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Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Nepal, Nepal Luxury Tours

upper mustang Jeep Tour
Trip Facts
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Tour Duration 12 Days
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Destination Uppper Mustang- Lo- Manthang
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Maximum Altitude 3840m
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Type of Tour Luxury
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Group Size 2+

Overview

Upper Mustang  Jeep Tour takes you to the remote and forbidden kingdom in the Himalayas of Nepal. The routes of this region were restricted until 1992. But, the trails are rapidly gaining popularity among travelers.

 

Nowadays, Upper Mustang region has been one of the ideal travel destinations in Nepal. Many people dream to visit this beautiful, yet remote kingdom and explore it. However, this region is still not properly established with modern culture, technologies and lifestyle.

 

Recently, roadways have been available around Upper Mustang. Our Upper Mustang  tour lets you comfortably visit around this kingdom by jeep. And experience the unspoiled Tibetan culture while viewing the historic monasteries, ancient caves, and many more.

 

Upper Mustang is also known as the Kingdom of Lo. This kingdom lies in the western part of Nepal in Gandaki Pradesh. It comprises the two-third northern part of the Mustang district.

 

For centuries, this valley was isolated from the rest of the world. So, the people living here have their own distinctive Tibetan culture, tradition, and dialects. This area is one of the driest regions of Nepal with spectacular scenarios.

 

Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow area of Nepal. The beautiful desert environment and cliff-faced landscapes are some of the major attractions of this place.

 

The people from Upper Mustang depend on tourism, trade, and animal husbandry for living. Due to isolation, there was no involvement from the outside world. So, they were able to preserve their ancient culture and tradition.

 

If you are looking forward to staying more days in this region then you can choose Upper Mustang Trek. But if you want the easy way then selecting the roadways is a great option. The routes of Upper Mustang are suitable for both treks and roadways.

 

On the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, you will be traveling via jeep while staying in Luxurious hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. And stay in some of the best tea houses for the rest of the trip.

 

This Upper Mustang Jeep tour takes you on an adventure in the bewildering world of the old Buddhist kingdom. Even though this place is popular for trekking and adventure the routes are still lesser-known.

 

Highlights of Upper Mustang Luxury Jeep Tour

  • Staying in Luxurious hotels ( Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Drive through all the secluded, rugged, and bumpy terrains
  • Visit the last forbidden kingdom, Lo Manthang
  • Stay in Tea houses for the most part of the tour
  • Experience the Tibetan culture and tradition
  • Sight wonderful vista of the Himalayas on the backdrop
  • Mesmerizing desert beauty and cliff-faced landscapes

 

Route of Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

 

Kathmandu- Pokhara- Jomsom- Kagbeni- Ghami- Lo Manthang- Ghami- Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu

 

Your journey begins and ends in Kathmandu. You drive towards Pokhara then head to Tatopani via Beni. After a peaceful night, you drive towards Kagbeni from there you drive to Ghami then Lo Manthang. After reaching Lo Manthang, you stay and explore the areas. Then drive to Chhuksang the next day. From there, you drive to Kalopani then Back to Pokhara. And head back to Kathmandu the following day.

 

Best Time To Visit Upper Mustang

 

The climate in Upper Mustang is Trans-Himalayan so it is cool and semi-desert. Upper mustang is a part of rain shadow areas in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.Visiting Upper Mustang is suitable at any time of the year. There are four seasons to choose from Spring, Autumn, Monsoon, and winter. Most people prefer spring and autumn to be the best time to visit Upper Mustang.

 

Spring and Autumn are the two peak seasons for traveling in the Himalayas in Nepal. The months from March to May and September to October fall under these seasons. During this time, the skies are clear, the temperature is moderate, and nature looks mesmerizingly beautiful. There are no signs of snow and rain during these months.

 

Winter and Monsoon are off-season for traveling in the Himalayas. These seasons are the time for heavy rainfall and snowfall. The months from December to February and June to August fall in them.

 

Winter is the coldest time of the year. The temperature will drop below zero but the skies are clear and days are warm. As for monsoon, Upper Mustang is a rain shadow area so there is no rainfall there. But there are continuous rain showers in the lower region which can be an obstacle in your path.

Other than that, the routes are less crowded during these months. So, if you like privacy you can visit during these seasons.

Upper Mustang Tour Permit & Restriction

Upper Mustang  lies on Nepal’s northern border with Tibet, only opened to tourists in 1992 and remains a restricted area.  The foreigner  tourist  need  special permit to enter Upper mustang. Read More.

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,396 m.)

Welcome to the beautiful capital city of Nepal! The first day of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour begins by your arrival in Kathmandu. Our representatives will be waiting for you at the terminal prior to your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

After your landing, they will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your hotel. In the hotel, you will have a brief introduction to each other. Then the representative will help you check-in to your room.

Doing these they will leave for the day. The rest of the day is unplanned so you can roam around the nearby areas. After a tiring day, you return back to your hotel. Have dinner and call it a day.You will be staying in one of the finest hotels in Kathmandu.

Accommodation : 3  Star Hotel
Meals:  Dinner

Day 2

Prepare Upper mustang Permit & Sightseeing Tours

On the second day of Upper mustang luxury jeep tour, you will go sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. This place is swarming with people which is quite fascinating to look at. Kathmandu is a holiday destination that offers many exciting places you can visit.

Among all the places, you will be visiting UNESCO Heritage Sites this day. As one day is not enough to visit every destination. Waking up early, you will have your breakfast and get ready for today’s adventure.

You will be visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Basantapur durbar square, and Patan Durbar square. These are some of the ancient places of this city that have many stories engraved in its ground.After a tiresome day, you return back to your hotel and rest. But if you still have energy then you can go for night walks in Thamel

Hotel: 3  Star Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast

Day 3

After Breakfast, Transfer to Airport and Fly pokhara.

The Upper Mustang Luxury Jeep Tour begins as you fly out of the city towards Pokhara. Waking up early you have your breakfast and wait for your guide to arrive.Picking you up from the hotel, they will drop you off at the airport.

From there you board your flight and soar into the sky. As you look around, you will see green hills and beautiful nature that is quite mesmerizing. As you slowly enter the Kaski district, you get a slight peak of Annapurna Massif.

The beauty of the peaks will astound you. Sighting these beautiful views you arrive in Pokhara.You can roam around the city and visit the lakeside to freshen up your mind. After a wonderful time, you return back to your hotel room. You will be staying in luxurious hotels here.

Accommodation : 3 Star Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast

Day 4

From Pokhara Fly to Jomsom Then Drive to Kagbeni ( 299m, 12 Kilometer, 45 minute )

After having a healthy breakfast, we start our Upper Mustang Luxury tour from Pokhara. Today you will be flying till Jomsom then drive towards Kagbeni from there.Boarding your flight you fly into the sky. It is about half an hour’s flight from Pokhara.

As you look out the window, you will see many marvelous peaks and landscapes. Looking at the beautiful view you will realize the flight is very short. Arriving at Jomsom airport, you begin your Luxury tour from there. Boarding a jeep you head towards Kagbeni.It is half an hour’s drive filled with beautiful scenarios. You will be passing through the banks of Kaligandaki and its Canyon.

This day you will be driving past many traditional villages of Kalopani, Ghasa, and Marpha. Viewing beautiful landscapes and exploring villages you reach Kagbeni. This is a small village located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River which you can see during your jeep drive to upper mustang.

From there you head towards Muktinath, the holy temple for Buddhist and Hindu. This temple is a holy shrine for Lord Vishnu and the 108 taps are the main highlights here. After exploring the area for some time, you return back to Kagbeni and spend the night there.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Drive from Kagbeni to Ghami.(3500 m – 6 hour- 36 Kilometer

After having breakfast, you visit the Kagbeni Monastery and Buddhist School. Today you will be heading towards Ghami. You need special permits to begin your Upper Mustang journey. So, before leaving Kagbeni your guide will check in with it.

You begin your journey by crossing the Kaligandaki river near Chhusang Village. Then making an ascend in the trails you pass through various traditional villages. Like Chella, Samar, Syangboche, and many more.

Before Arrive Syngpoche, you can stop and visit Chungsi Cave, it is popular  scared cave which build 8th Century.

This day you will be seeing many local farms and yak grazing in fields. Passing them you reach Ghami. You can explore the area and view the local activities. You stay in one of the tea houses for the night.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Drive from Ghami to Lo- Manthang.(3900m, 17 Kilometer, 3 Hours)

Today you will be heading to one of the major highlights of this trip. This day you will be traveling to Lo Manthang from Ghami. The trip is very short and filled with dessert beauty and landscapes.

before reaching Lo manthang, you will have  beautiful  Annapurna and niligiri mountain views  from   Charang la pass and visit  sherdup monastery, ghar gompa monastry along the way.

Passing through many small settlements you reach Lo Manthang. Upon reaching here, you will visit the monastery of Mustang Lo Gager Ghar Gompa. This monastery is very important in Mustang. Another one is Jampa Gompa, the oldest monastery. This Gompa is also known as “God house” which was built in the 15th Century.

Then Chodey Gompa the main city gompa. You will be visiting many monasteries this day. On this day, you will be reaching the highest point after the beginning of pokhara to upper mustang by jeep tour.You stay here for the night.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Explore Day In Lo- Manthang

This day you explore around Lo Manthang. Waking up you have your breakfast and get ready for today’s tour. You will visit the Namgyal Gompa, sky caves of Chhoser, and Shija Jhong Cave.

Some of these caves are dated back to over 3000 years old. Most of the caves near Chhoser are usually used for burial, meditation, and living. The people living in Upper Mustang still use Sky Burial.Roaming around you the valley you return back to your tea house and call it a da

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Lhomanthang to Yara via Charnga -Dhee village

Your Upper Mustang Tour follows to a scenic village of Yara village today. Yara village is located in the southern most section of Upper Mustang. We retrace our original roadway to head back to Ghami first.

The trail then navigates eastward following the Basin of Kaligandaki River to reach Tsarang. Tsarang is a dense village with thatched houses spread over a huge landmass. Sungda Chorten is a prominent attraction of Tsarang with intricate carvings and centuries old Tibetan architecture. Followingly we traverse via narrow river alleyways to Surkhang. Your road heads uphill before reaching the classic hamlets of Yara.

Yara village sits in an elevation of 3607 meters and portrays classic display of housing pattern. Yara is a small village with houses mostly made of mud structure with one stationed above another. Its a scenic site to behold. Yara village will be our overnight stop.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Visit Ghara village, Luri gompa & drive to Tangge

Another iconic village that portrays typical Mustangi homes is Ghara. Its a 1 hour drive till Ghara from Yara village. The drive takes you through scenic dry land of the area. After short tour of Ghara village, we head towards Luri Gompa also known as Kagyukpa cave monastery.

This monastery bears colossal significance for Buddhist people all over. Luri Gompa sits on the bank of Duyung river. This river originates from Damodar Kunda, one of the prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. Saligram, stone considered as a form Lord Vishnu in Hindu mythology, is found in abundance here.

Luri Gompa is believed to have been built in the 13th or 14th century. It portrays classic design of Tibetan monasteries and is formed of clay mud, stones and wooden. It has been painted red with soil on the outer structure and overlooks a giant rockwall on its front. There is a prayer room situated right above the gompa in between a giant cliff. Painting design of the gompa is said to be similar to that of Newar Thangka design found in Kathmandu. We head back to Yara from Luri Gompa. From here we head back to Ghami via Surkhang and Tsarang. The road that retraces its trail to reach Tangge village in the evening.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Drive Back to Jomsom

Your return trip from Upper Mustang begins with drive from Tangge towards Jomsom. We retrace the same roadway back crossing Kaligandaki river multiple times. We followingly drive back via the Kagbeni village located in the confluence of Jhong and Kaligandaki river. We head further south through the semi-gravelled road along the river basin. Reach Jomsom by Lunch hour. Rest of the day is leisure for you to explore the town. Jomsom overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Fly To Pokhara-25 Minuit, ( 68 Kilometer, 20 Minuet flight)

This can be considered as the last day of the upper mustang 4wd jeep tour. Today you fly back to the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara. Viewing beautiful landscapes and peaks you reach your destination.After arriving at Pokhara,

you check-in at your hotel and go on a tour of this city. There are many attractions sites you can visit like the bat cave, David’s falls, Phewa lake, and many religious sites. You can go boating in Phewa lake or go cycling around the city. Pokhara is famous for its nightlife so, don’t miss it. You stay in a luxurious hotel for the night.

Accommodation:  3 star  Hotel
Meals:   Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Back to Kathmandu and Sightseeing Bhaktapur.

After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes around 6 hours. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can opt to take a rest or go for half-day sightseeing tour to UNESCO world heritage sites.In the evening, attend a farewell dinner hosted by Adventure Great Himalaya to celebrate the successful completion of the trip.

Meals – Breakfast
Hotel 3 Star

Day 13

International departure homeward bound.

Your adventure holiday in Nepal comes to an end today. An airport representative from Adventure. Great Himalaya will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Meals – Breakfast

Cost Include / Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport transfer (Airport – Hotel – Airport) by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 Night 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 Nights 3 star hotel in Pokhara.
  • 3  meals a days (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea Coffee during the trek.
  • All necessary Trekking permit.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • All accommodations in Best  lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Trekking Guide :An experienced, helpful and good English Speaking Guide.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara / Jomsom  / Pokhara/ Flight Ticket
  • Kathmandu /Pokhara City Guided Tour.
  • Trekking Equipment: Sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffel bag and walking stick, if needed.
  • Company T-shirt and Trekking map
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government taxes and service charge.

What’s excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhhara.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower, pot of tea, coffee etc.
  • Tips for the guide and porter. .
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