Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom Muktinath trek, as it is generally called, starts from Pokhara. Jomsom extends on either sides of Kaligandaki River, the trail to Muktinath follows the Kali Gandaki River which forms the deepest ravine in the world; on one side lies the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri throughout the ravine. The trek is a part of the Annapurna Circuit trek as well.
The scenery of the trail ranges from forests of bright red rhododendrons to rocky cliffs and desert. Rich mixture of cultures from Hindus to Tibetan Buddhist can be witnessed living in peace and harmony. Jomsom lies in an elevation of 2,800 meters where as Muktinath the hight elevation of the trek is at the elevation of 3,800m. The trek also can be named as the “”holy trek” as the river Kali Gandaki, the temple of Muktinath and monasteries sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists carries a significance since centuries.
Jomsom trek is an exemplary trek of spectacular diversity at its most finest and natural state. Deep valley’s encircling mountains, wide range of wild inhabitants, indigenous community settlement, subtropical forest escalating to dry uplands resembling to that of Tibetan plateau, fossils found in the banks of Kali Gandaki River sacred to Hindus makes Jomsom Muktinath trek the most demanded trek amongst the visitors. With plenty of trekking destinations and option of plenty of trail within the Jomsom- Muktinath trek is one reason why it attracts 30,000 tourists every year which contributes 75% of the total tourist visiting Nepal every year.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your hotel or hostel. On this day you rest and rejuvenate for days to come.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
On this day we get busy with couple of things; one making required permits for your trekking and two taking you out for sightseeing. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to different heritages.
Day 03: Bus to Pokhara
On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park at Thamel and board a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. The drive to Pokhara on one of the major highways is exhilarating with beautiful views of never leaving tributaries, lush green hills and road side settlements.
Day 04: Bus to Nayapul and trek to Tikhendhunga
On this day we wake up early to have our breakfast by 7:00 a.m. and board car, van or bus; according to our comfort and preference, by 8:00 a.m. and drive for around 1 hour and 30 minutes to Nayapul. We unload our luggage and cross the rustic bridge of Modi khola and walk for about 15 minutes to Birethanti and get our permits checked. Today we walk on the jeep track and make easy ascend to Tikhedhunga. In spring we can take the opportunity to cool off the scorching heat and fatigue by swimming in one of the streams on our way to Tikhedhunga, which has been the major attraction of this trail.
Day 05: Tikhendhunga to Ghorepani
On this day we make an ascent of 1360 meters in total within 4-6 hours of trek. Today we trek on this beautifully crafted, manmade staircase with 3500 steps is physically challenging but not technical and yet beautiful. Once we reach Ulleri we come across beautiful settlement of Magar communities to the pasture land which further leads into deep forest. We make our way through beautiful oak and Rhododendron forest, 2 crystal clear streams and a ridge before we make a final and short climb to Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani to Tatopani
Today we start our day early in the morning to cover 1750m in descent and 140m in ascent with 5-7 hours. With the view of Nilgiri and Dhaluragiri on the front, we head through beautiful Magar settlement. Further we make descend through beautiful forest of Magnolia and Rhododendron and further pasture grounds until we reach Ghorepani. We make a halt at Ghorepani which is a must after long walk.
Day 07: Tatopani to Ghasa
On this day we start early to ascent 900m and descend 90m in 5-6 hours. On this day we walk on jeep trails except for many occasions when we walk on the mule trails. We walk past north of beautiful waterfall named Rupse Chahara further on rocky trails carved right out of the hills. The day is very tiring because of the fine ascend we make on jeep trail along Kaligandaki river, from in between lush green hills. From Ghasa we make an entry to the district of Mustang.
Day 08: Ghasa to Marpha
Today we make 600m in ascent on jeep track mostly, except for once and twice when we dodge vehicle route to stroll on mule tracks. Most of the day’s walking is done on dry and arid landscape with the view of Annapurna massif on the south now. Through the rustic old settlements of Tukuche and larjung and fine orchards we enter in Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards, apple distillery, apple cedars and apple pies.
Day 09: Marpha to Kagbeni
The trekking trail of Marpha to Kagbeni is effortless and on today’s day we ascent 220m and descent 60m. Making our way through most remarkable town of Jomson which holds the only airstrip of region, where wind gauge breaks the record every afternoon and which offers amazing view of Nilgiri mountain, we make our way further towards Kagbeni on more flatter trail. Further we walk on a straight trail through the gorges and on the banks of Kaligandaki which further leads to desert like landscape. Finally we make a very stable ascent until we arrive at Kagbeni.
Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath
Kagbeni is an interesting fortress like village which gives a hunch about its inhabitants being from warrior race. There are big walls known as Kheni in local language and it is believed to be protecting the entire village of Kagbeni from the evil spirit and intruders. From Kagbeni we again amble on the jeep trail with the view of Nilgiri range and Mustang himal and ascend 600+ meters. We make our way through small patches of villages in Jharkot and Khingar, until we arrive at Muktinath temple, which is overwhelmed by the devotees of Hindu and Buddhist religion.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom
From Muktinath we further descend down to Jharkot and watch Kagbeni from the ridge and make our way towards Jomsom. We take jeep track all the way to Jomsom; a beautiful mountain settlement placed on the laps of Nilgiri Mountain. Jomsom also has a air strip which serves the entire region on everyday basis. We do not board the flight on the same day as the flights are disrupted by the heavy wind that blows in Mustang after noon. We rather stay back and enjoy the vista and ambiance of Mustang.
Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
We board an early morning flight to Pokhara which takes around 20 minutes. The flight is also a wonderful opportunity to watch the aerial view of mountains in Annapurna region.
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park and board a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch.
Day 14: Farewell
On this day the entire team of Silver Mountain adventure and the guests will have time together relax and talk over the dinner. This dinner signifies end of the trip in Nepal but not our relationship. Further next day we take the privilege to drop you at the airport for your departure.
Airport pick up and drop off by car
All meals during trek
Accommodation during trek on local lodge
English speaking local expert guide, porters
Annapurna Conservation permit and all necessary permits.
Trekkers' Information Management System fees
3 nights accommodation hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort
Insurance for all staff & porters
International Airport Departure Tax
Major meals, Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
Tips & Gratuities
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