Upper Mustang Overland Tour

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Upper Mustang Overland Tour

Duration : 14 days Accommodation : Standard | deluxe hotel | Lodges
Season : Sept – June Transport : Private vehicle | Flight

 

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Upper Mustang Overland Tour

 

In Upper Mustang, the former Kingdom of Lo is a highly centered area of traditional Buddhist Tibetan culture which remains one of the purest types of Tibetan Buddhism on this planet, which has spanned thousands of decades and centuries now. A recreation trip of the Upper Mustang Overland Tour provides a fresh alternative way of touring the region. Ideal for travelers who want to explore the region by car and want to skip hiking and trekking for lengthy hours.

Enjoy the wonders of the Upper Mustang on a luxurious jeep and see fleeting natural beauty sights and local individuals sitting on a cozy car. The guided tour through the region involves some of the most amazing, diverse valleys of rolling hills and mountains with amazing views of the Himalayas and wealthy ethnic settlements on the crevasses and foothills of the high Himalayas.

This trip is also perfect for individuals who are brief and who want to experience the finest elements and aspects of the mystical region as quickly as possible. 

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DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU, NEPAL

One of our representative will be there at the airport to welcome and pick you up. The he/she will escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu where you will be briefed about the trek. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

About 10 am the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing trip will begin, maundering primarily around the UNESCO World Heritage List cultural heritage locations of the town. Attractions such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, the Buddhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple are all highlights of this trip. One of the most religiously revered shrines devoted to Lord Shiva, the Temple of Pachupatinath, and the ritual of cremation of the Hindi people can be seen at the temple along the banks of the Bagmati Holy River. The Bouddhanath is one of the country’s biggest Buddhist Stupa. A lovely stupa on top of a hill called “The Temple of the Monkey” is the Swayambhunath. The Kathmandu Durbar Square has ancient royal monarchy, the kings of Malla and numerous architectural complex houses and temples, and has dominated the town in ancient times. During the 2015 earthquake, many structures on Kathmandu Durbar Square were severely damaged, but reconstruction work has begun. The city’s cultural sites provide an insight into the history and religion of the country. Touring the heritage sites is a intriguing experience in which Nepalese art is entirely distinct and unique in its prominent new architecture. The buildings and temples have sculptures and sculptures that reflect beautiful Nepalese dexterity. After all, Kathmandu city is also referred to as the “town of gods and goddesses,” and it’s a wonderful way to get to know the country’s surroundings, both cultural and historic. Breakfast included, overnight at the Hotel.

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft), Duration: 6 hours

You will be transferred to the second biggest town in Nepal, Pokhara, after breakfast. On your way you will see the beautiful terraced countryside, green and cultivated by farmers ‘ sowing of rice and barley, the wild rush of the river banks on the road, and the isolated valleys that lie between the giant mountains and the rocky gorges. It requires about 6 hours  drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. In the evening you can enjoy a fun boat ride on Fewa Lake and in the day you can see the clear reflection on the crystalline surface of water, Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna range. Breakfast included in the hotel, overnight.

Day 04 - Pokhara to Kagbeni, Duration: 8 hours

In the valley on the river Kali Gandaki, the village of Kagbeni is mainly the entrance to Mustang. Kagbeni is therefore called Upper Mustang’s main gate as well. For traders in Nepal, Kagbeni used to be a checkpoint. For further access, Trekkers must present their licenses here. When you drive further into Kagbeni, the shift in the landscape from green mountains to constantly steep and ashy white hills becomes visible.

 

Kagbeni is also very prominent in Tibetan culture and its traits are becoming more like Tibet itself. In the popular salt trade between Tibet and Nepal, the village of Kagbeni is a fortress town and was very significant. Once you reach Kagbeni, you can walk the cobbled streets of the village laden to the walls of the chortens and the small Gompas with prayer wheels. In Kagbeni you can also go to the Red Monastery, which is a gigantic construction block constructed around 1429 and has red walls.

Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Kagbeni, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Kagbeni to Charang (Tsarang), (3500m/11482ft)

The trip of the White Hills from Kagbeni to Charang is similar to the badlands. Tsarang is the capital of Mustang Kingdom, located just south of the walled city of Lo Manthang. Tsarang is a village composed of several houses and structures and has various stupa constructions, a monastery and Dzong (fortress). You will also visit the monastery in the village upon your arrival in Tsarang.

The internal walls of the monastery are painted with walls portraying Buddha Mandala’s deities of medicine. These rituals and illustrations of the Buddha are unique devotions within Mustang Kingdom and can be seen in the temples of nearly every village of Mustang. Stay in the guest house overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06 - Charang – Hike to the Luri Cave – return

You’ll have a walk from Charang to the Cave Luri. The cave Luri is filled with fantastic designs such as serried, tapered pillars or organ pipes with steep cliffs and bubbles flashed by wind and weather. These cliffs are lined with caves and this cave is a small jewel of Buddhist art, the internal sanctuary of the Luri Gompa. The Monastery of Luri Gompa is like an eagle’s nest and sits above the crumbling landscape. The Luri Gompa is one of the last cave monasteries in Lo Manthang and Tibet and has no written documents of its creation. Capped on a 100 m elevated cliff, and covered with a red paint, the Gompa stands out against the pillars of the sand and of the bone sandstone. Affiliated with the Buddhist Kagyu sect, the Gompa date from the thirteenth to fourteenth centuries. The below valley shows a portion of the Luri Gompa ; its superstructure, made of mud brick is sitting upon a cliff on the pillar of sandstone. First of all, it seems like the entrance to the cave is only achieved by scaling the pillar itself, but in a lower cave within which is a notched log climbing up to the Gompa itself a hundred meters of winding walking tracks. In its inner chambers are the treasures of the Gompa, which are smooth, hollow-out or widened rooms. Natural light enters a tiny window, making the room looks ethereal. You will return to Tsarang after you explore the cave.

Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.

Day 07 - Charang to Lo Manthang - 3600m/13 km

You will travel from Tsarang to Mustang Kingdom’s capital-Lo Manthang. The drive comprises of wondrously distinctive land of badlands and high corroded hills. You can explore the town on foot once you arrive at Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang has a lot to explore and offers a marvelous taste of Tibetan Buddhist tradition and custom that is considered one of the best preserved traditions on the planet. Occupied by ethnic Lhoba and Bon people, Lo Manthang is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, Gompas and the Raja’s Palace- a nine-cornered, five story structure built around 1400. You will visit Lo Manthang’s monasteries, the King’s palace as well as many other places of significance. Lo Manthang has a great deal to explore and it gives a wonderful taste and tradition of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which is regarded as one of the world’s finest tradition preserves. The Jampa Lhakhang or the Jampa Gompa-the oldest one constructed in 1900 and known as the “God House”-are four major temples in Lo Manthang: the Thubchen Gompa-a large red hall and gompa constructed in the end of the 15th century just south-western of the Jampa Gompa ; the Gompa Chodey-the main town of Gompa now – as are the Gompa City, the Gompa Choprang-which is popularly known to the public. Recently a number of at least 12 caves, adorned with ancient Buddhist paintings and placed in sheer cliffs at 14,000 meters above sea level have been found north of Annapurna near the village too! Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.

Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.

Day 08 - Lo Manthang – Explore the Chosar Cave and the Chosar Village – Return to Charang

Today from Lo Manthang you can walk or drive to the Chosar Village. The village of Chosar is a lovely village made of stone walls and bone – white hills. You can also visit the caves in Chosar during your visit. The canyon path continues along dry gullies from Lo Manthang to Chosar through a bridge through small cultivated fields, through the old ruined fortress. In Chosar, the view of Nyphu Gompa’s deep red looks like an elegant architectural manifestation and is constructed into the rock’s face. The ethereal white-washed hills around the village look like petrified milk and fudge have been cut. The borders with Tibet are in the foreground and tiny streams of spectacular mountain ranges like the path. On the trading path from Tibet to Lhasa, the valley itself was once the key trading point and Chosar is peppered with the ruins of former forts that strategically guard the valley. You will drive back to Charang after exploring the town and the Chosar caves. Overnight stay including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.

Day 09 - Charang – Hike to Ghar Gompa – Return to Charang

We will walk to the renowned Charang Ghar Gompa this day. Ghar Gompa is the oldest monastery in Mustang, about 3 hours from Charang. It was constructed by Guru Rinpoché, the founder of the Tibetan Buddhism, in the early 18th century. The Gompa covers Balmo’s core, Guru Rinpoche’s ogress conquered after an eighth century legendary fight. The paintings in Ghar Gompa show complex tales and legends of the gods and demons are beautifully decorated. The entrance to the Gompa is flanked by the Four Guardians, and inside it the stones and sculptures of Guru Rinpoch, Palden Lhamo and Vajrapani are painted beautiful. On the side of Ghar Gompa are many Tsa Tsa carvings and the prayer wheels. We will then walk back to Charang after exploring the Gompa. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10 - Charang to Chhusang

A pleasant drive from Charang to Chhusang is a desert like terrain frequently dotted with colorful hills. Chhusang is situated on the border between Narsingha River and Kali Gandaki, between Tangbe and Chele. The town of Chhusang comprises of three distinct villages surrounded by huge red, orange and silver gray cliffs marked by caves. The villages of the Narsingha River are an active farming community. Mush has a very powerful Tibetan society like the remainder of Mustang, mixing with Nepal’s culture. It remains secluded and prosperous in the continuation of its tradition, which remains intact or isolated. The individuals here are shifting to modernization very slowly. The only way to reach Chhusang until a few years ago was on foot, and only by pony or yak caravans was the way to shipment of products. Life in the village is calm and quiet, and it moves slowly as it has been throughout the years. You can visit the village and see sights of incredible rock formations. Hotel stay overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11 - Chhusang to Muktinath

The trip to Muktinath comprises a trip spread out over regular interval along the highway with a sparse green vegetation. You will also stop by Jarkot Monastery along the way to Muktinath. The Temple of Muktinath is one of the best-known highlights in the region and will be your time to explore. For Hindus and Buddhists both, Muktinath is a sacred place in Valley Muktinath, 3710 meters above sea level at the foot of the Thorung La Pass. The literal translation of Muktinath in Hindu implies the “Liberation or Moksha.” The temple of Muktinath is also revered in Buddhism, although it has a Vaishnava origin. The Dakinis, the goddesses known as “Sky Dancers,” are very significant for Tibetan Buddhists, and the temple is also one of the 24 Tantric sites. A human-sized golden statue of Lord Vishnu like Shree Mukti Narayana is contained within the small temple of Muktinath. The temple also features a bronze statue of BhooDevi (Earth deity form of Lakshmi), the goddess of Saraswoti and Princess Janaki (Sita). There are also statues of Garuda (The mount of Lord Vishnu). The statue of Lava-Kusa is beautifully designed, with the sons of Lord Rama and Sita, and the temple has a daringly haunting environment. The 108 rolling house behind the temple, which spread icy water from the torrential mouths of the river Kali Gandaki, can also be explored. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included, overnight stay at the Muktinath in a hotel.

Day 12 - Muktinath to Pokhara, Duration: 8 hours

We will drive back to Pokhara from Muktinath, leaving behind the gentry of rocky hills. The winding back of the highway is intriguing with changing terrains and layered moulds and rice plantations. The contrasting colors of the country under the blue sky make the trip melancholic. Hotel stay in Pokhara overnight.

Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

The trip back from Kathmandu from Pokhara is pleasant on a pleasant drive along the highway along the hills and serpentine rivers. Sometimes little towns and markets appear along the route, and when you approach the capital again, it is a beautiful feat to see the destinations behind you. Stay at the Kathmandu hotel overnight.

Day 14 - Farewell

A representative from our company will bid you farewell after taking you to the International airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

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Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private AC vehicle including airport transfer.
  • Three night accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Katmandu.
  • Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Katmandu.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek. We provide attached bathroom wherever possible.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit) please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Horse/Pony during the trek.
  • WiFi internet/phone call
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

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