Lower Mustang Ghorepani Muktinath trek is suitable for beginner trekkers who enjoy mountain view as well as pilgrimage site. Our destination on this trek are Ghorepani, famous to catch magnificent splendor of sunrise over Himalayas and Muktinath, lying below Thorong La pass is major pilgrimage place for Hindus. We descend to Tatopani (Tato-hot, Pani-water) from Ghorepani relaxing our body in hot spring and head forward along with Kaligandai river. We encounter the world’s deepest George cut by kaligandaki river between massif Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain. Moreover, the valley has traditional and prosperous villages of Thakali community like Tukuche, Ghasa, Marpha on the way. Thakali are traditional traders having charming and clean homes turned into trekkers lodges.
Ramdung can offer you plenty of suggestions, if you wish to stay more days in Nepal. We arrange day tours inside historic city of Kathmandu valley, the mountain hill stations Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, rafting and jungle safari packages, helicopter and mountain flights tour etc.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city. In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02 - Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
At around 7am you’ll leave Kathmandu to reach Pokhara through green valley, Trisuli River along side and scattered villages. It takes 6-7 to reach Pokhara. You check-in at your hotel, freshen up and have lunch. Walking along the Lakeside would be a good idea for the evening. You are advised to get some good sleep to begin trekking next day. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 03 – Pokhara to Nayapul to Ghandruk (1950m)
We leave Pokhara early in the morning by bus or taxi to Nayapul, commencement point of this trek. From Nayapul we start walking uphill and having fantastic views of Annapurnas. From Birethanti, we turn right after crossing the Modi river and aim to reach Ghandruk about 4-5 hours steep hill trial. Where there are good views of Machhapuchre and Annapurna South for our rights stop in this pretty village. O/N community lodge (BLD)
Day 04 – Ghandruk to Tadapani (2660m)
The trail will be some steep climbing today but not for long. The ascending path is scenic one, walking through forests of Rhododendron and Magnolia. In Spring season of flowering, the trail is very amazing. If we are lucky, we may see Nepal gray langur monkey hanging in treetops overhead. Tadapani serves as major stop point for Annapurna trekking circuit from where Annapurna base camp trek commence. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 05 – Tadapani to Ghorepani (2870m)
After breakfast today you will hike ascent about 4-5 hours to reach Ghorepani via Deurali. This section is full of Rhododendrons and colour. After the long climb through some fabulous scenery we come to Ghorepani which has some great teahouses, bakeries, book shops and Tibetan curios for sale. Ghorepani is situated on a ridge separating the Kali Gandaki valley and the Modi River giving excellent mountain views from on each side. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 06 – Visit Poonhill (3200m), Ghorepani to Tatopani (1180m)
Waking early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill along steep trail. This place is famous to catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains.
Then we return to lodge to take breakfast then resume walking. In an 4-5 hours of downhill walking we arrive at Tatopani. As it name, it means Tato as hot and Pani as water, and is famous for its hot spring. At evening, we relax our body dipping at hot spring after long trek. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 07 – Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m)
As the canyon narrows the trail is forced high up the cliff, at one point passing through a tunnel carved into the rock. The trek passes by a most beautiful waterfall before reaching Ghasa, the first Tibetan- style village of the upper Kali Gandaki where the stone houses are characterized by the flat roof and narrow covered always. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 08 – Ghasa to marpha (2667m)
The Kaligandaki now opens up into a wide gravel bed as the trail travels through coniferous forests past Kalopani to Tukche. During the day, there are good views of the Dhaulagiri Icefalls to the west. On a hill above Larjung an interesting Gompa with many old painting. The trek trail is now through several typical Thakali villages. We reach Marpha at evening, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, famous for its apple brandy and jam. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 09 – Marpha to Muktinath (3802m)
After the gentle walk, it takes us to beautiful city area called Jomsom. Convection winds grow stronger in the afternoon and exhilaratingly, we walk with the wind assisting us northward. The major inhabitants of Jomsom are government officials, army and merchants engaged in distribution of the goods brought in by plane and pony caravans. The we walk to reach our today’s stopover, Muktinath. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 10 – Rest day in Muktinath
We spend our day in Muktinath visiting famous hindu shrines temple Muktinath. It is one of the most go place for Hindus once in a lifetime. Further, we visit the surroundings settlements too. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 11 – Drive Muktinath to Jomsom, Flight to Pokhara
Early in the morning, we drive from Muktinath to Jomsom to catch our flight to Pokhara. 30 minute morning flight takes Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we drive and check in hotel. It is all up to you visiting different places around Pokhara valley such as Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower cave and many more places as per the choice. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 12 – Rest and relax in Pokhara
O/N Hotel (B)
Day 13 – Drive Pokhara to Kathamndu
It takes 7hrs long drive along Trisuli river and various settlements to get back to Kathmandu. You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
You have option to extend your trip continuing onto Bandipur, Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or Scenic Everest Flight. Notify us in advance !!!
Day 14 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
FLIGHT DELAYS IN POKHARA-JOMSOM
Flight between Pokhara and Jomsom is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Pokhara or Jomsom due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation is not included so you will have to pay extra for this. Alternatively, we can take jeep from Jomsom to Pokhara arriving in same day but prepare for bumpy ride. In this case, the cost will be included.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.