Upper Mustang Overland Tour - 12 Days

Upper Mustang Overland Tour
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  • Trekking Season
    March to May and September to November

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour offers a captivating journey through one of Nepal’s most mystical and culturally rich regions. This tour is renowned for its stunning landscapes, ancient monasteries, and the unique culture of the Mustang people. The route traverses the high desert terrain, providing a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration. Covering approximately 200 km, the tour takes you deep into the heart of the former Kingdom of Lo, a region that was restricted to foreign visitors until 1992.

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour typically spans about 10-12 days, starting with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, the journey continues by road to Jomsom, followed by a thrilling overland drive through the Kali Gandaki Valley. The tour passes through Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, and continues to Lo Manthang, the walled capital of the former Kingdom of Lo.

The best times to undertake the Upper Mustang Overland Tour are from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is generally clear and dry, offering the best visibility.

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour is a unique adventure that combines high-altitude travel with cultural immersion. Travelers will experience the distinctive Mustang culture, encounter ancient monasteries, and witness breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape. This tour requires a sense of adventure and an appreciation for remote and rugged terrains.

Why Upper Mustang Overland Tour?

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour offers an unforgettable journey into a culturally and historically rich region, providing a unique blend of adventure and cultural immersion.

Tips for Upper Mustang Overland Tour

Traveling in the Upper Mustang region requires a sense of adventure and an appreciation for remote and rugged terrains. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to be prepared with suitable gear. Travel insurance covering high-altitude travel in remote Himalayan regions is strongly recommended.

Travel Insurance

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers high-altitude travel in remote Himalayan regions like Nepal. This should include coverage for emergency evacuation and medical expenses.

Permits Required

Permits required for the Upper Mustang Overland Tour include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang.

 Mountain Treks Nepal

Mountain Treks Nepal welcomes you to join us for a meticulously planned Upper Mustang Overland Tour. We offer various itineraries, including customizable options to suit your preferences.

Trip Highlights

– Stunning landscapes of the high desert terrain.

– Exploration of ancient monasteries and caves.

– Cultural encounters with the Mustang people and visits to traditional villages.

– Panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.

– The unique walled city of Lo Manthang, with its royal palace and monasteries.


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11 Nights 12 Days

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    Detailed Itinerary

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain Treks Nepal who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure, preparing for the upcoming adventure.

    Today is dedicated to obtaining the necessary permits for Mustang and preparing for the trip. Additionally, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visiting major attractions like Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Depart Kathmandu and embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara (820m) by Jeep. This journey will take you through beautiful landscapes and traditional villages. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you can relax by the lakeside or explore the vibrant city.

    Start early and drive from Pokhara to Beni, continuing onward to Tatopani (2600m). The route follows picturesque valleys and the Kali Gandaki River. Tatopani is renowned for its natural hot springs, where you can unwind after the drive. Overnight in Tatopani.

    Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni (2900m), a charming village at the gateway to Upper Mustang. After checking into your accommodation, visit the sacred Muktinath Temple (3800m), an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Kagbeni.

    After completing the official formalities for the special Mustang permit, drive towards Ghami Village (3520m) via the Syngboche Pass (4200m). The journey through the Syngboche Pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival in Ghami, you can explore the village and its ancient architecture. Overnight in Ghami Village.

    Continue the drive to Lo-Manthang (3840m), the walled capital of the former Kingdom of Lo. Spend the day exploring this ancient city, including the royal palace and its numerous monasteries. The unique culture and history of Lo-Manthang make it a highlight of the tour. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

    Today is dedicated to exploring Lo-Manthang and the nearby Chhosar area. Visit the famous cave dwellings and ancient monasteries that dot the landscape. This day offers a deeper insight into the distinctive culture and traditions of the Mustang people. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

    Begin the journey back to Jomsom (2743m), retracing your route through the stunning Mustang landscape. Enjoy the scenic views along the way, capturing the essence of this remote region. Overnight in Jomsom.

    Drive from Jomsom back to Pokhara (820m). Once back in Pokhara, you can relax by the lakeside, enjoy the city’s attractions, or reflect on your Upper Mustang adventure. Overnight in Pokhara.

    Drive back  to Kathmandu (1350m). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to explore more of Kathmandu or do some last-minute shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    On your final day in Nepal, you will have some free time depending on your flight schedule. A representative from Mountain Treks Nepal will transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure. This marks the end of your unforgettable Upper Mustang Overland Tour.

    Trip Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • All  ground transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara -Lomanthang-Jomsom by a private Jeep
    • Three-night accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing in  B& B plan
    • One-night hotel in Pokhara on a (B/B basis)
    • 12 days trip 9 of which include 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)  whilst the Mountain.
    • Clean and comfortable mountain accommodation at teahouses during the Mustang tour period
    • Government- license loader  Professional English speaking guide.
    • All necessary paperwork, company services charges, and local taxes
    • Annapurna conservation entry permit and Upper Mustang Restricted area permit for 10 days.

    Trip Excludes

    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Meals whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Personal Travel insurance.
    • Drinks (mineral water, Tea, coffee, whisky) or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hot shower, battery. Changes, Wi-Fi charge etc.
    • Tips for Guide and Driver (Tipping is Expected).
    • Personal expenses.
    • Personal equipment.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the “Trip Includes” Section.

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