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13 Days
Tour Details

Jomsom Muktinath trek is one of the easy and beautiful treks in the Annapurna region. The journey to Jomsom Muktinath kicks off with a one-hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and makes the relatively little uphill climb to Tikhedhunga (1540m) and walk to Ghorepani. We wake up early in the morning at Ghorepani and hike to Poon Hill (3210 m), the best viewpoint to see the sunrise. Besides, from Poon Hill, we also enjoy the wonderful view of mountains that include Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare (fishtail), Lamjung Himal and another beautiful peak.

From Ghorepani, we trail to Tatopani (Natural hot spring) and take a natural hot spring bath. Next day morning, our walk continues through Ghasa making a steep climb through the forest until we reach Lete. From Lete, our walk continues to the east side of the Kaligandaki river valley and reach Larjung Village for an overnight stay. After breakfast, the trek begins crossing the trail through Tukche village and apple farm projects until arrival at Marpha Village. This village is inhabited by Thakali, one of the ethnic groups of people of the country. Here you will have an opportunity to observe plenty of birds.

The trail continues along the Kali Gandaki valley, crosses over a low ridge and finally reaches Jomsom Village. Kali Gandaki Valley is the world’s deepest gorge and your walking trail emerges into the wide valley of Jomsom. At the lower altitude we find rhododendron forests but at the higher altitude, the landscape is dramatically changed into the arid desert-like plateau similar to Tibet.

From Jomsom, walking 3 hours we reach the beautiful Kali Gandaki along Ekley- Bhatti Village. After having a good rest you make an hour long easy walk to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of 2 rivers. Kagbeni is a motivating inhospitable village settled on the most age recent Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Asian country via higher pony space.

Jomsom Muktinath is famous for holy site, The temple of Muktinath (3,800 m) with 108 waterspouts flowing holy water from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that surprises every visitor. This temple is very sacred to both Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims coming from different parts of India and Nepal. After visiting Muktinath Temple you will trek back to Jomsom following the same trail enjoying the beauty of the Dhaulagiri Glacier gleaming to the north. On the concluding day of the trek, we take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Jomsom Muktinath considered as easy trailing or who do have little time to trek.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Trekking accommodation in trekkers lodge /Teahouse
  • English speaking local trekking guide
  • Necessary porters to carry your baggage during the trekking. ( Two persons get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area entry permit
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS) cards
  • Private or local land transport as per the program
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Trekking guide and porters)
  • Guide and Porter’s salary, food, drinks, accommodations
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and service charges)
  • Farewell Dinner in Last Night in Nepal 
  • Airport drop at the time of departure

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance
  • Food and Beverges
  • Hot shower while on trek
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary
  • Tipping to guide and porter
  • Battery Charges (Available during the trek with Extra cost)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage)
  • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency
  • Tips & Gratuities for trekking guide & porter (s)
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Kathmandu.

Our staffs from Adventure Gandaki Treks will pick you up from at the Airport and Transfer you to the 3 star Hotel in Thamel,Kathmandu.

Day 2Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, Overnight stay in Hotel

You will than Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is 200K.M. away from Kathmandu. It takes 5-6 hrs of drive to reach Pokhara looking at the spectacular view of Rivers and Hills.

Day 3 Drive Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga

Our Trek starts From Nayapul, which is 2 Hours drive from Prithvi Chowk, Pokhara. We will be following Modi Khola and walking Past Rhododendron forest. You will arrive at Birethanti and then to Tikhedhunga where you will have your good sleep.

Day 4 Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2853 m.)

After Walking 2 hours of steep way we will be reaching Ulleri (2070). We will be walking to Magar Village at Banthati. We can see amazing view of Machhapuchhre Mountain (6997m), Hiunchuli Mountain (6441m) and Annapurna South Mountain (7219m). Then we arrive at Ghorepani with a spectacular view.

Day 5 Hike to Poonhill for Sunrise view, back to lodge for breakfast & trek to Tatopani (1189 m.)(6 Hours )

Poon Hill is famous for its Sun Rise view. So we wake up very early in the Morning and climb the Hill for 1 hour to reach Poon Hill View station where we can see spectacular sunrise view of Machhapuchhre Mountain (6997m), Hiunchuli Mountain (6441m) and Annapurna South Mountain (7219m). After the Trek we come bact to our Lodge to have some Breakfast and Head outto Tatopani.

Day 6Tatopani to Ghasa (1190 m.) Note: Tatopani is a Natural Hot Water Spring, if you wish to dip in this Hot Water Spring, you can take a Bath)

Following the climb up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and walk near the village of Dana, famous for orange coppices. If you ensure to come in October you can see the locals selling orange in the cane carriers. You can palate some of them and you will find them very tasty. Walking further ahead we authorization the hamlet of Rupse, an extreme waterfall cataract down beside the trail. After which the trail arrives the narrowest segment of the valley. After walking for a couple of hours you will rock-bottom by hand in the Thakali village of Ghasa where you can see the flat-roofed Tibetan style houses.

Day 7Trek Ghasa to Marpha (2010m.)

The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom is straight down and you will find it quit easy to walk. On the way down to Jomsom you will get to see a village called jarkot where you can visit one more monastery. You will find many lodges on the way and one can have a food of their choice. While you get walking you can admire yourself by the rich Tibetan culture. After walking about one and a half hour you will reach to Eklebhatti which is a small village where you can have a tea. On the way to Ekle Bhatti you can even see the Thorung-La pass,Thorung peak and some caves of Upper Mustang. Have Lunch at Jomsom the route gently descends to Marpha which is very famous for apple all over the world. Marpha is a small beautiful village full of typical Thakalis and Tibetan.

Day 8Trek Marpha to Kagbeni (2800m)(5 Hours)

Today, our trail continues along the valley side. We will be rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hours. We then walk to Kagbeni for our overnight stay.

Day 9Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m.)(6 Hours )

Today, our journey starts with a special permit check-up and onwards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki upstream. Well, during our walk, we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. And from Kagbeni, the path climbs steeply to rejoin the direct trail leading to Khingar. Our trail finally climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot village to finally reach at Muktinath.

Day 10Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m.)

Well, Muktinath is one of the important destination for Hindus. It also holds an important place for Buddhists too. We will visit Muktinath Temple of Lord Vishnu in the morning. And then, we will leave Muktinath to reach Jomsom for overnight stay.

Day 11 Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and the same day viewing Pokhara sightseeing

After taking our morning breakfast, we will check in the airport to catch the flight to Pokhara. The dramatic flight of 30 minutes will take us to Pokhara. In the afternoon, we will explore the Pokhara city and lakeside views. We will also witness the magnificent views of mountains around.

Day 12 Drive back to Kathmandu

Today, after having morning breakfast, we will leave Pokhara and take a drive to Kathmandu. It will take around 7-8 hours to reach at Kathmandu. At the remaining time, you can explore the Kathmandu city or you can go for shopping. In the evening, we will celebrate the farewell dinner with our trekking crew.

Day 13Final departure

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We will transfer you to the airport for your returning flight.

Know your trip
Accomodation

Your accomodation in a trek will be on twin sharing basis. Your hotels in mountains while on trek will be very basic standard. We it as a trekkers lodge/tea houses.  Tea houses wont be very luxurous as on the cities but beds will be comfortable . we will provide you with the best standard type hotel available in the area.

Food during the Trek

Food is of a very good quality, and we recommend you try local foods such as dal bhat (lentil stew with rice and curried potatoes or meat), boiled potatoes with chilli sauce, Sherpa stew (meat, potatoes, vegetables in a rich sauce) or curry with rice. These are the staple foods for Sherpa people but every lodge will also offer a wide range of western meals:
Breakfast – Eggs (fried, boiled), omelettes, toast, pancakes, Tibetan bread, muesli, porridge, tea, coffee, chocolate.
Lunch/dinner – Soups (tomato, garlic, vegetable, mushrooms etc), veg fried rice, dal bhat, curry w/rice, noodles (mix fried, veg, egg, w/cheese), macaroni, spring rolls (veg, egg, cheese, mixed), momo (boiled or fried mini pasties with either veg or meat), pizza (all types), fried potatoes (w/veg or cheese), chips, buff steak (water buffalo, occasionally yak), lasagne.
Dessert – apple pie, fruit cocktail, chocolate cake, rice pudding, snickers pie!

Trekking Gears

The Essentials

  • Shoes – Lightweight hiking boots are great. Make sure they are comfortable and you have worn them in before arriving in Nepal. Trail running shoes will work, too, which are lighter but not ideal if it rains or snow (unless they are made with Goretex)
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts – Lightweight, quick-drying
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket  
  • Down jacket
  • Socks
  • Backpack – With a good waist and chest belt; a light one should be enough (e.g. 35 liters capacity)
  • Water – 1L bottle should be enough. You can refill or buy new bottles in tea houses along the way
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Optional

  • Trekking pole(s)
  • Small first-aid kit – Band-Aids, Diamox (for altitude sickness), antiseptic cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper – Which you can buy along the way
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Flashlight / Headlight – A headlight is handy at night, especially since electricity comes and goes pretty often
  • Dust mask – For dusty sections of the trail
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner

 

Best time for the trek

Nepal Trekking Season generally known best as two seasons after falls and after the winter.  The following month mid of September to mid of December consider ever best season of trekking in Himalayas. During this period of months have pleasant climate condition not so hot and cold and visibility of mountain are crystal clear. There is another best season of trekking Nepal after winter when sun getting more warmer in spring time may trekkers to Himalayas can again enjoy comfortable climate condition.

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