Kagbeni to Ranipauwa, Muktinath

Kagbeni to Ranipauwa, Muktinath


Riding in the Himalayas is a dream to people who love adventurous and mountainous trips by bike. Imagine pedaling under skies so close and passing some of the world's highest peaks and mountainous landscapes.

Here in Nepal, beautiful, historical, and extraordinary trails are not something new; and if you come to the Lower Mustang, it’s a great chance to ride and roll on this black trail from Kagbeni to Ranipauwa. The trail starts from where you rest after the journey of Jomsom to Kagbeni, and then climbs up on Muktinath Sadak before rolling back down to Ranipauwa town.

Wake up to a charming morning sunrise vista to Nilgiri via Jharkot village to Muktinath, ride up the slope and travel to the sacred Temple Muktinath.

Rated as difficult, this 7.5 miles ride challenges biking enthusiasts with advanced skills and good fitness.


The trail begins where the Jomsom to Kagbeni ends. The access point is very close to YakDonalds and Cogbeni Cycles. Follow the way and access the Kagbeni Sadak.


The whole trail is a big climb on singletrack. Some small stretches are gravel.

Food and drink

Supplies can be found at the two in and out points of the ride, in the center of the two villages: Kagbeni and Ranipauwa. Bring a lot of water and maybe snacks because the trail will be in a remote area as soon as you leave the village.

More details

When you reach Ranipauwa, allow time to travel to the Temple “Muktinath” – a Hindu pilgrimage with 108 flowing taps for holy baths and a Buddhist monastery; a site of mutual respect, peace and prosperity.

After your visit to Muktinath Temple, take in the incredible views before riding back to your rest stop. If you plan to stay overnight here, dinner with an enchanting sunset in Mount Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan ranges will be a perfect end to an incredible and unforgettable day.

Following this trail is the Muktinath Loop – a lovely quick ride around the town. Click to see what you can find.


Some information on this page is sourced from Epic Shangri la Adventure.

Photo Credit: Ram Gurung of 'Mountain Biking Adventures Nepal Himalayas'.

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12.076 km / 7.503 mi

Total Distance

952 m / 3,123 ft

Total Ascent

126 m / 412 ft

Total Descent

3,676 m / 12,059 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Nil
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Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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