Important Information

Region
Mustang Region Treks
Duration
17 Days
Max Altitude 4200 Meters
Best Season Spring, Summer & Autumn
Activity Per Day
3-4 hours Ride
Grade
Level 2
Group Size
2 - 12 people
Transportation Jeep/Bus

"Experience overland Jeep Tour in the ancient Lo Kingdom of Upper Mustang"  

The jeep tour in Upper Mustang is getting more popular because of the Kora La highway connecting China on the Northern Border of Nepal via Beni and Jomsom. To escapes from the dusty trekking route, Himalayan wander walkers have created this trip. This Jeep Tour to Upper Mustang is not a rigid itinerary where you can change according to your comfort and time availability. The vicinity of Lo- Kingdom is mainly the ancient caves where people used to live there, centuries-old wall paintings, Buddhist holy monasteries, snow-capped mountains, barren high hills, unique landscape, Tibetan culture, and beautiful villages still preserved well.  This trip will provide you a mystical touch of unforgettable.  

Himalayan Wander Walkers provides a local guide for this trip to experience in the best way for all our guests. This Upper Mustang Jeep Tour has covered all the interesting and popular attractions of upper mustang such as Lo-Gyakar Gompa/Ghar Gompa (oldest Buddhist Monastery), Konchokling (Land of God), Rinchenling (mind-blowing wall painting cave), Luri Gompa (Mystical Monastery), Shija Jong cave (the ancient cave where people used to live at one time), Lo- Manthang (ancient walled city), Dokpa (nomadic life), etc.  

If you are looking for different itinerary than the itinerary here please Customize Your Trip 

Highlights of Upper Msutang Jeep Tour 

  • Explore the Mystical valley of Mustang dominated by Sakyapa lineages in the Buddhist religion.
  • Experience the overland trip on the mesmerizing landscape. 
  • Feel comfortable while on a trip.
  • Discover the ancients arts 
  • Century back Monasteries and Buddhist monuments
  • Travel with Local

Outline Itinerary ( 17 Days )

Day 1

Arrival to Kathmandu (1300m)

Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel, Welcome assistance by Himalayan Wander Walkers' representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel, rest at the hotel, and briefing about the trip.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 2

Permit Preparation and Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Today after breakfast we will start the city tour to most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. These landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swyambhunath) and the world largest Buddhists stupa, Bouddhanath. Briefing regarding the trek with two-way question-answer with the trip leader (The Guide).

Overnight accommodation is in the same hotel as the BB Plan.

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara (800m) – 6 – 7 hours

Morning 6:30 guide will be in your hotel to take you to the tourist bus station to drive Pokhara at 7 am. Driving 210km will take around 7 to 8 hours. Pokhara is the second biggest city or valley of Nepal and one of the best tourist destinations of Nepal as well. After reaching in Pokhara in the afternoon, you will visit the Phewa Lake.

Overnight accommodation is in the same hotel as the BB Plan. 

Day 4

Fly to Jomsom and Drive to Marpha (2650 m)

Our guide assists you to Pokhara Airport to fly for Jomsom. This scenic adventurous flight takes about 18-25 minutes passing through the world’s deepest George, presenting spectacular mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Ranges and Fishtail with several famous peaks within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area from its both sides. Jomsom we will have breakfast at jomsom and Drive by Jeep to Marpha for overnight. It is a good way to do acclimatization for next day. In Marpha village there are many things to do like visiting Apple Farm, Take a Tour of the Distillery , Pay a Pilgrimage to the Monastery,  Explore the Cultural Museum,  and visit the Marpha Foundation.

Overnight at Lodge.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5

Jeep Drive to Sangmochen (3800m) and visit Chungshi Cave

After your breakfast we will drive to chuksang via Kagbeni which takes about 30-40 minutes approximately to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the gateway to the controlled area of Upper Mustang where you need to show your permit and we will visit the monastery and town as well. We can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak from Kagbeni. After having lunch at Samar you will drive toward Sangmochen crossing the Sohi la Pass (4000m) from which you will have views of Himalaya on the sourthern part and Kaligandaki Canyon on east side. Soon after descending to village and leave our baggage. After having a short breka and tea you will pay visit to Chungshi Rangchung Gonpa (sacred cave monastery). Buddhist well known Tantric master, Padmasambhava meditated here centuries ago. Inside the cave monastery you will see spontaneous stone statues of Awalokeshwor (Chenresig), Tara and prayer beads. The trailgoes through a green bushes and soon the valley broadens out and we can see walls built in front of caves which are temporary homes for the goats and sheep herders. Sometimes it is possible to see rabbits and the rare blue sheep in this area. Return to lodge. 

Overnight at teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6

Drive to Marang via Lo- Gyakar Gompa and Dhakmar (3820m)

Today you will drive to Ghami village through the Gelung village. After breakfast at Syangboche, you first visit monastries in Gelung village and gently ascent to Nyi La (3,950m). Climbing up Nyi la looks easy from distance but it’s really exhausting with short ascent pass if you are trekking to this pass. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, Ghami village surrounded the field, Nepal's longest Mani wall, and partial red cliffs of Dhakmar. Afternoon your lunch at Ghami you will drive to Dhakmar (red clip village) via next to longest Mani Wall.  

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7

Drive to Lo- Mnathang and visit Monasteries

After leaving Dhakmar village we climb up the yellow canyon to Mui La (4170m). After few minutes of walk from Mui la, we will reach the Lo-Gyakar Gompa –Oldest Buddhist monastery in the world. There we will spend about 30 minutes to explore the oldest Buddhist Monastery and its surrounding. Then continue drive to Marang village for lunch. From Marang you will drive through the From Chogo la we will have a view towards the borderline of Nepal and china were once used to be Tibet. After descending toward lo Manthang we will see Yaks on the way if the summer nomadic camps are still there. If not we will go on the second day at Lo-Manthang. Evening will be time to visit three main Monasteries; Thukchen, Jampa and Choede.

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 8

Drive to Chosar via Chhonhup Thinkar village and Boarder of Nepal & China (4400m)

Today after our breakfast we will drive to Thinkar village, summer palace of Mustang King and continue to drive to Kora La Border(4,400m). In the afternoon you will explore Chosar valley where we will see old caves, monastery, and traditional cave houses. Chosar is a perfecr palce to overnight.

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 9

Hike to Rinchenling and Visit Kunchokling/Konchokling and drive to Lo- Manthang

Today after your breakfast you will drive to Koncholing/Kunchokling, the most amazing landscape in upper mustang. And return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will drive to Lo-Manthang and evening will be spare time for strolling wihtin the town. 

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 10

Visit Nomadic place and rest

Today you will drive to Yak Nomadic place to experience the life style of Uppe Mustang Nomads. You will also spot to see herds of goats and sheep milking and grazing in the mountian. Then you will return to lodge for lunch and rest of the day will be relaxation and shopping time.

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 11

Drive to Yara (3650m) via Charang and Dhee village

Today is a day to say goodbye to Lo-Manthang and begining of eastern Mustang journey. The jeep road retrace to Charang and then descent to Kali Gandaki River. You will enjoy the beutiful canyon and rock formation that surrounded along the trail. When you reach the bridge just before the Dhee village the valley widen up and see Surkhang village on your right side. The views are more rewarding and interesting than the western part of the mustang. After a few minutes gentle climb you will reach Yara. Yara is more warmer than Upper Mustang.  

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 12

Visit Luri Gonpa and Drive to Tange village (3067m)

Today you are going to visit one of the most sacred monastery of Mustang called Luri Cave Monastery via Ghara village and on the way back we will visit Tashi Kabung Chorten. Locals believe that there are 108 Kabung (Stupa) and only a few of them are discovered. You leave Yara along a high winding path in the afternoon retracing the dirt road till Dechang and then climb in the south direction to Tange. Finally, we find the Tangye village surrounded by beutiful Chortens here.

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 13

Drive to Charang (3620m)

As usual itinerary you will drive to Charang village after your breakfast. Tsarang is a historical village inside the Upper Mustang which is adorned by maze of fields and willow trees.  One of the oldest monastery and palace here in Tsarang are also the main attraction of this trip. 

Overnight at Teahouse.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 14

Drive to Jomsom (2700m)

Today after your brekafast you will drive to Josom and on the way you will visit Muktinath Temple. The spiritual connection of Kali Gandaki and Muktinath Temple plays an important role for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims in Mustang. You visit the main temple after lunch and tour its surrounding. You will also admire the water spouts before paying a visit to a Buddhist monastery nearby.

Overnight at Hotel.
Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 15

Fly to Pokhara or optional (fly to Kathmandu with connecting flight)

We take an early morning 20min flight from Jomsom to Pokhara; the guide will transfer you to your Hotel based on BB Plan. After your long trip if you want to have your own free time then Pokhara is a perfect place for relaxation and exploration within the valley itself. 

Overnight at Hotel with BB basis.

Day 16

Drive to Kathmandu

After having breakfast your trip starts with a drive back from Pokhara to Katmandu by tourist Coach about 6-7 hours driving (or take a short 30-minute flight) and overnight is arranged in Kathmandu as per the agreed category with BB Plan. At evening Himalayan Wander Walkers will invite you to join in a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese cultural restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel with BB basis.

Day 17

Departure to home country

We are saying goodbye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Wander walkers will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

This trek can be done in 16 days and less according to your time availability.

 

Include

Airport pick up and drop off
Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back to Pokhara
English-speaking government license holder trekking guide
Trekking guide’s insurance during the trip
TIMS trekking permit
Mustang special permit USD 500
Transportation charge for whole trip as per itinerary
Meal during the trip except in Pokhara and Kathmandu
Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Jomsom
Accommodation during the trip
All Government and local taxes.

Exclude

Personal equipment
Travel/medical insurance
Emergency rescue evacuation expenses
Phone calls & Internet
Monastery entry fee
International air ticket
Tips for your crew
All kind of drinks except teas

Important Information

CHECKLISTS

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Nepal. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will  work in Nepal.)

Guiding, Food, and Lodging
In this Jeep overland tour to Upper Mustang you will be staying and eating in local lodges. We provide you a single room where possible, but often you will have to share. In some areas the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. In this trip you will find electricity in most of the area thatr we cover. Even if there is no electricity, you will get to charge your device from solar power. We eat at teahouses/lodges and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potatoes, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. 

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING MONASTERIES, AND TEMPLES IN NEPAL

  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Note regarding itineraries
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Himalayan Wander Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.

Frequently Asked Question

Although trekking gear is available in Nepal you are advised to bring your own gear.

  1. Trekking or running
  2. shoes Camp shoes or
  3. thongs Socks (polypropylene)
  1. Down or fiber-filled jacket
  2. Jumper or piled jacket
  3. Hiking shorts
  4. Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  5. Hiking pants
  6. T-shirts or blouses
  7. Underwear
  8. Sun hat
  • Rucksack
  • Self Inflating
  • Sleeping Mattress (optional, “normal” mats 
  • Water bottle
  • Torch,
  • batteries, and
  • bulbs