Duration: 09 Days
Max Altitude: 3710 m
Transportaion: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van
Accomodation: Tea House/Lodge
Start: Kathmandu
End: Kathmandu
Group Sizes: Min 1
Best Seasons: Round the year
Difficulty: Moderate

Trip Overview

Take part in an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of Lower Mustang; a hidden gem in the Himalayas. This trek blends breathtaking natural beauty with rich cultural experiences. Think of walking through rhododendron-filled forests, and quaint villages, and observe stunning pictures of the Annapurna mountain range. Lower Mustang is more than just wonderful scenery, it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Gurung and Thakali culture. Witness the stone houses, and ancient monasteries and understand the life of the locals. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, Lower Mustang offers a bit of everything – nature, culture, and spirituality. From vibrant markets in Jomsom to the serene banks of the Kali Gandaki River, every step is a discovery. Book your Lower Mustang trek now and uncover the magic of this hidden Himalayan jewel.

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Day 01:

Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters)

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you’ll feel the city’s vibrant energy. Your journey’s first moments are met with the hustle and bustle of a city that beams with life. Head to the hotel and meet the team members and guides that will accompany you on the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02:

Free day, trek preparations, and gear check

Dedicate today to exploring the cultural aspect of Kathmandu. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, starting with the iconic Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. Relish the ancient architecture and soak in panoramic views of the city. Dive deep into the heart of Kathmandu, navigating vibrant streets, bustling markets, and historic temples. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03:

Drive to Pokhara (900m) by deluxe tourist bus, 6 - 7 hrs.

Embark on a deluxe tourist bus journey to Pokhara via the Prithivi highway. Upon reaching Pokhara, explore the majestic Fewa Lake and the roaring Davis Falls. Spend the night by exploring the bustling nightlife of Lakeside Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 04:

Fly to Jomsom, and trek to Kagbeni (2830m) 3 hrs.

A breathtaking flight over the Annapurna Range leads you to Jomsom. Collect your items and begin the trek to Kagbeni. The road provides amazing views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, and the Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni guards the entrance to Upper Mustang and welcomes you with green fields amidst arid mountains. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 05:

Trek to Jharkot (3519m) and visit the red Gompa, 3 - 4 hrs.

Head out to Jharkot by walking through the arid landscape in Mustang. As you move forward, you get to see the lively culture of the locals. Visit the Red Gompa in the way and observe its magical beauty. Overnight in Jharkot.

Day 06:

Trek to Muktinath (3710m) 2 hrs.

Head out on a 2-hour trek to Muktinath which is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. Experience the harmony of two religions and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere. Take a bath in its icy dharas and pray for peace and prosperity. Spend the day absorbing the sacred aura and the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 07:

Trek to Jomsom via Lupra (2750m) 5 hrs.

Head down to Jomsom via the Lupra village and visit the Bonpo Monastery. We take a less-traveled route and experience the quaint backdrop of the environment. Along the way, we learn more about the ancient religion Bonpo and interact with the locals residing here. This unique journey back to Jomsom offers tranquility and cultural richness. Overnight in Jomsom,

Day 08:

Flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

After breakfast in Jomsom, catch a flight to Pokhara and then connect to Kathmandu. Take the day to explore Kathmandu on your terms while soaking in the final moments of your Nepal adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 09:

Free day / Fly to home.

Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We’ll see you soon.

Cost includes

  • Private vehicle for airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Experienced trekking guide(s)
  • Porter(s) with each carrying up to 20 kilograms of baggage
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the trek
  • Comfortable accommodation in tea houses (lodges) during the trek
  • Provision of essential equipment such as sleeping sacks, down coats, duffel packs, and trekking sticks
  • Issuance of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Ground transportation as required during the trek
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage and necessary equipment for the trekking staff
  • Well-equipped first aid kit
  • All-inclusive coverage of taxes, VAT, and service charges

Cost excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Additional costs for drinks, beverages, hot showers, etc.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Tips for the trekking staff
  • Lunch and dinner expenses in Pokhara
  • Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Emergency expenses
  • International airfare

general queries

Frequently asked questions

How fit do I need to be to do this Lower Mustang trek?

As the Lower Mustang trek is a Grade B trek, you can expect it to be moderately difficult. Even if you do not have any previous experience, you can do this trek by preparing yourself physically and mentally.

How long do we walk every day when doing the Lower Mustang trek?

On average, you can expect to walk for about 4-6 hours per day. Depending on the location, this duration can either be more or less than that.

What is the highest altitude reached in this Lower Mustang trek?

The highest altitude reached is 3710m.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities during Lower Mustang trek?

Battery charging and hot shower facilities are available in the trekking route but you may have to pay a certain amount ranging from $1-$2. You must bring your charger along with you though.

Are there ATMs on the way to Lower Mustang trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trekking route. You will have to withdraw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

What about internet access during Lower Mustang trek?

Internet facilities are available in most places. However, you may run into some technical issues as the internet connection is not as fast as in other countries.

Is it necessary to hire guides/trekking agencies for the Lower Mustang trek?

It is not necessary to hire a guide/trekking agency and you can do the trek independently too. However, having a guide/trekking agency will make the trek completely hassle-free as they will take care of all the paperwork, accommodation, and food.

How much do guides and porters cost during Lower Mustang trek?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides ranges from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

Lower Mustang Trek