Jomsom Muktinath Trek

12 Days

Jomsom Muktinath trek is short trek in Annapurna region. Starting the trek from Nayapul you will cover Ghorepani poonhill trek and continues to Tatopani, Ghasa, Tukche Kagbeni, Muktinath, and return to Jomsom.You will explore both greenery and desertified Annapurna region. The surprising view of Mustang Nepal definitely gives you pleasure on Jomsom Muktinath trekking.

Overview

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is also known as a lower mustang trek. You will explore the capital of the Mustang district commonly known as the”windy valley” of Nepal. The trekking route continues to the Holy  River Kaligandaki where you can see the heavy flow of water carrying saligram.

Starting Jomsom Muktinath trekking route from Nayapul you will reach Jomsom, the gateway of “Upper Mustang Trek”, which is a restricted area and requires a special permit to enter.

Lower Mustang Trek is famous as a trekker’s paradise because of its wonderful topography and numerous places of interest. You will enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas while walking through the world’s deepest gorge at Dana. At the same time, you can stop at the hot spring in Tatopani, which has a belief of washing away sins in the purifying waters.

Most of the trek is along the river of Kaligandaki, where one can find Shaligram (fossils). Shaligram is a black stone that reveals different patterns once broken open. The trek to Jomsom leads you all the way to Muktinath (God of Salvation). Muktinath is one of the most popular Hindu temples of Nepal, featuring pagoda-style temples and Buddhist Gompas. There are 108 stone taps around the temple and three natural fires (Jwalamukhi),  viewable inside the Gompas. This is the adventure of a lifetime, fusing interesting elements of Nepalese culture and beautiful nature.

Jomson Muktinath trek itinerary outline is shown in the table below.

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 6-7 hours
Day 2 Drive to Nayapul (1050m) and trek to Tikhedhunga 3-4 hours
Day 3 Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) 6-7 hours
Day 4 Early morning hike to Poonhill (3210m) and trek to Tatopani (1200m) 4-5 hours
Day 5 Trek to Ghasa (1190m) 5-6 hours
Day 6 Trek to Tukche (2510m) 5-6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Kagbeni (2900m) 4-5 hours
Day 8 Trek to Muktinath (3500m) 4-5 hours
Day 9 Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 4-5 hours
Day 10 Fly back to Pokhara 25 min
Day 11 Drive back to Kathmandu 6 hours

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Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara O/N at hotel

After having breakfast we will drive to Pokhara. We will travel Kathmandu to Pokhara distance 204km in 6 hours. The bank of Trishuli River, high hills, greenery, and busy Prithivi highway will makes our travel joyful with our team.

Day 2: Drive to Nayapul (1050m) and trek to Tikhedhunga. O/N at tea house

Enjoying the breakfast in Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul for starting the trek. Around an hour of drive takes us to nayapul and we will start our trekking towards Tikhedhunga. Passing uphills and downhills, forest path and many villages we will reach Tikhedhunga in 3 to 4 hours of walk. The view of Annapurna range from trekking route gives amazing feeling.

Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m). O/N at tea house.

After having breakfast in Tikhedhunga we will trek uphill to reach beautiful Gurung village Ghorepani. It will takes around 6-7 hours to get our destination. Enjoying the amazing view of Annapurna landscape and Annapurna ranges we will complete todays trek and rest in Ghorepani.

Day 4: Early morning hike to Poonhill (3210m) and trek to Tatopani (1200m).

We will wake up early in the morning and start hiking to reach Poonhill before sunrise. It takes around 45 minutes to reach Poonhill from Ghorepani. The view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal, green hills below mountain range from poonhill definitely attracts you. After spending around an hour on photographer’s paradise we will return back to ghorepani and have our breakfast.

We will pack our bag and walk towards Tatopani. Passing Chitre, Sikha, Ghar Khola, suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki we will reach Tatopani after 4-5 hours of walk.

Day 5: Trek to Ghasa (1190m). O/N at tea house.

We will start our trek from Tatopani towards Kali Gandaki valley. It takes around 6 hours to reach Ghasa from Tatopani. Following newly developed Tatopani to Ghasa trekking route, we reached deepest George of the world. Enjoying the view of terraced agricultural land, flowing Kaligandaki, Shining Dhaulagiri – the 7th highest peak of the world on the left and Annapurna I, the 10th highest peak of the world on the right we reached Ghasa.

Day 6  Trek to Tukche (2510m).

After having breakfast in Ghasa we will trek towards Lete.  Following the bank of Kaligandaki we will walk through forest and reached Lete. It takes around 6 hours to reach Tukche from Ghasa. Enjoying the driest, desertified hills, reduced vegetation and peaceful environment under clear sky we will reach Tukche.

Day 7 Trek to Kagbeni (2900m). O/N at tea house

Leaving Tukche we will trek through Marpha, the wonderful village famous for apple. Enjoying the mesmerizing view of Mustang and its district headquarter Jomsom we will reach Kagbeni after around 5 hours of walk. Kagbeni is famous for saligram “the black stone worshipped as lord Bishnu”.

Day 8: Trek to Muktinath (3500m). O/N at tea house.

After having breakfast in Kagbeni we will trek to the famous Bishnu temple Muktinath. The serene beauty of Muktinath and its surrounding is wonderful and creates peace in you. You can view Thorung La pass, part of Annapurna circuit trek route and Jhong river valley on the way to Muktinath. We will visit Muktinaath area and stay there overnight.

Day 9 Trek to Jomsom (2720m). O/N at hotel.

We will trek down to Jomsom following the bank of Kaligandaki. The amazing Mustang region its strong wind, non-green hills and mountain gives pleasure during walk. We will reach Jomsom after 4, 5 hours of walk. The headquarter of Mustang, Jomsom will welcome us with its unique beauty.

Day 10 Fly back to Pokhara.

We will return to Pokhara through flight. Jomsom to Pokhara flight is of 25 mnute. You will have sightseen in Pokhara depending on time of flight.

Day 11 Drive back to Kathmandu.

After having breakfast in Pokhara we will drive back to Kathmandu. It takes around 6 hours to cover Pokhara to Kathmandu distance of 200.5km on the Prithvi highway. We will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Jomsom Muktinath trek competes after arriving in Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Private Arrival & Departure transfers,
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin share On B/B,
  • Three meals in day (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek,
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek,( private car and Tourist Bus)
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit,
  • Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit,
  • Well-experienced guide & Porter with all his allowance and expenses,
  • Trekking map
  • sleeping Bag (back to the company after Trek)

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees,
  • Your travel insurance of any kind,
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax,
  • Lunch and Dinner (Kathmandu & pokhara) except mentioned on Itinerary,
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities, also on the trail
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Items of personal expenses such as beverages, extra tea, and coffee on the way while trekking, battery charging at tea houses, hot shower, mineral water and internet.
When is the Best time to do Jomsom Muktinath Trek?

The best time to do the Jomsom Muktinath trek is March to May and September to November. But you can do this trek in late winter too without any risk.

What is the maximum elevation we have to reach on this trek?

The maximum elevation that you have to reach at 3800 meters on this trek.

What kind of Accomodation do we get in this trek?

We will get the Normal clean lodge with attach bathroom on this trek.

Do you need Sleeping bag For this trek?

Yes, If you have a sleeping bag then it would be better. but you will get the blanket in the room too.

Buddha statue at Jomsom Muktinath Trek

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