Jomsom Muktinath – The Apple Brandy Trail

10 Days

Fixed Departures

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
December 13, 2022 Guaranteed $1,870
3 Available
April 22, 2023 Guaranteed $1,870
12 Available
October 25, 2023 Available $1,870
12 Available

Experience the Most Popular Short Mountain Biking Trip in Jomsom Muktinath Nepal in the Lower Mustang Region.

Overview

This 10 day mountain bike trip in Nepal can be tailored to meet your riding skill level from Intermediate to Advanced. The riding starts in the Scenic Hill Station of Nagarkot, hitting some awesome Enduro Single Tracks through the jungles and rice fields. Next, the tour takes the rider to Pokhara, the laid-back lakeside paradise, and the Peace Pagoda Trail. The highlight of the trip is the 5 days of riding high up in the Annapurna Region on the Jomsom-Muktinath Trail. This journey showcases the magnificent of the Himalayas, the rich and vibrant culture of Nepal, and some of the best bike trails in the world.

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 Thakali people who became prosperous from the 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 the 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 undoubtedly 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.

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Trips Highlights

  • Biking the Lubra Valley Trail
  • Mountain Biking Epic Forest Trails
  • Mountain Biking one Of the Worlds Longest Downhills
  • Exploring the Apple Farms and tasting Apple Brandy

Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Nepal, a member of our team will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We have a meet and greet with the Guide/Trekking team for a trip briefing and gear check. We also treat you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhart (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

 

Dinner

Head to Nagarkot, without a doubt, Nagarkot is the best place to ride Enduro inside the Kathmandu Valley. The trails vary in difficulty and distance, but they are all fun. The tour includes a full-day shuttle, for as much single-track fun as you can handle. The trails run through the jungle and rural rice fields and villages and boast stunning views of the Himalayas. Trail rating would be blue and black, the rider needs some decent skills to enjoy these trails.

 

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After Breakfast we leave the hotel and drive to the airport, where we catch a 25 min flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a chilled out lakeside town at the base of the Annapurna Himalaya. If time is sufficient, we ride to the Peace Pogoda, a 2 to 3 hour round trip with a short yet steep climb and a super nice single track descent to the Lake. Stay overnight in Lakeside.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Dhaulagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wing tips 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 14 km 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.

 

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 climbs 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 around 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.

 

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our day kicks off with some brilliant downhill and after yesterday’s 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, a local product and a good after dinner nightcap to relax your mind and body after the day’s ride.

 

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and wind’s 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 (Waterfall) 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.

 

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A ride of around 22 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. The valley opens up near Beni and we cross the river for the last time, rejoining the main road. From Galeshwor we drive to Pokhara. Option to ride from Naudhanda.

 

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we transfer you to the Pokhara airport for the short 23min flight to Kathmandu. A member of our team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Take some time for last minute shopping or exploring this vibrant city.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we say farewell and transfer from the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight.

 

Breakfast

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All Airport Transfers
  • Mountain Bike Guide
  • Porter to Carry your Luggage
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Entry Permits
  • Accommodation as per Itinerary
  • All the transportation
  • Treated Drinking Water
  • Domestic Flights

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to Nepal
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Beverage/soft drinks and mineral water in mountains
  • Travel and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for guides, porters and supporting staff

Fixed Departures

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
December 13, 2022 Guaranteed $1,870
3 Available
April 22, 2023 Guaranteed $1,870
12 Available
October 25, 2023 Available $1,870
12 Available

Frequently Asked Question

What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable.

How will my bike be transported?

Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold.

What Happens if I get Sick?

If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken.

What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification.

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated.

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads.

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications.

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so.

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.

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Jomsom Muktinath – The Apple Brandy Trail

Trip Facts

  • Soft Enduro Mountain Biking
  • Intermediate
  • 4300m
  • Medium
  • Jeeps, Planes, Mountain Bikes
  • Teahouses & Hotels
  • Kathmandu
  • Spring (Mar, Apr, May) Autumn/Winter (Oct, Nov, Dec)