, and this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. You’ll see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. The shrines in a grove of trees include a Buddhists gompa and the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water-fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance.

Day 11: Muktinath – Jomsom (2713m)

Today we descend back to Jomsom – with beautiful high mountain scenery & views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri & other mountains

Day 12: Jomsom – Pokhara (1500m)

This morning we take a flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara – the flight is only about 20 minutes, but is amazing, with stunning views at it passes between the Annapurna Himal & Dhaulagiri Himal. On our return to Pokhara, we include a sightseeing tour, including visits to David Falls, Shiva Cave & Seti Gorge, with the remainder of the day free for you to explore Pokhara or relax

Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1310m)

After a relaxing start to the day, we take a flight or drive back to Kathmandu around noon. The remainder of the day is free.

Day 14: Kathmandu

Breakfast, The tour ends after breakfast in Kathmandu. A departure transfer is included, so please provide us with your flight details, so that we can orgaise your transfer.

Day 15: Departure

Breakfast at hotel, driven to airport for the final departure.

Have a nice and memorable holidyay

Cost Include

  • Airport transfers
  • Flight Kathmandu – Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu.
  • 3-meals per day prepared by our experienced cook
  • Camping gear (two-person tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs and toilet tent)
  • Supporting field staffs including professional Sherpa trekking guide, cook, kitchen boy, porters as well as their necessary insurance, meals and allowances
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project entrance permit fee
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and  Pokhara B/B Basis.

 

Cost Exclude

  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal equipment sleeping bag, Down jacket, waterproof jacket, kit bag etc. (you can rent them in Kathmandu at a cost of US$ 1 per item for day)
  • Kathmandu airport departure tax    Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water), tips etc.
  • All the other expenses which are not included in the above cost includes

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