Upper Mustang Motorbike tour

Apr 1, 2024

As I revved up the engine of my motorcycle, I felt a surge of excitement mixed with a hint of nervousness. Riding through Upper Mustang in Nepal was a dream come true, but I knew it would also be a challenging adventure.

The rugged terrain and stark landscapes of Upper Mustang presented a stark contrast to the lush valleys and terraced hillsides we had encountered in other parts of Nepal. As I navigated the winding mountain roads, I was constantly awestruck by the breathtaking beauty that surrounded me – towering peaks, deep canyons, and ancient monasteries perched on rocky cliffs.

But it wasn't just the scenery that made this journey unforgettable. It was also the sense of freedom and exhilaration that came with riding a motorcycle through such remote and rugged terrain. Each twist and turn in the road brought a new sense of anticipation, as I wondered what wonders lay around the next bend.

Of course, there were challenges along the way – from navigating treacherous mountain passes to braving unpredictable weather conditions. But overcoming those challenges only added to the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie shared with my fellow riders.

And then there were the moments of quiet reflection – gazing out at the vast expanse of the Himalayas, feeling the wind on my face as I rode through ancient villages frozen in time, and connecting with the rich cultural heritage of the Mustang region.

As I rode back to Kathmandu, my mind was filled with memories of the incredible landscapes, the warm hospitality of the local people, and the indescribable feeling of freedom that comes with exploring the world on two wheels. Motorbiking through Upper Mustang was more than just an adventure – it was an experience that touched my soul and left an indelible mark on my heart.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Our adventure begins in Kathmandu, where we gather our gear and set off for Pokhara, the gateway to the Mustang region. The scenic drive takes us through lush valleys and terraced hillsides, offering glimpses of traditional Nepali village life along the way. In Pokhara, we spend the night, preparing for the journey ahead.

Day 2: Pokhara to Jomsom

Today, we embark on an exhilarating flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, a small town nestled in the Kali Gandaki Valley, surrounded by towering peaks. After landing, we waste no time in getting our bikes ready and hitting the road. The ride to Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, is relatively short but offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Day 3: Kagbeni to Chele

Leaving Kagbeni behind, we enter Upper Mustang, a land of ancient caves, monasteries, and rugged terrain. The trail winds its way through barren landscapes, with the mighty Himalayas as our constant companions. We reach Chele by late afternoon, where we settle in for the night, ready to continue our journey deeper into the heart of Mustang.

Day 4: Chele to Syanboche

Today's ride takes us through some of the most remote and spectacular landscapes in Upper Mustang. We traverse high mountain passes, cross rivers, and pass through traditional Tibetan villages frozen in time. Syanboche welcomes us with its tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views, providing the perfect backdrop for an evening of relaxation and reflection.

Day 5: Syanboche to Lo Manthang

The highlight of our journey awaits as we make our way to Lo Manthang, the ancient walled capital of Upper Mustang. The ride is challenging but rewarding, with every turn revealing new wonders – from ancient monasteries perched precariously on cliffs to rugged canyons carved by the winds of time. As we approach Lo Manthang, the sight of its whitewashed walls and centuries-old palaces takes our breath away.

Day 6: Explore Lo Manthang

Today is dedicated to exploring the cultural treasures of Lo Manthang. We wander through narrow alleys lined with traditional mud-brick houses, visit ancient monasteries adorned with intricate murals, and immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of Mustang's unique heritage. The day ends with a mesmerizing sunset over the Himalayas, casting a golden glow over this mystical land.

Day 7: Lo Manthang to Kagbeni

Reluctantly, we bid farewell to Lo Manthang and begin our journey back towards Kagbeni. The return journey offers new perspectives on familiar landscapes, as we reflect on the memories made and the experiences shared during our time in Upper Mustang. We spend our final night in Kagbeni, savoring the last moments of our unforgettable adventure.

Day 8: Kagbeni to Jomsom to Pokhara

Our epic motorbike journey through Upper Mustang comes to an end as we make our way back to Jomsom. From there, we catch a flight back to Pokhara, where we take one last look at the majestic peaks that have been our constant companions throughout our journey. With hearts full of gratitude and minds filled with memories, we bid farewell to the Mustang region and begin our journey back to Kathmandu, marking the end of an unforgettable adventure.

Day 9: Pokhara to Ktm






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