Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you through a diverse landscape and culture. It also proves 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 Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges all along the way. The trail passes through forests, ancient monasteries, and indigenous local villages mostly inhabited by Thakali and Gurung people. The layout of the villages and the design of the houses are unique to this area.
On the lap of the high Himalayan settlement with rich ancient Tibetan cultural heritage lies the village of Jomsom(2723m). Jomsom is the gateway to the Upper Mustang region. Jomsom is mostly inhabited by the Thakali people. The Thakalis living in Jomsom and other nearby villages have been known for their trading skill. Also, they occupy an important place 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 sacred 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. The following day we drive to Nayapul and begin our hike. The trail traverse through 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 arrive at Muktinath. We explore around 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.
• Gorgeous waterfalls, deepest Gorge of Kaligandaki river and other natural wonders.
• 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 an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation
After breakfast, half-day sightseeing covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, which may include Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. Swayambhunath meaning "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to a large number of monkey population residing 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 drive to Pokhara via the Prithvi Highway, it takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. Along the way, we will make several stops to observe the natural beauty and to stretch our legs. Upon arrival check into the hotel and the evening is free to stroll around the Phewa Lake and visit the local market. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Nayapul - Trek to Tikhedhunga(1570m) 4hrs
Drive to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. The drive goes through several villages with a great scenic view. Begin our trek 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. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855/5-6hrs)
After breakfast, trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m), which takes about 6hrs. The trail is a steep uphill walk over stone paved stairs until Ulleri. From Ulleri we can have a beautiful view of the Annapurna Himal and the surrounding area. After few hours of walk, a steep ascent and more gradual uphill walk bring us to Ghorepani passing through beautiful villages of Banthati (2210m) and Nangethati (2430m) observing the village lifestyle and culture of the local people along the way. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 6: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190/5-6 hrs)
Early morning we hike to Poon hill(3210m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Mt. Machhapuchre, Annapurna IV, and other snowcapped mountains. Descend to Ghorepani for breakfast, after breakfast it is a gradual descent in the beginning and then a steep descent to Sikha (1935m) then further to Ghara(1700m) village. After crossing the suspension bridge at Ghar Khola climb up to Tatopani. Where we can wash off the tiredness with a dip in the natural hot springs. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 7: Tatopani to Ghasa(2010m/5-6 hrs)
The trail further follows the Kali Gandaki river that flows under the deep gorge. Continuing along to Dana, Rukse Chahara(1630), and Kopchepani (1620m), the trail further ascends to the wonderful 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 exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the Lower mustang area. 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 farms. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 9: Marpha to Kagbeni(2,810m/4-5 hrs)
Today the trail continues along the side of the valley, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. After crossing the Panga Khola, the trek continues on the gradual uphill path along the corner of Kali Gandaki river for about 3-4 hours and reaches Ekley Bhatti village. After a brief rest further continue about one hour to reach Kagbeni at the bank of the two rivers Kaligandaki and Shaligram. Kagbeni is a unique medieval village and also the gateway to the Upper Mustang Trek. It used to be a trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m/5-6hrs)
After permit formalities at the checkpoint, we start our trek, the trail climbs uphill and we join the direct trail leading to Khingar. The trail gradually rises through a desert-like landscape till Jharkot and further climb up to Muktinath, the sacred Hindu, and Buddhist pilgrimage site. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m/5-6 hrs)
Early in the morning enjoy the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri from Muktinath. Visit the Muktinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimage site for the Hindus and the Buddhists. Holy water flows from the 108 carved 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. After exploring around Muktinath descend to Jomsom which will take about 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara
In the morning transfer to the airport and take the spectacular flight back to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara transfer to the hotel and take a brief rest. In the afternoon visit the World Peace Stupa and take a boat ride in the Fewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport with everlasting memories.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local city 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.
- Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
- 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.
10th November, 2015
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7th October, 2015
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12th August, 2015
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27th December, 2019
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