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12 Day Upper Mustang Adventure Guided Motorcycle Tour in Nepal

Kathmandu, Kathmandu District, Province No. 3, Nepal

Exhilarating Motorcycle Tour Nepal

Have you ever thought about an adventurous moto ride to Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, or Upper Mustang Motorcycle Tour for Tiji Festival rather than trek all the way to enjoy the Forbidden Kingdom? Nature lovers can now experience Nepal on a motorbike, bike, or jeep ride including Grand Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang is one of the remote destinations which takes you to the most stunning Tibetan Plateau with spectacular mountain views and it gives you a direct touch with the remote ethnic culture of Nepal!

Key information

  • Terrain: paved and off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (500cc classic Royal Enfield)
  • Mileage: 1007 kilometers / 626 miles
  • Daily rides: 26 - 210 kilometers / 16 - 130 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: personal biking clothing including helmets
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Sujan, Farooque, & Anup
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city
  • Excursion to the border of Nepal - Tibet
  • En-route visit to Chosar Gumpa and Shinja Cave
  • Professional road captain with his own bike
  • Royal Enfield 500cc bike rental
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers to the airport

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

For the three nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara, you will be accommodated in three-star hotels. In Namo Buddha and Bandipur, you will stay in a hotel for one night each. The rest of the overnight stays will be on a guesthouse.

Program

Overview

Located in the Annapurna Circuit, now you can explore every valley of Annapurna Circuit with a motorbike, bike, or jeep ride except Thorang La Pass. Join this motor ride to Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, or Upper Mustang Motorcycle Tour for Tiji Festival or experience Neal on a motorbike, bike, or jeep ride with Parikrama Treks and Expeditions to enjoy your holidays in a new way.

With them, you will be prized with the most valuable time in Upper Mustang during Tiji Festival. The cost for special permit is too high but if you get on this tour during festival you will spend three days enjoying High Himalayas culture along with the visit to Nepal Tibet border located in its own forbidden Kingdom area.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

  • altitude: 1340 meters / 4396 feet

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by the representative and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. In the late afternoon, you will have a briefing about the trip at the hotel lobby. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara (approximately 210 kilometers / 130 miles / 7 hours)

  • altitude: 810 meters / 2657 feet

After breakfast, Parikrama Treks and Expeditions will negotiate the traffic out of the Kathmandu city and ride out of the valley. At the outskirts of Pokhara, you will be greeted with views of the Annapurna Mountain range including the famous Fish Tail Mountain.

Pokhara stands at 884 meters above sea level, about 700 meters lower than Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu Valley the high temples are all around you, in Pokhara it is the mountains. Only foothills separate Pokhara form the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000-meter peaks of the Annapurna range.

Pokhara is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal-clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain. Upon arrival check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the lakeside bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Pokhara - Kalopani (approximately 130 kilometers / 81 miles / 6 hours)

  • altitude: 2530 meters / 8300 feet

After an early breakfast, leave Pokhara and ride towards Beni (approximately 70 Kilometers) on the Baglung Highway. This section of the ride provides fantastic mountain vistas, picturesque terraced farmlands, and an opportunity to walk on one of Nepal’s famous suspension bridges.

At Mal Dhunga, leave the main highway by taking the right trail and follow a dusty graveled path all the way to Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi District in Dhaulagiri Zone. It is located on the confluence of Kali Ghandaki and Myagdi rivers at an altitude of 799 meters and is a bustling town lined with stores, restaurants, hotels, and various government offices.

From here, the road is unpaved and full off-road. Unpaved, graveled rough road poses a real challenge for riders and makes it more difficult with the occasional river crossings. Ascend gradually through the Kali Gandiki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

There is a continuous change in the topography with every twist and turn until our arrival at Tatopani. Continue the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River and passing the Thakali and Magar Villages to Dana (4750 feet / 1446 meters) famous for its beautiful cascading waterfall.

Steeply ascend to Ghasa (6600 feet / 2012 meters) and continue the ride on a dusty and one of the difficult sections of the road towards Kalopani. En-route, there are fantastic views of the Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 meters / 26795 feet), Tukuche (6920 meters / 22703 feet), and Nilgiri (7061 meters/ 24938 feet).

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 4: Kalopani - Muktinath (approximately 46 kilometers / 29 miles / 7 hours)

  • altitude: 3750 meters / 12303 feet

After breakfast ride towards Jomsom through the dusty graveled “off” road passing smaller settlements and apple orchards. There are excellent views of Mount Nilgiri and the Kali Gandaki River flows on the right-hand side of the trail.

This day’s journey is tough but rewarded with scenic views of the rugged landscape, beautiful cascading waterfalls, orange and apple orchards, scattered roadside villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries which makes it one hell of a ride.

Jomsom (2713 meters) is more correctly known as Dzongsar or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Ghandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop.

Jomsom is a mixture of hard work, social frivolity tempered by culture founded on deep religious traditions. It has the only airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara in the early mornings before the winds build up.

From here continue ride passing through the village, past the High Altitude Mountain Warfare School of the Royal Nepal Army and through several restaurants, bhattis, and a hospital. Take the trail that continue to ascend slowly to the settlement of Jharkot, which has a fort “Kot”.

From here, another 15 minutes ride on the desert plateau brings you to Muktinath. One can visit the Muktinath Temple. The Muktinath Temple is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists and is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12172 feet) at the foot of the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters / 17769 feet), Mustang District, Nepal.

The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well. Upon arrival at Muktinath check in to the hotel. Later hike up to the Muktinath Temple. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 5: Muktinath - Ghami via Jhong (approximately 74 kilometers / 46 miles / 7 hours)

  • altitude: 3520 meters / 11549 feet

After breakfast get ready for another adventurous ride. Today you will take new road to Chhuksang via Jhong. Upon arrival at Chhuksang you will have to show your restricted area entry permit here.

After completing the permits work, continue your ride to Gheling. As you pass Kagbeni village you will be driving on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Kali means black and the water of the river are black in color.

As you ride on you will come to the small village settlement knows as Tangbe, which has couple of house and tea house for the trekkers and travelers. As you pass through the Tangbe village, after 20 to 25 minutes’ ride you will come to another human settlement known as Chele.

At Chele, there is a steel foot bridge. This bridge is quite small one and it is normally used by the villagers and the trekkers. In Chele, you will be able to see the river tunnels which also lead to Gehling.

After crossing the river ride till Samar. The road is up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River that climbs over many ridges as it heads north. Depending upon the weather, you will use a combination of high trails and the river bank routes.

You will use the combination of these trails also because of the construction of the road to upper Mustang which is still in progress. Upon arrival at Ghami, check in to the guest house and the rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 6: Ghami - Lo-Manthang (approximately 26 kilometers / 16 miles / 6 hours)

  • altitude: 3730 meters / 12237 feet

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour around Ghami (longest mani wall in the world, Gompa and the village). Later ride to Lo Manthang. As soon as you leave Ghami you will have to take right to get to Tsarang.

Upon arrival at Tsarang, continue the adventure ride to Lo-Manthang via Big Chorten and LaunDry La River. Lo-Manthang is a medieval walled city on the Tibetan Plateau, north of the main Himalayas range.

Lo-Manthang served as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, which survives as the Kingdom of Lo or "Upper Mustang". Lo Manthang was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal, who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures in the early 15th century.

The monarchy officially ceased to exist on October 7, 2008 by Nepali Government order. The last king (raja or gyelpo) is Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born c. 1933), in the direct line of the historic monarchy dating back 25 generations to 1380.

The population includes ethnic Lobas. Upon arrival at Lo-Manthang check in to the hotel. Visit the Wall City and Palace in the evening. Overnight at guest house.

Day 7: Kora La border and visit Sinja Cave and Choser Cave - Lo-Manthang (approximately 47 kilometers / 29 miles / 6 hours)

After breakfast ride to Karola Border (Nepal - Tibet Border) approximately 21 kilometers (69 miles). Later return to on the same trail and visit Chosar Ghumba and Shinja Cave. After the ride return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 8: Lo-Manthang - Kagbeni (approximately 84 kilometers / 52 miles / 7 hours)

  • altitude: 2840 meters / 9318 feet

After breakfast ride to Kagbeni via same trail from where you went to Lo Manthang. Upon arrival at Kagbeni check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 9: Tatopani Via Marpha Village (approximately 75 kilometers / 47 miles / 6 hours)

After a leisurely breakfast, retrace the route till Tatopani. En-route visit Marpha Village.“Tato” means 'hot' and “Pani” means 'water', a name earned courtesy of the hot springs and is a popular place for trekker’s to relax and dip their weary bodies in the natural hot springs.

Upon arrival at Tatopani, check in to the tented camp. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village and take a relaxing dip in the hot springs located nearby. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Ride to Pokhara (approximately 105 kilometers / 65 miles / 5 hours)

  • altitude: 827 meters / 2713 feet

After breakfast retrace the route till Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Pokhara - Kathmandu (approximately 210 kilometers / 130 miles / 7 hours)

  • altitude: 810 meters / 2657 feet

After breakfast ride towards Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Final departure (international airport)

You will be free until the flight time, so you could do any last minute shopping or move around the city. Later, you will be dropped at the airport for the final departure, where Parikrama Treks and Expeditions' services end.

Bike rental deposit

Coverage of any damage incurred to bikes due to accident are not included in the price. The motorcycle insurance is available for an additional cost of 400 USD per bike.

Skill level:

Advanced

  • can ride for 5 - 6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Sujan

Farooque Ahmed Khan

Anup Devkota

Location

This tour will take place in Nepal. Nepal is popularly symbolized across the globe, by the highest mountain in the world; Mount Everest. This small South Asian country is home to the world’s highest snowy mountains and an array of ethnic groups with vibrant cultures, religions, ancient history and languages.

Nepal, a landlocked nation, situated between India and China, is one of a few countries in the world where such immense climatic and topographic diversity features so dramatically and is crammed into such a small geographical area.

Food

You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner while staying at the guesthouses. You will have breakfasts only while staying at the hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer in a private car, accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • 2 nights accommodation at three-star hotels or similar with breakfast in Kathmandu on twin sharing room (inclusive of all the government taxes currently 24.3%)
  • 2 nights accommodation at three-star hotels or similar with breakfast in Pokhara on twin sharing room (inclusive of all the government taxes currently 24.3%)
  • Motorbike rental: 500 cc Classic Royal Enfield Motorcycles
  • Normal maintenance charge and spare parts of bikes and fuel as engine oil top up (whichever applicable) for the entire trip
  • Services of an experienced mechanic including the cost for their meals, accommodations, daily allowances and insurance.
  • Back up support of one vehicle throughout the trip inclusive of fuel and one driver; his daily allowance / accommodation and all meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in guest houses throughout ride on twin / triple sharing room on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) basis and inclusive of all applicable government taxes
  • Insurance of all Nepalese staff
  • TIMS permit, ACAP permit, Restricted Areas permit (more or less 500 USD per person value)
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • All toll taxes for the bikes and the backup vehicle and also the government taxes

What's not included

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Meals as not indicated in the What's included section (approximately 10-18 USD per meal)
  • Emergency and evacuation costs travel / medical insurance / personal insurance of the riders, accidents, loss of life, loss of goods including riding a motorbike, etc.
  • Personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, extra mileage
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides, strikes, break downs, and activities beyond the control
  • Personal biking clothing including helmets
  • Coverage of any damage incurred to bikes due to accident (motorcycle insurance available for 400 USD per bike)
  • All other expenses which are not mentioned in the What's included section
  • Tips for mechanic and driver (tipping is expected)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Parikrama Treks and Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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  • First booking priority for female riders / travelers with Parikrama Treks.
  • Licences photographers will get a special discount.
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