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TRIP DIFFICULTY
  • Intermediate
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Trail is not affected by 25th April 2015 earthquake. Email us for more information.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trail

Jomsom is in the heart of the Himalaya and offers some spectacular trails for mountain bikers. Pedaling up between the Nilgiri Massifs to one of the holiest temples in Nepal, 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 along the beautiful Kaligandaki River, one of the deepest gorges in the world, 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…..you gotta do it once in your life!

DAY 1  POKHARA TO KAGBENI – Riding Distance 14km. Altitude 2800m
Wake up for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before we head to the airport. It’s about a 22 min flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya, take a peek out of the window for fantastic views of Dhawalagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wingtips almost touch the snow capped peaks, fly right between the Himalayan giants and you feel your adventure has really begun as the small plane banks left and touches down in Jomsom. In Jomsom, we have breakfast and spend some time getting the bikes ready for the journey. Enjoy an easy acclimatization ride of 14km to the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat and traces the Kaligandaki River right up to the boundary of Upper Mustang. Stay overnight in Red House, one of the oldest Inns in the region.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 02  KAGBENI TO MUKTINATH – Riding Distance 18km. Altitude 3760 meters
Get up early to see the sunrise and have breakfast. Today we cycle uphill for the most part. Leaving behind the beautiful village of Kagbeni, warm up your legs and start to climb. We follow the trail on the north side of the gorge and climb up on a dusty jeep track towards the foreboding Throng La Pass. We stop and explore the ancient monastery at Jhong and have some lunch basking in the sunshine and enjoying the mountain Views. The final push after lunch is short and we should arrive in Muktinath mid afternoon. Spend some time here exploring the Monastery and Temples, two of the holiest in Nepal. Stay overnight and enjoy the local culture of this bustling town.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 03  MUKTHINATH TO TUKUCHE – Riding Distance 32 km. Altitude 2560 meters
Our day kicks off with some brilliant downhill and after yesterdays challenge, you will welcome fun jeep tracks and trails with a mostly downhill gradient! We have to start early as the wind gets up after 11 am making riding a bit more challenging. Chill out on this section and enjoy the views. For experienced riders there are single track options. Savor the moment as you whizz past trekkers, the Himalayan wind in your face and miles of downhill before your wheels. Once in the river Valley it’s a 6km flat stretch to Jomsom followed by undulating trails along the river to Marpha. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. Take lunch in the beautiful and ancient town of Marpha famous for growing apples and making apple brandy! The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on the river side. Take some time to explore the cobbled lanes and explore the Thakali culture. We stay overnight in the well furbished Dutch Bakery. Apple Brandy is a local product and a good after dinner night cap to relax your mind and body after the days ride.
Accommodation: High Plains Inn
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04  TUKUCHE TO TATOPANI – Riding Distance 36 km. Altitude 1190 meters
Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and winds in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the lush waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Once in Tatopani you can enjoy a soothing bath in the Hot Springs and perhaps a local massage will not go astray, or a cold beer for that matter!
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05  TATOPANI TO BENI AND BACK TO POKHARA – Riding Distance 22km.
A ride of around 22 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. From Beni we transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well earned rest and perhaps a beer! We have the option to ride down to Pokhara from Naudhada.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch,

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BEST TIME
March, April, May & Oct, Nov

SPENDING MONEY
You will need to carry with you spending money for things like alcohol, snacks, internet usage and other purchases along the way. Also tipping is expected in Nepal for guides and porters if you are happy with the service provided. You will have to carry the money with you from Kathmandu/Pokhara as there are no ATM’S along the way. All meals are included in the trip price so you should budget an extra $10 to $20 per day for your personal expenses.

ELECTRICITY
Approximately 80% of the accommodations will have electricity and an outlet appropriate for charging items such as mobile phones or iPods/iPads, you will need to purchase  a Universal Adapter, these can be purchased in most Travel shops. In the dry months from October through to May Nepal can experience Load Shedding (Periods without electricity) in excess of 10 hours a day.

LAUNDRY
You can get laundry done at the hotel and in Thamel. Your cheapest option is to use a street vendor they charge 50 to 100 rupees per kilo for a one day service. While biking, laundry services are not normally available, but on rest days you can get laundry done at the teahouse at a cost of 200 to 400 nrs. Normally we just rinse out knickers and socks in the shower and dry them around the fire in the tea house during the evening!

VISA
Although queues can be quite long, we prefer to obtain visas at Kathmandu Airport, as it is cheaper. You will require a passport size photo and it tends to speed things up if you have already downloaded a Visa Form and attached your picture in preparation.
Visa Duration & Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency .

PORTERS
Porters for carrying your bags are included in the price 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.

DRINKING WATER
Tap water is not drinkable in Nepal. Bottled drinking water is not included in the price of the trip. Himalayan Single Track carries Steri Pens for use on the trips and we will treat filtered drinking for you. If you choose to buy or treat your own water during the trip that is also fine, but not included in the price. We strongly discourage the purchase of plastic water bottles on all of our trips for environmental reasons.We recommend two 1 liter water bottles or one two to three liter bladder for this trip.

TEMPERATURES
In the Annapurna Region the higher up you go the colder it gets. You need to be prepared for below zero temperatures at night time. Day time is average temp 18 degrees Celsius with sunshine in the region. You also need to be prepared for strong, cold winds, possible rain, sleet and snow in the months of Dec, Jan and Feb.

ACCOMMODATIONS
During the biking you will be accommodated in Tea Houses which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in other bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and there are not always hot showers, in some places hot showers incur extra charge. There will be electricity for charging cameras and phones, but it is limited.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
•  Water proof/wind proof jacket suitable for riding, optional Down Jacket (Winter Season Only)
•  Long thermals, a couple of T-Shirts and shorts or trekking trousers
•  Light Fleece Jacket or a Warm Jumper
•  Cycle clothing – long sleeve and short sleeve tops, full and half cycling shorts, arm warmers, leg/Knee warmers, thermal cap,  knee and elbow pads are recommended
•  Hat, sunglasses, sun cream, toiletries (Bio Degradable is recommended)
•  Windproof/water proof cycling gloves (full), Helmet (Both are Compulsory on HST Tours)
•  Chap stick, moisturizer cream, toilet paper, Hand wipes and sanitizer
•  Good shoes for cycling (Stiff race type SPD shoes are not recommended go for a walking style SPD Shoe), also a pair of sandals or flip flops for around the tea houses
•  Warm socks, woolen hat and a scarf/Muffler
•  Buff, bandana or some kind of face covering
•  Own medicines including re-hydration salts and any personal medication required (Our Guides carry full first aid kits)
•  Camel Pak or water bottles (Minimum 2 Liters)
•  Water proof pack cover, Sleeping bag (Optional) or Sleeping Sheet

*To make things easier for our porters, we request you to pack your belongings in soft water proof duffel bags or back packs rather than suitcase.

TRIP REQUIREMENTS/DOCUMENTS
Personal Travel Insurance
Copy of Passport
2 Passport Sized Photos
Signed Copy of Himalayan Single Track Booking from and disclaimer

BIKE SPARE PARTS
If you are bringing your own bike to Nepal then you will also be required to bring the spare parts required to keep your bike on the trails. All our guides are good mechanics who will assist you with repairs etc. We recommend that you bring the following items for your bike own bike. Our guide will carry tool kits and basic spare parts.
• Inner tubes (esp if you are running 29 or 27.5 wheels)
• A tire that fits your bike, recommended for Nepal 2.2+
• A few spokes and nipples
• Hanger/Drop Out
• Seat Post Clamp, spare parts/adapters for through axles
• Chain Oil, Bleed kit relevant to your brakes and/or dropper seat post, suspension pump, pump, brake pads

Spare parts and accessories can easily be purchased in our shop, most readily available items in Nepal are Shimano 9 and 10 speed chains, cassettes and cranks, tubes 26 & 29 and a full range of cycling clothing.

TIPPING
In most cases like taxi’s, local restaurants and guided tours tipping is expected in Nepal but not compulsory. Generally local wages are low which reflects poor local economy. Tipping is a voluntary bonus on your part if your are happy with a service. If you come across good service and are impressed with the guide, food, driver or other things then your tips will be appreciated.

Please note that in Hotels and Tourist restaurants service charge is always added onto the bill which is 10%. If you have bad service you can refuse to pay this, but it will be automatically added unless you state otherwise, so in these cases tipping is not required.

Himalayan Single Track Guidelines (This is just our suggestion and in all cases tipping is optional)
Meals/Restaurant (Local) – 10% of the bill
Taxi Ride – 50 to 100 nrs
Driver – 200 to 500 nrs
Trip Guide 500 to 1500 nrs per day (as a group)
Trip Porters – 500 to 1000 nrs per person (as a group)
Hotel/Airport Porters – 100 nrs

ACCESS TO MONEY
There are only ATMs within the main cities of Nepal, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan
ATMs in Kathmandu are on every corner and accept most key cards and credit cards. Traveller’s Cheques are outdated but can be changed still with Money Exchangers (also on every corner) or within big hotels. Please don’t change your money at the airport, you will not need cash until you get into town and you will get a much better rate in Kathmandu than at the airport. USD, EURO and AUD are also accepted for large purchases (in case you go on a shopping spree!)
 
WHAT CAN I BUY IN KATHMANDU?
Nepal is an awesome place for shopping. You can by in the main Thamel area anything and everything related to trekking and outdoors from small dry bags to trekking trousers, Shirts, boots, hats, scarves and gloves. Brands are not normally original but good quality can be found. There are also supermarkets where you can by most things you get at home like toiletries, muesli bars, cereals, tea, coffee, nuts fruit and chocolate. There are also some well stocked and cheap pharmacies that can fulfill all your needs without prescriptions for most generic brands. Leave some room in your bags for souvenirs like Pashmina, Handi Crafts, Thanka paintings and hand crafted Buddhist and Hindu relics. Most standard bike parts can also be brought in our Himalayan Single Track Shop.

BARGAINING
While shopping in the tourist areas of Kathmandu bargaining the price of an item is expected. However you should be aware that Nepal is an economically poor country, keep in mind when you enter a shop this point and that the shop keepers have to make a living to support their families. Aggressive behavior and price haggling is ugly.

  •  Most items such as trekking goods are not genuine, inspect the quality of the items before you enter bargaining
  • In most cases you should be able to bargain between 15 to 30 % off the price
  • Always be realistic about the value of price being asked, people can get carried away over a few dollars…….this is poor etiquette
  • If you are not happy walk away, if there is a better price to be offered the vendor will shout to you as you walk away, this will normally be the very cheapest price
  • When buying high value items such as pashmina, silver and gems make sure the item you are purchasing is of the standard (quality) you are seeking. If in doubt, walk away
  • Shopping and bargaining can be fun, except a cup of tea from the vendor and you could have some fun haggling the price. Try not to get agitated or aggressive as most Nepalese shop keepers are genuine and not at all trying to rip you off!
  • Try shopping in small groups and make purchases of similar items from the same shop, bulk buying like this will give you more bargaining leverage.
  • A big smile and a friendly manner will get you a long way in Kathmandu….
  • Bargaining is NOT APPRECIATED at local fruit and vegetable markets or local restaurants, however you can bargain with the fruit vendors in Thamel.

PRICE INCLUDES -

ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights in Teahouses while biking

PERMITS/ENTRY FEES

  • ACCAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Tatopani Hot Springs

FLIGHTS

  • Pokhara to Jomsom – Tara Air
  • All airport taxes and Service Charges
  •  Excess Luggage Charges up to 7kg Over weight

MEALS

  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinners (4)
  • Fresh Ground Coffee on during the biking trip

TRANSPORT

  • Private Vehicle Beni to Pokhara

GUIDES/PORTERS

  • 5 Days Qualified Mountain Bike Guide (MBLA Certificate and Wilderness First Aid)
  • 5 Days Porter
  • Support Guide for group over five people
  • All Guide and Porter expenses and insurance

WORKSHOP/TOOLS

  • Full use of Himalayan Single Track Workshop for assembling, washing and packing bikes
  • Travel tool box carried by guides on tour

Price is dependent on group size, please inquire. Thank you

info@himalayansingletrack.com

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