Upper Mustang Biking Tour in Nepal
Nepal is a beautiful country. The country has much to offer in aspects of tourism. Trekking and mountaineering always had been the topmost activities done in the region but due to the creation of vehicle tracks biking is also the most enjoyed activity in some regions. Upper Mustang biking has gained a lot of popularity in recent days. Amazing terrains, combined with breathtaking views and thrilling experiences, make this journey one to remember for a lifetime.
Biking has been the passion of bikers since the creation of the machine in the previous century. People love to travel on this two-wheeler. It is also very efficient as it can swiftly take you to even the remote location as it does not have big tracks to get through, unlike the large vehicles. Also, the off-road bike can easily get through even the ways that are very difficult, unlike the big vehicles. Also, biking is the passion and dream of many people, especially of the people of this generation.
Mustang is a district of Nepal that is located in the Gandaki province of Nepal. The province has eleven districts, and it is one of them. This district always has been one of the most special districts in the country. Being in the region of tourism, a unique lifestyle, the desert-like appearance, unlike most other parts of the country, makes the district extremely special.
The headquarters of Mustang in Jomsom. It is the first largest district with respect to the area. Despite this, the district is one of the lowest populated districts. According to the census of 2011 A.D, there was a total of 13452 people in the Mustang region of Nepal.
Mustang is also known as the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. The district surrounded by Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the Tibetan plateau is unique in many ways. With strict policies and rules, the traditions and culture of the Mustang region are preserved till now. Mustang was a restricted region in the past and no people from outside could go into the Mustang region without permission.
The authority to visit the upper Mustang was given very recently in 1992. Before that, it was illegal for outsiders to go to the upper Mustang. Until recently people had not visited there, and people of that region also not gone anywhere else so, the tradition and culture of the upper Mustang region are intact. Also, there is a King in the Mustang region of their own, which is why it was called a kingdom. Also, it was a restricted region, so the name forbidden kingdom.
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Day 01: Reaching Kathmandu
The first day of upper Mustang biking has begun and the destination is Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and has the only international airport in the country today. After reaching Kathmandu the staff will receive the visitors and take them to their hotels. After reaching the hotel they will be given time to rest as taking long flights can be irritating and can drain energy.
On the evening of the 1st day of upper Mustang biking, they will be summoned and will be given complete details about the track, difficult places as well as things related to coordination during biking. After that, they will be given time to rest, and tomorrow will be a long and tiring day.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
On the morning of the 2nd day of upper Mustang biking, the bikers will be taken to the place from where they will rent the bike. They will show the necessary documents like a license and other things to take the bike. After examining the bike and checking their conditions at the mechanical shop, they will be on the road. Along Prithvi highway, they are going to reach Pokhara.
Riding on bikes on highways can be dangerous so they will maintain their speed, be in coordination with other fellow bikers as well as be cautious for safety. On-bike maintaining good and average speed the bikers can reach Pokhara within 5 hours give or take an hour. If the bikers can get to Pokhara early, they can enjoy the remaining day at Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal which can offer many things. The night of the 2nd day of upper Mustang biking will be spent at Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara to Kalo Pani
Day 04: Kalopani to Muktinath and return to kagbeni
The total distance that needs to be covered on the 4th day of upper Mustang biking is about 62Km. The final destination today is Kagbeni while the main landmark is the holy temple of Muktinath. It is one of the holiest locations where the people of two religions worship at the same time. Both Hindu and Buddhists arrive here to pay their respect and the bikers will also be going there. The distance from Kalo Pani to Muktinath is about 50 Km while the distance from Muktinath to Kagbeni is about 12 KM. The night of the 4th day of upper Mustang biking will be spent at kagbeni.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Ghami
Ghami is the destination of the 5th day of upper Mustang biking. Before moving to Ghami the bikers will explore the amazing village of Kagbeni. The village is beautiful, and one can see the influence of Tibetan culture on the houses and living style of people. Going from kagbeni to Ghami bikers will pass through Chusang, Chele, Syangbochen and finally reach the final destination of the 5th day of upper Mustang biking. The night of the 5th day will be spent at Ghami.
Day 06: Ghami to Lo Manthang
The distance from Ghami to Lo Manthang is 16.1Km. This distance may not look long on the plains while riding the bike. However, in the Himalayas and on difficult terrains this distance will take lots of time to complete. On the way to Lo Manthang the bikers will get to see the amazing view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. After reaching Lo Manthang another day of the adventurous upper Mustang biking is completed.
Day 07: Lo Manthang visits and day of rest
This is the day of rest, acclimatization, and exploring. The bikers have been on continuous journeys for many days they need to rest and since they are at a high altitude their body also needs to be familiar with the altitude. In the daytime, the bikers will explore the settlement of Lo Manthag. There are also monasteries on Lo Manthang that are centuries old. Also, there are caves at Chosar that are very ancient and worth visiting and the bikers will visit that also. The night of the 7th day of upper Mustang biking will be spent at Lo Manthang.
Day 08: Lo Manthang to Tibetan border
The distance between Lo Manthang and the Tibetan border is about 20KM. It will be a shame not to see the border after coming this far into the region. The bikers will go to see the Tibetan border and relax there for some time. The area has an amazing view of the Himalayas. After resting there for a bit the bikers will return to Lo Manthang to stay the night. With returning to Lo Manthang 8th day of the upper Mustang biking comes to an end.
Day 09: Lo Manthang to Ghilling
After spending so much time in Lo Manthang finally, it is time to say goodbye to Lo Manthag. Now, the bikers have no further journey, and they will be going back to Kathmandu. Unlike the destinations, while coming up the bikers will not take the straight paths as they do not have to go to various places to visit and can directly return. The bikers will return to Ghilling and spend the night of the 9th day of upper Mustang biking there.
Day 10: Ghilling to Kagbeni
After waking up at Ghilling the bikers will ride back to Kagbeni on the 10th day of upper Mustang biking.
Day 11: Kagbeni to Pokhara
Kagbeni to Pokhara is a long way so to get there on the 11th day of upper Mustang biking the bikers need to get up early, prepare themselves, and be on the move as fast as they can. The night of the 11th day of upper Mustang biking will be spent at Pokhara.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the destination of the 12th day of upper Mustang biking. The bikers will leave Pokhara after having lunch. In 5 to 6 hours the bikers will get to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Rest at Kathmandu
After reaching Kathmandu the biking journey is officially over. However, the journey remains as a whole. This day they will rest and recharge themselves with the energy they lost on upper Mustang biking.
- We provide you the bed and breakfast. Accommodation will be shared by two people. However, you can book for the single room with extra charge.
- The overland transport will be held on tourist coach as per the itinerary and size of the group.
- The applicable fee for the Trekking, National Park and Conservation center will be covered.
- We offer you a welcome group dinner
- The wages, meals, and transportation of our trekking staff (guide) will be arranged.
- We also have included a comprehensive medical kit and service of guide.
- Pick-up/Drop from/to the airport.
- The visa fee you would have to pay for travel, medical insurance and airport tax.
- The meals of your personal interest will not be offered in our expense.
- We would also not provide personal sleeping bags and bags.
- The charge applied in case of emergency evacuation by any means of transport would not be included.
- The charge for accommodation in Kathamndu in you early arrival before the trip will not be included and also the late departure. Moreover, the early departure from trek will also not included in our expense.
- We also don’t include the cost of international flights.
- The trip doesn’t offer the travel and rescue insurance.
- We also don’t include the phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra poter etc.
- We also don’t offer tips for guides and porters, you can give them yourself if you like to give.
Trek start dates
- 1st Group: 1st of every month
- 2nd group: 15th of every month
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