One of our newer exciting cycling adventures, this breathtaking journey will take you through the timeless Kingdom of Lo, the last bastion of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. This region was, until recently, forbidden to all foreigners.
This fascinating area requires a special restricted area permit to enter (so numbers are limited), which supports conservation of the area’s unique heritage. This landscape hosts incredible sculpted canyons with ancient cave monasteries, fortified medieval villages offering oases of green fields in the arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, wild trails over high passes and along stark ridge-lines - all set against the backdrop of the soaring snow-peaks of the Himalayas.
Lo, in the Upper Mustang region, is an ancient kingdom tucked away in northern Nepal at the headwaters of the 'deepest river gorge in the world', the Kali Gandaki. It is a remote and starkly beautiful section of the Tibetan Plateau, the high altitude desert bordered to the south by some of the Himalayas’ highest mountains. The fact that it now lies in Nepal rather than Tibet has enabled the people of the region to preserve their unique and fascinating Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle.
Our exploration of Upper Mustang takes us on some of the less traveled routes through this sun-drenched region; sometimes following the Kali Gandaki river-bed, other times biking on spectacular trails to passes high above it, and descending on awesome trails through gorges, wondering at the ancient cave dwellings and monasteries we see carved into the rugged mountainsides. These newly opened trails have to be biked to be believed.
233 Km riding. The majority of the riding is on dirt roads, rough and ready jeep tracks and these are fun enough, but we also have some simply unbelievable single trail riding. The trails take us over high passes and on long sweeping downhills, through crazy canyons and along wild ridgelines – all the while looking out to the Himalayan Range. The riding on this tour is tough and some experience with single track riding is advised. Although not extremely technical and difficult the single track is challenging and does require skill; for some of the most technical sections of riding, it may be possible to avoid them with the option of riding on the jeep track.
We are riding through the heart of the Himalayas, the highest point is a pass at 4325m (day 9), where the altitude is a factor to consider. The tour is designed to reduce altitude sickness with planned acclimatisation days. Altitude affects everyone differently, some people will feel no difference, some will feel slight shortness of breath, where cycling will feel more difficult. These symptoms will fade as you become acclimated.
Visit three of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley for a stunning introduction to Nepal.
Discover the ancient Tibetan ways of the Nepalese living in the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang.
Pedal through colorful canyons with dramatic mountainous backdrops to the Kingdom of Lo with views of the Plain of Aspiration.
Explore the one-of-a-kind walled city of Lo Manthang as you cycle this UNESCO treasure.
Dates & Price
WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT
This tour is designed for the truly experienced and adventurous cyclist who is seeking challenging riding in a dramatic environment, with breathtaking views, high altitudes, and fun single tracks. Also, the fact that this area of Nepal was until recently closed to tourists adds to the sense of adventure as we discover remote areas in forbidden ancient kingdoms. Come along on this odyssey through the mighty Mustang for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.