Jomsom Muktinath Mountain Biking

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural Heritage Tour of Kathmandu.
  • Incredible biking experience in the high mountainous region.
  • Breathtaking Himalayan view.
  • An awesome experience of local life style.
  • Amazing mountain landscapes.
  • Close look on the inspiring simplicity of rural life style.

JomsomMuktinath mountain biking tour takes you to the amazing Mustang region just below the incredible Thorang La pass. Biking in the sandy and rocky terrain enriched by wonderful landscapes and Himalayan view is a not-to-miss experience of pushing bikes. A good mixture of some challenging uphill, thrilling downhill, technical single track for skilled riders, enigmatic views of the Himalayas, cultural richness and friendliness of local people and many other wonders, this biking trip to JomsomMuktinath is trulyonce in a life time mountain biking adventure.   Accept the thrilling challenge and enjoy the excitement it brings to you to make a wonderful and memorable mountain biking trip.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites:

Boudhanath: It  is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath: It is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara 900 m

The journey to Pokhara today is an overland journey through a scenic rural setting. About six hours of road journey today passes through several small towns and villages on the highway that goes along the rivers for the most of its stretch. With enough breaks on the way, we keep driving on a two lane highway which will allow us to absorb the impressive beauty of rural Nepal as firsthand experience outside of Kathmandu valley.

When we reach Pokhara, we will be warmly welcomed by fresh air, close up view of Annapurna range, beautiful lakeside and peaceful environment. We will be instantly overwhelmed by the charisma of this beautiful town. We will have some time to wander around lake side in the evening.

Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni2800m  (Flight + Biking)

We will take an early morning flight to Jomsom. This breathtaking mountain flight will take us to Jomsom in about 20 minutes. As we fly above Pokhara valley towards the Annapurna range and then for the view of Dhaulagiri range of the Himalayas, we will simply be left awestruck by the majestic charm of the mighty, snow-capped peaks. Once we land at Jomsom airport, we prepare for the ride of the day. The ride today goes to Kagbeni. Cycling along the Kali Gandaki River bank up to Kagbeni is a steady and awesome ride mostly on flat trail. We take an easy ride day today stopping at Kagbeni for our overnight today. We can explore the rare wonder of Kagbeni and surrounding for the rest of the day. Stay overnight at a tea house in Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbeni – Muktinath 3710 m

We get ready for the ride of the day which is going to take us on an uphill trail for most of the part. The ride to Muktinath takes us past Jhong village where we will stop for an exploration of monastery there. We will continue further ahead towards Muktinath after Lunch. Once in Muktinath, we will have time to explore the holy Temple and the surrounding. Stay overnight at tea house in Muktinath.

Day 06: Muktinath – Tukuche 2560 m

Our mountain biking journey descends today to Tukuche. The stretch of 32 kilometers takes us past beautiful Marpha village where we can see apple orchard. The village is famous for producing apple brandy. The ride continues further down and on flat trail to Tukuche village. Tukuche village is an ethnic settlement of Thakali people who are very famous for making delicious dishes and have some incredible culture. Stay overnight at tea house in Tukuche.

Day 07: Tukuche – Tatopani 1190 m

The ride today to Tatopani stretches about 36 kilometers mostly on downhill trail. The biking trip today brings some wonderful Himalayan views; goes past a beautiful waterfall called RupseChhahara, pine forest and villages. The ride further ahead from RupseChhahara becomes even more interesting as the trail winds down steeply towards Tatopani. Once we reach Tatopani bouncing and panting, we will have chance to go for soothing natural hot spring bath. Stay overnight at a tea house in Tatopani.

Day 08: Tatopani – Beni–Pokhara 900 m

We will ride on jeep track today to a town called Beni. This stretch of 22 kilometers is going to bring our ride to an end as we are being picked up by a vehicle to drive us to Pokhara. Once we check into the hotel in Pokhara we will have leisurely time to find some soothing massage, chilled beer or relaxing stroll around lake side. The relaxing and leisurely time in Pokhara today should give us some good recovery from the tiredness of pedaling for many days in the high mountains.

Day 09: Pokhara – Kathmandu 1400 m

We drive back to Kathmandu on the same highway we took to go to Pokhara earlier. Another six hours on the highway will give us time to observe the villages and towns on the way from a different angle. After reaching Kathmandu and checking into hotel, we will have some free time to wander around the streets of Thamel.

Day 10: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 11: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a 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 in Kathmandu on the night before departure.
  • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle.
  • Mountain Delights 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 hard tail 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 Mountain Delights duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges).
  • 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.
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