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Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour

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  • Motorbike TOur
  • Kathmandu
  • Guided Tour
  • English
  • Motorbike & Support vehicle
  • 3 Star & Standard
  • All meals during the Tour

Overview

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour offers an extraordinary journey through one of the world’s most secluded and awe-inspiring regions. Nestled in the northern part of Nepal, Upper Mustang is a treasure trove of ancient Tibetan culture, stunning landscapes, and adventure-filled trails. This motorbike tour is not just a ride; it’s a full immersion into the rich heritage, breathtaking scenery, and rugged terrains that define the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang.

Discover the Mystical Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang, often referred to as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom,” remained isolated from the rest of the world until the early 1990s. This isolation has helped preserve its unique culture, traditions, and landscapes. The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour takes you through this untouched paradise, where every turn reveals a new and spectacular view, and every village tells a story of its own.

As you embark on the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour, you’ll be greeted by the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The journey begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu, from where you will make your way to the serene lakeside city of Pokhara. From Pokhara, the adventure truly begins as you ride north toward the restricted region of Upper Mustang.

The Journey Through Ancient Kingdoms

The ride through Upper Mustang is a step back in time. The landscapes here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, with red cliffs, deep canyons, and windswept plateaus stretching as far as the eye can see. The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour takes you through ancient Tibetan villages such as Kagbeni, Tsarang, and the walled city of Lo Manthang, which still holds on to its centuries-old customs and traditions.

One of the highlights of the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is the visit to Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. This ancient city, with its whitewashed walls and narrow alleys, is home to ancient monasteries, royal palaces, and traditional Tibetan homes. The cultural richness and historical significance of Lo Manthang make it a key highlight of the tour.

Cultural Immersion and Historical Insights

The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is not just about thrilling rides; it’s also a profound cultural immersion. Upper Mustang is predominantly inhabited by people of Tibetan descent, and their lifestyle, language, and traditions are closely tied to Tibetan culture. The region is dotted with ancient monasteries, chortens (Buddhist shrines), and prayer flags that flutter in the mountain breeze.

During the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour, you can visit these ancient monasteries, some of which date back over a thousand years. The monasteries, adorned with intricate murals and statues, are living museums of Tibetan Buddhism. The monks here continue to practice their rituals and preserve the teachings of Buddha, offering a glimpse into a spiritual world that has remained unchanged for centuries.

The Thrill of the Ride

The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour offers an unparalleled riding experience for motorcycle enthusiasts. The trails through Upper Mustang are challenging yet rewarding, with rocky paths, steep ascents, and narrow passages that test your riding skills and endurance. The high-altitude desert landscape, coupled with the crisp mountain air, creates an exhilarating and serene riding environment.

As you ride through the varied terrains of Upper Mustang, you’ll encounter breathtaking views at every turn. The arid desert landscape contrasts sharply with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, creating a stunning backdrop for your adventure. The feeling of riding through this remote and pristine region is indescribable – it’s a blend of adrenaline and tranquility that only the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour can offer.

The People of Upper Mustang

One of the most enriching aspects of the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is the interaction with the local people. The residents of Upper Mustang, known as Loba, are known for their warm hospitality and deep-rooted cultural traditions. Their way of life is simple and closely connected to the land and their Tibetan heritage.

As you travel through the villages of Upper Mustang, you’ll have the chance to stay in traditional teahouses and guesthouses. These accommodations, though basic, offer a unique insight into the daily lives of the Loba people. Sharing meals with the locals, participating in their festivals, and learning about their customs adds a rich layer to your motorbike adventure.

Environmental and Cultural Preservation

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour also underscores the importance of environmental and cultural preservation. Upper Mustang is a fragile ecosystem, and efforts are made to ensure that tourism does not disrupt the delicate balance of this region. As a participant in this tour, you’ll be encouraged to respect the local culture and environment, minimizing your impact and contributing to the sustainability of the region.

Prepare for the Adventure

The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is a demanding journey that requires preparation and a spirit of adventure. Riders should be in good physical condition and have experience with off-road riding. The high altitude can pose challenges, so it’s essential to acclimate properly and be mindful of your health throughout the trip.

Proper gear is crucial for the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour. You’ll need a reliable motorcycle, preferably a dual-sport bike that can handle the rough terrains. Protective gear, including a helmet, gloves, and riding boots, is essential. Additionally, packing warm clothing is necessary as the temperatures in Upper Mustang can drop significantly, especially at night.

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is more than just an adventure; it’s a journey into a land that time forgot. It’s a chance to explore the hidden treasures of the Himalayas, immerse yourself in ancient Tibetan culture, and experience the thrill of riding through some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or an adventure enthusiast, the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour promises an experience that will stay with you forever. The memories of riding through the arid deserts, visiting ancient monasteries, and interacting with the warm-hearted people of Upper Mustang will be etched in your mind for years to come.

So gear up, rev your engines, and get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour. This is not just a tour; it’s a journey into the heart of one of the world’s most mystical and captivating regions.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, our office Representative from Ambassador Himalaya will greet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you'll have the opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in the local ambiance. This exploration promises to be an enjoyable introduction to the vibrant culture and lifestyle of Kathmandu. Your day will conclude with a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel, ensuring you're well-rested for the adventures ahead.

Pokhara in May for a typical day ranges from a high of 76°F (25°C) to a low of 55°F (13°C).
This morning, after breakfast at around 9:00 am, your appointed guide will meet you at the hotel to commence the ride towards Pokhara. It's important to carry a photocopy of your passport's photo page and Nepal visa page for reference. The adventure starts in Kathmandu, where you'll navigate through the bustling city streets. Once you reach the Thankot Check Post, prepare for a thrilling downhill ride until you arrive at Naubise. Here, you'll have a chance for a brief rest and refreshment.
The journey continues as you ride along the river, passing through various towns and villages. Covering a distance of 202 kilometers, our drive is expected to unfold over approximately 6/7 hours, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the breathtaking scenery along the route. The road to Pokhara will treat us to a diverse panorama, ranging from lush greenery to the majestic peaks of the Himalayas. As we traverse the winding roads, anticipation will build for the experiences awaiting us in Pokhara, a city known for its tranquil lakes, vibrant culture, and the awe-inspiring Annapurna mountain range standing as a silent sentinel in the distance.

Tatopani in May has average highs of 59°F (15°C) and lows of 39°F (4°C).
Following an early breakfast, we'll embark on a journey to the town of Beni, situated 90 kilometers away on the Baglung Highway. This drive is expected to take about 3 hours, making Beni an ideal spot for a lunch break. Post-lunch, we'll continue on a rugged path along the newly constructed road to Jomsom. This route takes us through the world's deepest gorge, sandwiched between two of the highest mountains: Dhaulagiri (8167M, the 7th highest) to the west and Annapurna (8091M, the 10th highest) to the right. Our destination is Tatopani, a locale renowned for its therapeutic hot springs, which have made it a favored overnight stop.
The name 'Tatopani' translates to 'Hot Water', aptly describing the natural hot springs nearby. We will spend the night in Tatopani, with your guide available to suggest entertainment and activities to enrich your experience.
Side Trips: Visit the revered Baglung Kalika Temple, a significant religious site in the region. Explore the area's longest suspension bridge, offering spectacular views and a thrilling experience. Additionally, take time to relax and rejuvenate your body at the natural hot springs, a perfect retreat for unwinding and soaking in the serene ambiance.

Jomsom in May has average highs of 14°C (57.2°F) and lows of -1°C (30.2°F). In May, it is raining for about 8 days.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our ride by 9:00 am, heading towards the Himalayan zone. Today's journey involves an ascent through some of the world's highest mountains located in the Eastern side, with all off-road riding today into the high Himalayan region.
As we progress northward, a noticeable change in the surrounding vegetation and nature's allure will be evident, marking our entry into a different ecological zone.
Upon reaching Jomsom, we'll have leisure time to relax and explore. Jomsom, at an elevation of 2743 meters, serves as the administrative center of the Mustang Region and the gateway to the Annapurna region. This area is steeped in mystique, with the rugged peaks of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop. The stark beauty of these weathered landscapes is in stark contrast to the deep river ravines and the lively sounds of the river beds below. We'll spend the night in Jomsom, with your guide available to suggest entertainment and activities to further enrich your experience in this captivating region.

Muktinath in May has average highs of 49°F (9°C) and lows of 27°F (-3°C)
After breakfast at the hotel, our journey takes us towards Muktinath via Kagbeni. Here, nestled amidst majestic mountains, lies the tranquil village of Kagbeni, serving as the gateway to both Upper Mustang and Muktinath. We'll take a brief tour around this picturesque village to soak in its beauty and capture memories. Then, we ascend to Muktinath, reaching the highest point accessible by a surprisingly smooth, albeit narrow, black-topped road that winds up to this small town cradled in the lap of the Nilgiri Himalayas.
Muktinath holds great religious significance, revered not only for its spiritual importance but also as a key destination on the popular Annapurna circuit trek. It's believed by both Hindus and Buddhists that reaching Muktinath helps the soul ascend to heaven after death. We'll spend time strolling through this town, taking in the stunning views of the Himalayas and the Kali Gandaki River. This visit offers a wonderful opportunity to interact with the highland locals, learn about their lifestyle, traditions, and culture, and understand the unique blend of nature and spirituality that defines Muktinath. For those interested, the village also offers the chance to purchase ammonite fossils, geological treasures that date back millions of years, remnants of the time when the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates collided. After a day rich in exploration and discovery, we'll descend back to Kagbeni for an overnight stay. Your guide will be available throughout the day for entertainment and to suggest activities to enhance your experience.

Ghami in May has lows of 14°C and has average highs of 27°C.
After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on an exciting journey towards Upper Mustang, a restricted and hidden land full of wonders. Our adventure into Upper Mustang begins immediately after crossing the checkpoint at Kagbeni village's end. As we ride along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, we'll pass through local Himalayan residences, witnessing the daily
Life of the people in this region. The route, winding up towards the "roof of the world," offers breathtaking views of the mesmerizing landscapes that characterize this area.
The exhilaration of riding in a small group across the vast, unique terrain of the mountains, with their colorful cliffs and canyons, is truly unmatched. We'll pass through villages situated at an altitude of 3800 meters and cross the Nya La pass at 4010 meters, immersing ourselves in the stark beauty and isolation of the high-altitude environment. After a challenging day of riding across these trails, we'll arrive at the small settlement of Ghami. Here, you'll have leisure time to relax and soak in the unique atmosphere of this remote civilization. We'll stay overnight in Ghami, with your guide available to suggest entertainment and activities to further enhance your experience in this extraordinary part of the world.

Lo Manthang has a high of 42°F (6°C) to a low of 19°F (-7°C).
Start the day with breakfast, gearing up for an exciting journey to our ultimate destination, Lo-Manthang. The route to this ancient city is as captivating as the destination itself. We'll pass through several distinctive Maru walls and traverse the significant village of Tsarang, sitting at an altitude of 3560 meters. Along the way, the ever-changing panoramic views of the mountains offer a visual feast from various perspectives. As Lo-Manthang comes into view, distinguished by its encompassing walls, the anticipation builds.
Upon arrival in Lo Manthang, resting at a local tea house is advisable for acclimatization. At an elevation of 3,800 meters, Lo Manthang is a unique Tibetan settlement, founded in 1380. This medieval city, once the capital of Upper Mustang, is steeped in history and culture. Surrounded by high ridges, its walled structure gives it various names like the Forbidden Kingdom, the Walled City, or the City within a Wall. The allure of Lo Manthang lies in its blend of legend and reality, drawing
Visitors have for decades to explore its mythical charm.
Your guide will be available for entertainment and to assist in planning activities, ensuring you make the most of your time in Lo Manthang. We will also discuss the next day's activities.

Today marks a day of extensive exploration in Upper Mustang. Starting with breakfast, we'll embark on a ride to the Nepal-Tibet border, specifically to Kora La, which stands at a breathtaking altitude of 4660 meters. This remarkable spot is situated on a paved road at a high altitude and serves as the border between Nepal and Tibet, part of the vast Tibetan Plateau – often referred to as "The Roof of the World". Kora La is not only a geographical landmark but also a place where the territories of Nepal and Tibet meet side by side. It's approximately 20 kilometers from Lo Manthang and offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the valley below.
This journey allows the group to enjoy the final point of our ride, which extends slightly beyond Lo Manthang. Today, there’s also the opportunity to engage with the local community. If you wish, you can visit a local school to distribute educational materials, creating a moment of joy for the local children. Additionally, we'll explore the area around Lo Manthang, including a visit to the remarkable Jhong cave. This five-story structure is built into a cliff and boasts more than 40 rooms, offering a unique glimpse into ancient architectural marvels. After a day filled with adventure and cultural immersion, we'll ride back and check into the same hotel for an overnight stay, with leisure time to relax and prepare for the long ride back the following day.

Today we embark on the longest drive of our journey, beginning early in the morning after breakfast. We'll retrace our path, descending along the serpentine trail through Ghilling. Throughout the day, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the vast plateau lands and the panoramic Himalayas, a constant companion during our ride. The journey back is as visually rewarding as it is challenging, offering a different perspective on the landscapes we’ve traversed. After a full day of riding, filled with awe-inspiring sights and the thrill of the journey, we'll arrive at Kagbeni. Here, a well-deserved rest awaits, allowing you to reflect on the day's experiences and rejuvenate for the adventures that lie ahead.

As you wake up to the stunning views and peaceful ambiance of the remote village, the day begins with a sense of calm and anticipation. After enjoying breakfast, we embark on our journey back to Tatopani, traveling through the scenic routes via Jomsom. This leg of the journey offers a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences of the past 12 days of our epic motorcycle trip through the Himalayas.
Arriving in Tatopani, you will be greeted with the opportunity to indulge in one of the village's most cherished natural treasures – the soothing hot springs. These springs are not just a leisurely attraction; they are a haven for rest and recovery. After rigorous and

Exhilarating motorcycle adventure across diverse terrains and high altitudes, the hot springs provide a perfect setting for your body to relax and recuperate. The warm, mineral-rich waters offer therapeutic relief, aiding in muscle recovery and rejuvenation. This experience is an ideal way to unwind and reflect on the journey, amidst the serene backdrop of Tatopani. The night will be spent here, allowing you to fully embrace the tranquility and healing properties of the hot springs, as you prepare for the concluding chapters of our Himalayan adventure.

In the morning, after enjoying breakfast, we'll begin our ride towards Pokhara at 9:00 am. Today marks a significant shift in our journey, as after 16 kilometers of off-road riding, you'll feel a sense of true relief and accomplishment when we rejoin the asphalt road. This transition symbolizes the completion of the more challenging segments of our Himalayan adventure.
Upon arrival in Pokhara, a well-deserved leisure time awaits. This is the perfect opportunity to stroll around the Lakeside area and explore the vibrant tourist town. Pokhara, with its laid-back charm and scenic beauty, offers a contrasting experience to the rugged terrains we've traversed. As you walk around, you can witness the panoramic Himalayas, offering a backdrop that tells the tale of your epic journey through the land of the majestic Himalayas.
Looking northwards at the white snow-capped peaks, each one seems to greet you with familiarity, reminding you of the adventures, the diverse livelihoods of the people, their rich cultures, and the magnificent landscapes you've encountered in the Himalayan region. These views not only offer a moment of reflection on your journey but also a profound connection with the natural wonders and the enduring spirit of the places you've visited. Overnight, we'll stay in Pokhara, basking in the memories of our journey and the tranquil beauty of this famous tourist destination.

After breakfast in the morning, we'll set off at 9:00 am for our ride back to Kathmandu, aiming to arrive by 5:00 PM. The journey back follows the same route along the picturesque river valley, offering one last chance to soak in the stunning landscapes of Nepal. This ride marks the conclusion of our memorable tour.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll celebrate the end of our incredible journey with farewell drinks and a BBQ, a perfect occasion to share stories, and laughs, and reminisce about our experiences through the restricted and wondrous land of Upper Mustang. To commemorate the tour, you will be presented with a specially designed T-shirt, a tangible memory of the adventure we shared. We'll also take a group photo, capturing the spirit and camaraderie of our journey together.
After the celebrations, you'll be transferred to your hotel. A well-deserved rest awaits you, providing time to reflect on the journey through Upper Mustang, Nepal – a land of unparalleled beauty and culture. This restful evening in Kathmandu will give you a moment to unwind and cherish the unforgettable experiences of exploring one of the world's most captivating regions.

Today marks the official conclusion of our journey. We will arrange for your transportation to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, ensuring a smooth and timely departure for your flight. As you leave Nepal, you carry with you memories of an extraordinary adventure through its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural tapestry.
If you choose to extend your stay in Nepal beyond the trip, you're free to explore and experience more of this beautiful country at your own pace. Whether it's delving deeper into the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, seeking out more adventures in the Himalayas, or simply relaxing and reflecting on your journey, Nepal has much more to offer. Your time here may be concluding, but the experiences and memories you've gathered are sure to inspire and stay with you for a lifetime. Safe travels, and may your future adventures be as enriching and fulfilling as your journey through Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • ● Himalayan Royal Enfield 410 CC motorcycle
  • ● Accompanying bike mechanic
  • ● Included bike fuel
  • ● Support vehicle available
  • ● Compulsory guide with a motorcycle for Upper Mustang
  • ● Special restricted area permits for Upper Mustang
  • ● Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & TIMS
  • ● Local government fees
  • ● Heritage site and monument entry fees
  • ● Professional tourist guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • ● Comfortable private vehicle for Kathmandu tour
  • ● Road and toll charges included
  • ● 3-star twin-sharing accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara (BB basis)
  • ● Standard twin-sharing accommodations at stopover points
  • ● Three daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trip
  • ● First aid medical kit
  • ● Farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance
  • ● Airport pickup and transfer
  • ● Bottled water throughout the trip

Cost Excludes

  • ● Mandatory travel insurance for evacuation and uncertainties
  • ● Personal expenses (beverages, shopping, etc.)
  • ● Costs for a trip extension due to unforeseen circumstances (personal interest, natural disasters, political protests, etc.)
  • ● Motorcycle damage and liability insurance
  • ● Trip cancellation fees
  • ● Tips for the guide and support team

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Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour
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