Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport and be welcomed by one of our representatives. He will guide you to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet with your tour guide in the hotel lobby who will brief you about the day 2 program.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with a tour guide & tour preparation
You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, the Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest in 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 who will brief you about the tour.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (825 M)
After having breakfast, you 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 you with excellent views of Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Annapurna. In the evening, you will have free time to stroll in the Lakeside market or boat on the tranquil Fewa Lake.
Day 04: Drive to Marpha (2680 M)
Leaving Pokhara behind, you will drive to Marpha via Kusma Bazar and Beni. From Beni, you 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. You will drive through several beautiful villages mainly Tatopani, Ghasa, Kalopani, Larjung, Tukuche, etc. along the Kali Gandaki Valley. Starting from Ghasa, you will be officially in the Mustang district and from Larjung you can see the changes in the landscape, settlements, and cultures as well. Finally, you will arrive at Marpha where you can see lots of Apple plantations.
Day 05: Drive to Ghami (3520 M)
From today, you will be entering the Trans-Himalayan region. Starting the drive in the morning, you will pass by Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang district, and reach Kagbeni. At Kagbeni, your guide will register the restricted area permits and literally enter the restricted area of the Upper Mustang. On the way, you will stop by the villages, caves, viewpoints, and monasteries to have a short visit. You will pass by various beautiful villages like Tangbe, Chhusang, Chele, Samar, Syanboche, and Ghilling before arriving at Ghami.
Day 06: Drive to Lo-Manthang (3810 M)
After breakfast, you will cross a river for a short visit to the longest mani wall in the Mustang region. Then, you will head to Ghar Gompa via Dhakmar village. Ghar Gompa is the oldest monastery in Nepal and Tibet, which was built by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in the 8th century. After visiting around for some time, you will drive down to the second-largest ancient settlement of Upper Mustang, Tsarang. You will visit the ancient palace and monasteries then drive to the capital of Upper Mustang, ‘Lo-Manthang’.
Day 07: Rest day 1-Visit ancient monasteries in Lo-Manthang, Summer Palace and Namgyal Gompa
Today, you will do the full exploration of Lo-Manthang. You 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, you will head to Summer Palace via a crossing of a river from where you can get wonderful views of the Himalayas, landscapes, and Lo-Manthang. You will visit Namgyal Gompa as well.
Day 08: Rest day 2-Visit to surrounding villages
Today you will visit the surrounding villages like Choser, Garphu, Niphu, Nyamdo, Kimaling, and Thinggar and return back to Lo-Manthang in an anti-clockwise way. After breakfast, you will drive a little further to Choser to explore the sky caves and then to Garphu Gompa. From there, you will drive to Thinggar via Nyamdo and Kimaling villages. You will visit the ancient palace of Thinggar. And then, you will drive to Lo-Manthang.
Day 09: Drive to Chhukshang (2980 M) via Luri Gompa
You will return back driving through the same main route until Tsarang. From there you take a route on the left and drive down all the way to a huge riverbank of the Mustang Khola. Crossing the bridge, you will drive all the way to Luri Gompa via the beautiful villages of Surkhang, Yara, and Ghara. Luri Gompa is a 15th-century monastery built in a cave on top of a hill. After that, you will drive back to Tsarang and rejoin the main route and drive all the way to Chhusang.
Day 10: Drive to Tatopani (1190 M) via Muktinath Temple (3760 M)
In the morning, you will leave Chhusang behind and drive to Kagbeni from where you will take the left route to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. You will drive on a blacktopped road up to Muktinath. After visiting the holy site of Muktinath, you will drive the same way to Kagbeni to rejoin the main route and continue the drive to Tatopani where you can enjoy the natural hot spring.
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara (825 M)
Driving the same way back, you will drive to Pokhara on a rugged vehicle road while passing through many beautiful villages, waterfalls, and alluring forests. Later in the evening, you will have free time to rest or explore around.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1350 M)
After having breakfast, you will drive to Kathmandu presenting us with a scenic view. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will spend the rest of the day relaxing. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.
Day 13: Final departure
After having breakfast, one of the members of our team will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home.