Upper Mustang Overland Tour

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    UMOT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $2500 USD

Duration: 13 Days

Trip Grade: Moderate

Minimum Group Size: 2

Max Elevation: 3600 Meters

Best Time: March to May and Sept to Dec

Trip Highlight

  • Explore the amazing world heritage sites that are situated in the Kathmandu valley
  • Go deep into the wilderness of the Kaligandaki gorge
  • Collect shaligrams on the banks of the Kali Gandaki river
  • Explore the ancient kingdom of Lo-Manthang
  • Admire the red cliffs in Drakmar
  • Visit the apple orchards in Kagbeni
  • Take a break at the hot springs of Tatopani

At a glance

The Upper Mustang Overland tour provides you a euphoric experience in the desolate western parts of the Annapurna region. Perched in the high valley carved by the Kaligandaki river. Upper Mustang is admired among travelers for being the best place to witness the Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions. The Upper Mustang Overland Tour takes you to the isolated kingdom of Lo-Manthang, which was once a restricted area. The people living in these parts of Nepal still follow the old way to live. Likewise, this region is also untouched by modernization. With amazing views of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri, the Upper Mustang road trip is the one to take.

The rain shadow portion of the Annapurna region is heavily influenced by the Tibetan Buddhism. In this journey, youll come across Thakali people and Tibetan people that still follow their ancient way of living. One of the most popular festivals held in Upper Mustang is undoubtedly the Tiji Festival. This festival lasts for at least 4 days. This festival will show you the myths and religions behind the famed Upper Mustang. The Upper Mustang Overland tour provides you an opportunity to witness the jaw-dropping mountains that decorate the Annapurna landscape like Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2, Annapurna 3, Dhaulagiri, and Macchapucchre. Along with the magnificent mountain views, our 13-days Upper Mustang Overland tour provides travelers with a fantastic contrast of landscape that shifts from green hills to the arid desert landscape. For travelers that wish to incorporate a bit of their own into this trip, then there is a facility of tailor-made upper mustang overland tour.

Upper Mustang Overland Tour route

The Upper Mustang tour route commences from Kathmandu and takes you to Pokhara via an airplane. After arriving in Pokhara, you take some time to explore the natural landmarks and then head out toward Beni Bazar via Tatopani. You now reach the lower part of the mustang where you get to taste some local apples at Kagbeni and then head out to Ghami. This is the final stop before the Upper Mustang. You head out to Lo-Manthang and admire this small settlement that is perched on a cliff. The Upper Mustang Jeep tour now takes us down to Chuksang and then to Kalopani. Head down the slippery terrain to arrive at Pokhara. Do some last-minute shopping in Pokhara, and finally, fly to Kathmandu where this Upper Mustang overland tour will come to an end.

Best time to go on Upper Mustang Overland tour

The weather at Upper Mustang can be unpredictable. The best time to go on Upper Mustang Overland tour is during Spring and Autumn season. The views will be clear and beautiful. Similarly, Monsoon brings heavy rainfall in the Upper Mustang region that makes the trail slippery and views unclear. Likewise, the heavy snowfall during Winter causes blockage of the route.

Upper Mustang Overland Tour difficulty

The Upper Mustang Overland tour difficulty level is moderate. As most of the journey will be made on a jeep, you only have to walk short distances.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrive at Kathmandu (1,340 m)

Day 02 :Trip preparation day in Kathmandu

Day 03 :Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (840m) – 30 minutes flight time

Day 04 :4WD Jeep drive Pokhara to – Beni – Tatopani (2,600m); 5 hours

Day 05 :Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni (2,900 m); 4 and 1/2 hours

Day 06 :Drive from Kagbeni to Ghami (3,510m); 5 hours

Day 07 :Drive: Ghami to Lo Manthang (3,840m); 5 hours

Day 08 :Explore Lo Manthang (3,840m)

Day 09 :Drive from Lo-Manthang to Chhuksang (2,980m); 6hours

Day 10 :Drive from Chhuksang to Kalopani (2530m); 5 hours

Day 11 :Drive from Kalopani to Pokhara (840m)

Day 12 :Fly back to Kathmandu (1,340m)

Day 13 :Final Departure

Cost Include

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • 4WD Jeep Pokhara to Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom by 4WD Land Cruiser/Mahindra Scorpio.
  • 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while Mustang in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Upper Mustang Restricated area permit fee.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide and supporting staffs.
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and driver
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish the trip)
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government and local taxes.
     

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trip.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.


 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrive at Kathmandu (1,340 m)You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport. One of the members from Green Valley Nepal Treks and Research Hub will welcome you on the international airport terminal gate on behalf of us. He will then take you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax. In the evening, you will meet with other team members and have a welcome dinner organized by the company. You will stay overnight in a beautiful three-star hotel.
Meals: Welcome dinner

Day 02 :Trip preparation day in Kathmandu Today is a trip preparation day in Kathmandu. We will wake up early in the morning and go on a short guided tour to a few monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later in the day, we will arrange all the equipment that we might need during the trip. We will stay overnight in a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 03 :Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (840m) – 30 minutes flight timeAfter having breakfast, we will head to the airport and fly to Pokhara. The flight will be short and scenic. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will move to our hotel and settle in. Later in the day, we will explore vibrant streets of Lakeside and do boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake. During the boating, we will get to see stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m). We will stay overnight in a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 04 :4WD Jeep drive Pokhara to – Beni – Tatopani (2,600m); 5 hoursFrom today, we will begin our Upper Mustang Overland Tour. After having a delicious breakfast, we will begin driving towards Beni. The route will present you with beautiful scenery and mountain views. Upon reaching Beni, we will take a short break and have lunch. Further, we will continue our drive towards Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs. Later in the day, we will refresh ourselves in the hot spring and end our day with tasty dinner. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 05 :Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni (2,900 m); 4 and 1/2 hoursWe will begin our day with freshly brewed coffee along with gorgeous landscape view. After that, we will begin driving towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful village in the Lower Mustang. The route will be bumpy yet scenic. Upon reaching Kagbeni, we will check-in at the guesthouse and spend the rest of the day exploring around. We will get to experience the daily lifestyle and culture of locals. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 06 :Drive from Kagbeni to Ghami (3,510m); 5 hoursToday, the drive will take us to beautiful Ghami village. The route will include frequent rocky sections, however, we will get to witness a great landscape view. The drive will mostly include ascending. Upon reaching Ghami, we will rest and explore the village. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 07 :Drive: Ghami to Lo Manthang (3,840m); 5 hoursThe drive will take us to Dhakmar. Further, we will cross Tsarang La Pass and continue our drive towards Tsarang village. On the way, we will stop by at a monastery. The drive then takes us to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang district. Here, we will get to experience rich Tibetan Buddhism as well as lifestyle, language, and assortments that matches with Tibetan people. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 08 :Explore Lo Manthang (3,840m)This is our free day at Lo-Manthang. We will spend our day exploring the village. First, we will take a short drive to Kora La border i.e. Nepal and Tibet border. On the way, we will get to see yak grazing in fields along with Tibetan style houses. As the region is highly influenced by Tibetan culture, we will get to see monastery and gompas that resemble this religion. Later, we will explore a cave that has 100 rooms in a single wall with a single door. After exploring around, we will return back to Lo-Manthang and end our day with a delicious dinner. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 09 :Drive from Lo-Manthang to Chhuksang (2,980m); 6hours After having breakfast, we will drive by the Kaligandaki River. On the way, we will get to see ancient stupas, monasteries, and the same panoramic views of Himalayas. Driving on a rugged path, we will reach Chhuksang village for the night stay. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 10 :Drive from Chhuksang to Kalopani (2530m); 5 hoursLeaving Upper Mustang area behind, today we will drive and once again in the lower part of Mustang. The route will present us blend of Nepalese and Tibetan cultural villages. Similarly, we will also get to see stunning views of Himalayan mountains during the drive. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 11 :Drive from Kalopani to Pokhara (840m)After having breakfast, we will drive back to Pokhara. We will pass by many small villages on the way along with accompanied by superb landscape views. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will check-in at your hotel and spend the rest of the relaxing. In the evening, we will explore the bustling market of Lakeside and do shopping. Overnight in a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 12 :Fly back to Kathmandu (1,340m)Today, a morning flight will take us back to Kathmandu. The flight will be short and provide us aerial views of Annapurna Himalayas. After landing at Kathmandu airport, we will drive to our hotel and rest for the day. If you want we can also do a sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will join the farewell dinner organized by the company. Overnight in a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner

Day 13 :Final Departure As per your flight departure time, one of the representatives from our company will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal gate for your flight back to your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast only

Group tours are unavailable for this trip; you could choose your own suitable date for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates we will organize as per your convenience.


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