The Beni - Jomsom road is a high mountain road located in the Kali Gandaki Valley, in Mustang District of Nepal.
The track is part of the Tour des Annapurnas. It was built by the Nepal Army. It’s gravel and rocky. There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. High Clearance SUV or a Jeep, with 4WD, is the most suitable vehicle for the trip.
This tenuous road connects Mustang district with Nepal’s national highway network. It’s very steep, ending at 2.700m above the sea level, near Jomsom. The road follows the Kali Gandaki river. This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through.
The most challenging part of the road runs along the Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi, which could be the deepest canyon in the world. The road was improved in 2010. Now it’s little wider and not so risky in compare to 4-5 years down. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road.
It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. The road is prone to landslides and flooding particularly during the monsoon.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Travel Guide