On arrival at Kathmandu international airport terminal Nepal, Adventure Team staff and guide will receive you. You are dropped to respective hotels in the popular hub of Kathmandu, Thamel. After the refreshment break our guide/leader will brief with information regarding hotels, Nepali culture, tours, and Upper Mustang Jeep Ride with a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with folk cultural program.
Day 1 Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 2 Preparation in Kathmandu
This day is separated for the preparation of the entire journey. You will be informed with Jeep Ride plans and the packing lists along with what you can expect and how it can be more interesting. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is optional, if intended you can visit a number of world heritage listed places.
Day 3 Drive to Pokhara
Early morning drive of about 08 hours to popular tourism hub Pokhara allowing you to explore the Nepali living style. You are settled to hotels of Pokhara and can enjoy the peaceful and fresh vibes of the city that is highly appreciated by people from all around the world. Besides, sightseeing is optional to you so if required Nepal Adventure Team can arrange Sightseeing of Pokhara. (30minutes flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu is available as per request with additional charges)
Day 4 Drive to Kalopani
We have a quality time at Kathmandu and Pokhara which own modern facilities and have flavors of urbanization, now it’s time to move away from these urban areas. Now we head towards North of Pokhara valley by passing numbers of places as Lumle, Kade (beautiful view of Pokhara and Annapurna range, Nayapul, Kusma and like. Till Pokhara you had smooth paved roads. As you leave Pokhara , the ride on off-road begins. As you reach Maldunga, the highway for Baglung and Beni is separated and we choose Beni highway. We ride through Kali Gandaki and reach Beni Bazar , last town till we return back from Upper Mustang. As we leave Beni Bazar the real off and the bumpy road begins. We climb through this road being on the bank of Kali Gandaki river as well as pass the point of Deepest George of the world named as Rupachhe Jharna. As we climb up the altitude also rises, the cold breeze gives us company and the road through cliff gives us goosebump. We stay at Kalopani with an altitude of 2300m.
Day 5 Drive to Kagbeni via Dhumba lake
The bumpy road continues as we leave Kalopani and head towards Kagbeni. During the spring and monsoon season, you can see numbers of waterfalls in this way. One of the popular waterfalls is at Ghasa. Ghasa has a checkpoint where the details of tourists and vehicles are collected in meanwhile you can enjoy the view of huge waterfall nearby checkpoint. Similarly, you climb higher, pass typical thakali villages with the view of the Himalayas much nearer to you. The well known Marfa village for its culture, tradition and apple garden is another major attraction of this day. Then, we visit Dhumba Lake that is located exactly at the lap of Mount Nilgiri giving the view of Dhaulagiri. Within a few minutes on off-road, we drive through smooth highway to Kagbeni which is newly pitched. Kagbeni is our night stop.
Day 6 Drive to Ghami
Kagbeni is a renowned religious village of Nepal located at the bank of Kali Gandaki river. Pilgrims are different country visit this village and feel blessed. The popular Shaligram stone is found on the bank of Kaligandki river and people also search for it. People regard it as God Bishnu as well as Shaligram has high value in the market. After staying at such a holy and valuable village of Mustang district, we move forward and today’s stop is Ghami. To reach Ghami, we need to climb uphill and we see the colorful barren hills decorating all the areas and the shining mountains above those hills. We have come far from the urban areas yet you are served with great hospitality and possible facilities that locals can afford and supply.
Day 7 Drive to Lo-Manthang
On the 7th day of our adventurous Upper Mustang Jeep Ride, we reach our ultimate destination Lo-Manthang. Though we aim to reach Lo-Manthang, we ride in a slow pace as we explore the local areas, cultural artifacts, and beauty of the environment while heading towards Lo-Manthang as there is a number of the essential and beautiful place which attract tourists. We visit such places that is on our way such as Ghar Ghumba- The oldest Monastery of the area representing the history, culture and ancient architecture and like other palaces of ancient time. We aim to reach Lo-Manthang in the evening just to rest and relax.
Day 8 First Day of Tiji Festival
On the 1st day, the monks perform a dance called ‘TsaChaam’. This tells the story of the birth of ‘DorjiSonam’- a reincarnated Buddha to conquer over a demon. This demon harassed the kingdom of Mustang and brought huge destruction to the country. The performance of the first day includes 52 different steps practiced since months and evoking God and purifying the ground for the dances to take place on Day 2 of Tiji festival. You can witness the monks enacting the harassment of the said demon on the people of Mustang along with the enchanted prayers.
Day 9 Second Day of Tiji Festival
The second day is the main lit of Tiji Festival. Many tourists travel 100 kilometers from Jomsom through barren areas to attend the second day of Tiji Festival. Tourists crowd around the square and top of the buildings to watch the show of the day by standing shoulder to shoulder with locals. The monks perform ‘NgaCham’. During this performance, DorjeeSonam tries to return the demon to the Buddha realm. You see different dances, dance with drums, by monks, wolves with swords, ghosts dances, dangerous attitude, warriors ragging demons and monkey boys entertaining audience. The King of Lo arrives on the Second day and settle to his throne.
Day 10 Third Day of Tiji Festival
On the 3rd and final day of the Tiji festival, the ‘RhaChham’ dance takes place. On this ceremony, DorjeeSonam triumphs over the evil demon and banishes him from Mustang. Numbers of monks enchant prayer and mantras with drums and worship. The festival goes beyond the town’s main square, monks and people walk through the city. They walk away from the city and fire the gun to scare off the demon and claim the victory over demon and destruction by peace. The monk who plays the role of DorjeeSonam does this by throwing an effigy. This effigy made from Tsampa (barley) represents the demon ‘Ma Tam Ru Ta’.This defeat brings peace and prosperity to the land of Mustang. Every year Tiji festival takes place in the hope of spreading peace throughout the world.
Day 11 Drive to Chhuksang
After a busy exploration day at the restricted city, Lo-Manthang, we head to return towards Kathmandu with the mesmerizing heart. We find no settlements at all on this way which makes it more peaceful, entirely unspoiled nature, zero human settlements and just the moments of nature and you. Since there are no settlements on this way, Nepal Adventure Team arranges packed lunch for you to keep you healthy and energetic. You can thoroughly enjoy and cherish the drive through colorful barren hills, nearby Himalayas and unspoiled environment.
Day 12 Drive to Jomsom via Muktinath
From Chhuksang, we head to squat at Jomsom, one of the popular and developed markets of Mustang Region. While riding to Jomsom, we also make a visit to the renowned Temple, Muktinath Temple. Muktinath Temple carries the high religious value for the Buddhists and Hindus. Muktinath Temple at an altitude of 3700m and people from different parts of the world visit Muktinath Temple and receive the blessings. Additionally, Muktinath Temple is situated at the lap of the Himalayas offering the heart pleasing view of mountains, hills, and settlements. It has 108 holy water streams and two holy ponds and bathing on them is believed to be blissful, valuable, blessing and way of salvation. Pilgrims believe it makes them pure. Then, we drive to Jomsom a city of facilities and blessed with nature’s features.
Day 13 Fly to Pokhara
Since Jomsom is the only well facilitated and developed city of Mustang Region, you can roam and explore Jomsom though you have an early flight to Pokhara. Pokhara valley does not need an introduction as it is widely popular among the tourists throughout the globe. Within half an hour, you land to Pokhara. You can explore on your own, or just relax or Nepal Adventure Team can manage Sightseeing in Pokhara valley. Pokhara is the city with a view of the long mountain range on the north , surrounded with hills, accompanied by lakes and supported by cool lifestyle and authentic religious temples.
Day 14 Drive to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu as the way we came to Pokhara. You are transferred to respective hotels with leisure time for relaxation and shopping souvenirs. Farewell Dinner is arranged for you by the Nepal Adventure Team to add more amazing moments in your stay in Nepal. (30minutes flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara is available as per request with additional charges)
Day 15 International Departure
The incredible Upper Mustang Jeep Ride ends here on 15th day. You will be dropped to the airport by our staff as per your flight schedule. Nepal Adventure Team appreciates you for completing the thrilling and religious jeep Ride and bid you warm see off with the hope to serve you further in following days.