Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek

9 Days


Jomsom Muktinath Pony trek is a different travel experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. The horseback riding trekking is done in the trail from Jomsom to Muktinath and back. Jomsom and Muktinath is part of Mustang region located in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The landscapes around Jomsom and Muktinath are very attractive and horses are used to proceed towards Muktinath from Jomsom. The trail passes through unique Himalayan villages and enjoying a great mountain panorama of peaks like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges plus others. Muktinath is the pilgrimage site both for Hindus and Buddhists where a temple of Lord Vishnu is located and also a Buddhist Monastery. Nearby are 108 carved spouts where holy waters flow. The program begins after a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then continues towards Muktinath on a horseback. After attending Muktinath, ride back to Jomsom and again fly back to Pokhara. Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek is a great combination of exploring the upper Annapurna region and visit the holy temple at Muktinath.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03 : Transfer to Pokhara by Flight or Surface
Day 04 : Fly to Jomsom & horse riding to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 05 : Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m) riding on a horseback
Day 06 : Horse Ride back to Jomsom (2743m)
Day 07 : Fly back to Pokhara
Day 08 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 09 : Trip concludes

Trip Highlights

  • View outstanding panorama of the world’s highest peaks as the flight nears the Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy guided sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu City
  • Witness great mountain views of Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges plus other towering peaks
  • Visit the holy temple of Muktinath, pilgrim for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Ride along high Himalayan settlements & deep gorges
  • Board scenic flight to/from Jomsom Pokhara
  • Discover varied floras and faunas
  • Explore local culture and tradition


After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at Hotel.

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening. After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight at Hotel.

Early in the morning either fly or drive to Pokhara. Flight will take about 25 minutes and overland 5-6 hours passing along a scenic highway. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check-in hotel. PM: Sightseeing around Pokhara visiting several touristic locations in Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Early in the morning, flight to Jomsom from Pokhara which takes about 20 minutes. It’s a scenic flight getting glimpses of peaks like Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and others and passing over deep gorges, rhododendron forests. Jomsom is a small town on the foothills of Nilgiri Himal. Upon reaching Jomsom, hire a horse and ride towards dry distinctive landscape of Kagbeni mostly following the river bed of Kali Gandaki River. Check-in mountain lodge at Kagbeni. Overnight at Lodge.

After breakfast, the ride proceeds making a steep climb up the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath passing along village of Jharkot. The trail again climbs up after Jharkot crossing Ranipauwa where many teahouses and shops are located. Proceeding up the hill from here will reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a pilgrimage site both for Buddhist and Hindus where holy water from 108 carved spouts flow alongside the temple of Vishnu and a Buddhist monastery. Nearby is a spring and natural gas jets that provides Muktinath’s popular eternal flame. Overnight at Lodge.

Today ride back to Jomsom. Also a great glimpse of Dhaulagiri can be spotted from Muktinath. Upon arrival at Jomsom, check-in lodge. Overnight at Lodge.

Early in the morning, fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom flying between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer from the airport to your hotel. The day is free to explore around Pokhara, visiting the Fewa Lake and the lakeside area is a good choice. Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, drive towards Kathmandu passing along a scenic highway passing along many small towns, tea shops, rivers etc. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check-in hotel. PM: At leisure/ Free for shopping.

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.


What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu/Pokhara city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Necessary permit and monuments entrance fees.
  • Transfers by car/van or tourist bus or flight as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • One pony with Ponyman for the hiking.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 9 days Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 9 days Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek
successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Responsible Travel:
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Jomsom Muktinath Pony Trek

Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 09 Day(s)
  • Feb - May and Oct - Nov
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Private vehicles or Tourist Bus or Flight
  • Muktinath (3,710m)
  • Moderate
  • Jomsom
  • Jomsom
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Pony Trekking
  • Pony Trek
  • Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges, Muktinath, Jomsom, Pokhara
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

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