The new road development has brought us access into one of the most remote wilderness in the Nepal Himalayas, giving us unlimited access to some of the very best hidden trails on this desert like tundra of jagged cliffs, rolling plains, moraines and river valleys. Our team are super excited to bring this special first time in Nepal itinerary to you…”Upper Mustang — Kingdom of Enduro”. Right from the far reaches of the barren Chinese border all the way down to the rich and fertile Deepest Gorge in the World. Along trails which have for centuries only been trodden by Yaks and Nomads. Not only will some of these trails blow your mind and have you shouting “Yahoo” at the top of your lungs, they will also take you into the heart and soul of the nomadic and little explored lifestyle and culture of the Mustangi people.
This, by no means is not a luxury (read lazy) Enduro trip. The tour is pure, old school Enduro in every sense. Meaning, while you will have some of the sections shuttled, there is still plenty of grunt and grind uphill and some even tougher sections of push and carry. These sections are there because the downhill is epic and worth your sweat, curse words and effort. We stay overnight in authentic Tea houses and enjoy local food, music, culture and people.
This ride is a MUST on the bucket list of every hardcore Enduro purest, as it surely is a lifetime experience. The beauty of this trip is the trail options, while what’s written below is our standard program, if you’re the adventurous type, then let our guides take your exploring on many of the other options. Who knows you could find your own un-ridden trails.
2020 – 1st May, 1st June, 1st Nov, 1st Dec
Trail Notes for “Upper Mustang – Kingdom of Enduro”
This is a remote area trip. We use local flights, that can sometimes be weather-affected. The trip is 80% jeep supported, though, during the trails, you at times will venture where the jeep cannot go.
The trail is a mix of rocky sections, loose dust, and sand. Some single tracks are exposed and off the chamber. Some single tracks are down gorges and canyons.
When booking the trip with Himalayan Single Track, we offer full airport to airport service including all transfers, hotels, and logistics for you and your bike. We are also happy to custom tours to suit your needs. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your ride.
What is the average riding time per day?
During this trip, you will be riding between 5 to 8 hours per day with plenty of time for cultural site visits and photo taking.
Can this trip be shortened?
Yes in some cases this trip can be shortened, please do ask us. But we need to consider key points like proper acclimatization and also your personal riding fitness and skill level.
What sort of bike should I bring for this trip?
We recommend a full suspension bike with 140mm to 160mm travel for this trip.
Can I hire a bike?
Yes, We have a range of well-maintained and up to date full suspension and hardtail mountain bikes.
What spare parts can I get in Nepal?
We have a shop in Thamel where most spare parts for bikes are available, things like tubes, tires, chains, lubes and chain links can be brought. Specialist things like tubeless liquid, spare parts for 1 x 12 and brakes pads other than Shimano should be brought with you, or check with us first.
What is the accommodation like?
In Kathmandu and other major cities, the accommodation we use is 3 stars with attached bathroom, hot water, WiFi and back up power. In the mountains, we use simple yet clean Tea Houses. We try to get attached bathrooms in all places but in some more remote areas, there might be common bathrooms, squat toilets and bucket hot showers only. But all in all, staying in Tea Houses and meeting local families is often one of the highlights of the trip.
How do I pay for the trip?
If you decide to book this trip with High Spirit Treks, we take a 20% deposit at the time of booking paid by bank transfer. The balance should be paid on arrival by cash or credit card.