Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group: 1 - 25 people
  • Max Altitude: 3800m
  • Best Time Feb - May, Sep - Dec
  • Pick-up: Private Vehicle

Highlights

  • Sightseeing around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • A scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.
  • Explore the Tibetan culture and the local lifestyle.
  • Follow the world deepest gorges Kali Gandaki Valley.
  • Pass through the ancient trade route to Tibet.
  • Visit the oldest monastery and Gompas with historical places.
  • Magnification mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Visit the pre-Buddhist Bon village of Lupra and wonderful Red Gompa.
  • Reach one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal "Muktinath".
  • Get a short of time lot of joy.

About Lower Mustang Trek

An amazing beautiful Lower Mustang Trek is a short and easy experience of Mustang region, the trek leads a moderate trek through the famous region of Annapurna and Mustang with mesmerizing mountains views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges as well as you will explore historical places, Tibetan Buddhist cultural, peaceful landscapes of Lower Mustang, deep gorge Kali Gandaki river, an ancient trade route to Tibet.  Jomsom, Muktinath, and Kagbeni are the major attraction places of this trek, where you get to see various ethnic groups culture and lovely surrounding landscapes. This Lower Mustang Trekking takes us from subtropical jungle to the high-altitude desert of the enormous Tibetan plateau, Lower Mustang Trek route most popular pilgrimage site journey for Hindus and Buddhists religions. Lower Mustang 9 days trek also called as "The Forbidden Kingdom" it is one of the most wonderful adventurous trekking routes in Himalayan Nepal. The altitude of this trek is not too high but you will get incredible Himalayan experience, so the trek includes all of the age trekkers without any risk.

This Lower Mustang Trek is situated in the northern part of Himalaya besides and southern part of enormous Tibetan plateau. During the trek, you'll discover the pristine monasteries, fantastic lifestyle of this region peoples, largest protected biodiversity zone, desolated valley, and unique traditional culture of Mustang region community. Gurung and Magar community give you warm welcome as well as you can see the scenic Himalayan panorama of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), Manaslu (8156m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Machapuchhre (6993m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Nilgiri (6940m), and other. This trek map route touches the world deepest gorges Kali Gandaki Valley and ancient trading way of Tibet. Lovely settlements of Kagbeni, Muktinath, Jharkot, and Lupra is an ideal option to taste of Mustang region without paying the expensive Upper Mustang permit, there you will enjoy the arid landscapes and rain shadow of the Himalaya. Lower Mustang Trek highlights are the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, the old fortress town of Kagbeni, unique landscape, and mix culture of Tibetan and Nepalese,

Our 9 days Lower Mustang Trekking Itinerary begins from Pokhara after sightseeing around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and having seven hours drive. Pokhara is our starting and ending points of this 9 days trek, from Pokhara airport, you will take scenic mountain flight to Jomsom and trekking heads towards to Kagbeni passing by Kali Gandaki gorge and beautiful villages. Then the trek goes through the green fields amidst rocky, 100-year-old brick-red Sayaka Gompa, Lo Manthang, and red Gompa. Likewise, you can see mesmerise landscapes, magnification mountain peaks, and traditional culture during the trek. Leaving Jharkot and red Gompa behind, the trail leads us to an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus Muktinath, where you will explore the world's highest temples (3800m) and surrounding natural landscapes. From Muktinath, Lower Mustang trek route descends to Jomsom via Lupra, then you fly back to Pokhara, which is famous for boating, rafting and extreme sports like rafting, and other activities. Finally, you'll drive back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu international airport, our, Himalayan frozen Adventure representative team will welcome you at the airport. After the meeting, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening, you'll meet your trekking guide and he gives some information about trekking.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1350m
  • Kathmandu

You wake up and have a delicious breakfast. You will then go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these places will show you Nepali art, architecture, and history. In the afternoon, you meet with the trek guide, and he will brief you about the trail. You then arrange all the gears and necessary documents for trekking with your guide.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1350m
  • Kathmandu
Our Trekking guide will come to pick you up the hotel at 6:30 in the morning. We start our journey by tourist bus at 7:30 from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Phewa Lake is a natural beauty gift for Pokhara, where we can see amazing Machapuchare and Annapurna at northside, Dhaulagiri at the west, and Manaslu in the east. Overnight we stay at the Lakeside Hotel.
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • 860m
  • Pokhara
After having early morning breakfast at Pokhara hotel, you will drive to Pokhara Domestic Airport, then takes a scenic 35 minutes flight to Jomsom with enjoying the beautiful mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Upon arrive at Jomsom, trekking toward Kagbeni, the trail goes through the deserted valleys of rain shadow region of Himalaya of Nepal and crosses the beautiful villages, oldest Gompas, and exciting landscapes. Following Kali Gandaki River you walk on the strong wind before reach Kagbeni, where you stay overnight.
  • Trekking Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2900m
  • Kagbeni
Leaving Kagbeni behind, the trail ascent approximately 3-4 hours to Jharkot as well as get to see amazing mountain views and landscapes of the surrounding. Here you will feel dry air and the altitude. The leads you through the old fortified village and explore 500 years old red Gompa (monastery), and Tibetan Medicine school before reaching Jharkot, where you see amazing traditional culture and local lifestyle with famous Thorong La (pass). Overnight you stay at Jharkot trekking lodge.
  • Trekking Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3519m
  • Jharkot
Today you are going to the famous pilgrimage site of Buddhists and Hindus in Muktinath. After having breakfast at Jharkot, the trek goes through the lovely surrounding landscapes, an ancient trade route to Tibet, the largest protected biodiversity zone, and desolated valley to reach Muktinath. Every year thousands of pilgrims come to visit this sacred place. From Muktinath, you can get to see magnification mountain peaks, Local Buddhist nuns, and Hindu Temple. Overnight you stay at Muktinath lodge.
  • Trekking Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3710m
  • Muktinath
Wake up early morning and visit the Muktinath Temple. After having breakfast at Muktinath, trekking heads toward to Jomsom via Lupra village. On the way, you visit the peaceful ancient Bonpo Monastery and enjoy the beautiful valley of Jomsom and Muktinath. After walking along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River you reach Jomsom, which place is the last night of this trek. Overnight you stay at trekking lodge.
  • Trekking Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2790m
  • Jomsom
Today early morning you will take a scenic flight to Pokhara with enjoying the magical peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Upon arrival at Pokhara Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. After having lunch, you will explore the beautiful valley of Pokhara like Mahendra Gufa, Devi’s Falls, Peace Stupa, and Few a Lake. Overnight you stay at Pokhara Hotel.
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • 860m
  • Pokhara
After a quick breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu today. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will move to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to shop and relax. In the evening, you join the farewell dinner organized by the company for you.
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • 1350m
  • Kathmandu

Notices

Himalayan Frozen Adventure will fully support your whole trip. Sometimes come these kinds of the problem; Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, and unexpected natural disasters. These conditions we make extra or rest day, which is not available in this itinerary but if you have time then it is possible to make more extra day at trekking. You have to pay a package for extra days.

Cost Details

  • Pickup/Drop from Airport – Hotel - Airport a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu 1 night and 2 nights Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Teahouse/Lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara).
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • leader and assistant trek.
  • leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Seasonal fresh fruits and Supplementary snacks.
  • Guide & Porter costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance).
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Himalayan Frozen Adventure bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take.
  • Annapurna trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • First aid box.
  • Farewell Dinner.
  • Nepalese visa fee (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal trekking equipment for this trek.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver.

Departures & Dates

Himalayan Frozen Adventure is a responsible travel company in Nepal. Our all dates are 100% guaranteed if there no political unrest and natural disaster then. Is there not any error then you can use this date it's better for your trip.  We try our best to ensure this information.

FAQs

Is Jomsom Muktinath Trek Difficulty?
This trek is easy than another trek, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek difficulty is through the Muktinath (3,855m). Jomsom Muktinath Trek Difficulty is classified as easy, who has good healthy fitness, perfect training, and already has done trek above 2000m, those trekkers can do easily this trek. 

Is it necessary to need travel Insurance for this trek?
The travel insurance will cover emergency evacuation as Helicopter rescue and the hospital charge. If you fell an accident and Acute mountain sickness then, at this condition, your travel insurance will immediately provide the helicopter. 

Electricity does available on Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Yes, electricity is available in the lower region of the Annapurna region, where you can get to charge your camera and mobile batteries, etc. 

Is possible to take my children to Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Of course, all of the age can do it but before goes trekking, you have to give training for your child.

Is possible to get a hot shower the trekking?
Yes, the hot shower is possible to get many lodges and teahouse but above the 4,000m is not available and not good for your health.

Can I found Wi-Fi through the trek?
Of course, Wi-Fi is available many lodges and teahouse, but you have to pay extra.

Is it safe for a solo female traveler?
Of course, the solo female traveler is fully safe, Himalayan frozen Adventure is responsible teams, who leading many solo trekkers through the Himalayan and made successfully.

How can I respect the culture?
During the trekking, we can get Different kinds of culture, there we can see some notice, we have to follow that notice rule and regulation.

Is possible to get ATM through trek?
No, is not possible to get ATM and bank through the trek, so you have to takes Nepali money from Kathmandu.

Do I have to take sleeping bags on the trek?
Yes, is necessary to take sleeping bags on the trek because the lodges don't have enough blanket.

How high the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Jomsom Muktinath trek high elevation is (3,850m) above the sea level. 

Is Jomsom Muktinath Trek permit necessary?
Yes, Tamang Heritage Trek TIMS and Permit are necessary.

How many hours I have to walk each day?
For this Jomsom Muktinath Trek per day maximum of 7 hours and a minimum of 5 hours, you have to walk.

Is possible to make an extra day on the trek?
Yes, if you have time then the trekking is always flexible, you can easily add.

Without any trek can I do it? 
Yap, many trekkers succeed without any trek, because of this trek easy than other region trekking

Booking trip can I do cancel?
Yes, you have the option to cancel this trip but there are some certain conditions:

  • If you cancel your trip before 60 days the full amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel your trip before 30 days the 30% amount will be refunded.
  • If you cancel your trip before 1 week the 5% amount will be refunded.

How to manage drink water through trekking?

The Annapurna region can get normal free tap water, for this water you have to use purification medicine. Bottled water or boiled water also available to buy at lodges and teahouse. Per day you have to drink about 4-6 liters water for your health.

Is possible to pick up me from the airport?
Yes, when you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, our airport representative will wait for you at the airport, we will display a Himalayan Frozen Adventure with your group name signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our car.

Can I exchange my money in Nepal?
Of course, You can exchangers your money at the Airport, ATM, and money exchange by a better rate. And you can get enough Nepalese cash for your trek.

What do I have to carry on the trekking?
You have to carry the perfect size trekking bag where you can put your personal belongings item, snacks, sunscreen, water, camera,  gloves, hat, and jacket. Our porter will carry your 20 kg bigger packs.

Is possible to store my extra things in Kathmandu Hotel?
Yes, it's possible to store your extra things in Kathmandu Hotel, We have a safe place to store your luggage.

Can I get an experienced guide?
Of course, we'll provide an experienced guide, who has the deepest information about Himalayan Nepal, and government license holder English speaking guide. Our guide and porter are fully helpful and friendly and make your trip fantastic.

Useful Information

Lower Mustang Trek Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory to have to join an adventurous trip in the Himalayas. It is for your safety. The travel insurance must cover things like illness, medical emergencies, accidents, death, trip cancellation, and loss of personal baggage & items. All costs for Emergency Evacuation must be paid in cash in Nepal unless an insurance company has agreed to pay all the cost on your behalf. Make sure that your travel insurance covers activities in the Himalayas if you are participating in them.

*Note: Foreigners are not allowed to purchase an insurance policy in Nepal. So make sure to purchase good travel insurance in your country, and it is your responsibility to check whether your insurance policy is adequate or not.


Lower Mustang Trek Accommodation

Lower Mustang Trek accommodations are Lodge and Teahouse. Around Kathmandu and Pokhara, we can find a good facility with comfortable accommodation at the Hotel. The Lower Mustang Trek all accommodations are on the twin-shared basis. During the trek, Himalayan frozen Adventure will manage room with attached washrooms. In the teahouse, we have to share the toilet. Single room is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the lower elevation trekking region but might be impossible to higher elevations.


Lower Mustang Trek Meals

At the Kathmandu and Pokhara have included only breakfast. During the Lower Mustang Trek, all meals will be provided. In the Mustang region, we can enjoy Nepalese food with international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Indian, Tibetan, Italian, etc. Through the trek, we have breakfast/lunch at the teahouse and Dinner will be at the lodge. You can choices different kinds of breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the menu. 


Passport & Visa

A passport with at least six months of validity from the return date is mandatorily needed. You can get the Nepalese visa from the Nepalese Embassies or Consulate in your country. You can also get the Nepalese visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Do know that there are few countries that have to apply for the Nepalese visa from their own country. Obtaining your visa is entirely your responsibility.

While booking, make sure to put full and correct passport information so that we can get all the necessary permits, tickets, and pay fees on your behalf. If you do not provide the correct information when you make your booking, we will not be able to make the necessary bookings on your behalf and cannot be held responsible.


Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

AMS or altitude sickness is one of the main risks while traversing in the high altitude. The main region behind getting AMS is when the body doesn't adjust to the lower level, and the result can be deadly. So it is very important to take proper measures on time. Gaining altitude with constant pace and proper acclimatization days will help reduce the chances of getting AMS.

Similarly, you also have to keep yourself hydrated during the trek, therefore, drink enough water and avoid alcoholic drinks as it dehydrates the body. If you are planning to trek in one of the adventurous trails of Nepal then do keep above things in your mind.

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Do not gain more than 500 meters in a day
  • Try to spend the night in lower altitude
  • Acclimatize properly at a lower altitude
  • Inform your guide immediately if any of the symptoms you see
  • Do not push yourself

Lower Mustang Trek Best season

The climatic condition of Nepal differs from place to place depending upon geographical regions. One can have warm and hot wear in the terai whereas can observe the chilling arctic-like weather in the Himalayas. Nepal’s weather is influenced by a maritime and continental factor and has four different seasons, Autumn (September to November), followed by Winter (December to February), Spring (March to May), and finally, there is Summer/Monsoon (June to August).

The best time to go on an adventurous journey in the Himalayas is in Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). These are the best times to go on any treks and climbing trips because of stable weather and a moderate climate. There is only one place in Nepal, where you can go trekking in even monsoon (July to mid-September) and that is Upper Dolpo. This region lies in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and therefore does not receive rainfall in the monsoon.

Autumn (September To November)

Autumn (September-November) is one of the perfect seasons to trekking with hiking in Himalayan Nepal, so thousands of trekkers choose these months. In fact, September, October, and November months are will be full of excellent atmosphere as well as beauty, enjoys your journey with joy and beauty. The Autumn season provides reference weather with clear magnificent mountains. The temperature is good than another season. September-November is a great time to express your adventure in Himalayan Nepal. It will also be free from natural disasters such as floods and landslides these months. It's the most famous season to goes high altitude area of Himalayan. 

Winter (November To March)

Winter (November-March) is also possible to trek in Himalayan Nepal, the weather condition is stable and the days are clear. December, January and February are the cold months in Nepal. Days temperatures are cool but the nights are much cold. During the winter trek is risk winds and colder temperatures. Above 3,000m altitude being usually snowfall and freezing. If you are looking for wonderful scenery, let choose the lower elevation trek in Nepal.

Spring (March To May)

Spring (March-May) is the second famous trekking season in Himalayan Nepal. March, April, and May is also a great option to mountain climbing and high altitude trek. At spring morning weather condition will be clear, but the afternoon sky covered by the cloud, and sometimes can be rain. You can get to see beautiful flowers like jasmine, pine, and rhododendron with wild flora. During the Spring, lower altitude trek is mildly warm and above 3,000m quite a moderate temperature. This season also best to express your adventure in Nepal.

Summer (June To August)

In the summer season, the trekkers are less crowded in the Himalayan region will be less. June, July and August are the main raining season in Nepal which involves monsoon. Bad weather can hamper travel, maybe some problems during the journey due to heavy rain. Some travelers prefer to travel at this time as this is also not an emergency period. The weather is hot and almost everyday rains. This season is better for the tour to Tibet and in Himalayan Nepal like Mustang, Dolpo region, and Nar-Phu valley because these regions are in the rain-shadow.


Trekking Equipment

Trekking equipment is the essential material used during the trip to the Himalayas, which is used on a daily basis. Without trekking equipment, your trip may be unsuccessful so we request you please follow the list. If you have not time to buy in your country, so don't worry we can help to buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu. Himalayan Frozen Adventure Pvt.Ltd will make your precious time reference and entertainment.

Trekking Equipment Lists

HEAD

  • Headlight
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat and scarf

FACE

  • Face wipes and towels
  • Sunscreen +40
  • Sunglass

Hands

  • Waterproof & Snowproof Gloves
  • Lightweight gloves

Body clothing

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jackets
  • Sport hiking t-shirts, preferably quick-drying
  • Fleece jacket and sweaters
  • Poncho and rain jacket
  • Socks preferably cotton –mix
  • Lightweight cotton trekking pants with folding option

Lists of Footwear

  • Water/Snowproof Trekking Boots
  • Socks preferably cotton sports socks but take some extra pairs
  • Crampon (optional)

Essential gear

  • Day Backpack above the 30 L
  • Pack covers
  • Thermos Bottel- hard bottle that can be used for boiled drinking water

Water peals

  • Umbrella / Poncho
  • Walking pole if you need it
  • Thick Sleeping bag
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry soap
  • Antibacterial Gel
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo

Personal accessories

  • Cell phone
  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Money wallet with Money
  • Padlocks
  • Plastic bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Extra p photos and passport photocopies

First-aid Kit

  • Diamox (acetazolamide)
  • Lozenges
  • Elastic bandages
  • Moleskin
  • Cotton bandages and band-aids
  • Lancing needle
  • Antibiotic eye-drops
  • Thermometer
  • Sling
  • Paracetamol
  • Antiseptic antibacterial cream or solution
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-emetic for nausea (not at high altitude)
  • Loperamide to control diarrhea
  • Norfloxacin or Cipro to cure diarrhea, other infections
  • Oral rehydration salts

Himalayan Frozen Adventure Pvt. Ltd porter is available for (2 trekkers a porter) who will carry up to 20 kg at maximum; therefore, keep this in mind before you pack your bags!!!