Upper Mustang (formerly known as the Kingdom of Lo) is the northern-most part of Mustang district which shares its border with China’s autonomous State of Tibet. The area was restricted demilitarized region until 1992 so any foreigners were not permitted to visit the forbidden land. After 1992, the restriction on foreigners was lifted. Though the restriction is lifted, foreigners need to have a special permit to visit this region. Due to restrictions, nature, local culture, and traditions have been preserved well. The majority of the people being Sherpa, the main language and culture of this region are Tibetan. Buddhism is the main religion of this region.
Now, imagine riding to one of the raw, untouched well-preserved region of Nepal. Seems thrilling, right? It is.
This adventure motorbike tour is preferred by most locals and foreigners as it offers stunning views of the Himalayas, dusty and rugged winding roads, challenging terrain. The barren windswept rocky hills with minimal to no vegetation, small settlements, lots of gompas and chhortens, scattered colorful bushes, vibrant prayer flags, etc. lures any rider to stop and admire the region quite often.
The 14-day long off-road journey starts after leaving Kathmandu on an off-road capable motorbike. The ride kickoff from Kathmandu to a beautiful city of lake, Pokhara and passes through winding roads adjacent to green high hills. The road is quite easy up to Beni but the real adventure starts from Beni. From Beni, we will be accompanied by the roaring of the Kaligandaki River along the ancient salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal all the way up to the Temple of Muktinath. Riding alongside the world’s deepest gorge, The Kaligandaki Gorge is an outstanding experience itself. The unspoiled lifestyle of aboriginal people, historic and ancient monasteries, ancient mystic caves add more fun to the adventure. Not only that, we will get to know about the ancient Buddhist culture and Tibetan lifestyle of the local Sherpa people.
The rebound is through the same route with an extra day at Pokhara. On our extra day, we will explore the city of lakes and caves, involve in adventure sports like Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Cannoning, boating, etc. The city offers the finest pubs and bars to chill out and share your adventure stories.