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Adventure Tour : Nepal

Upper Mustang: Adventure in the Forbidden Kingdom

Francis

Francis, motorbike trip designer

Francis is a biker always venturing out on the road to uncover new routes with as much passion as he has telling stories. He is an enthusiast and knows our itineraries like the back of his hand.

4 250  / rider
/ pillion
2 departures
Adventure Tour
Period April & May / October & November
Duration 14 days incl. 11 days' riding
Level Demanding
Guide English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
Price €4,250/rider
Pillions unadvised
Adventure Tour
Period April & May / October & November
Duration 14 days incl. 11 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From €4,250/rider
Pillions unadvised
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 motorbike tour in Nepal. The itinerary includes anything but smooth tarmac! Tracks are sometimes sandy, rough and almost never 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!

Your motorcycle tour in Nepal 14 STAGES - 430 MILES


boudhanath temple nepal
D1 / Arrival in Kathmandu – Patan

You arrive at the airport according to your flight schedule. You are transferred to your hotel in Patan’s medieval district, close to Durbar Square (the Palace Square), an architectural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site. You are free to spend the evening as you wish.

rider with children nepal
D2 / Kathmandu - Pokhara - 18 miles

Very early morning departure for your transfer by private vehicle. Once in Pokhara, you get better acquainted with your Royal Enfield with our first motorcycle ride in the area. A hike to the Peace Pagoda offers breathtaking views of the lake and mountains in the background.

royal enfield tour nepal
D3 / Pokhara – Tatopani - 62 miles

Today we depart for Mustang! After about 50 miles the asphalt road comes to an end in Beni, giving way to the serious tracks. The trail goes up along the Kali Gandaki River as the valley becomes narrower and finally the first snowy peaks of the Annapurna, at over 8,000m high, come into view.

canyon mustang nepal
D4 / Tatopani – Chuksang - 45 miles

You need to work for the road to Mustang! The first 11-mile stretch to Ghasa is the most difficult for both you and your bike. The rocky track is very steep in areas and we have to cross strong rivers in places. The landscape is now truly spectacular as we’re riding in the deepest valley in the world. After the village of Kagbeni, we enter the Kingdom of Upper Mustang.

motorcycle holidays nepal
D5 / Chuksang – Ghami - 28 miles

Today we enter the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, a majestic territory of rocks and canyons dominated by the highest summits in the world. The rocky, sandy tracks are often so steep and rugged that we’ll have to get off our bikes and push them past the obstacles, a humbling but empowering experience, which proves to be our most challenging riding day!

upper mustang landscape nepal
D6 / Ghami – Tsarang - 12 miles

The track rises and softens today and leads us to the village of Dhakmar and its famous red cliffs. Then we head on to Ghar Gompa monastery, a real Tibetan gem, set at 4,000 m altitude. We spend the night at Tsarang, a traditional village dominated by the imposing red monastery and ancient palace.

royal enfield tour nepal
D7 / Tsarang - Lo Manthang - 9 miles

Today’s a short leg but we finally reach Mustang’s historical capital. After one last pass, the fortified city appears as if it were a mirage on the plateau below. Entering Lo Manthang is an unforgettable moment, a true sense of accomplishment! After lunch, we let ourselves be guided by the smiling locals, exploring the ancient labyrinth of woven streets around the palace.

motorcycle adventure nepal
D8 / Lo Manthang – Frontiere du Tibet – Lo Manthang - 30 miles

This morning, we head north to our final ascent: the Tibetan plateau and the Chinese border. This was the infamous "Kora La border", a strategic area during the Sino-Tibetan war between Tibetan people and Khampas, warriors in Mao's military forces until the 70s. On our way back, we visit Choser’s troglodyte caves, nestled into the cliff.

upper mustang nepal
D9 / Lo-Manthang – Samar - 37 miles

The riding difficulties we experienced on the way in are waiting for us on the way out today! It's hard to believe that we've used this track before - everything looks so different when you look to the south! Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, culminating at more than 8,000m, seem to be the monumental gate that separates Tibet from the Indian subcontinent. Once again, you and your bikes will be put to the test.

off road riding nepal
D10 / Samar – Kagbeni - 15 miles

The descent to Kali Gandaki River offers a stunning morning show. We cross the river at the entrance of the impressive gorges winding upstream from Chele village, where 4x4 trucks drive to Tibet during winter when the water level is at its lowest. A few more miles and we can enjoy a hot shower and our host’s delicious cuisine in Kagbeni, one of Mustang’s most beautiful villages. We have a well-deserved break this afternoon.

mustang landscapes nepal
D11 / Kagbeni – Tukuche - 31 miles

We enjoy an early breakfast, then undertake a rocky desert track which clings to the mountainside. The view of Dhaulagiri’s summit (more than 8,000 m) is impressive to the point of almost appearing unreal. We descend into the Kali Gandaki Valley on a short, beautiful stretch of asphalt road. As we approach Tukuche, we are greeted by the fir-tree forests of the Himalayan foothills.

police check point nepal
D12 / Tukuche – Pokhara - 90 miles

We ride through rural, green Nepal, and landscapes change from one valley to the next. The winding road passes through traditional villages and terraced croplands. The last miles are exhilarating, and driving back into the city is dizzying. After the trip of a lifetime, it takes a bit of adjustment as we find ourselves back in civilisation.

buddhist temple kathmandu
D13 / Pokhara – Kathmandu

Very early morning departure for your transfer by private vehicle. You check-in at the hotel in the famous Thamel district, close to Durbar Square in the old town. You are free to spend the afternoon as you wish.

temple sunset nepal
D14 / Kathmandu - International airport

You are transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule, where our services end.

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The trip was incredible! Planning the…
The trip was incredible! Planning the next one with family and friends at the moment! Gutted that we never got a T-shirt though! Loved them and the hoodies… if there’s any chance of sending one out I would wear it with pride!
The scenery of the upper mustang…
The scenery of the upper mustang was spectacular and the bikes were fun. Might be a nice trip on RE Himalayans.
There were some issues with permits…
There were some issues with permits that caused some delays at Tatapani. Need better support from support team. Vintage office staff should each ride the routes they are promoting so they have a better understanding of the challenges and daily logistics involved.
The trip was incredible! Planning the…
The trip was incredible! Planning the next one with family and friends at the moment! Gutted that we never got a T-shirt though! Loved them and the hoodies… if there’s any chance of sending one out I would wear it with pride!
The scenery of the upper mustang…
The scenery of the upper mustang was spectacular and the bikes were fun. Might be a nice trip on RE Himalayans.
There were some issues with permits…
There were some issues with permits that caused some delays at Tatapani. Need better support from support team. Vintage office staff should each ride the routes they are promoting so they have a better understanding of the challenges and daily logistics involved.
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