Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Duration: 14 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 3800m

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Overview

The Jomsom Muktinath trek is one of those highly renowned outings where the trails blend with the righteous & the holy that gives this venture a special brand of adventure that combines with a pilgrimage & landscapes that give justice in a calling of the gods. In this particular part of the Annapurna region, one can see and relish the power & love of god for the world he created with different majestic views of Himalayas that include the sights of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Nilgiri (7040m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare (6998m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Lamjung Himal (6586m) and a number of other well-known peaks when on the holy trails in a Jomsom Trek to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath.

The Jomsom Muktinath trekking route is located at the northern side of Pokhara Valley and one of the areas with impressive diversity, which we can experience ourselves while we are trekking in the area. The terraced fields and tropical fruit trees surround the neat, white-washed Gurung villages of the higher regions, leading the eye to vistas dominated by some of the Himalayas most handsome peaks. Most backpackers reckon the Annapurna region is truly the heart of the Nepal Himalaya.

The deep valley is surrounded by high mountains as the sacredness of the Annapurna from the subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape really touches the emotions of a wide range of people who come often this area. It is the most popular trekking region, & has attracted many trekkers with repeated visits over the years. There are excellent lodges lining the main routes where your meals also include apple pies in some of the wildest parts of this region. There’s no doubt that finding the depths of a river in Nepal can be difficult, but the scenery and culture are excellent in this region that’s home to fauna, flora, different bird species & human beings all living in perfect harmony with one another.

Visitors also enjoy the diverse cultures of various communities that include: Brahmins, Chhetris, Thakalis, Magars & the Gurung communities who refreshes our insights into how our fellow beings survive in such harsh, but nonetheless beautiful terrain throughout most of their lives; and all this amidst beautiful landscapes, where pilgrimage treks to Jomsom & Muktinath bring hordes of pilgrims from both Hindus and Buddhists to the Annapurna Himalayas to make their peace with the gods. It is one of the most rewarding treks that provide insights of different cultures as well as a wide range of sceneries and fabulous views of towering mountains on the way.

The Jomsom Muktinath venture begins with an almost 2 hours’ drive from Pokhara to Nayapul from where we start our actual trek via Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani following the Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking trail. And the next morning, we hike up to Poonhill, which is famous for panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayas that include a classic sunrise & then we descend to Tatopani, which is natural hot spring. Consequently, the trail takes us to the Kali Gandaki gorge (this is the deepest valley gorge in the world) pass through many fascinating Thakali villages called Marphas, along the way and then to headquarter of the district called Jomsom. We head to the north to Kagbeni along the river banks of the Kali Gandaki & an ancient fortress settlement on the border of the famous Upper Mustang trek that is another famous story altogether.

Doing these trips with us has special significance because we go the mile in ensuring that you get more mileage in your holidays by taking you to areas less tread with more options for experiencing the unknown & enjoying the true reality of nature at its truly the best.

Itinerary

Find the day-to-day itinerary for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek 14 days. The 14-day itinerary of the Jomsom Muktinath trek is inclusive of your arrival & departure days, a day tour in Kathmandu, and travel days between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The offered is the best itinerary for the Jomsom-Muktinath, however, The Jomsom Muktinath trekking program is customizable as per your needs and requirements, So, feel free to contact us any time with your interests and time frame.

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You will just find it wonderful flying into Kathmandu on a day that’s crystal clear. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole connection of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real long time.

An escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your reserved hotel. At the hotel, you will be oriented about your daily activities.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After breakfast at the hotel, we proceed for an historical tour. Kathmandu is the historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to outsiders. The city presents a wonderful combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley.

You will be given a full day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath. You will be accompanied with a professional licensed guide.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We drive along the Trisuli and Marshyangdi River to reach Pokhara; this is a real scenic drive where we will get to see the beautiful river as we drive by its banks & view Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu right from the comfortable seats of your bus.

Pokhara is a virtual tourists’ paradise. This city is full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include: lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus, all in the backdrops of the beautiful mountains that include the lovely fishtail peak. After 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara, this wonderful ‘City of Lakes’, which amazes you at every corner of your tour.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

After having breakfast at the hotel, we start our driving to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. Then we start out to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.) it is a pleasant cool trek as we pass through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards we will ascend gently to the final destination of the day.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1540

Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. We get great views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Now, our hiking path is quite easy passing through mossy rhododendron forests and shadowy trees as we ascend gently up to the final camp for our overnight.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2860

Today, we hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains. This is a classic experience to enjoy.

We then hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at our Lodge & then trek to Tatopani through rhododendron forest, fine vistas open up as we approach Chitre, with the Dhaulagiri Range straight ahead. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge.

We continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, we then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from here it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name from the hot springs near the river below the village where we will enjoy a Natural Hot Spring Bath that has healing properties.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3210

We now follow a route which ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by bright orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2100

Today, the trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki for about six to seven hours. Throughout the trek we will be enjoying the company of the sweet-smelling Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurungs, Thakalis and few Tibetans.

On the way to Marpha we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki through Apple orchards that bring a sweet scent to our nostrils, we could munch a few apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2650

We continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki towards Kagbeni; the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and grey that dots the arid terrain, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow & we’ve got to hold on to our hats & the light stuff we could be carrying, hastening our way to Kagbeni.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2800

Today, the trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred Meters. While gradually walking, we will enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages, apple Gardens, Yak herds, Sheep herds and so on. We get to view Thorung La valley upfront straight up on our way to Muktinath.

We will enjoy a delicious lunch at Jharkot while we take a breather and visit a nearby Monastery believed to be built in the 15 centuries. A further 10-minute hikes up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites.

Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. Hereabouts, we see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India meditating in reverence to the gods. There are shrines amidst a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai.

We also come across an old temple nearby which shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath's famous eternal flame. It's the earth-water-fire combination that accounts for Muktinath's great religious significance or so the myth goes. After this, we head towards Muktinath following a steep ascended path for half an hour.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3800

Today we continue down for nearly two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom. Between the walk lies Eklebhatti village where you find teahouses and lodges where we can stop for coffee and a breather.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunnch and Dinner
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2720

We will take an early flight to Pokhara, and check in to our hotel and refresh ourselves before we visit the most beautiful city Pokhara, we chill out & relax today and we can do some boating on the serene Phewa lake; this is probably one of the loveliest lakes in the world.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

In the morning after b/fast, we take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be truly enjoyable along with the many satellite towns we come across on the way and we are able to see vibrant colorful village settlements, rivers, terraces and landscapes, & after 6 hours driving, we will arrive Kathmandu.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Our office escorts & our vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to take you to the airport for your onward flight home.

It was wonderful knowing you. We sincerely hope the relationship we built up over the weeks will last for a long, long time to come. Au revoir & Take care!

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Inclusions

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast
  • 8 night accommodation in lodge/tea house on trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit
  • Flight fare Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • A Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples)
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara)
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrances fees while visit Kathmandu on second day
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in included section

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