Upper Mustang Mountain Biking

TYPOLOGIES

Cultural

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DIFFICULTY

MIN. AGE

18 years

Trip Introduction

Upper Mustang Mountain Biking  invites for a memorable biking experience along the Himalayan treks. It is an unexplored kingdom that is situated in the central part of Nepal. It has been recently opened for the public access in 1992 before which it was completely isolated from the other parts of the world. Even today, you need a special permit to visit this amazing region and pay a high fee of US$500. However, the fee does not seem to be much when you explore the thrill and adventure or riding along the Himalayan treks.Upper Mustang is a picturesque place that you would dream to visit. The road to Upper Mustang passes through various small villages and towns that are popular for the spectacular view of the surroundings, landscapes, monasteries and friendly monks. You get to ride on the beautiful .rivers, valleys and edge of the mountains and plateaus. As you ride towards the Upper Mustang kingdom, you come across numerous passes, rivers and old bridges. One of the best things that you can experience is the culture and lifestyle of the people in Tibet. The ride to one of the best parts of the world is full of adventure and sightseeing that will continue to amaze you at every step. The view of the mountain peaks of the Annapurna region is one of the main attractions of the trip.

Trip Highlights

  • A wonderful chance to explore the unique culture and lifestyle of Tibet
  • A memorable biking experience along the rivers, valleys, plateaus, mountains and fields
  • Breathtaking view of the mountain peaks covered with snow
  • A dip into the spirituality with the friendly monks and exploring some of the oldest monasteries
  • Understanding the rural lifestyle of Tibet as you spend time with the people
  • Crossing over several mountain- passes on the way enjoying the stunning view of the low-lying areas

TOUR MAP

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and transfer to hotel.

As you arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, our representatives are ready to greet you at the airport. You will be received and transferred to the Hotel. On the way, you will have the chance to see the streets, markets and the buzz of Kathmandu. You will have enough time to rest and check out the bikes depending upon your time of arrival.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu with warm up ride.

On the next day, we will get your permits and everything else ready that is required for the ride. By the time, we will arrange you for a day tour of the wonderful city of Katmandu. You can also explore the tracks at the North of Kathmandu Valley and take a warm up ride.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,689ft).

One the next morning, we will be driving to Pokhara. After a few hours of journey, we will be at Pokhara by noon. We will be travelling along the Trisuli River and valley on our way to the lowlands of Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can take a spend some peaceful moments along the lake or request for an energetic ride along the edge. You will have enough time to rest at night in the hotel.

Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom (2,730m/8,954ft) & Bike to Jhong (3,550m/11,644ft).

Your morning will be special as you will have the scenic view of the sunrise in the middle of the mountains. Prepare for the departure to the Jomsom Airport early in the morning. The airport is at a distance of less than half an hour from the city. On our way to the airport, you have breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and the valley. The flight experience will be unique as it will feel floating in the middle of beautiful Himalayan peaks covered with snow. After a quick breakfast at the Jomson, we will prepare for the ride to the Kagnebi along the Kaligandaki River. It is a popular Buddhist village. The ride will be less than 2 hours. After spending a bit of time in the village, we will ride further up to Jhong. Here, we will spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 05: Jhong to Samar (3,660m/12,005ft).

Now, we will be making our way to wonderful Upper Mustang region. You will be riding at an altitude of around 3600m with a spectacular view of the snowy mountain peaks on the surrounding. We will start riding downhill through the single trails to Tetang and further travelling about a km down to Chhusang touching the ancient Mani Wall on the way. We will now be travelling uphill passing through a river to Chele on the other side. The final destination of our ride will be Samar where will spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 06: Samar to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft).

Gear up for a challenging ride as we head towards the hills to reach Ghami. We will be encounter four passes on our way to Ghami including Nyila La at 4010 meters, Dajori La 3735 meters, Bhena La 3860 meters and Yamda La at 3860 meters. There will be lots of ups and downs on the track but the stunning view of the Nilgiri and Annapurna mountain ranges will keep you pumped. After an absorbing riding session, we will reach the beautiful village of Ghami. It is located on the bank of the river with several fertile lands with lots of greenery. There is also an old Monastery close to the village. We will spend our night here in a teahouse.

Day 07: Ghami to Charang (3,560m/11,677ft).

After a tough day of climbing an uphill, we will take a long but easier ride to Charang. However, we will first need to ride up to the Chinggel Tharsang Choyla Pass before we move downhill along a single trail used by the locals. You will be riding between the lush green fields of barley and mustard. You may also see some Yaks grazing on the open lands. Charang is another beautiful village with an old monastery where you can even play football with the monks. You would love spending time at the monastery with the friendly monks. We will stay here for the night at a teahouse.

Day 08: Charang to Lo Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft).

The next morning, we will start a ride to Lo-Manthang. On our way to the lost kingdom of Lo-Manthang, we will get the famous Lo La Pass also known as the ‘Windy Pass’. As you get the pass, you could see the kingdom of Lo-Manthang, surrounded by a wall on all sides. It is a popular destination of our trip where you have long fields covered with vibrant green of brown depending on which time of the year you visit. We will be at Lo-Manthang by the afternoon to enjoy the lunch. There are numerous places to visit including the royal palace and the monasteries. Some of them are as old as 900 years with an exhibition of beautiful ancient paintings. We will spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 09: Day trip to Dhigaon and back to Lo Manthang.

A day dedicated to this unexplored kingdom and some amazing places nearby. We will leave early to the west of Windy Pass following a downhill trail along the river to the village of Dhigoan. Our lunch will be at this small but vibrant village and will return to Lo-Manthang after spending a few hours in the village.

Day 10: Day trip to Ghom and overnight at Lo Manthang.

Today we will take a ride to Ghom. We will cross Kali Gandaki River and its tributaries more than once before reaching mountains. Ghom is actually a cave drilled into a huge mountain. It is an amazing place and a historical site of a monastery. The scenic view of the surrounding and the place itself is a mind blowing experience. It is a perfect place to explore the isolated people and preserved culture of Tibet. We head back to Lo-Manthang passing through villages and some stunning landscapes.

Day 11: Lo Manthang to Ghami.

After spending two days at Lo-Manthang, we will final leave the kingdom and head towards Gami. We will travel uphill along the Pangla Pass. You will be covering 75% of the track on cycle to the Upper Mustang Valley. On the way, you would get some extraordinary landscapes that change from red to blue before you arrive at Gami. You can explore some interesting village ruins around this place as you ride along the river travelling downhill to Dhakmar and eventually reaching Gami. We spend the night at a teahouse in Gami.

Day 12: Ghami to Samar.

Another challenging day of ride awaits us where we will be climbing an uphill to the Nyla Pass (4010 meters) and then down to Syangboche. You can take some breath as we head for the lunch. Wasting no time, we follow the single trek that takes us to the Ranchung Cave. Here you will get a chance to meet a very old monk who claims to be the creator of the holy places. We continue to ride further, travelling downhill to Samar where we would spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 13: Samar to Jomsom.

From Samar, we will travel to Jomson crossing over two passes, Dajori La (3735M) and Taklam La (3624M). We will have some more interesting elements on our way Kagbeni and eventually ride downhill to the Jomson. If you are lucky, you can see the rare Himalayan vultures in the sky. It is the same place where Sky Burial art is born and you will get a chance to explore it. Eventually, we will take rest at a teahouse in Jomsom.

Day 14: Jomsom to Tatopani.

We will now start retreating to our starting point but through a completely different route. Thus, you will continue to explore many wonderful locations. We would first ride along the river bed from Jomsom to Marpha and then continue travelling to reach Tatopani. Marpha is a special location popular for best quality fresh apples. You can revive yourself with Apple Brandy that is produced locally. Lunch will be special because we will have it by the spectacular waterfall of Rupse Chhar. The dinner will be even more special at Tatopani. The natural hot springs will make you feel on top of the world and the cold beer will add special touch to your dinner. We will rest in a teahouse at Tatopani for the rest of the night.

Day 15: Trek from Tatopani to Pokhara.

Today will be your last chance to ride and it will be an easy ride of just about 18 km downhill to a small town of Beni. You can further take a ride along the lake to Sarangkot, a hill station close to Beni. Eventually, you will be transferred to Pokhara by jeep. Here, you will stay in a hotel for the rest of the night.

Day 16: Back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Your ride from Pokhara back to Kathmandu will again give you a chance to fly in the middle of stunning mountain peaks. You can spend the rest of the day shopping or visit different places in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final departure. Drop to airport as per flight schedule.

In the morning or by the afternoon as per the schedule of your flight, you will be transferred to the airport.