The Ultimate Himalaya – Annapurna Circuit + Upper Mustang
This unique tour takes in the very best of both tours and perhaps offers the ultimate mountain bike tour in the Himalaya. It’s a journey to lose your self in the rich and diverse culture of mountains, discover the different ethnic groups and life styles, changing landscapes and panoramic mountain views and ride mountain bikes. The trail also links up some of the best single tracks, flowing ride sections and some of the most epic climbs in the Himalaya.
If you are looking to hide away from the modern world and spend some quality time with your mountain bike, then this is the tour for you.
Day 01 Arrival in Nepal
Day 02 Warm Up Ride and Introduction
Day 03 Travel to Besishar and Bike to Jagat
Day 04 Biking Jagat (1000m) to Chame (2670m)
Day 05 Biking Chame to Manang (3540m)
Day 06 Acclimatization Manang
Day 07 Biking Manang to Throng Phedi (4450m)
Day 08 Biking Throng Phedi to Muktinath via Throng La (5416m)
Day 09 Biking Muktinath to Chele (3050m) via Gia La (4077m)
Day 10 Biking Chele to Syangboche (3800m)
Day 11 Bikin Syanboche to Morang (3560m) Via Dhakma, Mui La (4170m) and Ghar Gompa
Day 12 Biking Morang to Lo Mantang (3810m) via HIgh passes (4365m)
Day 13 Lo Mantang Sightseeing
Day 14 Biking Lo Mantang to Ghara (3690m)
Day 15 Biking Ghara to Tangye(3240m)
Day 16 Biking Tangye to Chhusang (2980m)
Day 17 Biking Chhusang to Jomsom (2270m)
Day 18 Biking Jomsom to Tatopani (860m)
Day 19 Biking Tatopani to Beni, Jeep to Pokhara
Day 20 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21 Departure from Nepal
Who’s it for? People who mountain bike regularly, are fit and are looking for a multi-day mountain bike adventure that gets their heart rate going and have the time to spend.
Length: – 21 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Fitness Factor: – Good cardio fitness and bike carrying strength and stamina required.
Skill Factor: – Confident in rocky descents and not to bothered by exposure.
Comfort Zone: – Homely Tea Houses, cozy fires and great food … Not exactly glamorous, but nothing to off the charts, in Upper Mustang internet connection is non-existent.
The Jeep ride to Beshishar takes around 7 hours and is the longest transport on the trip.
On the riding trail, there are some river crossing where you could possibly get wet feet, so bring some lighter fast drying shoes as there is nothing worse than riding with cold and wet feet! Or pack some flip flops in your day pack.
The trail is a mix of rocky section and powdered dirt/sandy section, the trail is very dry and abrasive in most places and as mentioned above has many river crossings.
Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos. The first two days are tough climbing days, so be mentally prepared.
During the trip we will be staying in LOCAL TEA HOUSES. In most cases we will provide private, twin sharing rooms with attached bathrooms and sometimes there will be sharing bathrooms. Unless you book single supplement the room will have two separate beds. Double beds are not common in Tea Houses so if you are a couple you might have to push the beds together … but be careful … the walls are Thin! In Throng Phedi, even if you have single supplement, it might not be possible to get a private room, in this case common rooms will be given. The town is small and accommodation limited.
Internet and 3G is available all over the area with the exceptions of Throng Phedi. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.
Power and access to charging – All Tea Houses have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some Tea Houses a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.
Hot water is available in all tea house, but can vary depending on sun shine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it. The Hot Water Charge IS INCLUDED in our standard trip prices.
Laundry Service is only available in Manang, Lo Mantang and hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary for the local staple Dhal Bhart (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle and optional Meat Curry to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs and all kinds of soups and locally made flat breads, Oats and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit generally limited in these areas.
Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling and nutritious and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit and relevant energy items,
Drinking Water is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard. From 2017 HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles. In an effort to do this, we are teaming up with KATADYN to provide all of our clients with the Be Free water filtration system. Each client on the Upper Mustang trip will be given this safe, carbon activated, collapsible 1 liter water filtration device to help them manage their own drinking water. HST will not be purchasing water for this trip. (www.katadyn.com)
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Our standard operating hotels are – International Guest House in Kathmandu and Hotel Peace Plaza in Pokhara.
Twin Shared Rooms with Attached Bathroom
Electricity and back up
Room Service if required
Three Star Level
Breakfast is included in all Hotels
Can we arrive before the trip’s departure date? Yes you can just let us know and we can also arrange additional night’s hotels, we will still pick you up from the airport, it’s included in the trip price.
I don’t have time can the trip be shortened? Yes, please do send us an email and let us know your time frame, we are more than happy to alter itineraries to suit your riding needs.
Is the pre-trip ride day in Kathmandu Compulsory? Yes we like to enforce this for two reason, to make sure the riders have the skill set to complete the journey safely and enjoy it and to also check the bikes are all in top working order. Also if it looks like we have a big division in rider levels in the group, it allows to choose to send a support guide to allow the group more freedom.
What if I have Trouble Carrying my Bike over Throng La? Our porters hired for the trip do not carry your bikes, only your bags, we can hire additional porter in Throng Phedi to help you carry your bike up and over the pass. The local fixed rate for this is US$50