Mustang Multisport Adventure
Destinations Destinations
Upper Mustang, Thasang, Tatopani, Galeshwor
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Trekking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Water Sports
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Strenuous
Season Season
December - May

Good to know

  • Operated by Snow Cat Travel, part of Rural Heritage, the highly recommended Nepal adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

The ultimate two week Nepal adventure holiday through the world's deepest valley, the Kali Gandaki, by bike, raft and on foot. From the Tibetan influenced high, arid, mountain desert of Mustang to sub-tropical jungle in two exciting, varied and enthralling weeks.

Suggested Itinerary

All days can be adjusted as required

Choose your direction

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A Snow Cat Travel travel expert will be happy to advise.

Arrival to Kathmandu

You’ll be met at the airport for the transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. That evening you'll meet your tour leader for a pre-departure briefing on what to expect in the coming adventure. Your tour leader will also happily point you towards one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in the area for your evening meal.

Featured Accommodation
KGH Hotel
Classic

KGH Hotel

Kathmandu - Pokhara

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for the short flight to Pokhara and then onto your lakeside hotel. Relax and enjoy the subtropical climate, take a boat trip onto the lake, and otherwise enjoy the town. Get some sleep, the adventure begins tomorrow!

Featured Accommodation
Hotel Karuna
Simple

Hotel Karuna

Jomsom - Kagbeni

The excitement begins for real as you take a short but spectacular flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (altitude 2736m), where you’ll adjust to the altitude and prepare the bikes. Your main baggage will depart by jeep while you set out by bike through the broad Kali Gandaki Valley towards the Mustang village of Kagbeni. The riding is on a bumpy 4WD track that at times undulates above the valley floor, whilst at other times you'll be riding across the flat, but stony valley floor itself. Looking back, you should see the mighty Dhaulagiri, whist in front the ochre, brown, red, yellow multi-coloured, wind eroded dry landscapes of Upper Mustang for contrast.

After a slight descent you’ll reach the ancient village of Kagbeni. Enjoy the quaint village of notably Tibetan influence and relax after your first day on the trail!

Total ride time: 2-3 hours / 10-12km.

Featured Accommodation
Annapurna Comfort Lodge
Simple

Annapurna Comfort Lodge

Sacred Muktinath

The bikes will be loaded onto the jeep and you'll ascend 1000m up a 4WD track that hugs the mountainsides towards Muktinath. For trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit, Muktinath has always been a welcome sight after the arduous crossing of the Thorung La. It is also a place of sacred pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists alike. At around 3900m the views up at Muktinath are spectacular and after exploring there’s the thrill of a blistering descent, freewheeling virtually all the way on the bikes back down to Kagbeni on a recently metalled road. Downhilling at speed (or slower if you prefer!) and with a wonderful almost 1000m of descent certainly gets the adrenaline pumping.

Featured Accommodation
Annapurna Comfort Lodge
Simple

Annapurna Comfort Lodge

Kagbeni - Thasang

Leaving Kagbeni you first cycle back to Jomsom, crossing through the Himalaya from the arid Tibetan plateau and into the rain shadow side of Nepal and the Indian subcontinent. Stopping for lunch in the village of Marpha, the influences are still Tibetan but this changes as you descend further. Today’s ride is an overall descent with moderate ups and downs, with a sting in the tail as you must climb 350m to your hill-top accommodation at Thasang. The effort is worth it, as your lodge is spectacularly located beneath Dhaulagiri and has tremendous views across the Kali Gandaki too.

Featured Accommodation
Thasang Comfort Lodge
Simple

Thasang Comfort Lodge

Sacred Sekong Lake day hike

Rise early to catch sunrise and the incredible view of Dhaulagiri with its immense icefall. You now have a day off the bikes to take a circuit walk on one of the most beautiful day hikes in the entire Himalaya. Leaving the lodge, you'll descend to the valley floor and cross a tributary river by means of a small suspension bridge and then pick up a trail that leads up through pine forests. Emerging above the tree line, after a couple of hours walking you reach the waters of sacred Sekong Lake. Right above you towers Dhaulagiri, and across the Kali Gandaki are the peaks of the Annapurna range and the seemingly omnipresent Nilgiris. Enjoy a picnic lunch at this most scenic of places and maybe come across a Yak herder and his Yaks too, which are sadly no longer a common sight in this part of Nepal. You then continue and descend to the small lake of Bhuttacjar, then back down to the valley floor, with a final ascent back up to Thasang.

Featured Accommodation
Thasang Comfort Lodge
Simple

Thasang Comfort Lodge

Tatopani downhill & hot springs

Back on the bikes, today begins with a fast and furious descent down to the valley floor past small villages. Eventually after 4-5 hours riding you reach Tatopani in time to visit the hot springs before supper: after today’s bumpy descent your arms may need some soothing, and it’s a good way of getting the Kali Gandaki dust off too.

Featured Accommodation
Chisapani Teahouse lodge
Teahouse

Chisapani Teahouse lodge

Tatopani - Galeshwor & Kali Gandaki rafting

You pass through sub-tropical villages that are a far cry from the high and barren landscapes of Mustang just a few days ago. You’ll descend down undulating 4WD tracks to the small town of Galeshwor. This is where the biking ends and you’ll continue by jeep to begin your rafting expedition down the Kali Gandaki River.

After 3.5hrs of rafting you reach a sandy riverside shore to camp for the night surrounded by jungle clad hillsides.

Kali Gandaki rafting

You'll raft for around 5-6hrs with plenty of gentle, non-whitewater paddling so you can keep a close eye out for the colourful birdlife that can be seen along the river, along with the occasional village and varied wildlife. Once again you camp wild on the shores of the Kali Gandaki River.

Rafting & transfer to Pokhara

Around 2-3hrs more rafting and you reach the road. The road traffic after all this time off the grid may come as a bit of a shock! You now journey to Pokhara by road, which should take around 5 hours and remind yourself what it’s like to sleep in a soft bed.

Featured Accommodation
Hotel Karuna
Simple

Hotel Karuna

Pokhara - Kathmandu

A short private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the 25min flight back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel, or to your onward connection.

Featured Accommodation
KGH Hotel
Classic

KGH Hotel

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

All accommodation included. A mix of hotels (3* equivalent), trekking lodges and wild camping while rafting.

Included All meals

All meals included, as detailed in the itinerary. For a general idea of the food provided, please see the below guide:

Breakfast

A typical breakfast will consist of porridge, pancakes, toast, muesli and other cereals, eggs (various ways), tibetan style bread, tsampa etc. Tea and coffee.

Lunch

Some days this will be at a teahouse, other times it will be a picnic.

Dal Bhat lentil curry, fried noodles, noodle soup, rice, Tibetan dumplings, chapatis with a curry sauce, sandwiches.

Dinner

First Course — Vegetable or noodle soup.

Main Course — Dal Bhat, noodles dishes, rice-based dishes, momo’s, chapati, spring rolls, stews, spaghetti, pizza, dhido, potato and buckwheat pancakes, chips.

Included Guided excursions

All guides are English-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.
Also included: porterage on trek, permits and national park fees.

Included Ground transfers

Includes all airport collections and ground transfers.

Included Internal flights

All internal/domestic flights are included in the price.

Included Camping equipment

All rafting safety equipment, tents and other camping equipment is supplied. Sleeping bags are not included, but sleeping bag rental can be arranged on request.

Testimonials

What people are saying about Snow Cat Travel

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Eileen H, UK
03/07/2019

I waited 50 years to visit Upper Mustang Nepal and now thanks to Snow Cat Travel the dream has been realised. The journey was above expectation I will never find another one to equal the experience. As we travelled it was like peeling an onion each layer had a new adventure. The highlight was Lo Gekar gompa when I saw it tears came to my eyes. Mark took great care in planning the journey taking into account altitude, ages and any health issues. It paid off I never even got a headache even at 14000 feet at Lo Manthang. Thank you Mark I will always be grateful to you for arranging my Mustang Experience.

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Paul Stiles - author, Lonely Planet Guidebook to Nepal (2018)
14/10/2019

I am one of the authors of the forthcoming Lonely Planet guidebook to Nepal. Snow Cat handled the very complicated logistics of my recent month-long research trip to the country. They did so brilliantly. I would not hesitate to use them again and would advise anyone else to make them their first call.

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Mike L, UK
17/04/2019

We had very specific requirements for our trip to Nepal. We wanted to see wildlife including lots of birds, to see something of how people live in the rural parts of the country and of course to see the Himalayas. The trip that Mark put together ensured that all this was achieved, including about 240 bird species. This was due both to the itinerary and the superb guides that Mark found for us. This made it very special as it was probably not typical of the usual holiday to Nepal. Nothing was too much trouble in making the arrangements and the team in Nepal were also excellent. If you want a tailor-made trip to Nepal with some ideas of you want then Snowcat is the organisation that will ensure that you will have a wonderful holiday. Even if you want to see Nepal with no specific ideas then Mark has an excellent knowledge of the country and where you can go. I cannot recommend Snowcat too highly.

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Chris D, UK
11/04/2019

My friends and I have now been back from our amazing Nepalese trip for just over two weeks and we are still reminiscing virtually every day. Thanks again for your help with organising an extremely memorable holiday!

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