Jomsom Muktinath Motorbike Tour - 10 days

Jomsom Muktinath Motorbike Tour - 10 days

Join an adventurous motorbike ride through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge in the mystic lower Mustang region. The ten days Jomsom Muktinath Motorbike tour takes you to the western region of Nepal in the arid lands of the rain shadow area between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The ride takes you to a unique landscape with overwhelming views of the Himalayas, strange rock formations, cliff caves, and white-washed houses.

Tour begins from Kathmandu to Bandipur and Pokhara, following the Prithvi Highway. The ride gets more interesting as you drive through Tatopani to Marpha and enter Mustang. With distinct views of the Dhaulagiri range, you proceed to Jomsom, Kagbeni, then finally, Muktinath temple.

This is one of the best motorbike tours for experienced riders looking to enjoy the unique adventure of witnessing the ancient Mustang region's Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Motobike ride to Jomsom and Muktinath in the Lower Mustang region of Nepal
  • Visit Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, and Kathmandu Durbar Squares, the UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu valley
  • Enjoy vivid views of Mt. Jugal, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang range from Nagarkot hill station tower
  • Stroll around the ancient Newari town of Bandipur
  • Boating at Phewa Lake in Pokhara with views of Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre mountains in Pokhara
  • Witness cliff caves and spires of the ancient human civilization in Marpha and Kagbeni
  • Interact with the ethnic Tibetan Buddhists tribe in Lower Mustang to understand their traditions and culture
  • Visit the revered Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath temple in Mustang

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport- Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation
Day 2 Test ride to Nagarkot, Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur - 3 to 4 hours (70 km) ride
Day 3 Ride from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1,030m/3,379ft) Via Gorkha Durbar - 6 to 7 hours (203km) ride
Day 4 Ride from Bandipur to Pokhara – (800m/2,624ft) - 3 to 4 hours (80 km) ride
Day 5 Ride from Pokhara to Tatopani hot spring (1,190m/3,904ft) - 4 to 5 hours (110 km) ride
Day 6 Ride from Tatopani to Muktinath (3,760m/12,333ft) via Marpha, Jomsom and Kagbeni - 3 to 4 hours (64 km) ride
Day 7 Ride from Muktinath to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) - 6 to 7 hours (176 km) ride
Day 8 Rest Day in Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) – Pokhara Sightseeing
Day 9 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 6 to 7 hours (200 km) ride
Day 10 Final Departure from Nepal

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport- Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas, Nepal. As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will pass through customs and be welcomed by our representatives. You will be driven to a hotel in Thamel. After taking some rest, you can visit our office nearby. You will share the plan for the upcoming days and can even explore Kathmandu Durbar Square in the evening. Pass through the alleyways, witness temples, statues, and even the Hanuman Dhoka Museum.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Test ride to Nagarkot, Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur - 3 to 4 hours (70 km) ride

After an early breakfast, you will try out the bikes for the first time and take them for a test ride to get acquainted. The guide will start with the briefing, and then you will head out to Nagarkot, a hill station located just east of Kathmandu. You will reach the base of Nagarkot view tower in an hour-and-a-half drive. From there, you will hike up to enjoy the mesmerizing up-close views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges.

From there, drive to Changunarayan temple, which is just west of Nagarkot and takes only half an hour. The Changunarayan is a 2-story temple built in honor of Lord Vishnu. It is regarded as one of the oldest Hindu temples in Nepal. After having lunch take your motorbikes to Bhaktapur city, just south of the temple. Park your bikes, enter the famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the Art Museum, and witness ancient structures. Return to your hotel in Kathmandu city.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Ride from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1,030m/3,379ft) Via Gorkha Durbar - 6 to 7 hours (203km) ride

Bandipur Bandipur - Ancient Newari village

The bike ride officially starts on this day as you leave early in the morning with your crew, prepared with your gears and carrying your backpacks to Bandipur. Pass along the Trishuli river on the Prithvi Highway.

From Benighat head to Muglin, and then take a detour to Gorkha. Cross the historic landmark of Gorkha Durbar with sightings of the palace on the hilltop. The palace was the birthplace of the unifier of Nepal, the late King Prithvi Narayan Shah.

Continue to drive further west through hills and forests until you reach an ancient Newari village known as Bandipur. The town has brick-laden houses, cobblestone streets, and beautiful vehicle-free streets.

Overnight stay in Bandipur.

Day 4
Ride from Bandipur to Pokhara – (800m/2,624ft) - 3 to 4 hours (80 km) ride

After having breakfast, riding on towards Pokhara further west you’ll witness the close-up views of the Himalayas like Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. The ride is fairly smooth because of the blacktopped roads. You will eventually reach the city of lakes, Pokhara then head to your hotel near the Phewa Lakeside in Baidam.

In the afternoon, take a boating ride on Phewa Lake and pay a visit to the island temple of Barahi. Enjoy at a good pub or restaurant nearby the lake.

Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 5
Ride from Pokhara to Tatopani hot spring (1,190m/3,904ft) - 4 to 5 hours (110 km) ride

After having breakfast, enjoy a 1-hour boating spree on Phewa Lake and visit the island temple of Barahi. Finally, you will leave the beautiful city and drive further west to Tatopani. You will begin riding on a decent highway road to Beni. This is one of the most challenging days of the tour, as you will be passing by some tough yet exciting landscapes. Some parts of the way are graveled, while some have narrow patches of roads with waterfalls on the side.

Following the Kaligandaki river stream through farm villages, you will reach Tatopani. You will find a natural hot spring near your lodge where you can relax your muscles. Nearby is the Narchyang waterfall, where you can take pictures as well. The south face of Annapurna is closely visible from Tatopani.

Overnight stay in Tatopani.

Day 6
Ride from Tatopani to Muktinath (3,760m/12,333ft) via Marpha, Jomsom and Kagbeni - 3 to 4 hours (64 km) ride

The travel distance for today is relatively longer, but the road conditions are decent. There are some challenging turns and the road can get dusty, however, it gives a fantastic thrill. You will ride from Tatopani to Lete, where you can have lunch then driving with the Kali Gandaki River flowing beside you, you will reach Marpha. Immediately you can witness the change in views to a more desert-like area. The houses are brick and mud-laid, and people are seen grazing their domestic animals.

From Marpha, we will be traveling towards Muktinath, taking Kagbeni. Due to the recent road construction the ride is smooth and easier. Head to the east to reach Kagbeni; along the way, witness the old caves and then take the road to Muktinath.

Immediately you will see that hotels and shops are nearby as this is a popular pilgrimage destination. Views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains are clear. You can rest at the hotel and acclimate for the day. 

Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Day 7
Ride from Muktinath to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) - 6 to 7 hours (176 km) ride

Early in the morning, take a spin around the temple with a short hike. Although small, the temple is one of the most religious Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage areas. Pilgrims come to bathe and cleanse themselves spiritually in the ponds.

After breakfast, leave from Muktinath and ride back to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, you will follow the Kali Gandaki River, mostly to Jomsom. Passing by Jomsom airport, to Marpha then straight south to Kalopani. From there head down south to Tatopani to the busy road of Beni where you could have lunch. Then drive east to the Baglung highway to Kushma, Dhikur Pokhari, and ultimately Pokhara.

Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Day 8
Rest Day in Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) – Pokhara Sightseeing

Phewa lake and Pokhara City Phewa lake and Pokhara City

A much needed rest and sightseeing day in Pokhara can begin with a short bike ride to the famous tourist destinations like Gupteshwar cave, Bat cave and Davis Falls. Moreover, you can witness the ancient tools and the artifacts of the himalayan people by visiting the International Mountain Museum.

Later, explore the nightlife of Pokhara by going to a local pub or club and enjoying it with your crew.

Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 9
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - 6 to 7 hours (200 km) ride

You will leave Pokhara on this day and drive back to Kathmandu, taking the Prithvi Highway. While the road is fairly in good condition, the travel is very long and might require you to take breaks in between.

Depending upon the time you arrive at your hotel in Thamel, you can opt to shop for souvenirs and try the local Nepali cuisine.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 10
Final Departure from Nepal

As this is your final day, your crew will bid farewell, and you will be escorted to the international airport by our representatives. As you depart, we hope you return for a similarly stimulating adventure with us in the Himalayas of Nepal.

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When we first talked to Naba, he had the impression of a professional consultant. He was opening and would suggest that best interests us. We wanted to do Upper Mustang tour and he then customized the itinerary in a matter of minutes. How cool was that !!! He knew we were in safe hand so we immediately booked with him. In Kathmandu, he was there to welcome us at the airport. We had test ride before we actually headed to Pokhara. We didn't know that we can enjoy himalayan view from Kathmandu. The captain for the ride was a great guy. He would let us take a break after almost 2 hours. One bad thing about the ride was that the road were dusty and some with big potholes. We had to be extra careful at times. The company did great job organizing this tour.
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We ride from Kathmandu to Bandipur, Pokhara and continued the road leading to Muktinath. Half portion of the road were off-road and it was obviously adventuresome. My 3 brothers and a friend did this tour with Third Rock Adventures. We were definitely their first clients for this motorcycle tour. It was amazing. They managed everything perfectly. THe motorcycles were on great condition and we have no complain whatsoever.

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