Nepal: Buddhists, Bon Pos and Hindus – People of Lower Mustang


This short but special journey takes trekkers to small villages and pilgrimage sites in the culturally rich Lower Mustang area of Nepal. As one hikes through this rapidly changing area, there is time to talk with local people and learn about their folklore, religion, and day-to-day family activities. On another level, it is an opportunity to learn how the people of a country pass on their traditions to their children, as well as the problems of transmission of culture in a world being transformed in front of their eyes by roads, internet and vehicles.

The journey takes you from the Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara in the shadow of the Annapurna range. From Pokhara, you fly to Jomsom, and trek to some of the different villages along the Kali Gandhaki River in Lower Mustang. Your travels take you up the riverbed to Kagbeni, gateway to Upper Mustang, and then to the pilgrimage town of Muktinath – one of the two most important sites for both Hindus and Buddhists in all of Nepal. Crossing the pass above Muktinath, you trek through the isolated Lubrak Valley, home to the only Bon village in Lower Mustang, and then on to the trading town of Tukche, boasting one of the earliest READ libraries and a great distillery! Along the way, in addition to making friends of the local people, you can revel in spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Niligiri, Tukche and other sky-touching peaks.

In August, the trip is timed for the amazing Yartung Festival in Muktinath – a farewell to summer that blends horseracing, prayers for the harvest, dancing and a lot of the local brew!


Land Cost

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Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu. PM walk down Asan Tol, Dhurbar Square and Thamel

Day 2

Visit Swayambunath, Pashupatinath and Bodhanath

Day 3

Fly Pokhara and tour

Day 4

Fly Jomsom. Walk Kagbeni.

Day 5

Walk to Jharkot

Day 6

Day to explore Jharkot and area

Day 7

Hike to Muktinath. Tour. August – Yartung Festival

Day 8

Hike to Lubrak

Day 9

Hike to Thini

Day 10

Hike to Tukche

Day 11

Return to Jomsom

Day 12

Fly Kathmandu via Pokhara

Day 13

Tour Patan and Bhaktapur. Farewell dinner

Day 14

Depart for home