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Jomsom Muktinath Trek - Muktinath Jomsom Trekking

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a classic lodge trek in Mustang district of Annapurna Region that includes the world's deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom valley and Muktinath temple. During the trek one can see and experience the life style of ethinic people, local cultural activities, old monasteries and its amazing landscape add to your journey’s best photographic opportunity.  The region is similar to Tibetan plateau and it is also well known as Trans Himalayan region of Nepal. In the whole country it is the only place behind the Himalayan Range and can be compared with deserts where the chance of Rainfall is extremely rare, and can be trekked during the Monsoon region also.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek first ascends through rice terraces and a village inhabited by the indigenous people, mostly the Thakalis and Gurung on lower mustang region and thus enters the Hidden Kingdom of Mustang. The adventure starts from world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge into world's highest regions passing  through almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other peaks and reach the entry point of Upper Mustang. The main occupation of the region is farming- sheep & goat keeping, horse keeping, tourism hospitality and traditional barter system of salt trading in Tibet. ). The sacred temple of Muktinath (god of Freedom) has 108 dhungedhara (stone taps), Hindus believe that after bathing on these 108 taps peoples sins will be washed and mysterious natural gas fires  boggles the mind of travellers. The place is considered holy for both Hindus and Buddhist religion.

The high plain region is also ideal for slow trekkers and trekking with children and family on horseback together you will have closer stunning views of the snow clad peaks. The months of the year June, July and August are mainly considered as monsoon days and trekking is rare on other part of country but the Trans Himalaya region have lot more beauty during Monsoon and is assessable on Monsoons. It is the best time for harvest and different horticulture season so you can have lots of fresh fruits like apples, peaches, apricots, plum, walnuts and organic vegetables grown in local farm.

Fact File

Name of the Trail: Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Best Season: September to December & March to May

Trekking Type: Lodge Trek [ Tea House]

Grade: Easy - Moderate

Duration: 11-14 Days

Maximum elevation:3800 Meters

Accommodation: Simple lodge to 5 star accommodation in cities (your choice) but in trekking only simple lodge available

Transport: Car / Bus and by Plane

Route Map

Annapurna Region Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Itinerary:

Day 01 : Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Pick up from airport and transfer to Hotel of your choice on Bed and Breakfast basis. After completing some official formalities free time to rest or explore around local places.

Day 02 : Guided tour around Kathmandu valley Including places listed on UNESCO world Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings. Pashupatinath houses a sacred phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple.

Day 03 : About six hours drive from Kathmandu to city of lakes Pokhara(823m). Explore around local lakeside area and overnight at Hotel of your choice.

Day 04 : Morning drive to Nayapul which takes 1 hour and Trek to Tikhendhunga (1,552m).It takes 4/5hrs. We walk to the northern side of Bhurungdi Khola, the trail climbs through subtropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhendhunga.

Day 05 : Trek to Ghorepani(2874m).It requires six hours of walking including steep ascend for first two hours and then ascending gently through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. Beautiful view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna south (7219m) on the way to Ghorepani. Ghorepani means "horese water", watering stop for team of horses, ponies and mules.

Day 06 : Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani(1190m), the village gains its name from Hot springs near the river below the village. Tatopani means Hot water in Nepali. It takes around 5 - 6 hours. we descend gently to Sikha(1980), a large Magar village & further steep descend to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing suspension bridge on Kaligandaki River it climbs up at Tatopani.

Day 07 : Trek to Ghasa at altitude of 2110m. It takes 5 - 6 hours. The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river under the deep gorge by 2200m in between two 8000m mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Continuing along to Dana, Rupse Chahara appears meaning beautiful waterfall, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is paradise for the watchers, where you can see different species Himalayan birds.

Day 08 : Today we trek from Ghasa to Marpha(2680m) which takes about 4 - 5 hours. Steep climb through forests of Rhododendrons, Sal etc. along the Lete khola until you reach Lete. It further continues to the east side of the Kaligandaki towards Larjung Village, we reach Marpha Via Tukuche(2590m). There are good view of Dhaulagiri(8167m) and Nilgiri(7061m) along this part of trail. Marpha is a large Thakali village famous for its apple farms and Thak Khola architecture.

Day 09 : Trek to Kagbeni(2810m), it takes 5 - 6 hours. The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom(2715m). After Jomsom the trek continues on the windy gradual path of Kali Gandaki river bed on deserted area for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After some rest, hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

Day 10 : Six hours trek from Kagbeni towards Muktinath(3710m). After the permit check, onwards to the river bank of Kaligandaki. The trail climbs steeply to join the main trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. we walk through the Deserted landscapes with View of High snowcapped mountains at background. The vegetation becomes a little green while reaching Muktinath.

Day 11 : After Morning visit to Temple of Muktinath and Buddhist Monastery nearby we trek back to Jomsom at altitude of 2715m. Direct descend for first quarter of day trek and gradual walking up to Jomsom. Jomsom is a small town with all modern facilities. Enjoy rest of day on windy town of Jomsom with Views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna ranges.

Day 12 : After morning breakfast back to Pokhara by a 30-min dramatic flight between the world's deepest gorge of the two huge mountains Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon for exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley. While boating or walking around Phewa Lake we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. we also can take a hour walk to World Peace pagoda above the small hill on the opposite side of lake. Evening free for personal activities.

Day 13 : Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu Today, after breakfast, we make a 210 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. you can enjoy breathtaking green hill and river landscapes with view of mountains on several places. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel of your choice in Kathmandu.

Day 14 : Departure to airport before three hours of Scheduled flight to your destination or continue other programs in Nepal.

Please Note:

If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip is possbile to conduct in any time if the group size has two or more pax.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up / drop & transfer by private car / van/ Haice. (Depend on group size).
  • Three night's accomodation in Kathmandu twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guide and private car / van
  • Two night's accomodation in Pokhara twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Meals breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea & coffee during the trek (You may choose in Menu)
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance.
  • All necessary ground transportation bus/ car/van for Trek. (We could provide you private vehicle and domestic flight Kathandu/ Pokhra round trip on your require)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Annapuran conservation permits.
  • TIMS card Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • Government taxes & office service charge.
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • Rescue service arrangement in emergency case, only if your condition requires the rescue (but clients need to pay from their rescue covered Travel insurance)

Trip Cost Excluedes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you can obtain a visa easily up on your arrival in Nepal's airport Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International Airfare and Airport Taxs.
  • All sightseeing entry fee.
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks (cold drinks coke/ fanta/ can juice and mineral water) (Hot drinks boiled drinking water and Hot shower)
  • Dessert chocolates personal shopping, laundry, phone call internet camera battery charging.
  • Personal trekking equipment Travel /Medical insurance and helicopter rescue, personal expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude (The Tipping is appreciated, but not mandatory)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on price including section.