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Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Mustang region

  • Activities

    Activities: Jeep tour

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Lo Manthang (3730m)

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is all about the journey to Upper Mustang by taking a thrilling and adventurous overland jeep ride to the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang. Upper Mustang is a remote and culturally rich region located in the Himalayas closer to Nepal Tibet border. The Jeep Tour to Mustang allows travelers to explore this mysterious and enchanting land in a comfortable and convenient way.

You will be travelling in a 4WD jeep throughout the trip passing along stunning landscapes of Mustang, remote traditional villages, rugged and dry land of what mostly Upper Mustang is made up of. Drive along enjoying the spectacular Himalayan panorama and meeting and interacting with the locals which sheds a little light on how people have been living in the high Himalayas for ages.

The prime highlight of the journey is visiting the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang at 3600 meters. The city is the capital of Mustang where people still reside and where ancient monasteries and king’s palaces are located. You can explore the city and locales by walking along it’s age-old streets and alleys. An extra day is planned in Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and exploration. Take a short drive to the mysterious Jhong cave in Chhoser which is one of the ancient man-made caves often known as sky caves.

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is a one of kind jeep tour high up in the Himalayas and an unforgettable experience that provides a glimpse into a world that hasn’t changed for ages.

Upper Mustang Jeep Trek Highlights

  • Scenic drive to Marpha, Jomsom, and Kagbeni along a winding road.
  • Exploring Lo Manthang's secret realm.
  • Visiting the Muktinath Temple and other significant regional cultural sites.
  • Spectacular Jeep excursion along the Kali Gandaki Riverbed.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive (6-7 hrs) or fly (25 min) from Kathmandu to Pokhara (822m)
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,743m/6 hrs)
Day 04: Drive from Jomsom to Lo-Manthang (3,600m/6 hrs)
Day 05: Explore Lo-Manthang (3,600m)
Day 06: Drive from Lo-Manthang to Chhusang (2962m/6 hrs)
Day 07: Drive from Chhusang to Tatopani (2,743m/5-6 hrs)
Day 08: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (822m/5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Drive or fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 10: Final departure

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle or tourist bus.
  • Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara round airfares.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Jeep with a permit, petrol, driver's expenses, and all parking charges in Mustang.
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide including his food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area, TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) & Special Upper Mustang Permit.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.) 
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for Guide & driver 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?
The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is a unique and adventurous journey to the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal using a 4WD Jeep or Land Cruiser. It offers a more comfortable and faster alternative to traditional trekking for exploring the culturally rich and stunning landscapes of Upper Mustang.

2. What is the starting point of the tour?
The tour usually starts from Jomsom, the gateway to the Upper Mustang region, from where you fly from Pokhara. You can also start from Pokhara with a drive to Jomsom.

3. Is the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour suitable for everyone?
The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is suitable for travelers who prefer a less physically demanding journey compared to traditional trekking. It is especially popular among those who have limited time or physical constraints but still wish to explore the unique culture and landscapes of Upper Mustang.

4. What is the best time to do the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?
The best time for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the journey more enjoyable.

5. Are permits required for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?
Yes, permits are required for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, as Upper Mustang is a restricted region. The required permits include the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

6. What are the highlights of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?
The Upper Mustang Jeep Tour offers a range of highlights, including exploring the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, visiting historic monasteries, witnessing the unique Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions, and enjoying the breathtaking landscapes of the high desert plateau.

7. What kind of accommodation is available during the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?
There are several guesthouses and lodges available along the route of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, providing basic accommodation and meals. The facilities may be more basic compared to popular tourist destinations, but they are sufficient for a comfortable stay.

8. Do I need a guide and driver for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour?
Yes, it is highly recommended to have a local guide and an experienced driver for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour. A guide can provide valuable insights into the region’s culture and history, navigate the route.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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