With century-old tradition and culture, ancient caves, historically rich archeological sites, and magnificent landscape make Upper Mustang Tour a unique experience in Nepal. Upper Mustang is situated in the north-central part of Nepal in the trans-Himalayan region bordering Tibet. Upper Mustang was once a popular trekking destination. Due to the recent construction of roads over the original trekking trails. Most travelers prefer traveling to Upper Mustang by road.
The Upper Mustang Tour is a perfect way to experience what this region has to offer. We have designed this Upper Mustang Jeep tour as an alternative to the Upper Mustang Trek. The Upper Mustang Tour allows you to discover Mustang without trekking. On this 12-day Upper Mustang Tour, you explore the marvelous landscape, ancient monasteries and temples, panoramic mountain views, and the hidden city of Lo Manthang.
The Upper Mustang Tour begins with a day of sightseeing around Kathmandu. The next day we drive to the lake city of Pokhara, followed by Tatopani, Kagbeni, Ghami, and Lo Manthang. This beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Lo-Manthang goes through the diverse landscape, stunning mountain views, the deepest gorge in the world, and quaint villages. We will explore Lo Manthang and drive to Pokhara from Marpha and then to Kathmandu, thus ending our Upper Mustang Jeep Tour.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara
Day 4: Pokhara to Marpha
Day 5: Drive to Kagbeni(Excursion to Muktinath)
Day 6: Kagbeni -Chusang (Caves)- Ghami
Day 7: Ghami to Lo Manthang
Day 8: In Lo Manthang – Explore
Day 9: In Lo Manthang – Explore
Day 10: Drive to Chusang
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 13: Departure
- Explore the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
- Magnificent mountain views throughout the trip.
- Visit Muktinath temple and other cultural sites.
- Visit old monasteries and ancient caves of Upper Mustang.
- Encounter the desert-like landscape in Nepal.
- Enjoy a mixed culture of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon culture.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Sightseeing and monument entrance fee.
- Accommodation in the above listed or similar(3-4*) hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and local village lodges in the Mustang region.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu, and all meals during the Jeep Tour.
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu airfare.
- One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking local guide.
- All necessary paperwork and permit (ACAP/RAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses like bar and beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost incurred due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Anything not mentioned in the included section.
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
Arrival in Kathmandu
On arrival at the Kathmandu airport, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Today in the afternoon, there is the option to stroll around the ancient traditional local markets of Asan, Indra Chowk, and Thamel area. Welcome dinner in the evening in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today we will visit some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the former palace used by the Kings of Nepal, we will visit the Durbar square area along with various temples and monuments. After the visit, we will drive to Boudhanath stupa, Boudanath stupa is the largest buddhist stupa in Nepal. Circumambulate along with the pilgrims and visit the monasteries around. After lunch we will drive to visit the Pashupatinath temple, the holiest hindu temple in Nepal. Later in the evening, we will have a short discussion regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly to Pokhara
This morning, we shall drive to the domestic airport and take a flight to Pokhara. Our guide and vehicle will pick you up from the Pokhara airport and transfer you to your hotel in the lakeside area. Upon reaching the hotel, you can rest and relax until lunch, after lunch, we will have a half day tour around Pokhara covering, Devis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, Peace Pagoda and the Lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.
Drive to Marpha
We will begin our upper Mustang Jeep tour from Pokhara. We will drive west from Pokhara over a Tarmac road until Beni. After Beni, the drive is over a graveled road along the Kali Gandaki valley with the views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges. Along the way we will stop at Tatopani, a small town where you can enjoy a bath in the natural hot springs. From Tatopani, we will drive past Kalapani and Ghasa, arriving at Marpha. Marpha is a beautiful village popular for apple production and apple products. Overnight in Marpha.
Drive to Kagbeni(Excursion to Muktinath)
After leaving Marpha, our journey will take us through picturesque villages such as Syang and Ekle Bhatti on our way to Kagbeni. We will have lunch before continuing our journey to Muktinath temple. This temple holds great significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. For Hindus, it is known as muktishetra, a sacred place of salvation. Meanwhile, Buddhists refer to it as Chumming Gyatsa, a place of hundred waters. The temple features a remarkable set of 108 faucets, where pilgrims partake in a ritualistic bath. After exploring the surroundings of the Muktishetra, we will make our way back to Kagbeni for an overnight stay. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Drive to Ghami
We will visit the Kagbeni monastery and the Buddhist monastic school. After completing the permit formalities we will drive to Upper Mustang. Along the way we will cross over the Kali Gandaki river, and drive past Chusang, Chele, Samar, Syngboche, Gililing and arrive at Ghami. At Chusang, we will take a break and explore the fascinating dwelling caves before continuing our journey to Ghami. This private Jeep trip allows you the freedom to stop wherever and whenever we desire. Offering you the chance to savor and appreciate the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Ghami.
Drive to Lo Manthang
After breakfast at Ghami, we will drive past Tsarang, cross over the Ghami river and then climb a platue and continue to Lo Manthang. We will have spectacular views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, and Bhrikuti Peak along the way. We will arrive at Lo Manthang during lunch time, and after lunch we will have a short break and visit the town area including the Royal palace and the monasteries around. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
In Lo Manthang(Exploration Day)
For the next two days, we will visit Lo Manthang where we will have the opportunity to visit and explore some remarkable sites. We will visit the Chodey Gompa, a beautiful monastery that holds significant religious and cultural importance. Continuing our tour, we will then visit the Thubchen Gompa, another majestic monastery known for its stunning architecture and ancient artworks. As we continue to immerse ourselves in the spiritual atmosphere, we will make our way to the Namgyal Gompa, a peaceful sanctuary where monks conduct their daily rituals. In addition to these monasteries, we will also have the chance to explore the fascinating Choser and Shija Jhong caves, which serve as incredible archaeological remnants. Hiking through the nearby villages will provide us with insights into the local way of life and allow us to appreciate the traditional customs and warm hospitality.of the people. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Drive to Chhusang
After exploring Lo Manthang, we will make our way back by driving along the same route towards Tsarang and Ghami. Retracing our steps, we will pass through various villages and continue driving until we reach Chusang. This drive will allow us to witness the stunning landscapes once again and soak in the charm of these remote villages. Overnight in Chusang.
Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, we will retrace our long drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu
Transfer to Pokhara airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival check into the hotel, the rest of the day is free to rest and relax or go for shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.