Jomsom Muktinath Trek: Situated in the Muktinath Valley of northern Nepal, Muktinath Peak (4,710 m) is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The region receives millions of devoted followers each year, who perform rituals such as showering in the cold mountain streams located on the temple premises. The area surrounding this sacred site is also perfectly suited to adventure travel. On this trek, participants have the opportunity to meet the ethnic tribes of the area: the Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Managi. This trek does not require the high level of fitness necessary for other treks in the region.
Highlights of the Jomsom Muktinath trek include:
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Travelling from the lowland of Pokhara through the deepest valley on earth to the desolate plateau of Upper Mustang
- Trekking in the Annapurna region
- Unique cultural experiences, adventure travel and eco-touring
- Kali Gandaki – the deepest valley on earth.
- Bathing in natural hot springs
- Breathtaking panoramic views from Poon Hill
- Exploring the lakeside city of Pokhara
A typical day on the Jomsom Muktinath trek:
The day begins with preparing your bag for the porters followed by breakfast. Breakfast is typically ordered the evening before in order to give the teahouse owner ample time to prepare. It is important to remember that the owners cook meals for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, the morning trek starts with short teahouse breaks. Around noon, we take a longer break for lunch. After lunch, we trek until we reach the destination for the day. In the afternoon, we reach the destination and are assigned rooms. The porters will have already delivered the heavy bags. We will order dinner, and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village we are visiting. At dinner, the guides will explain the expectations for tomorrow’s segment and provide practical information including what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. After dinner, you have free time to read a book, discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow trekkers and the guides, or enjoy a game of cards.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek: Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and preparation for the trek
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
Day 05: Trek to Muktinath
Day 06: Trek to Marpha
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa
Day 08: Trek to Tatopani
Day 09: Day of relaxation to enjoy the hot springs
Day 10: Trek to Ghorapani
Day 11: Trek to Tikhadhunga
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Jomsom Muktinath trek: Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport. Look for our representative holding a sign with your name. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of day to yourself to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and Jomsom Muktinath trek preparation
You will have the day in Kathmandu with time to do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Some notable sights include: Buddhist and Hindu shrines, the ‘monkey temple’ Swayambhunath and the great Boudhanath stupa in an area called Little Tibet. There is also the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River, where you can experience a traditional cremation ceremony. In the evening, you will be asked to join us at a restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine and where we will go through what to expect on the trek and provide some practical information for the trip.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
We leave Kathmandu at dawn to head west towards the city of Pokhara where the trek begins. While it is a long drive, there is plenty to see along the way. The drive exposes trekkers to the traditional oxcarts and bicycles used for transportation, as well as the ornate, crowded buses and daredevil drivers.
We arrive in Pokhara early in the afternoon where we are assigned hotel rooms. The rest of the day is spent in the lakeside city of Pokhara.
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni , begining of Jomsom Muktinath trek
After breakfast we catch a morning flight to Jomsom. This scenic 20-minute flight takes us to the administrative headquarters of the Mustang district. From Jomsom, the trek begins. The trail gradually ascends a windy path along the Kali Gandaki riverbed for about 3 hours, finally reaching the village of Ekley Bhatti. After a short rest here, there is only one hour of easy walking until we reach our destination for the day, Kagbeni at 2,710 m – a windswept village along the ancient salt trading route to Tibet.
Day 5: Trek to Muktinath
The morning begins following a steep sloping trail to a ridge above the village, a climb that should take about one hour. From here, the trail ascends gently with scenic views of Annapurna and Tukuche. We walk through small villages and reach the city of Jarkot, where we encounter the ethnic tribe Thakali, who wear traditional apparel. From here, there is about a 30-minute climb to reach Muktinath. Muktinath offers superb scenic views and here we will likely meet trekkers coming from Manang across the Thorung La pass (5,415 m).
Day 6: Trek to Marpha
We visit the nearby temple in the morning and then begin a descent on the trail to the Kali Gandaki valley floor. After a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti, we continue down the magnificent valley. We reach Jomsom, where we started our trek a few days earlier. After lunch in Jomsom, we have two hours of easy walking towards the southeast until we reach Marpha, where we stop for the night. Marpha is a cozy city with paved streets and whitewashed stone houses. Marpha is renowned for its apple and peach brandy and cider.
Day 7: Trek to Ghasa
The walk today follows the Kali Gandaki River downstream until we reach the village of Tukuche nestled below Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with excellent view of Nilgiri and the massive icefalls of the Dhaulagiri east face. One hour beyond Tukuche, we reach the village of Kalopani, where we stop for lunch. This beautiful village has excellent teahouses and views of Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri rising above the pine forest. Another two hours of gentle descent brings us to the Thakali village of Ghasa where we will spend the night.
Day 8: Trek to Tatopani
The vegetation changes from arid desert to pine forest as we walk between the two mammoth peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. Ghasa marks the southern border of the area dominated by the Thakali tribe. The architecture becomes more decorative, with detailed carvings in wood. The trail to Tatopani takes us to a warmer and more pleasant climate through terraced rice fields. The trail leads through the village of Dana, located in the deepest gorge in the world. After lunch we have a couple of hours walk to Tatopani where we will be greeted by a natural hot spring bath.
Day 9: Rest day in Tatopani
Today we have a full day to relax our aching muscles in the natural hot springs.
Day 10: Trek to Dharepani
After a days rest, we continue our journey. We first cross a suspension bridge over Kali Gandagi and follow the trail along the river until it diverts into an uphill climb. This is a challenging climb that continues through farms and villages, terraced rice fields and dense rhododendron forests to reach our destination of Ghorepani where we find our teahouse for the night.
Day 11: Trek to Tikhedhunga
We start early in order to reach the summit of Poon Hill in time for sunrise. The fantastic panorama of the sun rising above Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre is a true wonder, and one that will remain with you for many years to come. After returning to Ghorepani and enjoying breakfast, we continue the trek to Tikhedhunga.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
This is the last day of the Jomsom Muktinath trek. The trail wanders through scenic landscapes and local villages to Sauli Bazar, situated on the bank of River Modi. The walk continues pleasantly as we reach Birethanti, where the rivers Modi and Bhurungdi meet. We stop for lunch. After lunch, a 30-minute walk brings us to Nayapul. The trek ends here, where we will drive back to Pokhara to spend the rest of the day enjoying the lakeside area.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We leave Pokhara in the early morning and head east to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The drive should take 7-8 hours and gives us plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and all the different means of transportation used by the Nepali people. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel.
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
You will receive an airport transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, full of memories of a wonderful Himalayan adventure.
Please contact us for cost information.
The price for the Jomsom Muktinath trek includes the following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- Trekking Permit fees
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters