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    Kathmandu Beni Jomsom Muktinath Highway: A wild ride in Nepal Himalaya
    Bhanu Khatiwada
    Bhanu KhatiwadaFeb 3rd 2024

    Stretching more than 375 km between Kathmandu and Mustang, the epic Himalayan highway, you will get a unique and incredible experience of the most brilliant Jeep tour to the extremely sacred land of Muktinath (3800 meters).

    If you are a beginner with a Himalayan jeep drive tour, this may be enthralling for you, but the experience surpasses your imagination. The drive takes you through the savage wilderness, ranging from the lower altitude of the Annapurna region to the Himalayan desert landscape in the rain shadow area. The intrepid travelers find it amazing to explore the Himalayas and struggle not to be blown away by the grueling wind above Kagbeni hills.

    Distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara: 200km

    Distance from Pokhara-Beni: 85 km

    Distance fromBeni-Tatopani: 21 km

    Distance fromTatopani to Marpha: 44 km

    Distance from Marpha to Jomsom: 14 km

    Distance from Jomsom to Kagbeni: 11 km

    Distance fromKagbeni to Muktinath: 14 km

    Crossing the stunning waterfalls and the deepest gorge in the world 

    Due to the attractions on the Jomsom Muktinath Highway, travelers find it amazing to drive through despite the jaw-dropping landscape and pointed rock formations. You need to face the challenge of the rock-falling areas along with the landslide areas on the lower channel. However, the route is much more fascinating with the brilliant scenery on the way. The waterfalls on the way enchant intrepid travelers and the Rupse waterfall is one of them. Travelers cross the deepest Kaligandaki gorge, which is the deepest one in the world. The mountain bikers find the trail equally excellent. In addition, travelers can enjoy a natural hot spring at Tatopani.


    The Apple Orchards of Marpha and the Windy Kali Gandaki Valley

    For decades, Marpha (in the Mustang region) has been popular for the Marpha Brandi (Whisky), which is produced by the Himalayan apples in the local area. If you travel there in the season, you will see the picturesque apple orchards on the highway. Another feature of this thrilling road drive is the windy Kali Gandaki River valley, which creates challenges for travelers after the mid-day. Daring to walk a few kilometers through this River valley is rewarding as well. On our last trip, we were almost blown away by the winds when we tried to face the wind.

    Jomsom Muktinath Highway Ride is famous for the pilgrimage devotees as they prefer to visit the Muktinath temple at least once in their lifetime. The Muktinath temple has attracted Hindu pilgrimage devotees around the globe, mostly from India. It is believed that the gateway to heaven will be opened if a person visits there. Located at the foot of the Annapurna Himalayan chain, the temple tour has become equally fascinating and nature lovers too.

    Besides this, the ancient monasteries of Marpha, Kagbeni, and Muktinath are further attractions for cultural exploration. The stunning Marpha monastery is renowned throughout the region. Kagbeni itself is a historical place, located at the juncture of two Rivers. The settlements look typical and exclusively ancient.

    The Himalayan Beauty and Lake

    The Himalayas? Wow, this is a brilliant attraction for travelers through the technical Highway. The Himalayas start to be seen as soon as you leave Pokhara, but the enclosure shots can be taken once you reach the arid landscape of the Mustang territory. The Himalayan sceneries accompany you throughout your travel in Mustang. The Annapurna Himalayan chain, Nilgiri, Thorong Peak, Dhaulagiri, and the surrounding peaks look dramatic.

    In Mustang, if you want to take a side trip for about 15 minutes, there is a beautiful Lake, known as Dhumba Lake, just at the foot of the dramatic peak. It remains frozen in winter. On the way, you will get an opportunity to explore another ancient town of Thini.

    What more? Can I extend the trip with a thrill?

    Of course. The Upper Mustang region is there to quench your thirst for the challenging drive through the hidden ancient towns and reach the stone-walled capital of Upper Mustang, known as Lomanthang. The Upper Mustang jeep tour has been designed to cover the upper as well as the lower Mustang region. But 500 USD must be paid to obtain the permit to enter this forbidden Kingdom. Driving up to the Tibetan borderland, travelers can explore the historical caves, traditional lifestyles, and arid regions with wildflowers along with the monasteries and Chhortens.

    Want to experience the most epic jeep ride in Nepal from the capital city to the hidden Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom? Do not hesitate to contact the expert tour organizer in Kathmandu via:

    WhatsApp/Phone: 977 9851159455


    Bhanu Khatiwada
    Bhanu KhatiwadaFeb 3rd 2024

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