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  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude3,840 M (12,599 ft)

Take a cruise to Upper Mustang, the undisturbed piece of land that saddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. Cover stretches of land in hours that would take trekkers days to complete, while still being exposed to the elements of nature. Imagine yourself, after days of steering your motorcycle around hills and over rivers, making it up to the former Himalayan kingdom of Upper Mustang. All around you are yellow, orange, and brown windswept hills. You feel as if you are on another planet in this foreign land.
Although you will be exposed to some of the tallest mountains in the world, this is not your typical Himalayan experience. The people and the landscapes that they inhabit cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Mustang area is a true gift to earth and you must see it to believe it.
The exhilarating journey begins in the Kathmandu Valley. In a day, drive through the middle hills, passing terraced agricultural fields and rivers up to Pokhara. Have a beer or snack as you stretch your legs and walk on the shore of Phewa Lake. From Pokhara, enjoy views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and other rugged peaks, which we will be driving closer towards in the following days.
After Pokhara, the paved road ends. The rocky, unmaintained road takes the feeling of adventure to a whole new level. Cruise through forests and villages up to Jomsom, where the desolate desert landscape begins.
Drive-up further through the Mars-like landscape to Lo Manthang – the walled-in, well-preserved capital of Upper Mustang’s ancient kingdom. This is a major highlight of the journey. Wander around the streets of Lo-Manthang and spend time with Lopa’s (natives of the area), who practice a form of Tibetan Buddhism. Explore the monasteries, chhortens and other symbols of their devotion to Buddhism.
Finally, cruise up to the Tibet (China) border before heading back to Kathmandu. If you would like to make this a jeep journey instead, we can arrange that. We organize Mountain Bike Tours in Upper Mustang as well.
Not too long ago, Upper Mustang was only accessible by foot. Nowadays, the expansion of roads has led to more convenient access to this mystical place. For centuries, the Upper Mustang was like an untouched area, both culturally and naturally. Due to the development and other factors, this is changing. Still, though, it is like a living, breathing museum of an ancient kingdom of Lo and its Tibetan culture. Get there before the Upper Mustang region changes anymore!
Are you interested in seeing a grand festival in Upper Mustang? Make the trip during Tiji Festival – a three-day-long celebration in Lo-Manthang to pray for peace to conquer evil. Watch Buddhist monks make music and perform entertaining dances. Tiji is celebrated in commemoration of Buddha’s incarnation’s victory over the demon that caused troubles in the region during ancient times. The dates for 2019 fall in mid-May, ask us for further details.
Although the fee for Upper Mustang is high ($500 USD for 10 days), the value of this trip is priceless. The memories you make during this adventure will never leave you. The kind hospitality of villagers and the out of this world landscapes are unique to this area only. Contact Rugged Trails if you have any questions!

What makes this tour very interesting

  • Amazing Landscapes.
  • Waterfalls, Kaligandaki River Valley.
  • Tibetan Cultures, Monasteries, Food, Lifestyle.
  • Mountains, scenic ride to Upper Mustang.
  • World heritage sites.
  • Snowy Himalayas.
  • Memorable adventure ride.

What's Included

  • One bike for each person.
  • Guide and Mechanic. All expenses for Guide and Mechanic.
  • Motorbike Insurance
  • Upper Mustang Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • Upper Mustang and Annapurna Region Map.
  • All meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast) during the bike ride after the city.
  • The government registered English speaking local expert guide.
  • Accommodation in cities with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in a city with the Expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Insurance for all bikes and staff.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff.a

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during a hotel stay in Kathmandu / Pokhara
  • Personal gears & clothing (available for hire)
  • Tips for Guide, Technician. 
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason
  • Table drinks, snacks.
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc..
  • Fuels
  • Items of personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city and major monumental places.
  • Lost or damaged accidental insurance

Useful Information

  • Road To Upper Mustang Motorbike Bike Tour can be customized.
  • Lowe Mustang up to Muktinath Itinerary is another short and budget tour.
  • We need a minimum 1 working day to arrange Upper Mustang Entry Permit.
  • Without the original passport, we can't make Mustang Permit so once you arrive in Nepal we will issue permits.
  • Do you want to start this tour from Pokhara? then contact Rugged Trails Nepal Team leader.


  • Upper Mustang Tiji Trekking with Rugged Trails Nepal

    - Brian, United States

    Nirajan, Dipak, and Lalit took excellent care of me. It was an exciting and genuine adventure that exceeded my expectations. Nirajan also took great care of me before and after the trek. I would highly recommend Rugged Trails Nepal. Brain did the Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek and later on, he joins with us for a one-night homestay weekend trip.

  • “Fantastic Trek,”

    - Craig, United States

    I went on a trek with Nirajan of Rugged Trails and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Very professional from the time he picked me up at the airport until he dropped me off 18 days later.