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Upper Mustang Biking

Upper Mustang Biking

20 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Biking Strenuous

    This trip is rated strenuous and is for experienced cyclists in above average physical conditions.

    This should only be undertaken by those with some previous mountain biking experience. You should be physically fit to tolerate the effects of higher altitudes as you ascend over 5,000m which involve some steep climbing against head winds. Biking at this level lasts for several days. This strenuous trip will give you a close insight into the traditional Nepalese culture along the laps of majestic mountains.

    Biking Strenuous

  • Trip Code: ATH373
  • Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November & December.
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route: Kathmandu-Jomsom-Muktinath- Lo-Manthang-Tatopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge and Tented Camps Mountain Biking and Trekking
  • Activity: Mountain Biking, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Max. Altitude:
    3,810 m /12496.8 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4 to 6 hrs mountain biking per day
  • Trip Category: Mountain Biking
  • Trip Highlight

    • Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Visit Muktinath, a holy site for Buddhists and Hindus
    • Riding on the biking routes in Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, Charang, Lo-Manthang, Gami, Samar and Tatopani
    • Desert-like geography of Upper Mustang
    • Visit Lo-Manthang
    • Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie and apple wine in Jomsom
    • Bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
    • Crystal-clear mountain range visible from Pokhara
    • A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success

Upper Mustang is one of the two major divisions of Mustang district in northwestern Nepal (the other division is Lower Mustang). It borders to Tibetan plateau on the Chinese side and Dolpo & Manang on the Nepalese side. Mustang boasts the presence of Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage among Buddhists and Hindus.

Upper Mustang is all about desert-like topography. Hence, the cycling experience on this region can be full of adventure. This mountain biking tour is designed in such a way that one can enjoy biking along with breath-taking sceneries.

The tour will take you to Pokhara from Kathmandu, then to Muktinath in Jomsom. Then, the main biking routes will follow, including Chele, Syangboche, Charang, Lo-Manthang, Kagbeni, to name some. Sightseeing, mountain biking, pilgrimage, adventure & fun activities, all are the components of this amazing tour brought to you by Ace the Himalaya.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1- Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 2- Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 3- Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) 7 hrs by tourist bus. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 4- Fly to Jomsom (2,700m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni (2,900m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 5- Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 6- Ride from Muktinath to Chele. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 7- Ride from Chele to Syangboche. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 8- Ride from Syangboche to Charang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 9- Ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang. Overnighat at Tented Camps.
  • Day 10 & 11- Explore around Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 12- Ride from Lo-Manthang to Gami. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 13- Ride from Gami to Samar. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 14- Ride from Samar to chheusang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 15- Ride from Chheusang to Kagbeni. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 16- Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 17- Ride from Tatopani to Beni and Drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 18- Guided Activities at Pokhara on Private vehilce or on Bike. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 19- Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by Tourist vehicle-7 hrs dirve. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 20- Final Departure from Nepal.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Please note that in this types of rides where you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle and don't need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light, not too much travel in the suspension, and usually hard-tails (only front suspension). The terrain can be fairly rough, but not extreme. These trips require more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region we offer, so can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website