Upper Mustang is a hidden paradise of Nepal where ancient Buddhist culture and religion are being followed for several years. It lies north of the Trans Himalaya border of China and Dolpo in Nepal. It was forbidden to foreigners until 1992 and comes in the restricted region of Nepal. Therefore, foreigners have to take special permits from the Nepal Tourism Board to trek in this region. You have to pay USD 500 for 10 days per person and an extra USD 50 each day thereafter. According to the Nepal Government, you are not allowed to trek in this region alone, and there should be at least 2 people in a group not including guide and porter.
Mustang offers a dry landscape, therefore, it's well-known as ‘rain shadow valley’. It has fewer trees barren landscape, the hill is formed by sandstone with brown and pink colour. Likewise, Lo – Manthang, Tsarang, and Ghami are the main villages of this valley. These villages were found before the 15 century and are best for side trips. In the same way, there are many monasteries built here before the 12th century like Logheghar or Ghara gompa, and line of colourful mani walls.
Similarly, Lo – Manthang is a small valley surrounded by little sandy hills and white snow-capped peaks. Valley includes beautiful monasteries, monk school, clean and comfortable lodges, shops, and administrative office. Nonetheless, the main attraction of this valley is Buddhist people’s distinctive culture, whitewashed wall, and flat-roofed city and the aTiji festival that falls in Spring and breathtaking natural beauty. The cultivated farmlands bloom with colourful flowers and crops during the late-May to late-September. The main income of people residing here is business, agriculture, and animal husbandry. This place is a truly phenomenal destination for adventurous motorbiking tours and cycling tours. In a word, you have an opportunity to explore Mustang arid valley in a short time on motorbike or cycling.
Introduction of the Trail:
Motorbiking and Cycling tour to the Upper Mustang is one of the best ways to witness the stupendous beauty of this region. We will journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara by Greenland tourist bus, and begin our Cycling tour towards the Upper Mustang through the subtropical lands such as Kusma bazaar, Beni-Baglung road. Another alternative is to take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. This will save adventurer's time and energy, and the sky journey offers you the gorgeous view of this lower Mustang valley from the sky.
Our amazing Cycling journey starts through the Kali Gandaki sandy bar valley along with the views of Nilgiri Himal Tilicho and neighbouring mountains like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. We will reach Kagbeni for the first stop, there is a police check post office. We should have to register our permit and exit to make ensure our entry and outing from the restricted area. After short breaking for refreshment and to register the permit, we ride again following up the Kaligandaki River along the newly constructed motorable road through Chhuksang, Tsaile, Samar, Syangboche, Ghani, Dhakmar, Tsarang, and Lo- manthang authentic Buddhist cultured lands. During our Cycling trip, we will have a splendid landscape.
Before the availability of a new motor road to this valley, it was caravan trail up to the border of China for trade. In past days, Nepalese people use to bring salt, clothes, and some more daily necessary things from this caravan path using horses, yak, and sheep as their transportation to sell in the local market. If you have got extra time, you can make a round trip through Yara – Ghara, Tangge, Tetag, and Muktinath. Further, the trip switches back to Kagbeni, Jomsom, and back to Pokhara.
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Unlimited beauty of nature here. Ancient monasteries, Fortress, Chortens, Mani walls, colourful sandstone hill, and Kaligandaki dark River.
An ancient Kagbeni Monastery, Lokeghar Monastery, Luri Gompa and Chooser cave.
Stunning view of Flat roofed- whitewashed Lo-manthang walled city. Tsarang medieval palace, Kagbeni, Muktinath, Marpha ethnic group's whitewashed and flat-roofed houses. Ancient villages like Yara, Ghara, Di, Tange, Chhoser, Niphu, Garphu and Thingri. Ancient religious Caves like Chungsi Cave, Muktinath Temple, and Luri cave. Buddhist people's genuine culture, and lifestyle. A colourful sandstone hills arid valley's view. Stupendous surrounding mountain views like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Tilicho, Nilgiri, Damodar Himal, Bhrikuti and many more neighbouring mountains view. A fascinating colourful sandstone hills, Ancient historical Caves. Unmatchable Kaligandaki River gorge view. Upper Mustang is an exotic land in the Trans Himalayan country.
We serve you 3 times meals in a day with drinks like tea, coffee, and juice. We have an open Menu, which means the client can choose any dish as they like from the menu cards or the client can ask a guide for particular hygienic meals.
We serve our distinguished clients or new guest as per their choice. You can get plain toast/ French toast/ Chapati bread/ Tibetan bread/ Vegetable omelet/ Cheese omelets/ Scrambled egg/ Fry eggs/ Boiled Eggs/ Vegetable fried potato/ Veg fry Potatoes cheese top/ jam, honey & butter with any Breads/ Rice pudding/ Rice porridge/ Oat porridge with fruits/ Uuesli porridge with hot drinks
We serve you fresh vegetable items or meat items such as Egg fried Rice/ Vegetables, Egg, and Cheese fry Rice/ Meat fry Rice/ Egg, Vegetable fry Noodle/ Meat fry Noodle/ Noodle soup with Meat/ Veg Noodle soup/ Vegetable curry Rice/ Meat curry Rice/ Vegetables, Egg fry Potatoes/ Vegetable fry Potatoes with cheese top/ Spaghetti with vegetable cheese/ Pasta with Vegetables, Egg Cheese top/ Finger chips, roasted Potatoes with hot sauce/ Vegetable spring rolls/ Sandwiches/ pizza/ Burger/ MoMo/ Fry Vegetable/ Dal Bhat set/ Meat curry Rice/ Chicken curry Rice/ Mutton curry Rice/ Soup items/ Fresh fruits with hot drinks.
Soup items with snacks/ Dal Bhat set vegetarian/ Dal Bhat set non-vegetarian/ Chicken curry rice/ Mutton curry rice/ Yak curry rice/ Vegetable curry rice/ Yak steak/ Paper steak/ Yak burgers/ Sandwiches/ Pizza/ MoMoitems/ Fry Vegetables/ Fresh fruits with hot drinks.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Valley sightseeing Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara [820m/2,690f], 200km,7hrs.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom [2,720m/8,924ft], ride to Kagbeni [2,810m/9,219ft], 9hrs.
Day 05: Ride to Muktinath [3,760 meters/12,336ft], 20km.
Day 06: Ride to Tsaile [3,050 meters/10,006ft], 18km.
Day 07: Ride to Syangboche [3,800 meters/12,467ft], 20km.
Day 08: Ride to Tsarang [3,560 meters/11,680ft], 22km.
Day 09: Pleasant ride to Lo - Manthang [3,810m/12,500ft], 20km.
Day10: Entirely Exploration day in Lo Manthang [3,810m/12,500ft].
Day 11: Ride to Chosar - Tingkar valleys back to Lo-manthang.
Day12: We retreat to Gami village [3,520 meters/11,548ft], 30km.
Day13: We ride back to Samar [3,620m/11,876ft], 32 Km.
Day14: Ride back to Marpha [2,670 meters/8,729ft], 30km.
Day15: Ride to Tatopani [1,190 meters/3,094 ft], 45km.
Day16: Ride to Naudanda Sarangkot [1,592 meters/5,223ft].
Day17: Sarangkot to Pokhara [820 meters/2,690ft].
Day18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,429ft].
Day19: Departure to Home.
Welcome to the land of white glowing mountains. Before your landing in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will have reached there to welcome you. After landing your aircraft, we come to pick you up with our welcome greetings. Collecting your luggage, we drop you off to Hotel. Later, in the evening, you will have welcome dinner along with Nepali cultural dance with your guide’s briefing about the day program tomorrow. The hotel service includes bed and breakfast.
Ride in the valley, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighbouring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine Pashupatinath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in town Boudhanath, the 15th-century palace of 55 windows Bhaktapur and Swayambhunath stupa. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.
Our staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am, and the drive is around 7 hours including lunch on the way. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect place to relax in the evening. Overnight at a hotel.
There are numerous flights that service the Jomsom airstrip early each day before the Kali Gandaki wind picks up by mid-morning. To get used with the altitude and the weather condition, we assemble the bikes as soon as we land in Jomsom and ride the relatively flat river trail to Kagbeni, the border-town of the recently forbidden Mustang Kingdom. Overnight at a hotel.
After breakfast, we ride uphill, as we ride to Muktinath up the way the landscape is extremely dry as a desert country. There is an oasis our back toward Kagbeni beside the bank of Kaligandaki river, the landscape is dominated by Oasis, green the farmer’s cultivated lands. While you riding to Muktinath, you may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India, on their way to the holy temple with the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Reaching the culturally and religiously site with stunning mountain views is quite an achievement. Overnight at the lodge including dinner and breakfast with hot drinks service.
Today, we ride throughout the impressive Buddhist villages like Tangbe, Chhusang and finally short steep climbing up, we reach to Tsaile 3,050 meters, (10,006ft) Tibetan village overlooking the fantastic landscapes. You can see enchanting sandy bar valley of kali Gandaki River with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. There is a small, but impressive Gompa inside Cave in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara, the Buddha of success and achievement. Stay at T-house included dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.
Today, we ride uphill to Dorji La Pass located at [3,660 meters/11,811ft], via Sumar Buddhist village. The centre of the village then descend to a stream where we can see eroded water source. From here, we climb up towards the Bhena La Pass [3,830 meters/12,565ft] and Yamda La Pass [3,860 meters/12,664ft], through ground-hugging juniper bush, where is a small viewpoint. From the viewpoint, we can see first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-coloured hills nearby, before reaching to Syangboche hamlet 3,800 meters (12,467ft). Stay at Lodge.
Today, we ride through the centre village of Gami and then starts to uphill with steeply riding up to pass. There are panoramic viewpoints on the way up. From these hillocks, we can see the magnificent view of Annapurna Himalayan range and Dhaulagiri. Continue pleasant riding to reach Tsarang village. Tsarang is riches with unspoiled Tibetan Buddhist culture. The main attraction of Tsarang is old Tibetan culture, red and white pigment Mani walls, Chortens, Gompa and flat-roofed whitewashed houses. In the evening, we will visit around Tsarang.
After a short and moderate ride way up, we reach our destination, Upper Mustang, the arid valley. It’s known also Lo - Manthang, white-walled city. After leaving of Tsarang the track passes along the newly constructed road, the trail more gently ascents up to the Lo La [3,950 meters/12,959ft]. From the top of Lo la, we can see the stunning view of Lo – Manthang. With an astonishing feel and rejuvenating aura view of northern Mustang, we ride down to reach the ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. We spend overnight at Lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.
After breakfast, we start our sightseeing at the Lo – Manthang. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting, Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house", Thubchen Gompa, a huge red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa, Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa, and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the "New Gompa" and then king palace. Overnight at the lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.
Leaving from Lo along a wide, canyon trail, past dry gullies and an ancient ruined fortress, across a bridge and through a cultivated area, we finally view the cave village of Chosar, with the deep-red Nyphu Gompa built into the rock face. We need to cross two bridges to reach the gompa, where we get views of Gharphu Gompa on the east banks of the Mustang Khola. Past the gompa is an incredible cave-dwelling site called Jhong Cave, which you negotiate by ladders and through small tunnels, very interesting and reputed to be 2,500 years old. In front of us, a range of spectacular snow-peaks marks the border with Tibet, and around us green meadows line our trail.
The western valley leads to Namgyal Gompa (the Monastery of Victory), set spectacularly on top of a desolate ridge and the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. The village of Namgyal spreads out past the Gompa. Just past the gompa is the large, sprawling village of Thingkar, where the King has his summer palace. There are also many ancient ruins surrounding the village, some gompas and other old fortresses perhaps. Further on, we reach Kimaling village, which is an interesting, walled white-washed and flat-roofed village, Kimaling Gompa is below the village, on the way The Chosar valley is the main trading route with Tibet and Lhasa, and is peppered with the ruins of old fortresses guarding this strategic valley. Just north of this valley, over the border in Tibet, Lhasa. After superb sightseeing of these arid valleys, we return back to our lodge.
After unexplainable sightseeing of historical Lo-manthang walled city and hidden arid Nyepi Garpu valley, we trek back to Gami by via Tsarang village. Along the way the landscape is awesome. Overnight at the lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.
After breakfast, we start our riding continue downhill to Tsaile by visiting Ranchung Cave along the way. Today we ride back to downhill with our backwards Mustang arid valley view. Overnight at the lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.
Today we ride back to Jomsom by via same way with an eye-catching view. After riding off midway we reach Kagbeni checkpoint again, where we have to check out our permit to make clear. This evening we celebrate our enjoyable trip with organizing gathering. Overnight at the lodge including dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.
With a fantastic downhill ahead of us, we begin our descent towards Tatopani (hot water), which in the local language means hot water. At the end of the ride, you can pamper yourself in the natural hot spring, which is located beside the Kali Gandaki River, hence giving you the time and space to loosen up your muscles and chill to the natural sound of the wilderness. Overnight at the lodge including dinner and breakfast with hot drinks service.
We carry on descending further down towards Beni following the Kali Gandaki River, before finally reaching the Baglung highway. We follow the highway up to Nau Danda and then take the dirt road to Sarangkot, which also happens to be the number one viewpoint in Pokhara to enjoy the views of the Himalayas along with the sunrise and sunset. Overnight at a hotel.
Today we ride through a steep and narrow trail to Pokhara. Make sure you check your brakes before you start a 90% downhill. Pokhara is the starting or finishing point for some of Nepal's most popular treks. The lakes with the magnificent Fishtail dominate the mountain ranges. Overnight at the hotel including bed and breakfast service.
We return back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur in Kathmandu. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting and bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities. Overnight at a hotel.
After a wonderful mountain biking tour and UNESCO world heritage site sightseeing, we drop you in Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport at the terminal room by private vehicle in your flight departure time and say goodbye.
Mustang without Cycles :) Three weeks we (2 couples) did a camp trek with Chandra through Mustang. Great impressions with a wonderful team They took care for us, cooked great and fulfilled our wishes, if it was possible. Chandra is a good team leader, everything was fine. .And we had lot of fun!
Himalayan Diamond Adventure is stand-by for all times, the best quality services for our regular clients as well as new guests. We are quite thoughtful with our distinguish trekkers or hikers or Mountaineers joy, fun, and safe trip through our company. We are very aware that only our clients and guests can make a pleasant trip with the company’s extensive service and a local professional guide and faithful, and helpful cook and porters. We accompany you with local experienced, faithful, helpful and intelligent good English-speaking guides and porters, informative in all sectors including weather forecast and caring personals.
We have a different category of guides, such Porter guides, Trekking guides, Support Climbing guides, Mountain guides, French-speaking guides, German-speaking guide, Chinese speaking guides, Culture tour leaders, as your requirement.
We provide you (-25*C) down-filled sleeping bag and (-20*C) down-filled jacket (Pay extra $2 each item each day). For mountaineers if you do not have own climbing gears we will provide you climbing gears on hire at a reasonable price particularly for your convenience, such Union of International Alpinist Association (UIAA) tested gears. Like a Black Diamond, Helmet, Harness, Crampon, Jumar ATC guide or Figure of 8, Ice axe, Carabiners, and La Sportiva alpine boot.
We provide you with sufficient and hygienic meals and dessert with hot drinks as your choice and book clean and comfortable rooms (hotel) on a mountain in advance of your trip in mountain lodges.
There are more than 300 different trekking routes and 326 peaks open for climbing including 20 royalty-free peaks. Climbing peaks have been divided into 3 categories: A, B and C. in Nepal, we will help you to organize the trip according to your time, budget and choice. We organize a trip for especial solitary (alone) personal as well as a packaged trip for a big group.
We also help you to get permits, hiring trekking equipments and other related services i.e. bus reservation, aeroplane ticketing, and hotel booking in Kathmandu and in Mountain.
The conditions stated in the itinerary are especially for the trekker who prefer full package service. At the same time, we also customize the itinerary based on your choice and time. The selection of itineraries and the staffs depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.