The Mustang Valley
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A 8-day challenging rough terrain drive to one of the most picturesque and remote regions in northern Nepal called the Mustang valley. Previously an erstwhile kingdom, Mustang borders the Tibetian plateau, and harboured the Old Silk Route that descended into Nepal from the Kashgar region (now in China). With an average elevation of around 13,000feet, the area hosts 2 of the higher peaks in the Greater Himalayas that stand above 8,000m the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna mastiffs.

 

 

The Drive starts from Delhi and enters Nepal via Gorakhpur to reach the pretty Pokhara valley. From here starts the off-road section into the Mustang Valley. Mustang is known for its sometimes non-existent and challenging Himalayan roads punctuated by numerous streams and nallah crossings.
A particular section between Pokhara and Lete is known for its notoriety wherein an 80km section is known to take 3-4 hours to traverse. Crossing this gravel and stream laden section, the route reaches Jomson and Muktinath this section is known for some of the most remote and pristine landscapes the Himalayas have to offer. Further, the route attempts to reach Lo Manthang, the original walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo. The section of Muktinath from Lo Manthang is ambitious. Countable number of 4 wheelers have managed to reach up there. The hamlet is located just 50 kms short of the Chinese border and offers some breath-taking views. Post this high, the route traces back to Muktinath and further Pokhara to finally end in Delhi.

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Cost Inclusions:
♦ Vehicle like 4WD Scorpio or similar with the driver; one vehicle will be shared by max of 4 people; you may choose to drive yourself* or be driven around
♦ Accommodation on twin sharing basis in 3 star hotels or equivalent
♦ Simple, basic meals - breakfast, lunch & dinner
♦ End to end trip planning, research
♦ Trip commentary, guidance and leadership
♦ Permits and paperwork applicable as part of regulations as formed by Govt. of Nepal
♦ Local guidance and support from experts
Basic Emergency Medical Support (on basic or availabilities)

Cost Exclusions:
♦ Any air travel - your international or domestic passenger flights
♦ Meals and drinks not mentioned
♦ Alcoholic beverages
♦ Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill- health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc
♦ Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey
♦ Medical expenses incurred during the trip
♦ Charges for carrying video camera or still camera
♦ Hotel, subsistence or other costs incurred prior to the official start date of the drive and after the official end date of the drive.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu
♦ Welcome meet & greet Icebreakers

♦ Dinner & Overnight stay

Day 2

Kathmandu to Pokhara
♦ Boating on Phewa lake
♦ Visit to Pokhara International Mountain Museum

 

Day 3

Pokhara to Lete
♦ Rugged road drive

♦ Meet local people

♦ Visit a remote village

Day 4

Lete to Muktinath
♦ Picturesque village Kagbeni

♦ Stunning scenery for photography
♦ Beautiful Kali Gandaki river

 

Day 5 : Muktinath
♦ Ancient Brahma temple, sacred site for Buddhists Gorgeous scenery with massive Thorong la in the foreground
♦ Numerous trails to go mountain biking Short hikes through the villages Experience local cuisine and lifestyle

Day 6

Muktinath to Pokhara
♦ Drive back on challenging roads

 

Day 7 : Pokhara
♦ Local sightseeing
♦ shopping and finally GALA dinner

Day 8

Pokhara to Kathmandu
♦ Drive back to Kathmandu and fly out

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