Hit the trails made famous by the Anthill crew and Redbull Media in their two awesome mountain biking films from 2011 -12. Stark and stunning, the landscape is high altitude desert and your trails are on the ancient trading route from India to Tibet.

Highlights

  • Ride in the stark and stunning Tibetan Plateau, then plunge down through the “deepest gorge in the world” into the lush, green middle hills of Nepal
  • High point at the sacred temple of Muktinath, 3800m
  • Amazing single trails, very technical but also the less challenging trails for everyone
  • Mix of hotel and tea house accommodation - comfort levels customizable depending on your preferences and budget
  • Incredible cultural diversity: explore the old and the new in Kathmandu and contrast this with the ancient trading communities along the trails

Brief itinerary

Day Destination
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu; explore the local Bazaar
Day 2 Fly to Pokhara, relax or explore
Day 3 Fly to Jomsom, Ride to Kagbeni
Day 4 Drop to Muktinath and ride down to Jomsom
Day 5 Ride to Kalopani
Day 6 Ride to Tatopani
Day 7 Ride to Beni and drive to Pokhara
Day 8 Ride in Pokhara or relax
Day 9 Fly to Kathmandu, relax or explore
Day 10 Farewell, for now

Overview

Fast facts
Min. duration 10 days
Max. elevation 3800m (at the sacred temple of Muktinath)
Start/finish Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Difficulty Challenging
Accommodation Hotels and teahouses

Coming from the lush, green valleys of Nepal, you will be blown away by this starkly beautiful high altitude desert, bordered to the south by some of the Himalaya’s highest mountains.

The Mustang region is characterized by incredibly sculpted canyons; ancient fortress-villages which offer oases of green fields in the arid landscape of the ‘Tibetan’ Plateau; high passes and stark ridge-lines, all set against the backdrop of the soaring snow-peaks of the Himalayas.

Mountain biker above Kagbeni
Mountain biker above Kagbeni (© Dan Barham)

You will ride through the southern part of the ancient Kingdom of Lo, which is tucked away at the headwaters of the ‘deepest gorge in the world’, the Kali Gandaki river. While the northern part is a restricted area, we are free to ride and explore the trails here in Lower Mustang, to enjoy the hospitality of our friendly hosts and to experience the incredible diversity of Nepal. In just 10 days we can immerse ourselves in the cultural melting pot of the Kathmandu Valley and spend time in the ancient trading communities which lie on our trail, which happens to be along the ancient trade route to Tibet.

The area has amazing single trails that will appeal to All Mountain and Enduro riders as well as jeep trails and less dramatic single trails which will bring a smile to the face of any mountains biker.

Mountain Biker crossing a bridge in Lower Mustang
Mountain Biker crossing a bridge in Lower Mustang (© Dan Barham)

Expert tip

This ride links in well with some time relaxing in the charming lakeside town of Pokhara, or take a trek in the incredible Annapurnas, enjoy some time in a village or homestay, or simply continue on down to the Terai for some time in the jungle.

Customize your ride

Your ride can be customized in a number of ways, we can stick to the single trail pretty much every day and have some amazing uplifts for those who like gravity assisted riding. This ride, however, can also be customized to suit those who like bigger less technical trails and big climbs, just let us know what tickles your fancy and we will design the perfect ride for you.

Map

Map of Lower Mustang MTB - 10 Days
Map of Lower Mustang MTB - 10 Days

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