CYCLING TOUR IN MUSTANG

The small kingdom of Mustang is still a trekker’s favorite but the progression of its track, between Jomsom and the capital Lo Manthang, has also made it a splendid playground for the mountain bike lovers.

The rugged terrain is separated from breathtaking canyons. It offers a diverse scenery for the experienced mountain bikers. The maximum altitude (4200 m.) is moderate, and its stony or sandy trails makes it accessible in two wheels.
This trip is settled amongst a multitude of Tibetan villages with typical flat-roof houses, small exotic temples and stupa. In the background, there are snow-capped peaks from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri.

Mustang is an extension of the Tibetan plateau. Its Buddhist culture is still alive and authentic. The absence of large passes has naturally made it the crossroads between India and Tibet through the Kali Gandaki river. Here, the semi-desert landscape contrasts with the snow-capped peaks that cover the horizon from South to East. Lo Manthang, is a fortified town with many monasteries restored by a local team trained by an Italian man. It is a welcome haven in the middle of our trek and a cultural highlight.

Finally, we leave Mustang and go back to Pokhara: 2 days of fun without great physical effort. We do an impressive descent from Marpha to Beni through the gorges of Kali Gandaki from 3000 to 600 m.
HIGHLIGHTS

- An exclusive mountain cycle circuit in a beautiful canyon landscape.
- A remote and uncrowded region of Tibetan culture, alive and authentic.
- A spectacular mountain flight between Jomsom and Pokhara.
- The incredible descent of the Kali Gandaki Valley over more than 3000 m.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: May - September
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 4150 Meters
  • Flights: Pokhara - Jomsom
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek

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Day
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel and check-in. Preparation of equipment and choice of mountain bike if you rent it on the spot.
- Accommodation: Hotel on BB
We drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu in a private vehicle for 6 / 7 h. Then, free afternoon. Our vehicle and assistant continue by road to transport the mountain bikes to Jomsom.
- Accommodation: Hotel on BB
Beautiful mountain flight between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We take the mountain bikes back during the day depending on the road conditions. The trail is easy. We follow the river up to the beautiful village of Kagbeni on the shore of Kali Gandaki. Kagbeni is advantageously located: one road leads to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang, another leads to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. After lunch, visit to the Kagbeni monastery, at the entrance of Upper Mustang, and walk around the village.
- Ascent: + 300 m.
- Hours of biking: 2.5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Easy dirt road. We climb to the medieval village of Jarkhot, last village before Muktinath. The trail offers a superb view of desertic landscapes and snowy passes. The village has its own Buddhist monastery. Lunch and rest in a lodge hold by locals.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Hours of biking: 2.5 (+ 1)
- Accommodation: Lodge
We enter Upper Mustang through the village of Dzong. Visit to the red-walls monastery perched on a rocky promontory. Then, we take the road to Gyu La (4000 m) and enjoy a superb view. We have a long descent through beautiful landscapes of ocher cliffs before arriving in Chhusang. Then, short way to Chele, on the shore of the high Kali Gandaki.
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Descent: - 1200 m.
- Hours of biking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We cross the gorges of Kali Gandaki. The trail is cut into the cliff. It climbs up to the Taklam Pass (2650 m.). Easy descent to Samar. Then, climbs and descents through various small passes between 3600 and 3800 m. with breathtaking views. After Syangboche, we descend to Geling, a village dominated by a Sakya monastery located in an ancient Dzong.
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 600 m.
- Hours of biking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We cross the Nyi La Pass (3950 m.) and the Ghumi La Pass to reach the village of Ghemi (3520 m.) for lunch. Visit to the monastery in the center of the village. In the afternoon, we go up to Tsarang La and go down to Tsarang, former capital of Mustang.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 750 m.
- Hours of biking: 4 - 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Short day of cycling. We start with a descent to cross Tsarang Chu and, after Lo La, we go up to reach the current capital of Mustang with magnificent surroundings.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of biking: 4 h.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Small cycling tour to visit the surroundings of Lo Manthang. This fortified city of the 14th century was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mustang and has many Buddhist monasteries dating from the 15th century. After 25 generations of kings reigning over this small kingdom on the Tibetan plateau north of the Himalayan range, Mustang had ceased to be a kingdom when Nepal became a Republic.
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Descent: - 1200 m.
- Hours of biking: 3 - 4
- Accommodation: Lodge
Longest bike ride of this tour. We first cross small passes to reach the monastery and the village of Lo Gekar. Then, we cross Marang La and Mui La and finally pass through the beautiful red cliffs of Dhakmar.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 1100 m.
- Hours of biking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
We cross the same pass: the Nyi La - as on our way to Lho, and take a different pass to reach Tama Gaon. Then, we take a long descent to Kali Gandaki and stop at Samar.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- hours of biking: 4
- Accommodation: Lodge
We cross the last pass before reaching Kali Gandaki again in Chele. As we go along the riverbed, we leave the Upper Mustang in Kagbeni and then continue to cycle to Jomsom. We descend along the river for 45 minutes to Marpha (2600 m.), the capital of Thakali, known for its apples, the best in Nepal. Marpha has fertile land. So, locals started living there. Making it the largest village in the region. No doubt, it is one of the most beautiful villages. Visit to the monastery of Marpha and walk in the village.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 850 m.
- Hours of cycling: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Beautiful day of descent. We take a track connecting Tatopani through the Thakali villages of Tukuche, Larjung, Kalopani and Ghasa before an impressive dive into the gorges of Kali Gandaki. In the end of the day, we reach Tatopani. Possibility of relaxing in the hot springs.
- Descent: - 1650 m.
- Hours of cycling: 5 - 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Last day of mountain bike along the Kali Gandaki to the paved road of Beni where our vehicle awaits us. Transfer to Pokhara in 3 hours and free day in this Nepalese lakeside towa.
- Descent: - 360 m.
- Hours of cycling: 3
- Accommodation: Hotel
Free day. Possibility to do cycling along Lake Phewa, to go up to Sarangkot or to the Shanti Stupa with a loop through the Gurung village of Bhumdi (4 h.) or to do nothing.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Way back to Kathmandu (6 – 7 h.). Check-in at the hotel and free time for shopping in Thamel.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Airport transfer for return flight
End of our services.

What's included

- Transfer by private vehicle according to the itinerary
- Delivery of mountain bike from Pokhara to Jomsom by the assistant/Sherpa
- 2 nights at Hotel Tibet *** or similar on BB
- 3 nights at Lake Side Retreat or similar on BB
- Trek full board in lodge / Homestay according to itinerary
- English Speaking Nepali cycling guide for the whole stay
- Mountain bike rental for guide
- Trekking team: 1 Assistant / Sherpa from 2 pax and 2 from 6, 1 personal porter for 2 participants and mules beyond
- Carrying personal belongings up to 13 kg / participant
- TIMS & ACAP Permit, Special Permit to Upper Mustang ($500)
- Insurance and routing of staffs
- Domestic flight Pokhara- Jomsom

What's not included

- Visits and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara excluding breakfast
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Personal mountain bike (to bring or rent on site)
- Cargo for over weight above 15kg / person on the domestic flight
- Visa Nepal
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, hot showers, recharging batteries during the trek etc.
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