The Mustang Region was popular as the Mustang kingdom and closed for foreigners. Even after it was Nepalese territory, entry was tightly restricted for foreigners. Consequently, it drew much attention as a prohibited Kingdom. Mustang is a most remote area. It is a geographic extension of the Tibetan plateau. And Mustang is also well-known as windswept land of mountains preserving the last authentic remains of Tibetan culture. This area was completely isolated from the rest of the world and only opened to trekking groups in 1991.
Barley, potatoes, and buckwheat are growing in this region. And these are the staple diet of the villages through which our trek passes to reach the ancient walled fortress city of Lo Manthang. From here the border of Tibet is just a stone’s throw away. From Lo Manthang we can either return along from the same trail or head back to Jomsom by way of the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath. This region offers amazing scenery of the hidden and forbidden part of the remote mountainous zone.
In short, the trip provides you the chance to see the beautiful river valley of Kaligandaki. Similarly, you also will get a chance to an eyecatching marvelous view of the panoramic mountains over 8000 meters. Furthermore, the elegant settlement of the beautiful villages rich in Tibetan-Nepalese culture. This always makes the bikers a deep feel of enchanting driving through.
We will pick you up at the international airport and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.
After breakfast, we get acquainted with the bikes and start our adventure with a half-day sightseeing tour of three of the most famous sightseeing spots: first we visit Soyambhunath, which is a beautiful Buddhist monastery perched at the top of a hill that offers also a splendid view on Kathmandu city. Next we cycle to Pashupatinath Temple (the most important National Hindu temple) and will also visit and see Boudha Natha (the world famous Buddhist monastery). These places are of interest because they were built up from the 5th century, rich in their architecture and religious meanings. After visiting all these historical heritages of great influence, we leave the rest of the day at your leisure. At your interest, you can wander around the streets and shop along full with hundreds of colorful shops.
We are driving through Trisuli River, enjoying the mountain range of Ganesh, Manaslu and the Annapurna on the way.
After an early breakfast takes a morning flight to Jomsom, Jomsom is the Head quarters of Mustang district. After arrival in Jomsom, get ready bike then start riding through the Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni which lies at the band of two rivers, Kaligandaki (flows from Muktinath) and Nilgiri (flows from Mt. Nilgiri). There is good current of wind that blows 10 A.M. to 5. PM, throughout the trail.
Today at first, we will complete our paper work at police check post for entering in to upper mustang, Then continue bike ride 90% and 10% trek, right up the river valley with combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand but the path is kept interesting by the passing of mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet.
Today after breakfast, start bike ride with jikjack jeep track with some time trek with caring bike , there is a distinct change here, not only in the landscape but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, the settlements become more scattered ,smaller and more basic, the trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley. Like in all settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed using mud and stones. The roofs are made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mire and pebbles.
Today after breakfast , we bike ride up hill passing through the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge fortress and a Red Gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.
In the morning after breakfast, we explore the village of Charang ,visit monastery, then uphill bike ride above the valley to large isolated chorten which marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang, the trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of walled city of Lo Manthang, the city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner.
Today we leave you here for explore the charming city of Lo – Manthang, the city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king’s palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. It is also possible to hire horses and get different experience with horse riding instate of biking
Today it is a challenging trail lead with bike ride up and downhill, we have to carry bike about 30% and trek, the bike ride from Lo-Manthang to Yara is harder but more satisfying and interesting then the west side of the valley crossing through river with the panorama views of Throung peak, Damodhar Range, the Yara village is one of the best village of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more successful and it is established in a very suitable place.
After breakfast, get up and ready for bike and ride first few hours through River bank then after crossing River, the trail climbs up till the pass of 3850m then trail lead through grassless, bare hills, Tange is small village but most of the house are attached each other, on the roof tops can see piles of fry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society.
After breakfast, we bike and trek downhill through river up to Paha then continue bike uphill about 6hrs to Chusang.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we start bike, it is the hardest day today, cross Gyula pass 4077m, and continue bike to Muktinath with the best panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, the Muktinath is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus and Buddhist. The most well known holy place is a Vishnu temple where are 108 spouts, fashioned in the shape of cows’ heads, pour forth water that is considered to be holy. This water is channeled from a stream running above the temple. The temple is built in Tibetan style and contains huge brass idols of Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, and Kali.
Today after breakfast we bike with some shining downhill, which will be more pleasurable with jeep tracks trails with a mostly downhill gradient! We have to start early as the wind gets up after 11 am making riding a bit more challenging. Chill out on this section and enjoy the views of many different mountain ranges.
Morning after breakfast, we take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara
After breakfast, drive or fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel. Rest day at leisure.
Today after breakfast you are free until the time of departure. And transfer to the airport for your onward destination.
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