Upper Mustang is more than just a challenging mountain bike journey; it’s a path of discovery, of culture, of breathtaking scenery, friendly heart-warming people and so much more. Yes we know the permit fee is a lot, but for US$500 you will get 5 million times worth of amazement, pleasure and experience from this trip. Venture into a land where Nomads herd yaks in the high pastures, ponies carry your luggage, rosy cheeked locals toil the arid soil to earn a living, where Tibetan culture is almost untouched by civilization and add to this some of the BEST and most Challenging mountain biking terrain in the world and you have a simply unforgettable journey. For Himalayan Single Track, this is our favorite ride in Nepal. Put simply this trip showcases the very best Mountain Biking that the Himalaya has to offer!
|Fitness Level||: Moderate||Max-Altitude||: 4170m.|
|Duration||: 18||Group Size||:1-5|
|Best Season||: Autumn-Spring-Summer|
Day 1 :Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 2 :Explore Kathmandu (Test Ride)
Day 3 :Drive to pokhara 7hrs.
Day 4 :Fly to Jomsom 2700m. and Ride to Chhuksang Village. 2960m.
Day 5 :Ride to Syangbuchen 3600m./5-6hrs.
Day 6 :Ride to Tsarang 3580m.
Day 7 :Ride to Lo-Manthang.3780m.
Day 8 :Explore Lo-Manthang
Day 9 :Explore Lo-Manthang
Day 10 : Ride back to Ghami 3500m.
Day 11 :Ride to Samar 3660m.
Day 12 :Samar – Muktinath 3800m.
Day 13 :Ride to Kalopai 2500m.
Day 14 :Ride down to Tatopani (Hot spring) 1130m.
Day 15 :Ride to Beni and Drive to Pokhara.
Day 16 :Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 17 :Extra Day in Kathmandu
Day 18 :Final Deparutre
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our company representative will welcome you and drive towards the designated hotel. After a rest for a while, we will give a short briefing about our program and you will be provided with a Typical Nepali welcome Dinner in the evening.
Day 2 : Explore Kathmandu (Test Ride)
Today we can explore some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some UNESCO Heritage sites and return to hotel.
Day 3 : Drive to pokhara 7hrs.
After Breakfast at Hotel, we wil leave to Pokhara through prithvi highway a long the Trisuli River and through the tropical lowlands to Pokhara. In Pokhara take the afternoon rest and explore the tranquil lake side, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom 2700m. and Ride to Chhuksang Village. 2960m.
Today, we will Wake up early and head to the Pokhara airport to catch the flight to Jomsom. It’s about a 20 minute above the Pokhara Valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya with the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. After reaching Jomsom, we will take breakfast and spend some time getting the bikes ready for the journey then we bike along the Upper section of the Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni then we will continue follow the jeep train to Chhuksang.Overnight Guest House.
Day 5 : Ride to Syangbuchen 3600m./5-6hrs.
Today we will ride all the way to Syangbuchen through uphill via samar. The trail is 100% ride able jick-jack way with the fascinating views of Upper Mustang valley. Here there are panoramic views of the snow capped mountains. After Reaching Syangbuchen, we will explore Chhungsi cave. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 6 : Ride to Tsarang 3580m.
After Breakfast at Syangbuchen, we will ride downhill to Ghiling and climb uphill to Danda viewpoint than follow all the way to Tsarang via Ghami village. 100% Ride able. Overnight at Tsarang.
Day 7 : Ride to Lo-Manthang.3780m.
From Charang we have to cross Lo La Pass at 3870 meters, just before Lo- Manthang. This pass is also known as “Windy Pass” and from here you can view the walled city of Lo-Manthang, your first tantalizing view of this kingdom lost in time and your penultimate destination. In June and July, the time when the crops are almost ready to harvest makes for the most dramatic scenery. The barren brown landscape is scattered with fields of vibrant green and gold rolling with the wind under the vivid blue sky of the Himalaya, a truly memorable scene. The ride is easy if a bit of a long climb, about 25 km total riding distance. You will enjoy the open jeep track trail and should arrive in Lo-Manthang by lunch time. Lo-Manthang is perhaps one of the most interesting places in the Himalaya and a couple of days spent here sightseeing is well worth it. Visit Monastery and Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 : Explore Lo-Manthang
After Breakfast, we explore the Lo-Manthang valley. An easy climb takes us away from the walled city and up to a nice view point west of Windy Pass, from here we discover one of the best downhill trails in the region. A local live stock trail switch backs down with a 800 descent to the river. Skilled riders will love this natural single track decent down into the gorge. The views on the way down are nothing short of spectacular. We ride all the way down to the village of Dhigoan where we take lunch. A short ride takes back to the jeep trail where a jeep with transport us back to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9 : Explore Lo-Manthang
Today we ride up to Garphu. Follow the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River, crossing over several of its tributaries. Here you will find Ghom, a cave tunneling into the mountainside which is the historical site of a Monastery and the cave of one thousand windows. The beautiful scenery and isolated Tibetan culture make this day trip a worthy experience. The way back from Ghom is beautiful single track through traditional villages. This truly is a place to lose yourself in history, rustic architecture and mind blowing landscapes, one could easily roll back in time 100 years or more here.
Day 10 : Ride back to Ghami 3500m.
Leaving behind Lo-Manthang, cycle over the 4090 meter Pass, it’s a challenging climb about 75% ride able on single track, but you get great views from the top of the Mustang Region. From the pass the road leads steadily down to Dhakmar. The downhill is amazing. Around Dhakma you can see some of the most dramatic scenery on offer, where the landscape changes from red to blue and is especially breathtaking around sunset and sunrise. Around Gami there are some interesting village ruins to explore as well as the longest Mani Wall in Mustang which is found near the Japanese Hospital. 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 ride able downhill to Dhakmar before riding on to Gami. Overnight at Ghami.
Day 11 : Ride to Samar 3660m.
Today, we will ride the 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 where we will have lunch. After lunch head to Ranchung Cave along some pretty stunning single track in the gorge. In the caves lives one old monk who acts as the curator of the holy places. One and a half hours of push and carry follows before a sweet single track downhill takes us to Samar. Overnight at Samar.
Day 12 : Samar – Muktinath 3800m.
Today, we will ride all the way down hill to Chhuksang than cobtinue to Kagbeni than ride up valley to Muktinath. Muktinath is popular Pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist. We can explore the Muktinath and Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 : Ride to Kalopai 2500m.
After Breakfast at Muktinaht, we will follow the jeep trail to Kalopani via Jomsom, Most of the road is flat downhill and 100% ride able. Lakopani is one of the best place to see the Annapurna I and ranges. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 : Ride down to Tatopani (Hot spring) 1130m.
Today is the shortest ride of the journey to Tatopani where you can enjoy in Hot Spring. We will be there at lunch time and relax with Hot spring. The trail drops down along the roaring river all the way to Tatopani. We pass the impressive Rupse Chhahara on the way (waterfall), a nice place to stop and continue down to Tatopani. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 15 : Ride to Beni and Drive to Pokhara.
An easy days ride, 18 km of mostly downhill jeep trail takes us to the main road and a town called Beni, where we will transfer for the three hour drive back to Pokhara by tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 16 : Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Take a mid-morning flight OR Drive and back to Kathmandu. Your bikes will be transported back on the bus. In the evening we will clean and box your bikes for you while you take care of any last minute shopping. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17 : Extra Day in Kathmandu
Day 18 : Final Deparutre
We will transfer you to the Airport for your departure home.
Airport Pick up by Tourist car
Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary
Â 3 meals a day with hot drinks during Biking trip
All accommodation at Guest House during trip
Â Professional English speaking Mountain Bike Guide
All needed land Transport by tourist Vehicle
Â All permits and entry fees
Â Porters for carrying your bags
Food in Kathmandu accept breakfast
Â Cold Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses
Â Sleeping Bags, Personal gears
Â Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
Temple/monastery entrance fees
Donation and Tip for Nepali Staff