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Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour

The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is a thrilling journey through Nepal's "Forbidden Kingdom." Ride through rugged terrains, explore ancient culture, and enjoy an exclusive adventure with Safe Holidays Adventure, customizable to your preferences and budget.

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour Key Highlights:

  • Remote, culturally rich region.
  • Unique Tibetan-like landscape.
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries.
  • Cave dwellings in Lo Manthang.
  • Lo Manthang’s walled city.
  • Interact with friendly Lobas.
  • Experience Tiji Festival.
  • Breathtaking mountain views.
  • Cross high passes.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple.
  • Unique flora and fauna.
  • Teahouse accommodation.
  • Isolated adventure.
  • Scenic flight to Jomsom.

Trip Introduction:

The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is an extraordinary adventure that takes you through the mesmerizing landscapes and enchanting culture of one of Nepal’s most remote and restricted regions. This exhilarating journey offers motorcycle enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime experience like no other.

Upper Mustang, often referred to as the “Forbidden Kingdom,” is a hidden treasure in the Himalayas. Nestled between the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, this region is a rain shadow area, resulting in a strikingly barren and arid terrain that remains untouched and surreal. The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour invites riders to conquer challenging terrains, including rocky trails and high mountain passes, providing an adrenaline-pumping test of their riding skills.

Beyond its natural wonders, Upper Mustang is a cultural oasis. This region was a vital trade route between Tibet and Nepal, and its rich history is reflected in the ancient monasteries, caves, and fortresses that dot the landscape. The people of Upper Mustang are predominantly Tibetan Buddhists, and their unique traditions and festivals offer an authentic glimpse into a bygone era.

The best time to embark on this adventure is during the spring and autumn months, when the weather is perfect for motorbike riding, and the landscape bursts with vibrant colors. Due to its restricted status, permits are required to enter Upper Mustang, ensuring a more exclusive and authentic experience away from the crowds.

Safe Holidays Adventure, a trusted tour organizer, can craft a customized Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour that suits your preferences and budget. From exploring the stunning city of Pokhara to conquering the challenging trails of Mustang, this journey promises an unforgettable blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the thrill of motorbike riding in Nepal’s high Himalayas.

Upper Mustang Trek Permit Fees

When trekking in Nepal’s Upper Mustang region, two essential permits are required: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Special Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang. The ACAP, costing approximately NPR 3,000 (around $30 USD) per person, grants access to the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes Upper Mustang. The Special Restricted Area Permit, priced at roughly $500 USD for a 10-day visit (with extensions incurring additional costs), is specifically for Upper Mustang. Similarly you need to buy TIMs card for this trekking cost 20$ and for Indian cost 10$.

About Motorbike:

Choosing between a 500cc Classic Enfield or a 411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan for the Upper Mustang adventure is a pivotal decision. The Classic Enfield, with its vintage charm and thumping engine, offers a ride back in time, blending history with the barren Tibetan Plateau landscapes. In contrast, the Himalayan, built for rugged terrain, ensures comfort and versatility as you explore ancient Tibetan-style settlements. Both bikes promise an unforgettable journey, where every dusty road and treeless vista adds to the adventure’s allure. The choice between classic elegance and modern reliability will shape your memories of this remarkable ride through Upper Mustang.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be warmly welcomed by Safe Holiday Adventure Team’s Representative , who will then transport you to the selected hotel in Kathmandu. Take this opportunity to rest and prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 KM)

Your Upper Mustang adventure kicks off with an early morning start after a hearty breakfast at your Kathmandu hotel. The day’s ride will take approximately 6-7 hours as you cover the 200-kilometer distance to Pokhara. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking landscapes, including mountain villages, lakes, hills, forests, and rivers. The Annapurna Mountain range will captivate you upon your arrival in Pokhara, where you can relax and unwind.

Accommodation: You will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03: Pokhara to Kalopani (125 KM)

Setting out early from Pokhara, your journey leads you alongside the picturesque Kali Gandaki River, with its grand waterfalls. Today will be one of your longest rides, covering approximately 125 kilometers. Riding through Beni, you’ll encounter a mix of paved and rough roads, with the Himalayas as a stunning backdrop on clear days. Your ride will take you closer to the Upper Mustang region, and you’ll overnight at a guesthouse in Kalopani.

Day 04: Kalopani to Shamar (Entire Dusty Road)

After a nutritious breakfast in Kalopani, you’ll follow the Kali Gandaki river, flanked by the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. Your journey will take you to Shamar Valley, passing through the typical village of Kagbeni. You’ll proceed with permit checks and documentation at the Kagbeni checkpoint before advancing toward Upper Mustang village.

Day 05: Shamar to Lo-Manthang (Entire Dusty Road)

Navigating rocky trails and observing Tibetan-themed houses and settlements, you’ll pass through Chhusang, Chele, and Syanbochen, ultimately reaching the settlement of Lo-Manthang. Along the way, you’ll notice ancient cave dwellings high on dramatic rock faces across the Kali Gandaki River.

Day 06: Lo-Manthang Exploration

Today begins with an early morning ride, taking you to explore the fascinating Lo-Manthang village. You’ll visit ancient monasteries dating back thousands of years and explore the captivating Chosar caves. While here, you’ll also enjoy panoramic views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri, along with witnessing the extensive mani walls of Ghami. Riding through the village of Tsarang, you’ll make your way to Ghar Gumba, one of the oldest monasteries in the area, dating back to the 8th century.

Day 07: Lo-Manthang to Kagbeni (80 KM)

It’s time to retrace your steps as you ride back to Kagbeni, once again marveling at the majestic Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.

Day 08: Kagbeni to Tatopani

Leaving Kagbeni behind, your journey takes you to the holy site of Muktinath temple and various Buddhist monasteries at an elevation of 3800 meters. Here, you’ll witness the famous continuous burning fire fueled by natural gas and 108 water taps where pilgrims take ritual showers. You’ll also have a short tea break and explore the scenic Marpha valley.

Day 09: Tatopani to Pokhara

The day starts with a relaxing bath in the natural hot springs of Tatopani. Afterward, you’ll ride back to Pokhara, passing through Nepal’s longest suspension bridge at Kusma along the way.

Day 10: Pokhara (Relaxation Day)

Take a well-deserved break in Pokhara, where you can explore the charming Lakeside area, relax, and enjoy the amenities of the city.

Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu

This marks your final day of motorcycle touring in the Upper Mustang region. Departing from Pokhara, you’ll journey back to Kathmandu. The ride will take you through Mugling and continue along the same highway. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you’ll check in to your hotel and have some free time to relax and explore the city. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with the Safe Holiday Adventure crew members, where you’ll savor delicious cuisine and share your experiences from the Upper Mustang motorcycle tour.

Day 12: Departure

Your final day in Nepal offers some free time until your flight departure. Feel free to indulge in some shopping before our team drops you off at the airport for your onward journey.

We hope this itinerary provides a detailed overview of your thrilling Upper Mustang motorcycle tour with Safe Holiday Adventure. Enjoy your adventure and the diverse landscapes and cultures you’ll encounter along the way. Safe travels!

What is included
  • Airport Pickup and Drop: We’ve got your journey covered from the moment you arrive until you depart.
  • Motorbike for the Entire Trip: Experience the freedom of the open road with your own trusty motorbike, ready for your exploration.
  • Delicious Meals: Enjoy three scrumptious meals daily at lodges along your route, accompanied by rejuvenating tea or coffee three times a day.
  • Lodge and Local House Accommodation: Immerse yourself in the local culture with comfortable lodgings throughout your adventure.
  • Mustang Special Permit: Gain access to the captivating Upper Mustang region with our special permit, a $500 value per person, included in your package.
  • Permits Included: For Indian Citizens and other nationalities, we cover the $500 Upper Mustang Permit fee per person, so you can focus on your journey.
  • ACAP Permit: Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area without worry, as we take care of the necessary permits.
  • Dedicated Local Staff: Our experienced guides and mechanics are at your service, with their wages, accommodation, and meals covered.
  • Fuel and Spare Parts: Ride worry-free with a motorbike fully fueled and equipped with spare parts.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara: Before and after your adventure, enjoy comfortable accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis, with twin sharing arrangements.
  • Backup Transportation: In case of any unexpected events, we’ve got backup transportation to ensure your journey remains smooth.
  • Farewell Dinner: End your adventure on a high note with a memorable farewell dinner, celebrating your incredible journey.
What is not included
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (unless specified otherwise).
  • Nepali visa fee (participants must arrange their own visa).
  • Bar bills or expenses related to alcoholic beverages.
  • Repair charges for any physical damage incurred to the motorbikes.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, shopping, and extra activities.
  • Unforeseen personal expenses not covered by the tour package.
  • Any itinerary changes necessitated by political or weather conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Additional activities or services not explicitly mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any costs incurred due to delayed or canceled international flights not arranged by the tour operator.
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Your Program Duration = 10 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

Permits and Regulations: Upper Mustang is a restricted region in Nepal, and you’ll need a special permit to enter. Research the current permit requirements and regulations before your trip. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork in order.

Route and Maps: Familiarize yourself with the route you plan to take. Obtain detailed maps and GPS coordinates. The terrain can be challenging, and it’s essential to know the roads and trail conditions.

Weather and Seasons: Upper Mustang has a unique climate due to its location in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Understand the weather patterns and plan your trip during the best season (usually late spring and early autumn) to avoid extreme cold or monsoon rains.

Altitude Considerations: Upper Mustang is at high altitude, and you’ll need to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Learn about the symptoms and precautions to take.

Vehicle Maintenance: Ensure your motorcycle is in excellent condition. Carry necessary tools, spare parts, and a repair kit. Be prepared for basic motorcycle maintenance on the road.

Fuel and Supplies: Upper Mustang has limited access to fuel and supplies. Carry extra fuel, food, water, and camping gear to last you between remote settlements. Plan your fuel stops carefully.

Communication: Mobile phone coverage can be unreliable in remote areas. Consider carrying a satellite phone or a communication device like a personal locator beacon (PLB) for emergencies.

Accommodation: Upper Mustang has limited lodging options, especially in remote areas. Plan your accommodations in advance or be prepared to camp.

Cultural Awareness: Upper Mustang is a culturally rich area with a Tibetan influence. Be respectful of local customs and traditions. Learn about the local culture and traditions to avoid unintentional offenses.

Health and First Aid: Carry a well-stocked first aid kit and any necessary medications. It’s also a good idea to have basic knowledge of first aid procedures.

Safety Gear: Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, gloves, riding jacket, and protective riding pants. Consider wearing body armor for added protection.

Group Travel: Traveling in a group can provide safety and support. Consider riding with others, especially in remote areas.

Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers motorcycle touring, medical emergencies, and potential evacuation from remote areas.

Local Contacts: Have the contact information of local authorities, tour operators, and emergency services in case you need assistance.

Environmental Responsibility: Follow Leave No Trace principles and minimize your impact on the environment. Dispose of waste properly and respect the natural beauty of the region.

Language Skills: While not mandatory, having some basic knowledge of the local language or carrying a translation app can be helpful for communication.

Questions and Answers About Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour(FAQs):

Q1: What is the best time of year to embark on a motorcycle tour in Upper Mustang?

A1: The best time for a motorcycle tour in Upper Mustang is during the late spring (May and June) and early autumn (September and October). These months typically offer stable weather conditions and clear skies, making for a safer and more enjoyable ride.

Q2: Are there any specific road conditions or challenges unique to Upper Mustang?

A2: Yes, Upper Mustang is known for its rugged and often unpaved roads. Some sections may be rocky, dusty, or narrow, requiring careful navigation. Additionally, river crossings are common, and you should be prepared to handle them safely.

Q3: How should I prepare for the high-altitude conditions in Upper Mustang?

A3: To prepare for high-altitude conditions, spend a day or two acclimatizing in a lower-altitude area like Jomsom before ascending further into Upper Mustang. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, and be mindful of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches and nausea.

Q4: What is the availability of fuel stations in Upper Mustang?

A4: Fuel stations are limited in Upper Mustang, especially in the more remote areas. It’s essential to carry extra fuel in appropriate containers to ensure you don’t run out during your journey. Plan your refueling stops carefully.

Q5: Can I hire a motorcycle locally in Upper Mustang, or should I bring my own?

A5: While it’s possible to rent motorcycles in Nepal, it’s generally recommended to bring your own bike or rent one in Kathmandu or Pokhara, as the availability of rental motorcycles in Upper Mustang may be limited.

Q6: What permits are required for a motorcycle tour in Upper Mustang, and how can I obtain them?

A6: You will need both a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to enter Upper Mustang. Additionally, you’ll need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Upper Mustang specifically. These permits can be obtained through authorized agencies in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Q7: Are there any cultural or religious customs I should be aware of in Upper Mustang?

A7: Yes, Upper Mustang has a rich Tibetan Buddhist culture. When visiting monasteries or religious sites, it’s essential to show respect by removing your shoes before entering and not disrupting ceremonies. Seek permission before taking photographs in such places.

Q8: What are some recommended tools and spare parts to carry on a motorcycle tour in Upper Mustang?

A8: In addition to standard tools like wrenches and pliers, consider carrying spare inner tubes, tire repair kits, a chain repair tool, and extra brake pads. These can be invaluable in case of mechanical issues on the road.

Q9: Is it advisable to travel solo or with a group in Upper Mustang?

A9: Traveling with a group can provide safety and support, especially in remote areas. However, some experienced riders may choose to go solo. Regardless, inform someone about your itinerary and expected return date for safety reasons.

Q10: How can I ensure my motorcycle is properly prepared for the challenging terrain of Upper Mustang?

A10: Before your trip, have your motorcycle thoroughly inspected and serviced by a qualified mechanic. Ensure the tires, brakes, suspension, and electrical system are in excellent condition. Additionally, consider upgrading to off-road tires for better traction on rough roads.

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