14 days, 13 nights
Difficulty Level: 4
Price (US$): From $3,095.00
Months Available: February thru May and October thru December
This trip includes biking both in the Kathmandu valley which lies in the mid-hills of Nepal; and in the mountains of the Kali Gandaki region in mid-western Nepal.
The trip starts in Kathmandu, the historical capital of Nepal. A full day of sightseeing is scheduled to give you an opportunity to explore the ancient palaces, temples, monasteries and stupas of Kathmandu. Then hop on your bikes to explore the best jeep and single-tracks Kathmandu has to offer. On the South side of the Kathmandu valley, we will ride through ancient Newari villages and paddy fields to give us an idea of how the region was in days gone by. On the North side the next day, we will shuttle to Kakani (roughly 7,000 ft.) and ride back to Kathmandu through the Shivapuri National Park.
We continue on our adventure and fly to Pokhara and onward to Jomsom. We spend the first two nights at Kagbeni (9,100ft.), the gateway to Upper Mustang, riding, exploring and acclimatizing. From there we ride to Muktinath, and then descend on a technical track through Lubra valley into Marpha. From Marpha, we will descend along the Kali Gandaki river alternating between jeep track and single track. Another highlight is the stop at Tatopani where we will be able to soak in a natural hot-spring.
Your biking trip ends in Beni from where a chartered vehicle will take us to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. Your flight back to Kathmandu is in the afternoon the next day.
Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment, are insured and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide upon request references of people who have journeyed with us in the past.
Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Dinner)Day 02 - Kathmandu Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you'll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window.
Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)Day 03 - Ride Kakani to Kathmandu Early breakfast at the hotel. Hop on a bus for a one-hour drive to Kakani (7,100 ft.). On a clear day, spectacular views of Manaslu and Ganesh himal are possible. Descend through single and jeep track through the Shivapuri National Park. Total distance: 12 to 14 miles approximately Time: 3 – 4 hours Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 04 - Ride Bungamati and Champi Early breakfast at the hotel. Hop on a bus for a one-hour drive to Bungamati in south of Kathmandu. Ride through ancient Newari villages and paddy fields on jeep and single track through Bungamati, Champi and Khokana. Lunch in Godawari. After lunch, a bus will bring you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.Total distance: 12 to 14 miles approximately Time: 3 – 4 hours Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 05 - Fly to Pokhara Morning flight to Pokhara. You are free to do your own activities for the day. You could take a boat across the Phewa lake, rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle, hike to the Peace Stupa and/or visit the International Mountain Museum. Overnight Temple Tree Resort or similar. (Breakfast)
Day 06 - Fly to Jomsom. Ride to Kagbeni. Wake up early for a flight to Jomsom. The 20-minute flight is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world flying between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna (Both above 8,000 meters) among many other peaks.Once at Jomsom, the guides will help you assemble your bikes. Begin biking along the wind-blown jeep track of the Kali Gandaki river. Total distance: 10 miles approximately Total ascent: 2,100 ft. Time: 3 to 4 hours Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 07 - Kagbeni to Muktinath to Kagbeni Ride to Muktinath (12,400ft.) where we will visit the Muktinath temple which is a pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. At the main temple, a Buddhist nun and a Hindu priest tend to the offerings made by pilgrims. Descend to Kagbeni via the ancient Tibetan villages of Jharkot and Dzong. We return to Kagbeni to allow for better acclimatization. A jeep support is available for the ascent. Total distance: 16 miles approximately Total ascent: 2,800 ft. Total descent: 2,800 ft. Time: 4 to 5 hours Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 08 - Kagbeni to Muktinath Today is a grueling uphill day as you slog on the jeep track back to Muktinath. After arriving at Muktinath, you have the option to hike/bike to the base of the Thorung pass. The ride back down to Muktinath is quite fun. It is an additional 3-4 hours round trip to the base of the pass. Total distance: 8 miles approximately Total ascent: 2,700 ft. Total descent: 100 ft. Time: 3 to 4 hours Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 09 - Descend via Lubra Valley to Marpha Push/ride across the meadows opposite Muktinath to a small pass. Descend on the moderately technical single track as you take in spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Ride about 5 miles past Jomsom to Marpha. Total distance: 16 miles approximately Total ascent: 1,560 ft. Total descent: 4,600ft. Time: 6 hours Overnight: Lodge (All meals) Day 10 - Ride Marpha to Tatopani Today, the biking trail alternates between single track and jeep track. The single tracks are actually the trail that was used by hikers before the jeep track was built. Start out on the rocky river bed of the Kali Gandaki river. As you arrive in Larjung, the massive ice-fall of Dhaulagiri looms right above us. The single track, just before the village of Kalopani, which goes through a small forest of pines is similar in feel to riding in the Pacific North West. Ride past Ghasa mainly on jeep track to Tatopani. Total distance: 25 miles approximately Total ascent: 1,300 ft. Total descent: 5,800 ft. Time: 4 to 5 hours
Overnight: Lodge (All meals)Day 11 - Ride end at Beni. Drive to Pokhara Ride for 2 to 3 hours to Beni where the riding portion of the trip ends. Board a bus for a 3-4 hour ride to Pokhara. Evening is free. Total distance: 15.5 miles approximately Total time: 2 to 3 hours Overnight: Temple Tree Resort (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 12 - Pokhara Free day in Pokhara. Options include paragliding or rafting on the Seti river. Overnight: Temple Tree Resort (Breakfast)
Day 13 - Fly to Kathmandu Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu for last minute shopping etc. A final farewell dinner is included.Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner) Day 14 - Final departure Transfer to the airport for final departure. (Breakfast)
“"For me personally, this was the trip of a lifetime. I came to see the mountains and they were breath-taking beyond my wildest expectations, but unexpectedly what I will miss the most are the people of Nepal. I know we will be back and that we will choose Grand Asian Journeys and Crystal Mountain Treks again for our next adventure! THANK YOU so much for making this trip unforgettable!"