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Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
10 days adventure into the sacred places of the Annapurna Mountains

High up in the Annapurna Mountains of the Himalayas is a sacred place called Muktinath. This location has been a sacred pilgrimage spot for both Buddhists and Hindus to see the every burning sacred flame. Fueled by an underground gas fissure, it has been burning for centuries.

Muktinath Temple features 108 golden taps that continuously bubbles forth holy water as ithave done for centuries. A number of Hindu deities are honored here including the god Vishnu.  

The region of Jomsom and Muktinath is famous for its incredible beauty. It lies between the mighty peaks of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri, the 10th and 7th highest mountains in the world, respectively. Here you trek next to deep gorges and valleys that are nestled between the snowcapped peaks.

For 15 incredible days, you travel from the sub-tropical forests just north of the picturesque mountain city of Pokhara to the stunning heights near Muktinath at 3,817 meters, which is right in the heart of the snowcapped peaks.

There is only 10 actual days of trekking, which begins with a short flight to Jomsom near Muktinath. After taking the short climb to Muktinath, the trip is primarily downhill until you reach the village of Tikhenhunga before returning to Pokhara. The journey ends by first class bus through the Trisuli River Valley as you make your way back to the legendary city of Kathmandu.

On the trek, there are hot springs, the world’s deepest gorge on the Kaligandaki River and then for the awesome opportunity to witness sunrise over the Annapurna’s from Poon Hill.  Here you get up before sunrise to climb to the top of this hill to watch the rays of the effulgent sun rise above the mountains. The snowcapped peaks of the Annapurnas go from grey to pink and to finally a brilliant white as the sun climbs higher and higher in the cobalt blue of the Himalayan skies.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the most popular of the Annapurna Treks and attracts approximately 75% of all visitors to the Annapurna region. The trek begins in the Tibetan plateau are of Mustang before working its ways south to the sub-tropical forests near Pokhara.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is an exception value, featuring opportunities to see Nepal at its finest. The trip will include a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu where you will experience several of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that the Kathmandu Valley is famous for.

Your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks can put together this or any other trip into the incredible Himalayas. Be sure to ask them about the Jomsom Muktinath Trek as you plan your next holiday in Nepal.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking- Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)

Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (910m.)

Day 03: Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni (2850m.)

Day 04: Kagbeni - Muktinath (3,817m.)

Day 05: Muktinath - Jomsom (2,709 m.)

Day 06: Jomsom - Larjung (2,522 m.)

Day 07: Larjung – Ghasa (2,522 m.)

Day 08: Ghasa - Tatopani (1,189 m.)

Day 09: Tatopani - Ghorepani (2,855 m.)

Day 10: Ghorepani - Poon Hill – Ghorepani

Day 11: Ghorepani - Tikhedhunga (1,577 m.)

Day 12: Tikhedhunga - Pokhara

Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

Note:
The above program can be tailor made as per your request, We can use morning 8 am flight to Pokhara which is only 30 minutes flight so we can start the trek in same day, can take a fly back to Kathmandu also late afternoon when finished the Trek.We can adjust the program as per the time and interest such as we can add Rafting, Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. Please do not hesitate to write us your interest; we will make the itinerary to suites your needs. 

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Cost Included
Accommodation as per Different standard of your choice in City and simple lodge or Tented Camp at Trekking. English Speaking Trekking Guide & porter. All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standard of Tour/Trek starting to end of Tour or Trek. Every day 3Meals Trekking portion. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), Camping Trek Our Cook prepare & Tea House Trek will provide on local Lodge. All fees on Trek.

Cost Excludes

All the expenses of personal nature, drinks, lunch and dinner city portion, tipping, all the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control Nepal Visa, (USD30 for 15days multiple) and Airport Tax etc.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking - Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted and welcomed by our representative at the airport and then s/he will transmit you to hotel. For a short time you will be described about your tour and check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is all yours and overnight at hotel.


Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (910m.)
After breakfast, you go away from Kathmandu and you move to Pokhara driving for 6 hours by tourist bus, or private car or bus depending upon the size of your group. You will be passing through interesting vista of river and landscape. Otherwise, you may fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which takes only half an hour. Then, you will sign in to the Hotel and you have free afternoon on your own. You can go around lakeside area or you can do boating at Fewa Lake and overnight at hotel.


Day 03: Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni (2850m.)
Today you depart from Pokhara, take a morning flight to Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district. You arrive at Jomsom village after passing the Kaligandaki River Bridge after that you will be trekking for about 3 hours beside the bank of Kaligandaki and get to Ekley Bhatti village. Subsequently, you trek one more hour to reach Kagbeni which is located at the bank of two rivers Kaligandaki and Nilgiri.


Day 04: Kagbeni - Muktinath (3,817m.)
Moving from Kagbeni to reach Muktinath, you mount steeply to an altitude of 3880m. This is one of the most important pilgrimage places of interest for Hindus. Sanctified water flows from the 108 taps and you can also see the pagoda style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is also residence to a lot of tribal Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come here for visiting the temple.


Day 05: Muktinath - Jomsom (2,709 m.)
The trail from Muktinath today moves down to the valley for more than 1,525 m below and there is spectacular barren scenery, which moves on to Jomsom. The Kaligandaki trade route is a major and active village.

 

Day 06: Jomsom - Larjung (2,522 m.)
Moving from Jomsom, you today trek to Larjung. And, it takes 5 to 6 hours for trekking this day. The valley is conquered by Thakalis amusingly related to Gurung and Magars of the Lutheran slopes.


Day 07: Larjung – Ghasa (2,522 m.)
Moving further ahead from Larjung you will witness a spectacular change of plant life since land is dry, infertile, deserted. You can see pine and confer forest while walking between Annapurna areas. And while coming across Kalopani, you will see the splendid views of Annapurna range. In total, you today trek for 5 to 6 hours and tonight you stay at Ghasa.


Day 08: Ghasa - Tatopani (1,189 m.)
Progressively as you move down from Ghasa today to Tatopani, treks come into valleys and grasslands; the striking Rupse Chhahara (waterfall) and leaving it behind you reach Dana village. Then, you have 3 hours trouble-free walk to Tatopani all the way through the Kaligandaki river coast. Stay overnight in Tatopani.


Day 09: Tatopani - Ghorepani (2,855 m.)
Today, you leave Tatopani to reach Ghorepani steadily climbing all day; you eventually go away from the terraced fields and pass through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. You camp at the pass for the greatest views of the sunset above the amazing, snow-capped Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri.


Day 10: Ghorepani - Poon Hill – Ghorepani
Waking up early morning, today you trek to Poon Hill (3195m.). Poon hill is the spot where you can take pleasure in with mesmerizing peak views and beautiful sunrise view. Subsequently, after trekking down to Ghorepani for an hour, you will have your breakfast then rest of day at your own.


Day 11: Ghorepani - Tikhedhunga (1,577 m.)
On this day, from Ghorepani you move downward to Tikhedhunga. In Tikhedhunga, you can see mules loaded with goods. You have to trek for 5 to 6 hours. Tonight at Tikhedhunga.


Day 12: Tikhedhunga - Pokhara
From Tikhedhunga, you will trek down for 5 hours to reach Nayapul which literally means New Bridge. And, then drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara at hotel.


Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu
You return back to Kathmandu either taking flight or drive from Pokhara which takes 6 to 7 hours and 30 minutes by flight. Free afternoon on your own in Kathmandu for shopping or hang around the city.Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Today you depart from this wonderful Himalayan country, Nepal. Hope to see you again.

Trip Duration: 14 days
Country: Nepal (Annapurna region)
Trip Start from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Total Nights in Kathmandu: 3 nights
Total Nights in Pokhara: 2 nights
Trip Grade: Easy- Moderate
Per day walking/Hiking: 4- 5 hrs
Minimum Group Size: from 1 Person & above
Activities: Trekking, Hiking & Cultural plus religious Tour
Maximum High Altitude: 3817m at MUKTINATH Temple
Meals during Trip:  Breakfast in Cities & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Guest House / Lodge / Tent
Mode of Transportation:  Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace & domestic Flights
Best Travel season: March - May, September -December
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Jomsom-Muktinath- Jomsom- Ghasa- Ghorepani-Tirkhedhunga - Pokhara-Kathmandu

Clothing and equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.

Clothing

1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph

Trip Photos

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