Upper Mustang Overland Tour

Duration: 13 Days   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Jeep
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel And Guest House
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Elevation: 4,650 m

Upper Mustang Overland Tour is an isolated tour in Nepal Himalaya and popular for ultimate tourist activities becoming popular among the tourist things to do in Nepal. Upper Mustang known as Lo Manthang is the most preserved Kingdom between Dhaulagiri I (8156 m) and Annapurna I (8091 M). Upper Mustang is like a barren land and a rain shadow area of Nepal in the Annapurna region.

The Upper Mustang overland tour follows the Kaligandaki gorge (the deepest gorge in the world) to Kagbeni by jeep. Along the way we pass Tatopani-Natural Hot spring, Marpha Village "The apple garden" Kagbeni-the religious pilgrimage and enter into the Lo-Manthang. The Lomanthang is a windy valley that blows from the south toward the Tibetan border. The majorities of the people believe in Tibetan Buddhism and speak the semi-Tibetan language and practice the same culture as Tibetan. Life in Mustang revolves around tourism, animal husbandry, and trade. Kagbeni is the starting and ending point of the Upper Mustang restricted area. Upper Mustang is also a part of the Annapurna Circuit area situated in the northern part of Jomsom towards the Tibetan border.

Road Trip to Upper Mustang

The road trip to Upper Mustang is safe and well-paved in most places. It is just 60 km from Kagbeni to Lo-Mangthang. Along the way, you may experience the manmade sky cave, Monastery, Chortens, and Mani wall. Sometimes you can make a side trip by walking for the best viewpoint and Monastery. There is a local jeep service sometimes to Lo Manthang but it is overcrowded, risky, unsafe, and may not be available all the time. So it is recommended to have a private jeep for your safe and comfortable journey. While you are taking a private jeep tour, you have an opportunity to visit all the recommended places of the Upper Mustang.

The Upper Mustang overland tour starts from Kathmandu with a private jeep drive to Pokhara and up to Lo-Manthang. After a deep study of our expertise, we kindly suggest and proposed you take a jeep drive from Kathmandu throughout the trips and avoid the flight disturbance from Jomsom to Pokhara and vice versa. The road distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200 KM, Pokhara to Jomsom is 155 km and Jomsom to Lomanthang is 60 km. It is a pleasant drive with beautiful scenery of the Mountain range with diverse landscapes. You will be driving very less distance every day, but you will be spending more time exploring the villages in each place. Please see the below day-to-day tour itinerary and feel free to write us back with any requirements you may have.

Recommended side trips while in upper Mustang

Monastry Details of Upper Mustang that you will visit while on the trip.

1. Chungsi Cave Monastery Near Syanmochen/Samar

  • The sector of Buddhism: Ningmapa
  • Major Statues/Images: Tara Devi, Statue of Guru Rinpochhe, Jhoao Chasapani
  • Remark: "Chhevum Bhumba"(Stone and soil structure increasing itself)

2. Tashi Chyoling Gompa,Ghiling

  • The sector of Buddhism: Ngorpa sub-Sect of Sakyapa sect
  • Established Date/Old: 571 years old
  • Major Monastic rituals: Molam, Mandala Puja, Ketor Puja, Dhukpa Chesi, Kangso Chyachchha, Kangso Puja ets
  • Major Statues/Images: Sakyamuni, Jhampa, NgorChen, Padma Samabhawa, Chhepame, Dalai Lama, Lhobo Khenjen (Ghhenchen)
  • Major Religious books: Ghetongma, Kangyur, Ketatangi, Tangka, Sakya Kabub and Lhamed among them some are in gold script
  • Remark: Founded by "Lhobo Ghenchen Lama"

3. Lo Geme Shad Drup Darkeling Gompa, Ghami

  • The sector of Buddhism: Sakyapa sect
  • Established Date/Old: 1414 AD (590 years old)
  • Major Monastic rituals: Heverja, Khyuri Dhunmje, Mela
  • Major Statues/Images: Buddha Pravamandal 2'6" high, Bajra Satwa 2'3" high, Buddha Statue 2'9"high, Ngor Chhen Kunga Sangpo, Sakyamuni, Dorjesemba, Midhukpa
  • Major Religious books: Sakya Kabum-03, Ghetangma-03, Lhamde-10, Kengyur-103, Tengyur-215
  • Remark: Founded by Sonama Lodo

4. Jhampa Gompa, Lomanthang

  • The sector of Buddhism: Sakya sect
  • Established Date/Old: 1387 AD
  • Major Monastic rituals: Molam Chhyang, Ngyugne
  • Major Statues/Images: Jhamapa Chhempo, Rhikpa Jampa, Dharma Birwa, Lhamu Hoser Chenge Singham
  • Remark: Gompa houses tp Gold painted tantric Mandalas

5. Thupchen Gompa, Lomanthang

  • The sector of Buddhism: Sakyapa sect
  • Established Date/Old: 15th century
  • Major Statues/Images: Thupchen, Nmgyal Chhorten, Chen Tejik, Jampalyang Gurun Rinpochhe, Dhristrarastra, Baishnawan, Birudhak Birupaksya
  • Remark: The Hude wooden beams in Dukhang carry Buddhist mantra inside the Gompa

6. Chhyode Gompa, Lomanthang

  • The sector of Buddhism: Sakyapa sect
  • Established Date/Old: 1757 AD
  • Major Monastic rituals: Tenchi, Saka Dhawa, Lolam, Bayang Yaarne, Lhabap, Duchhen
  • Major Statues/Images: Dorje Sonnu, Dorje Dhhang, Sange Thukpa
  • Remark: Thompa houses of beautiful Thanka and Images

7. Chhujung Gompa, near to Lomanthang

  • The sector of Buddhism: Sakyapa sect

8. Garghu Dhejing Chhyoling Gompa, Garphu, Chhoser

  • The sector of Buddhism: Ningmapa sect of Sakyapa
  • Established Date/Old: 500 years old
  • Major Monastic rituals: Chyuchi Ngyugne, Mahakala Puj, Hyum, Kengyur, Tengyur, Ghyutor, Chhempo
  • Major Statues/Images: Guru Rinpochhe, Dhorje Chhyang, Chhewang Lhindu, Siiji Shhyamjo
  • Major Religious books: Rinjin Dhorje, Kathang Dherng, Kathang Sanlingma
  • Remark: Footprint of Guru Rinpochhe on stone

9. Nyiphuk Namdol Norbuling Gompa, Nyiphuk, Choser

  • The sector of Buddhism: Ngorpa sub-Sector of Sakyapa
  • Established Date/Old: 600 years old
  • Major Monastic rituals: Saka Dhawa, Ketor Dhinchhu, Dhukpa Chhesi, Mahakala Puja
  • Major Statues/Images: Dhorje Chhyang, Sakyamuni, and Lo Khenchen Sonam Lindup
  • Major Religious books: Ghetongba, Todsum, Dhomang, Khaj yuk Vembu, Lo Khejen Sonam Lhindup

Highlights

  • Upper Mustang is one of the most preserved regions of Nepal
  • Touring in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege in the Annapurna region with the most scenic drive
  • Explore the city of wall-Lo Manthang
  • Experience the Bone and Khampas culture in Upper Mustang
  • Upper Mustang is a rain-showed area of the Annapurna region.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Kathmandu (1,350 m) Arrivals and transfer to Hotel

On your upon arrival, you will be collected from the airport by our company representative who will escort you to your hotel. Rest of the time is free and leisure

  • No Meals
  • Hotel
  • 1,350 m

This is a leisure day in Kathmandu. Prepare for a permit and check for the trekking gear.

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Hotel

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will start your overland trip to Pokhara by private vehicle. It goes through Prithivi Highway to the beautiful lake city Pokhara enjoying the scenery of villages in the lush hillside landscape along the way. Arrive and check in to the Hotel and walk around beautiful Fewa-Lake and enjoy the evening lives of Tourist hub Lake-Side Pokhara.

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 810 m

Today we explore the major attraction of beautiful Lake-City Pokhara including World Peace Pagoda, Devi's fall, Mahadev Cave, Seti Gorge, and International Mountaineering Museum. Then drive to Tatopani (Hot-Spring) exploring Beni and Galeshor temple on the way.

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 1,200 m

Drive to Kagbeni from Tatopani after breakfast and explore Marpha-Apple Garden and Jomsom on the way. It is adventurous mountain road driving with delightful scenery with amazing landscapes along with the world's deepest Gorge "Kaligandaki Gorge."

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 2,800 m

We start our real adventurous tour today. Our drive today involves Chhusang, Chele, and Samar Village. Take our Lunch and walk around Samar, visit Chhuyer Chorten, explore Samar Gompa, and enjoy the view of Annapurna and Nilgiri. After having lunch, we drive to Sangbochen via Vana or walk 8km via Ramchung Cave (Chungsi Cave Monastery) enjoying great views of Tilicho peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. Next, we drive to Yamada La pass at 3,850m with Chorten and down the beautiful valley of Ghiling with its surrounding field of barley, wheat, buckwheat, potato, and Tashi Chyoling Gompa. Overnight at Guest House

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,600 m

Today we start our tour with a drive to Ghami with its beautiful fields surrounding the entire village where we explore the old Winter Palace of Lo-Kingdom and Shad Drup Darkeling Gompa related to Sakyapa sect of Buddhism founded by Sonama Lodo in 1414 AD. Then again we drive and cross a bridge over the Ghami Khola and hike an hour to explore Dhakmar another beautiful village with the striking sight of red cliffs glowing brightly in the sun. Then we further drive to Charang Village, Mustang’s second-largest town, with a monastery built by Bsum Grub Dorje in the 16th century AD and around 1000 inhabitants.

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,550 m

Today we walk to Gyakar village (3,950m) which houses a century-old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. Ancient Ghar Gumba was built in the 8th century by a Tibetan magician Guru Padmasambhava related to the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue trek to Lo-Mangthang or back to Charang and drive to Lomanthang.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,850 m

Lo Manthang is a walled town in the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. Then, we drive to Kora la (4,660m) take pictures, and drive back to Chooser to visit caves and monasteries and back to Lomanthang.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House

We drive back to Jomsom through the same tour, Enjoy the beautiful views at Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri en route.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 2,700 m

We take an early morning 20 minutes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and take another connected half-hour flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You will be collected from the Kathmandu airport by our company representative who will escort you to your hotel. We arrive back in Kathmandu by mid-afternoon when you have time for some shopping or to just relax in your hotel.

  • fare well
  • Hotel
  • 1,350 m

Your journey ends today once we escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Breakfast
  • No hotel

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • All transportation Kathmandu – Lomanthang – Jomsom by luxurious jeep
  • Three-night accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing including breakfast
  • One night hotel in Pokhara on a (B/B basis)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)  whilst the Mountain
  • Clean and comfortable eight night accommodation at teahouses during the Mustang tour period
  • Government-approved Professional English speaking guide throughout the trip
  • All necessary paperwork, company services charge and local taxes
  • Annapurna conservation entry permit
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Drink including - water, cold drinks, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal necessary equipment
  • Gratuities for guide and driver

Price & Dates

Trip Dates Availability Price  
06 Oct, 2022 - 18 Oct, 2022 Guaranteed 2100 USD
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Useful Info

Nepal Visa grants on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Please take 2 passport size photographs. 6-month valid passport from the date of arrival in Nepal.

Once the Trip is confirmed by paying a 10% deposit, The deposit is non-refundable but you may postpone the trip without paying an additional fee.

Once the trip is started, there is no cancellation.

This trip is suitable for those who are keen to know about Buddhism and Tibetan culture and tradition. 

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