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Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 15 Days

The Jomsom and Muktinath Trek is a part of the Annapurna Circuit and a very popular trek in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and Trekking
Trip Duration: 15 Days
Max Altitude: 3,802 m/12,467 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Level: Demanding
Between Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
Trip Route: Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghorepani - Poon Hill -Tatoapni - Kagbeni - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara

Trip Information

The Jomsom and Muktinath Trek is a part of the Annapurna Circuit and a very 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 point is Nayapul about an hour drive from Pokhara. Normally trekkers continue on above Jomsom to Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. To the Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhists, 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.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 04 Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Trek to Tukche (2,586 m.) – 5.30 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 09 Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m.) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 11 Trek back to Jomsom (2,713 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 Morning Flight to Pokhara – 30 minutes. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 13 Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 14 Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 15 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath Temple:
    Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
    Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours

    Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 04 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) - 4 hours

    We begin our trek at Nayapul after a hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 m), 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 1,495 m. After a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) - 5 hours

    We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070 m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti at 2,250 m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460 m. After an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) - 6 hours

    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 2,390 m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1,980 m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1,705 m. A further steep descent of 500 m 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 1,180 m. 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 a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07 - Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) - 5 hours

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

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08 - Trek to Tukche (2,586 m.) - 5.30 hours

    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 2,560 m. 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 2,590 m.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09 - Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m.) - 5 hours

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

    We cross the river to the eastern bank and then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2,730 m. 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 2,810 m 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 a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10 - Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m) - 5 hours

    We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley. Leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3,200 m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3,500 m 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 where there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes’ walk 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 a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11 - Trek back to Jomsom (2,713 m) - 5 hours

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

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12 - Morning Flight to Pokhara - 30 minutes

    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 Falls, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 13 - Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

    After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

    Bindhabasini Temple:
    The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

    Davis Fall:
    Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

    Gupteshwor Cave:
    The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

    Seti River Gorges:
    Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

    Tibetan Refugee Camps:
    The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 14 - Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours

    We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.

    If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 15 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure

    The trip concludes here. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights only) and Pokhara (3 nights only) including breakfast

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by a private tourist vehicle

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms ( 8 nights only)

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English-speaking trekking guide

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek)

  • Jomsom to Pokhara airfare including airport departure tax

  • Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara private tourist vehicle from Pokhara to Nayapul

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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