Cycling To Muktinath |10 days

Trip Highlights

  1. Conquer Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters, one of the world’s highest mountain passes.
  2. Explore Muktinath Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
  3. Enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  4. Immerse in the diverse cultures of Gurung, Thakali, and Tibetan communities.
  5. Cycle through the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest in the world.
  6. Experience high-altitude cycling in the Himalayas.
  7. Witness breathtaking sunrise and sunset vistas.
  8. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  9. Savor traditional Nepali and Tibetan cuisine.
  10. Engage with friendly locals and learn about their way of life

Trip Overview

Jomsom to Muktinath is one of the best cycling trails in the world. It is an exciting ride as the trail leads to Muktinath—one of the holiest sanctuaries of the country—which is at the bottom of Throng La Pass in the renowned trekking trail of the Annapurna region.

The pedaling track on the bank of the Kaligandaki River is exciting and thrilling at the same time. So, courageous enough to experience it? If yes, the adventure will lead you at an altitude of 3,760m through a challenging track.

The topography of Nepal favors cycling and the number of adventurers who want to taste this typical aspect of Nepal on the ride is increasing at a significant rate over the course of years.

This one of the most majestic experiences of your life begins from Jomsom and passes through Kagbeni, Muktinath, Tukuche, and Tatopani and ends in Pokhara.

Cycling to Muktinath is a remarkable journey that blends adventure, spirituality, and breathtaking natural beauty. Starting from Kathmandu, cyclists embark on a challenging expedition through the Annapurna region of Nepal, which is renowned for its rugged terrain and pristine landscapes. The route winds its way through picturesque villages, dense rhododendron forests, and terraced fields, providing an immersive cultural experience as riders interact with the warm and welcoming local communities.

One of the most significant highlights of this journey is the Thorong La Pass, standing at an awe-inspiring altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. The pass offers panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, making it a truly memorable and rewarding moment for cyclists. The physical demands of the ascent, coupled with the high-altitude challenges, make this adventure suitable for experienced mountain bikers who are well-prepared for the rigors of the journey.

The spiritual aspect of the Cycling to Muktinath tour is equally profound. Muktinath is considered one of the holiest sites in Nepal, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The main attraction is the ancient Muktinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Hinduism and Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) in Buddhism. Pilgrims believe that a visit to Muktinath purifies the soul and ensures salvation. The temple’s unique feature is the 108 sacred water spouts, which symbolize the holy number in various religious traditions. As cyclists arrive at this spiritual oasis, they have the opportunity to witness and partake in the rituals and ceremonies that take place, providing a profound cultural and spiritual experience amidst the stunning Himalayan backdrop. Cycling to Muktinath is the adventure of a lifetime, offering a unique blend of physical challenge, cultural immersion, and spiritual significance that leaves an indelible mark on those who undertake it.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome in Kathmandu. To make your adventure and tour one of the best experiences of life, we will be at your service from the first day of your arrival.

One of our team members will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and will welcome you warmly and will escort you to the hotel.

Today, we will introduce you with your city tour guide who will be with you tomorrow revealing information about the touring sites.

In the evening, you can stroll around the street of Thamel, the key touristic hub of Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The tour guide will lead you to four UNESCO listed sites located in the capital—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath.

You will be provided with a private vehicle for today’s sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

Following Prithvi Highway, we will be riding to Pokhara and reach this city of Lakes by 2 pm as it is a pleasant ride of roughly six hours.

In Pokhara, you will get ample time to roam around and enjoy boating in the Lake of Phewa.

We will accommodate you in the hotel with the best service facility.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom/Ride to Kagbeni

Finally, here arrives the day to cycle in the dreamland of Annapurna region! But prior to this, we have to fly to Jomsom and it is a scenic flight of nearly 20 minutes.

You can relax for a couple of hours in this beautiful town of Jomsom. The mountains, landscapes and the vegetation in Jomsom will deliver a sense of ecstasy to you.

Well, from here begins our much-awaited ride.

Nearly 14km ride on a flat surface will bring us in Kagbeni that is at an altitude of 2,800m. Riding along the bank of Kaligandaki River is fascinating for you.

Day 05: Ride to Muktinath

Huh! Riding today is an uphill task! Following the motorable dusty course, we proceed toward the north. The Jhong monastery on the way to Muktinath from Kagbeni is one stopover where we will be having lunch.

By noon, we will be in this religious site of Muktinath. It is at an altitude of 3,760m. The temple-Muktinath—is a major attraction. It is a temple of Lord Bishnu—Hindu God—where a Buddhist priest performs worship following Buddhist rituals.

Day 06: Ride to Tukuche

Thank god the trail is downhill today. To avoid the wind, we start our pedaling early in the morning. You will be witnessing awe-inspiring views while on this ride. We get in Marpha. The specialty of this place—Marpha—is Martha. It (Marpha) is a name of a local wine made of apple which is quite popular across Nepal. The name of the wine is driven by the name of the place—Marpha. A further couple of hours ride will lead us to the village of Tukuche.

Day 07: Ride to Tatopani

Passing through beautiful settlements of Annapurna region and rhododendron forest, we arrive in Rukse Chahhara. Following the bumpy and rocky trail, we arrive in Tatopani. The word Tatopani means hot spring in English. There are a couple of such hot springs here where you can also take a dip.

Day 08: Ride to Pokhara

It is an easy ride following the motorable course. We arrive in Beni and leave the cycle here and catch a jeep to Pokhara.

In Pokhara, we will enjoy and relax.

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu

Following the same road, Prithvi Highway, we get back to Kathmandu. You will be in this City of Temples by 2 pm.

In the evening, Northern Trekking Team will offer you a farewell dinner for experiencing the package through us.

Day 10: Back to your Destination

With loads of memories to cherish, you will be leaving Kathmandu. We will drop you at the airport three hours prior to scheduled flight. See you next season for some other adventure!

Equipment List

Biking Gear:

  1. Mountain Bike: Choose a suitable mountain bike with durable tires and gears appropriate for off-road cycling.
  2. Helmet: A well-fitting helmet is essential for safety while biking.
  3. Cycling Gloves: Protect your hands and improve grip during long rides.
  4. Cycling Shorts and Jersey: Moisture-wicking shorts and jerseys for comfort.
  5. Cycling Shoes: Sturdy cycling shoes with proper traction for pedaling efficiency.
  6. Pedals and Cleats: Ensure your pedals and cleats are compatible with your cycling shoes.
  7. Spare Tubes and Repair Kit: Carry extra inner tubes, tire levers, a pump, and a basic bike repair tool kit.
  8. Chain Lubricant: Keep your bike’s chain well-lubricated for smooth operation.


  1. Base Layers: Moisture-wicking base layers for both warm and cold weather.
  2. Insulated Jacket: A lightweight but warm jacket for cooler evenings.
  3. Rain Jacket: A breathable, waterproof jacket to protect against rain.
  4. Cycling Tights or Leg Warmers: For cooler temperatures.
  5. Arm Warmers: To adjust to changing weather conditions.
  6. Cycling Socks: Wicking socks to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
  7. Headwear: A lightweight, moisture-wicking cap or headband for sun and sweat management.

Safety and Protection:

  1. Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses with UV protection.
  2. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen for sun protection at higher altitudes.
  3. First Aid Kit: Basic first aid supplies, including bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
  4. Emergency Whistle: A whistle can be a valuable safety tool in case of emergencies.
  5. Multi-Tool: A multi-tool with various functions for bike repairs.

Backpack and Accessories:

  1. Hydration Pack: A backpack with a built-in hydration reservoir for water.
  2. Map and Navigation: Detailed maps, a compass, and a GPS device or smartphone with offline maps.

Camping Gear (if camping):

  1. Tent: A lightweight, compact tent suitable for camping along the route.
  2. Sleeping Bag: A warm sleeping bag appropriate for the season.
  3. Sleeping Pad: Insulated sleeping pad for added comfort.


  1. Cash: Sufficient local currency for small purchases and emergencies.
  2. Identification and Permits: Carry identification, permits, and travel documents as required.
  3. Camera: A camera or smartphone to capture the scenic beauty and memorable moments.
  4. Chargers and Power Bank: Ensure you have charging options for your electronic devices.
  5. Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries, including soap, toothbrushes, and toilet paper.
  6. Small Towel: A quick-drying, compact towel.
  7. Travel Pillow (optional): A small inflatable pillow for added comfort during rest stops.
  8. Ziplock Bags: Handy for organizing and protecting items from moisture.
  9. Trash Bags: Carry lightweight trash bags for waste disposal, ensuring you leave no trace.
  10. Duct Tape: A versatile item for quick bike or gear repairs.

Cost Included

  • All transportation and Arrival, Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard  Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu including private vehicle, Entry permits, and well-experienced city guide.
  • All meals included during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee).
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out the agreed price.
  • Annapurna  Conversation Area Permit   fees.
  • Trekker ’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipment during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Cost not Include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc).
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

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  • Trip Duration: 10 days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 3800 m
  • Best Time: Sept-Dec-Jan/March-April- May
  • Group Size: 1-15
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