Jomsom Muktinath trekking is the most popular trekking trail in Annapurna region. The trek is also a part of Annapurna Circuit Trek. This is a beautiful trek exploring the hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and magnificent landscapes along the trek. The trail covers diverse terrain from the high altitude arid zone north of Jomsom through to the sub-tropical heat and terraced rice paddies at the end of the trek.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking starts with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.Located at a height of 2,800 meters, Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang district. The trek starts with a walk along the river bank with spectacular Nilgiri and Tukuche peak on the horizon. The trail takes the trekkers to Muktinath via Kagbeni, a Tibetan village.Muktinath temple is one of the most important highlights of the trek. Muktinath temple carries a great significance for both Hindus and the Buddhist. The name Muktinath literally means- the land of Salvation and is visited by thousands of Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims every year.
The trail then passes through Marpha -the village of orchards and Tatopani Natural hot spring to reach the beautiful Magar village of Ghorepani where the most spectacular mountain views can be observed. Further from Ghorepani the trail continues to Nayapul where the trek concludes. The scenery of the trail ranges from the forests of brilliant red rhododendrons in Ghorepani to rocky cliffs and desert of Mustang.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking rightfully displays the country’s spectacular geographical diversity as the trail traverses the deep valleys, high mountains and wide variety of terrains; from subtropical jungle to a high but deserted landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. The diverse terrain is also the home for diverse culture and people. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the rural life of Nepalese people.
The mountain views during the trek is spectacular as Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna south, Mt. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, etc. are visible. The trail actually crosses to the other side of the main Himalayan range which offers a different view of the northern flanks.
The Jomsom Muktinath trekking is an ideal for the one who want to explore the diversity of Annapurna region without doing the full Annapurna Circuit trek. The Trek can be done year around as the most of the trekking region for the trek falls in the rain-shadow area.
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Highlights
Mt.Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Mt.Nilgiri 7040m, Mt. Annapurna south 7219m, Mt. Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Mt. Annapurna IV 7525m, Mt. Hiunchuli 6441m, Mt. Fishtail/ Machhapuchhare 6998m, Tukuche peak, Lamjung Himal 6586m and many more, gateway to the Upper Mustang, the Tibetan border, Poon Hill (3210m), Muktinath temple “Place of Salvation”.
We will start the day early for a 7 hour road trip to Pokhara and enjoy views on the beautiful countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and the mighty Himalayas in the background en route to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city with lakes and surrounded by the magnificent Himalayan views. After checking in the hotel in Pokhara, you will get the opportunity to explore this vibrant city. Overnight in Pokhara.
We will take a 30 min flight to reach Jomsom. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and administrative center of the region. We will start our trek to Kagbeni by crossing the Kali Gandaki and then walk to Eklai Bhatti. We will keep going towards the Kagbeni village which is lying on the bank of two rivers; Kali Gandaki (flows from Muktinath) and Nilgiri. The hike will be windy, but you will enjoy magnificent views. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. Overnight in Kagbeni.
After breakfast in Kagbeni, we will start walking toward Muktinath. The trail rises up and out of the valley to a high desert bench overlooking the river below. Muktinath is a sacred temple for both the Hindu and Buddhist. The temple demonstrates the religions harmony between Hindu and Buddhist in Nepal. The temple has 108 waterspouts around that pour holy water which is believed to wash away the troubles. The visit to Muktinath temples is believed to relieve every sorrow.The most interesting importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas.
We will trek back from Multinathgradually through fields and poplar groves into the Kali Gandaki river valley. The trail will lead us to the beautiful village of Marpha, home to many apple orchards. The Apple brandy from Marpha is very popular in the region. Overnight in Marpha.
Our trek will start from Marpha to Kalopani as we will skirt the edge of a pine forest. Sometimes the path will be down in the riverbed, then we will go up the hillside a little into the forest, and back down by the river. We will stop at the beautiful Thakali Village, Tukuche, for lunch and keep trekking to reach. The village has wonderful views of the mountains. Overnight in Kalopani.
The walk will be pretty much all downhill as we will leave behind the semi-arid landscape of the upper valley and enter the much greener forest region. After a long walk we will reach the village of Tatopani known for its hot springs. Ovrbight in Tatopani.
We will trek from Tatopani to beautiful Gurung village of Ghorepani. The trail from here will go up pretty much consistently for the entire way to Ghorepani. But the wonderful views are plenty on the way to boost our morale while we will continue our ascent. You will see the Kali Gandaki behind us as we will climb up this ridge and also fields and villages that graced the mountainside. We will finally reach Ghorepani village filled with Teahouse. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Early in the morning, we will hike to Poonhill where you will probably admire the most spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas.The view from Poonhill is one of the most appreciated sunrise view over the Himalayas. After relishing the spectacular views, we will come back to Ghorepani to start our trek to Hile. The trail initially take a gradual descent through forests of rhododendron and down into some very thickly forested terrain. We will continue our walk to Nayapul. After a hearty breakfast in Hile, we will walk toward Nayapul. This journey in the Annapurna region will end at Nayapul and we will drive back to Pokhara. The beautiful Pokhara city offers a wide range of activities. You will have time to visit caves, lakes and try out some adventures like Paragliding and bungee jumping in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
After a hearty breakfast, we will leave Pokhara and take 7 hour drive to Kathmandu. Our adventure will come to an end and we will say goodbye. May you enjoy the rest of your trip in Nepal!
What is Included
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Fresh fruit every night after the dinner.
- Trekking lodge( Tea houses) accommodations during the trek.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permits.
- Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara -Kathmandu.
- Flight Pokhara-Jomsom.
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , well English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
- Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket,Duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you do not have your own, to be return after the trip completed).
- Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Two night standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.
What is Excluded
- Airport picks up and drops.
- Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
- Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).