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.