Khopra Danda & Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Khopra Danda & 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:

15 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Khopra ridge 3860 m.

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private vehicle, flight/ drive to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Best Season:

March-May & Sept.-Nov.

Khopra Danda & Jomsom Muktinath Trek has been introduced quite recently so its lush natural beauty has remained untainted for decades. As a trekker, it doesn’t matter how low or high your skillset goes and what kind of sites you like to visit, this trek just manages to be suitable for all. People usually like to couple this Khopra Danda Annapurna trek with a hike to Khayar Lake which happens to be the highest point on this journey, if your time and interest allow you can also hike up to Khayer Lake. Here, you can also explore Annapurna Trek, where you can have an amalgam to view the different terrain landscapes, cultures, and traditions of the people residing there.

You start your journey at Nayapul which is just a few hours’ drive from Pokhara. From here, you start making your way to the biggest Gurung village, Ghandruk via dirt roads, suspension bridges, settlements of Brahmins and Chettris and cross a lot of rivers. On this journey, you get to see the picturesque mountains of Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, and Fishtail. On your way from Ghandruk to Tadapani, your eyes and ears can feast in the jungles of rhododendron and oak, filled with the cacophony of waterfalls and birds. Next, you continue your adventure to Khopra ridge followed by Chistibung and Bayli Kharka. In free time, you can have close interaction with locals about their daily fife and culture and can observe how farming is done in the highlands.

After Khopra Danda, you have an option to either trek through Ghorepani or from Jomson, but the decision must be given before the start of the trek.

In this particular trek package, we will be moving towards Jomsom and Muktinath after reaching Tatopani (the hot spring). This is a short, rarely visited and unique trek route where you can have ample opportunities to view the varied landscape and different vegetation.

Jomsom is a renowned tourist destination in the trans-Himalayan region of the region. It lies in the rain-shadow area resulting in its famous desert-like landscape and vegetation. Thus, the overall landscape is quite unique perfectly complemented by the scenic mountain views. The people there are simple farmers, traders, shepherds, or small hotel owners mainly of Tibetan origin. The main highlight is the Muktinath temple due to its high altitude location and religious significance.

All this combined gives you an experience that cannot be described in words. It is something every traveler would long for. The breathtaking sceneries and the adventure will make you feel alive in a way that you have never experienced before.

Highlights of Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek

  • Visit Pokhara: lakes, mountain views, caves, waterfalls and more
  • Scenic flight/drive
  • Khayar lake, a sparkling glacial lake in the Annapurna Region
  • Alpine Wildlife and vegetation
  • Desert-like unique landscape of Jomsom
  • Visit Muktinath, the only temple at such a height in Nepal
  • Spiritual eternal flame fueled by natural gas in Muktinath
  • Learn more about the culture and religious practices of Hindus and Buddhists
  • Amazing mountain views
  • Nature at its finest 
  • Physically, spiritually, and religiously fulfilling

You can explore all this and discover more traits not mentioned here during this awe-striking trek.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Flight/ drive to Pokhara. 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk. an hour drive & 4 hrs hike
Day 4: Trek to Tadapani (2675m). 3-4 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Dobato (3350m). 4-5 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Shistibumg (3450m). 4-5 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Kopra Ridge (3860m). 3-4 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Swanta (2200m). 5-6 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Tatopani (1190m). 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Drive to Jomsom (2720m). 4-5 hrs drive
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800m). 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Trek back to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2800m). 5-6 hrs
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly/ drive back to Kathmandu. 30 min flight & private drive.
Day 15: Final departure.

 

Starting Price

USD 1170 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

A Himalayan Trekkers representative will pick you up from the airport and escort you to the respective hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Flight/ drive to Pokhara.

Meals included: Breakfast

You have an option to either fly or drive. For the first time, it is worthy to drive 7 hours and enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way with majestic Mountain views along the road. Or you can choose the scenic flight of 30 minutes. You can see 3 of the world’s tallest mountains from the window during the flight. Taking a flight saves time and allows you time to explore some attractions of Pokhara and stroll around the beautiful city.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 3

Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start early in the morning immediately after breakfast on a drive to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. The 2 hours drive offers the view of beautiful landscapes, villages, and farmlands, with Mount Fishtail in the background. As soon as you reach Nayapul, you will start the trek to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a famous village of the Gurkhas and many youths from this village have been part of the British Gurkha Regiment. You will explore the village and enjoy the sunset over Mt. Annapurna South.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: an hour drive & 4 hrs hike

Day 4

Trek to Tadapani (2675m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, you will be ascending slowly towards Tadapani, passing on through Bheri Khara, a place with lush greenery and richness in flora and fauna. Pheasants of several types are seen along the way including a lot of Himalayan birds. The hike is very pleasant and the view of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna Range add to the beauty of the area. Overnight at Tadapani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Dobato (3350m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will walk along the trail to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail passes through dense forests, lush rhododendron trees and overlooked by the mighty Fishtail until you reach the resting point at Masher (2969 m). From here you will linger to a higher altitude, involving gradual climbing and stop at Haire (3137m) for lunch. After luch an hour and a half walk will take you to Dobato (3426m) where you can see a splendid view of greenery and mountain. You will spend overnight at Dobato.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Shistibumg (3450m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You wake up early for an early start today for the sunrise view. You will walk to the Hilltop at Dobato at dawn and after walking for 40 minutes uphill, you can see the range of mountains including Lamjung, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and many more. After sunrise view, you will be heading back to Dobato and have your lunch there. Then, you will head towards Shistibumg.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Kopra Ridge (3860m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will have a steep climb to reach the top of the Vantage point. This will be the most exciting day of the trek in the Annapurna region. This ridge can be reached after 3 hours of walk from Shistibumg which offers a panoramic 240-degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range. After spending plenty of time on the cliff, you will return back to your camp around sunset. Overnight at Kopra Ridge.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Swanta (2200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will descend down to the river followed by a bit of an ascend through beautiful forest. After a gradual day walk in a lush forest of rhododendron and occasional steep descent, you will reach Swanta for Lunch. As it is a bigger settlement, you can engage in various activities such as visiting the school and the monastery or taking a stroll around the main village center. 

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Tatopani (1190m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today after breakfast, you head towards Tatopani. Tatopani is a natural Hot Spring. People have a belief that if you dip yourself in this pond, then it can cure many diseases.

The trail from Swotha to Tatopani is a downward trail. You pass by the side of Kaligandaki River, the deepest gorge. It is a beautiful village near the river with amazing landscapes. Stay overnight at Tatopani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 10

Drive to Jomsom (2720m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Jomsom is one of the very popular trekking routes in Nepal. The trail goes by the bank of Kaligandaki River. In case you are a bit exhausted to do the walk, you may even take a vehicle ride to Jomsom. On the way, you will encounter the largest waterfall, Ruptse. You pass by many beautiful villages like Lete, Kobang, Tukuche, Marpha.

Marpha is very famous for the apple orchard. You should definitely taste the apples grown here if you get the chance.

Apart from the villages, you will see the amazing and distinct landscapes. Also, the view of snow-capped mountains such as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Tilicho peak, & many more, will make you stumped. 

The region is dominated by Thakali Culture. Jomsom is the capital of Mustang district. The distance is about 4-5 hrs drive.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive

Day 11

Trek to Muktinath (3800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It will take about 5-6 hrs walk and the altitude rise almost 1000m but it will not feel so because the trail is gradual & the atmosphere is pleasant. The landscape is similar to Tibet so it is also referred to as Little Tibet. The main attraction is the Muktinath Temple, and also many other age-old Gumbas. From the temple, you can view Muktinath Himal, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Tilicho peak, etc. People of both Buddhists and Hindu culture reside there and the temple is worshipped by both the religions. Another interesting Gumba here is Aani Gumba where there are only female monks. You pass through Kaligandaki also known as the fossils valley (Shaligram). Overnight at Muktinath in the best available guest house.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 12

Trek back to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you take the same way back. After an hour of walking, you reach Jharkot. This village has been able to preserve the age-old monasteries and the distinct culture. An interesting culture followed here is that the parents must give away their second child to the Gumba where they become monks. The monks, either they be a girl or a boy, spend their lives in the Gumba, staying unmarried forever, praying 5 to 7 times a day, following the strict rules and rituals inside as well as outside the Gumba.

You continue your trek from Jharkot to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a gateway to Upper Mustang and even a Spiritual site for Hindus and Buddhists. You pass by the bank of Kaligandaki Riverbank. Kaligandaki is also known as the windy valley. There are many cliffs and caves in this region. You can also take a halt by the river bank and search for some fossils. The most popular fossils are Shaligram (Nepali Name), which is worshipped as Lord Bishnu by the Hindus.

After lunch, you continue towards Jomsom for next 2/3 hrs. Overnight at a Guest House in Jomsom.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 13

Fly to Pokhara.

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will fly back to Pokhara. Spend rest of the day exploring this beautiful city, boating, enjoying the view from the Lakeside, trying different dishes, and many more activities. Overnight at a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 14

Fly/ drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

After breakfast, you will fly or drive to Kathmandu. Afternoon you are free to roam around on your own. Evening dinner with the Himalayan trekkers team where you can share your feedback and experience.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight & private drive.

Day 15

Final departure.

You will be dropped off at the airport for your final flight from Nepal.

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Accommodation

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

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. 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 the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay 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. 

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) paperwork and fees
  • All the permits
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • All domestic transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) during the trek
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except Breakfast
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any expenses not in the 'Include' section


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

Trip Notes

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Note: These can vary by departure.

Trip FAQ's

FAQ's

How difficult is the trek?

This trekking is a somewhat moderate one but involves a lot of walking so you will not need any special skills but you need to be physically and mentally fit.

Which time of the year is ideal for the trek?

This trekking can be carried out in spring from the month of March to May and in autumn from the month of September to December. However, if these months do not fit your vacation schedule or you would like to carry on some other month, we will definitely arrange and customize the itinerary according to your schedule.

How do I handle my luggage on the trek?

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

How much cash do I need to carry?

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. You will only be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (A normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) and so on.

Can I use any other currency except Nepalese Rupees?

People only accept Nepalese currency for cash transactions (some might accept Indian Rupees). You can find ATMs and money exchange services which can be used to get the Nepalese currency by paying a certain service charge.

Can I make changes to the itinerary?

You might be able to extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary by consulting our guide. Similarly, you can extend your overall trip to other places in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet by consulting with our team.

Is there a chance of getting altitude sickness?

Getting altitude sickness is highly unlikely because the trek is undertaken gradually, taking all the precautions, and making sure you acclimatize. 

Are there facilities of hot shower during the trek?

Yes. There might be proper showers in most of the places. But in more remote areas, there might only be a bucket of hot water and a secluded area for a bath which you can by paying a little extra at your lodging.

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