Upper Mustang Mountain Biking
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Experience mysterious Tibetan Buddhist kingdom
IMA Upper Mustang Mountain Bike Ride package is an amazing physical and cultural mountain biking adventure to the remote kingdom of Lo (Upper Mustang).
Special May departure coordinates with Tiji Tibetan Buddhist Festival in Lo Manthang.
Upper Mustang Mountain Bike Ride is not a technical but strenuous ride due to high altitude. The route is along a jeep road and village trails. The pace of the ride is slower than equivalent low altitude ride to prevent the AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), which can be triggered by excessive exhaustion.
During the ride we explore the ancient kingdom of Lo with its amazing history, wild but gentle people still leading strong traditional lives similar to their ancestors 500 years ago. Young men still go to Tibet to find their wives.
While mountain bike riding Upper Mustang we will visit old gompas and monasteries with incredible 500 years old art treasures hanging on the walls and we will meet people, whose ancestors produced that and we explore living Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, documented history extends to almost 500AD. Current King Jigme Palbar Bista is a descendent of a dynasty initiated by king Gayalpo Ame Pal in 15th century. The kingdom of Upper Mustang was absorbed within Tibet but due to its isolation has always enjoyed a degree of independence. Today the Kingdom is a part of Nepal.
In its history it became important cultural centre of Lamaistic Sakyapa sect still surviving today. The access to the area is restricted and subject to minimum $500 permit fee, valid for 10 days but worth the adventure.
From Lo Manthang we will bike to Kora La pass to take a sweeping view to Tibet proper.
A bonus of the Upper Mustang Mountain Bike Ride will be the opportunity to explore western side of Annapurna and the deepest valley in the world (7000m), Kali Gangaki Valley. The tour will take us on a biking foray into Mukinath, a popular pilgrimage site and an ancient trading post still resonating today with many traders, gurus and sadus finding their solace and purpose here.
We will descend the Kali Gandaki Valley down to Tatopani, which means ‘Hot Water’ and derived from hot springs bubbling on the banks of Kali Gandaki Valley. From Tatopani we will follow the jeep road through the jungle to Beni to catch our transportation back to Pokhara.
- 20 Days
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Tour Distance & Dates
- 250 Km
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minimum 4 Riders
All meals (Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner) and lodge accommodation during the Ride.
Mustang 11 day permit fee (U$660).
Necessary staff during the Ride including Experienced Trekking and Biking Guide.
Porter Service with 15Kg Personal Luggage allowance during the ride.
Surface transportation and domestic flights,
3-star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
International flight, Nepal Visa, bottled drinks, alcoholic drinks and bottled water.
Any expenses of personal nature, travel and rescue insurance
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