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Nepal's spectacular topographical and cultural diversity appears at its best in the Kali Gandaki Valley situated north of Pokhara. The Jomsom- Pokhara mountain biking tour is a perfect way to explore the wilderness of this region, on top of your mountain bikes. Experience the raw, wild nature and the beauty of Nepal with the adventurous Mountain Biking Tour that encircles Jomsom and Pokhara. Embrace cultural and ethical diversity and terrain topography with the Jomsom-Pokhara Mountain Biking tour. Bike through rugged trails and varied, picturesque scenery of the mystical Annapurna region of Nepal, which resembles both a green tree line and a landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. The biking tour is not for the faint-hearted and the weak ones. If you have got what it takes, come experience this journey of a lifetime.
The major attractions include the temple of Muktinath, the village of Kagbeni and the dry and arid Jomsom. Biking around the lakes and several beautiful spots of Pokhara is another wonderful experience surely set to liberate you spiritually. Visit the pilgrimage spot of Muktinath, a venerated sacred spot for Hindus and Buddhists and explore Lower Mustang in the form of Jomsom village.
The adventure in the depths of Nepal begins first with the arrival in the capital. Kathmandu is home to the only international airport in Nepal, and this is where we will land on this day. You will be transferred to the hotel and the afternoon is free for exploration of the throbbing nightlife of the city.
This is a free day to explore the architectural significance of the capital Kathmandu has been listed as one of the most historic areas around the world. With several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from, it is best to take time out to marvel upon the architectural delights put forward by the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur Durbar Square. Durbar Square basically means Palace Square and each of the Squares once belonged to the Kings of the respective kingdoms.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in Basantapur and consists of a complex of palaces, temples, courtyards and the KumariGhar. KumariGhar houses the only living Goddess in the world. Another important World Heritage Site is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Full of architectural delights, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square has retained its beauty and charm even after the devastating earthquake that shook the nation on 2015.
Patan Durbar Square, situated in Lalitpur, is a marvel of Newari architecture. Tiled with red bricks, the temples and idols in the area are worth drooling upon. We end the day with a relaxing drive back to the hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the sides of the roaring Trishuli River and the views of terraced fields all around. , we drive to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. It is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range. Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for years, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. Approximately 6 hours’ drive.
Our journey and the time to test our skills start today. We start the day by flying to the beautiful and mystical Jomsom. The flight takes about 22 mins and we can surely hope to catch a glimpse of the sky-high, white-capped peaks. Take a peek out of the plane to get a view of the Dhaulagiri range and way beyond. The small plane bans left and touches down to Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful town situated in between the two giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Our bikes are ready to be used in Jomsom. After breakfast, we start off an easy acclimatization ride to the Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat today and does not eat up much of our energy. The road traces the Kaligandaki River to the boundary of Upper Mustang. We see a considerable change in the scenery as we move upwards. The greenery is left behind as we come across dry shrubs and reach the dry region of Annapurna.
The actual journey to test our skills and power starts today. We get up early to see the views of the sunshine and have breakfast before starting off. Leaving behind beautiful Kagbeni, we start on a climbing ride. Follow the trail up to the north of the gorge and climb through a dusty jeep track to the Thorong La Pass. After explaining the ancient monastery at Jharkot, and basking in the glory of the exquisite mountain views, we arrive in Muktinath in the afternoon. After spending some time by exploring the holiest areas of Nepal, we stay overnight and enjoy the local culture of the town. Distance covered: 14KM. Approximate riding time of 6 hours.
Today we start the day with visiting the holy shrine of Muktinath and its surrounding regions. Our day kicks off with a brilliant downhill trek. After yesterday, a welcome journey down jeep tracks and trails makes our feelings soar. We start off early morning today, to avoid the wind that comes up after 11 pm. We then set off to ride along the ridge of the Kali Gandaki Valley and down to the beautiful and dry Lupra Valley over technical tracks. Enjoy the views of the region and enjoy the track. Experienced riders can choose the singletrack options. Whizz past trekkers and savor the journey as you ride down a 6km flat stretch to Jomsom. The path follows undulating trials along the river to Marpha. With the winds soaring high, riding can be a bit on the tougher end.
Marpha is famous for its apples and its apple brandy called as "marpha". Take time to explore the cobbled lanes of this village. Explore the Thakali culture enjoy the local apple brandy to ease away the pain of the aching muscles. Distance covered 17 KM. Approximate riding time 4-5 hours.
Descend to the lowlands of Tatopani through Kalopani. Our trail starts out as a gentle journey at first, through flat paths. After some time, the path winds in and out o the valley sides. There are exclusive views of the snow-capped peaks at this point. We stop for a while to enjoy the RukseChaahara waterfalls. The speed picks up as the trail drops down 1000 meters. After Kalopani, the trail takes us to the steepest and the deepest gorge in the world nestled between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Valleys, the Kali-Gandaki gorge. Cycling here will surely test our skills, but will also shower us with exclusive views of the mountain ranges on both sides. The path now follows through sweeping plunges and curves, and bumpy roads. The cobble-lined village of Tatopani is famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Tatopani is home to relishing, natural hot springs where you can wash your feet and wash away the pain of the bike ride. Distance covered: 1.5 KM. Approximate riding time of 4 hours.
Ride on a dirt road beside riverside villages to Beni. The path is steep, follows an open jeep track, but is yet entertaining. We leave the Annapurna region behind upon reaching Beni. The actual bike riding trip comes to an end today as we reach the bustling city of Beni. We cross the Kali Gandaki River and board a private vehicle to drive to the throbbing city of Pokhara. Distance covered: 38 KM. Approximate biking time of 4 hours & drive approx. 3.5 hrs.
Home to magnificent views of the Annapurna range, and several lakes, Pokhara is a perfect sightseeing destination. Proceed to Davis Falls, GupteshworeMahadev Cave and ride to Peace Pagoda and the Shanti Stupa to witness views of perfect pieces of architecture, standing against the backdrop of perfect mountain scenery.
Exploring around Pokhara is an experience worth all the trouble. Known as the most picturesque location in Nepal, lovely lakes adorn the city. Magnificent views of the mountain we observed from close by are reflected in the massive Phewa Lake.
Phewa Lake we the largest lake in the Kingdom and is the center of attraction of Pokhara. Most hotels in this city are situated around the lake, called commonly as the Lakeside. This enchanting lake contains a temple in the middle and we can hire a boat in order boat around the massive lake. 2 hours trek. 3 hours of drive.
Pokhara is not only home to beautiful lakes, but also to natural creations like caves. We will visit the famous Mahendra Cave and the Gupteshore Cave today. Above the Gupteshwore cave is the Davis Falls. Also included is the opportunity to make a visit to the beautiful Mountaineering Museum which also contains a model of the Macchapucchre. The museum also hosts a string of pictures of mountaineers and basically everything that you need to know about the mountaineering history of Nepal.
The World Peace Stupa is situated on a hill overlooking Pokhara. From atop the stupa, the glistening view of the Phewa Lake accompanies by the views of the sky-high mountains makes the trip totally worth it. The Tibetan Refugee camp is another worthy location to visit, containing the homeplace of refugees and their intricate handmade designs. While Pokhara is usually a bustling city filled with tourists, the aforementioned locations host serenity, and peace of its own.
Fly back to the capital and spend the entire day in sightseeing around Kathmandu, or exploring the throbbing nightlife of the city. For those, interested in the unique architectural beauty of Kathmandu, an optional sightseeing tour will be scheduled today. In the morning, we will be visiting the Pashupatinath Temple and the BoudhanathStupa.
The Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site, considered to be the most sacred temple of the Hindus. Richly ornamented pagoda houses surrounded the sacred linga, which is the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple is said to have been made prior to 400 A.D. and its architecture still stands tall and proud. Ritual dips are taken by devotees on the Bagmati River flowing beside the Pashupatinath Temple.
Boudhanath also called as Little Tibet is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered to be one of the largest Stupas in South Asia, it is the focal point of Buddhism in Nepal. The thirty-six-meter structure is located on the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will visit another architecturally fulfilling UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Known also as the open museum, this living heritage is the city of devotees. The Durbar Square contains countless architectural showpieces including the likes of the Golden Gate, the 55 Windows Palace, Nyatapola Temple, picture Gallery, Batsala Temple and the statue of King BhupatindraMalla among much more. The beautifully carved specimens impact the mind greatly and make the evening even more delightful. Approximately 30 minutes flight.
With adventurous and physically testing biking experiences carried out, it's finally time to bid goodbye to Nepal, only with the promise to come back for more. The biking experience is now embedded in the canvas of our hearts and our cameras, and it is finally time to return back home with the experiences in mind.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A back up vehicle will accompany the group during the mountain bike ride.
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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