Mountain biking in Upper Mustang: Embracing a mystical and untouched culture!
And much more:
Awesome mountain biking experience
Amazing topography and cultural shock
Top bucket list biking destination
Epic ride and epic flights in between two 8000+ meter peaks
Meeting local people with traditional greeting
Prayers flags and clockwise rounding of Monasteries
Eternal flame, mixed Buddhist and Hindu culture
Apple garden, apple cider and apple brandy
Biking through ages old infrastructure and salt trading route to Tibet
Embark on a unique biking journey that grants you access to a restricted area, revealing the untouched lifestyle and culture of the people.
Upper Mustang, also known as the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo, is a biking paradise that defies description. With endless trails and a mystical, spiritual atmosphere, it offers the opportunity to explore and embrace the untouched lifestyle and culture of the local people. The Chortens, Monasteries, and cave dwellers you'll encounter on this trip will give you a unique, mystical experience.
It is a must-do mtb adventure for mountain bikers from all over the world, and once you experience it, you'll understand why it's considered a biking heaven on Earth. Culturally, socially, spiritually, and geographically special, Upper Mustang is a trip that will leave you spellbound. Plan your biking holiday to this forbidden kingdom of Lo and indulge in the glory of this incredible destination.
Start planning your trip!
Welcome to the country of Himalayas infused with nature and culture. Our representative will meet you in Kathmandu International airport, after the greeting and warm welcome you will be transferred to the hotel in Thamel. Once the check-in procedure is accomplished you will be briefed further plan of the day based on your arrival time whether to wonder around or have a rest in your hotel.
Our trip starts after the breakfast in the hotel. Leaving the Kathmandu valley behind our journey begins to Pokhara, the well-known town for its amazing geography, nature and Lakes. We will drive on a private Jeep/van or fly (depends on the choice of package) through Mid-hills and along the river observing the beautiful landscapes and amazing views of the Himalayas. Our driving journey takes 6 to 7 hours to reach the tourism capital of Nepal, while the flight takes just 30 minutes.
Today is the first day of our ride before heading to the forbidden Kingdom of Lo; it is our warm up ride to get familiar, checking your bike and guide. We will ride along the lake shore, Pame village, paddies, bridges, forest and rice terraces before commencing intense climb to reach at world Peace Pagoda where you will take a stop for a Kora (to make a right circle of the stupa) and a cup of delightful coffee. After we are done at the peace stupa, we will hit the queen’s forest single-track to descend down to dam side and ride back to Lakeside. Rest of the afternoon we will spare some time to prepare for the upcoming adventure.
Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
Distance: 35 Km Approx
We will wake up early in the morning to catch the first flight to Jomsom. The boarding on a plane from Pokhara to Jomsom is known for its dramatic flight in between the two 8000 meters Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, which is also called the deepest Gorge of the world. Once we land in Mustang at Jomsom we will assemble our bikes, have breakfast on the lap of Mount Nilgiri and ride along the Kali Gandaki riverbed. We will stay at Kagbeni in a local guest house.
Biking time: 2. to 3 hours
Distance: 10 to 15 Km Approx
Today is the day to enter into the forbidden Kingdom of Lo. As we leave Kagbeni behind after making an entry to our 500$ permit, we will commence our ride along the Kaligandaki River valley. We will stop to have lunch at Chhuksang. After the well-deserved lunch our ride continues again on the river bank. We will cross the river then take a climb to reach the Chele. Along the way to Chele we will feast our eyes with the view of the caves on a high cliff, monasteries and amazing view of River valley and Mountains.
Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
Distance: 18 Km Approx.
As we head to north the views and the landscape gets better and better. The climb will be hard but the sceneries and the sight of the Himalayan range will make you smile even on the hard trail. You might need to push your bike in some parts with steep and technical climb. However, you can paddle most of the trail. We will have lunch hearty lunch at Sammar. It is going to be our hardest day as we have to go across 4 passes which are Taklam la (3624m) Dajori la (3735m) and Bhena la (3860) Yamda la (3860). All the efforts are worth-while as we will be rewarded with the majestic views of the Himalayas and mesmerizing view of the landscapes.
Biking time: 4.5 to 5.5 hours
Distance: 20 Km Approx.
Our ride starts after the delightful breakfast at the hotel of this mystic land of Mustang. We will have a small climb Syangboche La (3850m) at the first, then we will ride downhill to Ghilling. After Ghilling the trail gradually leads us to another pass which will reaward us with the view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna and Mustang valley. We will again paddle the biggest pass of the day called Nyi la (4010m) followed by Ghemi la (3765m). We will enjoy the downhill after the passes. We will have lunch along the way to Tsarang. We will camp the night at Charang.
Biking time: 4.5 to 5 hours
Distance: 19 Km Approx.
Our ride will start in the morning after the breakfast in our guest house. Today’s ride is more thrilling as we head to the King Lo’s civilization, where we will have the opportunity to see ages old Monasteries, Gumbas, painting of Mandalas, the walled city of Lo-manthang and ancient arts and architectures. Our trail will be smoother and easier after we cross the Sungda-La pass. Once, we reach Lo-La pass also known as the windy pass of the Tibetan plateau, we will have the sight of the Himalayas and the gorgeous view of the Lo-Manthang. After the pass we ride down the trail across a small stream and into the walled city of Lo-Manthang where we will stay the night in a guest house. We also have optional trail to ride from Ghar Gumba to Lo-Manthang Via Mui la (4170m) Marang La (4230m) but we need to push some parts of these passes. After Marang La pass, we will ride all the way downhill to Lo-Manthang.
Biking time: 3.5 to 5 hours
Distance: 22 Km Approx.
Today is the day that we have dreamt for. We have so many choices to cherish this wonderful day at this Himalayan land. It is your choice either to go for some short ride to Choser to explore the century’s old multistoried cave known as Sija or Dzong, or visit Niphu monastery and observe cave dwellers. Or soak in the beauty of the Tibetan influenced culture, four storied King’s palace of Mustang, and historically important monasteries and relax with a bottle of beer in the walled city of Lo. Whatever you do, either walk or mountain bike, you will feel a very positive energy with all those untouched lifestyle of people, their daily practices, culture, arts of Mandalas, ancient architectures and the incredible landscapes that unveils the true sense of life.
Today, we are going to leave our dream destination and continue on our next chapter of challenging journey towards Yara and Tangye. However, we are going to have an epic mountain biking experience through amazingly beautiful Tibetan Plateau and Dhigaon which is only visited by handful of people. We have to ride back to Lo-La and after a short descent, we will take on a skyline single trail to Yara. The journey from Lo-Manthang to Yara is thrilling but challenging experience that includes steep descends and narrow exposed trails with loose gravels. We will stay the night in Yara village in a basic tea house.
Biking time: 4 to 5 Hours
Distance: 17 Km Approx.
Our morning rides will begin as usual after breakfast. We'll head towards the Tangye villages, riding through two passes (3878m) which, although not very high, are still uphill. Be prepared to push and carry your bike on this day. The terrain will be barren with ups and downs, but the views will be awe-inspiring. Along the way, we'll cross the Dechhyang stream, which originates from the sacred pond of Damordar Kunda. This pond is a popular pilgrimage site among locals and is home to fossils of marine life, considered to be sacred and known as Saligram. We'll stop for lunch on the way and then ride uphill again to reach the top where we'll find a nice playground. Finally, we'll arrive at Tangye village, where we'll have the opportunity to see authentic villages and unique monasteries.
Biking time: 4 to 5 hours
Distance: 18 Km Approx.
After breakfast, we'll embark on another great day of our dream holiday. Leaving the Tangye village behind, we'll cross a bridge and ride along the river bed. We'll have to push and carry the bike to reach a pass called Paha (4218 m), which means a shelter house. We'll take a break, have our packed lunch, and then continue our journey to chhuksang. Along the way, we'll traverse along the super flowy trail which offers stunning views of the Himalayas. The downhill ride will be a well-deserved reward for all the climbing we've done so far. However, the final bit of the trail, as we approach Chhuksang, is comparatively challenging and exposed huge cliff. We will stay the night in Chhuksang.
Biking time: 4. to 5. Hours
Distance: 26 Km Approx.
We spent the night at a lower elevation compared to the previous nights, and our lungs feel strong today. If our group wishes to take on another pass, we can push and ride to Muktinath via the Gyu la pass (4077m). However, for those who prefer an easier ride along the river, we can ride to Kagbeni and then to Muktinath. We'll decide together and enjoy our final day of riding in the Kingdom of Lo. Today, we leave Upper Mustang behind and enjoy our ride in the lower Mustang region. We'll spend the night in the culturally, socially, and religiously famous and precious place of Muktinath. There is a belief that once you reach this place and under go through 108 water spouts, you'll be free from all the sins you have committed knowingly or unknowingly in your life.
Biking time: 5. to 6. Hours
Distance: 25 Km Approx.
We will visit the Muktinath temple and monastery. Within the temple premises combination of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Sky can be seen which signifies balance and is the reason for the Muktinath being so precious among Hindu and Buddhist people from all over the word. It might not be that precious for us in the religious point of view but we can feel the energy in this popular pilgrimage site. After visiting this sacred place, we are going to mountain bike via Lupra valley which is known as one of the best single trails Mustang has to offer. No words can describe the beauty of Lupra valley and its trails. Once we finish the Lupra we will ride through pine forest and villages, riverbed, lakes and suspension bridges to Kalopani.
Biking time: 5. to 6. Hours
Distance: 52 Km Approx.
We are so excited today as we will be riding through the deepest gorse in the world, not only that our ride is going to be special because of the diversity of trails and topography along with so many beautiful villages. We will ride on dirt road with optional single track as per your wish and technical skills. Your ride will hit from pine forest, foothills of the mountains, Mid-hills and subtropical trails. We will stop at Hot spring locally called Tatopani for a lunch then ride down to Beni, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us Pokhara.
Biking time: 5. to 6. Hours
Biking time: Hours
Distance: 65 Km Approx.
Today marks the end of an unforgettable journey with us in Pokhara! As you prepare to return to your hometown, we hope that your time with us has been full of memories to cherish for a lifetime. Whether you choose to embark on the scenic drive back to Kathmandu or take to the skies, we have got you covered with our package that you have chosen.
Upper Mustang is located in the north-central part of Nepal's highland making border with Tibet. It laps in the Himalayas, and its landscape is characterized by harsh terrain, deep canyons, and towering peaks.
The best time to go for trekking or mountain biking in Upper Mustang is through March to May and September to November. During these months the weather remains dry and sunny featuring clear skies and mild temperature.
Yes, you need to need to acquire a permit to trek or mountain bike in Upper Mustang. The area of Upper Mustang falls in the restricted areas of Nepal, so you need to have a special permit from the Nepalese government. The cost of the permit sounds to be higher compared to other regular trekking destinations, but keep in mind the government of Nepal has set a minimum permit fee with the aim to regulate the tourism and preserve the unique cultural heritage of the region.
The Upper Mustang permit costs 500 USD per person for the first 10 days and additional charge of 50 USD per person per day is applied.
There are variety of accommodations available in Upper Mustang ranging from basic tea houses to luxurious lodges. The luxurious lodges are available in particular places like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Lo-Manthang, Marpha and Kalopani. In basic tea houses you will have the shower and rest rooms in sharing basis, and the lodges offer you with a private bathroom with hot water.
Mountain biking in Upper Mustang requires a well built and reliable mountain bike that is capable of handing the rough terrain steep climbs and descends of the region. It is ideal to take a dual suspension mountain bike with wider tire, durable frame and proper suspension system. Having a bike with dropper seat post is a good way to go on technical descends.
Mountain biking in Upper Mustang requires a proper mountain bike, protective gears that includes, helmet, gloves, elbow and knee pads. You should consider packing comfortable and durable clothing, a camel bag or water bottle, spare tubes, pump, and a multi-tool. It is also a wise idea to pack things like first aid kit, GPS device, a map and a camera to capture the views of incredible landscapes and the Himalayas. Before starting to pack up things check that all the items that you are trying to load are in proper working condition.
No, solo trekkers or mountain bikers are not allowed to go for trekking or mountain biking without a guide or a porter. A guide or porter should have a valid license from the government of Nepal and there should be a minimum number of two people to acquire the special permit. A single person willing to trek or mountain bike in Upper Mustang is not allowed to enter the region. If your permit is made with other groups, you should be together with them at the entrance and exit.
Upper Mustang is famous for its unique Tibetan influenced culture, ancient caves and cave dwellers, centuries old monasteries and its trans-Himalayan climate. The people in Upper Mustang use the Tibetan dialect to communicate, and their daily life starts with the traditional prayers method. Their houses are identified with white or red colors and the wooden logs stacked on the roof.
There are some reasons behind the restriction in Upper Mustang. Among them, the most important reason is to control the number of visitors, so that, the outside world doesn't have any impacts on its social, and cultural aspects and it doesn't change the traditional lifestyle of the people from the region.
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