Muktinath/Jomsom Tour by Jeep

Muktinath/Jomsom Tour by Jeep

Trip Overview

- Cultural tour around the archaic capital of Kathmandu
- Rejuvenating bath in the natural hot springs at Tatopani
- Short tour around the scenic lakeside city of Pokhara
- Chance to visit the holy Muktinath temple
- Explore the unique landscape of Jomsom from the comfort of a four wheeler


DURATION
6 Day(s)
Tour Type
Pilgrimage
Start Point
Kathmandu
End Point
Kathmandu
Max. Elevation
3,710m
Min Elevation
1400m
Best date
All year long

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Explore the desolate hills and windy valleys of Jomsom and visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath on our 6 day Muktinath / Jomsom Tour by Jeep.

Muktinath / Jomsom Tour by Jeep offers you the chance to embark on a journey through the green hills of central Nepal, passing through the lakeside city of Pokhara and finally through the arid valleys of Jomsom to Muktinath. This is one of the most popular tour destinations in Nepal as it offers a cultural, religious, spiritual and adventurous experience, all in one package.

The 6 day trip begins with a short cultural tour around the capital, followed by a drive along the Prithivi Highway to Pokhara. The next day consists of a full day of driving past various Thakali and Gurung villages including Tatopani and Marpha to Jomsom. The few days of jeep ride through the lush green hills, sub alpine forests and the Mustangi landscape, which is reminiscent of the vast Tibetan plateau is sure to be an adventure. Fantastic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri ranges certainly add to this experience as well. Finally, after a short drive and hike the following morning, you will be at the sacred Muktinath temple.

Situated at an altitude of around 3,700 meters at the foot of the Thorong La pass, Muktinath is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu of the Hindu pantheon. It attracts thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims every year, who come here to ‘wash away their sins and be liberated’. The Hindu’s revere Muktinath as ‘a place of liberation’ and know it as Mukti Khsetra. Buddhists, on the other hand, consider the murti to be a manifestation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Legend also states that Guru Rinpoche, founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here on his way to Tibet. Apart from the myths and legends surrounding the temple and its origin, the points of interest here include the two holy ponds, the 108 water spouts and the perpetually burning flame at Jwala Mai.
The return journey more or less follows the same route as before and offers some more adventure along the barren Tibetan-like landscape. The final highlight of the trip is the morning drive to Sarangkot, followed by a short tour of Pokhara. It is possible to end the trip in Pokhara or continue for a drive back to Kathmandu.

As the trip can be completed in only a few days, Muktinath / Jomsom tour by Jeep is an ideal choice for those looking to enjoy the natural landscape, scenery, religion and culture of Nepal but are short on time. This is also a very easy trip in terms of difficulty, as there is minimal amount of walking involved and most of the travelling is done via vehicle. The only concerning issue might be a possible case of altitude sickness at the peak altitude of 3700 meters or so. However, since we only spend a short amount of time at high altitude, most people manage the trip with no problems.

Finally, the trip can be performed at any time of the year, depending on your preferences. If you wish to experience the best views with clear skies and blooming nature, then spring and autumn might be the best periods for you. Winter is also a good option as you might get to enjoy some snowfall if you’re lucky. Monsoon is generally the period that receives the lowest number of tourists in Nepal due to the unstable weather and rainfall. However, as Jomsom / Muktinath are located in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri, this tour can be performed in monsoon with no issues. 


Trip Itineraries

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If you are arriving in Kathmandu via flight, our representative will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport. S/he will be waiting for you outside the terminal with sign boards of your name. They will also escort you to your hotel via private transport. You may visit our office in the evening or relax at your hotel as you wish.

Accommodation – Overnight stay at hotel, Meals – Dinner

The tour today begins early as we head out for a short tour around the historic, cultural and religious spots of Kathmandu. We will first visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, perhaps in time for the morning ritual if we’re early enough. From Pashupatinath, it is a short drive to the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. We’ll have our breakfast at a restaurant nearby while enjoying the pleasant vibes there. Finally, we will make a stop at the old palace, Kathmandu Durbar Square on our way back to the hotel. 

After some moments for rest at the hotel and packing your stuff, hop on the Jeep for a 5-6 hour ride to Pokhara. The drive along the Prithivi highway will give you the first feel of rural Nepali landscape and scenery. We will reach Pokhara in the evening. You can explore the bustling lakeside streets if you wish, but it might be better to just rest at the hotel if it has gotten too late in the day.

Accommodation – Overnight stay at hotel, Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

If you are starting your trip from Pokhara, then this is where you would meet up with the rest of the group. After breakfast at the hotel, our journey continues. Today’s drive will be a long one with the first major stop being at Tatopani. You will have the opportunity to bathe in the natural hot springs of Tatopani, whose waters are said to have healing properties. After lunch there, we will resume our journey and pass various small villages including Lete, Ghasa and Marpha with the final stop for the day being Jomsom.

Accommodation – Overnight stay at lodge, Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s tour will start early in the morning as we head out to explore one of the main highlights of the trip. Muktinath is situated at an altitude of 3,710m, around 25km away from Jomsom. Following the jeep ride, we will need to hike a little distance to reach the temple. 

Known as a place of liberation, Muktinath attracts thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims every year. There are various interesting spots to explore nearby, including the holy ponds, 108 water spouts and the perpetually burning flame at Jwala Mai.

Following the enjoyable and interesting moments at Muktinath, we will head back down to where our jeep is parked for the return journey to Pokhara. We will arrive at our hotel late in the evening.

Accommodation – Overnight stay at lodge, Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

With our journey almost at an end, we will have one final tour around the beautiful city of Pokhara. We will drive early in the morning to Sarangkot, where you will witness a breathtaking sunrise view along with the panorama of various peaks around Pokhara including Annapurna, Machhapuchhare and more. Depending on how much time we have, you might also get to visit various landmarks around Pokhara such as Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, Tal Barahi Temple, Davis Falls, World Peace Pagoda and more.

You can end the trip in Pokhara if you wish. Otherwise, an afternoon drive along with Prithivi highway will have you back at the capital in no more than 5-6 hours.

Accommodation – Overnight stay at hotel, Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

If you have a flight scheduled today, then one of our staff will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before your flight. Otherwise, you are free to continue with your holiday as you wish.

Meals – Breakfast


Costs & Includes

What's Included

- Kathmandu to Muktinath and back via four wheeler (Scorpio Jeep or similar)
- Airport pickup and drop off via private transport
- ACAP permit & TIMS card
- Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- English & Nepali speaking tour guide
- Licensed driver

Not Included

- Nepal entry and visa fee
- Personal Expenses (Drinks, Laundry, Internet, Phone Calls, Shopping etc.)
- Health and travel insurance
- International flight fare
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for guides, porters and drivers (Tips are expected but not mandatory)