LOWER MUSTANG TREK
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.
Outline Itinerary (Lower Mustang Trek)
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative
Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara fly – Duration: 23 minutes, transfer to hotel
Day 03 : Pokhara to Jomsom fly – Duration: 25 minutes, start trek to Kagbeni (2,858m) walk – Duration: 4 hrs
Day 04 : Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,817 m.) walk – Duration: 5 hours
Day 05 : Rest day at Muktinath Temple for visit
Day 06 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m) walk – Duration: 6 hrs
Day 07 : Jomsom to Pokhara fly – Duration: 25 minutes, transfer to hotel
Day 08 : Back to Kathmandu (1350m) drive – Duration: 6 hrs
Day 09 : Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination
Itinerary can be make increase or decrease according to yours holidays in Nepal.
After this Lower Valley Mustang Trek if you are interested for other activities like Sightseeing, Jungle Safari, Rafting, or more hiking in other region’s we can organize as yours desire.
Note: We would like to inform and assure you that we always follow the itinerary program but we might have to compel to change the itinerary due to bad weather, route condition and in any other unexpected situation compel in the field. We seek to request maximum flexibility for your safety while you are travelling in the Himalaya. There are also many other optional routes and programs which can be customized based on your interest. The cost will vary for the customized program. Please feel free to contact us for customized program.