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 lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
  • 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 walks 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 leads you from low warm areas of Annapurna massive mountains towards cool alpine zone covered in green forest of tall rhododendron and magnolia tree lines, where in spring this whole hills becomes magic with wild flowers 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.

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. Journey leads to 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 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 walks.

Day 12: Morning enjoy 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 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 at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with 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 lodge - 06 hrs.
Morning starting 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 sunrise hike to Poon Hill view point for stunning views of sunrise over range of mountains from world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with 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 green forest of rhododendron for an hour to Chitre with further descend to large Magar village at Sikha for 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 walk 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 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 village within Himalaya at Marpha, as trek progress on the ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade of Nepal and Tibet slowly reaching at white washed 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 the this nice village with short walk of few hours to reach at Jomsom, a town with 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 windswept country.Afternoon time carries heavy wind, after few hours of great walk with super views of  Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and ending our day walk at Kagbeni village for overnight stop.

Kagbeni a windswept Tibetan like 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 panorama of high mountains, walk leads uphill on winding mountain path past villages towards Jharkot village and then continue on pleasant trail for an hour to reach holy Muktinath.

Day 12: Morning enjoy 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 fly to Pokhara.
Last day of this amazing trek concludes with 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 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.

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