Upper Mustang Tour with Motorbike is to reach must stunning valley with spectacular mountain views and direct touch with an ethnic-cultural group of remote Nepal. Tour starts from natural city Pokhara and it reached to Landscape of beautiful Tibetan plateau of Upper Mustang further to Tibet border. Ride through recently build dirt road by following Kali Gandaki River George. Road via some ethnical village of lower Mustang Beni, Tatopani, Marpha, Jomsom, Muktinath, Kagbeni and reach the final destination at capital of Mustang Lo-manthang. After exploring two days in Lo-manthang inside the capital city of Upper Mustang and to Tibetan boarder Kora La, tour return down to Pokhara by taking another three days’ time.
Tour at the beginning has time to explore major historical places in Kathmandu valley. Ride to Pokhara via busy highway. You will have enough time to explore natural city Pokhara at the end of tour. Well paved road up to Beni from Pokhara and start riding in rough road. Kalopani is the first night stay at Mustang area. Ride to Jomsom with panoramic mountains of Annapurna Himalayan range. Further to Muktinath and Kagbeni. After Kagbeni we formally cross Upper Mustang restricted area. Riding another two more days to reach at capital city of Upper Mustang called Lo-manthang. Lo-manthang is the ancient kingdom of Nepal lies in Trans Himalayan range. Region is culturally rich as peoples here are Tibetan origin and local Thakali. They speak different languages and have synthesis of Tibetan and Nepalese culture. Hundreds years of oldest monasteries, sky caves, palaces and scenic settlements of local villages are unique things to explore here.
The best season for Upper Mustang motor biking is from March to June month and late September till November. Winter months are more difficult to reach upper part of Mustang. Rainy months like July August are also suitable for Upper Mustang area because it is in rain shadow. But it can be hard to ride in muddy road, landslide route in lower part of Mustang that has to cross to reach upper part.
More suitable motorbike for upper mustang riding is dirt bikes. Dirt bikes are less available in Nepal and cost is higher. We also recommend either Royal Enfield classic or Royal Enfield Himalayan. RE classic is better for heavy body and RE Himalayan is suitable for light body. You also have option to come with your own bike from your place.
There should be minimum two riders in a group to obtain upper mustang restricted area permit. If you are single rider can join out fixed departure dates. Another permit for this trip is ACAP (Annapurna conservation area permit). Nepal highland treks issue both the permits as per your passport details. Only we need is passport copy by email before landing and your original passport once you arrive in Kathmandu for couples of hours.
Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu (1340m) Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with Motorcycle (test riding). Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200km/ 7 Hours - 840m). Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Ride from Pokhara to Kalopani. (125km - 6 Hours) Overnight at guest house 2,530m
Day 05:Ride Kalopani to Chaile (55km - 6 Hours) Overnight at local tea house 3,1000m
Day 06:Ride from Chaile to Lo Manthang (6 Hours / 3840m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 07:Explore Lo Manthang by walking (3840m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 08:Ride to Kora la (Tibetan border) from Lomanthang and back. Overnight at tea house
Day 09:Ride back to Kagbeni (80km - 7 Hours) Overnight in local tea house 2800m
Day 10:Kagbeni to Tatopani, place of natural hot spring (90km - 6 Hours) Overnight at local guest house 1300m
Day 11:Ride back to Pokhara and Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel
Day 12:Riding to Bandipur (77km - 2 Hours) overnight at hotel
Day 13:Bandipur to Kathmandu (147km - 5 Hours) Overnight at Hotel
Your passport copy by email and trip advance amount makes your trip confirm. The first Payment for trip confirmation amount is USD 300 per person. Rest of the payment can be paid once you are in Nepal, before leaving to tour. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by our online payment system using your credit card. We will also need your original passport once you arrived in Nepal and it is for couple of hours to obtain Upper Mustang restricted area permit from department of immigration.
There are several interesting Buddhist festivals celebrate in Upper mustang. The main festival is Tiji festival celebrates in month of may accord of Tibetan lunar calendar. Tiji festival is three days celebration in Lo-manthang and your motor biking itinerary can meet this festival. Festival is all about to destroy demons to save Mustang valley throughout the year. Entire Buddhist monks gather in one place and chant together with their special instruments. They also shows special mask dance during the festival. Tourist from out of the places needs to reserve place to observe paying entrance fees of it.
Day 1Arrive at Kathmandu (1340m) Overnight at Hotel Representative from Nepal Highland trek pick up you from international airport and transfer to Hotel. If time permits talk about your trip and collect your original passport for final receiving of Upper Mustang special permit.
Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with Motorcycle (test riding). Overnight at Hotel The first ride with your Motorcycle today. Escort you by our guide and backup transportation to major 3 places of Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath stupa and Bhaktapur durbar squire, which are all listed in UNESCO heritage sites. Back to hotel, final preparation of your trip from tomorrow.
Day 3Ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200km/ 7 Hours - 840m). Overnight at Hotel It takes 7 hours drive with your Motorbike to Pokhara. The raod is completely a busy highway. Pokhara is natural city of Nepal. Beautiful lakes and laps of Annapurna range can be seen from your hotel. Evening walking around Pokhara Lake side.
Day 4Ride from Pokhara to Kalopani. (125km - 6 Hours) Overnight at guest house 2,530m Start driving after your breakfast in hotel. It is paved road till Beni. 104 kilometer and takes about 3 hours. Rough road begins after Beni. Riding road is bank of Kali Gandaki River and huge waterfalls. Reach at Tatopani. Further drive to Kalopani. Kalopani is the good view point of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and glaciers
Day 5Ride Kalopani to Chaile (55km - 6 Hours) Overnight at local tea house 3,1000mStrat riding after breakfast in Kalopani. Rough road through Kali Gandaki river is with scenic Himalayan range of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Reach at Muktinath (3800m), where you can visit holy sight Muktinath temple and Buddhist monastery. Ride back down to Kagbeni for overnight. Kagbeni have interesting place to visit that may suite for your evening walking tour.
Day 6Ride from Chaile to Lo Manthang (6 Hours / 3840m). Overnight at local tea house Quite exited day today to reach ultimate destination of this tour, Lo-Manthang. We cross several Mani walls and big village called Charang. Panoramic Mountain View is always seen as different angel view. You will than view wall covered village from far. It is better to take rest once you reach at tea house, which help your body to acclimatize.
Day 7Explore Lo Manthang by walking (3840m). Overnight at local tea house Today explore around by walking. Namgyal gumpa which is situated at hilltop of valley and an important for the local peoples. Your tour continues to Tingkhar village. Tingkhar village is the last village and main village of Lo Manthang. If time permits visit another attraction of four stories of King Palace with panoramic Himalayan view surroundings.
Day 8Ride to Kora la (Tibetan border) from Lomanthang and back. Overnight at tea house Ride to Nepal Tibet border Kora La. It is about 20 kilometer one way from Lomanthang. Get the view of Himalayas and valley. Ride back to Lo-manthang via Chosur caves. overnight in the same hotel
Day 9Ride back to Kagbeni (80km - 7 Hours) Overnight in local tea house 2800m Ride all the way down to Kagbeni. This village is a unique famous village among other twelve villages region in Mustang district.
Day 10Kagbeni to Tatopani, place of natural hot spring (90km - 6 Hours) Overnight at local guest house 1300mMorning walking tour at Kagbeni village after your breakfast. Start riding to Tatopani today. It is way through Jomsom, Marpha, Kobang and Kalopani. Enjoy your evening bathing at natural hot spring ponds
Day 11Ride back to Pokhara and Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel It is same way ride back to Pokhara. Short riding reached at Natural city Pokhara. It is group decide if riding towards Sarankot, Peace stupa or stay relax after reaching Pokhara. Check in Hotel and overnight
Day 12Riding to Bandipur (77km - 2 Hours) overnight at hotelStay relax up to morning in Pokhara. It is beautiful with panoramic views of Mountains and Lakes. Riding to Bandipur which is typical village at hill station. This is a Newar town with its age-old flavor still intact. worth to spend one overnight and celebration of the trip
Day 13Bandipur to Kathmandu (147km - 5 Hours) Overnight at Hotel Last day of riding, after breakfast start riding to Kathmandu.
Day 14Departure We make entire arrangement for your departure. It is important to reach international airport 3 hours before of your flight time.
We may have another fixed departure date for Upper Mustang Motor biking tour. Please email us to get our new dates if our fixed dpearture dates shown here is not suitable for you to join.
Hiring a bike in Nepal
You may not come with your own motorbike. Motorbike hiring is available in Kathmandu. You can choose your own. The light bikes are suitable and more comfortable in this tour. KTM duke, Tornado XR or Honda CRF are recommended one. That cost you USD 25 till 70 per day without fuel.
Fuel for the Bike
Fuel as per the package is extra from the cost. It also can be including in the package, we can discuss it at the time of booking. There is no any fuel station in Upper mustang region. We have to carry it from Pokhara or from Beni. Backup Jeep will have space to put petrol jar which we fill in available fuel station.
Accommodation in the trip
Our package is including 5 nights hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It is 3 star category hotels with breakfast and twin sharing. Accommodation in entire trekking is in local tea houses (Local guest house) on twin sharing. You will get rooms with inside toilet in Kagbeni and in Jomsom only. Rests of the overnights are room without toilet inside. All the tea houses are providing common toilets outside your room. Upper Mustang region have limit tea house accommodation, at the time of main season it may have over flow of trekkers. In that situation, you may share common room with other trekkers. But it is less chance
Foods in the trip
Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of restaurants to choose for your Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is including in the package that is provided by same hotel you are staying. During your trekking, same tea houses you are going to stay provide you breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on the way at suitable place. All the foods during trekking is including in the packages. Hotel and restaurants provide you international standard foods in entire Upper Mustang.
Guide, Mechanic and Jeep driver
Your guide, Mechanic and backup jeep driver to Upper Mustang are from Kathmandu. They are our regular staffs more responsible, friendly, and helpful English speaking. You will meet them in Kathmandu before starting your trip. They do not ride bike and stay inside jeep. Your all the stuffs also will be in jeep. Jeep will just follow you from behind. All the staffs are fully equipped, insured and package including their foods, accommodation on the way.
Drinking water during in the trip
Drinking water is extra cost from package. During the trek it is available bottled mineral water, boiled water fill in your own bottle from every tea houses or can use even normal water from Tap. Bottled mineral water is available in every guest houses, shops in entire Upper Mustang. As you hike high altitude, cost of bottled mineral water and boil filtered water increase. Water from local taps can be also used as drinking water by purification with purification tablet and filter it yourself. Most of the trekkers are drinking bottled mineral water and boiled filtered water. Trekkers are using local tap water rarely.
You do not need to bring whole equipments from your home country. Good trekking equipments with reasonable cost are available in Kathmandu. We can suggest you to buy those after we check it in hotel before starting of trekking. Representative from Nepal Highland Treks or your guide can provide you good suggestion. Our itinerary has enough time to be prepared with your proper equipment.
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and inner trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair warm wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal while staying inside guest house
2 pairs light trouser or half paint for walking during day and hot temperature
2 pairs of light t-shirt
Duffel bag or big polar bag to keep your goods and put it inside backup jeep *
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner * (* = Nepal Highland Treks provide in returnable based)
Special equipment for riding
Special hand gloves or rough road riding
Your own size Helmet
Small backpack carrying with water and other things while riding
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Phone and charger
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel
First Aid Kit Medicines
In every trekking package, our guide will carry first aid kit box containing medicines of anti altitude, anti Diarrhea, pain relief, Antibiotic, anti cold, anti vomiting, anti headache, fever, bandages, handplast and anti septic lotion . If you are taking any regular medicine that is compulsory to bring yourself.
Some Dos and Dont’s during Upper Mustang Riding
Upper Mustang route is sensitive land which is one of the restricted areas. It is unspoiled and exotic land which is sensitive. Treat the land and local peoples with care and respect. Try your best to keep environment clean and show appreciation for culture and traditional religious beliefs.
Make Upper Mustang region litter free: Do not through any litter; put it in dustbin fixed by national park or in local tea houses. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped properly and through it right place. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal or reuse.
Respect local cultures, custom and peoples: Route of Upper Mustang is combination of different cultural ethnic group of local peoples. Their culture, customs, living style and any function is typical and it is important for them. So respect all these while you are there. You can involve respectfully in those function.
Take your guide with you in every hiking and climbing: our guide will be always with your while riding every days. Few days in the itinerary are as acclimatization day and hiking around for recovering stamina. Take your guide with you in all these activities. It is Himalaya and do not be more exited, take advice from guide to take any decision.
Do not through foods after order: Foods are all carried from Pokhara or from Kathmandu. It takes a week time to reach all the foods in the area of Lo Manthang. It is important that you order only sufficient food which you can finish. Do not waste any foods in the region. Meet items are not fresh in the high region. The land is out of scarifies any animals, and meets are all carried from out of region. This is the reason meets are not fresh.
How to get Nepal Visa and its cost?
Visa for Nepal is available on your arrival. 15 days Nepali visa is enough for your as your trip is for 15 days including arrival departure days. USD 30 is the visa cost of 15 days. If you want to spend more than 15 days time, it is better to take a month visa which cost USD 50 per person. You only need your original passport and cash (any currency).
I am keep using Hemanta and his company to work together for my Motorbike trip to Upper Mustang twice in a every year. Mr Hemanta from company is experiene and helful guy. Guide from the company Mr Sahadev is very good every time to us. I recomend them highly.
- Chris Wilthuis, Netherlands