Jomsom Muktinath Trek - Classic Trek

Walk on a pleasant trial, enjoy striking view from Poon Hill and hot spring at Tatopani, reach Muktinath temple and take a holy bath

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15 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3850 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a culturally rich and spectacularly beautiful trek in the Annapurna region. One of the plus points of the Jomsom Muktinath trek is that it is suitable for anybody with a moderate level of fitness. The maximum altitude that we will be conquered for the Jomsom Muktinath trek is 3850m, hence it is an altitude free trek with some pilgrimage opportunities. Trekking along the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge, devouring the breathtaking views of the exquisite snowcapped peaks including Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri massif, the Jomsom Muktinath trek is definitely one of a kind. The Jomsom Muktinath trek also gives you a chance to explore the ancient age-old monasteries, magical deep caves, pristine waterfalls, exquisite culture, traditions and lifestyle of the Thakali people with the scenic beauties of the varied landscapes of greenery and barren lands. As for one of the main highlights of this trek, it includes the great Hindu temple of Muktinath with 108 waterspouts.

Through the initial days of the trek, the Annapurna region ascends and takes us through picturesque rice terraces and ethnic villages inhabited by the indigenous people, mostly the Gurung. The trek starts becoming more interesting as we get to Tatopani, where you will get a chance to relax and rejuvenate yourself in the natural hot water springs! As we keep on walking through narrow trails, the trek passes through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry points of the upper Mustang Region. As we move ahead, then the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau telecasts itself and later the grandeur of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on a show on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3850m). The Jomsom Muktinath trek takes us to the sacred temple of Muktinath where there are 108 waterfalls that resemble water flowing from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that boggle and amaze the mind. After we explore Muktinath to the fullest, we move downhill to the apple village of Jomsom on the Tibetan Plateau, where we can take a look at the aerial view of the "Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang", and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice even today. Right next day, a mountain flight will bring us to Pokhara as we enjoy the stunning views for the last time. Later, a few hours' drive through the beautiful countryside will land us back to the capital city of Kathmandu.

Jomsom Muktinath trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m). 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley or rest and shopping for the trip. 
Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m), 200km drive or 35 minutes flight.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2080m), 2hrs drive, 5 walking.
Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), 5 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani (2520m), 6 hours walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2120m), 5 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Ghasa to Larjung (2560m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Larjung to Marpha (2770m), 5 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni (2840m), 5 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3850m), 5 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek back from Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m), 6hours walking.
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes flight.
Day 14: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 6hours drive or 25 minutes flight.
Day 15: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Jomsom Muktinath trekking – itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m). 
Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (TIA), transfer to hotel. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley or rest and shopping for the trip.  
Morning breakfast at hotel, a full day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. Or, rest, shopping and packing for the trip. In the evening join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m), 200km drive or 35 minutes flight.
After early breakfast at hotel, drive to pokhara by a tourist bus, 6 hours scenic journey or take a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu via Himalayas to Pokhara. Rest and relax, evening walk leisurely around Lakeside of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2080m), 2hrs drive, 5 walking.
After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, we take a scenic drive via large village of Lumle to Nayapul and walk for about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where we have lunch. After lunch, climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile then Tikhe Dhunga where the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tikhe Dhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3600 steps) to the large Magar village Ulleri at 2080m. Overnight at guest house in Ulleri.

Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), 5 hours walking.
Morning breakfast, from Ulleri we start walking on the pleasant trails. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a tea house for a rest and water stop one hour’s walk above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning "rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti climb to Ghorepani at 2800m, from here we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Overnight at guest house in Ghorepani.

Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani (2520m), 6 hours walking. 
Wake up early morning about 04:30 am to climb to Poon Hill (3210m) for a spectacular sunrise with unobstructed views over the high Himalayas. We will see a panorama of mountain peaks from this viewpoint. After sunrise, return to our guesthouse and enjoy breakfast. Ghorepani means "horse water" and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. From Ghorepani the downhill trail follows the Jomsom route. Across the rhododendron forest, we pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. In Tatopani (which means hot water in Nepali) there are natural hot water springs for our refreshment, be sure to bring a bathing costume. Overinght at guest house in Tatopani.

Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2120m), 5 hours walking.
Our journey now begins up the Kali Gandaki valley, which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world Here we will enjoy a beautiful day’s walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending into sub-tropical vegetation. We will cross the Bhalu Khola on a high suspension bridges before arriving at Dana (1450m) Around 30 minutes from Dana we will see a very high waterfall: Rupse Chhahara (which translates as “beautiful waterfall”). From there we will continue through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. We will cross the river again on a 120m long bridge to the east side. We will continue on to Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali village and this marks the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism in the valley. We will stay overnight in one of the guesthouses.

Day 08: Trek from Ghasa to Larjung (2560m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing through a narrow gorge before reaching Thakali traditional villages. Today we will cross the gorge and river numerous times via long suspension bridges, which make great photo opportunities. We will pass a couple of villages (eg. Lete, Kalopani and Kokhethati). On the way we can see the top of Dhaulagiri Mountain peeking over the west side. We will end our day in the village of Larjung. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Larjung to Marpha (2770m), 5 hours walking.
An easy and lovely day’s walking where we will first see the village of Khobang, which has narrow alleyways and tunnels connecting houses. We can make short side trip to the Kanti gompa (a Buddhist temple). Then our route continues to Tukuche village (2580m), one of the most important Thakali villages. We can see a wine-brandy distillery here and walk through the orange orchard street. We will continue our trek for another 2 hours before reaching our days final destination at Marpha. Here we will visit some of the Buddhist gompa’s, some of them are very attractive. The gompa’s are painted with a whitewash produced from a special local stone. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni (2840m), 5 hours walking.
Wake up early today, because although the road is not difficult it can become harder because of strong winds in this particular area in the afternoon. Our trail leads us to the village of Shyang at 2800 m before crossing the Shyang Khola to Jomsom (2760m). Jomsom is the administrative headquarter for the region. From Jomsom we follow the trail along the river to Eklai Bhatti and from there on to the medieval looking town of Kagbeni (2840m). This town has closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys and a large ochre-colored gompa perched above the town. From here we will follow a flagstone trail and passes two tunnels. Overnight at guest house in Kagbeni.

Day 11: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3850m), 5 hours walking.
Our trip starts at Kangbeni to do about 900 meter ascend to Muktinath which is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhists. We will first walk through Khingar (3400m) and then onto Jharkot (3500m), which is an impressive fortress like village. We will continue our way to the first part of Muktinath which is known as Ranipauwa, where we will stay the night. There will be time to explore the area and see some of the holy Hindu places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring which is considered holy as well. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Trek back from Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m), 6hours walking.
This is an easy day walking back to Jomsom following a different route, but can be tedious if we are unlucky to get the strong winds. From Muktinath to Jomsom, we will see the people of Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who come to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchandise is the highly-revered mollusk fossil called shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive White Mountain that is the Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes. Overnight at hotel in Jomsom.

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes flight.
Morning fly to Pokhara and spend the day at leisure, relaxing, and maybe enjoying a massage or enjoy sightseeing around Pokhara valley. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 6hours drive or 25 minutes flight.
After breakfast, fly or drive to Kathmandu. Free day in Kathmandu, evening join the farewell dinner with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound journey. Hope to see you again in the future.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomsom return trips
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking:

How can I book Jomsom Muktinath Trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Jomsom Muktinath Trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 3850m walking through villages, rivers and green hills, so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus or at camp cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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