The Mountain Biking Tour to Upper Mustang is not only a challenging but also a breathtaking journey to one of the Trans Himalayan ranges of Nepal. Upper Mustang is forbidden area of cultures, breathtaking scenery, natural caves, monasteries and friendly heart-warming peoples. You will get more worth than what you pay for this tour. Very less cyclist plan to cycling Upper Mustang. It is less famous because of the high cost of permits and tea houses before was not well established every places. Now all the facilities are there to plan this tour.
Upper Mustang is bordering Tibet. Landscape of the region is less vegetation like Tibetan plateau. Our cycling tour reaches at Korola, Nepal Tibet boarder not opened yet formally. Spend important times with main charm at capital of Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang. Mythical land Upper Mustang need special restricted area permit of minimum 10 days with USD 500 per person.
Day 01:Arrive at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350m
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. text riding with your bike, Visit heritages sites. Overnight at hotel
Day 03:Drive or fly to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara. Ride to TO Kagbeni (2860m - 12km). Overnight at local tea house
Day 05:Ride to Muktinath (20 Km/ 5 Hours - 3800m) Overnight at local tea house
Day 06:Ride to Chele (18Km / 6 Hours - 3,050m) Overnight at local guest house
Day 07:Chele to Shyangboche (3800m - 6 hours/ 20km). Overnight at tea house.
Day 08:Shyangboche to Tsarang (3560m) 7 Hours - 22km. Overnight at tea house
Day 09:Ride to Lo-Manthang (20km/ 5 Hours - 3,800m) Overnight at local tea house
Day 10:Explore Lo-Manthang Caves and monasteries. Overnight at Local tea house
Day 11:Ride back to Ghami (30km - 6 Hours/ 3,520m) Overnight at local tea house
Day 12:Ride back to Samar (32km/ 6 Hours - 3,550m) Overnight at local tea house
Day 13:Ride to Jomsom (27km/ 5 Hours- 2,980m) Overnight at local tea house
Day 14:Early in the morning fly back to Pokhara and Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 15:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and rest
Day 1Arrive at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pickup you from international airport and transfer to the hotel. It is about 7 kilometer and takes 20 minutes from Airport to Hotel. If time permits, meet with your guide, talk about the trip and check your cycle to be prepared for text riding tomorrow.
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. text riding with your bike, Visit heritages sites. Overnight at hotel After breakfast in Hotel, start short riding text with your cycle. It can be about 1 hours riding around the city. come back to hotel and drive to historical sites with your tour guide for exploring. During the day, we will make ready Upper Mustang permit with your original passport and other documents. Come back to hotel and overnight
Day 3Drive or fly to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel It is 200 kilometer drive via Prithivi Highway to Pokhara takes 6 to 7 hours. Takes only 25 minutes if you take flight. transfer to hotel. It also have option to take white water rafting on the way driving Pokhara. walk around Lakeside at evening and overnight. Pokhara is natural city of Nepal surrounded by Himalayas, beautiful lakes and green jungles.
Day 4Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara. Ride to TO Kagbeni (2860m - 12km). Overnight at local tea house Wake early in the morning. Drive to Pokhara airport for your flight to Jomsom with your luggage and well packed cycle. It is only 15 minutes flight to Jomsom with scenic Himalayas and landscape. Breakfast in Jomsom and be prepared with your cycle. From Jomsom we cycle along the Upper section of the Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni. It’s a mostly flat and steady ride of about 1-2 hours. Kagbeni is a delightful Buddhist village. You can take more free time to explore around the village.
Day 5Ride to Muktinath (20 Km/ 5 Hours - 3800m) Overnight at local tea house Today we will be biking mostly uphill to Muktinath on jeep track. We will have lunch at Jharkot exploring afterwards some of the monasteries and local village. Reach at Muktinath and check in local guest house. walking tour to famous Hindu and Buddhist temple Muktinath.
Day 6Ride to Chele (18Km / 6 Hours - 3,050m) Overnight at local guest house Today our journey enters into the forbidden land of Upper Mustang. We will ride uphill to the Gyu La pass descending to Chusang where we will have lunch and rest for a while. After having lunch, we’ll follow the banks of the Kali river and cross by bridge, riding uphill to reach Chaile. This is a nice little village which offers an awesome view of mount Nilgiri and the Kaligandaki valley from a different angle than the first day in Jomsom. In Chaile we can explore some ancient buildings and a monastery.
Day 7Chele to Shyangboche (3800m - 6 hours/ 20km). Overnight at tea house.Heading farther North into the Himalayas we’ll ride and push the uphills, enjoying the downhills after the passes. There’s 4 passes in between Chaile and Syangboche. We’ll stop at Samar for lunch then ride again towards Syangboche, being likely to meet some village people, ponies and donkeys along the way
Day 8Shyangboche to Tsarang (3560m) 7 Hours - 22km. Overnight at tea houseTo start we have short climb to reach the first small pass with two more passes to come. From the 1st pass we will be rewarded with an amazing view of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Mustang. We will then ride, first on gentle track then hair rising downhill, to the Gilling then uphill again through some beautiful villages on single track. After the bigest pass of the day (4000m) we’ll ride the downhill to Ghami for our Lunch. ride down through some farmland where yak/ Chauri graze and cross a bridge riding past Mani wall and an ancient Gumba. Then we’ll approach the last pass followed by a downhill taking us towards Charang
Day 9Ride to Lo-Manthang (20km/ 5 Hours - 3,800m) Overnight at local tea house Today we’ll finally reach our destination of Lo-Manthang, the walled city of Buddhist heritage. It is a relatively easy day’s ride with only the Lo-la pass (3810m) to cross. In this true Himalayan landscape the views are amazing and there are some 360 degree view points where we can stop and take photos. We’ll be riding through open jeep tracks and some trekking trails. After the pass we’ll reach Lo-Manthang after about half an hour by Lunch time. Rest of the time is relax and walking around the vilalge.
Day 10Explore Lo-Manthang Caves and monasteries. Overnight at Local tea house Now we get the chance to explore the fascinating Lo-Manthang with it’s centuries old Gumba, Royal Palace, inhabited caves, typical settlement local villages, museum and ancient Buddhist ways of life. (It is in option to ride up to Korala Tibet boarder if we reach a day earlier in Lomanthang because, there are enough and short day riding from Jomsom inbetween days)
Day 11Ride back to Ghami (30km - 6 Hours/ 3,520m) Overnight at local tea house Leaving behind Lo-Manthang, cycle over the 4090 meter Pangla Pass, it’s a challenging climb about 75% rideable on single track, but you get great views from the top of the Mustang Region. From the pass the road leads steadily amazing downhill to Dhakma. Following the river to Ghar Ghumpa at 3950 meters. From the Ghumpa, climb to Mui La (Pass) at 4170 meters, you have to carry for some distance and then it’s a great rideable downhill to Dhakmar before riding on to Gami.
Day 12Ride back to Samar (32km/ 6 Hours - 3,550m) Overnight at local tea house This route retraces the same trail as we passed on the way up. There is quite a bit of climbing involved today as we climb over Nyla Pass 4010 meters followed by a downhill to Syangboche our lunch place. One and a half hours of push and carry follows before a sweet single track downhill takes us to Samar.
Day 13Ride to Jomsom (27km/ 5 Hours- 2,980m) Overnight at local tea house Leaving Samar, we have two small passes, Dajori La (3735M) and Taklam La (3624M). Along the way the route passes the scared place where the ancient art of Sky Burial is carried out. Here you may see the rare Himalayan Vultures soaring in the sky. Continue cycling on down to Kagbeni. Check you restricted Upper Mustang Permit for the last time and ride back to Jomsom. Relax evening after final day of riding. Pack you cycle to fly back to Pokhara tomorrow early in the morning.
Day 14Early in the morning fly back to Pokhara and Overnight stay at HotelEarly in the morning fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Day sightseeing in Pokhara either with car or with cycle. David fall, Gupteswor Mahadev, International mountain musium, Boating at Fewa Lake.
Day 15Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and restOption to take either flight or drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Reach at transfer to Hotel. Rest of the time is free to walk around yourself or just rest. Evening dinner in Authentic Nepali restaurant with Nepali foods.
Day 16Departure It is day of final departure. Nepal Highland Treks arrange your departure transportation till international airport. it is important to reach at Airport before 3 hours from your original flight time.