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Upper Mustang Biking – 20 Days

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

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Mountain Biking, Sightseeing and Trekking
Trip Duration: 20 Days
Max Altitude: 3,810 m /12496.8 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November & December.
Trip Level:
Trip Route: Kathmandu-Jomsom-Muktinath- Lo-Manthang-Tatopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Trip Information

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 Aarohi Holiday.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 1– Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2– Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 3– Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) 7 hrs by tourist bus. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 4– Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni (2,900m). Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 5– Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800 m). 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. Overnight 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 the private vehicle or on Bike. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 19– Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by Tourist vehicle-7 hrs drive. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 20– Final Departure from Nepal.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport (1,345 m).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

  • Day 2- Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu

    At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

    After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:45 am. You will have a private tourist vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple – a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.

    The rest of our day in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in Thamel.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast  Included

  • Day 3- Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) - 7 hrs by tourist bus.

    In the morning, we will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Pokhara lies some 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu and is a 7 hrs of driving away.

    Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast  Included

  • Day 4- Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni (2,900 m)

    On this day, we will take a morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. After reaching at Jomsom, bike to Kagbeni, which lies in 2,810 meters altitude.

    Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 5- Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath (2,700 m).

    Today after breakfast, ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath. The landscape is extremely dry and desert like. 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 Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 6- Ride from Muktinath to Chele (3,050 m)

    After breakfast, we will ride to Chele from Muktinath.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 7- Ride from Chele to Syangboche (3,840 m)

    Today ride from Chele to Syangboche along the biking trails that will offer beautiful sceneries.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 8- Ride from Syangboche to Charang (3,560 m)

    Ride from Syangboche in the morning to get to Charang, which lies approximately 3,560 meters above the sea level.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 9- Ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,810 m)

    Today ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang. Lo-Manthang that lies 3,810 meters above the sea level used to be the capital of ancient Kingdom of Mustang. The place does not only carry a great historical significance but it’s also culturally rich.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 & 11- Explore around Lo-Manthang

    These days are for rest and exploration of Lo-Manthang. Explore its cultures, people and geography.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 12- Ride from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3,520 m)

    Today ride from Lo-Manthang to Ghami. 

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13- Ride from Gami to Samar (3,520 m)

    Ride from Gami to Samar.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 14- Ride from Samar to Chheusang

    Ride downhill to Chheusang.

    Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 15- Ride from Chheusang to Kagbeni

    Ride to Kagbeni uphill again.

    Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 16- Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani (1,190 m)

    Today we have the longest ride of the entire tour. We’ll ride 74 kilometers, from Kagbeni to Tatopani. Tatopani lies above 1,190 meters from sea level.

    Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

  • Day 17- Ride from Tatopani to Beni and Drive to Pokhara

    Ride from Tatopani to Pokhara. It is an easy ride of about 18 kms. We’ll do sightseeing around Pokhara.

    Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast and Lunch Included

  • Day 18- Guided Activities at Pokhara in private vehicle or on Bike.

    This day, we’ll visit Phewa Lake, Davi’s Fall and Mahendra Cave.

    Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast  Included

  • Day 19- Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by Tourist vehicle - 7 Hrs.

    We’ll drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance program.

    Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

  • Day 20- Final Departure from Nepal.

    The tour ends. Our representatives will take you to Tribhuwan International Airport for the final departure. You also have options to extend the tour.
    Breakfast  Included


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off service from Airport and Hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a two three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast Included.

  • Accommodation in different guesthouses during the biking trip below upper Mustang, with full board meal (Breakfasts, lunches and dinners).

  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team while in Upper Mustang (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent).

  • Farewell dinner with cultural dance program in Kathmandu on the night before departure.

  • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu.

  • Airfare from Pokhara to Jomsom including airport tax.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Aarohi Holiday’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.

  • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage in the biking trip.

  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.

  • Special Upper Mustang Permit US$ 700 per person for 10 days (the trip price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days i.e US$ 90 per day / per person).

  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits.

  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • All government taxes and official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges). (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 20 per person per day.

  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.

  • Biking attire and other personal gears.

  • Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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