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Mustang Jeep Tour to Lo Manthang

Pokhara to Lo Manthang by Jeep - Incredible Himalayan Road Trip - Dhaulagiri & Annapurna - Upper Mustang

All meals 'on tour' included

Duration

10 Days

Max Altitude

4200m

Accommodation

Hotels, Comfort Lodges & Mustang Guest Houses

Trip Overview

One of the world's most spectacular and adventurous road trips.

The fabled walled city of Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang, has enticed intrepid adventurers since tourists were first allowed to enter the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang. An unforgiving, arid and high altitude mountain desert landscape alongwith the necessity for challenging trekking and costly special permits to enter Upper Mustang were still sufficient to deter most people. Now with the advent of a rough and ready jeep road that extends up through the spectacular  Kali Gandaki Valley, between Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, it is possible to travel between and beyond the Himalayas onto the Tibetan Plateau and reach Lo Manthang by 4WD vehicle. Some things haven't changed though. The ochre coloured, wind eroded, untamed wildness of Mustang remains the same, as does the need for a special permit. But, what has changed is that on this Mustang Jeep Tour you can now reach Lo Manthang and explore this once forbidden mountainscape without having to trek hard and long. Our Mustang Jeep Tour from Pokhara to Lo Manthang over land is very much an adventurous Nepal cultural tour. The landscape has not been tamed and the journey is on a bumpy, challenging dirt road, which remains at the mercy of the mountain gods and the climate. However, for those who dreamt of travelling into Mustang and were deterred by the need to trek arduously, a whole new possibility now exists.

PLEASE NOTE: Although this remains a challenging adventurous journey, we have elected to avoid the "cheap and cheerful" approach. Accommodation featured is the "best available" including the Comfort Lodges (proper beds and en-suite) in Thasang and Kagbeni and also Guest Houses in Upper Mustang that although simpler, can provide the "luxury" of proper beds and basic en-suite facilities. We also use the best available 4WD "Land Cruiser" vehicles from Pokhara, not the "rough and not so ready" smaller and less reliable jeeps usually found in Upper Mustang.

This EXAMPLE ITINERARY is exactly that, an EXAMPLE. You can of course add in "extra things" like add including longer in Upper Mustang, leisure time in Pokhara, more time at each location along the way and additional days in Kathmandu

One of the world's most spectacular and adventurous road trips.

  • The fabled walled city of Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang, has enticed intrepid adventurers since tourists were first allowed to enter the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang. An unforgiving, arid and high altitude mountain desert landscape alongwith the necessity for challenging trekking and costly special permits to enter Upper Mustang were still sufficient to deter most people. Now with the advent of a rough and ready jeep road that extends up through the spectacular  Kali Gandaki Valley, between Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, it is possible to travel between and beyond the Himalayas onto the Tibetan Plateau and reach Lo Manthang by 4WD vehicle. Some things haven't changed though. The ochre coloured, wind eroded, untamed wildness of Mustang remains the same, as does the need for a special permit. But, what has changed is that on this Mustang Jeep Tour you can now reach Lo Manthang and explore this once forbidden mountainscape without having to trek hard and long. Our Mustang Jeep Tour from Pokhara to Lo Manthang over land is very much an adventurous Nepal cultural tour. The landscape has not been tamed and the journey is on a bumpy, challenging dirt road, which remains at the mercy of the mountain gods and the climate. However, for those who dreamt of travelling into Mustang and were deterred by the need to trek arduously, a whole new possibility now exists.

    PLEASE NOTE: Although this remains a challenging adventurous journey, we have elected to avoid the "cheap and cheerful" approach. Accommodation featured is the "best available" including the Comfort Lodges (proper beds and en-suite) in Thasang and Kagbeni and also Guest Houses in Upper Mustang that although simpler, can provide the "luxury" of proper beds and basic en-suite facilities. We also use the best available 4WD "Land Cruiser" vehicles from Pokhara, not the "rough and not so ready" smaller and less reliable jeeps usually found in Upper Mustang.

    This EXAMPLE ITINERARY is exactly that, an EXAMPLE. You can of course add in "extra things" like add including longer in Upper Mustang, leisure time in Pokhara, more time at each location along the way and additional days in Kathmandu

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Fly to Pokhara & Drive to Thasang
    • Day 3
      Drive to Kagbeni
    • Day 4
      Along the Kali Gandaki to Charang
    • Day 5
      Acclimatisation Day in Charang
    • Day 6
      To Lo Manthang
    • Day 7
      To Chusang
    • Day 8
      To Jomsom
    • Day 9
      Fly to Kathmandu (via Pokhara)
    • Day 10
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required to enter Upper Mustang. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required to enter Upper Mustang. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Fly to Pokhara & Drive to Thasang

    A private transfer to the airport for the early morning 25 min flight to Nepal's premier resort-Pokhara. You can choose to spend a night here first if you wish, relaxing and enjoying the sub-tropical climate of laid back Pokhara. If not then your wild, overland journey begins and it's straightforward to start with. Boarding your Land Cruiser type 4WD vehicle, it's smooth tarmac as you head out of Pokhara and into the lower reaches of the Kali Gandaki Valley. Around Beni, you say goodbye to tarmac and the road becomes a dusty 4WD track that skirts the river. Reaching Tatopani the road now climbs and climbs and climbs as dust gives way to cobbles. First you get views of the Niligiri Himal and as you ascend further the mesmerising peak of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna's come into view. Things then begin to level out finally as the Kali Gandaki Valley broadens out. A detour then winds its way quickly up to your overnight halt and the comfort of the spectacularly located Thasang Village Lodge. The lodge is perched high above the valley and looming immediately above you is Dhaulagiri in all its splendour, across the valley are the Nilgiri peaks and the Annapurnas. Altitude 1750m approx, Driving time approx. 5-6hrs

    Accommodation: Thasang Comfort Lodge - Thasang (Naurikot/Larjung)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 2

    Fly to Pokhara & Drive to Thasang

    A private transfer to the airport for the early morning 25 min flight to Nepal's premier resort-Pokhara. You can choose to spend a night here first if you wish, relaxing and enjoying the sub-tropical climate of laid back Pokhara. If not then your wild, overland journey begins and it's straightforward to start with. Boarding your Land Cruiser type 4WD vehicle, it's smooth tarmac as you head out of Pokhara and into the lower reaches of the Kali Gandaki Valley. Around Beni, you say goodbye to tarmac and the road becomes a dusty 4WD track that skirts the river. Reaching Tatopani the road now climbs and climbs and climbs as dust gives way to cobbles. First you get views of the Niligiri Himal and as you ascend further the mesmerising peak of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna's come into view. Things then begin to level out finally as the Kali Gandaki Valley broadens out. A detour then winds its way quickly up to your overnight halt and the comfort of the spectacularly located Thasang Village Lodge. The lodge is perched high above the valley and looming immediately above you is Dhaulagiri in all its splendour, across the valley are the Nilgiri peaks and the Annapurnas. Altitude 1750m approx, Driving time approx. 5-6hrs

    Accommodation: Thasang Comfort Lodge - Thasang (Naurikot/Larjung)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    3

    Drive to Kagbeni

    Today everything changes! Back down to the valley floor and onto the stony jeep track, which now rises less acutely up towards Jomsom. Pretty soon the trees start to disappear and as you approach Jomsom virtually all vegetation disappears abruptly, marking the furthest extent of the Himalayan rain shadow. On your right the sharp peak of Nilgiri South is more spectacular than ever before and you have now crossed through the Himalayas. The arid landscape of the Mustang region is stretched out before you in the form of the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki. Not only has the landscape changed, the culture has changed too and the villages from now on have a distinctly Tibetan flavour to them. An hour or so beyond Jomsom, your overnight halt tonight is in Kagbeni. Typical of villages in the Mustang region in terms of architecture, along with Tibetan buddhist monuments and symbols, Kagbeni is where Upper Mustang begins and to venture further special permits are required.

    Altitude 2810m, Driving time approx. 3 hrs.
    Accommodation: Annapurna Comfort Lodge - Kagbeni
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Drive to Kagbeni

    Today everything changes! Back down to the valley floor and onto the stony jeep track, which now rises less acutely up towards Jomsom. Pretty soon the trees start to disappear and as you approach Jomsom virtually all vegetation disappears abruptly, marking the furthest extent of the Himalayan rain shadow. On your right the sharp peak of Nilgiri South is more spectacular than ever before and you have now crossed through the Himalayas. The arid landscape of the Mustang region is stretched out before you in the form of the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki. Not only has the landscape changed, the culture has changed too and the villages from now on have a distinctly Tibetan flavour to them. An hour or so beyond Jomsom, your overnight halt tonight is in Kagbeni. Typical of villages in the Mustang region in terms of architecture, along with Tibetan buddhist monuments and symbols, Kagbeni is where Upper Mustang begins and to venture further special permits are required.

    Altitude 2810m, Driving time approx. 3 hrs.
    Accommodation: Annapurna Comfort Lodge - Kagbeni
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Along the Kali Gandaki to Charang

    Your journey into Upper Mustang begins properly today. After the permits are checked at the police post in Kagbeni, the jeep track today pretty much skirts the side of the Kali Gandaki River Valley. Whether there is any water in the river rather depends on what time of year you're undertaking the journey. Usually from October to mid-May the broad river floor looks more like a level boulder field. Take a walk onto the river bed and you may just hear water flowing underneath. You could also look for fossils too as evidence that this now high altitude region was once the sea bed of the Tethys Ocean. Along the way you can take a halt and explore the small village of Thangbe and see how their carefully tended terraced fields are irrigated in a landscape that is otherwise dry and barren wilderness. At Chusang there is a river tributary to cross and shortly thereafter the Kali Gandaki River bed itself. At certain times of year (particularly between June & October) it may not be possible for the vehicle you've been travelling in so far to make the crossing safely. There are footbridges, but nothing for the vehicle. Outwith the summer period it is usually a straightforward case of driving across a stony, flat and wide dried up river bed. When it is not possible to cross, then you will need to change to a locally chartered jeep/s. Regrettably "in the middle of nowhere", the local jeeps are not of the same standard or as comfortable as the 4WD vehicle you've been travelling in so far. Nor can they be summoned in an instant. So, if the river cannot be crossed some patience and appreciation of where you are is essential. If/after crossing the Kali Gandaki the jeep track now climbs away from the valley and there are a couple of high passes (approx 4000m) to cross before dropping down into Charang. 

    Altitude 3560m, Driving time approx. 5-6 hrs.
    Accommodation: Lumbini Guest House, Charang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Along the Kali Gandaki to Charang

    Your journey into Upper Mustang begins properly today. After the permits are checked at the police post in Kagbeni, the jeep track today pretty much skirts the side of the Kali Gandaki River Valley. Whether there is any water in the river rather depends on what time of year you're undertaking the journey. Usually from October to mid-May the broad river floor looks more like a level boulder field. Take a walk onto the river bed and you may just hear water flowing underneath. You could also look for fossils too as evidence that this now high altitude region was once the sea bed of the Tethys Ocean. Along the way you can take a halt and explore the small village of Thangbe and see how their carefully tended terraced fields are irrigated in a landscape that is otherwise dry and barren wilderness. At Chusang there is a river tributary to cross and shortly thereafter the Kali Gandaki River bed itself. At certain times of year (particularly between June & October) it may not be possible for the vehicle you've been travelling in so far to make the crossing safely. There are footbridges, but nothing for the vehicle. Outwith the summer period it is usually a straightforward case of driving across a stony, flat and wide dried up river bed. When it is not possible to cross, then you will need to change to a locally chartered jeep/s. Regrettably "in the middle of nowhere", the local jeeps are not of the same standard or as comfortable as the 4WD vehicle you've been travelling in so far. Nor can they be summoned in an instant. So, if the river cannot be crossed some patience and appreciation of where you are is essential. If/after crossing the Kali Gandaki the jeep track now climbs away from the valley and there are a couple of high passes (approx 4000m) to cross before dropping down into Charang. 

    Altitude 3560m, Driving time approx. 5-6 hrs.
    Accommodation: Lumbini Guest House, Charang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Acclimatisation Day in Charang

    Today is a necessary acclimatisation day. Charang itself is the second largest village (Lo Manthang the largest village) of the Upper Mustang area and is more than worthy of some on foot exploration. To give the legs a good stretch, you could take a hike up to the fascinating Ghar Gompa. Like many Buddhist monasteries, Ghar Gompa sits atop a hill and affords some good views of the Mustang region.

    Accommodation: Lumbini Guest House, Charang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Acclimatisation Day in Charang

    Today is a necessary acclimatisation day. Charang itself is the second largest village (Lo Manthang the largest village) of the Upper Mustang area and is more than worthy of some on foot exploration. To give the legs a good stretch, you could take a hike up to the fascinating Ghar Gompa. Like many Buddhist monasteries, Ghar Gompa sits atop a hill and affords some good views of the Mustang region.

    Accommodation: Lumbini Guest House, Charang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    To Lo Manthang

    Up and over another mountain pass of around 4000m and then a slight descent and in around 2 hours you've arrived at the fabled city of Lo Manthang. It is somewhat small for a city. It is a large village really of less than 200 homes and around 875 people. If progress has been good, then you should have the entire afternoon to explore Lo Manthang. Altitude 3840m, Driving time approx. 2-3 hrs. You can of course add extra days here at Lo Manthang if you would like to explore the "city" further, or (for example) take a jeep excursion to visit the Chossar Sky Caves.

    Accommodation: Mystic Himalayan Guest House, Lo Manthang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 6

    To Lo Manthang

    Up and over another mountain pass of around 4000m and then a slight descent and in around 2 hours you've arrived at the fabled city of Lo Manthang. It is somewhat small for a city. It is a large village really of less than 200 homes and around 875 people. If progress has been good, then you should have the entire afternoon to explore Lo Manthang. Altitude 3840m, Driving time approx. 2-3 hrs. You can of course add extra days here at Lo Manthang if you would like to explore the "city" further, or (for example) take a jeep excursion to visit the Chossar Sky Caves.

    Accommodation: Mystic Himalayan Guest House, Lo Manthang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    7

    To Chusang

    Theoretically it is possible to drive all the way back to Jomsom from Lo Manthang in one day. This would make it a very, very long day and we would suggest that from a perspective of comfort this is not desirable, and with driver fatigue in mind we don't think that's a good idea also. Of course the way back is the way in, but now the Himalayas form your far horizon, getting closer and closer as you progress. So, it's anything but repetitive in many respects.  Today we recommend travelling as far as Chusang (approx. 3100m). You should arrive here mid-afternoon and thus be able to give the legs a good stretch and take a hike to the fascinating and rather picturesque ancient village of Tetang. Driving time approx.5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Braga Guest House , Chusang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    To Chusang

    Theoretically it is possible to drive all the way back to Jomsom from Lo Manthang in one day. This would make it a very, very long day and we would suggest that from a perspective of comfort this is not desirable, and with driver fatigue in mind we don't think that's a good idea also. Of course the way back is the way in, but now the Himalayas form your far horizon, getting closer and closer as you progress. So, it's anything but repetitive in many respects.  Today we recommend travelling as far as Chusang (approx. 3100m). You should arrive here mid-afternoon and thus be able to give the legs a good stretch and take a hike to the fascinating and rather picturesque ancient village of Tetang. Driving time approx.5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Braga Guest House , Chusang (private, ensuite room with proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    8

    To Jomsom

    Heading back along the side of the Kali Gandaki Valley the mighty Himalayan peaks get closer and closer. Nligiri South Peak becomes even more impressive and the bulk of Dhaualgiri comes into view and with luck you should be in Jomsom  (2700m) for lunch! Driving time approx. 3-4hrs.

    Accommodation: Om's Guest House, Jomsom (private rooms with en suite and proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    To Jomsom

    Heading back along the side of the Kali Gandaki Valley the mighty Himalayan peaks get closer and closer. Nligiri South Peak becomes even more impressive and the bulk of Dhaualgiri comes into view and with luck you should be in Jomsom  (2700m) for lunch! Driving time approx. 3-4hrs.

    Accommodation: Om's Guest House, Jomsom (private rooms with en suite and proper beds)
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Fly to Kathmandu (via Pokhara)

    Taking the morning flight (all 18 minutes of it) to Pokhara. Effectively you're now in transit until the late afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu and a private transfer to your hotel. After your adventures in Upper Mustang, Kathmandu will no doubt feel bigger, noisier and livelier than ever before. If the thought of Kathmandu doesn't appeal, then our 'hindsight' suggestion would be to seriously consider spending a night in medieval Bhakatpur, or even the Shivapuri Hills instead. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trip, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trip, which are always possible on this very adventurous journey.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 9

    Fly to Kathmandu (via Pokhara)

    Taking the morning flight (all 18 minutes of it) to Pokhara. Effectively you're now in transit until the late afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu and a private transfer to your hotel. After your adventures in Upper Mustang, Kathmandu will no doubt feel bigger, noisier and livelier than ever before. If the thought of Kathmandu doesn't appeal, then our 'hindsight' suggestion would be to seriously consider spending a night in medieval Bhakatpur, or even the Shivapuri Hills instead. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trip, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trip, which are always possible on this very adventurous journey.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY
    10

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 10

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 2413
  • $ US 3135
  • € EUR 2768

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The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, private overland travel, Internal flights as indicated in the itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary (most meals), permits & National Park Fee's. Upper Mustang Permit (circa $US 500) and a Snow Cat Travel Guide. Guides are professional, licensed and english-speaking

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