Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Trip Highlights:

The major attraction of this trek is Jomsom the capital of Mustang. Kagbeni is one of the major destination to visualize. The breathtaking mountain panoramas is one of most fascinating part of this trekking. This trek can be completed by anyone with a moderate level of fitness. The trail follows Kaligandaki river which forms the world’s deepest gorge. Marpha village with monastery and Apple Brandy factory is another major attraction. Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Ghandruk village are the major attraction of this trek. The best seasons for doing this trek are Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to mid December)

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Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a spectacular classic lodge trek in Mustang region and also in the North of Annapurna region. It is also a holy journey for many as Muktinath has benn one of the most popular and important pilgrimage place for both Buddhists and Hindus for centuries. The breathtaking mountain panoramas is one of most fascinating part of this trekking. This trek can be completed by anyone with a moderate level of fitness. The trail follows Kaligandaki river which forms the world’s deepest gorge. Explore the hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Make an adventure starting from world's deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Region into world's highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.

 

The starting point of Jomsom Muktinath Trek is Jomsom, capital of Mustang. A short and scenic flight from Pokhara will take you to Jomsom. Following the walking trail through the Kali Gandaki valley to the north we reach Kagbeni which is a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, chortens and a Buddhist monastery. The initial days of the trek through the Annapurna region ascends through rice terraces and villages inhabited by the indigenous people, mostly the Gurungs. Then a steep climp up the Jhong valley crossing meadows, streams and poplar and fruit trees will lead to Muktinath.

 

The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls that resemble water flowing from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that boggle the mind. After visting Muktinath, the trail descends towards Marpha village with monastery and Apple Brandy factory and then to Kalopani. The grandeur of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on show a little further up along with the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way. Then we trek to Tatopani wher we can enjoy hot spring.

 

Following the route, we will reach Ghorepani , Poonhill where we can enjoy the exotic sunrise and sunset over the majestic mountains. We continue to walk leading to Tadapani, Ghandruk village, Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.The best seasons for doing this trek are Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to mid December). This trek not only amazes you with natural beauty and traditional culture but makes you a part of a holy journey that’s centuries old.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the 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 funeral 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 the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, you get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara & Pokhara Sightseeing
Today, we fly to Pokhara early in the morning catching spectacular views of the Himalayas through windows of our airplane. After taking a bit rest, we do sightseeing around Pokhara Valley. Pokhara is the beautiful lake city. We will catch a magnificent view of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Phewa Lake is the second biggest lake of Nepal. We cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We 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 in Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2713m) & trek to Kagbeni (2,810m)
Early morning, we will catch our flight to Jomsom (district head quarter of Mustang) and trek to Kagbeni. It takes nearly 30 minutes on flight to arrive at Jomsom over the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We take a short rest at Jomsom with morning breakfast and head towards Kagbeni. On the way to Kagbeni, we see dry rocky hills, Kaligandaki River, many snow capped mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak, Dhampus Peak, Thorong Peak etc.; and beautiful farmlands with apple gardens. Nearly after 3 hrs long trek, we arrive at Kagbeni where we visit an old Monastery, Hindu temple on the Kaligandaki Riverside where Hindu people remind their late (lost) family members with ritual worshipping. Overnight at Guest house in Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m)
Today, we head towards our auspicious destination i.e. Muktinath. We will have many scenic picturesque places during the walk. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply up to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar (3200m). The trail goes through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village from where we see a beautiful view of snowcapped and amazing desert mountains. We climb further more from there; and nearly 4 hrs long trek, we reach at our auspicious destination Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. We explore the Vishnu Temple and Monastery where we see never setting fire flam on the water. We visit nearby villages around Muktinath with beautiful mountain views as well. Overnight in Muktinath

Day 06: Muktinath to Marpha (2665m)
Today, we explore Muktinath Temple and do worshiping (Puja) there. We also do Puja at Vishnu Temple and Gompa in the morning. After morning breakfast, we descending through Ranipauwa village on the steep down and barren hillside then we walk down to Kagbeni and then to Jomsom (district headquarter of Mustang District). We see a beautiful scene of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Mt. Nilgiri and many other snowcapped mountains. We cross many beautiful farmlands on this trail. Finally we arrive at Marpha in the late afternoon. The trail goes along with a plateau above Kali Gandaki river- the world`s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.

Day 07: Trek to Lete [2470m]
After breakfast, we trek towards Lete village. On the way to Lete, we come across many other traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. We see many apple gardens as well. We have amazing views in 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti on the way crossing a river; then we come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani. We see the trees of Sebacton; its fruit juice is very famous in this area. Overnight at Lete.

Day 08: Trek to Tatopani [1160m]
Today, we trek to Tatopani (natural hot spring water spot).The journey mostly goes through downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa then we drop to lower elevations and emerge back into subtropical forests with lush vegetation. We explore Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We continue to trek down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana the deepest gorge in the trail. This area is famous for orange farming. We find many villages in this trail where we can observe traditional lives or the lifestyle of the local people. We get relax and freshen of having bath in the natural hot water spring at Tatopani. Overnight at Tatopani

Day 09: Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
After breakfast you trek to Ghorepani. During the trek, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. While traversing through the Phalate, Chitre and a no-habitation area, we enter with rhododendron, birch, magnolia and some meadows on the way. As we gain height, the peaks ahead look wonderful. We will stay at Ghorepani for we have to make the climb to Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. Overnight at Ghorepani

Day 10: Ghorepani to Pokhara via Uleri, Hille & Nayapul
Early in the morning, we trek nearly an hour towards Poonhil and catch an amazing view of sunrise from Poon Hill (3210 m). From there we also see a spectacular beauty of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Mt. Nilgiri (7061 m.), Mt. Annapurna South (7219 m.) and many other snow capped mountains. Then we back to same guest house and have breakfast and trek down to Nayapul. We pass beautiful rhododendron forest where the whole hill becomes red in March and April with rhododendron flowers. On the way we also see different waterfalls, birds, wild animals, plain farm lands, and many more. We cross beautiful villages like Uleri, Tikhedhunga, Hille, Sule, Birethati (route permit and team checking point); and we finally arrive at Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara (a city of lake).

Day 11: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu
If we like by driving it will be better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to the hotel for rest. But if you back through air it will take nearly 25 minutes to Kathmandu. So we will do shopping and half day sightseeing in Pokhara. And we catch your flight in the afternoon. Today is the exact end of our trip, so we share our experiences gained during the trip with wonderful dinner at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Nearly 2 hours before your scheduled flight, our company representative will take you to the airport. We are sure; you will back to your home taking amazing experience of Nepal. We hope you enjoyed trekking and want to be somewhere in the Himalayas again.

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Jomsom Muktinath Trek Route Map With Leaf holidays Treks

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