Lo Manthang – The Forbidden Kingdom
Lo Manthang: The Forbidden Kingdom
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Upper Mustang, one of the most remote regions of Nepal. Known as the Forbidden Kingdom, tourists were allowed in from 1992. Tibet sits just a few miles from here. Highlights include stopping overnight at the natural hot springs and visiting Muktinath temple, sat at 3840m. Riding at an average of 4000m for a number of days makes this a challenging ride.
Day by Day Itinerary
Once you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport we will pick you up directly from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Amidst all the chaos lies ancient stories of warriors, rivaling dynasties and great spiritual masters. This legendary capital city is home to an eclectic mix of people, shops, restaurants, temples, stupas, myths and legends! *Remember usually flights are overnight so you should allow an extra day for the journey to Kathmandu.
A member of the Ride Nepal team will transfer you to Kathmandu airport this morning. You and the rest of the group will catch a quick 30 minute flight to Pokhara. When you arrive you will be met with your trusty steeds and road captains for the trip. We set off out of Pokhara and head north west to the very friendly mountain village of Kalopani.
Epic roads lie ahead as we ride beside the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest in the world. We cross suspension bridges and navigate steep switchbacks. Later this afternoon we check into our mountain lodge to relax for the night and enjoy some spicy curry or potato pancakes.
Today we ride to Nepal’s last forbidden Kingdom. Lo Manthang lies at 4300m. We stay tonight at the Royal Mustang Resort.
We ride to the Chinese border today and out onto the vast Tibetan plateau. We take the time to explore local trails and discover ancient monasteries perched on the cliff sides. We spend another night at the fortified Himalayan Kingdom of Lo.
We descend to Tatopani where hot springs await. On the way we pass the Dhakmar red cliffs, the site is the source of local myths and legends. We ride on to our lodgings and reach the busy little mountain village much loved by weary trekkers and locals alike.
We head down this morning to Pokhara airport and say goodbye to the mountains and your road captains. You take a quick flight back to Kathmandu airport where a member of the Ride Nepal team will transfer you to your hotel for the night. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Your transfer back to the airport will be arranged for you in time for your onward flight. Bon Voyage and see you soon!