Mini Mustang, Nepal
An epic mountain bike tour that journeys through the deepest valley on earth
Length: 9 DAYS
& 8 Nights
Reaching 3800m above sea level
High altitude single track
Guided mountain biking tour in the mountains of Nepal
Mountain bike down the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest valley on earth. Experience the awesome single track of the Lupra valley and descend over 3000m from Muktinath down to the temperate lowlands.
- September to June
▼ JOMSOM, NEPAL ▼
▼ DAILY ITINERARY ▼
You will be met at Tribhuvan International airport by a representative from Mountain Biking Worldwide Holidays and taken to the hotel which is located in the heart of the tourist district of Kathmandu, Thamel (approximately a 30-minute drive). Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to explore the streets, sights and shops of Thamel or to relax after your journey, before joining your guides for an early evening welcome meal, where they will explain more about the coming days tour and activities.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Whilst the riders enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the luggage and bikes will be loaded onto the tour vehicle for the transfer to Pokhara (the bikes will continue to Jomsom ready for your arrival on Day 3).
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kathmandu domestic airport for the 60-minute flight to the Lakeside town of Pokhara.
On arrival in Pokhara, after checking into the hotel, there will be plenty of time in the afternoon and evening to stretch the legs and explore the town.
Pokhara to Kagbeni via Jomsom
Biking Distance: 14km
After an early breakfast, a short transfer will be made to Pokhara airport to catch a scenic morning flight to Jomsom, which takes approximately 20-minutes. The flight takes you above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalayas. This is where you can get your first real glimpses of the mighty Himalayas, including the breathtaking mountain views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.
Once you have landed in Jomsom, the guides will take you for tea and you will be able to get kitted up for the ensuing ride. The riding today will be an easy 14km on mainly flat terrain to allow your body to adapt to the increase in altitude as you are now at 2700m above sea level. The night’s accommodation will be at the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni.
Kagbeni to Muktinath via Jhong
Biking Distance: 18km
Today, you will leave Kagbeni and start an uphill ride to Muktinath at 3900m, following the trail to the north side of the gorge and climbing on a dusty jeep track towards the Thorong La Pass via the village of Jhong. You can stop here to catch your breath and explore the ancient monastery, followed by lunch basking in the sunshine and enjoying the stunning mountain views. The final section after lunch is short and you should arrive in Muktinath around mid-afternoon. You can spend this time to explore the local village including monasteries and temples with your guide, or simply have some time to rest.
Muktinath to Marpha
Biking Distance: 26km
An early breakfast and start today to avoid (as much as is possible!) the high winds in the valley that start to pick up around 11.00am. They can make the ride very tough! The day starts with a slow ascent up to Lupra Pass, where you will get to see the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges.
After the pass, you will ride a fast stretch of downhill until you reach the river valley, from where there is a 6km flat section leading to Jomsom and lunch. After lunch the trail undulates along the river until you reach Marpha but for the more experienced and technical riders there are some alternate beautiful single-track options to take. Marpha is famous for growing apples and making apple brandy and cider, so be sure to sample some local produce in the evening
Marpha to Tatopani
Biking Distance: 42km
The trail from Marpha is mostly downhill all the way to Tatopani. The trail starts out gentle and flat through pine forests and small villages, where you will follow the river, and on a clear day, see stunning views of the snowcapped peaks. The lunch stop will be at the flowing waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara.
With lunch finished, you will continue to ride downhill as the trail drops approximately 1000 meters on rough jeep track before you finally reach Tatopani. Tatopani is a cobbled street village, famous for its rejuvenating hot springs at which you can enjoy a well-deserved soak to ease any tired muscles
Tatopani to Beni onwards to Pokhara
Biking Distance: 23km or 100km
Today the ride will take you on jeep tracks which are predominantly flat but have a few ‘Nepali flat’ sections of up and down to remind you that you are still in the Himalayas! The final destination is Beni where the guides will load the bikes up, and you will transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well-earned rest and perhaps a beer or 2!
For those who want to continue the journey to Pokhara by bike, rather than the bumpy jeep ride, there is an option to ride all the way to Pokhara from Tatopani, although this will mean an extra 77km of riding.
Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer
You can enjoy leisurely early morning breakfast, before packing up and heading to Pokhara airport for an early flight back to Kathmandu.
The rest of the day is yours for sightseeing or souvenir and present shopping, but you are invited to a farewell dinner in the evening with your guides and the rest of the tour members.
A Mountain Biking Worldwide representative will accompany you to the airport for your return flight home.
▼ PACKAGE OPTIONS ▼
Mini Mustang Packageincludes...
- 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu
- 2 nights at a 3* hotel in Pokhara
- 4 nights in MTB-Worldwide selected hotels
- Most meals
- All necessary permits
- 5 days guided riding
- Domestic flight Kathmandu to Pokhara returm, Pokhara to Jomson,
▼ ESSENTIALS ▼
The Mountain Bike Worldwide team wants your holiday to not only be the adventure of a lifetime, but also a relaxing and fun experience, so here's our Essential & Frequently Asked Questions!
Two (or more) Qualified & Experienced Guides
We understand that everybody is different. Some riders will want to push hard, others will want to take in the views and learn about the surrounding area and cultures. All of our guides are selected not only for their fitness but also for their local knowledge. The passion for mountain biking, fun loving nature and local connections, that all our guides have, ensure that your adventure will be an incredible journey.
Sport Specific Nutrition
We know how important it is to remain properly fuelled during an arduous day in the saddle and so have teamed up with TorqFitness to provide all our adventures with a selection of energy products.For an additional $210, you can collect your Torq nutritional pack, of gels, bars, energy powder and recovery powder on location, saving you excess baggage charges and customs scrutiny. You will then only need to carry provisions for use during the day whilst the remainder will be transported by the support vehicles or porters.
The nature of your holiday is to have an adventure, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it. For all of our adventures we use the best accommodation that is available in the area. All our hotels / guesthouses have been personally vetted, so whether it’s a 3* hotel in the city or a basic teahouse in the mountains you can rest assured you will be warm, comfortable and well fed.
Each group will have at least 2 riding guides, that way if any riders want to push on and “race” the stage, the remainder of the group will still have an accompanying guide. Each group (where terrain allows) will also be closely accompanied by a support vehicle, carrying water, food, bike spares etc, with space to transport any rider to the hotel should the going get too tough. All our guides are mechanically adept and will be able to fix most bike problems out on the trail. There will also be a separate vehicle and guide to transport all the luggage and to ensure your hotel / guesthouse is ready for your arrival after a hard days riding.
Your detailed adventure information pack will list the exact meal arrangements but in general, all breakfasts and evening meals are included in the price of your trip. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, even in the remotest of areas, and as all trips are guided by experienced riders you can be assured of loaded plates of high carbohydrate quality food to fuel you through the day.
All in country transport costs related to the adventure are included in the trip cost.
During the actual adventure most evenings will be spent dining as a group, but pre, and post adventure we arrange a social get-together so that everybody can get to know each other and the guides, and share their experiences.
The Finer Details
All our adventures follow the same itinerary / route as the races in our World Challenge Series ensuring that we have extensive, first hand and current knowledge of all the finer details relating to the area. The MTB-Worldwide team together with their in country partners, check out the trails, hotels, local transport on an annual basis so that all racers and adventurers alike can be assured of an ultra smooth passage during their time away.
The MTB-Worldwide team are proud of their branding and want to share their vision with the world. On arrival, all MTB-Worldwide Holiday guests will receive a MTB-Worldwide t-shirt and a branded kit bag. They are yours to keep as mementos of your epic adventure and as a thank you for travelling with us.
Adventure Information Pack
Being avid mountain bikers, travellers and adventure enthusiasts ourselves, we know how important it is to be able to visualise your trip before arrival. All MTB-Adventures Holiday guests will be sent a detailed PDF trip specific information pack. This extensive document will arm riders will all the details they need to plan and prepare for their adventure, and will include a day to day itinerary, maps, photos, information relating to the country and much more.
Our knowledgeable MTB-Worldwide team are always on hand via email or phone to answer any queries that you may have related to the adventure, during the booking process or after you have booked.
We will keep you informed with regular updates from the adventure, and closer to departure, with specific details of the guides, hotels, meeting times etc. If you "opt in" we will also give you contact details of other riders joining the adventure so that you can start exchanging information and getting to know other riders before arrival.
We aim to make all adventurers feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer single room supplements for any rider that prefers to have a room to themselves (prices vary on destination).
MTB-Worldwide Holidays take riders into some of the remotest and wildest areas on earth”. The MTB-Worldwide team takes rider and crew safety extremely seriously and only uses the most reputable and properly equipped ground logistics teams on location. All our logistic teams also provide the support for our races and have a track proven record for customer service and safety. By travelling with MTB-Worldwide you can rest assured that your safety and well being could not be in better hands.
Compare Your Times
Via GPS data you will be able to compare your stage times with those of corresponding races and the top adventure timings will be featured in a MTB-Worldwide timings leader board on the website. Incentives – If after taking on a MTB-Worldwide Holiday, you feel like taking on one of the world challenge series races, we will give you a 10% discount of any of the race entry fees.
All the MTB-Worldwide team have flown to far flung destinations with their bikes, an know that it is not the most relaxing of procedures, from checking it in at one end to the nervous wait for it to arrive unscathed at the other. To make your MTB-Worldwide holiday even more stress free we have a range of high quality mountain bikes (nothing we wouldn’t ride ourselves) available to rent. Please enquire for prices.
What's NOT Included;
- International flights to and from the adventure country
- Country entry visa fees
- Equipment hire / rental
- Transport to the adventure pickup location
- Lodging before and after the adventure
- Trip / medical insurance (which is compulsory and must include helicopter evacuation in the event of an emergency)
- Medical expenses
- Alcoholic and soft drinks consumed during the adventure
- Personal items purchased during the adventure
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