Lower Mustang Trek via Poon Hill

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The Lower Mustang trek via Poon Hill is an epitome of a comfortable and easy-breezy trek in the Mustang region. Learn and immerse yourself in the uniquely authentic culture and the stunning monumental landscape, including some holy religious sites including Muktinath, Kagbeni, and other monasteries along the way.

The Lower Mustang hiking takes you through the world’s deepest river gorge, the Kali Gandaki River. As you move along the trail along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, encounter a number of mules carrying loads on their back. This river is highly famous for Saligram, which is regarded to be a form of the Hindu God, Vishnu. Hence, the world’s deepest river gorge has significant importance for its sacredness.

The Lower Mustang trekking takes you across the ancient villages of Marpha, Jomsom, and Kagbeni, the trail eventually takes you to the highly sacred temple of Muktinath. The Muktinath temple bears great significance for Hindu and Buddhist followers. The entire trek is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience. Especially as you trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni village, passing through white mud-painted houses will give you an experience of exploring the untouched culture of the Musthagi People. As you make your way towards Jomsom, the point where the trip starts getting a bit windy and sandy but the stunning view of Nilgiri is rewarding and equally worth the journey.

This trek also gives you an opportunity to explore and experience the traditional lifestyle of Nepalese living high in the mountain shelters. The Lower Mustang hiking tour is an easy adventure full of opportunities to explore and traverse to the fullest.

It does not require any prior trekking or hiking experience to walk on this trail, but you should be fit, and healthy accompanied by a sense of zeal and enthusiasm.  
 

Highlights

  • Embark on a short and easy trip to Lower Mustang and learn and immerse yourself in the unique and authentic culture and landscapes 
  • Observe the world’s deepest river gorge, the Kali Gandaki River valley
  • Explore the trails that go to Muktinath, the sacred site with Hindu temple as well Buddhist monastery for Hindu and Buddhist followers
  • Visit the charming Kagbeni village passing through white mud painted houses and monasteries experiencing the untouched culture of the Mustangi People
  • Watch the stunning view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri  

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Your arrival at Kathmandu Airport (TIA) Nepal

Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (at the international terminal) and head out to the arrival gate with your luggage and meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, one of our team leaders will come to meet you and explain the program further. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, you will be picked up by our tour guide at around 9 AM for a guided tour of Kathmandu city. The tour begins with a holy visit to Pashupatinath Temple which is the famous Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva at the bank of the holy Bagmati River. We continue to Boudhanath Stupa also known as Monkey Temple, which is a giant Stupa in Asia and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu. Then, we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square where Nepalese Kings used to get Throne. Interesting places to see here are Taleju Temple, Statue of Kal Bhairabh and Hanuman, Temple of Jagannath (Erotic Temple) and Kastamandap Temple from which Kathmandu got its name. We visit Kumari Temple and pay homage to the living goddess, Kumari and also walk around the Freak streets which were famous during Hippie Era in the 60s and 70s. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Our guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and take you to the tourist bus station. The bus leaves at around 7:30 am from Sorkhutee near Thamel. The scenery along the road is dramatic and you will see the river, valleys, cascading rice terraces and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, check in the hotel, in the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Phewa Lake and see the reflection of the Fishtail Mountain and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight the at hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,10m

Our guide and helpers come to your hotel at around 8 AM and drive to Nayapul, 2 hours on a private vehicle, we reach Nayapul and after a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we will reach Birethanti, a large village with many shops and teahouses. Here, your guide will show the permits at a check-post to get permission to enter the ACAP. From here, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi River. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille and after a short climb; we reach Tikhedhunga where we will have our afternoon meals. From Tikhedhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge and the trail ascends a steep stone staircase which is about 3500 steps to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ulleri Village
  • Maximum Altitude:2,080m

After breakfast, we start our trek at around 8 AM and the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a campsite for a rest and a cup of tea stop one hour’s walk above Ulleri. The trail crosses two glistening streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti village where we stop for our afternoon meals. In the winter this village can be covered with snow. From here, we will climb to Ghorepani village, today’s destination for our overnight stay. From Ghorepani village, we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and more. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghorepani
  • Maximum Altitude:2,860m

Wake up early in the morning around 4 AM and hike to Poon Hill, from this viewpoint we will see a great view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After enjoying the sunrise event at Poon Hill, we will come back to the guesthouse, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tatopani. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tatopani
  • Maximum Altitude:1,200m

After breakfast, the trek starts up the Kali Gandaki valley, which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Here we will enjoy a beautiful day’s walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending into sub-tropical vegetation. We will cross the Bhalu Khola on a high suspension bridge before arriving at Dana (1450m). Around 30 minutes from Dana we will see a very high waterfall: Rupse Chhahara (which translates as beautiful waterfall). From there we will continue through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. We will cross the river again on a 120m long bridge to the east side. We will continue on to Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali village and this marks the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism in the valley. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghasa
  • Maximum Altitude:2,120m

After breakfast at Ghasa, the trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing through a narrow gorge before reaching Thakali traditional villages. Today we will cross the gorge and river numerous times via long suspension bridges, which make great photo opportunities. We will pass a couple of villages such as Lete, Kalopani and Kokhethati. On the way, we can see the top of Mount Dhaulagiri peeking over the west side. We will end our day in the village of Tukuche. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tukche
  • Maximum Altitude:2,560m

After breakfast, we start an easy and lovely day’s walking where we will first see the village of Khobang, which has narrow alleyways and tunnels connecting houses. We can make a short side trip to the Kanti Gompa (a Buddhist temple). Then our route continues to Marpha, one of the most important places for Apple. We can see a wine-brandy distillery here and walk through the orange orchard street. We will continue our trek for another 2 hours before reaching our day’s final destination at Jomsom where we will have our afternoon meals then continue the trek along the Kaligandaki River passing through Eklai Bhatti to Kagbeni. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kagbeni
  • Maximum Altitude:2,800m

After breakfast, we will ascend around 1000 meters to Muktinath Temple which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhists. We will first walk through Khingar (3400m) and then onto Jharkot (3500m), which is an impressive fortress-like village.

We will continue our way to the first part of Muktinath which is known as Ranipauwa, where we will sleep today’s night. There will be time to explore the area and see some of the holy Hindu places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring which is considered holy as well. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Muktinath
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m

After breakfast, we trek from Muktinath Temple to Jomsom via Kagbeni and Ekle Bhatti. Overnight at the hotel in Jomsom.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Maximum Altitude:2,600m

After early breakfast, walk from the hotel to the Jomsom Airport and take a 20-minute flight to Pokhara. Transfer to the hotel. The rest of the time will be rest and relax. In the evening, walk around the Lakeside market. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,10m

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu or take a flight (30 minutes flight) or extend your trip to Chitwan National park. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Final transfer to Kathmandu Airport and fly back home. 

    Inclusion

    • All the necessary airport pick up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu, and Pokhara with breakfast.
    • Sightseeing tour as per above program.
    • Necessary flights from KTM to Pokhara, Jomsom to Pokhara.
    • Tims (trekking information management system card) and Annapurna conservation fee.
    •  All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
    •  Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


     

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    Useful Information

    The Rain-shadow area of the Mustang Region sculpted by the Kaligandaki River is divided into two parts, Lower Mustang, and Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang is a restricted region and needs a special permit for foreigners whereas Lower Mustang is easily accessible and does not need a special permit. Until the 1950s, Mustang was a separate Kingdom and Lo-Manthang as the capital was practicing Tibetan Buddhism and a distinct culture.  

    Low altitude, stunning landscape, and breathtaking mountain views make the Lower Mustang trek an ideal trek for all the trekkers to understand the Tibetan Buddhist culture and Himalayan people with easy access unlike to Upper Mustang.  Lower Mustang with Poon hill excursion is one of the best hiking packages, it covers major highlights of Ghorepani and Poon hill and rain shadow Jomsom and Muktinath areas of the Himalayas.

    Accommodations 

    Accommodation during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara has a wide category of choice from simple budget hotels to 5 stars deluxe hotels. We can arrange your accommodation as per your choice and requirement. During the trek, you will be accommodated in the guesthouses with all meals on a full board basis.  You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation. The guesthouses offer a warm comfy bed mattress and blanket, WiFi, a hot shower, an attached bathroom, and sometimes they even have a heater to warm up the dining hall. You can choose a single room or either share your room with a partner.

    Food and Drinks 

    While you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can find any kind of food as per your choice and taste. The cooks at the restaurants and the hotels are well-trained to cook both local as well as international dishes. Even, during the Lower Mustang trek, the guesthouses offer a variety of food according to your choice from Local Dal/Bhat set to international foods like noodles, pasta, MOMO, macaroni, pizza, sausages, Tibetan bread, omelet, sandwich, chapati, and many more. All the foods meet the standard portion and quality and our guides will always be there to inspect the hygiene and standard of the food and make sure that it reaches the required standard. Our first priority is clients’ safety. You can always pack your favorite snack. But do not bring too much as you will have enough food.

    Drinking water during the trek, we strongly recommend drinking 3 to 4 liters of water per day as you will be hiking for a long period of time which will cause dehydration. Do not drink tap water or direct water, if you drink make sure you filter it before drinking. You can bring your own purification tablets or life-straw to filter the water. Water could be refilled at the guesthouses also but it will cost you some amount of money. The tea houses also offer you hot water. 

    FAQs

    When is the best season 14 days of Lower Mustang Trek via Poon Hill?

    The Mustang region experiences different types of weather according to the type of seasons in Nepal. There are four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. The weather and temperature of the Mustang region vary according to these seasons.

    Spring Season (March, April, May)
    This is the second-best season of the year for trekking in the Himalayas. The spring provides a favorable environment for trekking in the Lower Mustang region. The overall beauty of the Mustang area is visible during this season which will make your trip unforgettable. The temperature of the Lower Mustang during this period remains between 16-20 degrees, which is neither too cold nor too hot for trekking.

    Summer Season (June, July, August) Monsoon
    During the summers, most places in Nepal get heavy rain so we see fewer trekkers during this season. The lower Mustang region also experiences wet rains during the summer, making the trails muddy and slippery. The temperature of the Mustang region is mild during the summers and ranges between 13 and 20 degrees Celsius. The warm, clear and long days are excellent for trekking in this region.

    Autumn Season (September, October, November)
    Autumn is one of the perfect peak seasons of the year to visit Lower Mustang, Nepal. During the fall, the weather in the lower Mustang region is generally dry and cool. The temperature of the Lower Mustang ranges from 12 to 20 degrees. This temperature is very suitable for trekking. The skies are clear and you will be able to see beautiful mountains like Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Nilgiri and many other mountain ranges along the trails.

    Winter Season (December, January, February)
    December marks the start of the winter season in Nepal, where temperatures begin to drop significantly, especially in the late evening, night and early morning hours. The temperature of the Lower Mustang drops towards minus during the winter. Because of this, many trekkers prefer summer, spring and fall for Mustang trekking. The trekking trails remain covered with snow during winters.

    How difficult is the Lower Mustang trek? 

    Many trekking enthusiasts are often curious about the difficulty while trekking in the Mustang region. This trek is best for all types of trekkers traveling with family members. You can also go trekking with kids and seniors.

    The Lower Mustang trek through Poon Hill is a moderate trekking package. Treks in the Jomsom area are moderately difficult. Muktinath is the highest point at 3800 m, but all nights are spent below 3000 m except for one night at Ranipauwa (3700 m). It is suitable for both first-time and experienced travelers to Nepal, but it requires a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

    What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?

    Basically, our guide will take care of the situation. If it is not too bad we will go down on foot, although in an emergency there is usually access to a telephone line for evacuation via helicopter.

    How can I use toilets during the trek?

    On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and teahouses. Most toilets in this area are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks or go to the bush and do your business. 

    On the trail, you will find restrooms in small villages where there are restaurants and teahouses. Most of the toilets in this area are squat toilets. And other options include hiding behind big rocks or going into the bush and do your business.

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu?

    Kathmandu Valley, one of the historic cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program, we are offering you standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

    Yes, we do offer tailor-made departures if the Lower Mustang Trek package does not suit your travel plan right and conveniently.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Lower Mustang trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 3800m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow paths so you need to have the right equipment with you.

    Please find a packing list given below
    01) Large day pack: - This is for the majority of your gear that a porter will carry for you.
    02) Day pack: - Bring a comfortable pack to carry your personal items such as water bottles, Water purifiers, cameras, snacks, hats, and a change of clothes.
    03) Money belt or pouch: - Always carry your valuables, including plane tickets and passport, in your person.
    04) Water bottle: - we recommend bringing 1 one-liter bottle to carry your water.
    05) Shoes: - A pair of good hiking shoes.
    06) Socks: - Bring a couple of pairs of cotton and woolen socks.
    07) Trekking pants: - Bring a pair of loose-fitting, lightweight, moisture-wicking pants. Shorts are optional, but baring your legs is not recommended.
    08) T-shirts/Long sleeve shirt:-Lightweight, quick-drying, moisture-wicking shirts are recommended.
    09) Polar fleece, Warm sweater: - Bring a lightweight pullover to help keep you warm.
    10) Jackets: - Wind and rain jackets are recommended, try bringing one that meets both needs. 
    11) Other: Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm. 

    Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel and our tour guide will inform you about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your trek leader.

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Sure, our airport representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will display a plaque from Alpine Eco Trek with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

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