|Trip Name||Lower Mustang||Tour Code||LM|
|Duration||10 Days||Support Vehicle||70%|
|Maximum altitude||3670 meters Muktinath day 4||Minimum altitude||Pokhara day 8|
|Biking hours||5 – 6 hours a day||Luggage transfer||100%|
|Group size||Minimum – 04||Maximum – 16|
|Long cycling days and tougher terrain (for both on- and off-road trips) require specific experience of more demanding and technical cycling. Vehicle support may be more limited. You should be very confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.|
|Food Key||The meal inclusions are marked below each day’s trip note: B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner|
|Accommodation Key||The entry in bold at the end of each day indicates the type of accommodation normally used.
CH: Comfortable Hotel, Lodge- twin rooms with en suite facilities, reliable electricity
and water supply, good service and some added amenities
SH: Standard Hotel, Lodge or Gite – no-frills hotel, usually with twin rooms and en
suite facilities. Service and amenities are generally adequate.
BH: Basic Hotel, Lodge or Gite, Mountain Hut, Village House – Can be communal, often consisting of just a bed and shared facilities. Bed linen not normally provided. Running water, toilets and electricity may be inconsistent or non-existent. Cleanliness is not always assured.
Single Accommodation: If you wish to have a single room, a single supplement of US$ 215 is payable at time of booking. Please check day to day itinerary for more information.
Unmatched Accommodation: In case of any unmatched clients, they will straight be categorized to the Single Supplement category and added to the Final Invoice.
MUKTI NATH: The Goal of the Pilgrims
Muktinath is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and Hindus; you will see Tibetan traders as well as Sadhus from the far south of India. The shrines, in a grove of trees, include a Buddhist monastery and the Vishnu temple of Jiwala Mayi. An old temple nearby shelter spring and natural gas jets, which provides Muktinath with the famous eternal flame. The earth – water – fire combination accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance. Spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak and several other 8000mts peaks are visible.
JOMSOM: A modern town is the ‘Thakali’ homeland. Thakali people are of Tibetan origin but have their own language and customs. We fly to Jomsom from Kathmandu and initially we ride through a popular trekking trail, which leads us to many different wonderful villages rich in cultural and architectural point of view. Riding on the rocky wide and small track from Jomsom, we descend slowly to meet the paved road which takes to the beautiful Pokhara city lying on the foothill of Annapurna Mountain Range. Unlike the rest of the Nepalese Himalayas, the Annapurna mountain range does not form the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel in Thamel, a tourist district offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. In the afternoon we will sort out our bikes and over dinner there will be a tour briefing. Hotel (CH) Altitude: 1340 meters
Day 2: Pokhara Fly or take tourist bus to Pokhara. You have sufficient time to explore the café’s and diners around the lake on reaching Pokhara. Hotel, (CH) (B) Altitude: 820 meters
Day 3: Fly to Jomsom, build bike and ride to Kag Beni There are numerous flights that service the Jomsom airstrip early each day before the Kali Gandaki wind picks up by mid morning. To get used with the altitude and the weather condition, we assemble the bikes as soon as we land in Zomsom and ride the relatively flat river trail to Kag Beni, the border – town of the recently forbidden Mustang Kingdom. Guest house (SH) (B, L & D) Distance: 12 kilometers Altitude: 2800 meters
Day 4: Muktinath We begin riding the 1000 mts vertical climb towards Muktinath, which is situated at 3850 mts, hence making it the highest point on this trip. The landscape is extremely dry and desert like. You may come across few trekkers and a bunch of pilgrims, many from India on their way to the holy temple and the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Hotel, (SH) B, L, & D Distance: 15 kilometers Altitude: 3760 meters
Day 5: Marpha via Luprak With awesome thrilling views of the Dhaulagiri and several other 8000 mts peaks on our sight we begin our descent. On the way we might pass some yak heards.This route has previously been ridden only once. We ride through Lupra where black magic and human sacrifices (on dead bodies) are a part of the community rituals. We then call the day of on reaching Marpha. A picturesque community known for its apple orchards, (the tree – line in the Himalayas is much higher than in the Alps). Guest house, (BH) B, L & D) Distance: 25 kilometers Altitude: 2670 meters
Day 6: Tatopani With a fantastic downhill ahead of us, we begin our descent towards Tato Pani (hot water), which in the local language means hot water. At the end of the ride, you can pamper yourself in the natural hot spring, which is located besides the Kali Gandaki River, hence giving you the time and space to loosen up your muscles and chill to the natural sound of the wilderness. Guest House, (BH) B, L & D) Distance: 45 kilometers Altitude: 1190 meters
Day 7: Sarangkot We carry on descending further down towards Beni following the Kali Gandaki River, before finally reaching the Baglung highway. We follow the highway up to Nau Danda and then take the dirt road to Sarankot, which also happens to be the number one viewpoint in Pokhara to enjoy the views of the Himalayas along with the sunrise and sunset. Hotel, (SH) B, L & D) Distance: 60 kilometers Altitude: 1595 meters
Day 8: Pokhara Today we ride through a steep and narrow trail to pokhara. Make sure you check your brakes before you start a 90% downhill. Pokhara is the starting or finishing point for some of Nepal’s most popular treks. The lakes with the magnificent Fishtail dominate the mountain ranges. Hotel, (CH) (B) Distance: 15 kilometers Altitude: 820 meters
Day 9: Kathmandu Take a mountain flight or drive to Kathmandu. Hotel, (CH) (B) Altitude: 1350 Meters Flight time: 25 minutes Driving: 200 kilometers Approx 7 hours by tourist bus
Day 10: Departure (B)
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Cost Includes: Air ticket Pokhara to Jomsom Guide with First Aid Kit and Mechanical Backup Acap and Tims fee Food & Accommodation on twin sharing during biking days Dinner on day one and breakfast on day nine All Ground transportation Entrance fees (of Temples, Monastery etc.) Tourist Bus to Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu
Cost Excludes: Air fare Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu Excess baggage charge Bike and accessories Mineral water/Soft and hard drinks Emergency evacuation fee Insurance Other personal interest items Services not mentioned herein