Jomsom Muktinath Trail – 5 Days

5 Days

Fixed Departures

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
April 26, 2024 - April 30, 2024 Guaranteed $1,199
Available
October 11, 2024 - October 15, 2024 Guaranteed $1,199
Available

The Jomsom Muktinath Trail is a journey through the mustang region of Nepal, discovering the vibrant culture, friendly people, breathtaking views and amazing trails. This shortend trip starts and ends in Pokhara.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trail is for intermediate and recreational riders who also enjoy the aurora of the mountains and exploring the culture or a region. The journey starts and ends in Pokhara and is only 5 days, making it the perfect add on to a trek or other type of tour in Nepal. The flight to Jomsom is one of the highlights of the trip.

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.

Overview

This trip is suitable for families and also those not used to mountain biking but good at cycling in general. This trip is also customizable so please contact us for more information. 

 

Trips Highlights

  • Biking the Lubra Valley Trail
  • Mountain Biking Epic Forest Trails
  • Exploring the Holy Temple at Muktinath
  • Visiting the Apple Farms and tasting Apple Brandy

Itinerary

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

Today we leave Marpha and cross the river on another suspension bridge. We ride along the river, mostly flat pedaling to Kobang Village. From here we have a 4km climb up on a jeep track. It can get a bit steep in places. We reach to Titi Lake (2705m). Spend some time enjoying the views from the lake shore, the views of Dalugiri from here are stunning. We then leave the lake and hits some fun downhills back to the river.The trails here are a bit more forested than they are higher up On the other side of the river, we find the village of Kalopani (Blackwater).Here we stay for the night.

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kalopani marks the end of the glacial valley we have been riding through. From here we have some 1700m of descending on fast and fun Jeep tracks. We follow the Kaligandaki river down, pass the impressive waterfall at Rupse Chara, through the Hot Springs Village of Tatopani and roll through the steep sided valley to Ghaleshowr where our vehicle awaits. After having lunch we drive the 3 hours to Pokhara.

3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch

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
April 26, 2024 - April 30, 2024 Guaranteed $1,199
Available
October 11, 2024 - October 15, 2024 Guaranteed $1,199
Available

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Jomsom Muktinath Trail – 5 Days
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Trip Facts

  • A cycling tour in the Lower Mustang Valley, that takes in the scenery, culture and people as well as amazing cycling
  • Intermediate Fitness, Some uphill pedalling. Local Jeep hire is an option
  • Intermediate, this tour can be adapted to suit your riding skill
  • Comfortable Teahouses. 3 Star Hotels
  • Kathmandu
  • 2 to 15 Pax. Private groups and departures on request.
  • Spring (Mar - May) &Autumn(Oct - Dec)
  • 4100m