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Overland to the Forbidden Kingdom

Overland to the Forbidden Kingdom

Trip facts

Duration: 11 days

Country: Nepal

Type: Off-road adventure

Transportation: 4 Wheeler

Accommodation: Hotel/lodge/tenting

Best season: Throughout the year

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The Tibetan culture, Himalayan life, their own existence and a very typical life style are the words that describe Upper Mustang in a sentence. Actually, there are simply no words that can describe the word. Those who take the trip will return back with the spirit of overland tripping in Himalayan region.

The overland tour to Upper Mustang or overland tour to forbidden kingdom is a most adventurous overland trip of the himalaya. Its amazingly awesome road trip to take in Nepal.

Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang is the forbidden kingdom of Nepal, isolated and remote. This region was restricted area until 1992. Once, the upper Mustang used to be the independent kingdom and the capital was Lo Manthang. It used to have its own monarchy, own king. By October 7 2008, the monarchy ended on the order of government of Nepal. Lo Manthang is walled from all side. It lies between the white walls. So, it is also called as “Walled city”.  Since upper Mustang was removed from restricted area, People have been travelling there times and forth for exploring and research. On 2007, some shepherd of Mustang discovered 55 cave paintings depicting the life of lord Buddha. Upper mustang is a place, if once visited, you will be eager to visit it once again soon.

The road trip to Upper mustang

The road trip to upper Mustang is the most exciting trip on all Himalayan region. Starting from Kathmandu, the hilly roads driving side by the Trisuli & Marsyangdi River will take you to Pokhara, a very beautiful lake valley on lap of the Himalayan range (Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail & Mt Dhaulagiri). You will be driving through Kaligandaki river to cross it for 70 times, and it is the most adventurous part of the trip.Then the adventure starts when we start driving to Jomsom from Pokhara. The driving is very adventurous and fun. The scenes and hilly geography has perfect combination.  It is also known as most scenic highway of Nepal.Then the further driving starts to Ghiling. The Tibetan houses and culture can be seen around. The driving is adventurous. Driving to Lo Manthang, the capital of upper mustang, is most adventurous and amazing thing. Driving through off-road and very less populated area, long unseen geography is just amazing. On the total, while you reach the Lo Manthang, you will be crossing the Kaligandaki River for 70 times. We will take our time and explore the Lo Manthang lifestyle, culture, history, etc.We will also drive to china border and come back to Lo Manthang. You can explore how trade goes and how it used to be done in history. It has interesting history. While driving back, we will visit Muktinath temple and Kagbeni (village set on side of Kaligandagi River).

Trip highlights

  •   Overlanding beyond the Himalayas
  •   Off road experience
  •   Most scenic road of Nepal
  •   Altitude driving
  •   Kali-gandaki river crossing
  •   Tibetan plateau

Day 01: Arrival and Pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Breakfast and drive to Pokhara. Arrive Pokhara and Check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Half day Pokhara sightseeing and preparation starts for the tour.

Day 04: Breakfast and drive to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom

Day 05: Drive to Ghiling Via Kagbeni. Overnight at Ghiling

Day 06: Drive to Lo Manthang from Ghiling.

Day 07: Explore Lo-Manthang (Capital of Mustang)

Day 08: Drive to border and come back to Lo-Manthang.

Day 09: Drive to Kagbeni.

Day 10: Drive to pokhara after visiting Muktinath

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu.

Duration: 11 days

Destination Covered:Kathmandu ValleyPokharaJomsomMuktinathManang and Mustang

Whats included?

  • Airports pick up and drop
  • All accommodation, simple lodge during tour (Pokhara – Pokhara) and Hotel in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • All meals during tour (Pokhara to Pokhara)
  • Applicable entrance fees
  • Jeeps, guide, supporting staffs and supporting vehicle.
  • Sleeping bag and liners
  • Upper Mustang permit fee ($500 PP)
  • Pokhara sightseeing in private vehicle

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