Upper Mustang Overland Tour

  • Total Duration:14 Days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sept to Dec
  • Max Elevation:3600 Meters
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Overview

Upper Mustang opens up the gate for the Last Forbidden Kingdom.

Although the region offers the best for those venturing on foot, the Upper Mustang Overland also is the perfect destination for those willing to explore it via a vehicle and want to skip the long hours of trekking and hiking. The region does not lose its charm on either.

Upper Mustang Overland tour best suitable for travelers who prefer observing the thrill of speed mixed with the art of driving in these tough terrains. It is the quite different experience to walking, however, second to none as some of the routes are adjacent to the hikers or trekkers’ trails while most of the other times, the routes are runs through rough, rocky desert land, passing through gorges and running along the rivers, streams.

We emphasize your safety and comfort as well as keeping in mind to provide you with the best exhilarating experience in our well serviced luxurious and comfortable jeeps. You can interact with people and see the wonderful landscapes, natural beauty of this Forbidden Kingdom. The tour includes discover few of the rarest natural caves, and the most extraordinary valleys and gorges etc. all the while observing the majestic Mountains in the backdrop.

It should be kept in mind that you will require to walk some of the destinations – due to geographic structure, inaccessibility and also simply because some of these spots are better observed on foot. You will visit various monasteries and gumbas that are located at different settings, and lets you fully immerse yourself in the tale and legends of the region’s history, its present culture and the people’s customs and rituals that are deeply tied to their ancestral traditions and preserved remarkably well till date.

Your journey starts off from the day you arrive at the country via international airport at Kathmandu. You will soon drive to Pokhara to Kagbeni and enter the region. Located at the region between Manang and Dolpo in the northern-western part of Nepal, the weather is cold and dry. The trip is moderate in level.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing Tour
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft), Duration: 6 hours
Day 04 - Pokhara to Kagbeni, Duration: 8 hours
Day 05 - Kagbeni to Charang (Tsarang), (3500m/11482ft)
Day 06 - Charang – Hike to the Luri Cave – return
Day 07 - Charang to Lo Manthang - 3600m/13 km
Day 08 - Explore the Chosar Village
Day 09 - Trek to Ghar Gompa – Return to Charang
Day 10 - Charang to Chhusang
Day 11 - Chhusang to Muktinath
Day 12 - Muktinath to Pokhara, Duration: 8 hours
Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 14 - Farewell

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival at Kathmandu

Once you arrive at airport, you will be welcomed by our staff and will help you to transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing Tour

On this day, we will be sightseeing the Kathmandu Valley, mainly the cultural heritages site and religious temples. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft), Duration: 6 hours

We will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the way, you can see the beautiful landscapes and we will drive along the meandering river by the highway. Approximately after 6 hours, we will reach Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04 - Pokhara to Kagbeni, Duration: 8 hours

We will drive from Pokhara passing down the winding roads of the hills. We can see many small markets and villages on the way. As trail ascends to Jomsom, we can see the beautiful green landscape.  Moving further, we will find the bare and dry mountains leading us to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang, Kali Gandaki River following down the valley. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 05 - Kagbeni to Charang (Tsarang), (3500m/11482ft)

As we continue our drive, we will head to Charang, journey of white hill. Driving further, we can view beautiful landscapes and many small passes finally reaching Charang. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 06 - Charang – Hike to the Luri Cave – return

We will start our hike to Luri Cave. Luri Cave is also known as Luri Gompa which lies in the desert east of Lo-Manthang. Luri Cave contains some of the earliest and beautiful Buddhist mural paintings. After exploring the cave, we will head back to Charang. Overnight stay at  guesthouse.

Day 07 - Charang to Lo Manthang - 3600m/13 km

Today, we will drive to Capital of Mustang, Lo-Manthang which is also called the city of walls. Before reaching Lo-Manthang, you will view beautiful badland and passes from where you can find a amazing view of all city. Upon arrival at Lo-Manthang, you can see the Tibetan Buddhist custom and tradition. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 08 - Explore the Chosar Village

We will drive to Chosar Village where we can see the mysterious Chosar caves and Nyphu Gompa. We will return back to Charang and stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 09 - Trek to Ghar Gompa – Return to Charang

We will start our hike from Charang to oldest monastery Ghar Gompa in Mustang.  The trail ascend  to  Ghar Gompa as we pass the settlement of Lo Gekar. We can find many carvings and plater wheels on the side of Ghar Gompa. After looking around Ghar Gompa, we will trek back to Charang. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10 - Charang to Chhusang

After having breakfast, we will drive from Charang to Chhusang. On the way, we can see colorful hills and deserted terrain. At Chhusang, we can see cliffs with spotted cave dwellings and three different hamlets. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 11 - Chhusang to Muktinath

We will drive from Chhusang to holy place Muktinath. We can see sparse plants and bare hills on travel. The trails descend to Muktinath passing Jarkot Monastery.  Muktinath is the sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight stay at guesthouse in Muktinath.

Day 12 - Muktinath to Pokhara, Duration: 8 hours

We will drive back to Pokhara from Muktinath  moving descend via Tatopani, Beni. It takes around 8 hours. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara with the wonderful memories and experiences. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14 - Farewell

Our staff will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your departure for your next destination.

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