Upper Mustang Mountain Biking - 19 Days

Upper Mustang Mountain Biking starts from Jomsom Airport and traverses the Tibetan Buddhist Culture, the impressive geological sites, the spectacular mountains, and the Tibetan Plateau. At the beginning of Upper Mustang Mountain Biking, the trail heads off to the Kali Gandaki River then to Kagbeni, a beautiful village. You also ride along a hillside and meet the people, who are content with their traditional lifestyles. Further, you come across “less vegetation area,” and you also come across dusty, muddy, and uphill trail. All these are the characteristics of Upper Mustang Biking Trail, and they take you to a remote and hilly region, as well as, take you to the rain shadow area of Nepal.

During Upper Mustang Mountain Biking, you also ride downhill, and your guide tells you to watch the rock and boulders, which lie on the trail. You will pass these rocks and boulders easily with the help of your bike guide. Apart from this, you will have to carry a bike on your shoulder at an altitude of 3300 m. When you carry a bike, you will have an experience of your lifetime. As you bike towards Muktinath, you reach the highest elevation of your mountain biking, that is, 3800 m, as well as you reach a desert like landscape. You also see the pilgrims, heading towards Muktinath in a jeep, as well as you see the trekkers enjoying the “Annapurna Circuit Trek.” This trek has been listed as one of the famous treks of the world by the National Geographic Magazine.

During Upper Mustang Mountain Biking, you also head off from Chele to Syangbochen, and you also see beautiful natural scenery. In addition to this, you also find Syangbochen a vantage point from where you can see the beautiful view of mountains. In Lomanthang, you visit King’s Palace, monasteries, and caves. In Ghami, in the largest village of Upper Mustang, you see the longest mani wall of Nepal. In Tatopani, in a hot spring water, you refresh yourself by dipping from the exhaustion of Upper Mustang Biking.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (1, 345 m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 2

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m ). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 3

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2, 700 m) - 20 mins and Assemble the Bikes and then Ride to Kagbeni (2, 900 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 4

Ride from Kagbeni ( 2, 810 m) to Muktinath (3, 800 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 5

Ride from Chele ( 3, 080 m) to Syangboche (3, 800 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 6

Ride from Syangboche (3, 800 m) to Charang (2, 980 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 7

Ride from Charang (2, 980 m) to Lo-Manthang ( 3, 810 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 8 & 9

Explore Lo-Manthang. Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 10

Ride from Lo-Manthang (3, 810 m) to Ghami (3, 520 m) . Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 11

Ride from Samar to Cheusang (2, 980 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 12

Ride from Cheusang ( 2, 980 m) to Kagbeni (2, 810 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 13

Ride from Kagbeni (2, 810 m) to Tatopani (1, 190 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 14

Leisure Day in Pokhara. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 15

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a Tourist Vehicle Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 16

Transfer to Triubhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Lush Hills, Valleys, Small Villages, Streams, Rivers
  • 20 mins Scenic Mountain Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Biking in the Kaligandaki Valley and Exploring the Beautiful Kagbeni Village. .
  • Biking in Desert Landscape
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Tatopani, a Hot Spring Water
  • Impressive Hills of Ghami
  • Excellent View of Annapurna Massifs and Nilgiri
  • The Panoramic View of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapucharre 6, 993 m), Annapurna (8, 091 m), Dhaulagiri (8, 167 m), Manaslu (8, 156 m), and Lamjung Himal.
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he/she will be displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle.

    Note: We will organise your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a bus

    In the morning, your guide will come at the hotel to take you to a bus stop of Kathmandu, and from there, you and your guide go to Pokhara, which is scenic and offers the panoramic views of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapucharre 6,993 m), Annapurna (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,156 m) and Lamjung Himal.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m), and Assemble the bikes, and then Ride to Kagbeni (2,900 m)

    There are numerous flights from Pokhara to Jomsom. Your guide assemble the bike as soon as you reach Jomsom and then you ride a bike along the riverbed of Kagbeni, a border-town of the forbidden Mustang Kingdom.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Jomsom
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4 Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800 m)

    After breakfast, you ride up hill to 1,000 m elevation and then you head towards Muktinath. This is the highest point of the ride. Here, the landscape is extremely dry and desert like. You may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India. On reaching Muktinath, you see the stunning view of mountains.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Muktinath
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5Ride from Muktinath to Chele (3,080 m)

    After breakfast, you will ride from Muktinath to Chele (3,050 m).

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Chele
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6Ride from Chele to Syangboche (3,800 m)

    Today, you will ride from Chele to Syangboche, seeing beautiful sceneries.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Syangboche
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7Ride from Syangboche to Charang

    In the morning, ride from Syangboche to Charang, which lies approximately 3,560 meters above the main sea level.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Charang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8Ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,810 m)

    Today, you will ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang, which is the capital of Mustang and lies 3,810 meters above the mean sea level. Lo – Manthang has both historical significance and cultural values.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Lo-Manthang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9 to 10Explore Lo-Manthang

    Today, you explore Lo-Manthang, especially its cultures, people and geography.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Lo-Manthang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11Ride from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3,520 m)

    Today, you will ride from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3,520 meters).

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Ghami
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12Ride from Ghami to Samar

    As you ride, you ride above the main sea level (3,520 m).

    Accommodation:Tented Camp in Samar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13Ride from Samar to Chheusang (2,980 m)

    Ride from Samar all the downhill to Chheusang.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Chheusang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14 Ride from Chheusang to Kagbeni (2,810 m)

    Ride uphill to Kagbeni.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kagbeni
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani (1,190 m)

    The ride from Kagbeni to Tatpani is the longest of all rides. It is about 74 km. Tatopani lies at 1,190 m.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Tatopani
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16 Ride from Tatopani to Beni and Drive to PokharaToday, you will ride from Tatopani to Beni Bazaar and then drive to Pokhara. It is an easy ride about 18 km.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17 Leisure Day in Pokhara or Ride a Bike

    Today is your leisure day in Pokhara. You can take rest, go for message, walk in the lakeside of Pokhara or simply go for a drink and enjoy.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 18Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a Tourist vehicleToday you will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hrs drive. In Kathmandu, walk in Thamel or stroll in Basantapur area, and if you are interested in a Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start through Ace Holidays. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant and see cultural program. (Your guide will accompany you).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 19Transfer to Trubhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is your departure day; therefore, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in twin shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast, and during biking, accommodation includes guest houses and tented camps. The guesthouses generally provide basic clean facilities, a mattress, a quilt or a blanket and hot shower. Ace Holidays provides you sleeping bag and down jacket but you can bring your own if you like.

Most guesthouses cook a delicious range of foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables, and desserts. You’ll find a lot of garlic on the menu, as it helps you to acclimatize against thin air. In many larger villages, you may find meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, hot lemon drinks, soft drinks, and sweets. During the trek, you have to take meals in the same guesthouse, where you have checked – in. This is the rule of the local guesthouse management committee of the Everest Region.

A Typical Day on the Biking

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you bike. At the right moment, you pack your bags and then head off to the dining hall. After approximately 2-3 hours of biking, you will have your lunch somewhere on the trail. After a good lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more on the trail before reaching your stopping place. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and admire the fascinating mountains views. You also take plenty of pictures, which are backed up by the incredible panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once you arrive at guesthouse, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, a tea or coffee. If you are inclined to natural beauty then you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After checking into your rooms, you have time to read or chat with fellow bikers or with your crew members. Enjoying a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, your bike leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. You also give breakfast order which allows you to have everything ready for the next morning. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Ace Holidays' bike guide loves to teach various Nepali card games to you. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 bike guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 bikers.

Acclimatization

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe biking, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its bikers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin to bike. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some bikers are more vulnerable to AMS than the other bikers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful bike leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The bike leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training: -Intensive Wilderness First Aid -Bike Guide Training -Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet -English Language -Conservation and Biodiversity Best Seasons From March to November.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your bike leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails traveling in the remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trip. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. In a supported biking trip, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trip. Ace Holidays will supply complimentary waterproof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip and is carried by a porter. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later after the trek.

Riding Kits

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers>
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
 

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket by Ace Holidays

    Ace Holidays provides Sleeping Bag and Down Jackets to its clients during the trek to keep you warm. It should be returned to office after trek. Or you can bring your own if you would like.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

Please Note: In these types of rides, you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle, and you do not need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light and usually hardtails (only front suspension). The terrain can be rough, but not extreme. The trip required more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region you are biking. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free. Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it. The luggage have a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. If you’re bringing your own bike, you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain, and you should also bring the following things.
  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid
  • Tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal

Ace Holidays states the price per person below when booking minimum of 2 participants. For booking of the single person, there will be supplement charge of USD XXX. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 6 or more than 6 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal

  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Adult PP
  • Status
  • September 20, 2017
  • Oct 8, 2017
  • USD 4400
  • limited
  • October 5, 2017
  • Oct 23, 2017
  • USD 4400
  • limited
  • October 20, 2017
  • Nov 7, 2017
  • USD 4400
  • limited
  • November 5, 2017
  • Nov 23, 2017
  • USD 4400
  • limited
  • November 20, 2017
  • Dec 8, 2017
  • USD 4400
  • limited

Check Other Availability Dates:

Guaranteed:

This date is available and open for bookings. This trip is guaranteed to depart. Go for it!

Limited:

There are a very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking is recommended.

Closed:

This date is currently unavailable. Please contact Ace Holidays if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair and spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private trip for them, as well. Please choose the departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trip as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you can also add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, on the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in the tailor-made form.

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Price Includes
  • Airport and hotel pick-up & drop-off by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (breakfast included.)
  • Accommodation in different guesthouses (On twin Sharing basis and occasional dormitory style) during the biking trip below the Upper Mustang
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team while in the Upper Mustang
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping on twin sharing basis.(Ace Holidays provides two main tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in the tented camp.
  • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu
  • Ace Holidays' licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size
  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike)
  • Special Upper Mustang Permit US$ 700 per person for 10 days (the trip price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days i.e USD 90 per day / per person)
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits. Ace Holidays supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip and is carried by Porter, Yak or Donkey. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trip
  • Porter to carry your luggage (Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 bikers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter, and driver.
  • Tims Permit
  • Domestic air tickets and domestic airport tax.
  • Free Ace Holidays'sun hat (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
 
Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
  • Tips for bike guides and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Lush Hills, Valleys, Small Villages, Streams, Rivers
  • 20 mins Scenic Mountain Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Biking in the Kaligandaki Valley and Exploring the Beautiful Kagbeni Village. .
  • Biking in Desert Landscape
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Tatopani, a Hot Spring Water
  • Impressive Hills of Ghami
  • Excellent View of Annapurna Massifs and Nilgiri
  • The Panoramic View of Fishtail Mountain (Machhapucharre 6, 993 m), Annapurna (8, 091 m), Dhaulagiri (8, 167 m), Manaslu (8, 156 m), and Lamjung Himal.

How fit do I need to be for this biking trip? Is this trip for me?

Long cycling days and tougher terrain (for both on- and off-road trips) require a certain degree of experience of more demanding and technical riding for the Upper Mustang Biking Trip. Vehicle support may be limited. You should be very confident of your physical condition and bike-handling skills

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, Ace Holidays' airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace Holidays's sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara and along the biking route?

Ace Holidays provides 2 to 3 Star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast . Along the biking route below Upper Mustang (Kagbeni, Muktinath, Tatopani), teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. They also provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. Dining will be around a bon fire when possible. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen where you should not enter without permission. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities. While in camping in Upper Mustang area, Ace Holidays provides the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents with good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. Refer to the equipment list for items you will need to bring. Ace Holidays usually camps in or near a village. Ace Holidays also provides a bucket of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.

What sort of food can I expect in biking?

Most teahouses (lodges) below Upper Mustang (Kagbeni, Muktinath, Tatopani) cook a delicious range of foods, such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists to acclimatize altitude mountain sickness – eat garlic every day. During the camping, Ace Holidays' cooks prepare specially requested food. In any case, you will have similar fare to teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements please tell Ace Holidays in advance so that Ace Holidays can make necessary arrangements.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Ace Holidays uses from vehicle to domestic arilines and yaks. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation. You have the option of flying to Pokhara from where you fly to Jomsom, a starting point of your biking. Ace Holidays also provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to bike comfortably and efficiently. Ace Holidays uses private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size, Ace Holidays uses cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are travelling in cooler areas. While in the mountain, Ace Holidays uses vehicular transportation whereas possible. Ace Holidays also uses porters, Yaks and Donkeys to carry the equipment and meals during the camping trip. Ace Holidays also has its own own fleet.

What is the best season for this trip?

The best time for the Upper Mustang Mountain Biking is from March to November. It is not very advisable to bike during the winter season (December, January and February)

What type of bike is required for this trip and what brands are available for hire?

Either hard tail or full suspension mountain bikes will do fine. In some parts of the routes and downhill shortcuts, Ace Holidays strongly recommends full suspension bikes to you. (Your guide will let you know if there are any shortcuts, you can take.) All the brands Ace Holidays provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hardtail best suited for the trips. Ace Holidays provides full suspension bikes (preferred by clients) at an additional charge.

Trek: 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-series Cube

Comp, LTD, CMPT, Reaction Giant

ATX, Tralon

Capic and V-Ket

Are hired bikes guaranteed for the trip?

Bikes are hired at the time of booking, and included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height, and since there is a limited number of each size, Ace Holidays strongly suggests you to provide information in advance. In case of any damage incurred to the bike equipment, the client is liable to pay and replace.

What equipment and tools are included with the bike hire?

Ace Holidays provides a helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle and a repair kit and a rental bike.

What additional equipment is available upon request for an additional cost?

Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5, respectively, per day per person.

Can I bring my own bike and accessories?

Yes. You definitely can. It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but may not always be compatible with your bike. Most airlines are quite used to people travelling with bikes, and if a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. On arrival at your destination you will be met by your leader, and you will just need a baggage trolley to take your bike as far as the transfer vehicle. Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it yourself (here's a guide or if you're not sure, you could have a local bike shop pack it for you. Ace Holidays ensures your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.

What is the procedure of checking in with a bike and what luggage weight allowance do I have?

Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kgs. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage, wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace Holidays will not be liable for any excess baggage charges. In practice excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit. Few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond the control of Ace Holidays and to be paid by the client. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and or bike being misplaced or damaged by the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or to your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport when your baggage arrived.

Are there any bike maintenance and repairs while on the trip?

The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. Ace Holidays recommends you to carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Ace Holidays' guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience in bike repairing.

What cycling gear do I need?

Safety and comfort are what you are looking for. Here is a quick list of what you will need for the trip

Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)

Touring shoes Cycling gloves Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)

Socks - wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)

Leg warmers or tights for riding Short-sleeved shirts (2)

Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection

Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants

Waterproof shoe covers

It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

Can I bring my own saddle and pedals?

Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform Ace Holidays in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.

Do you need to be experienced cyclists for longer tours?

No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel/lodge reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters! There will be very limited charging facilities during your camping so please bring the enough spare batteries.

Are there any communication facilities during the trip?

There are telephones in some villages along the bikinbg route from where you can make international calls. Internet and international calls are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in bikking?

In the cities, yes - to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 20 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 7 to 10 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the biking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. Ave Holidays has seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction.

Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

In most places below Upper Mustang, bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you. During the camping, Ace Holidays serves boiled water to drink.

Are Ace Holidays' stafs insured?

Ace Holidays insures its guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately Flight tickets Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Can I add extra days to my trip?

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Yes, you can add at an additional cost.

I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

What immunizations will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

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