Key Information

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel
  • Trip Style:
    Hiking and Off Road Driving
  • Foods:
    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Tourist Bus
  • Min Person:
    1

About Mustang Overland Tour

Mustang Overland Tour is the shortest and easiest way to explore the amazing and mystical land. This ancient city named Lo had its capital in Lo Manthang, the walled city where the king’s palace also lies. Trekking to get to Lo Manthang takes up to 3 weeks and this tour is perfect for people looking to complete is fast and easily. The beautiful landscape of Annapurna Conservation Area and Restricted area of Upper Mustang with mountains on the backdrop make the whole trip enjoyable.

Mustang Tour is also perfect to learn about the isolated and wonderful culture and tradition of Thakali, Gurung and Tibetan people. Things start to get really amazing from Jomsom, a picturesque village extending from both sides of Kali Gandaki river. Because you will be riding a comfortable private vehicle you won’t have to worry about the difficult ascents and descents without compromising the scenic beauty including mountains. Mustang is draped in high hills and several high mountains which is bound to leave you captivated.

Various Buddhist artifacts, Chhortens, and monasteries lie in the villages leading to this ancient kingdom. The palace of the former king of Lo Manthang is fantastic and gives insight into the culture and tradition that has survived for thousands of years. Sky Caves are another famous place to visit in Mustang. These caves houses mummies dating back to thousands of years where other artifacts, paintings, scriptures, etc. also have been found.

This insightful and beautiful tour is filled with views of rivers, streams, monasteries, Chhortens, forests, antique houses, caves, people dressed in traditional dresses. Upper Mustang is a part of Tibetan plateau and makes you feel like traveling in Tibet, the rich culture of people will make this even more amazing. 

Mustang Overland Tour takes you to the highest altitude of just around three thousand meters. This means, you have to be careful to the altitude sickness but it's not too risky. This tour can be completed at any time of the year and is perfect for people of any age or physical strength.

 

MUSTANG OVERLAND TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore famous places like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, etc.
  • View the majestic Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
  • Stay at beautiful villages in rugged terrain near Chhortens, gompas, and monasteries
  • Drive inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and Restricted area of Upper Mustang with a permit
  • Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
  • Explore and pay homage to Muktinath temple
  • Explore several caves dwellings, and houses partially built in caves
  • Learn about the Tibetan Buddhism culture, the rare Bon religion and ethnic people known as Lo Pa
  • Reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang and visit various historical places
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna I

 

What to Expect

1. Jomsom

Jomsom is a beautiful village in the rugged terrain of Mustang district full of prayer wheels and Chhortens and a monastery. While at this village, rhododendron forests and Himalayas in the backdrop decorate the landscape. Culture of the people living here is influenced by the Tibetans performing various Buddhists rituals and prayers. Spreading on both sides of the Kaligandaki river, Jomsom is full of beautiful views and religious sites.
 

2. Lo Manthang and sky caves

Lo Manthang is an ancient walled kingdom and capital of Mustang. This mysterious place is isolated from the modern world as it is declared a restricted area. The sky caves in Lo Manthang is one of the UNESCO tentative sites. It houses partially mummified bodies dating back to several thousands of years. While archaeologists started demystifying this place, they also discovered paintings, sculptures, manuscripts related to Buddhism and Bon religion.

Another visit to The Royal Palace of Lo Manthang gives more insight about ancient culture and tradition of people of Lo.
 

3. Muktinath Temple

This sacred site is visited by both Hindus and Buddhists throughout the year. Visiting this temple and performing a ritual is believed to give you ‘Mukti’, meaning liberation from worldly pain and suffering. Here, Lord Bishnu is worshipped by Hindus, especially Vaishnavas. It is one of the eight major holy places for them. It is also considered one of the Shakti Peethas, where body parts of dead Shakti (Sati Devi) fell while being carried and taken to random places by Mahadeva. Buddhists believe that Guru Padmasambhava came to meditate here and the statue is the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Compassion Buddha.
 

4. People and their traditions

People living in Mustang region are isolated from the rest of the world and to modern means of life and luxuries. They live a fairly simple life based on tourism, animal husbandry, and trade. Most of the people still speak the Tibetan language. An ethnic group of people named Thakali speak their own language and practice culture that is an amalgam of  Tibetan and Nepali culture. Rare Bon religion is also practiced by some people here.  

It is believed that this place hasn’t changed much since the founder of this kingdom Ame Pal built it. But recent development activities and communication with other regions are starting to change this place. 

 

5. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes

Since the beginning of the tour, the beautiful landscapes start to unveil. Rhododendron forests, mountains in the backdrop and rugged terrain make this place even more mystical. Touring inside the area of Annapurna Conservation Area also gives you the opportunity to witness various flora and fauna. Various mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with a height more than 7000 meters can be seen. 35 other mountains higher than 6000 meters surround Mustang. Mustang Overland tour is full of beautiful caves, valleys, rivers, villages, religious sites and artifacts.

Mustang Overland Tour Itinerary & Map

Day 01: Drive to Jomsom from Pokhara 
  • A scenic drive from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Pass through many picturesque villages including Beni and Kalopani
  • Drive through the deepest gorge, Kaligandaki
  • Amazing view of the mountains along the way

After having breakfast at Pokhara, you will start your Mustang Overland Tour Journey. You will have almost 9 hours of drive from Pokhara to Jomsom. First, you will drive to the west to Beni. Then, you will continue your ride  Kali Gandaki river. The gorge you will be passing is the deepest gorge in the world carved by Dhawalagiri and Annapurna mountains. You will also pass through Kalopani village which offers the scenic view of Dhawalagiri, Annapurna and other mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Guesthouse  
Drive Duration: 9 hours approx. 

 

Day 02: Drive to Tsarang and Explore Tsarang
  • A scenic drive from Jomsom to Tsarang
  • Pass through Marpha, Kagbeni and many other picturesque villages
  • Visit the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated
  • Visit stupas, monasteries and palaces in Tsarang if time permits

On the second day of your tour, you will head towards Tsarang. Tsarang is one of the historical villages in Upper Mustang. You still follow the Kaligandaki river while driving along the upstream section. You will pass through the villages like Tukuche and Marpha. You will register the permit for the restricted area and move further. Driving for a few hours you will reach Tsarang village. Along the way, you will visit Chungse Cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated. You will spend the rest of the day exploring Tsarang, where you can visit ancient stupa, palace and monastery. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Guesthouse  
Drive Duration: 6 hours approx.

 

Day 03: Hike to Ghar Gompa and drive to Lo Manthang
  • Short hike to Ghar Gompa and explore the monastic life and farm of Mustang
  • Drive to Lo Manthang and explore Lo Manthang

You will have breakfast early in the morning and have a short hike to Ghar Gompa. You can enjoy the view of the farmlands and pastures. This gompa is said to be the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery established by Guru Rinpoche. You can explore rare paintings and sculptures in this monastery. After spending a few moments there, you will ride to Lo Manthang and check into a hotel. Later in the evening, you will set out to explore the forbidden kingdom of Lomanthan. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Guesthouse  
 

Day 04: Explore the higher reaches of Lo Manthang
  • Visit Namgyal Gompa and Gaphu Gompa
  • Explore the honeycomb sky caves of Chhoser

You will spend the day exploring Lo Manthang. You will first visit Namgyal Gompa. You get to explore the paintings and sculptures there. Then you will go to explore the honeycomb caves of Chhoser. They date back to 3000 years and are a fascinating thing to observe and learn about the history of them. These caves were used for living purpose and still have been used for meditation purposes. Some of the caves are still being used for living in nearby villages. You will stay overnight at a hotel at Lo Manthang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Guesthouse  

 

Day 05: Drive back down to Muktinath and explore Muktinath 

After exploring Lo Manthang, you will drive back to Muktinath the next day. You will have a few hours of a ride full of scenic vistas of rocky mountains and deep valleys. Completing a few hours of drive, you will get reach Mustang. It is one of the most sacred places for Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed that you will get Moksha (salvation) after visiting this temple. You will visit the temple here explore the religious aspects. Apart from visiting the temple, you can enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding landscapes and the surrounding landscapes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Guesthouse  
Drive Duration:  5-6 hours approx.

 

Day 06: Drive back to Pokhara from Muktinath

On the last day of your tour, you will drive to Pokhara from Muktinath. You will follow the same road as before to get back to Pokhara. You will enjoy amazing vistas of mountains, gorge, river valley, and the forest along the way. You will pass through many beautiful villages and farmlands. Finally, you reach Pokhara where your tour journey ends. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations: Guesthouse  
Drive Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

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Inclusions

 

  • Four-wheel jeep drive for the entire trip.
  • Experience tour guide and assistant tour guide. 
  • 5 nights accommodation during the tour with Breakfast 
  • Upper mustang permit fee @US$ 500 per person. 
  • Annapurna conservation area permit fee 
  • All the other government paperwork
  • Food, Accommodation and insurance for tour guide
  • All lunch and dinner during the tour. 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • All the beverage during the tour except tea with breakfast 

Departure Dates

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25 Nov, 2019 - 30 Nov, 2019 Guaranteed $1250 USD
30 Nov, 2019 - 05 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $1250 USD

Mustang Overland Tour Reviews

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Trip to Mustang

It was an extraordinary experience for someone like me who has never been to Nepal before. Though many people choose to trek to Mustang, I chose to go there on a vehicle because I want my trip to be less about pain of walking many hours but about exploring the beauty of nature without thinking about anything else. Even if you aren't trekking, it is not an easy ride so, be careful and go there only with reliable people. I completed my Mustang overland tour with Sublime Trails and I can assure you they are one of the best company in Nepal providing these services for many years,

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