Upper Mustang Mountain Biking Tour

Duration: 17 Days
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About Upper Mustang Mountain Biking Tour

Upper Mustang, A last forbidden kingdom located in the Trans-Himalayan region of Western Nepal which was opened for tourists only after 1992. Since then Upper Mustang has been one of the most popular destinations in Nepal for trekking. And in recent years, it has been growing as a popular destination for mountain biking enthusiasts as well.

The Upper Mustang mountain biking tour covers a diverse range of areas from the arid region of the Mustang region to the lowlands of Tatopani. The trail follows the ancient salt trading route where one can have the opportunity to explore and experience the unique culture and tradition of the local people which have been preserved for a long time. The people living around Jomsom and Marpha are the Thakali people while the people living in the upper regions have a culture that heavily resembles the Tibetan culture. Both of these communities practice Tibetan Buddhism. Another unique feature of this tour is the Lubra village. It is the only village in the whole Mustang region where you can observe the people practicing pre-Buddhist religion called,'Bon'. Stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 M), Mt. Annapurna (8091 M), Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Tukuche Peak, & many more snowcapped mountains can be seen during the tour accompanied by Buddhists monasteries, chortens, stupas, wall caves, peaceful villages and the warm hospitality of the local people. During the tour, you will ride along the world's deepest gorge of the Kaligandaki River as well.

Overall, the Upper Mustang Mountain Biking Tour is an adventurous tour with an opportunity of cultural discovery.

Highlights

  • Last forbidden kingdom with people that have rich culture and tradition that resembles the Tibetan people
  • Lo-Manthang, a walled capital city of Upper Mustang, built-in 1380 AD by the first King of Lho, ‘Ame Pal’
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna ranges
  • Centuries-old monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the rare Bon religion
  • 25-minute of a scenic flight over the Himalayas from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Mountain biking through the world’s deepest gorge,' Kali Gandaki Gorge'
  • Almost treeless barren landscape like the Plateau Tibetan
  • Natural hot spring in Tatopani

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 M)

You will arrive at the Kathmandu airport where one of our team members will welcome you and take you to the hotel.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After having breakfast, you will go on a sightseeing tour. You will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc. All of these places are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the evening, you will arrange the required gears. 

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Today, we will drive to Pokhara. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will rest for a few hours. Later in the evening, we will explore the Lakeside market and do boating on Fewa Lake. 

  • B&L
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 7 hours

Taking an early morning flight, we will fly to Jomsom. The flight will present us with gorgeous landscape and mountain views. From Jomsom, we will begin biking towards Kagbeni. The route will be fairly easy and rideable. On the way, we will see a beautiful view of nature. 

Distance: 11km
Rideable: 100% 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Kagbeni
  • 2810 M
  • 2 hours

Today, we will wake up early and have breakfast. After that, we will begin ascending on a rugged trail. The path will have tiny boulders, however, we can easily ride our bike on that. Upon reaching Muktinath, we will get freshened up and visit one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus, Muktinath Temple. 

Distance: 13 km
Rideable: 100%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Muktinath
  • 3760 M
  • 3 hours

From today onwards, we will ride into the forbidden land of Upper Mustang. The trail takes you to the Gyu La Pass from where we will ride downhill and reach Chhuksang. After having lunch here, we will bike along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River and cross a bridge. The path from here will take us to Chele where we will get to see superb views of Mt. Nilgiri and Kali Gandaki River. 

Distance: 20 km
Rideable: 90% 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chele
  • 3050 M
  • 5 hours

After having breakfast, we will begin ascending towards Ghiling. Enjoying captivating views of Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Annapurna, we will ascend on a ridge. From here, we will ride through a few small villages and reach Ghiling. 

Distance: 23km
Rideable: 90%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ghiling
  • 3570 M
  • 5 hours

The trail today will take us to the Nya La Pass. After having a warm breakfast, we will ascend on a rugged path and lead the top of the pass. From here, we will descend and cross Ghami La Pass to reach Ghami. Here we can see many mani walls and ancient monasteries including the longest mani wall of Upper Mustang which is believed to be an intestine of a demon. we will have lunch here then biking through crossing Ghami Khola and long Mani wall,  pass by Tsarang La pass (3870M) and descending down a dirt road will shortly take us to Tsarang. 

Distance: 22 km
Rideable: 90%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tsarang
  • 3560 M
  • 5 hours

Today, the trail will take us to Lo-Manthang, the Kingdom of Lo. After having a warm breakfast, we will begin ascending towards Lo La Pass. From the top of the pass, amazing views of the surrounding can be seen. From here, we will ride for half an hour and reach Lo-Manthang. We will visit the Monasteries and the museum there.

Distance: 18 km
Rideable: 100%

 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lo-Manthang
  • 3810 M
  • 2 hours

It is our rest day in Lo-Manthang. We will spend the day traversing Lo-Manthang and its nearby areas. we will visit ancient gumba, royal palace, inhabited caves, and museums. Today, we will get to learn and experience the lifestyle of the locals residing here.

Rideable:100% 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lo-Manthang
  • 3810 M
  • 4-5 hours

Leaving Lo-Manthang behind, we will cross two passes. On the way, we will stop at Ghar Gompa and also get to see beautiful views. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Upper Mustang. we will have lunch at Ghar Gompa, We will reach Ghami for the night stay. 

Distance: 22 km
Rideable: 90%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ghami
  • 3520 M
  • 5 hours

Riding on an easy trail, we will reach Samar. From here, we will ascend towards Dajori La Pass (3735 M) and descend down to Chele for night stay. 

Distance: 32 km
Rideable: 95%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chele
  • 3050 M
  • 5-6 hours

Riding along the Kali Gandaki riverbank, we will move towards Marpha. After reaching Kagbeni, we will take a small lunch break and continue riding towards Jomsom. Further, the trail will take us to the village of Apple orchards, Marpha for night stay. It is a beautiful village of the Thakali people with a unique culture and tradition. We will get to taste one of the most delicious apples here and a few apple products. 

Distance: 36km
Rideable: 100%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Marpha
  • 2670 M
  • 5 hours

After a good night's sleep, we will begin riding along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes downhill presenting lush and green scenery. we will pass by several beautiful villages and crossing bridges, then we will reach Tatopani for overnight stay. 

Distance: 43 km
Rideable: 100%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tatopani
  • 1190 M
  • 5 hours

From Tatopani, we will ride along the river bed and reach Beni. From here, we will hop on the bus and drive towards Pokhara. 

Distance: 23km  
Rideable: 100% 

  • B&L
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 6 hours

After having breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu. The drive will present us with beautiful views of green hills, rivers, terraced fields, and small settlements. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will move to the hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we can do the shopping and evening farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 7 hours

As per your flight departure time, one of the representatives of our company will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop.
  • 3 Nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the tour.
  • Mountain biking tour lodge (Tea House) accommodations with twin sharing basis during the tour.
  • All the staff’s salary, meals, accommodation & insurance.
  • English speaking MTB guide with his own bike during the tour. (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight:12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All necessary permits including a special permit for the restricted area and paperwork needed for the tour.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by private vehicle, flight option available with additional cost.
  • Flight Pokhara–Jomsom.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Personal bicycle (to bring your own or rent at Kathmandu)
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing and Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone, personal trekking equipment, hot shower, and battery charging during the trek.
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).
  • A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost of USD 140.
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).

PRICES & DATES

Pick Available Departure Dates
Start Dates End Dates Availability Price  
09 Oct, 2021 25 Oct, 2021 Available $2150 USD
20 Oct, 2021 05 Nov, 2021 Available $2150 USD
23 Oct, 2021 08 Nov, 2021 Available $2150 USD