Nepal: +977 9851019279 | info@asianheritagetreks.com | Whatsapp : 9851019279

Lower Mustang Trek Height, Tour Package, Itinerary, Cost, Weather, Trek Difficulty, Map

Posted By: Simran Subba , June 2021

Lower Mustang Trek (Lower Mustang) is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which encompasses Nepal's largest protected biodiversity zone. Mustang is known for its extensive historical and cultural ties with Tibet, therefore the walk provides an opportunity to learn about Tibetan culture. Furthermore, the Gurung, community-based Mag community-based communities are distinct in their welcoming nature. Dhaulagiri's breathtaking Himalayan panorama, as well as the entire Annapurna range, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Lower Mustang Trekking with Nepal Guide Treks begins with a six-hour journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a two-hour drive to Nayapul, the starting point for the hike. The trail leads to Ghandruk (1950m), a Gurung community-based settlement known for its cultural and traditional importance.

The trail leads to Ghorepani, which is surrounded by lush rhododendron trees (2874m). A climb from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) in the early morning is a must for spectacular vistas of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs.

The Lower Mustang trail then passes through Tatopani and Ghasa on its way to Marpha's apple orchard (2670m). The trail passes through the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Valley. After that, the trail leads to Muktinath (3795m), a Hindu temple with significant religious significance, and then to Jomsom. After several days of hiking, an early morning flight to Pokhara is undoubtedly a viable choice. Nepal Guide Treks concludes the hike with a drive return to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Trip Highlights of Lower Mustang Trek

  1. Explore the cultural village of Gurung people at Ghandruk. 
  2. Enjoy Scenic flight from Jomsom-Pokhara
  3. Trek along Kali Gandaki Valley – the world’s deepest gorge, Marpha – the apple garden & Muktinath  – the holy temple.
  4. Enjoy Hot spring at Tatopani.
  5. Explore Poon Hill (3210m) – the best view of Dhaulagiri and the entire Annapurna massif.

Best Season for Lower Mustang Trek

Hiking and trekking are two of the most popular recreational activities in the world. If they are secure and successful, they can be wonderful pursuits of enjoyment. As a result, we must be extremely clear on when to go before engaging in these activities.

Hiking in Nepal is possible at any time of year. The finest seasons to go trekking in Nepal are autumn and spring. Every season has its own special characteristics. The Autumn season runs from September to November, whereas the Spring season is from March to May. These two seasons are suitable for visiting practically all of Nepal's regions.

Also Read: Pikey Peak Trek Difficulty, Trek Map, Height, Cost, Weather

Nepal has a temperate climate throughout the spring season. Rhododendron, orchid, and other flowering plants will cover the hills. Autumn is Nepal's most beautiful season. Even in the mountains, the temperature is warm. The days will be clear, allowing for the best views of the mountains. These two seasons are ideal for those living in all parts of the country.

The Himalayas are a little colder in the winter (December to January). Snowfall will be the form of precipitation. The days, on the other hand, are still pleasant and sunny. Rainfall occurs only on rare. Winter is a good option if you want to travel on quiet paths and are prepared to deal with extreme cold.

The summer monsoon occurs in Nepal. Summer Season (June to August) is not recommended for you. This season, however, may be the finest time to visit rain-shadow places such as Mustang and Manang.

Lower Mustang Trek Difficulty

Today, trekking in Mustang is a fantasy. It is Nepal's most popular trekking location. Upper Mustang Trekking is more difficult than Lower Mustang Trekking. Mustang, often known as the cold desert, has some of the most breathtaking mountain views, beautiful scenery, and friendly people and culture. Trekking in the Lower Mustang Region is a moderately difficult adventure. Trekking around Jomsom is a little challenging, but overall you will have a wonderful time.

Lower Mustang Trek gives the finest of everything. Nothing will stand in your way if you take into account the weather and plan for it. You might have difficulty with altitude. You will, however, spend the night at a height of roughly 3000 m and will have plenty of opportunities to acclimate. The highest peak is also not higher than 3710 meters.

During this walk, you will be refreshed by Muktinath Temple, Kagbeni, and the Dumba Lake Region. Just make sure you know what time it is and what the weather is like before you start. For a few days, do some physical preparation and yoga activities.

The weather of Lower Mustang Trek

Mustang, like the rest of Nepal, has four distinct seasons throughout the year. During different periods of the year, these have varying weather conditions and temperatures.

Mustang has a cool, semi-arid climate that is typical of the trans-Himalayan region. During the day, the region's average yearly temperature is around 10.9 °C.

Read about: Ama Yangri Peak Height, Trek, Itinerary, Weather, Hotel, Location, Meaning, Package

Mustang is located in the Annapurna region's rain shadow. The average annual rainfall is around 307 mm. This is one of the country's lowest rates. As a result, treks to this region are achievable and comfortable even during Nepal's summer.

The climate is ideal for apple orchards and rhododendron groves. Both of these can be found in abundance in this area.

The weather and temperature of Mustang Nepal differ between the two regions. In Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang, the same season can be very different.

Altitude Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness is another name for altitude sickness. It is a medical disease in which our bodies are unable to adjust to their surroundings due to a lack of oxygen in the air. Because the oxygen content in the air is thin at high altitudes, our bodies have a difficult time adjusting to the environment. It is more common at 2500 meters above the symptoms in most cases.

Common Symptoms: Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Vomiting, Fatigue, Loss of Appetite, Trouble Sleeping etc.

Treatment

Simply modify your elevation if you notice any additional symptoms of Altitude Sickness except headache. If your symptoms are severe, you should get medical help right once. A physician should be consulted. Climbing down as low as possible is the greatest therapy for altitude sickness. Simply descend below 4000m if you are at a very high altitude.

Trending: Kathmandu, The City Of Plenty

You could need a steroid called Dexamethasone if you have High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Supplemental oxygen and other treatments are required if you develop High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

How high is the Mustang Trek?

In both the Upper and Lower Mustang, there are various high-altitude locations visited on treks. Marang La, at 4230 meters, is possibly the highest of them all, whereas Lo Manthang, at 3,840 meters, is a station that is near to Marang La in altitude.

Cost of Lower Mustang trek

There are factors that reduce the cost of the Lower Mustang trek for Nepalese travelers. There is also a low-cost option of taking a tourist or local bus. Nepalese air travel is less expensive than that of foreigners. The airfare is almost half the price of what it is for foreigners.

Book Your Trip: Upper Mustang Trek

As for foreigners, the average estimated cost for this trek is $1030 per person. There might be chances of negotiation if you are in a group.

Lower Mustang Trek Itinerary

This itinerary is merely a guideline, and we will adhere to it as closely as possible. However, due to weather, health concerns, natural catastrophes, or other unpleasant events, your guide may opt to change or omit the schedule for your own safety. Your guide will assist you at any moment by offering information about the trek's conditions and safety.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

With your nameplate, an Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will greet you at the airport. After arriving at Nepal's airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

You will pass by the Open Cremation Place (Pashupatinath temple), Royal Palace Museum (Narayanhity), Garden Of Dream, and Thamel on your journey from the airport to the hotel. Your hotel will be located in the heart of the Touristic Hub. Our consultant will assist you and go through your trip plans with you. There will be ample time to take a trip down Thamel's main street.

Day2:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu Durbar Square - Swyambhunath stupa - Pashupatinath Temple - Boudhanath Stupa

After breakfast, our tour guide, driver, and the vehicle will arrive to take you up. The first stop will be at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site where you can see the typical wood-carved temples and structures that symbolize the historic Kathmandu city.

After that, we'll travel to Swyambhunath, the monkey temple, from which you can have a panoramic view of Kathmandu and the Himalayan mountains. After that, you'll go to the Pashupatinath Temple, which is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Southeast Asia.

Visit another pilgrimage site next to the Pashupatinath Temple called Guweyswori Temple, tour the surroundings, and then go to another UNESCO world heritage site Boudhanath Stupa. It was constructed in the year 600 A.D.

It is the world's only one-of-a-kind stupa that reflects Buddhism. Explore the area around Boudhanath Stupa and then return to the hotel for some relaxation.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (840m) - 30m flight25m flight

After breakfast at your Kathmandu hotel, you will be pick up and transport to the Kathmandu domestic airport for your flight to Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city, which takes 30 minutes.

This is a breathtaking half-hour trip along with the Himalayan range, with views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Shishapangma, four of the world's fourteen major mountains over 8000m. Your specialist can assist you in securing a seat on the plane's right side for views of the Himalayas en route.

You'll be pick up and taken to your hotel as soon as you arrive. The rest of the day is free for you to explore, do one of the tours listed below, or simply relax by the lake. Expats and adventurous travelers will find plenty of fantastic cafés, restaurants, eccentric boutiques, and yoga studios in Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom- 25m, Trek to Kagbeni (9,377 feet / 2,858 m)

You'll journey north to Kagbeni this morning, arriving in time for lunch. Views of the neighboring peaks of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, as well as the Annapurna Massif, may be had from the wide route that runs along the western side of the sandy, saligram-filled riverbed.

Kagbeni is the final settlement in Lower Mustang and guards the entry into Upper Mustang, perched atop a cliff overlooking the junction of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola rivers (visible across the Kali Gandaki riverbed). With Niligiri rising beyond, it's an oasis of verdant fields amidst rugged, parched mountains.

With its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, lush fields of barley, and the towering, 800-year-old brick-red Sayka Gompa, this historic, half-damaged citadel town offers a look into a distinct way of life. You can also go through the King's Palace, which has 100 rooms.

A sign reads "Restricted area, tourists kindly do not venture beyond this point" at the police checkpoint near the village's north end. This is the trail that leads to the legendary Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang's 'forbidden' region.

Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (12,522 feet / 3,817 meters)

Muktinath is a significant Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site, as well as a magnificent example of a sacred site shared in peace by adherents of two religions. The site is looked after by local Buddhist nuns from Lama Wangyal's lineage. Thousands of pilgrims from India, Tibet, and Nepal flock here each year to seek purification and salvation. Many kings in Asia are thought to have done the same throughout history.

It's certainly worth spending a day here, not just to visit this important shrine, but also to rest and take in the gorgeous scenery.

Day 6: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (8,910 feet / 2,715 m)

Visit Muktinath Temple, an important place of prayer for Nepalese Buddhists and Hindus, after breakfast at your teahouse. Before beginning the trail, you will have the option to explore the main temple and its surroundings.

Begin your trip back to Jomsom from here, following an easy path that runs straight downwards. You'll get some great vistas of Mt. Dhaulagiri as you retrace your route. Pass through Jarkot to see another monastery and take in the vistas of snow-capped mountains and ancient caverns. Keep a watch out for Mustang people who will come out to offer products to pilgrims and admire the indications of rich Tibetan culture.

Trekking time: 5 hours (9.3 miles / 15 km)

Day 7: Fly from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara

You'll be transferred to the local airfield in Jomsom after an early breakfast to catch your return flight to Pokhara Airport. You'll then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. You will be taken to your accommodation in the capital city after you arrive. Spend the rest of the day on your own, perhaps walking around the streets and seeing what you might have missed in the start.

Day 8: Final Departure

It's time to bid Nepal farewell. Breakfast, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping are all good ways to spend your final days in Kathmandu. A representative from Adventure Connexion will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to the airport for your return journey home. It's a good idea to arrive at the airport at least three hours before your flight.

Conclusion

The trek to Mustang takes you through some of Nepal's best-preserved traditional culture and lifestyle. This trek takes you across Nepal's mountainous area, passing through secluded communities. Treks to Mustang can be done at any time of year with the right planning, gear, and supplies. You must get enough information on Mustang Nepal- Weather and Temperature for easier packing and hiking.

Popular: Ghorepani To Poon Hill Distance, By Car, Jeep, Road, Packages, Nayapul

Treks to Mustang are particularly popular in the spring and autumn. Everyone, however, has a particular preference. Winter hikes to Lower Mustang are also perfect if you don't mind crowds and wish to avoid them.


Archives

ADDRESS
Thabahi Road, Thamel
Kathmandu, Nepal

CONTACTS
Email: info@asianheritagetreks.com
Phone: +977 9851 019 279
Tel/Fax: +977 1 4413736/01-4413738



License No.: 702/061 (Asian Heritage Treks & Expiditions (P) Ltd.)

Regd. No.: 90357/068/069 (Asian Heritage Int'l Tours & Travels (P) Ltd).