Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you through a diverse landscape and culture. It also provides an opportunity to gain insight into the local way of life. Besides, it also provides a fantastic view of the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki River Gorge. On the other hand, the route offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trail passes through forests, ancient monasteries, and villages inhabited by Thakali and Gurung people. The setup and the design of the houses are unique in this area.
On the lap of the high Himalayan settlement with rich ancient Tibetan cultural heritage lies the village of Jomsom(2723m). Jomsom is primarily an administrative and main trading center in this region. Moreover, Jomsom is the gateway to Upper Mustang Trek. The Thakalis are the chief residents of this region. The Thakalis living in Jomsom and other nearby villages are known for their trading skill. Also, they occupy a predominant position in the ancient trading route between India and Tibet. Muktinath temple is a sacred place for both the Hindus and the Buddhists. For Hindus, Muktinath is a holy place of salvation. Whereas, for the Buddhists, this is the place where Guru Rimpoche meditated.
This trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we drive to Nayapul and start our trip. This Jomsom Muktinath trek forms the part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Annapurna foothills trek. The trekking route traverses several villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Ghasa, Marpha, Kagbeni, and Muktinath. The hike is across a diverse landscape changing from subtropical to alpine and desert-like, and finally, arriving at Muktinath. We explore Muktinath. After that, we descend to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara.
- Scenic drive to Pokhara through winding mountain road.
- Beautiful terraced rice fields and farmhouses.
- Spectacular sunrise view from Poon hill (3210m).
- Natural hot springs at Tatopani.
- Close up view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and Annapurna ranges.
- Friendly Gurung and Thakali people and their culture and hospitality.
- Visit Muktinath temple, sacred for both the Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation
After breakfast, half-day sightseeing covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. That may include Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is popular among foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to a large monkey population in this area. In the afternoon, we will have a short briefing regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, we shall drive to Pokhara via the Prithvi Highway. We will make several stops to observe the natural beauty and stretch our legs along the way. Upon arriving, check into the hotel, and the rest of the evening is free to stroll around Phewa Lake and visit the local market. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Nayapul - Trek to Tikhedhunga(1570m) 4hrs
We shall drive for an hour to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. The drive goes through several villages with a great scenic view. We begin our hike from Nayapul (1050m) to Tikhedhunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m), which takes about 4 hours. Our adventure trekking begins with a warm subtropical region & follows the Modi River upstream to Birethanti, then to the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855/5-6hrs)
Leaving Tikhedhunga behind, we head towards Ghorepani.
The hike is a steep uphill walk over stone paved stairs until Ulleri. Ulleri provides a beautiful view of the Annapurna Himal and the surrounding area. The walk goes through forests, past the villages of Banthanti and Nangethanti, and across streams to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls selling local products and crafts and the night stop for treks in the Annapurna region. Discover the village lifestyle and culture of the local people along the way. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 6: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190/5-6 hrs)
Early in the morning, we will hike to Poon hill(3210m) to enjoy the sunrise over Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and Annapurnra ranges. Spend sometime enjoying the splendid view and then descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we continue our journey, with a gradual descent to Shikha and Ghara. Cross over the suspension bridge at Ghar Khola, and ascend to Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs. Overnight in Tatopani
Day 7: Tatopani to Ghasa(2010m/5-6 hrs)
From Tatopani, we shall follow the Kali Gandaki river that flows under the deep gorge. We will continue past Dana, Rupse Chahara, and Kopchepani. And then a final ascent to the Thakali village of Ghasa. Ghasa is a paradise for bird watchers; enjoy the evening at Ghasa. Overnight in Ghasa.
Day 8: Ghasa to Marpha(2,680m/5-6hrs)
Today we will follow a steep uphill trail through dense forest. Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the area, and continue further to Lete Khola, Lete, and Larjung village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukuche (2590m) and reach Marpha. On the way from Tukuche to Marpha, we will come across several apple orchards. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 9: Marpha to Kagbeni(2,810m/4-5 hrs)
Today we hike along the side of a valley, ascending gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. After crossing the Panga Khola, we shall continue on a gradual uphill path along the corner of the Kali Gandaki river and arrive at Ekley Bhatti. From Ekley Bhatti, it is about an hour's hike to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a unique village and the gateway to the Upper Mustang Trek. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m/5-6hrs)
After permit formalities at the checkpoint, we continue on our Journey. The trail gradually rises through a desert-like landscape till Jharkot and further climb up to the sacred site of Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m/5-6 hrs)
Early in the morning, visit the Muktinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. Holy water flows from the 108 spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple, where the devotees take a bath to cleanse themselves. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come here for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water inside the temple. Explore around the temple, and then descend to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara
After breakfast, take the early morning flight to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel. We shall take a boat ride on the Phewa Lake and visit the World Peace Pagoda. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we shall retrace our drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free to rest and relax or go shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your final departure with everlasting memories.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary
- Accommodation in listed or similar(3-4*) hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome/farewell dinner, all meals while on trek including tea/coffee.
- English speaking trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two members) during the trek.
- One way domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ACAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.