Kingdom of Enduro
Enduro into the Heart and Soul of the Himalayan Wilderness
The new road development has brought us access into one of the most remote wilderness in the Nepal Himalayas, giving us unlimited access to some of the very best hidden trails on this desert like tundra of jagged cliffs, rolling plains, moraines and river valleys. Our team at Himalayan Single Track is super excited to bring this special, first time in Nepal itinerary to you…”Upper Mustang — Kingdom of Enduro”. Right from the far reaches of the barren Chinese border all the way down to the rich and fertile Deepest Gorge in the World. Along trails which have for centuries only been trodden by Yaks and Nomads. Not only will some of these trails blow your mind and have you shouting “Yahoo” at the top of your lungs, they will also take you into the heart and soul of the nomadic and little explored lifestyle and culture of the Mustangi people. This, by no means is a luxury (read lazy) Enduro trip. The tour is pure, old school Enduro in every sense. Meaning, while you will have some of the sections shuttled, there is still plenty of grunt and grind uphill and some even tougher sections of push and carry. These sections are there because the downhill is epic and worth your sweat, curse words and effort. We stay overnight in authentic Tea houses and enjoy local food, music, culture and people.
This ride is a MUST on the bucket list of every hardcore Enduro purest, as it surely is a lifetime experience. The beauty of this trip is the trail options, while what’s written below is our standard program, if you’re the adventurous type, then let our guides take your exploring on many of the other options. Who knows you could find your own un-ridden trails.
Who’s it for? Enduro lovers and adventure seekers who don’t mind the rough and tough remote area environments.
Length: – 15 Days (12 Days Remote Area)
Fitness Factor: – Intermediate to High, there are some long carry or pedal up sections.
Skill Factor: – High Skill Level on technical descents and loose rocky surfaces. Confidence on exposed trails.
Comfort Zone: – Authentic and Local
DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN NEPAL
DAY 02 FLY TO POKHARA
Some classic single track riding in Pokhara
DAY 03 POKHARA TO KAGBENI
Chilled riding and acclimatizing.
DAY 04 HIGH PASSES AND EPIC DESCENTS (Kagbeni to Ghami via Gyu La)
Push Carry to the pass, followed by some epic single tracks.
DAY 05 – RED CLIFFS AND FLOW TRAILS (Ghami to Charang)
Combined shuttle and push/carry sections to some of the best flow trails on the trip.
DAY 06 – THE YAK HERDERS FOOTSTEPS (Charang to Lo Mantang)
A little uphill grunt and grind to some hidden single tracks and the back door to Lo Mantang.
DAY 07 – TOUCHING CHINA (Loop Ride – Lo Mantang – Kora La – Chosser – Lo Mantang)
A stunning shuttle ride through the open wilderness to some epic downhill and single tracks. Visit some ancient cave Monastery on the way.
DAY 08 REST DAY IN LO MANTANG
DAY 09 NEPAL’S GRAND CANYON (Lo Mantang – Lo La – Dhigoan – Yara – Luri Ghompa – Dhigoan)
Stunning Scenery and challenging trails today.
DAY 10 THE HIDDEN TRAILS OF DHEGOAN (Dhegoan to Tangbe)
Today is an adventure of epic Himalayan proportions. We shuttle, Ride, Shuttle, Ride.
DAY 11 LEAVING THE WILDERNESS (Paha Pass to Chukksang)
Today is one of the hardest days on the trip. We carry/push for an eternity and hen we ride the most epic of descents.
DAY 12 THE DEEPEST GORGE IN THE WORLD (Muktinath to Tuckche)
Ride some of the most classic single tracks in the Himalaya’s.
DAY 13 TITI LAKE AND THE HOT SPRINGS (Tuckche to Tatopani)
A breathtaking final day of riding, followed by a dip in the Hot Springs
DAY 14 BACK TO KATHMANDU
Drive to Pokhara and Fly to Kathmandu.
DAY 15 DEPARTURE
We transfer you to the airport for your outbound flight
For full trip details , daily descriptions and price please kindly email us and we will get right back to you. Please kindly note that all our programs are customizable. We can also arrange extra accommodation, activities and services on request.
- Accommodation:- 2 Nights in Kathmandu, 1 Night in Pokhara , 11 Nights in Teahouses
- Meals:- Breakfast (14), Lunches (12), Dinners (12). Tea and Coffee with meals only. Menu Choice – 2 items for Breakfast, 1 for lunch and 2 for dinner
- Transport:- All airport transfers, support vehicles and shuttles as per itinerary
- Guides :- 15 Day qualified mountain bike guide
- Flights:- Domestic Only – POK-JOM, POK-KTM
- Permits:- TIMS, ACAP, Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit
- All guides and drivers insurance and expenses
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
- Drinks and meals outside of what is mentioned above
- Internet, laundry and other personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- International Flights
- Tips and Gratuities
TRIP STARTING PRICE: – US$3195 Per Person
Currently we have no fixed group departures for this. Due to the skill level required we prefer to book this trip as private groups of similar skilled and like minded riders.
Booking dates for this trip are open from 1st August 2021.
Private and custom trips can be booked on any date suitable for your group. To Book send us an email . Himalayansingletrack@gmail.com
Entry visa to Nepal can be obtained either from the relevant embassy or consulate prior to your departure or at the airport on arrival to Nepal.
Visa on arrival can be applied for via the Immigration website. Just fill in the details online and then print a copy and bring it with you. Payment is made on arrival.
30 Days – USD40
90 Days – USD100
***Current travel situation in regards to Covid requires you to have a contract with a trekking company before arriving in Nepal, a PCR test pre departure and another on arrival. Please ask us for more details
The international airport in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan is located about 7km from the city center. Most of our package tours include an airport pick up. Other options are to get a pre paid taxi from the desk at the airport. The rates are fixed and fair.
Travel Insurance that covers evacuation from above 5000m is required for this trip. The current entry rules to Nepal also require your insurance to cover Covid related issues. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for you to join this trip. You must present a copy of your policy upon arrival in Nepal. Two companies we recommend for travel insurance are World Nomads and Covermore.
BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE
On the Upper Mustang Trip, the trails are a mix of rocky sections and powdered dirt/sandy sections, the trails are generally very dry and abrasive in most places. There is long climbs on most days and some bike carry and push involved in some places. Along the trails there will also be some river crossings.
Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos.
We recommend the following specifications:-
• Full Suspension 130mm to 160mm travel all mountain style bike are ideal for this trip, but one that can climb.
• Tire recommendation is 2.2 to 2.3 something like a MAXXIS High Roller or Schwalbe Nobby Nic or equivalent is ideal for this trip.
• Tubeless is recommended and we also recommend you bring a little extra Liquid.
You should provide for your OWN BIKE:-
- Chain Links, Spare
- ChainDry Chain Lube
- Mech Hanger or Drop Out for your model of bike
- Brake Pads for your Model
- Brake fluid for your Model of Brake
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. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before the trip.
A note on food related Illness:- Most people coming to Nepal get some form of stomach upset. But there are ways to avoid this, in most cases it is not from the food in the teahouses, here are our tips to stay healthy:-
Stay away from oily food in the mountains. Most of us are not used to lots of oily food for every meal and combined with the physical exhaustion, cold and altitude it can lead to upset stomachs…Try and choose light options like Dhal Soups, Soups, boiled and poached eggs, hearty porridge, pasta and rice (non-fired) dishes- Be careful with your hands –wash, sanitize and wash again!
This is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard and we do not like our clients to use them. HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles.
Our office in Kathmandu has free water refills. You should bring along some form of water purification. HST will not be purchasing bottled water for this trip.
During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in other bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-
• Limited Internet and 3G is available in 70% of the areas. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.
• Power and access to charging – All teahouse have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some teahouses 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 teahouse, but can vary depending on sunshine (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.
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3 star with all facilities.
The NPR – Nepalese Rupee and it comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Notes with 1 and 2 paisa coins. Most places in tourist areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara will accept USD, EURO, POUNDS and other major currencies.
For travel in remoter regions like Annapurna/Upper Mustang you should carry local currency in smaller denominations.
ATM’s withdrawing up to 30,000nrs at a time can be found everywhere in the tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara and also there is one ATM in Jomsom and Manang. Beware the local banks charge 300nrs to 500nrs per transaction above any charges your own bank may charge you.
Can be found all over the tourist areas and you can negotiate a little for better rates. On The street money exchangers give a much better rate than banks and hotels.
CREDIT CARDS are accepted in bigger hotels and business, the local service charge is normally 4%.
Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable.
Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold.
If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken.
All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licenses mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Scheme. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification.
Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated.
Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads.
Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.
Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications.
Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though this trip is full vehicle supported which allows us to carry spare wheels and more spare parts than non vehicle supported trips. Spare bikes can be carried on request.
Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)
All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day.
In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.
Upper Mustang falls in a rain shadow, so it is ridable even in the monsoon. The best times for this trip are from April to December.