Upper Mustang Overland Tour

Duration: 14 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 2-12
  • Max. Altitude 3800

Highlights

  • Explore Nepali cities and villages, experiencing warm hospitality and savoring delicious Nepali delicacies
  • A unique Himalayan experience by driving through picturesque villages
  • Tailored for all ages, this 14-day overland tour provides an adventurous family holiday without the need for strenuous daily treks
  • Traverse the upper Kali Gandaki river valley via mountain passes and canyons
  • The challenging roads add an element of excitement to the journey, with bumpy rides providing a thrilling experience
  • Enjoy the trans-Himalayan landscapes and stunning mountain views
  • Meet locals from diverse communities and get to see their daily lifestyle
  • Visit ancient monasteries, stupas, and sky caves during the tour
  • Come across natural hot springs and beautiful apple orchards
  • Explore Lo Manthang, the last forbidden kingdom
  • Get a blessing in Muktinath temple, Nepal's significant pilgrimage site

Upper Mustang Overland Tour

The only part of the Himalayas in Nepal that you can explore while driving from one village to another is the Upper Mustang. Our 14 Days Upper Mustang Overland Tour is perfect for all ages of travelers and makes an adventurous family holiday trip. You do not have to trek 5 to 6 hours a day during the Upper Mustang overland tour. We also have trekking program for the Upper Mustang.

Following the upper Kali Gandaki river valley, you will drive past remote villages via mountain passes and canyons. The roads are not well made, so the ride will be bumpy and quite thrilling. However, the magical mountain panoramas and arid landscapes will pay for all the exhaustion.

Unlike other parts of the Himalayas, Upper Mustang boasts a very different landscape and terrain. It is much more like the Tibetan plateau. The sand fields, canyons, and rocky gorges replace the dense forests and lush valleys. This is because Upper Mustang is located in the rain shadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

What to expect during the Upper Mustang overland tour?

Our Upper Mustang Overland Tour itinerary is well-designed to let you have an adventurous yet gradual and immersive journey in the Himalayas. We want you to enjoy nature without rushing. You will spend three nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara. During this time, join our friendly tour guide and visit some ancient historical and natural sites in both cities.

Explore Nepali art, architecture, culture, and beliefs. Get to see Nepali city and village life. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals wherever you go and indulge in delicious Nepali delicacies. During the overland tour, you will come across lovely terraced fields, apple orchards, and meadows.

Soak your body in natural hot springs in Tatopani and visit ancient monasteries throughout the tour. Witness stunning mountain views and barren hills. Cross high mountain passes like Yamada La (3,850 m/12,631 ft) and Lo La (3,950 m/12,959 ft). The route is dotted with numerous stupas, chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags.

Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, is located close to the Tibetan border. It stretches south to north towards the Tibetan border. The majority of the locals in Upper Mustang follow Tibetan Buddhism and speak the semi-Tibetan language with different dialects. Meet with communities like Thakali and Gurung.

Towards the end of the Upper Mustang Overland Jeep Ride Tour, you will visit an important pilgrim site in Nepal- Muktinath Temple. Follow the deepest gorge in the world to Jomsom and drive back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. In the lower part of the route, you will get to witness vibrant and lush landscapes.

Historical monuments and bustling markets of Kathmandu

Our Upper Mustang Overland Jeep Ride Tour includes a short but guided UNESCO World Heritage Sites visit on the second of the itinerary. You will spend 4-5 hours of the day visiting monuments such as Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnah Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All these places are a must-visit and present the intricate Nepali art and architecture.

Similarly, around all these monuments are local markets that you can explore. The surroundings of Boudhnath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square have the most bustling markets. Thamel, Asan, and Indra Chowk are popular areas for shopping. Explore the traditional goods, handicrafts, spices, jewelry, food, and textiles.

Lakes, museums, and waterfalls in Pokhara

Pokhara is known as the city of lakes. You will spend two nights here. Our Mustang overland tour also combines a guided tour in Pokhara. During your time in Pokhara enjoy the tranquility of Phewa Lake. Witness gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Explore museums like the International Mountain Museum, Likewise, visit tourist sites such as Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, etc.

Natural hot springs in Tatopani

On the way from Pokhara to Mustang, you will spend a night at Tatopani, located at 1,190 meters (3,904 ft). It is a small settlement and has natural hot springs where tourists can relax by paying a small fee. These hot springs have healing properties that not only soothe your muscles but also benefit your skin.

Tatopani is surrounded by terraced fields, traditional villages, and views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The combination of the therapeutic hot springs and the natural beauty makes Tatopani a popular stop in the Annapurna region.

Kagbeni

Kagbeni is located at 2,804 meters (9,199 ft). It is a beautiful village and gateway to Upper Mustang. The village is known for its well-preserved mud-brick houses, narrow alleys, and a medieval fortress. The architecture reflects the traditional Tibetan influences of the region. Here, you will visit a 15th-century monastery called Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery.

Jomsom

Jomsom, at 2,700 meters (8,856 ft), is a major village in the Mustang region. It is located in the lower part of the Mustang and serves as the main economic hub. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Jomsom has numerous infrastructures, including ATMs, high-end lodges, airports, gear shops, restaurants, etc. Your time here will be magnificent.

Kali Gandaki gorge and Shaligram

The Kali Gandaki Gorge is known as the deepest gorge in the world. It is carved by the Kali Gandaki River as it flows between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. The gorge is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, with towering cliffs and stunning views of the snow-covered mountains. The Kali Gandaki Gorge was the trade route between Tibet, Nepal, and India for centuries.

Shaligram is a fossilized ammonite stone found only in the Kali Gandaki River. It is known as the golden black rock and is considered holy by Hindus. Shaligrams are believed to represent the various forms of Lord Vishnu. These stones come in various shapes and sizes. They are often kept in households for daily worship, and larger Shaligrams are enshrined in many temples.

Lo Manthang

Lo Manthang is the capital of Upper Mustang and is also known as the Walled City or the Last Forbidden Kingdom. It is situated at 3,850 meters (12,631 ft). It is one of the main highlights of the Upper Mustang overland tour. Here, you will spend two nights and visit the king's palace and ancient monasteries.

The architecture of the city reflects Tibetan influences, with whitewashed buildings adorned with colorful prayer flags. Get to see the lifestyle and the culture of the locals. You will be amazed by their simplicity and generosity.

Ancient monasteries and sky caves

Upper Mustang is home to several ancient Buddhist monasteries that have withstood the test of time. These monasteries are not only religious centers but also warehouses of Tibetan Buddhist art and culture. Thubchen Gompa, Champa Lhakang, Namgyal Gompa, and Ghar Gompa are some centuries-old monasteries you will explore.

Upper Mustang is also very famous for its sky caves. They are ancient man-made caves carved into the cliffs of the Kali Gandaki Valley. These caves are believed to date back thousands of years and were used for meditation, habitation, and burial.

Tiji Festival Celebration

Tiji festival is the annual event celebrated in Lo Manthang. It is a three-day ritual known for its vibrant masked dances, cultural performances, and religious ceremonies. The Tiji Festival is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism and commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha's incarnation, Dorje Jono, over a demon named Man Tam Ru.

During the festival, the monks make huge mandalas and perform the mask dance, reenacting ancient stories through intricate dance performances. The dances are believed to dispel obstacles, bring prosperity, and purify the community.

We have a special package called Tiji Festival Trek that you can check out if you wish to participate in this festival. You can also customize the package and make it an overland tour.

Muktinath Temple

Situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,464 ft) in the lower Mustang region, Muktinath Temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. The temple complex houses a Vishnu temple and a Buddhist gompa, symbolizing the coexistence of Hinduism and Buddhism in the region.

Pilgrims believe that visiting Muktinath brings salvation and purifies the soul. The temple is famous for the 108 water spouts where pilgrims take a ritual bath, believed to cleanse them of sin. Muktinath is also known for its natural gas fires, which have been burning continuously for centuries.

Apple orchards

During your overland tour to Upper Mustang, you will come across various lush apple orchards. The orchards are nestled amidst the hills and valleys. Apple farming has been a traditional livelihood for the locals here. The cultivation of apples has become a cultural practice, with the fruit being used in various forms, from fresh produce to local delicacies and even apple-based products like jams, wines, pies, and juices.

Arid landscapes and snow-capped mountain views

The Upper Mustang Overland Tour presents breathtaking arid landscapes like the Tibetan plateau. You will come across thorny bushes and low shrubs. The rugged landscape provides a habitat for wildlife, and lucky visitors might spot Himalayan blue sheep or other mountain fauna. Himalayan mountains like Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), and Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft) are seen along the way.

Sarangkot viewpoint

Sarangkot is a renowned hill station and viewpoint located on the outskirts of Pokhara. It is particularly famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views. Many local and foreign tourists also visit this place for paragliding. If you wish to paraglide, let us know. The viewpoint offers a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding landscapes, including Phewa Lake, Pokhara City, and the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges.

Itinerary

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Our representatives will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day to escort you to the hotel. They will welcome you and take you to the hotel in a private vehicle. Spend the remaining time exploring the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, we will spend the day visiting some famous tourist sites in Kathmandu and later preparing for the tour. Visit historical monuments such as Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhnath Stupa during the tour. Later in the day, we will have the trip briefing with the mountain guide and arrange the permits.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After a delicious breakfast, we will leave Kathmandu and follow a beautiful highway to Kathmandu. The ride will be very comfortable and scenic. You will witness stunning views of hills, rivers, waterfalls, and terraces on the way. Pokhara welcomes you with stunning views of Mt. Fishtail. Spend the evening enjoying the tranquility of Phewa Lake and the bustle of Lakeside Market.

*Note: You have the option to upgrade the transportation to a short 25-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. It will not cost you that much money and you will have the whole day in Pokhara to rest and explore.

  • Distance: 201 km/125 miles
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • MealsBreakfast
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

From today onwards, the Upper Mustang Overland tour officially begins as you will be driving to Tatopani. We use a well-maintained jeep for the tour. Leaving Pokhara, drive to Beni (95 km away) following a good road. The ride will be quite scenic and also offers views of snow-capped mountains.

From Beni, it takes another 20 kilometers of driving to reach Tatopani. Tatopani is a natural hot spring area. Here, you can enjoy a hot spring by paying a few extra bucks. It will help you relax your body and get rid of sore muscles because of the long drive from Pokhara.

  • Distance: 115 km/71 miles
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1190

On this day, drive to Kagbeni. The road condition is not that good, so the ride will be a bit bumpy. Enjoy views of lush hills and mountains. Drive past small villages and towns. You will come across gorges, waterfalls, lovely apple orchards, and stone houses on the way.

The views of mountains like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I are striking during the drive. Drive past villages like Dana, Ghasa, Lete, Kalopani, Kobang, Tukuche, Marpha, and Jomsom villages.

  • Distance: 60 km/37 miles
  • Duration: 6-7hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3800

From Kagbeni, drive to Ghiling via Chhusang, Chele, and Samar settlements. In Samar villages, visit Chhuyer Chorten and Samar Gompa and witness breathtaking views of Annapurna and Nilgiri. You will take a lunch break here as well. Further, the drive continues to Sangbochen. On the way, you have the option to visit Ramchung Cave (Chungsi Cave Monastery).

The view of Tilicho and Damodar Danda are phenomenal from Ramchung Cave. The ride continues to Yamada La pass (3,850 m) and descends to Ghiling. It is a lovely village surrounded by barley, buckwheat, wheat, and potato fields. Here, you will visit Chyoling Gompa.

  • Distance: 20.4 km/13 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3570

Leave Ghiling early and drive to Ghami. Here, you will explore the old winter palace of Lo Kingdom and Shad Drup Darkeling Gompa. This gompa is related to the Sakyapa sect of Buddhism founded by Sonama Lodo in 1414 AD. The ride continues from here, crossing a bridge over Ghmai Khola and taking one hour to reach Dhakmar.

Dhakmar is another beautiful village. Further, drive to Charang village- the second largest town in Mustang. Visit a 16th-century monastery built by Bsum Grub Dorje. Later in the day, visit Ghar Gompa, an ancient monastery built in the 8th century by a Tibetan magician- Guru Padmasambhava, related to the Nyingma sect of Buddhism.

  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3950

Enjoying the arid landscapes with canyons, red cliffs, and barren terrain, continue the drive to Lo Manthang. This is the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. The road crosses the Lo La pass. Here, you will see traditional mud-brick houses, the palace, monasteries, and narrow alleys. Later in the day, you may visit Chhoser to explore sky caves and surrounding monasteries.

  • Distance: 13.6 km/8 miles
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3810

You will spend one full day in Lo Manthang because there are a lot of things to explore here. After breakfast, visit monasteries and explore the nooks and crannies of this untouched city. Get to see the lifestyle of the locals as you explore the village and interact with them. Champa Lhakang, Namgyal Gompa, and Monastic Museum are some of the places you will explore.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3810

Today, we have a long ride from Lo Manthang to Muktinath, so we will begin the day early.

You will most follow dirt roads and drive downhill, enjoying majestic mountain panoramas throughout the ride. Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain views make the ride superb, even though it is bumpy. Enjoy your time in Muktinath village, and do not forget to explore it while you are here.

  • Distance: 45 km/36 miles
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3800

From Muktinath, you will take a long ride to Sarangkot. The route descends following uneven cliff sides and small villages and towns. You will witness breathtaking mountain views on the way and quite diverse scenery. The landscape soon changes to lush hills, waterfalls, and terraces.

Sarangkot is a famous hill station near Pokhara. Spend the night here and witness a gorgeous sunset with views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail.

*Note: Sarangkot is famous for paragliding. Let us know if you wish to paraglide too. The cost is affordable, and a professional paraglider will fly with you.

  • Distance: 130 km/90 miles
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1590

You will return to Pokhara today. Spend a couple of hours resting and getting freshen up. Later, visit the famous tourist sites in Pokhara like Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, World Peace Pagoda, and other museums around the city. You can boat on Phewa Lake and buy souvenirs while exploring the Lakeside Market.

  • MealsB
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

It is time to drive back to Kathmandu. Leave Pokhara early in the morning after a big breakfast. We will use a comfortable Jeep for the ride. The ride will be smooth and beautiful. After reaching Kathmandu, the guide will drop you at the hotel. Unpack and rest. We will meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Distance: 201 km/125 miles
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • MealsB, D
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Our team will drop you at the international airport on this day as you will be flying back to your home. If you wish to do any other activity in Nepal, let us know. We will organize a hassle-free trip.

  • MealsB

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfer
  • Hotel Kathmandu and Pokhara (5 nights) with breakfast
  • Kathmandu Day tour
  • 8 nights Accommodations during tour in Guest houses
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the tour as per the itinerary
  • English speaking, government licensed, trekking/tour guide
  • Guide salaries, food, equipment, and insurance
  • All applicable Upper Mustang Special Permit, ACAP, and TIMS
  • Transportation by 4x4 Jeep During the tour
  • All the Official expenses and government taxes and VAT

Exclusions

  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra tour, hotel, and local flight tickets
  • All Monuments Entrance Fees on day 2
  • Additional snacks, drinks, bottled water, Wi-Fi, telephone, internet, laundry
  • Meals (Lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Skip long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • You can skip the long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by upgrading to flight at US $120.00

Skip long drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • You can skip the long drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by upgrading to flight at US $120.00

Essential Info

Overland Mustang Tour Permits

If you are a foreign traveller, you have to get a restricted area permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit for the Upper Mustang Overland Tour. The restricted area permit for the Upper Mustang costs USD 500 per person for the first ten days and USD 50 per person each day thereafter.

Likewise, the cost of the ACAP permit is NPR 3,000 per person. Both permits have a single entry and cannot be transferred to others' names. We, Outfitter Himalaya, help you obtain both permits.

Note that to get a restricted area permit; you have to be in a group of at least two people (a single permit is not issued for a restricted area). If you are a solo trekker, you can join our fixed departure groups.

Difficulty and altitude sickness during the Upper Mustang Overland Tour

The main difficulty during the Upper Mustang overland tour is the rugged road conditions. The ride will be safe but quite bumpy, so you will get exhausted. We try our best to provide you with a strong vehicle in good condition to make sure the journey are less tiring.

In the villages and around them, you will go on leisure hiking. Other than that Upper Mustang Overland Tour does not include any physical difficulties. Apart from that, you have to adjust to the basic tea house and simple meals during the tour.

One other main concern during the Upper Mustang Overland Tour is altitude sickness. Not everyone gets it, and you can easily avoid it by following the below measures:

  • Keep drinking lots of water. You have to keep yourself hydrated and avoid consuming anything that may dehydrate your body, like alcohol, cigarettes, etc.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep well. Make sure you are not sleep-deprived. Maintain your energy.
  • Take frequent breaks and enjoy nature. Do not stress about anything, including unstable internet. Immerse yourself in the moment.
  • Be aware of symptoms like headache, insomnia, difficulty in breathing, vomiting, nausea, etc. Inform your guide and get first aid right away if you see any of these symptoms.

Best seasons for Upper Mustang Jeep Ride Tour

You can do the Upper Mustang overland tour any time of the year, but summer/monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons have some extra weather challenges. The best season for the Upper Mustang Overland Tour is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

Spring and autumn seasons have low precipitation, excellent visibility, moderate climate, and stable weather, which make driving off-road safe. In summer/monsoon, there is heavy rainfall in the lower part of Nepal, which increases the risks of landslides in the hilly area.

However, once you touch the upper region of Mustang, there is no rainfall, and the weather and climate are perfect for enjoying overland tours. Likewise, an Upper Mustang overland tour in winter is also possible.

Accommodation and Meals

The accommodation during the Upper Mustang overland tour is tea houses. You will stay overnight in simple tea houses along the way. The houses are made up of stone and mud. The rooms are twin shared.

You can also request single rooms at the time of booking. These tea houses offer a glimpse of the lifestyle of the locals. You will get comfortable beds, clean shared bathrooms, hot showers, and healthy meals. Hot showers, WiFi, and charging come at an additional cost.

Similarly, these are some of the usual food options available during the Upper Mustang overland tour- dal bhat, Tibetan bread, thenduk, thukpa, momo, chapati, rice, curries, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, porridge, soups, museli, oats, eggs, toast, apple pie, etc.

Last-minute booking

To do the last-minute Upper Mustang overland tour, send us your inquiry via our site or contact us right away at info@outfitterhimalaya.com or +977 9851137380 (Arjun Rijal). Because there is not much time left to prepare for the journey, we recommend contacting us through our mobile number to book the trip. If you are already in Kathmandu, visit our office located at Sukra Bhawan, 44600 Thamel Marg.

Our last-minute booking service allows you to book the Upper Mustang overland tour 48 hours before the trip begins. You have to make the full payment for the trip. Our team will do their best to arrange everything on time for you to start your Upper Mustang overland tour smoothly.

Upper Mustang overland tour packing list

Follow the list below to pack for the Upper Mustang overland tour. You can buy and rent most of these clothes and gear in Thamel, Kathmandu at an affordable cost.

Clothing

Thermal base layers, insulating jacket (down or synthetic), fleece or soft-shell jacket, waterproof/windproof jacket, waterproof/windproof pants, long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts, hiking pants, thermal leggings, moisture-wicking underwear, sports bras (for women), hat or beanie, sun hat with a wide brim, gloves, hiking boots, moisture-wicking socks, and warm socks for colder days.

Gear

Daypack, duffle bag, rain cover for your backpack, sleeping bag, sunglasses with UV protection, water bottle, water purification tablets, high-energy snacks and bars, quick-drying towel, torch, power bank, adapter and chargers, map, duct tape, and notebook and pen.

Toiletries and first-aid

Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, high SPF, lip balm with SPF, toilet paper, prescription medications (if needed) and a basic first-aid kit, waterproof bags/pouch, cash, necessary permits/documents, and sleeping eye mask/ear plugs

FAQs

  • Q1. How far is Mustang from Kathmandu?

    Mustang is located approximately 206 kilometers (128 miles) away from Kathmandu; however the road distance is almost 422 kilometers (262 miles).

  • Upper Mustang shares a border with Tibet and has a vulnerable natural diversity, which makes this region a restricted area in Nepal. Likewise, this region also houses the ancient cultural heritage of the locals. To preserve and protect culture, nature, and border, Upper Mustang is made a restricted area.

  • It depends on the kind of activity you are doing. For instance, you can explore the Upper Mustang in a jeep in 8 to 14 days. Likewise, trekking takes 12 to 18 days.

  • You have to wear appropriate clothing during the Upper Mustang overland tour. The clothes you wear must be adjustable, insulting, breathable, and water-resistant. Trekking clothes are best because they are made to withstand unpredictable Himalaya’s weather. Also, face masks and glasses are quite important.

  • Travel insurance provides the necessary coverage and response in case of any medical emergency. In the event of injuries, sickness, or any other unseen occurrence, we use travel insurance to provide helicopter evacuation, which can be very expensive without travel insurance.

  • Upper Mustang is a trans-Himalayan region. Because of the very distinct climate, biodiversity, rich cultural heritage, many unexplored sky caves, centuries-old monasteries, canyons, gorges, and arid landscapes, Upper Mustang is famous.

  • If you cannot trek and want to explore the Himalayas, then Upper Mustang is the only part of the Himalayas that one can explore in a jeep. The road is not well made, but the mountain views, landscapes, and interactions with the locals are surreal. The upper Mustang overland tour is 100% worth it.

  • These are the best seasons for the Upper Mustang overland tour- spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). You can also do the Upper Mustang overland tour in summer/monsoon (June, July, and August); however the lower region may create monsoon nuisances.

  • Upper Mustang has a bit hotter climate than other trekking regions. The average temperature during daytime ranges from 18°C to 28°C. During the night, it drops to -2°C to 0 °C.

  • The lower part of the Upper Mustang sees rainfall, but once you are above Kagbeni (the upper part of Mustang), there is no rainfall. It is because the upper Mustang lies within the rain shadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

  • Upper Mustang is like a semi-desert. The terrain, climate, and landscapes match the Tibetan plateau. This region has sand fields, red cliffs, canyons, rocky gorges, big rocks, etc.

  • In Upper Mustang, wildlife like musk deer, snow leopard, golden eagle, Himalayan griffon, etc are found. If you are lucky, you may spot some of them during the overland tour.

  • During the Upper Mustang overland tour, you will get to witness many different peaks and mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, etc.

  • Yes, you should carry additional money during the Upper Mustang overland tour to buy extra drinks and snacks or additional services like hot showers, charging, WiFi, etc. As per your expending habit, budget USD 15 to USD 25 for each day.

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