Mountain Biking Upper Mustang

A Journey into the Himalayan Wilderness to the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Mantang

Well let’s be honest, if it was truly forbidden we would not be riding here, but it makes the trip sound more magical!

Mountain Bike Upper Mustang is fast becoming one of the most popular cycling destinations in Nepal. It’s not just about the challenging ascents and endless single track descents, it’s about a journey of discovery of the nomadic horse culture, breathtaking scenery and friendly heart-warming people that inhabit the region. If you love both culture and mountain biking, a particularly good time to go is in May to coincide with the Tiji Festival.

Venture into a land where Nomads herd yaks in the high pastures, ponies carry your luggage, rosy cheeked locals toil the arid soil to earn a living, where Tibetan culture is almost untouched by civilization and add to this some of the BEST and most Challenging mountain biking terrain in the world and you have an unforgettable journey.

Each Upper Mustang Trip is guided by one of our experienced guides and supported by local Porters, Drivers and Horsemen which means some of the income goes directly into the local communities. Relying on our local support team means we also get up to date trail and weather condition information. Our intimate local knowledge means we can take you to trails others do not travel and you can immerse yourself in local cultural and hospitality. We pride ourselves on our local connections which means we can deliver to you a safe and unforgeable trip into the heart and soul of the Mustang Region. 

For most of our guides, this is our favorite ride in Nepal, especially now we have added in new single tracks out in the remote regions of Yara, Luri Ghumpa and Tangye. Put simply this trip showcases the very best Mountain Biking that the Himalaya has to offer!

Who’s it for? Fit mountain bikers. Trails can be tailored according to skill level, but you should be able to climb and descend with confidence. It’s also a tour for lovers of culture and it might help if you don’t have a fear of flying in small planes.

Length:- 17 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Fitness Factor:- Good cardio fitness and hiking/biking pushing stamina required. Most of the trail is above 3000 meters altitude

Skill Factor:- Confident on rocky descents, loose surfaces and some exposed single tracks

Comfort Zone:- Let’s say rustic, simple and homely Tea Houses, basic but good food, occasional hot water, no connectivity


Standard Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Nepal – Airport Transfer to the Hotel, meet the team and have a full trip briefing. 

Day 02 Warm Up Ride and Introduction – This will be a 3 to 4 hour to check the riding cohesion of the group and ensure the trip can go ahead safely. 

Day 03 Travel to Pokhara – By vehicle. We can include an option cable car ride on this day as well. Flight option available . 

Day 04 Fly to Jomsom, Bike to Kagbeni. Acclimatize.

Day 05 Biking to Muktinath (3760m)

Day 06 Biking to Chele (3100m) via Gya La (4077m)

Day 07 Biking to Syangboche (3800m)

Day 08 Biking to Charang (3560m)

Day 09 Biking to Lo Mantang (3810m)

Day 10 Lo Mantang Sightseeing

Day 11 Biking to Yara (3520m)

Day 12 Biking to Tangya (3660m)

Day 13 Biking to Chuksang (2270m)

Day 14 Drive to Muktinath and Biking to Jomsom via Lubra Valley and Tinigoan (860m)

Day 15 Fly to Pokhara

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 17 Departure from Nepal

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. 

info@himalayansingletrack.com


PRICE INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation:- 3 Nights in Kathmandu, 2 Nights in Pokhara , 11 Nights in Teahouses
  • Meals:- Breakfast (15), Lunches (14), Dinners (13). 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
  • Pony Handler and Porters for transport of Luggage
  • Guides :- 15 Day qualified mountain bike guide
  • Flights:- Domestic Only – POK-JOM, POK-KTM, JOM-POK 
  • Permits:- TIMS, ACAP, Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit
  • All guides and porters 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$2895 Per Person





26th Sept 2021

Group Joining 

$ 2,895 pp

5% Discount Applies for every rider over 4 Pax

21st March 2022

Group Joining 

$ 2,895 pp

5% Discount Applies for every rider over 4 Pax

23rd May 2022

Group Joining 

$ 2,895 pp

5% Discount Applies for every rider over 4 Pax

26th Sept 2022

Group Joining 

$ 2,895 pp

5% Discount Applies for every rider over 4 Pax

18th Nov 2022

Group Joining 

$ 2,895 pp

5% Discount Applies for every rider over 4 Pax

Private and custom trips can be booked on any date suitable for your group. To Book send us an email . Himalayansingletrack@gmail.com  

VISA INFORMATION

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

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

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.

INSURANCE

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 110mm to 150mm 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.

• Hardtails are also okay for these trip’s if that is what you ride.

You should provide for your OWN BIKE:-

  • Chain Links, Spare Chain
  • Dry Chain Lube
  • Mech Hanger or Drop Out for your model of bike
  • Brake Pads for your Model
  • Brake fluid for your Model of Brake


FOOD/MEALS

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!

DRINKING WATER

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

CURRENCY

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.

MONEY EXCHANGERS

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%.

What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

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. 

How will my bike be transported?

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. 


What Happens if I get Sick?

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. 

What level of training do the guides have?

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. 

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated. 

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

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. 

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

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.

Should I take Diamox?

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. 

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so. 

Do you take pictures of the trip?

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)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

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. 

Do I need a sleeping bag?

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.

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Reviews

NH – ” HST gave us the trip of a lifetime. Jenny helped us organize everything and accommodated our plans to spend an extra week in Pokhara. Our bike trip was amazing through the Upper Mustang. Our guide was fun, professional, and knowledgeable-thanks Sunil! It was nice knowing all the details were taken care of and our bikes were in good hands. Such a great 2 week route-highly recommended. These guys know how to put on a good trip! “

Philip K – “My friend and me did a 12 days-trip to the Mustang Valley with Hamalayan Singletrack in August of this year. It was really worth the long journey and the money. We were taken care of from the moment we arrived at the airport on.  Our guide Mane did a great job, you could see that he is a passionate biker. He was always up for extra rounds and peaks when we asked for and almost never seemed to get tired. It did not feel like a guide-customer relationship but rather like riding with a friend. The trip is also doable with less fitness and skills, but then you’re likely to skip one or another trail and take the road or push downhill instead. Especially the spectacular downhills to Yara, Chuksang and in the Lubra Valley is something you don’t want to miss. We’d like to thank Mane and Himalayan Singletrack as a whole for the great trip. We can definitely recommend it.

” Recently did the Upper Mustang ride. The overall experience with regard to pre trip advice and admin was very good and the actual ride, although hard was excellent.

Our guide, Rosan was great, knowledgeable, helpful and a good bike mechanic. Would not hesitate to recommend Himalayan Single Track to any one looking at doing a MTB ride in The Hills.”

DJ Western Australia