Jomsom and Muktinath trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal. The main feature of Jomsom and Muktinath trek is walking through the Kali gandaki gorge carries water from the Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the rural life of Nepalese people. Muktinath is the famous pilgrimage destination for both Hindu and Buddhist. To the Hindu, Muktinath is a sacred as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. Likewise the Buddhist believe that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at, and to all, it is the source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as shaligrams that are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River valley.
routes located in Trans Himalayan region of Nepal, so trek can be done any time throughout the year. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency intends to make your journey to Jomsom and Muktinath trekking tour a memorable one for your life time. With a carefully designed package and a team of experienced manager, guide and porter, your journey with Gokyo Treks will be reliable and full of fun!
Day 1Arrival day Kathmandu
Receive you in Kathmandu international airport. Then transfer to hotel by private car. If you have time, just couple of hrs time sightseeing around downtown Thamel.
Day 2 Kathmandu Cultural and Heritages Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, We start a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous cremation site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the “the self-existent” is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Nayapool. Trek to Hile (1,490m/4,827ft.), 4 hrs
Early morning but after breakfast, flight to Pokhara. Be sure to catch right side of the airplane for the better views of Himalayas. Pokhara offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna family of Annapurna range and others. Numerous lakes of Pokhara offer fishing, boating and swimming, the city itself is popular as city of lakes. From Pokhara city, about 1 ½ hrs driving by private car to reach Nayapul. The road is reasonably good. At the place of Nayapul, within short walk, one can cross suspension bridge. After that, follows up bank of Modi River to Birethanti. From there mountain trail leads through bamboo forest and passes a large waterfall-summing hole. The trail stays on the north bank of Bhurundi Khola to Bajagara. Beyond a pasture used by Pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudame then climbs steadily up through the valley reaching Hile. Stay overnight at guest House.
Day 4 Trek from Hile to Ghorepani (2,860m/9352ft), 6 hrs
From Hile village, after a short walk the trail crosses a steam on suspension bridge and leads the climb very steeply on a stone staircase. It leads continuously steep to the large village of Ulleri at 2,070m. From there one can see first eye catching mountain views of Annapurna south (7,219m), Himchuli (6,440m) and Fishtail (6,996m). After that, the trail leads through deep magnificent oak and Rhododendron forest up to Ghorepani (2860m). Stay overnight at guest House.
Day 5 Sunrise view from Poonhill (3,220m/10,529ft). Trek to Tatopani (1,200m/3,924ft), 7 hrs
This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking downhill to Tatopani where a natural hot spring is located. Overnight at guest house
Day 6 Trek to Ghasa (2,120m/6,932ft), 7 hrs
The trek now starts up the Kali Gandaki valley through old route, which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world Here we will enjoy a beautiful day’s walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending into sub-tropical vegetation. We will cross the Bhalu Khola on a high suspension bridges before arriving at Dana (1450m) Around 30 minutes from Dana we will see a very high waterfall: Rupse Chhahara (which translates as “beautiful waterfall”). From there we will continue through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. We will cross the river again on a 120m long bridge to the east side. We will continue on to Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali village and this marks the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism in the valley. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 7Trek to Marpha (2,660m/8,698ft) 5 hrs
The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing through a narrow gorge before reaching Thakali traditional villages. Today we will cross the gorge and river numerous times via long suspension bridges, which make great photo opportunities. We will pass a couple of villages (e.g. Lete, Kalopani and Kokhethati). On the way we can see the top of Dhaulagiri Mountain peeking over the west side. We can make short side trip to the Kanti Gompa (a Buddhist temple). Then our route continues to Marpha, one of the most important place for Apple. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 8 Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 6 hrs
The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti (known as lonely pub). From Jomsom onward it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After a good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 9 Trek to Muktinath Temple (3,800m/12,426ft), 4 hrs
Today we will do the 1000 meter ascend to Muktinath which is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist. We will first walk through Khingar (3400m) and then onto Jharkot (3500m), which is an impressive fortress like village. We will continue our way to the first part of Muktinath which is known as Ranipauwa, where we will stay the night. There will be time to explore the area and see some of the holy Hindu places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring which is considered holy as well. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10 Trek descend down hill to Jomsom (2,715m/8,878ft), 5 hrs
We have alomst the best excursion from Muktinath to Jomsom Bazzar. However, descending is easier to ascend. First, we climb to the Lubra Danda and walk down to the Lubra village, one of the picturesque Thakali villages in this area. The stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche and the vicinity snow capped peaks. The wide and flat trail from there continually leads us to the district headquarter of the Mustang region along the windy route beside the Kali Gandaki River bed. Our walking trip concludes here at Jomsom Bazzar. Overnight at the guest house
Day 11 Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. Pokhara city Tours
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, roughly 30 min dramatic flight to reach Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, a second biggest lake of Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just take a taxi to visit Devi’s fall, Gupteswor Mahadev cave and Tibetan refugee camp. Transfer back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12 Fly / or drive to Kathmandu or extend your trip on request.
After breakfast start sightseeing at Pokhara city and afternoon drive or fly (Paying an extra charge) back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel for stay overnight.
The following listed equipment is suggested and essential for Tea house trekking and camping trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Make sure that below list as a guideline proposal. Some of the Trekking equipment can be hired or bought in the many adventure shops in Kathmandu.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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