Way to Access Mustang (Upper and Lower) from Kathmandu and Pokhara by Trek and Tour

"Mustang Region" is aptly recognized as the heaven on earth. It is a desert plain with the breathtaking valleys, surrounded by the incredible Himalayas. It is a land of mysteries, god gifted highland along with the diversities both in natural and cultural scenario. Travelers who come to Nepal for the tour and trek always dream to reach Mustang and explore the hidden gem. Are you planning to visit Mustang-Jomsom-Muktinath in your next vacation? Of course, you have a readymade answer- "yes".

 

Phewa Lake, Pokhara

 

Rupse Waterfall, Myagdi, on the way to Jomsom Muktinath

 

Lower Mustang Region

Let's talk about the Lower Mustang region. It is bordered with the Annapurna region. To trek and tour in lower Mustang, obtaining the Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit is enough. Some of the magnificent villages and destinations in this region include Lete, Kobang, Tukuche, Marpha, Jomsom, Kagbeni and Muktinath.

Jomsom is the district center of the Mustang region. It is loaded with the facilities with bank, shops, hotels and restaurants, bakery, airport, security forces and so on. All the places mentioned above are located at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Kagbeni is a beautiful town and a gateway of Upper Mustang Trekking and Tour.

 

 

 

 

It will be easy to trace out the features and diversities of the Mustang region if talk about it differently- the Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. In fact they are quite different within the similarities.

Muktinath is a sacred land in the Himalayas, located at 3800 meters altitude, at the base of the Annapurna Himalayas. Due to the Himalayan rain shadow area, there will be least rainfall. The Muktinath temple is a globally recognized Hindu pilgrimage destination. It is believed that having a holy bath at the 108 water sprouts of the temple and the pond, the devotees can make the way to heaven after the death. Mainly, Nepali domestic travelers and Indian travelers visit there.

Muktinath is a place where Annapurna Circuit Trekkers meet Mustang region by crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters).

 

The Muktinath Temple at 3800 meters altitude

 

 

Holy bath under 108 water sprouts in Muktinath.

 

Some of the parts of Lower Mustang are popular for the apple farming. Marpha and Tukuche are some of them that welcome you to the gardens of Mustang with 'Brandi'- the special gift of Mustang.

Dhumba Lake is another side attraction in Mustang, located 5 km on the south of Jomsom. The Lake and Jomsom View Tower offers unique scenery of the Jomsom valley and the Himalayas- Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks.

 

Dhumba Lake in Mustang

 

Required Paper works: TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit

 

How is Lower Mustang Accessible?

By Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek via Poon Hill

 

By Tour

Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Safari Tour

Fly to Jomsom and Drive to Muktinath

Day 01: Fly/Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara, drive to Muktinath and back to Jomsom.

Day 03: Fly back to Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly/Drive back to Kathmandu.

 

Upper Mustang Region

The Upper Mustang Region is a restricted region for the tourists, but still you can trek and tour there with a special permit. If you are a non-Nepali citizen, you need this permit.

Upper Mustang trekking and Upper Mustang Jeep Tour are popular for the travelers who would love to explore the antique settlements of the Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal. The same itinerary repeats in the beginning till Kagbeni as the Lower Mustang. Kagbeni is the gateway of the Upper Mustang Trekking. It is located at the juncture of two Rivers. It is also a cultivated land, where wheat, buckwheat, barley type of vegetations is grown up.

 

Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang.

 

With the extension of the motor road, Upper Mustang Jeep Tour has become a popular itinerary.

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni.

Day 03: Drive from Kagbeni to Lomanthang (capital of Upper Mustang).

Day 04: Drive back to Marpha.

Day 05: Drive back to Pokhara.

Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu.

The upper Mustang region is a restricted trekking region. Traveling there does not require any permits for the Nepalese people. However, for a non-Nepali, they will need to get the restricted area permit.

The permit will cost USD 500 for the first 10 days. For the additional number of days, you have to pay USD 50 per day.

Upper Mustang Trekking is still popular among the trekkers; however, jeep tour is the top choice. If you want to extend the tour, then take a side trip to the Muktinath, which is at the base of the Annapurna Himalayas.

 

For the excellent arrangement of Jomsom Muktinath Tour and Trek, do not hesitate to contact Nepal Kameleon Holidays via:

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