14 days
Duration

Jomsom to Muktinath Trekking & Tour

You can have various experiences with every different trekking.
It is the choice of the travelers that where they wish to go according to their schedule, interests etc.
Though, if you are looking for a different kind of the trekking experience of the place, far from the modernity, no any stress of any pollution a totally classic trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek can be the best option for you. Lots of travelers prefer to visit this exotic land which is the final third of the Annapurna circuit. Annapurna circuit is a very popular trekking trail for the trekking in the Annapurna region. The trekking ends to the height of 3750m in the Muktinath temple. Thus, the place is named after this temple as a Muktinath which resembles “the land of Salvation”. The temple is one of the most sacred places of Hindus as well as Buddhist people. Lots of devotees all over the South Asian continent make their journey to this pilgrimage site every year. The trekking route starts after you take a bus from the beautiful valley of Pokhara. After one and half hour,  you will enterinto the town of Jomsom in the Mustang district with the scenic beauty of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri hills. From here you can have the spectacular view of the 8  out of 20 highest mountains  in the world. The trek continues to the popular Kagbeni, in the upper Mustang District. Following the trail on the bank of the Kaligandaki river you also pass through the interesting to the deepest Gorge made by the Kaligandaki river.

The valley lies between the high peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. As the journey surpass various interesting landscapes and natural landmarks from the rhododendron forests to the exotic dry land with less vegetation. The land resembles the desert land of the Tibet. The land is inhabited by the Buddhist community, they have their unique culture and traditions mostly influenced by the Tibetan culture.
About passing   18 km northeast to Jomsom you will finally reach to the Muktinath, also called Mukti Chhetra. Here, you can find the 108 waters  spout and having amazing scenery around as well as having a quality of time in this fully pristine land.You can communicate with the local Thakali people residing on the trail know more about them, their surprising ancient traditions, interesting stories, amazing faiths, visit the local gompas, monasteries. You will also get a chance to visit the different places like Marpha, Ghasa. For the moderate trekking, a good health condition can work out. As well you will have the greatest time with the pleasure of enjoying the varieties of nature on the trail starting from the rhododendron forests to dry, arid, cliff land.

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Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

You’ll fly into Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel by private bus. Before we head out for dinner, your trip leader will meet you for a briefing and answer any questions. Dinner in a restaurant in the Thamel district.

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Day 2

Explore Kathmandu

The day is free to explore Kathmandu, take excursions into the Kathmandu valley, shop, visit the spa, have a massage or just read a book. Click on the link for more Details about Kathmandu.

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Day 3

Fly to Phokhara/ Drive to Phokhara

Up early for your short but scenic flight to Pokhara, 198 kilometers west of Kathmandu. You will fly high above the north-south rivers flowing down towards the Terai from the Himalaya and Tibet, over terraced villages and green hills with the Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges in the distance, to balmy, sub-tropical Pokhara. Or 6 to 7 hours drive from Kathmandu during the travel you will pass through many small villages on the way will be fascinating you with snippets. We’ll stop for a local lunch in between Mugling Bazaar. Enjoy the afternoon wandering the shore of Phewa Lake, drinking fresh juice, doing some shopping. And enjoy the evening.

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Day 4

Drive to Nayapul- Trek to Tikhedunga

We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

 

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Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani

Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2,070m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. We trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour of walk this brings you to Ghorepani at 2,840m.

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Day 6

Hike up to Poon Hill and trek to Tatopani

It’s an early morning rise at 5 o’clock; we begin trekking for Poon Hill. It takes an hour to climb from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, presenting you with one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal from where spectacular Himalayan ranges with amazing sunrise views can be seen very closely.

After observing the wonderful Himalaya views, we return to Ghorepani to have a hot breakfast. After breakfast, we continue our journey to Tatopani.

The trail makes a steep descent to Chitre at 2,390m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1980m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1,705m. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. We then climb up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing too.

As you turn north, it takes you to the Tatopani at 1,180m. Tato means ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’, a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river. Tatopani is a popular short trekking spot just out of Pokhara.

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Day 7

Trek to Ghasa

Today, the trail climbs up the Kali Gandaki gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated between the two 8,000m  peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently up to Dana at 1,400m, and onto Rupse Chhahara at 1,550m,  there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani which crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1,935m. Then a short climb to Ghasa at 2,010m .

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Day 8

Trek to Tukche

We start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2,560m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then we spend over night at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2,590m

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Day 9

Trek to Kagbeni

From Tukche, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2,713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative centre to the region that contains the airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices.

We cross the river to the eastern bank; then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2,730m. From here we take a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2,810meters which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki which is the northern most village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is fascinating with its rich Tibetan cultures and their unique hospitality which influences us greatly.

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Day 10

Trek to Muktinath

We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3,200m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3,500m  well worth exploring. We take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath.

As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3,802m. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes’ walks up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water- fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance.

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Day 11

Trek back to Jomsom

Today we follow the same trail nearby Kagbeni and then the new trek takes you down to the Eklebhatti, then again follow same trail to Jomsom.

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Day 12

Morning flight to Pokhara

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.

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Day 13

Fly to Kathmandu/Drive to Kathmandu

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.

 

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Day 14

Departure

Airport drop off

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