Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom Muktinath Trek follows the old trade route along the Kali Gandaki River, part of the Annapurna Circuit trek. As the area was a trade route to Tibet in the ancient times, the system of teahouse has been developed well in the area. The friendly and hospitable Thakali people, who live in the area in the northern half of this route, are renowned for hosting accommodations and food for guests. There is an airfield at Jomsom with daily flights by plane or helicopter from Pokhara and Kathmandu. So, you can cut several days off this trek and save backtracking. But flights are often delayed due to bad weather. Flights normally do not operate when it is cloudy or windy. With a lot of lodges and teahouses, Jomsom Trek is the classic teahouse trek.
There are some of Nepal’s best trekking lodges. We experience a range of surroundings, from the culture of the lowland villages to the magnificence of the high Himalaya. This trek gives many spectacular views of the two Himalayan giant--Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, and offers a flavor of the Tibet-like country north of Jomsom. This is, indeed, a classic trek which allows access to the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable timeframe and without ascending to extreme altitude.
This trek is totally killed by road access so we are not recumbent to who do not prefer to walk in a road with traffic on the road. But for the old people and kids group are recumbent to do this trek. The culture and nature still there only road is constructed.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive/fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu (about seven hours drive/ 30 minutes flight)
Day 03: Pokhara to Tikedhunga (1525m).
After having breakfast at Pokhara we drive to Nayapul by private vehicle it takes about 45 minutes and we trek starts from here. Walk through the paddy field and local settlement. After completing 3 hours of walk, we will stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorapani (2,853m)
The trail goes to uphill after about 2000 steps. Then, you will reach Ulleri from where you can have a breathtaking view of Annapurna South. The trail climbs less steeply and you get in a settlement of Banthanti. After the last lodge, a dense rhododendron forest begins. Spectacular in March and April when the whole hillside is cloaked in blossom. It takes 6 hours for you to reach Ghorepani. Overnight stay in teahouse.
Day 05: Ghorapani to Tatopani (1190m)
Wake up early in the morning and 45 minutes walk up to the Poon hill. The views are literally breathtaking, a wide Himalayan Panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), the world’s seventh highest peak, to Mt. Manaslu (8156m.), the world’s eighth highest) in the east, with Annapurna. After having a breakfast heading down to Tatopani. The name means ‘hot springs’ and these, with the sub-tropical gardens of this little riverside village, have been attracting trekker since the 1960s. 6 ½ hrs walk.
Day 06: Tatopani to Kalopani (2,530m)
follows the Kali Gandaki river and Thakali, Magar and Gurung mix tribes are inhabited in this area. On the way you can see beautiful water falls and mountain views. From Rupse Chhahara the trail goes to gently up and walking through world deepest gorge between Annapuna and Dhawalgiri Monutanin. 7 hrs walk.
Day 07: Kalopani to Marpha (2,665m)
From kalopani to Marpha is easy walk.you can see some mountains view Nilgiri, Dhawalagiri, Tukuche and Annapurna. Now you are enter in Thakali village they have different kind of culture and dialect.6 hrs walk
Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810m)
you are walking through the Jomsom which is head quarter of Mustang District stop for while a cup of tea and enjoy the Mountain View. Walking this section of the trail is an other worldly experience. The landscape is barren. The sun is often hot and the powerful wind that blows from the south can almost knock you over. Sometimes it turns and blows in the other direction. The kali gandaki river bed is about a kilometer wide here but the water flows in several separate streams. Some part of the trail is over the pebbles and rocks by the river, other high above the bank.5 hrs walk.
Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m)
from kagbeni the trail climbs past the remains of the wind power project to join the moer direct route frm Jomsom to Muktinath. You have the left the Kaligandaki valley and the worst of the wind that rushes daily up it. the route bypasses the village of Khingar and Jharkot . 4 hrs walk.
Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,754m)
Same way we heading back to Jomsom from Muktinath it takes about 5 ½ hrs
Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara (915m.)
25 minutes flight to Pokhara from Jomsom and half day sightseeing in Pokhara and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
7 hours drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara and transfer to hotel. In the evening we serve farewell dinner at Nepali typical restuarant.
- All meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea/coffee) while on trek, accommodation in teahouses, a guide, porter, ground transportation, ACAP permit, TIMS permit, all necessaries for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation in teahouses, equipments, insurance etc).
- Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance.
- Flight ticket client's and guide.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.
Related Trekking Route
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trekking Name: Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Best Season: Aug. to Mid Dec. and March to May.
Trekking Type: Teahouse Trek
Grade: Easy - Moderate
Maximum HIght: 3800 m.
Duration: 12 Days