Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

14 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4600 m Kora La

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Trial Access:

Private comfortable jeep

Best Season:

All Year Round

 Along the Nepal-Tibet border lays a semi-arid land of vibrancy known as the Kingdom of Lo or the Forbidden Kingdom. It is a place of pristine beauty and was inaccessible to the world until 1992. It was only in that year that this region was opened for tourists and thus has preserved the natural cultures of Nepal and Tibet. The tribal people of this untouched mountainous region still speak the traditional, unadulterated Tibetan languages.

The northern two-thirds of the Mustang District in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal form the Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang had such a strategic location that it has controlled the trade between India and the Upper Himalayas for centuries. You will find a stark contrast between the topography in Nepal and Upper Mustang; the latter resembles the Tibetan landscape to a great extent. It lies along the rain shadow area of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range. 

 Since it lies in the rain shadow area, it features a semi-arid type of climate and has mostly deserted lands. You will find scattered, small villages throughout the landscape interspersed with the vibrantly hued Buddhist prayer flags and dull Himalayan landscape. Vegetation is scarce at such extreme temperatures. When you enter the city of Lo Manthang, you will feel that you are transported to a different dimension. Exotic caves, age-old monasteries and stupas, and narrow lanes will tell you an exciting tale about a mysterious land from the past.

Previously, this region could only be traversed by foot. With modernization, a dirt road has been developed that could support jeeps to the very top. If you take the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, you will travel through amazing landscapes in the trans-Himalayan range. You will halt at stops that will give you a taste of the exotic Tibetan culture. You can easily course through the entire landscape in a short period if you are taking the jeep tour. You can taste all the barren flavours of the rugged mountains of the Forbidden Kingdom in this trip easily and comfortably. 

Trip Highlights:

  • Travel through the barren and dry landscapes of Jomsom and Kagbeni into Lo Manthang
  • Get a taste of the vibrant Tibetan traditions and culture
  • Take a trip through history as you make your way through fascinating caves and monasteries
  • Indulge in local beverages such as apple wine in Marpha and the locally brewed brandy
  • Visit the archaic temple of Muktinath, an important shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Get enthralled by a look at the world’s deepest gorge- the Kali Gandaki

More insight about the Route:

The route through Upper Mustang takes you through pristine, untouched Himalayan landscapes. The higher you go, the drier the surrounding becomes and you are taken to more spectacular sights. This tour through Upper Mustang starts once you reach Pokhara- a 6-hour drive from Kathmandu.

 The next halt will be at Kagbeni. You will reach this place after driving through Tukuche, Marpha, and Jomsom. Settlements will become sparse in the deep-seated Kagbeni with few Thakali and Gurung villages here and there. It should be noted that the elevated height gives you some stunning views.

The tour will then take you through Sammar, Dajong La, Bhena La, and Syangboche La into Ghilling. Tsarang comes after Ghilling and after that; you will finally reach the capital of Upper Mustang, the much-awaited Lo Manthang- the Forbidden Kingdom! 

One in Lo Manthang, the jeep will take you on an exploration journey through the walled city and into Kora La. The road back is the same as the one you took while going in. The return journey will have a halt at Marpha for its juicy apples and delicious apple-based beverages. On way to Marpha, you can also visit the Muktinath temple, a shrine of Vishnu important to both Hindus and Buddhists. This shrine is situated at an immense height of 3800m from the sea level. 

You will find the road to be a mere dirt trail with slippery slope and very sharp turns. However, any heavy vehicle such as the jeep can easily battle through this road without much ado. The dive may not be as comfortable as you could have it but the rugged terrain is well compensated by the breathtaking beauty of this amazing place.

Best Season for Upper Mustang Jeep Tour:

A jeep tour is easier compared to trekking through the terrain because you do not have to deal with the huge extremities of temperature that are prevalent throughout the year. However, if you are driving through the dirt road in winters, it becomes quite difficult. The road remains snow-covered and chances of skids and slips are much higher at such a time.

The period between March to November is the best time to visit Upper Mustang. This is the most favourable season with brighter skies and snow-covered peaks. The vegetation in this land also flourishes during that time giving way to the most striking landscapes. The weather during the day is also bearable thus making way for a pleasant tour. 

 

Fee & Permits for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour:

 Upper Mustang was not open to tourists till very recently (1992) and hence features an untouched, well-preserved landscape. However, tourism is rapidly developing in this region with so many trekkers and tourists travelling by jeep visiting this unique place. If you want to visit this amazing place, the government will charge you a fee of USD 500 for 10 days.

If you want to extend your stay, you will be charged USD 50 per day per person for each extra day of stay. A group of at least 2 people is mandatory to acquire permission into this land and solo travellers are not given permits. There are check posts at Kagbeni where police officials will check for your permit as you enter Upper Mustang.

 

The Highest Point

The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour will take you through the trans-Himalayan range which has some of the highest mountains in the world. Yes, you heard it right! However, the elevation for most of the tour is not strenuous and quite appreciable. Places such as Kora La, Muktinath and even Lo Manthang are located at a higher altitude. The highest point you will reach is Kora La at an elevation of 4600m from the sea level.

Starting Price

USD 2049 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples-Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Your trip starts with your arrival at Kathmandu. A representative of Himalayan Trekkers will meet you at the airport and guide you to the hotel.

The first day is for you to relax and prepare yourself for the amazing trip ahead. If you are adventurer, you can also traverse through the valley on your own.

Accommodation: 30 min private drive Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Meals included: BB

The second day will see you traveling through the many historic locations in the capital city of Nepal. A full-day tour will take you through some of the most famous sites at Kathmandu such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Mandir among others.

The evening will be free of any such visits and you can use the time at your leisure to explore the Kathmandu nightlife.

Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 3

Journey to Upper Mustang begin: Scenic drive to Pokhara.

Meals included: BB

The drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu is going to be a long one and thus needs to be started early. It is a 6 to 7-hour journey and halts will be made for lunch en route. Steep mountainous terrain mingled with lush vegetation is what makes this lag of the journey so appealing.

You will be traveling along the Trishuli River till Mugling. The paths diverge from here and we will take the route towards Pokhara. 

Explore on your own after reaching the city of lake paradise. Overnight.

Accommodation: 6-7 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 4

Scenic drive to Tatopani.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a pleasant night at Pokhara, it is time to hit the road once again. The journey will take you to Tatopani next. You will travel through Kusma and Baglung. Traveling westward from here onwards along the Kali Gandaki River will take you to Beni. Once you have crossed Beni, you will see that the terrain has become more rugged and you are journeying on a dirt road to reach Tatopani.

Tatopani has exclusive hot springs and fun local activities.

Accommodation: 4-5 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 5

Scenic drive to Kagbeni.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The journey will take a more exciting turn once you leave Tatopani. The jeep tour will take you to Kali Gandaki Valley which is the deepest gorge on the world. Moving forward, you will pass through Ghasa and Tukuche to enter Marpha. This village is known for its exquisite apple plantations and dazzling apple wine. Marpha is followed by Jomsom which gives you the first view of the barren, trans-Himalayan landscapes.

It is a vast settlement along with the backdrop of the deserted mountains with missing vegetation. 

Accommodation: 4-5 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 6

Scenic drive to Ghiling.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The following morning, the jeep tour will take you on an expedition through Kagbeni followed by breakfast and the onward journey towards Upper Mustang. This is the place where the real fun begins and thus you need to get your permits checked at police check posts.

You will cross the Kali Gandaki River to enter Chhusang Village followed by the out-of-the-world landscapes of Samar Village, Syangboche La, and Bhena La. Finally, you will enter Ghilling after about 4 hours of travel and you will spend the night at this village.

Accommodation: 4-5 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 7

Scenic drive to Tsarang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This part of the journey will take you through high altitude roads that connect Upper Mustang to Lower Mustang. The road is covered in snow in the winter months and thus is not motorable in that season. The jeep will take you through the mystical landscape of Gyami Khola followed by the small villages of Ny La, Ghami La, and Chinggel.

A few hours after passing through the Dhakmar Village you will enter Tsarang where you will stay through the night.

Accommodation: 5-6 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 8

Scenic drive to Lo-manthang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The drive from Tsarang will take you through Sungda La nad Lo La into the capital city of the walled kingdom- Lo Manthang. You will get to see many peaks throughout the journey such as the Nilgiri, Tilcho, and Bhrikuti among others.

You will get to explore some of the ancient monasteries and exquisite caves of this region throughout the day.

Accommodation: 5-6 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 9

Scenic drive to Chhosar via Kora la (4660 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Kora La connects the Nepal-Tibet border and sits atop an elevation of 4660m. this is a scenic place and a very high altitude pass. After the journey to Kora La, the jeep will take you to Chhosar which is scattered with caves for daily living, meditation, and even burial purposes.

The night is to be spent at Chhosar after such a busy day.

Accommodation: 5-6 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 10

Scenic drive to Syangboche

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The journey from Chhosar to Sayangboche is downhill and passes through Ghami, Tamagaun, and Ghilling.

You can also take a short trek to the Chungsi Cave which falls on the way to Syangboche.

Accommodation: 5-6 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 11

Scenic drive continues to Marpha via Muktinath.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The shrine of Muktinath is one of the highest holy places situated at an elevation of 3800m. it is of importance to both Hindus and Buddhists because of its mention in the Vishnu Purana as well as Buddhist Texts. The region is also considered to be a Shakti Peeth. The shrine is surrounded by 108 holy taps and it is believed that bathing in all of them leads to the ultimate purification of the soul and mind.

It lies on the way to Marpha and is an astounding place to visit. The journey then goes on through Kagbeni and Jomsom into Marpha where there is an overnight stay.

Accommodation: 6-7 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 12

Return drive to Pokhara.

Meals included: BB

Our return trail to Pokhara will be routed through Larjung, Kalopani, Ghasa to Beni where we will stop for lunch before heading to Kusma.

Unlike a pitched road, it comprises of rough trails and mud paths, traveling parallel to the Kali-Gandaki river.

After arriving at Pokhara, you can enjoy the boating in Phewa lake and explore the island temple. If you have quality time than you can ask your guide to take at world peace pagoda from where you can observe the wonderful view of mountains, valley, and lake at the same time.

Hotel arrangements will be prior-made in Pokhara for the night stay, so you can be at your best comforting situation.

Accommodation: 5-6 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 13

Scenic return drive to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

The final leg of the return journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu will be undertaken in approximately 6-7 hours until we retire for the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Free on your own. In the evening, you will join the Himalayan Trekkers team for farewell dinner and discuss your experience of the trip.

Overnight.

Accommodation: 6-7 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 14

Departure.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel to catch your scheduled flight to the Airport with an assessment of the Himalayan trekkers representative.

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Airport Drop off in a Private Vehicle.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • International airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • 4WD Jeep Pokhara to Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom by 4WD Land Cruiser/Mahindra Scorpio.
  • 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while Mustang in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Upper Mustang Restricted area permit fee. 
  • Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and supporting staff.
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for the Guide and driver.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish the trip)
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government and local taxes.

Whats Not Included

  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trip.
  • All food and beverages, other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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