Jomsom-Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days

Jomsom Lower Mustang Trek is a trek through the apple capital of Nepal to the lower part of Mustang. This trek is a religious and cultural journey to feel the way of life of the people living in the region.

Apart from the cultural tour to the Muktinath, the Jomsom Upper Mustang Trek also offers a fossil hunting day. Furthermore, its visitors get a hot bath at the natural hot springs of Tatopani and a sunrise view from Poonhill.

Trip Highlights

  • Poonhill sunrise views
  • Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri alongside other peaks of the Annapurna Range
  • Lake City of Pokhara
  • Sacred land of Muktinath
  • Natural Hot Springs – Tatopani
  • Jomsom’s Apples and Marpha wine
  • Driest valley of Nepal – Mustang

Trip Overview

“A picturesque trekking journey with a touch of religiousness”

Jomsom-Lower Mustang Trek is a pilgrimage cum adventure trekking expedition to the sacred temple of Muktinath. Explore the Lower Mustang Valley with the added attraction of some of the scenic places of the Annapurna Region.

Hike along the driest valley of Nepal to explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the local Tibetan influenced people. Our trek starts with an early flight to the village of Jomsom from the lake city of Pokhara. After our arrival at the village of Jomsom, we will trek to the village of Kagbeni. And, from there our first major destination, the sacred temple of Muktinath. Enjoy the 108 waterspouts and the never-ending flame. Drive back to the village of Jomsom before trekking to the apple capital of Nepal, Marpha. Then, a fossil hunting day at the banks of the Kali Gandaki River near the village of Larjung before we drive to the village of Tatopani. Enjoy the hot springs and then, hike through other major points of Ghorepani, Poonhill, and Ghandruk. During the trek, we will be able to have great panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan Ranges.

Join us in this 9 days trekking expedition to explore the beauty of the lower valley of Mustang and the high hills of the lake city of Pokhara. Enjoy the picturesque religious trek on the Western Himalayas. This type of trek needs a decent level of fitness. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2804m)

Day 02: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m)

Day 03: Drive back to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Marpha

Day 04: Marpha to Larjung ‘Fossil Hunting Day’

Day 05: Drive to Tatopani (1190m)

Day 06: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2874m)

Day 07: Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2630m)

Day 08: Tadapani to Ghandruk

Day 09: Ghandruk to Pokhara (827m)

Day 1
Fly to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2804m)

We will pick you up at the hotel premises of the lake city of Pokhara and fly to the village of Jomsom. The flight will take us a total of 20 minutes due to the difficult geographical location of the country. Jomsom is also known as the Dzongsam or New Fort and lies at the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. The village offers great views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Hike along the Kali Gandaki river to cross the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge lying between the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) peaks. Hike past the village of Ekle Bhatti to get to the village of Kagbeni a few hours later. Kagbeni is home to the Buddhist people with several temples and a monastery. Explore the stone-made houses and enjoy the Himalayan views.

Day 2
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m)

Wake up early and start off with a hike to the village of Khingar. A few hours later, we will get to the village of Jharkot for lunch. Climb uphill until we get to the village of Ranipauwa from where Muktinath is just a couple of hours away. During the day, encounter small streams and desert vegetation. Muktinath is also known to many as the place of salvation as in Mukti Kshetra. Bathe in the 108 waterspouts shaped like a buffalo head. Enjoy the never-ending flame in front of the temple of Muktinath and turn yourself into a pilgrimage trekker.

Day 3
Drive back to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Marpha

Wake up early to the desert landscape and visit the Jwala Mai Temple and the Mharme Lha Khang Monastery. Also, visit the Fire, Narsingh, and the Sangdo Gompas. Then get back to the tea house for breakfast. After filling ourselves with fodder, we will get on a vehicle to drive all the way back to the village of Jomsom. Amidst our drive, we will stop at the Dhumba Lake to admire its beauty. From Jomsom, we will hike along the Kali Gandaki river bank to get to the village of Marpha. Marpha is the apple capital of the country and is famous for its apple wine called Marpha.

Day 4
Marpha to Larjung ‘Fossil Hunting Day’

At the beginning of the trek, we will have to walk uphill to get to the traditional village of Tukuche. The village is filled with ancient Tibetan influenced houses and monasteries. Tukuche was a salt trading spot for the ancient Tibetan traders. From there, it is a walk downhill alongside mule trains to get to the village of Larjung. The village is located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. After our arrival, we will walk up to the banks of the mighty river to look for the fossils.

Day 5
Drive to Tatopani (1190m)

As the path today is a driveable road, we will get on a vehicle to drive to the village of Tatopani. After a couple of hours drive along the Kali Gandaki River, we will get to the village of Tatopani. The Tatopani village is the village with natural hot springs. Enjoy the hot shower and the healing powers of the hot sauna.

Day 6
Tatopani to Ghorepani (2874m)

Get out of the village of Tatopani on the jeep road along the Kali Gandaki River. Cross the river and start our strenuous hike uphill. Climb through the terraced fields and high rocky ridges to get to the village of Ghorepani. The ancient traders making way to the country found water for their horses at this place. So, the name Ghode (Horse) and Pani (Water).

Day 7
Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2630m)

Wake up early in the morning to hike up to the best vantage point of the Annapurna Region. Poonhill offers one of the best sunrise views of the lake city of Pokhara. The point offers us great landscape views of the Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Lamjung (6931m) and such other high peaks. Get back down to the village of Ghorepani for breakfast. And, after that, we will hike downhill to get to the village of Tadapani.

Day 8
Tadapani to Ghandruk

After breakfast, we will enjoy our steady downhill walk through the sub-tropical forest of rhododendron and oak to arrive at the village of Ghandruk. The Gurung village is one of the most picturesque places on the face of the Annapurna Region. The village offers great views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and the Himchuli peaks. Explore the Tibetan influenced Gurung culture and lifestyle.

Day 9
Ghandruk to Pokhara (827m)

Wake up to one of the most scenic sunrises you have ever seen in your life. Enjoy your morning meal with the panoramic views of the Annapurna and the Machhapuchhre mountain ranges. After the meal, start with a downhill trek to the village of Syauli Bazaar. Get past the Bazaar to arrive at the Nayapul. A short drive from there will take us to the Cherapunji of Nepal. We will guide you to the hotel premises and let the trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-04
  • Nepal
  • Jomsom
  • Pokhara
  • 3710m/12171.92ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December