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Max. Elevation
4230 m / 13877 ft
Group size
Min 2
Level
Beginner
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary.
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
Starts at / Ends at
kathmandu /
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Tea House / Lodge during the trek.
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the drive
Trip Route

Highlights

  • An adventure around former forbidden country of scenic Upper Mustang.
  • Explore the immense cultures of Mustang people the Lobas of Tibetan heritage.
  • Journey around the vast endless wild country, an extension of Tibetan plateau.
  • Exciting and scenic walks on restricted areas of Nepal with limited flow of trekkers.
  • Adventure beyond Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas within a rain shadow.
  • Visit the walled capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, home to the royal palace, Buddhist monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
  • Interact with the local Thakali and Tibetan communities, experiencing their traditional way of life, customs, and festivals.

Overview

Upper Mustang is a land beyond the majestic Himalayas standing on the edge of Tibetan Plateau. Its undisturbed century-old socio-cultural customs, historically significant archeological sites, and stunning landscapes across the rain shadow region is no less than heaven. Himalayan Forever designs a special Jeep package as an alternative to the trekking  that brings all types of tourists to the remote and untouched region of Mustang in a short amount of time.

Upper Mustang is an ancient forbidden kingdom which has long been a protected area cut off from the outside world. This is why travelling to Upper Mustang takes you back in time.  The height of Upper Mustang ranges from 3,050m (10,004ft) near Chele to 6,700m (22,000ft) in Khamjung Himal. You will reach the highest overnight stay of the journey at Lo Manthang, which is 3,730m/12,235ft.

The majority of the route to the Upper Mustang road trip is well-paved and safe.  The Upper Mustang overland trip travels along the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, and reaches to Kagbeni. We pass several notable landmarks on route, including Tatopani Natural Hot Springs, Marpha Village, often known as "The Apple Garden," Kagbeni, a site of religious pilgrimage, and the Lo-Manthang. 

Starting in Kathmandu, the route takes a private jeep ride to Pokhara before heading to Lo-Manthang. The total road distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200 KM, Pokhara to Jomsom is 155 km and Jomsom to Lo Manthang is 60 km. It is a wonderful journey with lovely mountain views and a variety of landscapes. The journey begins in Kathmandu with a private jeep drive to Pokhara before continuing on to Lo-Manthang. 200 KM is the driving distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara, 155 KM separates Pokhara and Jomsom, and 60 KM separates Jomsom and Lo Manthang. A lovely mountain range with a variety of landscapes may be seen throughout the delightful trip. You will travel a fairly short distance each day, but you will stay longer in each location touring the villages and monasteries.


Places to Visit While in Upper Mustang

Top Attractions in Upper Mustang When exploring Upper Mustang, tourists can explore many famous landmarks and historical sites. Some must-see spots include the fortified town of Lo Manthang, the ancient monasteries of Lo Gekar and Choser, and the enchanting caves of Chhoser. Additionally, visitors can admire the breathtaking views of the Kali Gandaki Valley, visit the holy Muktinath pilgrimage site, and marvel at the majestic Himalayan mountains.


Route Map Overview

Overview of the Route Map The Upper Mustang Overland Tour usually starts in Kathmandu or Pokhara, from where tourists start a picturesque journey by either driving or flying to Jomsom, the entrance to Upper Mustang. The expedition then proceeds by a four-wheel-drive vehicle along rough mountain roads, meandering through charming villages, historic monasteries, and breathtaking scenery of desolate cliffs and steep gorges.


Is the Upper Mustang Trek challenging?

The Upper Mustang trek is rated as moderate in difficulty. Despite the rugged and remote terrain, the trails are well-defined and the daily walking distances are reasonable. However, the high altitude and occasional steep climbs can be challenging for some hikers. Proper acclimatization, physical fitness, and a sense of adventure are necessary for a successful trek.


When Are The Best Times To Book? The best times to book the Upper Mustang Overland Tour are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures, making it ideal for trekking and sightseeing in Upper Mustang. Are you curious about The Alternative Adventure? If you're looking for something different, consider taking the Upper Mustang Overland Tour, which gives you a chance to discover one of Nepal's most remote and culturally diverse areas. Unlike typical hiking paths, this tour lets you experience the serene beauty of Upper Mustang at a leisurely pace, with plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the local culture and connect with the community.


Accommodation and Food While on the Upper Mustang Tour During your visit to Upper Mustang, you will have various choices for lodging and dining. From humble guesthouses and teahouses to cozy lodges and homestays, there is something for everyone. Despite the basic amenities, you will be welcomed with genuine hospitality, giving you a glimpse into the local way of life. Enjoy traditional Nepali meals like dal bhat and Tibetan bread, made with fresh ingredients from the region.

Important Note

Best Season: The weather in the upper Mustang region is at its best from March to November. Autumn offers great weather, clear skies, no rain, and snowfall in Upper Mustang, making the months of the season ideal for tours and trips. The weather in Mustang gets to be very pleasant for going on overland tours and trekking from the second week of September to the second week of December.

The autumnal season typically begins in September and ends in October. The Himalayas experience unexpected weather changes as a result of global warming. The first two weeks of September are not recommended for travel to and hiking in Mustang Nepal due to the late monsoon.

Trip Itinerary

After you arrive at the international terminal of Kathmandu airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our company representative. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to a hotel by the Himalayan Forever staff. When you arrive at the hotel, check out your incredible rooms, and then, once you've had a chance to rest, visit the Himalayan Forever office for a meeting.

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Welcome Dinner

There are several landmarks and monuments within Kathmandu valley. This city holds seven UNESCO listed world heritage sites within a radius of 20km. This comprises the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, the durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur, among many other places. We can visit these locations or any other location of your choice.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings.

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

After having breakfast in Kathmandu, you will travel quite a distance to the city of lakes, Pokhara. The initial part of the journey starts along the Prithvi Highway, and you'll be driving next to the Trishuli river. Since the majority of the road is blacktopped, there are only a few rough curves. As you get closer to Pokhara city, the views of mountains and hills, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna, and others, become clearer. 


After reaching Pokhara, you will drive to the lakeside town and move into a hotel. You may enjoy the evening strolling around the stunning Phewa Lake and the town itself. Nightlife in Pokhara is just magical.


(You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 35 minutes if you choose more ease and luxury. If you do so, you will have more time to explore Pokhara and engage in different activities like cycling and boating.)

Max. altitude

860m / 2,822 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

After an early breakfast at Pokhara, a six-hour drive through breathtaking views will lead you to Jomsom, the district capital of Mustang. Jomsom serves as the business and tourism centre of the fascinating Mustang area as it has the accessibility of an airport and good roads. The afternoon winds are quite strong there. Now, drive for two hours through Kali Gandaki riverbed and you will reach Chhusang. Check at the hotel and stay there overnight at the lodge. The breathtaking natural beauty, distinct culture, and historic architecture of Chhusang are well-known all around the globe.


(If you don’t want to follow the hectic schedule of travelling for eight hours on a jeep, you can take a direct flight in 25 minutes from Pokhara to Jomsom. This will cut your six hours' distance and give you more time to explore Jomsom.)

Max. altitude

2,980m / 9,777 ft.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Lo Manthang is a walled city which is 50 kilometres away from Chusang and could be reached in nearly 6 hours. You will be welcomed by the elegant and historic white-washed houses in the dry land. After a short break, you may go outside and explore the streets of the forbidden kingdom of Lomanthan. The view of the pastures and agricultural farms is equally beautiful. Overnight stay there!

Max. altitude

3,840m / 12,598 ft.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Lo Manthang portrays the rich Tibetan Buddhist traditions and culture. You will first go to Namgyal Gompa monasteries which are close to the 2,500 year old Jhong Caves. The five-story King's Palace, constructed in the 1400s, can also be visited to learn about the history of Lo Manthang. You can visit the magnificent Chhoser sky caves and the SHIJA JHONG cave in Mustang, both of which date back more than 3,000 years.


Additionally, you can connect with the young monk students attending the Tsechen Shedrub Ling Monastery School by going to the Monastic Museum. These are all located along the Nepal-Tibet border. After finishing your local area sightseeing, you will take a jeep back to the guest house.

Max. altitude

3,840m / 12,598 ft.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

After a few hours of driving from Lo Manthang, you will return to Kagbeni, a beautiful local village in Mustang. Then, you will visit Muktinath temple, one of the most sacred places for Hindus and Buddhists. The temple has an energetic atmosphere and brings peace inside you. There are two small ponds and numerous spring taps, and it is believed that their water could wash away past sins committed.  


You will travel back to Jomsom after your quick break at Muktinath. You will occasionally see glimpses of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains peek out along the way. After arriving in Jomsom, you may drink the popular local apple booze, dance to the beat of native music, and enjoy folktales.

Max. altitude

3,800m / 12,467 ft.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Get on a Jeep and head to Pokhara after an early breakfast. You will enjoy your trip when you get there and then spend the day touring the lovely city. Pokhara is the most popular tourist destination. It is home to a wide variety of attractions, including the UNESCO-designated Pokhara Peace Pagoda, Mountain Museum, Davis Fall, Tal Barahi Temple, and Gupteshwor Cave. Enjoy the journey's completion.


(You can also head to the domestic airport in Jomsom and take a flight to Pokhara. The 25-minute flight will save your time and provide relaxation if you prefer not to take the 8-hour long ride from Jomsom to Pokhara.)

Max. altitude

860m / 2,822 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

On the last day of the trip, you will be driving back to Kathmandu. Based on your departure schedule, you can go to Kathmandu Durbar Square in Thamel and explore the historic palace and museum. In addition to enjoying authentic Nepali food, you can also choose what to buy for souvenirs at Thamel. Overnight stay at Kathmandu. 

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD
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Includes

  • All arrival and departure transportation from the airport to hotel and vice versa.
  • 3*** (Three Star Category) Hotel in Kathmandu and at Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis. (To upgrade the hotel standard at extra cost).
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • All accommodation and breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal along the tour. 
  • Teahouse accommodation on Twin sharing basis.
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus for the overland journey to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.
  • Overland transportation on four-wheel jeep drive from Pokhara to Upper Mustang and vice versa.
  • Local transportation in Pokhara before and after the trek.
  • One guide with English and local language fluency. 
  • Government-registered, experienced, and honest as well. 
  • First-aid kit carried by Guide with important medicines. 
  • All kinds of entrance fees which include national parks, monuments, and more.
  • Upper mustang permit fee which cost USD 500 per person. 
  • Annapurna conservation area permit fee which cost USD 25 per person.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa, Medical / Travel Insurance.
  • International airfare and personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency Evacuation if required by any means of transportation and Helicopter Service.
  • Personal trekking stuff which includes sleeping bags, down jackets, and duffel bags.     
  • Meals and personal sightseeing expenses in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages, laundry, hotel shower, battery charge, and any other personal expenses.
  • All kinds of table drinks, desert items or street foods(except breakfast) and bar bills like beer, whiskey, etc. 
  • In the event of an early return from the trek due to a personal issue or illness, the client is responsible for any additional costs. (Will be paid for by your insurance).    
  • Tips for staff.

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