Mountain Biking in Lower Mustang

10 Days

Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 1, 2022 - October 10, 2022 Available $2,765
10 Available
October 15, 2022 - October 24, 2022 Available $2,765
10 Available

Tour summary

Explore the forbidden lands of Mustang in this exhilarating tour. Enjoy fantastic mix of scenery and native Tibetan culture and lifestyles in Kagbeni. Rejoice in the awe-inspiring sceneries of the Himalayas and the night skies from the driest, desert-like high altitude region of Muktinath. Ride along unparalleled cross country and downhill sections in the high Himalayas and along the mightly Kali Gandaki river. Relax your mind and body by making offerings at the temple of soul liberation, Muktinath (“mukti” means liberation, while “nath” means a holy shrine), and by dipping in the hot springs at Tatopani. Taste Himalayan apples and apple brandy in Marpha.  This tour gives you the best of the Mustang region in a short 10 day trip!

Overview

Explore the forbidden lands of Mustang in this exhilarating tour. Enjoy fantastic mix of scenery and native Tibetan culture and lifestyles in Kagbeni. Rejoice in the awe-inspiring sceneries of the Himalayas and the night skies from the driest, desert-like high altitude region of Muktinath. Ride along unparalleled cross country and downhill sections in the high Himalayas and along the mightly Kali Gandaki river. Relax your mind and body by making offerings at the temple of soul liberation, Muktinath (“mukti” means liberation, while “nath” means a holy shrine), and by dipping in the hot springs at Tatopani. Taste Himalayan apples and apple brandy in Marpha.  This tour gives you the best of the Mustang region in a short 10 day trip!

Highlights

  • Explore sections of the world renowned Annapurna circuit
  • Rejoice in the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs up close
  • Great cross country and downhill rides throughout the tour
  • Take your exhaustion away by dipping in natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Explore the ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist traditions
  • Top off the tour with a stay at the historic Muktinath temple area which holds importance for Buddhists and Hindus

Itinerary

Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel on a private vehicle. The evening can be spent exploring Thamel, a tourist hub offering numerous bars, shops and restaurant, as well as Basantapur, which gives you an instant taste of Nepali life. Later in the hotel, we will also brief you on trip details, safety and preparation for the adventure.
Our local guide will spend the day with you exploring the city of Kathmandu, its narrow alleys, historic temples, and its cuisine on a mountain bike. City riding in Kathmandu can be thrilling but also a unique and fast way to explore the historic city. The day will end in a fine dinner in a peaceful environment where we will all enjoy local Newari cuisine and discuss the next day's plans.
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport for a scenic 30-minute flight to Pokhara. Once you reach Pokhara, you will be awestruck by the city’s natural beauty. The city lies along the banks of the gorgeous Phewa Lake and sports panoramic views of Machapuchure, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. Pokhara is much more laid back and less hectic than Kathmandu, which makes it perfect for relaxation and adventure activities as well. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque Pokhara valley which offers wonderful natural and cultural places for sightseeing. These include boating in Phewa Lake, exploring Seti River gorges and Gupteshwar Cave, visiting Tibetan Refugee Camps and Barahi temple. The Peace Pagoda is also quite a spectacular hike with amazing view of Pokhara valley below and the Annapurnas at a distance. A guide and a private vehicle will be at your disposal for the day.
We pack up and head to the airport for our flight to Jomsom. There are several flights from Pokhara to Jomsom in the morning before the high winds in Jomsom picks up late-morning. Upon landing, we assemble our bikes and spend some time riding through the cobbled streets of the bustling town. We then head off to Kagbeni, riding the relatively flat section along the river trail. Kagbeni borders the Kingdom of Mustang, a secluded region of Nepal that was until recently forbidden for travelers. In Kagbeni, you can enjoy the fantastic mix of scenery and native lifestyle. The lively Tibetan culture in the village is sure to give you a warm welcome.
After having an early morning breakfast, we start riding uphill and gain almost 1,000m in elevation, the highest point of the trip, near Muktinath. The region is dry and arid, almost desert-like, with awe-inspiring sceneries of the mountains at the horizon. You will come across trekkers and pilgrims, flocking from as far as India, on their way to Muktinath, one of the most revered Hindu temples in the world. Once at Muktinath, we’ll spend some time exploring the religious site and see the eternal flame that burns on natural gas source. “Mukti” means liberation and “nath” means a holy temple, so Muktinath is considered to be a temple of soul liberation. Besides Hindu hermits and pilgrims we’ll see some Tibetan traders as well.
From Muktinath we ride along a very enjoyable downhill track descending to the Kaligandaki River valley floor. We’ll make a quick pit stop at Marpha, a village with legendary apple orchids. Make sure to taste some Marpha Brandy here as well as a range of apple products like apple pie and dried apple skin. We call it a day at Tukuche village, an ancient Thakali tribe settlement, and spend some time exploring the region and learning about the culture and history of the village. Tukuche lies right beneath the Tukuche pea and Dhaulagiri, with amazing views of Mt. Nilgiri and massif icefalls of Dhaulagiri’s east face.
We begin riding from Tukuche to Tatopani through some fantastic downhill sections. Tatopani translates to “hot water” and rightly so, the hot springs at Tatopani are quite a treat. This is a fabled place to relax your mind and body, so pamper yourself after a great day of biking in this fantastic region. Located besides the banks of the Kali Gandaki river, the hot dip in Tatopani will help loosen up your muscles amidst the surrounding natural beauty.
After a relaxing time at Tatopani, we ride for about 1.5 hours on jeep tracks to reach Beni, a small but vibrant market town. We’ll spend some time exploring the town and then drive back to Pokhara on a 2-hour drive. It’s a bumpy drive and you can enjoy the scenic views you get along the away. Once we reach Pokhara, we can do some boating on the Phewa Lake, having a pleasant time and reflecting on our thrilling adventure around the Annapurna region. In the evening, loosen up your muscles and free your mind with an hour-long full body massage.
Our staff will take you to the airport for an early morning flight to Kathmandu, and transfer you to the hotel. We’ll have some time for sightseeing in the afternoon. Some of the places we visit include UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Bouddhanath (the largest Buddhist shrine in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temples in the world), and Swayambhunath (a popular stupa perched on a hillock overlooking the city). Shopping can be done in the late afternoon, then in the evening, we invite you to a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant which hosts cultural performances, and you’re more than welcome to join the merry. We toast a round or two of locally brewed drinks to celebrate our biking achievement and to good health! Holidays should never have an ending date. So extend your trip and whet your appetite for adventure with a host of activities including trekking, bungy jumping, mountain flight, rafting, hiking, Chitwan jungle adventure, Lumbini heritage trip and shopping tours. These can be arranged before or after the biking adventure.
The trip concludes today. Our staff will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport and wish you bon voyage for onward journey.

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Costs

Costs Include

  • All the required permits and paperwork
  • Pick-up or drop-off service from and to the airport
  • Hotel stay in cities, homestays or local teahouses during trips
  • Transportation costs within the country including domestic flights (if needed)
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, daily wages and insurance of guide(s) and porter(s) during the trip (tips to supplement our guides earnings is highly encouraged)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use especially if you have specific medical requirements.)

Costs Exclude

  • International airfare and Visa charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Your gear and/or equipment (unless request for rental during booking/inquiry)
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, or laundry
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency

Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 1, 2022 - October 10, 2022 Available $2,765
10 Available
October 15, 2022 - October 24, 2022 Available $2,765
10 Available

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Mountain Biking in Lower Mustang
Group Discount Available
From $2,765
/ Adult
  • All tours led by local guides with years of experience in the Himalayas
  • All tours follow international safety standards
  • All tours explore local homestays and teahouses where available
  • All tours contribute directly to local communities
  • All tours offer group discounts of up to 50%