Upper Mustang driving tour is a tour design for those peoples who do not have enough time to explore Upper Mustang by walking for long days. Short day driving tour will have enough time to explore little Tibet Upper Mustang. Driving with a four-wheel jeep is an adventure guided tour to the most stunning valleys of Upper mustang with spectacular mountain views and ethnic cultures.
Upper Mustang, the rain shadow area of Nepal Himalayas is best to visit from March till October. The route is more famous for trekking but now, it has to build a rough route in the area and a driving tour is also suitable and four-wheel jeeps are only one option. Nepal Highland Trek provides a comfortable jeep with helpful and friendly guide in your tour. Your tour starts from Kathmandu and drives with same jeep or flies to Pokhara, Natural city of Nepal. Place of chilled out with beautiful lakes and clear view of the panoramic Annapurna mountain range. Next day drive start and reach at lower Mustang area for overnight. Numerous local villages provide tourist standard accommodations and foods on the way in your driving tour. Another one day driving and staying again in lower mustang region where you can see less vegetation, Tibet influence settlement and panoramic mountain ranges.
Third day of your tour after starting from Pokhara, cross-checking point of the restricted area and reach Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang Jeep Tour cross scenic Barley and Buckwheat filed, apple orchard, Chortern and typical houses are picturesque sights. Driving crosses Chele village (3050m) and Syangboche (3800m), which are big villages in Upper Mustang area. You also got to cross Nya La pass of 4010 miter. You will feel less oxygen and minor difficulties in breathing. The area all around is less vegetation and heavy windy during the day. Reach at Ghami (3490m) and taking rest is more helpful to acclimatize your body in high altitude.
Our ultimate destination is Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang reach within one single day of driving from Ghami. Lo-Manthang is a walled city connecting with Tibet border. The village is noted for its tall white-washed mud-brick wall, century’s oldest monasteries, king palace, caves and off course panoramic Mountain views. One day full exploration in Lo-Manthang covers major visiting places. You also have the option to stay another day and visit another part of Lo-Mangthang. The special cultural activities from local peoples can be seen at the time of the local festival. The biggest festival in the Upper Mustang area is the Tiji festival and is held in Lo-Manthang.
For the Upper Mustang driving tour, we need at least two peoples. Need special restricted area permit to obtain from the department of immigration of Nepal. Cost only for that permit is USD 500 per person for any foreigner. The restricted area starts after Kagbeni village. The only government fully license trekking agencies are allowed to obtain permits. Nepal Highland Treks is fully government licensed and you will enjoy and explore Upper Mustang driving tour with our dedicated guide and driver team.
Upper Mustang driving tour during Tiji festival
Tiji is the biggest Buddhist festival organize in Lomanthang. The main days of the festival run for three days. The festival is about a ritual performed by Buddhist Lama (monks). Heads of Lama from different monasteries gather there to perform this ritual festival. The main aim of the festival is the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. This is an annual festival that happens every year around mid-May and lasts for 3 days. The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. Management of this festival provides a comfortable stay with entrance fees for tourists who wants to observe this festival from nearby. Nepal Highland treks organize driving, trekking, or a motorbiking trip to Upper Mustang to explore the Tiji festival.
Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu (1340m) Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (840m). Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Jeep drive from Pokhara - Beni - Tatopani (2600m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 05:Jeep drives Tatopani to Kagbeni 2900m. Overnight at local tea house
Day 06:Jeep drives Kagbeni to Ghami (3510m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 07:Jeep drives Ghami to Lo Manthang (3840m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 08:Explore Lo Manthang (3840m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 09:Drive back to Chhuksang (2980m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 10:Drive back to Kalopani (2530m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 11:Drive back to Pokhara (840m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 12:Fly or drive back to Kathmandu (1340m). Overnight at local tea house
Jeep tour to Upper Mustang itinerary can customize as per clients interest. If you are single pax and want to make Driving tour to Upper Mustang, we may give you opportunity to join our group.
Day 1Arrive at Kathmandu (1340m) Overnight at Hotel Representative from Nepal Highland trek pick up you from international airport and transfer to Hotel. If time permits talk about your trip and collect your original passport for Upper Mustang special permit.
Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel Escort you with our guide and transportation to major 3 places of Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath stupa and Kathmandu durbar squire, which are all listed in UNESCO heritage sites. Back to hotel, final preparation of your trip from tomorrow.
Day 3Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (840m). Overnight at Hotel It takes 6 hours drive with your jeep to Pokhara. Another option is to take 25 minutes flight. Pokhara is natural city of Nepal. Beautiful lakes and laps of Annapurna range can be seen from your hotel. Evening walking around Pokhara Lake side.
Day 4Jeep drive from Pokhara - Beni - Tatopani (2600m). Overnight at local tea house Start driving after your breakfast in hotel. It is paved road till Beni. 100 kilometer and takes about 3 hours. Rough road begins after Beni. Driving road is bank of Kali Gandaki River and huge waterfalls. Reach at Tatopani. Tatopani have natural hot spring to take bath and spend evening at hot spring pond.
Day 5Jeep drives Tatopani to Kagbeni 2900m. Overnight at local tea house Rough road cross several cultural villages. Among them getting from jeep and short walking within Marpha village would be nice. After short driving from Marpha Jomsom village, where small and only one airport base of Upper Mustang. Cross Kaligandaki river abd reach at Kagbeni village. Walking and explore around.
Day 6Jeep drives Kagbeni to Ghami (3510m). Overnight at local tea house You also can explore typical village Kagbeni at morning time. Than our drive reach at Upper Mustang area after crossing permit checking point at the end of Kagbeni village. Almost of driving road is via bank of Kali Gandaki River, and typical settlement of local peoples. Pass 3800 miter altitude village and Nya La pass of 4010 miter. Reach at Ghami and overnight at local tea house.
Day 7Jeep drives Ghami to Lo Manthang (3840m). Overnight at local tea house Quite exited day today to reach ultimate destination of this tour, Lo-Manthang. We cross several Mani walls and big village called Charang. Panoramic Mountain View is always seen as different angel view. You will than view wall covered village from far. It is better to take rest once you reach at tea house, which help your body to acclimatize.
Day 8Explore Lo Manthang (3840m). Overnight at local tea house Today explore Namgyal gumpa which is situated at hilltop of valley and an important for the local peoples. Your tour continues to Tingkhar village. Tingkhar village is the last village and main village of Lo Manthang. If time permits visit another attraction of four stories of King Palace with panoramic Himalayan view surroundings.
Day 9Drive back to Chhuksang (2980m). Overnight at local tea houseStart driving back after memorial exploration around Lo-Manthang. The same view of plateau land and panoramic Himalayas during whole day. Reach at Chuksang and overnight at local tea house.
Day 10Drive back to Kalopani (2530m). Overnight at local tea houseWe leave upper Mustang region and enter lower part of Mustang. Mixed of Nepalese and Tibetan cultural villages are quite impressing to explore on the way, and still good view of Himalayas. Reach at Kalopani and overnight.
Day 11Drive back to Pokhara (840m). Overnight at local tea houseDrive back to city after long stay at remote area. You will reach Pokhara by lunch time. Transfer hotel and be fresh. Evening walk around Pokhara lake side is recommended. Transfer to Hotel
Day 12Fly or drive back to Kathmandu (1340m). Overnight at local tea houseYou have option either to take same jeep drive to Kathmandu or to take flight. Trasfer to Hotel and overnight
Day 13Departure Final departure to home, representative from Nepal Highland Treks drop you to international airport.
You can make your own date instead of joining in our fixed departure dates. We can provide you customise itinerary and plan for your private tour.
Accommodation in the trip
Our package is including 5 nights hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It is 3 star category hotels with breakfast and twin sharing. Accommodation in entire trekking is in local tea houses (Local guest house) on twin sharing. You will get rooms with inside toilet in Kagbeni and in Jomsom only. Rests of the overnights are room without toilet inside. All the tea houses are providing common toilets outside your room. Upper Mustang region have limit tea house accommodation, at the time of main season it may have over flow of trekkers. In that situation, you may share common room with other trekkers. But it is less chance
Foods in the trip
Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of restaurants to choose for your Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is including in the package that is provided by same hotel you are staying. During your trekking, same tea houses you are going to stay provide you breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on the way at suitable place. All the foods during trekking is including in the packages. Hotel and restaurants provide you international standard foods in entire Upper Mustang.
Guide and Jeep driver
Your guide and jeep driver to Upper Mustang are from Kathmandu. They are our regular staffs more responsible, friendly, and helpful English speaking. You will meet them in Kathmandu before starting your trip. All the staffs are fully equipped, insured and package including their foods, accommodation on the way.
Drinking water during in the trip
Drinking water is extra cost from package. During the trek it is available bottled mineral water, boiled water fill in your own bottle from every tea houses or can use even normal water from Tap. Bottled mineral water is available in every guest houses, shops in entire Upper Mustang. As you hike high altitude, cost of bottled mineral water and boil filtered water increase. Water from local taps can be also used as drinking water by purification with purification tablet and filter it yourself. Most of the trekkers are drinking bottled mineral water and boiled filtered water. Trekkers are using local tap water rarely. It is good to bring boxes of mineral water bottle from Pokhara. It is expensive in Upper Mustang region.
You do not need much equipment in this trip, since all the time you will be driving. Only warm clothes are need. Our itinerary has enough time to be prepared with your proper equipment in Kathmandu.
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and inner trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair warm wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal while staying inside guest house
1 pairs light trouser or half paint while you are in low land region
2 pairs of light t-shirt
Small bag pack
Duffel bag to keep your goods and put it inside jeep
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner * (* = Nepal Highland Treks provide in returnable based)
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Phone and charger
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel
First Aid Kit Medicines
In every trekking package, our guide will carry first aid kit box containing medicines of anti altitude, anti Diarrhea, pain relief, Antibiotic, anti cold, anti vomiting, anti headache, fever, bandages, handplast and anti septic lotion . If you are taking any regular medicine that is compulsory to bring yourself.
Some Dos and Dont’s during Upper Mustang Trip
Upper Mustang route is sensitive land which is one of the restricted areas. It is unspoiled and exotic land which is sensitive. Treat the land and local peoples with care and respect. Try your best to keep environment clean and show appreciation for culture and traditional religious beliefs.
Make Upper Mustang region litter free: Do not through any litter; put it in dustbin fixed by national park or in local tea houses. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped properly and through it right place. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal or reuse.
Respect local cultures, custom and peoples: Route of Upper Mustang is combination of different cultural ethnic group of local peoples. Their culture, customs, living style and any function is typical and it is important for them. So respect all these while you are there. You can involve respectfully in those function.
Take your guide with you in every hiking and climbing: our guide will be always with your while driving every days. Few days in the itinerary are as acclimatization day and hiking around for recovering stamina. Take your guide with you in all these activities. It is Himalaya and do not be more exited, take advice from guide to take any decision.
Do not through foods after order: Foods are all carried from Pokhara or from Kathmandu. It takes a week time to reach all the foods in the area of Lo Manthang. It is important that you order only sufficient food which you can finish. Do not waste any foods in the region. Meet items are not fresh in the high region. The land is out of scarifies any animals, and meets are all carried from out of region. This is the reason meets are not fresh.
How to get Nepal Visa and its cost?
Visa for Nepal is available on your arrival. 15 days Nepali visa is enough for your as your trip is for 13 days including arrival departure days. USD 25 is the visa cost of 15 days. If you want to spend more than 15 days time, it is better to take a month visa which cost USD 40 per person. You only need your original passport and cash (any currency).
We've just arrived in Syangboche, to a hot shower and a light and airy room, after a glorious morning and a dusty afternoon. Bal has been looking after us very well, and his happy ways mean he is good company. Sushant is remarkably strong for a slightly built man, wow. Lo Manthang was fascinating. Chong at Tashi Delek showed us a great PowerPoint presentation on it's history and culture, a horse ride to Jong caves was a different way to travel, and a day hike up to some old ruins with great views was a highlight. The jeep driver was skillful. We have done 4WD in Australia, and we know it can be tricky.
- Jenny and Nail, Australia
During our visit in Nepal we decided to visit Upper Mustang by jeep (we had at disposal 5 days only for this) organised by Nepal Higlands Trek.
It has been a great experience for the marvellous landscapes, the contact with people living in this region and their traditions.
Hemanta, the organiser, told as "you must be flexible" and this was true. We visited Mustang in the rain season, some times we had problems/delays due to strong rivers to cross or landslides but the organisation of NHT was perfect to handle any situation. In particular our guide, Mr Dil, was ready to solve all the problems and to make our stay there easy and confortable. Thanks Dil for your professionality and friendship!
The jeep trip is not easy but it is worth your effort!
Our suggestion: consider that your plan can be changed due to weather conditions (we delayed our return of one day). Sometimes you have to change jeep and to walk a bit (consider to bring with you proper clothes to walk under the rain), take with you a light waterproof baggage (...even if our guide was so kind to transfer our heavy luggage for us)
We came back with marvellous sights in our eyes and a big teaching from nepali population about collaboration.
A wonderful exerience.
Thanks a lot to Nepal Higlands Trek for the perfect organisation and to our guide Dil!
Andrea & Gabriella (Italy)
- Andrea & Gabriella, Italy
Extremely professional services. Hemanta organised quite complex photoography trip to Upper Mustang without any problems and took care of all the necessary permits for us. Our guide Dhruba was very experienced, professional and amazingly helpful even in difficult situations. He acted as photo assistant and fixer in one person and made it possible to come back home with some great shots. I'm definitely planning to choose Nepal Highland Treks once again when we return to Nepal.
- Petera Stanislav, Czech Republic