Fact Information

Duration
19 Days
Destination
Nepal
Difficulty
Moderate difficult
Food
BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Accommodation
Hotel & Lodges
Transportation
Tourist Bus, Plane,Jeep and cycle
Meals
BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Max Person
15
Min Person
2
Location
Mustang region
Maximum Altitude
4,660m (15,288ft)
Best season
Summer, Autumn & Spring
Riding Route
Pokhara, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Ghyakar gompa, Tsarang, Lo-Manthang, Chosra, Thinger, Korala Chana border, back to Muktinath

About Trip

“Ultimate fun mountain biking tour plain to high land”

Upper Mustang is a hidden paradise of Nepal where ancient Buddhist culture and religion are being followed for several years. It lies north of 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 permit from 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 color. Likewise, Lo – Manthang, Tsarng, 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 colorful mani walls.

 Similarly, Lo – Manthang is 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, white washed wall and flat roofed city and the aTiji festival that falls in Spring and breathtaking natural beauty. The cultivated farm lands bloom with the colorful 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 motor biking tour and cycling tour. In a word, you have an opportunity to explore Mustang arid valley in a short time on motorbike or cycling.

 Introduction of the Trail:

 Motor biking and Cycling tour to the Upper Mustang is one of the best ways to witness the spectacular beauty of this region. You will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the bus, and begin your motorbiking or cycling tour towards the Upper Mustang. Another alternative is to take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. This will save your time and energy, and offer you the gorgeous view of this region from the sky.

  Trek starts from Kali Gandaki sandy bar valley along with the views of  Annapurna Ranges. You will reach Kagbeni, where you will see a police check post office. You have to register your permit and exit here. From here, the trail continue following Kaligandaki River along the newly constructed motor road through Tsaile, Samar, Syangboche, Ghani, Dhakmar, and Tsarang. On the way, you will see awesome views of, Dhaulagiri [8,167 meters/26,794ft] and Annapurna- I [8,091 meters/26,545ft] and many other mountains below [8,000 meters/26,246ft].

 Before the availability of 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, trip switches back to Kagbeni, Jomsom, and back to Pokhara.

“A Two in One package for the people who never had enough to explore and will probably not get such an astonishing and panoramic tour. Now, we offer 19 days full packaged service”

Outlined Itinerary

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport [1,350 meters/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel included BB:

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.

Day 02: Guided tour of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur Valley, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu with guide:

Ride in 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 neighboring 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.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [820 meters/2,690 ft], 200 kilometers,7 hours by tourist bus. Transfer to Hotel including Dinner and Breakfast service:

Our staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am 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.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom [2,720 meters/8,924ft], assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni [2,810 meters/9,219ft], 12km, following up Kaligandaki sandy bar:

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.

Day 05: Ride to Muktinath [3,760 meters/12,336ft], 20km, along the newly opened road with fascinating dry landscape:

After breakfast we ride up hill, as we ride to Muktinath up way the landscape is extremely dry like 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 lodge including dinner and breakfast with hot drinks service.

Day 06: Ride to Tsaile [3,050 meters/10,006ft] 18km, throughout Buddhist desert lands, with amazing dry landscape:

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. Your can see enchanting sandy bar valley of kaligandaki 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 service like tea and coffee.

Day 07: Ride to Syangboche [3,800 meters/12,467ft], 20km, whole the day trail rises up somewhere is difficult to ride but, the landscape is awesome:

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 view point. From the view point, we can see first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-colored hills nearby, before reaching to Syangboche hamlet 3,800 meters (12,467ft). Stay at Lodge.

Day 08: Ride to Tsarang [3,560 meters/11,680ft], 22km, amphitheater valley, Tibetan village. It’s naturally and culturally rich. Overnight 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 view points on the way up. From these hillocks, we can see 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 white washed houses. In the evening, we will visit around Tsarang.

Day 09: Pleasant ride to Lo - Manthang [3,810 meters/12,500ft], 20km, white walled ancient city. Stay in Lodge:

After 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 ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. We spend overnight at Lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink service like tea and coffee.

Day 10: Entirely Exploration day in Lo Manthang [3,810 meters/12,500ft], visiting of  king palace, monasteries, museum and vicinity of city. Overnight at lodge:

After breakfast, we start our sightseeing into 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 lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink service like tea and coffee.

Day 11: Ride to Chosar and  Tingkar arid valleys to find unspoiled Tibetan culture, evening ride back to Lo-manthang hotel:

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 at 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 others 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 came back our lodge.

Day 12: We retreat to Gami village [3,520 meters/11,548ft], 30km, ride  by via Tsarang village, with unexplainable beauty of nature. Overnight at T – house:

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 lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink service like tea and coffee.

Day 13: We ride back  to Samar [3,620 meters/11,876ft], 32 Km , visiting Ranchung Cave beneath the gigantic hill. Overnight at lodge:

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 lodge included dinner and breakfast with hot drink service like tea and coffee.

Day 14: Today, we ride back to Marpha [2,670 meters/8,729ft], 30km very primitive Thakali village:

Today we ride back to Jomsom by bia same way with eye catching view. After riding off mid way we reach Kagbeni check point again, where we have to checkout our permit to make clarify. This evening we celebrate our enjoyable trip with organizing gathering. Overnight at lodge including dinner and breakfast with hot drink service like tea and coffee.

Day 15: Ride to Tatopani [1,190 meters/3,094 ft], 45km, above Kali Gandaki following down Shighing River, evening enjoy with hot spring. Overnight at lodge:

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 besides 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 lodge including dinner and breakfast with hot drinks service.

Day 16: Ride from Tatopani Beni 18km and than catch but to Naudanda Sarangkot [1,592 meters/5,223ft], the bird’s eye view of Pokhara valley:

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.

Day 17: Sarangkot to Pokhara [820 meters/2,690 ft], half day riding, transfer to hotel and free sightseeing around lake side. Overnight at lodge including bed and breakfast service:

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 hotel including bed and breakfast service.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], 200 kilometers and 7 hours by tourist bus. Transfer to hotel. Evening farewell dinner with tourist standard restaurant:

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.

Day 19: Departure to Home, we drop you in Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport by tourist bus in your airport departure time:

After a wonderful mountain biking tour and UNESCO world heritage site sightseeing, we drop you in Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport at terminal room by private vehicle in your flight departure time and say goodbye.

Note:- The conditions stated in the itinerary are mainly for the trekker who prefers full package service. At the same time, we also customize 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.

Cost Details

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu sharing room with breakfast service.
  • Transportation: Pokhara hotel to airport drop off.
  • Three meals during the trek on client's choice (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert), with hot drinks (coffee or tea)
  • Accommodations during the motor biking tour clean and comfortable.
  • Entry permits: Special Upper Mustang Royalty, ACAP and TIMS permits, all necessary  tour permits.
  • Patan, Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Buddhanath, Swayambhu, and Pashupatinath entry fee.
  • Motor Bike and helmet.
  • Mechanic with Repairing tools and spare parts.
  • Jeep service  keep our baggage, extra spare  parts, and Motorbike for whole trip.
  • One day full Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with city guide `and private .
  • An experienced license holder English speaking helpful guide with all his  expenses (salary, food, drinks, accommodation &Transport).
  • Radio sets for communication.
  • Nepali staff’s insurance policy fully covers rescue evacuation, medical treatment and accidental.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • Radio sets for communication each member and guide.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
  • Meals while you are staying in Kathmandu/Pokhara (Lunch and Dinner).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from tour (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal riding equipments and gears, further more information ask us or look our equipment checklist.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Any entry fee for temple or monastery.
  • Donations or charity.
  • Your Travel insurance policy should be covered it rescue evacuation, medical treatment and accidental.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses like; hot shower, laundry, battery charging, telephone, WIFI and shopping.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected).

Useful Info

The best way to witness the spectacular beauty of Upper Mustang through Cycling tour. Ride a mountain bike with sport and experienced Cycling tour guide with company's comprehensive service. We provide you tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast service. Before leaving Himalaya for Cycling tour we organize valley sightseeing tour like world heritage sites. We will take a scenic bus journey from Kathmandu to Pokhora 200 kilometers, 6 to 7 hours by tourist bus, and next day we will fly to Jomsom [2,743 meters/8,999ft] through Annapurna Himalayan range and Dhaulagiri to reach Cycling tour starting point.

We will ride through the bulking Buddhist faith people settled lands following up Kali Gandaki River with backdrop superb Nilgiri, Tilico, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri Mount View. We will ride most of the time along the newly constructed road, not yet to reach boder of China. During the Cyclinng tour, we will explore beautiful Buddhist cultivated lands, Lo-manthang walled city, Niphu - Garphu, Thinger, Tsarang, Dakmar, Mani walls, Gompa (Monasteries), Prayer walls, Stupas, fluttering prayer flags and Mustang old Darbar square.

It needs 19 days of holiday, good level of physical fitness and moderate Cycling skilled party to make a pleasant and successful Cycling tour. During the Himalaya Cycling tour, we stay in lodges with company's comprehensive service.

If you do not have own Cycle; we provide you Cycles on hire in reasonable price as well as extra spares too. We will make Pokhora tour also on Cycle. It will be a lifetime riding experience.  

Why to trip with us?

Our first motto is- Best Guide; Safe Side

Himalayan Diamond Adventure is stand-by for all times and the best quality services for our regular clients as well as new customers. We are quite aware with what kind of trekker or hiker or Mountaineer or adventure can make a joy, fun and safe trip in what condition and the activities in mountain with our guide and the organization.

We accompany you with good English speaking, informative in all sectors including weather forecast and caring personals as your trekking guide and strong and helpful porter.

Our second motto- “Client’s satisfaction is our satisfaction”

  • The selection of itineraries and the staffs depends on your need and financial procurement.
  • You can take our motor bike on hire in reasonable, if you do not have your own.
  • We provide you sufficient and hygienic meals and desert with hot drinks as your choice and available in mountain lodges.
  • We book clean and comfortable rooms (hotel) in mountain in advance of your trip.
  • We book your hotel in Kathmandu according your choice and budget.
  • There are more than 180 different trekking routes in Nepal we help you to organize the trip according to your time, budget and choice.
  • We organize trip for especial solitary (alone) personal as well as packaged trip for big group.
  •  We also help you to get permits, hiring trekking equipments and other related services i.e. bus reservation, airplane ticketing, and hotel booking in Kathmandu and in Mountain.
  • You do not have own mountain bike and helmet then we provide you, the cost is extra for you.
  • We provide you (-20*C) down sleeping bag and (-12*C) down jacket (Pay extra 1USD and 50 cents each day for each item).
  • You come across with us not only for your satisfaction in adventure but also develop your mountaineering skills.