Upper Mustang Jeep Tour -13 Days

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Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
At a Glance
Duration13 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4200m
Group Size2-10
Travel StyleJeep Safari
Best TimeMarch to November

The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is a highly sought-after, brief, effortless, and convenient method to explore the exceptionally well-preserved culture, natural wonders, and historical ancient Lo-Kingdom, renowned worldwide. This experience is truly remarkable and awe-inspiring for individuals with a penchant for venturing into the breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan desert. The Himalayan Trekking Path has dedicated its efforts to researching and developing this distinctive approach, allowing travelers to witness and immerse themselves in the pure Tibetan Bon tradition and the enigmatic Himalayan region that lies beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, within the borders of Nepal. There are multiple options available to explore Upper Mustang, depending on your preferred itinerary and package. These include trekking, motor tours, the Damodar Kunda Trek, horseback ride tours, jeep tours, and more. If you decide to join the Himalayan Trekking Path Company, you can select the option that suits you best. The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is particularly remarkable, allowing you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the region for a shorter duration and with ease.

Highlights of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

  • Initiate the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour from Kathmandu and conclude in the same city
  • Enjoy a guided Kathmandu Sightseeing tour with a focus on cultural highlights using a private vehicle
  • Embark on a scenic Jeep drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Explore Pokhara's attractions before heading towards the Upper Mustang region
  • Traverse the rugged terrains of Marpha-Jomsom-Kagbeni en route to Lo Manthan
  • Immerse yourself in the Bon culture, often referred to as mini-Tanzania, experiencing Tibetan people, culture, and lifestyles
  • Visit picturesque areas featuring barren landscapes, ancient caves, century-old monasteries, and various archaeological sites
  • Admire the Himalayan views from the region's scenic backdrop
  • Discover ancient cultural villages, palaces, caves, monasteries, stupas, and more
  • Indulge in tasting renowned local apples, apple pie, and apple wine (Marpha) in Jomsom, along with a visit to the important pilgrimage site of Muktinath for Hindus and Buddhists.

The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour starts in Kathmandu following a sightseeing tour, then departs from Kathmandu with a picturesque drive to Pokhara. The distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara is 200km; however, the journey takes approximately 6 to 7 hours. Throughout the drive, you will experience local life, rice terraces, local markets, and stunning mountain views. Along the way, there will be a lunch stop by the Trishuli River where you can enjoy a variety of local and international cuisine.

Before embarking on your journey to Upper Mustang, you can take advantage of the chance to discover the stunning city of Pokhara, which includes attractions such as the Peace Stupa, International Mountain Museum, David's Fall, Cave, and Phewa Lake. This day serves as perfect preparation before embarking on the rugged Jeep ride to Mustang.

The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour begins in Pokhara, where you will embark on a picturesque journey along the Beni Baglung Road. As you continue towards Tatopani, a renowned hot spring destination, you will be captivated by the diverse experiences offered by its lush green valleys, rivers, towns, rice terraces, and breathtaking scenery. The drive from Tatopani to Jomsom will take you through enchanting dense forests, offering magnificent mountain views and a glimpse of the Kaligandaki River bed. Upon reaching Jomsom, you will be greeted by the powerful Himalayan winds and treated to awe-inspiring mountain vistas, as well as the unique cultural village of Thakali.

After departing from Jomsom, we proceeded to Kagbeni, situated at the base of Muktinath Village and its revered temple. Visitors have the opportunity to explore Muktinath Temple before continuing to Lo-Manthang. Kagbeni serves as the gateway to the Upper Mustang region. Upon entering this special area, you will encounter numerous Tibetan cultural villages, such as Chhusang, Chele, Samar, Syangmochen, Ghiling, Ghami, Charang, Lo-Manthang, and Gharpu. The journey will take you through arid red rocks, breathtaking cliffs, enchanting monasteries adorned in red and white, caves, and stunning mountain vistas. Upon completing the tour, return to Pokhara via the same route with a Jeep safari.

What should I expect during the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?

Embark on the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour and begin your journey with a captivating day tour of Kathmandu. Accompanied by a knowledgeable cultural guide, you will have the opportunity to explore the enchanting sights of Kathmandu for approximately 6 to 7 hours. This immersive experience includes visits to Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath, with all entrance fees conveniently covered. Discover the enchanting kingdom of Lo-Mustang through the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, an ideal way to explore this secluded region. The adventure commences with a scenic drive from Pokhara, spanning 200km, and takes around 6-7 hours in a VIP tourist bus, ensuring utmost comfort and convenience. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Among the notable peaks are Annapurna South, Fishtail, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and others. During your free day in Pokhara, our expert guides will accompany you to explore Peace Stupa, Phewa Lake, the International Mountain Museum, David's Fall, caves, and more, creating a truly memorable experience.

Embark on an enchanting Upper Mustang Jeep Expedition starting from Pokhara and heading towards Tatopani in the luxury of a private 4W Jeep. Travel along the scenic Beni Baglung Road, meandering through a verdant valley and providing stunning views of the majestic Kali Gandaki River. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty that envelops you. After an exhilarating 104-kilometer journey lasting around 6 to 7 hours, you will reach Tatopani. Here, relax and pamper yourself in the comforting warmth of the natural hot spring, an ideal sanctuary for unwinding and revitalizing. Continue your Upper Mustang Jeep adventure from Tatopani to Kagbeni, passing through Kalopani, Marpha, and Jomsom. En route, be captivated by the charming green valleys, the grandeur of the Dhaulagiri Ranges, and the stunning apple orchards. Upon reaching Jomsom, be prepared to be amazed by the majestic Himalayan landscape, the sandy Kaligandaki riverbed, and the dramatic cliffs. Upon arrival in Kagbeni, do not miss the opportunity to explore the revered Muktinath Temple, a sacred place revered by Hindus and Buddhists

Kagbeni serves as the gateway to Upper Mustang, where a special permit is required before continuing to Chhusang, Chele, Samar, Syangmochen, Ghiling, Ghami, Charang, Lo-Manthang, and Gharpu. The journey from Kagbeni to Lo-Manthang spans a distance of 65 km and typically takes 2 days to complete. Along the route, you will have the opportunity to explore ancient Tibetan villages, palaces, stupas, caves, cliffs, mountain vistas, colorful rock formations, small, lush green valleys, and arid landscapes. Your guide will lead you to significant sites and can make stops based on your preferences. After visiting Lo-Manthang, you can also explore Chhosar and the Tibetan Border, enjoying the highlights of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour. Once the tour is finished, you will return to Pokhara and then take a comfortable flight back to Kathmandu. The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour covers a total round-trip distance of 140 kilometers between the Tibetan border and Kagbeni. The distance from Jomsom to Pokhara is 160 kilometers. The entire Upper Mustang journey lasts for 13 days from arrival to departure. This tour includes sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, a 4-wheel-drive Jeep drive to Lo-Manthang through the world's deepest gorge, diverse climates, windy and sandy roads, captivating Tibetan villages, monasteries, and palaces, as well as an immersive experience of the ancient Bon religion. The return trip is from Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable flight.

The Upper Mustang Permit and Cost

A special permit is required for the Upper Mustang tour, as well as a mandatory conservation area permit. The permit fee is $500 for 10 days. Once the initial permit expires, the governing body charges an additional $50 per day. It is important to note that the permit is valid for 10 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. The Upper Mustang region is a restricted zone, and entry without a permit is strictly prohibited. Before 1992, foreigners were not allowed to enter this region. Furthermore, certain parts of Mustang are under the jurisdiction of ACAP, which requires a permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). It is worth mentioning that a restricted area permit can only be obtained if at least two people are traveling together. Individual travelers are not eligible to obtain the permit.

The Special Cost for Upper Mustang Jeep Tour for 2024-2025

The Upper Mustang region in the Annapurna Region is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored. Often hailed as the eighth wonder of the world, a journey to Upper Mustang promises a unique and unforgettable adventure. This enchanting destination has garnered attention from various publications, newspapers, and travelers, particularly those from the USA, so most visitors are from the USA. Situated in the rain shadow, Upper Mustang is an ideal choice for travel during the rainy season. However, travelers must obtain restricted permits to access this region, which can be costly. The permits are priced at USD 500 for 10 days, with an additional USD 50 for each extra day. Fortunately, Himalaya Trekking Path offers all-inclusive packages at competitive rates, covering the necessary permits and services detailed in the Upper Mustang Jeep tour itinerary. The cost of the Mustang Jeep tour varies based on group size and service level, but our company ensures top-quality service at affordable prices.

  • The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Cost is USD 2300 per person for groups of 2 trekkers
  • The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Cost is USD 2000 per person for groups of 3 to 6 trekkers 
  • The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Cost is USD 1800 per person for groups of 7 to 10 trekkers

The treks to the restricted areas are highly sought after, especially the ones that take you to the ancient Tibetan kingdom in a remote and dry landscape. This region is adorned with breathtaking Tibetan monasteries, canyons, and cave complexes that stretch along the Tibetan border. The introduction of a new road from Jomsom to the Tibet border has brought about rapid changes in the area, providing an opportunity for the Mustang Jeep Tour. This tour ensures a comfortable and unmatched experience for travelers of all ages, from children to seniors. Our itinerary is designed to offer comprehensive services and create an unparalleled experience.

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Upon your arrival time, the vehicle and airport representative from Himalayan Trekking Path Company will be waiting for you outside the terminal. We kindly request you to check for your Name and company board and meet our helpful airport crew. As a gesture of welcome, we will offer you a marigold garland and assist you in boarding a private car for your hotel travel. As per your request, we can arrange accommodation for you in Kathmandu, specifically in areas such as Thamel, Patan or Bhaktapur, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. We will then have a brief meeting to finalize the details of your trip.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

During the second day of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, you will have the chance to explore the hidden gems of Kathmandu. Our guide and private vehicle will ensure a memorable day tour, allowing you to delve into ancient art, architecture, history, monuments, and temples. Following the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

On the third day, in the early morning, you will board a tourist bus to travel to Pokhara, the renowned tourist city in Nepal. Situated 200km away from Kathmandu in the western direction, Pokhara offers a captivating experience. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, your guide will come to pick you up and accompany you in a taxi to the Tourist bus. It is important to note that the bus departs at 7:00 am, so it is advisable to be present at least 10 minutes before the departure time. As you leave the Kathmandu Valley, you will embark on a luxurious journey on the tourist bus. Throughout the trip, you will be treated to breathtaking views of numerous cities, picturesque countryside, mesmerizing river valleys, majestic mountains, and enchanting rice and vegetable terraces. During the journey, the bus will make three stops for breakfast, lunch, and a snack, allowing you to refuel and relax. Once you reach Pokhara, you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of the great white snowcapped peaks, including Fishtail, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Annapurna, and many others. After checking in at your hotel in Lakeside, you will have the freedom to explore the lakeside area at your own convenience.

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700mMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Discover the untouched charm of Pokhara City with our captivating sightseeing activities available today. Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your convenience, and then embark on our complimentary Pokhara Sightseeing tour. This tour will introduce you to remarkable landmarks such as the Peace Stupa, Mahendra Cave, International Mountain Museum, David's Falls, before returning to the hotel. Afterwards, take advantage of your free time to explore the captivating city and its scenic surroundings.

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

The Upper Mustang Jeep excursion commences in Pokhara, offering a picturesque journey to Tatopani village renowned for its invigorating Natural Hot Spring. The drive spans approximately 5 to 6 hours, covering a distance of 104 kilometers. En route, you will be captivated by the village's authentic lifestyle, breathtaking scenery, terraced rice fields, meandering river valleys, verdant green valleys, and tranquil river streams. Feel free to make stops at your preferred spots during the drive. Upon reaching Tatopani, nestled in the Mayaghi district, indulge in a rejuvenating soak in the natural hot spring pond. Cherish your time amidst nature and spend your first night away from the bustling city. From today on, you will be served full board meals, including breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Max. Altitude: 1190m/3904ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Embark on a captivating journey to Kagbeni after a satisfying breakfast. As you traverse diverse climates, witness the enchanting transformation from lush green valleys to the arid desert, all while passing through the awe-inspiring Kaligandaki Valley, the deepest gorge in the world. Commencing from Tatopani at a lower elevation, make your way towards Kalopani, where you can find tranquil accommodation nestled amidst dense woodlands, just below the majestic Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and its magnificent ice fall. Take a moment to capture the breathtaking views before continuing your expedition. Leaving Kalopani behind, the path leads to Marpha, a charming apple farm where you can savor the delightful products of Marpha brandy, juice, and more. Next, head towards Jomsom, the administrative center of the Mustang District. This mystical valley offers splendid vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and is situated in the trans-Himalayan desert. Continuing northward, follow the trail to Kagbeni, the gateway to a world of iconic musical wonders. Upon checking in at the hotel, venture out to explore the renowned Muktinath Valley, renowned for its Muktinath Temple and serving as a major route for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, after crossing the world's highest pass, Thorong-La (5416m). Conclude the day with a return to the hotel for a second night amidst the mountains.

Max. Altitude: 2804m/9199ft

Today, we venture into the well-preserved territory of Kagbeni, a charming Tibetan Village. Departing from Kagbeni, we make our way to Chhuksang in a Jeep. Along the journey, be sure to capture the enchanting lush green valley beside the Kali Gandaki River and the awe-inspiring Nilrigi mountain. As we wind through the dusty trail, we arrive at Chhuksang passing through Tangbe village, home to the Gurung, Thakali, and Lo Families. Take a moment to explore the village before continuing on to Chele, located near the flat Kaligandaki. Upon crossing the Kali Gandaki River and ascending to Chele village, immerse yourself in the ancient village's monasteries, stunning cliffs, and red hills. The journey continues through various captivating villages like Samar and Ghilling, crossing the Nyi La/Samabochen Pass to finally reach our destination at Ghami, offering breathtaking views of cliffs, river valleys, red rock formations, and ancient villages.

Max. Altitude: 2804m/9199ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Following breakfast, cross the Tangmar River and ascend along Nepal's longest Maani Wall, constructed of stone and adorned with Buddhist inscriptions. Take in the breathtaking views and picturesque valley. Continue driving towards Charang, where you can explore the village, visit the largest old monastery, the palace, and more. Proceed to Lo-Manthang, making a stop at Lo-Pass (3950m for panoramic mountain vistas before arriving at the capital of the ancient Lo-Kingdom. Check into your hotel and discover the charm of Lomanthang, where the four-story palace stands as the focal point of the town, housing the Lo King and Queen. While there are four gompas in the area, access to them is limited. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the ancient Lo-Kingdom and experience the Bon religion during your stay in Lomanthang.

Max. Altitude: 3840m/12598ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunc, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Today presents an opportunity for exploration as we set out to uncover the hidden gems of Lomanthang and its surroundings. Our itinerary includes a visit to the picturesque Chhoser Village, situated north of Lomanthang and bordering Tibet. This region is renowned for its vibrant monasteries and ancient caves, with the remarkable Shija Jhong Cave, also known as Chhoser Cave, standing out as a must-see attraction in Upper Mustang, Nepal. Nestled near the China (Tibet) border, this 5-story cave built into a cliff features over 40 rooms interconnected by numerous ladders. Visitors can admire the scenic views of the Chhoser valley from the windows on the 5th floor. Don't forget to explore the Tibet border before concluding your day tour in Lomanthang.

Max. Altitude: 3857 meters / 12654Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

On the tenth day of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, we will make our way back to Jomsom through the villages of Charang, Ghami, Ghiling, Samar, Chele, Chhuksang, and Kagbeni. We will spend the night in this picturesque village.

Max. Altitude: 2800m/9186ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we are driving back from the mysterious world to the vibrant green valley. We will pass by many villages and towns as we head back to Pokhara, where our jeep tour will conclude.

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch , DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

We are back in Kathmandu today after a scenic and quick flight. Following that, we will head to a hotel in the Thamel area, allowing you some free time to explore the shopping opportunities. This evening, the Himalayan Trekking Path Company offers a farewell dinner at the finest restaurant.  

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

We hope to see you again when you arrive in Nepal for your next escapade! Bidding farewell to each other, you’ll be guided to Kathmandu Airport by one of our staff members, three hours prior to your scheduled flight so that you won’t encounter any minor troubles during your final moments in Nepal. Have a safe flight back to your homeland. Cheers!!

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: Breakfast
Cost Details
  • Transportation for airport pick-up and drop-off will be provided in a private vehicle based on the group size
  • Enjoy a 2-night deluxe hotel stay in Kathmandu before the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, including breakfast
  • Experience a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu with a knowledgeable local cultural guide and private transportation
  • Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a private jeep
  • Stay for 2 nights in Pokhara before the Upper Mustang Jeep tour, with breakfast included
  • Explore Pokhara with a full day of sightseeing in a private vehicle
  • Journey from Pokhara to Lo-Manthang and the Tibetan border in a 4-wheel Jeep-round tour 
  • All mountain accommodations and meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided
  • Entrance fees for all monument sites are included
  • All necessary permits, including the USD500 special permit and USD17 ACAP per person fees
  • A professional trekking guide will be provided, including their salary, meals, insurance, transportation, and accommodation
  • Government taxes and company service fees are included
  • First aid service will be available throughout the tour
  • Enjoy fresh fruit, nuts, cookies, etc. during the tour
  • After the Upper Mustang tour, spend one night in a deluxe hotel in Pokhara
  • Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Indulge in a welcome and farewell dinner from the finest restaurant
  • After the tour, stay one night in Kathmandu with breakfast included.
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • All kinds of trekking gear