Jomsom Muktinath

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  •  Duration: -15
  •  Trip Code: -
  •  Best Time: -February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
  •  Trek Start-End: - Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  •  Group Size: -
  •  Trip Grade: -
  •  Max Elevation: - 3,802 m/12,467 ft
  •  Accommodation: -

Trip highlights:

  • Sightsee in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a guide.
  • Visit Muktinath, pilgrimage town.
  • Natural hot springs of Tatopani.
  • Visit the Kali Gandaki river valley.
  • Take a stroll along the deepest gorge on earth.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Day 2: Tour around the valley
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedunga
  • Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani
  • Day 6: Trek to Poon Hill and Tadapani
  • Day 7: Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) - 5 hours
  • Day 8: Trek to Tukche (2,586 m.) - 5.30 hours
  • Day 9: Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m.) - 5 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m) - 5 hours
  • Day 11: Trek back to Jomsom (2,713 m) - 5 hours
  • Day 12: Morning Flight to Pokhara - 30 minutes
  • Day 13: long tour around the city
  • Day 14: Return to Kathmandu- 7 hours
  • Day 15: Transfer to the Airport

Trip Information:

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a part of the very popular trek in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit. It gives a perfect insight into the diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking trip as well as the rural life of Nepalese people. The main highlight of this Jomsom Muktinath trek is, walking through the ravines carved by the Kali Gandaki river, which carries water from the Tibetan plateau which eventually joins the Ganges in India.

The first stop of Jomsom Muktinath trek is Nayapul which is about an hour-long drive from Pokhara, city of lakes. Normally trekkers continue further to Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. To the Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place for redemption. The Hindus believe that to bathe in the water here, guarantees redemption after death. The Buddhists believe that it is the place where the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated and is the source of fossilized ammonites, known as shaligrams which are found on the river-beds of the river valley of the Kali Gandaki river. The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a recommended trip year round as most of this route is on the leeward side making it rain-shadow area.

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Firstly, on arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport. He/She will be holding up the signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then directly be escorted to your hotel. You can visit our office to get more information about the trek. In case you happen to arrive after 4 pm, you will be briefed about the trip by our authorized guide. Please make sure to carry along your passport, 3 copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Also, make sure to clear any due balance and then sign on the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer form. You can stroll around the city in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel. No meals are included.

Day 2Tour around the valley

over the world especially Tibet, taking rounds of the stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. Then we can go for further exploration around the Thamel and shop for the next day’s trekking gears Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included

Day 3Drive to Pokhara

The next morning, our trekking will pick you up from the hotel at 6.30 am and drop you at the bus station. We will take a tourist bus to Pokhara at around 7.30 am ( 7 hours ) and explore the outskirts of the beautiful lake city. We will be driving along the Trishuli and Marsyandi River so one can expect to get an elegant view of the river banks. This will give you an immense opportunity to observe the green lush side of Nepal and enjoy the views of Macchapuchhre and Annapurna in the north, as we move further away from Kathmandu. On reaching, you will spend the night at the hotel. Breakfast is included.

Day 4Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedunga

We will begin our trek from Nayapul after an hour-long drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we will reach Birethanti (1,015 m), a huge village with several shops and teahouses. From there, we will continue through the village and follow the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail escalates firmly up the side of the valley to Hille at an altitude of 1,495 m. After a short ascent, we will reach Tikhedhunga at an altitude of 1,570 m. The walk is supposed to be short and easy today, preparation for trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Stay at the guesthouse overnight. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 5Trek to Ghorepani

After breakfast, we will continue our trek to Ghorepani (2840m) - it takes about 5 hours. Throughout you will discover small but spectacular waterfalls, fine bridges, forests of oak and rhododendrons and children walking to schools. Then we will trek towards Nangethanti (2460 m) from where Ghorepani is just an hour's walk away. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6Trek to Poon Hill and Tadapani

Then early in the morning we will continue our trek to Poon hill (3210m). After a few hours of a steep climb will offer an awestruck view of the pastel sunrise. We will spend one-hour and then return to Ghorepani where we will have a warm breakfast. We will ascend along the ridges and walk along with pine and rhododendron forests on our way to Deurali (2960 m). Then we will take a descending route to Banthanti and stop at Tadapani. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) - 5 hours

The trail will climb up the Kali Gandaki gorge which is considered to be the deepest gorge in the world, situated between the two 8,000 m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently up to Dana at 1,400 m, and onto Rupse Chhahara at 1,550 m. There we will see a straight moonlit waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, we will reach Kopchepani which crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1,935 m. Then we will take a short climb to Ghasa. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 8Trek to Tukche (2,586 m.) - 5.30 hours

We will start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2,560 m. The trail continues on a small distance to the amusing village of Khobang with its small alleyways. Then we will spend overnight at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2,590 m. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 9Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m.) - 5 hours

From Tukche, we will climb alongside the valley to Jomsom at 2,713 m. Jomsom is a huge, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative center to the region that contains the airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks, and government offices. We will cross the river to the eastern bank and then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2,730 m. From here we will take a straight route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however, we will follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2,810 m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki, the northernmost village that can be toured without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is captivating with its rich Tibetan cultures and their unparalleled hospitality which influences us greatly. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m) - 5 hours

After breakfast, we will make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley. Leaving Kagbeni, we will then join the direct trail to Muktinath just under Khingar at 3,200 m. From here the trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3,500 m, worth exploring. We will take a break here for lunch before recommencing on to Muktinath. As we leave Jharkot, the trail will climb up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3,802m. First, we will visit Ranipauwa where there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes’ walk up the hill, we will be rewarded with the original religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. Here, we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhist gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water-fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious importance. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 11Trek back to Jomsom (2,713 m) - 5 hours

Today we will follow the same trail nearby Kagbeni and then the new trek will take us down to the Eklebhatti and then again we will follow the same trail to Jomsom. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 12Morning Flight to Pokhara - 30 minutes

A 30-minute morning flight will take us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we will then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast is included.

Day 13long tour around the city

After a warm breakfast, we will begin our day-long tour around the city known for its vehicle and visit the following sites: Bindhyabasini Temple, lying in the center of the religious bazaar is said to have been built in the late 18th century by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati, the protector of Pokhara. Davis Fall, a tremendous waterfall in Pokhara is surrounded by flora. It is different from the other falls due to its natural phenomenon. The waterfall is locally known as Patale Chhango. It is widely popular among tourists as well as locals. Gupteshwor Cave, located 2 km from the Pokhara airport is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. Seti River Gorges, carved by the Seti Gandaki River is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water. Tibetan Refugee Camps- Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s. World Peace Pagoda, also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa, is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the shrine built as a symbol of peace. The spot is situated at the height of 2,100 meters on the Ananda Hill. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world i.e. Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city, and Fewa Lake. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast will be included. beautiful lakes. You will be accompanied by our professional city guide on a private tourist

Day 14Return to Kathmandu- 7 hours

After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu, via a tourist bus which will take around 7 hours. In the evening, farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant will be organized with cultural performances. Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included. If you wish to extend the trip and have some more time to spare, there are several options like adventure sports and other activities.

Day 15Transfer to the Airport

We will provide you with the morning breakfast. Lastly, our representative will escort you to the International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. Breakfast will be provided.

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