Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour - 12 days

Duration12 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4000 m
ActivitiesTrekking
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to may

Embark on an exhilarating adventure through the mystical landscapes of Upper Mustang with our Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour. This unique journey offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the remote and culturally rich region of Mustang on two wheels, providing an unforgettable experience for adventure enthusiasts and motorcycle aficionados alike.

The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour begins in Kathmandu, where you'll be greeted by our experienced team and briefed on the itinerary and safety protocols. After a thorough orientation, you'll set off on your motorbike adventure, heading towards the scenic city of Pokhara, your gateway to the Mustang region.

From Pokhara, the real adventure begins as you traverse rugged terrain, winding roads, and high mountain passes on your way to Upper Mustang. Riding through picturesque landscapes of barren valleys, traditional Tibetan villages, and ancient monasteries, you'll be captivated by the raw beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

As you journey deeper into Upper Mustang, you'll have the opportunity to explore historic towns such as Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, and Charang, each offering unique insights into the rich history and traditions of the Mustangi people. Marvel at the ancient monasteries, intricately carved cave dwellings, and imposing fortress walls that dot the landscape, showcasing the region's unique blend of Tibetan Buddhist culture and Himalayan landscapes.

Throughout the tour, you'll be accompanied by experienced guides who are intimately familiar with the terrain and culture of Upper Mustang, ensuring a safe and memorable journey. Our support team will handle all logistics, including accommodation, meals, and vehicle maintenance, allowing you to focus on enjoying the ride and soaking in the breathtaking scenery.

One of the highlights of the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is the opportunity to interact with local communities and immerse yourself in their way of life. From participating in traditional festivals to sharing meals with local families, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultural tapestry that defines the Mustang region.

Whether you're a seasoned rider seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills or a culture enthusiast eager to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations, our Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour promises an unforgettable adventure through one of Nepal's most enchanting and remote regions. So rev up your engines, saddle up, and get ready to experience the ultimate motorcycle journey through the hidden treasures of Upper Mustang.

Highlights

Experience the thrill of adventure and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas with our Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour, a 12-day journey through one of Nepal's most remote and culturally rich regions. Here are the major highlights of this exhilarating adventure:

  • Scenic Ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara: Begin your journey with a thrilling ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, traversing scenic highways and winding roads that offer breathtaking views of lush valleys and snow-capped peaks.
  • Gateway to Mustang: Depart from Pokhara and embark on the ultimate adventure as you make your way towards the gateway to Mustang, where rugged landscapes and ancient traditions await.
  • Ride Along the Kali Gandaki River: Follow the legendary Kali Gandaki River, known as the deepest gorge in the world, as you ride through picturesque valleys and towering cliffs that define the landscape of Upper Mustang.
  • Exploration of Kagbeni: Discover the ancient village of Kagbeni, nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, where traditional Tibetan culture and architecture blend seamlessly with the rugged beauty of the Mustang region.
  • Ancient Caves and Monasteries: Explore the mystical caves and ancient monasteries that dot the landscape of Upper Mustang, including the iconic caves of Chhoser and the sacred monasteries of Lo Manthang.
  • Lo Manthang: The Forbidden Kingdom: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city that served as the capital of the Kingdom of Lo, and explore its historic palaces, monasteries, and narrow alleyways.
  • Panoramic Views from High Mountain Passes: Ascend to dizzying heights as you conquer high mountain passes such as Ghami La and Nyi La, where panoramic views of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau await.
  • Encounters with Local Nomads: Meet the friendly locals and nomadic herders who call Upper Mustang home, and learn about their unique way of life, traditions, and customs.
  • Tiji Festival (Seasonal): If timed right, witness the vibrant Tiji Festival, a three-day annual celebration that showcases traditional Tibetan dance, music, and rituals, offering a rare glimpse into the region's rich cultural heritage.
  • Hospitality in Local Teahouses: Experience the warm hospitality of the Mustangi people as you stay in local teahouses and guesthouses along the trekking route, enjoying authentic Nepalese cuisine and cozy accommodations.
  • Challenges of Remote Terrain: Conquer the challenges of remote and rugged terrain as you navigate rocky trails, river crossings, and high mountain passes, with every twist and turn offering a new adventure.
  • Breathtaking Landscapes and Sunsets: Marvel at the ever-changing landscapes of Upper Mustang, from barren desert-like terrain to lush green valleys, and witness unforgettable sunsets over the Himalayan peaks that will leave you in awe of nature's beauty.
Itinerary
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Your adventure begins as you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representative will warmly welcome you. After a smooth immigration process, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Take some time to rest and freshen up after your journey. Later in the day, you'll meet with our tour coordinator for a briefing session about your upcoming motorcycle tour. You'll receive all necessary information, including safety guidelines, route details, and trip logistics. Spend the evening exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, soaking in the lively atmosphere, and perhaps sampling some delicious Nepali cuisine.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, gear up for your first ride of the tour, a test ride to some of Kathmandu Valley's most iconic destinations. You'll head towards Nagarkot, a hill station renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest on a clear day. Enjoy the scenic ride through winding roads and lush forests, soaking in the stunning vistas along the way. From Nagarkot, continue your journey to Changu Narayan, home to one of the oldest Hindu temples in Nepal, known for its intricate stone carvings and historical significance. After exploring Changu Narayan, ride to Bhaktapur, an ancient city famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage. Wander through the cobblestone streets, visit Durbar Square, and marvel at the ancient temples and palaces that dot the cityscape. In the evening, return to Kathmandu and prepare for the next leg of your journey.

Accommodation: HotelDuration: 3-4 hrsDistance: 70 km

Today, you'll embark on an exhilarating ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal's picturesque lake city. After an early breakfast, hit the road and head westward, following the Prithvi Highway that winds alongside the Trishuli River. Enjoy the scenic ride as you pass through charming towns, terraced fields, and lush forests. Along the way, make a pit stop at the scenic town of Mugling for some refreshments. Resume your journey, traversing through the winding roads that lead to Pokhara. As you approach Pokhara, catch glimpses of the stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges towering in the distance. Upon reaching Pokhara, check into your hotel and unwind after a long day of riding. Spend the evening strolling along the tranquil lakeside, soaking in the serene ambiance of this beautiful city.

Max Altitude: 800 m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 200 km

Start your day with a hearty breakfast before setting off on today's ride to Tatopani, famous for its natural hot springs. Departing from Pokhara, you'll ride along scenic mountain roads that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and hillsides. As you descend towards Tatopani, feel the temperature rise and the landscape transform into lush subtropical forests. Arrive at Tatopani and check into your accommodation. After settling in, treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the rejuvenating hot springs, known for their therapeutic properties. Spend the rest of the evening unwinding and enjoying the tranquil ambiance of Tatopani.

Max Altitude: 1,190m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 4-5 hrsDistance: 110 km

Today's ride takes you to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, nestled in the Mustang region of Nepal. Depart from Tatopani and ride through picturesque villages and scenic landscapes as you make your way towards Muktinath. En route, make a stop at Marpha, a charming village renowned for its apple orchards and traditional stone houses. Continue your journey to Jomsom, a bustling town located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. From Jomsom, ride to Kagbeni, a historic village situated at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Jhong rivers. Finally, ascend to Muktinath, a revered Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site known for its ancient temple and natural beauty. Upon reaching Muktinath, take some time to explore the temple complex and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred place. Overnight stay in Muktinath.

Max Altitude: 3,760m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 3-4 hrsDistance: 64 km

Embark on a thrilling ride from Muktinath to Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city and capital of the former Kingdom of Lo. Departing from Muktinath, you'll ride through rugged terrain and barren landscapes, with stunning views of the surrounding Himalayas. As you approach Lo Manthang, catch glimpses of the imposing walls that encircle the city, signaling your arrival in this historic enclave. Upon reaching Lo Manthang, check into your accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring the narrow streets, ancient monasteries, and cultural landmarks that define this mystical Himalayan kingdom.

Max Altitude: 3,730m Duration: 3-4 hrsDistance: 60 km

Today is reserved for exploring the enchanting city of Lo Manthang and its surrounding attractions. Visit the majestic King's Palace, a sprawling complex of ancient buildings and courtyards that offers insight into the region's royal history. Explore the ancient monasteries of Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa, and Chode Monastery, each adorned with intricate murals, statues, and religious artifacts. Wander through the narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses, traditional chortens, and prayer wheels, soaking in the timeless ambiance of this historic city. As you delve deeper into the cultural treasures of Lo Manthang, you'll uncover a wealth of history, spirituality, and architectural marvels that make this Himalayan enclave truly unique.

Today is reserved for exploring the enchanting city of Lo Manthang and its surrounding attractions. Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city and capital of the former Kingdom of Lo, offers a wealth of cultural and historical treasures waiting to be discovered.

Begin your day with a visit to the majestic King's Palace, a sprawling complex of ancient buildings and courtyards that provides insight into the region's royal history. Marvel at the intricate woodwork, elaborate carvings, and exquisite murals adorning the palace walls as you step back in time to a bygone era.

Next, explore the ancient monasteries of Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa, and Chode Monastery, each a testament to the rich Buddhist heritage of the region. Admire the intricate architecture, colorful frescoes, and sacred artifacts housed within these sacred sites, and take a moment to reflect in the peaceful surroundings.

Afterward, wander through the narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses, traditional chortens, and prayer wheels, soaking in the timeless ambiance of this historic city. Engage with local residents, who are known for their warm hospitality and vibrant culture, and gain insight into their way of life.

As the day draws to a close, climb to a vantage point overlooking Lo Manthang and the surrounding valleys to witness a mesmerizing Himalayan sunset. Watch as the last rays of sunlight cast a golden glow over the ancient city, illuminating its timeless beauty in a magical display of colors.

Bid farewell to the majestic landscapes of Lo Manthang as you embark on a scenic ride to Tatopani, a charming village renowned for its natural hot springs and tranquil surroundings.

Leaving Lo Manthang behind, you'll traverse rugged terrain and winding roads, passing through picturesque valleys and traditional Tibetan villages along the way. Enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and deep gorges as you descend from the high altitude of Upper Mustang to the lower elevations of Tatopani.

Upon reaching Tatopani, take time to relax and rejuvenate in the soothing waters of the natural hot springs, which are said to have healing properties and offer respite to tired muscles after a long day of riding. Enjoy a peaceful evening surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayan foothills, reflecting on the memories of your journey through Upper Mustang.

Continue your journey as you ride from Tatopani to Pokhara, Nepal's picturesque lake city nestled amidst the stunning Annapurna mountain range.

The ride takes you through verdant hills, terraced fields, and charming villages, offering panoramic views of lush valleys and cascading waterfalls along the way. Pause for a leisurely lunch at a roadside eatery, where you can savor delicious Nepalese cuisine and soak in the tranquil ambiance of the countryside.

As you approach Pokhara, the landscape transforms, revealing sweeping vistas of Phewa Lake and the surrounding mountains. Arrive in Pokhara by late afternoon and check into your hotel, where you can unwind and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Take a stroll along the lakeside promenade, explore the vibrant markets, or simply relax and soak in the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Max Altitude: 800 m Accommodation: Hotel

On the final leg of your journey, ride from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, winding through scenic countryside and charming hillside villages.

The ride takes you along the Prithvi Highway, offering breathtaking views of terraced fields, rushing rivers, and distant mountain peaks. Make a stop at the picturesque town of Bandipur, known for its preserved Newari architecture and stunning mountain views, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a cup of chai at a local teahouse.

Continue your journey to Kathmandu, where you'll bid farewell to your trusty motorbike and check into your hotel for a well-deserved rest. Spend the evening reminiscing about your adventures in Upper Mustang, sharing stories with fellow travelers, and savoring the memories of your unforgettable journey through the Himalayas.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 200 km

After breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute souvenir shopping or exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu. Our representative will assist you with the transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. Bid farewell to the enchanting land of Nepal, filled with unforgettable memories of your motorbike adventure through Upper Mustang.

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Included
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel are included in the package.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Tatopani, and Lo Manthang as per the itinerary in standard hotels or lodges.
  • Motorcycle Rental: Rental of a well-maintained motorcycle for the duration of the tour, including fuel and basic insurance.
  • Support Vehicle: A support vehicle to carry luggage and provide assistance throughout the journey.
  • Professional Guide: Experienced motorcycle guide accompanying the group to provide guidance and assistance during the tour.
  • Meals: Daily breakfast at the hotel and selected meals during the tour as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing: Guided sightseeing tours of Nagarkot, Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, and other attractions as per the itinerary.
  • Permits: Necessary permits and entrance fees for sightseeing and entry to restricted areas.
  • Hot Spring Experience: Enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the natural hot springs of Tatopani.
  • Cultural Experience: Explore the ancient city of Lo Manthang and immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage.
  • Safety Equipment: Provision of helmets and safety gear for all riders.
Excluded
  • International Flights: The package does not include international airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Travel Insurance: Personal travel insurance covering medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation is not included but highly recommended.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees for entry into Nepal are not included in the package.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and additional meals not included in the itinerary.
  • Motorcycle Damage: Any damage caused to the motorcycle due to negligence or improper handling by the rider.
  • Optional Activities: Optional activities and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included and are at the discretion of the traveler.
  • Additional Accommodation: Accommodation before or after the tour dates in Kathmandu or Pokhara is not included.
  • Medical Expenses: Expenses incurred for medical treatment or medication during the tour are not covered.
  • Extra Charges: Any additional charges incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters, political unrest, or flight delays are not included.
Essential Information

Equipment list for Bike Tour

For the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour spanning 12 days, you'll need essential gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here's a comprehensive equipment list:

Motorcycle Gear:

  • Motorcycle helmet (full-face recommended for maximum protection)
  • Riding jacket with armor for impact protection
  • Riding pants or trousers with padding for abrasion resistance
  • Riding gloves for grip and hand protection
  • Riding boots with ankle support and protection
  • Riding goggles or sunglasses for eye protection from dust and wind

Clothing:

  • Riding gear (long-sleeved shirts and pants) for protection from the sun and wind
  • Insulated jacket or fleece for layering in colder conditions
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts and underwear for comfort
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants for rain and inclement weather
  • Warm hat or balaclava for cold weather riding
  • Comfortable clothing for off-bike activities and relaxation
  • Swimwear if you plan to enjoy hot springs or swimming pools along the route

Footwear:

  • Sturdy and comfortable riding boots with good grip for motorcycle control
  • Casual shoes or sneakers for off-bike activities and walking
  • Protection and Safety Gear:
  • Riding armor (chest protector, elbow guards, knee guards) for additional protection
  • High-visibility vest or jacket for visibility on the road
  • Earplugs for reducing wind and engine noise during long rides
  • First aid kit with basic medical supplies and medications

Accessories:

  • Riding backpack or saddlebags for carrying essentials like water, snacks, and personal items
  • Hydration system or water bottles to stay hydrated during rides
  • GPS navigation device or smartphone with offline maps for navigation
  • Tool kit with basic tools for minor repairs and adjustments
  • Tire repair kit and air pump for fixing punctures or low tire pressure
  • Headlamp or flashlight for visibility and emergencies
  • Motorcycle lock or security system to secure your bike when parked

Personal Items:

  • Valid motorcycle license and international driving permit (if required)
  • Passport and necessary travel documents
  • Travel insurance documents and emergency contact information
  • Cash and credit cards for expenses and emergencies
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen for sun protection
  • Insect repellent for protection against bugs and mosquitoes
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memorable moments

Miscellaneous:

  • Lightweight and compact camping gear if camping is part of the itinerary
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Multi-purpose tool or knife for various tasks
  • Lightweight and quick-drying towel
  • Plastic bags or dry sacks for waterproofing and organizing belongings