Mustang Trails, Kali Gandaki Gorge (The Deepest Gorge in the World)
Rating – Blue/Red//Black – Trails for all confident mountain bikers
Best time to Visit – The drier months from Late September to May. Can get snows in Dec to Feb.
Access – By road (10-14 Hours) or Air (16mins) from Pokhara
Accommodation – Tea Houses, Lodges, Hotels, Home-stays
Trough this deep gorge flows the Kali Gandaki River, named after the Demon Slaying Goddess Kali. It stretches from the mystical hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, meanders through the deep multicolored canyons of Upper Mustang, winds through a glacial valley beyond Jomsom, before spilling out of the mountains and ranging through Nepal’s foot hills at Kalopani.
The river has carved out a vast and varied landscape from desolate high altitude deserts and Kharkas (yak pastures) to Alpine Forests and Subtropical Jungles.
What this all adds up to is incredible scope for Mountain Biking. The appeal here varies from the challenge of tough climbs, high altitudes and heart pumping descents to shuttle and porter assisted Enduro rides or for the purists, tough point to point XC adventures. All of this is wrapped in the snow peaks of the Annapurna, Dhalugiri and Nilgiri Mountains giving you a chance to pause and breath in the vast scale of your surroundings.
Summary – The region boasts what every rider is looking for:- Mountain Views, High altitude, long descents, epic riding and enjoyable local hospitality and appreciation of culture.
Some of the best trails in the Kaligandaki Region are –
Mustang Trails – Jomsom, Kalopani, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Lubra Valley, Tatopani