Jomsom Muktinath Trek
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Overview

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”.

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Pokhara

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.

Day 2
Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

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.

Day 3
Trek to Muktinath from 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.

Day 4
Trek to Marpha

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.

Day 5
Trek to Kalopani

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.

Day 6
Trek to Tatopani (natural hot spring)

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.

Day 7
Tatopani to Ghorepani

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.

Day 8
Trek to up to Ponhill for sunrise view then trek down to nayapul and drive to Pokhara

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.

Day 9
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

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).

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FAQs

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to traveling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How fit do need to be for trekking?

It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.

How long will be the trekking?

The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights,HOTEL BOOKING and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket and your accommodation during the trek will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.

Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What do I need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

What currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

What are the main Nepali customs to know about?

Take off your shoes before entering a temple or a house
Ask for permission before entering Hindu temples
Most of the time, it will be forbbiden to take photographs inside temples

What about time and phone code in Nepal ?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC + 5H45
The Country Code is 977

Do we need to get vaccinated to visit Nepal?

You do not need any specific vaccine to come to Nepal. It is however recommended to check if your mandatory vaccines are up to date and talk to your doctor before travelling.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate Last MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

Are Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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Trip Facts

  • 9 Days Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02 persons
  • February-June September-December
  • 3940 m
  • Tourist Bus / Aeroplane

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