- Duration:14 Days
- Primary Activity:Trekking
- Group Size:2 - 25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:
- Meals:As per itinerary
- Accomodation:Hotels & Lodges
- Max-Altitude:3800 m.
- Transportation:Car and Tourist Bus
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Jomsom Muktinath Trek:14 Days
This trek is a perfect blend of nature and culture without an incredible backdrop of the Himalayan mountains. Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you along a holy trail to taste the contrast of Himalayan adventure and spirituality. This spiritual trek is laced with friendly communities & different terrain levels that amaze us with the variety in vegetation, from the subtropics foliage laden jungles to typical arid dry landscapes that are only found on Tibetan plateau – this area is Tibet all but in name only.
This area is well developed with lodges that have learnt how to cater to the needs of western trekkers’ providing some amazing facilities that surprise backpackers to no ends. The revert hike takes us through the Kali Gandaki canyon, the deepest in the World. And then we enter into Thakali and Gurung ethnic areas where the culture is as colorful as the people, hiking through lush forests complemented by the ever changing views of the Annapurnas. This trail is very popular with trekkers, thanks to the scenic landscapes and unique cultural experiences.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek includes the trail up to the famous Poon Hill, a vantage point in the region offers the majestic views of Annapurna panorama and breathtaking sunrise views that will leave you in awe. You will also encounter an extremely spiritual village with attractions such as temples, courtyards and monasteries – very popular with both Hindus and Bhuddists.
Jomsom Muktinath is a well-designed trek suitable to those who can endure the high elevation regions and walk along a rough and dry terrain.
- Sunrise at Poon Hill
- Experience a spiritual village with ancient temples
- Hike through Kali Gandaki Canyon
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Boating activities in Pokhara
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by your Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You will then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay. (D)
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at a hotel. (B)
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m.) 5-6 hours drive
At 6:30 am, you will travel to Pokhara by tourist bus along the Trishuli and Marshyadgdi River and through the beautiful countryside of Nepal that offers wonderful mountain sceneries. When you arrive, you can explore the sights of Pokhara including the caves, temples, and lakes. Stay overnight at hotel (B)
Drive to Nayapul (1hr) | Trek Tikhe Dhunga (5 hours)
Today we drive to Nayapul to start your trek. From Nayapul, you’ll walk for about 30 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town with a winding street paved with large stones. The trail follows to the south bank of Modi River through sub-tropical valley forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. After lunch you’ll head up the main trail to Sudami and climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1,495m), before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. (B, L, D)
Trek Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2,800m.) | 5 hours trek
From Tikhe Dhunga, the trail crosses the Burungdi Khola on a suspension bridge and then the climb continues up to Ghorepani via Ulleri village (2,080m) where amazing landscape and Himalayan scenery awaits you. The trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. After crossing two sparkling streams, you will make a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse-water. Ghorepani is a fascinating place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Early Hike to Poon Hill (3,200m.) | Trek to Tatopani (1, 190m) – 5-6 hours
You’ll start the morning with a 45-minute hike up to Poonhill Viewpoint where will watch the sunrise over the high Himalayas including, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.)Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m) Nilgiri (6,940m)Varaha Shikhar (7,847m,) Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m.) Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m.) and Mt. Annapurna III (7855m). After taking photos and having some hot tea/coffee, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast we descend through the forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Trek Tatopani to Ghasa (2, 110m.) | 5-6 hours trek
In the morning, you’ll follow the Kali Gandaki River through a gorge of 2200m in between two 8000m Himalayan mountains. Then you’ll walk along the Kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending to the sub-tropical vegetation. Continue trekking to Dana, Rupse Chahara, and Kopchepani. From here the trail ascends to the narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. We will cross the river again on a 120m long bridge to the east side to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is an amazing place for bird watchers. We stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Trek Ghasa to Marpha (2, 680m.) | 5-6 hours trek
Today, the trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki. It further continues to the east side of Larjung village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukuche at 2590m and apple farm projects which produces apple and vegetable for the whole region until you get to Marpha. We stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Trek Marpha to Kagbeni (3,710m.) | 5-6 hours trek
The trail takes us along the valley side, going up gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti. From Jomsom onwards, the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs before finally reaching Ekley-Bhatti village. After a tea stop here, an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via the Upper Mustang area. We stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m.) | 4 hours trek
Today, the trail steeply ascends for a couple of hundred metres, before levelling out as you walk through beautiful deserted landscapes, caves, old Tibetan style villages, and apple gardens. From Kagbeni, the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath. We stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713m.) | 5- 6 hours trek
Muktinath is one of the most spiritual destinations for Hindu pilgrimages and for Buddhists. In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple of the Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra” or the region of liberation or salvation. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby which you can visit where you will see magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. From Muktinath, we trek back through Kagbeni and onward to Jomsom. We stay overnight at a guesthouse (B, L, D).
Fly to Pokhara: Leisure day/Explore the Pokhara valley
After breakfast, you will fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. A 25-min dramatic flight that takes you between the gorge of two huge Himalayan mountains – Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. In the afternoon, you can explore Pokhara valley leisurely. Activities such as boating on Fewa Lake and a visit to the World Peace Pagoda are optional. Evening time, you can relax around the lakeside area of Pokhara where there are many bars, restaurants, and open movie gardens. Stay overnight at hotel (B).
Back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
This is an early morning drive back to Kathmandu via tourist bus which takes about 5-6 hours. Your day is free, however, in the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, L, D)
Transfer to Airport for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
Note: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.