Jomsom Muktinath Trek
You will climb gradually along the ridges that are the foothills of the Annapurnas and Nilgiri.. Remember, however, that you are in the Himalayas and that 95 percent of the country is hilly and cross-crossed by numerous trails. There is very little flat land. If you take it slowly and walk at an even pace you should not experience any problems. You will pass through many villages where you will have ample time to take photographs and chat with the local people. There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, but the predominant people in this area are the Gurungs. Together with the Thakali, Magar and Chetries people, the Gurungs are famous as soldiers in the British Army, better known as Gurkhas.
Along the trail the views of Nilgiri (7061), Dhaulagiri(8167m), Machapuchare (6993m) and the Annapurnas are magnificent. The various trails from which we can choose lead us towards such Himalayan giants as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Machapuchare (6993m). The part of jomsom is the lowest part of Tibetan pleauto and almost like desert. Muktinath is the famous pilgrimage site. The winding trail passes through magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron that line the southern foothills of the Himalaya. The terrain varies from sub-tropical valleys with banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges clad in thick rhododendron forest. In January and February these may well be covered in snow, while during March and April they will be a blaze of red rhododendron flowers.
You will visit the famous Poon Hill where you will hopefully be blessed with a fantastic sunrise and 360 deg view of all the Annapurna Range including Annapurna South (7272m) Annapurna I (8091m) with imposing views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri(8157m) and the Dhaulagiri Range to the West. The views here are breath taking as you sit and sip on a hot chocolate before heading down the main trail to Pokhara. Here you will be able to see how things have changed over the years since western man started visiting the Himalayas. One of the added advantage of lodge trekking is being able to sit and chat to the Sougi (Inn Keeper), whilst he spins you yarns about life in Nepal. The altitudes of this trek vary between about 915m at Pokhara to approx.3880m at Muktinath, going up and down will test the best pair of knees. The secret is, take it SLOWLY!
- Detailed Itinerary
- Cost Info
- Trip Fact
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Welcome by our representatives and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Kathmandu - Pokhara: Drive to Pokhara. Pokhara, a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu and is the perfect starting point for our trek. Your first day in Pokhara can be spent just relaxing or you may enjoy a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp and Devi Falls.
Day 03 Pokhara - Jomsom - Kahbeni:
Fly to Jomsom between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, both of them are higher then 8000m. start trek after arrangement of porters at Jomsom and you begin you're your trek behind the Himalayas. The Kaligandaki valley here is called the Thakkhola, after the native Thakalis, who are distantly related to the Tibetans. The day we wlak to Kagbeni, the check point of entry to Upper Mustang.
Day 04 Kagbeni - Muktinath:
We ascend steeply to a 3880m, at Muktinath Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple in a grove of poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come here for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water inside a small but very holy temple.
Day05 Muktinath - Jomsom:
Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then into the Kali Gandaki river valley. Follow the valley southwards to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group the Thakalis, the main inhabitants of this area.
Day 06 Jomsom -Kalopani:
Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching the old Thakali trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rainshadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani
(2560m.) From here there are spectacular 360 degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas high above.
Day 07 Kalopani - Tatopani:
A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees andpoinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot water springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good 'scrub.'
Day 08 Tatopani - Ghorepani:
Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.
Day 09 Ghorepani - Tadapani:
A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, and all the way south to the plains of India. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with birdlife to Tadapani (2540m) for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Day 10 Tadapani - Ghandrung:
Trail descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you
may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that
follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung (1940m) and explore the
maze-like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement.
Day 11 Ghandrung - Birethanti - Pokhara:
A steady climb down past startlingly green cultivated terraces and picturesque, beautifully-preserved farms to the scurrying Modi River, which the trail follows back to Birethanti. Drive to Pokhara. O/N at Hotel.
Day 12 Drive Back to Kathmandu .
Day 13 Transfer to Airport for your onward journey.
- Pick up and transfer by private car as per the programme
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing room, Bed and breakfast only)
- 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara (twin sharing room, Bed and breakfast only)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek
- 9 nights twin sharing accommodation at Guest houses during the trek
- 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 trekkers), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance (We have insured our staffs by Neco Insurance Company Nepal)
- Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara with airport taxes
- National Park and TIMS permit.
- Government taxes
- Office service charge
- Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
- Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist for the trekkers who are age of under 65). For further details regarding insurance policy, please contact us
- International airfare to and from Nepal (please email at reservation to get a quote)
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu
- Items of a personal nature
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Trip Duration : 13 Days
Grading : Moderate to Strenuous
Activity : Trekking
Max. Altitude : Muktinath (3800m.)
Group Size : 01 - 14 pax