Lower Mustang Trek

Starting From $ USD $ 600 | Duration: 9 Days
  • Maximum Alt: 3800 m ( Muktinath)
  • DifficultyLevel: DifficultyLevel
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Best Seasons: Spring / Summer / Autumn
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  • The word Mustang reminds one of a North American breed of horse; before air and road transport were accessible, the only reliable mode of transportation in the Mustang region were horses. Adjoining to the northern border of Tibet, this Trans-Himalayan district of Nepal attracts thousands of tourists every year in different seasons towards its two distinct provinces, categorized as upper and lower Mustang. The upper Mustang, northern and the larger territory, was forbidden to foreigners until a regulated entry was allowed in 1992. Consequently, in order to preserve the culture and other traditional elements, a stiff fee has been sanctioned for the entry into Upper Mustang. On the other hand, no special provisions apart from regular trekking permits and taxes are required to penetrate Lower Mustang. While scenically both regions are on par, the upper region has maintained traditional Tibetan culture and Buddhist tradition to an outstanding degree compared to its lower counterpart. Nevertheless, a significant number of tourists flock to the lower Mustang as it seats the famous Muktinath or Chuming-Gyatso pilgrimage, gorges similar to the Grand Canyon, finest views of the Himalayas, and much more. The upper mustang is exclusively inhabited by Lo-Pa peoples of pure Tibetan semblance; there is an assortment of Tibetans and Thakali ethnics in the lower Mustang.

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  • Day 01: Welcome to Nepal
    Upon your arrival at the international airport of Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representatives whom you will find carrying a placard with your name imprinted on. Subsequently, you will be escorted to your hotel. This is your free day; if your plane lands earlier in the day, you will have at your disposal enough activities to indulge in.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range)

    Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    On the second day, you will explore major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 AM to pick you up for the sightseeing tour. The observation sites include Swoyambhunath aka the monkey temple; Boudhanath, the holy shrine of Tibetan Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the largest religious complex in Nepal and Hanumandhoka Durbar square, one of the medieval royal plazas of the valley.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast and welcome dinner is included

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (900 m)
    You will be picked up in the morning – around 6:45 — to board the bus that takes you to tourist city Pokhara, over a 200 Km highway that passes along rolling hills and snaking rivers. You will get to Pokhara in just about late afternoon. You may stroll around Lakeside – the tourist market close to Fewa lake or take a short boat ride in the lake to the island temple of Barahi. Since Lakeside grows effervescent usually after late evening, you might want to reserve the promenade plan for the night.
    If you prefer flying to Pokhara instead of bus ride, it will be managed accordingly.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Lakefront ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast and lunch is included.

    Day 04: Pokhara to Johmsom (2,720 m) to Kagbeni(2,810 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1,910 m

    You will emplane for a 20 minute’s flight to Johmsom in the morning. The short trip is advantageous over journey on a hired vehicle not only for being a time-saver, but also for the mesmerizing aerial views of Himalayan peaks –the two Giris — Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. After disembarking at the airport of Jomsom and having your breakfast in a teahouse, you will march against the strong gusts of wind keeping the mighty Kali Gandaki river at your left. In about 3 hours of walk you will reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a valley situated at the confluence of two rivers- Kali Gandaki and jhang khola. The village with a medieval touch is also the gateway to Upper Mustang.
    Overnight stay at Kagbeni; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 05: Kagbeni to Muktinath ( 3,800 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 990 m
    After breakfast, you will commence towards the focal point of the trek- Muktinath. The town of Jharkot is reached within 2 hours which seats a fortress perched up on a ridge. It is said that Jharkot was the ruling house of Mustang valley in the ancient times. The place has a stronghold of Tibetan culture, which is confirmed by design of the houses and attire of the rustics, especially women. You will arrive at the premises of Muktinath in the late afternoon.
    A separate chapter is required to describe the religious and aesthetic significances of Muktinath. However, to suffice in few lines, the shrine meaning “place of salvation” in Sanskrit is believed to award liberation to a devotee if he/she bathes through the ice-cold water coming from all 108 boar-headed fountains located inside. The fossil image revered by the Hindus as lord Vishnu is honored as Bodhisattva Aalokitesvara by the Buddhists. The Buddhists consider Chuming-Gyatsa, their term for the shrine, as one of the 24 places with Tantrik significance.
    Apart from the main temple, you will also visit Jalwa Mai (Sanskrit: Fire Goddess) temple to witness the “eternal flame” that is believed to have been there ablaze for centuries, just under the image of Aalokitesvara. Adjoining the altar of Aalokitesvara there are altars of two other Bodhisattvas: Padmasamvaba and Manjushree. Thus, the temple is sacred to both Hindu and Buddhist worshippers alike.
    Overnight stay at Ranipauwa, a village close to the shrine. 3-course meal is included.

    Day 06: Muktinath to Johmsom (2,720 m)
    From Ranipauwa, you will descend down to Jharkot – an outworn settlement accomodating the ruins of the old palace of Mustang empire. There are some chortens and gompas around Jharkot. You will climb down further to Kagbeni village, crossing the Dzong khola. Passing through the Pandha Khola valley, you enter Lubra where still a community practises Bon-Po, the predominant religion of Tibet and its sorroundings before influence of Buddhism. Within an hour from here, you will reach Johmsom.
    Overnight stay at Johmsom; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 07: Johmsom to Pokhara
    An air tavel over the mountains will take you to Pokhara in twenty minutes. You will have a free day at Pokhara; there are many things-to-do in Pokhara — from sightseeing to boating to daring activities to shopping, and so on.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Lake Front ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast is included.

    Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu
    You will embark the tourist bus to Kathmandu in the morning.
    If you prefer flying to Kathmandu instead of bus ride, it will be managed accordingly.
    On the eve of your departure, you will repose with our exclusive farewell treat — Ayurvedic Massage at a well-known spa in Kathmandu.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Lake Front ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast is included.

    Day 09: Goodbye
    After this amazing trek if you are interested in partaking in other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, or Trekking to other regions, we’ll organize the trip accordingly. Or if you decide to leave Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport.

    Disclaimer:The weather of Jomsom being unpredictable, there are often cases of unavailability of tickets, delay or even cancellation of the scheduled flights. SNS travel point will not be obliged to compensate for the extra expenditure incurred by travellers due to extension of travel schedule in such cases.

    Note:The itinerary is subject to changes due to factors like weather condition, health complication, or any unanticipated cause. All the activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although the guide/leader might make some modification in the schedule, at his/her discretion.

  • Lower Mustang Trek Equipment List
    1. FOOT WEAR

    • Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken in)
    • Thick socks (4 pairs)
    • Light socks (3 pairs)
    • Camp shoes (1 pair)

    2. CLOTHING

    • Sleeping bag (4seasons) 1 – Provided
    • Down jacket -1 Provided
    • Daypack/Backpack – 1, Duffel Bag- for non trek items left in Kathmandu.
    • Water bottle – 1
    • Sun cream and moisturizer
    • Flashlight/Torch light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
    • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover (1)
    • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
    • Shirts and T-shirts (4 pieces)
    • Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
    • Thermal set (1 Pair)
    • Shorts (2 pieces)
    • Sun hat, woolen scarf (1)
    • Woolen hat (1)
    • Sunglasses (1)
    • Lightweight gloves (1)
    • Rain coat (1) – in rainy seasons 
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
    • Toiletries
  • Several Travel dates that you can choose from:

    First Tuesday of every Month

    • 5th May 2015
    • 2nd June 2015
    • 7th July 2015
    • 4th August 2015
    • 1st September 2015
    • 6th October 2015
    • 3rd November 2015

    Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop by a private vehicle.
    • Tourist bus tickets
    • Domestic flight tickets
    • Trekker’s Information Management System TIMS card 
    • All governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes 
    • Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights and Pokhara for 1 night: twin-sharing with free breakfast.
    • Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and half-day sightseeing in Pokhara optional
    • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
    • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
    • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag (optional), medical kit etc.
    • Travel and rescue arrangements.
    • Welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant.

    Excludes

    • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu.
    • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during the trek.
    • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
    • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
    • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
    • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section.
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen reasons like general strikes, accidents, or any event beyond the control of the company. 

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