Lower Mustang trek makes up a classic trek that initially passes through the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill with spectacular mountain panorama and then leads through the world’s deepest river gorge – the Kali Gandaki. Initially we pass through the classic landscapes of trekking in Nepal – deep forests, rolling hills and narrow paths leading through stone steps until we reach Poon Hill. But once we get to Tatopani, the landscape changes dramatically and this metamorphosis reaches culmination point in Muktinath and Kagbeni area, where we witness a mountain desert landscape, very characteristic of Tibetan Plateau.
We will pass through the villages of Marpha, Jomsom, Muktinath & Kagbeni along the way. Muktinath is equally sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists, the Muktinath temple is often called Mukti Kshetra which literally means the “place of salvation”. The outer courtyard of the temple has 108 bull faced hot springs, where the devotees take sacred bath even in the freezing temperature. Our trek passes through Jomsom and Kagbeni, renowned as the entry point for Upper Mustang (restricted area). As we reach the vicinity of Jomsoma glance of Tibetan Plateau around the gateway to the “Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang”gives us a taste of the Tibetan culture and traditions.This is a Trans-Himalayan region, protected from the monsoon by the high passes and mountains to the south. There is a dramatic change in scenery as we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide and we are now in the vicinity of Tibetan Plateau to witness a stark and rugged landscape and the culture here is predominantly Buddhist. We get to visit two Buddhist monasteries on this trail, one of which is a modern monastery in Marpha and one very old monastery from the 15th century, in Kagbeni. This very old monastery building was made by ancient method of building with rammed earth and this building has survived intact for centuries. The old village of Kagbeni is made up of mud houses along the banks of the Kali Ghandaki River.
Lower Mustang area is a land where 8,000m/26,250ft highmountains cast a shadow over the world’s deepest river gorge. The charm of this natural beauty is enhanced by the addition of picturesque stone villages dotted along the way, Buddhist monasteries & prayer walls. This trek provides many spectacular views of the two Himalayan giants –Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains with a flavor of the Tibetan like country side north fromJomsom. This trek takes us to the border of one of the most remote kingdoms on earth. Trek across sacred valleys surrounded by enormous peaks and encounter people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have carved a lifestyle out of the steep terraces and barren plateaus of the area for thousands of years.
|Best Season||:||March - December|
|Trekking Duration||:||14 Days|
|Trekking Grade||:||II (Moderate Trek)|
|Maximum Altitude||:||3,710m / 12,170ft|
|Destination||:||Poon Hill, Kagbeni, Jomsom & Muktinath|
|Trip Route||:||Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tatopani – Ghassa – Marpha – Kagbeni – Muktinath – Jomsom - Pokhara|
|Trip Style||:||Lodge / Tea House|
|Group Size||:||Min. 2 People|
|Starting From||:||Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nayapul|
|Ending Point||:||Jomsom and Pokhara|
|Culture||:||Local communities with ethnic majority of Gurung, Chhetri & Tibetan|
|Mode of Trekking||:||Tea house style (lodge trek)|
|Himalayan Sights||:||Dhaulagiri Range & Annapurna Range, Himchuli, Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna, LamjungHimal, Manasalu, Annapurna I, II & III, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Thorungtse, Yak Gawa, Dhampus Peak, Tukuche Peak, Tilicho Peak|
|Highlight||:||Extremely Varied Landscapes, Mountain Desert, Old Buddhist Monasteries, World’s Deepest River Gorge of Kali Gandaki, Rice-Terraces, River Valleys, Sunrise, Sunset,Water Falls, Local Flora & Fauna|
|01||Kathmandu - Pokhara|
|Early morning tourist coach transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the drive you will already have stunning views over the mighty Himalaya massifs as well as green hills and dramatic river valleys. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Preparation activities for yoga trek - detailed briefing, last minute shopping and packing.|
|02||Pokhara – Naya Pull – Hille 1,495m/4,900ft||1.5hr drive, 4hr trek|
|We will start trekking from Nayapul after a 1.5 hour drive with a private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti - a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille where we spend the night.|
|03||Hille - Ghorepani 2,860m/9,380ft||7hr trek|
|Leaving Hille, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2,070m/6,790ft. We have to tackle a steep stone stair climb so we take our time with that. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2.460m, still walking through a dense forest of rhododendron and oak. After another hour of walking from here, we will finally reach Ghorepani at 2,860m/9,380ft. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls selling local products and crafts. The town has two parts: upper part and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings and mornings.|
|04||Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Sikha 1,935m/6,350ft||5hr trek|
|Very early in the morning around 4am, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at elevation of 3,210m/10,500ft, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides a superb view of sunrise over the high Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare. In Poon Hill we will spend about 2 hours. At Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at the hotel and continue our trek on a down trail to Sikha.|
|05||Sikha - Tatopani 1,190m/3,900ft||5hr trek|
|We continue our walking down a stone stair trail and sometimes off-road until we reach Tatopani where we spend the night. There is a hot spring here where we can enjoy a hot soak after a few days of trekking.|
|06||Tatopani - Ghasa 2,010m/6,595ft||7hr trek|
|After breakfast we start walking alongside Kali Gandaki river gorge which is the deepest river gorge in the world as counted from the top of the snowy peaks to the river’s lowest point. We follow a wide trail which is also a local road and we cross the river back and forth through several foot bridges and walk through the village of Dana, where we eat lunch. This is a day of a gentle uphill trek. Overnight at a teahouse.|
|07||Ghasa – Larjung||6hr trek|
|The trail is easy following the same wide trail and local road, occasionally diverting through a forest or crossing the river through a foot bridge. We stop for lunch at Kalopani and we continue through the wide road to Larjung from then on, still following the river, which now changes and widens its riverbed significantly. We walk through green landscapes and there is an option to take a side trail through Kokethanti, this is a longer walk but away from the road. Overnight at a teahouse in Larjung.|
|08||Larjung - Marpha||4hr trek|
|From Larjung we walk through the villages of Khobang and Thukuche before we reach Marpha. This is a short walking day as we get time to explore the village of Marpha and its monastery with great views over the valley. Marpha is famous for growing apples and it’s a charming stone village where you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time. There is an old monastery and many narrow stone paved streets to explore here and you can have the famous Marpha apple pie. Overnight at a teahouse.|
|09||Marpha to Kagbeni||6-7hr trek|
|The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually up to Syang village, before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom. Syang is another small stone village with great views over the valley and a small monastery. We eat lunch at Jomsom and from Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the windswept Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3-4 hrs and finally reaching Kagbeni village. Kagbeni lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting old stone village situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. Kagbeni has some interesting ancient sights like the 15th century rammed earth monastery and the ancient sculpture of the village protector. The riverbed here is known for black stones, which contain ammonite fossils within them. Overnight at a teahouse.|
|10||Kagbeni - Excursion Day||3-4hr hike|
|Today we take a day to relax in Kagbeni and to explore the surroundings. There is a small very old monastery to visit here and wonderful views over the Nilgiri mountain (7061m) in this charming traditional settlement. We have an option for a day excursion to the village of Tiri, a small village in Upper Mustang, where we can climb up to the nunnery, from where we can admire a great view into the valley of Upper Mustang and great mountain views. You may also wish to try your luck in searching the riverbed of Kali Gandaki for Nepal’s famous black stones containing ammonite fossils millions of years old. There is also a little café here serving real Italian coffee in support of the local monastery’s development. Overnight at a teahouse.|
|11||Kagbeni – Muktinath||6-7hr trek|
|We take the north side of the valley to enter Muktinath from northern direction and we pass through the windswept hillside of Upper Mustang and the village of Jhong – village built in Mustang style and part of the Sakya Buddhist tradition. We pass through some beautiful barren landscapes and sandy rock formations which are very characteristic to the region of Upper Mustang (restricted area which we cannot enter).We arrive in Muktinath in the afternoon and we visit the holy sites here or just stroll around the village with many local Tibetan sellers and splendid mountain views. Overnight at a teahouse.|
|12||Muktinath – Jomsom||6hr trek|
|The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom goes downhill and you will find it quit easy to walk. On the way down to Jomsom you will get to see a village called Jharkot where you can visit one more old monastery and see some more ancient sculptures of a male and female village protectors. From here we can see the way to Thorung La pass and Thorung peak behind us. The walk offers some stunning landscapes in the valley. Overnight in teahouse in Jomsom.|
|13||Jomsom - Excursion Day||4-5hr hike|
|Today we take an excursion to the beautiful turquoise Dhumba Tal, a small lake nestled between the mountains, with amazing views of the surrounding area, Nilgiri mountain and mountainous desert formations of various hues of brown, red and yellows. We pass through the village of Thini, the only one of three villages in the area that has a Buddhist monastery in the Bon tradition. The village is very quiet and has a great natural setting with apple orchards and wheat fields. From here we walk to the tiny turquoise lake and after taking some beautiful photos there, we walk further up to visit the old Buddhist monastery nearby. The views from this monastery are breathtaking. Overnight in a teahouse in Jomsom.|
|14||Jomsom – Pokhara||30min flight or 8-9hr drive|
|We take a morning flight back to Pokhara. In case that flight is cancelled due to bad weather, we have to drive down using local jeeps and buses (8-9hr drive). Overnight in Pokhara.|
Note: Each day & trek is different, depending on a number of factors ranging from availability of some facilities and trail conditions to the general pace of the whole group. Exact timetable cannot always be followed and would in fact destroy the free and easy going atmosphere of the trek that you have come along to enjoy. Therefore the following schedule serves as a general guideline only.
On your request we can arrange an extension of your holiday and there are many activities you can choose from, depending on your personal preferences. Here is what we can help you arrange:
We have various residential yoga retreat programs available from 1-21 days in duration. Typical daily program includes meditation, two yoga classes, jala neti, sound immersion with singing bowls and gong, guided relaxation and daily wellness activities of foot bath, steam bath, mud bath or aromatherapy steam inhalation. Our food is organic and delicious, always cooked fresh by our skilled chef with accordance to ayurvedic principles. You can also learn to make a hand-crafted mandala, have a private sound healing session or get an ayurvedic massage during your stay on request.www.purnayoga.com.np
Seated high on the back of an elephant, gain a unique viewpoint of the Chitwan National Park which is a home to significant populations of one horned rhino, tigers, leopards, wild hogs, sloth bears, many species of deer, monkeys, langurs, Gharial crocodiles, Indian bisons and many beautiful peacocks. Packages start from 3 days/2 night and longer with a variety of activities including elephant jungle safari, river canoe trip, cultural performance of Tharu stick dance, elephant bathing, jeep safari and more.
Nepal is a home to many raging mountain rivers and streams originating from the Himalayas, which makes it a perfect destination for a river rafting adventure. The excursions start from a short half day rafting tour on Upper Seti river, 1 day for Trisuli river and 2 days for Lower Seti and Marshyangdi. A longer 3 day camping excursion is required for rafting on Kali Gandaki. There are rafting tours suitable for beginners as well as more experienced thrill seekers, grades from II to V, changeable with the seasons.
Pokhara is a paradise for paragliding, on one side towering snow-capped mountains, on the other side a stunning lake surrounded by hills and terraced fields. Such landscapes are sure to take your breath away as you glide through the air seamlessly like a bird in flight. Tandem flights are perfect for beginners, a 30min adventure that gives you a taste of thermal lifts and even some acrobatics if you’re keen. Cross country is the next step with a 60min flight that takes you higher and further. All flights start from Sarankot hill, nearby Pokhara.
There are two bungee jump locations in Nepal. Pokhara has a 70m vertical drop tower bungee, located just 20 minutes away from Lakeside. The jump site offers a spellbinding view of the Himalayas, the hills and the rivers that will take your breath away. The second bungee site is located on a suspension bridge hanging over a 160m deep Bhote Kosi river gorge, 100km east from Kathmandu. Both locations offer superb adrenaline rush and an unforgettable experience.
Take this 1 day tour and journey through intimate passages of contorted rock and powerful blasts of water as experienced guides lead you climbing, abseiling, jumping, scrambling, sliding & swimming down steep canyon walls to pristine natural pools below. Jalberi Canyoning Zone, which is located half way between Pokhara and Kathmandu, features breath-taking scenery of untouched jungle, karst rock formations and multiple cascading waterfalls dropping one after the other into refreshing pools and rainbow gardens.
Pokhara has the world's longest, fastest and steepest zipline, which is over 1.8km long, with a 600 metre vertical drop and which can travel at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The descent is only 2min long but it is sure to leave a lasting impression as you're flying over treetops, Pokhara Valley with Seti River below you and a vast space in front of you with beautiful mountain panorama in sight. Make the most of your trip, you can't zipline to such extreme anywhere else in the world.
Pokhara offers a range of ultralight flight experiences. The shortest flight is just 15min and it takes you around Pokhara Valley with a mountain panorama view. A 30min flight can take you around the valley and also bring you close and personal with the Fishtail Mountain.
The 60min flight takes you into the heart of the mountains, where you will fly in between the Himalayan mountain ranges for a once in a lifetime experience and an incredible vantage point to snap some stunning photos.
Mountain flights operate from Kathmandu airport and once you take off you don't have to wait long before you see spectacular mountain views beneath you. You get to fly over the highest mountain ranges in the world and you will also see what Mt Everest looks like from above. This is as close as you can get to the world's tallest mountain without trekking. This flight is operated in a 17 seater Beech aircraft and everyone gets a window seat, the flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
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The cancellation charges are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price
|DATE OF CANCELLATION||CHARGE INCURRED|
|60 days or more before departure||Loss of deposit|
|59 - 21 days before departure||50% of services booked|
|Less than 21 days before departure||80% of services booked|
Please note no refunds will be made if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave the trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals and any other services not utilized. Under no circumstance will there be a refund of any kind if you don't show up on the trip departure date or if you leave the trip after the trip has started for any reasons.
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The tour once confirmed will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so due to circumstances outside of our control (force majeure) such as major natural disaster, major political unrest or war - only when it directly affects our operations, not due to singular localized events in any part of the country.
In the event of cancellation of the booked trip due to reasons out of our control, you are free to reschedule your trip or take an alternative trip of the same category. While rescheduling the trip, you will receive the full credit from your previously booked trip, and you will only pay the difference amount between old and new prices if the price increases for the rescheduled departure. Refunds are not possible in such circumstances but credit transfer is offered. toward an alternative trip within 24 months.
Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as flight costs, insurance, accommodation and any other costs).
4. Change of itinerary due to reasons beyond our control
Travelling in Nepal requires a degree of flexibility, good humour and understanding as unforeseen changes to the itinerary, modes of transportation and accommodation can occur at any time. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as government restriction, extreme weather, road blockage, political unrest, flight cancellation or delay, sickness or accident, any natural disaster (earthquake, landslide, flood, snowfall, avalanche, etc) or any other circumstances beyond our control. The given itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but not a contractual obligation. No refunds are given for unused services or unrealized dreams. But we will always do our best to keep your itinerary unchanged as much as possible.
If a domestic flight is part of the itinerary at the end of the trip (ie Jomsom-Pokhara or Lukla-Kathmandu) and the flight becomes cancelled or delayed, the guest is responsible to bear all additional expenses incurred including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as helicopter flight to avoid international flight delays, all additional cost would be your responsibility. Moreover, Purna Yoga & Treks does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flights, but would assist to make alternative transport arrangements wherever possible.
5. Risk & Liabilities
Your safety is our number one priority and the tour leaders have an authority to make changes in the itinerary based on their risk assessment due to weather or trail conditions while the trek is in progress. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd will not be liable for any accident, injury, health problem, emotional distress or any other health condition suffered by the client during the trip. Our packages do not include any kind of personal insurance so it is guests' own responsibility to purchase travel insurance from their own country before their trip starts. Similarly Purna Yoga & Treks will not be liable for any loss or damage of property, lost or stolen valuables or luggage.
Personal travel insurance is not included in the prices quoted. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of all participants at all time, it is a condition of booking that you take out a personal travel insurance policy. To protect against unforeseen circumstances it is advisable to take a comprehensive travel insurance cover from your own country and before your arrival to Nepal. Such insurance should cover personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation expenses, land and helicopter rescue from high altitude (up to the max altitude of your trek - please check this carefully with your insurance provider before booking).
We also recommend that the insurance cover includes trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
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