Upper Mustang Overland Tour - 7 Days

Upper mustang
Mustang
People of Mustang
Duration7 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4000 M
ActivitiesTrekking
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to June

Discover the wonders of the ancient forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang with the Upper Mustang Overland Tour. This exciting journey offers a convenient and leisurely way to explore this mystical region in just seven days, starting from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.

Upper Mustang has been a popular destination since it opened to foreigners in 1992, and the recent development of roads has made the overland tour even more accessible. This tour is perfect for travelers who want to experience the beauty of Mustang without embarking on a long trek.

The landscape of Upper Mustang is truly breathtaking, with towering cliffs, unique rock formations, and picturesque villages scattered along the Kali Gandaki river valley. The region's arid climate and stunning scenery make it a photographer's paradise.

During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and temples, as well as interact with the local communities, including the Bon and Lhopa ethnic groups. You'll also enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges throughout the journey.

The tour begins with a scenic flight or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a flight to Jomsom, the gateway to Upper Mustang. From there, you'll embark on an overland jeep adventure through the rugged terrain, stopping at various villages and landmarks along the way.

The highlight of the tour is Lo Manthang, the capital city of Upper Mustang, where you'll have a full day to explore its ancient streets, monasteries, and palaces. You'll also visit the sacred Muktinath temple before returning to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour is ideal for travelers with limited time, physical fitness, or a desire for comfort and convenience. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a first-time visitor to Nepal, this tour promises an unforgettable experience in one of the country's most enchanting regions.

Highlights

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour is packed with unforgettable highlights that showcase the rich culture, stunning landscapes, and ancient history of the Mustang region. Here are some major highlights you can expect:

  • Lo Manthang: Explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. Wander through narrow alleys lined with white-washed houses, visit ancient monasteries, and immerse yourself in the unique culture and traditions of the region.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes of Upper Mustang, characterized by towering cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and picturesque villages nestled along the Kali Gandaki river valley. Capture stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges at every turn.
  • Buddhist Monasteries and Temples: Discover the rich Buddhist heritage of Upper Mustang as you visit ancient monasteries, chortens, and temples scattered throughout the region. Gain insights into Tibetan Buddhist rituals and traditions from knowledgeable local guides.
  • Ethnic Encounters: Interact with the friendly locals, including the Bon and Lhopa ethnic groups, and learn about their way of life, customs, and traditions. Experience the warm hospitality of the Mustangi people as you explore their villages and communities.
  • Muktinath Temple: Visit the sacred Muktinath temple, a renowned pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Explore the temple complex, which features 108 water spouts and natural gas flames that are believed to have healing properties.
  • Overland Jeep Adventure: Embark on an exhilarating overland jeep adventure through the rugged terrain of Upper Mustang. Traverse winding mountain roads, cross suspension bridges, and soak in the stunning vistas of the Himalayas along the way.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of Upper Mustang as you participate in local festivals, rituals, and ceremonies. Enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine, traditional music, and dance performances during your stay in the region.
Itinerary
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Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu, Nepal's bustling capital city, to the tranquil lakeside city of Pokhara. Alternatively, you can opt for a quick and convenient flight that takes just 35 minutes. As you journey westward, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of lush green hills, terraced fields, and traditional Nepali villages. Upon reaching Pokhara, you'll have the rest of the day to relax and explore the charming lakeside streets, surrounded by the majestic Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges.

Max Altitude: 800 m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 6-7 hrs

Today, you'll catch a thrilling flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of the Mustang region. The 25-minute flight offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Jomsom, you'll embark on a scenic drive to Ghami, a quaint village located at an altitude of 3,520m. Along the way, you'll pass through rugged terrain, charming villages, and scenic landscapes, providing you with a taste of the adventure that lies ahead.

Accommodation: Hotel

Prepare for an exciting day as you continue your journey deeper into the mystical kingdom of Upper Mustang. Today's drive takes you from Ghami to Lo Manthang, the capital city of Upper Mustang, situated at an altitude of 3,730m. The drive offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, with opportunities to stop and take in the serene beauty of the landscape. Upon reaching Lo Manthang, you'll be greeted by the ancient walls of the city, which have stood for centuries as a symbol of its rich cultural heritage.

Today is dedicated to exploring the wonders of Lo Manthang. Step back in time as you wander through the narrow streets of this ancient walled city, lined with white-washed houses, intricately carved monasteries, and bustling markets. Visit the imposing King's Palace, the ancient monasteries of Jampa Lhakhang and Thubchen Gompa, and the intricately carved prayer wheels of Chode Monastery. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of the local Tibetan Buddhist community, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

After breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Lo Manthang to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Explore the temple complex, which features 108 water spouts and natural gas flames believed to have healing properties. Afterward, you'll continue your journey back to Jomsom, passing through picturesque villages and stunning landscapes along the way. Upon reaching Jomsom, you'll have the evening free to relax and reflect on the adventures of the past few days.

Bid farewell to the enchanting region of Upper Mustang as you board a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Enjoy one last glimpse of the majestic Himalayan peaks as you soar above the clouds, before touching down in Pokhara. Spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara at your leisure, perhaps taking a boat ride on Phewa Lake or visiting the famous Devi's Fall and Gupteshwor Cave.

Accommodation: Hotel

Your journey comes to an end as you travel from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, either by a scenic drive or a quick flight. Reflect on the memories of your Upper Mustang Overland Tour as you journey through the picturesque countryside, passing traditional villages, terraced fields, and lush forests. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you'll bid farewell to your fellow travelers, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime.

Accommodation: Hotel
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Cost Details
Included
  • Transportation: All ground transportation throughout the tour, including transfers from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back, as well as between destinations within Upper Mustang.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation in Pokhara, Jomsom, Ghami, and Lo Manthang, providing a cozy retreat after each day's adventures.
  • Flights: Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and from Pokhara to Jomsom, ensuring convenient and efficient travel between destinations.
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, providing you with delicious and nourishing meals to fuel your exploration of Upper Mustang.
  • Sightseeing: Guided sightseeing tours of Pokhara and Lo Manthang, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and natural beauty of each destination.
  • Entrance Fees: Entrance fees to cultural sites, monasteries, and other attractions included in the itinerary, ensuring seamless access to key landmarks.
  • Experienced Guides: Knowledgeable and experienced local guides throughout the tour, providing valuable insights into the history, culture, and traditions of Upper Mustang.
  • Permits: Necessary permits for traveling in the Upper Mustang region, ensuring compliance with local regulations and facilitating a smooth and hassle-free journey.
Excluded
  • International Flights: Flights to and from Nepal are not included in the tour package and should be arranged separately by the traveler.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks and beverages, laundry, and gratuities for guides and drivers are not included in the tour package.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen circumstances is not included but highly recommended for all travelers.
  • Optional Activities: Optional activities, such as boat rides on Phewa Lake in Pokhara or additional sightseeing tours, are not included in the tour package but can be arranged upon request.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees for entry into Nepal are not included in the tour package and should be arranged by the traveler prior to arrival.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour package and should be purchased separately by the traveler.
  • Additional Meals: Meals not specified in the itinerary, as well as snacks and beverages outside of designated meal times, are not included in the tour package.
Essential Information

Equipments

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour involves traveling through diverse terrain and varying altitudes, so it's essential to pack the right equipment to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here's a list of recommended equipment for the tour:

Clothing:

  • Layered clothing for variable weather conditions, including lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers.
  • Warm fleece or down jacket for colder temperatures at higher altitudes.
  • Quick-drying trekking pants and shorts for comfort and flexibility.
  • Thermal underwear for colder nights.
  • Moisture-wicking socks and sturdy, broken-in hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and gloves for protection against sun, wind, and cold.

Gear:

  • Backpack or daypack to carry essentials during daily excursions.
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, especially if camping is involved.
  • Trekking poles for added stability and support on uneven terrain.
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries for navigating in low-light conditions.
  • Water purification tablets or a portable water filter for safe drinking water.
  • Personal toiletries and hygiene products, including hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • First aid kit with essential medications, bandages, and blister treatments.

Accessories:

  • High-factor sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection to prevent sunburn and chapped lips at higher altitudes.
  • Insect repellent and anti-itch cream to ward off mosquitoes and other biting insects.
  • Portable power bank or solar charger to keep electronic devices charged.
  • Camera or smartphone with a waterproof case for capturing stunning landscapes and memorable moments.
  • Lightweight travel towel and swimwear for refreshing dips in natural hot springs or rivers.
  • Trekking map or guidebook of the Upper Mustang region for navigation and reference.

Personal Items:

  • Valid passport, travel permits, and necessary documentation for entry into Nepal and travel within the country.
  • Cash in Nepalese rupees for purchasing souvenirs, snacks, and incidentals along the way.
  • Travel insurance policy covering medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellations.
  • Emergency contact information for family members, tour operators, and local authorities.

Optional Extras:

  • Binoculars for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.
  • Lightweight camping gear if planning to camp overnight.
  • Portable camping stove and cookware for preparing hot meals or beverages.
  • Trekking umbrella or rain poncho for unexpected showers.