Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

13 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

3800m Muktinath

Group Size

Max- 20

Trial Access:

Flight/ drive to Kathmandu-Pokhara - Kathmandu with flight from Jomsom- Pokhara.

Best Season:

Oct - Dec & Feb - Apr.

The journey of Jomsom Muktinath Trek, in 13 days will take you to the trans-Himalayan region of Nepal.

Nepal being a country that has a majority of Hindu population has numerous temples that reflect their dedication towards the religion. And Muktinath temple is a prominent example that totally manifests the love of the devotees for their God.

Jomsom takes care of most of your needs since it is the headquarter of the Mustang and has all modern amenities ranging from hotels, hospitals, restaurants and airport. As you reach Jomsom, you would come across a thriving market place where you can buy everything from handmade crafts, apples, apple brandy to all other sorts of things.

Here you would even find herders with their Yak hordes going through the tracks with smile. In fact, this hike will be very interesting as a moment you are close to the lush green and mountainous area, on the contrary, in a matter of a few hours, you witness a cold deserted area with different culture and vegetation.

Such diversity in a short time is pretty unique. The primary inhabitants of Jomsom are Thakali people and are quite famous for good food.

The main attraction of this hike is the Muktinath temple and stands at 3800 m altitude in Mustang at the valley named same as the temple. What is more significant is that the temple has several legends surrounding it and has great religious importance for Hindus as well as Buddhists.

Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims visit the temple in order to attain “moksha” but you would have a great time as well even if you don’t have any religious inclination.

Muktinath is one of the many examples of harmony and integration among Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal. While Hindus refer to it as Muktinath Dham, Buddhists know it as Chumig Gyatsa.

The temple is small when compared to the rest of Nepal and has a Pagoda styled architecture. Few of the most interesting things you get to see here are a large Shaligram and a Jwaladevi, a holy flame that has been supposedly burning for thousands of years.

Another unique site where you can see here is numerous pilgrims bathing in one of the 108 water sprouts that are shaped like the head of a bull. Nothing unbelievable as it is a fact that has a significance of its own.

Muktinath is surely going to be a spiritual and entertaining journey for you with temples and places of worship like Jwala Mai Temple, Kunda, Gomba Samba and Swaminarayan tribute monument.

Apart from enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas, Kali Gandaki etc you also get to collect fossils from the Jurassic era.

Trek Highlights 

  • Scenic Drive/Flight to Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Beautiful City with lake and surrounds the views of the mountain
  • Experience of the local lifestyle, steep climb up and the atmosphere
  • Streams of largest Rhododendron forest
  • Gance into the deepest gorge in the world (Kali Gandaki)

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul. Trek to Ulleri [2000m]
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
Day 06: Trek to Tatopani [1190]
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa [2000m]
Day 08: Trek to Larjung [2560m]
Day 09: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath [3710m]
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
Day 12: Flight to Pokhara and fly/drive to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Depart Kathmandu

Starting Price

USD 1075 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Meals included: BB

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan trekkers and transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2

Explore Kathmandu City and Trek Preparation

Meals included: BB

You can spend this day exploring some of the World Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3

Scenic Drive to Pokhara

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, you will take a scenic bus drive of 7 hours to reach Pokhara. Walk around the lakeside and explore Pokhara city on your own.

Sitting at the hotel balcony you can have an excellent view of the mountains as they are only 28 km away from Pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900m.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 Hrs Drive

Day 4

Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Ulleri (2000 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will drive for 45 minutes to reach Nayapul and start your first hike. You continue walking uphill along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. You 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.

Nexy, you will climb about 3500 steps to reach the village of Ulleri for the overnight stay.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 1 Hr Drive & 5 Hrs Trek

Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani (2775 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start walking in the morning after breakfast along the path that leads to the rhododendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you.

You 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 woods.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 Hrs

Day 6

Trek to Tatopani (1190 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will hike to Poonhill (3210 m), early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast, you will leave Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas.

You will walk through the stone-paved trails for an hour to reach Sikha, a Magar village on a ridge. You will continue descending till Ghar Khola and climb for some time afterward to cross the Kali Gandaki River on a large suspension bridge.

After crossing the bridge, you will walk for half an hour to reach Tatopani for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 Hrs

Day 7

Trek to Ghasa (2000 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You 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 will be arriving in the month of 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, you will cross 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 a couple of hours, you will find yourself in the Thakali village of Ghasa where you can see the flat-roofed Tibetan style houses.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 Hrs

Day 8

Trek to Larjung (2560 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start walking towards Larjung today. You will come across the forests of fir, cypress, and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki after ascending for some time.

Next, you 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.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 Hrs

Day 9

Trek to Jomsom (2800 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will walk past the villages of Kobang and Tukuche through the under-construction motorway. You will again witness the narrow stone-paved alleys and enclosed houses built to protect the settlement from the strong wind in the Kali Gandaki area.

You will walk past stonewalled orchards until you come across the stone gate which is the entrance to the village of Marpha, famous for monasteries, lifestyle, apples, and brandy made of apples!

After lunch and a brief exploration, you will head towards Jomsom. You will reach Jomsom, the headquarter of Mustang district in 2 hours from Marpha.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 Hrs

Day 10

Trek to Muktinath (3800 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You 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.

You will continue walking up the hill, leaving the small village of Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang on the left side. After walking 2 hours from Ekle Bhatti, you will reach the Jharkot village where there are monasteries built in the 15th century.

These monasteries are made in Tibetan style and families around the area send their second son/daughter to grow up as Monks/nuns. You will further walk uphill until you 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.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 Hrs

Day 11

Trek to Jomsom (2800vm)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After the short descent in the morning, you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where beautiful monasteries will 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. You will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the bank of Kali Gandaki River.

You can spend some time exploring the headquarter of the Mustang district, Jomsom.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 Hrs

Day 12

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & Fly/Drive to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today you will have a scenic flight to Pokhara in the early morning after breakfast. Then, from Pokhara, you have an option to chose transportation of your desire to return back to Kathmandu.

In the evening, enjoying farewell dinner with cultural show.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu Estimated Walking Distance: 20 & 30 min flight / 6-7 Hrs Drive

Day 13

Final departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country with a bag of memories or extend another trip within or outside Nepal.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All ground transfer in a Private Vehicle
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Breakfast
  • All Accommodation during the trek
  • Required number of guides and porters
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide
  • ACAP permit, TIMS, and necessary documentation, Taxes as per itinerary.
  • Trekking Route Map.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner

Whats Not Included

  • Visa for Nepal
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch and Dinner in the city
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

 



GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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