Upper Mustang Bike Tour - 12 Day

Trip Overview
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu- Kathamndu
  • Trip TypeMotorbike Tour
  • Major AttractionUpper Mustang Area
  • Maximum Altitude3,840 m
  • Best TimeAutumn (September, October, November) and Spring (March, April, May)

Upper Mustang Bike Tour takes you to the untouched and beautiful land of Upper Mustang, situated at the Nepal-Tibet border. Its unique preservation and untouched beauty can be attributed to its history as a demilitarised zone until 1992 and the fact that it was only opened to non-Nepali trekkers a mere 15 years ago.

This isolated region, which you reach with the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour in Nepal, continues to maintain its status as a restricted area, resulting in fewer tourists. That said, travelers who venture into this isolated land with the Bike Tour of Upper Mustang, either via air, road by motorbike or trek, could enjoy a sense of uniqueness and distinctiveness.

This Mustang region landscape itself is actually a different world than the other. It's characterized by towering rocky cliffs and a dry, arid ambiance that distinguishes it from other parts of the Himalayas. With the majestic Annapurna mountain range dominating the horizon against a clear sky, following the Upper Mustang Bike Tour route offers abundant cultural and historical exploration opportunities via bike.

Following the Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary, riders can marvel at the high-altitude rock caves that housed monks centuries ago, view ancient rock paintings, and visit more recently constructed monasteries. The local population's Tibetan-like culture further enhances this region's allure, making a Bike Upper Mustang Tour a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Until recently, the only way to access Upper Mustang, also known locally as the ancient Kingdom of Lo, was by trekking. However, recent developments in the upper region have resulted in a challenging road suitable for jeeps, trucks, and motorbikes. Yes, you heard it right. You can now go on an Upper Mustang on a bike, too, with your pal or your partner with the specially designed Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour Itinerary. Still, remember that if you are on your bike tour to the upper Mustang region, ensure you, your pal, and your bike are well prepared for the off-road travel experience through the tough, rocky, and arduous journey ahead.

The Bike Tour of Upper Mustang Itinerary starts from Kathmandu with a bike, taking you all the way to the nearby attractions first, like Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, and Pokhara. After a night stay in Pokhara and a sightseeing tour, we then move towards Tatopani. En route to the Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 Day Journey, travelers can enjoy the hot spring bath here and spend the night. We will travel towards the place in the Mustang region where the famous Muktinath temple lies via Marpha, Jomsom, and Kagbeni.

From here, following the 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary, you will travel to Lo Manthang and take a tour around this area for one whole day. During the Motorcycle ride tour, you do not need to worry about accommodations, getting lost, or anything else as our jeep with experienced driver, mechanic, and guide will follow you everywhere you go. With this facility, you can just enjoy your Upper Mustang Trip on Motorbike rather than worrying about your accommodations and other bike-related problems. 

The 12-Day Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is an incredibly thrilling experience. As you begin your adventure, you'll encounter a continuous landscape of hills, waterfalls, and even demanding terrain with thin alpine air, providing an adrenaline-pumping journey like no other.

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour offers a unique adventure to the last Tibetan kingdom in the Trans-Himalayan region. Only a limited number of tourists are allowed to explore each year, making this tour even more thrilling for travelers. 

Upper Mustang is a culturally diverse region inhabited by Tibetan and Thakali people, resulting in a captivating blend of Tibetan and Nepalese cultures.

Our Bike Tour of Upper Mustang package takes you along winding valley roads, past glacier lakes, and near the towering Himalayan Mountains, providing breathtaking scenery. What truly sets this journey apart are the warm-hearted mountain residents and their bright smiles, making your biking experience truly special. You 

The friendly greetings and welcoming gestures of the locals will make you feel right at home, leaving you with a strong desire to prolong your stay. For any motorbike enthusiast, the Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour on two wheels will undoubtedly rank among their most memorable journeys.

Thus, a 12-day bike ride tour of the Upper Mustang region is suitable for experienced riders who long to explore one of the best-isolated regions of Nepal. Similarly, as a traveler and rider, you get to explore the distinctive rainshadow region of Nepal known as the Upper Mustang, all while acclimating to higher altitudes. Along the way of you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of towering 8000-metre peaks, such as the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. This Upper Mustang Tour in Bike Route takes you through picturesque Tibetan villages, letting travelers immerse themselves in rich cultural experiences and witness a way of life that's truly unique.

If our brief overview of the 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour package has aroused your interest and you'd like to learn more about this 12-day package, please continue reading the details below.

Upper Mustang Bike Tour Major Highlights 

  • Enjoy a thrilling motorbike journey from Kathmandu to the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang.
  • Reach the Upper Mustang Area with the Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 day trip.
  • Explore the Kathmandu Valley before your tour.
  • Discover the impressive five-story King's Palace in Lo Manthang, the hidden gem of Upper Mustang.
  • Indulge in the delectable apples and apple brandy of Marpha, known as the 'Village of Orchards.'
  • Enjoy an Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour through typical villages, monasteries, temples, and historical caves.
  • Begin your ride in the lush lowlands and gradually ascend to the picturesque Tibetan plateau in the Upper Mustang region.
  • Visit the major and famous villages in Lower Mustang before reaching Upper Mustang.
  • Explore caves, villages, and monasteries, particularly in Lo Manthang.
  • Stay overnight at local tea houses in the isolated region.
  • Explore Bandipur after your 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour. 

Why is the Upper Mustang Bike Tour Right for You?

Upper Mustang Bike Tour is the right trip for you if you want to reach Nepal's Upper Mustang region the easiest way. The region is a treasure trove of wonders, making it a must-visit destination for bike ride lovers and travelers. 

  • The Upper Mustang Bike Tour takes you to the region, one of Nepal's top tourist attractions. Along this route, local tea houses and lodges offer a wide variety of food, comfortable accommodations, and heartwarming hospitality for guests. 
  • Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour is just the right package to choose if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and savour its traditional cuisine, providing a truly enriching experience.
  • You'll often encounter mani walls and stones during your Bike Tour of Upper Mustang. These are common sights because many Buddhist Monasteries lie along the trail. However, one of the most captivating aspects of exploring the Upper Mustang is the unique art and the alluring Red Monastery, which holds its special charm.
  • The Bike Upper Mustang Tour is the ideal choice for you for several reasons. This tour offers a much easier and more accessible way to explore the region than traditional trekking. This means you can experience the beauty and culture of Upper Mustang without the physical demands of a trek.
  • The 12 day Upper Mustang Bike Tour is a time-saving alternative, allowing you to cover more ground and see more in a shorter period than the hike. It provides a unique and exciting way to delve into the region's landscapes, history, and local life.
  • By opting for the 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you can conserve your energy for other trekking adventures or activities, ensuring you make the most of your time in this remarkable part of the world. So, if you're looking for a convenient, efficient, and energy-saving way to explore Upper Mustang, the bike tour is the perfect choice.

What To Expect from the Upper Mustang Bike Tour?

With the Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang package, you can expect a fully guided service and the most hassle-free way to reach the Upper Mustang. 

This Upper Mustang region is known for its diverse landscapes and breathtaking mountain views. It provides exciting mountain biking trails for off-road adventures, and the trails you tread with the Upper Mustang Trip in Motorbike 12 Day cater to experienced bikers and adventure seekers.

Moreover, you can choose from challenging high-altitude rides or scenic routes that pass through charming villages and terraced fields. Additionally, these biking trails in the Upper Mustang Bike Tour offer a perfect blend of thrilling action and peaceful natural beauty, giving riders a unique and unforgettable experience.

For those travelers who love excitement, the famous Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 Day offers tough terrain and high-altitude obstacles, giving you an incredible sense of accomplishment after your bike tour. On this Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you will ride via remote mountain villages and cross thrilling high-altitude places. Similarly, the best-organized Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary will reward you with stunning landscapes and breathtaking views of the region's iconic mountain range.  

On the other hand, the Kathmandu Valley provides a perfect mix of history and adventure. Your tour first starts in Kathmandu, where you will be taken across famous landmarks like Pokhara, Bandipur, and many more. Afterward, you move toward the upper Himalayan area. You first enjoy the lower region marvels in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara, and Bandipur, giving you a unique chance to immerse travelers in the local culture while enjoying the thrill of mountain biking.

Beyond the sheer excitement of the ride, Upper Mustang Bike Tour Trails also lets you experience the warm hospitality of the local communities, allowing you to form a deeper connection with the stunning Himalayan region and its people. Whether you're an experienced rider seeking challenges or a nature enthusiast looking for cultural immersion, get ready to experience the thrill and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Nepal's Himalayas on two wheels.

This thrilling 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour around the Upper Mustang area offers an exciting blend of mountain biking, cultural exploration, and breathtaking scenery. As you ride along dusty trails to the ancient kingdom of Mustang, you'll be treated to magnificent vistas of snow-covered mountains, such as Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna.

Along the Upper Mustang Tour on Bike Route, you'll also encounter Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and ancient caves in the walls that reflect the area's rich heritage. Lower Mustang has its unique charm and slightly gentler terrain, but it still maintains the cultural appeal and natural beauty of the wider Mustang region.

Upper Mustang Motor Bike Tour Cost 

With us, the Upper Mustang Bike Tour costs $2300 per person and might reach up to $2450 per person. 

Upper Mustang entry permits can be costly, leading to higher travel expenses than other destinations. The Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour Cost varies depending on the time of year you start and the different facilities you choose. If you want a budget-friendly trip, choose the bike tour with fixed departure options. Another way to save money is to join the group Upper Mustang Bike Tour rather than a private Bike Upper Mustang Tour.

Upper Mustang Bike Private tours may be experience, but they still provide the greatest experience and are highly recommended for those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our Upper Mustang Bike Tour package starts from $2450 per person. We offer private and group bike tours to the upper Mustang region. 

Pax             Cost

2-2            $2450  

3-6            $2300

Note: This Upper Mustang Motorbike tour requires a minimum of two travelers, as restricted area permits cannot be obtained for solo travelers. 

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Welcome to the breathtaking Himalayas. Your destination, as per the Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary, is Kathmandu, and our friendly representatives from Mountain Rock Treks will greet you upon your arrival. They'll drive you away to your hotel in Thamel, a popular tourist area. Today is all about relaxation and exploration in Kathmandu. You can take it easy and get acclimated to the city's atmosphere. Kathmandu offers diverse shops and exciting places to hang out so you can have a great time. After some rest, you can discuss your Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang Itinerary and tour around further into the scenic Kathmandu valley.

Kathmandu Elevation- (1,400m/4,592ft)

Overnight: Hotels at Thamel

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 1,400m

Today, you will take a test drive ride before we take off for your Upper Mustang Trip in Motorbike. This test drive allows you to try the bikes for the first time and explore some of the best places in the valley. Your first test ride before the Upper Mustang Bike Tour starts from Kathmandu, taking you from Nagarkot, a hill station east of Kathmandu, with Sankhu as a midway point. You'll pass through several places from Sankhu to Nagarkot, including Lapsiphedi, Jaharing Pouwa, and Kattike Bhanjyang. This journey before your Upper Mustang Bike Tour covers a distance of 14 kilometers and takes about 5 hours to complete. 

Sankhu is an ancient, famous Newari village boasting beautiful temples. Moreover, Nagarkot is a famous hill station that offers beautiful sunrise and sunset views across the stunning Himalayan mountain ranges. Starting from Sankhu, you'll ride towards Nagarkot to enjoy this scenic adventure.

After riding for a few minutes, you will arrive at the famous vantage point of Nagarkot. This hill offers the most spectacular panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. If you arrive early, you can witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas, which includes the Langtang and Ganesh mountain ranges. Nagarkot boasts modern resorts and places to stay, making it an excellent destination for sunrise and sunset views. Spending the night there is recommended to make the most of your experience before the start of your Bike Upper Mustang Tour. After exploring Nagarkot, you will return to Kathmandu for an overnight stay in the Hotels of Kathmandu. 

Nagarkot Elevation- 2,175 m/ 7,135 ft

Riding Distance- 70 km

Overnight- Hotels at Thamel

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Full Day
  • 2,175 m

Today, as per the Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary, we will take a ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Bike ride to Pokhara may be slow and lengthy, taking around 6 to 8 hours, so be prepared for an extended journey. During the first part of the Bike Tour of Upper Mustang Itinerary, you'll follow the Trishuli River and enjoy some breathtaking scenic views. Remember that some sections of the journey might involve rough or off-road terrain, which can be a bit challenging. Still, the rewards of the tour will definitely be worth it.

As you continue, you'll be treated to stunning panoramas of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges. Finally, you'll arrive in Pokhara, often called the "city of lakes." Once there, you can take a relaxing boat ride on Phewa Lake and explore the island temple of Barahi. Don't forget to savor a delicious meal at your hotel near the lakeside. After a short exploration around the Pokhara Valley, you stay overnight at one of the finest hotels in the Pokhara Valley, ending your third day at the 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary. 

Riding Distance-  200 km

Overnight- Hotels of Pokhara

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8-9 hr
  • 800 m

Your Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary resumes with a hearty breakfast in Pokhara Valley before you take off on a bike ride to Tatopani. Before starting your bike tour, you can explore Pokhara city once again and perhaps indulge in some shopping in this charming locale. Leaving the urban area, your Upper Mustang Bike Tour Journey continues westward. This part of today's trip is one of the most demanding and exhilarating rides. 

You continue to ride from Pokhara and leave Beni behind, facing some challenging terrains. You will encounter narrow roads, gravel pathways, or off-road conditions. This promises to be an exciting experience, with the route treating you to captivating sights of cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and picturesque valleys.

Leaving Beni behind, you will travel via the path of the Kaligandaki River through quaint villages and eventually arrive at Tatopani. This place is famous for its natural hot springs. Here, you can relax and soothe your muscles in one of the teahouses and spring baths. After your relaxing bath, take an opportunity to visit the Narchyang waterfall. After all your exploration, stay at one of the tea houses of Tatopani. 

Tatopani Elevation- (1,190m/3,904ft) 

Riding Distance- 110 km

Overnight- Teahouses

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-8 hr
  • 1,190m

Today's Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang Itinerary promises to be a bit lengthy, but it's a relatively easier and less challenging ride that's bound to be quite exhilarating. Your first destination is Lete, a charming village in the heart of the Mustang region. Here, you'll be surrounded by the breathtaking Annapurna and Nilgiri mountain ranges. As you drive along the scenic route, you'll trace the path of the Kali Gandaki stream, which adds to the beauty of the journey.

Next, as per the 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary, you'll go to Marpha, famously known as the 'Village of Orchards.' This place is renowned for its delectable apples and even apple brandy. Don't miss the chance to savor some of these local treats. It's a delightful stop where you can indulge in these fruity delights.

Continuing from Marpha, your Upper Mustang Bike Tour route takes you through Kagbeni. Along the way, you'll be able to witness the ancient caves that hold historical significance. As your journey unfolds, you'll eventually arrive at Muktinath, home to one of the world's highest temples. This sacred pilgrimage site also doubles as a bustling tourist hub with various hotels and shops to cater to travelers like you. It's a fantastic place to take a breather, relax, and acclimate to the altitude, ensuring you're in the best shape for the rest of your adventure. You'll spend the night in one of the tea houses of the Muktinath. 

Muktinath Temple Elevation- (3,760m/12,333ft) 

Marpha Elevation- 2,650 metres 

Jomsom Elevation- 2,743 m (8,999 ft)

Kagbeni Elevation- 2,804 m (9,199 ft) 

Overnight- Teahouses

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-7 hr
  • 3,760m

We wake up early and enjoy tea and coffee in the Teahouse around Muktinath before the start of your Bike Tour of Upper Mustang Itinerary. Afterwards, we start our early morning hike to the Muktinath Temple. It is a famous sacred temple representing Lord Vishnu in Hinduism and Buddha in Buddhism. You can perform a pooja there, take a holy purifying bath in the holy waters, return to your hotel, and prepare for a long drive.

Today's 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary leaves Muktinath and takes you to Lo Manthang, a restricted area in the upper Mustang region located northwest of Muktinath. 

The journey to Lo Manthang offers an adventurous off-road experience, passing through Tibetan settlements and the arid landscapes of the rainshadow region. However, be aware of the increasing altitude, as it can lead to altitude sickness. If you experience any issues, inform your guide and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

As you reach Lo Manthang, you'll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains. The village itself is deeply influenced by Tibetan culture, evident in its mud-brick walls and the abundance of Gompas (Buddhist monasteries). Overnight stay will be at one of the teahouses of Lo Manthang. 

Lo Manthang Elevation- (3,730m/12,235ft)

Riding Distance- 46 km

Overnight- Tea houses of Lo Manthang

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hr
  • 3,840 m

Your morning on the Upper Mustang Bike Tour begins with a beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas. You enjoy the early morning breakfast in the teahouse and prepare for your exploration around the Lo Manthang today.

There are numerous activities to enjoy in Lo Manthang. As per the Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary, today is a rest and acclimatization day, so we will enjoy different activities today, keeping the risks of altitude sickness in mind. You can start by visiting the impressive red cliffs known for their vibrant orange-red hue.

Another must-see landmark on your Upper Mustang Bike Tour is the King's Palace, a five-story structure constructed in the 1400s, making it one of the city's oldest buildings. It was built by the first king of Mustang, King Ame Pal, who pitched the protective walls around the Lo settlement.

The King's Palace is adorned with white lime sacred texts like Kanjur and features paintings and inscriptions in the Ranjana script, an ancient Newari writing system developed in the 11th century. Currently, the ceremonial king and queen reside in this historic castle. After exploration, you can rest in the teahouses of the Lo Manthang.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3,840m

After one full day of exploration in Lo Manthang, your Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary will take you back to Tatopani. It will be a long ride today, but it will start as soon as we have our delicious breakfast in the morning. Our journey to Tatopani will take you through vast landscapes, winding canyons, rugged cliffs, and Moraine valleys before you reach lush surroundings and human settlements. Following a tiring and lengthy trip, unwind in the natural hot spring at your lodge. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the town, shop for souvenirs, and savor local dishes. You'll spend the night in Tatopani, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Tatopani Elevation- (1,190m/3,904ft) 

Riding Distance- 82 km

Overnight- Teahouses

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7-9 hr
  • 1,190m

On the 10th day of the Upper Mustang Itinerary Bike Tour, we will ride back to Pokhara from Tatopani. Also, we will be covering a distance of approximately 110 kilometers. To reach Pokhara, we will leave Tatopani early in the morning and follow the Beni-Jomsom Road, which runs alongside the serene Kali-Gandaki River and offers breathtaking views. Before you set off to Tatopani on your Upper Mustang Bike Tour, take a moment to explore the charming Beni Bazaar, where you can stock up on any essentials you may need for the road ahead. 

The journey to Pokhara will take around four hours, so be prepared for a pleasant drive through the stunning landscapes of Nepal. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, you'll be free to decide how to spend your time. You can continue exploring the city's attractions or take a well-deserved break to relax and rejuvenate. As the day fast changes into night, visit various clubs and restaurants scattered around the enchanting Phewa Lakeside. It's a great way to experience the vibrant nightlife of Pokhara Valley. After all the exploitation, we spent the night in one of the hotels of Pokhara.

Pokhara Valley Elevation- (800m/2,625ft) 

Riding Distance- 110 km

Overnight- Hotel

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-7 hr
  • 800m

Today is the day on your 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour Itinerary when we leave the magnificent city of Pokhara and head towards Bandipur. The distance we will be covering today is about 110 km in total, and the journey typically takes about 3-4 hours. During your Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy scenic views of terraced fields, traditional Nepali houses, and occasional glimpses of the magnificent Annapurna mountain range. Bandipur is a charming village that still remains untouched by modernization and is rich in historical treasures. This Newari village boasts antique houses, preserves traditional culture, and hosts important temples and historical architecture. Moreover, this medieval-era town celebrates festivals yearly, offering various cultural experiences. It also provides insights into Newar culture and lifestyle, showcasing the refined civilization of Bhaktapur. Overnight will be at one of the tea houses or hotels at Bandipur. 

Bandipur Elevation- 1,030m/ 3,379 ft)

Riding Distance- 76.4 km

Overnight- Hotels or Tea House

  • Hotels or Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-7 hr
  • 1,030 m

Kathmandu Elevation- (1,400m/4,592ft)

Riding Distance- 147 kilometres

Overnight- Hotels

On the 11th day of the Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang Itinerary, we'll bid farewell to Bandipur and hit the road to Kathmandu. Today's journey covers a distance of 147 kilometers and takes about 4-5 hours. The route we'll take is a treat for the eyes. It traces the winding path of the Trisuli River, revealing breathtaking vistas of deep valleys and lush terraced farmlands. If the weather is on our side, we might even catch glimpses of the majestic Himalayan mountain range.

This day on the Upper Mustang Bike Tour promises both adventure and natural beauty as we make our way from Bandipur to Kathmandu, all while immersing ourselves in Nepal's stunning landscapes. After reaching Kathmandu, we relax at one of the finest hotels in Thamel. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7-9 Hr
  • 1,400m

Your 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour officially ends today. Hope you had a great 12 days with us in Nepal. After breakfast, our representatives from Mountain Rock Treks will drive you to the airport. Or if you have more days in Nepal, after taking your Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you can take other treks and tours like the Everest Base Camp Trek, the EBC helicopter tour, and the Kathmandu Valley tour with us. 

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
  • 1,400m

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Arrival and departure arrangement
  • Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley with guide and entrance fees
  • Backup transportation the entire trip
  • Guide to managing accommodation and other arrangement
  • Riding guide to lead the tour with his own bike 
  • Motorbike Mechanic with the necessary tools 
  • Accommodation in 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Accommodation in local tea houses in Mustang
  • Upper Mustang restricted area permit (USD 500 per person)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit
  • Every morning breakfast in the hotels of the main cities (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur)
  • All the food and hot drinks while riding Mustang
  • Motorbike on hire and its fuel 
  • Emergency evacuation management
  • First aid kit box
  • Service charges and government tax 


  • Lunch and Dinner in the main cities (Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Bandipur) 
  • Cost of any major damages to Motorbike 
  • Personal gear/ equipment, including your helmet 
  • Personal expenses, Medical expenses
  • Personal insurance, emergency evacuation cost in case of need
  • Tipping 
  • Visa cost of Nepal (USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days) 


Essential Info

When is the Best Season For the Upper Mustang Bike Tour?

The best part about the Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 Day package is that travelers can go on it at any time of the year. Most of the treks in Nepal take place during the spring months and harvest time. However, you do not need to choose the best time for this tour as Mustang is located toward the northern side of the Himalayas. 

One advantage of the Upper Mustang Tour in Bike Package is that this region generally receives very little monsoon rainfall like other parts of the country. This is why, no matter your bike tour time here, you are less likely to encounter muddy, slippery, or avalanche-prone trails during the monsoon season in Mustang. Plus, you're guaranteed to enjoy pristine mountain views.

Still, if you are determined to take an Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 Day at the best time, travel in Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). Also, avoid the seasons like monsoons (June to August) and winter months (December, January, and February). 

Spring Season: 

The Spring season in Nepal, starting from March to May is one of the best times for your Upper Mustang Bike Tour. Especially talking about the upper Mustang area in spring; this region experiences temperatures ranging between 16 to 22 degrees Celsius. Similarly, some characteristics of this region in spring are vivid mountain views, Clear views, and Blue Sky. If you travel in May, you get to experience the famous Himalayas festival of the region, i.e., the Tibetan Buddhist festival of Tiji in Lo Manthang.

Autumn Season:

The Autumn season in Nepal starts in September and lasts till November. During these seasons, travelers experience cool weather and temperatures ranging from 2 to 20 degrees Celsius on your Upper Mustang Trip on Motorbike. Moreover, the region's temperature at night falls to -4 degrees Celsius or lower. This season boasts pleasing winds with clear views of the mountains, like the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. 

How is The Road Condition on the Upper Mustang Bike Tour?

The Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang's road conditions mixes paved and off-road sections, requiring adaptability for smooth rides and rough terrain. The road conditions around Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Nagarkot, and Bandipur are great. Similarly, the Driving trials around Marpha and Jomsom are well constructed. 

But once you pass from Marpha and Jomsom on your Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you pass through the Kagbeni village to reach the Muktinath temple. Kagbeni village marks the border between Nepal's Upper and Lower Mustang, thrilling the journey. 

This means that as you travel from the lower Mustang region to the upper one, your Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour experience becomes more thrilling and adventurous. Moreover, the road becomes rough, with sections of off-road riding, and you'll encounter patches of thick, dry mud and stones. This makes the Upper Mustang motorbike tour an exciting adventure in Nepal. Given the current road conditions, it's best to use dirt bikes for this trip.

The road may be rough but is generally wide, offering a great experience as you come across several villages. There are many small teahouses and small dining places en route to the Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 Day to add the positivity aspect, finally riding towards the infamous settlements of the region, ie. Lo Manthang.  

Lo Manthang is the final village in the Upper Mustang Trip in Motorbike. However, if you're up for it, you can ride to the border gate between Nepal and China.

Accommodations on 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour

The 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike tour is a tea house accommodation bike tour with basic accommodations totally different from the hotels you are staying at in Kathmandu. These tea houses you stay on your Upper Mustang Bike tour are a very basic type of mountain hotel traditionally run by the locals living in the region. Similarly, these houses are made up of mud and brick and are mostly painted white. 

These tea houses of the Upper Mustang Bike tour are very cozy and small, with only very few rooms available. In Lo Manthang, the newer concrete tea houses are tall and can host numerous trekkers. The rooms typically have two single beds and not much furniture. While they provide pillows and blankets, they may not be as fluffy and warm, so bringing a sleeping bag for extra comfort and hygiene is a good idea.

Do not expect much facilities than a room with a bed, blankets, pillow or a small table as the area you reach on your Upper Mustang Bike tour is very remote. Also, very few teahouses in the region, especially in lower areas, have attached bathrooms. The rest of the tea houses have communal toilets/bathrooms with squat seats. So ensure you bring your toilet paper and portable soap because not all tea houses provide them.  Also, remember that the showers in the teahouse are shared, as you won't find any attached bathrooms in the upper areas of the Mustang. 

Foods On the Upper Mustang Bike Tour 

The food options for the Bike Tour of Upper Mustang are the same as those in the trekking trails. Still, due to the influence of the Tibetan Buddhist community living in the region, you will find more local food choices, such as Chinese/Tibetan dishes, during the road trip. The food choices in the region are limited to basic, so do not expect the lavish foods found in cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. 

During the Bike Upper Mustang Tour, you'll often encounter a popular and satisfying meal known as "Dal Bhat." This meal is always consumed, so it's considered the national dish of Nepal. It consists of lentil soup and rice served with a vegetable curry, a staple in the Nepali diet. This hearty dish is a favorite among trekkers because it's filling and affordable, costing around USD 4 for either lunch or dinner.

For breakfast on the 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you'll find a variety of Western dishes available, such as porridge, pancakes, eggs, jam, and honey in the lower regions. Don't miss trying the fluffy Tibetan bread if you want something different. Another regional specialty worth sampling is Thukpa, a Tibetan noodle soup quite famous in this area.

You can try the specialty drinks of the Upper Mustang area made from apples. The Upper Mustang region is famous for apple farming, so apple drinks and snacks are quite popular in the whole country. You can also try their renowned apple juice and locally produced wine. Soft drinks are usually more expensive here compared to the city area due to higher transportation costs.

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Permits Required For 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour 

For your 12-Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour, travelers must have two permits, i.e., RAP and ACAP. Upper Mustang, the historical kingdom of Lo, has been accessible to foreign trekkers since 1992 under restricted conditions, which remain in effect today. For both treks and tours in the Upper Mustang, you must acquire two specific permits through a licensed Nepali trekking agency: the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP).

Restricted Area Permit  (RAP)

Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour takes you to Upper Mustang, a restricted area located close to the Tibetan border. This destination has been restricted for border security and to protect the unique culture and traditional flooring in the area from tourism's adverse effects. 

These restricted permits in the region apply to special areas you reach on your Bike Tour of Upper Mustang, such as Lo Manthang Rural Municipality (Wards 1 to 5), Baragung Mukti Chetra Rural Municipality (Ward 3 and Satang Village in Ward 5), and Lo-Gekar Damodar Kunda Rural Municipality (Wards 1 to 5).

The cost of the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for the Upper Mustang varies depending on the number of days spent in these restricted regions. For foreigners, it's $500 for the first ten days and $50 for each additional day. Nepali nationals can get this permit free of charge.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

The Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang takes you via the trail through the vast Mustang region, located entirely in the Annapurna conservation area. Therefore, this bike tour requires an additional trekking permit called ACAP. The permit fees for this bike tour are as follows:

  • For citizens of SAARC nations: It costs NRs. 1000 per person (about US$ 10).
  • For individuals from other countries: The fee is NRs. 3000 per person (around US$ 30).

Documents to Prepare to get Upper Mustang Bike Tour permits

  • Nepal Tourist Visa
  • Photocopy of your passport with at least 6 months validity
  • 1 Passport-sized photo for the ACAP permit
  • One scanned photograph

Gears and Equipment For 12 Day Upper Mustang Bike Tour 

Possessing suitable Mountain Biking Accessories and gear before your Upper Mustang Trip in Motorbike Is a must. So, ensure you are properly equipped with the right equipment and gear. Mountain Bikes for your  Upper Mustang Bike Tour can generally be rented from Pokhara, Kathmandu, and Thamel. However, since the tour company provides the tour bike, you do not need to worry about renting the bike for the tour. Here is the required equipment for your 12-day Motorbike tour to the upper Mustang region. 

  • Helmet
  • Biking Gloves
  • Eye Protection
  • Padded Shorts
  • Cycling Jersey
  • Cycling Shoes and Clipless Pedals
  • Hydration Pack
  • Multi-tool Kit
  • Spare Tubes and Repair Kit
  • Portable Bike Pump
  • Lights and Reflectors
  • Bike Lock
  • Bike Computer or GPS

Remember, having the right gear can make your mountain biking adventure safer and more enjoyable.

Altitude Sickness (AMS) on Upper Mustang Bike Tour

Upper Mustang is a restricted zone, so you must have a permit for the Motorbike Tour in Upper Mustang. To get the permit, you must be in a group of two and have a licensed guide. On this Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour, you will reach the highest point at Lo Manthang, 3850M above sea level. The lowest height you will reach is Pokhara, 910 M. 

This Upper Mustang Bike Tour leads you to an incredible, achievable altitude. However, ascending heights in the Nepal Himalayas can be challenging and may increase the risk of Altitude sickness. The severity of mountain sickness can range from mild to dangerous, depending on individual circumstances and how the trek is approached. Therefore, during your 12-day Upper Mustang Bike Tour in the Nepal Himalayas, it's important to adopt precautions to minimize the AMS risks. Some of the ways to minimize the risks of the AMS while on a bike tour are as follows:

  • Drink enough weather to keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not rush to drive
  • Follow the itinerary provided by the tour company
  • Avoid eating foods especially related to the NOn- vegetation items
  • Drink plenty of soups
  • Do not cause any alcohol

Typical Day on Upper Mustang Bike Tour

Your typical Upper Mustang Motorbike Tour starts early in the morning. Your guide will inform you when and where to meet to start the bike ride, allowing you to plan your morning routine for waking up, packing, and having breakfast. Breakfast is usually provided and enjoyed at the tea houses in the dining area.  Once ready, you can bring your luggage down to where your guide and other riders gather.

The Upper Mustang Bike Tour 12 Day ride begins as soon as you eat your breakfast. Our guide will lead the way or follow you in a jeep; everyone usually rides together as a group, maintaining a consistent pace.

If you travel in a larger group Upper Mustang Bike Tour, there might be multiple guides and mechanisms to fix your motorbikes. During the tour, if you are confused about the trails or want to know more about the landmarks, then your guides will point out interesting sights, assist with bike issues, and address your questions.

While you'll mostly stay together as a group, there may be instances when the guide gives you the green light to go at your own pace to reach the next turn or landmark on the Upper Mustang Tour in Bike Package. Stops for sightseeing, tours, and snacks are generally made as a group.

After traveling for some hours, you can stop at one of the tea houses en route and enjoy your lunch served. During your lunch break, you can also rest at the tea houses, allowing you to rest and explore. You resume your tour after lunch and ride to your day's destination.

After you reach your destination each day on your 12-day Upper Mustang Bike Tour, you start at the teahouse and enjoy the group dinners in the dining area of the tea houses. Group dinners are a great opportunity to connect with fellow riders and are typically included in the tour price. 


  • Q1. What is included in the Upper Mustang Bike Tour Packages?

    Our Upper Mustang Bike Tour Packages typically include a well-maintained motorcycle, experienced guides, accommodations, all necessary permits, meals, and support vehicles. You'll also receive pre-trip briefings and emergency support.

  • While prior motorcycling experience is beneficial, it's not mandatory. Our tours cater to riders of various skill levels. 

  • The ideal time is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the roads are in good condition. These months offer clear skies and great visibility, enhancing your overall experience.

  • Yes, permits are included. We'll assist you in obtaining the required permits for the Upper Mustang, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and the Restricted Area Permit. We'll guide you through the process to ensure a hassle-free experience.

  • Absolutely. We offer the flexibility to customise your tour, whether you'd like to add extra days for exploration or visit specific sites. We can tailor the itinerary to meet your preferences and interests so you get the most out of your Upper Mustang experience.

  • The Upper Mustang Bike Tour can be physically demanding due to its high-altitude terrain and, of course, its off-road trails. Beginners can join the tour, but it's even better if the traveler has prior motorcycling experience. The tour includes long rides on challenging roads and altitudes reaching up to 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Therefore, practice beforehand with regular exercise and prioritize enough acclimatization for a safe and enjoyable experience. 

  • The Upper Mustang Bike Tour is suitable for both solo travellers and groups. We welcome individual adventurers, couples, and friends who wish to join the tour. If you're traveling alone, you'll have the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and share the adventure.

  • Your safety is our top priority. Our tour packages include experienced local guides who are well-versed in the region's terrain and challenges. Additionally, we provide support crews and a support vehicle throughout the journey. First-aid kits are readily available. We also ensure all participants are equipped with helmets and safety gear. 

  • The locals in Upper Mustang predominantly speak Nepali and Tibetan. Language barriers may arise, but our experienced local guides are fluent in English and regional languages. 

  • The tour involves a significant amount of off-road riding. You'll encounter a mix of paved and unpaved roads, as well as rocky and gravel tracks. 

Client Reviews

  • Through the Forbidden Kingdom

    The Upper Mustang region itself is a hidden gem. The picturesque landscapes, with their rugged mountains, deep canyons, and ancient caves, left me in awe at every turn. The biking trails were well-maintained, offering a perfect blend of challenging stretches and leisurely rides, allowing me to immerse myself in the natural beauty of the area fully. I must also comment on the exceptional service provided by the team at Mountain Rock Treks. The guides were not only experienced guides and helpers but also great companions, always ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the journey. The accommodations were comfortable and well-appointed, offering a much-needed respite after a day of biking. The meals were delicious and catered to our dietary preferences, showcasing the local flavors and cuisine.

    Pablo KelleyMexicoSeptember 13, 2023
  • Journey To the Forbidden Kingdom

    From start to finish, the journey was filled with breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters, and exceptional service provided by the team at Mountain Rock. Mr Deepak planned our tour impeccably. He and his team ensured that every detail was handled, from arranging the necessary permits to providing top-notch equipment for the biking adventure. This level of professionalism gave me great confidence in their ability to deliver an outstanding experience.

    Uzair HarringtonFranceMarch 15, 2023
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