Do you want to embark on an adventure to the mystical land of the Upper Mustang? But don't want to trek? The Upper Mustang Overland Tour is just what you are looking for! It takes you to discover the ancient Himalayan kingdom that has long been shrouded in mystery via drive. This exciting tour will give you the full experience of this region without tiring yourself out.
Historically, the region of Upper Mustang was once forbidden and cut off from the rest of the world until the year 1992. It used to be its own kingdom. But the monarchy of this hidden kingdom ended in the year 2008 due to the order given by the Government of Nepal.
Since the region is home to ancient monasteries and traditional Tibetan villages, you will get the chance to meet the locals who still follow the old traditions and culture. And you'll have the chance to hear their stories. Also, the diverse landscapes in this region are sure to take your breath away.
Overall, our tour is ideal for people who are short on time and want to experience the mysteries of this region. And although it is a driving tour, our itinerary also includes the short hike to
Luri cave and Ghar Gompa.
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will be able to see the culture, history, and ancient architecture of the country.
- Initiate your journey with a scenic drive to Pokhara. You will cross several forests and breathe in the fresh air.
- Relish and unwind at the shore of the famous Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Strolling around the streets of this city is worth noting.
- Explore the ancient village of Kagbeni, located in the heart of the Mustang district, and its historic architecture and culture.
- Hike to the Luri Cave in Charang, where you'll be awed by the ancient Buddhist murals and intricate carvings.
- Visiting the fabled kingdom of Lo Manthang, where you can explore the mystical Chosar Cave and the charming Chosar Village.
- Walk to Ghar Gompa in Charang, a beautiful monastery with a rich history and stunning panoramic views.
- Embark on a pilgrimage to Muktinath, a sacred site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
- Enjoy the view of rugged terrain, desert landscapes, and magnificent mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the Mustang Himalayas.
- Get an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Nepal. Also, meet friendly locals, and listen to their way of life stories.
Want to get a glimpse of your journey? Well, you are just in the right section of the trip overview.
When you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll find our staff waiting for you at the terminal. Before you embark on your driving adventure, a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley is organized for you. The journey begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara and continues to Kagbeni. It will then take you to Charang (Tsarang), where you will hike to the Luri Cave and explore its beauty before returning to Charang.
The next stop is Lo Manthang. Here, you will have the chance to explore the Chosar Cave and the Chosar Village before returning to Charang. The adventure continues with a hike to Ghar Gompa before driving to Chhusang and then to Muktinath. Finally, you will drive back to Pokhara and then return to Kathmandu for your farewell.
When Are The Best Times To Book?
The best time to embark on this epic journey would be spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). During these seasons, the weather is generally clear, dry, and mild. All these things add up to make it perfect for sightseeing, hiking, and driving.
A point worth noting about this region is that it is situated in a rain shadow area. And it receives very little rainfall throughout the year. Thus, it is possible to go on this trip during this season.
It's best to avoid the winter season (December-February) for this trip. The harsh weather conditions during this time can make the trip even more challenging, with frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Is The Tour Right For You?
Now that you've read about the tour to Upper Mustang, you might be wondering whether it's the right fit for you. Let’s explore that in this section.
Upper Mustang Overland Tour is an excellent way to explore the region's stunning landscapes and unique cultural heritage. The trip takes you through remote areas of Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, rugged valleys, and traditional Tibetan villages.
This trip is suitable for those who prefer a more leisurely pace of travel. And for those who want to enjoy the scenery without having to trek through mountainous terrain. However, keep in mind that the roads to Upper Mustang can be rough and bumpy. Thus, it's better to be prepared for long hours of driving.
What is The Alternative Adventure?
Didn’t this tour suit your preference? Well, if so, let’s look at its alternative adventure.
You can also choose to explore this region by trekking with the comfort of driving back to Jomsom from Ghami on the Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back. This 14-Day journey will take you to explore the region on foot. However, while returning, you’ll hop on a jeep from Ghami to Jomsom and then catch a flight back to Pokhara.
We promise you that any adventure you choose, it will be a memorable experience for you. So aren’t you ready for your adventure in the Himalayas? If you want to make any changes to your journey, just let us know your preference, and we will customize it for you.