Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Beautiful Himalayan trekking experience
  • Amazing view of mountain peaks in the Himalaya
  • Cultural and spiritual experience of the region
  • Sightseeing tour in Pokhara

Jomsom Muktinath Trek has some striking views of the incredible mountain vistas, unique temples and monasteries along the windy valleys. The incredible excursion commences from the Tatopani in Myagdi. The temple and religious shrines in Jomsom and Muktinath are the most noteworthy pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists in the region.

This trip takes you directly to Tatopani village and begins the foothill excursion towards Muktinath. You grab a different walking trail than the usual one as we have carefully designed a unique trekking itinerary to Muktinath which was used by the Tibetan traders and the people in their pilgrimage trip. It avoids the roadway and goes on beautiful trail. The trail goes through narrow and abrupt gorges including the deepest gorge in the world. The destination of the trip, Muktinath, is the place which has sacred values of Hindu and Buddhist people and you also meet trekkers from Annapurna Circuit joining the trail here.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of

Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Tatopani (25 min flight and 5 hrs drive)

In the morning, we fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 25 minutes. When we land in Pokhara, we begin to drive to Tatopani via Nayapul and Beni, the district centre of Myagdi district. With the hillside views and forests we reach all the way to Tatopani for overnight stay.

Day 04: Tatopani - Ghasa 2,010m – (4-5 hrs trek)

We begin the trek after breakfast on the wide dirt road for half an hour. Then we descend to the Kali Gandaki River, cross the bridge and head towards Narchyang village. The breathtaking view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Annapurna peaks is as charming as anything from the village. Again, the trail descends further and continues towards Gadpar and down to Kopchepani. Then we catch up the main trail and trek to Ghasa via Pairithapla.Stay overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 05: Ghasa – Titi (4-5 hrs)

We have another picturesque day today. As we walk half an hour from Ghasa, we climb up steadily beyond Dhaiku and descend to the Lete Khola that continually leads us to the Chhoyo. Wrapping the lush sceneries, we walk further to Kunjo village inhabited by the Thakali people who are famous for making delicious foods. Then we climb up a bit and walk on the easy trail through the pine woods to Titi. Stay overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 06: Titi - Tukuche 2,590m (5-6 hrs)

Today, we hike up to the Nupsang hill for the view of sunrise and the Annapurna peaks. Even the striking Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri range are on our sight. Then we climb down to our Titi, have breakfast and set off for the walk to Tukuche. The trail leads us downhill to Kokhethanti with a gradual walk. Down again, we catch the trail to descend to the Kali Gandaki River bed. The gentle and paced walk goes through Sirkung to reach Tukuche after crossing the wooden bridge. Stay overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 07: Tukuche - Thini 2,840m (5-6 hrs)

Crossing the bridge after Tukuche, we hike through the plain trail to Chimar and Chhairo. Dhumbara is ahead as we walk steadily and reach there soon after. We can see the tiny Dhumbar Lake nearby as we walk towards Thini. It is where the trekkers who come from the Tilicho Pass join the main trail of Jomsom Muktinath trekking. The Jomsom valley and Nilgiri range dazzle in their extreme glory. Stay overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 08: Thini - Kagbeni 2,810m (4-5 hrs)

It is an easy trekking day for us as we head to our destination, Kagbeni, at a gentle pace on gentle trail. We start the day early to reach Kagbene earlier as the trail gets extremely windy in the afternoon. The trail runs on the Kali Gandaki River valley and goes past Ekle Bhatti to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful, small village on the bank of Kali Gandaki River.Stay overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath 3,830m (5-6 hrs)

The trail is similar to the Tibetan terrain and we feel as if we are walking on a desert. The landscape is unique and we see some green vegetation in some of the places along the trail. Slightly, we walk to Puthak then followed by Jhong. The eye catching panorama of Thorong peak, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri is overwhelming. Gradually ascending the trail, we reach Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. People from different parts of the world come to this place to get salvation from the sins of life.Stay overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 10: Muktinath - Jomsom 2,720m (5-6 hrs)

It’s a pretty long foothill excursion from Muktinath to Jomsom today and also the last day of trekking. However, descending is easier to ascend. First, we climb to the Lubra Danda and walk down to the Lubra village, one of the picturesque Thakali villages in this area. The stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche and other surrounding snow-capped peaks are simply overwhelming. The wide and flat trail from there continually leads us to the district headquarters of Mustang, Jomsom, along the windy Kali Gandaki River valley.Stay overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 11: Jomsom – Pokhara 900 m

We take another incredible morning mountain flight to Pokhara enjoying the mountain range. Once we check into the hotel in Pokhara we will have leisurely time to find some soothing massage, chilled beer or relaxing stroll around lake side. The relaxing and leisurely time in Pokhara today should give us some good recovery from the tiredness of pedaling for many days in the high mountains.

Day 12: Pokhara Exploration

A full day in Pokhara will give us an opportunity to explore a bit of this beautiful city. We can go to Lake Fewa for a peaceful boating experience. Later we can go to visit Davis falls and Gupteswor cave. We will have some free time on our own. There are lots of adventure activities like paragliding, zip lining, bungee jumping, ultra-light flight etc. should we choose to go for some adventure thrill. Or we can simply relax around.

Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu 1400m

We drive back to Kathmandu on the same highway we took to go to Pokhara earlier. Another six hours on the highway will give us time to observe the villages and towns on the way from a different angle. After reaching Kathmandu and checking into hotel, we will have some free time to wander around the streets of Thamel.

Day 14: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 15: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis
  • All major meals during the trek, breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Three cups of tea a day on the trek
  • A professional trekking and climbing guide and necessary number of supporting crew members
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary overland transportation
  • Flight to Pokhara from Jomsom
  • All necessary permits for the trekking
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any kind of drinks in Kathmandu, Pokhara and trekking area (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Sun glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1. Hand gloves

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops.
  3. Light jacket.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. lightweight long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. trekking boots, light  shoes and sandle.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plasts band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.
  9. All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

1 - 2 of 2 reviews

WONDERFUL JOMSOM MUKTINATH TREK
WONDERFUL JOMSOM MUKTINATH TREK
Hi may name is Wendy and I am from Australia. I have just arrived back from 18 days with Ram. We flew to Pokhara then Jomsom. The country is fabulous. And so are the people. Ram is a wonderful guide very in formative. He speaks English well and knows so much about his country. That the journey was a big learning experience. It was my first trip out of my country and would?ve have been very harder if not for Ram meeting me at the airport and finding me hotel, he took me for dinner that first night and saved me from bit more over welned then I was. My guide and potter made me very comfortable and safe for the whole journey they also have a wonderful scenes of humor and kept me entertained.
To Ram and Prajaj thank you and I will back.
Werdy From Australia
April 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Jomsom together with the guide Bhes
Jomsom together with the guide Bhes
Kathmandu and the traffic my first day was just crazy but when i returned from trekking i just get used to it.

I trekked the Jomsom together with the guide Bhes, My 10 days in the hill were just amazing, wonderful and will be a fantastic memory. And nice weather every day. I have nothing to complain about.

Mountain Delights - Ram and Bhes had done everything to make my trip just wonderful.
Zachrisson ( Sweden )
November 2, 2007 at 06:56 am

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