Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

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We organize Upper Mustang Jeep tour, safari to Upper Mustang by a 4WD Land Cruiser is the best alternative trip for those who have limited time availability.

We offer you an amazing overland tour to the Kingdom of Upper Mustang by a Private Jeep from Kathmandu, Pokhara then to Lo-Manthang via Jomsom, Kagbeni, Charang, and Lo-Mantahng circuit within 10 days including a visit to Muktinath Temple.

About Upper Mustang Jeep Safari

Upper Mustang Jeep overland tour provides an opportunity to explore the barren landscape of the Tibetan plateau and medieval culture, monastic charm, and spiritual purity unparalleled elsewhere in the Himalayas. The tour into a different world as the moonscape of the Tibetan plateau presents hues of gray, red, and brown. The views we see in this trip is one of a deserted wasteland dotted with sporadic settlements and frequented by people who work hard in the dry soils to see out a living. The people of this region were once very rich and prosperous from a busy trade in salt between Tibet and India.

The overland tour on the countryside road leads us to the Kali Gandaki river valley towards the capital of the Kingdom, Lo Manthang – a town with a royal palace, monasteries, temples, caves, and medieval culture. The people in this town are surprisingly sophisticated. But it is the many villages on the route into and out of Mustang which make this overland tour to Mustang such a rewarding one.

Group size and special Permits for Upper Mustang

The trip to Upper Mustang requires a minimum of 2 travellers. The special permit is generally shared between two travellers. A maximum of 30 travellers can embark as a group on the Jeep trip to Upper Mustang. The guide and crew must accompany travellers on this trip. Due to the strict policy maintained by the Nepal Government, individual travellers are strictly prohibited in the Upper Mustang region. 

A special permit to enter Upper Mustang costs USD 500 per traveller for the 10 days. One can travel inside the region for a minimum of 10 days. Each additional day in the region costs USD 50. Besides the special permit, one also needs to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. ACAP permit costs USD 30 per person.

Best time to visit Upper Mustang

The best time to travel to Upper Mustang begins in March and lasts until November. Travellers can enjoy the spectacular sceneries of the exceptional mountains and gorges.

Travelling in winter is not recommended for Upper Mustang as there are chances of thick snowfall with the temperature dropping as below as -25°C. Most high passes remain inaccessible during the winter season. If you are still interested in doing a trip in winter then you need to purchase the necessary winter gear and equipment. Tiji Festival is one of the most sought-after events in Mustang celebrated every year during May. The festival sees a large influx of both locals and tourists in the walled city of Lo-Manthang.

Doing the Mustang Jeep tour in the Monsoon season

Upper Mustang is a trans-Himalayan region, which makes it accessible throughout the year. The region remains easily accessible during monsoon. The monsoon in Nepal lasts from mid-June until September. The Upper Mustang region lies on the lee wind side \ beyond the Himalayas.  Hence, the region rarely sees monsoon clouds. It is one of the few destinations that remain accessible even during monsoon. 

Accommodations during the Upper Mustang Jeep Trip

Since the Upper Mustang region began offering teahouse accommodations only a few years ago, the accommodation provided in this trip can be pretty basic except in some villages. Alpine Eco Trek liaises with the family-oriented lodges with twin bed sharing facilities with common toilets or occasional rooms with attached toilets. 
Despite being relatively basic with a limited hydroelectricity supply, the Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep tour offers an overall comfortable experience.  The travellers can enjoy a variety of choices of meals ranging from local, and national to international cuisines. Alpine Eco Trek assigns an experienced chef to assist the lodge owner in preparing a variety of western meals for the clients. 

Equipment guide for the Mustang Jeep Safari 

We suggest you bring a warm sleeping bag and feather duvet jackets designed for high-altitude trips. A warm fleece liner goes into the sleeping bag to keep you warm and cosy at night.  The traveller must purchase or rent necessary trip gear and equipment such as hiking shoes, warm clothes, sunglasses, loose-fitting trousers, gloves, etc… We provide a duffle bag to help keep all the gear and equipment in a safe place.


  • An overland journey into the trans-Himalayan region, enjoy the barren landscapes, medieval culture, monasteries, caves and Himalayas 
  • Meet locals, explore Tibetan culture and visit the Chinese Tibet border
  • Drive through different villages exploring unique lifestyles (where a woman has 5 husbands, polyandry is still in practice in this region)
  • And, visiting ancient monasteries, exploring amazing sky caves, and watching the breathtaking landscapes and spectacular Himalayan ranges while a beautiful drive on the rough roads are the highlights of the trip

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel

Arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel {we are using Tibet International hotel for a for a deluxe option and Buddha hotel for a standard accommodation option in Kathmandu}.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1350m

Drive by a deluxe jeep from Kathmandu to Pokhara, it takes about 6 hours, 200km drive. {In Pokhara we are using Temple Tree Resort and Spa for a deluxe option and Pokhara View hotel for a standard accommodation}. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:850m

After breakfast, A Scorpio jeep drives from hotel that begins at 8 AM drive slowly to Jomsom (2,700 m), 9/10 hours. Overnight at Trekkers Inn in Jomsom with all meal, room with attached bathroom. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Maximum Altitude:2700m

After Breakfast, drive from Jomsom to Muktinath (3,800 m), visit temple, lunch and then drive to Charang (3,500 m). Overnight at guest house with meals.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Muktinath/Charang
  • Maximum Altitude:3800m

Drive from Charang to Lo- Manthang ( 3,800 m). Overnight at guest houses with meals.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Lo-Manthang
  • Maximum Altitude:3800m

An exploration day, we will arrange two horses with horse mans, ride the whole day visiting monasteries, caves, villages, king's palace, etc... Overnight at guest house with meals.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Lo-Manthang
  • Maximum Altitude:3800m

Drive from Lo-Manthang to Kangbeni , a beautiful village. Overnight at guest house with meals.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Kangbeni
  • Maximum Altitude:2800m

Drive from Kangbeni to Jomsom and then to Tatopani (hot spring place) Overnight at guest house with meals.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Tatopani
  • Maximum Altitude:1800m

Drive from Tatopani to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1350m

Final transfer to Airport and fly home.


    • Al the necessary airport arrival and departure transfers by a private jeep.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara Jeep drive with Guide and driver.
    • Pokhara to Lo-Manthang and back to Pokhara Jeep drive with guide and driver.
    • Your Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 cups of tea/coffee in a day) and overnights at guest houses from Day 03 to Day 08.
    • Two horses with horse mans for one full day sightseeing in Lo-Manthang.
    • A deluxe Scorpio Jeep with its permit, petrol, driver's expenses, and all parking charges.
    • English speaking guide with his food, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
    • All the necessary permits including special Upper Mustang permit.
    • Our Service charges and government taxes and surcharges.
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Bottled drinks during trip, tips to guide and driver, your travel Insurance.
    • Airfares
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    Trouble-free payment options

    we have several convenient payment options. While making your trip with us, 20% of the total trip amount booking deposit is required whilst booking your trip and the outstanding balance you would be able to pay us on your arrival (or if you would prefer paying the full amount in your booking time that would be also fine for us). You can make the deposit by bank wire transfer (we are using wise.com PayPal website which is the best, fast, cheap and reliable option, they send money to Nepal only in Local Currency (Nepalese Rupees). Please kindly ask the bank account details once you would like to finalize the trip and pay the deposit) or by credit card (Master and Visa Card), you can send the money by Western Union Money Transfer or Money gram also and ATM is available in Kathmandu and Pokhara to obtain local currency.

    Additional information

    Alpine Eco Trek is always available for any type of inquiry related to the Upper Mustang Jeep tour. For more info about Tourist Visa, you can also visit the official website of the Nepal government to apply. Need any other type of assistance or additional information about on arrival instructions, making your holiday longer, passport rules and regulations, latest permit updates please feel free to contact us


    Where is Upper Mustang?

    Upper Mustang is the former Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas and the capital of 'Lo' Mustang was 'Lo-Manthang', an ancient forbidden kingdom in the Himalayas, one of the most amazing Himalayan deserts on Earth. It is located beyond the Annapurna Mountain to the North of the Mustang district and bordering Tibet and is home to century-old sky caves and monasteries, magical grand valleys, and a rich Buddhist realm.

    What is the history of Upper Mustang (Little Tibet)? 

    Once upon Mustang was under the rule of the Yarlung dynasty of central Tibet and later on, Mustang was under the rule of Western Tibet Ngari.

    The legendary history of Upper Mustang was begun after 1380 AD, when Ame Pal, a warier and Buddhist devout from Western Tibet made Mustang an independent Kingdom. He defeated the local warlords and constructed a walled capital Lo-Manthang and extended Lo’s rule to Purang and Western Tibet.

    At the end of the sixteenth century, Lo-Kingdom came under the power of Ladakh, and around 1760, the kingdom of Jumla in western Nepal finally succeed in making Lo it is vassal. Mustang was forced to pay levies (taxes) to the Kingdom of Jumla and came under their extended Kingdom.

    In 1795 Jumla was defeated by the Gorkhas and the Kingdom of Lo (Mustang) transferred its allegiances to Gorkha, which by then was the capital of a unified Nepal.

    In 1855 Lo supported Nepal against the Tibetans. The King of Nepal thus allowed the King of Mustang to keep his title of ‘Raja of Mustang’ although he had little politely power.

    The economy of Lo, Bahragaon, and Panchgaon suffered since the Thakalis gained control over the salt trade along the Kali Gandaki in 1862.

    In 1951 introduction of constitutional monarchy in Nepal resulted in Mustang becoming a district and took away much of the King’s power.

    Following the Chinese exaction of full control over Tibet in 1959, the Khampa guerillas based their resistance movement in Lo and the Nepalese government declared the Mustang District a restricted area.

    Arise of parliamentary democracy in 1990, the new government of Nepal decided to reopen Upper Mustang partially for foreigners, and in 1992 Upper Mustang was opened to foreigners with taking special permits from the Department of Immigration of Nepal. In the same year, the Annapurna conservation area was extended to include Upper Mustang.

    Can you tell us about Lo Manthang? 

    Lo Manthang was the capital city of the former Kingdom of ‘Lo’. In the 1380s, King Ame Pal established the ‘Kingdom of Lo’ and Mustang became an independent Kingdom. He also walled the city of Lo Manthang, and there are about 180 houses including some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Nepal.
    Traditionally, Lo Manthang had a single entrance, through which only King, Queen, and Khempo Abbot were allowed to ride whereas other public must walk to pay their respects to Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. King Jigme Palbar Bista is the 25th descendent of Ame Pal living is still taking a somewhat ceremonial role among Mustangies ‘Lobas’.
    Within the walled Lo Manthang, there are about 180 houses with narrow streets including four major Gompas of Lo Manthang, the 14th-century, brick-red Jampa Lhakhang, 15th-century Thubchen Gompa (Assembly hall),  Chhoede Gompa (Khempo’s residence) and Choprang Gompa.

    Do we see birdlife in Upper Mustang?

    Hill and rock pigeons, crag martins, rose finches, pied wagtails, rock buntings, black redstarts, impeyan pheasants, grandala, snowcock and white-capped river chats, Himalayan griffin, lammergeiers, golden eagles (and many more).

    Do we see wildlife in Upper Mustang?

    Snow leopards, black bear, marmot, lynx, black wolf (chango), Himalayan woolly hare, blue sheep, red fox, pikas (and more).

    How can I book the Upper Mustang overland Jeep tour?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and along with a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. The outstanding balance can be paid once you arrive in Kathmandu. 

    How can I enter Nepal?

    As Nepal is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in South Asia, several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

    Can I do the Upper Mustang Jeep tour?

    The Upper Mustang 4WD safari tour is suitable for any adventure lovers looking for something a little more exciting and amazing overland drive. 

    When should I come for the Upper Mustang Jeep tours?

    The best season for the Upper Mustang overland tour is from October to December and March to August.  

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu?

    Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program, we are providing you with standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    Yes, you can join one of our existing groups, we guarantee a series of fixed group departure dates for the Upper Mustang overland tour. We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.  

    Do I need to join with group?

    It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departure dates, because a private trip departs every day upon your request which is best suited to couples, families, and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according to your selection of the starting date.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Check the complete Upper Mustang 4WD safari holiday package packing list of clothing and footwear below.

    • Warm jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
    • Hiking pants (breathable, wind and waterproof)
    • Hiking shorts (breathable, wind and waterproof)
    • Thermal trouser
    • Full sleeve shirt (woolen and cotton)
    • Bandana or headscarf
    • Regular underwear
    • Woolen hat & Sun hat
    • Gloves
    • Comfortable trainers
    • Socks (Woolen & Cotton)
    • Sandals
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Small day-pack & Medium rucksack
    • Large duffel bag
    • Padlocks for duffel-kit bags
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water purification tablets
    • Earplugs
    • Sewing-repair kit
    • Camera
    • Knife
    • Water bottles
    • Quick-drying towel
    • Toothbrush/paste
    • Multi-purpose soap
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Sunscreen
    • Reading book
    • Tissue / toilet roll
    • Anti-bacterial handwash


    What kind of meals I can have during the trip?

    All Meals on a full board basis will be provided during the overland tour. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

    Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel and our tour leader will brief you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your tour Leader.

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a placard of our company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

    Can I customize the Upper Mustang Jeep tour with Helicopter options?

    We can customize this Upper Mustang Jeep tour, choose the number of days, drive directly from Lo Monthang to Jomsom or include other Mustang stops or extra days. You may also want to continue the jeep trip from Jomsom to Pokhara.

    We offer charter helicopter tours out of Lo Manthang to Jomsom, Pokhara or Kathmandu, or to Annapurna Base Camp and then back to Jomsom, Pokhara or Kathmandu.

    We can tailor-make your trip to include the TIJI FESTIVAL (Lama Dance in Lo Manthang) in May if dates fit.

    Not enough of Nepal?

    We can suggest trips to the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Bandipur, Gorkha, the Annapurna Foothills, Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. Spend a night at The Old Inn Bandipur (or Three Mountain Lodge on luxury trips) en route to the drive to Pokhara, where you might spend several nights at Temple Tree Resort and Spa or Kuti Resort and Spa. Refreshed, drive to Chitwan National Park, spending at least 2 nights at either Parkland hotel or Green Park Resort with jungle activities. 

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