The Kingdom of Lo in the Mustang Region of Nepal is one of the most remote kingdoms on earth. One of the few remaining authentic Tibetan cultures still left in the world, the northern part of this astounding kingdom is open to a small number of fortunate permit holders each year. For the adventure of a lifetime, join us as we explore the dramatic landscape and ancient culture of this isolated region.
Sheltered by massive Himalayan peaks as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, Mustang is a rugged moonscape of walled monasteries, windy plains and towns that time forgot. The temple of Lo Gekhar that still stands today, surviving along with an unadulterated Tibetan culture that cannot be found elsewhere.
This Biking trip gives you the different perspective of the area and you can also explore the side valley instead of just walking on the main trail, there are so many challenging routes and beautiful hidden places can ride and explore.
This trip can combined with Bike Annapurna Round for further info contact us.
- Trip Grade:Moderate
- Total Duration:15 days
- Best Time:Sept- Dec & Feb- April
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, our staff will be there to pick up and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Depending on your arrival and time: if you have arrived early we can arrange half day sightseeing or just relax and rest before the trip and last minute shopping for the trip.
Day 2: Day ride in Kathmandu, check our bikes need any services or changes parts and pre for the trip.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara 25 minutes transfer to the hotel, boat cross the Phewa lake and ride to the peace stupa and ride all the way to Davis fall and back to the hotel at Lakeside and stay in Pokhara.
Day 4:- Jomsom to Kagbeni.
After Breakfast in Pokhara and fly to Jomsom with wonderful glimpses of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range and Nilgiri mountains range and land at the Jomsom and start biking, bike to Kagbeni and stay at Kagbeni, altitude 2800m. its gradual ascent and bike along the Kali Gandaki River.
Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3050)
From here we then enter the restricted area climb up on the deserted jeep trail to Chele that we already needed to have a special permit.
There are 140-degree panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains Thorong peak, Mt. Nil Giri, Mt. Annapurna and Tukuche where no require skills of taking the pictures of them .just click it heaps of snaps on desert and Mountains and bicycles.
Day 6:- Chele to Samar (3660m)
An opposite river bank where the river passes through a rock tunnel and then a steady climb steep up to cliff route to Taklamla and Dajori La that quite often requires to get off from the bike and walk .comparatively hard and shorter than other days then have a look around or rest as half day off .for sure the view and enjoyments will be continue every single day.
Day 7:- Samar to Ghami (3520m)
A demanding day of riding, leaving behind the river bed climb in to the hill 2oo mt up to Bhena La pass (3838m) ,Soi Pass (Yamada La 3860m )and Syangmoche La( 3830m) up and down in and out ,up Nyi La (4010m) Jhiate pass , a stunning viewpoint of Mustang region . After the pass we super head down secret trails via Ghemi La. then the bike will only halt at Ghami for a night. Ghami is one of the most beautiful villages situated on the riverside with fertile land ripe for growing Phapar (a Local wheat ). Nearby the village is an old Monastery that we take you to visit as well as the local hospital which is supported with aid from Japan.
Day 8:- Ghami to Charing (3560m)
As usual right after Breakfast and look around and taking the pictures of Mustang’s largest Mani wall(308m) start one of another great day of riding, one steep climb for the first hour 300m up to Tharsang Choyla Pass ( 3870m). From this pass, there is some really nice single track downhill riding along a little-known trail used by local people and their livestock. The ride is a welcome change from the days of climbing and crossing passes. 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.
Charang is the village with a really Gorgeous 400 years old Gulpa Sect Monastery filled with friendly Monks we see and chat and hang out and snap some breathtaking pictures on your life to take a look later.T he Monastery is also home to the oldest Library in the region of Lo.
Day 9- Charang to Lo- Manthang (3809m)
A dramatic scenery day to go ahead. From Charang got to climb 300m and have to cross Lo La Pass 3810m, just before Lo- Manthang. This pass is known as “Windy Pass” and from here you can see the walled city of Lo- Manthang.
This is a tantalizing view of this kingdom lost in time and your penultimate destination. the captivated landscapes are scattered with fields of vibrant green and gold rolling with the wind under the vivid blue sky high up on the Himalaya, you realize what you paid for.
About 25 km all total day riding distance including some little bit climb in between the jeep track will be great and happy time to be there. Visiting Royal palace here you will have the privilege of having tea, maybe dinner with the King of Lo is an experience and worthwhile for the Lifetime memory.
Day 10:- Day trip up to windy pass and Lo La (3950m) area
Making the Lo- Manthang our as the base camp, we explore around Lo region. aa steady and easy climb from the walled city and up to a mesmeric viewpoint Windy pass, halt for heaps of pictures we then discover one of the best downhill track that takes 800mt descent to the river. many of skilled riders would be so happy on this natural single track in the gorge, ride down to Dhi gaun and have lunch and ride back to Lo Manthang.
Day 11:- Day Trip to Ghom and Garphu (3897m)
From our Base Lo-Manthang, ride up to Garphu and Ghom towards Kaligandaki river upper section, crossing other streams quite often.Ghom is the place to see a cave that is tunneling into the mountainside which is historical cite of the monastery and the cave of one thousand windows. Yet an isolated culture make your day worthwhile when you see the ancient architectures around.
Day 12: Lo man thang to Ghami starts to return down.
Day 13: Ghami to Samar
Day 14: Samar to via Kagbeni Jomsom 2720m.
Day 15: fly to Pokhara and have lunch and fly to Kathmandu later flight and transfer to hotel.
Day 16: final departure, airport transport.
- Three meals a day during the trekking and biking as per menu
- Hot drinks tea, coffee
- Flights to Pokhara – Jomsom- Pokhara – Kathmandu return
- 3night hotel in Kathmandu, & 1 night in Pokhara
- Restricted upper Mustang special Permit
- Accommodation on the biking.
- Guide and porter as well as their Salary, insurance for the guide and porter for upper Mustang and road support lower Mustang biking.
- Bike and Helmet.
- Bus ticket for Pokhara Kathmandu.
- Bike repair kit and spare parts
- Group First Aid kit.
- Visa fee
- International flight/airport tax
- Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottle beverages
- Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, chocolate during the day etc)
- Personal biking clothing i.e. shoe, gloves, wind shirt, biking shorts etc.
- Travel, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
- Guides/ Porter’s tip.
- Emergency evacuation.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.