Muktinath-Pokhara Biking

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, the temple of Muktinath is situated in a grove high up in the mountains. A Buddhist monastery and a Bishnu temple are found in the woods. It is also a site where natural gas perpetually emerges from the grounds. A small fire is lit to mark the natural gas jets.

Leaving this beautiful place, you descend on your bike with spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,160 m), Mt. Nilgiri and several other peaks.  En route, you will encounter Thakali people in their native villages. The Thakali are of Tibetan origin but their settlement in this region for generations have created their own language and customs.

Further, as we ride through trekking trails we pass through many scenic villages rich in culture. The rocky trails from Jomsom ascend and descend through windswept desert landscape, gradually bringing us to lower grounds and into the paved road. We cycle along this road passing along rivers and through valleys until we reach the beautiful city of Pokhara on the foothills of the Annapurna range.

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A tourist district offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. In the afternoon we will sort out our bikes and over dinner there will be a tour briefing. Overnight in Guest House.

Our staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am, and the drive is 6 hours including lunch on the way. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect place to relax in the evening. Overnight at a hotel.

There are numerous flights that service the Jomsom airstrip early each day before the Kali Gandaki wind picks up by mid-morning. To get used with the altitude and the weather condition, we assemble the bikes as soon as we land in Jomsom and ride the relatively flat river trail to Kagbeni, the border-town of the recently forbidden Mustang Kingdom. Overnight at a guesthouse. Rideable: 100%

After breakfast early in the morning, we ride up hill, gaining almost 1,000m in elevation, as we head towards Muktinath. This is the highest point of this trip. The landscape is extremely dry and desert-like. You may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India, on their way to the holy temple with the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Reaching the culturally and religiously site with stunning mountain views is quitte an achievement. Overnight at a guesthouse. Rideable: 100%

With thrilling views of the Dhaulagiri and several other 8,000m peaks on our sight we begin our descent. On the way we pass yak herds and experience the centuries-old lifestyle of the local people. We ride through Lupra where black magic and human sacrifices (on dead bodies) are a part of the community rituals. We call it a day in Marpha – a picturesque community known for its apple orchards. The flagstone-lined village of Marpha is popular for apple farming. Don’t forget to try some local apply wine and brandy. Overnight at a guesthouse. Rideable: 70%

With a fantastic downhill ahead of us, we begin our descent towards Tato Pani (hot water), which in the local language means hot water. At the end of the ride, you can pamper yourself in the natural hot spring, which is located besides the Kali Gandaki River, hence giving you the time and space to loosen up your muscles and chill to the natural sound of the wilderness. Overnight at a guesthouse. Rideable: 100%

We carry on descending further down towards Beni following the Kali Gandaki River, before finally reaching the Baglung highway. We follow the highway up to Nau Danda and then take the dirt road to Sarangkot, which also happens to be the number one viewpoint in Pokhara to enjoy the views of the Himalayas along with the sunrise and sunset. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Today we ride through a steep and narrow trail to Pokhara. Make sure you check your brakes before you start a 90% downhill. Pokhara is the starting or finishing point for some of Nepal’s most popular treks. The lakes with the magnificent Fishtail dominate the mountain ranges. Overnight at a guesthouse. Trail: 100% rideable.

Drive to Kathmandu along Trishuli river via turns and bends of Prithivi Highway.

A few hours before flight time, we will take you to the airport for your flight back home.

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