Upper Mustang Biking Tour - 20 Days

Upper Mustang Biking Tour is rapidly becoming one of Nepal’s most popular cycling destinations. It’s not just about the challenging ascents and endless single-track descents, it’s about the journey of discovery of nomadic horse culture, amazing scenery and warm-heart people who living in the region.

Upper Mustang is located north of Annapurna which is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and there are still very few people (about 700 travellers each year) visiting Upper Mustang as a result it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture you can experience the true life of the real mountain people in Nepal. In many ways, Upper Mustang Biking Tour is similar to trip in to Tibet, which geographically it is a part of. You will push yourself and your bike to the limits on the rugged trails on route to Lo-manthang. Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship.

This was part of Gungthang’s Tibetan Kingdom until the 1830s. Lo Monthang’s fabulous medieval wall city, Mustang’s unofficial capital, remains a kingdom in a kingdom full of culture and religious heritage. Lo-Monthang’s early history is embellished with myth and legend instead of the recorded fact. This is sure to be a mountain biker’s unforgettable trip. Participants are expected to agree to follow certain guidelines to ensure that the land’s unique sights, culture and beauty are preserved and respected.

Also it requires a special permit from the government of Nepal (which we will arrange for you) to visit this special preserved land. The permit fee is USD 500 per person for 10 days. Counting starts from Kagbeni once you enter restricted Area. For any extra days in restricted area you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (USD 50 per day).

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara (900m) 6 hrs by tourist bus.

Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trip.discover beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist that fell inside. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4
Fly to Jomsom (2,700m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni (2,900m)

There are numerous flights that service the Jomsom airstrip early each day before the Kali Gandaki wind picks up by mid-morning. To get used with the altitude and the weather condition, we assemble the bikes as soon as we land in Jomsom and ride the relatively flat river trail to Kagbeni, the border-town of the recently forbidden Mustang Kingdom. Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 5
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m)

After breakfast early in the morning, we ride up hill, gaining almost 1,000m in elevation, as we head towards Muktinath. This is the highest point of this trip. The landscape is extremely dry and desert-like. You may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India, on their way to the holy temple with the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Reaching the culturally and religiously site with stunning mountain views is quitte an achievement. Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 6
Muktinath to Chele (3050m)

Today we enter the restricted region of Upper Mustang. It’s an uphill stretch from Muktinath through Chhyonggur and up to the Gyu La Pass at 4077 meters to the pass is 90% rideable and single track. Here there are 180 degree panoramic views of the snow capped mountains. A short section of steep downhill and we follow an undulating ridge trail down to Tetang at 3040 meters, more than a 1000 meter descent on suburb single track. Pass an ancient Mani Wall and cycle on down to Chhusang. From here there is a slight climb and river crossing to reach Chele on the opposite river bank where the river passes through a rock tunnel. Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 90 %

Day 7
Chele to Syanboche (3800m)

A short but hard day of riding, leaving behind the river bed we climb in to the hills. Four passes lay between us and Syanboche, so yeah there will be a few ups and downs today as we cross Taklam La 3624 meters, Dajori La 3735 meters, Bhena La 3860 meters and finally Yamda La at 3860 meters. Halt below Syangboche La on the Syangboche River. This days riding consists of mixed jeep track, single track and steep downhill with some sections of carrying and pushing. Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 95%

Day 8
Syanboche to Charang (3560m)

On Leaving Syangboche, there is a short climb to Syangboche La before undulating jeep track makes for an easy ride through the open valley scenery and Barley fields to Ghiling. From here we climb up to Nyi La at 4010 meters this climb is ridable jeep track. From this pass there are inspiring views of Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiri. The ride is a welcome change from the days of climbing and crossing passes. The scenery opens up and there are fields of mustard and barley in the right season which makes for lush pockets of greenery. It is also one of the most scenic days with the ever changing colours of the landscape form yellow and browns to reds, greys and blues as the sun moves across the Himalayan sky. From the pass til Gami is nice single track downhill and then back on to jeep track. This is a beautiful section of the ride and defiantly a day to get your camera out! In the village you can visit the friendly monks in the ghompa and explore the beautiful village. In Charang, you can find the greatest library in Lo and the 400 year old Gulpa Sect Monastery. Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 9
Charang to Lo- Manthang (3810m)

From Charang, we have to cross Lo La Pass at 3810 meters, just before Lo- Mantang. 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, which gives us the afternoon to rest and soak up the atmosphere of this surreal place. Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 10
Day 10 / 11- Lo-Manthang rest and discovery day. (3810m)

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 the Royal Palace where you have the privilege of having tea or perhaps dinner with the King of Lo himself, what an experience! In the afternoon there are three interesting Monasteries to visit, one of them is over 900 years old and displays some of the most beautiful Thangka paintings found in Nepal the intricate details and vivid colours of these paintings is a stark contrast to the wide open spaces of the region. One day there is also the option to ride up to Garphu. Follow the upper reaches Kali Gandaki River, crossing over several of its tributaries. Here you will find Ghom a cave tunnelling 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. Overnight at guesthouse.

This truly is a place to lose yourself in the history, rustic architecture and mind blowing landscapes, one could easily roll back in time 100 years or more here.

Rideable: 100%

Day 11
Lo-Manthang to Gami (3520m)

Leaving behind Lo-Manthang, cycle over the 4090 meter Pangga Pass, it’s a challenging climb about 80% rideable on single track, but you get great views from the top. From the pass the road leads steadily down to Dhakma. 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. Ride from Dhakmar and onto Gami for the overnight stop. 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 rideable downhill to Dhakmar before riding on to Gami, Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 12
Gami to Samare (3660m)

This route retraces the same trail as we passed on the way up. There is quite a bit of climbing involved today. We ride lots of single track sections climbing until 3800 meters and again downhill to Syangboche, Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 13
Samare to Chhusang (3022m)

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. Cycle on downhill to Chhusang, Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 14
Chhusang to Jomsom (2750m)

From Chhusang it’s a steady ride along the river back to Jomsom via Kagbeni. Today you leave the kingdom of Upper Mustang and head back into the Annapurna Region. Overnight at hotel

Rideable: 100%

Note: From Jomsom Optional direct flight to Pokhara or biking all the way down to Pokhara depends on your Interests.

Rideable: 100%

Day 15
Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m)

The ride starts off flat along the river then undulates to Marpha the best place in the Himalaya to get fresh apples and renowned locally produced Apple Brandy. Here the trail drops down along the roaring river all the way to Tatopani. We pass the Impressive Rupse Chhara on the way (waterfall), a nice place to stop for lunch. Tatopani is our resting place for the night, enjoy the therapeutic hot springs and a very cold beer, you deserve it! Overnight at guesthouse.

Rideable: 100%

Day 16
Tatopani to Pokahara (900m)

An easy days ride, 18 km of mostly downhill jeep trail takes us to the main road and a town called Beni, here we will transfer for the three hour drive back to Pokhara by Jeep. There is the option to ride the last section downhill to Lake side from near the hill station of Sarangkot. A fitting end to a brilliant ride!

Rideable: 100%

Day 17
Free day in Pokhara

Today is rest and relax throughout the day. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 18
Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m).

We depart at approximately 7.30 am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. We arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2-3.00 pm. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19
Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20
Fly to home.

The trip concludes, our airport representative will drop you to the airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car / van / bus.
  • 2-nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Transportation from and to Kathmandu car / bus.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip.
  • Hot drinks. (tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate) three times a day.
  • All accommodation during the trip.
  • All necessary paper work for the Annapurna conservation permit .
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • From Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus.
  • English speaking, trained government license holder biking guide.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trip. (1 porter for 2 people)
  • 1 guide for up to 4 pax
  • 1 guide and 1 assistant guide for 7 to 12 pax
  • 2 guides for 10 to 20 pax
  • 2 guides and 1 assistant guide for 15 and above
  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hard tail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice.
  • Accommodation / salary / food / drinks / insurance / equipment / medicine and transport for all staff.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Sleeping bag (if it is required)
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with culture show.

Price Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Biking attire and other personal gears.
  • Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Include section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Special Note: The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

Reality check

Biking conditions: This trip is graded (Adventure/Challenging). With continuing trip, 14 days biking, average 20 to 40 km/day (longest day ride 62 km Kagbeni to Tatopani but this is mostly downhill), 100% vehicle support.

Experienced,fit biker and above who are happy to undertake a memorable adventures-style tour. Off-road experience is essential, including riding on rough, steep surfaces and single-track. Itineraries will include long biking days in hot conditions with basic facilities; altitude may also contribute to this grade. The trip offers  you most beautiful scenery in Nepal as well as adventures of a lifetime!  A good level of fitness is required.

Travelling Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any trips. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, accident, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time. If this is not done or impossible for practical reasons, then you will not be allowed to continue with our trekking/climbing trips and will not be entitled to any refund for services not provided.

High Altitude Sickness Info

High Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. We ensure minimal risk by building in rest days into our trip itineraries. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headaches, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness.

(Immunizations and Health Concerns for travelling to Himalaya Including High Altitude Sickness)

As of this writing, there is no required immunization for travel to any of the countries where we go, however, for your protection you should consider getting vaccinated against some ailments that exist in any of these countries. To learn about prevention against malaria etc. and to find out more about the region and suggested immunizations in general, go to the following web sites: www.high-altitude-medicine.com / the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, www.istm.org / International Society of Travel Medicine.

Trek Leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, all our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

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Upper Mustang Biking Tour

Trip Facts

  • 20 Days
  • Min. 2 to Max. 8 people in a group.
  • March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • 3845m.
  • Pokhara/Pokhara
  • Mustang

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”


MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”

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