Lower Mustang Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Lower Mustang Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Annapurna Lower Mustang
  • Max Altitude 3,800m/12,467ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Ulleri
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Lower Mustang Trek Highlights

  • City Tour in Kathmandu, the LIVING MUSEUM.
  • Being at Pokhara (820 m), the beautiful LAKE CITY, the second biggest city in Nepal
  • Overnight at Ulleri, the beautiful stone-built cultured Gurung village.
  • Excursion to Poonhill for the exceptional sunrise view with a spectacular panoramic mountain view along with the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Relaxing at a natural hot spring.
  • Walk into the ancient SALT trading route of the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki.
  • Being at Marpha village, a timeless treasure in the heart of Mustang, renowned for its whitewashed buildings, apple orchards, and apple brandy.
  • Being at Jomsom and getting closer to the stunning snowy Nilgiri range and the world’s 7th highest mountain, Dhaulagiri is another attraction.
  • Witnessing another face of Nepal with arid, barren, more like a dried-out ocean land setting is phenomenal.
  • Visiting Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists at the foot of the highest pass Thorang La (5,416 m/17,769 ft).
  • Adventurous flight through the Kali Gandaki to the lake city of Pokhara.

Lower Mustang Trek Overview

Lower Mustang trek takes anyone into the deep ravine of the world’s deepest gorge which is phenomenal. This delightful trek gives anyone ample opportunity to witness the majestic Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges. Furthermore, it offers appealing views of the spectacular landscape and vibrant hills. It provides a welcoming environment to understand the culture of western Nepal.

This trek takes you to the most amazing settlement of Ghorepani. It is the world's largest Rhododendron-growing forest area with a spectacular panoramic mountains view. We descend down to the natural hot spring (Tatopani) that provides you soothing relief from walking muscle pain. Give yourself a revitalizing bath in the natural hot spring that indeed has medicinal and healing powers. Soon we set off following the deepest gorge in the world of Kali Gandaki where the views are simply sensational. Getting to Jomsom, the windy valley of Nepal has a different fascination.

Muktinath, the place of salvation is a highly revered abode for both Hindus and Buddhists. Anyone can witness the harmony between the two different religions very well-reflected in Muktinath. Every year thousands of pilgrims, especially locals and Indians visit this spiritual shrine which bears a great religious and spiritual significance. However, all these unique features make Lower Mustang Trek one of the exceptional trekking destinations of Nepal.

"Walk into the world’s deepest gorge and the ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet"

The unique feature of Lower Mustang Trek:

Despite the disagreement over the actual depth of the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the walkthrough is undeniably the most beautiful and unique on its own. The gorge which is said to be older than the mountains dates back to 80 million years. Furthermore, it separates the world’s 7th highest mountain, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft) on the west and the world’s 10th-highest mountain Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft) on the east.

Kali Gandaki, the source of which has its place in the Tibetan Brahmaputra flows through the forbidden ancient kingdom of Mustang. More to the point, the Lower Mustang trek is as popular as any trekking destination in Nepal. Every year thousands of nature enthusiasts including the pilgrims pick it as their vacation. It's one of the bestselling and the highlight of the Annapurna region. This trek in reality is the dominant section of the great Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Kali Gandaki Gorge (Worlds Deepest Gorge)

The Kali Gandaki Gorge, also known as the "Andhra Galchi" or "Gorge of Gandaki River," is one of the deepest gorges in the world. Located in the region of Mustang of Nepal, the gorge is named after the Kali Gandaki River, which flows through it.

Here are some key features of the Kali Gandaki Gorge:

  • Depth and Size: The Kali Gandaki Gorge reaches an impressive depth of approximately 5,571 meters (18,278 feet) at its maximum point. It is the deepest gorge in the world when measured from the top of Dhaulagiri Mountain (8,167 meters) to the bottom of the Kali Gandaki River (663 meters). The gorge is about 70 kilometers (43 miles) long.
  • Geographical Features: The Kali Gandaki Gorge lies between two towering mountain peaks, Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters) to the west and Annapurna I (8,091 meters) to the east. The Gorge stretches from these two towering mountains all the way down to Tatopani (hot spring) at 1200 meters.
  • Cultural Significance: The Kali Gandaki Gorge holds great cultural and religious importance for the local people. It lies on an ancient trade route that connects Tibet, Nepal and India. The route has been used by traders for centuries. The region is also significant for its connection to Tibetan Buddhism and the Kingdom of Mustang. The Kingdom of Mustang is known for its unique cultural heritage and ancient monasteries.
  • Natural Beauty: The gorge offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountain ranges. The landscape features rugged cliffs, deep valleys, and the powerful flow of the Kali Gandaki River, which carves its way through the gorge. The area is rich in diverse flora and fauna, with opportunities to spot rare species like the snow leopard and Himalayan griffon.
  • Trekking and Adventure: The Kali Gandaki Gorge is a popular destination for trekkers. It offers various trekking routes that showcase the stunning natural beauty of the region. The most well-known trek is the Annapurna Circuit, which passes through this deepest gorge. It provides opportunities to experience the local culture and witness the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Overall, the Kali Gandaki Gorge is a remarkable natural wonder, combining its impressive depth, stunning landscape, cultural significance, and adventure opportunities. It attracts visitors from around the world who seek to explore the beauty of the Himalayas. It delivers anyone an experience of the unique blend of nature and culture in the region.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4,593 ft)
  • Day 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation/ welcome dinner
  • Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft) 7 hours
  • Day 04:Drive to Hille and Trek to Ulleri (1,960 m/6,430 ft) 5 -6 hours
  • Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m/9,383 ft) 4 hours
  • Day 06:Morning excursion to Poonhill (3,200 m/10,498 ft) and trek to Tatopani (1,200 m/3,937 ft) 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 07:Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m/6,549 ft) 5- 6 hours
  • Day 08:Trek to Larjung (2,550 m/8,366 ft) 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 09:Trek to Marpha (2,670 m/8,760 ft) 4 hours
  • Day 10:Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/9,186 ft)
  • Day 11:Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft) 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 12:Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 ft) 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 13:Fly to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft) 20 minutes
  • Day 14:Fly to Kathmandu 25 minutes
  • Day 15:Departure day

Lower Mustang Trek Detailed Itinerary

Soon you land at Kathmandu airport your Trekking Group Leader or our office Representative will be there to receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.

    Today would be the most exhilarating day when your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious places that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates the entire mysticism over its existence.


    • Breakfast at the Hotel.
    • Meet up at 9 am for the tour.
    • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
    • Lunch on your preference.
    • Getting together for trek briefing delivered by your Team leader.
    • Distribution of company's trek equipment.

      Driving 200 km to Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in local buses which are often enormously packed.


      • 6/7 hours drive.
      • Early drive to Pokhara to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams.
      • Fabulous scenery as you navigate through these new roads.
      • A very relaxing multiple break gives you time to stretch and enjoy.
      • A lunch stop in one of the highway restaurants with its excellent food choices is very comforting.
      • Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.

        Approximately 1 and ½ hour's drive on a narrow paved road to Nayapul, and we will further drive taking the offroad to Hille, the starting point of your electrifying expedition. Approximately 3 hours walk to Ulleri, the exquisite stone-built rural community in the region situated high up on the mountain ridge.


        • Drive to Nayapul with a great view of Annapurna and Fishtail.
        • We will further drive to the beautiful settlement of Hille for lunch (depending on our time).
        • The scenic beauty, deep gorge, and stretches of ancient farming terraces at the backdrop are phenomenal.
        • 3 hours of vertical ascend with consistent stone steps through the series of villages to Ulleri is adventurous.
        • Overnight stay, fabulous dinner, and briefing by your leader.

          4 hours of walking through the beautiful woodland trail of rhododendrons, maple, and oak are overwhelming, and getting to Ghorepani the leading protected area in Nepal with the world's largest Rhododendron forest is extraordinary. Ghorepani, the place that has served as a crucial place for the meet-up of traders during the salt trade era between Nepal and Tibet.


          • Unbelievable hike through the dramatic forest setup.
          • A lot to see if you are trekking in spring.
          • Getting to Ghorepani, the blue roof settlement is electrifying.
          • Know the legends of Ghorepani.
          • Free afternoon for self–exploration.
          • Overnight stay, marvelous dinner, and chill out.

            Morning sunrise view from Poon-Hill is one cherishing moment with a panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Fishtail, etc. Today we descend at least 1600 m down to Tatopani. After breakfast, we leave Gorepani and descend through woodland to the village of Sikha for lunch. We further descend down to the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge and get to Tatopani. Taking a dip in the pool of Tatopani (hot water), the natural hot spring is an everyday activity for tourists both local and international.


            • An early wake-up call for the dazzling sunrise view with ample snow-capped mountains that would move many emotionally.
            • A fabulous walk through woodland is peaceful.
            • Arriving into the deepest gorge in the world and getting to Tatopani is sensational.
            • After a long day walking dip in the natural hot spring at Tatopani with chilled beer is very soothing.

              From Tatopani, we start off with a gradual ascend trial to the village of Dana where Magars are the dominant tribe. Depending on the trail condition today we try our best to skip the jeep road and take the formerly trekking route. On the way through Kali Gandaki, you would see a couple of Hydro power stations and eventually get to Rupse Chahara, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nepal where we will have lunch. Gradually we get to Ghasa, the border between the Myagdi and Manang districts.


              • Delightful walk with stunning views and a series of cultural villages.
              • Walking through the series of townships of Magars, Brahmins, and Thakalis is remarkable.
              • Outstanding view of Rupse Chahara, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Nepal.
              • Being at Ghasa and arriving in a different district of Manang is exciting.
              • The view of Annapurna is unbelievable.

                Today’s short walk starts with a gradual trial to Kaiku. The trail now ascends following the gorge through the forest of pine till we cross a bridge, we now steeply ascend to the village of Lete and another short gradual trail leads us to the prosperous Thakali village of Kalopani. Another 2 hours of enchanting walk through pine, juniper and cypress forest takes us to the very cultured and architecturally exotic village of Larjung.


                • A most enchanting walk through woodland.
                • Despite occasional steep climbing, today's walk offers an impressive view of Dhaulagiri (7th highest mountain in the world), Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Annapurna.
                • Being at the beautiful settlement of Larjung is sensational.
                • Lunch and free afternoon for self-exploration.

                  After breakfast, we walk a gradual trial to Kobang and gradually reach Tukuche, the village grounded at the base of Tukuche peak and served as a junction during the salt trade era. Now we enter into the ‘valley of apples and apricots’ where you would see ample apple orchards and apple brandy breweries on the way. Another two hours of gentle walk takes us to one of the largest Thakali villages of Marpha. This architectural white village has always been prominent for its apples.


                  • A very enchanting walk along the salt trade route and the world’s deepest gorge.
                  • Getting closer to the majestic Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is phenomenal.
                  • It is mesmerizing to see all the beautiful apples growing all around if you are trekking in the right season.
                  • Now the valley opens right before you with its magnificence.
                  • Lunch at Marpha and afternoon exploration, worth trying local apple brandy.

                    Now away from the tree line we leave Marpha and the next 2 hours of gradual – effortless trail takes us to the medieval town of  Jomsom which means New Fort and the district headquarters of Mustang. Nilgiri range dominates the entire Jomsom. Next we walk 10 km of easy walk to Kagbeni with occasional walking on the Kali Gandaki river bed. Kagbeni, the getaway to the forbidden kingdom of Mustang is stunning with its very cultured and ancient setting.


                    • Awesome walk with a different landscape background.
                    • Great view of high Himalayan giants poking into the sky.
                    • Witness the Kali Gandaki River which dates back to 80 million old flowing from the Tibetan Plateau.
                    • Walk to Kagbeni, the gateway of Upper Mustang through the ancient salt trade trail is unique.
                    • Afternoon excursion around the antique village of Kagbeni which is not to be missed.
                    • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours

                    Leaving the vintage Kagbeni we slowly ascend to the ridge from where the view of Mustang Valley and the Kali Gandaki valley is unbelievable. We further climb up to the ancient settlement of Jharkot where you would witness the remains of the ancient fort. Eventually, we climb to the very lively town of Muktinath – situated at the base of Muktinath Peak and the high Thorang Pass Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists.


                    • Walking on the wider version of the trail is worth it.
                    • A very rewarding moment being at Muktinath with an exceptional view.
                    • Explore Muktinath, a place of nirvana for both Hindus and Buddhists.
                    • Observe the lively activities of locals selling souvenirs and ammonites.
                    • Witness how Hinduism and Buddhism blend side by side in great harmony in Nepal.

                      Today we walk to Jomsom partly taking a different trail with an utterly different landscape background as Mustang happens to be a desert of Nepal with arid and dry terrestrial. We leave Muktinath and descend down to Ekle Bhatti. We follow Kali Gandaki, the river older than the mountains, and head towards Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang and the windy valley of Nepal.


                      • Today’s walk is very relaxing through ancient Tibetan settlements where the Nilgiri range dominates the horizon.
                      • Retracing our trail back through the prehistoric Kali Gandaki River is mesmerizing.
                      • While walking back to Jomsom watch out for harsh wind. Beautiful Nilgiri range dominates the entire Jomsom.
                      • Being it a last night fun activities follow with dancing, eating, drinking, and tipping.

                        Today we will wake up early for the flight to Pokhara. Flights from Jomsom take off early to skip any uncertainty of wind and weather. Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city, also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that would undoubtedly trigger excitement.


                        • End of your trekking days.
                        • We bid goodbye to our local staff.
                        • 20-minute flight to stunning Pokhara, and in Pokhara the beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
                        • As per preference, your leader will assist you in your Pokhara activities which may include: lake exploration and hike to Peace Pagoda, paragliding, zip lining, etc. or it’s entirely up to your choice if you want to stay back and explore Pokhara for shopping.

                          Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.


                          • Sensational flight to Kathmandu
                          • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.

                            Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. 

                              What's Included
                              • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to legally trek in the region are procured before arrival.
                              • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
                              • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU and POKHARA at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
                              • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
                              • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
                              • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
                              • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
                              • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
                              • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flight from JOMSOM to POKHARA and POKHARA to KATHMANDU.
                              • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
                              • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
                              • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
                              • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
                              • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
                              • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
                              • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
                              • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
                              • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
                              What's Excluded
                              • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
                              • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
                              • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
                              • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
                              • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
                              • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
                              • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
                              • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
                              • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
                              • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
                              • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
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