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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.