Trip is during the annual Tiji Festival

A unique experience to be in Lo Mantang, Upper Mustang during the annual three day Tiji Festival. 

Experience the rich culture of the once Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang, Nepal is more than just about mountain biking; it’s about discovering the culture, seeing breathtaking scenery, meeting friendly heart-warming people and so much more. The permit fee for Upper Mustang is $500, but we promise you will get 5 million times worth of amazement and experience from this trip. 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 mountain biking terrain in the world. Put simply this trip showcases the very best Mountain Biking that the Himalaya has to offer!

This trip coincides with the spectacular Tiji Festival held in Lo-Mantang, Upper Mustang. The Tiji festival is one of the must-see festivals that reflect the age old customs and life style of the people of Lo. The festival is celebrated at the beginning of the annual crop harvest and it is believed that the colorful celebrations dispel any demons that could jeopardize the harvest. 

Along with the festival, this trip traverses through stunning landscapes and epic trails- truly an amazing journey on our bikes.

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2023 Upper MustangTrip Dates 

May 8-25, 2023

Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us for custom trip dates!

 

Price – $3295

$300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot

*Deposits are non-refundable and can be put toward any other World Ride trip in the future.

Please see our 2021 Trip FAQs- COVID Info page for details. The remainder of the cost of the trip is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip and can be made in payments. Trips require a minimum of 4 people in order to run.

Invite your friends to join you as well!

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Touch down in the Himalayan Capital. We will collect you from the airport and you will get your first dose of the hectic streets of Kathmandu as we drive to the Hotel. Take some time to check the bikes, chill out and recover from your flight.

Accommodation: Hotel Woodapple
Meals: Not inlcuded


Day 2

WARM UP RIDE IN KATHMANDU

Today we take time to explore the rim of Kathmandu Valley by bike. Its an intermediate ride into the National Park with about 850m of climbing and some intermediate technical descents, a great way to warm up for the trip. We also have a full trip briefing and gear check. In the evening enjoy a Traditional Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Woodapple
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3

DRIVE TO POKHARA

We leave the hotel early in the morning for the 7 hour drive to Pokhara. Enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Himalayan foothills on the way. In Pokhara take the afternoon to rest and explore the tranquil lake side, or perhaps an afternoon ride around the edge of the lake.

Fly option also available (US$100 Surcharge) Accommodation: Hotel Karuna
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4

We leave the hotel early in the morning for the 7 hour drive to Pokhara. Enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Himalayan foothills on the way. In Pokhara take the afternoon to rest and explore the tranquil lake side, or perhaps an afternoon ride around the edge of the lake.

Fly option also available (US$100 Surcharge) Accommodation: Hotel Karuna
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5

POKHARA FLY TO JOMSOM AND BIKE TO KAGBENI Distance 14km – 1-2 hour’s, Altitude gain 100m

Wake up for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before we head to the airport. It’s about a 22 minute flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara Valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya, take a peek out of the window for fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wing tips almost touch the snow capped peaks, fly right between the snow covered Himalayan giants (Nigiri and Dhalugiri) and you feel your adventure has really begun as the small plane banks left and touches down in Jomsom. In Jomsom, we have breakfast and spend some time getting the bikes ready for the journey and meet our ponies who will carry the luggage. From Jomsom we cycle along the Upper section of the Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni. It’s a mostly flat and steady ride of about 1-2 hours. Kagbeni is a delightful Buddhist village. A great way to start our adventure into the Himalaya.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6

KAGBENI TO MUKTINATH distance 15km – 4 hour, Altitude gain 1000m

Get up early to see the sunrise and have breakfast. Today we cycle uphill for the most part. Leaving behind the beautiful village of Kagbeni, warm up your legs and start to climb. We follow the trail on the north side of the gorge and climb up on a dusty jeep track towards the foreboding Throng La Pass. We stop and explore the ancient monastery at Jhong and have some lunch basking in the sunshine and enjoying the mountain Views. The final push after lunch is short and we should arrive in Muktinath mid afternoon. Spend some time here exploring the Monastery and Temples, two of the holiest in Nepal. Stay overnight and enjoy the local culture of this bustling town.

Accommodation: Tea House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7

MUKTINATH TO CHELE (3100 meters) Distance 32km

Today we enter the restricted region of Upper Mustang. It’s an uphill stretch from Muktinath through Chhyonggur and up to the Gyu La Pass at 4077 meters, it is 80% rideable but some sections of pushing. Here there are panoramic views of the snow capped mountains. After a short section of steep downhill we follow an undulating ridge trail down to Tetang at 3040 meters, more than a 1000 meter descent on superb single track. Pass an ancient Mani Wall and cycle on down to Chhusang. From here there is a slight climb and river crossing to reach Chele on the opposite river bank where the river passes through a rock tunnel and then a steady climb up to Chele. Chele is a small town nestled on a hillside with three teahouses and a dozen homes, from here you get good views down the Kaligandaki Valley.

Accommodation: Tea House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 8

SYANGBOCHE TO CHARANG (3560 meters) Distance about 32km – 7 hours

A short climb takes us out of Syangboche and towards Jhaite, mostly on Jeep Track. We have to climb up to the 4020m Nyi La pass on a steep trail which might involve some pushing. After the pass we follow the high road, crossing another small pass Ghami La at 3765 before rolling down into Ghami. Ghami is a beautiful village and a nice place to have a break. From here we ride up passed the longest Mani Wall in the region. We have two options, one is to go direct to Charang, the other is a side trip up into the stunning valley of Dhakmar with its red cliffs. There is steep push section to get out of Dhakmar and up to Muila Bhanjyang at 4170m. From here we have a long downhill single track only know to our guides that takes us all the way to Charang.The scenery opens up and there are fields of mustard and barley in the right season which makes for lush pockets of greenery and grazing Yaks. It is also one of the most scenic days with the ever changing colors of the landscape from yellow and browns to reds, grays and blues as the sun moves across the Himalayan sky. Charang is a nice village with a really beautiful 400 year old Gulpa Sect Monastery filled with friendly Monks who like to play football. The Monastery is also home to the oldest library in the region of Lo. Charang is a great village to hang out in and snap some photos.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9

CHARANG TO LO-MANTHANG (3810 meters) Distance 25km – 4 hours – Altitude gain 150m

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From Charang we have to cross Lo La Pass at 3810 meters, just before Lo- Manthang. This pass is also known as “Windy Pass” and from here you can view the walled city of Lo-Manthang, your first tantalizing view of this kingdom lost in time and your penultimate destination. In June and July, the

time when the crops are almost ready to harvest makes for the most dramatic scenery. The barren brown landscape is scattered with fields of vibrant green and gold rolling with the wind under the vivid blue sky of the Himalaya, a truly memorable scene. The ride is easy if a bit of a long climb, about 25 km total riding distance. You will enjoy the open jeep track trail and should arrive in Lo-Manthang by lunch time. Lo-Manthang is perhaps one of the most interesting places in the Himalaya and a couple of days spent here sightseeing is well worth it. Visit the Royal Palace where you have the privilege of having tea or perhaps dinner with the King of Lo himself, what an experience! In the afternoon there are three interesting Monasteries to visit, one of them is over 900 years old and displays some of the most beautiful Thangka paintings found in Nepal. The intricate details and vivid colors of these paintings is a stark contrast to the wide open spaces of the region.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10

LO-MANTHANG – DAY TRIP TO GHOM

Today we ride up to Garphu. Follow the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River, crossing over several of its tributaries. Here you will find Ghom, a cave tunneling into the mountainside which is the historical site of a Monastery and the cave of one thousand windows. The beautiful scenery and isolated Tibetan culture make this day trip a worthy experience. The way back from Ghom is beautiful single track through traditional villages. This truly is a place to lose yourself in history, rustic architecture and mind blowing landscapes, one could easily roll back in time 100 years or more here. We also join in the festival celebrations.

Options – Horse Hire US$15, Jeep Hire US$75, Motorbike Hire US$20 Accommodation: Tea House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

LO-MANTHANG

A day to enjoy the Tiji Festival

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

LO-MANTHANG TO YARA Distance 18km – 4 hour, Altitude gain 800m

Today there is super nice single track with mountain views and really steep and sandy single tracks. The ride takes us uphill through a canyon to Yara where we will have lunch. After lunch we ride loop out to Luri Ghumba and then return to Yara. The round trip is 50% uphill and 50% down, around 2 hours return, but Luri Ghumba is worth a visit, this tiny Monastery is nestled high into the cliff face. This is a challenging route for good riders with skill in loose trails with some exposure.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

YARA TO TANGYA Distance 16km – 3 hours, Altitude gain 750m

The starts with some really nice single track and beautiful landscape. There is a long climb of about an hour and a half after crossing the river where you might have to push some. We finish our day as we roll in to Tangya, which is a simple and remote village. Tangya is a tiny village with very simple accommodation. You can enjoy the feeling of being really remote and isolated.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

TANGYA TO CHUKSANG AND KAGBENI Distance 25km – 6 to 7 hours. Altitude gain 1690m and 2000m of ascent.

To start the day we have to push and carry for about 2 hours 3 hours 1000m uphill to Pha totally pushing or carrying, followed by 2 to 3 hours of single track which undulates along the ridge line, before an EPIC descent down to Chuksang. The trail reaches a high point at Baha Bhanjyang (4380m) and follows along Siyarko Tangk Dhanda. The scenery on this day

is also Epic. It’s a ridge line descent, with some short climbs, amazing views. Some of the best views of Annapurna, Dhalugiri and Nilgiri can be had on this day.

Accommodation: Tea House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

MUKTINATH- LUBRA VALLEY-DHUMBA LAKE – TINIGOAN

Today we leave early, driving to Muktinath which takes around 2 hours. From Muktinath we climb a little further and hit the Lubra Valley Trail, one of the best descents in the region. We continue on single track to Dhumbar Lake and Tinigoan and then end the ride in Jomsom.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16

JOMSOM TO POKHARA,

We take the first flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Spend the day chilling out by the lake and reliving memories of your trip.

Accommodation: Karuna

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

Take a mid-morning flight from Pokhara along the Himalaya and back to Kathmandu. Your bikes will be transported back on the bus. In the evening we will clean and box your bikes for you while you take care of any last minute shopping.

Accommodation: Hotel Woodapple 

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 18

DEPARTURE Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

*Itinerary is subject to change.

 

  • $500 permit to access Upper Mustang
  • Double occupancy at comfortable accommodations
  • All transportation within Nepal unless otherwise noted in itinerary 
  • Airport transfers on the arrival and departure days
  • Professional local guides that know the trails and have an excellent knowledge of the local culture and traditions.
  • Support on the trails 
  • All meals unless otherwise noted on itinerary

 Guide gratuity is not included. Cost does not include airfare, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance or rental bike.

Rental bikes are very limited. For this trip, we highly recommend that you bring your own bike! We have a lot of experience traveling with bikes, so please let us know any questions you might have. This trip is on technically challenging trails at high elevations, and we highly recommend a full suspension bike.

Anything you need for your own bike (if bringing)

  • Derailleur hanger
  • Extra brake pads
  • Any special bike tools (Multitool, mini pump, spare tube)

Bike gear

  • Helmet 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Buff/scarf
  • Pack (at least 15L in size to carry layers and capacity of 3L of water)
  • Bike shoes
  • Gloves
  • 4-5 pairs of bikes shorts or more depending on preference. 
  • 4-5jerseys
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Other gear
  • Warm jacket (nights can be chilly)
  • Either a bike light or a headlamp
  • Other clothing for after ride
  • Comfortable shoes to hike and walk around in
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Swimsuit 
  • Any medication you might need
  • Toothbrush and other necessities
  • Sunscreen

Personal items

  • Passport
  • COVID-19 Vaccination card
  • Proof of travel insurance if you purchased it
  • Credit and debit cards
  • A small amount of cash to travel with (USD)
  • Camera (or just your cell phone)
  • Cell phone (plenty of wifi along the way)
  • USB Battery pack (optional- there are outlets in all of the hotels)
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Power adapter (Lesotho uses 230v and outlet type C, D and M)

Misc

  • Any extra mountain bike gear you might be able to bring or collect and donate for the ladies over there 🙂

Download our Nepal Information Guide for a more detailed trip overview