Trek Highlights

  • Take a ride along the plateau exploring the beautiful high altitude arid landscape with areas of a green field in the middle of hills and riding to the deepest and incredibly sculpted gorge in the world.
  • An amazing trip that allows you to reach up to Gyu La Pass the altitude of 4,077m
  • Indulge yourself in capturing the picturesque nature of the surrounding with soaring peaks of Himalayas and valleys.
  • The Lower mustang mountain biking trails provide breathtaking views of the Annapurna’s, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Tilicho Peak, Upper Mustang and the Tibetan plateau at various points along the epic loop.

Trek Overview

Cycling to Lower Mustang is an awe-inspiring trip for those who truly want to experience an overwhelming holiday and feel the real adventure in this amazing part of the world. The Jomsom Muktinath mountain biking tour is one of the popular adventure tours in Nepal. Jomsom is in the heart of the Himalaya and provides some outstanding trails for mountain bikers.

It would be an entire transformation for riders coming from the lush, green valleys of Nepal to the relatively beautiful high altitude desert encircled with a magnificent backdrop of the Himalayan peaks.

If you are family, friends, or solo travelers seeking a mountain biking holiday in Nepal, then Lower Mustang would be perfect for a cycling trip. It is a great opportunity to cover the thrill of cycling adventure as well as being close to nature and locals. The ride along to the Lower Mustang undertakes a lot of adventure and fun that will stay in your memory forever. Riding through unspoiled hamlets inhabited by diverse groups of native people, embraced by the soaring mountain, canyons, ancient fortress, unique culture, and authentic lifestyle is an amazing lifetime experience.

The journey starts by cycling from Gurje Bhanjyang all the way to Kopan. We then drive to Boudhanath, a famous Buddhist stupa (temple), and has been marked as a world heritage site. The next day we board onto the short and spectacular mountain flight of Pokhara. Once you arrive in the vicinity of Pokhara, you are greeted with superb views of the mountains, and you will be astounded by its sheer beauty and pristine charisma. Subsequently, we take another scenic flight to Jomsom and start off our cycling journey following Kali Gandaki River Valley, the deepest gorge in the world.

Cycling in Lower Mustang in an adventure route at the base of Thorong La Himalayan region, the ride reaches an altitude of 3,710 meters. This route is one of the most famous downhill from Muktinath (3,710 m) to Beni (900m).

The cycling starts from Jomsom (2,800 m). On the same day, we ride to Kagbeni, the border of the ancient valley of Upper Mustang. The next day, we explore Gyu La Pass, our trip’s high point to witness Upper Mustang and ride back to Kagbeni for overnight. 

Further, we ride off uphill to reach Muktinath which is a famous Hindu and Buddhist temple. The area hosts Lord Vishnu temple and a monastery nearby. Muktinath village is the base of a famous mountain pass, Thorong La (5,416 m) in Annapurna conservation area.

From here all the downhill way reach Beni through Kali Gandaki gorge, passing villages like Marpha, and Tatopani.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu, receive and transfer to Hotel. Pre-trip briefing.

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.

    Meal: Dinner

    Hotel Tibet or similar

  2. Day 2: Gurje Bhanjyang - Heavens track - Helipad - Baudha.

    We start our day with an hour picturesque drive up to Gurje Bhanjyang through charming villages and rice fields. You have ample chance to explore local culture and capture the photos.

    Gurje Bhanjyang is the initial point of our ride. It starts with an initial ascend and descends part then a short ascending part to the track of the heavens which takes about 30 minutes.

    From here, we take a short ascend for 20-25 minutes and then ride around Kathmandu helipad trail for another 30 minutes. The ride will end at Kopan.

    After the short ride from Helipad, you will get picked up by vehicle along with bikes. You will drive to Baudha, one of the largest stupas in the world as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Hotel Tibet or similar

  3. Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu– Pokhara (895m/2,938ft) 25 mins flight

    You will be transferred to the airport and will take a flight to Pokhara. We can catch stunning views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with superb views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others.

    Highlights:

    Spectacular flight to Pokhara where you can see the majestic views of Himalayas.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Mount Kailash Resort or similar

  4. Day 4: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom 25 minutes (2,743 m). Ride to Kagbeni (2,800,m).

    Today we will wake up early and catch the flight to Jomsom. The flight is about a 20 min flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya, take a glance out of the window for eccentric views of Dhawalagiri and beyond. You can see the spectacular scenery onward from Jomsom. It looks like dessert though encircled by the snowcapped Himalayas on either side.

    The flight is simply spectacular as the plane’s wingtips nearly touch the snow blanketed mountains, fly right between the almighty Himalayan and you feel your adventure has really initiated as the small plane banks left and landed in Jomsom. Landing on an airport in Jomsom will be the awe-inspiring moment for you. Jomsom is popular for Apple, strong winds and spectacular Himalayan landscapes

    In Jomsom, we have breakfast and spend some time getting the bikes ready for the trip. Then we ride along the Upper section of the Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni.

    The trail is a generally flat and steady ride of about 2 hours. Kagbeni is a charming Buddhist village, a perfect place to explore in your leisure time. Get yourself lost amongst the cobbled paths and willow vegetation along the crystal clear mountain streams.

    Highlights:

    • Explore Kagbeni area in the serene atmosphere
    • Enjoy the breeze along the way
    • Ride to Kagbeni following the Kaligandaki river gorge – the deepest in the world of its kind and a reason behind peculiar rocky formations that can be found all around Mustang.
    • Narrow cobbled alley and small Buddhist monasteries dispersed all around the village,
    • Observe houses adorned with vibrant wooden window frames and doors will appeal you in no time.
    • Visit Kagbeni monastery
    • Views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak along the way.
    • Views of Thorong Peak from Kagbeni

    Distance: 12km

    Meal: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

    Teahouse Lodge

     

  5. Day 5: Ride to Gyu La Pass (4,077m), our trip’s high point. Views of Upper Mustang.

    After breakfast, the bikes will be loaded up and we will drive for about an hour to Jharkot. From here it’s a climb uphill to Muktinath, Standing in a popular spiritual hub – Muktinath and admiring the views of mountains around this place is a wonderful experience. The eternal flame burning in the temple is a majestic view to see.

    From Muktinath, we take a gradual singletrack climb to the highpoint of our trip, the 4577 meters high Gyu La Pass. This pass borders the restricted area of Upper Mustang, the legendary and forbidden kingdom. The pass offers panoramic views of Thorong peak, Nilgiri, Tukche peak & the beautiful Muktinath valley. 

    After spending some time at the pass, we descend back down to Kagbeni for overnight.

    Highlights

    • Enjoy the panoramic vistas of Thorong peak, Nilgiri, Tukche peak & the lovely Muktinath valley. 
    • Visit the temple and 108 waterspouts at Muktinath are sacred to Hindus and form part of the cultural history of Nepal. Hindus consider Muktinath temple to be a source of the celestial energy.

    Altitude: 4,077m

    Distance: 37km

    Meal: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

    Teahouse Lodge

  6. Day 6: Kagbeni - Muktinath (3,710 m) (drive). Ride to Marpha (2,650 m) via Lupra. (2,740 m)

    After breakfast, we take an hour scenic drive to Muktinath. Then we start to ride with a sublime flowing single track for 5-10 minutes. Further ascent for about 400m to the Lubra pass (4,000m).

    We will stop here to savor the view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak and beautiful landscapes from the top of the pass (4000m al.) From here it’s a 1300m descent with lots of switchback steep loose gravel. After the descent we reach a river and ride along here for a section, then it is a 25-30 minute ride to reach Jomsom for lunch.

    Then ride will be more picturesque on an up and down track, through apple gardens, hamlets, across suspension bridges and past a small lake.

     It takes between 1-1.5hrs to reach Marpha. Marpha is the apple town of the Himalayas, famous for its apple pies, apple cider, and apple crumble and apple varieties.

    Backed up against soaring cliffs, Marpha’s homes are made from stone. Doors and windows are bounded by cherry wood panels, sharp red lines bordering rustic white stone.

    Highlights:

    • Ride up to Lubra Pass (4,000m) to enjoy the mountain views
    • You can see the piles of split wood are stacked on the flat roofs of the old stone houses of Marpha

    Altitude: 2600m

    Distance: 39km

    Meal: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

    Teahouse Lodge

     

  7. Day 7: Marpha - Tatopani (1,100 m)

    After breakfast, we start a big descent of about 1,900m with one big climb for 300m. We ride downhill following Kali Gandaki River. Until we reach the lunch destination the ride will be up and down with mixed single tracks, double tracks, and technical and flowing terrain.

    Today you will ride through the world’s deepest valley, the biggest waterfall in Nepal and the wild pots garden. Then we ride downhill to Tatopani with the occasional short climb. Tatopani which in the local language means hot water is a nice, small town located beside Kali Gandaki River. You can simply dip the body into this medicinal hot spring to rejuvenate weary muscles and heal from aches.

    Highlights:

    • After a long ride, relax and enjoy taking a bath into hot water observing the natural marvels around.

    Altitude: 1,100m

    Distance: 47km

    Meal: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

    Teahouse Lodge

  8. Day 8: Ride Tatopani - Beni and Drive to Pokhara

    After breakfast, we leave Tatopani behind and ride towards Beni.  Initial ride to Beni is about 21 km on rolling jeep tracks. From Beni, we take a drive for 3 hours to reach Pokhara.

    Altitude: 850m

    Distance: 21 km

    Meal: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

    Mount Kailash Resort or similar

     

  9. Day 9: Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we take a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the day rest or catch up on some last minute shopping or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Stroll the streets of Kathmandu, which provides a captivating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and avenue vendors and bewildering collection of colorful temples and shrine

    Meal: Breakfast

    Hotel Tibet or similar

  10. Day 10: Departure

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

    Meal: Breakfast

Packing Checklist

  • Bandana or sweatband
  • Cycling gloves (Fingerless biking gloves, warm gloves)
  • Cycling helmet
  • Buff or similar
  • Biking sunglasses
  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes / SPD shoes
  • Cycling long or short sleeved tops depending on weather
  • Lightweight fleece top
  • Lightweight waterproof breathable biking jacket
  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Lightweight socks, heavy socks
  • Baggy over shorts or trousers
  • Cycling tights (if in a cold climate)
  • Sun hat
  • Dust mask for cycling when entering/exiting Kathmandu and Pokhara

Personal accessories

  • Towel
  • Headlamp & spare bulbs/batteries, spare laces,
  • Binoculars
  • Day bag or small rucksack
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun cream.
  • Sunblock for lips.
  • Camera.
  • Toiletries ( toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, moisture lotion, razor and shaving cream, tampons, toilet paper, wipes, etc.)
  • First aid kit
  • Small padlock
  • Electrolyte powder or tablets
  • Earplugs.
  • Alarm Clock
  • Small bag to pack clothes.
  • Refillable Water bottle

Bike Kit (if bringing your own bike)

  • Bike
  • Pump
  • Allan keys
  • Chain lubricant
  • Inner tubes
  • Tire levers Puncture repair kit
  • Tires

Fast Facts

What's Included

Airport Transfer

3 nights in Kathmandu with breakfast

2 nights in Pokhara with breakfast

Local teahouse Lodges on full board during the ride

Internal flight Ktm-Pkr-Jom and Pkr-Ktm

Guide, Supporting Vehicle

Conservation fees and permit

What's not Included

Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned,

Personal equipment, Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation, and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects),

Tips.

Bike and Helmet

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