Upper Mustang or popularly known as the Kingdom of Lo is a remote, rugged and restricted region north of Annapurna mountains. In 1992 the area was finally opened to a limited number of foreign visitors per year. Today Upper Mustang is one of the most sought after trekking and adventure destinations in Nepal highlighting more than 1000 year old monasteries, ancient war caves, nomadic tribes, moon-like arid but scenic landscapes covered by snowy peaks.
Located in the north of Annapurna bordered with Tibet-Autonomous region of China, the area is geographically in Tibetan plateau but is a part of Nepal. With the opening of a dirt road all the way to the border over Karola Pass, Upper Mustang is now proving to be a paradise for adventure motorbikers.
DETAIL TRIP ITINERARY
DAY 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet, greet and transfer to hotel.
We will receive you at the airport. Transfer you to our hotel in Thamel. Bikes will be dropped at the hotel the same evening. Tour briefing next morning before departure. B&B only.
DAY 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara. 200km.
100% blacktopped road. Heavy traffic for first 25km. Coffee stop at 56 Espresso Cafe. Nepali set lunch at Jomsom Thakali Restaurant 100KM from Kathmandu. Enjoy the views of Nepal's first cable car climbing up steep hills. The cars are filled mostly with pilgrims visiting a powerful temple on the top. After lunch, our ride passes thru some really beautiful rice valleys and river views. Tea stop at Akala Highway Restaurant. Arrive in Pokhara around mid afternoon. Check into Hotel Barahi. Enjoy chilled beer by the pool. Dinner at one of the finest restaurants in the lakeside.
DAY 3: Pokhara to Kalopani. 150km.
Leave Pokhara after breakfast and ride to Kalopani. Watch out for the potholes though. This section of the road is being expanded to four lanes, so it is kind of off-road riding condition with dust. Views of Fishtail mountain from Naudanda on a clear day is spectacular. Fuel topup at Beni. Lunch stop at Tatopani, Annapurna Hotel while enjoying the views of Nilgiri on a clear day. Continue to Kalopani and check into Kalopani Guest House, the best hotel in the area. Fully carpeted rooms. Spacious bathrooms with hotshower. The hotel has a well stocked bar, beans coffee and free wifi. Enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8160m, glacier, south face of Mt. Nilgiri. An early morning walk thru the Kalopani village is enjoyable.
DAY 4: Kalopani to Kagbeni. 40km. Full Dirt road. Quick ride to Muktinath and back.
After breakfast, around 9:00am we ride to Kagbeni, the entry point of Upper Mustang and we stay a night. The distance is short, but acclimatization is necessary. On the way, we ride thru the magnificent Marpha village, the apple capital of Mustang and continue to Jomsom where we need to register our permit. Enjoy coffee at OM’s HOME with the view of Mt. Nilgiri. 12km further from Jomsom lies Kagbeni where we will check into a hotel. Enjoy lunch.
Take a quick ride to Muktinath (3800m) 12km all blacktopped. Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukche and Muktinath Peaks from Ranipauwa. Ride back to Kagbeni and rest. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast of your choice based on the hotel’s menu. Mexican, Continental, Tibetan and Nepali food is available.
DAY 5: Kagbeni to Charang Village. 65k. Full dirt road.
After breakfast, around 8:00am we start our ride to the beautiful Charang Village. Offroad riding conditions with bulldust in some places. The scenery along the Kali Gandaki river beds is out of this world. Little caves high up on the cliff and red rock tunnels at Chele, yak herders villages at Tangbe, are magnificent and worth stopping. The road starts gaining altitude till Sangboche and Ghami. Lunch stop is at Syangboche, where simple food like chicken noodle soup, rice and lentils with buff curry or Tibetan bread and omelette will be available. Continue ride to Charang Village and check into Maya’s Inn. A basic hotel but popular among travellers and trekkers. A walk thru the Charang village is absolutely worth. Visit the Charang Fort, nunnery, or simply enjoy the mountain views from the edge of the Fort. Dinner and breakfast of your choice.
DAY 6: Charang to Lo Manthang. 18km. Full dirt road.
After breakfast, approximately 8:30am we start the ride to Lo Manthang. Distance wise, it is the shortest ride day. But starting early from Charang will offer a chance to enjoy the magnificent views of the Lo Manthang walled city from the high pass located few kilometers before arriving. This high pass is the main vantage point for many world reknowned photographers who have captured unbelieveable shots of the forbidden city with the moonlike landscape in the background. A great spot for a group photo. We ride downhill and arrive at Lo Manthang. Check into Pema’s Lotus Inn. A simple clean guest house offering delicious food and homely atmosphere. We have whole afternoon to explore around the Walled city, two ancient monasteries, photo gallery, Tibetan Medicine museum, etc. Dinner of your choice.
DAY 7: Lo Manthang to Korola Pass. 4650m. Day ride with visit to Choser Sky Caves.
Leave Lo Manthang around 9:00am and ride to Korola Pass. The distance is approximately 20k oneway. The newly expanded road from Lo Manthang to Korola that is almost ready to be blacktopped, offers easy riding condition. However, you will notice the altitude gain. The border pillar is built on the Tibetan plateau. The mountain views are spectacular. The ride is absolutely enjoyable. On the way back we will visit Choser Cave also known as Sky Caves of Mustang. Ancient caves built inside a cliff. The last cave as you climb up, is as high as 10 storey building and the round openings offer unbelievable views of the surrounding landscapes. Ride back to Lo Manthang and rest. Dinner and breakfast of your choice.
DAY 8: Lo Manthang to Kagbeni. Approx. 80km.
We ride back the same route but will cover the two days distance in one whole day. Tea stop at Sangboche. Lunch stop at Lo Ghami. Check into hotel in Kagbeni. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast of your choice.
DAY 9: Kagbeni to Tatopani. Approx. 60k.
Enjoy the early morning views of the Nilgiri Mountain from Kagbeni. After breakfast, we start return ride around 9:00am. Coffee stop at Jomsom while our guide exits the permit at Jomsom Checkpoint. Continue ride back till Kalopani Guest House. Enjoy Lunch of your choice.
After lunch, ride 20k more and stay at Tatopani. Check into Annapurna Hotel, a simple Guest House. Soak your tired muscles in the hotspring 10 minutes walk away from the hotel.
Hot water is pumped from the natural hotspring nearby the raging Kali Gandaki river and filled into two small concrete pools. They are drained every morning and filled in just before sunset everyday. Chilled beer and some local snacks of dried yak meat is available by the pool. Dinner and breakfast of your choice. There are two pools. One is big enough to fit 20 people comfortably. Second one is big enough to fit 10-15 people.
DAY 10: Tatopani to Pokhara. 115km. Quick ride to Kusma's Hanging Bridge.
After breakfast, approximately 8:30am we ride back to Pokhara using the same road we took on the first day. At Kusma roughly 45km we will go see the three longest and deepest suspension bridges of Nepal. On one of the bridges bike ride is allowed for an amazing video or photo opportunity. Enjoy lunch and continue the last lapse to Pokhara. Arrive in Pokhara, check into Hotel Barahi. Dinner of your choice. Breakfast is buffet.
DAY 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu. 200km.
After breakfast, approx. around 9:00am we start our journey back to Kathmandu. Coffee stop at Gunadi Highway Restaurant. Lunch stop at Riverside Spring Resort. Coffee stop at 56 Espresso Bar. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into our hotel in Thamel. Go for a celebration dinner in the evening.
DAY 12: Transfer to airport.
Our representative will transfer you to the airport.
INCLUDES: Airport pickup and drop. 411CC Himalayan bike with fuel for the entire trip. Tour guide, mechanic, spare parts and support vehicle. Hotel/Guest House on twin share basis with breakfast and dinner. All permits and special interests entrance fees. A cool tour t-shirt.
EXCLUDES: International air tickets, Nepal visa fee, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except farewell dinner, lunch during the tour. Bar bills and laundry. Tips and gratitudes. Emergency rescue and Insurance. Repair charge for any physical damage to the bike.
BIKES: We use 411CC Himalayan bike for this trip. Bikes are only third party insured. Honda CRF 250cc are also available for trip.
NOTE: No need of international driving license as long as you have a valid driving license from your own country. Riders must bring proper riding gears. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Please carry 4 PP size photographs with you and photocopies of your passport.