Jomsom – Muktinath Trek

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13 Days / 12 Nights

Duration

Nepal

Country

Moderate

Grade

3710m/12172ft

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Lodge/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Feb-June, Sep-Dec

Best season

- Max 15

Group Size

Overview


The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is an encounter with nature with some striking views of the incredible mountain vistas, unique temples, and monasteries along the windy valleys. It is a holy pilgrimage amalgamated with an adventurous rendezvous with stunning landscapes and trails leading to the fascinating wilderness. This Jomsom Muktinath Trek follows one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Mustang regions. This easy trekking in Nepal’s renowned Annapurna and the Mustang regions offers panoramic views of Annapurna I, II, III & IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Thorongla, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche peak and Lamjung Himal. Passing through the charming hamlets, surging waterfalls, rich verdant forests and arid desert-like terrains, the fantastic hike culminates with the superb views of the deepest gorge on the planet, the Kali Gandaki Valley.

This Jomsom Muktinath trek fabulous trekking spree also takes you to the infamous Muktinath Temple, which is a significant pilgrimage place for both Hindus and the Buddhists. The diverse landscapes and cultures that one encounters along the trails of Jomsom Muktinath Trek, which provide a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the rural indigenous people especially the Thakalis, Gurungs, and Magars. Immerse in cultural and spiritual experiences while embarking on one of the most magnificent trekking trails of Nepal encircling the giant Annapurna. This trek is also considered as the best alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek for trekkers who are a bit tight on their schedule. It is also among the friendliest areas with admirable lodges and teahouses all through the journey.

Finding Nepal beneath the overflow of trekkers can be difficult, but the exceptional views and diverse cultures are superlative. Anyone can gear up and lace up their hiking boots for this pleasantest trek in the Annapurna region, and previous experience is not mandatory. The only requirement for a trekker on this moderate walk is reasonably fit and in sound health. However, a prior hiking experience will make your trekking journey more comfortable and more adventurous. Come and join AID Adventure to experience the magnificence of the snow-clad mountain peaks along with diverse cultures and traditional rituals of the indigenous people residing in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan Durbar
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (7 hrs)- Overnight in Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek
Day 05: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 - 5 hours trek
Day 06 Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/ 3904ft) via Poon Hill (3,210m/10,532ft)
Day 07: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,000m/6,562ft)
Day 08: Ghasa to Larjung (2,560m/8,399ft)
Day 09: Larjung to Jomsom (2,713m/8,901ft)
Day 10: Jomsom to Muktinath (3,710m/12,172ft)
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713m/8,901ft)
Day 12: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara
Day 13: Final departure

Cost Includes

    • Airport Pick up/drop in private vehicle
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Tea-house accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking time
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
    • Porter service for trekking (2 trekkers :1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • AID Team personal Take care
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Excess baggage charge(s)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Any meals (Except trekking time)
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will complete all necessary immigration formalities followed by baggage collection from the designated area in the airport. As you exit, one of the representatives from Aid Journeys, with a placard, will officially welcome you and escort you to your pre-assigned hotel. At the hotel, you may stretch out your legs and relax for few hours from the possible jet lag that you might have experienced after a long flight. Those who are anxious and want to hit the streets right away, may stroll around Thamel and do a bit of shopping or hire gears and equipment for the upcoming trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After a good night’s rest, you will be woken up with a morning call, if you desire, followed by a warm bed tea. Once you finish your breakfast, there will be a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual landmarks of the city, all of them being recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites. You will visit the most revered and holy Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath, and one of the largest stupas in the world - a Buddhist shrine at Bouddhanath. You will also take a tour to Patan, the city of artisans. There you will visit the historical Patan Durbar Square and delight in the architectural wonders of the Malla era. Other attractions in Patan are the Mahaboudhha temple, the Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna temple and the Golden temple. On completion of the sightseeing, you will return to your hotel and either take rest or stroll around the bustling Thamel town. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After Breakfast: Drive to Pokhara (200 km - 6 hrs). During route you can visit Manakamana Temple by Cable Car which cost is addition USD 22 per person directly at the station. This ride gives breathtaking views of Hills, Mountains and river.e clouds.

You will drive along a zigzag route that leads you to Nayapul, which is the starting point of your trek. The initial hike through sub-tropical jungle leads you to a large and flourishing riverside village, Birethanti that lies at the convergence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers. Crossing the latter river after lunch through a bridge, and hiking up to Sudame along the off-road, you will do a gradual climb up to Tikhedhunga. Crossing another metal suspension bridge and making a steep ascent along thousand of tiring staircases and boulders will land you in the village of Ulleri. From here you get terrific views of the landscape of valley floor which you traversed during the daytime, with astonishing views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Overnight in Ulleri.

After breakfast, it is time to leave behind the large Magar village, Ulleri and begin the scenic ascend towards Ghorepani, a fascinating stop with small shops and stalls that sell local products and crafts. Climbing gently through beautiful forests of oak, rhododendron, and magnolia, and occasionally grey langur monkeys leaping over branches, you will reach Banthanti. Moving ahead from this tiny village for a short while, you will reach Nangethanti. The panoramic views will undoubtedly give you the much-needed energy to continue with your ascent. After another hour of walking and several breaks, you will reach Ghorepani, a village that offers stunning views of the Annapurna South and Nilgiri Mountain peaks. It is here that you will begin to feel the chilled weather, as this village rests quite higher than our previous places. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Today you will kick off with a pre-dawn hike, roughly-an-hour climb through rhododendron forests leading up to the grassy top of Poon Hill. The viewpoint of Poon Hill is the most popular trekking destination within the Annapurna region, where you can enjoy tantalizing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including close-up views of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I,Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. The unobstructed and illuminated sunrise view over the Himalayas and far western ranges of Dolpo is the most mesmerizing moment for you today. After a photographic delight and a hot beverage, you will descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tatopani. Walking down along Kali Gandaki valley, you will cross the villages of Chetra and Sikha and keep dropping till you reach Ghar Khola village. A short walk following the seasonal road crossing a suspension bridge, the trail ascends up to Tatopani village. Here, you may take a hot bath in natural hot spring and ease away your tired, aching body and feet. Overnight in Tatopani.

Today’s trek begins with a gradual ascent up the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards a small village of Dana that is surrounded by orange orchard farms. You may witness indigenous people selling oranges on the way in baskets. Crossing a suspension bridge, you will walk through a small hamlet Rupse and beyond this village rests a thundering waterfall cascading down beside the trail, popularly known by the name of Rupse Chhahara. Entering the steepest and the narrowest section of the gorge from Rupse village, you will walk on the layered stone path that is well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you will ascend to a beautiful village that is located at the lower part of the Kali Gandaki Valley, the warm and green Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village famous place for bird-watchers. Overnight in Ghasa.

The way out of Ghasa offers some fantastic views of snow-capped mountains towering above as you ascend on a steep track to Lete Khola through rock-strewn path and forests of fir, cypress, and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. Walking further from Lete village and treading east of the river beyond Kalopani will take you through a watery section to Larjung village. Here you will witness the marvelous architectural grandeur, tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style. Overnight in Larjung.

After breakfast, you will leave Larjung village along the trail following the broad valley of Kali Gandaki passing through Khobang and Tukuche. The path rambles through stonewalled orchards and soon leads you across a stone gate marking the entry of Marpha, a village of hardworking people. It is also known as the apple capital of Nepal, with Marpha brandy and jams produced from its apples. Several white-walled houses and well-maintained drainage system can be observed here in Marpha. After having lunch in Marpha, you will continue hiking towards Jomsom, the district headquarters of Manang. Approaching Jomsom, the landscape changes drastically. It becomes barren and impressive with an amalgamation of brown, yellow and grey colors contrasting with the white snow-capped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. Overnight in Jomsom.

The trekking resumes after breakfast along the track through the graveled riverbed of Kali Gandaki. Leaving the valley floor of Jomsom and walking past Kagbeni with beautiful meadows, streams and apple orchards, you will cross a small ridge to ascend towards Khingar village. More fields, streams and lush vegetation can be observed as you walk along the trail towards Jharkot village. Tremendous views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountain peaks can be glimpsed throughout today’s walking path. Walking past the villages of Purang and Changur, you will encounter mule stables and steep barren hillside before entering the village of Ranipauwa, which has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travelers. From here it is about an hour’s walk to reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight in Muktinath.

Since Muktinath to Jomsom is barely a few hours walk, you will have plenty of time in the Muktinath area this morning. After visiting the temples and a brief sightseeing spree in Muktinath, your trail will lead you to the village of Ranipauwa. Descending the spectacular Kali Gandaki valley, you will pass the villages of Jharkot and Khingar, which are decorated with distinctive Tibetan structural designs. At Jharkot there is a monastery and many Buddhist caves for you to explore. Moving from beautiful meadows, streams and fruit gardens, walking past Kagbeni, you will follow the valley floor to reach the district headquarter of the Mustang district, Jomsom. Tremendous views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountain peaks can be glimpsed throughout today’s walking trail. Overnight in Jomsom.

This day, you will embark on an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara along the Kali Gandaki Valley providing majestic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. On arrival at Pokhara airport, you will board another scheduled flight to Kathmandu. In case you have an afternoon flight, you may take a stroll at the lakeside and return to the airport after your lunch. On your flight to Kathmandu, you will catch a glimpse of the picturesque mountain peaks. After arriving at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room, where you may stretch your legs and relax all the while. Those energetic ones may hit the streets of Thamel to do some last minute souvenir shopping to carry back home to your beloved ones. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Today is the day your holidays in Nepal has come to an end, and you will be flying back home with ample memories of the experiences you’ve had in the Himalayas. A representative from Aid Journeys will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport well ahead of your scheduled flight for your onward journey. With plenty of time onboard, you may plan your next trip in the Himalayan realms of Nepal. For those willing to stay back and extend your holidays, Aid Journeys will be glad to plan your trip according to your craving.

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Cost Includes

    • Airport Pick up/drop in private vehicle
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Tea-house accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking time
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
    • Porter service for trekking (2 trekkers :1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • AID Team personal Take care
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Excess baggage charge(s)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Any meals (Except trekking time)
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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