CMT UPPER MUSTANG TOUR
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM RIDE
Tour Type: Off Road
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TOUR
The CMT Upper Mustang ride takes you to a soaring altitude of 4,800 meters. Locals speak traditional Tibetic languages and Tibetan culture is visible throughout. Because the Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992 the region was well preserved. The Thak also call the Upper Mustang home. Survival depends on tourism, animal husbandry and trade. Foreigners were not allowed in the Upper Mustang until 1992 and most travel over the same trade route that was used in the 15th century.
- Support jeep (for 5 or more riders)
- Special Upper Mustang Permit
- TIMS & ACAP permits
- Accommodation & Lodge and hotel
- 12 Breakfast – 11 Lunch – 12 Dinner -Tea coffee snacks-drinking Water,
- CMT English speaking guides & mechanic
- Medical kit
- Receive from India Sunauli Border
- 2 nights hotel in Pokhara (Bed & Breakfast)
- All paperwork & service charges include
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above
Day 01 – Gorakhpur Arrival
Day 02 – Gorakhpur to Pokhara
Day 03- Pokhara – Beni (95.4Km 3/4hrs Ride)
Day 04- Beni – Lete Elevation · 2113m / 6932feet (50.1Km. 5/6hrs Ride
Day 05 – Lete -chusang2962m / 9718feet (Via Muktinath Elevation · 3755m / 12320feet 83km 5/6hrs)
Day 06 – Chusang – Lo Manthang Elevation · 3824m / 12546feet (54km/5/6hrs)
Day 07 – Lo-manthang excursion
Ride up to Kora La (4600m) at the Tibetan Border and feel the intoxicating effect of the thin air. On the way back to Lo we stop in at the Chosur Caves and explore the limestone formations.
Day 08 – Ride to GhamiLo-Manthang to Ghami( 3520m) 4/5 hours
Day -09 – Marpha Elevation: 2720m / 8924feet.4/5hrs
Marpha is one of the rare places where heritage and modernity coexist beautifully. While the tourism boom has brought modern amenities to the village, the locals have worked enthusiastically to preserve their culture and heritage.
The livelihood of the people depends upon Tourism and mule rearing. The word “Marpha apple” is famous all over the country. Various brandy and jams use these apples as their main ingredient. You will get presented with strong brandy and sweet apple pie upon your arrival at Marpha.
Day – 10 – Baglung Elevation: 1,020 m (3,350 ft)/6/7hrs
Day -11 – Pokhara 3/4hrs
Day 12 – Gorakhpur.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
BOOTS – firm and waterproof for road tours; high and with good protection – for enduro tours.
TROUSERS – for most road tours, firm jeans are an excellent choice. For enduro tours, the enduro or MX trousers are optimal. It is nice to have a raincoat in your backpack, just in case.
THERMAL UNDERWEAR – is necessary if you choose the tour to Upper Mustang or your tour runs from December to March. In other cases, there is no such need.
JACKET- is required! Jackets with built-in textile protection are preferred, as they ‘breathe’ better and are more comfortable in different temperature conditions. If we have winter trip, grab a warm lining to the jacket, it is enough in the daytime. Light down jacket is perfect for evenings.
HELMET- is a must for everyone! It does not matter which model you have – open, closed or MX – take it! Definitely, a closed helmet gives better protection, including one against dust and wind.
SMALL BACKPACK – for your money, ID, camera, bottle of water, raincoat, and all sorts of small stuff.
GLOVES – textile gloves with built-in protection are perfectly suited for all the routes. The leather ones can be useful in the winter months and on the tour to Upper Mustang.
LUGGAGE- goes with the group in an escort off roader. Try to pack your luggage compactly! The off roader does not always ride on our heels, so it is better to have all necessary things in your small backpack.
SUNGLASSES AND SUNCREAM– are very important. In the high mountains, the sun burns skin and eyes mercilessly! To find decent glasses and cream in Nepal is a problematic issue, so be sure to bring them with you. Good lenses save your eyes, and UV protection cream is a best friend of your skin.
FIRST AID BOX – Each participant must bring a personal first aid kit. We have a complete medical rescue set, but it is not a mobile first aid kit. It may not contain medicines you need.
Nepal is always friendly, full of smiles and fun and certainly not dangerous for tourists! Nepalese are mountaineers of a gentle nature, always open to communication. They are sincerely hospitable and never miss the chance to have a heart-to-heart talk. For millennia, representatives of almost all religious confessions peacefully coexist here. No doubt, Nepal is safe, and you will find a lot of new friends and acquaintances here, as well as gain an unforgettable life experience!
WI-FI is available everywhere, except for the route to Upper Mustang. In some remote areas, it can be so slow that it’s better to assume it simply does not exist. Be ready to spend evening or two back from civilization enjoying the real-life communication.
IN CASE OF THE ACCIDENT
Accidents are extremely rare on local roads, primarily because of the low speed in traffic. If something happens, we have a first aid box. If the situation is more serious, we know all the nearest hospitals on the route and in the cities; and in case of severe damages, we call the rescue helicopter. In this case, you should have an International insurance covering such costs.
ROADS AND TRAFFIC
Breathtaking mountain serpentines are what awaits you. There are almost no straight roads in Nepal, except in the southern part of the country. Turn after turn, hour after hour and so all the day. 200km per day is an impressive distance. By the end of the day, you’ll negotiate the corner as on the GP track. On the roads, bikes predominate, and then buses, minibuses, and taxis go. Traffic is chaotic and at first sight seems insane. The night before we go on a tour, we will tell you all the basic rules and traffic details in Nepal. You will be fully armed and ready to join this ‘wild’ traffic safely.
All the routes are prepared with due consideration of the weather. We offer you the optimal time for the tours, but a raincoat does no harm! Spring lasts from April to May, and is warm with rain showers, and temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C and more during heat waves.
When we ride in a group, the police usually give us free rein and conducts a license check only in rare cases. However, there may be surprises. Don’t worry, your usual driver’s license are good enough.
IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS AN ISSUE?
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can affect anybody when at an altitude of 2500m or more. It does not depend on whether you are fit or have been at high altitudes before. Anyone is susceptible and we take the risks seriously when on tour. On both our into Thin Air tour and Upper Mustang tour, we ride up to 4000m and 5000m accordingly. We must therefore be careful of the risks. We have staged our tours to minimize the possibility of AMS and have not experienced any serious issues to date. We carry Diamox with us but we recommend bringing your own supply. Diamox is a preventative medication rather than a treatment and must be taken several days before riding into altitude. It is also important to keep hydrated when at altitude and drink up to 5L of water per day. The symptoms of AMS are dizziness, nausea, headaches, and disrupted sleep. Vomiting is an indication of advanced AMS and requires immediate action which involves moving to a lower altitude.