Ride To Lower mustang

Ride To Lower mustang

Nepal

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Key Information: • Terrain: mix of tarmac and off-road • Bike: rental bike • Mileage: 1180 kilometers / 733 miles • Daily rides: 65 - 205 kilometers / 40 - 127 miles • Riding gear: included: helmet and gloves • Meals: all breakfasts & tea and cookies

Lower Mustang Road to muktinath : Duration: 13 night 14 days . Trip grade: Easy & Moderate

Lower Mustang Road to muktinath 2500.00 USD ($) USD
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DURATION:  14 DAYS Kathmandu Muktinath Kathmandu
BEST TIME: February – May. September – December.
RIDING CONDITIONS: Moderate
MAX ALTITUDE: 3,800M at Muktinath
BIKES: 411CC Himalayan or 500CC Classic Bullet

A fully guided bike tour to the most stunning valleys of Lower  Mustang. Witness the ethnic cultures of the Thakali people surrounded by spectacular mountain views. We kick-start with a ride to Pokhara – Nepal’s most chilled-out lakeside city nestled in the lap of Annapurna mountains. Chill out at the Pokhara’s laid-back lakeside town or go boating on the calm waters of Fewa lake. The ride passes through some jaw-dropping scenic countryside roads along Kusma and Baglung before hitting the dirt road build recently along the most popular Annapurna trekking trail. We stay at Lete-Kalopani for overnight at the Kalopani. Spectacular view of Nilgiri south from the  Guest House compound. Great food with the availability of wifi.

The ride continues through the scenic dirt road and the world’s deepest gorge along the raging Kali Gandaki river to Muktinath (3800m). Riding through the narrow alleys of Marpha offers insight into the lifestyle of Thakali people. We stop for lunch at Jomsom, a small town with a seasonal airport and an awesome view of the Nilgiri mountain and get our permits stamped. The last lapse to Muktinath is a sheer climb from 2400m to 3800m. As we ascend to the height of Muktinath, the spectacular desert-like landscape unfolds.

Mountain views here are jaw-dropping. Villages are highly influenced by Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Explore the Muktinath and the surrounding areas on foot. Visit the holy temple of Salvation with 108 water spouts where Hindu & Buddhist pilgrims come from all over the world to cleanse their sins.

We ride back enjoying the spectacular mountain views once again and the hot spring bath at Tatopani. We continue our ride back to Kathmandu, via Pokhara. An extra day in Pokhara is suggested if you have time for some extra adventure activities like paragliding, zip line, bungy, or explore the numerous natural caves in the Pokhara valley.

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1370m)

Day 02: Day in the city exploring Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur

Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Sauraha  (815 m 165kms / 5-6hrs)

Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac & dirt)

Day 04: Ride from Chitwan  to  Tansen ( Palpa )  (1350m/179kms/6hrs)

Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

Day 05: Ride from Tansen ( Palpa ) to Pokhara   (1400m) 3 h 57 min (124.6 km) via Siddhartha Rajmarga

Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

Day 06: Ride Pokhara to Kalopani  (2535m/135kms/5hrs)

Difficulty level: 9/10 (60%tarmac 40%off road)

Day07: Ride Kalopani to kaagbeni  via Jomsom  (3600m/55Km/5hrs)

Difficulty level: 10/10 (advanced off-road with river crossings)

Day 8: Ride to Muktinath from kaagbeni  (3800m/ 30 kms/5-6hrs)

Difficulty level: 9.5/10 (advanced off-road with river crossings)

Day9: Ride kaagbeni  to Tatopani (1200m/77kms/6.5hrs)

Difficulty level: 7/10 (30% off-road 70% tarmac)

Day 10: Ride from Tatopani to ghandruk  (1030m/104Km/6-7hrs)

Difficulty level: 9/10 (70% 0ff road 30%  road )

Day 11: Ride from Ghandruk to Bandipur  (1030m/136Km/6-7hrs)

Difficulty level: 6/10 (70% road 30% off-road)

Day 12: Ride back to Kathmandu

(1310m/148kms/6hrs)

 Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

Day 13: Rest and free day at Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure

 

 

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1370m)
With your arrival, your journey in Nepal begins today. Our representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in a private vehicle. After your time to settle in, relax and freshen up after your long flight, the remaining day is at your disposal. If you arrive early you can stroll around the streets of Thamel, one of the most happening places in Kathmandu for tourists.
Kathmandu: The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,370 meters (4,500 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country. Historically, the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining areas were known as Nepal Mandala. Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu BB Plan.

Day 02: Day in the city exploring Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur

Today after your breakfast in the hotel you will leave for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit cultural and historical sites like Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath. They are also enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites.

At Pashupatinath, you will get to see the carved statues and idols of Hindu deities, a long row of Shiva-Linga and a series of a small temple. Added, you will also witness the Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat Pashupatinath. After that, you will walk the streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath.

Boudhanath is the largest dome-shaped Buddhist stupa. You will see many people including monks with red robe circumambulating Boudhanath. After lunch, the sightseeing continues to the fine and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is also a prominent place of attraction for tourists.

And the final destination for Kathmandu sightseeing takes you to Swayambhunath. A Buddhist stupa that lies on a hilltop overlooking  Kathmandu. The view of Kathmandu city from above is great. On return to your hotel, you can rest for a while, have dinner and later take a stroll through the popular streets. Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu BB Plan

Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Sauraha (815 m 165kms / 5-6hrs)
Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac & dirt)

Today morning we will meet at the hotel at Thamel. We do check our bike and move towards Chitwan National park in sauraha. We drive on the highway towards balkhu and from balkhu – Chovar – Pharping – Salle – Kulekhani Dam –Hetauda to Chitwan. You will not feel bored because the journey by bike towards sauraha will be more interesting while passing the beautiful scenic, high hills, river human-made Lake brings you sauraha. We will be visiting the kulikhani Dam on the way.
Kulekhani also is known as Indra Sarobar is a man-made dam in Makwanpur District in the Narayani Zone of southern Nepal which stores 85,300,000 m3 (69,200acre-ft) of water. The dam was built to generate electricity however the dam has also posed the natural beauty and unique scenario which has attracted many of the internal tourism inside the country throughout the year. Chitwan National Park is a preserved area in the Terai Lowlands of south-central Nepal, known for its biodiversity. Its dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare mammals like one-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers. The park shelters numerous bird species, including the giant hornbill. Dugout canoes traverse the northern Rapti River, home to crocodiles.

The Chitwan National Park (CNP) is a world heritage property, and it also contains a Ramsar Site – Beeshazari Tal in its buffer zone. The CNP has a history of over 3 decades in park management and rich experience in resolving conflicts between the park and the people.
It is a rich natural area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of here to fauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile

Overnight at the hotel, Sauraha BLD basic

Day 04: Ride from Chitwan  to  Tansen ( Palpa ) (1350m/179kms/6hrs)
Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

Following a leisurely breakfast, you will start the day towards the Tikauli forest traveling via the Bishajari Lake. Following this, you will continue onto the Mahendra Highway and break for lunch at Dawne after 72 km’s of riding. After lunch, you will be back on the bikes to continue to Tansen, which is an old Newari city known for its traditional architecture and sweeping views of the Himalayan.

Overnight at hotel in palpa ( BLD )

 Day 05: Ride from Tansen ( Palpa ) to Pokhara   (1400m) 3 h 57 min (124.6 km) via Siddhartha Rajmarga
Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

After leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is approximately 124 kilometers from Tansen. Firstly, descend to the main highway and then head west following the Gandaki river for a while and then slowly ascend through terraced agricultural lands and small roadside villages. On the outskirts of Pokhara, we are greeted with views of the Annapurna Mountain range including the famous Fish Tail Mountain.
Pokhara stands at 827 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationer’s paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lakeside bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and are a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty. The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard and looming ahead to take the center stage is Machapucchre or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the LamjungHimal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of Dhaulagiri (8161 m). Upon arrival at Pokhara check in to the hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the lakeside bazaar.

Overnight at the hotel, Pokhara ( BLD )

Day 06:Ride Pokhara to Kalopani (2535m/135kms/5hrs)
Difficulty level: 9/10 (60%tarmac 40%off road)

After an early breakfast, leave Pokhara and ride towards Beni (approx. 83 Kilometers) on the Baglung Highway. This section of the ride provides fantastic mountain vistas, picturesque terraced farmlands and an opportunity to walk on one of Nepal’s famous suspension bridges. At Mal Dhunga,

leave the main highway by taking the right trail and follow a dusty graveled path to Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi District in Dhaulagiri Zone. It is located on the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi rivers at an altitude of 799 meters and is a bustling town lined with stores, restaurants, hotels and various government offices.
From here, the road is unpaved and dusty with potholes in several places. Unpaved, graveled rough road poses a real challenge for riders and makes it more difficult with the occasional river crossings. Ascend gradually through the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. There is a continuous change in the topography with every twist and turn until our arrival at Tatopani. From here set out on the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River and passing the Thakali and Magar Villages to Dana (4750 ft. / 1446 m.) famous for its beautiful cascading waterfall.
Steeply ascend to Ghasa(6600 ft./ 2012m) and continue the ride on a dusty and one of the difficult sections of the road towards Jomsom via the Thakali villages of Tukuche and Kalopani. En route, there are fantastic views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tukuche (6920m), and Nilgiri (7061m). As we pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountain range, a dramatic change in vegetation is witnessed from green forests, to dry arid desert. It takes gradual acclimatizing with the surrounding. The Thakali are the dominant tribe of the valley, related to the Gurung and Magars of the southern slopes.
As soon as we pass Ghasa we will come to a place known as Dhaiku where we have to cross the bridge. After riding approximately 10 kilometers via Lete we will come to our today’s destination Kalapani. Kalapani is scaled to be at 2530 meters. One can enjoy a very beautiful view of Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tukuche
Upon Arrival at Kalopani check in to the lodge and the rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the Kalapani village.

Overnight at the guesthouse, Kalopani ( BLD )

Day07: Ride Kalopani to kaagbeni  via Jomsom(3600m/55Km/5hrs)

Difficulty level:10/10 (advanced off-road with river crossings)

Today after the morning dawn, as usual, we will have our Breakfast at the hotel and begins our journey. We are going to Explore old Marpha village and Monastery then straight drive to Dhumba Lake. After Exploring Dhumba Lake our drive approach to Jomsom the headquarter of Mustang. From Jomsom, about 30-minute drive brings us to the ancient village of Kagbeni .where we will have our overnight having over there and explore Kegbeni Village also known as the gateway of Upper Mustang. Marpha situated at an elevation of 2670 meters. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple products. This large Thakali village exhibits the typical Thak Khola architecture of flat roofs and narrow paved alleys and passageways. It also has a monastery.

Jomsom (2713m) is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. Being the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local inhabitants of the region, known as the Thakalis. From here ride towards the ancient village of Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang

Kagbeni at an altitude of 2800m is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud-brick houses, dark alleys and imposing chortens lies along the Around Annapurna Trekking route and is the gateway to Upper Mustang. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. Though the village has a very medieval look, it can provide all the modern amenities that a traveler requires. This is the only village after Jomsom where there is an internet facility for communication with the outside world. This village also boasts of a Monastery. The monks here are of the yellow hat or the Gelugpa sect and have only recently opened their monastery to visitors with a legitimate entrance fee of Rs 100, which they collect for the maintenance of their school.

Overnight at hotel in kaagbeni  ( BLD )

Day 8: Ride to Muktinath from kaagbeni (3800m/ 30 kms/5-6hrs)
Difficulty level: 9.5/10 (advanced off-road with river crossings)

After breakfast continues to ride to Muktinath  – Kagbeni from where we would take the route towards Muktinath. ride to Muktinath via Jhong Upon leaving Kagbeni, there will be an uphill ride to Muktinath which is at an elevation of 3800m. The route continues, by climbing the trail to the north side of the gorge and on a dusty jeep track, which heads towards the mighty Thorong La Pass via the village of Jhong. In Jhong, you can stop to catch your breath whilst explore the ancient monastery and then have lunch basking in the sunshine whilst enjoying the stunning mountain views. The final section after lunch will be short and you should arrive in Muktinath around mid-afternoon. You can spend this time exploring the local village including monasteries and temples with your guide, or simply have some time to rest.

The Muktinath Temple is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists and is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La (5416 m Pass), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.
The Hindus call this sacred place MuktiKshetra, which means “Place of Salvation”. This temple is considered to be the 105thamong the available 108 Divya Desam. The ancient name of this place, before the Buddhist origin, was known as ThiruSaligramam. In Muktinath-ChumigGyatsa all the elements are represented and for this and reasons unseen, yogis from both religions do their meditation at Muktinath.
For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath (ChumigGyatsa) is a place of Dakinis (goddess known as Sky Dancers). It is of great importance for Buddhists as ChumigGyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places.
For Hindus, besides the natural fire representing Brahman and the holy waters, the central meaning of the Muktinath area is the veneration of the god Vishnu in the form of ammonites (shilas) called Salagrama – Shilas.
Many stories tell of Vishnu turning into stone and all of them are closely connected to the holy Kali Gandaki River. According to contemporary geologists, the Salagrama – Silas (found at the banks and river bed of the holy river Kali Gandaki) are fossils of a prehistoric insect. This insect is mentioned in the BhavisyaPurana. Therein, Tulasi, the sacred plant so dear to Vishnu, cursed Vishnu to become a stone during one act of their eternal Lila. Vishnu said, “To fulfill your curse, I will become a stone (Salagrama-Sila) and will always live on the banks of the Gandaki River. The millions of Vajrakita worms that live at that place will adorn those stones with the signs of my chakra by carving them with their sharp teeth”.

Overnight at Hotel, kaagbeni ( BLD )

Day9: Ride kaagbeni  to Tatopani (1200m/77kms/6.5hrs)
Difficulty level: 7/10 (30% off-road 70% tarmac)

After breakfast, continue ride to titi lake crossing a suspension bridge. Upon arrival, we take a short break and also do the paper works and continue to Jomsom (8kms). Take a tea break, have lunch on a suitable place and come down by visiting Rupse falls, Dana George and finally go to natural hot spring water located at tato pani for the bath.
Upon arrival at Tatopani check in to guest house and rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Tatopani ( BLD )

Day 10: Ride from Tatopani to ghandruk  (1030m/104Km/6-7hrs)
Difficulty level: 9/10 (70%  0ff road 30%  road )

Early morning we continue our ride after breakfast from Tatopani, today we will ride towards ghandruk. Ghandruk offers the majestic view of Annapurna mountain and a splendid sunrise and sunset. The Ghandruk village is most popular for wonderful Gurung culture, the beautiful village, geographical differences and the fantastic views of the mountains of Annapurna (7219 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m) and Himchuli (6411 m).

The Ghandruk village is also called Stone Village and Konda in the local language. It is for sure that the traveler will be more than happy and enjoy the Ghandruk village as it provides clean stone steps up and downhill, beautiful mountain views, the trail is relatively easier and the highest point is only 2000 meters. overnight at Ghandruk. ( BLD )

Day 11: Ride from Ghandruk to Bandipur  (1030m/136Km/6-7hrs)
Difficulty level: 6/10(70% road 30% off-road)

It is a pleasant relief to be able to tackle the roughest section of the journey in the early morning. Downhill to Naya pul  After a quick break set out following the trail along the river and then after about an hour meet the main highway at and then continue off the metalled road to Pokhara which is reached in about 1 ½ hour and 3-hour ride from Pokhara will take us to Bandipur village.

Bandipur is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower as one can view the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Langtang from here. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life.

overnight at the hotel ( BLD )

Day 12: Ride back to Kathmandu (1310m/148kms/6hrs)
Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

After breakfast, saddle up and retrace the route riding along the Privthi Highway back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu

Day 13: Rest and free day at Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the international airport for final departure.

 

 

All sightseeing is subject to weather conditions and political conditions in the destinations.

• Enfield Riders will not be liable in case the tour is affected because of weather, political, local, or any other conditions that arise during the duration of the trip. Any additional expenses incurred due to the same conditions would be borne by the participants

.• Ride Captain is subject to change anytime during the course of the expedition

.• In case of an accident, if the ride captain cannot continue further, then the mechanic would be leading as he too is an experienced rider

. Skill level advanced

• can ride for five to six hours

• extensive riding experience

• assistance on demand (if required)

• experienced in riding a variety of motorcycles

Location

• comfortable with any terrain and weather conditionsLocationThe The tour will cover several areas in Nepal. The main focus of the tour is riding through the Lower Mustang region. Mustang has a long, rich, and complex history that makes it one of the most interesting places in Nepal.

Food

The following meals are included:

• Breakfast

• Dinner

•  Hot Drinks

• Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for

• Regular (typically includes meat and fish)If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organizer when making reservation things to do (optional)Upon arrival in Tatopani by evening, you can enjoy spending time at the hot water spring.

What’s included:
• Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc rental throughout the trip
• Experienced road captain with an additional motorcycle
• Royal Enfield certified mechanic with spare parts for breakdowns
• Fuel
• 10 nights’ accommodation
• Daily breakfast & tea & cookies
• Mineral water 2 liters per person per day
• Back up support vehicle (pickup truck or similar) for pillions along with luggage
• ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) for Annapurna Region
• TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) for Annapurna Region

What’s not included
• Government Service Tax as per actual
• Lunch & dinner
• Airfare from and to your originating city of stay
• Tips, porterage, room service, laundry, and phone calls
• Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
• Additional sightseeing tours / excursions
• government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes, etc.
• Entry tickets for sightseeing/safari charge
• Any additional items/services

Cancellation Policy
• A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price

• The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is canceled

• The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival

NoteWe will customize your trip according to your Holidays Time frame with logistic Planning.

Cancellation

Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.

Note:Please ensure names must be exactly the same as your passport (for ticketing/security purposes). You could incur extra costs or even miss your flight if the names are not correct.


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