Upper Mustang Luxury Jeep Drive TourUpper Mustang Luxury Jeep Drive Tour

Upper Mustang Luxury Jeep Drive Tour

  • Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude 3840 M
  • Group Size 25
  • Starts Kathmandu - Pokhara
  • Ends Pokhara - Kathmandu

You must have heard of the Upper Mustang, or the Little Tibet of Nepal. Upper Mustang used to be a popular trekking route in Nepal, but now Mustang is more popular for road trips. Come explore the remote and mystical kingdom of Upper Mustang on a luxury drive tour that showcases the best of this hidden gem. Immerse yourself in the region's rich culture and history while enjoying the comfort and convenience of a private vehicle.

Mustang is must-visit travel destination, according to the New York Times' top 52 destinations to visit in 2024

Unforgettable Experiences

Marvel at the rugged terrain and dramatic landscapes of the Upper Mustang. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the stark beauty of the semi-arid desert, this region offers a truly awe-inspiring sight. In Nepal, Upper Mustang is known as the "Himal Pariko Jilla," which means "District behind the mighty Himalayas." If you have ever visited Walpa Gorge in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park or Utah, then the landscapes of Upper Mustang will look familiar to you. The fact that people have been living in the Upper Mustang Desert for hundreds of years and have gained wisdom from the caves and monasteries is what makes it interesting.

Discover the ancient Buddhist monasteries and palaces of Lo Manthang. This charming town is the cultural heart of Upper Mustang, and its many sacred sites offer a glimpse into the region's rich history and traditions.

Mustang Drive Tour: Luxury and comfort

The Upper Mustang Road Trip can meet the needs of those who are looking for a luxury mountain trip in Nepal. The Upper Mustang permit itself is expensive, so budget travelers cannot afford this trek. That's why this place is a good option if you're looking for fewer tourists. The permit fee for Upper Mustang is $500 for one week, and it is the same for nationals, including Indian passport holders. Day Tours Nepal arranges comfortable and luxury 4x4 jeeps from Kathmandu and Pokhara. Depending on your budget, the vehicle standard will vary from the Mahindra Scorpio to the Toyota Land Cruiser.

You will be staying in mountain luxury lodges and hotels throughout the Upper Mustang Drive Tour package. Meals are not included in the tour, but the hotels will be booked on a bed-and-breakfast basis. All lodges and hotels have private, attached rooms and clean, hygienic meals. You can enjoy gourmet meals while savoring the stunning views of snowy peaks and the beautiful Mustang landscapes.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Drive Tour

  • Visit the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang. This ancient city is the capital of Upper Mustang and is known for its well-preserved Tibetan culture and architecture.
  • Explore centuries-old monasteries and ancient caves. Upper Mustang is home to many sacred sites, including the Muktinath Temple, which is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal.
  • Marvel at the stunning landscapes and geographical diversity. From the stark beauty of the desert to the towering peaks of the Himalayas, Upper Mustang has something to offer everyone.
  • Experience the unique culture and traditions of the Upper Mustang people. These people have preserved their traditional way of life for centuries, and you will have the opportunity to learn about their customs and beliefs.
  • Enjoy the comfort and convenience of a private vehicle and local guide. This will allow you to relax and enjoy the journey while your guide takes care of all the details.

Mustang Road Trip is a "Truly unique experience."

The Upper Mustang Drive Tour is a truly unique experience that allows you to explore the hidden beauty and rich culture of this remote region in comfort and luxury. The Upper Mustang Drive Tour starts from Pokhara, but you must arrive in Kathmandu first since there are no international flights to Pokhara. We need one full day in Kathmandu or Pokhara to issue the Upper Mustang Trek Permit. You will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and the mountain city of Pokhara before heading to another spiritual land, Upper Mustang. Embark on an unforgettable journey where you will discover the secrets of Upper Mustang in comfort and luxury.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Drive Tour

We need to book the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Drive Tour in advance, so please try to secure your space. Almost every lodge, house, and hotel will be overbooked during the Tiji Festival. The festival dates are as follows:

  •  5th, 6th, and 7th, 2024 

Process of Upper Mustang Road Trip

If you are considering a short 4-day, 1-week, or longer road trip itinerary to Upper Mustang, be sure to allow one full working day to obtain the Restricted Area Permit (RAP), which can only be issued by a registered trekking company. The permit is similar to a visa, but it is attached to a permit paper instead of your passport.

The road trip takes you to Lo Manthang, the forbidden kingdom (capital of Upper Mustang), and our final destination, which is close to the Tibetan border. You will visit centuries-old monasteries, ancient caves (see the National Geographic documentary for an idea), archaeological sites, landscapes, and geographical diversity. Your Upper Mustang Drive Tour will be escorted by a local guide, who will be with you until the end of your tour with us.

Once you book your trip with us, please send us a scan of your passport and a photo so that we can process the permits. On your arrival date, we will pick you up from the airport and collect your original passport. We need to show your original passport to the immigration office. Once we have the permits, we are all set for our road trip to Upper Mustang!

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour

If you are looking for a Motorbike Tour to Upper Mustang, you can also follow the same itinerary. Write us for further details and a price quote.

Itinerary

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The suggested 12-day Upper Mustang road trip itinerary is perfect for all age groups. The itinerary can be customized and personalized, so let us know your days and plans, and we will create one for you. Taking a flight to Pokhara or from Jomsom is optional, and doing so can minimize the tour plan. If you want to trek to Upper Mustang instead of Drive Tour than also we have a set Trek Itinerary for Upper Mustang.

You will be welcomed by our representative at the airport, where you will see your name and a (Day Tours Nepal) sign. Free WiFi is available at the airport, and you can purchase a local SIM card (NCELL, NTC) if you wish. The drive from the airport to your hotel will take 25 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic and hotel location. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner with Day Tours Nepal in the evening.

    During breakfast, a Day Tours Nepal tour officer will come to your hotel to collect your original passport. We will issue your Upper Mustang permit and other paperwork. At 9:30 AM, you will meet your city guide and begin sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today, your tour guide will take you to Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. After sightseeing, you will be transferred back to your hotel. You are on your own this evening to enjoy the peaceful evening and dinner around Thamel. In Thamel, you can find many nice restaurants, including vegetarian and vegan options.

      The departure time to Pokhara is 8:00 AM. Please finish your breakfast before then. Your guide will be at your hotel with a vehicle, and we will see beautiful mountain scenery on the way.

      Optionally, we can stop for white water rafting in the Trishuli River for 1 to 3 hours if you wish. There are many nice restaurants along the way for lunch breaks, and your guide will suggest the best one for you.

      Once we approach Pokhara, you will enjoy magnificent views of Mount Annapurna, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), and other mountain peaks. After checking into your hotel in Pokhara, take a walk around Fewa Lake and enjoy a delicious meal nearby. Overnight in Pokhara.

        It's good to wake up early in the morning so you can enjoy the beautiful mountain ranges from your hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, our Upper Mustang road trip begins. We will drive towards Beni, the first section of which is blacktop. After Beni, we will follow the Kali Gandaki River. The road from Beni to Kagbeni is a mix of well-paved and bumpy sections.

        The Kali Gandaki Valley is the world's deepest gorge, and we will see it along the way. This is not just a drive; we will be stopping in beautiful spots for pictures and waterfalls. Along the way, we will see greenery, landscapes, beautiful waterfalls, rivers, local villages, an apple farm in Marpha village, Jomsom, and of course, the mountain highlights of the day. We will pass the natural hot spring where we will stay on our return journey. Overnight in Kagbeni.

        • Altitude: 2800 M
        • Drive Hours: 7/8 hrs
        • Place to Stay: Kagbeni
        • Distance: 165 Km

          7;30 Breakfast time, after breakfast we will drive to Ghami Village. The restriction area of Upper Mustang is from Kagbeni. We will be visiting Kagbeni Monastery, Buddhist school, Chhusang village Chella village, Samar village, Syangboche village, Bhina, Ghiling and Ghami Village. The landscapes and the views are amazing along the way. We will be stopping in nice places for pictures and videos. Overnight in Ghami Village.

          Mountain views: Tukuche peak, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri.

          • Kagbeni

          At 2,804 meters above sea level, Kagbeni is a historic Tibetan town located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. It is renowned for its landscape, culture, traditions, and natural beauty. In addition, Kagbeni is a significant Buddhist and Hindu holy site. Hindus use Kagbeni as a significant location for Pitri-sraddha, a rite for their ancestors' departed souls. With significant Buddhist temples and monasteries dating back many years, Kagbeni is a significant village for Buddhists. The entire village is a Tibetan village unlike any other. They are comparable to Tibet in language, way of life, and scenery. Tourism-wise, Kagbeni is likewise quite well-liked. Walking down the small trail between the ancient mud huts with vibrant prayer flags is a magnificent experience. It is situated on the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. Experience the culture and traditions of Tibet directly at Kagbeni.

          • Altitude: 3520 M
          • Drive Hours: 5/6 hrs
          • Place to Stay: Ghami
          • Distance: 35 Km
          • Highest Point: Syngboche Pass 4200 M

            We're going to the oldest monastery today. Mustang is a great place to go on a road trip and a spiritual place to gather energy while traveling. The most significant gompa in Mustang is Lo Gager Ghar Gompa. You can also visit Charang monastery, Lo-mangthang city, "Jampa Gompa," the oldest monastery and also known as the "God house," "Thubchen Gompa," a massive red assembly hall and gompa constructed in the late 15th century, and "Chodey Gompa," which is currently the primary gompa and Monastic Museum. We'll stay the night in the settlement of Lo-Manthang.

            • Altitude: 3840 M
            • Drive Hours: 4/5 hrs
            • Place to Stay: Lo-Manthang
            • Distance: 20 Km

              You will tour Namgyal Gompa, the Sky caverns of Chhoser, and the SHIJA JHONG cave of Mustang today after breakfast. These caverns are almost 3,000 years old and have been the topic of excavation for archaeologists from all over the world. A number of other caves in the vicinity of Chhoser have been utilized for living, sleeping, and meditation.

              • Altitude: 3840 M
              • Day Tour Exploration: 4/5 hrs
              • Place to Stay: Lo-Manthang
              • Distance: 20 -25 Km

                We will be driving same way back to upto Kagbeni and from Kagbeni drive up to Muktinath, overnight in Muktinath.

                Muktinath

                Muktinath is a revered holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters. For Hindus, it is one of the most ancient temples of Lord Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition. The shrine is considered to be one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras and one of the 108 Divya Desam. For Buddhists, Muktinath is a sacred place of the Dakinis goddesses and a manifestation of Avalokitesvara. The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that Guru Rimpoche meditated here on his way to Tibet. After completing prayers and worship at the Muktinath temple many pilgrims, both Hindu and Buddhist, visit Mebar Lha Gomba, the small monastery of `miraculous fire', which is situated near the entrance gate of the temple. This monastery, dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) and containing a statue of the Buddhist deity Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), is famous for its continuously burning natural gas fire, which Hindus worship as Jwala Mai, the Goddess of Fire.

                • Altitude: 3710 M
                • Drive Distance: 6 hrs
                • Place to Stay: Muktinath
                • Distance: 45 Km

                  After breakfast we will drive the same way via Jomsom, Marpha to Tatopani. Feel relaxed in the natural hotspring water. 

                  • Altitude: 1190M
                  • Drive Distance: 5 hrs
                  • Place to Stay: Tatopani
                  • Distance: 64 Km

                    We will be following same road which we drove from Pokhara on the 4th day for the Upper Mustang Road Trip. Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara, enjoy the peaceful evening with nice meals. In the Afternoon you can go for a boating in Fewa Lake. 

                    • Altitude: 827M
                    • Drive Distance: 4/5 hrs
                    • Place to Stay: Pokhara
                    • Distance: 90 Km

                      In the Morning we will visit Sarangkot for the sunrise and Mountain views. Breakfast at the Hotel - Check out from the hotel and then we will visit Peacestupa, Davis Fall, and Caves before heading back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu, free time untill farewell dinner.

                      • Altitude: 1350M
                      • Drive Distance: 5/6 hrs
                      • Place to Stay: Kathmandu
                      • Distance: 210 Km

                        Enjoy your breakfast and on your flight schedule our drive and guide will transfer to the Kathmandu international aiport. 

                          Route Map

                          Upper Mustang Luxury Jeep Drive Tour map
                          Cost Details
                          Includes
                          • Airports pick you up on your arrival day by private vehicle.
                          • All transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu is by luxurious Jeep.
                          • All hotel and lodge accommodations are B/B.
                          • English-speaking local guides (Spanish, German, and French) cost an extra 35 USD per day.
                          • All permits (ACAP, RAP) and local taxes.
                          • Airport transfer by private vehicle to depart Kathmandu, Nepal.
                          • Local Entrance Fees to Enter the Monaster in Upper Mustang.
                          Excludes
                          • Nepal Visa
                          • Tour in the City Kathmandu or Pokhara
                          • Travel Insurnace
                          • Tip for Guide and Driver

                          Dates & Prices

                          Upper Mustang Drive Tour Departure Dates For 2024

                          The group departure dates for the Upper Mustang Road Trip are listed below. Please note that these are just a few examples and that there may be other departure dates available. The easiest way to learn about specific departure dates is to contact us. If you are in a group, simply write to us, and we will arrange the trip on your requested dates, which means you do not need to follow the departure dates.

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                          Trip DateMay 25, 2024 -Jun 05, 2024
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                          PriceUS$1999
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                          Upper Mustang Festival and Events

                          Tiji Festival Dates: 2024

                          The Tiji Festival is a three-day colorful festival celebrated in Lo-Manthang.  If you have the chance to participate, you should! The purpose of the festival is to pray that peace on Earth prevails.  The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Buddha’s incarnation over the demon that had been wreaking havoc in the region during ancient times.  During the festival, Buddhist monks in the monastery perform an entertaining dance ceremony.  The 2024 Tiji Festival takes place on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of May.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so hopefully you can make it!

                          Dashian Festival "Inside Nepal"

                          The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honors the triumph of good over evil. Equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists participate in the holiday. Dashain is a time for gathering with family and friends to rejoice. It's a joyful, peaceful, and joyful time.  Dates of the Festival: October 15, 2023-October 24, 2023

                          Indra Jatra Festival Kathmandu

                          Indra and his mother, Dagini, are honored during the eight-day joyful festival of the Newari community in the Kathmandu Valley in order to obtain their blessing for the upcoming harvest. The chariots of living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attraction of the festival, as well as the Lakhey and many cultural mask dances around Kathmandu Durbar Square. Lord Indra is a particularly revered deity in Hindu societies where a good harvest is crucial since he has an avatar as the god of rain. For more details about the Indra Jatra Festival dates and evenings, follow the link above.

                          Holi Festival in Nepal

                          Holi is a festival celebrated for the final victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring after the festivals of Dashain and Tihar. Foreign and domestic visitors will throw colored water and dry powder at one another during this vibrant celebration to convey their heartfelt greetings and best wishes. Holi Festival date: March 25, 2024

                          Who will be my Trek guide?

                          You will be driving with a local English-speaking guide. If you want a guide in another language, such as German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, please let us know, but there will be an additional cost.

                          Upper Mustang Luxury Jeep Drive Tour FAQs

                          • Upper Mustang Jeep Drive is an optional road trip plan for those who do not want to trek or have limited time in Nepal but want to explore the Upper Mustang Valley, monasteries, and landscapes. Due to the extension of roads, trekking trails have been destroyed, so we are suggesting and focusing on the perfect Himalayan road trip in Nepal.

                          • Each jeep has seven seats, but we recommend six people per jeep, including the guide, for a more comfortable journey. To make the adventure even more luxurious, we recommend six people per jeep, including a driver and a guide. We will arrange the jeeps accordingly, depending on your budget and the size of your group.

                          • Yes, you can customize and ask us to personalize the Upper Mustang Drive Tour itinerary. Day Tours Nepal will be happy to create a tailor-made trip for you, but please keep in mind that we need one working day to issue the special permits for Upper Mustang. If you want to book a tour and a jeep for a family, please email us or text us on WhatsApp, whichever is more convenient for you.

                          • The Upper Mustang Drive Tour price quote on our website is 1,999 USD per person, but the price depends on the group size, vehicle quality, accommodations, guide experience, and activities included in the trip plan. To attract customers, there are many short trips to Upper Mustang that offer cheap prices but cover limited activities. However, our quoted price is for a luxury tour only. If you are looking for a standard tour, please feel free to contact us at +9779813952417 (WhatsApp, Viber, Zalo, Telegram).

                          • The Upper Mustang Drive Tour is best year-round. Winter driving is quite difficult, but the Upper Mustang Valley is in a rain shadow, so there is less rain above Marpha-Jomsom. The monsoon season is another great time of year for the Upper Mustang Road Trip. There is a chance of landslides from Beni to Jomsom, but this tour is perfect all year round.

                          • The Upper Mustang permit fee is 500 USD for all nationalities except Nepalese. It is the same, 500 USD, for Indian citizens. This is a very common question that we receive from Indian nationals. For 1 week, the fee is 500 USD, plus an extra 50 USD per day, plus the Annapurna Conservation fee of about 1000 Rupees.

                          • If you are thinking of traveling alone in Upper Mustang, this is not possible. The Upper Mustang permit is issued by the Nepal Immigration Department, and only registered trekking agencies that have cleared taxes, have a USD license, and have proper insurance for their staff can apply for the permits. You must have a valid passport for at least six months, a Nepal visa, and a government-licensed guide. Day Tours Nepal will arrange the guide for you. It takes us one half working day to issue Upper Mustang trekking permits.

                          • The total distance of the Upper Mustang road trip is approximately 720 kilometers from Kathmandu to Lo Manthang and back to Kathmandu. The distance from Lo Manthang to Pokhara is 250 kilometers, and the distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 210 kilometers.

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