Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 8 Nights/9 Days
Max. Altitude: 3760M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Mustang
Activity: Cycling/Mountain Biking
Theme: Cycling

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Lower Mustang Bike Tour

Annapurna region/Annapurna Conservation is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. There are many different routes for trekking in Annapurna region. Annapurna Circuit, Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek etc are the most popular trekking routes. Also Lower Mustang lies in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Trekking Experts offers you Lower Mustang Bike Tour which allows you to do cycling in lower altitude yet you’ll discover the great views of mountains, culture, people and nature. This biking tour offers the opportunity to explore the Tibetan culture as Mustang is considered for its long historical and cultural relationship with Tibet. In addition, the Gurung and Magar based communities, scenic views of great eight thousand meter mountains like Dhaulagiri and the entire Annapurna massif.

 

Lower Mustang Bike Tour with Trekking Experts starts with a six hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, then flight to Jomsom. This bike tour brings you to holy Muktinath temple. 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. You can celebrate your adventure 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.

Trip Highlights

Cycling in amazing Lower Mustang region

Close watch of the original roots of Himalayan Buddhism

The diversity of landscapes, villages, ethnicities, lifestyles

Panoramic flight over the world’s deepest gorge, The Kali Gandaki

Explore the well-preserved Tibetan culture of Lower Mustang

Visit Muktinath, one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal

Views of the north face of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri

Fly over the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki

Visit the pre-Buddhist Bon village of Lupra

Enjoy Hot spring at Tatopani

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After an early breakfast at hotel, our trekking guide will pick you from hotel and drive towards Pokhara by a private air-conditioned vehicle. On your way, you can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers along green and Rocky Mountains, rivers connecting each other and small springs too. It will take about six hours drive to reach Pokhara. You’ll stop on the way for lunch. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you’ll be checked-in at hotel and you’ll free time to relax at hotel or explore around Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa and Begnas Lake, also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna (8,091m), Machapuchare (6,993m) in the north, Dhaulagiri (8,169m) in the west, Manaslu (8,156m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983) in the east. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist's paradises with many facilities for travelers.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 820 meter

After very early morning breakfast (or picking pack breakfast from hotel), you’ll take short flight to Jomsom. During the early morning flight to Jomsom and if clear is clear, you will see spectacular mountain views as you pass through two eight thousanders mountains between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, following along the world’s deepest gorge. The landscape below is absolutely breathtaking. You will land in Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang. You’ll start your bikinh journey from here. Upon arrival at Jomsom airport, your mountain bike guide and porter will meet you there and will pack up your baggage for Kagbeni. From Kagbeni you’ll start your bike 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. Kagbeni is just south of the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Kilometers (1/2 Hours’ Ride) Hours Walk
  • 2800 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll start riding uphill and gain almost 1000m in elevation. 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, you’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, you’ll see some Tibetan traders as well.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Kilometers (1/2 Hours’ Ride) Hours Walk
  • 3760 meter

After breakfast at lodge, From Muktinath you’ll ride along a very enjoyable downhill track descending to the Kaligandaki River valley. You’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.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 27 Kilometers (4/5 Hours’ Ride) Hours Walk
  • 2586 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll begin your 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 you 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 help to unwind your muscles.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 40 kilometers (4 /5 Hours’ ride) Hours Walk
  • 1190 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll do your last day of riding to Beni from Tatopani. After relaxing at hot spring, you’ll ride for about 1.5 hours on jeep tracks to reach Beni, a small but vibrant market town. You’ll spend some time exploring the town and then drive back to Pokhara which will take about 4 hours’ drive. It’s a bumpy drive and you can enjoy the scenic views you get along the away. Once you reach Pokhara, you can spend your time to explore around Pokhara.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18 kilometers (1 /2 Hours’ ride) Hours Walk
  • 820 meter

After leisurely breakfast at hotel, you’ll drive to Kathmandu today. You’ll be picked up by our vehicle and drive to Kathmandu which takes about six hours’ drive. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll check-in at hotel and have free time to explore around Kathmandu.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • N/A
  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

2 nights in Kathmandu at star-hotels on twin sharing basis 2 nights in Pokhara at star-hotels on twin sharing basis 4 nights in local lodges during the trekking on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at lodges/local restaurants (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu ground transfer by air-conditioned private vehicle Beni-Pokhara by private vehicle with trekking staff Pokhara-Jomsom flight with airport taxes 15 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

Annapurna Conservation Fee TIMS Fee

1 English speaking experienced mountain bike guide 1 porter for every two members to carry personal baggage

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

Comprehensive First Aid Kit < Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Mountain Bike and its accessories Bikes cargo for Pokhara-Jomsom Extra porter if your luggage is more 15 kg per person Attached toilet rooms during the trek if you want to take shower (normal rooms are included) Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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