Muktinath to Tukuche via Lupra Pass
The Himalayas – one of the best places on Earth for mountain explorers, including those by bike. This is where you'll find the land of salvation and immediately fall in love with its natural beauty as well as culture and history. Mighty ranges with bright sky panoramas make your journey worth every pedal.
Nepal's Annapurna Conservation Area, particularly the Lower Mustang, is home to miles of spectacular trails. The remarkable trail mapped in this listing flows from Ranipauwa, skirts the northern edge of Muktinath, and then touches Kagbeni before it bends down to Tukuche.
The 26-mile point-to-point route stays adjacent to the Kali Gandaki Corridor. Once you crest the renowned Lupra Pass at 4,200m, be ready to be amazed by the absolutely incredible and astonishing views across the of Himalayas, and noting Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri in the background. This signature ride of the region and the country also offers an awesome descending adventure taking you through the dust and bush of the great mountain range of Asia.
The trail is suitable for people with at least intermediate mountain bike riding skills.
Lupra Pass is a long and flowing downhill singletrack. There may some hike-a-bike stretches.
The ride starts from Muktinath, and passes Ranipauwa town, where you can also ride the Muktinath Loop.
Access is from Muktinath Sadak, near the Hotel Nightingale. From here, ride northeast.
Food and drink
Many eateries can be found in the villages of Ranipauwa, Kagbeni, Jomsom, Marpha, and Tukuche. Even so, it is necessary to bring your water and probably some snacks to enjoy on the way.
This trail takes you out and back to Gyu La pass where you can experience iconic Buddhist prayer flags while peering into the mysterious Upper Mustang region.
This downhill is one of a kind with stunning views of the Himalayas. Marpha Village, near the end of the ride, is the apple capital of the nation. Their orchards are famous, and their jams and pies are unmissable.
Take a break before hopping back on your bike to explore the next trip: Tukuche to Tatopani.
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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