Lower Mustang offers a short trek allowing you a glimpse of the fabled region of Mustang, often referred to as a “forbidden kingdom” deep in the Himalaya, bordering Tibet.
As well as the incredible mountain scenery of the deep Himalaya with a backdrop of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri this trek offers one of the best experiences of genuine Tibetan culture. Historically the regions were closely linked by culture, religion and a vibrant trade network. The Lower Mustang trek allows you to explore a fascinating corner of the Himalaya, visiting the local monasteries and the settlements on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.
Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Trek to Lubra.
An early start with your transfer to the airport for your flight to Jomson. Although short, the flight is a memorable one as you soar through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Dhaulagiri and Tukuche to the west, and Nilgiri Central and Annapurna to the east.
From Jomson, set out following the Kali Gandaki winding amidst the mountains towards Lubra – a small village maintaining pre-Buddhist Bon traditions. The Mustang Bon Community Homestay at Lubra provides a simple village experience high in the mountains and the chance to discover this little-known tradition. Your accommodation with the family will be simple, but adequate to meet all your needs. Like all Community Homestays in Nepal, you have a private room with fresh linen and essential toiletries.
Trek from Lubra to Muktinath.
The trail along the Kali Gandaki has long been a trade route between India and Tibet and you will share the trail with horse, mule and pony caravans. Led by Thakhali or Tibetan men, the lead horses are adorned with wondrous plumes and headdresses and the melodious sound of their bells is a constant companion. The temple of Muktinath, although dedicated to Vishnu, is sacred to both Hindu and Buddhist and many ascetic sadhus gather here. 108 animal-headed spouts spit holy water, and a Buddhist shrine shelters perpetual flames.
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni.
The trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni takes you through a high-altitude landscape of the Annapurna region. Cradled in a valley below the Himalaya you will be exposed to awesome views of endless mountains and sometimes to harsh elements, especially wind. Cross the Gyu La pass where you can experience iconic Buddhist prayer flags while peering into the mysterious Upper Mustang region before slowly descending to Kagbeni.
The Buddhist culture of the town is evident today, with rows of large prayer wheels, a monastery that blows its horns at the break of dawn and Tibetan-influenced architecture.
Trek to Jomsom via Thini.
Today’s first stop is Thini. The name of this village originates from Tibetan word Thin (lit. base or root) and it is one of the oldest villages in the region. Historically Thini was an important village in the valley where famous king Thang Mig Chen ruled. It is also a gateway to Tilicho Lake, which is about two days walk. Take time to visit the small, but colourful Thini Bonpo Gompa before continuing to Jomsom.
Fly to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel.
Again savour the stunning views on the return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Back in the lake-side city the day is free for your own explorations, excursions or just to relax.