MUSTANG GATE

TRIP OVERVIEW

This program is designed for the people who don’t wish to go to high altitude but still want a taste of the landscapes, rich variety of scenery, people and activities that the region of Annapurna has to offer. The trek will be around the lowlands of the Annapurna region and will give you an opportunity to discover the gateway of Mustang. – Kagbeni and Muktinath

Along the Kali Gandaki river furrow dug in between the Annapurna Massif on one side and the Dhaulagiri Range on the other, this program will allow you to discover the semi-arid region of this big plateau and to approach the rich Thakali culture of these traders. During the trek, you will experience various tastes of legendary Nepalese hospitality.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Interesting and picturesque landscapes
  • Discovery of culture, of breath-taking scenery, friendly heart-warming people
  • Visiting the mystical village and scared lakes.

 

Day Itinerary Activities Accomodation Meals
Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Free afternoon at the resort Gokarna Forest Resort B
Day 2

Flight to Pokhara.

Connecting flight to Jomsom

AM: Visit Syang Village. Visit Marpha Village

PM: At Leisure
Drive to Syang Village and later to Marpha. Lunch at MarphaDrive to Syang Village and later to Marpha. Lunch at Marpha Mustang Resort B,L,D
Day 3

Mystical Village and a sacred lake

AM: Drive and visit Lupra Village

PM: Hike to Dhumba Lake

Visit the Bon Village in the morning and hike up to a sacred lake near Jomsom Mustang Resort B L D
Day 4

Kagbeni – Muktinath

AM: Drive to Kagbeni

PM: Drive to Muktinath and return to resort
Drive to Kagbeni for visit and later drive to Muktinath. Transfer back to resort Mustang Resort B L D
Day 5 Flight to Pokhara.
Connecting flight to Kathmandu
AM: Transfer to hotel
PM: At Leisure
Early morning flight back to Pokhara and connecting flight to Kathmandu. Gokarna Resort B L D
Day 6 Departure Transfer   Transfer to airport for departure B

Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.

Evening dinner at the Hotel

Overnight in Gokarna Forest Resort (D)

After breakfast, we transfer to the domestic airport for your 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. This spectacular flight offers views of the Langtang, Manasalu and Annapurna ranges.

 

After arrival in Pokhara airport we will board our connecting flight to Jomsom. The flight takes you above the forested area of Ghorepani then over the Kali Gandaki Valley in between the Dhaulagiri range in the west and the Annapurna massif in the east.

 

Upon arrival in Jomsom, check-in at the resort which is located at a High Himalayan settlement of Thakali speaking people. At 2800 m, the resort is among the few places in Nepal where giant Himalayan peaks can be admired safely and yet at such close proximity. About 500 feet below the resort is the Kali Gandaki River which flows downstream to form the deepest gorge in the world.

 

After the lunch at the resort, excursion to nearby villages. At first, visit Shyang Village where you can visit the Buddhist monastery and continue towards Marpha Village and have our lunch here and in the late afternoon, back to the resort.  

 

Overnight in Mustang Resort (BLD)

After breakfast, we ride through the main Jomsom area through the movement of locals and bus and Jeeps heading towards Muktinath and some towards Lomanthang. We take the gravel road through the bumpy ride to a temporary parking area below the Lupra Valley. We leave our Jeep and walk for about 10 minutes we visit the beautiful Bon village of Lupra. “Lupra valley” the part of Tibetan Plateau commonly known as “Roof of the world” and world’s highest and largest plateau amazes you with its enchanting beauty and even the dry looking feature of the valley looks out of the world landscape. And the view of some of the tallest mountain as you climb up is like icing on the cake. After visiting Lupra valley, we descend down to Jomsom.

 

Afternoon, we hike upto the Dhumba Lake. We walk to the lake which lies at the elevation of 2830 m. Also known as the Emerald Lake, this is one of the hidden gem of the region and the distance to this lake from our resort is about 6 kms and we it take roughly 2 hrs hike to reach here. The lake is a beautiful, clear water lake at the base of Mt. Nilgiri and is considered as a sacred Buddhist lake. We return back to our resort via Thini Village which is about 30 minutes away from Dhumba Lake.

 

Overnight in Mustang Resort (BLD)

Today we take an hour drive to reach Kagbeni. With Nilgiri (7108m) towering Jomsom, wind blowing from south to north, the route goes upstream the Kali Gandaki wide riverbed to reach Kagbeni, the gateway of Mustang. It’s a green oasis at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Kagbeni looks like a town out of the medieval past, with closely packed mud houses, dark alleys and a large, ochre-colored Gompa perched above the town. We have our lunch here at Kagbeni.

 

We drive towards Muktinath temple which is about 1 hr drive from Kagbeni. The temple is the symbol of the religious symbiosis between the Hindu and Buddhist religion. Muktinath’s literal translation mean “God of Salvation” for spiritual people in the south Asia sub-continent.

 

We drive back to Jomsom for overnight.

 

Overnight in Mustang Resort. (BLD)

 

Take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu.

 

On arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll transfer to hotel. Then you have free time to relax or head into the city. We find most people want to simply unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities – whatever you choose, we’ll help!

 

Overnight in Gokarna Forest Resort (BLD)

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport checks in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport. (B)

*Note: All the given times and distance are in approx. value

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