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Upper Mustang Tour

12 Days
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Description

UPPER MUSTANG  BIKING TOUR:

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.


Trip Facts

Price starts from Contact Us
Duration 12 Days
Best time to travel January to December
Trip Grade Moderate
Departure Date Every Day
Starting Point Jomsom
End Point Pokhara
Group Size 2 to 20
Style of trek Hard

Itinerary

Mustang 12 Days Bike Tour

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus. Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30AM to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7:30AM to Pokhara.

Day 02: Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters).Early morning we are flying northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. And start the trek to Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang.

Day 03: Trek to Chaile (3050 meters) the trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, will be enjoyed all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hrs trek and crosses the river and continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

Day 04: Trek to Geling (3500 meters). The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770 meters and descend to Geling Village.

Day 05: Trek to Charang (3620 meters). From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass Nyi La and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a Mani Wall perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha's.

Day 06: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters). This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lo-manthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from a ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

Day 07: Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang.

Day 08: Trek to Dhi (3410 meters). From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place.

Day 09: Trek to Tange (3370 meters). From Dhi the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850 meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3370m. Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society.

Day 10: Trek to Tetang/Chusang (3022 meters). The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni.

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2713 meters). This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot, once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom.

Day 12: Morning flight to Pokhara. Today 30 minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to Kathmandu .

Cost include:

1. Three meals per day -Breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can choose food from the menu.

2. Accommodation to a basic standard. Please be aware that the toilet and bathroom will be outside of the room this is in the mountain.

3. If necessary, we will be happy to provide you with a sleeping bag and

down jacket.

5. An experience English-speaking guide.

6.Wage, accommodation, food and travel expenses for guide.

7. In cases of emergency, we will arrange for an helicopter rescue,

medical treatment and after care for on your behalf. This will be paid for

by your own travel insurance company. (Please ensure that you are adequately

covered for this eventuality).

8. Insurance for guide.

9. We will also inform your Embassy that you are doing trekking under

our care.

10.In cases of emergency, we will contact your family or friend and make them aware of the situation.

11. A method for water purification, e.g. iodine or chlorine solution.

12. Annapurna Entry permits.

13. Hotel in Pokhara.

14. Rusticated Permit.

Cost exclude:

1, all kinds of drinks (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, chocolate like

dissert). Tee, coffee.

2, Personal expenses,

3, Lunch and Dinner is not including in Kathmandu and Pokhara  but last night we will provide you culture Dinner. All the meal is include in the Trek.

4, Tips and donations, as well as Temple entry fee.

Best Time for Biking in Nepal & Tibet

Nepal

People often wonder when the best time for bike tour in Nepal is. Due to diverse altitude, the tropical southern Terai region has hot and humid climate. The mid- land regions are pleasant almost all year although winter mornings and nights are cold. The northern mountain region has alpine climate with lower temperature and thin air in winter.

Basically, Nepal has 4 seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September- November) and Winter (December-February) and your choice of tour will solely depend upon where to like to travel

Spring (Mar-May) - It is the best time to cycle in any altitude of Nepal as the weather remains beautiful and the temperature is moderate.

Summer (June-Aug) - This season is good for riding in the high altitudes such as the Mustang area where there is almost no rain. If you enjoy rain and mud, then you can also ride the lower altitudes.

Autumn (Sep-Nov) - Generally good for ride the high altitudes

Winter (Dec-Feb) – One of the best time to cycle in low altitudes of Nepal as the sky is clear.

Tibet

Due to very high elevation, Tibet has cool semi-arid climate with frosty winters and mild summer. Though, summer (June-Aug) is widely regarded as the best time to bike to Tibet, some travelers prefer to travel to Tibet in autumn (Sep-Nov) when the landscape of Tibet is at its most colorful time and also not so cloudy while some travelers prefer to travel in spring (April-May) when there is lots of greenery. Hence, what’s the best time to visit Tibet depends upon interests and preferences of the travelers.

Our biking tour type

Depending upon the trails, Nepal Mountain Bike tour has 3 basic type of biking tour.

1) Self-guided

These are easy-going trips where there is no group or leader. You can travel by yourself, with friend or with family. You will have to simply follow the route notes provided and you are free to spend as much time as you like cycling, admiring the view or relaxing. Luggage will be transported for you each day. You can find these self-guided trips in our Destinations Brochure and on our website.

2) Cross Country

These trips follow mainly vehicle-width roads where you will come across dirt and paved road, narrow and wide trail, potholed and tough road and steep and loose rock track of Nepal giving you thrilling adventure. The tracks will rise and fall over undulating, hilly and mountainous terrain but single-track riding not be included in the main itinerary. Some experience of off-road riding is advisable before booking, but the amount recommend will vary from trip to trip.

3) Mountain Biking

For those who know what they’re doing on single-track.  These trips include large amount of fast, technical, narrow trails in the itinerary, though there will also be plenty of vehicle-width stuff as well and some short tarmac linking sections. There is usually less vehicle support than on the cross-country rides.

Grades

The main benefit of grading is to provide an overall indicator to compare one trip against another. These grading will less biker what to expect in their tour.

Factors affecting grading include: degree of up/down, difficulty of the surface to be ridden, amount of bike handling skill required, distances covered and other factors such as heat, altitude or remoteness. All our trips require basic fitness as cycling involves some physical exertion and you cannot expect that you will not feel tired.

A) Easy – Suitable for anyone who can ride a bike and can manage a bit of exercise. No routes are 100% flat, so expect some climbs and descents.

B) Moderate - Ideal for occasional cyclists and above or a relaxing trip for better riders.

C) Strenuous - Suitable for fit and confident riders. Fitness is more important for trips of this level and some specific training or preparation is recommended e.g. running, cycling, swimming or aerobics two or three times a week.

D) Tough - Long cycling days and tough terrain, both on and off road trips, requires specific experience of more demanding and technical cycling and very confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.

E) Very Tough - These trips required very experienced fit cyclists who are happy to undertake a more expedition-style tour. The trips are most off the road including riding in rough, steep surfaces and single-track. Itineraries will include long cycling days with less basic facilities. Higher fitness and regular aerobic training is most.


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