Muktinath Jomsom Trek - 13 Days

Trip Code NDC-1024
Trip grade Easy

Quick facts

  • Max. Altitude:
    3,800m/12,464 ft
  • On Trek:
    8 Days
  • Trek Style:
    Tea House/Lodge/Hotel
  • Trek Starts From:
    Nayapul
  • Trek Ends At:
    Jomsom
  • Best Seasons:
    Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to mid December)

Trip Overview

Towering mountains, the deepest gorge in the world, desert with a shadow of Mountain and unparalleled hospitality of the diverse ethnic communities on the way are few of the many attractions this trek will offer. Your trek will begin from Pokhara with a short drive to Nayapul. After crossing the Modi Khola your steep uphill trek will begin towards Poonhill via the infamous steps of Ulleri.  You will be passing through green paddy fields, suspension bridges and lush green forest abundant with Rhododendron trees along the way. As you reach Poonhill in the early morning next day, you will realise the view is worth over thousands of blisters.   The sunrise and the majestic 180-degree view of the Dhaulagiri Mountain, Nilgiri Mountain and the whole Annapurna mountain range will evoke a felling of Blissfulness.

Then we will head downwards to Tatopani which is widely known for its hot water springs at the bank of Kaligandaki River. Many people throng to the pond with a belief that it can cure almost any skin diseases.  You can relax there, perhaps with a beer, in the hot water pond to melt your pain and tiredness of the day.

Even more adventure awaits the other day. The deepest gorge in the world in between two towering Mountains: Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, the cascading Rupse Chhahara (Waterfall) will be the day's attraction.

After encountering the Gurung and Magar communities you will enter into the homeland of Buddhist Thakali people: Lower mustang. The trail will follow the course of Kaligandaki river, famous for its shaligram stones (Ammonite) regarded as pious in Hindu religious belief. Before we reach Kagbeni, we will be passing through the Marpha village , famous for its apple ciders and brandy. Kagbeni , with its medieval buildings, terracotta Buddhist figures and the narrow alleys settlements overlooking the widespread bank of Kaligandaki river will be a perfect place to call it a day and soak in the magnificence of the surrounding.

Then comes Muktinath located at the foot of famous Thorong-La pass that forms the part of Annapurna circuit. A holy site sacred to both Hindus and Buddhist equally, It is believed that taking bath in the all 108 water sprouts will wash away your sin. But be aware, the water is freezing cold, though!.

We will then head down to Jomsom, the administrative centre of Mustang district, famous for its infamous late morning and afternoon wind that blows so hard that the aircraft need to be tamed with strings.!

The next day you will fly back to Pokhara with memories worth million to cherish over.

 

Note: This trek is a little diversion from Annapurna Base camp trek. If you want to get even more close to majestic mountains, you can check our ABC trek as well.

Trip itinerary

  • 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel [1,300m/4,264 ft].

  • 02 Kathmandu Heritage Tour.

  • 03 Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus [823m/2,700ft] Overnight at hotel.

  • 04 Drive to Nayapul (1010meters) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570meters) 3 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 05 Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 06 Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 07 Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 08 Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 09 Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 10 Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 11 Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 12 Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. Explore Pokhara. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • 13 Drive back to Kathmandu.

Trip Includes & Excludes

Includes

  • All Airport / Hotel transfers
  • 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara (breakfast included)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner breakfast in KTM
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights and airport taxes
  • An experienced and certified trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their full expenses
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag. (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Duffel bag, Trek map, T-shirt & group Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes such as National park permit, TIMS
  • Full day cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu on day 02 (including entrance fees)
  • All necessary paper work and permits(ACAP and upper mustang special trekking permits)

Excludes

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights. Airlines rate for excess weight excluding 15 KGS permitted varies mostly ranging from 1-2 USD per KG.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in the case of late departure and early arrival.
  • Lunch and evening meal in Kathmandu
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
  • Expenses occur due to the case of early return from mountain to Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary which includes accommodation and meals
  • Personal expenses such as Phone, internet & Battery Charges bills on trek
  • Gratitude for guides and porters

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