Jomsom and Muktinath Trek - 11 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
ANNAPURNA REGION TREK
DURATION
11 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Tea House Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
3,855 m at Muktinath
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Annapurna Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
MEAL
Breakfast in pokhara and all meals kathamandu and during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Selected hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara and tea house during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Naturally blessed along with diverse geographical structure, culture, religion, different ethnic group and remote villages etc within the territory of the Jomsom and Muktinath trekking offers unique experienced. Upper elevations are covered by the desert areas along with monastery, player flag, rocky stone, settlement of Tibetan tribe people and Buddhist religion practice whereas the low lands are captivated by the rice farming, green forest and settled by Brahmin and Chhetri, Thakali, Gurung, Magar people and following the Hindu religion.

  Highlights

  • A popular holy destination
  • Awe-inspiring mountains
  • Buddhist monastery, flag
  • Hindu temple
  • World’s deepest George Kaligandaki
  • Natural hot spring
  • Green and clean city of Pokhara

Benefits

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
  • Medical Kit.

 Overview

Naturally blessed along with diverse geographical structure, culture, religion, different ethnic group and remote villages etc within the territory of the Jomsom and Muktinath trekking offers unique experienced. Upper elevations are covered by the desert areas along with monastery, player flag, rocky stone, settlement of Tibetan tribe people and Buddhist religion practice whereas the low lands are captivated by the rice farming, green forest and settled by Brahmin and Chhetri, Thakali, Gurung, Magar people and following the Hindu religion.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal leader, guide provide us with the opportunity to see mesmerizing panoramic close-up views of Annapurna I (8,091m) to the east and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) to the west on the route to Jomsom and Muktinath Trekking. Walking along the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki carved/ formed by the Kaligandaki River and taking bath in a natural hot spring makes our journey full of thrilling, adventures and excitement. We find sacred fossils rocks called Shaligram in Nepalese language on the Ridge of Kali Gandaki River which is used by Hindu to pray.

Trek to Jomsom and Muktinath heads toward the lake city of Pokhara by the transportation from the capital city of Kathmandu with the pre-determined time schedule of Itinerary arranged by the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. After nearly about 6/7 hours driving lead us to the Pokhara then we take a taxi for the ride to the Nayapul.  Nayapul is our first starting point of hiking then all our members gradually escalate ahead unless reach to the Ghorepani poonhill to enjoy the sunrise and many mountains range view. This trail is passed through the farming fields, forests, blooming red Rhododron flower, Gurung and Mager villages, hot water (Hot spring).

Muktinath is the highest place of our trip package located at an elevation of 3,800m; a holy sacred temple for Buddhists and Hindus renown as a place of salvation. It has two small lakes in front of the temple, natural gas fires “Eternal flame” inside the temple and 108 holy taps; it is believed that taking bath in the water or drinking water continually in these taps guarantees get salvation after death. From Muktinath, we have two options to choose one of the best as per the wish, interest, and time permission whether driving back to Pokhara or fly back to Pokhara.

Its Notice to all our valuable clients who are joining Jomsom and Muktinath Trekking with us that our journey begins with 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx 200 km)which is included in a package, however, if you want to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (20 mins approx) and also from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we can provide that with an additional flight cost which is not included in the package. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our Valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we departed and start our Jomsom and Muktinath Trekking next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey so that if you have forgotten something then we'll provide you with that ASAP.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) 200 km west of the Kathmandu Valley - 6-7 hrs

We start our scenic drive after early morning breakfast, travelling by tourist bus out of the valley and along the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. The beautiful scenery along the way includes rivers, terraced fields, villages and sights of the snowy mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travellers.

  • Accommodation at Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Included meals: Breakfast

Days 2 -Drive to Nayapul (1,050 m / 3,445 ft) 1½ hrs and trek to Tikhedunga(1,540 m / 5,050 ft) - 3-4 hrs

After a nourishing breakfast meal, we enjoy a short drive through the beautiful landscape on the way to Nayapul, our trek starting point. Here we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. The route follows a pleasantly through the fertile jungle and terraced fields along a rushing river. We pass through several rural settlements and gradually reach Tikhedunga.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 3 -Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m/ 9,385 ft) – 6-7 hrs

This day involves a vigorous ascent as we climb a long, steep series of stone steps on our way to Ghorepani. After the challenging steps, we journey through scenic villages and timberland. Although a difficult climb, along the way, we can take in astonishing views of the snowy peaks including the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli. Our destination is Ghorepani, a spectacular settlement located on a ridgeline.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 4 -Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,525 ft) ¾ hr, then trek to Tatopani (1,200m / 3,940 ft) 4 hrs

Today we have an early start of the day as we begin before sunrise to ascend Poon Hill in time to view the sunrise on the Himalaya. The marvellous panoramic view from Poon Hill includes Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, the Annapurnas and much more. After enjoying the views, we return to our lodge for a hearty breakfast and then follow a pleasant forest trail through rhododendron and villages with terraced farmland to eventually cross the Kali Gandaki river and arrive at Tatopani with nearby hot springs where we take a dip and savour the experience.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 5 -Trek to Ghasa (1,190 m/3,900 ft) – 5 hrs

The pleasant route heads north as we follow upriver in the Kali Gandaki valley. We take the chance to explore newly developed trails away from the motor road. We will pass through scenic farmland with rural villages surrounded by terraced fields. We are hiking up the world’s deepest gorge, with Dhaulagiri, world’s seventh highest peak on one side, and Annapurna I, the tenth highest on the other. We ascend to the peaceful village of Ghasa, mainly populated by Thakali people of this region.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 6 -Trek to Tukche(2,510 m/8,550 ft) – 5hrs

Today we continue our journey up the Kali Gandaki. We pass through peaceful forests to the large settlements of Lete and Kalapani and as we continue the journey north, the territory becomes noticeably drier and the lush vegetation and forests give way to more desert-like terrain. The culture, too, begins to change from the lowland Hindu style practices to a Buddhist lifestyle. Tukche is a scenic village with surrounding orchards and a monastery. The local brandy from Tukche is famous throughout Nepal and a hit with many trekkers.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 7 -Trek to Kagbeni (2,900 m/9,500 ft) - 5 hrs

We pass through the scenic village of Marpha, famous as part of the Annapurna Circuit for its apple pies before road building dramatically decreased tourism. We enjoy thrilling views of the surrounding peaks and unforgettable landscape. Jomsom is the next town and district headquarters of Mustang. The route then follows a pleasantly up the arid valley of the Kali Gandaki River to the fort of Kagbeni, an ancient trade post with a Buddhist monastery, too. Kagbeni is just south of the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 8 -Trek to Muktinath (3,855 m/12,635ft)- 4 hrs

We will make an exciting journey up the valley in the direction of the legendary Thorung La pass. We are on the world-famous Annapurna Circuit but most people attempt the pass from the other direction. We make a scenic climb up the Jhong River valley with marvellous scenery along the way. The trail passes ancient villages on the way to Muktinath, a temple that has long been a pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The temple’s walled complex has a Buddhists monastery and Hindu shrines, 108 bathing spouts and even an ‘eternal flame’.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 9 -Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,915 ft)-4 hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. The journey heads down the valley as we lose elevation and gradually rejoin the Kali Gandaki River valley bottom and the trail back to Jomsom. Jomsom’s market area may seem like a big change from the serene trails and villages that we have visited. Rest and refresh at the lodge or explore Jomsom bazaar.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 10 -Early morning flight to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) (and optional flight back to Kathmandu

We say goodbye to Mustang today and will have an early morning flight back through the Kali Gandaki Valley’s southern section. The scenic flight returns us to Pokhara. (We can then connect with a flight back to the ancient city of Kathmandu, or take a day of exploration of Pokhara and tourist bus to Kathmandu the following day). The rest of the day is yours to explore the city and perhaps go souvenir shopping or just relax in the tourist haven.

  • Accommodation at Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 11 -Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) - 6-7hrs

Today is an early start as we depart by tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. The 200 km route follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli Rive offering a good look at the natural scenery and farmland. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation at your Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Included meals: Breakfast.

  Includes:

  • Both way transportation service between Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus.
  • Private transport from Pokhara bus station to your hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.
  • Two night’s accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Private transportation service Pokhara and Nayapul (trek start point)
  • Tea House/ Lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Government License holder Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Catering extra dietary requirements.
  • All Government and Local Taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after over the successful trek.
  • Farewell dinner.

  Excludes:

  • International Flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All accommodations and meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment list for Jomsom and Muktinath Trek

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers, toothpaste, toothbrush)

Toiletries

  •  Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  •  Toothpaste
  •  Deodorant/ floss
  •  Biodegradable bar soap
  •  Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

Useful Information

The Jomsom-Muktinath Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you. The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

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