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Jomsom-Pokhara Biking

From Pokhara we fly to Jomsom with our bikes, here we arrive in the deepest valley of the world, the Kali Gandaki valley. Along the Kali Gandaki we cycle through the valley over the old caravan route to Kagbeni, next to and behind us, the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri rise like giant guards. The views on the snowy mountain peaks are unprecedented. The pilgrimage town of Muktinath (3800m) is the highest point during our trip. We visit here a sacred Buddhist temple and see the 108 cranes from which spilled holy spring water. Through the bald desert landscape of the Kali Gandaki gorge we drive southwards; On the way we pass some Tibetan villages. In Tatopani we bath in the famous hot springs. Through woods, along small villages and rice fields, we reach the market town of Beni.

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

3800 m

Starts At:

kathmandu

Ends At:

kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel in Thamel. 

Day 2: By bus to Pokhara 

Day 3: With a morning flight to Jomsom

Day 4: Jomsom - Kagbeni (2850m)

Day 5: Kagbeni - Jharkot (3500m)

Day 6: Muktinath (3800m)

Day 07: Muktinath - Jomsom (2700m)

Day 08: Jomsom - Marpha - Tukuche - Kalopani (25km, 95% of which are cycling)

Day 09: Kalopani - Ghasa - Tatopani (21km, of which 90% cycle)

Day 10: Tatopani - Beni Bazar (25km, 90% cycling)

Day 11: Beni - Sarangkot (70km) 

Day 12: Sarangkot - Pokhara (16km) 

Day 13: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 14: Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel in Thamel. 

Day 2: By bus to Pokhara: Lunch in Muglin, along the road from KTM to Pokhara. 

Day 3: With a morning flight to Jomsom: During the flight that takes half an hour, you have a splendid view of the tops of both the Annapurna and the Dhaulagirikets. 

Day 4: Jomsom - Kagbeni (2850m):Today we get used to a little bit and there is a short stage. Along the banks of the Kali Gandaki we rise light until we reach the gate to Mustang, Kagbeni. In Kagbeni we visit the little monastery. From the roof of the monastery we have a beautiful view of the village and on the far-reaching Upper Mustang and the Thorung La flanked by the Thorung Peak. 

Day 5: Kagbeni - Jharkot (3500m): Before we arrive in Muktinath, we first pass the beautiful, rocky, walled Jharkot village with its beautiful gompa. Visiting this village is a must! It looks like a fort and is surrounded by meadows and fruit trees. 

Day 6: Muktinath (3800m): From Jharkot it's a little bit up to Muktinath, the high (s) point of our journey. Today we are doing it calmly. We have all the time to visit the beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples in Muktinath. Pure water springs from 108 cranes and many pilgrims bath here. In the Juwala Mapa pagoda we see water burning !! Sometimes we see holy men (sadhu's) in their orange robes coming from India.

Depending on the interests of the participants, it is also possible to visit the special remote village of Dzong today. This village is out of the normal route and belonged to the forbidden Upper Mustang until a few years ago. The people are waving Tibetan and prayer flags exuberantly on the flat roofs of the white houses built close to each other. You're looking forward to it for a long time. The people are clearly not used to visitors. We drink tea at the only restaurant in the village and take a look at the beautiful monastery. 

Day 07: Muktinath - Jomsom (2700m)
A really beautiful day today. Through the bed of the Kali Gandaki we descend through a bare desert landscape. Sometimes we find ammonia fossils or shaligrams, proof that one of the highest areas on earth used to be the bottom of the ocean. 

The shaligrams are honored as Vishnu's embodiment. The views on the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, among others, are unmatched. As watchmen, these giants of the Himalayas rise for us. 

Day 08: Jomsom - Marpha - Tukuche - Kalopani (25km, 95% of which are cycling):Today we take the time in Marpha, a settlement with a still Tibetan character. At the entrance of the village we see a row of prayer mills and beautiful paintings. The whitewashed houses were built close together and prayer flags waved on the roofs of the houses. Marpha is also famous for its apple farms. When arriving in Marpha we enjoy a delicious piece of apple pie with the tea. We also see the great and rich monastery of Marpha.

From Marpha we ride to Tukuche, also a village with a Tibetan look. Like Marpha, this village is located along the old caravan route. Tukuche is beautifully situated at the foot of the Dhaulagiri. The views today are again phenomenal. Along the Kali Gandaki River we descend slowly to Kalopani (2500m), which lies at the deepest end of the valley. 

Day 09: Kalopani - Ghasa - Tatopani (21km, of which 90% cycle):Through a narrower valley we cycle into a deep gorge, the river flows between the Annapurna I and the Dhaulagiri. On this part, the Kali Gandaki Valley is the qualification of the world's deepest gap.

Through a long suspension bridge we cross the gap and continue our way through lush forests, along steep walls and gorgeous waterfalls. We always ride along the Kali Gandaki and we are again in subtropical area with associated temperatures. We regularly see mandarin and citrus trees. We are again in the world of rice fields and small cozy Gurung villages. 

Tatopani (hot water, is 1200m) is famous for its hot springs. We have the opportunity to cope with the fatigue of the past few days. 

Day 10: Tatopani - Beni Bazar (25km, 90% cycling): From Tatopani we cross the bridge over Kali Gandaki and cycle further along the eastern shore. After a while we pass a bridge again and cross the Ghara Khola. We pass the junction towards Ghorepani and continue cycling in the southern direction. Already ascending and descending (Nepalese flat) we pass small villages until we reach the village of Beni (830m). Beni is a bustling marketplace (bazaar), and there are buses to and from Baglung and Pokhara. We are in the "inhabited" world again. 

Day 11: Beni - Sarangkot (70km): After breakfast, we cycle over a beautiful, flat road along the eastern shore of the Kali Gandaki River and reach Baglung's Baglung highway. Over the paved road we pass countless villages and drive through woody surroundings. In Naudanda we lunch. 

Through an untouched piece we eventually climb to Sarangkot (1600m), the most beautiful viewing point in the vicinity of Pokhara. We enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayas, the lake and the beautiful sunset. 

Day 12: Sarangkot - Pokhara (16km): Please check the brakes for today it's 90% downhill !!!! 

Day 13: Pokhara - Kathmandu: With the tourist bus to Kathmandu. Lunch in Muglin, along the road of Pokhara-KTM 

Day 14: Kathmandu