☛Visiting the Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Nepal
☛Taking the scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
☛Relaxing in Pokhara, reveling in the beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers
☛Sightseeing cultural, historical, and religious sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara
☛Biking in the Kaligandaki valley and exploring the beautiful Kagbeni village
☛Witnessing the panoramic views of the entire Annapurna, Dhaulagiri ranges
☛Taking a dip in the natural hot springs in Tatopani
☛A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success
Prior to Himalaya Downhill Mountain Biking, you do a warm up biking in the northern valley of Kathmandu, where you ride through the greenery region via Balaju – Mudkhu – Chaurgoan – Jhor – Tokha – Budhanilkhanta, enjoying the best single track, zigzag trail, a sharp turn, a steep climb, and a sweet downhill with the professional biking guide of Ace the Himalaya. On the subsequent day, you enjoy a scenic drive to Pokhara seeing the hills, rivers, and small towns. From Pokhara, the City of Lakes, you fly to Jomsom, the Windiest Place of Nepal.
Jomsom, the starting point of your Himalaya Downhill Mountain Biking, is located at an altitude of 2,700 m and offers a fine view of the Dhaulagiri Peak. You begin this biking in a region, which amalgam the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, a motorable road, and a single track. It also includes an uphill track up to Muktinath, the sacred site both for the Hindus and for the Buddhist. There is also Muktinath temple, which has derived its name from “Muktikhestra,” a Sanskrit word. Muktinath means the place of liberation or “moksha.” Above all, Muktinath offers a fine view of Annapurna I (8,091 m), including Nilgiri, Tukuche and other 8,000 m peaks – the mountains that meet the purpose of every trekker and every biker in Nepal. The Himalaya Downhill Mountain Biking becomes true to its name from Muktinath, as you head all the way downhill to Pokhara, the finishing point of your biking. Between Muktinath and Marpha, you pass by yak herds, and you come across the people, who still follow the old traditional life style even in the 21st century. In Marpha, human corpses are still offered to the birds of prey. Marpha is mainly famous for its picturesque apple orchards. Bite the tastiest and juicy apples of Nepal in Marpha and try some apple wine and brandy to mitigate your exhaustion.
Day 01– Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02– Pre-trip meeting and Biking the northern side of the valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03– Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) by tourist bus, 7 hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04- Fly to Jomsom (2,700m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Muktinath (3,800 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05– Ride from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06– Ride from Marpha to Tatopani (1,190 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07– Ride from Tato Pani to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08– Free Day in Pokhara (Explore yourself around lakeside). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09– Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345 m) by Tourist Bus- 7 hrs. Farewell Dinner at Evening. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10– Final departure from Nepal
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Nature Hike Nepal signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Overnight at Hotel. No meals included
Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and Biking the northern side of the valley.
At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance if any and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting, your biking trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a support vehicle and a professional Biking guide at your disposal. We will then assemble our bikes and head toward the northern side of the valley for our adventurous bike ride. We ride through the lush green valley via Balaju – Mudkhu – Chaurgoan – Jhor – Tokha – Budhanilkhanta (47kms) that will take around 4 to 5 hrs. This is the best single track in the northern side of the valley. The Zigzag way through the rice paddies and semi-rural local villages and you can test your skill on some fine sections of single track. The ride combines sharp, steep climbs, sweet downhills. There are many variations on this route so you can choose and take assistance from your guide depending on your fitness and skill. Lunch can be done on the way at various restaurants available.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) by tourist bus, 7 hrs.
Our staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am, and the drive is 6 hours including lunch on the way. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect place to relax in the evening.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 04 – Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m), assemble the bikes, and ride to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Kagbeni (2,900 m)
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 to the altitude and the weather condition, we assemble the bikes as soon as we land in Jomsom and ride the relatively flat river trail to Kagbeni, the border-town of the recently forbidden Kingdom, Mustang.
As we head towards Muktinath. This is the highest point of this trip. The landscape is extremely dry and desert-like. You may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India, on their way to the holy temple with the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Reaching the culturally and religiously site with stunning mountain views is quite an achievement.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast Included
Day 05 – Ride from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670 m)
With thrilling views of the Dhaulagiri and several other 8,000m peaks on our sight we begin our descent. On the way, we pass yak herds and experience the centuries-old lifestyle of the local people. We ride through Lupra where black magic and human sacrifices (on dead bodies) are a part of the community rituals. We call it a day in Marpha – a picturesque community known for its apple orchards. The flagstone-lined village of Marpha is popular for apple farming. Don’t forget to try some local apple wine and brandy.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast Included
Day 06 -Ride form Marpha to Tatopani (1,190 m)
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.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast Included
Day 07 – Ride from Tato Pani to pokhara
We carry on descending further down towards Beni following the Kali Gandaki River, before finally reaching the Baglung highway. We take a jeep drive up to Nau Danda because of the highway being busy and not rideable. From Naudanda we get back in our bike and ride downhill exploring the beautiful view of Pokhara and its surrounding lakes.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 08 – Free Day at Pokhara
Today you have a free day at Pokhara city for resting your tired legs.You can simply stay by the lake enjoying the views or go for a brief sightseeing adventure.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 09 – Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345 m)- 7 hrs
We return back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus on a 6-hour drive. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur in Kathmandu. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting and bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included
Day 10 – Final departure from Nepal
The trip concludes. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
☛Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
☛Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two to three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.
☛Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation in the mountain, including breakfast. (mostly twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
☛English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.
☛Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike).
☛The required number of local staff, porters and vehicular transportation to carry your luggage in the biking trip.
☛Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
☛Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits
☛Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).
☛Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Tourist vehicle Transfer from Ktm-Pokhara-Ktm).
☛Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).
☛Farewell dinner in Kathmandu on the night before departure.
☛Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
☛All government taxes, vat and official expenses.
Price Does not Include
☛International airfare and airport departure tax.
☛Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges).
☛Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
☛Lunch and dinner for the entire trip – about USD 20 per person per day.
☛All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
☛Biking attire and other personal gears.
☛Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
☛Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – http://www.naturehikenepal.com – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne
We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.
His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer