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Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Group Size: 2-50 paxs
  • Max Altitude: 3,710 m
  • Fitness level: Moderate
Trip Overview

Jomsom Muktinath Trek has been one of the most sought after trekking in the Annapurna region from the beginning. This trek offers some striking views of the incredible mountain vistasunique temples, and age old monasteries along the windy valley of Kaligandaki River. The  trek to Jomsom Muktinath commences from the Tatopani – natural hot spring pool.

The temple and religious shrines in Jomsom and Muktinath are the most noteworthy pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists in the region. You walk through exclusive trail with unique trekking itinerary to Muktinath which was used by the Tibetan traders and the pilgrims. The destination point of the trek, Muktinath temple, is the temple with most sacred values for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple of Muktinath is of Vishnu deity and Hindus worship the god as the god of salvation from all sins and troubles.

The trekkers from Annapurna Circuit also joins here.

Itenerary

Your arrival in Kathmandu is fascinating itself. Our friendly representative will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your hotel.

After you complete check-in formality, and taking short rest, we introduce to the market of Thamel, where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears.

Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing.

Overnight at your hotel.

Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.

You will be starting the day with breakfast at your Hotel. The sightseeing tour involves tour of two religious, cultural, and art-wise important sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most famous Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually important for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu. The site is peaceful and culturally full with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
After having breakfast at the Hotel in Kathmandu, your trek begins with a drive to the domestic airport for magnificent flight to Pokhara. The flight is mesmerizing with an enchanting view of the Himalayan peaks throughout the flight of little less than half an hour. You fly past Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range, Manasalu or Gorkha Himal range, Lamjung Himal, and see Annapurna range closely. Arrive Pokhara airport and then start driving another five approximately hours to Tatopani through beautiful mountain highway. The drive offers scenic view of the diverse landscape, greenery, mountain houses, and the farming terraced fields. Tatopanin is nestled in the deep gorge built by the Kaligandaki River. Arrive at your hotel, and then rest and relax for the remaining hours in the latter afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Today is your first hiking day in the mountain. You can enjoy the Hot water spring pool in the morning in the river bank. Then start the walk after breakfast on the wide dirt road for half an hour. You then leave the newly constructed road and descend to the Kali Gandaki River to 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. After this you come to the main trail and trek to Ghasa via Pairithapla. Overnight at local lodge.
We have another picturesque day today. After you walk half an hour from Ghasa, then climb up steadily beyond Dhaiku and descend to the Lete Khola that leads to the Chhoyo. The trek mostly in the lush green jungle. You further walk to Kunjo village which is inhabited by Thakali people who are known for delicious foods all over Nepal recently. Then we climb up a bit and walk on the easy trail through the pine woods to Titi. Overnight at local lodge.
In the early morning today, you hike up to the Nupsang hill to catch magnificent view of sunrise and the Annapurna peaks. Along with Annapurna, striking view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri range is on your sight. After this, climb down to the hotel and have breakfast. Then your day walk to Tukuche begins. The trail at first leads you downhill to Kokhethanti with a gradual descent. Later you catch the trail to descend all the way to Kali Gandaki River bed. The gentle and paced walk goes through Sirkung to reach Tukuche after crossing the wooden bridge. Overnight local lodge.
After crossing the bridge near the village Tukuche, we hike through the flat trail to Chimar and Chhairo. Dhumbara is ahead to reach soon after. You can see the small Dhumbar Lake nearby as you walk towards Thini. It is where the trekkers who come from Tilicho Pass join the main trail of Jomsom-Muktinath trekking. The Jomsom valley and Nilgiri range dazzle in their extreme glory and you and enjoy the view from here. Overnight at local lodge.
It is an easy trekking day as you head to the destination, Kagbeni, at a gentle pace on a gently sloped trail. Today you start bit earlier in the morning to reach Kagbeni earlier. The trail along the Kali Gandaki river in the latter morning and afternoon gets extremely windy. There will be plenty of time to explore this beautiful town with century old monastery. Overnight at local lodge.
The landscape here in Kagbeni and Muktinath is very identical to Tibetan Platue. Upper Mustang – that is restricted to visit to foreigners in normal permit – borders with Tibet has unique culture, and desert like landscape in Nepal. As you walk up to Muktinath from Kagbeni, the eye-catching panoramic view of of Thorong peak, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri overwhelmed you. Continuous ascend – both mixed with small section of steep part and gradual in some parts – you reach the town of Rannipauwa little beneath the temple of 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. Overnight at local lodge.
It’s a pretty long excursion from Muktinath to Jomsom today and also the last day of your trekking trip in the mountain. Though you cover long distance today, descending is much easier to ascend. First, we take you to Lubra Danda with a climb and then 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 this village continually leads to Jomsom – district headquarters of Mustang district – located in the banks of windy Kali Gandaki River valley. Overnight at local lodge.
In the morning you take another thrilling flight to Pokhara enjoying the view of magnificent mountain ranges on both sides. Arrive Pokhara, check in to the hotel and spend leisurely time. You can find some soothing massage, chilled beer or a relaxing stroll around the lakeside. The relaxing and leisurely time in Pokhara today should give you some good recovery from the tiredness of walking many days in the high mountains. Overnight at the Hotel.
Pokhara is a beautiful city with small lakes taking up most of its landscape. We take you to visit Devi’s Fall and Gupteswor cave which are few attractions among many. You could roam around the city on your own too in the afternoon. There are numerous fun and adventurous activities you could be part of, including Zip-lining, paragliding and bungee-jumping in Pokhara. You relax and spend your last night at hotel in Pokhara.
You drive back to Kathmandu – some 206 kms and takes seven hours – or take a flight according to your interest. If you are driving, you drive through beautiful bending mountain highway which stretches along the river and passes through beautiful landscape. Once in Kathmandu we will transfer you to your respective hotel and you will be given free time to wander around. Overnight will be spent in hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off (International & Domestic)
    • 3 star standard hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu (Nepal standard)
    • 3 star standard hotel with breakfast in Pokhara
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during trek
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner) during trek
    • Tea / Coffee (3 times a day) during trek
    • A professional Trekking Guide, Porter (Helper), and Assistant Guide provided for more than 5 trekkers.
    • Air ticket (Kathmandu-Pokhara; and Jomsom- Pokhara)
    • All food, drinks, lodging, salary, insurance, medical equipment, and transportation for Trekking Staff
    • Private transfer (Pokhara - Tatopani; and Pokhara - Kathmandu)
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour Guide, private transportation, and entrance fee
    • Sightseeing in Pokhara with a Tour Guide, private transportation, and entrance fee
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area  Permit (ACAP)
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, fleece liner, and a duffel bag
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Tips for Guide Porter & Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected)
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

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 equipment 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 washes liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sunblock 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. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1.  Hand gloves (1 light pair and 1 warm pair)

Core Body

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

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2.  Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.

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 moleskin, hand plastsband-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 lightweights
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

faqs

The itinerary we have made is based on our experience of trek arrangement. We have tried to avoid motorways as much as possible. During the trip, you have options to take a drive or flight, according to the availability at the beginning or concluding. According to your interests, the itinerary can be customized. We also operate the trekking without sightseeing and hotel arrangements.

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