Jomsom to Muktinath Trek
The Jomsom to Muktinath Trek takes places in the northern region of the famous Pokhara city of Nepal which is famous for its natural diversity and world’s deepest valley of Kali Gandaki gorge. The Jomsom region can be reached from air plane that runs from Kathmandu international airport or Pokhara airport. The jomsom is a dry landscape like region that resembles the Tibetan plateau due to its similar landscape and Tibetan Buddhist civilization. This region has the spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas leading towards Muktinath region which is 18km in north-east direction at altitude of 3749meters. The travelers land at Jomsom air field and start trekking towards Muktinath following the popular ancient salt trading trails used by local businessman. The Thakali people of Jomsom are the local businessman who runs charming lodges for the travelers of famous Muktinath Temple. The Muktinath Temple is located in a dry landscape below the Thorong La Pass assorted with hot water springs. At Muktinath temple the travelers can explore the different climate, nature and surrounding in compare to tropical region along with close by views of dhaualagiri Himalayas and Annapurna Himalayas. The trekking trail is one of kind diverse nature that starts from red rhododendron forest to rocky desert of Mustang region.
This deluxe Jomsom to Muktinath Trek is based on ease of travel and comforts of travelers who want to enjoy the trip not get exhausted every day due to strenuous walking. The guided tour to interesting places of Kathmandu city and Pokhara city comes as a refreshment sightseeing activities where the travelers can do shopping, enjoy local cuisine, local drive or any other means of enjoyment. The Jomsom to Muktinath Trek comes with deluxe packages of cultural shows, traditional dance event, and look in to religious centers along with trip to heritage sites of local government and UNESCO prescribed tourist sites that will provide the insights of Nepal and its cultural and its traditional society. The travelers are accommodated in the deluxe hotels and lodges along with deluxe transportation service till the last ground where vehicle can reach. The travelers are offered with unparalleled deluxe and luxury services cutting off all the hardships of walking and scarcity of rural regions by boarding on luxury Resorts and private Jungle Loges with large area of coverage.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest or visit our office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier atThe Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
We start a guided tour to four of 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.
Early morning flight to Pokhara. Be sure to catch right side of the airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Pokhara offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna range and others. Numerous lakes of Pokhara offer fishing, boating and swimming, the city itself is popular as city of lakes. After taking rest for some time, drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk to the northern side of Bhurungdi Khola, the trail climbs through the sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhendhunga.
From Tikhendhunga the trail drops down and crosses the Burungdi Khola, then climbs all the way up to Ghorepani via very steeply up to village Ulleri. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward would really prove a test of your stamina. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse-water” owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings.
Ghorepani town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani town that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village & further descend to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing suspension bridge it climbs up at Tatopani. Tatopani, meaning Hot Water in Nepali derives its name from the hot springs there. The hot springs are popular among the trekker to sooth their tired leg muscles.
The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river flows under the deep gorge by 2200m in between two 8000m mountaintops are only 38km apart. Continuing along to Dana, Rupse Chahara meaning beautiful waterfall and Kopchepani, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is a paradise for the bird watchers.
A steep climb through forest takes you to Lete Khola then reach to Lete. It further continues to the east side of the Kaligandaki reach you Larjung Village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukche at 2590m and apple farm projects which produces apple and vegetable for the whole region until you get to Marpha Village.
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 meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom onwards 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.
Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.
Muktinath is one of most important destination for Hindus pilgrimage. It also hold an important place for the Buddhists. In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple of the Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra”or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom.
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to 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 can take an hour’s walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside. Overnight at hotel.
Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge where we can pick our meal from their carefully crafted menu that offer a wide range of choices. Overnight at Kathmandu.
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
(1) All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers (Pick up and drop)
(2) 3 porters, guide + 2 guest drive to Benishar by local bus than again drive local jeep to Koto including luggage transport
3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, B/B plan
1 night hotel in Pokhara, B/B plan
Nar phu Special Permit
Upper Mustang Restricted area fees
Annapurna Conservation area fee, and applicable permits & taxes
Camping Equipments – Tents, Mattresses Food: 3 meals a day during the trekking day, tea and coffee
Twin sharing accommodation in tea house/lodge
English speaking experienced Guide who has been there
2 clients: 1 porter for carrying loads
Nepali staffs wages, daily allowances and insurance
Flight: Jomsom – Pokhara,
Guide flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
3 porters from Jomsom to Kathmandu
Rescue evacuation co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance) All transportation as per the itinerary
International air ticket and airport taxes
Lunch and dinner while stay in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Equipments for trek
All expenses of personal nature like: bar and beverages bills, telephone calls etc
Personal Travel insurance