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Jomsom - Muktinath Trek

The Jomsom Trek is indeed a classical trek, essentially the final third of the Annapurna Circuit, follows the Kali Gandaki Valley between the soaring peak of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Finally, it emerges to the north of the main Himalayan range, on the dry, desert- like Tibetan Plateau. A several days walk beyond Jomsom, takes you the final destination, Muktinath, the holy temple. This trek allows access to the high mountains of the Himalayas within a reasonable timeframe and without ascending to extreme altitude. You will then return to Pokhara by taking a flight from Jomsom

Jomsom Muktinath Tour Itinerary:

Jomsom Muktinath Trek


Day 01: Kathmandu (Arrival)
Arrival at Kathmandu Airport. You will be met by our Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. 4 to 5 hours scenic drive by Private Car / van. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Pokhara - Nayapul - Tikhedhunga

One hour drive to Nayapul by private Car / Van, we then begin trek to Tikhedhunga. We begin our trek at Nayapul, driving to the road head. After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1065 m) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hill at 1495 m and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1525 m. This trek offers a short and relatively easy day, during journey and allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 04: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani

Trek to Ghorepani. Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070 m. Then the trail continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti at 2250 m. Then we make our trek towards Nangethanti at 2460 m. After an hour walk brings you to Ghorepani at 2775 m. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 05: Ghorepani - Tatopani

This day early in the morning at 5 o'clock, we begin the trek for hiking to Poon Hill. It takes an hour to climb from here to Poon Hill, offering you one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal from where spectacular Himalayan ranges with amazing sunrise view can be seen very closely. After observing the wonderful Himalayas views, we return to Ghorepani and we will have hot breakfast. After breakfast, we continue our journey to Tatopani. The trail makes a descend steeply to Chitre at 2390 m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1980 m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1705 m. A further steep descent of 500 m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. We then make another climb up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing that too. As you turn north, it takes you to the Tatopani at 1180 m. Tato means 'hot' and pani is 'water', a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river. Tatopani is one of the popular shorter trek spot out of Pokhara. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 06: Tatopani - Kalopani

Today, the trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated as it is between the two 8000 m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From there, trail rises gently up to Dana at 1400 m, and on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550 m, there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani, and then crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935 m. From here it is a short climb to Ghasa at 2080 m. The trail continues to ascend & pass through Lete at 2470 m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560 m, where we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 07: Kalopani - Marpha

This day we start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560 m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then will have our lunch at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590 m. After Tukuche, the trail continues up the Kali Gandaki. As we pass through the gorge, the terrain becomes much more barren and the breeze increases. We continue towards Marpha at 2665 m passing a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha is a large Thakali village with many excellent teahouses, however it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, whitewashed buildings. There we will visit a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist Gompa. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 08: Marpha - Kagbeni

From Marpha, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2713 m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement, and it is the administrative centre of the region that contains the airport, army camp, and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. On the way, we cross the river to the eastern bank, we then walk onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730 m. From here we catch a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810 m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village fascinates rich Tibetan cultures and their unique hospitality, influences us much. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 09: Kagbeni - Muktinath

We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200 m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500 m which is well worth exploring. We, therefore, take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath. As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800 m. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes walks up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath and this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There is shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists Gompa and 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 significance. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 10: Muktinath - Jomsom

Trek back to Jomsom. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 11: Jomsom - Pokhara

Fly back to Pokhara (about 20 minutes short, but scenic flight). Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu by car / van. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Kathmandu

Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Bodhnath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu durbar square). Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Kathmandu (Departure)

Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey.

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