Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Our Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a fabulous journey, which begins just outside the valley of Pokhara, from the place called Nayapul, one of the main gateways to the Annapurna Region. The itinerary is designed to suit from novice to expert trekkers, involving not more than 5-7 hours of walking per day and resting at perfect locations like Ghorepani, Tatopani, Ghasa, Kagbeni, Marpha, Jomsom and Muktinath. Nights are spent in local teahouses where you can study the lifestyles of the simple but warmhearted Nepalese villagers. On your way back to Pokhara, you will be boarding an exciting domestic flight from Jomsom airport. One of the major attractions of the place is of course Muktinath, which is a sacred pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and the Buddhists. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang district.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek
in fact covers a segment of the legendary Annapurna Circuit Trek. While the places like Ghorepani and Poonhill are on one side of the formidable Thorung La Pass, Jomsom and Muktinath are on the other side. But the route avoids the crossing of Thorung La Pass, and instead switching to the other side through Dana, the deepest gorge of the world cut by the Kaligandaki river between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.


Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel 

Day 2: Kathmandu- Pokhara

Day 3: Pokhara- Tikhedhunga

Day 4: Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani

Day 5: Ghorepani-Poon Hill- Tatopani

Day 6: Tatopani- Ghasa

Day 7: Ghasa- Marpha

Day 8: Marpha- Kagbeni

Day 9: Kagbeni- Muktinath

Day 10: Muktinath-Jomsom

Day 11: Jomsom- Pokhara

Day 12:Pokhara- Kathmandu


Day 1: Arrival, transfer to Hotel: Upon your arrival at the atribhuwan International airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to hote in Thamel. After refreshment if time permits, you can visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square or Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Meet with your guide and make discussion about your plans and receive the documents. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 2: Kathmandu- Pokhara (820m)
Your trek guide will accompany you to the Tourist Bus Station at Kantipath from where the tourist coach to Pokhara leaves at 7:00 AM. Right after exiting Kathmandu valley at Thankot, the highway descends and winds, side by side with Trishuli. Two stops are made for tea and breakfast on the way. Upon arrival at Pokhara’s Tourist Bus Park, you are transferred to your hotel. Have lunch, get some rest and take a walk in the Lakeside area in the evening. Sleep well for you will start trekking the following day.

Day 3: Pokhara- Tikhedhunga (1540m)
The actual trekking begins from Nayapul (1050 m), which lies at a driving distance of 2 hours. Take your private ride or Catch the bus departing at 8:00 AM, the starting point of your trek. From Nayapul, walk to Birethanti and from then follow the ascending path to Tikhedhunga (1,540 m), where you stop for the night.

Day 4: Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani (2874)
Begin trekking after breakfast and follow a terraced ascending path to Ulleri where you stop to enjoy views of Annapurna South, Machhapucchre and Himchuli peaks. Later, resume your trek and from Banthanti, follow the path through a thick forest. Stop for the night at Ghorepani (2874 m), a typical settlement of Pun people. Under a clear sky, you can see a large section of Annapurna Range from your room.

Day 5: Ghorepani-Poon Hill (3210m)- Tatopani 1190m)
Wake up early and walk to Poon Hill to make it on time for one of the most beautiful sunrises you could have ever imagined. Obviously, the weather plays a significant role in visibility and if it is fine, you can see the Annapurna Region glow with golden luster as the rising sun illuminates the peaks. You cannot afford to have forgotten your camera. When you are done, walk back to Ghorepani and have breakfast there. Afterwards, you resume walking, go through the villages of Sekha and Ghara (where Pun and Brahmin ethnics live in harmony) and finally stop at Tatopani (1190 m).

Day 6: Tatopani- Ghasa (2007m)
Today’s trek is about 7 hours long and your trail passes through the village of Dana, situated in one of the deepest valleys of the world. This village is home to socially discriminated people of the Biswokarma caste. The next village on your way is Kopchepani and your trail ascends towards Ghasa (2,007 m) from there. Spend the night at a local teahouse.

Day 7: Ghasa- Marpha (2670m)
Resume trekking from Ghasa and head to Marpha. The initial portion of the 6-7 hours trek involves uphill climbing, as far as Kalopani. Then you follow an easier path, enjoying views of Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Machhapuchhre and Nilgiri hill. Kobang, Larjung and Tukuche are three major settlements of Thakali ethnics that you pass through on your way to Marpha.

Day 8: Marpha- Kagbeni (2810m)
The trek from Marpha to Kagbeni (2800m) is fairly easy and completes in less than 6 hours. The domestic airport of Jomsom lies on your way. After arriving in Kabeni, you can visit one of the oldest monasteries in the evening where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced even today.

Day 9: Kagbeni- Muktinath (3800m)
Muktinath (3,800 m), your next stopover, lies at a walking distance of some 5-6 hours from Kagbeni. The initial quarter may be a bit difficult because of the ascending path that crosses Kinghar village. You can view Nilgiri hill on your way. Later, you can explore an ancient Hindu temple of Muktinath as well as a monastery.

Day 10: Muktinath-Jomsom (2720m)
Walk for 4-5 hours to reach Jomsom and have lunch there. Afterwards, explore the locality and spend the night in a local teahouse. Make sure you go to bed on time so that you can wake up early enough to board the flight back to Pokhara next morning.

Day 11: Jomsom- Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara on a short but exciting domestic flight. After checking in at your hotel and having lunch, you can enjoy a complimentary sightseeing tour of Pokhara valley.

Day 12: Pokhara- Kathmandu
Take a tourist coach back to Kathmandu or request for an open ticket to be issued for the same route if you wish to extend your stay in Pokhara for a few more days.


Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Tavel insurance
  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit
  • TIMS Card

* Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek (Toilet and bathroom will be outside of the room); Deluxe accommodation for 2 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home or similar);  2 nights in Pokhara (Hotel View point or family home) on twin sharing basis

Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers  by car, Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus. Private transport from Pokhara to Nayapul. Jomsom-Pokhara flight tickets.

Documentation: Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card

* Equipment/Accessories:If required, we are happy to provide down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based), which should be refunded after the trek.

* Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); a porter per two trekkers (carrying up to 25 kg); all the expenses for the guide and porter(s) are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation,Flight tickets, insurance, etc.)

Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.

Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)

Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

* Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)

Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, Hot Shower, etc.)

* Tips or donations

Your travel insurance

Nepal Visa

Country: Nepal
Climbing Destination: MUKTINATH
Duration: 12 days
Grade: Moderate
Highest Alt: 3800m
Best Season: MARCH-JUNE, SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER
Group Size: 6
Start/End: POKHARA/POKHARA
Climbing Destination: MUKTINATH
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