Pashupatinath and Muktinath Tour

Pashupatinath and Muktinath Tour is a one-day pilgrimage tour to Nepal’s two sacred temples, Pashupatinath and Muktinath. Pashupatinath Temple is in the heart of Kathmandu, and Muktinath is in the heart of the Annapurna Region. The two religious stations are exactly 188km away from each other. But you will visit the two places in just one day.

Yes, Pashupatinath and Muktinath Tour takes only several hours of a day to happen. The tour to two differently and distantly located places is possible only when we take a helicopter. That’s what happens on tour.

You will have a helicopter ride to Mustang, the home of Muktinath Temple, after exploring Pashupatinath Temple in the capital. You will explore those two religious sites and the two famous regions of Nepal, Kathmandu and the Muktinath area.

The tour allows you to experience both sites’ spiritual, religious, and historical atmospheres. Each of the temples has a long history and immense importance.

Pashupatinath Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples globally, is a World Heritage site. The temple area is full of temples, inscriptions, images, and statues built over the years. And just by the temple, Bagmati River-a sacred river, flows. So you will have a complete tour of the temple.

Like Pashupatinath, Muktinath is a sacred temple in the lap of the hills in the Annapurna Region. The pilgrimage site of both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims is not just a religious place; it is equally scenic also. A visit to Muktinath Temple provides you opportunities to have both spiritual and natural experiences of the site.

The Pashupatinath and Muktinath Tour will begin in Kathmandu. You will pay a visit to Pashupatinath Temple to receive early blessings in the morning. It will be a time to explore and experience the holy and historical temple area. After the brief tour of the temple, you will have breakfast in Kathmandu before joining a helicopter from Kathmandu Domestic Airport.

Then the helicopter will fly to the Annapurna Region, where the Muktinath Temple resides. It will be an hour-long panoramic flight to the temple. You will visit the temple and other sites in the area for several hours. After the sightseeing of Muktinath, you will fly back to Kathmandu. This is how the Pashupatinath and Muktinath Tour takes place in one day.

If you want to be part of this tour, let us know. We’ll have a worthwhile visit to the sites.

Major Highlights of the Pashupatinath & Muktinath Tour

  • Attend morning prayers and exploration at Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Explore the historical and spiritual places inside the Pashupatinath Area.
  • Fly to the Annapurna Region via a scenic helicopter ride.
  • Have a bird’s eye view of Nepal’s diverse landscapes.
  • Land in the lap of the Himalayas.
  • Pay a pilgrimage visit to one of the highest temples in the world.
  • Take religious sightseeing in the Muktinath Area.
  • Perform religious activities in the Muktinath, including a holy bath from 108 taps.
  • Visit two of the sacred sites within several hours.


Early in the morning, we’ll leave our hotel to explore the Pashupatinath Area. We’ll experience the tranquil and spiritual surroundings of the sacred temple. As the temple area is full of temples, inscriptions, and statues, we’ll cover most of them. Then we’ll walk across the Bagmati River for a complete look at Pashupatinath Temple. Throughout the time, we’ll have a blessing time in the temple. After some hours around the temple area and taking the prayers, we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast.
After having our breakfast, we’ll set off for another outing, the helicopter tour to Muktinath Temple. For that, we’ll drive to Kathmandu Airport’s domestic terminal. That is where our helicopter will be heating up. Once it is good to fly, our helicopter will take us into the skies of Kathmandu. The following 50 minutes on the helicopter will offer us the breathtaking Himalayas, Nepal’s varied landscapes, and even more. We’ll have continuous pictures of the whole Annapurna Region to enjoy. And finally, we’ll land in Muktinath.
After reaching Mukitnath’s premises, we’ll climb some stairs to Muktinath Temple. We will explore and pray at Muktinath Temple and bathe in the 108 water taps. It will be such a blissful time at one of the holiest temples in Nepal. Following our rituals at the temple, we’ll move to other important sites like Jawala Mai Temple and Mharme Lha Khang Gompa. Over the time around Muktinath Temple, we’ll get incredible vistas of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mustang’s semi-deserted landscapes, near settlements, and more.
In the wake of completing all the performings and exploration in Muktinath, we’ll return to our helicopter. Hoping into the aircraft, our pilot will fly the aircraft in the skies. We’ll see impressive Annapurna Region mountains in the backdrop. Then it will hover towards Kathmandu. We’ll see even more beautiful views throughout the time while returning to Kathmandu. Then it will land at Kathmandu Airport. After we arrive in Kathmandu, we’ll move to our hotel. In the hotel, we’ll celebrate the completion of the tour.

More About Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest temple of Hindu devotees, is a religious site located in Nepal’s capital on the banks of the Bagmati River. The precise date of Pashupatinath’s construction is not clear, but the temple is believed to be built around 400 CE. The same site full of temples, statues, inscriptions, and ashrams is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

The pagoda-styled main temple homes a sacred linga of Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu deities. It is one of the iconic pagoda architectures of Nepal. If you look at the topmost roofs, it has a gold covering. And it has four main silver-covered doors to enter. Right in front of the temple, you’ll find a statue of Lord Shiva’s bull. Only Hindu devotees are allowed to enter the main temple. However, the other temples are open to all visitors.

Pashupatinath Area is stretched over 264 hectares in the outskirts of Kathmandu. Altogether, you will find around 518 temples inside the area. Some of the notable shrines of the site are Unmatta Bhairava Temple, Surya Naryana Temple, Budhanilkantha Shrine, Kirtimukha Bhairava Shrine, Hanuman Shrine, Vasuki Nath Temple, and many others. On the western bank of the river, you will find Panch Deva Temples.

Interestingly, the sacred cremation site is also by the temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. There is a belief that if a person gets cremated at Pashupatinath Temple, that person will get free of his/her sins. Thus, the cremation ghats of Pashupatinath Temple are one of the sacred sites in Nepal for cremation.

The sacred temple is famous not only for religious visits but also for sightseeing. Across the river, you will see many people observing the temple from across. You will also find foreign tourists exploring the place with cameras in their hands.

Also, most of the trekking and tour itineraries around the country reach Pashupatinath Temple in the capital at first. Only after doing a visit to the temple and other sites of Kathmandu do the tours get started.

More About Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple, a sacred temple to Buddhists and Hindus, is a pilgrimage site located in the Annapurna Region. It is also one of the world’s highest temples in the world, residing at an altitude of 3,800m. The temple is one of the Divya Deshams out of 108 in Hinduism. And according to the myths, it is a place for liberation and Mukti kshetra.

The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu of Hinduism is pagoda-styled. Inside the shrine, you’ll find a golden statue of Lord Vishnu, bronze images of Baldev, Saraswati, Janaki, Garuda, and Lava-Kusha Sapta Rishis. These all names are of Hindu deities. There is an ancient Buddhist Monk statue inside the temple that the Buddhist monks worship.

Behind the temple, there is a half-circle wall dotted with 108 taps. The taps shower freezing water from the Kali Gandaki River. And pilgrims take a bath from these taps to wash their wrongdoings and sins. It is believed that the bath can eradicate the evils of devotees.

Next to Muktinath Temple, there is a small monastery, Mebar Lha Gomba. The monastery has a miraculous fire that never blows up. The eternal fire gets power from underground natural gas. Both Hindu and Buddhist followers visit this place. A little away from the monastery, there is a giant statue of a sitting Buddha.

Moreover, Muktinath Area is a perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the Mustang Region. You can also get snowy views of Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-tallest peak. Likewise, a visit to Muktinath Temple is necessary for every Annapurna Circuit trekker. The temple lies in the foothills of Thorong La Pass, the central mountain pass of the trek.

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