UPPER MUSTANG JEEP TRIP
Group size: 2-10
Among the dazzling peaks of northern Nepal’s Himalaya lies Mustang, once were an independent kingdom when a warriors and devout Buddhists from Western Tibet defeated the local warlords and constructed a walled capital city of Lo Manthang. Geographically part of Tibetan plateau with passes on it’s northern border are easy to cross, this area once was strategic trade route between Tibet and India and were a wealthy kingdom. Later became under power of Ladakh and then Jumla’s vassal and at the end the Gorkha king founded Nepal unify Jumla’s vassal in his conquests. After Chinese gain control over Tibet, the fiercest Tibetan nomads known as the Khampa retreated to Mustang made Nepal government declared Mustang as restricted area. After 1990 revolution, the new government reopen Upper Mustang to outsiders with limited of visitors, this make it one the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetic languages.
The journey to Mustang start with the 25 mins breathtaking flight from Pokhara to Jomsom between the snowy peaks, passes through the deepest gorge in the world - the Kali Gandaki, which runs between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri Himalaya mountains. Jomsom is the headquater of Mustang region where most visitors start their trekking trip to Upper Mustang or end their classic Annapurna Circuit trek. With road are being built, the trail toward the colorful capital city of Lo Manthang once were accessible only by foot or mules now is connected by road allow travelers who don’t have enough time making an unforgetable Jeep trip to Upper Mustang region. After 3 days driving through moonlike landscapes and exploring the Buddhist sights along the way we will get to the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, means “The Southern Plains of Aspiration” and here ancient monasteries, royal palaces and ruins of fortresses surrounded by a 6-meter white-washed wall reveals a history of prosperity and grandeur. This city is almost untouched by time and modern development.
➡ Discover Mustang sacred caves that hid ancient Buddhist texts and artwork for centuries.
➡ Coloful captial city of Lo Manthang surrounded by white-washed wall reveals a history of prosperity and grandeur
➡ The unique beauty of the Himalayan high-altitude desert and canyon red-rock cliffs of Nepal with dramatic backdrop of impressive 8,000 meter peaks
➡ Experience unique culture of Teeji and Yartung Festival
Upper Mustang Jeep Journey- Elevation Chart
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 2: Sightseeing the living cultural museum of Kathmandu (B)
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) - (B)
Day 4: Early morning flight to Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) Star the road Jeep journey to Chhusang (2,900m/9,514ft), (B/L/D)
Day 5: Drive to Tsarang (3,560m/11,679ft), explore Ghar Gompa (B/L/D)
Day 6: Drive Lo Manthang (3,800m/12,467ft), (B/L/D)
Day 7: Acclimatization in Lo ManThang, exploring the capital, (B/L/D)
Day 8: Drive to Ghilling (3,490m/11,450ft), (B/L/D)
Day 9: Return to Jomsom, (B/L/D)
Day 10: Fly to Pokhara, (B)
Day 11: Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, (B/D)
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu, (B)
Note: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Daily activities include walk to the sights, sit in jeep driving on bumpy road
Lo Manthang at elevation of (3,800m/12,467ft)
The best time for this Mustang road trip is from March to November.
Domestic flight tickets and transportation described in itinerary
We will stay 5 nights in Comfortable Twin Deluxe Hotel in city and 6 nights Basic Twin Room in mountain lodges.
Meals as described in itinerary
Professional English speaking guide has government licensed
Porters carrying a maximum of 20kg (Two guests share a porter)
GROUP SIZE: 2-10
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