Jomsom Muktinath mountain bike tour overview

The Jomsom Muktinath mountain bike tour is a perfect way to experience the magic of the Himalayas without the physical challenge of the Annapurna Circuit.

The​ trip ​starts​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Scenic​ ​Hill​ ​Station​ ​of​ ​Nagarkot outside of Kathmandu,​ ​hitting some​ ​awesome​ ​enduro​ ​singletrack ​through​ ​the​ ​jungles​ ​and​ ​rice​ ​fields.​ ​Next,​ ​the​ ​tour heads to​ ​Pokhara,​ ​the​ ​laid​ -back​ ​lakeside​ ​paradise​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Peace​ ​Pagoda​ ​Trail.​ ​​

The highlight​ ​of​ ​the​ ​trip​ ​is​ ​the​ ​five​ ​days​ ​of​ ​riding​ ​high​ ​up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Mustang​ ​Region​ ​of Nepal on​ ​the Jomsom Muktinath​ ​Trail.​ ​This​ ​journey​ ​showcases​ ​the​ ​magnificence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Himalayas,​ ​the rich​ ​and​ ​vibrant​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​Nepal​ ​and​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​bike​ ​trails​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world. This​ ​is for​ ​riding​ ​skill​ ​level​ ​from intermediate​ ​to​ ​advanced.

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Jomsom Muktinath mountain biking trip dates in 2024

  • October 17–26, 2024

Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us for custom trip dates!

Skill and fitness level requirements

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What to expect after you’ve booked your trip

  • Once you’ve booked your trip, you will get a confirmation email through our booking system and a trip information sheet for your trip.
  • Please hold off booking your flights until we confirm that the trip has enough participants to run. We will send out an email to let you know.
  • Once the trip is confirmed, please go ahead and book your flight and upload your flight information into your WeTravel account (this is the account you will have booked your trip through).
  • If you plan to extend your visit on either end of the trip, please let us know and we can help arrange for extra nights at the hotel if needed.
  • Make sure to read through your trip information sheet, and always feel free to reach out with any questions to Julie!

We can’t say enough positive things about our guide’s wealth of local knowledge and how well we were taken care of once we were in Nepal. The leadership she demonstrated throughout the trip made us sure she is destined for great things in life. Contributing towards young ladies like her was the key reason we booked our trip through your website.


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Your Jomsom Muktinath mountain biking trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Nepal and transfer to the hotel. Your guide will be at the airport to greet you and take you to your hotel. Sleep off the jet lag and build up your bike if you have the energy!

Accommodations: Wood Apple Hotel

Day 2

Today, we will build up our bikes and head to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is hands down the best area for enduro riding in the Kathmandu Valley. The trails vary in difficulty and distance, but they are all fun. We will have a full day of shuttle runs for as much singletrack as we can handle.

Accommodations: Wood Apple Hotel

Day 3

After breakfast we leave the hotel and head to the airport, where we catch a 25 min flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a chill lakeside town at the base of the Annapurna Himalaya. If time is sufficient, we ride to the Peace Pogoda, a 2 to 3 hour round trip with a short yet steep climb and a super nice single track descent to the Lake.

Accommodations: Hotel in Pokhara

Day 4

Wake up for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before we head to the airport. It’s about a 22 min flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya. Take a peek out of the window for fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wing pit almost touch the snow capped peaks. Fly right between the Himalayan giants and you feel your adventure has really begun as the small plane banks left and touches down in Jomsom. In Jomsom, we will have breakfast before we enjoy an easy acclimatization ride of 14 km to the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat and traces the Kaligandaki River right up to the boundary of Upper Mustang. We will stay overnight in Red House, one of the oldest inns in the region.

Accommodations: Tea House

Day 5

Today we cycle uphill for most of the ride, leaving behind the beautiful village of Kagbeni. We follow the trail on the north side of the gorge and climb up a dusty jeep track towards the foreboding Thorong La Pass. We stop and explore the ancient monastery at Jhong and have some lunch, basking in the sunshine and enjoying the mountain Views. The final push after lunch is short and we should arrive in Muktinath around mid afternoon. Spend some time here exploring the monastery and temples, two of the holiest in Nepal.

Accommodations: Tea House

Day 6

We will start the day with a short climb that will take us to one of the best descents in Nepal- Lubra Valley. This flowing singletrack is very fun and has some of the most breathtaking views! We will descend all the way to the river valley below and make our way to Tukuche to enjoy some apple brandy and apple desserts.

Accommodations: Tea House

Day 7

We will make our way through the valley, on a combination of singletrack and jeep roads downhill to the village of Tatopani. The trail starts out gentle and flat and winds in and out of the valley, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the lush waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating hot springs.

Accommodations: Tea House

Day 8

Our last day of the ride will take us to our finishing spot of Beni. We will celebrate with a delicious lunch and then make our way to Pokhara for some lakeside relaxing.

Accommodations: Hotel in Pokhara

Day 9

Enjoy the morning in Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside city that has many adventure options. Walk around the city, rent a boat to get out on the lake or just relax before flying back to Kathmandu.

Accommodations: Woodapple Hotel

Day 10

Today, we will say our “see you laters” as we depart Kathmandu. We will transport you to the airport to catch your flight home.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change.

Download our Nepal Trip Info Sheet for a more detailed trip overview.

What’s included in your Jomsom Muktinath trip?

Mountain bikers riding Jomsom Muktinath

  • All accommodations, including comfortable hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and tea houses in the mountains.
  • Airport pickup and drop-off, as well private transportation within Nepal
  • Flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu
  • All meals
  • Porters to carry your gear while riding
  • An experienced and certified guide

Pricing for your Jomsom Muktinath mountain biking tour

Price – $2795

Book more than 90 days in advance and get a pair of World Ride Nepal socks and a hat! A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Deposits are non-refundable and can be put toward any other World Ride trip in the future.

The remainder of the cost of the trip is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip and can be made in payments. Trips require a minimum of four people in order to run. Please check with us to confirm your trip before you book your flight.

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Fundraise for your trip

Fundraise for your trip! We can set up a personalized fundraising page for you. We offer $100 off your trip costs for every $1000 that you raise, up to the cost of the trip.

The money you raise supports World Ride in building bike and gear libraries and offering guide training and certification in the countries we work with.

Get in touch with us for more details on the fundraising process.

Meet your local guide: Nishma Shrestha

A mountain biker riding down stone steps in Nepal

Nishma started mountain biking after being inspired by her dad and uncle who mountain bike. Nishma was featured in the film Moksha, which was the project that kick started World Ride. She is a PMBIA Level 1 Certified mountain bike skills coach, has her own mountain bike skills coaching business (Skills and Thrills Nepal) and is an accomplished downhill and enduro MTB racer.

Nishma loves to ride her bike downhill and her favorite trails are in the Nagarkot area just out of Kathmandu. She loves meeting people from around the world when she is guiding.

Travel safety and security

Nepal is a warm and welcoming country, but like anyplace in the world, you will need to be cautious of your valuables during the trip. The bikes will be securely stored throughout the trip.

Please see the US State Department website for any other travel safety information.

For any travel related vaccines and health questions, be sure to check the CDC website and consult your doctor.

Things to know before you go!

Wondering what clothes to pack, how many pairs of underwear to bring, or what charger you’ll need for Nepal? We’ve got you covered! Check out the lists below and take a look at the Nepal information guide for more details.

Packing list

  • Derailleur hanger
  • Extra brake pads
  • Any special bike tools (multitool, mini pump, spare tube)
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff/scarf
  • Pack (at least 15 L in size to carry layers and capacity of 3 L of water)
  • Bike shoes
  • Gloves
  • 3-4 pairs of bike shorts or more depending on preference. (There is laundry service in Kathmandu and Pokhara and limited laundry along the Annapurna Circuit.)
  • 3-4 jerseys
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Waterproof rain jacket and rain pants
  • Warm packable jacket (the nights can be chilly)
  • Either a bike light or a headlamp
  • Other clothing for after ride
  • Comfortable shoes to hike and walk around in
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Swimsuit
  • Any medication you might need
  • Toothbrush and other necessities
  • Sunscreen
  • Passport
  • COVID-19 Vaccination card
  • Proof of travel insurance if you purchased it
  • Credit and debit cards
  • A small amount of cash to travel with
  • Camera (or just your cell phone)
  • Cell phone (plenty of wifi along the way)
  • USB Battery pack (optional- there are outlets in all of the hotels and some of the tea houses)
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Power adapter for Nepal
  • Any extra mountain bike gear you might be able to collect for the ladies there 🙂

More insights into your Jomsom Muktinath mountain biking tour

Other things to explore in Nepal

There are many sights to see in Nepal! Depending on when you arrive and depart for your trip, here are some suggestions for Kathmandu. You’ll also find this information included in your trip information sheet.

Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple)

Sitting above Kathmandu, this Buddhist temple is a must see while in Kathmandu. Its more common name is the Monkey Temple because you are sure to see some monkeys hanging around the temple complex. Since this temple sits above the city, it has some fantastic views of the Kathmandu valley.

Boudhanath Stupa

This giant Buddhist stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. It is one of the most visited sites in Kathmandu and is a short taxi ride from where we stay in the Thamel area.

Other treks

Are you looking to extend your stay in Nepal? We are happy to organize treks for you into other regions or more mountain biking as well!

FAQs for your Jomsom Muktinath mountain bike trip

Yes, our mountain biking tours are coed unless otherwise noted. Learn more about why coed trips are important to us.

Yes, your trip can be private for an additional $100-250/per person, depending on the size of the group. Get in touch to book a private tour!

The following items are not included in the cost of your trip: airfare, gratuity, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, or rental bike.

If you are able, tips are always appreciated! Our guides work hard to share both their local and mountain biking knowledge.

If you prefer your own bike over a rental, then you certainly can bring your own bike! We have a lot of experience traveling with bikes, so please let us know what questions you have. This trip is on technically challenging trails at high elevations and we highly recommend a full suspension bike.

We know you might want to arrive early or stay longer in Nepal. We can connect you with our trusted partners to help book any additional tours or hotel stays- just get in touch!

Our Jomsom Muktinath trip requires four people minimum to run. May as well bring some friends to be on the safe side!