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Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour

Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Jeep tour

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Muktinath (3760m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour is a popular tour package to the holy place of Muktinath which attracts pilgrims and travelers every year. Taking a jeep ride to Muktinath is a thrilling jeep ride through the beautiful landscapes of the Mustang region. A Jeep tour to Muktinath is also the best alternative to cutting the long and tedious trek if anyone is planning to walk from Jomsom to Muktinath and back.

The tour begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara towards the windswept town of Jomsom. Jomsom is an important rest-stop for trekkers trekking either to the Mustang or Annapurna regions. You will have to drive for about 8-9 hours to get to Jomsom from Pokhara. The road winds along the dusty highway crossing over beautiful villages like Tukuche, Marpha, and Kagbeni until reaching Muktinath. En-route  you will have plenty of time to enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
Muktinath is the sacred and holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, located at 3,760 meters. The Temple of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism and Avalokiteshvara in Buddhism is located in Muktinath which includes 108 water taps, where pilgrims take a sacred bath as part of their religious rituals.

After exploring Muktinath, you will retrace the same route back to Pokhara again enjoying spectacular views and making stops at scenic spots along the way.

Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour is ideal for all those looking for an exhilarating jeep journey high up in the Himalayas, watch the local culture and witness some spectacular mountain panoramas. It is an absolute combination of adventure, spirituality, and natural beauty.

Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour Highlights

  • Adventuresome Jeep tour on the rugged off-road trails.
  • Observing the Kali-Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Visiting the 3800-meter-high Muktinath temple.
  • Observing the breathtaking Kagbeni and Kali Gandaki Valley.
  • Witness the stunning Himalayan panorama, picturesque landscaps & cascading waterfalls.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (822m/25 min)
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m/8-9 hrs) 
Day 04: Drive from Jomsom to Muktinath (3760m/2 hrs) & back to Jomsom (2 hrs)
Day 05: Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara (822m/8-9 hrs) 
Day 06: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m/25 min flight/6-7 hrs drive)
Day 07: Final Departure

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to accomplish your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel and then we will have a quick pre-trip meeting. You can then spend the remaining time resting or as you please. In the evening you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city.

Hotel

We leave Kathmandu by flight to Pokhara. Flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and the lush landscape of Nepal. The flight typically takes around 25-30 minutes, making it a convenient and scenic way to travel between the two cities.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll be greeted by the serene beauty of the city, which is situated on the shores of Phewa Lake and offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara is known for its relaxed atmosphere, adventure activities, and natural attractions. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

This will be an 8–9 hour drive, with several stops for breaks. You will go on the main road until you reach Beni, at which point you will pull off and travel through a mountain and riverside to reach Tatopani, a natural hot spring. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other mountains throughout the trek from Tatopani. One of the highlights of the visit will be arriving in the Annapurna region.

 

You will arrive in Jomsom, the capital and largest little city of Mustang, in the late afternoon. Jomsom is well-known for its apples, and several apple gardens can be seen there. It is situated between a mountain and the Kali Gandaki River. Take some time to investigate the riverbank.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have an easy day ahead of us as we travel to Muktinath. After breakfast, you will drive along the Kali Gandaki River's bank and bridge it to enter the Kagbeni Valley. In addition to being the hub of trade into Tibet, Kagbeni is an ancient settlement home to people of Tibetan descent.

By taking a detour via the desolate mountain, you will get at Muktinath, which is the ultimate destination for humans on Earth. See the sacred temple, take in the ceremonial performances, or take a dip under the 108-degree water tap before returning to our hotel. Then drive back to Muktinath for overnight stay.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

There isn't another alternative route that can be driven that is comparable to the one you took to reach Jomsom from Pokhara earlier. You will arrive in Pokhara in the late afternoon after passing through picturesque villages, rivers, and waterfalls. The evening is yours to explore Pokhara and return to your accommodation. 

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch included

Flying back from Pokhara to Kathmandu offers another opportunity to enjoy the stunning aerial views of the Himalayas and the picturesque landscape of Nepal. The flight typically takes around 25-30 minutes. 

Alternatively, driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu is also an option which takes around 6-7 hours depending on road conditions and traffic. The road journey offers the chance to see more of the countryside and experience the diversity of Nepal's terrain.

Once you're back in Kathmandu, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore or rest. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Today is your final day in Nepal. It is advisable to reach the airport three hours before your flight. A representative of Marron Treks will escort you to the airport for your final departure.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast.
  • All ground transportation by a private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permit fee for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for Guide & driver 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What kind of accommodation is available during the tour?Accommodation options in Jomsom and Muktinath include teahouses and lodges, that provide basic facilities and meals. While the facilities may be limited, it's a good place for an overnight stay in the mountains.

2. What are the highlights of the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour?
The tour offers a range of highlights, including the scenic drive through the Kaligandaki Gorge, visiting the sacred Muktinath Temple, experiencing the cultural blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, enjoying views of the Himalayan peaks, and exploring the unique landscapes of the Mustang region.

3. What is the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour?
The Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour is an adventurous journey by 4WD Jeep to the sacred Muktinath Temple in the Mustang region of Nepal. It offers a more comfortable and faster alternative to traditional trekking for those who want to explore the cultural and religious significance of Muktinath and the stunning landscapes of the region. trekked to Dudh Kunda Base Camp at 5756 meters, passing enchanting rhododendron forests. The climb revealed stunning views of snow-capped peaks and Dudh Kunda Lake. After a refreshing break, we descended rocky paths back to Saharbeni, covering the challenging 5-6 hour trek, strengthening camaraderie, and marking a remarkable day’s journey at 3835 meters. The duration of the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour is 5 days to complete the tour.

4. What is the starting point of the tour?
The tour often starts from the town of Tatopani, which is accessible by a drive from Pokhara.

5. Is the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour suitable for everyone?
The Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour is suitable for most travellers, including families and individuals who may have physical constraints or limited time. It is a less physically demanding option compared to trekking.

6. What is the best time to do the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour?
The best time for the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the tour more enjoyable.

7. Are permits required for the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour?
Yes, permits are required for the Jomsom Muktinath Jeep Tour. The required permits typically include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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