Muktinath Loop

Muktinath Loop


The Himalayas - a magical place for mountain bike lovers the world over. Here in Mustang, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal is where you'll find some of the country's best trails with spectacular scenery to explore by bike. Stunning vistas across to rolling ranges and cultural and historical richness are what hold many people much longer in this region than they may have originally intended!

A quick loop around Muktinath – a highly sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists – is a good warm-up before diving into one of the region's rougher ride. It also offers a great side-trip after you finish the Kagbeni to Ranipauwa. Situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the base of the Thorong La mountain pass in the Mustang district, you won't find anything quite like this loop anywhere else. 

Nice and short, suitable for any skill level, the circuit takes you around the town in central Nepal.


A singletrack with rocks and bushes.


You can access this one from near Hotel Nightingale on Muktinath Sadak and then ride northeast.

Food and drink

The town has various places for a local meal.

More details

Connect to this loop is the Muktinath to Tukuche via Lupra Pass – a great trail bringing you back to Lower Mustang.


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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1.394 km / 0.866 mi

Total Distance

72 m / 235 ft

Total Ascent

72 m / 235 ft

Total Descent

3,723 m / 12,213 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
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: Poor
Mobile Coverage: Nil
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