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Lower Mustang Trekking 9 Days

Price Start
USD 1250  Per Person
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Activity Level

Trekking ?

Group Size
2-10
Trip Code:
NLT- LMT-9
Accommodation:
Tea Hous/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,750 M
Season:
January - May and Sept - Dec
Meals:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
Destination:
Kathmandu/ Jomsom/ Mustang
Duration:
9
Grade:
Moderate
Transportation:
Tourist Bus /Flight
Trip Attraction:

Lower Mustang

No of People Price
1-3 1250 USD
4-6 1220 USD
6 above 1180 USD

Trip Highlights

Lower Mustang Trekking

 

Nestled in the mystical land of Nepal lies the enchanting region of Lower Mustang, a trekkers’ paradise renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unparalleled adventure opportunities. Situated in the northern part of Nepal, Lower Mustang offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural diversity that entices travellers from around the globe. This hidden gem of the Himalayas beckons adventurers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience, where ancient traditions meet awe-inspiring vistas along rugged trails.

Lower Mustang Trekking presents an opportunity to delve into the heart of the majestic Annapurna Mountain Range, where every step unveils a new marvel of nature. From towering snow-capped peaks to serene valleys adorned with rhododendron forests and cascading waterfalls, the trekking routes in Lower Mustang promise an unforgettable journey through some of the most picturesque landscapes on Earth.

Moreover, the region’s unique blend of Tibetan Buddhist culture adds a cultural dimension to the trek, with traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and vibrant festivals dotting the trail, offering glimpses into a way of life unchanged for centuries. Whether you’re an avid trekker seeking a challenging adventure or a culture enthusiast yearning to immerse yourself in a world of timeless traditions, Lower Mustang Trekking promises an experience like no other.

Lower Mustang Trekking offers an exhilarating adventure through one of Nepal’s most captivating regions. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Lower Mustang is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and challenging yet rewarding trekking trails. Trekkers embarking on this journey are treated to a mesmerizing tapestry of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and ancient villages, making it the experience of a lifetime.

Getting There and Out

Reaching Lower Mustang, the gateway to an unforgettable trekking experience typically begins with a journey to Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city and a popular trekking hub. International travellers can easily access Pokhara by flying into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, followed by a short domestic flight to Pokhara Airport. Alternatively, buses and private cars are available for those who prefer overland travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara, offering a scenic journey through the Nepalese countryside.

From Pokhara, trekkers have several options to reach the starting point of their Lower Mustang adventure. The most common route involves a scenic drive or flight to Jomsom, a bustling town in the region’s heart. Jomsom is a central transportation hub, with regular flights connecting it to Pokhara and other parts of Nepal. For those seeking a more adventurous approach, trekking from Pokhara to Jomsom is also possible, although it typically requires several days of hiking through picturesque landscapes.

Once in Jomsom, trekkers can begin their journey into the Lower Mustang by following well-defined trekking trails that wind through charming villages, lush valleys, and rugged mountain terrain. After completing the trek, travellers can return to Pokhara via the same route or opt for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu, where they can continue their exploration of Nepal or head home with memories of an unforgettable Himalayan adventure.

Best Time to Trek Lower Mustang

Choosing the best time to embark on a trek to Lower Mustang is crucial for ensuring an enjoyable and safe experience amidst the Himalayan landscapes. The region experiences distinct seasons, offering unique advantages and challenges for trekkers.

The optimal time for Lower Mustang Trekking is during the spring and autumn, typically from March to May and September to November, respectively. During these months, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and minimal precipitation, making it ideal for trekking. Spring brings vibrant blooms of rhododendrons and other wildflowers, adding a splash of colour to the landscape, while autumn offers crisp, clear days with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

While spring and autumn are considered the best times to trek in Lower Mustang, it’s essential to consider personal preferences and fitness levels when planning your adventure. Some trekkers may prefer the quieter trails and cooler temperatures of the offseason, such as winter (December to February) or the monsoon season (June to August). However, these periods come with challenges, including cold weather, snowfall, and potential disruptions due to rain and landslides.

Ultimately, the best time to trek Lower Mustang depends on individual preferences. Still, for most trekkers, the spring and autumn seasons offer the perfect balance of favourable weather conditions and breathtaking scenery, ensuring a memorable Himalayan adventure.

Lower Mustang Trek Permit Cost

Before embarking on a trekking adventure in Lower Mustang, it’s essential to be aware of the permit requirements and associated costs to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey through the region. Lower Mustang falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area, requiring trekkers to obtain necessary permits to access the area and contribute to conservation efforts.

The permits required for trekking in Lower Mustang include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. As of the latest update, the permit costs are as follows:

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):
    • For foreign nationals: USD 30 per person
    • For SAARC nationals (except Indian nationals): NPR 1,000 per person
  1. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card:
    • For individual trekkers: USD 20 per person
    • For organized trekkers (with a trekking agency): USD 10 per person

These permit fees contribute to conservation initiatives, the maintenance of trekking trails, and the support of local communities in the Annapurna region. Obtaining these permits from authorized agencies or offices before starting your trek is essential, as trekking without the necessary permits can result in fines or other penalties.

It’s advisable to carry valid identification documents, such as a passport or ID card, when obtaining permits, as they may be required for verification purposes. By ensuring compliance with permit regulations and fees, trekkers can enjoy their journey through Lower Mustang while contributing to the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage.

How Difficult is Lower Mustang Trek?

The difficulty level of the Lower Mustang Trek largely depends on various factors, including the chosen route, weather conditions, individual fitness levels, and trekking experience. Overall, Lower Mustang Trekking is considered to be moderately challenging, offering a rewarding adventure for trekkers of all skill levels.

One key factor contributing to the trek’s moderate difficulty is the elevation gain and loss along the trail. While the trek’s highest point is Muktinath, at approximately 3,800 meters above sea level, the trail involves several steep ascents and descents, particularly as trekkers traverse through deep valleys and mountain passes. Additionally, the altitude may pose a challenge for some individuals, requiring acclimatization stops and careful monitoring of symptoms of altitude sickness.

The terrain in Lower Mustang varies from rugged mountain trails to winding paths through picturesque villages and dense forests. While some sections of the trail are relatively flat and easy to navigate, others may involve rocky terrain, narrow paths, and occasional stream crossings, requiring a steady footing and good balance. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of hiking, with average daily trekking durations ranging from 5 to 8 hours, depending on the itinerary and pace.

Despite these challenges, Lower Mustang Trekking is accessible to moderately fit individuals with a sense of adventure and determination. With proper preparation, including physical conditioning, acclimatization, and appropriate gear, trekkers can overcome the challenges of the trail and immerse themselves in the region’s breathtaking beauty and cultural richness. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or embarking on your first Himalayan adventure, Lower Mustang Treks promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Nepal’s majestic landscapes.

Highlights of Lower Mustang Trekking

Lower Mustang Trekking is an extraordinary journey that offers a plethora of highlights, showcasing the region’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and adventure opportunities. From towering Himalayan peaks to ancient monasteries and vibrant villages, here are some of the critical highlights trekkers can look forward to:

Scenic Landscapes:

Lower Mustang boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Himalayas, including panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and rolling hillsides. Trekkers are treated to ever-changing scenery as they traverse diverse terrain, from lush forests and meadows to arid desert-like landscapes reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau.

Ancient Villages:

The trekking route in Lower Mustang passes through traditional villages inhabited by ethnic communities such as the Gurung, Thakali, and Tibetan people. These villages offer a glimpse into rural life in the Himalayas, with intricately built stone houses, terraced fields, and welcoming locals eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors.

Muktinath Temple:

One of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Muktinath Temple holds immense religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Situated at 3,800 meters, the temple complex is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is believed to grant salvation to devotees who bathe in its sacred waters.

Kagbeni:

A picturesque medieval village located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Jhong rivers, Kagbeni highlights the Lower Mustang Trek. Its narrow alleyways, ancient mud-brick houses, and imposing fortress-like structures transport visitors back in time, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich history and culture.

Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries:

Lower Mustang is home to several ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, each with unique charm and spiritual significance. Monasteries such as Jharkot, Lubra, and Tiri provide opportunities for trekkers to immerse themselves in Buddhist teachings, witness religious ceremonies, and marvel at exquisite religious art and architecture.

Cultural Festivals:

Throughout the trekking season, Lower Mustang comes alive with vibrant cultural festivals and celebrations that showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage. Trekkers can witness and participate in these colourful events, from traditional dances and music performances to religious rituals and ceremonies, fostering a deeper appreciation for the local culture.

Conclusion

Lower Mustang Trekking is a journey that transcends mere adventure. It’s an immersive experience that touches the soul and leaves a lasting impression on every traveller fortunate enough to embark on it. From the majestic landscapes to the vibrant cultural tapestry. Lower Mustang captivates the imagination and offers a glimpse into a world where time seems to stand still.

As trekkers traverse the rugged terrain, they challenge their physical limits and open their hearts and minds to the beauty and wisdom of the Himalayas. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, the serenity of ancient monasteries, or the warmth of village hospitality, every moment spent in Lower Mustang is a testament to the richness of life and the power of nature.

Ultimately, Lower Mustang Trekking is more than just a trek. It’s a journey of self-discovery, a chance to connect with the essence of the Himalayas and the spirit of adventure within us all. So, as you bid farewell to this enchanting land, carry with you not just memories but a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the wonders of our world. Lower Mustang awaits, ready to welcome you back whenever your heart yearns for the mountains again.

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Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. Welcome evening dinner is held in the hotel for all clients arriving today. A short brief about your trip is held. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the second day, we will have sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is known as the city of temples. We will visit famous sites like Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa, Kathmandu durbar square, Thamel, and famous sites of neighboring districts like Patan Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan temple. Most of these sites are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After finishing our tour in Kathmandu, on the third day we will drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is known as the city of lakes. This city is the most beautiful city in Nepal and also the most sought tourist destination place. There are plenty of things to do in Pokhara. You will visit famous lakes like Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, a famous cave and one of the famous waterfalls. We will be spending our night in a beautiful hotel.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
822m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we will take an early flight to Jomsom which will offer remarkable views of the Mountains. From here onwards it is very windy in the afternoon. The path is quite barren with rocks and sands and the path is mostly flat. This trial will offer a picturesque view of peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhampus.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,720m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Next morning, we will towards Kagbeni after freshening up and having our breakfast. Kagbeni is the last village and the entrance point of Lower Mustang, which is situated at the top cliff. Along the trek, you will be visiting the King’s palace of 100 rooms, 800-year-old brick red Shakya Gompa, Kali Gandaki, the Jhong Khola rivers, and so forth. Also, on the way, you will view Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, and, to the south, the Annapurna Massif.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,900m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Kagbeni, start your second day of the trek. You’ll first reach a village called Khingar and then Jharkot, which are both good places to stop for tea or lunch. Continue trekking until you get to another village called Ranipauwa and then continue to a small village surrounded by green hills called Muktinath.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,710m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at your teahouse, pay a visit to Muktinath Temple, an important place of worship for Nepalese Buddhists and Hindus. You will have the opportunity to visit the main temple and its surrounding area before you hit the trail. one hour more trek from Jomsom you will reach Marpha village.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,790m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a fantastic way to finish off your Upper Mustang trek. This flight takes you along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

We will move toward Kathmandu immediately after we reach Pokhara. It will be an 8-hour-long drive. We’ll stay overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After completing our Lower Mustang Trekking, we will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. It’s time for you to return home. You will be returning with nothing but good memories and beautiful souvenirs.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price & Dates

What's Included

  • Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP permit).
  • Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea).
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
  • Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.

Optional Addons

  • Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-chargefee).
  • Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Did You Know?

~ Mustang is famous for adventurous sports such as cycling, rock climbing, trekking, horse racing, and riding.

~ The famous “Thakali” ethnics come from this region.

~ You can horse ride to travel through snowy paths in winter.

~ The best time to visit Muktinath is from March to June.

How to reach Lower Mustang Nepal?

There are several you can reach Lower Mustang Nepal and get to acknowledge its beauty. Most of the people whose sole purpose is to visit this place, usually take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From there, getting a private vehicle will take about 6-8 hours to reach Jomsom. Another few hours to reach Kagbeni from there. The path then takes you to Muktinath temple, one of the greatest highlights of this trip. 

Another famous way for trekkers and hikers is to fly directly to Jomsom from Pokhara. The trek then starts in two days’ time you will reach Muktinath. One of the easier treks to go, which is quite famous.

Lower Mustang Permit

Trekking Lower Mustang comes up with mainly two types of permits. The first permit cost is that of TIMS( Trekker Information Management System). This permit cost is considered for the safety of trekkers and hikers around with proper management. Another one of the permits is the ACAP( Annapurna Conservation Area Project). As Lower mustang lies in the Annapurna conservation area. 

These permits are usually included in the package provided by the trekking agency. If you are a solo traveler, you might need to invest some days visiting the Nepal Tourism Board to get these permits.

Accommodation and food during Lower Mustang Trek.

Accommodation and food seem to be the least amount of problems when it comes to trekking the Lower Mustang Part. This part is significantly developed and has a lot going on. From quite nice hotels to internet services, and food of your choice. Fueling your body with great foods and a good night’s sleep will not be a problem.

Compared to any other trek in Nepal, this trek is more easier due to small factors like this. Being a developing area you will get most of the things you need.

Weather in lower Mustang Region.

The one factor that makes Lower Mustang Trek such a famous and fun one is its natural beauty and favorable weather. The best time to trek Lower Mustang Nepal is considered to be  Spring, autumn, and winter. Moreover, summer is the least favorite season to trek this place due to high rainfall, slippery paths, and muddy roads. Also, it is quite hot with an average temperature of about 32 degrees during the day.

Trekking in the autumn season means that you will be meeting many more trekkers like you. Considered the busiest season for Lower Mustang Tek, you might want to pre-book hotels and lodges.

During the winter, for those who consider cold and snow to be the least amount of problem, this might be the perfect season.

Muktinath in Lower Mustang Valley

Probably, Muktinath temple is the main highlight in the Lower Mustang. It is a Hindu pilgrimage site, has a lot of attention is drawn to it. Not only for Hindus, it also carries significant importance as a Buddhist pilgrimage.

What does Muktinath mean many may ask? The word Muktinath consists of two words “Mukti” meaning Salvation and “Nath” meaning God.

This temple Muktinath has 108 waterspouts which are well known as Mukti Dhara. These waterspouts have water flowing continuously from the bullhead. It is a spiritual belief that taking a bath in all of these 108 waterspouts gives you salvation.

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Lower Mustang Trekking 9 Days

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