Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 13 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/N-11
Duration : 13 days

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Traditional agriculture system of local people.
  • Unique culture, lifestyles of Thakali, the indigenous group of northwestern part Nepal
  • Muktinath temple, the pilgrimage center of Hindus as well as Buddhist
  • The landscape looks like Tibetan plateau
  • Amazing Kaligandaki river and fossils are found on its bank
  • Beautiful panorama of Mt. Annapurna1(8091), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Mt. Nilgiri (7061m)
  • 25 minutes scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom

Trip Information

Jomsom and Muktinath Trek is one of the most exhilarating treks in the Annapurna and Mustang region of Nepal. This amazing cultural and religious trek of Jomsom and Muktinath by following the world deepest gorges, the Kaligandaki Valley leads us to the famous Muktinath temple, which is famous for its ancient fossils, cold springs, and natural methane fires. Muktinath, important religious, historical, and spiritual pilgrimage sites for both Hindu and Buddhist is really awe-inspiring. Bathing in a 108 waterspout behind the Vishnu temple is another fascinating activities to do in this trek. Jomsom, situated at the height of 2800 meters is another popular place for many trekkers to begin their trekking into the Himalayas. It is also the gateway to exotic Mustang. Many travelers consider it as a pretty town located on the banks of the beautiful Kaligandaki River with the magnificent soaring Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peak in the backdrop. Situated between the Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest peak with its 8091m high and Dhaulagiri, 7th highest Peak with 8167m heights adds massively to the rugged beauty of the mountain landscape.
Definitely, Jomsom Muktinath is one of the fascinating treks that allows you to find the various beautiful landscapes and cultural people while following along the Kaligandaki Valley, with the subtropical jungle to high, dry landscapes during the trekking route.  Geographical beauty and varied cultural practices of the Annapurna region will captivate you in a single trek.  The panorama of the trail that ranges from forests of red rhododendron to rocky cliffs and the desert of Mustang with marvelous views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and others of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world is really worth visiting. 
During the trial of Jomsom Muktinath trek, you will get an opportunity to encounter with ascetic sadhus carrying trident and blankets and see people selling saligram(a black stone) along the way to Kali Gandaki is really amazing. Tatopani, famous place for natural hot spring provides you with a rare opportunity to experience bathing in a healing natural hot spring (60 degree Celsius hot). Exploring a big Samtenling Gompa at Marpha, wonderful landscape of natural beauties, great Himalayan scenery and unique tribal culture are other major attractions of Jomsom Muktinath trek in Nepal. Apart from this, we can also get chances to have a panoramic view of Annapurna I (8091), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt Tilicho (7134m), Mt Thorongla (5415 m) and Mt Nilgiri (7061m) and many more. 
This awe-inspiring trek is an ideal opportunity to observe the diversity among the people and their customs. Beside physical beauty of the Jomsom Muktinath, observing local ethnic residents (Thakali, Gurungs, and Magars) culture and their customs will surely provide insight into the way of living of rural Nepali People and their unique culture. 

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and trek to Tikhendhunga (1,552m/5,090ft): 30 minutes flight, 4-5 hours trek
Day 04: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani (2,750m/9,020ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,110m/6,922ft): 5-6 hours
Day 07: Ghasa to Marpha (2,680m/8,792ft): 4-5hours
Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft): 4-5 hours
Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft): 5-6 hours
Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 13: Final departure

Day 1: Arrival day at Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

  • As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative welcomes you and drops to the hotel 
  • Rest and relax. 
  • Enjoy welcome dinner.
  • Short explanations about further trek by our representative.
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparations

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Half day visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley with our guide.
  • Explore Pashupatinath Temple, Syambhunath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • Prepare for the next day trek. 
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and trek to Tikhendhunga (1,552m/5,090ft): 30 minutes flight, 4-5 hours trek

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Take air flight to Pokhara with amazing views of the green and white mountains below.
  • Land in the Pokhara airport and drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes).
  • Begin our trek from Nayapul.
  • Ascend through lush forests and slide cliffs.
  • Trek following the beautiful Bhurundi Khola and cross the beautiful suspension bridge over the Modi Khola (river).
  • Reach Tikhedhunga.
  • Overnight in Tikhedhunga

Day 4: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani (2,750m/9,020ft): 6-7 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through descending and cross a bridge over the Burundi Khola.
  • Begin ascending trail to Ghorepani.
  • The very steep trail leads up to Ulleri. 
  • Continue ascending further and reach Ghorepani.
  • Overnight in Ghorepani

Day 5: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft): 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue trek and enjoy views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains in the morning.
  • Descent to Sikha Village and continue descending to Ghar Khola Village.
  • Cross a suspension bridge over Ghar Khola. 
  • The trail climbs up to Tatopani and enjoys bathing in the Natural hot spring healing water.
  • Overnight in Tatopani

Day 6: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,110m/6,922ft): 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue to ascend gradually trail along the Kali Gandaki River.
  • Cross a suspension bridge over the river and continue our walk. 
  • Trek through passing the beautiful waterfall, and Rupse Chhahara.
  • Ascend further to Ghasa, the beautifully located in the lower part of the Kali Gandaki Valley.
  • Enjoy bird-watching in this place.
  • Overnight in Ghasa

Day 7: Ghasa to Marpha (2,680m/8,792ft): 4-5hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Ascend on a steep trail through a forest to the Lete Khola (stream).
  • The further trail will lead us to the Lete village.
  • we continue our trek along the east of the river and reach Larjung Village.
  • Explore the beautiful apple orchards and vegetable farms in Marpha. 
  • Marpha is known in Nepal for its tasty apples.
  • Overnight in Marpha.

Day 8: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft): 4-5 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek from Marpha and ascend gradually on a ridge and reach Jomsom Village. 
  • Trek to the north towards Kagbeni, by following the Kali Gandaki River ( the deepest gorge in the world).
  • Pass through Eklebhatti village and continue towards Kagbeni.
  • Enjoy great views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks.
  • Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 9: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft): 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Take a special permit check and then trek onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki upstream. 
  • Trek with the scenic picturesque places and admire. 
  • Climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. 
  • The trail climbs through a desert landscape until you reach Jarkot Village. 
  • A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.
  • Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Explore the Muktinath temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Buddhist and Hindu.
  • Visit the main temple in the morning and stroll its surrounding.
  • Admire the 108 water spouts and take a bath into all the water spouts.
  • Visit a Buddhist monastery nearby waterspouts. 
  • After exploration trek back to the Jomsom.
  • Enjoy good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. 
  • Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. 
  • Enjoy areal views of a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • Arriving in Pokhara and stroll around the beautiful ‘Lake City’.
  • Enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Enjoy impressive sunrise and breath-taking mountain views.
  • Around 7 to 8 hours’ drive takes you to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
  • Enjoy the journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle.
  • Take a rest and you can do some souvenir shopping. 
  • Enjoy farewell dinner with the celebration of the successful completion of our journey.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
Note: If you want to stay one night extra for rest, then you can consult with us.

Day 13: Final departure

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Our Jomsom Muktinath Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! 
  • A representative helps you to find your flight to your home before three hours of the scheduled flight. 

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