- Spectacular view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range.
- Ancient Gompas and cultural attractions of Marpha and Kagbeni village.
- Spectacular traditional villages along the journey to the desert Mountains.
- Waterfalls, Rivers, Sky Caves, Barren landscapes, and picturesque scenery during the drive.
- Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions in the forbidden kingdom.
- Unique landscape in the upper Mustang that consists of cold mountain desert.
The Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour is specifically designed to offer visitors an astonishing and picturesque experience in the stunning Mustang region of Nepal. The 12-day Upper Mustang 4WD jeep tour is a great way to explore the enchanting kingdom of Nepal without the need for extensive walking. It offers a comfortable and scenic ride to Lo Manthang, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience. Upper Mustang is considered one of the top destinations worldwide due to its unique landscape featuring cold mountain deserts, ancient unfiltered religion, centuries-old monuments, and extraordinary history. Upper Mustang, previously known as the secluded kingdom of Lo, is renowned as one of the most breathtaking destinations to explore in the remote region of Mustang, Nepal. This comfortable tour will explore the cultural diversity of Nepal and the unique geography of the country, taking you from bustling cities to peaceful small villages in the upper Mustang region.
The Upper Mustang region is highly regarded for its untouched landscapes, dry valleys, and rich cultural heritage, which is influenced by the Thakali and mostly Tibetan communities. The Upper Mustang is also known as the ancient walled city in the Upper Mustang area. The secluded hidden gem of Nepal offers a unique and mysterious travel experience. The local people have done an exceptional job preserving their traditions and the natural beauty of the area. This is unlike anything you would see in other parts of the country. The Upper Mustang area is mostly due to its trans-Himalayan landscapes that act as a barrier to the monsoon rain. As a result, the area has a dry, cold, and deserted landscape. One of the main highlights of this location is its breathtaking desert environment and picturesque cliff-faced scenery.
The Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep tour offers the best way to explore the stunning mountain vistas, rich Tibetan culture and traditions, breathtaking scenic Jeep trips, and picturesque mountain valleys. The main attractions of this region in Nepal are its stunning geography and the warm hospitality of the locals towards their guests. The civilization that originally belonged to the Tibetans and practices that are still relevant to consider a boon of old times is astonishing. Upper Mustang residents rely on trade, tourism, and animal husbandry for a living. There was no interaction with the outside world because of the remoteness. As a result, they were able to maintain their old traditions and culture.
The Upper Mustang and Kali Gandaki Valley Jeep driving tour is an incredibly enjoyable and unforgettable experience. This trip is specifically designed for individuals who are interested in traveling to the breathtaking region of Mustang. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the local language, immerse oneself in the captivating culture, and gain insights into the rich Tibetan customs that are prevalent in this area. Mustang, a region that was once a crucial route for navigating the Himalayas between Tibet and Nepal, witnessed the travels of several historic salt caravans. During this trip, you will embark on a 4x4 drive to explore a region known for its incredible architecture, linguistic diversity, and captivating culture and traditions. These cultural practices and customs are deeply influenced by Tibetan heritage.
Where is Upper Mustang?
Lo Manthang, also known as the Lost Kingdom of Nepal, is situated in the northern region of the country, specifically in the upper part of Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area, located in Nepal, is an incredible destination known for its vast biodiversity. It is one of the largest protected areas in the country. The upper Mustang is situated in the Tibetan Plateau close to the Tibetan border in the Himalayan region of Nepal. In the rain shadow region of the Himalayas, Upper Mustang is a dry river valley located close to the Annapurna Circuit. This valley used to be a prohibited kingdom within Nepal. It established its tradition and culture, which is quite similar to Tibetan culture, as a result of years of isolation from the outside world. It is one of the most beautiful areas in the trans-Himalayan zone of Nepal. Numerous attractions offer a wide range of experiences and allow you to witness the mindblowing vistas, cultural traditions, and lifestyle that still has no touch of modernity.
Upper Mustang History and Culture
With an average elevation of 4,000 meters, Upper Mustang is part of the Tibetan plateau both geologically and culturally and is situated north of Annapurna. The valleys are dry and dusty, and there are numerous cave houses perched high up on the cliffs among colorful rock formations. Upper Mustang is one of the few locations left where one may still witness unaltered Tibetan culture because it was the first area to allow trekking activities in 1992, and it still receives only a small fraction of visitors that enter Nepal each year.
The kingdom of Mustang was once a remote and mostly autonomous region within Lo, with its capital at Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang, which was formerly a part of Tibet, served as a crucial section of the silk routes connecting Nepal and Tibet. The royal ancestry of the Upper Mustang can be traced back to the 13th century when it is believed to have become a sovereign kingdom. During the 1960s, Mustang served as a stronghold for the Tibetan Khampa rebels who were resisting the Chinese army. It is believed that this movement has had some influence in designating Upper Mustang as a restricted area.
Ancient Tibetan Buddhism
The residents of the Upper Mustang identify themselves as 'Lowa'. In Tibetan, 'Lo' is the synonym for 'north', and 'Lowa' is the synonym for the residents of Tibet. They utilize a range of the Tibetan dialect called 'loba' as their main language. The 'Loba' individuals follow the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. The culture of Lower Mustang exhibits a greater inclination towards the Tamang culture. The Tamang people are believed to constitute the largest Tibeto-Burman ethnic group in Nepal. Thakalis are the main residents of Lower Mustang.
The area known as the 'Thak Khola' region, a series of valleys along the Kaligandaki River, is the original location of Lower Mustang's emergence. Upper Mustang is alternatively recognized as ‘The Prohibited Realm', and Lo Manthang, the previous capital, is commonly called ‘ The Ancient Walled City’. Upper Mustang has gained significant popularity among both local and international travelers. The Upper Mustang's breathtaking landscape and unique culture come together to make it an extremely popular and highly revered tourist spot in Nepal.
Major Driving Attractions:
Try an adrenaline-rushing activity- bungee Jump in Kushma on the way to Tatopani.
Explore the natural hot spring in Tatopani to relax your body from a tiring drive.
Try local and organic seasonal fruits and delicacies of the places.
Naturally enriched Rupse Waterfall and Kali Gandagi Gorge.
Try Tukuche Thakali Khana - delicious local Thakali cuisine.
Lo Manthang - The ancient walled city
Lo Manthang, situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters, is the capital of Upper Mustang and a secluded Tibetan town. It was founded in the year 1380. During Nepal's monarchical era, the city was the sole autonomous kingdom within the territory of Nepal. The democratic country of Nepal emerged as a component of the sovereign state and is presently governed by the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Lo Manthang, also known as an Upper Mustang walled city, earns its designation because it is included by a protective wall. There are approximately 900 Lobas people residing in the area. The distance between Korala and the Tibetan border is approximately 20 kilometers. Local people in this area continue to engage in trade by utilizing the route from Tibet.
The walls surrounding Lo Manthang were constructed around the 15th century, during the reign of Amar Pal, who was the first monarch of the Mustang dynasty. The walls were entirely made of clay, and according to the village elders, Yaks were used to crush the clay during the construction process. The language and cultural customs of this region, referred to as 'Lo' in Tibetan, are the same as those of Tibetans. The Lo Manthang region accepted the royalty and administrative system before Nepal transitioned into a federal republic state. Jigme Dorje Palwar Bista served as the final king of the region. The area of Upper Mustang has yielded more than a dozen caverns that hold great historical and archaeological significance.
Visitors come to Lo Manthang and Upper Mustang to study the ancient Buddhist civilizations, monasteries that date back thousands of years, cultures, peoples, and stunning landscapes. Also, the region is stunning as a high-altitude desert with a small patch of greenery. The houses in the area are all constructed of mud brick. There are many other attractions to explore in the Upper Mustang of Nepal. Lo Manthang and Upper Mustang are the restricted areas.
Kagbeni - Gateway to Upper Mustang
In the valley of the Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni, a Tibetan town, serves as the lone gateway to the upper Mustang. It is also the oldest community in the Himalayas and is known for its incredible cultural spectrums. Kagbeni is located in the Varagung Muktikshetra rural municipality of the Mustang district in western Nepal. It has a total area of 58.3 sq. Km and is located at an elevation of 2,804 meters above sea level. Despite being a small community, it has fame and acclaim due to its natural beauty, culture, traditions, and mind-blowing natural landscapes.
The windswept deserts of the upper Himalayas have a certain fascination. Nothing in this community is excessive; there are no frills or fluff to hide behind when you enter Kagbeni. The stark wilderness that Kagbeni contains strikes with all its blatant splendor, leaving you spellbound in a desire to get into the depth of what this beautiful mountain village has to offer.
Marpha - Village of Orchards
The village of Marpha is located in the Mustang District, which is a part of the Dhaulagiri Zone's Western Development Region of Nepal. The Mustang village of Marpha is well known for its apple crop and is located 2,680 meters above sea level. In addition to producing apples and wine, this area is well known for its Thakali population, its distinctive style of building, and its culture and traditions. Since Tibetan refugees have lived in Marpha for a considerable amount of time, Tibetan is one of the major languages spoken here.
Marpha, which is surrounded by mountains, is distinguished by its lovely, wide-roofed homes. Mural painting on the exterior of houses gives them an attractive appearance. Apple orchards cover the settlement's desert-like landscape. The Samten Choling Gumba, which is regarded as the Marpha people's cultural legacy, is located at the village's highest point. Additionally, this village is well-known for its photography and videography. The visibility of the surrounding lands, which are encircled by mountain ranges, is astounding on clear days.
What to expect from the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour?
Sky caves, canyons, and other stunning and captivating vistas of great mountains like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna make the experience as stunning as the place itself is. There are several locations in Nepal and along the Hindu Kush Himalayan range that offer similarly stunning natural scenery, but Upper Mustang stands out because of the distinct religion, culture, and history connected to Tibet. The incredible mountain lifestyle that is purely isolated from the modern Western touch and aboriginal to the people of Mustang is one of the best things that you can explore in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.
Some of the major things that you can do in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal are exploring diverse landscapes, visiting monasteries, interacting with the locals, and getting insights into the lifestyle that still dates back to the old times. Furthermore, the lifestyle is unique and very different from other parts of the world. In the conservation efforts to protect the cultural and historical dimension of this ancient Kingdom, the Upper Mustang area is put on a restricted area by the government of Nepal. To enter the Upper Mustang of Nepal, every foreign national needs to obtain a special restricted area permit and must follow the rules and regulations as instructed by the liaison.
The cultural setting of the Upper Mustang is a singular fusion of an arid alpine terrain with innovative irrigation systems and clay construction. Strong winds blowing daily in prayer flags, bright green barley fields fenced with pebble walls, a chromatic harmony between earthen architecture and nearby red cliffs, all of these elements combine to create an incredible cultural landscape that is best explored in this Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep tour. However, Upper Mustang Trek is also a wonderful option to explore the incredible landscapes of Nepal.
What are the possible difficulties we might have during the trip?
The Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour is considered one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to explore the Upper Mustang region. With the option of traveling in a comfortable jeep, this tour ensures a hassle-free experience for visitors. There are well-maintained roads, as well as some rough and rugged paths, that can provide you with a unique travel experience. The Upper Mustang region, although breathtakingly beautiful, is situated in a remote and isolated area. As a result, it lacks modern facilities and services, with limited access to basic amenities. The Upper Mustang region is considered a restricted area that requires special permits and paperwork. One major challenge you may face during the tour is high altitude sickness. The Upper Mustang region is located close to the Tibetan Plateau, often referred to as "the roof of the world," with an average elevation of 3,000m. Altitude sickness is a highly unpredictable condition that can affect individuals regardless of their physical and mental fitness.
People start to experience symptoms of high altitude sickness at an elevation of 2,500m. It is important to note that high altitude sickness can be quite serious and even deadly if not taken seriously. Despite the numerous challenges, a journey to Upper Mustang is truly worthwhile. This region stands out as one of the most extraordinary and stunning places in Nepal, showcasing a diverse geography and untamed natural beauty. Furthermore, the area is rich in a vibrant culture that has remained resilient for centuries. During your journey to Upper Mustang, you will be accompanied by a professional licensed trekking guide who will provide guidance and ensure your safety.
When is the best time to Visit Upper Mustang?
Upper Mustang is a destination that can be visited at any time of the year. However, there are three specific seasons that are considered ideal for embarking on the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep tour. Spring, which spans from April to May, Monsoon, occurring from June to September, and Autumn, also known as the peak time, from October to November, are considered the most favorable periods to visit Upper Mustang throughout the year.
During the spring season, from April to May, the weather is pleasant, characterized by sunny days and chilly mornings and evenings. The skies are mostly clear, granting you an amazing view of the surrounding area along with the high mountain chains. During this time, you might as well take the opportunity to witness the local festivals that occur at the end of May, according to the local calendar known as "Tiji," which translates to "Pray for World Peace." Tiji is celebrated in Lo Manthang by Tibetan Buddhist monks, and it is a vibrant and colorful festival.
The monsoon season, which begins in June and lasts until September, is another incredible time of the year to visit. During this time of the year, you will have the opportunity to witness patches of greenery amidst the forested mountains, which adds a beautiful touch of color to the otherwise cold and barren landscape. You will also have the opportunity to witness the agricultural field adorned with amazing flower beds of buckwheat, showcasing vibrant shades of bright pink and white. During the monsoon season, the roads become more uneven and rough compared to other seasons, which can make driving a bit challenging.
The last season is autumn, which is widely regarded as the peak and ideal time of year for traveling and touring in Nepal. Autumn typically spans from October to November, during which many people choose to travel due to the pleasant weather characterized by clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures. These are also the festival seasons when you will get to see Yartung, which occurs in late summer or early autumn, marking the end of the monsoon season.During this time, you will get an unobstructed view of the mountains and the surrounding environment.
Kathmandu Arrival, Welcome to Nepal!
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you in typical Nepali style at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will meet at the hotel for a coffee talk and brief you on the details of your upcoming program.
Extra activities that you can participate in Kathmandu during your stay, let us know your preference in advance so you can schedule the program accordingly and book as needed.
Everest Mountain Flight (It is a 1-hour flight (scheduled at 6:30 AM) with a breathtaking view of the mountain range.) (USD 250 PP)
Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu. (USD 400 PP)
Everest Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu with Kala Patthar Landing. (USD 1200 PP)
Kathmandu Sightseeing. (Full-day)
At. 09:00 AM: After your breakfast, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu in a full-day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of three ancient formal Royal palaces of Nepal. You can see some of the most influential structures with intricate art designs engraved in them. After Kathmandu Durbar Square, visit Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple located on top of a hill. One must climb hundreds of stairs to reach the top of the hill which can be physically challenging but rewarding. Next is Pashupatinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu temples in Nepal.
Boudhanath Stupa is last, but not least. After seeing the sights, you can go shopping for your onward trip and get the gear you need in Thamel. In the evening, one of our knowledgeable office reps will give a talk about the trip. You can ask our agent anything you want to know or if you have any questions. When you're done seeing the sights, you'll be taken back to your hotel.
Drive to Bandipur. [1,030m/3,379 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Start your trip to Bandipur, which is about 150 kilometers away and has beautiful scenery. The trip by car is expected to take about 6 hours. You can do exciting things like white water river rafting in the Trishuli River while you're on your trip. In Nepal, whitewater river rafting is a famous way to have an adventure. As you go through the strong currents of the river, it gives you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You can also go to the Manakamana Temple, which is the most well-known Hindu temple and sees a lot of people. Since the temple is on a hill station, you can take a cable car to get there. From this spot, you can see a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and the mountains.
Arrive at the Newari village of Bandipur during the day. Check in at the hotel, which is right in the middle of the ancient village. Bandipur is on a beautiful hill surrounded by other beautiful hills that are great for hikes and have amazing views of sunsets, valleys, and the mighty Himalayas. You can walk to the lookout, which will take you about 45 minutes. The trail is mostly made up of slightly steep parts with well-kept slopes in between. After seeing the sun go down In the evening, you can hike down to meet the people and learn more about the village's long and interesting past. Spending the night in a classic hotel with a nostalgic feel is a great way to feel the charm of the past.
Note: You can leave any extra luggage you won't need on your trip at the hotel in Kathmandu. This will make your trip go more smoothly and give you less trouble. When your tour is over, you can go get your things before leaving Kathmandu. Don't worry, your things will be safe until you come back.
Bandipur to Tatopani. (Natural Hot Spring) [1,190m/3,905 ft]
At. 06:00 AM: You can visit the nearest hilltop for the sunrise view for that you will have to hike for about half an hour. After exploring the amazing landscapes of Bandipur, you will drive towards Tatopani. The journey today is brief and takes place on a less crowded road.
As you approach Pokhara, the unique Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and the Annapurna peaks start to become visible. You will stop for a quick lunch break when you get to Pokhara before continuing to Tatopani. Up to Beni, which is about a three-hour ride from Pokhara, the route is nice and paved. From here on, the path is arduous and dusty. However, the bumpy road is adventurous with amazing views of mountains, waterfalls, and landscapes. Before you reach Tatopani's natural hot spring, you will ride around mountain ridges and pass enormous waterfalls. It takes about 6-7 hours of continuous drive from Bandipur to reach Tatopani covering around 180 KM.
Once you arrive at Tatopani, you will find limited accommodation options due to its remote location in Nepal. Starting today, you will have the opportunity to stay in comfortable local lodges that provide basic amenities, including cozy beds, delicious local cuisine, and clean washrooms.
Tatopani (Hot Spring) to Kagbeni. [2,850m/9,350 ft]
At. 09:00 AM: From Tatopani, you will be driving towards Kagbeni village in the Mustang district. The beautiful waterfalls, mountain beauty, and greenery in the surrounding area are a wonderful part of the day. You can also explore the village area in the nearby settlement. After departing from Tatopani, you will move toward the Kali-Gandaki Valley (the deepest gorge in the world). Drive through the towns of Ghasa and Tukuche and into Marpha. The apple trees and the wines made from them in Marpha are quite popular and make an incredible try if you want to. The total distance from Tatopani to Kagbeni is approximately 61 km, and the estimated travel time is between 3 to 5 hours, depending on the condition of the off-road route and traffic.
The trip keeps going toward Jomsom, which is a big town in the Mustang area. After getting to Jomsom, the bare mountains slowly start to show up in the distance. About an hour after that, you reached Kagbeni. It is a small town surrounded by big, empty hills.
(Optional Thing) You can extend your drive a little bit further and reach Muktinath, where you can find better options for accommodations in the area. The natural disaster has devastated the area, wiping out half of the village. The distance between Tatopani and Muktinath is approximately 72 kilometers. Muktinath is a stunning location that boasts one of the most highly regarded Hindu temples in the region, making it a must-visit destination.
Kagbeni to Lo Manthang. [3,840m/12,600 ft]
At. 09:00 AM: You will start the journey from Kagbeni to Lo Manthang after breakfast at your lodge. The village of Lo Manthang is your last stop in Upper Mustang, where you will make your last ascent before returning downward. Lo Manthang is about 81 kilometers away from Kagbeni, you may drive for about four to six hours. On this journey, you will see villages, old monasteries, natural and man-made sky caves, Chortens, and royal houses. The best parts to see are the beautiful empty scenery and amazing mountain views.
Note: Traveling to high elevations can trigger altitude sickness, as symptoms typically start to appear at elevations above 2,500m. When you reach an elevation of over 3,000m, it is common for people to experience these symptoms. To prevent altitude sickness, it is highly recommended to drink plenty of water and consume high-carbohydrate foods. These measures can help reduce the potential risks associated with High altitude sickness.
As you arrive at Lo Manthang, you will find yourself enveloped by the towering, frigid hills, with stunning snow-capped mountains rising majestically above them. The village is home to vintage buildings that showcase old traditional houses. You can catch a glimpse of these houses as you pass through the village. Today, it is recommended that you take some time to relax and get into the lodge. Tomorrow, you can begin your exploration activities. Local lodges and homestays of Lo Manthang offer exceptional service and accommodation facilities. If you wish to enhance your stay, you have the option to choose additional amenities, which may come at an extra cost.
Lo Manthang Exploration. [3,840m/12,599 ft]
At. 09:00 AM: Have breakfast at the lodge before starting your tour. Today you will spend your entire day exploring the forbidden kingdom of Nepal - Lo Manthang. There are numerous things to see, experience, and simply admire here. Leave your bags at the lodge as you will return to the same hotel after exploration.
The ancient walled city of Lo Manthang is nestled in the mountains of Nepal, secluded from urban areas and existing in its own isolated world. The topography of this region in Nepal is significantly distinct from other areas, characterized by a trans-Himalayan landscape that is cold and dry. The region is located near the Tibet border, allowing you to experience Tibetan culture and tradition. The architecture in the area is also heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Tall white washed mud brick walls, mysterious caves, Gompa (Monastery), and the ancient Royal Palace built 600 years ago are some of the attractions of this place. The Tibetan Buddhist Gompas such as Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, also known as ‘’God House’’ were built in the early 15th century making them extremely important for the locals. Visit the monasteries, get along with the locals, and soak in the untamed nature. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary information. You can also visit the seasonal agricultural fields to see the crops along with the village to get an insight into the place’s culture, tradition, and native people’s lifestyle. After exploration, return to the lodge.
Lo Manthang to Marpha. [2,650m/ 8,694 ft]
At. 08:30 AM: Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the picturesque village of Marpha in the Mustang region. Marpha is renowned as the apple capital of Nepal. After breakfast, the rough and rugged off-road journey starts. You will start your drive from Lo Manthang and continue your drive down the Kali Gandaki River while taking in the breathtaking views of the canyon's mind-blowing landscapes. Following the banks of the Kaligandaki River, the drive will take you to the incredible Marpha village. The distance between Lo Manthang and Marpha is approximately 98 km. It typically takes around 5-6 hours to drive this route due to the road conditions, which are off the beaten path and rugged.
When you reach Marpha, you will notice various patches of greenery, primarily consisting of agricultural fields and orchards filled with apple, pear, and apricot trees. Marpha is renowned for its production of local brandy and liquor, offering visitors the opportunity to sample and experience the distinct flavors of the region. When you arrive at the local lodge, you can check in and safely store your luggage. Once settled, you have the opportunity to explore the village and indulge in the delicious local fruits available. Overnight at a local lodge.
Marpha to Pokhara. [822m/2,696 ft]
At. 09:00 AM: In the morning, you have the opportunity to explore the village and observe the daily lifestyle of the locals. Taking a morning walk allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture and you may even find some unique souvenirs to collect if you're interested.
After breakfast, you will return to Pokhara by the drive to wrap up the journey. The distance from Marpha to Pokhara is approximately 150 kilometers, and it typically takes around 5-6 hours to travel this route. During the journey, you can enjoy a scenic road trip as the trail is mostly well-paved and peaceful, although there may be some bumps and off-road sections along the way. You will be taking the same route back from Marpha, leaving the stunning mountains behind while carrying special memories. Passing through Tatopani and Beni, you will return to the Pokhara Valley. When you arrive in Pokhara, it is recommended to check in at a hotel located near Lakeside. You can expect to stay at a hotel that is rated at least 3 stars and offers excellent service. Also, the hotel will be easily accessible close to the market area.
The lakeside area in Pokhara is a great place to have dinner and experience the vibrant nightlife that the city has to offer. In the area, there are various establishments that offer live music bars, upscale restaurants, and other lively venues where you can enjoy your evening.
Pokhara Sightseeing. [820m/2,690 ft]
At. 10:00 AM: Today is your leisure day in Pokhara, where you can enjoy some sightseeing activities for half of the day. Feel free to take your time and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, you can take a relaxing stroll around the property to refresh yourself. Afterward, your transportation will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the historical monuments. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore the Gupteshwar Mahadev cave, Davis Falls, Fewa Lake, and World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara. You will have a chance to briefly experience these attractions and also enjoy some leisure time in the city.
After you have completed your sightseeing, you will be transported back to the hotel where you can enjoy the remaining time at your leisure. Enjoy a delightful dinner at nearby local restaurants that offer a serene ambiance in close proximity to your hotel.
Optional Activities in Nepal (Price Subject to Change):
Paragliding in Pokhara. (USD 100 PP)
Ultra-light flight in Pokhara. (USD 150 PP, 15 Minutes)
Zip-flying in Pokhara. (USD 70 PP)
Bungee jumped in Kushma. (World’s 2nd highest, 228M) (USD 120 PP)
Fly to Kathmandu, Leisure Day. [1,400m/4,593 ft]
(Optional Activity) You can visit Sarangkot early in the morning to witness a truly awe-inspiring sunrise view. Sarangkot is situated at the top of a hill near Pokhara, offering a celestial sunrise and sunset experience, as well as a panoramic view of the valley. During your visit, we will provide transportation services. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to a viewpoint where you can witness a beautiful sunrise. Afterward, we will drive you back to the hotel in time for breakfast.
At. 11:00 AM: Late check-out from the Pokhara Hotel and enjoy your breakfast before heading to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. (Flight duration: 25 min) Upon reaching Kathmandu one of the official representatives will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your respective hotel. Check in at the hotel and enjoy your leisure time as you want.
You can spend your time shopping for souvenirs, exploring the rustic beauty of the ancient city, or treating yourself to a relaxing spa in Thamel after a week-long trek. In the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali Dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell (If you want to visit other places, you can arrange it for yourself with extra add-ons)
Note: Please collect any extra baggage you may have left behind before the trek.
Have a safe home return! After enjoying breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you will have some leisure time. Our office representative will accompany you to the Kathmandu airport, ensuring that you arrive 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure. We hope you had a great time on the trip with us!
The information about the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.
Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation in case of trekking. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended.
If you face any serious medical emergency during your jeep tour/trip you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which the traveler’s insurance company will cover. While trekking to the highlands of Nepal you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc. For such a situation, your guide carries a well-equipped first aid kit, ensuring nothing happens to you.
During the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 3,000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of getting altitude sickness also slightly increase. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Walking slowly and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.
Packing List Suggestions:
Having a good backpack and necessary gear makes trekking easier. It becomes more important if you are trekking at higher elevations. If you are wondering about what to pack for trekking to the Annapurna region, then you can check our complete guide on the Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist. While making a backpack, it is important to include clothing, essential items, and a first aid kit. In difficult times, a good backpack can be life-saving.
Do’s and Don’t:
Select the ideal time to travel.
Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization.
Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.
Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)
Carry all the necessary paperwork (ACAP, Restricted area permit, and TIM card).
Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.
Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.
Ask for permission before taking pictures and videos of the locals.
Respect the culture and people of the area.
Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.
Don’t litter, put trash in its place.
Why with Altitude Himalaya:
Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our standard service that includes a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Upper Mustang famous for?
Upper Mustang is a region that boasts a variety of captivating attractions. From the untouched communities to the ancient monasteries, visitors are treated to a unique experience. The natural and man-made sky caves, Chortens, and the royal palace further add to the allure of this remarkable destination. The stunning arid landscapes and rich Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions attract travelers, offering them an unforgettable experience.
Why is Mustang called the Forbidden Kingdom?
During earlier years, the walled city of Mustang played a crucial role in overseeing and managing trade activities between the Himalayas and India. The upper Mustang region is commonly known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom due to its historical inaccessibility and restrictions on tourism. It was only in 1991 that the Nepalese government lifted the travel ban, allowing tourists to visit all areas of the country, including Mustang. Foreigners are still required to obtain a restricted area permit to travel in this area.
Why is Upper Mustang restricted?
Due to strategic concerns arising from the Tibet War, the government decided to designate it as a restricted area. However, it continues for a different reason. The upper Mustang region is restricted to protect the local culture from dilution and as a conservation effort. Foreigners must obtain a restricted area permit to enter the area and are required to adhere to the protocols established by the liaison.
Which 4WD Jeep will be used during the tour?
For the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, we typically utilize a 4WD Mahindra Scorpio Jeep. The Jeep will be available for private use, making it convenient for traveling to this part of the Mustang. Furthermore, this particular trip stands out from others due to its inclusion of a 4WD drive that offers the highest level of comfort. This allows you to fully experience and engage in a diverse range of activities in Upper Mustang.
What kind of foods will be served as per the meal inclusion?
In urban cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will find a wide range of breakfast options available to choose from. During the trip, you will have the opportunity to experience the local cuisine, particularly Thakali food, in the higher elevations. However, it's important to note that breakfast options may be limited. There are various Nepalese food options available, including eggs, fresh seasonal vegetables, salads, apple pies, pancakes, Dalbhat, bread, soups, and meat (subject to availability). In developed areas, you can explore the A-la-carte menu and enjoy a diverse range of food choices.
When is the best time to visit the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour?
The most ideal time of year to visit Upper Mustang Nepal is in the summer, autumn and spring. The greatest time to visit Mustang Nepal is when the weather is excellent, the terrain is beautiful, and the mountain vistas are breathtaking. Nepal is one of the most picturesque countries in the world because of its topography and range in altitude from tropical to frigid regions. During the summer, spring and autumn time, the weather is quite good. So, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful scenery of the Mustang region.
Can we customize the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Tour?
Yes, the tour is fully customizable. Actually, we encourage customization of tours as it will be more efficient and guests friendly as we’ll be able to plan what the traveller needs. So, customization is an excellent option we provide on all our trips. After corresponding with our informed correspondent, you will be able to customize the plan. If you have any preferences, you can inform our travel consultant at that time and he/she shall arrange the best plan possible.
Is there any minimum number of people required for this trip?
Yes, we require a minimum of 4 travellers in order to organize a trip to the Upper Mustang. Since it is a 4WD jeep trip, it can easily accommodate 4 travellers and it will be convenient in terms of cost efficiency and time as well.
What will be the cost if there are only two people?
If you want to travel with two people only, then it's also a wonderful option. However, the cost of two people on this trip is about USD 2700 Per Person.
What documents are required to obtain the restricted area permit?
For both the Restricted Area Permit and ACAP permits, you need a copy of your passport, a visa for Nepal, information on your itinerary, two passport-sized pictures, and around 530 USD ($500 for RAP and $30 for ACAP). Never attempt to go unaccompanied or without a guide as it is a considerable offense and you won’t be allowed to enter the restricted area without having a licensed guide.
All airport transfers on arrival and departure.
Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned sightseeing and road transfer.
A 4WD vehicle, Mahindra Scorpio from Kathmandu to Upper Mustang. (Max. 4 pax in one.)
All accommodations at the mentioned hotels and resorts/available best local lodges at respective places.
Daily breakfast at the hotel/local lodges from the next day of your arrival.
Lunch and Dinner at mentioned places in the itinerary.
All necessary paperwork. (ACAP, Restricted Area Permit, and TIMS Card)
An English-speaking, experienced, licensed, and professional guide throughout the trip.
Guide’s salary, food, and accommodation.
Well-equipped medical kit with necessary medication. (carried by the guide)
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.
All mentioned sightseeing entrance fees and permits.
One local SIM card (returnable, if required) during your stay.
All government and local taxes.
A farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara. (Approximately 50 USD per person)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 30 USD for a 15-day Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)
International flight ticket.
Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Recommended)
Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
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