Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Duration: 12 Days    Based on 1 review

About Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is one of the best tours in the Himalayan region of Nepal which is also known as the Upper Mustang Overland Tour. Upper Mustang Jeep Tour by a jeep or Land cruiser is the best alternative for those who do not have enough days for the Upper Mustang trek or do not want to walk 4-7 hours per day. This tour will take you to the last small forbidden kingdom of Nepal located in the Trans-Himalayan region which was opened for tourists only after 1992. If you are looking for a similar tour like Tibet then Upper Mustang will be the best choice. Upper Mustang overland tour provides an opportunity to explore the barren landscape of the Tibetan plateau and medieval culture, monastic charm and spiritual holy place in the Himalayas. The people living in this area are of Tibetan origins and their culture is similar to each other. Stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 M), Mt. Annapurna (8091 M), Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Tukuche Peak, & many more snowcapped mountains can be seen during the tour accompanied by Buddhists monasteries, chortens, stupas, wall caves, peaceful villages and the warm hospitality of the local people.

This Mustang Jeep Tour takes you to the Tibetan border, Kora La (4660 M) where you can do side trips. You will be taken on a thrilling natural adventure across arid landscapes, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and 4000 meter high passes which will leave you to be breathe taken and wanting more – an unforgettable adventure that is not to be missed. The special permit of Upper Mustang costs 500 USD per person for the first 10 days. We cannot get the special permit for less than 10 days and need ACAP plus TIMS.

Highlights

  • Off-road jeep ride on the almost treeless barren landscape similar to the Tibetan Plateau
  • Last forbidden kingdom with people that have rich culture and tradition that resembles the Tibetan people
  • Lo-Manthang, a walled capital city of Upper Mustang, built-in 1380 AD by the first King of Lho, ‘Ame Pal’
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna ranges
  • Centuries-old monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the rare Bon religion
  • Off-road jeep ride along the World’s deepest gorge,' Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Kora La pass, one of the oldest border routes used for salt trading

 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

You will land on the Tribhuvan International Airport and welcomed by one of our representatives. He will guide you to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet with a tour guide in the hotel lobby. He /she will brief you about the day 2 program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest of Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, you will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and he/she will brief you about the tour.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After having breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara through the Prithvi Highway enjoying beautiful views of lush green hills, rivers, waterfalls, terraced fields, and small settlements. Pokhara will welcome us with excellent views of Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Annapurna. In the evening, we will have free time to stroll on the Lakeside market or boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake.

  • B&L
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 6-7 hours

Leaving Pokhara behind, we will drive to Marpha via Kusma Bazar and Beni. From Beni, we will drive on a rugged road alongside the Kali Gandaki River’s Valley. The Kali Gandaki River’s gorge is the world’s deepest gorge. We will drive through several beautiful villages mainly Tatopani, Ghasa, Kalopani, Larjung, Tukuche, etc. along the Kali Gandaki Valley. Starting from Ghasa, we will be officially in Mustang district and from Larjung we can see the changes in the landscape, settlements, and cultures as well. Finally, we will arrive at Marpha where we can see lots of Apple plantations. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Marpha
  • 2680 M
  • 8-10 hours

From today, we will be entering the Trans-Himalayan region. Starting our drive in the morning, we will pass by Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang district and reach Kagbeni. At Kagbeni, we will register our restricted area permits and literally enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. On the way, we will stop by the villages, caves, viewpoints, and monasteries to have a short visit. We pass by various beautiful villages like Tangbe, Chhusang, Chele, Samar, Syanboche, and Ghilling before arriving at Ghami. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ghami
  • 3520 M
  • 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will cross a river for a short visit to the longest mani wall in the Mustang region. Then, we will head to Ghar Gompa via Dhakmar village. Ghar Gompa is the oldest monasteries in Nepal and Tibet, which was built by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in the 8th century. After visiting around for some time, we will drive down to the second-largest ancient settlement of Upper Mustang, Tsarang. We will visit the ancient palace and monasteries then drive to the capital of Upper Mustang, ‘Lo-Manthang’. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lo-Manthang
  • 3810 M
  • 4-5 hours

Today, we will do the full exploration of Lo-Manthang. We will start first by visiting the 4 main monasteries: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house", Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century located just southwest of Jampa Gompa, Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa, and the Choprang Gompa, also known as the "New Gompa". After completing the visit to these monasteries, we will head to Summer Palace via a crossing of a river from where we can get the wonderful views of the Himalayas, landscapes, and Lo-Manthang. We will visit Namgyal Gompa as well.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lo-Manthang
  • 3810 M

Today we will visit the surrounding villages like Choser, Garphu, Niphu, Nyamdo, Kimaling, Thinggar and return back to Lo-Manthang in an anti-clockwise way. After breakfast, we will drive a little further to Choser to explore the sky caves and then to Garphu Gompa. From there, we will drive to Thinggar via Nyamdo and Kimaling villages. We will visit the ancient palace of Thinggar. And then, we will drive to Lo-Manthang.   

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lo-Manthang
  • 3810 M

We will return back driving through the same main route until Tsarang. From there we take a route on the left, drive down all the way to a huge riverbank of the Mustang Khola. Crossing the bridge, we will drive all the way to Luri Gompa via beautiful villages of Surkhang, Yara, and Ghara. Luri Gompa is a 15th-century monastery built on a cave on a top of a hill. After that, we will drive back to Tsarang and rejoin the main route and drive all the way to Chhusang.    

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chhuksang
  • 2980 M
  • 6-7 hours

In the morning, we will leave Chhusang behind and drive to Kagbeni from where we will take the left route to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both the Buddhists and Hindus. We will drive on a blacktopped road up to Muktinath. After visiting the holy site of Muktinath, we will drive the same way to Kagbeni to rejoin the main route and continuing the drive to Tatopani where we can enjoy the natural hot spring. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tatopani
  • 1190 M
  • 7-8 hours

Driving the same way back, we will drive to Pokhara on a rugged vehicle road while passing through many beautiful villages, waterfalls and alluring forests. Later in the evening, we will have free time to rest or explore around. 

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 6-7 hours

After having breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu presenting us with a scenic view. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will spend the rest of the day relaxing. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company. 

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 6-7 hours

After having breakfast, one of the members of our team will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from the tour or late departure.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the tour.
  • Tour lodge (Tea House) accommodations with twin sharing basis during the tour.
  • All the staff’s salary, meals, accommodation & insurance.
  • English-speaking guide during the tour. (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • All the necessary permits including a special permit for the restricted area and paperwork needed for the trek.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • 4WD Jeep for the whole tour
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory). 
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing and Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone, personal trekking equipment, hot shower, and battery charging during the tour.
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).

Client Reviews

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Review by : Liya Tang, China

What a wonderful journey!

Well..first of all, here is a brief introdution of .our tour group.  Our travelling last 18 days and our group is about an archaeological suvey  of Upper Mustang area.   We followed the tough routes Sujan knew and visited many castles, gompas, chodens and sites. Sujan and his son Suresh both were our guides and they hired two drivers for us and they accompanied us for the whole journey. It is our honor that our group was his first tour group after his new tourism company was set up.  Therefore I must write a review from my heart!     Firstly what I have to say is that the trip was quite safe due to the rich experience in route as well as in driving. Actually speaking,  Sujan had been a local mountain guide for several years before he founded his own company.  Besides, it seems Mr. Sujan experienced a  tough teenage years which also brough him lots of life experience and encouragement.   Secondly, the journey was quite well arranged.   There was not any time to waste during our investigation. So thanks very much for his reasonable, systematic and scientific arrangement.   Thirdly, the most important is that Sujan, Suresh and two drivers are with much good qualities, MODESTY, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS,  CONSIDERATION and BRAVERY .  For example, every morning, Sujan woke up us alway,  he ordered our meals always and they let us eat firstly always. What's more, you know some of girls incluing me were frequently with fear of heights very much, sometimes I was even afraid of crossing a low wooden bridge which was just over a creek.  At that time, they would encourage us and help us to overcome difficulties.     Finally, Sujan and Suresh have talent in languages. They can both speak English and French fluently and can speak a little Japanese, and learnt some Chinese.   In conclusion, if you choose Sujan as your guide during any kinds of trips in Nepal,  you will have  a quite wonderful experience, especially you will have a quite nice Nepali friend!   Best Wishes For Sujan's Family and Company!