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Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days

Lower Mustang Trekking also known as Jomsom – Muktinath Trekking lies to the north of the Himalayas, it is situated at an altitude of 2700m, the deep valleys and steep mountains surrounding the giant, Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of landscapes, from subtropical jungle to the high-altitude desert of the Tibetan Plateau. Muktinath temple is the famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists as well as Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. They believe that bathing in the 108 water spouts here guarantees salvation after death. The Hindu god, Brahma, is said to have lit the eternal flames that burn at Muktinath.

The area is a perfect place to find fossilized ammonites, known locally as Shaligram, which are found all along the upper reaches of Kali Gandaki. Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis and Lopa are the inhabitants of this region who have typical lifestyle. Their customs and attire are distinct and this trek is ideal for observing the diversity of the ethnic groups and their customs. Hinduism dominates the lower parts while as one climbs further up, Tibetan Buddhism predominates. If you happen to be in Muktinath in early September, you are likely to be in time for one of Nepal’s unique festivals, the annual horse race known as Yartung. This is a week of some serious horse racing, Tibetan style, and some equally serious merrymaking. The layout of the villages and the design of the houses are unique to this area. The houses are designed to protect the inhabitants from the strong winds that blow up the valley everyday from late morning onwards. There are regular flights from Pokhara to Jomsom. If you prefer this trek, Alpine Trav treks and Expedition manages your trek at reasonable cost.


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(The Trip cost varies depending on the group size, total number of days and services you require. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Us.)

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.

Day 2
Day 02: Stay in Kathmandu for sightseeing and official procedure, overnight at hotel.

After having breakfast in the morning, our sightseeing trip will begin. The Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath; Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the main sightseeing attractions in Kathmandu valley.

Day 3
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 23 minutes. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up and driven by private transfer to the domestic airport for your flight (30 minutes) to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city. This is a stunning half-hour flight along the Himalayan range, where four of the world’s fourteen giant mountains over 8000m can be seen; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. Your specialist can help you get a seat on the right-hand side of the plane for views of the Himalayas en-route. Upon landing, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore, select from one of the tours below, or just relax by the lake. Pokhara has plenty of great cafés, restaurants, funky shops, and yoga studios that cater to expats and adventure travelers.

Day 4
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 25 minutes, start trek to Kagbeni (2,858m), 4 hrs. Overnight at guest house.

After an early breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport for a spectacular mountain flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. The flight takes you over the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. From the plane, you’ll have great views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna; minutes later, you’ll touch down in a totally different environment, the arid valleys of the Himalayan rain shadow. Start your walk along the Kaligandaki river and prepare for a strong wind in this section of the trek. After a few hours, you will get to a small but beautiful village called Ekle Bhatti, situated along the bank of the river, where you can have an enormous view of Nilgiri Himal—a range of three peaks in the Annapurna massif. This is also an ideal place to stop for tea or lunch.Continue walking for about an hour to get to Kagbeni. This beautiful medieval village has a lively main square with prayer flags and herds of goats. Wander around the narrow alleyways and explore the village’s ancient mud-pack houses.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,817 m.), 5 hours. Overnight at hotel.

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 villagesurrounded by green hills called Muktinath. Muktinath is known for its cold springs, ancient fossils, and holy shrine—a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In a temple called Jwala Mai nearby, you can view two tiny blue flames that burn incessantly from a hole that also emits water, believed to be burned by God.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m), 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

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.From here, begin your trek back to Jomsom along an easy route that heads straight downhill. While you retrace your steps, you’ll be able to enjoy good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Pass through Jarkot where you can visit one more monastery, and take in the views of snow-capped mountains and ancient caves. Admire the signs of rich Tibetan culture and keep an eye out for Mustang people who will come out and sell handicrafts to pilgrims.

Day 7
Day 07: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

After an early breakfast in Jomsom, you’ll be transferred to the local airstrip to catch your return flight to Pokhara. From here, you’ll catch a connecting flight to Kathmandu.

Once you arrive, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the capital city. Spend the rest of the day on your own, perhaps exploring the streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, and seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.

Day 8
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m), 6-7 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

In the morning today, we travel for 6-7 hours and return back to Kathmandu. We can either take a vehicle for a drive or fly back from the beautiful city Pokhara. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be shifted to the hotel. You can then relax for rest of the day and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9
Day 9: Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per group size.
  • 3 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Domestic airfer (Kathmandu - Pokhara and Jomsom - Pokhara).
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending point.
  • Accommodation: Full Board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner), during the trek.
  • Professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide, and Assistant guide.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS)
  • National Park – Conservation. Area entry permits.
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for guide, Porter and staff.
  • One porter carry for 2 guest's luggage, 20 kgs - 25kgs).
  • AlpineTrav Treks sleeping bag,down jacket, Poles area trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your Insurance plan)
  • Farewell dinner second last day of departure.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals at Kathmandu - Pokhara.
  • Your international airfare.
  • Nepal visa.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Internet, battery charging.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • Gratitude tips.

Trip Highlights:

Most demanding trek tour by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage devotees.
Walking through cultivated fields, excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna families.
Experience the Gurung, Magar and Thakali ethnic groups and their local life styles.


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