Jomsom-Muktinath Trek

The Jomsom and Muktinath trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit and perhaps the single most popular trek in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the rural life of Nepalese people. The main feature of this trek is walking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which, carries water from the Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India.

The starting and ending point is Nayapul about one hour drive from Pokhara. Normally trekkers continue on above Jomsom to Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist. To the Hindu, Muktinath is a sacred as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhist it is the place that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at, and to all, it is the source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as shaligrams that are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River valley. This trek is recommended year round as most of this trek is always in the rain shadow.

TRIP FACTS

Country: Nepal
Sector: Annapurna region
Route : Jomsom – Muktinath Trek
Duration: 16 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 3802m
Best Season: March-December
Group Size: 2
Trek Start/End: POKHARA/POKHARA
Trekking Hours: 5-7 per day

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters). Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and will be displaying with DOLPA ADVENTURE TREKS AND TOURS signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel . Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley : Optional In the morning of after breakfast at around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour in Nepal. After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. Sightseeing places will be : Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 Drive to Pokhara – 06 Hours. After breakfast, we will transfer to you in Pokhara with private vehicle. It will takes around 06 hours drive and take a rest in Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara.
Day 4 Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) - 1 ½ hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) - 3 hrs We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1 and ½ 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. Overnight at Tikhedhunga
Day 5 Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) - 5 hrs 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 . Overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 6 Hike up to Poon Hill (3, 210m) and trek to Tatopani (1,190m) - 6 hrs 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. Overnight at Tatopani.
Day 7 Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) - 5 hrs 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 . Overnight at Ghasa.
Day 8 Ghasa trek to Tukuche (2,586m) - 5.5 hrs 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. Overnight at Tukuche.
Day 9 Tukuche trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) - 5 hrs From Tukuche, 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. Overnight at Kagbeni
Day 10 Kagbeni trek to Muktinath (3,802m) - 5 hrs 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. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 11 Muktinath trek back to Jomsom (2,713ms) - 5 hrs 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. Overnight at Jomsom
Day 12 Morning flight to Pokhara . An early morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. We will transfer to you in Pokhara hotel. O/N in Pokhara
Day 13 Free day in Pokhara. Today, You have your own free time in Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara.
Day 14 Drive to Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will transfer to you in Kathmandu by private vehicle. O/N in Kathmandu.
Day 15 Free day in Kathmandu. Today, Pax have their own free time in Kathmandu for their final shopping and packing. O/N in Kathmandu
Day 16 Departure to final destination. Morning time is free in Kathmandu and afternoon will transfer to airport for the final destination.
Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday at your request to accommodate of specific requirements.

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