Polar Trek

Upper Mustang Jeep Trek



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Duration10 days


Max Altitude3,920 m

Group Size2 +

Trip StartsPokhara

Trip EndsPokhara

Group StyleGroup and Private

ActivitiesJeep Tour

Best SeasonMar-Jun & Sept-Dec


  • Delve into Lo Manthang’s Historical Legacy: Immerse in the historical tapestry of Lo Manthang by exploring the king’s palace, tracing back the region’s captivating past.
  • Rain Shadow Area Exploration: Wander freely amidst the historical charm without rain concerns, as the area resides in the rain shadow zone, ensuring a dry and enjoyable trekking experience.
  • Spiritual Odyssey through Gompas and Chortens: Embark on a spiritual journey as you traverse past ancient Gompas, ornate chortens, fluttering prayer flags, and mystical caves, immersing yourself in the spiritual essence of the region.
  • Tibetan Influence in Local Life: Witness the vibrant influence of Tibetan culture on the daily lives of the locals, gaining firsthand insight into their customs, traditions, and rituals.
  • Panoramic Mountain Vistas: Capture mesmerizing vistas of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other majestic mountain ranges, treating your senses to breathtaking natural beauty.
  • Absorb the Tibetan Spirituality: Inhale the spiritual aura of the region as you encounter Tibetan-like people and monks adorned with colorful prayer flags, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and connection.
  • Everyday Life of Local Communities: Gain a firsthand view into the routine lives and rich cultural heritage of the local inhabitants, who share a close affinity with Tibetan practices and beliefs.

Overview about Upper Mustang Jeep Trek

The Upper Mustang jeep trek unveils an enchanting journey to the concealed Buddhist realm, the Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo. This remote trans-Himalayan expanse, bordering Tibet, emanates a distinct Tibetan ambiance, resonating in its people, culture, and the arid landscape adorned with unique rock formations and hues.

Mustang Tour and Trekking Experience: Embark on a Mustang tour and trekking experience that immerses you in the mystique of the Kingdom of Lo. Traverse the remarkable landscapes, from Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, through the stark rain shadow domain of the Dhaulagiri massif, to the historical seat of the past Kings, Lo-Manthang.

Cultural Exploration and Spiritual Encounters: Engage in a cultural odyssey as you explore caves, monasteries, rock paintings, and gompas, absorbing the rich tapestry of this region’s heritage. Revel in panoramic vistas of iconic peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, a visual delight embedded in this exhilarating journey.

Lo-Manthang’s Cultural Gems: Venture within Lo-Manthang to witness the marvels of Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar village, and the King’s palace, unraveling deeper insights into the cultural fabric of the region.

Ancient Healing Arts and Spiritual Traditions: Immerse in the wisdom of the past at the amchi museum and school, where traditional Tibetan healing practices are adapted for modern times. Discover the spiritual enclave of Gyakar, home to the renowned Ghar Gompa, where wishes are believed to manifest, adding a touch of mysticism to your adventure.

Altitude and Trekking Details: Traverse the trek’s relatively high altitudes ranging from 3,000m to 3,920m, heightened by the dry atmosphere. While acclimatization is important, visitors can leisurely explore to avoid altitude-related issues. The daily jeep tour spans 4 to 5 hours, with some paths being breezy and dusty.

Unlock Unforgettable Memories: This jeep trek, retracing the ancient salt route and venturing into the restricted Upper Mustang region, promises an indelible mark on your memory. With every step, you’ll be captivated by the cultural nuances, breathtaking landscapes, and the enigmatic allure of Mustang.


Day 0: Airport/Tourist bus park

Airport/Tourist bus park picks up on arrival and transfers to the hotel, short arrival info and trip plan at the office.

Day 1: Pokhara to Tatopani village(1,190m) 5 hrs drive – 110 km, lunch Camp.

After breakfast we start our journey at 8Am in the morning from your hotel. We drive all the way to west of Beni Bazaar and then follow the Kali Gandaki river, and from here starts the gravel road. After 2 hrs drive we reach Tatopani, it is a small village with natural hot spring, where we can go in the evening time to enjoy and relax. Overnight at the local teahouse.

Day 2: Tatopani to Kagbeni village (2,800m) 6 hrs drive –90 km approx., including lunch break.

 After breakfast we drive along the bank of Kali Gandaki river by gravel road, through the beautiful waterfalls (World’s deepest gorge) and Ghasa village, Kalopani village, Apple farming of Marpha, Jomsom, and number of bridges over tributaries to reach Kagbeni. It is the gateway of Upper Mustang, there are a couple of lodges and shops and a very old and famous Kag Chude Monastery, ruined palace and special Permit check point. In the afternoon we will explore the village, the view of the valley is fantastic. The population consists mostly of a local ethnic group of Tibetan descendant.

Day 3: Kagbeni to Ghami village(3,510m) via Chhusang( 2,980m) Syangboche pass (4,200m) 5 hrs drive – 35 km, lunch camp.

After breakfast we drive inside the Upper Mustang region through the beautiful Chhusang village, we stop here for the view of Sky cave and Kali Gandaki valley. Before Chele village we cross the Kali Gandaki river and continue the ascend drive to Samar and Syangboche, Ghiling village, and we arrive at Ghami village. Today’s view will be amazing from Syangboche pass and other areas. It is your private tour, so you can stop your jeep wherever you prefer and take pictures. During the day, we’ll also see the local farmer houses with Yak and homes caravan, Tibetan culture and local activities. Overnight at the local teahouse.

Day 4: Ghami to Charang village(3,560m) via Dhakmar village(3,820m) 4 hrs drive – 25 km, lunch camp.

After breakfast, first we head to Dhakmar village by drive to explore through the longest mani-wall in Mustang, according to some legend told by the locals. It was built by the Guru Rinpoche a very long time ago.This region used to be distressed by daemons, causing misery and destruction. The story further tells that to end this suffering Guru Rinpoche slew those bad spirits and built the stupa using their slew intestines. After seeing these mani-wall, we drive to one of the most fascinating features of Dhakmar village, it is a very unique topographical area, which is dominated by the red cliffs and rocks. Apart from the stunning landscapes, the village is also known for its rich cultural heritage and ancient cave system. After observation we drive to our destination via a beautiful view point, where we have amazing views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes before reaching Charang village. After lunch break we head by walking to visit the famous Charang monastery which is over 700 years old and the first palace of Mustang.Overnight at the local teahouse.

Day 5: Charang village to Lo – Manthang(3,840m) Via Ghar Gumba(3,920m) 3 hrs drive – 22 km, lunch camp.

After breakfast we drive to the ancient Ghar Gumba monastery through the Marang village. The monastery is situated in a quiet place over the hill side, it consists of colored chortens in the slope, providing a spiritual experience. On the way to the Gumba, views of mountains such as Nilgiri and Annapurna provide a feast for the eyes. Likewise, irrigated land contrasting sharply with red collared rock formations provides a colourful landscape.The monastery was built in the 15th century by Guru Rinpoche before he crossed the border to Tibet, and is related to the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. It is the oldest Gumba in Upper Mustang and is still active today. After exploring the beautiful place we drive to Lo Manthang, the capital of the Kingdom of Upper Mustang. After taking a short rest one can walk around and visit the three monasteries(Thubchen Gumba, Jampa Gumba, Chodey Gumba) inside the palace premise, which was built in the 15th century. Being the biggest settlement of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang has a couple of grocery and tea shops and guest houses.

Day 6: Exploration day-I in Lo manthang.

We will spend the next two days in Lo Manthang, having enough time to explore the ancient city and surroundings. After breakfast we’ll go by jeep to discover the Jhong cave, Chhoser Sky Caves, Niphu monastery and Garphu Gumba. The Jhong caves which are five –storied high and built on a cliff, features 40 rooms and can be reached by climbing steep stairs.The windows through these caves provide amazing views of Chhoser valley. There are many caves near Chhoser that have been used for burial, meditation, and living. Also, the Sky Burial is still used in Upper Mustang, which is in Chhoser and around villages. After exploring the ancient places and monasteries, we will be drive back to the guest house.

Day 7: Exploration day-II in Lo manthang.

Today, after breakfast we will go by jeep to Thinggar village to explore the old palace of Mustang king and Queen.It is the most popular village, it’s in western valley of Lo Manthang. This village lies on the slope hill overlooking the neighboring villages and fields. The summer palace of Lo- king lies in Thinggar and it is protected well and it was destroyed in 2015 earthquake.In 2019 the restoration work was going on. The view of the Thinggar ruined palace from Phuwa gaon looks similar to the Potala of Lhasa, Tibet. We have a great view of the whole valley and colourful landscape and snow-capped mountains. And on the way back we’ll visit the Namgyal Gumba, and after exploring the places we drive back to the guest house. And relax.

Day 8: Lo Manthang to Muktinath(3,700m) 6 hrs drive – 95 km, including lunch break.

After breakfast we will drive all the way to Muktinath, passing through the various local villages, and the Kali Gandaki river, Buddhist Stupas, and monasteries along the way. We will have time in the evening to explore Muktinath village local market.

Day 9: Muktinath to Marpha village(2,670m) via Dhumba lake(2,830m) 5 hrs -22 km, including lunch break.

Wake up in the morning and we will go to visit the Muktinath Temple, it means the place of Nirvana. This significance of the Muktinath Temple is that it is believed that one who visits this temple attains salvation, which is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as the Muktinath here, and also Buddhist worship Lord Vishnu as Avalokiteshwara here. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple, which contains a spring and eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. After exploring we will back to the lodge and have breakfast. And we drive down through the Kali Gandaki river to Dhumba Lake, it is a fantastic place surrounded by Nilgiri mountains and Dhaulagiri mountains, we stop here for the pictures, and then head to Marpha village. After a short rest we will explore the village and Monastery. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 10: Marpha to Pokhara(820m) 7 hrs drive – 170 km.

After breakfast with fantastic memories we drive to Pokhara through Kali Gandaki river and beautiful villages, mountains. Lunch will be taken on the way. After reaching Pokhara we will drop you off at your hotel.

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What‘s included

    Necessary Required Permit and Restricted Area Permit (RAP).
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the tour.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    To and Fro from Trek Start Point to Trek End Point by private vehicle.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.
    All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter


4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries


Q1.Is this Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, this is well-suited for beginners due to its manageable terrain and easy to moderate difficulty level.

Q2. What type of accommodations are available during the trek?

Comfortable tea houses and lodges are available along the trail, offering cozy stays with basic amenities.

Q3. What should I pack for the trek?

Pack essentials like comfortable clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a daypack, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera to capture the breathtaking views.

Q4. Do I need prior trekking experience to join this adventure?

No prior trekking experience is required. A reasonable level of fitness and a sense of adventure are all that’s needed.

Q5. Are permits necessary for the Jeep Trek?

Necessary Required Permit and Restricted Area Permit (RAP).

Q6. What is the best time to undertake this Jeep Trek?

This Trek is best enjoyed during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) seasons, when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.

Q7. How is safety ensured during the trek?

Our experienced guides are trained in first aid and emergency procedures. Safety briefings are provided, and communication devices are carried for any unforeseen circumstances.

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