Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Trip Facts

  • Duration 6 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate
  • Max. Altitude
  • Start and End Pokhara - Pokhara
  • Best Time
  • Accommodation Teahouse

The Upper Mustang jeep ride provides an alternative way to explore the remote region of Mustang while enjoying the convenience of a four-wheel drive vehicle. Here are some key points about the Upper Mustang jeep ride:

  1. Accessibility: The jeep ride allows you to reach Upper Mustang more quickly and with less physical exertion compared to trekking. It is particularly suitable for those who may have time constraints or prefer not to engage in a long trekking journey.
  2. Scenic Drive: The jeep ride from Jomsom to Upper Mustang offers stunning landscapes along the way. You’ll drive through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, surrounded by towering peaks such as Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. The rugged and arid terrain, colorful cliffs, and unique rock formations add to the scenic beauty of the journey.
  3. Cultural Exploration: While you may miss out on the up-close village interactions that trekking provides, the jeep ride still offers the opportunity to explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang and other significant monasteries in Upper Mustang. You’ll have time to immerse yourself in the distinct Tibetan-influenced culture, visit local temples, and interact with the friendly locals.
  4. Comfort and Convenience: Jeep rides to Upper Mustang provide a comfortable and relatively smoother journey compared to trekking. You’ll travel in a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle, which is better equipped to handle the rough roads and challenging terrains of the region. You’ll have a driver who will navigate the mountainous roads, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic views.
  5. Flexibility: Jeep rides offer flexibility in terms of itinerary and schedule. You can customize your journey according to your preferences and interests. Whether you want to spend more time exploring specific sites, taking photographs, or simply enjoying the landscape, the jeep ride allows for more flexibility compared to a fixed trekking itinerary.

It’s important to note that a special permit is still required to enter Upper Mustang, regardless of whether you choose to trek or opt for a jeep ride. The permits can be obtained through a licensed trekking agency. Additionally, road conditions in Upper Mustang can vary, especially during the monsoon season, so it’s advisable to plan your trip during the dry seasons (spring and autumn) for a more comfortable and reliable journey.

The Upper Mustang jeep ride offers a different perspective and experience of the region, combining convenience, comfort, and the chance to explore the unique cultural heritage of Mustang.

What's included

  • 4WD Jeep Pokhara to Lo-Mangthang to Pokhara 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 with attach bathroom.
  • 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.

What's not included

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Pokhara to Kagbeni

    • Start your Upper Mustang jeep ride from Pokhara.
    • Drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni, the gateway to the Upper Mustang region.
    • Enjoy the scenic drive through the Kali Gandaki Gorge and picturesque landscapes.
    • Overnight stay in Kagbeni.
  • Day 2: Kagbeni to Lo Manthang

    • Continue your jeep ride from Kagbeni to Lo Manthang.
    • Drive through the rugged landscapes and barren terrains of Upper Mustang.
    • Arrive in Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city and the capital of Upper Mustang.
    • Explore the city and visit the King's Palace and monasteries.
    • Overnight stay in Lo Manthang.
  • Day 3: Lo Manthang Exploration

    • Spend the day exploring the highlights of Lo Manthang.
    • Visit the monasteries of Jampa and Thubchen, and other significant landmarks.
    • Immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan-influenced culture and interact with the locals.
    • Overnight stay in Lo Manthang.
  • Day 4: Lo Manthang to Charang

    • Drive from Lo Manthang to Charang.
    • Explore the village of Charang and visit the historical Charang Monastery.
    • Enjoy the scenic drive and stop for photo opportunities along the route.
    • Overnight stay in Charang.
  • Day 5: Charang to Kagbeni

    • Continue your jeep ride from Charang to Kagbeni.
    • Drive through beautiful canyons and unique landscapes.
    • Explore the surroundings of Kagbeni and visit the red cliffs of Dhakmar.
    • Overnight stay in Kagbeni.
  • Day 6: Kagbeni to Pokhara

    • Drive from Kagbeni back to Pokhara.
    • Enjoy the scenic drive and make stops at interesting sites and viewpoints.
    • Arrive in Pokhara and spend the rest of the day exploring the city or relaxing by the lakeside.
    • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

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