This 10-day cycling tour is perfect for adrenaline junkies looking to experience the Himalayas via the seat of a mountain bike. You'll find a lot off of the beaten path as you take these mountainous twists & turns at speed. Don't worry though, they'll be plenty of time to stop and soak in the breathtaking mountain landscapes.
Jomsom, the starting point of your downhill excursion, is located at an altitude of 2,700 m and offers wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri Peak. You begin riding along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, a motorable road with a dedicated single track. It also includes an uphill track up to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
You'll also get to take a look at Muktinath Temple, which takes its name from “Muktikhestra”, a Sanskrit word that means the place of liberation or “moksha”. Above all, Muktinath offers a fine view of Annapurna I & several of its peaks.
Between Muktinath and Marpha, you'll pass by yak herds and come across locals, most of whom still follow the old traditional lifestyles, even in the 21st century. In Marpha, human corpses are still offered to the local birds of prey. Marpha is mainly famous for its picturesque apple orchards. Bite the tastiest and juicy apples of Nepal here, and try some apple wine and brandy to mitigate your exhaustion.
From Marpha, there is a fantastic downhill ride to Tatopani, which means hot water in Nepali. This hot water is actually from a hot water spring located by the Kali Gandaki River. Plunge into the water to loosen your tightened muscles & prepare for the next day of biking, which pushes you ever closer to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara you'll take a rest while viewing the three highest mountains in the world: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
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