Introduction to Lower Mustang Trek
Lower Mustang Trek, known as the forbidden kingdom, has a semi-arid and desert landscape. Mustang district is located in the western part of Nepal. Trekkers do not need any special permit to trek in the Lower Mustang region. Refresh your journey to the hidden treasures of Nepal in the backdrop of two massif mountain ranges – Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Lower Mustang Trek is a wonderful experience as you pass through the world’s deepest gorge i.e. Kali Gandaki, and enjoy breathtaking views of many mountains in dry and barren land such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Hiuchuli, Mount Nilgiri, Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Tukuche.
The Lower Mustang trek covers the southern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and it has a wild, dry and barren landscape like the Tibetan Plateau. The Lower Mustang trek is not only about its unique wild landscapes and the deepest gorge in the world but it is about the vibrant villages, the sunrise and sunset views between the mountains, the unique cultural encounters, the biodiversity, and Muktinath.
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The main attraction of this trek is Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular spiritual center and attracts many Hindu and Buddhist travelers around the world every year. The Muktinath Temple is actually a symbol of harmony that shares the two religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The eternal flame that burns here with the help of natural gas is an attraction that will amaze everyone.
During the trek bath in natural hot water
Bathing in the spring of natural hot water in Tatopani may act as a cure for all fatigue. As you walk further, you will cross some amazing villages like Ghasa, Tukuche, Marfa, Kagbeni, Jomsom, and more. Marfa Village is popular for apples that are cultivated locally. Likewise, Jomsom is a center point of this area that includes many hotels, shops, banks, and other government offices.
Cultural encounters and interactions with locals are a wonderful way to gain some insight into people, lifestyles, cultures, and traditions. Guaranteed the whole trek is a wonderful experience. Especially when you are hiking from Muktinath to Kagbeni village, passing through houses painted with white clay will give you the experience of exploring the untouchable culture of the Mustang people.
Lower Mustang trek also gives you the opportunity to explore and experience the traditional lifestyle of Nepalese living in the high mountains. Walking on this trail requires no previous hiking experience, but you should be fit with zeal and enthusiasm. Get ready to experience the beauty of the Himalayas as you walk through the wild and barren land, enjoying the unique Tibetan-dominant Buddhist culture. Hope this is one of the best journeys of your life.
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara - 7 to 8 hours.
Drive to Nayapul (2 hours) and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,570m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Ghorepani to Tatopani (2,590m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Tatopani to Ghasa (2,120m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Ghasa to Tukuche (2,560m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Tukuche to Jomsom (2,720m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,800m) - 3 to 4 hours walk.
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (20 minutes).
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (30 minutes).
Frequently asked questions about this trip
Have just returned from my fourth trip to Nepal and as always Odyssey Treks organized everything superbly. We visited Makalu relatively late in the season and were rewarded with empty trails and amazing weather. Karma was as entertaining, friendly, and informative as ever along with Ang Dawa Sherpa who together made the three weeks perfect.
They also organized a few days to Helambu at short notice as I had some time spare, all done easily and professionally. Thanks for the company both and I will be back again. I cannot recommend Odyssey highly enough as a genuinely friendly, locally based company that provides not only unforgettable experiences but also great service at a very reasonable cost.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex