Jomsom Muktinath Trek

"Adventure on old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade & Caravan route towards holy Muktinath"

Highlights:

  • Adventure on the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt trade route of Nepal & Tibet
  • An enjoyable scenic country walks on high hills of Annapurna Himalaya with grand views
  • Exploring Gurung, Poon-Magar and Thakali traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
  • Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
  • The breathtaking panorama of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range
  • Into world deepest gorge within Kaligandaki River valley in between Annapurna & Dhaulagiri
  • Entering into arid and dry Mustang areas towards holy Muktinath Temple premises

Introduction:

Awesome Nepal Treks presents a special and unique walk of more than ten days around massive Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains and then into world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River valley, situated beneath towering peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

A scenic and wonderful walks lead you from low warm areas of Annapurna massive mountains towards cool alpine zone covered in the green forest of tall rhododendron and magnolia tree lines, wherein spring this whole hill becomes magic with wildflowers in full bloom. After a short drive from picturesque and touristic Pokhara takes you to our starting point of trek and then following the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade / Caravan Route of Nepal & Tibet to higher hills at Ghorepani village, where morning walk to Poon Hill offers stunning sunrise views over chain of Himalayan peaks with majestic Machhapuchare 'Fish Tail' peak.

The walk continues heading towards Kali Gandaki River at Tatopani village with natural hot-spring and then towards Mustang areas from Ghasa village onwards in the land of Thakali tribe interwoven with Buddhism religion and culture similar to Tibetans. The journey leads to a scenic trail with daily views of snow-clad peaks past nice and lovely villages of Let-Kalopani-Tukuche to Marpha famous for delicious apples, as this route also known as Apple Pie Trail.

Finally, our walk takes you to large Jomsom town, the headquarter of Mustang areas and then towards our final goal and highlight at holy Muktinath Temple premises with super views of Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal, here enjoy the visit into Muktinath areas a sacred and important pilgrimage spot for both Hindu and Buddhist. After a wonderful and enjoyable time head back to Jomsom for a scenic short flight to beautiful Pokhara with overnight by the lake Phewa.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 820m (220 k.m) - 06hrs.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (trek point) and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440m-04 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sikha 2,230m - 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Tatopani 1,190 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 1,960 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Lete and to Kalapani 2,400 m - 05 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni 2,860 m via Jomsom 2,715 m - 05 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 04 hrs walk.

Day 12: Morning enjoys the views and walks into holy Muktinath and drive to Jomsom.

Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 14: Drive to  Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 15: International departure for home ward bound.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Jomsom & Muktinath trekking, lodges on the route with do's and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with an afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (trekking point) and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m -04 hrs.
Starting our wonderful country walks to Poon Hill Panorama trekking with about two hours drive to Nayapul and Bhirethati villages, located near the river Modi where our first day walk starts past several farm villages with scenic waterfalls then a short gradual climb for few hours to reach at Tikhedhunga for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge after a wonderful and interesting walks of few hours.

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani 2,850m overnight in the lodge - 06 hrs.
The morning starts with a climb to a series of stone steps for an hour to Ulleri village, a moderate size Gurung village of traditional Nepali hill with slated roofs. From here walk leads to a slow climb into pristine and cool rhododendron, pine forest area to reach Ghorepani village, located on a high ridge within beautiful rhododendron trees. Ghorepani village mostly inhabited by Poon of Magar tribe, a famous and popular place for Poon Hill view top an hour hike uphill.

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sikha 2,230m - 05 hrs.
Early morning before the sunrise hike to Poon Hill viewpoint for stunning views of the sunrise over a range of mountains from world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with the range of peaks includes world 8th highest Manaslu with towering Machhapuchare peak “Fish Tail”. After an exciting and marvelous time with memorable views from Poon Hill, return to Ghorepani and continue downhill walk into the green forest of rhododendron for an hour to Chitre with further descend to large Magar village at Sikha for an overnight stop.

Day 06: Trek to Tatopani 1,190 m - 05 hrs.
With lovely morning views of Dhaulagiri massive mountain range from Sikha village, walk leads downhill to reach at Kaligandaki River, where the trail to Ghorepani and Beni meets as our walk leads further upstream of the river towards Tatopani around warm sub-tropical zone full of organs and citric trees gardens, where you can enjoy refreshing natural hot spring at Tatopani, where the name Tatopani derived from.

Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 1,960 m - 06 hrs.
From Tatopani with pleasant time on hot spring morning walk leads following the Kaligandaki River upstream to near Dana village, and then a slow climb up to Rupsi Charre with beautiful cascading waterfalls next to the road. From here entering the world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River valley situated between massive and towering peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, walk slowly enters into cooler areas to large Thakali people village at Ghasa for overnight surrounded with green alpine forest.

Day 08: Trek to Lete and to Kalapani 2,400 m - 05 hrs.
After a cool morning, walk leads up looking down at Kaligandaki River with stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks with Nilgiris, slowly walk takes to Lete village within alpine woodland of tall rhododendron and pine trees. From Lete, an hour walks uphill brings you at beautiful surrounding into Kalapani village closed within incredible views of high snow-capped peaks, here at Kalapani enjoy the scenery in the comfort of a nice and lovely lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
From Ghasa village onward into Mustang areas on leaving the Mygdi district, where our morning walk leads further North West to reach one of the most charming villages within Himalaya at Marpha, as trek progress on the ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade of Nepal and Tibet slowly reaching at whitewashed houses of Marpha a gem of a village, famous for delicious apples and its various products.

Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni 2,860 m via Jomsom 2,715 m - 05 hrs.
After a wonderful overnight stop at Marpha, depart from this nice village with a short walk of a few hours to reach Jomsom, a town with a small airstrip, located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom trek continues on Kali-Gandaki river valley around the windswept country. Afternoon time carries heavy wind, after few hours of the great walk with super views of  Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and ending our daily walk at Kagbeni village for an overnight stop.

Kagbeni a windswept Tibetan like a village which is the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang, located on an old Himalayan Caravan Salt Trade route of Nepal and Tibet.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 04 hrs.
Today,  walk leads to our highest point of the adventure at Muktinath of above 3,800 meters with a panorama of high mountains, walk leads uphill on winding mountain path past villages towards Jharkot village and then continue on the pleasant trail for an hour to reach holy Muktinath.

Day 12: Morning enjoys the views and walks into holy Muktinath and drive to Jomsom.
On this marvelous scenic spot morning visit holy Muktinath Temple premises with its 108 fresh spring water spouts, this is one of the source of Kaligandaki River also, after a holy and exciting moment our final day of this beautiful Jomsom & Muktinath trekking ends taking few hours of exciting drive to Jomsom town for last overnight of this wonderful journey in the comfort of a nice fine lodge.

Day 13: From Jomsom morning flight to Pokhara.
Last day of this amazing trek concludes with a short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara a lovely touristic city, overnight in Pokhara a scenic spot with many nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake, where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm waters.
(Driving options which is about 6-7 hours via Beni town to Pokhara city from Jomsom)

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fabulous and exciting  Jomsom & Muktinath trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with an afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .

(By air 30 mins of scenic flight)

Day 15: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Jomsom & Muktinath Trekking around great Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

 

Included in the Cost:
2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights ( Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
Porter service
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
Awesome Nepal Trek's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes


Not Included in the Cost:
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Requirements for Annapurna area high altitude Treks:
Annapurna Himalaya region and Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Annapurna region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for a few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhills with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest. For adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with the touch of high altitude that makes it's more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in the pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in the tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m. Where trekkers should be fitted with sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.

Visa rules apply to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, the transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size:
For Annapurna region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize the private trip to solo travelers with a single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.

Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied by the experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us. 
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with the license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism-related departments.

On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
Acclimatization:
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. 
Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot. 
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level. 
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have a thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling. 
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal. 
Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at the 3-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.

In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). 
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with the overnight stop.

Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.

Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.

Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek

Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.

Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.

Support staff (porter):
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.

Booking Procedure:
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. The non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.

Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.

The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu and Pokhara at cheaper prices, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your daypack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts / Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • knife

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