Kathmandu to Jomsom

  • Hemanta Budhathoki
  • Last Updated on May 25, 2024

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Kathmandu to Jomsom is about 360 kilometers in road distance and 157 kilometers from Pokhara.  Jomsom is situated at 2,743 miter place of Lower Mustang and entrance of Upper Mustang and ending point of Annapurna Thorong-La pass trekking. The famous Hindu and Buddhist temple Muktinath is just 25 kilometers from Jomsom. The locality of Thakali peoples who are ethnical groups of Nepal and are very good in hospitality. Peoples can choose many ways to reach Jomsom either from Pokhara or direct from Kathmandu. The Jomsom village at the bank of Kaligandaki River. One small mountain airport is inside of Jomsom. Stunning views of the Nilgiri Himalayan range and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range are clearly seen in clear weather. The valley is normally windy at day time. Here might get snowfall during the winter season (December, January, and February). Jomsom is the good junction point of many trekkers before their trek starts after their trekking in Nepal

How to Reach Jomsom?

A comfortable way to reach Jomsom by short-duration flight: There is every morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and return. It is only 15 minutes flight with tiny aircraft. It is one of the remote area flights if Nepal and weather conditions really depend on the flight. From Kathmandu, one can reach Pokhara with road transport or by the fight to catch next day morning flight to Jomsom.   
Jomso Airport with the view of Mount Nilgiri
               Jomsom Airport with the views of the Nilgiri Himalayan range. Jomsom airport is in the altitude of 2,743 miters  

Private jeep drive from Kathmandu or from Pokhara

Road to Jomsom from Kathmandu is about 360 kilometers and about 157 kilometers from Pokhara. After Beni, the entire road up to Jomsom is rough, and 4wheel jeep drive is required to reach Jomsom. Pokhara to Jomsom road leads to Muktinath and Upper Mustang till Nepal Tibet border Korola. Private jeep takes a whole day drive from Pokhara to Jomsom one way, from Kathmandu one night two days only one way. There are no shared jeep facility drives to Jomsom either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara.     

Direct local bus from Kathmandu or from Pokhara to Jomsom

Local bus service to Jomsom from Kathmandu is started. There is a daily local bus from Gongabu bus station Kathmandu. It is the night bus which starts between 2 to 3 pm. Bus fare is 1,600 Nepali rupees if you buy it directly from the ticket counter. Next day morning at around 8 to 9 am, you will reach Jomsom. Daily local bus service from Pokhara to Jomsom is also in operation. It leaves in the morning time at around 7:30 am and reaches Jomsom in the evening. A bus ticket costs one thousand Nepali rupees if you buy it directly from the ticket counter.     
Loal Bus from Kathmandu to Jomsom
    Local bus from Kathmandu to Jomsom. It departs 3 pm from Kathmandu and reaches at Jomsom next day morning by 9 am

Trekking to Jomsom

Jomsom is a famous trekking destination of the Mustang area. Lower Mustang area covers Muktinath, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Marpha, Tatopani, Kalopani, and Beni. The entire lower mustang route is connected with a rough toad, still can trek for a week plan next to the road. 2/3 days hiking plan also can be customized. There are many villages near Jomsom which is really typical to explore. Marpha villages near Jomsom, Kagbeni village next to Jomsom, Lubra village, Luri village way to Upper Mustang, Kobang, Jharkot, etc. There are local tea houses as accommodation in the entire trekking. Trekking reaches a maximum altitude of 3,800 miters Muktinath temple.

Hotels and guest houses in Jomsom: There are similar category local guest houses in Jomsom. About 20 tourist-based guest houses are similar categories. Simple tea houses are also available for low ranges. Deluxe hotel at the top of Jomsom is also available. Costs of the hotel rooms are depending on the category. Normally 300 Nepali rupees till 2500 Nepali rupees for one room. Good breakfast, lunch, and Dinner are available in every guest house. You can choose international foods from their menu list.  

The major place to visit in Jomsom: The main attraction of Jomsom is the Himalaya view, local houses, local market, small airport at the bank of Kaligandaki, Jomsom terrain, Mustang Eco museum and Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa. Hike's upper part of Jomsom is to view the birds-eye view of Jomsom airport during a plane landing.   

Attraction nearby Jomsom: Marpha village is more typical villages nearby Jomsom. It is 2 kilometer from here takes 30 minutes walking or uses local transportation. Kagbeni village is another typical mustang village nearby Jomsom can walk for 3 hours or drive about half an hour. Famous Muktinath temple is a 25-kilometer drive from Jomsom.   

Road condition to reach Jomsom: Kathmandu to Pokhara is drinking through the main highway. It is a well-paved road. The road between Pokhara to Beni about 100 kilometers is also a well-paved highway. From Beni to Jomsom about 67 kilometers is all rough mountain road. Jeep drive or big wheeler other vehicle is able to reach Jomsom. Further road to Kagbeni is also rough but Kagbeni to Muktinath is recently blacktopped.  Jeep drive to Jomsom Muktinath
   Rough road and 4wheel Jeep to Jomsom

Jomsom is the gateway to the Muktinath temple and the Upper Mustang region. When you land at Jomsom airport, you will drive or trek to Muktinath from here. It is 3 hours drive with local sharing jeep to Muktinath temple. You can plan a single day tour to Muktinath. From Pokhara, land at Jomsom at early morning flight than to drive Muktinath temple. Drive back to Jomsom for overnight after visiting Muktinath temple and surroundings. The next morning fly back to Pokhara. Most of our Muktinath Tour does fly to and from Jomsom. More percentage trekkers who trek to Upper Mustang also get fly to Jomsom and trek to Upper Mustang. Again fly back to Pokhara after their trek. After adventure Annapurna circuit trekking, most of the trekkers plan to end their trek in Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara.

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki is team leader of Nepal Highland Trekking and travel company. 

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