Upper Mustang Biking – 20 Days

Upper Mustang Biking – 20 Days

Upper Mustang is one of the two major divisions of Mustang district in northwestern Nepal (the other division is Lower Mustang). It borders to Tibetan plateau on the Chinese side and Dolpo & Manang on
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  • Trip Code: ATH3330
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Strenuous
    This trip is rated strenuous and is for experienced cyclists in above average physical conditions. This should only be undertaken by those with some previous mountain biking experience. You should be physically fit to tolerate the effects of higher altitudes as you ascend over 5,000m which involve some steep climbing against head winds. Biking at this level lasts for several days. This strenuous trip will give you a close insight into the traditional Nepalese culture along the laps of majestic mountains.
  • Max Altitude: 3,810 m /12496.8 ft
  • Activity: Mountain Biking, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu-Jomsom-Muktinath- Lo-Manthang-Tatopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November & December.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Visit Muktinath, a holy site for Buddhists and Hindus
  • Riding on the biking routes in Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, Charang, Lo-Manthang, Gami, Samar and Tatopani
  • Desert-like geography of Upper Mustang
  • Visit Lo-Manthang
  • Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie and apple wine in Jomsom
  • Bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Crystal-clear mountain range visible from Pokhara
  • A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success

Trip Information

Upper Mustang is one of the two major divisions of Mustang district in northwestern Nepal (the other division is Lower Mustang). It borders to Tibetan plateau on the Chinese side and Dolpo & Manang on the Nepalese side. Mustang boasts the presence of Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage among Buddhists and Hindus.

Upper Mustang is all about desert-like topography. Hence, the cycling experience on this region can be full of adventure. This mountain biking tour is designed in such a way that one can enjoy biking along with breath-taking sceneries.

The tour will take you to Pokhara from Kathmandu, then to Muktinath in Jomsom. Then, the main biking routes will follow, including Chele, Syangboche, Charang, Lo-Manthang, Kagbeni, to name some. Sightseeing, mountain biking, pilgrimage, adventure & fun activities, all are the components of this amazing tour brought to you by Ace the Himalaya.

Itinerary

  • Day 1– Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 2– Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 3– Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) 7 hrs by tourist bus. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 4– Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni (2,900m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 5– Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 6– Ride from Muktinath to Chele. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 7– Ride from Chele to Syangboche. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 8– Ride from Syangboche to Charang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 9– Ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 10 & 11– Explore around Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 12– Ride from Lo-Manthang to Gami. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 13– Ride from Gami to Samar. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 14– Ride from Samar to Chheusang. Overnight at Tented Camps.
  • Day 15– Ride from Chheusang to Kagbeni. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 16– Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 17– Ride from Tatopani to Beni and Drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 18– Guided Activities at Pokhara on the private vehicle or on Bike. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 19– Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by Tourist vehicle-7 hrs drive. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 20– Final Departure from Nepal.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport (1,345 m).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

Day 2- Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu

At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:45 am. You will have a private tourist vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple – a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.

The rest of our day in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in Thamel.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast  Included

Day 3- Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) - 7 hrs by tourist bus.

In the morning, we will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Pokhara lies some 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu and is a 7 hrs of driving away.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast  Included

Day 4- Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Kagbeni (2,900 m)

On this day, we will take a morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. After reaching at Jomsom, bike to Kagbeni, which lies in 2,810 meters altitude.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5- Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath (2,700 m).

Today after breakfast, ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath. The landscape is extremely dry and desert like. You may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India, on their way to the holy temple with the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Reaching the culturally and religiously site with stunning mountain views is quite an achievement. 

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 6- Ride from Muktinath to Chele (3,050 m)

After breakfast, we will ride to Chele from Muktinath.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7- Ride from Chele to Syangboche (3,840 m)

Today ride from Chele to Syangboche along the biking trails that will offer beautiful sceneries.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 8- Ride from Syangboche to Charang (3,560 m)

Ride from Syangboche in the morning to get to Charang, which lies approximately 3,560 meters above the sea level.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 9- Ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,810 m)

Today ride from Charang to Lo-Manthang. Lo-Manthang that lies 3,810 meters above the sea level used to be the capital of ancient Kingdom of Mustang. The place does not only carry a great historical significance but it’s also culturally rich.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10 & 11- Explore around Lo-Manthang

These days are for rest and exploration of Lo-Manthang. Explore its cultures, people and geography.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12- Ride from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3,520 m)

Today ride from Lo-Manthang to Ghami. 

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13- Ride from Gami to Samar (3,520 m)

Ride from Gami to Samar.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14- Ride from Samar to Chheusang

Ride downhill to Chheusang.

Overnight at Tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15- Ride from Chheusang to Kagbeni

Ride to Kagbeni uphill again.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 16- Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani (1,190 m)

Today we have the longest ride of the entire tour. We’ll ride 74 kilometers, from Kagbeni to Tatopani. Tatopani lies above 1,190 meters from sea level.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 17- Ride from Tatopani to Beni and Drive to Pokhara

Ride from Tatopani to Pokhara. It is an easy ride of about 18 kms. We’ll do sightseeing around Pokhara.

Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast and Lunch Included

Day 18- Guided Activities at Pokhara in private vehicle or on Bike.

This day, we’ll visit Phewa Lake, Davi’s Fall and Mahendra Cave.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast  Included

Day 19- Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by Tourist vehicle - 7 Hrs.

We’ll drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance program.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 20- Final Departure from Nepal.

The tour ends. Our representatives will take you to Tribhuwan International Airport for the final departure. You also have options to extend the tour.
Breakfast  Included

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Upper Mustang Biking. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 11 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    2 pax US $4420
    3 pax-4 pax US $4100
    5 pax-7 pax US $3850
    8 pax-10 pax US $3600
    11 pax+ US $3400 Complementary trip for one person.
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • twelve − 6 =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • 9 + 7 =

Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off service from Airport and Hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a two three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast Included.

  • Accommodation in different guesthouses during the biking trip below upper Mustang, with full board meal (Breakfasts, lunches and dinners).

  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team while in Upper Mustang (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent).

  • Farewell dinner with cultural dance program in Kathmandu on the night before departure.

  • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu.

  • Airfare from Pokhara to Jomsom including airport tax.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.

  • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage in the biking trip.

  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.

  • Special Upper Mustang Permit US$ 700 per person for 10 days (the trip price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days i.e US$ 90 per day / per person).

  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits.

  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges). (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 20 per person per day.

  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.

  • Biking attire and other personal gears.

  • Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for this biking trip. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

During your biking tour all the heavy items are carried by porters, yaks or donkeys and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trip and is carried by Porter, Yak or Donkey. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trip.

Riding Kit

    • Helmet
    • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
    • Biking glasses
    • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
    • Long-sleeved base layers
    • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
    • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
    • Hat and non-biking gloves
    • Head torch

    If you’re bringing your own bike:

    • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
    • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
    • Bottle of dry lube
    • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid for
    • tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
    • Quick link to suit your chain
    • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal

    Please note: If you’re bringing your own bike, you must make sure that you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears ( only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e January, February, November and December).
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
  • 2 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with the drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for the woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

 
 
 
 

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Long cycling days and tougher terrain (for both on and off the road trips) require a certain degree of experience of more demanding and technical riding for the Upper Mustang  Biking Trip. Vehicle support may be limited. You should be very confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

We use standard rooms at two or three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.

Along the biking route below Upper Mustang (Kagbeni, Muktinath, Tatopani), teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. Dining will be around a bonfire when possible. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities.

While in camping in Upper Mustang area, we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents with good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. Refer to the equipment list for items you will need to bring. We usually camp in or near a village, which allows you to buy sweets and drinks, which we do not carry with us. We provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two-person tents with mattresses. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. Refer to the equipment list for items you will need to bring. We provide toilet paper and other essential toiletries. You will also get a small bucket of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.

Most teahouses (lodges) below Upper Mustang (Kagbeni, Muktinath, Tatopani) cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to the destination.

During the camping, our expert cook can prepare specially requested food if you advise. In any case, you will have similar fare to teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation. You have the option of flying to Pokhara from where we again take a flight to Jomsom, which is the starting point of our biking trip. We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to bike comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD jeep, more maneuverable traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.

While in the mountain we use vehicular transportation whereas possible. We also use porters, Yaks and Donkeys to carry the equipment and meals during the camping trip.

 

The best time for the Upper Mustang Mountain Biking is from March to November. It is not very advisable to bike during the winter season (December, January and February)

Either hard-tail or full suspension mountain bikes will do fine. In some parts of the routes, you can take downhill shortcuts for which we strongly recommend full suspension bikes. (Your guide will let you know if there are any shortcuts you can take.)

All the brands we provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hardtail rentals best suited for the trips. We provide full suspension bikes (if preferred by our clients) for an additional charge.

Trek: 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-series
Cube: Comp, LTD, CMPT, Reaction
Giant: ATX, Tralon
Other brands: Capic and V-Ket8

Bikes are hired at the time of booking and are included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height, and since there is a limited number of each size, we strongly suggest you provide us with this information well ahead. In case, of any damage incurred to the bike or the equipments, the client will be liable to pay for the repair and/or replacement, depending on the nature of the damage.

We provide a helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle and a repair kit with a rental bike.

Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5, respectively, per day per person.

You definitely you can! It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but may not always be compatible with your bike.

Most airlines are quite used to people traveling with bikes, and if a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. On arrival at your destination, you will be met by your leader, and you will just need a baggage trolley to take your bike as far as the transfer vehicle.

Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it yourself (here’s a guide or if you’re not sure, you could have a local bike shop pack it for you.

We take every care to ensure your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.

Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kgs. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage, wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace the Himalaya will not be liable for any excess baggage charges brought by the airline as a result of your exceeding the baggage allowance, whether you have a hire bike or take your own bike. In practice, excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit.

Few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond our control, and to be paid by the client. Where we know of a bike carriage charge in advance, this will be added to the relevant trip notes. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and or bike being misplaced or damaged while in the care of the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived or should have arrived.

The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. We do recommend you carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Our guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience maintaining bikes on the trips.

Safety and comfort are what you’re looking for here. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for the trip:

· Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)
· Touring shoes
· Cycling gloves
· Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
· Socks – wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)
· Leg warmers or tights for riding
· Short-sleeved shirts (2)
· Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
· Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants
· Waterproof shoe covers

Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able to help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform us in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.

No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel/lodge reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!

There will be very limited charging facilities during your camping so please bring the enough spare batteries.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Internet and international calls are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 20 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 7 to 10 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the trekking.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

In most places below Upper Mustang, bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.

During the camping, we will serve boiled and purify water to drink.

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
· Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Please note that in this types of rides where you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle and don’t need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light, not too much travel in the suspension, and usually hard-tails (only front suspension). The terrain can be fairly rough, but not extreme. These trips require more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region we offer, so can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org