Nepal is a beautiful country with an incredible natural and cultural heritage. There are outstanding tour packages that will provide you with a wonderful exploration of the country. Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour is one of the best tours among them. This complete tour takes you through all the important landmarks of this tiny Himalayan nation.
Kathmandu valley is a unique blend of ancient heritage and modernity. There are more than seven world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley listed by UNESCO. The old “Newar” community settlements and their architecture will enchant you. You can also explore the medieval Durbar squares and taste exotic local cuisine in Kathmandu.
Travelers also get to visit Muktinath, which translates as “Temple of salvation.” It is an important religious pilgrimage site in Nepal. Hundreds of devotees visit Muktinath every year. Pilgrims believe that offering prayers in this temple will cleanse all of your sins. There are 108 stone water taps, Jwala Mai temple, and other religious landmarks around the region.
Furthermore, the lake city of Pokhara is a tourist hub with many natural beauties. There are various scenic lakes, caves, green hills, and water streams in the town. Phewa Lake, Mahendra gufa, Davis falls, Lakeside and others are some of the city’s major sightseeing spots. You can also take on fun adventure sports like hiking, Paragliding, bungee jumping, and others.
This beautiful tour is available at a reasonable cost. Read on to know more about the Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour and other related information in detail.
Highlights of the Trip
- Exploring the unique architectural settlements around the Durbar Squares in Kathmandu
- Observing the UNESCO listed world heritage sites, Kathmandu Valley
- Tasting the exotic local cuisine of “Newar” people
- Exploring the lake City of Pokhara and its various natural landmarks
- Pilgrimage of the Muktinath Temple and exploring its premises
- Observing the snow-capped mountains and other diverse landscapes of Nepal
- Incredible hospitality and welcome of the local people
The Tour Route
The tour journey starts with a scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. After exploring around Pokhara, we will then fly to Jomsom and drive to Ranipauwa. From Ranipauwa, we will take a jeep drive. We will have to hike for around half an hour to arrive at Muktinath Temple. There are also options of horse riding for those who cannot walk uphills.
You can perform your pooja rituals and havan in the Muktinath temple. Moreover, you can bathe under 108 stone water taps and kundas on the premises of the temple. From there, you will visit the Vishnu Temple and Jwala Mai Temple, where you can find an eternal fire. Finally, after driving for some time, observing the unique landscapes, we reach Jomsom.
From there, we will arrive at Pokhara on a flight and start our exploration of the city. After exploring around the beautiful landmarks of Pokhara, you will take a scenic drive to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we can observe the cultural heritages, including Durbar Squares, temples, and palaces. You can finally fly back to your desired destination as our tour of three cities comes to an end.
When is the Best Time for Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath Tour?
You can take this incredible tour all around the year. However, Spring and Autumn are the peak season for travel as it has stable weather and moderate temperatures. In these seasons, you can travel without any hassle as there is minimal precipitation. There are no freezing conditions or heavy snowfalls. These conditions make these seasons ideal times for the Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour.
The spring season is also known as the pre-monsoon season in Nepal. The beautiful environment and tranquil atmosphere are among the highlights of traveling in this season. Beautiful wildflowers blooming all over the trails and mild temperatures make it ideal for travel. Rhododendron blooms over beautiful trails making this region look like a colorful garden.
Moreover, the weather remains clear, and there are clear blue skies. Travelers can observe great views of snow-capped mountains in all their glory. For these reasons, the Spring season is one of the best times to take this outstanding tour.
Autumn is another ideal season for travel in the country. It is the post-monsoon season as it comes after the heavy rainfalls are over. You will experience relatively stable weather with minimal precipitation. This season is an exciting time in the region, as locals observe various cultural festivals.
Besides that, there is mild weather and a tranquil environment all-round. The Autumn season is also known for its breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains. Therefore autumn is one of the most popular times for taking this Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour. Moreover, you can also take this tour in the winter and summer monsoon season.
However, you need to remain careful as there might be various weather-related challenges. Winters bring freezing conditions and heavy snowfall, especially in the Himalayan region. The monsoon season provides you with multiple challenges of heavy rainfall and landslides. However, with proper packing and preparation, you can take this tour at any time.
Detailed Itinerary – Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath Tour
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
After arriving at Kathmandu, our representative will pick you from the Tribhuvan International airport. You will then get transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will also get a brief about the tour after you arrive at the hotel. You can finally rest in the evening at your hotel or go on an excursion to the city. You will return to your accommodation in the evening and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Travel duration: 6-7 hours
After having a proper breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Our staff representative will pick you up at your hotel and take you to this Lake City. It takes travelers around 6-7 hours to complete this journey of approximately 206 km.
Moreover, this scenic trip will pass through the green terrace farmed hills of the region. You can observe the beautiful natural beauties like waterfalls, rivers, and others. After arriving at Pokhara, you will stay at a hotel in Lakeside. In the evening, travelers can go on an excursion around the city and observe the beautiful nightlife.
Day 03: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and drive to Muktinath, Return to Jomsom.
Flight duration: 15 minutes
Drive duration: ½ hour
Hike duration: ½ hour
Our staff representative will pick you up from the hotel in Pokhara and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Jomsom. It just takes around 15 minutes to arrive at the beautiful small town in the region. After arriving at the junction, we will go on a hike for another half an hour to catch the jeep. You can then take the jeep ride to Muktinath temple.
Muktinath temple is a religiously significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. There we will perform Pooja and other rituals. You can also explore the area for some time, including Jwala Mai temple, 108 stone water taps, Kundas, and others. We will return to Jomsom along the same route and stay overnight at the hotel in Jomsom.
Day 04: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, Sightseeing at Pokhara.
Flight duration: 15 minutes
We will have breakfast in the morning and then take a flight back from Johnson to Pokhara. We will then go on a sightseeing tour of the beautiful Lake City. We can visit the city’s various landmarks, including Seti Gandaki River, Bindabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Devi’s Fall, and Tal Barahi Temple.
We can also visit the world’s peace pagoda and go on a boating adventure in Fewa Lake. In the evening, you can observe the beautiful nightlife of the Lakeside in Pokhara. Besides that, there are many adventure sports that you can take in Pokhara, which include Paragliding, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and others. We will rest and stay in a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 05: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Drive duration: 6-7 hours
We will have a sumptuous breakfast early in the morning and continue our journey. We will take a scenic bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will travel on a tourist bus that will take us through the Prithvi Highway and beautiful settlements in the region. You can observe the beautiful environment of green hills along the journey. After arriving at Kathmandu, you can go on a short excursion or rest in your hotel.
Day 06: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
We will go on a complete sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city on this day. The beautiful UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites will provide you with a unique cultural adventure. Moreover, you can visit the famous pilgrimage site of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath, and others.
You can also explore the various Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. The cultural heritage of the “Newar” community is another prime attraction of this tour. You can explore architectural settlements and taste their delicious local cuisine. You will return to your hotel in the evening.
Day 07: Departure from Kathmandu.
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport. You can then board a flight to your desired destination.
Major Attractions of The Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath Tour
There are various attractions on the tour that provide you with an incredible adventure. Read on to know more about them:
Pashupatinath is an important pilgrimage site of Lord Shiva. The ancient temple dates back to over 2000 years and is famous among Hindu pilgrims worldwide. The premises of Pashupatinath Temple has many temples and religious landmarks.
Swayambhunath, or the “monkey temple,” is another religious site in Kathmandu Valley. It is a beautiful stupa located on a Hilltop. The magical view of the entire Kathmandu valley from Swayambhunath is a highlight of the tour.
Boudhanath Stupa is another beautiful Buddhist stupa that is also one of the largest in Asia. This Buddhist pilgrimage site is also known as “Little Tibet.” The Boudhanath premises has many small stupas, monasteries, hotels, thangka galleries, restaurants, etc.
Basantapur Durbar Square
The Basantapur Durbar Square and its surroundings remain listed in the World Heritage site of UNESCO. Moreover, the area around the base camp area includes many temples and palaces of the medieval “Malla” period. The Kasthamandap temple, Taleju Bhawani, Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Ghar are famous landmarks of Basantapur durbar square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is famous as a city of temples. There are many heritages, including five-storeyed temples, pottery squares, 55 windows palace, and others. These Durbar Square areas also provide you with an opportunity to explore ancient architectural settlements of the “Newar” community. The cultural heritage of the local community will make you fall in love with the place.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square includes many temples and palaces from the Malla period. Besides that, there are also many Buddhist Bihars and Hindu Pagoda-style temples. The brilliant mix of traditional settlements and modern restaurants and cafes will enthrall all travelers. Therefore, this durbar square is quite an essential landmark during this Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour.
Pokhara sightseeing spots
Pokhara is one famous attraction in Nepal. The scenic Lake city remains renowned for its diverse natural heritage. It is a fantastic tourist spot with many hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, etc. You can arrive at the city of Pokhara after the scenic drive for around 6 to 7 hours from Kathmandu. You can also take an early morning flight to Pokhara.
There are many sightseeing spots in Pokhara. The Phewa Lake, Mahendra Gufa, Chamero Gufa, and World Peace Pagoda, and some major sightseeing spots. You can also observe snow-capped mountains, including Macchapucchre (Fishtail), Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Various adventure sports, including bungee jumping, Paragliding, zip-lining, ultralight flight, and others, are also available.
Muktinath temple premises
Muktinath temple is a beautiful religious pilgrimage site in Nepal. There are many temples on the premises, including Muktinath temple, 108 Mukti Dhara, and Jwala Mai Temple. Moreover, there are other heritages like Swaminarayan, 2 Mukti Kunda, Mharme Lha Khang Gompa, Saligrams, and others.
Hundreds of pilgrims come to visit the temple every year. Many people believe that visiting this temple will bring you “Moksha” or salvation. Therefore, these are the various significant attractions of the Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are visas essential to enter Nepal, and how do you obtain them?
Yes, all foreign nationals need to have a visa to enter Nepal except for Indians. Travelers of certain countries arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport can get a visa on arrival. A valid passport, passport-size photograph, and visa fee are required to obtain a visa. The visa fee cost is US $30 for 15 Days, US $50 for 30 Days, and US $125 for 90 Days.
What to do upon our arrival at Kathmandu?
Our staff representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan international airport terminal. They will have a placard with the client’s name and help you transfer to the hotel. Our staff and representative will take care of all your luggage upon your arrival at the airport. However, you should not hand over your luggage to any random person. It may lead to theft or loss of personal items.
Do we need travel insurance for this Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour?
Yes, travel insurance is one of the essential factors in any adventure in Nepal. Travel insurance should cover medical emergencies, loss, theft, evacuations, and others.
Are domestic flights in the mountainous region takeoff in schedule time?
Mountain flights generally fly on schedule in case of stable weather conditions. However, there might be flight delays and cancellations if there are overcast and foggy conditions with heavy rainfall. Therefore you must have a spare day scheduled to tackle these conditions.
Is there proper communication during the tour?
Yes, they are good communication lines and internet facilities during the tour. There are 3G and 4G networks from NTC and NCell in most places you travel. Most hotels and lodges also provide free Wi-Fi.
Where is Muktinath Temple located?
Muktinath Temple lies at an altitude of 3710m and is just 24 km Northeast of Jomsom. It is 200 km away from Pokhara, and you can arrive at Muktinath after a short scenic flight. Moreover, It only takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you can take a jeep to Ranipauwa and then hike for approximately 20 minutes to arrive at Muktinath.
Is altitude sickness a challenge during this Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour?
Muktinath (3710m) is a high-altitude place in the Himalayan region. Since you will be gaining quite a bit of altitude in a short amount of time, there is a high risk of travelers getting altitude sickness. You can acclimatize well and hydrate regularly to tackle altitude sickness along the region. Besides that, you can also take Diamox tablets that will help you to reduce symptoms of altitude sickness.
Which is the best time to travel?
The peak season of Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to December) is an ideal time to travel. These seasons bring stable weather conditions to the region with minimal precipitation. Besides that, there are moderate temperatures, a soothing climate, and a tranquil environment.
How is the condition of the roads during this journey?
You will pass through highways to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. They are relatively in good condition. You also need to travel in some off-road conditions while traveling to Muktinath in a jeep.
What are the places to visit in Muktinath?
The various places to visit in Muktinath include 108 Mukti Dhara, Jwala Mai Temple, 2 Mukti Kunda, and others. Besides that, you can also visit Swaminarayan, Mharme Lha Khang Gompa, Saligrams in Muktinath.
What are accommodations like during the tour?
You can stay in accommodations ranging from budget hotels to deluxe 5-stars at Kathmandu and Pokhara. It depends upon your desire and requirements. Jomsom and Muktinath have only basic accommodation facilities for tea houses and lodges.
Is Nepal safe for women travelers?
Nepali is generally considered a safe country for traveling. Women travelers can take this tour without any hesitation. However, women need to be careful and not travel alone during nighttime. You should also dress conservatively, especially in rural areas.
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This Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour is a complete tour that takes you to the region’s beautiful landscapes. There are incredible sightseeing spots in Nepal that provide all travelers with a fun-filled adventure. The city of Kathmandu is a hub of cultural heritage and landmarks. Old medieval palaces, temples, and alleyways of this ancient city are unique.
Moreover, Pokhara is a beautiful lake city with significant natural resources. There are lakes, caves, hills, water streams, and other diverse natural landscapes in Pokhara. It is a hubspot with many tourists flocking in this city every year. You can perform adventure sports and experience beautiful nightlife as well.
Muktinath is another pilgrimage site with great religious importance. It is also known as a temple of salvation. Other significant religious landmarks in the region provide you with a unique experience. There are Jwala Mai temple, Mukti Kunda, Mukti Dhara (water stone taps), and others in Muktinath temple premises.
Hence, this Kathmandu Pokhara Muktinath tour is one of the best tours in Nepal. We hope you learned about this incredible tour through this article. Contact us for more information about the itinerary and other details. Happy traveling!