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.