Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour
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Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour

location_iconKathmandu, Pokhara, Tatopani, Kagbeni, Muktinath, Ghami, Lo-manthang, Chhoser
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Country

Nepal

Duration

11 Days

Best Season

Mar to November

Group

Private
altitude

Max. Altitude

12,467 ft./ 3,800 m.

Hotel

Hotel/ Lodge

Grade

Adventurous

Type of Motorbike

Royal Enfield
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Overview

Ride a 500cc Classic Enfield or a 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan bike and ride through the dusty, barren, treeless landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau, small settlements of people resembling the culture and lifestyle of ancient Tibet. It may sound uncomfortable, riding on off roads but its pure adventure that will be etched in your memory forever.

Our ride kickoffs from Kathmandu to the beautiful city of Pokhara, and goes through the winding roads following the Annapurna circuit route. Once you reach Beni (82 km from Pokhara), the off-road starts. We will follow the Kaligandaki River along the ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet onto Muktinath Temple. Riding along the Kaligandaki George, the world’s deepest is one of a kind of experience in itself. The pristine lifestyle of the indigenous Buddhist community, historic monasteries and ancient caves make you feel you are in Tibet.

We follow the same trail that we take in reaching Lo Manthang. Taking a day off in Pokhara to roam around the Lakes and caves, or trying an adventure such as Paragliding/Zip flyer/Bungee is good option. Pubs in lakeside Pokhara are fine places to hangout your evening and cling your beers with some fresh live music.


About Upper Mustang permits

Riding to Upper Mustang area requires a special permit. The permit is $500 for 10 days and after the 10 day permit expires the governing body add $50 per day. Remember, it's 10 days, not nights, starting in Kagbeni and ending in Kagbeni. The exact area of ​​the Upper Mustang is a restricted zone, foreigners weren't allowed to enter until after 1992.There is still a restriction without a permit. Certain areas of Mustang are subject to ACAP, so a permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is also required. A restricted area permit, can only be obtained if two or more people are traveling together. Individuals cannot obtain permit.

If you are single traveler, let us know, we can arrange Upper Mustang entry permit by joining you with other travelers for your similar dates. We need your original passport copy to obtain the restricted area permits.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival at Kathmandu.
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Altitude

1350 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

We will pick you up from the international terminal of the airport in Kathmandu. We then will take you to hotel and later we will brief about the trip.

Day
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Preparation day in Kathmandu.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

We today will sort the motorcycle and prepare for the trip. You can do some last moment shopping for the necessary items. You can also enjoy some sightseeing around Kathmandu.

(Today we need your organial passport to optain your Upper Mustang permit).

Day
3
Bike Ride to Pokhara - 200 KM (6 / 7 hours).
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Altitude

822 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

Driving along the prithivi high way you will follow the Trishuli river and after arrive at Pokhara visit lakeside.

Day
4
Ride to Beni to Kalopani – 123 KM (5/6 hours).
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Altitude

2600 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge with attach bathroom.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

Your adventure kicks off with a ride to Sarangkot hill, where you wetness to breathtaking mountain such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapurche and other surrounding peaks. You, will ride ahead to Beni via a smooth paved road, followed by Kali Gandaki river a thrilling mix of off-road and paved terrain leading to Kalopani. Along the way, you will take lunch break and explore the fascinating Rupche waterfall. 

Day
5
Bike Ride from Tatopani to Muktinath (3800 M) to Kagbeni - 63 KM (5/6 hours).
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Altitude

2900 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge with attach bathroom.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

After breakfast at lodge, you will ride to Marpha Village, where you'll immerse yourself in the local farming and apple gardens. Your journey continue to Muktinath Temple via Jomsom, taking in the spectacular view of Nilgiri Mountain. At Muktinath, visit the revered temple, which stands at the elevation of 3,800 meters and holds significance for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You will explore the burning temple of Jal Devi, a natural gas-fueled fire that burns perpetually. Later, you will back to Kagbeni village and on the way explore the ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Jharkot.

Day
6
Permit formalities & ride to Lo- Manthang - 45 KM (5/6 hours).
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Altitude

3800 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge with attach bathroom.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

After breakfast at Kagbeni, your guide will check your special permits, and then you will start into the exploration of Kagbeni's monasteries and Buddhist school. From there, your journey leads you towards Lo-manthang, a charming adventure that includes crossing the Kali Gandaki River and passing through several fascinating villages and high passes such as Chuksang, Chella, Samar, Syangboche, Bhina, Ghiling, Ghami, and Tsrang Village, ultimately reaching Lo-manthang. Along the ride, you will stop your motorbike at various points to immerse in the breathtaking landscape of Upper Mustang and capture unforgettable beautiful photos and videos for your lifetime memories.

Day
7
Exploration day in Lo-Manthang and ride around Chhosar.
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Altitude

3800 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge with attach bathroom.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

Today, you will explore Lo-Manthang town and enjoy a ride around Chhosar. After breakfast at lodge we will visit three important monasteries in Lo-Manthang: Thupchen Monastery, Chode Gompa, and Jampa Monastery, along with a Buddhist Museum. Later, after a lunch, you will ride to the Chhoser caves, including the fascinating ancient SHIJA JHONG cave, which is over 3,000 years old and has attracted archaeologists worldwide. There are other caves surrounding to the village which are used for different purposes like meditation and living. 

 

Chhoser and nearby villages still practice the ancient SKY BURIAL tradition. You will also explore the cliff monastery in chhoser and evening you will  return to our lodge in Lo-manthang.


(Note: Foreigners are not allowed to reach till Korala border as per the new policy of Nepal Government. However, you can reach till Choser village which is approx. 8 Km from the border.)

Day
8
Ride back to Jomsom – 55 Km (6 Hours )
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Altitude

2743 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge with attach bathroom.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

Today, you will ride back to Jomsom, which is about 55 kilometers and takes 6 hours. During the ride, you'll pass through local villages, follow the Kaligandaki River, and encounter ancient Buddhist stupas and monasteries along the way. 

 

If you arrive in Jomsom early, you might even continue the journey to Kalopani for an overnight stay. 

 

Day
9
Ride back to Pokhara – 158 KM (7 Hours).
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Altitude

822 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

You will ride all the way down to Beni and continuous ride to Pokhara. 

 

Day
10
Ride back to Kathmandu – 200 KM (6 Hours.)
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Altitude

1350 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike and Supporting Jeep.

After breakfast at hotel you will follow the Prithivi highway and arive kathmandu. 

Day
11
Final Departure transfer to airport by Private vehicle.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

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Inclusions

  • Necessary airport transfer as per the itinerary.
  • 3 Nights twin sharing 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2 Nights twin sharing 3 star hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • During Mustang accommodations at available standard Lodges / Guest house on twin sharing basis.
  • Royal Enfield Classic 500CC / Royal Enfield Himalayan Motorcycle 411 CC.
  • All meals breakfast, Lunch and dinner during the trip after Pokhara and before Pokhara.
  • Services of an experienced government license holder trip leader and back up of support of a highly qualified and well trained Mechanic, including the cost for their meals, accommodations and daily allowances.
  • Motorcycle spare parts, trip leader and mechanics.
  • Back up vehicle (4X4) for the entire trip to carry the luggage, motorbike spares parts and a mechanic.
  • 1 mechanic during the whole trip.
  • Upper Mustang Restricated area permits ($500 Each person for 10 Days).
  • ACAP and TIMS Fee.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trip. (Refundable after finish trip).
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit.
  • All toll tax for the bikes and the backup vehicle and also the government taxes.
Excludes
  • Nepal entry visa fee is applicable.
  • Airfare Domestic and International.
  • Personal Riding Gears.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal insurance and evacuation charges
  • Entrance fee for the sightseeing tour.
  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry etc.
  • Insurance against or for accidents / loss of life, loss of goods etc.
  •  Mototbike fuel for the whole trip.
  • Costs incurred due to natural calamities, strikes, and break downs and beyond the control of Global Holidays Adventure pvt.Ltd. and its associates.
  • Any item not included in the above “cost Includes”.

Note: Minor Repairs like break shoe, spark plug, clutch plate, tubes, cable (01 set only) and engine oil has been included in the cost. However if more breakage happen due to rough handling/accidents/theft etc. the clients will have to bear the cost.

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What Kind of Motorbike is provided?

We have 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan and 500 CC Royal Enfield classic motorbike which are very powerful and comfortable for long drive. Please write us which bike is comfortable for you. We can also provide other brands of motorbikes if your require brands of motorbikes are available in Nepal. Now this year, we have added 15 Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 CC bikes for our adventure.

Can I customized the itinerary ? 

Well, we have a standard plan on our website, we are happy to organize on your flexible schedule and preferences. Before booking your trip, please reach out to our tour specialist and share your specific requirements. We will assist you in creating the perfect tailored itinerary for you. Your satisfaction is our priority !

Group Size

Upper Mustang border with Tibet is a restricted area where tourists are required at least 2 riders to issue the permit. The more riders you have will make lower the tour price. We operate any private group of riders for this adventure.

What to bring with you ?

  1. Bring a valid motorbike riding license from your country or an international one – both are acceptable.  

  2. It's a good idea to bring your own full set of motorcycle gear, including a helmet, boots, gloves, and a suit with protectors and a back protector. 

  3. We require compulsory personal travel and medical insurance from your country.
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Faqs

What is the physical requirement for Upper Mustang Motorbike tour?
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Upper Mustang Motorbike tour is designed for those adventure lovers who are physically fit and have good skill for Motorbike riding. The road after Beni Bazar is completely off road and you will reach 4000 meters altitude during the trip. So you should have good physical condition and riding skill for this adventure.

Do I need driving license to ride in Nepal?
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Of Course, without a license you are not a real rider. Before arrive in Nepal we Need your possport copy and license copy then we will make local permits for your riding. Which allow you to drive in Mustang.

Do I need any previous experience for Upper Mustang Motorbike tour?
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You don’t need any experiences of Himalayan ride but make sure that you are a good motorbike rider and can drive for a long way in Himalayan road.

Is there any supporting Van/Truck during the Trip?
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Yes, we provide one private supporting Van/ Truck during your motorbike tour in Mustang. Your all luggage and spare parts of motorbike will carry by our supporting Van.

What about guide and Crews?
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1 Road Captain/Chief Technician and 1 mechanic will be provided during the whole trip. Also there will be an experienced English speaking guide for sightseeing of places and monasteries.

What is the best season for motorbike tour in Mustang?
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Mustang climate is favorable to travel from March to November. June July is mostly raining season in Nepal but Mustang never get raining because this is the rain shadow part of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan region. December, January and February is winter season where Mustang gets snowfall and temperature is very low.

Should we apply for the visa from our home country or will get it in Nepalese Airport? What essential documents should I bring with me?
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You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online
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https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 30 for 15 day, $ 50 for 30 days and $ 125 for 90 days visa on entry to Nepal.

 -  should bring following essential documents in the trip:

- Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.

- Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek.

- Flight Tickets.

- Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.

Do I have Airport pickup facilities?
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Definitely! Global Holidays Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides airport pick up facilities for those customers who have booked private tour for any of our packages. We don't charge any money for the service.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and during the trip?
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All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice.

During the trip: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.

How is the shower facilities during in Mustang?
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Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.

What kind of foods can I expect during the trip?
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Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

What is the likely temperature and weather during in Mustang?
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Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.

Is there internet access in Mustang?
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Yes, most of the places have internet access now in Upper Mustang. In Lo-mantnag there is Everest link Wi-Fi where you can buy recharge card for internet. Also mobile data is work during the whole trip.

Can I use ATM and credit cards during the trip?
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ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.

How much additional money do I need per day?
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In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in bike tour.

How is the drinking water facility during the trek? Should I bring water purifiers?
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In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.

What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during in trip ?
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In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.

Why is the travel insurance compulsory?
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In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.

Are Global Holidays Adventure's staffs insured?
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Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.

How do I know that your company is a legal company?
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On the top menu of our website, under the company there is "Our Legal documents" where all of our legal documents are present. We are officially registered with the followings:

- Office of the Company Registrar, Reg No: 92142/068/69.

- Company VAT No.: 600581666.

- Tourism Industry Division, License No.: 1601.

- Nepal Cottage and Small Industry, Reg No.: 12567/667.

- Nepal Rastra Bank, License No.: 1397.

- Member, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).

- Member, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA ).

- Member, Village Tourism Promotion Forum Nepal.

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The best way to experience Upper Mustang with Motorbike
Yoav

היינו 4 חברים ולקחנו 3 אופנועים כאשר הרביעי עשה את זה בג'יפ הארגון היה מושלם, היו איתנו 3 אנשי צוות הם דאגו לנו להכל, מניקוי האופנועים, החלפת קלאץ' ופילטרים ועד לשים את המזוודות כל ערב בחדר ולהעמיס אותם על הג'יפ כל בוקר בזמן שאנחנו אוכלים ארוחת בוקר מומלץ מאוד We did this tour of Upper Mustang with motorbike!

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One of the fascinating things I have done in my life
Shuli Halfi

One of the fascinating things I have done in my life. With the best company. The staff was courteous and professional. The motorcycles and equipment are in a very high standard and high quality.

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