Nepal: 17D Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

Recommended by 99% of travelers

Country

Nepal

Duration

17 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Activity

Jeep Tour

Max. Altitude

3,800m

The Mustang Jeep Tour

The Mustang Jeep tour presents an exceptional opportunity to explore the captivating region of Mustang within a short period of time, providing a convenient and efficient way to discover its hidden treasures. Travelers who are eager to immerse themselves in the untouched Tibetan culture and witness the remarkable topography of the area opt for this luxurious jeep tour.

Mustang Valley, often called the “Kingdom of Mustang,” has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most sought-after visitor destinations. It’s because of its ancient caves, historic monasteries dating back to the 16th century, and a wealth of archaeological sites. Moreover, the valley’s breathtaking scenery includes snow-capped mountains and other exclusive attractions. This all adds to its allure and makes it a truly extraordinary experience. Himalayan Leaders, renowned for their expertise and knowledge of such region, organize this unforgettable and magnificent trip to ensure an immersive and rewarding journey.

Fascinating History of Lo Manthang, Mustang Jeep Tour

Embarking on a Mustang Jeep tour opens the door to a captivating journey through the rich historical tapestry of Lo Manthang. At the heart of Mustang lies Lo Manthang, a city with a rich historical background and a mesmerizing past. Founded around 1450 by the son of the legendary Ame Pal, who conquered and unified the smaller kingdoms in the upper Mustang region, Lo Manthang stands as a testament to the area’s glorious heritage. The city is encompassed by a majestic high wall, measuring 300 meters in length and 150 meters in width, forming an ‘L’ shape. This ingenious architectural design has safeguarded the town from invaders, bandits, and the fierce winds sweeping across the region, preserving its historical integrity and captivating allure for centuries.

Monasteries and Cultural Heritage of Lo Manthang

Within the confines of Lo Manthang, as part of the Mustang Jeep tour, there are three monasteries that serve as a testament to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region. Of these, Chode Lhakhang, the newest monastery, is approximately 200 years old and serves as a residence for monks who dedicate their lives to spiritual practices.

In addition to its spiritual significance on the Mustang Jeep tour, Chode Lhakhang also serves as an educational center, offering both secular teachings and Buddhist practices to its devoted followers. Although no longer actively used, the other two monasteries are meticulously preserved and maintained by different families within the community. These families are responsible for tending to the monasteries, ensuring that traditions are upheld and the sanctity of these sacred spaces is preserved.

A daily ritual integral to the Mustang Jeep tour experience involves changing water each morning and lighting butter lamps as night falls, creating a serene and ethereal atmosphere within these spiritual havens. The Mustang Jeep tour allows you to witness and participate in these timeless rituals, immersing you in the spiritual essence of Lo Manthang.

Day To Day Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

Day 02:

Sightseeing around in kathmandu valley

After breakfast, sightseeing visit, in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 03:

Drive or fly to Pokhara

Trek Duration

6hrs

Flight Hours

30m

Today we take tourist bus drive to Pokhara, on the way we get chance to observe good scenery of countryside while driving. We will arriving late afternoon at Pokhara around 2:00 p.m, Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on foot or as your own like boating in Fewa Lake overlooking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges. In the evening prepare for the trek overnight in Pokhara. On the way to Pokhara if you are interested you can have rafting also.

Day 04:

Jeep Drive to Marpha

Trek Duration

5-6hrs

Highest Altitude

2600m

Intensive exploration of the Marpha village including Kawaguchi House and Marpha Gompa.

Day 05:

Drive by jeep to Kagbeni

Trek Duration

3/4hrs

Highest Altitude

2810m

Enroute visit Thini and Sakyo Gompa, Hutsaptempga Gompa and village of Syang (if possible), entensive exploration of Kagbeni village including Kag Cholde Gompa and “mom, red house”.

Day 06:

Drive by jeep to Samar

Trek Duration

2-3 hrs

Enroute visit Tiri Gaon, Chusang with Kunza Choling, if possible Temple of Medicin/Mentsi Lhakhang, explore the Samar village and sourounding.

Day 07:

Jeep drive to Tsarang/Charang

Trek Duration

3-4 hrs

Highest Altitude

3500m

Enroute visit Rangchyung Cave chorten/cave temple, village of Ghiling/Geling with walk through chorten, Sukya Gompa and Mani Wall, Red Cliffs of Dhakmar/Tramar, visit village and Gompa, in Tsarag visit Lo Gekar Gompa, Thubten Shedrup Dhargyeling, Ruin of King’s Palace.

Day 08:

Jeep drive to Lo Manthang

Trek Duration

2-3 hrs

Highest Altitude

3800m

Enroute visit Ghar Gompa and Sumdra Chorten, intensive exploration of Lo Manthang, also Champa Lhakhang Thubchen Lhakhang, Shakya Chyodi Gompa and King’s Palace.

Day 09:

Explore day in Lo-Manthang

Lo Manthang, explore around (walk to Namgyal Gompa or climb up to ruined fortress and drive by jeep to ancient caves and Tibetan/Chinese border.

Day 10:

Jeep Drive to Chusang

Trek Duration

5-6hrs

Explore the village again, short trek to Tetang (if time permits), lodge at Chusang.

Day 11:

Jeep drive to Muktinath

Trek Duration

2hrs

Highest Altitude

3800m

Explore the village, temples and holy sites.

Day 12:

Jeep drive to Tatopani

Trek Duration

5/6 hrs

Muktinath, further exploration, and drive to Tatopani, enroute visit Jarkhot,

Day 13:

Drive by jeep to Pokhara

Trek Duration

6-7 hrs

Day 14:

Free day in pokhara

Day 15:

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu

On arrival in kathmandu you are transfer to the hotel.

Day 16:

Sightseeing of Bhaktapur and Patan

After breakfast we drive to Patan. Patan is the ancient cities listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in Nepal, known for its beautiful handcrafted and architectural works. Then after Patan we drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is an ancient town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is also listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and pottery artwork. These cities are exclusively rich for its own culture and traditional life.

Day 17:

Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be transfer to the international airport as per your flight schedule for your onward destination.

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What is included?

  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation in lodge during trek
  • Mustang special permit and conservation fee
  • Sightseeing with cultural guide in city in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day apart from Kathmandu and pokhara (B, L, D)
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara with tourist bus
  • 4-wheel jeep from Pokhara to Lo-Manthang as per mention in the program

What is excluded?

  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation in lodge during trek
  • Mustang special permit and conservation fee
  • Sightseeing with cultural guide in city in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day apart from Kathmandu and pokhara (B, L, D)
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara with tourist bus
  • 4-wheel jeep from Pokhara to Lo-Manthang as per mention in the program

Cultural Traditions and Protective Measures

The residents of Lo Manthang have deep-rooted beliefs and practices that are intrinsically linked to their culture and spiritual traditions. One of the fascinating cultural traditions involves protecting homes from evil spirits by hanging “ghost traps” over their doors. These ghost traps, fashioned from decorated goat skulls adorned with intricately knotted strings, are powerful talismans believed to ward off malevolent forces and bring blessings to the household. This ancient custom reflects the enduring belief in the protective power of symbolic artifacts and serves as a captivating glimpse into the local traditions and customs of the people of Lo Manthang.

Diverse Landscapes and the Splendor of Lo Manthang

The remarkable beauty of Lo Manthang extends far beyond its historical and cultural significance. The surrounding landscape is a mosaic of diverse natural elements, each contributing to the region’s awe-inspiring splendor. Valleys, canyons, and plains intermingle with snow-capped mountains and rivers, creating a mesmerizing tapestry of nature’s wonders.

The Mustang region offers breathtaking views of renowned Himalayan peaks. Prominent mountains like Annapurna, including Macchapuchare and Dhaulagiri, create a majestic backdrop, enhancing the experience in Mustang Valley. Lo Manthang, with its ancient city at the center, stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of these diverse landscapes. As visitors explore the region, they are treated to a visual feast of jigsaw-like diversity, where every turn reveals a new vista to marvel at. The valleys stretch out in serene beauty, the canyons offer a sense of grandeur, the plains exude tranquility, and the snow-topped mountains stand tall in majestic splendor. The rivers flowing through the land add a touch of serenity to the already picturesque scenery. This remarkable blend of nature’s creations makes Lo Manthang a truly captivating destination.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Mustang Jeep tour provides a remarkable opportunity to explore the cultural treasures, historical significance, and breathtaking landscapes of Lo Manthang within a short timeframe. This convenient and luxurious tour allows travelers to immerse themselves in the untouched Tibetan culture and witness the remarkable topography of the Mustang. From the ancient caves and historic monasteries to the archaeological sites and protective traditions, Lo Manthang offers a captivating journey through time and culture.

The resilient, high wall surrounding the city, the monastic life within Chode Lhakhang, and the cultural practices of the local residents provide glimpses into the rich heritage of the region. Moreover, the diverse landscapes, with their valleys, canyons, plains, snow-capped mountains, and meandering rivers, add a touch of natural splendor to the experience.

By incorporating these enhancements into your Mustang Jeep tour, you can optimize your journey and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. From expert local guides to tailored itineraries, cultural immersion, and breathtaking Himalayan panoramas, every element contributes to an enriched and unforgettable experience in the mesmerizing kingdom of Mustang.

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