Walk into the wild and barren landscape of Lower Mustang with the dominance of Tibetan Buddhist culture visible wide around the area. Lower Mustang Trek is a classic journey that takes you to some stunning regions of the lower mustang region of Nepal and allows you to get the real taste of desert-like landscape, mountains, and Tibetan Buddhist culture and religion. The trek is more like a walk into the hidden world of the Buddhist kingdom. Tibet being close to the region, one can notice the influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle in those areas. The whitewashed houses with firewood arrange in the roof, stupas, monasteries, prayer flags, mani stones, etc. reflects the Tibetan Buddhist religion prevalent in the Lower Mustang region.
Lower Mustang region lies in the shades of two mighty mountains – Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The region is mostly barren, and the vibrant villages in the region with farmlands look like an oasis in the desert. Lower Mustang Trek can be a rejoicing experience as the trail traverse to the deepest gorge of the world with some stunning views of Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Tukuche, etc. on sight.
Lower Mustang Trek starts with a sightseeing tour around UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. It is followed by a drive to Pokhara and hike along the foothills of Annapurna massif to Ghorepani and then to Poonhill. Poonhill is a popular vantage point in the Annapurna region that offers some spectacular views of sunrise and sunset amidst the towering mountains in those regions. You will then be headed to the lower Mustang region. The trail passes through some charming settlement areas like Ghasa and Tukuche to the Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, the trail ascends up to Muktinath, which is a holy site in that area that offers some stunning views of mountains in the Annapurna range.
Muktinath is a pilgrimage hub for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. There is a pagoda-style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are 108 waterspouts around the temple and an eternal flame, which is said to be fed by natural gas. But people consider it to be a divine flame. Many pilgrims visit this place in order to get rid of life –birth cycle and attain – “Mukti,” i.e., freedom from the birth-death cycle.
So, are you excited about this wonderful journey to the Lower Mustang region? Come along with World Alpine Treks and enjoy the Lower Mustang Trek offered by us. We assure you of an enriching journey full of lively experiences.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance if any at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel at Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara. Today, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi highway for around six to seven hours to Pokhara. We pass through some amazing landscapes throughout the journey. In the first half portion, we will be able to get some stunning views of the Trishuli river along with hills and villages. In the second half, the countryside landscape and the greenery will keep you engaged. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel in Pokhara. Check in to the hotel and rest for a while. In the evening, we can walk down lakeside and enjoy some fascinating views of lakes and mountains. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara (inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take a short drive for around an hour to Nayapul. It is the actual start point of our trekking journey. From Nayapul, we start walking along a lush landscape to Birethanti. It is a prosperous town inhabited by people of an ethnic community. We follow the streets of Birenthanti and pass the forests of bamboo and waterfall on the way. We further walk towards Ranghai and ascend up the valley until we reach the village of Tikhedhunga. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Tikhedhunga. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we cross a suspension bridge over a stream and ascend up through the stone-paved step stairs to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large village at an elevation of 2800 meters inhabited by the people of the Magar community. We climb up the village and cross the meadows to the campsite where we stop for lunch. We further continue through the trail, pass two streams, and climb up to Nagenthanti. From here, we hike up until we open up to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. As we reach the village, we will be able to witness some astonishing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many more. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Ghorepani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We wake up early in order to catch the sunrise view from Poonhill, a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for sunrise/ sunset views and panoramic views of mountains in the Annapurna range. The shimmering glory of golden sun rays over the Annapurna massif from Poonhill merely looks terrific. The panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, etc. add to the glory of this place. After enjoying the views, we return back to Ghorepani and follow a trail that takes us to Tadapani. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Tadapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Our day starts with a trek down to the Kali Gandaki valley. The valley is said to be the deepest gorge of the world, and it offers some fantastic views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Our trail descends down steep to the river of Kaligandaki and ascends up slowly until we cross a long suspension bridge over the Bhalu river. We walk continuously until we reach Dana. Rupse Chahara, a beautiful waterfall, is just minutes away from here. Moving ahead with our journey, we follow the trail that takes us to Ghasa. It is a Thakali village dominated by people of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Ghasa. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Leaving Ghasa, we follow a trail that goes along the Kali Gandaki gorge. We walk continuously until we arrive at the Thakali village of Tukuche. On the way, we pass some lush forests, rivers, bridges, and charming villages. We pass the village-like Lele, Kalipani, and Kokhetethati. Today, you can get some stunning glimpse of Dhaulagiri Himal as well. We continue through the trail until we reach the village of Tukuche. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Tukuche. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
It’s a pleasing day today. We take an easy path along the village of Khobang. We pass the narrow alleyways that join the houses in the village. There is a monastery called Kanti gompa on the way. We visit the monastery and continue towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful village that lies in the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Kagbeni. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we ascend up to Muktinath. Muktinath is a trendy spiritual hub of the Annapurna region. The place holds a high value amongst Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Many Hindu pilgrims visit this place early with high dedication and devotion. At first, we ascend up to Khingar and continue along a fortress-like village to Jharkot. We further follow a trail that takes us to Muktinath. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Muktinath. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Early in the morning, we walk to Muktinath for amazing views of mountains in the Annapurna range. Fater appreciating the glories of the mountains, we descend down to Jomsom and complete our circuit walk around the Annapurna. Hence, we accomplish our walking journey of Annapurna Tilicho lake Trek. Tonight, enjoy your time in Jomsom with the warm hospitality of the local people. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy your time at the hotel in Pokhara. In the evening, you can walk to the lakeside and enjoy the serenity in the environment. (Inclusive of breakfast)
Concluding our trip, we drive back via the same route along the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast)