Road to Upper Mustang

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trek Style Tour
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Transportation Private Vehicle / 4WD
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
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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 of 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 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, 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!

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Trip Highlights

  • 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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day01 Arrive in Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Kathmandu City Tour.
    • Walking Hour 2
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu Ride To Pokhara.
    • Walking Hour 6-7 Hrs Ride.
    • Foods Breakfast.
    • Altitude 827 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Pokhara Ride to Tatopani (Hot Spring).
    • Walking Hour 6 Hrs Ride
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day05 Tatopani Ride to Jomsom.
    • Walking Hour 6 Hrs Ride.
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day06 Jomsom-Visit Muktinath holy place, return to Kagbeni.
    • Walking Hour 4-5 Drive
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Kagbeni Ride to Ghami.
    • Walking Hour 6-7 Hrs Ride
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Ghami Ride to Lomanthang via Tsarang.
    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Drive to China border. Return to Lomanthang afternoon explore around Lomanthang.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Lomanthang Drive to Kagbeni.
    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Kagbeni ride to Tatopani (Hot Spring).
    • Walking Hour 8-9
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Tatopani Ride to Pokhara.
    • Walking Hour 7-8
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch
    • Altitude 830 M
    • Accommodation Hotel.
  • Day13 Pokhara drive back to Kathmandu
    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner.
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel.
  • Day14 Final Departure.
    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation NA

Trip Map

  • Day01 Arrive in Kathmandu.

    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Kathmandu City Tour.

    • Walking Hour 2
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu Ride To Pokhara.

    • Walking Hour 6-7 Hrs Ride.
    • Foods Breakfast.
    • Altitude 827 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Pokhara Ride to Tatopani (Hot Spring).

    • Walking Hour 6 Hrs Ride
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day05 Tatopani Ride to Jomsom.

    • Walking Hour 6 Hrs Ride.
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day06 Jomsom-Visit Muktinath holy place, return to Kagbeni.

    • Walking Hour 4-5 Drive
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Kagbeni Ride to Ghami.

    • Walking Hour 6-7 Hrs Ride
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Ghami Ride to Lomanthang via Tsarang.

    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Drive to China border. Return to Lomanthang afternoon explore around Lomanthang.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Lomanthang Drive to Kagbeni.

    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Kagbeni ride to Tatopani (Hot Spring).

    • Walking Hour 8-9
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Tatopani Ride to Pokhara.

    • Walking Hour 7-8
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch
    • Altitude 830 M
    • Accommodation Hotel.
  • Day13 Pokhara drive back to Kathmandu

    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner.
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel.
  • Day14 Final Departure.

    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation NA

Cost Includes:

  • One bike 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 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 staffs.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff.

Cost Excludes:

  • 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/road block 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 city and major monumental places.
  • Lost or damaged accidental insurance

Trip Note

  • Road To Upper Mustang Motorbike Bike Tour can be customized.
  • Lowe Mustang up to Muktinath Itinerary is another short and budget tour.
  • We need 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.