Mustang is a wonderful trekking destination in Nepal. Mustang is highly popular among trekkers and travelers all over the world. In 1992 Mustang region was opened for foreign tourists.
Mustang is such a vast and beautiful place that there are 2 regions. Those regions are called LOWER MUSTANG and UPPER MUSTANG. If you have no experience of HEAVEN then you must visit this place. When to plan of Mustang? well, you can plan any time of year. Muktinath temple is the gem of the lower mustang. This temple is famous among Hindus and Buddhist devotees.
Getting to Lower Mustang Nepal
Do you know? Lower Mustang is one of the really busy trekking destinations in Nepal. This region is really popular. If a person is having a vacation, s/he will definitely make a plan for Lower Mustang visit.
There are several ways of getting to Lower Mustang. Either you can trek all the way up to the lower mustang or you can take several means of transportation like bus, jeep, and also flights.
Lower Mustang By Trek
One of the popular adventure activities of Nepal is trekking. The amazing trekking trails are a unique experience for al[l the trekkers. Those who love trekking can go to Lower Mustang by trekking. And this is how they can;
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Highest Elevation: 820 meters
Travel Duration: 6 to 7 hours by bus or 25 minutes by flight
Several ways can be used for reaching Pokhara from Kathmandu. You can take the roadway, you can drive on a local bus, a tourist bus, or on a private vehicle. Or the easiest way i.e. you can fly to Pokhara airport from Kathmandu airport.
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga
Highest Elevation: 1570 meters
Drive Duration: 1 hour
Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours
From Pokhara, you will drive an hour to Nayapul. From there, the trek actually begins. The river banks of Modi Khola is to be taken. After reaching the Birethanti village, you must walk along the bank of Burundi river. For reaching Hille a short uphill should be climbed. After a short hike from Hille, you’ll reach Tikhedunga. Stay overnight at Tikhedunga.
Day 3: Trek from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani
Highest Elevation: 2,860 meters
Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours
The trail to Ghorepani begins by crossing a suspension bridge. You will be climbing the staircase with 3300 steps made from stone. At the end of the stone steps is the Magar village called Ulleri. From Ulleri, you will continue walking uphill through an amazing view.
You will see the amazing Himalayan peaks of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and several others. Then, climb to Nangethanti. From there, you will reach the beautiful village of Ghorepani.
Day 4: Hike up to Poon Hill and Trek to Tatopani
Highest Elevation: 3210 meters at Poon Hill and 1200 meters at Tatopani
Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Early in the morning, you will start your hike viewing mesmerizing sunrise view from Poon. Also, you can enjoy the incredible views of Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre Himal, and some others from Ponhill.
After all that, you will return to the Ghorepani village. You’ll have your breakfast there and start trekking to Tatopani. At Tatopani, the is a natural hot spring which is very fantastic and cozy along with beautiful scenery. At the natural hot spring, you can take a warm dip that will definitely relax you and your muscles for sure. (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!!!!)
Day 5: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa
Highest Elevation: 1190 meters
Trek Duration: 5 to 7 hours
You will start trekking from Tatopani to Ghasa. On the way, you will get a fantastic chance of walking alongside of the beautiful river “Kali Gandaki“.
Also there, you will see amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna. Plus, there is a high suspension bridge that you will cross before reaching Dana.
After walking for half an hour you will get a beautiful view of the waterfall called Rupse Gandaki river. From the waterfall, you must walk through the tough narrow, steep trails. You will see a long bridge that you need to cross is the Kali Gandaki river. After crossing, you will reach Ghasa. Ghasa is a fantastic Thakali village. There, you can have amazing Thakali food. You need to spend your night there at this full of cultured Thakali village.
Day 6: Trek from Ghasa to Tukuche
Highest Elevation: 2510 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours
From Ghasa, you will be trekking 5hrs through amazing trekking trails. This day, several gorges and rivers over the thrilling suspension bridges will be waiting for you. After that, you will reach the beautiful Tukuche village. Also on the way, you will see amazing villages like Lete, Kalopani, and Kokkethati. Believe me its a lot fun and also tiring.
Day 7: Trek from Ghasa to Kagbeni
Highest Elevation: 2900 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Don’t worry, today is an easy day. Amazing trekking trails await you. Walking through beautiful villages of Khobang and Marpha, you will make your way towards Kagbeni. Many amazing apple orchards are a fantastic way to replenish your energy. Then from Marpha, you will be walking to Jomsom. Here you will spend your night.
Day 8: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath
Highest Elevation: 3855 meters
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Yes, today is the day. You will visit the holy Muktinath temple. You will start from Jomsom and will walk through amazing Nepali cultured villages like Khingar, Jharkot, and Ranipauwa. After climbing 1000 meters you will reach heaven like place A.K.A “Muktinath”. Muktinath is a beautiful place. You must visit the temple, beautiful caves around, and the eternal flame that is simply amazing.
Day 9: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
Highest Elevation: 2720 meters
Trek Duration: 4 hours
This day you will return to Jomsom. You will love to walk riverbanks of the Kali Gandaki River. Finally, you will reach Jomsom.
Day 10: Early morning flight to Kathmandu/Pokhara or bus back to Pokhara/Kathmandu
On this day, you can take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara or to Kathmandu. If not you can trek back or can take a local bus that will take you to Pokhara. From there it’s up to you!!!! If you take a flight to Pokhara, you can return from there to Kathmandu in a plane or on buses (private or public).