Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Cost | Most Popular Jeep Tour In Nepal

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The upper Mustang jeep tour is a thrilling adventure, providing an opportunity to witness the unique landscapes, ancient monasteries, and the distinctive culture of the region. Embarking on a Jeep tour through the Upper Mustang is a captivating adventure that unveils the mystique of one of Nepal’s most remote and restricted regions. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Upper Mustang offers a surreal landscape of arid valleys, dramatic cliffs, and ancient cave dwellings.

The Upper Mustang tour by jeep is an invitation to traverse the road less traveled, where every turn reveals the mystique of this hidden Himalayan gem, leaving unforgettable memories of a journey through time and rugged terrain.

Best season for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

The best seasons for the Upper and Lower Mustang tour are April and May to June. During late spring and early summer, days are fine with clear blue skies and less rain around lower areas. As well fewer chances of snow at Upper Mustang, where days are longer to enjoy the drive and scenic views. It is windy from afternoon till evening falls.

The next best time is from early autumn, beginning of September to early November. Most days are crystal clear with blue sky, a perfect season to visit Upper Mustang and other Himalayas. But much cold mornings and nights the days are short due to minimum sunlight hours. The wind-chill factor adds extra freezing temperatures during the morning and late afternoon.

Permits required for the Upper Mustang Tour by Jeep

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Permits are required for travelers visiting Upper Mustang, whether by trekking or other means such as a jeep tour. The following are the permits required for the Upper Mustang tour by jeep.

1. Restricted Area Permit

The Special Restricted Area Permit is a mandatory permit for all foreigners entering the Upper Mustang region. You can’t apply for the special permit independently. There have to be at least two people in the group. It is issued by the Department of Immigration of Nepal located in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Moreover, it cannot be issued unless the application for at least two foreigners is handed in together.

2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit is required for entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes parts of the Upper Mustang region. Moreover, you can get the permit either from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara or from the ACAP counter in Pokhara.

3. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card

The TIMS card provides information about the trekker’s safety during the trek and also helps track their movement. This is also one of the mandatory permits for your journey through the trails of Upper Mustang. This card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board office located in Kathmandu or Pokhara or you can also get it from the TIMS counters located in trekking areas. It is mandatory for all those who plan to explore the region via ground.

How much does the Upper Mustang tour permit cost?

The upper Mustang permit fee varies from permit to permit. And, the permit cost may also vary depending on the season and the duration of the trek.
1. Restricted Area Permit
The Restricted Area Permit costs around $500 for the first 10 days and an additional $50 for each extra day.
2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit costs around NPR 3000 (Around $25).
3. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
The Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card costs $10 for group trekkers and $20 for individual trekkers.

How long does the upper Mustang jeep tour take?

An Upper Mustang Jeep Tour from Kathmandu typically spans around 10 to 14 days, offering a captivating exploration of the mystical landscapes and ancient culture of this remote region. The journey kicks off with a transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a road trip to Jomsom. From Jomsom, the jeep adventure takes you through Kagbeni, Chele, and various picturesque villages like Syangboche, Ghemi, and Charang, culminating in the ancient capital, Lo Manthang.
After immersing yourself in the cultural wonders of Lo Manthang, the return journey unfolds over several days, with stops in notable locations. The tour concludes with a flight or drive back to Pokhara and a return to Kathmandu.
While this timeframe provides a comprehensive experience, individual itineraries can be tailored based on preferences and conditions, ensuring a memorable and personalized exploration of Upper Mustang.

Accommodation during the Upper Mustang Jeep tour

Accommodations during an Upper Mustang tour by jeep vary depending on the village and its level of development. Larger villages like Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Lo Manthang offer guesthouses and lodges with relatively more amenities, including attached bathrooms and sometimes Wi-Fi.

In smaller villages, basic teahouses are common, providing simpler accommodations with shared facilities. While these lodgings may lack luxury, they offer an authentic experience and a chance to connect with local communities.

Depending on the itinerary, camping in certain locations may also be an option, allowing for a more flexible schedule. Travelers should be prepared for a range of accommodations, embracing the unique charm of each stop along the journey through the remote and captivating landscapes of the Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang jeep tour from Kathmandu

Your journey begins and ends in Kathmandu. You drive towards Pokhara then head to Tatopani via Beni. After a peaceful night, you drive towards Kagbeni and Muktinath, and from there, you drive to Ghami then Lo Manthang. After reaching Lo Manthang, you stay and explore the areas. Then drive to Chhuksang the next day. From there, you drive to Kalopani then Back to Pokhara. And head back to Kathmandu the following day.

Upper Mustang jeep tour from Pokhara

Starting from the lofty valley of Pokhara, a gateway to the most popular treks, our jeep tour will take you to “the forbidden kingdom” of Nepal. Then we drive to Kalopani by jeep and Drive to Muktinath (3800 M Elevation) and stay Overnight at Kagbeni (2800 M Elevation). Drive to Lo Manthang and later the next day, explore the magic of Lo-Manthang and Chhosar. Drive back to Jomsom crossing several local villages, Kaligandaki River, Buddhist stupas, and monasteries on the way. And finally, you will drive down to Beni and continuously drive to Pokhara.

Upper Mustang jeep trip price

The best price offered by Himalayan 360 for the Upper Mustang jeep tour is $2,099 per adult. This price range includes all the facilities and services that you need while traveling to Upper Mustang by Jeep comfortably.

Here is the table of price

No. of PaxPrice per personNo.of Jeep

Outline itinerary of Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for Mustang
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Tatopani
  • Day 5: Drive from Tatopani to Muktinath and drive down to Kagbeni
  • Day 6: Drive from Kagbeni to Ghami village
  • Day 7: Drive from Ghami – Tsarang (Lo pass 3950Mt) – Lo Manthang
  • Day 8: Exploring Lo Manthang.
  • Day 9: Drive from Lo Manthang to Jomsom.
  • Day 10: Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Dau 12: Departure


Upper Mustang Overland Tour on Jeep ride, takes you from the beautiful Pokhara city starting and ending point of the journey. Covering a distance of a week duration, as drive leads from Pokhara valley towards Far North West beyond the Himalayas.

The adventure continues from low warm paddy farm fields following the main road, and then on dirt mountainous tracks. Drive heads to Kaligandaki River, and in between giant Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna, which forms the world’s deepest gorge. Following the river upstream towards cooler higher alpine zone reaching the apple country of Tukuche and Marpha charming villages.

The road winds up reaching Jomsom the headquarters town of Mustang district, as the drive follows up around the river valley. Reaching Kagbeni village the entry and exit point of Upper Mustang, a fascinating place to experience.

From Kagbeni onwards within the strong Buddhism culture of Tibetan heritage, the drive follows the Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Trail. An important caravan route for trade in between Nepal and Tibet, the border to Tibet is situated beyond Upper Mustang.

The drive follows towards Upper Mustang’s dry terrain beneath huge canyon walls and towering windblown cliffs. As the road follows on winding barren country past the nice villages of Chusang, Syangboche crosses over Nyi-La pass. The top of the high ridge offers a spectacular panorama of country landscapes with distant snow-capped peaks.

The fantastic journey follows over high ridges and within windswept terrain reaching lovely Ghami village. Exciting settlements, houses, and villages path lined with magnificent religious monuments with prayer walls and spinning wheels.

Finally, the drive enters the former forbidden walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang, where travelers will be taken back to the medieval era. In the early days known as a walled city, but at present, it is more of an old-fashioned town. But very interesting to explore the streets lined with shops, stores, and prayer monuments.

At Lo-Manthang an extra day to enjoy a leisure tour around places of interest visiting its famous old monasteries. Includes tour of former fort palace situated in the center of a town. The palace residence of the last Raja king was Jigme Palbar Bista, who lived from the age of 86 till 2017.

After an enjoyable and marvelous time and experience within the walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang. The return journey leads back on the same exciting and scenic route back to Jomsom and then toward Pokhara. Where our wonderful Upper Mustang Overland Tour finally concludes, after an amazing time and adventure beyond the Himalayas to Upper Mustang.


  • An adventure around pristine wilderness on world highest rugged highways.
  • Exceptional scenery of windblown canyon and towering cliffs with snow peaks.
  • Overland journey beyond the massif Himalayan range to scenic Upper Mustang.
  • An extension of world largest Tibetan plateau the former Lo kingdom of Mustang.
  • A photographer’s paradise amidst dramatic landscapes the land of enchantment.


Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal. On your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan 360 will be there to receive and escort you to the hotel. Later in the evening, you will join for the welcome dinner hosted by us. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2:
Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for Mustang

A free day in Kathmandu with a short tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites, and a visit to old Durbar / Palace Square. Steeped with historical and religious monuments and palace with royal courtyard. Enjoy tour of old Swayambhunath one of the main landmark of the country, Buddhist monuments facing great views of Kathmandu city. Afternoon free at leisure preparation for Upper Mustang Overland Tour.

Day 3:
Drive to Pokhara (910m/2,985ft)

Driving Duration: 7-8 hours
Total Distance: 220 kilometers

Today, we get set to leave the Kathmandu valley. After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up for an overland drive to Pokhara city. The vehicle follows a route along the Prithivi highway that is full of countryside views of Nepal. Most of the time, we will be driving along the Trishuli River with fascinating views of terraced farmland, traditional villages, and lush hills on sight. We even passed a rafting spot on the way to Pokhara. After around seven hours of drive, we reach the beautiful touristic hub of Nepal – Pokhara. We check in the hotel, freshen up and get ready for a relaxing exploration around the lakeside Pokhara. The pristine air, serene lake water, and mountains, lakeside Pokhara is a heavenly place to visit. In the evening, we return to our hotel. Spend your time at the hotel in Pokhara for the night.

Day 4:
Drive from Pokhara to Tatopani (2700M Elevation)

Driving Duration: 6-7 hours
Total Distance: 120 Kilometers approx.

After having your breakfast at Pokhara, today you will start your journey to Mustang. The route from Pokhara to Tatopani takes the west direction towards Beni. Admiring the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range, you will reach Tatopani. You can bath in the natural hot water spring at Tatopani. You will explore this beautiful village and stay overnight there.

Day 5:
Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni (2804m. Elevation) and visit Muktinath Temple (3710 m. Elevation)

Driving Duration: 4-5 hours
Total Distance: 98 kilometers approx

After exploring the Tatopani village, you will drive towards Kagbeni via Jomsom today. Jomsom is a village where you can find several local markets. You can taste the local yak cheese in Jomsom.

From Jomsom, you will drive towards Muktinath. You will visit the culturally significant Muktinath temple. After exploring the temple, you will drive to Kagbeni.

Day 6:
Drive to Ghami Village (3510 m. Elevation) Via Syngboche Pass (4410 m. Elevation).

Driving Duration: 6 hours
Total Distance: 35 Kilometres

After all formalities of permit we start drive from Kagbeni to Ghami. During journey we will also visit stupas and Mani wall. Even You can stop your jeep between your journey to take rest and click some beautiful pictures. Driving through Syagboche pass, you will take the route to Ghami. Admiring the beautiful mountain passes and unique landscapes of the region, you finally reach the village of Ghami.

Overnight at Ghami.

Day 7:
Drive to Lo Manthang (3840 m. Elevation)

Driving Duration: 4-5 hours
Total Distance: 17 kilometers

After having your breakfast at Ghami, today you will drive towards the hidden King kingdom of Lo Manthang today. At first, you will drive towards Tsarang via Lo Pass. crossing the Ghami river, the route takes you to a plateau crossing several Mani Walls. After a few hours of drive, you will reach Tsarang which is also known as Charang.

From Tsarang, you will drive towards the capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. Along the way to Lo Manthang, you will be able to see some of the magnificent mountains such as Mount Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Bhrikurti. You will cross the Lho Pass before you reach the beautiful Lo Manthang Valley.

After reaching Lo Manthang, you will stop and jeep and stay at one of the hotels overnight.

Day 8:
Exploring Lo Manthang.

Lo Manthang is a restricted region in the Upper Mustang. The region belongs to king Lo and is highly influenced by Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Today, you will basically spend your day by exploring this isolated region of Upper Mustang.

After having your breakfast in the morning, you will visit the 4-story palace of the KIng. some of the Royal families still live in the palace. Other than this, you will drive towards the Jampa monastery, which is the oldest monastery of the region that was built in 15 century. Some of the other monasteries that you will explore today are Chodey Gompa, Thubchen Gompa, and many others.

In the evening, you will return back to your hotel and stay overnight.

Day 9:
Drive back to Jomsom (2743 m . Elevation).

Driving Duration: 6-7 hours
Total Distance: 58 kilometers

From Lo Manthang, you will drive back to Tsarang and Ghami following the same route. You will drive all the way, crossing some of the villages and Mani Walls. On reaching Tetang, you will follow the route to Kagbeni passing the villages of Chusang, Syanboche, and Chele.

After a short drive from these villages, you will reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, you will drive towards Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom.

Day 10:
Drive backn to Pokhara

Driving Duration: 7-8 hours
Total Distance: 158 kilometers

From Jomsom, you will drive back to Pokhara today. Following the way to Lete, Tatopani you will reach Pokhara. It will take you around 6-7 hours drive to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. Viewing the scenic beauty of the region just outside your window, you will reach Pokhara.

Day 11:
Drive to Kathmandu

Driving Duration: 7-8 hours
Total Distance: 220 kilometers

You will have your breakfast at hotel in Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu on this day. After driving for about 7-8 hours you will finally reach Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel as soon as you reach Kathmandu.

At the evening, you can walk around the alleys of Thamel if you want.

Day 12:

Your Upper Mustang journey finally comes to an end. Our representative from Himalayan 360 will be there to drop you to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. We hope you had a good time here. Remember us for your next trip to Nepal.


Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu city tour as per itinerary
  • All ground transport by private 4WD Toyota/Scorpio or similar Jeep as per Itinerary.
  • Upper Mustang special trek permit, ACAP entry fees, and All the paperwork.
  • Guide and Driver salary, Food, and Accommodation
  • Guide insurance
  • Fuel charge for the vehicle during the tour.
  • Food for guide and driver, life saver insurance, equipment, and daily wages.
  • Local guest house accommodation, food (Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast) during the tour.
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight and Visa Fees
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu ( In case you arrive early or departure late and early return from the mountain due to any reason) than the Scheduled Itinerary
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any Type of Personal Expenses such as Alcoholic Beverages, Phone Bills, Internet Bills, Laundry and Hot Shower
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
  • Trip Cancellation Cost
  • Accidents or Health Issues
  • Loss Theft or Damage of Personal Properties(We advise you to take out Personal Travel Insurance)
  • Tips and Gratuities

Trip FAQ

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How many people in the group to Upper Mustang Overland Tour?

The restricted area requires special permits to enter Upper Mustang.
To run this trip requires a minimum of 2-3 people, more people is much better it will lower the cost slightly. As per season, wise expect a minimum of 2-3 or a maximum of 14 people in the group for this wonderful overland adventure.

How much for the special permit for Upper Mustang?

Since the area was allowed to visit by foreign travelers to Upper Mustang, a special permit is required. At present all foreign visitors require to pay a sum of US $ 500 per person for 10 days and US $ 50 extra per person for additional from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. Includes ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permit fee of 3,000 NPR for each person which is about US $30.

How are the accommodation and food on route to Upper Mustang?

Places like Kagbeni, Ghami, Charang, and Lo-Manthang do have nice lodges of tourist standard as well as guest houses. Serves good meals of variations from Continental, Indian, and Chinese to Nepalese popular dish of Dal Bhat (boiled rice with lentil soup and mild veg or meat curry where available).
But smaller villages with an overnight stop in the simple lodge with a very limited food menu of local standard but with homely comfort and great hospitality.

When is the best time for Upper Mustang Overland Tour?

April to May and September to October are the best time and high seasons for the trek to Upper Mustang, where days are warm with enough sunlight hours as well for clear views of snow-capped peaks and surrounding beautiful landscapes. But cold in the morning and late afternoon till night time, with chances of snowfall, sometimes can be very windy in the afternoon time.
In November can visit but most lodges will be closed for winter, as Upper Mustang people migrated to lower warm areas to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

What are the chances of charging electronic gadgets?

Every village based on the itinerary for overnight stops does have electricity with hydropower, and some places with personal solar power can charge the gadgets paying some fees at the cost per hour basis.

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