9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

9 Days

Overview

The Upper Mustang jeep tour is quite interesting for visitors who want to explore various features of the Upper Mustang territory within a limited time.

Upper Mustang in Nepal was one of the remote and closed visitor areas until 1992. The majority area represents at least 2/3 of the Mustang district and is still isolated from the outer world.

The upper Mustang jeep tour allows you to explore these exceptional places without walking for miles and miles. The beauty of a private jeep is that you can just stop anywhere and go around that site for a moment and click pictures on that area.

Among many other things are unique culture, Rock cliffs, monasteries, hidden fortresses, ancient palaces, and chortens. The Mustang Jeep tour package represents an ultimate adventure and exploration of beautiful scenes. Far-flung beauty spots and dramatic countryside views are as exciting as it gets, of course.

To begin with, the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour involves a drive to Tatopani from Kathmandu through Beni. Afterward, we go by jeep from Tatopani to Lo Manthang. On our way to Lo Manthang, we pass by Muktinath. This pilgrimage site gives some beautiful glimpses of the Annapurna range. Muktinath temple is the Temple of the Lord Vishnu, located in the most breathtaking site and with 108 waterspouts. In addition to that, the shrine lies close to another monastery. Hundreds of people pilgrimage to the temple every year, including Hindus and Buddhists.

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour continues to take the road from Muktinath to Upper Mustang (Lo Manthang). In our luxury ride, we go through Barron Gorge, dry areas, lovely cliffs, and different high passes heading to Lo Manthang. Moreover, the route leads travelers through well-known points such as Kagbeni, Kaligandaki Gorge, and Ghami. In the background, you will see the stunning views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massif.

The endpoint of the Upper Mustang jeep tour is Lo Manthang, the capital of the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. This place has much to do with its ancient history, culture, and traditions. Lo Mantang still has a four-story palace that houses the king and his queen.

Travelers find this trip captivating since it involves traveling via exquisite mud houses, green terrains, and deep valleys. This package will provide visitors with a tour around the best parts of Mustang, like Tatopani and Ghami.

Moreover, The upper Mustang comprises old caves, ancient monasteries and stupas, landscapes, and gigantic mountains. Jeep Tours to Upper Mustang is one of the most efficient ways of traveling around the area quickly.

Similarly, tours in the upper Mustang follow the riverbed of Kali Gandaki, while behind are backdrop mountain ranges like Mount Annapurna, mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Dhaulagiri, and so on.

Are you ready to travel through the unknown road to the secret land of the Hidden Kingdom of Nepal? Never miss this opportunity to go through Upper Mustang by Jeep. Therefore, Himalayan on foot has designed a suitable 9-day itinerary for the Upper Mustang Jeep tour. We deliver unique, four-wheeled jeeps with highly experienced drivers and tour guides for you only.

Highlights of 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

  • Visit the amazing landscapes of Annapurna and Upper Mustang, Nepal.
  • End your jeep tour in Pokhara, a breathtaking city in the lap of the Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals in Jomsom
  • Drive to Muktinath- a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims
  • Catch the breathtaking views of peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Nilgiri, Hinchuli, and many other mountains.
  • Visit to Lo mantang: the ancent kingdom.
  • Witness the beauty of the upper Mustang characterized by ancestral palaces, fortresses, monasteries, and gompas.
  • Encounter Plateaus, ancient Tibetan monasteries, sky caves, and many more.

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Cost of 9 Days- Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

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The cost of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour depends upon the number of days you spend in the region and the quality of facilities. Long stay also implies higher costs. The Mustang tour is often expensive for solo travelers, with cost starting from $2100. Generally, the package includes transport in a 4WD jeep, permits, accommodation, food, and a guide. However, the costs normally exclude international airfare, personal expenses, travel insurance, and entrance fees to the monuments. Hence, it is important to check with a particular tour provider to get accurate details of the rates included.

You pay an extra price if it’s just one person traveling alone and does not want to share a jeep with others paying less.

The length of time you plan for your trip may also affect your total Upper Mustang Jeep Tour tour costs. As for our offers, we also give a group price below.

Pax Cost

1 person: 2250$

2-5 person: 2190$ Per person

6 and above: 2100$ per person

Things To Consider During 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Things To Consider During 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Permits Required

Since the traveler will be on an Upper Mustang Jeep tour, they must possess permits to provide a smooth travel experience. Here are the permits you need:

  • Restricted Area Permit (RAP)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)

The people planning a trek in the Upper Mustang region should remember that it is one of those places with specific laws and regulations regarding trekking and touring. The Department of Immigration issues special permits for Upper Mustang, and you need at least a minimum of two people to acquire these permits. Moreover, tour operators can help if you are traveling alone, but they must not travel alone but rather in the company of two or more people. The police will likely inspect your permits from Kagbeni as your Jeep tour begins. Remember to have all the necessary permits. Otherwise, you risk getting arrested resulting from the non-ownership of these documents.

Best season for 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Best season for 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Each time you visit Mustang, it feels different and new. Visitors can discover marvelous places like Kagbeni and Lo Manthang, which makes it entertaining.

An Upper Mustang jeep tour is possible all year round; however, better sights are attained, especially in the spring and autumn. Some of the climate and weather conditions you will experience in your upper Mustang jeep tour are as follows.

Spring season (March, April, May)

This season, Upper Mustang is one of the finest trekking spots in Nepal. Days can be expected to be around 15 to 21 °C. There will be good touring weather, not too cold and warm. You will definitely be surprised by the spectacular Tibetan culture, amazing landscape, archeology, and Mustang topography.

Summer season (June, July, August)

In summer, generally, it is hot. The days and nights are warmer than usual because of the year. The temperature is approximately from 18 to 28°C, and during the nighttime, it varies from –2 to 0°C.

Throughout Nepal, this is a wet season, but Upper Mustang is really the exception, as travelers encounter no rain and barren terrain. The lands are located in the rain-shadow zone of the Annapurna area.

Autumn season (September, October, November)

The season is also good for treks and tours to the Nepal Himalayas. While in autumn, you will come across marvelous viewpoints across Upper Mustang. This season, the day’s temperature is around 12–20°C while that of the night is between (-7)–(-2°C). Hence, ensure that you have well-windproof equipment this month.

Winter season (December, January, February)

Temperatures are between 0 to 5°C during the day and -25 to -20°C at night in the Upper Mustang. Even the locals move to lower regions in these months because it snows so heavily. During these months, trekkers will have problems while carrying on with trekking and traveling in the Upper Mustang. Anyone wishing to see Mustang’s majestic beauty may travel during winter but will be met with cold and occasional snowfall. Wear warm, windproof clothes when going up the mountain before and after sunset to keep warm within the body.

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Food and Accommodation during 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Food and accommodation during 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Upper Mustang jeep tour boasts different accommodation categories, although their quality is always similar. Also, guests have well-maintained hotels, campsites, and lodges to choose from. However, in a rural location, most of the accommodations will be at tea houses, which are usually cheaper than the others.

Teahouses are very simple, just one bed with a pillow and blanket. The rooms have clean layouts to ensure deep sleep. Besides staying, the foods found in the tea houses are also very tasty, healthy, and nutritious local foods comprising seasonal items.

Most visitors are typically served with the traditional Dal Bhat – including beans, vegetables, and rice. Recently, some hotels and lodges have been providing more varieties of food items such as Shabalay and Tibetan noodle soup.

Outline Itinerary: 9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Day 01: Jeep drive from Kathmandu to Beni to Tatopani (1190 m; 9-10 hrs drive)

Day 02: Jeep drives Tatopani to Muktinath and back to Kagbeni (2,804 meters; 16hrs drive)

Day 03: Jeep drive from Kagbeni to Ghami (3560 meters; 2-3 hrs)

Day 04: Jeep drives Ghami to Lo Manthang ( 3,840 meters; 3-4 hrs drive )

Day 05: Explore Lo Manthang Overnight at the local teahouse

Day 06: Drive back to Chhusang, Overnight at local teahouse (2,980 m; 2-3 hrs drive )

Day 07: Drive back to Kalopani (2480 m; 10-11 hrs drive)

Day 08: Drive back to Pokhara, Overnight at the hotel (822 meters; 4-5 hrs drive)

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m; 5-6 hours)

Itinerary

Tatopani Elevation: 1190 m

Drive Distance: 313.9 km/195.04mi

Driving hours: 9-10 hrs

Take a beautiful journey through Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu to Beni for about 313.9 km within 3 to 4 hours on the first day of your Mustang Jeep tour. Explore rugged land as you admire panoramic views of the undulating hills, rivers, and rice terraces on your road trip for about 10 to 12 hours. Beni boasts numerous villages and hotels where you can have a good meal while resting amidst the luscious green landscape. Then proceed to Tatopani, taking another 2 – 3 hrs.

Stay overnight at a nearby teahouse as you unwind, relaxing in the peaceful environment. The first part of this trip is a warm-up for the following adventurous tours in Mustang, with its varied scenery and culture.

Muktinath Altitude: 3,800 meters

Kagbeni: 2,804 meters

Drive Duration: 83.3 km/51.7mi

Driving hours: 16 hrs

Today involves an early morning jeep tour from Tatopani to Muktinath (altitude reaches 3,800 m). This is a 16-hour drive covering approximately 83.3km with attractive stops at Marpha and Kagbeni en route to the sacred site of Muktinath temple. Upon reaching Muktinath, travelers will visit a sacred Hindu site where they will offer worship before enjoying the sights of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche.

A return trip to Kagbeni provides breathtaking views of the Kali Gandaki gorge, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and mud house homes found in traditional old villages. Finally, it is an overnight in a tea house at Kagbeni within the scenic setting. Today's tour schedule includes cultural discovery and splendid nature sceneries, making this journey very rewarding for travelers as they pass through different paths and landmarks of the area.

Day 03: Jeep drive from Kagbeni to Ghami

Ghami Elevation: 3560 meters

Drive Distance: 26.5 km/16.4mi

Driving hours: 2-3 hrs

The exciting experience continues with a jeep ride from Kagbeni to Ghami. It is about 26.5 kilometers and takes two to three hours along the Kali Gandaki River. The first thing travelers do during the day is enjoy breakfast before hiking via Nya La Pass, which stands nearly 12,000 feet above ground level.

The sights along the path are spectacular, displaying mud houses, cliffs, rock walls, and Chortens, which form the usual landscape features of Tibet. Finally, the day ends in the magical village of Ghami. Mud houses create an exotic and magical ambiance to the village.

We visit a nearby teahouse in the evening to relax and immerse ourselves in the area's diversity. This part of this trip brings together exploration and an encounter with culture, creating an unforgettable adventure to central Mustang.

Lo Manthang Elevation: 3,840 meters

Drive Distance: 16.1 km/10mi

Driving hours: 3-4 hrs

Travelers set off for an adventurous tour by jeep from Ghami to Lo Manthang. The journey is full of surprises as adventurers get incredible sights of Nilgiris, Tiliccho, and the Annapurna Peak on their way. Once travelers reach Lo Manthang, a remote yet captivating location, they encounter remote villages, Tibetan stupas, and the well-known Kali Gandaki River. It lies in an enchanting setting, surrounded by attractive sceneries.

Finally, after a tiring but unforgettable day of exploring, travelers settle for an enjoyable evening in a local 'tea house' in Ghami village.

We will be exploring Lo Manthang, the isolated village, today. The day begins with a walk through the walls and the old villages after a rich, hearty breakfast. Today's highlights include visiting old but famous sites like the Jampa Gompa and Thubbchen Gompa. Also, travelers can visit the Chodey Gompa in the southeast, which boasts impressive stone statues and deities.

The royal palace of Lo Manthang provides tourists with insight into what it was like in the olden days. These towering cliffs, sacred ancient chortens, and secret caves further enhance the charisma of this village. The day ends in a nearby teahouse after the exploration, where one can have a calm evening.

Chhusang Elevation: 2,980 meters

Drive Distance: 32.4 km/20.13mi

Driving Hours: 2-3 hrs

The next stop in the upper Mustang Jeep Journey package is the Chhusang village, which provides an exciting trip through beautiful narrow valleys, swift-flowing rivers, and high rocky cliffs. After breakfast, we take a 2-3-hour drive to Chhusang via Korala Pass, which passes by the Narshing River and Kali Gandaki.

A scene of towering hills and mountains forming a border against dry ground unveils itself and presents a fascinating picture. We will reach Chhusang by noon, passing through many bridges, large cliffs, and caves. Chhusang is a lovely village amongst Chele and Tangbe in Upper Mustang, with an altitude of 2,980 meters above sea level. The breathtaking scenery and fascinating cave houses in the village enthrall visitors. We will Spend a night at Chusang in a local teahouse, surrounded by its beauty and magic.

Maximum Altitude: 2480 meters

Drive Distance: 36.6 km/22.7mi

Driving Hours: 10-11 hrs

After a refreshing break at Chhusang, we continue our journey with an early morning drive through Marpha to Kalopani. We start our day by having a hearty breakfast before setting out on a rough trail full of scenic sights. Today will be tiring as it extends to about eleven hours and is even harder than the previous days. However, this challenging trip is made interesting by the scenic countryside that comes a long way. As we approach Lete, the environment becomes a beautiful scene of massive mountains, stretching grasslands, and picturesque villages.

We will stay tonight at a tea house in Kalopani.

Pokhara Elevation: 822 meters

Drive Distance: 121.5 km/75.4mi

Driving Hours: 4-5 hrs

We'll wake up fresh in the morning and have a nice breakfast and beautiful scenery. Shortly after this, we'll drive to the marvelous city of Pokhara, with the most magnificent view. You will not waste your energy since it only takes four hours or slightly more to get to Pokhara from Kalopani. After arriving in the city, you can visit some prominent places in Pokhara. Visitors usually stroll near the lake or visit Tal Barahi temple by boat. People who enjoy adventure have a lot of things to do, including ziplining, bungee jumping, and mountain biking.

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters

Drive Distance: 200km/124mi

Driving Hours: 5-6 hours

Finally, on our way back to Pokhara, we'll drive to Kathmandu. We will then proceed to the city after having a delicious breakfast. The trip of 5-6 hours through Prithvi Highway is breathtakingly beautiful.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is it possible for solo travelers to join the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?

Yes, solo travelers can join. On the other hand, they should inform us in the time since at least two travelers are necessary for this tour.

2. When is the best time for an Upper Mustang Jeep tour?

Weather conditions are ideal for this tour during spring and autumn.

3. Do meals come with the tour package?

Meals are usually provided, too, giving one a taste of local foods.

4. What type of accommodation does the tour offer?

There are a variety of accommodations, from teahouses to guesthouses, that allow visitors to learn about the local culture.

5. Is the tour physically demanding?

The tour has a little off-road travel; thus, one can manage with an average fitness level.

6. What are the age restrictions for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?

However, no strict age limits are applied, and one must be in good shape and immune to moderate travel conditions.

7. Is it possible to tailor or have a personalized itinerary for the Jeep Tour?

Yes, in most cases, some parts of the trip plan can be tailored to personal tastes.

8. Is it necessary to purchase travel insurance for the tour?

Yes, it is advisable to have medical travel insurance covering unexpected situations.

9. What kind of jeeps do people use for the jeep tour?

The tour uses Sturdy 4×4 Jeeps to make the trip convenient and safe.

10. Can I bring my car for a tour?

Normally, one should consider using the offered tour jeeps for uniformity and local knowledge.

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Costs 9 Days - Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • One night accommodation in Kathmandu (3-star hotel)
  • One night accomodation in Pokhara (3-star hotel)
  • Licensed and Experienced Guide including his insurance and food
  • Full Board Meal (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the tour.
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation.
  • Permits like ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), Restricted Area Permit, and TIMS (Trekker information management system card).
  • Sleeping bag, jacket, down jackets, and duffel bag – only when it is necessary (Must return after the tour)
  • First aid kit with the oximeters.
  • All taxes, value-added taxations, and service charges of Govt.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa – fee.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Provision of meals, including lunch and dinner in both Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your personal expenses like drinking and hot cold drinks, bar bill, wifi, battery charges, etc.
  • Charges for laundry, telephone, hot shower (includes free-internet usage)
  • Porter's Cost not included (Hireable with additional cost)
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)

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9 Days Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
Group Discount Available
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/ Adult
No. of person Price
1 - 1 US$ 2250
2 - 5 US$ 2190
6 + US$ 2100
  • 4x4 Jeeps
  • 2 - ∞
  • 3,840 meters
  • Spring/Autumn
  • 9 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Hotel/Lodge/Tea House

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