Jomsom Muktinath Trek

| 9 days

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 travelling 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 trekking 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).

Price Includes

  • 09 Days trek as per program with English Speaking Sherpa Guide and porter.
  • Accommodation in normal lodges with full board during trek.
  • Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by private Vehicle.
  • TIMS Card and ACAP permit fees.
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International Arrival and Departure transfer in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Transfer To and From Pokhara.
  • Any Beverage and Tips.
  • Any expenses of Personal Nature.
  • Airport Departure Taxes.
  • Any cost occurred due to landslide, political disorder or natural calamities, flight cancellation or any unforeseen reason, etc.
  • Any services not included in cost include section.

Day to Day itinerary

    DAY 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu
  • Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by our representative. You will be transferred to the Hotel and get an opportunity to take rest or tour around the city which entirely depends on your mood and choice after you are briefed about your stay by our representative.
  • DAY 02: Drive to Pokhara
  • After breakfast drive to Pokhara. A very scenic drive lasts for about 6 hrs through the beautiful riverbanks & gorges.
  • DAY 03: Trek to Tikhendhunga
  • A short drive of about two hours after breakfast, in the meandering hilly roads of western Nepal, you will meet up with the trekking crew at Lumle and commence the trek through the meadows and beautifully terraced cropping fields. On crossing a bridge, you will reach a large village bazaar by the name of Birethani, by the confluence of Bhurungdi River and the Modi River. After the Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry registration, you will continue the trek towards a gentle climb, which is rather easy to follow.
    Crossing the two bridges over the Bhurungdi River, the trail slowly passes a few lodges. After one more hour, you will reach Hille, and then reach Tirkhedhunga after a mere fifteen more minutes. The day comes to an end at Tirkhedhunga, where the team will stay the night.
  • DAY 04: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani
  • The fourth day begins with a short stroll along the mildly graded trail across a suspension bridge at Tirkhedhunga, where you may actually be slowed down and even halted by more than 3000 stone steps on your way to reach the next destination, Ulleri. Breathtaking views, including the beautifully slate-roofed Magar village awaits you at Ulleri. Magars are of Tibeto-Burman origin and are very skilled craftsmen in stone and wood works. Another magnificent view of Annapurna South and Himchuli, as well as Bhurungdi Valley below, awaits your arrival at Ulleri. Walking and climbing the less steep terrain beyond Ulleri for an hour leads you to Banthanti. Banthani has a few tourist lodges, which gives way to the beautiful forest full of varieties of Rhododendrons, most spectacular during March and April, after the last of the lodges. Gradual ascent for a further two hours leads to Ghorepani, a beautiful village inhabiteb by Magars and surrounded by Rhododendron forests.
  • DAY 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani
  • On the fifth day we proceed from Ghorepani town towards Tatopani viewing the snow capped mountains including South of Annapurna and Nilgiri. Then we move towards a large village Sikham through steeply and then to Ghar Khola village; crossing the suspension bridge we climb up to Tatopani. Tatopani is a hot water spring which helps trekkers to relax after long tiring but exciting trek.
  • DAY 06: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]
  • From Tatopani we walk through the trails for 6 hours followed by passing through the deep gorge of Kali Gandaki river between two mountains. We reach to the Thakali village,Ghasa, after continuing our trek from Dana and Rupse waterfall which soothes the eyes of the trekkers and is remarkably beautiful. This village stores the varieties of rare birds thus also called Bird Watchers’ paradise
  • DAY 07: Ghasa to Marpha
  • We reach to Lete after climbing through a steep hill through a forest and crossing Lete Khola which further continues to the eastern part of Kaligandaki to a village called Larjung. From Larjung we enter into trail that takes us to Tukuche, the region of apple farm which produces apples which are famous throughout the country, and then reach Marpha. Marpha is also famous for apple farm and its apple brandy.
  • DAY 08: Marpha to Kagbeni
  • The trail from Marpha takes you to a low ridge and to Jomsom village. From this village afternoons become a bit windy and the trek continues through bank of Kaligandaki river finally ending at Ekley bhatti village meaning lonely pub. We stop there for a while and then move towards Kagbeni which is placed between two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting village which functioned as the trade route in the old days to Tibet through Upper Mustang .
  • DAY 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath
  • To move towards Muktinath from Kagbeni we should start our journey with checking of the special permit towards the Kaligandaki riverbank. We will be seeing different striking scenes which take our breath away and stop by to gasp the beauty that nature has to offer to trekkers like us. The path follows through the steep mountains directing the trail towards Khingar which takes us into a deserted landscape towards Jarkot village and further climbing up we reach to Muktinath, one of the famous pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhist.
  • DAY 10: Muktinath to Jomsom
  • Early morning we visit to Muktinath Temple,of Lord Vishnu, one of the important Hindu deities. This temple is one of the important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhist as Buddhist in Nepal tend to believe Lord Buddha to be one of the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. Thus Buddhist Monastery is also situated nearby emanating the glow of religious harmony in Nepal. We will be enjoying the magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri peak. From Muktinath we move towards Jomsom to the deserted landscape until we reach Jomsom. Jomsom also known as New Fort is a town located at an altitude of 2800m. We can closely view the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri from Jomsom which adds on to the beauty of Jomsom. – See more at: http://euroasiatreks.com/nepal/trekking/jomsom-muktinath-by-trekking.html#sthash.67tuyfnO.dpuf
  • DAY 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • After breakfast we fly back to Pokhara between the gorge of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri where we will be transferred to the hotel. Known as the city of lakes and the starting point for trekking destination and the second largest city of Nepal is Pokhara. The Barahi temple in the middle of the big lake is the most fascinating landmark in Pokhara and the reflection of snow capped mountain in the lake is so serene and magnificent that you will remember it for your entire life. With the closer view of Annapurna range and Mt. Fish tail you will feel close to nature and mysticism. The other destinations in Pokhara that you will not want to miss out on are Devin’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti George, Buddhist monasteries and the hike to Peace Pagoda which brings you close to the nature and to the different spectrum of life style in this magnificent city. We will be visiting few places based on your interest.
  • DAY 12: Drive to Kathmandu
  • After breakfast we will be driving to Kathmandu for 6 hours through the beautiful valleys, alleys, hills and river bank and have lunch on the way to Kathmandu.
  • DAY 13: Final departure
  • After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.