Words can’t really describe this amazing, unique place of ancient Buddhist and Tibetan culture. The Upper Mustang, where our destination point ‘Lo-Manthang’ is located, is a remote and forbidden area, restricted to foreigners until 1992.
Lo-Manthang, the ultimate destination of this route, is an area where only handful of foreigners ever visit and only possible with a special permit. The town was constructed in the 15th century on a plateau 3800 meters above sea level. Our journey to reach it goes high onto the Tibetan Plateau at a maximum altitude of 4300 meters.
|Trip Code: BT - 149
|Total Duration: 15 days
|Destination: Off The Beaten Trails
|Max Elevation: 3700
Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel in Thamel, a tourist district offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. In the afternoon we will sort out our bikes and over dinner there will be a tour briefing. Guest House (CH) Altitude: 1340 meters
Fly or take tourist bus to Pokhara. You have sufficient time to explore the café's and diners around the lake on reaching Pokhara. Hotel (SH) (B) ALTITUDE: 820 meters
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. Guest house (CH) (B, L & D) Distance: 12 kilometers Altitude: 2800 meters
Ride from Kagbeni to Chele is about 13 km. along the way we cycle through the Kali Gandaki river banks. During the day we come across several trekkers, few jeep and donkeys too. The local people use donkeys for transportation. At this day we ride about 500m and finally reach our destination Chele. The climb consists of flat and gentle slopes up to Kagbeni. A little while after we ride, we stop for lunch. Kagbeni is one of the most beautiful places to explore around and spend a night over. Since it is only a short ride up to Kagbeni we don’t make a stop and head up towards Chele. Distance: 13 kilometers Altitude: 3050 meters
From Chele to Somar (3450m) it is almost uphill all the way. You may even have to carry up your bicycle sometimes. Along the way you can explore the Annapurna Himalayan Range. After passing off Chele, we stop for some lunch at Somar as we don’t have any eateries until our destination: Shyambochen. Then after having some energy on we carry our bikes upto Bhena. Later on we can cycle up to Shyambochen. We also have a 3800 m pass before we conclude our ride. The hotels are very basic with outside toilets. If possible you may carry a sleeping bag along with you during this trip. Distance 18 kilometers Altitude: 3650 meters
Rise early in the morning and if you are interested for photographs the views are breathtaking from Shyambochen. After breakfast we climb around 1 km to the top and then we move to Ghiling which is a 6km downhill ride. The standard of fooding and lodging here is very numb. So we prefer camping. The village site looks green and there you can find a monastery where we can visit if you have enough time. The village people there perform farming activities. You can sight plantation of potatoes, barley, spinach, etc. After Ghiling there is a 3800m pass which takes about an hour and a half to reach at the top. Then, you can descend down to Ghami (3470 m). Distance: 15 kilometers Altitude: 3470 meters
From the hotel we cycle down to the river and technically downwards about 1 km then eventually climb up to 3800 m which is about 5 km climb then descend down to Charang : our lunch spot. After we reach there, in case of any altitude sickness, we have (HP) available. We can have a checkup thoroughly during our lunch break. Charang village is quite bigger in comparison to the other ones we've passed. After Charang you can cycle all the way to Lomanthang which is all a ride able wide jeep track. Along the trail if you have a look around you feel like you have reached a blissful place and yet it looks a lot similar to Tibet. When you reach Lomanthang you cannot see any mountains as you have come forth a long way and left the mountains behind. Distance: : 27 kilometers Altitude: 3700 meters
We consider Lomanthang the most important part of this trip as there is much more to explore in it. As it is the last destination of our trip we stay here for a day or two. You would not want to miss out the famous places such as the Kings Palace, the monasteries, caves and many more. The most amazing thing you can also do is if you get lucky, you get to meet the King and Queen of Lomanthang. But in order to do so you need to make an appointment. The royals live around the local people. Even around the palace there are souvenir shops where you can find antique things and you may also get to interact with the local people who are quite friendly in nature. You could also visit the China border by jeep. It takes about an hour and a half from here. Altitude: 3700 meters
When you cycle from Lomanthang valley through Ghor Gumba and Dakmar, you have to cycle through two passes that are above 4000 m. This day will be one of the toughest of our ride because it consists of a lot of up and down hills until Ghami (3470m). Distance: 31 kilometers Altitude: 3470 meters
Ghami will be the last night in upper mustang, while riding from Ghami to Kagbeni we follow the same track where we initially came from. Hence the views are nothing new but the same as we explored before. Lodge SH Distance: 48 kilometers Altitude: 2800 meters
Today we will descend from snow capped peaks to tropical lowlands in just over 90km. Leaving Kagbeni the trail follows a wide and flat river bed leading into the cobbled streets of Jomsom, with its bustling markets and airport. The trail then follows rough and rocky jeep tracks, descending through villages such as Marpha, and Khopang. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Distance: 92 kilometers Altitude: 1190 meters
As we descend the temperature increases and the trail becomes less rocky. From Beni the final 15km is along an undulating track that follows the course of the river and passes through paddy fields, lined with banana plants. Once at Khaniya Ghat we have rejoined the sealed road we left 230km ago and a bus will be waiting to transfer us to Pokhara (approx. 2hours). Hotel CH (B & L) Distance: 40 kilometers Drive: 2 hours Altitude: 820 meters
Rest Day. Hotel CH (B) Altitude: 820 meters
Kathmandu, Guest House SH (B) Distance: 200 kilometers Time: approx 7 hours Altitude: 1340 meters
- Experience English Speaking Mountain Bike Guide
- ACAP & TIMS permit
- Upper Mustang Permit (US$500)
- Pokhara - Jomsom flight
- Local bus from Kaniya Ghat to Pokhara
- Tourist bus: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- All ground transportation
- All Accommodation
- 3 meals a day during biking days only
- Bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Bike and Accessories
- Pokhara – Kathmandu Air fare/departure tax and excess baggage charge.
- Baggage transfer
- Mineral water /Soft and Hard Drinks
- Emergency Evacuation Fee
- Insurance and items of personal nature
The entry in bold at the end of each day indicates the type of accommodation normally used.
- CH: Comfortable Hotel, Lodge- twin rooms with en suite facilities, reliable electricity and water supply, good service and some added amenities
- SH: Standard Hotel, Lodge or Gite - no-frills hotel, usually with twin rooms and en suite facilities. Service and amenities are generally adequate.
- BH: Basic Hotel, Lodge or Gite, Mountain Hut, Village House - Can be communal, often consisting of just a bed and shared facilities. Bed linen not normally provided. Running water, toilets and electricity may be inconsistent or non-existent. Cleanliness is not always assured.
- Single Accommodation: If you wish to have a single room, a single supplement of US$ 365 is payable at time of booking. Please check day to day itinerary for more information.
- Unmatched Accommodation: In case of any unmatched clients, they will straight be categorized to the Single Supplement category and added to the Final Invoice.
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