13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill Highlights
- In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and exciting cultural and historical place
- Walking through cultivated fields, excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna range
- Explore Poon Hill (3210m) – the best view of Dhaulagiri and the entire Annapurna massif
- Witness magical sunrise over Annapurna Himalaya from Poon Hill
- Visit the most sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage Muktinath
- Enjoy Scenic flight from Jomsom-Pokhara
- Enjoy Hot spring at Tatopani
- Observe the world’s deepest river gorge, the Kali Gandaki River valley
About the 13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill
A 13 days lower Mustang trek with Poonhill starts from Kathmandu and ends in kathmandu. Explore Lower Mustang villages enriched with Bon and Buddhist traditions. It is a moderate short & beautiful family trek and you don’t need expensive permits to trek to lower Mustang. The region has the largest protected biodiversity area in Nepal and passes by the oldest monastery and unique lifestyle of people.
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 follows the trail to Nayapul, Tikhedhunga to Poonhill. From Poonhill the trek continues past Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha to reach Jomsom. 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 marvelous time around Lower Mustang Trekking.
Brief Itinerary: 13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill
Itinerary: 13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill
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 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu by Private Car
After breakfast we will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu city. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites.
- Swayambhunath popularly known as the monkey temple is situated in the hilltop of Kathmandu. From here you could enjoy the view of the entire Kathmandu valley. This is one of the famous Buddhist religious sites. The main attraction of this place is the world peace pond, swayambhu mahachaitya, stupas, haratima temple.You could enjoy monkey activities on this place.
- Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline and is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. Boudha Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in the 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment.
- Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Kathmandu Durbar Square, is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square reminds the history of Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds hindu temples, pagoda style palace i.e. Kumari temple,Gaddi Baithak,Kasthamandap, Black bhairav statue,Nasal chowk, Basantapur Dabali and Taleju Temple.
Day 3 - 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 4 - Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga
After having breakfast early in the morning in pokhara we drive to Nayapul(30 min drive) and we start our first day of the trek. From Nayapul, we will start our walk towards Birethanti from where the trekking route to Ghandruk / Chhomrong and Ghorepani separates. From Birethanti the trail slightly starts to climb up. The trail is pretty easy. Our trekking route passes through different small villages like Matathanti, Ramghai, Sudame and Hille before we reach Tikhedhunga.
Day 5 - Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
Our day starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga. Right after we cross Bhurundi Khola we will climb steep uphill until we pass Ulleri village and reach Banthanti. Enjoying the beautiful views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We will continue our walk through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests before we reach Nangethanti for our lunch. Continuing our walk towards the destination we will reach Ghorepani.
Day 6 - Hike to Poonhill for sunrise & trek down to Tatopani
Today is the best part of the trek as we will hike to Poon Hill in the early morning to view the magical sunrise. From Poonhill we view Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Annapurtna and range of Manaslu mountains. After spending some time we hike back down to Ghorepani and have breakfast. After breakfast we continue our journey to reach Tatopani. It is positioned at 1,190 meter altitude and will show the way through the pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). Taking downward movement to Banthanti will take you to Hot Spring. Stay overnight Tatopani.
Day 7 - Trek to Ghasa from Tatopani
From Tatopani, we will trek on a motor road trail that can be quite dusty. Our trek goes along the Kali Gandaki river. We will gradually ascend passing through the magnificent waterfall of Rupche Chahara. We continue to trek along the dusty trail that leads through deep gorges where we can hear the huge flows of the river stream and continue trekking to reach the village of Ghasa. Gasa is another village where you can view the lifestyles of people and alpine forest.
Day 8 - Trek to Marpha from Ghasa
After our breakfast we will leave Ghasa and follow the trail that goes through the forest along the banks of Lete river. The trail continues gently uphill to Kalopani, which has awesome views of the Annaurnas and the Dhaulagiri Icefall. After a short climb, we will reach Marpha, which is probably the most beautiful village on our route, boasting an interesting settlement and a beautiful apple garden. Overnight at Marpha.
Day 9 - Trek to Kagbeni from Marpha
From Marpha we will follow a broad trail that goes along the east bank of the river towards Ekla Bhatti. From here we will continue to trek along the bottom of the valley to reach the village of Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a settlement of narrow flagstone paved paths and houses with flat rooftops.
Day 10 - Trek to Muktinath from Marpha
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 11 - Trek to Jomsom from Muktinath
From Muktinath, we will follow the trail that leads to Jharkot. We will avoid the motor road and follow a small irrigation stream to reach Khingar. Further walking onwards the road route will lead us all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the main administrative centre and headquarters of Mustang.
Day 12 - 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 13 - 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!
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.
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 13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill
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 13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill
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).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- 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
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 Days Lower Mustang Trek with Poonhill 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 meters.
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 with Poonhill 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 with Poonhill?
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 travellers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling 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
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