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Jomsom Muktinath Trek - 13 Days

Trip Overview

Jomsom Muktinath Trek or simply the Jomsom Trek, in the lower Mustang region of Nepal is one of those treks in Nepal that greets trekkers with variety in terms of landscape, vegetation and the culture and lifestyle of people in Nepal. Starting from Nayapul, trek to Jomsom, Muktinath offers opportunity to walk on the Tibetan plateau conquering the altitude of almost 3,800m passing through well-cultivated terraced fields, indigenous villages, rhododendron forest, world’s deepest gorge (at Dana) of Kali Gandaki River in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri (rising above 8000m), Apple orchards and finally, treeless, dry and arid land of the lower Mustang region.

Poon Hill - the best viewpoint of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range in the entire Annapurna region, Kaagbeni ­– a gateway to the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang filled with prayer wheels, Chortens and Buddhist monastery, Muktinath – a god of salvation for Hindus and a place of nirvana for Buddhist featuring 108 holy water spouts, Vishnu and Jwala Mai temple – featuring gas fires, Marme Lakhang and Gonde Gompa (centuries-old monastery),settlements like Ghasa, Marpha, Jomsom and fossils in the bank of Kali Gandaki River are some of the major highlights of Jomsom Muktinath trekking. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhalagiri and Nilgiri, while getting acquainted with the lifestyle and the hospitality of Gurung, Thakali and Sherpa people. Relax your tired muscles in a natural hot spring at Tatopani!

Moreover, a standard 13 Day Jomsom Muktinath trek itinerary designed by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition allows you to enjoy all of these highlights while making you walk through a part of 20 days Annapurna Circuit Trek. Any person with a moderate fitness level can opt for this trek; however, on request the days, cost and requirements can definitely be customized. The packages include full board meal during the trek along with 100% departure date, complementary map and the best group discount offers.

As Jomsom, Muktinath lies in the rain-shadow area, the trek can be planned any time of the year. However, planning this trek in between March-May and September-December is considered more fulfilling. Starting with 7 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then 2 more hours drive to Nayapul, the journey ends with a flight to Pokhara and then drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic countryside drive
  • Stunning view of Annapurna massif along with Manaslu and Dhaulagiri
  • Amazing view of the sun rising from Poonhill
  • Tatopani - Natural Hotsprings
  • Andha Galchhi - World's deepest gorge
  • Marpha - Beautiful old Thakali settlement
  • Apple orchards
  • Exploration of Buddhist lifestyles and cultures
  • Visit holy Muktinath Temple
  • Scenic mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Additional Information

If the suggested itineraries are not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhadhunga (1,540m/5,052ft)

Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (3,194m/10,479ft)

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft)

Day 06: Trek to Ghasa (2,010m/6,594ft)

Day 07: Trek to Marpha (3,500m/11,482ft)

Day 08: Trek to Kegbeni (2,800m/9,186ft)

Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3,760m/12,335ft)

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom (2,750m/9,002ft)

Day 11: Fly to Pokhara 

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 13: Departure Day

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Day 1: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Nepali food, Cultural music and Ethnic dance.)

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) - 200 km, 6-7 hrs drive

Today, in the morning our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station to catch an early morning, comfortable tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head towards the west of Kathmandu Valley and continue the journey towards the western part of Nepal following the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli river. The bus will stop twice – one for breakfast and one for lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. The evening can be utilized to explore the lake area. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara.

 Meals included: Breakfast,

(Highlights of the day: Comfortable tourist bus, the windy highway along the Trisuli River, breathtaking view of waterfalls, rivers, jungles, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with a seasonal crop, different vegetations, curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges, Lake area in Pokhara.)

Day 3: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhadhunga (1,540m/5,052ft) - 1 hour drive & 4 hrs trek

Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Tikhedhunga. First, we drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. On reaching Nayapul, after two hours drive, the luggage is prepared for the porters. After a short pre-trek preparation, we start to walk towards Birethanti following the south bank of the Modi River. In Birethanti, our leader will take care of all the check-in formalities at the ACAP office, and then we follow the trail that leads us towards Bhurungdi Khola. Passing Lamdawali, Sudame, Hile, and a few waterfalls we finally reach Tikhedhunga. The night will be spent at a lodge in Tikhedhunga.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: view of Machhapuhhre and Annapurna, Modi River, waterfalls, countryside villages)

Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (3,194m/10,479ft) - 5 to 6 hrs trek

Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Ghorepani.  We first climb up to Ulleri, following stone-paved steps. After climbing more than 3000 steps we reach Ulleri. A gentle ascent from here through the Rhododendron and Oak forest, passing Banthanti and Nangge Thanti will then take us to Ghorepani - a gateway to Poon Hill, which is the best sunrise viewpoint in the Annapurna region. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghorepani.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day:  Thousands of stone steps, Ulleri – a large Magar village which offers magnificent view of Annapurna South and Himchuli, rhododendron and Oak forest of the conservation area, spectacular view of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri from Ghorepani,  health posts, schools, police check post, Stupas, temple and internet cafes at Ghorepani along with chilly weather.)

Day 5: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft) - 6 to 7 hrs trek

Today is the third day of the trek and our destination is Tatopani. Today we wake up early and hike up to Poon Hill (3,193m) to catch the first ray of the sun striking the mountains of Annapurna region. We enjoy the view of the sunrise, spend some time taking snaps and then get back to the lodge at Ghorepani. We have our breakfast and then proceed crossing Deurali pass, towards Tatopani. A vertical descend will first take us to a beautiful Magar village, Shikha. From Shikha, the trail will further take us down to the  Ghar Khola Village, passing few small settlements like Kutuka, Ghara and Hellekharka. At the Ghar Khola Village, we cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River to reach the destination of the day, Tatopani. Tatopani (hot water in Nepali), get its name due to the presence of natural hot water spring at this place. You can relax your muscles at this hot spring after a long walk from Ghorepani to Tatopani. The night will be spent at a lodge in Tatopani.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Magnificent view of sunrise, close up view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range with 20 other highest peaks of the world from Poon Hill, distant view of the Mustang, and Pokhara from Ghorepani, Deurali Pass, steep downhill walk accompanied by temples, waterfalls, lodges and small settlements like Kutuka, Ghara and Hillekharka,  Shikha – a beautiful Magar village, and a natural hot spring at Tatopani.)

Day 6: Trek to Ghasa (2,010m/6,594ft) - 5 to 6 hrs trek

Today is the fourth day of the trek and our destination is Ghasa. From Tatopani, following the trail along the Kali Gandaki River we head towards Dana (1,440m), crossing small settlements like Jalthale, Guithe, Suke Bagar, Banskot and Duwari Khola Gaon. Dana is the deepest gorge in the world that lies in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain. Dana is a gorge in between Annapurna Dhaulagiri mountain. Following the same trail, from Dana we walk further and cross Rukse Chhahara (waterfall) and then on crossing a suspension bridge, a ascend towards Ghasa passing settlements like Kabre, Kopchepani, Pairothapla. We cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki river before reaching Ghasa. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghasa.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

(Highlights of the day: Tatopani Small Hydro Project at Banskot, Dana – the deepest gorge in the world where you can enjoy the waterfall and few lodges, the Rukse Chhahara – the biggest waterfall en route, small settlements and Ghasa – a Thakali village boasting the best bird-watching point in the entire Annapurna region, monasteries, temples, and the facilities like a bus station, post office, schools, telephone booth and lodges.)

Day 7: Trek to Marpha (3,500m/11,482ft) - 6 to 7 hrs trek

Today is the fifth day of the trek and our destination is Marpha. From Ghasa, the trail ascends towards Kalapani crossing Lete. Following the sandy trail along the Kali Gandaki River, we walk up to Kobang passing Larjung. From Kobang we further ascend to Tukuche, a very popular Thakali Village. A short climb from Thukuche will finally take us to the destination of the day, Marpha. The night will be spent at a lodge in Marpha.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Settlements like Larjung - featuring temples, monasteries and caves, Kobang – featuring the view point of Dhaulagiri Icefall, Guru Rinpoche cave, Mahalaxmi temple and Makkilakhang Gompa, Tukuche village – featuring Mustang Distillery, Rani, Samba & Tukuche Gompa and Ekai Kawaguchi Residence Museum and Marpha – featuring beautiful apple orchards, peach farm, solar drying project and Horticultural Research Station.)

Day 8: Trek to Kegbeni (2,800m/9,186ft) - 5 to 6 hrs trek

Today is the sixth day of the trek and our destination is Kagbeni. Leaving the beautiful Apple orchard behind, we cross the wooden bridge Pongkyu River and head towards Jomsom. An easy uphill walk will first take us to Syang from where the trail drops down to Jomsom by crossing another wooden bridge. Jomsom is a windy valley, therefore we start early enjoying the view of Tukuche, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri; following the bank of Kali Gandaki River from Jomsom we walk up to Ekle Bhatti and then a steep climb from here will finally take us to the destination of the day, Kagbeni, which is an ancient salt trade route to Tibet. In the evening we visit Red Gompa and walk around the alleys of the town. The night will be spent at a lodge in Kagbeni.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Jomsom village – featuring ACAP office, Army Mountaineering, Shiva and Ganesh temple, Mustang hospital, airport  and museum, Kagbeni village situated at the junction of Kak Khola flowing from Muktinath and Mustang Khola, and interesting settlement of people, green oasis, and Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples.)

Day 9: Trek to Muktinath (3,760m/12,335ft) - 4 hrs trek

Today is the seventh day of the trek and we reach the destination of the trek, Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most important destinations of both Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. The day begins with a steep climb up to Jharkot (3,550m) passing Khingar, then an easy ascend through dusty and rough trail will lead us to Muktinath. The day will be spent exploring the Muktikshetra area and the monasteries nearby. The night will be spent at a lodge in Muktinath.

 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Muktinath- Buddhist (place of nirvana) and Hindu (god of salvation) shrine, 108 water sprouts and 2 Kunds (Laxmi and Saraswati) in the premises of Muktinath, Vishnu & Jwala Mai Temple, MarmeLakhang and Gonde Gompa, Chortens and colorful prayer flags.)

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom (2,750m/9,002ft) - 5 hrs trek

Today is the last day of the trek and we walk from Muktinath to Jomsom. The trail descends towards Ekle Bhatti crossing Ranipauwa, Jharkot and Lupra. From Ekle Bhatti the trail following the bank of Kalagandai River finally takes us to Jomsom – the capital of Mustang. The night will be spent at a lodge in Jomsom.

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Kali Gandaki Valley, one of the most dangerous airfields at Jomsom, village settlements and huge monasteries, magnificent view of Nilgiri, while walking along the bank of Kali Gandaki River if you are lucky, you may also find fossils ‘Shaligrams’.)

Day 11: Fly to Pokhara (1,300m/4,264 ft) - 25 to 30 min flight

Today is the last day in Mustang district and our destination is Pokhara. Early in the morning, we board a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After 25-30 mins thrilling Tran-Himalayan flight between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, we land at Pokhara Airport. Rest of the day is free in Pokhara.

 Meals Included: Breakfast

(Highlights of the day: Thriling Trans-Himalayan flight between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, different sites in Pokhara. 


Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) - 200 km, 6-7 hrs drive

After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00 pm. Check-in the hotel, freshen up and in the evening farewell dinner is scheduled at one of the finest Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and a wonderful farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants.)

Day 13: Departure Day

Today you’ll bid adieu to Nepal. Our representative will drive you off to the airport so you can catch your flight back home. We also hope to see you on your future trips in Nepal. 

 Meals included: Breakfast

(The usual day for a trek: Every day, our guides will come to wake you up at around 7:00-7:30am. In case of special days like sunrise viewing days, our guides will wake you up early in the morning at around 4-4:30am.  A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8:30am. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunchtime can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge or also in a tourist standard hotel (subject to availability) where we stop for overnight.

While you are walking, you can also request your guide to slow down and stop at the places where you want to take some snaps. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader/guide will brief you regarding the next day’s schedule.

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Service Included:

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 * standard hotel with breakfast
  • 2 nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara at 3 * standard hotel with breakfast
  • One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
  • Accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return by Tourist coach (Deluxe A/C)
  • Annapurna (ACAP) Trekking permits and Tims permits
  • Jomsom-Pokhara airfare and airport tax
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • A porter (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local tax and Gov tax
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags
  • Official Trekking T-Shirt, Duffel bag (you can use it for Sherpa bag) and Trekking Map (As a souvenir)
  • First Aid Service (Basic)

Service not Included:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge/Hot shower/Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew
  • Anything that are not mentioned in the 'Service Included' section

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Annapurna Area is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Annapurna Area is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Is this trek appropriate for me?

We ensure Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a moderate trek. So, we confidently announce that it is appropriate for average trekkers, having a passion of loving to nature. It requires inspiration and passion which makes your trek successful. Your positive attitude and strong determination can obligatory to accomplish this trek. For making comfortable walking, adjusting to changing climate, our package manages the facility of acclimatization in needed place as well as 5-6 hours walking per day. If you have already accumulated hiking and jugging experiences that will be beneficial to adjust with the situation; although if you do not have that is not a big problem. However, Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition cordially request to have medical checking before you plan to start any trekking and hiking.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Mustang is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

  • Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)
  • Please consult your physician
  • Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
  • Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World heritage sites, Conservation areas, National Parks, and restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, you have to be careful while packing your bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, there is an allowance of 15kg per person on domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down-filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of the trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of the trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material

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