Jomsom and Muktinath trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit and perhaps the single most popular trek in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along this trekking route give a marvelous insight into the rural life of Nepalese people. The main feature of this trek is walking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which carries water from the Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India.
The starting and ending point is Nayapul about one hour drive from Pokhara. Normally trekkers continue on above Jomsom to Mukitnath, the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist. To the Hindu, Muktinath is a sacred as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhist it is the place that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at, and to all, it is the source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as shaligrams that are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River valley. This trek is recommended year round as most of this trek is always in the rain shadow.
Price from: US$ 1050
Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing
Trip Duration: 13 days
Accomodation: deluxe hotel & lodge/guest house
Transportation: comfortable vehicle & Aero plane
Operation: Lodge to Lodge
Meals: All main meals except in Katmandu & Pokhara
Group Size: Min 2 people; Max 10 people
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters).
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at your hotel with breakfast included.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9AM in the morning after breakfast. You will be provided a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Monkey temple, Bhaktpur durbar square and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus.
Trekking staff will come to your Hotel at 6:30AM in the morning to pick you up, 7 hour driving journey to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.
Day 4: Drive to Nayapul (1010 meters) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570 meters) 3 hours.
We begin our trek at Nayapul after 1 hour driving by private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1015 meters) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Then the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1570 meters. Today’s walk offers a short and relatively easy day, during the journey which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2840 meters) 5 hours.
Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070 meters. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250meters. We trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. After an hour of walk this brings you to Ghorepani at 2840 meters. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 6: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210 meters) and trek to Tatopani (1190 meters) 6 hours.
It’s an early morning rise at 5 o’clock; we begin trekking for Poon Hill. It takes an hour to climb from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, presenting you with one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal from where spectacular Himalayan ranges with amazing sunrise views can be seen very closely. After observing the wonderful Himalaya views, we return to Ghorepani to have a hot breakfast. After breakfast, we continue our journey to Tatopani.
The trail makes a steep descent to Chitre at 2390m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1980m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1705m. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. We then climb up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing too.
As you turn north, it takes you to the Tatopani at 1180m. Tato means ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’, a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river. Tatopani is a popular short trekking spot just out of Pokhara. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 7: Trek to Ghasa (2010 meters) 5 hours.
Today, the trail climbs up the Kali Gandaki gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated between the two 8000meters peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently up to Dana at 1400 meters, and onto Rupse Chhahara at 1550 meters, there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani which crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935 meters. Then a short climb to Ghasa at 2010 meters. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 8: Trek to Tukche (2586m) 5.30 hours.
We start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560 meters. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then we spend over night at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590 meters. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 9: Trek to Kagbeni(2810m) 5 hours.
From Tukche, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2713meters. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative centre to the region that contains the airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank; then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2730 meters. From here we take a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810meters which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki which is the northern most village
that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is fascinating with its rich Tibetan cultures and their unique hospitality which influences us greatly. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3802 meters) 5 hours.
We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200 meters. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500 meters, well worth exploring. We take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath.
As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3802 meters. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes walks 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. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby 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. Overnight at guesthouse breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 11: Trek back to Jomsom (2713 meters) 5 hours.
Today we follow the same trail nearby Kagbeni and then the new trek takes you down to the Eklebhatti, then again follow same trail to Jomsom. Overnight at Guest house with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 12: Morning flight to Pokhara.
Today 30 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave etc. Overnight back at hotel breakfast included.
Day 13: Leisure day and Sight in around Pokhara.
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters).
Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu by bus. If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.
Note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
1. Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus.
2. Standard accommodation in four/five star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included. (3 nights)
3. Standard accommodation in two/three star hotel in Pokhara breakfast included. (2 nights)
3. Kathmandu and Pokhara city Tours by professional tour guide and private car/van/bus.
4. All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
5. All hot drinks such as tea, coffee (4 times a day) during the trek.
6. Tea Houses/Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
7. A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek.
8. The required number of trekking staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
9. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all trekking staff.
10. Annapurna conservation Park permits.
11. Down Jacket and duffel/kit bag by Nepal Visitors (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
12. Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure tax at Jomsom airport.
13. Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
14. All our government taxes.
15. Official expanse.
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You require 2 passport size photos.
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking Equipments.
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.)
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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Nepal Visitors Trekking and Walking
P.O. Box :19760, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel :+977-1-4263133, Fax:+977-1-4216454