Upper Mustang Overland Tour driving in the comfort of a four-wheeler jeep, is the perfect choice for mountainous rough landscapes.
Upper Mustang, a forbidden country once closed to outside visitors was opened from 1992 onwards. But remains one of the Restricted Areas of Nepal, where travelers require special permits to enter the Upper Mustang.
Indeed a picturesque country to visit for once in a lifetime experience, as well as a favorite among photographers. Due to its amazing beautiful location and desert-like appearance, the scenery is out of this world.
Best seasons for Mustang overland tour:
The best seasons for the Upper and Lower Mustang tour from April and May to June. During late spring and early summer, when days are fine with clear blue sky 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. Much 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 as well 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.
|Day01:||Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.|
|Day02:||In Kathmandu tour of heritage sites, preparation for Mustang|
|Day03:||Drive to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel – 06 hrs.|
|Day04:||Drive to Marpha 2,670 m – 07 hrs.|
|Day05:||Drive to Ghami village 3,510 m Via Kagbeni – 06 hrs.|
|Day06:||Drive to Lo-Manthang 3, 840 m – 04 hrs.|
|Day07:||At Lo-Manthang free day for acclimatization and exploring.|
|Day08:||Drive to Chusang 2,980 m – 05 hrs.|
|Day09:||Drive to Jomsom via Muktinath – 05 hrs.|
|Day10:||Drive to Pokhara via Kalapani, Tatopani and Beni-06 hrs.|
|Day11:||At Pokhara free day to enjoy various activities.|
|Day12:||Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel-06 hrs.|
|Day13:||International Departure homeward bound.|
Trip Fact of Mustang overland tour
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.