Mustang formerly the Kingdom of Lo is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas where the Upper Mustang Bike Trip is very much Popular. The Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetan culture and language has been preserved by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world. The Upper Mustang comprise the northern two-thirds of Mustang District of Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal. The southern third of the district is called Thak and is the homeland of the Thakali, who speak the Thakali language, and whose culture combines Tibetan and Nepali elements. Life in Mustang revolves around tourism, Animal Husbandry, and trade. Traditional Mustang (the Lo Kingdom) is 53 km (33 mi) north-south at its longest, 60 km (37 mi) east-west at its widest and ranges from a low point of 2,750 m (9,020 ft) above sea level on the Kali Gandaki River just north of Kagbeni to 6,700 m (22,000 ft) at Khamjung Himal, a peak in southeast Mustang. Upper Mustang Bike Trip is through the valleys and plateaus of the Annapurna conservation area accompanied by breathtaking mountain views. The biking trail of Annapurna circuit passes through lush green forests, mountain valleys, and pristine rivers. On the wheels we roll up and down and experience this pristine conserved area, making your trip the best of the adventures.
This requires endurance sport, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. Advanced riders pursue both steep technical descents and high incline climbs. In the case of a free ride, downhill, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers are performed off both natural features and specially constructed jumps and ramps. This Upper Mustang Biking Tour will provide you the best biking experience in Nepal. The biking tour is very much popular now a day in the Upper Mustang region as this is one of the best places in the whole of Nepal for the best biking tour experience with great trails.
Unlimited Biking Adventure and Exploration of ‘ The Forbidden Kingdom ‘ – Lo Manthang.
Magnificent views of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Massifs and other surrounding peaks.
Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna ranges
Centuries-old monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the rare Bon religion
25-minute of a scenic flight over the Himalayas from Pokhara to Jomsom
Mountain biking through the world’s deepest gorge,’ Kali Gandaki Gorge’
Almost treeless barren landscape like the Plateau Tibetan
Natural hot spring in Tatopani
Kali Gandaki Valley – world’s deepest gorge
Experience the remote and traditional villages of the Mustang region that are influenced by Tibetan culture.
Arrival in Kathmandu Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will start our overland journey to Pokhara, on the way we will pass through small towns and village along the flowing river and scenic view of nature with enough break for the refreshment on the way.On arrival in Pokhara we will be welcomed by the fresh air, smilling Annapurna Range and Himalaya’s and lake side of Pokhara. Then we will transfer you to the hotel and you can enjoy the evening strolling and doing recreational activities in the Lakeside area.
Wake up early in the morning for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before you head to the airport. It takes 20 min to reach Jomsom from Pokhara which is above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya. Flying through the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki, the Pokhara-Jomsom flight marks the start of your adventure. On arrival, we will have our breakfast and assemble our mountain bikes. Then, we start biking to Kagbeni. Riding in the Kali Gandaki Gorge, we follow the jeep trail to reach Kagbeni.
We start early our day early in the morning with the breathtaking sun rising up from the hills like a shining diamond. Leaving behind the beautiful village of Kagbeni, today you cycle off-road uphill for the most part. Following on the dusty jeep track towards the foreboding Thorung La Pass, you will have an oppurtunity to explore the ancient monastery at Jhong along with the sunrise enjoying the incredible mountain views. Finally after a short riding you arrive Muktinath mid afternoon. Explore around Muktinath Monastery and Temples. Overnight in Muktinath.
Today we will start our biking after having pooja in Muktinath, We then continue riding to the mysterious land of Upper Mustang. We will ascend uphill to Gyu La Pass (4077m) and then descend to Chhusang. We then ride through the bumpy roads near the banks of Kali Gandaki River and cross a bridge. We ride uphill to reach Chele which is a small village that rewards you with the spectacular view of Mt. Nilgiri (7061m) and Kaligandaki gorge from a different angle. Here, we explore some old buildings and monasteries.
We move towards the north towards the magnificent Himalayas.A hard day of riding, leaving behind Chele, ride in to the hills. You have to cross four passes between Chele to Syanboche which are Taklam La 3624m, Dajori La 3735m, Bhena La 3860m, Yamda La 3860m that’s why the trail is little bit ups and down today. Continue riding the mixed zeep track and steep downhill with some sections of carrying and pushing you will reach Syanboche.
To start, we make a short climb to reach Syangboche La Pass (3850m). Passing a few teahouses, chortens, local villages and Nyi Pass, you descend to Ghami(the third largest village in the Lo region) which offer inspiring views of Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiri. Riding onto single jeep track you will finally reach Charang. This is a beautiful section of the ride and defiantly a day to get your camera out. Here you can find the greatest library in Lo and the 400 year old Gulpa Sect Monastery.
Leaving Tsarang on a trail leading down and across a small river, you climb steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on the opposite ridge and then follow the Thuling Khola on the new, dirt road towards Lo. It is a relatively easy day ride where we have to cross Lo La Pass (3950m). Here, we can experience amazing and breathtaking 360-degree view of the mountains. We will be riding on open jeep ways and some trekking lines. After the pass, we will finally reach Lo-Manthang after about half an hour. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Today, we get the opportunity to explore the captivating Lo-Manthang with its centuries-old Gumba, the Royal Fortress, inhabited caves, museum, and antique Buddhist ways of life. 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. Follow the upper reaches Kali Gandaki River, crossing over several of its tributaries. Stay overnight in Lodge.
We bid farewell to this amazing place and head back on some new single-track routes. We will have to cross three passes—Lo La (3950m), Chogo La (4280m), and Mui La (4170m). En route to Ghami, we will arrive in Ghar Gompa, an ancient monastery and the most sacred one for Lo Nying Sect of Buddhism. We can find scriptures of Padmasambhava in Ghar Gompa. Then we ride down to Dhakmar and finally to Ghami. Stay overnight in Lodge.
we will now retrace the route from Ghami to Samar. oday you ride to Samar from Ghami after breakfast in your hotel. There is quite a bit of climbing involved today. Mostly today you ride single track sections climbing until 3800 meters and again downhill to Syangboche. The sceneries are much more different and you,ll see spectacular view of Annapurna range. After two hours of riding a single track downhill takes you to Samar. The quaint Buddhist village of Samar is one of the larger ones in Mustang.
We will start early in the morning with small ascend to Dajori La Pass (3735m) and then ride downhill to Chele. We will ride along the banks of Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni and have lunch in either Chhusang or Kagbeni. After lunch, we ride back along the Kali Gandaki Valley to our initial point in Jomsom. Then we’ll ride through beautiful apple orchards to the lovely village of Marpha. We will stay overnight in Marpha which is famous for its Apple brandy or other by-products. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Today we will start early and explore some of Marpha—the monasteries, the cheese factory, and the traditional whitewashed houses. After a good breakfast, we will ride toward a more subtropical region along the Kali Gandaki River. We descend all the way with the view of peaks of snow-capped mountains that accompany us throughout the trek. We will reach Tatopani where you can relax in the natural hot spring to relax your body strains and skin ailments. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Today we will began our ride Beni Tatopani early in the morning after relaxing night in Tatopani, after reaching the Beni we will take a drive to Pokhara where we will spend the night in Pokhara and enjoy the beautiful scenes of Pokhara.
This is our last of the Upper Mustang Biking Trek as we will take our early drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Today is the farewell day. Our company representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours before the flight time. We hope to see you again.
- Three times meals during the trip.
- Special permit $500
- Airport Pick up on arrival and drop off after the trip
- Mountain bike and gears (please ask specification after letting us your bike size)
- Mountain Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
- An experienced English speaking local Mountain Bike Guide
- Porters to support your luggage.
- Food and accommodations (first-day dinner to final day breakfast)
- TIMS and Permit
- All the transportation by private Jeep/van based on group size.
- Safe drinking water
- Food, accommodations, salary, insurance, and transportation for supporting staff/crew.
- Travel, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory).
- International airfare
- Emergency evacuation
- Nepal visa
- Airport tax
- Broke and damage
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.
The best preparation for this trek is bush walking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridge line ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory-style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.
Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
In most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled rooms instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.
Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season), and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at the best possible places to eat.
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 3 to higher elevation per liter.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during the trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drops is a must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and during the trek you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.
Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek.
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick at a higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and it at least needs 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are on a private or solo trips you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status.
If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with a guide and catch up the group later on.
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, etc.
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly.
If you are in the private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible whereas if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.
Sunglasses and riding glasses
Riding gear (helmet, knee and elbow pads)
Replacement parts for your bike (derailleur hanger)
Trail or Enduro Bike in good shape
Brakes and pads in good shape