Mountain Biking the Jomsom-Muktinath Trail
By far and away the most ridden trail in Nepal, this short mountain biking adventure takes you into the heart of the Himalaya and rips down some of the best trails in the Lower Mustang region, including the famous Lubra Valley Trail. The route follows the raging Kaligandaki (Black River), famed as being part of the deepest gorge in the world, splitting the massive peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
The upper part of the gorge is also called Thak Khola after the local Thakhali people who became prosperous from trans-Himalayan trade and are famed for their delicious food, apple growing and the making of local Apple Brandy.
Our trail climbs up to Muktinath at the foot of the mighty Throng Pass on route from the Annapurna Circuit. From here there are many options for some amazing single track and downhill riding, past ancient monasteries and traditional villages. Bump along on cobble paths and get your feet wet in ice fed streams. This is surely one of the most spectacular short mountain biking holidays in the world. If you ride with the HST Team we will take you on trails other companies don’t know to hidden lakes, villages and single track descents.
You have to try it once in your life.
Standard Itinerary (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Day 01 Pokhara to Jomsom by Flight and Bike to Kagbeni
Day 02 Kagbeni to Muktinath
Day 03 Muktianth to Tuckche via Lubra Valley
Day 04 Tuckche to Tatopani
Day 05 Tatopani to Beni and Bike to Jomsom
Package Itinerary (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Shivapuri National Park Ride
Day 03 Travel to Pokhara
Day 04 Pokhara to Jomsom by Flight and Bike to Kagbeni
Day 05 Kagbeni to Muktinath
Day 06 Muktianth to Tuckche via Lubra Valley
Day 07 Tuckche to Tatopani
Day 08 Tatopani to Beni and Bike to Jomsom
Day 09 Pokhara Sightseeing
Day 10 Travel to Kathmandu
Day 11 Departure
Who’s it for? Intermediate fun loving mountain bikers, mountain biking families and people who might be doing their first multi day trip. Trails are also adaptable for serious bikers with a short amount of time in Nepal. Great for Expats looking for a short getaway.
Length:- 5 Days from Pokhara to Pokhara
Fitness Factor:- Weekend riders accepted on this one. Just one big climb of 1000 m, jeep assistance can be deployed if your heart begins to pop out of your chest.
Skill Factor:- Any confident cyclist can do this trail, there are many trail options, so we can tailor the ride to suit your skill level. Still you should have ridden a bike more than a few times to be able to enjoy it.
Comfort Zone:- You might get sweaty palms from gripping the armrests of your seat during the 20 min flight to Jomsom, but the rest of this journey is quite civilized. Well set up Tea Houses, hot water, WiFi in most places and great food, even a porter to carry your bags.
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Trail Notes for Jomsom Muktinath Trail
The beauty of this mountain biking trip is that we can custom make it to suit all levels of rider, from anyone who can balance a bike to people looking for hardcore enduro style mountain biking in Nepal. In the Lower Mustang Region there is a huge selection of trails ranging from narrow, rocky single tracks, jungle tree root sections and nice flowing powder trails and jeep tracks.
There is plenty of road access if uplift is required. It’s just a fun trip where you can sit back, relax and enjoy or you can push hard and rip!
Porters for carrying your bags are included in the price of the trip for the Jomsom section of the trip. So all you will need to carry during the day is a day pack with your personal items for the day. Porters will not always be with you or arrive at the Tea House at the same time as you so make sure you carry a warm jacket with you. Porter allowance is one porter per two people with a load limit of 13kg per person.
Mountain Bikes for this trip can be rented from Himalayan Single Track or you are welcome to bring your own. HST will take care of all the bike transport and logistics for you from the start to the end of the trip. We recommend full suspension mountain bikes with 120mm to 160mm travel for this trip.
What is the average riding time per day?
During this trip you will riding between 4 to 6 hours per day with plenty of time for cultural site visits and photo taking.
Can this trip be shortened?
Yes in some cases this trip can be shortened, please do ask us. But we need to consider key points like proper acclimatization and also your personal riding fitness and skill level.
Can I hire a bike?
Yes Himalayan Single Track has a range of well-maintained and up to date full suspension and hard tail mountain bikes. Please visit the bike hire page of our website.
What spare parts can I get in Nepal?
We have a shop in Thamel where most spare parts for bikes are available, things like tubes, tires, chains, lubes and chain links can be brought. Specialist things like tubeless liquid, spare parts for 1 x 12 and brakes pads other than Shimano should be brought with you, or check with us first.
What is the accommodation like?
In Kathmandu and other major cities, the accommodation we use is 3 star with attached bathroom, hot water, WiFi and back up power. In the mountains we use simple yet clean Tea Houses. Staying in Tea Houses and meeting local families is often one of the highlights of the trip.
How do I pay for the trip?
If you decide to book this trip with Himalayan Single Track, we take 20% deposit at the time of booking paid by bank transfer. Balance should be paid on arrival by cash or credit card.
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