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  • Trip Name : Jomsom Muktinath Mountain Biking
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Trip Duration : 9 Days
  • Activity : Mountain Biking

Jomsom Muktinath Mountain Biking

The pilgrimage biking to the holy Muktinath temple is reminiscent of an era lost in time. Translated as the ‘temple of soul liberation’, Muktinath sees Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims flocking from as far as south of India to pay homage to the deity. Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peaks as you ride along the laps of the Himalayas.

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The pilgrimage biking to the holy Muktinath temple is reminiscent of an era lost in time. Translated as the ‘temple of soul liberation’, Muktinath sees Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims flocking from as far as south of India to pay homage to the deity. Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peaks as you ride along the laps of the Himalayas.

Top off a tiring biking day with a sip of the famous locally brewed apple brandy at Marpha, feel the chilly headwind in Jomsom with its cultural majesty, and reward your adventurous soul with a relaxing dip in Tatopani hot springs.

The short and splendid Jomsom-Muktinath trip packs nature, culture, adventure and relaxation into one.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Some sightseeing and trip briefing
Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 03 Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Bike from Jomsom to Kagbeni
Day 04 Bike from Kagbeni to Muktinath
Day 05 Bike from Muktinath to Tukuche
Day 06 Bike from Tukuche to Tatopani
Day 07 Bike from Tatopani to Beni, and drive to Pokhara
Day 08 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 09 Flight departure from Nepal

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Some sightseeing and trip briefing
Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu 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 restaurants, followed by the old palace complex at Basantapur Durbar Square, which gives you an instant taste of Nepali life. Later at the hotel, we will brief you on trip details, safety, preparation and essentials for the adventure.

 

Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the bus station for a 5-hour scenic drive to Pokhara on a tourist bus. Once you reach Pokhara, get awestruck by the lakeside 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 alike.

We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque Pokhara Valley which offers wonderful natural and cultural points of interest for sightseeing. These include boating on 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 an amazing view of the valley below and the Annapurnas at a distance.

 

Day 03 Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Bike from Jomsom to Kagbeni
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 pick 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. In Kagbeni, you can enjoy a fantastic mix of scenery and native lifestyle. The lively Tibetan culture in the village is sure to give you a warm welcome.

 

Day 04 Bike from Kagbeni to Muktinath
After an early morning breakfast, we start riding uphill and gain almost 1,000m in elevation. The region is dry and arid, almost desert-like, with awe-inspiring sceneries of the mountains at the horizon. We 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 explore 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.

 

Day 05 Bike from Muktinath to Tukuche
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 and 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 peak and Dhaulagiri, with amazing views of Mt. Nilgiri and icefalls of Dhaulagiri’s east face.

 

Day 06 Bike from Tukuche to Tatopani
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 amidst the surrounding natural beauty in Tatopani will definitely unwind your muscles.

 

Day 07 Bike from Tatopani to Beni, and drive to Pokhara
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 4-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 and have a pleasant time reflecting on our thrilling adventure in the Annapurnas.

 

Day 08 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening
Our staff will take you to the bus station for an early morning drive to Kathmandu, and transfer you to the hotel. We’ll have some time for some shopping in late afternoon. In the evening, you’re invited for a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. We toast a round or two of locally brewed drinks to celebrate our trip 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, and Lumbini heritage trip. These can be arranged before or after the biking adventure.

 

Day 09 Flight departure from Nepal
The trip concludes today. Our staff will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport and wish you bon voyage for onward journey.

Price Details

Please enquire with us for prices

 

Price Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle for airport and hotel pick up/drop off, sightseeing and transfers
  • All domestic flights (if any)
  • Accommodation in teahouses and hotels
  • All meals during biking
  • Entry permit to parks, monuments and cultural landmarks
  • Biking guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) their daily wages, food, accommodation and other expenses
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • In case of emergency, we can send helicopters for evacuation, manage all paperwork, and deal with related insurance companies (provided the client has valid insurance)


Price Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance covering medical treatment and evacuation by ground and air
  • Nepal entry visa, obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Rescue and evacuation
  • Extra road transport/flight cost in case member returns earlier
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and if applicable, in Pokhara
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, communication and bar bill
  • Tips for trip staff and driver. (Tipping is appreciated)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section