Lower Mustang Trek

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Facts of the Trip

Duration: 14 Days

Highest access: 3760m

Group Size: Min 2 to Max 14

Location: Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Grade: Easy - Classic

Best season: March, April,May & Oct , Nov- Dec

Culture: Cultural program with Special Dinner

Transportation: Tourist bus/Flight/Private vehicle

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch & Dinner + Tea or Coffee

  • Lower Mustang Trek
  • Lower Mustang Trek Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Guidelines
  • Reviews

Mustang & Lower Mustang Trek is combination between different Itinerary basis and an ancient Himalayan Kingdom. which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River.Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions.The southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people.  This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region.

Lower Mustang Trekking is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. In places the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses.

Trip info:

  • Accommodations:

We give our first priority to our guest to serve them at superior level that is what making us today Himalayan Magic Treks. For the accommodation we have been providing star hotels in Katmandu and even normal guest house according to the guest demands and need. During the trek we provide standard Guest House with sound environment and hygienic food for the guest to make their trip happening and healthy. Being one of the paramount destination in the world Mustang region collects lots of tourist. so, there will always be better Lodge and facilities in Upper Mustang Trek.

  • Meals:

We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Katmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.

  • Our Team:

Being homeland of Himalayas, it’s obvious to have challenging routes, High altitude problems, Weather and other conditions; any of those situations is big enough to ruin your trip. Leading around the steeply hills and rocky routes is not a job of common climbers and trekkers. Himalayan Magic Treks have been providing native leaders and staffs working in this field perfectly since long years to overcome tough challenges and make your trip a golden memory. They are trained and well certified by the Government of Nepal. All of our staffs have received emergency guidance in Himalaya’s and have knowledge of first Aid for our guest. We never compromise giving safety to our staffs, therefore we provide insurance and medical services during the trek and compensation when they need especially to Porters, Kitchen member and other.

  • Field Staffs:

we are  very much concern about the comfort of our guest and whenever it is about the staffs in the field. When we are on trek trekking through challenging route we need proper number of workers like Guide, Porter, Assistance guide, Camping members and other staffs. We provide 1 assistance guide with every 4 - 9 guests and 2 assistance guide with 10 guests. We do need strong and portable Porters to carry our weights, We provide 1 porters for 2 guest depending on guest stuffs and we allow only 25 kg for porters. We have professional and expert Guide, Leader and City guide in the field and can speak proper English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other required. We can also manage any other staffs as per your demand.       

  • Equipment’s:

We believe equipments does matter to make your trip easy and comfortable. Caring excessive quantity of equipment doesn’t make your adventure more interesting but the drawback. So, we request you to carry only selected and needed one and save your extra expenses for other need in trek though we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglass, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day back pack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipments which you most carry during the trek.

  • Clothing

Liner socks, Trekking shirts short sleeve, Thermal underwear, fleece sweaters lightweight, one heavier Easy drying long sleeved base layer shirts, woolen blends trekking socks, pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms

  • Outer layers

down vest, wind/rain proof over layer - jacket and pants, peak hat, headband, Warm winter hat, lightweight thermal layer hat, pair gloves, down jacket, Pair trekking boots, pair down booties Great for keeping feet warm in room and while sleeping and for in the lodge. Pair flip flops (for late night bathroom runs)

  • Safety & Security:

Security is our primary concern! From your beginning day (we will be there to pick you up with our staffs and identity) to departure date (airport drop services) we are always there to help you. We have proper remedial services during the trek with professional staffs; first aid kit, oxygen bag and Helicopter service for emergency rescue whenever trekkers get physical Loss or altitude sickness. We have focused more on acclimatization days to get rid of altitude sickness too.

  • Best Season to Trek in Nepal:

Autumn (September - November) and Spring (March - May) is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly clear and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season. 

Summer (June - August) and Winter (December - February). Though Summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around Mustang, Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest,  Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

  • Experience & Fitness:

Trekking in Nepal for Lower Mustang Trek does not require past experience, though we have challenging route in Everest compared to Annapurna our itinerary suggests to walk comfortable distances. Trekking in Himalayas always takes us to challenging altitudes and rocky routes, demands proper rest time and acclimatization to sustain their strength. We always have both listed properly in our itinerary. However certain training like Running, Skipping and other workout will definitely help you in roots.  

  • Acclimatization:

Altitude sickness is a significant risk when trekking on any trails above about 2,500m. However good health, proper care and drinking plenty of water will definitely help you to prevent from altitude sickness. Every trekkers needs to be familiar with the heights so, for this we have life saving acclimatization days during the trek, peak climbing and expedition. We also provide certain medical support for your relief and emergency rescue through helicopter whenever guest require.

  • Eco Friendly: 

We only leave foot prints! Himalayan Magic Treks is very much concern agency on environment pollution and Global Warming. We are always serious and genuine towards our garbage during the trek especially in Camping type. We collect all the rubbish and deposit it to proper place to protect our environment. We also partake in every program conducted in KEEP Kathmandu Environmental Education Project. We also suggest all travelers to protect our environment and Stop Global Warming.  

  • Helping Hand

Profit oriented is not only our priority! we have been helping some of ours very villagers from different corners of Nepal to sustain their social life and help them with education and required materials. We are always looking forward for interested candidates in this field to give helping hand to support and inspire them for their better beginning and good future. If you are interested please contact us: info@himalayanmagic treks.com They really need us, Support us to be their Helping Hand.

  • Note:

We have tailor-made program for Lower Mustang Trek. Days in the itinerary are always flexible, can be increased & decreased depending on your holiday and time schedule. Trekking in Everest around the Himalayan region goes through unexpected complication like natural and health challenges resulting chances in the itinerary for your security during the trek by our professional guides and leader to take you to final point safe and sound so, please cooperate with your guide for you protection.

Day 01
Arrival at Kathmandu 1,400m. Welcome by Himalayan Magic Treks member and Direct transfer to Hotel with Bed & Breakfast plan.
Day 02
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan and Swaymbhunath overnight at Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan.
Day 03
Drive to Pokhara 200km 6 hours overnight at Hotel with Bed & Breakfast plan.
Day 04
Drive to Nayapul 40km then  trek to Tikhedunga 1,480m 6/7 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 05Trek to Gorepani 2,860m 6/7 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 06Early morning trek visit to (Poon Hill view point 3,193m) 1 hour see the incredible view of Annapurna , Machhapuchhere ,Dhaulagiri , Manaslu Mountains range with Sunrise Than trek Down to Tatopani ( Hot spring) 1190m including full day 8/9 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 07
Trek to Ghasa 2,010m 6/7 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 08
Trek to Marpha 2,670m 6/7 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 09
Trek to Kagbeni 2,800m 6 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 10Trek to Muktinath 3,760m 4 hours visit Hindu and Buddhist famous Temple   overnight at Lodge
Day 11
Trek to Jomsom 2,120m 5 hours overnight at Lodge.
Day 12Morning Domestic Flight  to Pokhara 25 minute afternoon free day or Sightseeing tour in Pokhara overnight at Hotel  with Bed & Breakfast plan.
Day 13
Drive  to Kathmandu evening together farewell dinner with Typical Nepali Culture.
Day 14Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size duration of days and Services required please contact us via our email info@himalayanmagictreks.com with your Details to obtain a Quote.

Cost includes:

  • Airport pick up & drops by private car
  • Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus
  • Flight back from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • All the Night's Accommodation on Guest Houses ( Lodges )
  • 3 Night's Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu on Be d & breakfast plan
  • 2 Night's Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & breakfast plan
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest)
  • All Government local Taxes
  • Annapurna National park Fees
  • (TIMS)Trekkers information Management System
  • First Aid kit
  • HMT duffle bag to protect your staff during the trek
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Guide porter insurance during the trekking
  • Company T-shirt
  • Tour certificate
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/ Pokhara
  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects.
  • Tips
Acute Mountains Sickness (AMS) sign:

Headache, often with the loss of appetite, nausea vomiting, tiredness, dizziness, distributed sleep. What to do? Stay at height for 1-2 days in lower place to acclimatization, descend or use diamox  (250mg every 12 hours).

HACE signs:

Severe headache, loss of balance/coordination, staggering, irrational behavior, confusion, drowsiness, coma, death (Sometimes in a few hours)
What to do? Check with straight-line heel-to-toe walking.  HACE victims cannot do it. DESCEND immediately , even at night, at least 1000m with someone else, oxygen, Gamow bag, keep patient warm, diamox to be safe also take hot garlic soup

HAPE Signs:

Breath (even at rest), dry cough/pink or rusty spit, blue lips/nails, very tired, low fever, gurgling breath, drowsy, coma, death.
What to do? See HACE + Nifedipine


Ascend slow (300-500m/day) don’t exert yourself, eat high carbohydrate foods, drink lots of water and locals recommend garlic soup avoid alcohol and caffeine.
For information in Manag / at least Listen Guide suggestion
Visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) doctors’ talk at 3pm( Mar-Apr, Oct-Nov)

Safety FIRST:

Sprains and stains

Probably the most common accident in the area, Steep terrain and rough trails may cause many people strain their knees and ankles. Remember stretch before you start walking, take your time avoid trekking in the night time, and bring joint support bandages if you require hem.
Health posts. There are at least one health post in every VDC of the Area. This facility is open to trekkers who require medical attention. A novel a you can help the Health post is to leave any unwanted medicines at the center at the end of your trek. This may help other fellow trekkers ho need urgent medical care.
Rescue operation- how to be prepared?
We will be serious in this case to protect our clients in the Mountain and it should be able to organize a rescue evacuation for you quickly in your critical situation. If not the following precautions may prevent a long wait for a helicopter for rescues during emergency.
  Have travel insurance and carry your insurance policy number with you.
  Carry a credit card with you.
  Do the coordination with your Tour Guide to connection with responsible person of HMT to quick Rescue services to safe your Life
  Clients should Keep in touch with Company Manager during your travel time and Do not trust only Guide for this Emergency case
  Guest should be able to check First aid kit with your Guide , who goes to Mountains to guiding you and avoid trekking on your own.

Other problems:

•    Sick, Doctors at VDC health posts, Foreign doctors in Manang ( March-April,  Sept-early December)
•    Helicopter evacuation, You have to call in Kathmandu HMT Office 01-4378206 or 9849166578 (Nabin) directly with your guide support
-    Have a credit card and travel insurance number
•    Donkeys/Mules/yak: stay on the uphill side of these beasts.
•    Leeches: stay on trail use salt to get rid of them, avoid the monsoon season.
•    Full lodges: stop early don’t arrive in a place with 1-2 lodges at dusk, carry a tent
•    Hypothermia: when cold and or wet. Starts with shivering, progressing to slurred speech, stumbling, confusion, death.

Safe and non-pollution drinking water

Please do not buy bottled water as most bottles end up polluting the environment. Using untreated rive and tap water is a sure bet to get diarrhea, giardia etc. Use:

Safe drinking water stations:

To reduce plastic after, ACAP & New Zealand Overseas Development Assistance have established these station. Refill your bottle with this Ozonated water, safer and cheaper than mineral water (mostly NRs 60-70) Settlement Price NRs/Liter



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•    Iodine tablets: Use 1 tablet per liter and wait 30 min. Hide foul taste with lemon or orange flavored powder.
•    Boiled and filtered water  fairly safe but not so good if boiled with firewood
•    Your own water filter would be recommended during the Trek

Reducing pollution and environmental impacts

•    Carry out what you carry in
•    Take your empty batteries home stay / eat in loges than cook in gas/kerosene and have solar showers
•    Order the same  food for several people at the same time to cooking easily to saving time to reach for destination on time without any risk
•    Wear warm clothes rather than having the rooms heated
•    Don’t defecate new after sources
•    Dump garbage only at proper bins or pits
•    A high altitudes (4000m) do not even throw way biodegradable junk
•    Do not disturb wildlife
•    Do not hurt or remove animals and plants in the protected areas
•    Do not buy items made from wildlife parts, It will be illegal in the sum of dangerous case
•    Don’t accept “free” plastic bags.

Important to take along

•     Copy of passport , travel insurance and entry permit should have always with you or Guide
•    Credit card ( in case of evacuation)
•    Iodine tablets, water bottle sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, ha sun glasses, lip balm, insect repent.
•    Warm clothes, thermal underwear, gloves, good boos, trekking pole( optional)

Culturally acceptable behavior

You are a guest In Nepal and it is appreciated if you behave like one:
•    Dress decently( no short shorts or revealing clothes)
•    Do not show affection in public
•    Do not buy antiques
•    Do no point your feet(unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one  finger
•    Do not step over persons
•    Do not touch or step over offerings(re powder, flowers/rice)
•    Do not use your left hand( dirty)
•    Receive and give with two hands
•    Ask permission before taking people’s photographs.
•    Do  not ask local kids for school pens or sweets( don’t give either)
•    Discourage begging, pay fair prices
•    Take off your shoes before entering a monastery
•    Go clockwise around Stupas,  Temples or world Heritage sides etc
•    Do not eat smoke or be loud a religious sites
•    Women should avoid touching monks/lamas

Some ACAP activities:

Together with local communities
•    Visitor centers:  info + leaflets on local villages and culture, local guided tours, festival dates. In Bhulbhule- Check post, Koto-Check post, Manang-informaion center, Jomsom- Check post.
•    Mustang Eco Museum at S-end of Jomsom: Local culture, nature, geology
•    Garbage/pollution control: awareness, incinerators clean-up campaigns, toilets.
•    Conservation: tree planting oil conservation river bank protection biodiversity surveys n projection.
•    Alternative emery; micro Hyde plans, solar water heaters, light etc.
•    Trail improvement: widening, paving, bridges, signs.
•    Agriculture and endear development community infrastructure.
•    Health services support
•    Conservation education
•    Heritage conservation
•    Lodge management and training
•    Training of guides and porters
•    Signs and notice boards
•    Safe drinking water stations

Clients Reviews

My First time Nepal

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We have had a wonderful trekking experience in lower Mustang. We can warmly recommend the trip arranged by Nabin the owner of Himalayan Magic Treks. We enjoyed the best service from our excellent guide Kanchha and our porter Raj, who were always concerned with our needs and wishes.
Even though we trekked in the monsoon season we only had heavy rain one half of the trekking days.

Sometimes on the trekking paths was a bit cloudy, which gave the opportunity to experience the forest as an enhanced forest like in the fantasy movies (such as Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings) when the weather cleared the most amazing views were visible with snow-covered mountains, desserts, rivers and the wild life

Trekking ''Rain shadow''

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Trekking‘’Rain shadow ‘’

We have had a wonderful trekking experience in lower Mustang. We can warmly recommend the trip arranged by Nabin the owner of Himalayan magic treks.  At First Nabin picked us up from Airport with beautiful marigold flowers with warm welcome, it makes me impressed and He speak with lovely smile all the time and explain all the program correctly just in front of us and Guide to be clear our trip agreement during our staying in Nepal and he choose excellent Hotel in center of Thamel and actually we have few extra nights Hotel before leaving our Home Denmark but we felt his choice Hotel is suite and well comfortable and we keep continue stay few more days.  We enjoyed the best services from our excellent guide Kanchha and our porter Raj, who were always concerned with our needs and wishes.

Even though we trekked in the monsoon season we only had heavy rain one half of the trekking days.Sometimes on the trekking paths is was a bit cloudy, which gave the opportunity to experience the forest as an enhanced forest like in the fantasy movies (such as Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings) when the weather cleared the most amazing views were visible with snow-covered mountains, desserts, rivers and the wild life. All in all a wonderful trekking experience. We are very happy with all professional Team of HMT and strongly recommend this Company to take their services and punctual time for those programs. We can’t Thanks enough for Nabin and his Team

Le 1er voyage au Népal


Le 1er voyage au Népal, c’était le hasard. Nous voulions aller au Tibet, impossible, frontière fermée. Le 2ème, c’est parce-que nous avons été charmé par le Népal et les népalais(es). Le 3ème, c’était pour retrouver nos amis, vivre parmi eux, partager leur mode de vie et leurs traditions.

Le Népal est un pays de rêve. La chaîne Himalayenne est incomparable, magnifique et impressionnante. Ne ratez pas le survol en avion, 30 minutes depur bonheur.
Je vous conseille également de partir en trek, c’est la meilleure façon d’apprécier les campagnes, de voir les paysans travaillés les rizières en terrasse, de voir la flore exotique et de croiser des gens de différentes cultures. Pas de problème si vous n’êtes pas grand sportif, l’agence vous conseille sur le type de trek qui vous convient.
Kathmandu est une ville pleine de vie et de couleurs, de temples, de stupas. Ville bruyante, quand on n’y est pas habitué, mais il y a plein de parcs et de lieux où on peut se promener tranquillement : Swoyambhu au petit matin, ambiance zen garantie – le jardin des rêves, certes pour touristes mais reposant, le jardin de l’ancien Palais royal, les jardins du monastère Kopan et tous les parcs publics de la ville. Demandez à votre guide.

L’accompagnement par un guide professionnel a été un facteur déterminant pour la réussite de notre premier voyage. Nabin a su nous faire découvrir et apprécier son pays. C’est en toute confiance que vous pouvez vous adresser à l’agence HMT - Himalayan Magics Treks . Vous êtes sûr de faire un bon choix à tout niveau des tarifs corrects, des conditions de sécurité assurées durant le trek, une prise en charge totale et surtout une super équipe qui travaillent dans la bonne humeur d’où des rapports très chaleureux.
BON VOYAGE AU NEPAL et envoyez le bonjour à Nabin de notre part………..