Jomsom Muktinath Cycling

This is a 7 day trip. Jomsom is a major city in the Mustang district. It is 300km north-west of the Kathmandu Valley. Muktinath is a Hindu temple of Lord Bishnu; the town has slowly built up around the temple. This is within the Himalayan region and is where the trip has recieved its name from. The aim of this trip is not only biking but to also explore the local lifestye of people living in the Himalayas and experience the vast difference of vegetation and scenery on your ride. Before you start your trip you will meet with your guide and be briefed more about this trip. Please note that if there is more than 5 riders we will aim to provide 2 guides.

Day 01:
Kathmanu(morning ride) - Danda gaun - Sundarijal - Sightseen at Bhaktapur.

To start the adventure you will be driven up to Dandagaun - about 1 hour from KTM. The ride will be for about 3 hours today and 75% downhill. This ride will take you through Sivapur National Park with all natural tracks, natural jumps, berms and rocky sections. There is a chance to see some wildlife such as deer, birds and wild boar. After the ride a vehicle will drive you to Bhaktapur Darbar Square with is own world heritage site. Lunch will be at Bhaktapur. After lunch there will be an opportunity for sightseeing with a local guide.(bikes will be sent to Pokhara).
Distance - 27km.
Altitude - 1350m.

Day 02:
Kathmandu - Pokhara morning flight.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. The flight to Pokhara is a short flight of about 25 minutes. Pokhara is a major tourist destination and the perfect place to chillout for the day. There are lots of activites there including boating on the lake, paragliding, fishing, shopping and general sightseeing.

Day 03:
Pokhara - Jomsom(flight) - ride to Kagbeni.

Today will be an early start as the only flights to Jomson are early morning flights. This is another short flight, about 20 minutes,but it will take you over some spectacular views, through the Kaligandaki Valley and between two mountains over 8000m tall and is definitely worth the early wake up. We will spend about 2 hours in Jomsom, while preparing the bikes and having breakfast. The ride today will be short distance-wise, however it is better to slowly acclimatize to the altitude. There will be opportunity for sightseeing around town with your guide.
Distance - 19km.
Altitude - 2700m.

Day 04:
Kagbeni - Jharkot(drive) - Thorang phedi - Muktinath - Kagbeni.

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 Thorang Phedi. Phedi is located at an altitude of 4200m hight,so take it easy and don't try to push yourself too hard. From Phedi the ride is a nice and flowy natural single track to the historic town of Muktinath. Muktinath is famous among Hindus, as some people believe that without visiting Muktinath you cannot reach Nirvana. Consequently you will see a lot of Hindu tourists here, particularly from India. We will have local cuisine here in Muktinath for lunch before recommencing our ride. It will be 95% downhill, going through local villages and along tracks with running water, natural stairs and varied terrain. The ride will be done by 1-2pm.
Distance - 23km.
Altitude - 2700m.

Day 05:
Kagbeni - Muktinath(drive) - ride to Marpha.

It's about a 1 hour drive to Muktinath. The ride will start with a flowy single track for 5-10 minutes. Then a climb for about 400m to the Lubra pass. We will pause here because the view is spectacular at the top of the pass (4100m al.) and it's a great opportunity to take some photos. From here it's a 1300m descent, lots of switchback, it is steep with loose gravel, so be careful and keep in mind this is a very remote area. 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. After lunch the ride will be more scenic on an up and down track, through apple gardens, villages, 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, known for it's apple pies, apple cider, apple crumble and apple varieties. Take time to look around the village and monestry.
Distance - 29km.
Altitude - 2600m.

Day 06:
Marpha - Tatopani.

Today's ride starts after breakfast and is primarily a big descent of about 1900m with one big climb for 300m. Until we reach the lunch destination the ride will be up and down with mixed single tracks, double tracks, technical and flowy terrain. On today's ride you will travel through the world's deepest valley, the biggest waterfall in Nepal and the wild pots garden. After lunch the way is downhill to Tatopani but with the occasional short climb. Tatopani is a nice, small town there is a natural hotspring where you can relax with an chilled beer.
Distance - 47km.
Altitude - 1100m.

Day 07:
Tatopani - Beni - Naundanda - Pokhara.

The inital ride to Beni is about 19km on rolling jeep tracks. From Beni the drive about 2 hours to reach Naundanda and the ride about 20km on downhill and flat tracks to reach your hotel in Pokhara, at the lakeside.
Distance - 39km.
Altitude - 850m.

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