Explore the best of Mustang region situated in the north western Nepal with Jomsom Muktinath Trek, an amazing blend of pilgrimage and adventure. As name suggests, Jomsom Muktinath trek takes us to mystical Tibetan influenced Jomsom valley along the famous pilgrimage site Muktinath. The trek is not ideal for pilgrims only but also for those seeking adventurous trekking in the Himalayas with natural and cultural beauty. Offering awe-inspiring Himalayan views, the trekking trail passes through stunning landscapes, lush forests adorned with rhododendrons and world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge. Along the trail, you admire the breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks including Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and several others. Apart from Himalayan views, the other highlights of Jomsom trekking are amazing landscape, rocky cliffs, caves, scintillating scenery, old artistic monasteries, picturesque villages of local people, cultural encounter and opportunity to visit sacred Muktinath.
Our Muktinath Trek of 13 days begins after your arrival in Kathmandu. After completion of necessary preparations, we take a scenic drive to Pokhara, one of the major destinations of tourists traveling Nepal. Next day, we take a short drive from Pokhara to Lumle from where our actual trek (walk) begins. We pass through the terraced fields, meadows along the crossing of Bhurungdi and Modi River. The trail passes through Tikhedhunga to Ulleri, which is quite strenuous involving the 3000 steps to reach Ulleri. This enduring walk is rewarded by the magnificent Himalayan views of Mt. Annapurna south and Himchuli Himal. Further our trekking adventure continues towards Ghorepani which gives an insight to local communities inhabited by Magars surrounded by beautiful forests and Himalayas on the back drop. The trail further takes us to Tatopani where we will not miss to take a healing bath in natural hot spring. Passing through deep gorges of Kaligandaki River, we continue our trek to Marpha, famous for its apple farming and brandy. From there, the trail takes us to a beautiful windy village Kagbeni. Kagbeni, one of the most beautiful villages in the world will impress you and fascinate you with its beauty and charm. We leave Kagbeni to reach Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Many pilgrims especially from Nepal and India become the part of Muktinath trek to pay homage to Lord Vishnu, God of Salvation. After embracing the natural splendor around the Muktinath, we continue our journey to the deserted landscape to reach Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district. This Jomsom trek unveils the spectacular diversity of Nepal offering the amazing view of deep valleys, high mountains and landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. We finally board a flight to Pokhara and after some sightseeing there, we conclude our trip. With full of delightful trekking memories, we drive back to Kathmandu.
Jomsom Muktinath trek is graded as a moderate trek with highest altitude of 3710 m at Muktinath. Previous trekking experience is not mandatory but the trek requires good level of physical fitness. If you have experience of high altitude trekking, it will definitely be an added advantage. As Mustang is in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, this trek is also suitable in the monsoon months (June to August) in addition to usual best times: spring (March-May) and autumn (September to November).