Upper Mustang Mountain Biking

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural Heritage Tour of Kathmandu.
  • Incredible biking experience in the Upper Mustang region.
  • Spiritual immersion into the grandeur of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the region.
  • Breathtaking Himalayan view.
  • An awesome experience of life style of the restricted area of Upper Mustang.
  • Amazing landscapes with high mountain passes to cross.
  • Close look on the inspiring simplicity of rural life style.

The Himalayan region of Nepal has impressive landscape for mountain biking trips. Observing the incredible mountain ranges and splendor of magical Himalayan landscape can be more fascinating than anything. Mountain biking in the famous Upper Mustang region of Nepal is one of such unreal mountain biking experiences in the world. Upper Mustang region is a perfect mountain biking destination for many reasons. It’s not only the challenge the region has for the bikers but spectacular scenery, mountain culture, impressive yet simple life style of friendly people and many other wonderful attractions make mountain biking here one such memory to cherish. This journey is definitely worthy to take although the permit fee is high, US$ 500 per person to enter the region which is listed as restricted zone.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m.

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites:

Boudhanath: It is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath: It  is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara – 900 m (6 hours Drive).

The journey to Pokhara today is an overland journey through a scenic rural setting. About six hours of road journey today passes through several small towns and villages on the highway that goes along the rivers for the most of its stretch. With enough breaks on the way, we keep driving on a two lane highway which will allow us to absorb the impressive beauty of rural Nepal as firsthand experience outside of Kathmandu valley.

When we reach Pokhara, we will be warmly welcomed by fresh air, close up view of Annapurna range, beautiful lakeside and peaceful environment. We will be instantly overwhelmed by the charisma of this beautiful town. We will have some time to wander around lake side in the evening.

Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom – Jhong 3550m(Flight + Biking) (20 minutes flight, 4 hours biking).

We will take an early morning flight to Jomsom. This breathtaking mountain flight will take us to Jomsom in about 20 minutes. As we fly above Pokhara valley towards the Annapurna range and then for the view of Dhaulagiri range of the Himalayas, we will simply be left awestruck by the majestic charm of the mighty, snow-capped peaks.

Once we land at Jomsom airport, we prepare for the ride of the day. The ride today goes to Jhong via Kagbeni. Cycling along the Kali Gandaki River bank up to Kagbeni is a steady and awesome ride mostly on flat trail but the ride from Kagbeni to Jhong is pretty challenging as we cycle of uphill jeep track. Stay overnight at a tea house in Jhong.

Day 05: Jhong  - Samar 3660m.

Today is a very challenging and exciting day in terms of the riding trail that we are going to cover on our bike. We are going to enter Upper Mustang region and ride towards Samar. The trail goes uphill up to Gyu La pass from where a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks can be viewed. After crossing the pass the trail descends steeply down on a winding ridge to Tetang and even further down to Chhusang. The trail section from Chhusang to Samar is mostly uphill. Stay overnight at a tea house in Samar.

Day 06: Samar – Ghami 3520m.

The ride today is going to take us through four high mountain passes before we reach Ghami. Considering the amount of effort that we are going to put on pedaling on our bike, it’s going to be a hard day today but the superb and unparalleled Himalayan scenery from the passes and beautiful landscapes that the trail passes through will keep our mind relaxed. After challenging day toil, we reach a beautiful village of Ghami for our overnight stay.

Day 07: Ghami – Charang 3560 m.

Another incredible day of mountain biking in Upper Mustang region, the ride today is fairly more comfortable and easier as there is only one uphill ride to cross a pass. Other than the pass climb the trail descends in most of the section. One of the most scenic days of the whole ride, the day brings incredibly beautiful scenery of color changing landscapes. After wonderful ride for the day, we reach Charang village for our overnight stay. Once at Charang, we can go around to explore a very old Buddhist monastery; talk with monks and even play football with them. Stay overnight at a tea house in Charang.

Day 08: Charang – Lo Manthang 3810 m.

Destination of the ride today is Lo Manthang, a wonderful place in the Upper Mustang region which is the headquarters of the region. The ride to Lo Manthang goes past a high mountain pass called Lo La pass which is also known as ‘windy pass’. A beautiful view of the walled city of Lo Manthang can be viewed from the pass. Riding downhill from the pass, we reach Lo Manthang by Lunch time. After the lunch we can go for some exploration of this incredible Himalayan town lost in time and completely untouched by the outer world civilization. Visiting the Royal Palace, monasteries, and other attractions is the highlight of the things to do here. Stay overnight at a tea house in Lo Manthang.

Day 09: Day Trip to DhiGaun.

We are going to take a day cycling trip to DhiGaun to come across some of the wonders of the region. We pedal uphill to a beautiful view point and then descend down to river bank. It’s fantastic downhill ride up to DhiGaun where a jeep will be waiting for us to take us back to Lo Manthang. Stay overnight at a tea house in Lo Manthang.

Day 10: Day Trip to Ghom.

The day biking trip today takes us to Ghom for a wonderful exploration of monastery, cave and other magical sites in the area. Exploration of the surrounding will bring us some insights about the wonderful Tibetan Buddhist culture untouched by any other civilization. The ride will take us through the areas where we can absorb historical, architectural, and natural wonders. We ride back to Lo Manthang for overnight stay at tea house.

Day 11:  Lo Manthang – Ghami 3520m.

After two full days of wonderful biking exploration of the Lo area, we are riding on our journey back to Ghami today. The ride goes past high mountain passes of Pang La and Mui La, both above 4000 meters from sea level. Both the passes bring some of the most scenic views of the trip. The trail passes through some interesting landscapes which steadily keep on changing the color as we ride ahead. We will also have time to explore the longest Mani wall in Mustang, some village ruins and other wonderful sites before reaching Ghami. Stay overnight at Ghami.

Day 12: Ghami – Samar 3660m.

We are going to ride on the same trail that we rode past on the way up a few days earlier. Crossing over Nyla pass to finish the uphill ride, we go downhill to Samar Syangboche. We willhave some time to explore a cave called Ranchung cave after lunch. The trail up to Samar is a fascinating downhill. Stay overnight at Samar.

Day 13: Samar – Jomsom 2745 m.

We have two mountain passes to cross on our ride today to Jomsom. Crossing the Dajori La and Taklam La, we ride past a uniquely sacred place. The place is used as the place for sky burial of the tribe living in the region. Then we ride further ahead to Kagbeni and to Jomsom for our overnight stay. While at Jomsom, we can enjoy a much better facilities in many days. Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 14: Jomsom – Pokhara 900 m.

We take another incredible morning mountain flight to Pokhara enjoying the mountain range. Once we check into the hotel in Pokhara we will have leisurely time to find some soothing massage, chilled beer or relaxing stroll around lake side. The relaxing and leisurely time in Pokhara today should give us some good recovery from the tiredness of pedaling for many days in the high mountains.

Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu 1400m.

We drive back to Kathmandu on the same highway we took to go to Pokhara earlier. Another six hours on the highway will give us time to observe the villages and towns on the way from a different angle. After reaching Kathmandu and checking into hotel, we will have some free time to wander around the streets of Thamel.

Day 16: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square).

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 17: Departure Day.

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast Included.
  • Accommodation in different guesthouses during the biking trip below upper Mustang, with full board meal (Breakfasts, lunches and dinners).
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team while in Upper Mustang (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu on the night before departure.
  • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle.
  • Mountain Delights licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.
  • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage in the biking trip.
  • 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 (We recommend to bring your own Bike)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
  • Special Upper Mustang Permit US$ 700 per person for 10 days (the trip price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days i.e US$ 90 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
  • Free Mountain Delights duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges).
  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 20 per person per day.
  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Biking attire and other personal gears.
  • Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
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