We all kept hearing that there is a heaven on Earth and wonder if it is only a cosmic myth. But once we get access to this land of mystic amazement with unanswered wonders - you realize that this might be the real one! The Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang offers an immense opportunity to see and embrace the untouched lifestyle of the local people, inspiring social practice and authentic religious and cultural aspects of their lives and wonderful landscapes, natural Himalayan biking trails. This could be the real Biking heaven on Earth. Words are not enough to describe the existing heaven - we need to get there and enjoy the glory. The Upper Mustang is a ‘bucket list’ ride for mountain bikers from all over the world. Upper Mustang is dominated by endless biking trails and also you can feel the mystical vibes of Buddhism and good spirit. Life over here is highly influenced by the Tibetan culture; we can see the heritage and Buddhism through the glory of lord Boudha. Chhortens, Monasteries, caves, people inhabitation in caves is a mystic experience. It’s not only the biking rather culturally, socially, spiritually and geographically also so so special. So, plan the biking holiday to get indulge on your bike in this forbidden kingdom of Lo.
Fitness and skills level: Actually Upper Mustang is the best playground that offers something for everyone! No matter what your skill level is! We have organized this trip for intermediate to the professional riders from all over the world. We require your willingness and a bit of experience, we could make it happen the trip of your dream in reality on your own pace and skills. No matter what is your technical and physical fitness is? We have many optional trails to take you through easy, moderate to hard trail that suits you most for intermediate to advance riders. We also can provide Jeep shuttles as per requirements in only certain places.
Fitness and skills level: good level of cardio fitness, endurance stamina in physical and rocky, sandy, switchbacks and single track riding skills in technical section and also bike pushing /carrying skills may required if you and your group decide to ride the Yara Ghara single track trails
Is this trip right for me? People who are physically, mentally fit and who Does Mountain biking/hiking regularly, an average rides ride at home at least once in a week. Who are daring to go through altitude ride and high passes! Up to 3800 to 4200 meter even more….
Length of the trip: our standard trip is designed for intermediate riders. Our biking itinerary is longer than any other companies’ itinerary. Also our standard itinerary is altitude friendly, we believe whatever takes longer is better! We recommend riding slowly and plan well for acclimatization is always better in Mountain. However, we also can organize the Upper Mustang trip in shorter version as far as possible according to the available schedule of our customer/riders to those who have short holiday. If you would like to create shorter trip based on your available schedule, please contact us.
Accommodation, food and internet: there will be 3 star hotels in Katmandu and Pokhara and local tea houses and home stay in Mountains. It will be nice and clean room with hot shower and Wi-Fi access in most of the places. You can choose the different food from the menu each and every day to try new and different tastes of local and international foods. We are open to book the 5 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara if anybody wishes to have better treat and after the trip.
Transportations: All the transfers are by a private Jeep/van/bus (based on the group size) and mountain flight uplift from Pokhara to Jomsom for Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang trip. Guides and crew: all our guides’ are local folks who knows the every corner of the trails and are well trained and national and international license holder with a full of passion and dedication in mountain biking and outdoor activities.
Female MTB guides: we are the company training and empowering local children, youth and girls for free of cost to promote mountain biking and outdoor tourism. We also have ladie guides if our female guests/riders like to come along with female guide.
Optional trip: we can combine lower Mustang, Upper Mustang and Annapurna circuit trip in one go to those who like to have longer holidays in Himalayas. We will always have optional trails according to individual’s physical fitness and technical skill. Either to stick with Jeep track or select the single tracks according to your wish and riding styles?
Flexibility, safety and customer care: we are proud to be the local company that allows us to offer more flexibility in our itinerary and dedication to customer care and service. We are socially oriented company rather than only business, in our 17 years of mountain biking/hiking tour operation history there is no single recorded of severe altitude sickness and major injury/accident. Our first and foremost priority is taking good care of our clients to make sure every client are safe, sound, happy and having fun each and every day while in the trip.
Is this trip for a road biker? Yes! We have been organizing this trip even for road bikers on a mountain bike. Our previous clients from road cycling background well handled the trip and learned the skills of mountain biking during holiday.
Best time of the year: we organize the trip all year around as every month all the year round is unique. However, spring (late March, April, May) summer (June, July Aug) and autumn (September, October, November and early December is the best).
Please keep in mind; this is only an outline/sample itinerary. We understand that every rider is different, so we design each trip to cater to the specific needs of the group/individual. Easy, Moderate, Advanced, faster, chilled, or cruising…. Whatever your style – it’s your holiday/vacation/trip not a boot camp! We are here to listen, consult and understand your needs. We believe on your day you decide!
Today is the first day of our ride before heading to the forbidden Kingdom of Lo; it’s our warm up ride to get familiar, checking your bike and guide. We will ride along the lake through Pame village, paddies, bridges, forest and terraces which is an amazing ride. Since we keep behind the valley we will ride intense climb then we reach at world Peace Pagoda where you will take a stop for a Kora (to make a right circle of the stupa) then we will hit the queen forest single-track after this single track we will ride back to Lakeside. We will make everything get ready for tomorrow flight to Mustang.Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
We will wake up early in the morning to catch the first flight to Jomsom. The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom is known as dramatic fly in between the two 8000 meters Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I which is called the deepest gorse of the world. Once we land the Mustang at Jomsom then assemble our bikes, have breakfast on the lap of Mount Nilgiri ride along the Kaligandaki riverbed. We will stay at Kagbeni in a local guest house.Biking time: 2. to 3 hours
Today is the day; we enter into the forbidden land of Upper Mustang which is the Kingdom of Lo. As we leave Kagbeni behind showing our permit 500$ into the land of amazement. We will ride along the Kaligandaki River valley. We will stop to take Lunch at Chhusang. After the Lunch our ride continue again on the river bank. We will cross the river then take a climb to reach the Chaile. We will see the caves, monasteries and amazing views of River valley and Mountain.Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
As our days are getting better and better because we are heading to North. The climb will be hard but the sceneries and landscapes will make you smile even on the hard trail. You might need to push in some part if it gets to technical climb. We will have lunch in Sammar. It’s our biggest day as we will have to cross 4 passes which is called via Taklam la (3624m) Dajori la (3735m) and Bhena la (3860) Yamda la (3860). It’s a big day but the super nice day of our trip.Biking time: 4.5 to 5.5 hours
Our ride starts after the breakfast in these fabulous places in the earth. We will have a small climb Syangboche La (3850m) at the first then we will ride downhill to Gilling. We will be awarded by the view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna and Mustang valley. We will again pass the biggest pass of the day called via Nyi la (4010m) then Ghemi la (3765m). We will enjoy the downhill after the passes. We will have lunch on along the way in a tea houses. We will stay in Dhakmar.Biking time: 4.5 to 5 hours
Our ride will start in the morning after the breakfast in our guest house. Today ride is more interesting as we head to the King Lo’s civilization where we will have opportunities to see ages old Monasteries and Gumba, library of the Buddhism at Charang village where we will stop for the lunch. In the Charang villages we also can see the paintings and Mandala. We will leave the Charang Behind and move forward to our destination the Lomanthang. Our trail will be smoother than the previous ride, once our ride hit the windy pass the view of the Tibetan plateau, Himalayas and the gorgeous view of the Lo-Manthang will reward us. After the pass we will hit the downhill trail across the plain into the walled city of Lomanthang where we will stay in a guest house tonight. We will also have optional trail to ride from Ghar Gumba to Lo-Manthang Via Mui la (4170m) Marang La (4230m) we need to push on 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
Today is the day we are leaving our destination and heading back to our Journey. However it’s another great ride ahead on the province of King Lo. We are heading to the Yara and Dhigaon today which is only handful of people visit in this region. We will ride all the way to near Charang then cross the river ride all the way to Charang till the Sungda Choorten then we will cross the bridge then ride toward the Yara. Today ride will be not so hard along the river and villages with amazing view of the plateau. We will stay here in Yara village tonight in a guest house.Biking time: 4 to 5 Hours
Our rides will start as usual in the morning after the breakfast. We will head to Tangye villages; we will ride through two passes (3878m) which is not that high still nice and uphill. In this day be ready to push and carry your bike. Our ride will be ups and down along the barren terrain along with awe inspiring views around. We will cross Dechhyang stream which is originated from the sacred pond of Damordar Kunda which is very popular among locals as a sacred pilgrimage where we will find fossils of marine which is considered as a God we also called Saligram. We will have lunch on the way, we will again ride uphill once we reach on the top where one of the nice playground after this we will reach Tangye village. We will have opportunities to see authentic villages and unique monasteries.Biking time: 4 to 5 hours
Our ride start after the breakfast, we have another good day to go on our dream holiday. Leaving the Tangye village behind we will cross bridge the we will ride along the river bed then ride and push to a pass then we will reach place called Paha which means a shelter house. We will have a rest and lunch then we will continue our pace. We will also go through 4218 m pass, which will reward us by offering the best views of the Himalayas then we will ride superb nice and flowy downhill all the way to Chhusang which you have earned by the climbs. We will stay overnight in Chhusang village.Biking time: 4. to 5. Hours
We stayed at lower alleviation comparatively with other nights. Our lungs is strong today and if our group wish to do another pass we will push and ride to Muktinath via Gyu la(4077m) pass and if our participant would like to take easy ride along the river then we will ride to Kagbeni then ride to Muktinath. We can decide together and enjoy the final day of ride in the Kingdom of Lo. Today we leave the Upper Mustang behind and will enjoy our ride on lower Mustang series. We will stay in culturally, socially and religiously famous and precious place Muktinath which is believed that once you reach in this place you will be free from all the sin you knowing or unknowingly did in your life.Biking time: 5. to 6. Hours
We will visit the Muktinath temple and monastery. The combination of earth-fire-water which is the significant logic and belief behind 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 what we can see the energy you will insist here is amazing that you will feel. After visiting this sacred place our ride is going to be one of the sacred ride mountains biking 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 you should go and ride. Once we finish the Lupra then we will ride through pine forest and villages, riverbed, lakes and suspension bridges.Biking time: 5. to 6. Hours
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. 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, Midhills and subtropical trails. We will stop at Hot spring place called Tatopani locally for a lunch then ride down to Beni, where our vehicle will be waiting us to take to Pokhara.Biking time: 5. to 6. Hours
If you like to make your own customized itinerary please contact us with many questions.
Above mentioned itinerary is just an outline and will be flexible day to day based on our daily physical demands and wishes. Please send us an email if you like to make changes as per your plan and schedule.
In the event of unexpected circumstances such as natural calamities, bad weather, political issues PMTBA reserves the right to modify the program in order to keep our guests safe, sound and happy.
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