Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara, teahouses on the trail.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Transportation: private vehicle/tourist bus
Best time to do this tour: mid-September to mid-December, March to May
Traveling to Nepal is an awesome adventure experience in itself, but here are some highlights you can look forward to on your Mustang Valley bike tour.
riding on singletracks around Kathmandu
scenic view during the flight to Jomsom
delicious yak cheeseburger at Yakdonalds in Kagbeni
riding through old Tibetan villages and fortresses
interactions with locals
fast and flowy downhill rides
beautiful mountain desert view and landscapes
SOME SNAPSHOTS FROM THE MUSTANG BIKE TOUR
Our 12-day itinerary has been carefully designed so that you have time for sightseeing in Kathmandu/Pokhara and acclimatization before gaining further elevation during the tour. If you wish to make any changes in this itinerary then please let us know and we can customize it for you.
Day 1: Arrival
On your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our staff members at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A 45 minutes drive, depending on traffic, will bring you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. Rest and relax for the rest of the day while enjoying your first local food.
The B&Bs and hotels that we chose for our guests are located in safe and peaceful areas with supermarkets and restaurants within walking distance
Day 2: Day ride in Kathmandu
Enjoy your complimentary breakfast in the morning and meet your tour guide. He will walk you through basic things like understanding the culture, give you more information about the tour, review the packing list, and show you the biking route on a map. After all the preparation is done, you are ready to shred some trails in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Day ride in Kathmandu
Another full day of riding in Kathmandu. You will be riding on some of the unique single tracks through the rice fields, forests, and old Newari villages. Every single second is packed with adventure fun and excitements.
Day 4: Flight to Pokhara
After breakfast in the morning, we will drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara. You will land thereafter a short 30-minute flight. The rest of the day is off. You can rest, go boating, go for a walk, or shop at the famous lakeside road in Pokhara. We can recommend some local restaurants with good food and cultural programs.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
Day 5: Flight to Jomsom (2743 m / 8999 ft) and ride to Kagbeni (2900 m / 9570 ft)
In the morning you will pack our bags and get ready for a short mountain flight to Jomsom. You will be able to eyewitness some of the highest mountains in the world as we fly right next to them.
After the morning flight into Jomsom, you will ride to Kagbeni for an hour and a half on a relatively flat road along the riverside. Kagbeni is gonna be your home town for the next two days. We hope you will enjoy the warm Tibetan culture and native lifestyle there. You will be doing some exploring on your bikes in the afternoon!
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Estimated distance cycled: 10 km (app. 3.5 hours) Accommodation: Tea house in Kagbeni
Day 6: Drive to Muktinath and ride to Phedi (4300 m / 14190 ft) and back
After breakfast, you will take a shuttle up to the famous religious site called Muktinath. Thousands of religious people come here every year to visit. Once you reach the site, you will start riding/hiking uphill for about 2-3 hours to the place called Phedi. You will have a short tea-snack break there and will get ready to ride down some awesome single tracks mix dirt road for 13 km, through old Tibetan villages, fortresses, and millet fields.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Estimated distance cycled: 20-25 km (app. 5 hours) Accommodation: Tea house in Kagbeni
Day 7: Ride to Lubra Valley (4100 m / 13530 ft) and to Marpha (2650 m / 8745 ft)
Today, you will shuttle up to Jharkot and from there you will be heading towards the Lubra pass with our bikes for about 2 hours to make it to the trail start to Lubra Valley. This is the gonna be an epic ride if love going downhill because this trail is just awesome. It’s long, fast, loose, tight switch packs, and provides an awesome view.
After we are with done Lubra trail, you will continue the ride to Jomsom and refuel yourself there. After Jomsom, you will continue our ride to another mountain village called Marpha, our home for the night.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Estimated distance cycled: 35 km (app. 6 hours) Accommodation: Tea house in Marpha
Day 8: Ride to Tatopani (1395 m / 4603 ft)
After breakfast in the morning, you will head out for the day staying on a dirt road. Dirt roads in Nepal are rough and tough. Let your brakes go and you will find yourself having a hard time to scope the line you wanna ride. There will be plenty of bumps, rocky sections, rivers crossing, and wooden bridges. It’s gonna be long and fast today. In the evening, you will spend our night in a small tea house, joining other travelers.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Estimated distance cycled: 45 km (app. 6 hours) Accommodation: Tea house in Tatopani
Day 9: Ride to Beni (899 m / 2966 ft)
After some long hours of cruising down on the dirt road, you will arrive in Beni. From here you are going to take a shuttle up for about 3 hours to Kade. Once we get off the shuttle, we will make our final ride going down to Pokhara. After an epic adventure like this, it's time to wash off all the dirt and enjoy the comfort of your accommodation in Pokhara. In the evening, you can go for good food, city walk, or cultural music programs.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Estimated distance cycled: 40 km (app. 6 hours) Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
Day 10: day ride/visit the local bike park and mountain biking community
We are not done yet. In the morning, you will go for a day ride to Peace Stupa. A short and sweet flowy trail will for sure bring a little glow into your face. After the ride, you have an opportunity to visit a local bike park where you can ride, chill out, and be part of the riding community here. You can also take the rest of the day off and be part of other fun activities in Pokhara such as paragliding, zip-lining, bungee jumping, etc.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, Estimated distance: around 40 km (app. 6 hours) Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
Day 11: Flight to Kathmandu
Shortly after breakfast, you will get ready to head back to Kathmandu. Once you get back to your accommodation, we will take some time to drink coffee/tea and then go for a beautiful cultural tour in Kathmandu city. We will be visiting temples, palaces, durbar squares, museums, and other monuments which will you some knowledge of the historical background of Nepal.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 12: Departure
It’s time to say goodbye, or better - see you again! One of our staff members will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport 2-3 hours before your scheduled flight time, making sure that you have enough time to check in.
TRIP COST WILL INCLUDE
airport shuttle on arrival and departure
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara includes complimentary breakfast
Guided day bike tour around Kathmandu Valley / Pokhara
all room and board during the tour (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 4/5 coffees or teas a day)
Expert local MTB guide
all necessary documents and permits
all transportation on the tour and shuttle up facilities
group medical supplies (first aid kit)
all domestic flights on the tour
Guides food and stay during the trip
TRIP COST WILL EXCLUDE
airfare to and from Nepal
additional day trips in Kathmandu
personal items, snack, food, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs
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Trekking, hiking, and biking at high elevation are very physically challenging. Select tours take place at high elevations between 3100 meters and 5500 meters (10,000 feet and 19,000 feet). Before joining Himali Dreams Treks and Tours Pvt. Ltd adventure tours, all clients must be in overall good health and fit to meet the difficulty level advertised for the specific tour. Eliminating the risk of altitude sickness is impossible when traveling at high elevation, but all Himali Dreams Treks and Tours Pvt. Ltd travel routes are built with acclimatization in mind to help reduce the risk of serious altitude-related illness.
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