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Lower Mustang Trek-15 Days ( USD 1185 P/P )

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Lower Mustang Trekking occupies the southern fringes of the Tibetan plateau and is dominated by Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. This classic and rewarding trek takes us to the border of one of the most remote kingdoms on earth, within a reasonable time frame and without ascending to extreme altitude

 

 

Trip Facts:

  • Trip Cost : USD 1185 P/P
  • Trekking Destination : Mustang Trek

  • Minimum altitude : 1430 m

  • Maximum altitude : 3,800 m (Muktinath)

  • Grade : Medium 

  • Season : Spring & Autumn

  • Accommodation : Tea House & Full Board Camping.

  • Duration : 15 Days

  • Minimum group size: 2 pax

Lower Mustang Trekking occupies the southern fringes of the Tibetan plateau and is dominated by Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. This classic and rewarding trek takes us to the border of one of the most remote kingdoms on earth, within a reasonable time frame and without ascending to extreme altitude. Trekking in this region is an adventure in wonderland. Astonishing altitude variations and ecological diversity make this area overflow with natural beauty. Trek across sacred valleys surrounded by enormous peaks and encounter people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have carved a lifestyle out of the steep terraces and barren plateaus of the area for thousand of years. Witness the breathtaking views from Poon Hill, experience the hot natural springs in Tatopani and encounter Tibetan traders as you trek to the pilgrimage center of Muktinath, where Buddhists and Hindus alike make the spiritual journey. 

Day 1: Kathmandu (1430 m )

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing 

Day 3: Kathmandu to Sarengkot via Pokhara (1500m)

Day 4: Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and Trek to Tikhedhungaga (1525m).

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft).

Day 6: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tatopani (1180m).

Day 7: Tatopani to Ghasa (2080m).

Day 8: Ghasa to Tukche(2590m).

Day 9: Tukche to Kagbeni (2810m).

Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m).

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m).

Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara (1500m).

Day 13: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (1430 m)

Day 14: Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu (1430 m) 

Our airport representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It is 7km and takes about 20 minutes. Our tour leader will brief the group about the trip at the pre-departure meeting. This will be held at 6.00pm, a notice regarding where it is to be held will be posted in the hotel reception. The briefing will cover the itinerary and re-confirm flight times and what time the city tour will depart on

Day 2: Kathmandu.

Today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by bus with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar square. It is about 35 Km and takes approximately 5:30 hours.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Sarengkot via Pokhara (1500m) 

This morning we fly to the lakeside town of Pokhara, 206 kms from Kathmandu. After lunch in Pokhara, we take a boat to visit the island in the lake, and then continue across the lake, from where we begin our trek to Sarangkot.

Day 4: Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and Trek to Tikhedhungaga (1525m).

After breakfast, we trek to Naudanda, and from there travel by road to Naya Pul - the drive taking about 1 hour. We then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi Khola River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga. This is a short, relatively easy day, which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft).

From Tikhe Dhunga the trail climbs steeply to Ulleri, a large Magar village at 2070m. It continues to ascend, but more gently, through rhododendron and oak forests and across streams to Banthanti (2250m), before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti (2460m). From Nangethanti we head up to Ghorepani (2850m).

Day 6: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tatopani (1180m). 

An early start at around 5 am, and an hours hiking to Poon Hill ( 3195 m ) leads us to a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas - one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tatopani. On leaving Ghorepani, the trail descends steeply to Chitre at 2390 m. The hills are extensively terraced as the trail drops down through Sikha, a large village with shops and hotels at 1980 m, and then descends gently to Ghara at 1705 m. A further steep descent of 500 m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge and then climbs up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing that too. Turning north the trail soon reaches Tatopani at 1180 m. Tato means ‘hot’ and Pani is ‘water’, a name earned by courtesy of the hot springs. It is very beautiful place with relaxing hot spring pools by the Kaligandaki river. Tatopani is one of the more popular destinations in this region.

Day 7: Tatopani to Ghasa (2080m).

The trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is considered to be the deepest gorge in the world, situated as it is between the two 8000 m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently to reach Dana at 1400 m, and on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550 m, where there is a stunning waterfall. The trail then crosses to the eastern bank of the river to reach Kopchepani, but then crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935 m. A steep climb follows the suspension bridge to reach Pahirothapla, the border of two districts (Magdi & Mustang) and the trail then continues to climb to Ghasa at 2080 m.

Day 8: Ghasa to Tukche( 2590 m ). 

We continue to ascend and pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m. Here we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east. We then cross to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560m. We then continue on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. We overnight in the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590m

Day 9: Tukche to Kagbeni ( 2810 m ).

The trek continues up the Kali Gandaki, with the terrain becoming much more barren and the breeze increasing as it passes through the gorge. On the way to Marpha we pass a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha at 2665m is a large Thakali village with many excellent tea-houses, but it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings. There is also a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist Gompa, which can be visited. After Marpha, the trek continues along the side of the valley to reach Jomsom at 2713 m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement, which is the administrative center of the region, containing the airport, army camp, and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank and continue on-wards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730 m. From here there is a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m. Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences. Kagbani is a gateway to the upper Mustang trek.

Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m).

From Kagbeni, the trail make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley to join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200 m. From here we continue on the trail high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500 m. This village is well worth exploring and so we will stop here for lunch or a tea break before continuing on to Muktinath. From Jharkot the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800 m. We initially reach Ranipauwa where there are many teahouses and shops, and where we stay for the night. The actual religious site of Muktinath is a further 10 minutes walk up the hill, and this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. You’ll see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. The shrines in a grove of trees include a Buddhists Gompa and the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water-fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance.

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom  ( 2713 m ). 

Today we descend back to Jomsom - with beautiful high mountain scenery & views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri & other mountains

Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara (1500m). 

This morning we take a flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara - the flight is only about 20 minutes, but is amazing, with stunning views at it passes between the Annapurna Himal & Dhaulagiri Himal. On our return to Pokhara, we include a sightseeing tour, including visits to David Falls, Shiva Cave & Seti Gorge, with the remainder of the day free for you to explore Pokhara or relax

Day 13: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (1430 m) 

After a relaxing start to the day, we take a flight back to Kathmandu around noon. The remainder of the day is free.

Day 14: Kathmandu. 

Breakfast. The tour ends after breakfast in Kathmandu. A departure transfer is included, so please provide us with your flight details, so that we can organised your transfer. 

Day 15: Final Departure

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 Trip Cost : USD 1185 P/P

Cost Include(s)

  • Airport transfers

  • Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu.

  • 3-meals per day prepared by our experienced cook

  • Camping gear (two-person tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs and toilet tent)

  • Supporting field staffs including professional Sherpa trekking guide, cook, kitchen boy, porters as well as their necessary insurance, meals and allowances

  • Annapurna conservation Area Project entrance permit fee

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and  Pokhara B/B Basis.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu

  • Personal equipment sleeping bag, Down jacket, waterproof jacket, kit bag etc. (you can rent them in Kathmandu at a cost of US$ 1 per item for day)

  • Kathmandu airport departure tax

  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water), tips etc.

     

  • Tips  for the Staffs. 

 

 

 

Q:  Is Nepal safe enough for tourist to travel?

Yes. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close.

Q: Which is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best season to visit Nepal is after the monsoons that end in August until mid-December, before the winter sets in. Also, from mid-February to early June are the most preferred months by visitors. During these two periods, the rains wash the dusty tracks and the valley looks magnificent with blooming flowers. Mountain views are clear most of the time. It is humid in plains at this time but it is still better than the scorching heat of the summer.

It is best to visit hilly areas in summer; that is, the months of May and June. The average temperature at that time is around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Nights are a bit chilly in the lower Himalayan region but are comfortable. Mountainous areas are extremely unsafe during the monsoon season, which are very common. The persistent rains make the hilly tracts slippery.

In winter, most of the hilly areas become threats due to very heavy snowfall and avalanches, but if you are fond of snowfall then you can opt for the lower Himalayan regions that look beautiful covered in blankets of snow.

Q: Is it important to take any vaccines?

You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots. If you are extending your stay in Nepal you may need anti-malarial protection.

Q: Do I need travel insurance?

It is necessary to have travel insurance for all clients to take in any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. You can arrange this yourself or through Apex Himalaya in Nepal. The coverage per day is $15 dollars per person.

You must advise your insurer that you are going on a trek at relatively high altitudes and that your cover needs to include air evacuation and repatriation. A copy of your insurance document should be sent to us prior to coming to Nepal.

Q: Do you have an airport pick-service?

Yes we do. If requested prior to your arrival, we can arrange for our airport representative to greet you outside the Terminal Hall. She/he will be holding an ‘Apex Himalaya’ sign with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel.

Q:  How much shall I bring & where can I exchange my money?

You can exchange in Nepal, primarily in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It really depends on your budget and what you want to do and for how long but approximately $500-$1700 in either travelers’ cheques or cash for your trip would be sufficient. ATM cards and credit cards can be used in Kathmandu Pokhara and other cities if additional cash needed. You will need $30 for the tourist visa fee (can receive visa upon entry) at the Kathmandu International Airport. You must pay only in cash in U.S. dollars or Euros. It is advisable to exchange your money either on your first day or the day after while you are in Kathmandu at a reliable money exchange counter.

Q:  Why Should I trek with an agency?

Trekking with an agency can be worthwhile for those who are on a very tight schedule but not on money. A trekking agency can organize a trek for you at affordable costs, which includes food, accommodations, transportation, porters and guides. To receive trekking permits and TIMS cards, clients must go through a trekking agency for issuing and ensuring a safe and legalized trek or tour.

Q: Does your company provide a TIMS card?

Apex Himalaya is a government registered company and a member of TAAN (Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal). We are legally authorized to provide TIMS cards to trekkers. For further information about this, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: Should I need to be totally fit in order to trek?

If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find trekking suits you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. It is important to remember, however, that trekking requires an adequate level of physical conditioning. To prepare yourself for a trek, especially a difficult one that lasts two weeks or more, some moderate physical exercise is recommended before you embark on your journey such as walking, running swimming, or hiking. It is also worth remembering you can choose the pace and direction of your trek.

*Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek.

Q: What is the general duration of treks?

The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which each client has. Generally speaking, treks can range from 2-3 days to a month’s time or sometimes longer periods if trekkers’ wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.

Q: What do we get to experience in a trek?

You will mostly be on well-maintained trekking routes that consist of dirt trails. The terrain on some of these trails may be long, steep climbs or descents as well as rocky, dusty paths and forest tracks. There are also a lot of big stone steps and staircases especially on the Annapurna circuit. In some cases, treks include mountain passes so the trail can be narrow in places. You will feel a moderate altitude effect starting at around 3,000m upwards.

Q:  Is it necessary to use a trekking guide?

There is no compulsion to use a guide while trekking in Nepal. However, no matter how experienced or fit you are at outdoor activities, it is important to have a good orientation to a new area, especially if you go trekking. We highly recommend every guest to use our trained guides so that guests can easily and safely complete their trek. We believe that having a qualified trekking guide is a minimum safety requirement and can also enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the region as they act as a companion and interpreter. Our trekking guides are well-versed in a variety of foreign languages including English and take full responsibility of everything during a trek or expedition.

Q: What else should I be bringing in a trek?

Most of what you need during a trek is available in Kathmandu, and you can buy them or rent them once you are there. Most books on trekking will list them; check one out before you embark on your trek. If you do not have a book yet and plan to get one only once you are in Nepal, there are some things you may want to bring from home. Bring ear-plugs to help you sleep in spite of barking dogs. A battery operated short-wave radio can be helpful to listen to weather reports or the news. Also bring along a pocket knife, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, photographic equipment, binoculars, a compass, a good watch with possibly an altimeter, and a day pack. Others, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu for reasonable price.

Q: When I go for treks, can I store my luggage somewhere?

Generally your hotel or lodge will let you store your luggage with them for some nominal or no fee. As long as you lock up your bags, they are normally safe.

Q: What is the weather & temperature like while trekking?

The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. However, at night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. If it is raining at the base of the mountain, it will be snowing at the top of its peak. There will be heavy snowfall during the months of December and February. It is important that you stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Temperatures could be as high as 20 degrees C and as low as -10 degrees C.

Q: What are the accommodations like on a trek?

Along the trekking routes, tea-houses and lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to be returned after your trip) but it is a good idea to have your own sleeping equipment if possible. Accommodations have private rooms with twin beds that may be used for double or single occupancy. Tea-houses have an adjoining dining room around a fire burning stove. You may take a hot shower but need to ask them to boil the water.

Q: Do you think it is safe to eat freely in Nepal?

In general, yes. But, it's always good to take sensible precautions in order to avoid any health problems. No matter how tempting --and it can get very tempting after a long trek- avoid drinking any other water than bottled water. If you have to drink non-bottled water, purify it with iodine or chlorine tablets (available readily in most drug stores in Kathmandu). Asking for bottled water in restaurants is always a best idea.

Do not eat roadside food that is exposed in the open air. Avoid buying and eating raw and unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Other than that, it is fine to have boiled, fried or properly packaged food items. Read the FAQ on Health and Insurance for details on what to do in case of health problems.

Q: What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. One shouldn't ignore these early symptoms as these symptoms may lead to more serious warnings and cause death sometimes within few hours. Medicine is no substitute for descent. If a doctor is available, he may give medicine and oxygen. However, the patient must go down to lower altitude even if treatment is given.

Q:  If I suffer from altitude sickness or any kind of sickness, what should I do?

First of all, your trekking guide will provide you with First Aid. If the case becomes more serious, you will be transferred to a health post where you can consult with a doctor. For acute sickness, at your request, you will be immediately taken down by helicopter or airplane to Kathmandu for treatment and rest. It is strongly recommended to descend from the mountain if you are suffering severely from altitude sickness.

Q: What is your cancellation policy and terms of conditions?

If our clients are unable to make their trip or want to cancel their trip due to any unavoidable circumstances, Apex Himalaya can only refund 65% of the deposited amount. However, clients can postpone their travel date or make slight modifications to their original travel itinerary free of cost if given proper notice. Please see our Terms of Conditions for further details.

Q: Which documents do I need to bring with me?

You should bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash and traveler’s checks (keep numbers and proof of purchase separately); flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of T/C’s, banks, insurance and family members and any medications.

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