A Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour to the most stunning valleys of Upper Mustang with spectacular mountain views and ethnic cultures of Nepal. We kick-start with a ride to Pokhara. Nepal’s most chilled out lakeside city nestled in the laps of Annapurna mountain range. During the Motorcycle tour to Upper mustang we use 500cc Classic Royal Enfield or 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle riding along the dusty gravel road in the barren treeless landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, small settlements of people resembling the ancient Tibetan culture and lifestyles, all in the backyard of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. It may not sound cozy but it is a sheer adventure that may be tattooed in your memory for eternity.
Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour to the most stunning valleys of Mustang with spectacular mountain views and ethnic cultures of Nepal. We kick-start with a ride to Pokhara – Nepal’s most chilled out lakeside city nestled in the laps of Annapurna mountain range. Chill out at the Pokhara’s laid-back lakeside town or go boating on the calm waters of Fewa lake. We then ride through the scenic countryside and hit the dirt road build recently along the most popular Annapurna trekking trail and arrive at Tatopani (Hot spring). Relax at the natural hotspring while soaking your soar bums enjoying chilled beer in the pond.
Have you always dreamt of riding in a remote region undiscovered by tourists? In the heart of the Himalayas, this motorcycle adventure invites you to brave the rocky tracks of Upper Mustang, nestled on the edge of Nepal and Tibet. In groups of a maximum of eight riders, don’t expect an easy ride: you really have to work hard for this motorcycle tour. The itinerary includes anything but smooth tarmac! Tracks are sometimes sandy, rough and almost never usually used by motorcycles. The world’s highest peaks dominate the rocky landscapes and canyons that surround us. Expect welcoming smiles from locals in the villages where ancient monasteries are proof of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. This motorcycle adventure in Nepal immerses you into a country that’s as wild as it is enchanting!
Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour Highlights
- Explore Tibet’s last remaining Forbidden Kingdom.
- On this ride, you will follow the route to Lo Manthang- the ancient kingdom of Lo.
- Visit the world’s oldest active monastery
- Traverse the trans-Himalaya and Tibetan plateua, 4800m
- Visit the ancient walled-city of Lo Manthang
- Ride through the world’s deepest gorge
After arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Adventure Connexion representative welcome/hello, is probably the first thing you’ll hear when arriving in the capital of Nepal with its chaotic traffic and busyness of people everywhere. We’ll be staying in Thamel in a beautiful boutique hotel, which feels like a quiet oasis in the middle of all chaos. Thamel is the area where most tourists stay and where sightseeing and shops are in the neighbourhood.
While the special permits for Upper Mustang will be finalized for us today, we can spend the day sightseeing Kathmandu. The Pashupatinath temple, the holiest temple for Hindus where cremations take place along the river and the Swayambhunath temple also known as the “Monkey Temple” are on the program. Before dinner we’ll have the tour briefing so everybody knows what to expect.
Today we get up early to get the morning flight to Pokhara, which takes about half an hour. In Pokhara we stay in a lovely hotel close to the lakeside and here we’ll receive our motorcycles. When done with all the paperwork for getting the bikes and had lunch we’ll go for a ride in the surroundings to get used to the bikes and the left-hand side traffic and ride out of Pokhara up to Sarangkot for a beautiful view of the spectacular Annapurnas. Once back in Pokhara, the evening is set-aside for the final check and packing of bags because tomorrow we are on the way! Last minute questions are answered over dinner and drinks and the excitement builds before hitting the road tomorrow
Starting early and with the Himalayas on the back-ground – on a clear day you can see from Dhaulagiri to the west. We’ll pass Nepal’s longest suspension bridge at Kusma on our way up. After lunch we soon say goodbye to the pavement at Beni and hit the dirt. Adventure Connexion team and riders along the Kali Gandaki river for a couple of hours before arriving at Lete, a village that looks like one in the Alps and will stay in a guesthouse
Today we will ride through the world’s deepest gorge which is more than 8000m deep! Dhaulagiri (8167m) is on your left and Annapurna I (8091m) is on your right. The terrain is tough at times as we climb over rocky slopes and cross through waterfalls. At Jomson we’ll have a brake, and get our first permit checked in Kagebeni and then on to Chhuksang!. Today our destination will be Chhuksang. Overnight at the place
Adventure Connexion serve breakfast to our riders then we head north as the road climbs higher until we reach the Dojori La Pass. Don’t forget to look back once in while, because the views on the Annapurnas will literally take your breath away. Then on to the toughest sections on this tour and we might need to give each other a hand. It goes steep up, loose rocks and vertical cliffs. You might get vertigo!. We continue on, admire the view at each of the high-passes (4000 m) before descending down to beautiful Ghami -a village which has managed to cultivate apple orchards in the dry climate and has incredible apple pie. When on time we make a short loop to the coloured mountains of Dhakmar. Breath taking!
Deeper and deeper Adventure Connexion team ride into Buddhist region. Passing Nepal’s longest Mani-wall just north of Ghami, through the village Tsarang from where we’ll ride up to Ghar Gumba, one of the oldest monastery in the area (8th century). Then on towards the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. We’ll climb up the last pass and might encounter some fesh-fesh, the talk powder sand. So it might get dusty! But then looking down into the valley, seeing Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled city. Finally we made it
Today you can have a resting day either a short ride in the surroundings where are many sights of interest. Some of the most fascinating are the caves at Chosur. These caves are carved high into the cliffs and are a labyrinth of small rooms and tunnels. Even up to 5 floors and 85 rooms! We then take the long way home via several small villages along the east of the river to Lo-Manthang. In the afternoon Adventure Connexion will have a guided tour through the town and visit the three monasteries in Lo-Manthang by one of the monks
We can take a slow morning and get ready to descent again. We say goodbye to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang and start our journey back. The Annapurnas grow in size as we ride towards the Himalayas and drop from the Tibetan plateau. We’ll visit Tsarang shortly. It’s home to the King’s winter palace and one of the regions largest functioning monasteries. After a coffee break we descend further, pass the steep roads at Samar again and luckily we go downhill this time. We’ll pass the town of Geling which we bypassed on the way north, and will stay a bit south of it in a very basic guest-house.
No trip to Mustang would be complete without a visit to the ancient Hindu city of Muktinath. There is a sacred Hindu temple that pilgrims from all across the sub continent try to visit at least once during their lives. The temple houses an ancient shrine surrounded by 108 water fountains fed by glacial water. To cleanse your sins, you must run through each of the water fountains and then take a dip in each of the two pools. We’ll be ending up the day in the charming town Kaghbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Down we go! From nearly 3000m we drop to 1200m at Tatopani where the taste of the cold beer and a dip in the hot springs awaits, after a long day avoiding busses, pilgrims, hikers and pot-holes.
We will leave the Mustang behind us today and head back to Kathmandu. After lunch we go on and ride to Bandipur. A gem of a village on top of a mountain and former hub on trading routes. We’ll be staying in a guesthouse with a beautiful view on those mighty Himalayas. The Newari town of Bandipur is one of central Nepal’s hidden gems. It combines traditional village architecture, epic Himalayan views
It’s time for the last stretch and it’s all tarmac to Kathmandu. The traffic will get busier the closer we approach the city. Cars, busses, scooters, motorcycles, people everywhere! But we take our time to get into town back to our hotel where we started our adventure 2 weeks ago. In the evening Adventure Connexion will host last dinner together with chill out environment. It’s the last night of the Motorbike tour to Mustang.
You may have time to take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing, as time permits. We hope that you have enjoyed your journey!. Adventure Connexion representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your flight time. We bid you farewell and hope to see you in Nepal again soon!
- Airport Pickup and Drop off services.
- Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara.
- Royal En-field 500cc motorcycle throughout the trip.
- Helmets & Regular Gloves (Riders are recommended to carry their own gloves)
- Daily Breakfast Lunch & dinner except then Kathmandu & Pokhara
- 2 Liter Mineral water bottle per person per day
- Back up support vehicle to accommodate non-riders / pillions who cannot ride the motorcycle along with their luggage
- Support staff – Experienced Road Captain with an additional motorcycle
- Royal Enfield Certified mechanic with spare parts for breakdowns
- Motorcycle spare parts, trip leader and mechanics.
- Backup 4Wd vehicle for the entire trip to carry the luggage, motorbike spares parts and a mechanic.
- 1 mechanic during the trip.
- Upper Mustang restricted area permit.
- All ACAP and TIMS Card Fees.
- Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trip. (Refundable after finish trip).
- Comprehensive Medical Kit.
- All toll tax for the bikes and the backup vehicle and also the government taxes.
This Extreme adventure motorcycle tour is suitable for drivers with intermediate/advanced off-road experience and you need a good general fitness. The route goes mostly over (tough) gravel roads, to more bumpy tracks with stones, sand and rocks and the majority of the routes are on high altitude (between 2500 and 4000m). Total distance is approximately 1000 km’s whereof 80% off-road, not in distance but in time.