- Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom -Muktinath Trek begins scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom than walking till Muktinath holy temple to visit and prayer than the Journey continue fallowing to Kaligandaki River Valley through the Papular Marpha Village specially for best apple product in Mustang region. The destination to explore an ancient monasteries, caves, local tribes and scenery view of the different wonderful landscapes. An adventurous trip begins from world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River into the World’s highest gorge passing along almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill. On the way of our trail we can observe the splendid view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other Peaks.
Duration: 12 days
Group Size: Min 2 Pax
Activities: Overland Tour/ Easy
Maximum altitude: 3800m
Best season: Oct-Dec/Feb-April
Trip starts/Ends: Kathmandu – Kathmandu
Accommodations: Eco Teahouse lodge room managed by local community inclusive breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Transport: Necessary as per package you have required depends on group size – car /van/bus/flight/ to and from starting and ending point and drive or flight from gateway town.
The snow-capped mountain peaks welcome you at first as you enter Kathmandu. The mind blowing panoramic view lets you know you are above Kathmandu valley. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural centre of Nepal. It has been a popular destination for tourists. The city presents a wonderful blend of religion, culture and tradition and architect. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances too. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.
It is about 30 minutes flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While flying to Pokhara, you can enjoy the fantastic views of ranges and spectacular landscapes. Your trekking crew will meet you at the Pokhara Airport. An hour drive brings you to a trailhead at Birethanti. You commence your trek with a gradual ascent along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Then after, follow a trail along the upper edge of terraced fields through Hille to Tikedungha. You cross a stream beyond the village and then drop down to the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola. Then you climb a long, steep and seemingly endless stone staircase, which eventually leads you to the village of Ulleri. From this village, there are fine views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, you arrive at the village of Nangathanti. Another few hours of trekking through the forest, you reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani means “horse water” and is a popular watering spot for mules, which ply this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. A ten minutes walk takes you to a small pass and further to the village of Deorali. For proper acclimatization, you rest at Ghorepani.
You can catch an amazing view of the sunrise from an ideal point of Poon Hill. After breakfast, you descend to Tatopani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural views. As you near Chitre, you get an exciting view of Dhaulagiri range. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. Continue descending, gradually at first, and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the hot springs near the river below the village.
The trail ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. On the way, you come across local people selling baskets of oranges. Just beyond the small village of Rupse, a thundering waterfall falls down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a charming Thakali village. You can see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses in Ghasa too.
After breakfast, you trek from Ghasa towards Larjung. Few hours of descents follow other rock ascents through forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you reach Larjung, the architectural grandeur of this small town will amaze everybody, tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style presents an interesting sight.
Trek begins along the trail that follows the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Yet again, you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail further wanders through stonewalled orchards. Soon you will come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. After a lunch in Marpha, you continue trekking towards Jomsom. As you reach Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly dry and impressive with the mixture of brown, yellow and grey contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri.
After breakfast the trekking resumes along the path up to the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki. You come across a stream and green vegetation. On crossing a small ridge to Chhancha Lhumba at 2,730m, you continue heading towards Muktinath. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri dominates the view as you ascend to Khingar (3,200m). More meadows, streams and lush vegetation can be seen along the trail as it paves to Jharkot (3,500m). You encounter the ruins of the Dzong and perfect villages of Purang and Changur. As you trek, pass mule stables and steep barren hillside, you enter Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa for years has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travelers. On trekking further, you enter Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Pilgrims flock to the Buddhist gompa and pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Heading away from Muktinath, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking on the magnificent view of Nilgiri. You stay overnight in Jomsom.
You board an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu. The flight takes about 30 minutes and the drive takes about 6-7 hours.
You can indulge in souvenir shopping, sightseeing or other personal activities until your departure. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
- Pick up and drop facility from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara fly/drive.
- Pokhara to Natapul Drive by private car.
- The flight ticket for Jomsome to pokara
- Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus(Tourist-Public)
- Full board meals (3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Normal Hotel/Guesthouse accommodation during the trekking period.
- Trekking Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area entry fee.
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
- All expenses of the staffs (Guides/Porters) assisting you from Imperial Nepal
- That includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment during your travel period.
- All necessary ground transportation.
- Two nights’ accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
- 1 night accommodation in Pokhara.
- Medical supplies like First Aid Kit.
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- International Flight ticket
- Meal in Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance
- Mineral water and cold Drink
- Trekking Tips
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Water bottles (2)
- Small wash towel
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)