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  • 2 or 2+
  • Duration 12 Days

Introduction

The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a popular trek that embraces very interesting Gurung and Thakali villages, apple orchards, rhododendron forests, the world’s deepest gorge, and the windswept Tibetan plateau. This is a relatively low altitude trek suitable for almost everyone as the highest point of the trek is Muktinath (3,710 m). And it is one of the most effective ways to get near to the Himalayas with phenomenal panoramas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You can also witness the spectacular scene of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna south, Mt. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, etc.

Jomsom Muktinath trekking takes you along the Kali Gandaki to Muktinath, popularly known as the Himalayan Shangri-la. The trek finally emerges into the wide valley of Jomsom, a Himalayan Shangri-la as you hike through the Kali Gandaki Valley, passing through the deepest gorge in the world. You can collect blessings after bathing in 108 waterspouts in Muktinath temple which is a spiritual point for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You may take a wander around the Apple Orchards in the Marpha village and enjoy the unique wine and apple products. You can have a close encounter with the Gurung and Thakali inhabitants of the region. You will get to walk through the ancient Salt Trade trail and observe Yak caravans as well. You can enjoy the scenic landscape of the villages of Mustang, Marpha, and Ghandruk, Bonpo monastery, natural hot springs.

The trek begins from Nayapul after a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara and the trail passes over the Ghorepani pass and descends to Kali Gandaki valley. You can observe the magnificent landscape of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Ghorepani which is marvelous and mesmerizing. Along the trail, you can find fascinating and beautiful traditional villages inhabited by people of Gurung, Magar & Thakali communities. You can either trek to the famous Muktinath temple at 3800 meters or explore the fascinating villages once you reach Jomsom. This is an easy trek that can be done at any time of the year except during the monsoons (July & August).

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative staff who will drop you off at the hotel. You will check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation

You will explore Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, you are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip to our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive/fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m): 5-6 hours

After having breakfast in the morning and you will leave for Pokhara. Pokhara is also known as The Lake City owing to a large number of lakes in the city. Here you will be rewarded with magnificent panoramas of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. You can take a rest for a while and then enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m) 3-4 hours trek

You will be taking an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its delicious apples, strong winds, and the landscape. You will begin your trek on an open path alongside a beautiful valley. You will pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is stunning with flat-roofed houses and also holds ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 5: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m.) 5hour.

We make an early start from Kagbeni to avoid the winds that amazingly whistle up the valley after midday. The trek gradually ascends to Muktinath, the most significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. You pass first the Gompa Sambha (monastery) and then a Lord Shiva Temple ringed by four shrines as you enter the walled complex, lined by Tibetan style prayer wheels. The centerpiece of the complex is the pool, and its 108 brass water pouts, cast in the shape of cow’s heads, which pours forth sacred water. Hindu Pilgrimages bathe in the cold water. You can also observe the Buddhist Marme Lhakhang, whose center is the image is of Tibetan Buddhist sage Guru Rinpoche, here holding a Hindu style trident.

Day 6: Trek to back to Marpha (2610 m.) 6 hours.

As we trek back from Muktinath, the trail gradually goes through fields and poplar groves into the Kali Gandaki river valley. We continue our walk to reach the beautiful village of Marpha which is home to many apple orchards. And the Apple brandy from this beautiful village is very popular in the region. Overnight in Marpha.

Day 7: Trek to Gasha (1970 m.) 6 hours.

We move ahead to Ghasa through the charming village of Khobang with narrow trails. After lunch, at Larjung our trek continues for one and a half hours more to Kokhethanti. As we reach Kalapani we can observe the panoramas of Annapurna and Fang peaks. And after a little ascending and descending trek from Lete, we finally reach Ghasa. Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 8: Trek to Tatopani (1100 m.) 6 hours.

This day, the trail goes down to the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest in the world situated between the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) peaks. And then, the trail begins gradually down to the Rupchechhara waterfall which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nepal, where you can take a picture of the waterfall and move ahead to Tatopani. In Nepali, Tato means ‘hot’ and Pani is ‘water’, a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river. Tatopani is also one of the popular shorter trek spots out of Pokhara. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 9: Trek to Ghorepani(2850 m.) 7 hours.

Today we will trek from Tatopani to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghorepani. The trail from here would proceed consistently for the entire way to Ghorepani. But the wonderful views are plenty on the way to boost our morale while we continue our ascent. Seeing the Kali Gandaki behind us as we climbed up this ridge and all the fields and villages that graced the mountainside in front of us is pleasing. After a long walk, we reach Ghorepani village where we can find several Teahouse. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 10: Trek to up to Ponhill - Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

We wake up early to take a hike to Poonhill where we can observe the most spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas. The scene from Poonhill is one of the most cherished sunrise views over the Himalayas. After relishing the spectacular views, we come back to Ghorepani to begin our trek to Hile. The trail takes a gradual descent through dense forests of rhododendron and down into some very thickly forested terrain. We continue our walk to Nayapul. We continue to trek to Nayapul after a healthful breakfast in Hile. The trekking in the Annapurna region ends at Nayapul and we take transport back to the city of Pokhara. The beautiful Pokhara city offers a wide range of activities. We can also visit caves, lakes and try out some adventure sport like Paragliding, zip flying, and bungee jumping in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 11: Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu.

To return to Kathmandu, you can take either take a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu or a 7-8 hour bus long drive. You will witness amazing landscapes either way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, feel free to stroll around the places of Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu to your destination.

Our representatives will drop you at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of your flight.

Inclusions

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two/three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara breakfast included.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car/van/ bus.
  • Stander meal Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast and tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara – Jomsom – Kathmandu including airport departure taxes in Pokhara.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit, and all necessary permits.
  • Surface Transfer from Kathmandu.
  • Farewell Dinner.
  • T-Shirt from company
  • Trip Completion Certificate.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, VAT.

Exclusions

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • 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 the date of issue. You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Teams of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Tips for guide and porter.

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Reviews

Nepal Adventure

5.0 rating
February 17, 2020

Jomsom Trek serves to enhance your trekking experience! We had Jeevan as our guide and he was a great guy! Teahouses accoms was settled the moment we hit the teahouses as Jeevan arranged it well with them. He also recommends the best timings for certain parts of the treks or views. He was also very flexible when we wanted to change up the itinerary too!
Overall, Jomsom Trek was something we didn’t regret and we kept recommending to our friends!

Markus Brown

Trip Facts

PRICE: US $ 1095
TRIP START: Kathmandu
TRIP END: Kathmandu
TRIP DURATION: 12 Days
TREK TYPE: Tea House and Lodge
BEST MONTH: March - May , September - November
ACCESSIBILITY: Flight and Land
MAX.Altitude: 3800 M
TRIP GRADE: Moderate
MIN.GROUP SIZE : 2 or 2+
DEPARTURE: Granted
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