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    Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      7 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate
    • Activities
      Adventure Trek and Tours
    • Accommodation
      Tea House
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
      2

    Highlights

    • A short tour of mesmerizing Pokhara city to be enchanted by its lakes, caves, and mountain views.
    • Drive through the tranquil lakesides of Pokhara to the bumpy terrains of upper regions like Kagbeni and Chharang towards Lo Manthang.
    • Witness and understand the people, their culture, and typical lifestyles.
    • Visit picturesque barren terrains, hills, canyons, and many more.
    • Taste the local apples at Marpha and their variety, like apple pie and wine.
    • Visit the famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath with religious significance of Hindus and Buddhists.
    • Explore the historical monasteries of Lo Manthang.
    • Traverse through the world's deepest George, Kali Gandaki.
    • Visit the ancient monasteries of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, such as Jampa and Thubchen.
    • Visit the mysterious caves in Chhusang and Yara in the Upper Mustang region and explore their ancient paintings and carvings.
    • Witness the Tibetan-influenced culture, evident in art, architecture, and festivals.
    • Teahouse accommodations with a comfortable stay and decent meals.
    • Dipping and bathing in the hot spring water at Tatopani.
    • Opportunity to witness and celebrate the local Tiji festival while traveling in May.
    • Remarkable trip, covering the significant aspects of the Upper Mustang region within a limited time frame.

    Upper Mustang Jeep Tour 7 days

    Upper Mustang Jeep Tour in Nepal

    Upper Mustang is in Northern Nepal, with breathtaking landscapes and unique Tibetan culture. Jeep exploration of the Upper Mustang is a captivating and unbeatable travel experience. This thrilling adventure in the remote region passes through secluded villages with mud-brick houses.

    In recent years, Upper Mustang has been a popular travel destination with the increased availability of roadways. Previously, the approach to the region could only be made by foot. However, the Upper Mustang visit is now suitable for both treks and roadways. However, beyond the trekking through dusty trails, the Jeep Tour offers an enhanced exploration of the region within a short time frame.

    Mustang Valley, isolated from the outer world for several centuries, has people (Thakali, Tibetans, Gurungs) with their own regional language, traditions, and distinctive Tibetan culture. However, the region still lacks modern technologies and lifestyle. Upper Mustang is the driest region, displaying spectacular desert-like scenarios. Due to the arid climate, there is sparse vegetation, and it is the habitat of wildlife like Tibetan wild asses and blue sheep.

    The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour lets you explore off-the-beaten routes of Lo-Manthang, a hidden kingdom, comprising two-thirds part of the Northern Mustang. It is a walled city with the Royal Palace and a central place of culture and history. The ancient features like exotic caves, archeological sites, century-old monasteries, etc., prevail here. Unique landscapes (cliff-faced), old-age stupas, narrow lanes, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, colorful rock formations, etc., are the major attractions, unfolding a stirring tale about a mysterious Upper Mustang.

    The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is fascinating, which follows the Kali Gandaki Riverbed against the backdrop of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and Macchapuchre. Savor the golden opportunity of a relaxing and comfortable Upper Mustang overland drive, immersing in the incredible beauty of landscapes and exploring the Tibetan Bon-Buddhist culture.

    Best time for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

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    The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is accessible every season with unwet travel, even in the monsoon. There is no risk of monsoon rain as the region falls in the rainshadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. While the Upper Mustang remains dry, the lower regions still receive light summer rains. The warm summer day's temperature ranges from 15-25 degrees Celsius, whereas in winter, temperature is found ranging from 0 to 10 degrees.

    The most pleasant time to visit the semi-deserted region is during the autumn and spring seasons. The Upper Mustang weather and temperature become stable and milder. During spring, the temperature ranges from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and around 5-15 degrees Celsius in autumn. Likewise, the favorable climatic conditions offer undisturbed and enhanced mountain views.

    The period from late March to early November is suitable for the Upper Mustang Tour. This time comes with brighter skies and clear visibility of snow-covered peaks. The striking landscapes are created due to blooming vegetation. However, winter driving is comparatively difficult due to slippery and snow-covered roads. Though the trip doesn't meet extremely high elevations, cold, dust, and strong afternoon winds can dull the journey experience. So, it is advisable to wear face shields, hats, and scarves for the dusty sections of travel.

    The Highest Point of Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

    The Highest Point of Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

    The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour traverses the awe-inspiring Himalayan ranges, with some of the world’s highest peaks. Several places in the Upper Mustang region, like Muktinath and Lo Manthang, are located at a significant altitude. The highest point you will reach is 4,320 meters/14,173 feet while crossing a high-altitude Chogo La Pass. This highest point of the journey is met during a jeep travel heading towards Lo Manthang.

    • Day01

      Pokhara to Kagbeni

      Pokhara elevation: 827 meters/2,713 feet

      Kagbeni elevation: 2,810 meters/9,219 feet

      Begin the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni (gateway to Upper Mustang). The journey takes you through Beni-Jomsom road, crossing enchanting routes full of natural beauty and diverse landscapes. The drive passes through charming villages and magnificent valleys alongside the Annapurna mountain range, offering a thrilling adventure. The jeep drive towards Kagbeni incorporates traversing the offroad routes and river crossings, covering a significant distance of around 200 kilometers/124 miles.

      Upon reaching Kagbeni, colorful scenery changes into the widespread arid terrains. Kagbeni is a medieval town with an incredible setting of mesmerizing Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. It is situated at the meeting point of Kali Gandaki and Jhong River. The town is rich in historical heritage with abundant ancient architecture. Explore the exceptional geological structure of Kagbeni while traveling in a comfortable jeep. This rugged off-road exploration encounters you with diverse ethnic groups and the cultural riches of the region.

      Duration: 8-10 hours

    • Day02

      Kagbeni to Charang

      Charang elevation: 3,560/11,680

      A jeep drive from Kagbeni to Charang connects Lower Mustang to Upper Mustang. Start driving through this enchanting village, following the Kali Gandaki River Valley encircled by the snow-capped mountains. Driving through the diverse landscapes and scenery offers an adventurous experience. Traverse through arid deserts to beautiful valleys and make quick stops at major highlight points like Jomsom and ancient Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery of Kagbeni. Grab the opportunity to explore the pristine beauty and Tibetan-influenced unique culture of the region.

      After covering a distance of approximately 55 kilometers/34 miles, you will reach Charang, a village with historical and cultural importance. It is the second largest village in Mustang with an ancient fortress. Marvel at the Tibetan style architecture and houses with wooden carved doors and windows. Explore the magnificent Red Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery from the 14th century, and soak into the regional culture by interacting with charming residents.

      Duration: 3-4 hours

    • Day03

      Charang to Lo Manthang

      Lo Manthang elevation: 3,840 meters/12,599 feet

      The journey continues, leaving Charang and heading towards Lo Manthang. The drive follows the high-altitude off-road trails, crossing the highest point, Chogo La Pass (4,320 meters/14,173 feet). With a stunning backdrop of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Bhrikuti, the downward jeep drive through several tributaries crossings takes you to Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. The distance covered by a jeep tour from Charang to Lo Manthang is around 14 kilometers/8.7 miles.

      Lo Manthang is a famous historical center of the Upper Mustang, often known as a hidden kingdom. This walled city in the Upper Mustang region has a historic Royal Palace and several century-old monasteries. Lo Manthang is characterized by its unique landscapes and the richness of Tibetan Culture. Along with proximity to the Tibetan border, Lo Manthang is amazingly surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas.

      Duration: 1-2 hours

    • Day04

      Rest day and extra activities at Lo-Manthang.

      Spend a rest day at Lo Manthang, witnessing the exploring the city. Lo Manthang has rich historical and cultural heritages with several ancient monasteries like Jampa Lhakhang, Chodey Gompa, and Thubchen Gompa, reflecting the Buddhist culture. It has mysterious caves, some of which are used as a space for meditation by the solace seeking monks. Take a look at the widely prevalent pristine Tibetan culture.

      Communicate and interact with the local communities to know and understand their way of life, customs, and traditions. The sense of exchanging culture during a journey can be a rewarding experience. Explore and photograph the surroundings of Lo Manthang, which is encircled by a captivating beauty. In regards to the high altitude of Lo Manthang, take time to rest and acclimatize, allowing your body to adjust to the height. The accommodation in Lo Manthang provides a unique experience of local culture and hospitality. Staying at local guesthouses and lodges provides facilities like simple bedding and shared bathrooms with limited electricity availability. However, the effort of local accommodations can be seen in terms of providing maximum comfort, although in the remote high-altitude setting.

    • Day05

      Lo-Manthang to Kagbeni

      Lo Manthang to Kagbeni is a backward journey following the same route. The jeep tour provides you with an opportunity for a flexible stop at scenic viewpoints that may have missed earlier. Several cultural sites and picturesque traditional villages pass by. Leaving the arid landscapes of Upper Mustang and several monasteries behind, the jeep drive traverses the rocky terrains and river crossings. The panoramic views of the surrounding mighty Himalayas add excitement to the journey while completing the loop to reach Kagbeni. The typical distance covered during the journey is approximately 72 kilometers/45 miles, within duration of 5-8 hours.

      Kagbeni provides a different accommodation experience with its vicinity to the Kali Gandaki River and awe-inspiring backdrop of mountains like Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. However, the facilities are basic, with shared rooms and limited services. The village displays the ancient traditional Mustang architecture, which is Tibetan-influenced and well-preserved to date.

    • Day06

      Kagbeni to Muktinath to Marpha

      Marpa elevation: 2,670/8,760

      On this day, we make an initial travel by jeep from Kagbeni, covering a short distance of around 20 kilometers/12.4 hours for around 1-2 hours to reach Muktinath (3,800 meters/12,467 feet). Driving from Kagbeni to Muktinath includes traversing through enchanting Mustang landscapes. The routes ascend towards the higher elevations with magnificent vistas of the surrounding Himalayas. Be cautious of the high elevation, which may lead to possible altitude sickness. Acclimatize and explore the cultural and religious significance of a sacred pilgrimage site, Muktinath.

      The next drive will be from Muktinath to Marpha, covering approximately 28 kilometers/78 miles a distance in 2-3 hours. The trail leads descending paths from the higher elevation of Muktinath to the village with unique charm, Marpha.

      Marpha is known for its apple orchards and apple brandy production. Taste the Marpha apples and explore the Thakali settlements and several Buddhist monasteries. The beautiful terraced fields of Marpha are encircled by the mesmerizing vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Local people are experts in wood carvings and metal crafts, which you can buy as souvenirs.

    • Day07

      Marpha to Tatopani to Pokhara

      We continue to get back from the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour journey, traveling from Marpha to Tatopani and finally back to Pokhara. As we make our way to Tatopani, we drive from the arid landscapes to sub-tropical forests, following the southward of Kali Gandaki River. The road distance between Marpha to Tataopani is around 45 kilometers/ 28 miles, and driving for around 2-4 hours will take us to our destination.

      Tatopani (1,200 meters/3,937 feet) is well-known for its natural hot springs. Dipping into hot springs provides a relaxing sum up to the journey. You can have quality time chilling and rejuvenating after a long road trip. You can bath one more time in the Tatopani natural springs to start fresh on a final drive to Pokhara.

      Driving from Tatopani to Pokhara takes you through picturesque villages like Beni and Nayapul. The journey passes through varied terrains, river valleys, and vast forested regions. Along the way, Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages are encountered, with PoonHill viewpoints and unique Gurung cultures. After driving for 5-7 hours, we finally arrive back at Pokhara, a lake city surrounded by the wonderful Annapurna range.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

    • Jeep Hire Expenses during the entire tour
    • Tea House/Lodge Accommodation Costs during the tour
    • Three meals in a day during the tour.
    • Restricted area permit.
    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit.
    • An experienced and helpful guide with his all expenses.
    • Emergency Helicopter rescue is paid by your traveler insurance.
    • Medical box supply (First aid kit).
    • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, need to return after trip is completed).
    • Upper Mustang map.
    • Eco Holidays Nepal T-shirt and Cap
    • Assistance guide group size 5+.

    What's Excluded in Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

    • International Visa Fee and air travel expenses
    • Extra activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • International Airfare.
    • Your Personal Expenses.
    • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek.
    • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.

    Departure Dates & Price

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    Essential Information

    Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Permits

    Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Permits

    The required permits for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour are

    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
    • Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

    People living a typical mountain life in the Upper Mustang region have their own border rules to enter the area. You need to get permits for the Upper Mustang tour from the Immigration Department. The Nepalese government charges 500$, valid for upto 10 days, for visiting the well-preserved Upper Mustang landscapes. Extension of stay will charge an extra 50 $per day per person.

    To obtain the permit, you should be a minimum of two people. No single-person permit is allowed, and if you are a solo traveler, Eco Holidays Nepal will provide permits by joining you with other traveler groups. An original passport and PP-size photo is essential to obtain a permit in the restricted area.

    You need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit to enter and pass through the protected area during the jeep tour. You can get ACAP from the Kathmandu office of the Tourism Board or allow the travel agencies to get one on your behalf. The fee of ACAP is NPR 3,000. Police officials at Kagbeni Chekpost check permits while entering the Upper Mustang.

    Reasons to take Jeep Tour for Upper Mustang

    • To experience the remote wilderness of the pristine Upper Mustang landscapes while having a relaxing overland drive.
    • Navigate the rugged and challenging mountainous terrains more comfortably than trekking.
    • Less physical exertion and safe travel in adverse weather conditions.
    • Flexibility in stopping at natural, historical, and architectural sites with a chance of photograph and cultural immersion.
    • Wide exploration of the region in a limited time frame.
    • To be mesmerized by the spectacular landscapes and understand the value of the deep-rooted Tibetan culture in the Upper Mustang region.
    • To go back in time by witnessing the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang.
    • To witness and explore the hidden treasures of the isolated valley, like the old palaces, ancient caves, mysterious monasteries, etc.
    • Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is the alternative to Upper Mustang Trek. If you want to travel luxuriously while skipping the windy and dusty trekking trails, the Jeep Tour is the best option.

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    FAQs of Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

    How is Upper Mustang worth visiting?

    Upper Mustang is worth visiting due to its wonderful landscapes, distinctive Tibetan culture, ancient caves, and monasteries. It is as popular as the Himalayan desert and the Mustang Plateau. The walled city of Lo Manthang has a royal palace and mud-brick buildings that are worth the tour.

    What is the cost of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?

    The cost varies due to reasons like tour duration and included services in the journey. However, the price generally ranges from around 1,500 USD to 3,000 USD per person for the 10-12 days of the Upper Mustang Jeep tour.

    How long does it take to reach Upper Mustang by a Jeep?

    The duration of reaching Upper Mustang by a Jeep varies due to weather, routes, starting point, etc. Generally, most jeep tours last around 10 to 12 days, starting from either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

    Is the Upper Mustang restricted?

    Yes, the Upper Mustang is a restricted region bordered by Tibet. It is restricted due to border security, rich culture, environmental concerns, etc., and the region has been open to tourists only since 1992. You should get a Restricted Area Permit to travel to this isolated place.

    Which time is favorable for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?

    Spring and Autumn are the suitable time to embark on the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour. During these seasons, there is a clear atmosphere favored by stable weather, as well as bearable moderate temperatures. Weather clarity offers a sharp observation of the Upper Mustang’s significant aspects.

    What special permit is required for the Upper Mustang Tour?

    The special permit for the Upper Mustang Tour is a Restricted Area Permit, which is essential to enter into the region. You can easily get your permits arranged by authorized and trusted tour operating/trekking agencies provided with the details of the required documents.

    How difficult is the Jeep Tour of Upper Mustang?

    The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is not so difficult, but the roads can be bumpy and rough in the high-altitudes rugged terrain. It is advisable to travel in a sturdy 4x4 jeep that allows better navigation of uneven road surfaces, seamlessly passing over rocks and gravel. Our 4WD jeep ensures an undisturbed journey traversing through challenges.

    How are accommodations in Upper Mustang?

    Accommodations in the Upper Mustang comprise basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges and guesthouses, which are mostly prevalent in the major villages. These accommodations offer basic and limited facilities because of their remote location and restricted access.

    What is the highest altitude reached during the Upper Mustang Jeep tour?

    The maximum altitude reached during the tour is approximately 3,840 meters/12,599 feet at Lo Manthang. This is also the capital of Upper Mustang. Be mindful of altitude-related challenges and focus on acclimatization.