About Kathmandu to Upper mustang tour
Upper Mustang tour from Kathmandu is a unique adventure that takes you to the hidden kingdom of Mustang in the Himalayas. Geographically Upper Mustang area looks like a part of Tibetan plateau. You feel that you are in the land of Tibet & get an opportunity to discover pure Tibetan people, culture & lifestyle in wall city.Weather in Upper Mustang is suitable for off road trip in spring, autumn and rainy season except winter.
Upper Mustang tour package is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a matchless blend of adventure, nature, culture, and history. Upper Mustang tour package is a unique adventure that offers a challenging off road drive through some of the most rugged terrain in the world.Our experience guide show you every corners of the last forbidden kingdom of Himalayas. If you are a nature lover and an adventurous soul, most go once.
Easy to fairly moderate
Min 2 to Max 16 Persons
Lo Manthang 3840 Meters
March to November
Jeep safari tours & sightseeing
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Tours
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Upper mustang tour is a recently introduced trip after road construction to mustang. Upper mustang tour package from Kathmandu takes you through the heart of forbidden kingdom of Lo. Upper mustang road trip offers glimpse of unique landscape, untouched Tibetan culture, arts, architecture and traditions of local people.
A typical Upper Mustang tours begins with Kathmandu sightseeing exploring, Temples, durbar square, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath etc. From there you will drive or flight to Pokhara city the gateway to Annapurna region. There are 2 options to enter mustang from Pokhara either flight to Jomsom or drive to Kagbeni. Driving option is highly recommended then flight because of safety and sure reason.
Upper mustang driving tour takes you through several small towns and villages, each with its own unique culture and history. During the tour you will get an opportunity to discover deepest gorge in the world. Kali Gandaki Gorge made by the Kali Gandaki river in between Dhaulagiri in Annapurna massif the seventh and tenth highest peak in the world.
Kathmandu to Upper Mustang tour package suitable for all level of travelers, students, group of friend, family etc. we organize Kathmandu to mustang package as per the guest requirements. Over land trip to mustang from Kathmandu by jeep reach Pokhara at afternoon, next day drive continues the Pokhara to Kora la road to reach Lo Manthang. Specially most of the tourists visit here to enjoy the jeep ride. We stop driving to take the pictures and observe the beautiful sights during traveling to upper mustang Nepal.
Thakali villages, unique landscape, beautiful high-altitude deserts, traditional village, Buddhist monuments, impressive high cliff, caves and grand mountain views are some of major tourist attractions of mustang journey.
Finally, you will reach earthen walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of upper Mustang Nepal. There are many things to see like ancient monastery, palaces, Chortens, Mani, royal palace of Lo Manthang. During the journey you can stops jeep in between to capture or observe most famous landmarks of this area.
Usually upper mustang trip lasts between 10 to 14 days, it require a special permit to enter restricted area of Mustang. The best time to visit Upper Mustang trip is from March to November when the weather is clear and dry. Mustang located in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, in this way it receives very little rainfall. The temperature during the day is usually pleasant and night quite cold.
Overall, a jeep tour to Upper Mustang from Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience, offer stunning scenery, unique cultural experiences and an opportunity to explore one of beautiful regions of Nepal.
After arrival in Kathmandu Airport (TIA) Nepal, our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At hotel he/ she will give short briefing about program agreement and day to day plan. Check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel.
City tours, gear shopping and permit preparation is the main task of this day. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is known for its rich cultural heritage, ancient temples, and beautiful landscapes. Our guide takes you to the Swayambhunath & Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square for sightseeing. Kathmandu sightseeing trip covers major historical, and cultural monuments that beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. After city tours, we will drive back to hotel and conduct Pre-trip meeting. You spent rest of the time at hotel or explore around Thamel.
After breakfast at hotel, we will drive from Katmandu to Pokhara are by bus, private car as per itinerary, budget, interest and booking deal. It takes 6 to 7 hours to cross 200 kilometers distance of Prithivi Highway in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is incredibly scenic, with breathtaking views of Himalayan mountains, waterfalls, picturesque scenery, Trishuli & Marshyangdi River. Along the way, you will pass through small towns and villages that give you a glimpse into the rural life of Nepal.
Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Annapurna range, serene Phewa Lake and beautiful Pokhara city. After checking into hotel you can take a rest or go to explore lakeside area, boating and walk around watching the reflection of mountain and sky in beautiful Phewa Lake. Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara end but memories last forever.
After breakfast, we set out from Pokhara to Tatopani by jeep via Nayapul, Kusma, Beni, Tatopani and Ghasa villages to reach Kalopani in lower mustang. This journey takes us through natural hot spring spot, deepest gorge in the world, Rupse waterfall, along Kali Gandaki river of Nepal.
It takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach Lete / Kalapani by jeep. The road condition from Pokhara to Beni is fine. As soon as we cross Beni need to drive in bumpy gravel road until Ghasa. There is fine road from Ghasa to Kalopani again and offers really amazing view of Himalayan mountains, charming villages, terraced farmlands and greenery around.
Kalopani is a beautiful village located in a valley surrounded by mountains. It is one of the best place to take a rest, relax and enjoy the natural diversity of Himalayas. The warm hospitality of local people, their rich cultural traditions add a unique charm on mustang trip. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Thakali dinner at a local restaurant of Kalapani Nepal.
This morning we take a jeep from Kalapani to go to Kagbeni village. Driving track till Marpha is fine black toped then after need to drive in off road. The main tourist attractions of the day are Thakali villages, Jomsom, Thinigaon, Dhumba lake, monastery and the Kaligandaki river valley in Himalayan wonderland.
We drive through unique landscape exploring breathtaking scenery, apple orchard, interacting with friendly local and testing delicious local foods. On the way to Kagbeni we stop at Jomsom to explore around. We drive to Dumba lake, a small lake located in a valley surrounded by mountains. At the same time visit the old monastery and traditional Thini gaon of mustang.
Dhumba lake and monastery area is a nice place to see the stunning views of Marpha village, Jomsom valley, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other peaks of Himalayas.
Kalopani to Kagbeni tour is an unparalleled opportunity to witness the beauty of lower mustang and immerse oneself in the rich natural & cultural heritage of Nepal.
Today we take short trip to Muktinath temple, a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists then drive Samar crossing Kagbeni, Tangbe, Chhusang and Chele villages. Kagbeni to Samar overland trip is a great way to experience the Tibetan influences culture and desert type landscape of mustang. During this journey you get the great glimpse of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak of Nepal.
Samar itself is a fascinating destination, with a rich history, ancient monasteries, Chortens, traditional architecture and traditional way of life untouched by the modernity.
We traverse several ridges, farm land, apple orchard, picturesque villages along the river spotting unique rock formation, high cliff and sky caves of Nepal. After crossing Kali Gandaki river drive uphill to reach Samar village of mustang.
The road condition from Kagbeni to Samar is well-maintained but off road. Kagbeni to Samar tour is a breathtaking adventure tour through the enchanting landscapes. It is not only a feast for the eyes but also an opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural and cultural wonders of mustang Nepal.
Samar vilage, located at an altitude of 3,657 meters in picturesque setting with snow-capped peaks, terraced fields ad barren landscape. We left Samar village and driving towards Dhakmar, passing through several small villages, Chortens and best view points to capture stunning pics. Driving through Bhena La3860 m, Syangboche la 3850m, Ghemi la 3765 m and Nyi la 4010 m pass, a valley of red cliffs, sky caves and eroded formations to reach Dhakmar village.
Dhakmar village is famous for its unique red cliff, ancient Chortens, beautiful terrains and traditional hamlet that spellbound you. Dhakmar village surrounded by farm land, desert types hills and breathtaking vistas at every turn. Buddhist monuments in between Samar to Dhakmar distance offers great sense of peace and spirituality.
The Samar to Dhakmar tour is an amazing adventure that unveils the rich history, cultural heritage and mesmerizing beauty of mustang. Embark on this journey and immersed in a surreal world where ancient traditions, mystical landscapes, and warm hospitality of locals merge pleasantly.
Today’s journey takes us through the heart of mustang “Lo Manthang” in Annapurna conservation area. It offers splendid views of red cliffs, farmland, barren desert and snow-capped mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We discover Lo Gekar monastery, which is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal built by guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in 8th century.
Ghar Monastery decorated with great architecture, Buddhist arts, stone carvings, eroded murals in walls depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, as well as images of other deities and figures from Tibetan Buddhism and carry great historic significance.
After exploring Ghar Gumba we drive to Lo Manthang city via Marang village, Sungda Chorten army camp and lo la pass. Trip takes through some of the most remote and stunning scenery of upper mustang Nepal.
Eventually we each historic city of Lo Manthang and explore its ancient buildings, monasteries, Chortens, Mani wall and traditional Mustangi architecture etc. Dhakmar to Lo Manthang trip is an amazing experience and give us a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
Today is the day to discover the secret of Lo Manthang Nepal that you’ve been waiting for. After breakfast trip starts with either horse riding, walking or jeep safari towards chhoser, garphu & kora la border. Chhosar village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life, daily activities that the practice in upper mustang.
Ancient monasteries like Garphu and Niphu monastery, surrounding colorful rock formations and centuries old caves in rock cliff are really impressive to see in Chhoser area. Niphu monastery is an ancient cave monastery carved into the cliffs. Travelers impressed to visiting Jhong cave, Konchok ling cave & Ritseling cave in Chhoser valley Nepal.
After of before Chhoser we heading to kora la, a high mountain pass located in mustang district of Nepal. It is a part of ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of china. Kora la is known for its stunning mountain views and rugged terrain.
Afternoon we will be back to Lo Manthang and spent rest of the day visiting the city’s ancient monasteries, palace, narrow alleys, stupas and the architecture of earthen wall city. The long walls of the prayer wheels and flags provide a colorful appearance of the place. Royal palace, three ancient monasteries, Amchi school and the local way of life are the highlights of Lo Manthang exploration.
Lo Manthang is a small town surrounded by towering mountains and arid landscapes. It is a fascinating place to explore, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty which make an epic journey into the Himalayas.
Today we are hiking to explore the Luri Gompa a cave monastery of upper mustang built into a towering cliff face. Luri Gompa is a sacred Buddhist site located near Ghara village. Famous for its unique cave paintings, sculptures, culture and history. You feel deep sense of spiritual connection while visiting Luri cave monastery, stupa and surrounding nature.
Luri monastery is perched on a cliff face, and we had to climb up a steep staircase to reach it. The climb was worth it, though, as the views from the top were simply stunning. We spent some time exploring the monastery and chatting with the monks, who were incredibly welcoming and friendly.
There are 2 chambers inside cave monastery. Wall and ceiling of monastery decorated with many paintings in the 14th century or even earlier. Mysterious Luri monastery is one of the best place to achieved siddhi by meditation.
Chorten inside Luri cave monastery decorated with eight auspicious symbols and four guardian deities. The Dom contains paintings of Namgyal, Khadcheri, Vajrasattva and Lokesvara in 4 directions east, west, north and south respectively. There are many paintings of lama, eight siddhas and mandala also inside the monastery.
700-year-old “Luri Gumba” is one of the most stunning attractions, rich cultural and spiritual heritage of upper mustang a remote and rugged terrain in Nepal. Visit once in a life time to collect the lifetime memory.
Hassle free journey by jeep begin after breakfast at local tea house. The final day of our journey takes from Tsarang to Marpha by luxurious jeep. It takes around 7 to 8 hours to cross Tsarang to Marpha distance by driving. Trip covers vast topography from the barren high desert to the fertile land of lower Mustang Nepal.
Driving road from Tsarang to Marpha is wide graveled road best for adventure trip. The journey from Syangboche to Marpha is an exhilarating experience in Kali Gandaki valley and witness the beauty of mustang.
Mostly downhill driving offers some amazing views of surrounding landscape, towering cliffs, rugged terrain of mustang valley. Upper mustang, a restricted area known for its unique Tibetan-influenced culture and awe-inspiring landscapes. As we reach Marpha, conclude our wonderful journey, enjoy traditional dinner and warm hospitality in Thakali restaurant. Embark on this journey of a lifetime and its spell upon you.
Today is the day to say goodbye to Mustang, early in the morning, we will drive to Pokhara. jeep passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, offers stunning view of snow-capped mountains and valleys below. Once you arrive in Pokhara, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. You can spend rest of the day in leisure or walk around the streets of lake city, souvenir shopping, boating in Phewa lake and experience nightlife in Pokhara etc.
The weather of Jomsom change in no time that affect Pokhara flight frequently. If the weather is not fine, we’ll arrange jeep to drive back to Pokhara. We request you to plan some buffer time for this possibility and be flexible to use alternative ways of transportation like jeep or helicopter.
Jomsom Pokhara travel by jeep is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery, countryside, waterfalls, people and culture of Nepal, the memories will remain forever.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will set off for Pokhara to Kathmandu journey by car, jeep, tourist bus or flight as per travel agreement. It is 25 minutes’ flight by plane. Pokhara Kathmandu road distance is 200 km / 124 miles; it takes 6-7 hours to reach. Road follow Marshyangdi river and Trishuli river exploring countryside and beautiful scenery of the foothills of Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu city you will check into hotel, rest, relax and explore the street of Thamel for souvenir shopping. Enjoy typical Nepali dinner party with culture show to celebrate successful journey.
Today is the final day of Nepal trip! Our representative will drop you to airport 3hrs before schedule flight. “Wishing you a safe journey! We look forward to our paths crossing again someday.”
Upper Mustang trek & tours organize verity of trip in Himalayas. Departure dates are 100% guaranteed until and unless there is no political unrest, natural disasters or epidemics in the destination. Start dates are your arrival date in Kathmandu and end dates are the returning date from Nepal. Listed departure dates & price quoted on group joining basic. if given dates are not suits you, or travelling with friend let us to know to book private trip as per your requirements.
The distance between Kathmandu to Upper Mustang is approximately 462 kilometers (287 miles). Driving through a variety of landscapes, including arid valleys, high-altitude meadows, and snow-capped mountains make an unforgettable experience. Upper Mustang is an amazing place to visit. Its unique culture, stunning scenery, people, way of life and ancient history.
Upper Mustang situated in the northwestern part of Nepal, it is accessible by jeep, flight and on foot. Kathmandu to Pokhara flight takes about 30 minutes, and from Pokhara to Jomsom flight takes about 20 minutes. Jomsom to Lo Manthang driving time takes about 6-7 hours. If you prefer Kathmandu to Lo Manthang driving, takes about 18 hours.
Trekking in Upper Mustang was restricted by the Nepal Government until 1992. Just 15 years ago, it was made accessible to the non-Nepali trekkers. The trekking route passes through several picturesque villages, such as Lo Manthang, Dhakmar, and Yara, where you can interact with the locals, learn about their way of life, and sample their traditional food and drink.
Upper Mustang region is known for its stark, arid landscape, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, deep canyons. Total duration of Upper mustang tour from Kathmandu is 10 to 12 days, you can customize it to fit your interests and budget. Journey follow the ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet to reach wall city. No matter how long you choose to spend in Upper Mustang, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
The cost of an Upper Mustang trip from Kathmandu will vary depend on a number of factors, including the length of the trip, the mode of transportation, the type of accommodation, the size of your group, and the time of year you travel. however, as a general guide, you can expect to pay between USD 1800 to USD 2,500 per person.
No, it is not possible to visit upper mustang by car because the road condition is not nice for car. We advise you to use four-wheel drive vehicle with experience driver to drive in off road and difficult terrain. The drive from Kathmandu to Upper Mustang takes around 3 days. The most common route is to drive to Pokhara, then to Jomsom, and then to Lo Manthang.
There are two main ways to travel from Kathmandu to Upper Mustang by air and by road. The best option for you will depend on your budget and your time constraints. If you are short on time, then flying is the best option. However, if you are on a tight budget, then traveling by road is the cheaper option.
The best time to visit Upper Mustang is during either spring (March-April-May) or the autumn (September-November) months. During these months, the weather is mild and pleasant, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. Mustang is a rain shadow area of Himalayas in this way possible to visit during monsoon season as well to capture its beautiful nature and culture.
Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and all visitors require a special permit and Annapurna conservation area permit. Once you have obtained the RAP and ACAP permits, you must carry them with you at all times while trekking / tours in Upper Mustang.
There is only gateway to mustang, the classic route from Jomsom to Lo Manthang is a great option for all level of travelers. The best route to Upper Mustang depends on your interests and fitness level. Its strategic location made mustang a hub of Buddhist religion and culture. There are many ancient monasteries, royals, chortens, and caves that date back to the 8th century.
It is possible to reach upper mustang within two to three days. If you are going for trekking takes 12 to 16 days, if you prefer tour option then takes 8 to 12 days depends on your itinerary and preferences. It is recommended to go slowly with proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness and make joyful journey.