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Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Join our classic lodge trek in the Mustang region that includes the world's deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom Muktinath Trek.  The trek reaching the maximum altitude of 3800m (12,464 ft) and can be completed by anybody with a moderate level of fitness. Continuing along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, marvel at the splendid peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri both of which reach heights in excess of 8000m (26,240 ft). Explore the hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Make an adventure starting from world's deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Region into world's highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.

The initial days of the trek through the Annapurna region ascends through rice terraces and villages inhabited by the indigenous people, mostly the Gurungs. The trek gets interesting in Tatopani where you will have the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs! Then the trek passes through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. The grandeur of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on show a little further up along with the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3800m/12,464 ft). The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls that resemble water flowing from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that boggle the mind. From here it is downhill to Jomsom village on the Tibetan Plateau where you can look around at the gateway to the "Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang", and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice. A flight the following day will bring you to Pokhara from where we make a few hours's drive through the green mountains to Kathmandu.

The best seasons for doing this trek are Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to mid December). In these seasons you will be rewarded by good weather, sunny and warm with clear sky and outstanding views. You can trek in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) also, only the issue is cold weather with snow-fall at higher elevations.
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02 : Explore the city and prepare for the trek
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.
Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we will take a scenic bus drive of 7 hours to reach Pokhara. Walk around the lake side and explore Pokhara city on your own. Sitting at hotel balcony you can have a excellent view of the mountains as they are only 28 Kms away from Pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900m.
Day 04 : Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri
After breakfast we will drive for 45 minutes to reach Nayapul and start the trek. We will continue walking uphill along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. We will follow the terraced farms up to Hille and Tikhedhunga then cross a stream beyond the village and then drop down to the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola. Then we will climb about 3500 steeps to reach the village of Ulleri for the overnight stay.
Day 05 : Trek to Ghorepani
We start walking in the morning after breakfast along the path that leads to the rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. We will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars and has the biggest collection of rhododendron.
Day 06 : Trek to Tatopani
We will hike to Poonhill [3210m], early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast we will leave Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. We will walk through the stone paved trails for one hour and reach Sikha, a Magar village on a ridge. We will continue descending till Ghar Khola and climb for sometime afterwards to cross the Kali Gandaki River on a large suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will walk for half an hour to reach Tatopani for overnight stay.
Day 07 : Trek to Ghasa
We will follow the climb up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and walk towards the village of Dana, famous for orange groves. If you happen to come in October you can see the locals selling orange in the bamboo baskets. You can taste some of them and you will find them very tasty. Walking further ahead we pass the hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail, after which the trail enters the narrowest segment of the gorge. After walking for couple of hours you will find yourself in the Thakali village of Ghasa where you can see the flat-roofed Tibetan style houses.
Day 08 : Trek to Larjung
We will start walking towards Larjung today. We will come across the forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki after ascending for some time. We will walk for 4 hours to reach Larjung which is a small town where the major attractions are the houses built in traditional Tibetan style, narrow alleys and tunnels.
Day 09 : Trek to Jomsom
We will walk past the villages of Kobang and Tukuche through the under construction motorway. We will again witness the narrow stone paved alleys and enclosed houses which are built to protect the settlement from the strong wind in the kali Gandaki area. We will walk past stonewalled orchards until we come across the stone gate which is the entrance to the village of Marpha, famous for monasteries, life style, apples and brandy made of apples!!!! After lunch and brief exploration we will head towards Jomsom. You will reach Jomsom, the head quarter of Mustang district in 2 hours from Marpha.
Day 10 : Trek to Muktinath
We will start walking towards the Muktinath temple today and walk past Ekle Bhatti along the bank of the Kali Gandaki river, which is famous for the fossils which the locals especially Hindus worships as Saligram. We will continue walking up hill, leaving the small village of Kagbeni, the gate way to Upper Mustang on the left side. After walking 2 hours from Ekle Bhatti we will reach the Jharkot village where there are monasteries made in the 15th centuries. These monasteries are made in Tibetan style and families around the area send their second son/daughter to grow up as Monks/nuns. We will further walk uphill until we reach Muktinath. This temple is a very important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist as Hindus worship the god as lord Vishnu and Buddhist worship Muktinath as one of the Avalokteshowrs.
Day 11 : Trek to Jomsom
After the short descend in the morning you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries which give you the opportunity to witness the interrelation and similarity of Tibet to this area. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail.  We will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the bank of kali Gandaki River. We can spend some time exploring the headquarter of the mustang district, Jomsom.
Day 12 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Fly/Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will take an early morning flight of 20 minutes to Pokhara as the flights can’t take off in the afternoon. Upon reaching Pokhara we will either take a 30 minutes flight or 7 hours drive to Kathmandu.
Day 13 : Departure
Today you Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek. You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal

What is Included :

  • Airport pick up/drop and city guided tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicles.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • City guided tour in Kathmandu by expert tour guide.
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan at 3 to 4 stars level. (Photos of Hotels in Kathmandu)
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking for you. Sample of the Menu
  • Local seasonal fresh fruits.
  • Twin sharing, comfortable and clean private room during the trek.
  • Trip Map.
  • Ground transportation by bus from Kathmandu to Besishar to local transportation by jeep or bus ( as available) from Besishar to Syange and Muktinath to Tatopani and by private car from trekking ending point to Pokhara.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and required porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag( bag pack) and walking stick(which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Appreciation letter as a souvenir (Sample of the appreciation letter).
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All government taxes and tourist service charge.

What is Excluded :

  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu allow US$ 15 - US$ 20 per day.
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu (USD 20 per person)
  • Personal equipment (Equipment List)
  • Nepal Visa fee (visa charge USD 40 and 4 passport photographs for the visa and permit).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
No additional information available.

Trip Facts

Activities
Trekking
Duration
13 Days(s)
Max. Altitude
3710 meters
Trip Grade
Streneous  
Trip Type
Guaranteed
Service Level
Camping