Trip Overview

Lower Mustang Trek – The Nepalese hinterland loaded with mainly barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and many other unique attractions. The view of wind swept Kali-Gandaki valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni. Furthermore we can observe vast ridges that straggle high mountains. This trek provide one of the finest Himalaya trekking experiences anywhere in the Mustang region.

Itinerary

After landing in Kathmandu, you will be met and transfer to your Kathmandu hotel.Overnight stay in hotel.

After early morning breakfast,
Visit to Old Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Kathmandu City: Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap ? the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and Durbar Square are with it?s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty.
Pashupatinath: Situated 5 Kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Rivers Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February / March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Boudhanath: This Stupa, eight kilometers east of Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. King Man Dev built this Buddhist stupa at the advice of Goddess Mani Jjogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. Houses of Lamas ring the shrine or Buddhist priests.Overnight stay at hotel.

After early morning breakfast,
you will board your 30 minute flight to Pokhara. Pokhara has mesmerized visitors from all over the world with the rare combination's of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers. The serenity of the Phewa Lake accompanied by the grandeur of Machhapuchre creates an ambience of peace and magic. Pokhara is the home of dense forests, powerful rivers, placid lakes and a world famous view of the Himalayas.
The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours and trekking operators and hotels are located on the lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy great meal while enjoying scenery here. You will also enjoy boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts which match with the surrounding views.
Davis fall's: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannal and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This place has many nick names like Davy's fall, David's fall or Davis's fall, all mean the same thing 'The Davis Water Fall'.
Gupteswor Mahadev Cave: Gupteswor Mahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to cave, there are shining stones seen every where and in the temple is big stone that looks like snake's head and tortoise which is consider as the image of the lord Shiva. Second part is very beautiful and you see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.
Bindebashini Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast. From Pokhara we take on an hour's pleasant drive through mountain highway to Nayapool. Then we walk about 20 minutes on a level trail to Birethanti (1056) on the bank of Modi river where is an Annapurna Conservation area check post. From Birathanti the trail follows Bhurungdi river upto Tirkhedhunga (1577m). The trail is level and passes through several small villages on the way. Then the trail climbs through stone steps for about 1 hrs to Ulleri - a large Magar village.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast,
From Ulleri the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. Then we climb through forests all the way to Ghorepani - a pleasant village on ridge top with excellent views of several peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Machhapuchre Hiunchuli, Tukche etc. Ghorepani means "horse water" in Nepali. Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast,
We make an early morning excursion to Poon Hill, about an hour's climbs, provides a breathtaking view of the high Himalayas. From Ghorepani, the trail climbs through ridge with excellent Mountain View for about 1.5 hrs. Then there is a steep descent to Banthanti with few teahouses. Another One and half hours walk through forests with short ups and downs will take you to Tatopani.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast,
you will track the trails that ascend gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana surrounded by orange groves. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest segment of the gorge. You will discover the covered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village.
Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast you trek towards Larjung. Few hours of descents follows other rock-strewn ascents through forests of juniper, cypress and fir along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you reach Larjung, you cannot help but marvel at the architectural grandeur of this small town; tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style. Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast,
You begin to trek along the trail that follows the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Yet again, you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail further meanders through stonewalled orchards. Soon you will come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. After a lunch in Marpha, you continue trekking towards Jomsom. As you approach your destination Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri.
Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast you resume your trekking along the path up to the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki. You come across a stream and verdant vegetation. On crossing a small ridge to Chhancha Lhumba at 2730 meters, you continue heading towards Muktinath. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri dominates the view as you ascend to Khingar (3200 meters). More meadows, streams and lush vegetation can be seen along the trail as it paves to Jharkot (3500 meters). You encounter the ruins of the Dzong and pristine villages of Purang and Changur. As you trek past mule stables and steep barren hillside, you enter Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa for years has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travelers. On trekking further, you enter Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Pilgrims flock to the Buddhist gompa and pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast,
Heading away from Muktinath, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking on the magnificent view of Nilgiri. You stay overnight in Jomsom and in the evening you can celebrate the achievement of your trek with the crew, whom you have come to know so well over the last 9 days. Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast,
Today early morning you will fly Jomsom to Pokhara where you will connect with the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the Kathmandu hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore this exotic city on your own.
Overnight stay at hotel.

After early morning breakfast, transfer to airport for final departure.

What are included?

  • Airport pickups and drops by a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation  with breakfast
  • Domestic airfare.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the  trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • First aid services
  • Trekking Map
  • All government and local taxes

What are not included?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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