Upper Mustang 4WD Jeep Adventure
Upper Mustang Trek is in an area that is restricted to only a small amount of tourists each year. It was closed to foreigners until 1992 to protect the local traditions and it still has certain restrictions in place today. This makes it the perfect place for those wanting to get off the beaten path and explore a mysterious and ancient land, where very few have been before. Upper Mustang trek is one of the popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region.
This city is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, but has a language and a people more engrained in Tibetan traditions. Along the route we will have the chance to explore the local villages and to begin to understand the ancient traditions of the Mustang region. In this Jeep Adventure, we will also see the unique beauty of the region, quite different to other areas of Nepal, with its high, desert like plains.
21/10 Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m)
We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Thamel.
22/10 Day 02: Drive to Pokhara bz jeep. 6 hours
A city with a large lake that offers us the magnificent views of various mountains: Dhaulagiri, the whole Annapurna range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) amongst others. You will get another chance to do some last minute shopping for the trek and explore around the lake and town. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
23/10 Day 03: Drive to Tatopani (1000m 6 hours
It will be scenic drive all the way to Tatopani, and enjoy its natural hot spring. After the long drive at evening can enjoy your time bathing in the hot spring while watching mountain views.
24/10 Day 04: Drive to Chele (3100m) 3-4 hours
We enter our trip to Upper Mustang by jeep drive. While driving we can stop along the way for photo taking and explore places by foot. On the way, we visit Marah village, Jomsom, and Kagbeni the last settlement in lower Mustang. You get your first taste of a Himalayan culture that is now more ancient and better preserved than that of Tibet. We then begin our Upper Mustang trek. This is where we step back into the past and enter the restricted region of Upper Mustang. The old buildings nested along sheer cliff faces stand as a testament to a land that time forgot. At Tangbe you see your first set of the black, red and white chortens that typify Mustang’s unique form of Buddhism.Overnight at tea house.
25/10 Day 05: Drive to Lo Manthang (3900 metres) 3-4 hours
After breakfast we continue drive to Lomanthang along the small mountain passes. Our jeep takes us over the mountain passes of Chele La to the village of Samar (a one-time Khampa stronghold as they battled the Chinese to preserve their land). From there it is up and down, through a valley and over another pass, Bhena La at 3850 meters. We then continue to Yamdo La at 4010 meters before descending to the village of Gelingwhereyou. We pause for a break, take photos and continue our drive to Charang.
The drive will be one of the most picturesque, we pass through many villages on the southern boundary of the ancient kingdom of Lo. We will end at the village of Charang with an amazing view of a monastery perched over the gorge of the Kali Gandaki river.
From Charang we ascend over a ridge before entering the Tholung valley where journey takes to the arid landscape that we so often see in the photographs of Mustang. It is appropriate, as with all mystic journeys (and stories) there seems to be a descent into a wasteland before the hero enters the blissful realm he is seeking. So, is true with ours as we cross over Lo La at 3950 meters and behold the view of prayer flags flapping in the wind signaling the approach of the walled city of Lo Manthang, summer home of the King of Mustang.Over night at Lo Manthang
26/10 Day 06: Day in Lo Manthang.
Today we stay in Lo Manthang exploring the splendors of the town with it’s gompas, old shops, and King’s palace. On summer treks, the King may be in residence, so look for special activities surrounding the palace. Our Mustangi guides have many friends in Lo Manthang, and this is the day the get a chance to really introduce you to their special culture that is like no other in the Himalaya. Because the Mustang was closed to Western visitors until the 1990s, it does not have as many of the Western trappings as other regions of Nepal. Indeed, Mustang was not even part of Nepal until 1951. It is rumored to be the region of the lost Shangri-La. Enjoy this day in one of the world’s most remote and ancient kingdoms before we begin our walk, heading south again toward Lower Mustang.
27/10 Day 07: Drive back to Jomsom overnight at Jomsom.
28/10 Day 08: Drive back to Pokhara. Free and easy.
29/10 Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu
30/10 Day 10: Departure
Land Cost: $1700USD or $2360SGD
Flight Tickets (From SG): $360USD or $500SGD
* (based on currency rates 1USD = 1.39SGD dated 24/5/2017)
Early Bird Special: Pay only $1650USD or $2290SGD if you can confirm your trip and pay the deposit (not full amount) by 16 June 2017
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