Mountain Biking in Upper Mustang

16 Days

Tour Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 14, 2022 - October 29, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
November 5, 2022 - November 20, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
November 14, 2022 - November 29, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
December 14, 2022 - December 29, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
July 5, 2023 - July 20, 2023 Available $2,550
4 Available

Tour summary

Explore the forbidden lands of Lower and Upper Mustang in this exhilarating tour. Enjoy fantastic mix of scenery and native Tibetan culture and lifestyles in Kagbeni. Rejoice in the awe-inspiring sceneries of the Himalayas and the night skies from the driest, desert-like high altitude region of Upper Mustang, which until a few decades was restricted to outside travellers. Revel at the ancient caves carved onto mountain cliffs, and at the ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist cultures and lifestyles shaped over centuries by the rugged yet stunning landscape of one of the few high altitude desert regions in the Himalayas. Ride along unparalleled cross country and downhill sections in the high Himalayas and along the mighty Kali Gandaki river, through high altitude agricultural fields of barley, potatoes and apple orchards, and over multiple mountain passes over 3500 m (12000 ft.). Relax your mind and body by making offerings at the temple of soul liberation, Muktinath (“mukti” means liberation, while “nath” means a holy shrine), and by dipping in the hot springs at Tatopani. Taste Himalayan apples and apple brandy in Marpha.  This tour gives you the best of the Mustang region in a short 16 day trip!

Overview

Explore the forbidden lands of Lower and Upper Mustang in this exhilarating tour. Enjoy fantastic mix of scenery and native Tibetan culture and lifestyles in Kagbeni. Rejoice in the awe-inspiring sceneries of the Himalayas and the night skies from the driest, desert-like high altitude region of Upper Mustang, which until a few decades was restricted to outside travellers. Ride along unparalleled cross country and downhill sections in the high Himalayas and along the mighty Kali Gandaki river, through high altitude agricultural fields of barley, potatoes and apple orchards, and over multiple mountain passes over 3500 m (12000 ft.). Explore the majestic forbidden kingdom of Lo in this exclusive mountain biking tour!

Explore the hidden lands of Upper Mustang

  • The last Shangri-La, in the hidden Kingdom of Lo
  • Ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyles
  • Ancient caves, monasteries, and villages carved onto mountain cliffs
  • Majestic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs
  • Unparalleled enduro, downhill and cross country trails
  • Muktinath, the temple of soul liberation
  • Multiple mountain passes above 3000 m (10000 ft)
  • Horse riding, local cultural tours, and immersive community stay

Itinerary

Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel on a private vehicle. The evening can be spent exploring Thamel, a tourist hub offering numerous bars, shops and restaurant, as well as Basantapur, which gives you an instant taste of Nepali life. Later in the hotel, we will also brief you on trip details, safety and preparation for the adventure.
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport for a scenic 30-minute flight to Pokhara. Once you reach Pokhara, you will be awestruck by the city’s natural beauty. The city lies along the banks of the gorgeous Phewa Lake and sports panoramic views of Machapuchure, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. Pokhara is much more laid back and less hectic than Kathmandu, which makes it perfect for relaxation and adventure activities as well. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque Pokhara valley which offers wonderful natural and cultural places for sightseeing. These include boating in Phewa Lake, exploring Seti River gorges and Gupteshwar Cave, visiting Tibetan Refugee Camps and Barahi temple. The Peace Pagoda is also quite a spectacular hike with amazing view of Pokhara valley below and the Annapurnas at a distance. A guide and a private vehicle will be at your disposal for the day.
We pack up and head to the airport for our flight to Jomsom. There are several flights from Pokhara to Jomsom in the morning before the high winds in Jomsom picks up late-morning. Upon landing, we assemble our bikes and spend some time riding through the cobbled streets of the bustling town. We then head off to Kagbeni, riding the relatively flat section along the river trail. Kagbeni borders the Kingdom of Mustang, a secluded region of Nepal that was until recently forbidden for travelers. In Kagbeni, you can enjoy the fantastic mix of scenery and native lifestyle. The lively Tibetan culture in the village is sure to give you a warm welcome.
From Kagbeni we enter the region of Upper Mustang, which until very recently was restricted to travelers. The trail climbs for a short stretch from Kagbeni and then on a dusty path we ride on a short section of steep downhill. There are fantastic views of snowcapped mountains that you can enjoy. Chusang and Tetang villages, shortly above 3,000m, welcome you with fields of barley, potatoes and apple orchids. After a short steep climb, we reach the beautiful village of Chele, our destination for the day. Caves believed to be created thousands of years ago can be seen shortly before we reach Chele.
Chele La Pass at 3,630m is our first checkpoint, as we pass the Samar valley, and along the way other passes like Taklam La (3,60m), Yamda La (4,010m) and Nyi La Pass (4,020m). The ride takes us through the tiny settlement of Syanboche village, from where the Ramchung cave and chorten-like stalagmites are just nearby. Indeed, this section makes for one of the most sacred places in Mustang. From Syangboche we descend to the picturesque valley of Geling, where you can see mostly mud houses. Crossing several passes today will be demanding but well rewarding once we reach Ghami.
Today we cross the Ghami River and ride along the longest mani wall to reach the village of Charang with panoramic scenery of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peaks. We’ll make a quick visit to the Red Monastery at Charang. The walled city of Lo Manthan, the district capital of Mustang, will be visible as we cross Lo La Pass at 3,810m, popularly called Windy Pass. The sight of the old kingdom will make you feel lost in another era. The mystical and isolated city certainly is a major destination of our trip. More than 600 years old, the walls of Lo Manthan are believed to ward off the evil spirits. We’ll spend the evening strolling in the streets of this surreal town.
There couldn’t be a better day to take a rest than in Lo Manthan, where we will visit three major monasteries (with ancient paintings and art) and a four-storey palace of an old Mustangi king. We’ll mix in with the locals and observe their lifestyle and how they go about their daily chores. To get around Lo Manthan, we’ll hire a horse and visit nearby villages and other great attractions like the Jong cave tunneling intricately on the mountainside. The experience you get in this old kingdom – of the culture, nature, architecture, people views and the feeling of being in an ancient rustic town – will be memories for a lifetime.
The day starts with a hearty breakfast, riding back to Ghami through challenging but exciting alternative routes that take over the Pang La Pass situated 4,090m in altitude. From here a thrilling downhill takes you to Ghar Gompa, a beautiful 1200 years old monastery, and amazing red landscapes of Dhakmar village. The vegetation at Dhakmar is greener that in other places of Upper Mustang. After an hour’s ride of mostly undulating singletracks, we reach Ghami in the late afternoon.
The route to Samar is same way back to Kagbeni, but since we’re taking a different route, the sceneries are much different and you’ll see more of the Annapurna range on a clear day. We ride through three passes on jeep tracks with little to no traffic. The quaint Buddhist village is one the larger villages in Mustang and the people here are engaged mostly in agriculture. We’ll see many horses here as they are used for transportation and in agriculture as well.
The newly built jeeptrack is quite steep and dusty downhill to Chele and following the Kali Gandaki River, we head to Kagbeni. At this point, we will be exiting Upper Mustang and entering Lower Mustang. On this day, we will descend almost 1,000m in altitude, cover about 22kms. Once we reach Kagbeni in the afternoon, we will have enough time to explore the village and interact with the local people, who are of Tibetan descent.
After having an early morning breakfast, we start riding uphill and gain almost 1,000m in elevation, the highest point of the trip, near Muktinath. The region is dry and arid, almost desert-like, with awe-inspiring sceneries of the mountains at the horizon. You will come across trekkers and pilgrims, flocking from as far as India, on their way to Muktinath, one of the most revered Hindu temples in the world. Once at Muktinath, we’ll spend some time exploring the religious site and see the eternal flame that burns on natural gas source. “Mukti” means liberation and “nath” means a holy temple, so Muktinath is considered to be a temple of soul liberation. Besides Hindu hermits and pilgrims we’ll see some Tibetan traders as well.
From Muktinath we ride along a very enjoyable downhill track descending to the Kaligandaki River valley floor. We’ll make a quick pit stop at Marpha, a village with legendary apple orchids. Make sure to taste some Marpha Brandy here as well as a range of apple products like apple pie and dried apple skin. We call it a day at Tukuche village, an ancient Thakali tribe settlement, and spend some time exploring the region and learning about the culture and history of the village. Tukuche lies right beneath the Tukuche pea and Dhaulagiri, with amazing views of Mt. Nilgiri and massif icefalls of Dhaulagiri’s east face.
We begin riding from Tukuche to Tatopani through some fantastic downhill sections. Tatopani translates to “hot water” and rightly so, the hot springs at Tatopani are quite a treat. This is a fabled place to relax your mind and body, so pamper yourself after a great day of biking in this fantastic region. Located besides the banks of the Kali Gandaki river, the hot dip in Tatopani will help loosen up your muscles amidst the surrounding natural beauty.
After a relaxing time at Tatopani, we ride for about 1.5 hours on jeep tracks to reach Beni, a small but vibrant market town. We’ll spend some time exploring the town and then drive back to Pokhara on a 2-hour drive. It’s a bumpy drive and you can enjoy the scenic views you get along the away. Once we reach Pokhara, we can do some boating on the Phewa Lake, having a pleasant time and reflecting on our thrilling adventure around the Annapurna region. In the evening, loosen up your muscles and free your mind with an hour-long full body massage.
Our staff will take you to the airport for an early morning flight to Kathmandu, and transfer you to the hotel. We’ll have some time for sightseeing in the afternoon. Some of the places we visit include UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Bouddhanath (the largest Buddhist shrine in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temples in the world), and Swayambhunath (a popular stupa perched on a hillock overlooking the city). Shopping can be done in the late afternoon, then in the evening, we invite you to a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant which hosts cultural performances, and you’re more than welcome to join the merry. We toast a round or two of locally brewed drinks to celebrate our biking achievement and to good health! Holidays should never have an ending date. So extend your trip and whet your appetite for adventure with a host of activities including trekking, bungy jumping, mountain flight, rafting, hiking, Chitwan jungle adventure, Lumbini heritage trip and shopping tours. These can be arranged before or after the biking adventure.
The trip concludes today. Our staff will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport and wish you bon voyage for onward journey.

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Costs

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All the required permits and paperwork
  • Pick-up or drop-off service from and to the airport
  • Hotel stay in cities, homestays or local teahouses during trips
  • Transportation costs within the country including domestic flights (if needed)
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, daily wages and insurance of guide(s) and porter(s) during the trip (tips to supplement our guides earnings is highly encouraged)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use especially if you have specific medical requirements.)

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Visa charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Your gear and/or equipment (unless request for rental during booking/inquiry)
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, or laundry
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency

Tour Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 14, 2022 - October 29, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
November 5, 2022 - November 20, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
November 14, 2022 - November 29, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
December 14, 2022 - December 29, 2022 Available $2,550
4 Available
July 5, 2023 - July 20, 2023 Available $2,550
4 Available

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Mountain Biking in Upper Mustang
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