Upper Mustang Biking Tour – 17 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/N-01
Duration : 17 days

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Hustle and bustle city of Kathmandu with lots of temple and monasteries
  • Biking through ages old infrastructure and salt trading route to Tibet
  • View 3 eight-thousand-meter peaks from one place.
  • Himalayan high desert to tropical topography
  • Apple garden, apple cider, and apple brandy
  • Eternal flame, mixed Buddhist, and Hindu culture
  • Prayers flags and clockwise rounding of Monasteries
  • Meeting local people with a traditional greeting
  • Epic ride and epic flights in between two 800+ meter peaks
  • Top bucket list biking destination
  • Enriched by Tibetan culture
  • Amazing topography and cultural shock
  • Untouched lifestyle – no modernization
  • Access to what used to be a restricted area
  • Cultural and Buddhism heritage
  • Awesome mountain biking experience

Trip Information

This amazing Upper Mustang Mountain Bike tour is one of the most fascinating adventure cycling tours in the hidden Kingdom of Lo (Upper Mustang). It is one of the physical and cultural mountain biking tours in the Upper Mustang region, which is quite tough to drive on a Jeep road due to its high altitude and village trails. This awe-inspiring adventure offers us to explore the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang with its amazing to know history. It is really amazing to get chances to discovers this unique place of ancient Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions along with old gompas and monasteries with incredible century old art hanging on the walls.
Adventurous and athletic travelers love to do this amazing Pokhara to the Lo- Manthang Upper Mustang mountain biking tour at their own pace and take full enjoyment with the majestic Himalayan vistas. Upper Mustang is a wonderful place where we can enjoy mountain biking on various exciting trails. The Pokhara to Lo-Manthang Upper Mustang mountain biking is one of the best choices to ride in the beautiful ecological zones of Nepal, where we get an opportunity to encounter with different ethnic groups and their unique culture and traditions. The Upper Mustang is a famous place for its barren landscapes with snowing Himalayans peak filling in the background.
Pokhara to Lo-Manthang Upper Mustang mountain biking tour begins with a picturesque flight to Pokhara from the Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and to Jomsom from Pokhara, the beginning points of mountain biking. By following the beautiful Kaligandaki Valley with flat and rocky way onwards to Kagbeni and then upwards to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrim site for both Hindu and Buddhist. After exploration of the holy temple then you can continue trail forwards to the forbidden land of Upper Mustang

Short Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Day 2: Permits Procedure and afternoon flight to Pokhara
Day 3: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2710m), 20 minutes and a biking trip to Kagbeni (2800m).
Day 4: Biking Trip from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m). 
Day 5: Biking Trip from Muktinath to Chele (3050m), Distance: 18Km, 
Day 6: Biking Trip from Chele to Syangboche (3800m), Distance: 20km, 
Day 7: Biking Trip from Syangboche to Tsarang (3560m), Distance: 22 km, 
Day 8: Biking Trip from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3800m), Distance: 20Km,
Day 9: In and Around Lo-Manthang (3800m)
Day 10: Biking Trip from Lo-Manthang to Ghami3510m via Ghar Gompa.
Day 11: Biking Trip from Ghami to Samar (3620m), Distance: 32Km
Day 12: Biking Trip from Samar to Marpha (2670m), Distance: 30km
Day 13: Biking Trip from Marpha to Tatopani (1190m), Distance: 45Km
Day 14: Biking Trip from Tatopani to Beni (1000m), Distance: 18Km, then Drive to Pokhara.
Day 15: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu for 25 minutes.
Day 16: Kathmandu rests day and enjoys farewell dinner.
Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Day 1: Upper Mustang Biking Tour

  • Our representative will welcome you to the amazing city, Kathmandu.
  •  Greet you and transfer you to your hotel. 
  • Stroll around the vibrant streets of Thamel.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner with our team.
  • Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Permits Procedure and afternoon flight to Pokhara

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take permits for traveling in the restricted areas of the Himalayas.
  • Take the afternoon flight to Pokhara. 
  • Enjoy flying over the villages, the lush hills, and the mountains that make up for a breath-taking view. 
  • Arrive at Pokhara, we will transfer you to the hotel. 
  • Enjoy the evening strolling and doing recreational activities in the Lakeside area.
  • Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 3: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2710m), 20 minutes and a biking trip to Kagbeni (2800m).

Early morning breakfast.
Drive to the airport and take the first flight to Jomsom (20minutes). 
Flying through the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki, the Pokhara-Jomsom flight marks the sweet beginning of the adventurous trek. 
Assemble our mountain bikes in Jomsom. 
Begin our adventurous journey, biking to Kagbeni. 
Riding in the Kali Gandaki Gorge, we follow the jeep trail to reach Kagbeni.
Visit the red painted Gumba which is about 1000 years old and explores other areas as well. 
Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 4: Biking Trip from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m). 

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Early morning enjoys with the breathtaking views of the sunrise and golden glow on the white snowy peak. 
  • Enjoying and taking some good pictures.
  • Start biking uphill to Muktinath on jeep track. 
  • Have lunch in Jharkot where we can explore different monasteries and local people along with their culture. 
  • We continue ascending uphill till we reach the holy temple of Muktinath. 
  • Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 5: Biking Trip from Muktinath to Chele (3050m), Distance: 18Km, 

  • Morning breakfast. 
  • Visit the Muktinath temple for the morning puja. 
  • Continue riding to the mysterious land of Upper Mustang. 
  • Ascend uphill to Gyu La Pass (4077m) and then descend to Chhusang. 
  • Ride through the bumpy roads near the banks of Kali Gandaki River and cross a bridge. 
  • Continue to ride uphill to reach Chele, a small village.
  • Enjoy with the spectacular view of Mt. Nilgiri (7061m) and Kaligandaki gorge from a different angle. 
  • Explore some old buildings and monasteries. 
  • Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 6: Biking Trip from Chele to Syangboche (3800m), Distance: 20km, 

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue ride and move towards the north with the magnificent views of the Himalayas.
  •  Enjoy with an amazing view of the places and the landscape as we move uphill. 
  • Explore four passes in between Chele and Syangboche—Taklam La (3624m), Dajori La (3735m), Bhena La (3860m), and Yamdo La (3860m). 
  • Stop in Samarand rest some time and again continue to ride towards Syangboche.
  • Meet local people and get to know about their lifestyle and culture. 
  • Witness ponies and donkeys along the way. 
  • Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 7: Biking Trip from Syangboche to Tsarang (3560m), Distance: 22 km, 

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue ride, make a short climb to reach Syangboche La Pass (3850m).
  • Get an amazing view of Nilgiri (7061m) and the Annapurna massif from the Syangboche La Pass. 
  • We will then ride on the plain trail then descend to Gilling then ascend through some gorgeous villages. 
  • Cross Nya La Pass (4025m), and descend to Ghami via Ghami La Pass (3765m) to enjoy the Tibetan food. 
  • Cross Mani walls, an old monastery, and then the village of Drakmar, and finally arrive in Tsarang. 
  • Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 8: Biking Trip from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3800m), Distance: 20Km,

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today, we will finally reach our destination of Lo-Manthang, the mysterious enclosed city of rich Buddhist heritage and also the walled capital of the former 'Kingdom of Lo'.
  • Continue relatively easy ride and cross Lo La Pass (3950m). 
  • Experience amazing and breathtaking 360-degree view of the mountains. 
  • Ride on the open jeep ways and some trekking lines. 
  • Finally reach Lo-Manthang after about half an hour. 
  • Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 9: In and Around Lo-Manthang (3800m)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Get the opportunity to explore the captivating Lo-Manthang with its centuries-old Gumba, the Royal Fortress, inhabited caves, museum, and antique Buddhist ways of life. 
  • Take colorful amazing pictures of deserts with the mountains on the backdrop.
  • Discover the heirs of the former King and Queen of Lo and learn about the folklore of the region.
  •  Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 10: Biking Trip from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3510m) via Ghar Gompa.

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Enjoy bid farewell to this amazing place and head back on some new single-track routes. 
  • Cross three passes La (3950m), Chogo La (4280m), and Mui La (4170m). 
  • Cross Ghami, and arrive in Ghar Gompa, an ancient monastery and the most sacred one for Lo Nying Sect of Buddhism. 
  • Discovered scriptures of Padmasambhava in Ghar Gompa.
  • Continue to ride down to Dhakmar and finally to Ghami. 
  • Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 11: Biking Trip from Ghami to Samar (3620m), Distance: 32Km

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Retrace the route from Ghami to Samar.
  • Cross five passes and several small streams on the way to Samar.
  •  Continue to ride and pass many small villages, monasteries, and barley fields, and arrive in Syangboche.
  • Finally, reach to Chungsi Cave as we ride alongside Syangboche Khola. 
  • Cross Jhuwa Khola and Samarkyuno Khola to finally reach Samar. 
  • Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 12: Biking Trip from Samar to Marpha (2670m), Distance: 30km

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue ride early in the morning with small ascend to Dajori La Pass (3735m) and then ride downhill to Chele. 
  • We will ride along the banks of Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni and have lunch in either Chhusang or Kagbeni.
  •  After lunch, we ride back along the Kali Gandaki Valley to our initial point in Jomsom. 
  • Then we’ll ride through beautiful apple orchards to the lovely village of Marpha. 
  • Explore the Marpha village which is famous for its Apple brandy or other by-products. 
  • Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 13: Biking Trip from Marpha to Tatopani (1190m), Distance: 45Km

Morning breakfast.
Explore some of Marpha, the monasteries, the cheese factory, and the traditional whitewashed houses. 
Ride toward a more subtropical region along the Kali Gandaki River. 
Descend all the way with amazing green landscape and the peaks of snow-capped mountains that accompany us throughout the trek. 
Ride towards Tatopani where you can relax in the natural hot spring to release your body strains and skin ailments. 
Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 13: Biking Trip from Marpha to Tatopani (1190m), Distance: 45Km

Morning breakfast.
Explore some of Marpha, the monasteries, the cheese factory, and the traditional whitewashed houses. 
Ride toward a more subtropical region along the Kali Gandaki River. 
Descend all the way with amazing green landscape and the peaks of snow-capped mountains that accompany us throughout the trek. 
Ride towards Tatopani where you can relax in the natural hot spring to release your body strains and skin ailments. 
Stay overnight in Lodge. 

Day 14: Biking Trip from Tatopani to Beni (1000m), Distance: 18Km, then Drive to Pokhara.


⦁ Morning breakfast.
⦁ Continue ride along the river banks on a jeep track to Beni Bazaar.
⦁ It's now time to say goodbye to your riding partner—the bike. 
⦁ Drive back to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel. 
⦁ Stroll and shop around the amazing lakeside and also enjoy the nightlife here. 
⦁ Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara. 


Day 15: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu for 25 minutes.


⦁ Morning breakfast.
⦁ Drive to Pokhara airport and take the flight back to Kathmandu.
⦁ During the 25 minutes flight offers you picturesque views of Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, and Langtang Himal.
⦁ Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. 
⦁ Rest and stroll in the local markets of Kathmandu. 
⦁ Enjoy farewell dinner with our team.
⦁ Overnight at a 3-star hotel.


Day 16: Kathmandu rests day and enjoys farewell dinner.


⦁ Morning breakfast.
⦁ Half day visit major world heritage sites of Kathmandu such as; Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Syambhunath, and Boudhanath stupa. 
⦁ Can do shopping in Thamel Bazaar.
⦁ Enjoy farewell dinner celebrating the completion of the birdwatching tour with our team.
⦁ Overnight at the same hotel.  


Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu


⦁ Morning breakfast and hotel.
⦁ Our representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours before the flight time. 
⦁ We hope to see you again.
⦁ Wish you a safe flight.


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