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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Mustang Jeep Tour

Trip code MJT-55
Package name Mustang Jeep Tour
Duration 12 Days
Max. elevation 3932 Meter
Level EASY
Transportation Flight ticket, Overland journey on 4WD jeep both ways as per itinerary
Accomodation Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and best Available lodges on route drives
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Beni-Tatopani-Jomsom-Charang / Tsarang-Lo-Manthang Lo-Manthang-Kagbeni-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,715 per person

Highlights

Overview

Mustang Jeep Tour, an exclusive overland adventure to Nepal Far North-Western Himalaya, in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive mountain range. The main road of western Nepal is a drive on the nice and scenic Highway of Pokhara city to Baglung and Beni towns. Then on rough dirt mountain tracks to reach around the Mustang region, following the ancient trail of Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route. Which extends to the Tibet border through Kora-La pass at 4,660 m / 15, 290 feet high from Upper Mustang. An exciting journey with scenic and cultural perspective to enjoy this awesome adventure on Mustang Jeep Tour.

Taking an overland ride on a Jeep or similar four-wheel drive, perfect for mountainous and hilly roads to reach around Mustang. The adventure starts from beautiful Pokhara the second largest city after Kathmandu, a renowned tourist destination for all types of holidays.  Located on a verdant valley with close views of massive Annapurna Himalaya, surrounded by tiers of green hills. Where the high snow mountain range of Annapurna reflects on the surface of simmering Begnas and Phewa Lakes. From Pokhara, at the beginning driving on a nice highway with alluring scenery of rural countryside and farm villages. As the journey heads towards a large town at Beni, headquarter of Mygdi district, as drive follows Kaligandaki River to Tatopani.

A lovely village within a sub-tropical climate with a natural hot spring, the drive continues heading further north to Ghasa, where the Mustang district starts. An interesting journey that leads you in between towering Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna that forms into the world's deepest gorge. After an amazingly close view of high snow peaks, heading into pine and rhododendron woods to reach Lete, Kalapani villages. Slowly drive enters into the windswept country around Kaligandaki River valley, as it continues to lovely Tukuche and Marpha villages. Then at Jomsom, a large nice town headquarter and administrative center of Mustang district and hub of Thakali people. Indigenous tribes of Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki River valley, a prosperous village and town. As the native been trading exchanging goods around Upper Mustang and Tibet for past centuries.

From Jomsom drive takes you around the wide plain and windy valley of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni, an interesting village. The getaway to Upper Mustang and Tibet border, from here onward into the restricted region, where foreign visitors need special permits. From Kagbeni enter the remote wilderness of Upper Mustang, drive through a band of deep canyons and high eroded cliffs walls. Heading past nice villages festooned with Buddhist and Bon religion's prayers monuments of long series prayer wheels. As route leads over a few high passes to reach our main highlight and destination into the former old walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang.

At Lo-Manthang enjoy a free day exploring the town and narrow alleys with stone-paved neat paths take you to Medvial period. Tour of famous monasteries of Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and Great Entrance Hall. Tour of the historical and cultural center one of the main attractions of Lo-Manthang, the palace of former Raja / King of Mustang. After an enjoyable and wonderful time and moment, return journey on the same route to Jomsom, Then back to low warm farmland as the drive gets better on a good road to Pokhara, where our exciting adventure on Mustang Jeep drive completes.

Best Season For Upper Mustang Jeep Tour: 
Since most of our Upper Mustang road trip will be with a vehicle, we may not have to face much trouble compared to trekking.

However, the winter season can be unfavorable for vehicles as the trail are snow-covered and hard to penetrate through. Also, slippery trails can create difficulty while driving steep terrains. So to avoid any hassles and travel risk-free, it’s best to visit during the favorable months.

The most favorable duration for the Upper Mustang Jeep tour falls between March-November. The skies are brighter, the mountains are snow-capped, and the vegetation is blooming. The weather is also pleasant during the day, making the trip much more vibrant.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Your arrival in Kathmandu (1330m):

Your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu. Our company’s (Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition) airport representative meet you who is displaying your/s name on the board. You welcome and transfer to the hotel by our private vehicle. In the evening time, our tours/ Treks experts will brief you about your program. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Private vehicle, hotel on Bed, and Breakfast.

Day 2 : Trip preparation and Kathmandu valley exploration tour:

Pre-trip meeting with tours/ treks experts at the hotel and begins sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Especially visit UNESCO world heritage sites are very famous for culture, history, and arts. Experience Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar square with private vehicle and professional guide. Overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Private vehicle, hotel on Bed, and Breakfast.

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight/drive (822m) 35 minutes:

You will fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. It takes around 35 minutes and gets the chance to see stunning Ariel mountain views throughout the flight. After landing at Pokhara airport, you transfer to the hotel and sightseeing program. Sightseeing highlights visit Mahendra and Bat Cave, International Mountain Museum, boating at Fewa Lake, Devi’s Fall, and Peace Pagoda Stupa. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. Accommodation: Private vehicle, hotel on Bed and Breakfast.

Day 4 : From Pokhara drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m, -07 hrs:

Start the day from early morning for an exciting and interesting drive to reach the large town of Beni, headquarter town of Mygdi district. Located on route to Mustang, Dolpo, and Dhaulagiri circuit trek, the drive continues through many farm villages to reach Ghasa. The entrance point of the Mustang district, from here onwards populated by Thakali the main tribes of the Lower Mustang region.

As drive leads into the world's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River, situated in between towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas. A lovely drive into the serene forest of pines and rhododendron as the temperatures get much cooler than reaching a wide Kaligandaki Valley. Stopping at famous and large Jomsom town, the main hub and headquarter of Mustang region. A town with a small airport that flies in and out to Pokhara, check into a nice lodge and hotels with time to browse around this interesting place on a windswept valley.

Day 5 : Drive to Charang / Tsarang 3, 520 m, -06 hrs:

After a wonderful overnight stop in Jomsom, the morning after a good breakfast an interesting drive on the flat plain of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni, the door that takes you beyond around Upper Mustang. From here onwards travelers require a special permit to enter the high terrain of Lo, the Upper Mustang. Kagbeni village and the native of strong Tibetan origin and similar culture of Buddhism religion. Drive continues, as the landscapes change dramatically to harsh and barren country, heading through windswept terrain pastTangbe and Chusang village with few trees of Populus and Willow within a contrast of red earthen surrounding. The journey continues with a few refreshing stops for lunch and rest, then heading over a few passes facing grand views of broken canyons with ruin castle of walls and high towering wind-blown cliffs.

As the drive continues with a few steep ups and descends towardsGeling village with a large barley field, the journey then climbs to the highest Nyi-La pass at 3, 932 m and 12, 900 feet high. Then reach our overnight stop at Charang, spelled as Tsarang also, after climbing past long series of Mani a prayer wall, one of the longest around Nepal Himalaya. Charang a nice and interesting village with a maze of fields, willow trees, and a huge five tiers of white-painted Dzong/fort, with a red Gomba / monastery located on the edge of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The village with its own electricity supply from a nearby stream. Here check into a nice homely style guest-house.

Day 6 : Drive to Lo-Manthang 3, 840 m / 12, 600 feet, -02 hrs:

Today a short drive of the trip, morning from Charang towards our main destination to enter the former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang. Drive across Charang-Chu River, with a climb to a ridge then towards Tholung valley, as route leads straight north to a large Chorten that marks the boundary of Charang and Lo-Manthang. The journey then leads towards Lo-Manthang entering from the main entrance gate of the walled kingdom. Check into the best lodge available with afternoon free for refreshing rest, and enjoy short walks around the town square close to impressive monasteries, and shops.

Day 7 : At Lo-Manthang with rest day for local exploration:

This former walled kingdom is often referred to as a city but is a size of a small town with about 150 houses includes residents of the monks and lamas/head priests. Houses are closely linked, and the palace's late kings and monasteries, located on the bottom section, where houses are built in a vertical part of ‘L’ shaped.

School, health post, police post, and several important places located outside the walls within the north gate, with eastern monastic part of the town. The Mustang was ruled by many kings or Raja, the late former kings were Jigme Parbal Bista Raja's, the palace stands four-storied building in the middle of the walled kingdom.  Tour takes you to four important monasteries Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the Great Entrance Hall. Tour of the historical and cultural center one of the main attractions of Lo-Manthang.

Day 8 : Drive Lo Manthang to Muktinath vai kagbeni (3710m), -07 hrs:

After a great marvelous time staying inside the former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang, the return journey takes you back on the same scenic route. Enjoying grand views of Upper Mustang picturesque landscape country and its traditional farm villages to reach at Muktinath for last overnight stop around Mustang area.

Day 9 : Drive to Pokhara and transfer to hotel, -07-08 hrs:

Today is the end of our fantastic journey around the Mustang region, as drive heads on the same dirt and rough tracks with downhill past Marpha and Tukuche lovely villages, famous for apples and their products. From here back into tree lines and lush green vegetation as the drive takes you to low warm areas past Tatopani and Beni town. Then on the good road and the main highway to reach Pokhara, where our exciting adventure and wonderful experience on Mustang Jeep Drive concludes.

Day 10 : Fly/ drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:

Pokhara to Kathmandu flight 35 minutes with stunning mountain flight. Driving will be 6 hours through the Prithvi highway by private transport. The remaining time for shopping, rest at the hotel depends on you. Accommodation: Hotel on BB Plan/ Private transport.

Day 11 : Final departure:

This is a sign of the end of your trip to Upper Mustang. Our Nepal Glacier Treks and Expedition airport’s representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International airport by private vehicle.

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