Riding a motorcycle in the Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience a way of life of authentic mountain dwellers, who for hundreds of years have had very little contact with the rest of Nepal.
An Upper Mustang motorcycle tour is an exceptional privilege that allows you to experience the authentic way of life of mountain dwellers who have had limited contact with the rest of Nepal for centuries. This rare journey enables you to witness the region’s rich cultural heritage, which has been preserved by locals. Upper Mustang, part of the Tibetan plateau, was once a separate kingdom within Nepal until 1950, and the last king still resides in the ancient capital, Lo Mustang.
Access to Upper Mustang is strictly regulated, with non-Nepalese visitors only permitted in the last 15 years. To venture further north of Kagbeni on an Upper Mustang motorcycle tour, you must hold a special driving permit and be accompanied by a government-appointed official. The journey is a kin to a motorcycle tour in Tibet, as both are located on the same plateau.
Upper Mustang motorcycle tours are well-suited for motorcycle riding and hiking, even during monsoons. Although it can be windy and dusty throughout the year, the Upper Kali Gandaki valley remains relatively dry during this time, with occasional rains. The tour is not particularly challenging, with the highest point reaching only 3,800 meters. However, conditions can be difficult, particularly during the winter months, when it’s best to avoid walking due to severe weather.
Accommodation facilities above Kagbeni are limited, and groups must be self-sufficient, particularly with regards to fuel. While porters are available from Jomsom, it’s advisable to use mules, which are more affordable and eco-friendly.
If you’re interested in visiting the ancient capital, Lo Manthang, on an Upper Mustang motorcycle tour, it takes a minimum of four days. You should also spend an additional day to enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique walled settlement. If you wish, you can rent ponies for your journey. You can either take the same route back or an alternative route along the east coast of Kali Gandaki. In any case, an Upper Mustang motorcycle tour provides a unique and unforgettable experience.
Outline Itinerary :
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,370 m) / Welcome Dinner
Day 02: Day activities as per discussion with group.
Day 03: Ride Kathmandu to Pokhara. (210 Km) 6Hrs.
Day 04: Ride Pokhara to Kalopani (1,190 m) (105 Km) 4Hrs.
Day 05: Ride Tatopani to Muktinath (3,750 m) (71 Km) 4Hrs.
Day 06: Ride Muktinath to Lo- Manthang (3,840 m) (56 Km) 4:15 Hrs.
Day 07: Ride around Lo-Manthang (3,840 m)
Day 08: Ride Lo-Manthang to Kagbeni (2,840 m) (47 Km) 4 Hrs.
Day 09: Ride Kagbeni to Tatopani via Marpha (2,530 m) (48 Km) 4Hrs.
Day 10: Ride Tatopani to Pokhara (827 m) (126 Km) 5Hrs.
Day 11: Ride Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,370 m) (210 Km) 6Hrs.
Day 12: Final Departure
Arrive Kathmandu (1400 meters) / Welcome Dinner.
Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Intro with Road Captain at Evening
Ride Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Ride from Pokhara to Kalopani
Ride Kalopani to Muktinath
Ride Muktinath to Lo- Manthang.
Ride around Lo-Manthang.
Ride Lo-Manthang to Kagbeni
Ride Kagbeni to Tatopani via Marpha.
Ride Tatopani to Pokhara
Ride Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Riding Jacket – Waterproofing, Venting, hard-wearing, etc.
- Riding Pants – Waterproofing, Must be comfortable, and have good knee protection.
- Proper rain suit.
- Motorcycle Boots – Ankle protection, waterproof and must be comfortable to live with day in and day out. If you insist on wearing MX boots use waterproof socks.
- Motorcycle Riding Gloves – Summer pair and a winter pair
- Base Layers – Synthetic or natural wool base layers for severe cold weather riding.
-Arrival and departure arrangement
-Accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast
– Accommodation in local hotel/ guest houses in Tibet on twin sharing with breakfast
-Tibet travel permit and visa
-Royal Enfield Motorbike on hire for 8 days -Motorbike fuel -Permit of Motorbike and immigration deposit for security
-Backup transportation in the entire trip -A professional mechanic with a proper toolbox –
Government license holder Professional Tibetan guide
-Immigration formalities -Management of emergency evacuation
-First Aid box
-Government taxes and all service charge
.o Lunch and Dinner in entire tour o Bottled drinks including drinking water, bar bills o Personal equipment and riding gears o Cost of emergency evacuation in case of need o Medical expenses o Personal trip insurance o Any tipping o Any cost in damage in motorbike, any parts exchange in Motorbike during your riding
Note: -3 working days is required for Tibetan visa in Nepal
-You do not need to obtain a visa or any permits, we do look after every arrangement