Mountain Biking in the Lower Mustang Region

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

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 characterised by incredible 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)

Brief itinerary

Day Destination
Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu; explore the local Bazaar
Day 02 Fly to Pokhara, relax or explore
Day 03 Fly to Jomsom, Ride to Kagbeni
Day 04 Drop to Muktinath and ride down to Jomsom
Day 05 Ride to Kalopani
Day 06 Ride to Tatopani
Day 07 Ride to Beni and drive to Pokhara
Day 08 Ride in Pokhara or relax
Day 09 Fly to Kathmandu, relax or explore
Day 10 Farewell, for now

Expert tip

This ride links in well with some time relaxing in charming lakeside town of Pokhara, or take a trek in the incredible Annapurnas, enjoy some time in a village or home stay, 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 customised 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.

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Mountain biking in the lower mustang region, Nepal - Jun 19 - Jul 5, 2017

Traveler: Mark L. - Local specialist: Mads Mathiasen

Well, perfect is hard to achieve! Overall, the trip was once in a lifetime and an epic experience. The one critique we had was regarding the stay in Yara. Though we liked the austere tea houses along the way, Yara felt different. Not sure what the difference was from the others. One thing--the guest house was run by a teenage girl--the parent owners were on vacation, perhaps. She wasn't very helpful. They village vibe seemed much more unfriendly than all the rest. We understand that... read more

Well, perfect is hard to achieve! Overall, the trip was once in a lifetime and an epic experience. The one critique we had was regarding the stay in Yara. Though we liked the austere tea houses along the way, Yara felt different. Not sure what the difference was from the others. One thing--the guest house was run by a teenage girl--the parent owners were on vacation, perhaps. She wasn't very helpful. They village vibe seemed much more unfriendly than all the rest. We understand that the Yara stop is likely because of the distance to the next logical stop AND we understand that village conditions are NOT in your control. We were happy to get on our bikes and leave that village. We are not overly concerned with that situation--but that is my one kindly written critique!

There are many positives. Here are a few: Dawa is a very good guide and aided the ability to feel comfortable in a FAR away place. :) The stay in Lo Manthang was excellent--the guest house, the owner, the food, the hospitality were excellent.

An accommodations critique: .after staying in guest houses that we thought were comfortable...they Mum's Garden stay seems "expensive"--if that makes sense. Mum's Garden seems somewhat excessive compared to the other accommodations--VERY nice, but perhaps a cheaper stay makes the overall expense for us better? Again...this is NOT a complaint, just an insight. Last thing: the accommodations a Maison du Kathmandu are worth praising. The value for that place is very good--the owners, the food, the location...we thought, were excellent. It's a little paradise!

Overall...a trip of a lifetime.

thanks.

Mark