8 Days Lower Mustang Trek

8 Days Lower Mustang Trek
Lower Mustang Trek brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist culture of Mustang. Witness Kali Gandaki (deepest gorge), feel the high winds sweep over the barren landscapes and witness Hindus pilgrims, Muktinath. This is an ideal trip for trekkers who don’t have much time, or who would rather not do a very strenuous trek.

8 Days Lower Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Walking through cultivated fields, excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna range
  • Ancient monasteries
  • Visit the most sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage Muktinath
  • Fly over the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki
  • Visit the pre-Buddhist Bon village of Lupra

About the 8 Days Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek, a short and scenic adventure leading you to fascinating towns and villages with amazing views of arid dry canyons, eroded windswept hills of enchanting colors of orange-brown-grey. Lower Mustang trekking explores usually known as “ The prohibited Kingdom” mustang located north of the Himalayas besides the southern part of the Tibetan plateau.

The Trek starts with a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. On reaching Jomsom, the headquarter town of the whole Mustang district where our adventure begins following the trail to Kagbeni & further takes you to Muktinath to Lupra village. Enjoying amazing views with cultural experience you complete walking back to Jomsom for the scenic short flight back to beautiful city Pokhara, after a marvellous time around Lower Mustang Trekking.

Brief Itinerary: 8 Days Lower Mustang Trek

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 2

Drive to Pokhara city (1,015m)

Pokhara

Day 3

Fly to Jomsom Bazaar

Jomsom

Day 4

Trek to Kagbeni

Kagbeni

Day 5

Trek to Muktinath via Jharkot

Muktinath

Day 6

Trek to Marpha via Lupra Valley

Marpha

Day 7

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Pokhara

Day 8

Flight to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Itinerary: 8 Days Lower Mustang Trek

Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu

Once you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu our representative will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. On this day, you can either rest or stroll around the nearby places like Thamel or Durbarmarg. In the evening, our tour guide will give a short brief about the upcoming trek. During this orientation program, you will get a chance to meet your trekking guide and other fellow trekkers. Finally, in the evening you can stroll around the nearby hotel area and if you have forgotten to bring any trekking gear you can buy over there.

Day 2 - Drive to Pokhara city (1,015m)

The next stop on your tour is Pokhara, a significant tourism destination of Nepal. It is an enhancing city nestled in a tranquil valley, which is also a gateway to the Mustang Trail. By driving it takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach Pokhara. Once we reach you will be checked into the hotel. Rest of the day we will visit Phewa Lake and go boating around the lake.

Day 3 - Fly to Jomsom Bazaar

After an early breakfast in Pokhara,we will catch our early flight to Jomsom located at an altitude of 2,720m. We will land at the Jomsom airport and will start our trek to Kagbeni. The flight takes you over the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. From the plane, we'll have great views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. We will check in to the hotel in Jomsom. Today we will rest and explore the charming town of Jomsom and beyond to get a feel for your surroundings.

Day 4 - Trek to Kagbeni

After our early morning breakfast we 'll trek to Kagbeni, arriving in time for lunch. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entrance point of Lower Mustang, which is situated at the top cliff. Also, on the way, you will view Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, and, to the south, the Annapurna Massif. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 5 - Trek to Muktinath via Jharkot

After breakfast our trek heading to Muktinath via Jharkot the trek offers us beautiful views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m, Tukuche peak (7,135m). From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200 meter. During the trek we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by and admire. The trail climbs through a desert landscape until Jarkot Village. Further walking we reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a hub of loyalty equally for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Overnight stay at a lodge at Muktinath.

Day 6 - Trek to Marpha via Lupra Valley

You'll descend to Jomsom via Lupra village, visiting a local Bonpo Monastery. Bonpo is an ancient pre-Buddhist religion not represented by many monasteries these days, so it is a rare and special chance to learn about this ancient animist religion while taking a stunning alternate route back to Jomsom. After Jomsom we will walk for an hour to reach Marpha Village. Marpha is known for the production of local apple brandy. Overnight at Marpha.

Day 7 - Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

After an early breakfast in Jomsom, we'll be transferred to the Jomsom airport to catch our return flight to Pokhara. After landing in Pokhara we will check into the hotel and have some rest. Then, we will begin our sightseeing in Pokhara valley. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 - Flight to Kathmandu

In the early morning we will take a flight to Kathmandu taking 35 minutes from Pokhara or can go for a drive to Kathmandu taking 6 hours. Arriving in TIA we will be picked up and then transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off services
  • All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
  • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Both way transportation from kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-kathmandu
  • Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
  • A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
  • Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
  • A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

    Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.

What's Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
  • Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
  • Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Best Season/Time for 8 Days 7 Night Lower Mustang Trek

Mustang experiences different types of weather according to the type of season in Nepal. There are four seasons namely, summer, winter, spring, and autumn. The weather and temperature of Mustang change as per these seasons.

Autumn Season (September, October, November)

Autumn is one of the perfect & peak seasons of the year to visit Mustang, Nepal. During Autumn, the weather on Mustang is usually dry and cool. The temperature of the Lower and Upper Mustang ranges between 12- 20 degrees. This temperature is very suitable for trekking.The skies are clearer and you will be able to view different mountains such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhawalagiri, Mount Nilgiri and many other mountain ranges along the trails.You will have a less challenging Upper Mustang trek if you visit Nepal during Autumn.

Spring Season (March, April, May)

It is the second-best season of the year for trekking in the Mustang region. Spring offers a favorable environment for trekking in Mustang. The overall beauty of Mustang is visible during this season which will make your tour unforgettable. The temperature of Mustang ranges from 16-20 degrees during this time which is neither too cold nor too hot for trekking. The middle of May is also the time of the Tiji Festival at Lo-Manthang. This festival lasts for 3 days and is definitely a reason to come in May.

Summer Season (June, July, August)/ Monsoon

During the summer season most places in Nepal experience heavy rainfall due to which we see less number of trekkers during this season. But, Upper Mustang doesn’t get rainfall during summer which makes it a very good trekking area. Further down the mountain in Lower Mustang, you may experience a wet rainfall in Lower Mustang during summer making your trails muddy and slippery. The temperature of Mustang is mild during summer which ranges from 13- 20 degrees; perfect for trekking.The full moon in the month of August marks the horse festival or the local Yartung mela. This 3 days’ festival sees horse race, archery, songs, dances and merrymaking. The warm, clear and long days are great for trekking in this region.

Winter Season (December, January, February)

December marks the beginning of winter season in Nepal where the temperature starts to drop significantly, especially in the late evenings and nights. The temperature of the Upper Mustang decreases towards minus during winter in Mustang. Because of this, many trekkers prefer summer, spring, and Autumn over winter for Mustang trekking.The trekking trails are covered with snow during winter. Many people of Mustang descend to a lower altitude during this season because of extreme cold. You may not have to face difficulty while trekking to the Lower Mustang at this moment. However, you may face some difficulty in Upper Mustang trek.

Packing list / Equipment checklist

List of Equipment for 8 Days 7 Night Lower Mustang Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).

Upper Body

  • Headband or Beanie
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
  • Hat for Sun Protection

Hands

  • Inner Gloves
  • Outer insulated gloves

Core Body

  • Base Layer
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Outer Layer
  • Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear

Lower Body

  • Base Layer
  • Trekking trousers and shorts
  • Rain and Windproof Trousers
  • Underwear

Feet

  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking shoes/sandals
  • Hiking/Thermal Socks
  • Gaiters (not necessary)

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Liner
  • Earplugs

Bags and Backpacks

  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Raincover

Miscellaneous & Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Small Locks
  • Trekking Towel
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
  • Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
  • Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • General Medications
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Blister Plasters
  • Oximeter
  • Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
  • Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)

Accommodation

Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in Mustang region. Along the way to Mustang region, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.

  • Rooms

    Basically, you’ll find twin-basis types of accommodation on the Mustang trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.

  • Toilets

    Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.

Documents & Permits

If you are planning for a trip to Mustang region, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved. The Upper Mustang region is classified as a restricted area, and much of the region, including its trekking trails, also lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit in addition to an ACAP entry permit to trek in Upper Mustang.

If you are planning for a trip to Mustang region, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved. The Upper Mustang region is classified as a restricted area, and much of the region, including its trekking trails, also lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit in addition to an ACAP entry permit to trek in Upper Mustang.

TIMS Permit

TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Mustang region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.

TIMS Card for Independent Trekker

  • Color- Green
  • Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
  • Photos – 2
  • Collected by- Self

TIMS Card for Organized Trekker

  • Color- Blue
  • Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
  • Photos – 1
  • Collected by – Local Trekking Agency

You also need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.

  • ACAP permit cost for SAARC Nationals : Nrs.200 (about US $2)
  • ACAP permit cost for Other Nationals : Nrs.2000 (about US $20)

Restricted Area Permit (RAP): $500 per person for 10 days. If longer is required, an additional $50 per day is charged.

Note: Individual trekkers cannot obtain the RAP permit for Upper Mustang themselves. In fact, no one can trek in Upper Mustang alone. Please also note that an individual guide cannot obtain the permit for a trekker. RAP permits must be obtained through a trekking company registered in Nepal.

Difficulty

Many trekking enthusiasts are often curious about the difficulty during trekking in the Mustang region. This trek is suitable for all kinds of trekkers with family members. You can tour with kids and seniors too. If you feel difficult while walking, you will have a jeep transfer facility as well.

Upper mustang is a moderate level trekking route. It required more time for trekking but there you can trek by riding jeep also. The main difficulty in this trek is the walking distance with a load on your bag. Trekking in this region is a long trek (also depends on itinerary) so your body should be able to walk for about 5-7 hours daily. So trekking to Mustang area is not difficult for physically fit trekkers. It requires a reasonable level of fitness for trekking. So the Upper Mustang trekking difficulty level is moderate and doable one.

8 Days Lower Mustang Trek FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the highest altitude of Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill?

    The lower Mustang Trek doesn't go higher than in 3795.

  • How many hours a day do we walk?

    On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.

  • What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?

    Basically, our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.

  • Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?

    You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.

  • I have never gone trekking yet. Is the Lower Mustang trek for me?

    Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    The Lower Mustang Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.

  • How much luggage can I take during my Lower Mustang trek?

    The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.

  • Can I extend my trek?

    Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.

  • How can I use toilets during the trek?

    On the trail you will find the Toilets in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide yourself behind big rocks and do your business.

  • Do I need Insurance?

    100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness, and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!

  • What is the average size of the group?

    Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.

  • Where can I exchange my money?

    There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find one near your Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?

    There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.

Please note:

  • Rates are in US dollars
  • Prices are valid for your specified time of travel only
  • This is only an offer and no reservations have been confirmed
  • Prices are subject to availability

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Reviews of 8 Days Lower Mustang Trek

Simon David
4/ 5stars
2020-05-03 th
Traveler:
Thanks to the team Dookma for making our trip wonderful. Love the Mustang region so much beautiful memories.
Dookma

Dear Simon David, Thank you for the wonderful review.

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Anas
4/ 5stars
2020-05-03 hr
Traveler:
Excellent trip. Must thanks to the Dookma customer service for understanding my requirements and tailoring the trip according to my needs. Also thanks to my travel guide who helped me during my trek to Mustang. Amazed to see the mighty Himalayas and the landscapic view. Overall the trekking experience was wonderful. Thanks to Dookma.
Dookma

Dear Anas, We at Dookma treat each client seriously with their needs & requirement. Also, we organized a custom itinerary which we did on your trip. Glad to know that you loved your Mustang trip.

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