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Jomsom Muktinath Trek

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Key Information

TRIP DURATION

12 Days

DESTINATION

Nepal

TRIP DIFFICULTY

Moderate

TREK STYLE

Trekking

ACCOMODATION

Hotel + Lodges

TRANSPOTATIONS

private car/van / Flight

 

Overview of Jomsom Muktinath Trek 

Are you ready to embark on a soul-stirring expedition through the mystical wonders of the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek in Nepal?

The trek offers a perfect blend of natural grandeur and spiritual exploration. Setting off from Jomsom, a charming town renowned for its unique traditions and bustling market, you will embark on a trail that winds its way through breathtaking landscapes.

From the feast on awe-inspiring views of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, standing, you are all as sentinels of nature's magnificence. As you continue your journey, you will traverse the legendary Kali Gandaki Gorge, a deep chasm leading to the sacred Muktinath Temple.

Higlights of the Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Throughout the Jomsom Muktinath trek, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, explore charming villages, wander through apple orchards, and witness the diverse flora and fauna that adorn the picturesque landscapes of this region. Get ready for an expedition that combines physical adventure, cultural immersion, and spiritual introspection in the heart of the Himalayas.

  • Breathtaking Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Views: Awe-inspiring panoramas.
  • Charming Jomsom: Culture, architecture, bustling market.
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge: World's deepest, dramatic landscapes.
  • Sacred Muktinath Temple: Hindu-Buddhist pilgrimage, the eternal flame.
  • Traditional Marpha Village: Apple orchards, local brandy, whitewashed houses.
  • Fragrant Apple Orchards: Delightful sensory experience, fresh apples.
  • Relaxing Natural Hot Springs: Rejuvenate in Tatopani's springs.
  • Explore Kagbeni: Ancient village, narrow alleys, medieval monastery.
  • Mustang's Cultural Insights: Tibetan-influenced traditions, vibrant festivals.
  • Panoramic Landscapes & Flora: Diverse terrain, lush forests, picturesque valleys.
  • Traverse through the western Himalayan region crossing the diverse villages and getting acquainted with people and culture.
  • Walk through the exquisite Rhododendron, magnolia, and oak forest alongside the bank of Kali Gandaki River.
  • Get a magnificent view of the majestic Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri, Hiuchuli, Annapurna III, South, Macchapuchhre, etc.

When you commence from the quaint town of Jomsom, the trek unfolds with a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration.

This 12-day trek to Jomsom and Muktinath region is filled with the amalgamation of culture and nature. Crossing the holy Kali Gandaki River, we walk along the banks of this river, and with the beautiful Himalayas at our side, this trip is all worth the effort. 

On the way, we also stopped by Ghorepani, one the most sought trekking places, which gives us a view of the beautiful mountains.

Rhododendron forests and the alpine meadows introduce us to the beauty of nature, and with many local villages we come to pass, we also get acquainted with some of the cultures this land offers.

Jomsom, known for its traditional architecture, bustling market, and unique culture, sets the stage for the journey ahead. As you embark on the trail, be prepared to be greeted by awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, which dominate the horizon with their majestic peaks.

The mesmerizing landscapes will leave you spellbound as you traverse diverse terrain, including lush forests, barren landscapes, and picturesque valleys.

Besides, the trek further leads you through the legendary Kali Gandaki Gorge, often hailed as the world's deepest gorge. As you navigate through this dramatic landscape, you will witness the sheer power of nature and be captivated by the raw beauty surrounding you. The valley is characterized by its towering cliffs, ancient rock formations, and the roaring Kali Gandaki River, creating a truly awe-inspiring experience.

However, one of the significant highlights of the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek is the revered Muktinath Temple. At 3,800 meters, Muktinath holds immense religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists.

The temple complex is adorned with 108 water spouts, considered holy by pilgrims, and features an eternal flame that symbolizes the divine energy of the site. Visiting Muktinath offers a spiritual journey, allowing you to immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere and witness the rituals and devotion of the pilgrims who travel from far and wide.

Throughout the Jomsom-Muktinath Trekking adventure, you will also have the opportunity to explore charming villages, encounter the local culture, and savor the beauty of apple orchards dotting the trail. This trek is an unforgettable experience that combines the wonders of nature, cultural immersion, and spiritual exploration in the heart of the Himalayas.

Best Season for Jomsom Muktinath Trek

The best season for the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek is generally autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Both seasons offer favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and stunning views, making them ideal for trekking in this region. H

Autumn Season (September to November)

Autumn is considered the prime season for the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek. The weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures and clear skies during this time. The mountain views are exceptionally breathtaking, and the overall visibility is excellent.

The trails are relatively dry and less prone to rainfall, ensuring a comfortable trekking experience. The autumn season also coincides with harvest time in the region, adding vibrant colors to the landscapes with golden terraced fields and lush vegetation.

Spring Season (March to May):

The spring season is another excellent time to embark on the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek. The weather remains pleasant, with mild temperatures during the day and cooler nights. The region comes alive with blooming rhododendrons and wildflowers, painting the hillsides with vibrant colors.

The trails are generally dry and enjoyable for trekking, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings fully. Spring also offers excellent visibility of the mountains, allowing trekkers to capture stunning photographs of the snow-capped peaks.

 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you up in a private vehicle. You will be transferred to your hotel and briefed with all the detail of the trek. If there are any queries you can make it clear. The evening is all to yourself as you can roam around in the nightlife of Kathmandu. Breakfast included

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
900

Early morning, we enjoy our breakfast and take a long drive from the capital to the tourist hotspot- Pokhara. We can enjoy the trip with the beautiful hills and rivers to keep you company. As you reach Pokhara, you will again drive to Nayapul. Approximately 8 hours of drive. Breakfast included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1510

 

Here starts our journey on foot. Breakfast and we continue our journey. Through the forests and steep rocks, we pass the village of Sudami. We ascend further and reach TikheDhunga. This is our stop for the day. We rest a lodge. Approximately 5-6 hours of walk. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2750

We start our trek my ascending upwards through the TirkhedungaKhola. We move up a long staircase after which we reach Ulleri (2,070m) - a Magar Village. We again pass through the rhododendron forests and finally reach Ghorepani. There the beautiful view of Annapurna south (7,219m), Hiuchuli, Dhaulagiri (8,172m) andMacchapuchhre (6,993m) will be waiting for you. We spend our night at a lodge. Approximately 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1290

Descending down through the steep ridges we carry on our journey. Through Magnolia and Rhododendron to feast our eye we move downhill to Phalate (2,390m). We cross a logn suspension bridge after which we reach Tatopani- which translates to "hot water". This will be our stop for the day. We will have our spending enjoying the hot water spring. Approximately 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1950

We will cover the elevation of 700m this day. Moving up the Kali Ganda Gorge we trek through rocky steps. Along the way, we cross local villages of Guithe, Dana, RupseChhahara. We move along the thick forests and rocky terrains and move alongside Kali Gandakiriver. sGoing further we reach the village of Ghasa. Approximately 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2560

After breakfast, we continue on our path through forests and rivers. After descending the rocky steeps we reach teh village of Kaiku (2,180m). Through the LeteKhola we reach the village of Lete. Continuing downhill to the east of Kali GandakiRiver we reach Larjung village. Approximately 5 hours of trek. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2680

Through Largung, we walk down to Khobang. The view of the beautiful Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri will be waiting for us. Continue through and we will reach the village of Tukuche by passing through the apple farm projects. Few stretch and we will reach our destination for the day- Marpha. Here, we stay overnight at a hotel lodge. Approximately 5 hours of walk. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2840

 

This will be a short day trek. We ascend through the rocky cliffs and moving along the valley, we reach Shyang (2,800m). On the way, we also cross the PangalKhola and pass EkleBhatti- translated to lone pub. With Kali GandakiRiver at our side, we trek on and reach Kagbeni. Here, we stay for the night. Approximately 4 hours of walk. BLD included

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3710

Following the Kali GandakiRiver, we reach the check post where the guards check for the permit. We climb up to Jhong Valley and moving on we reach the village of Khingar (3,400m). Moving upwards, we reach Muktinath- home of Lord Vishnu and famous for the pilgrimage and trekkers. We roam around and enjoy the beauty of this Holy place. The 108 water sprouts is one of the main attractions here. We pay our respect to the Gods. The view of the Annapurna ranges is by your side making this is a very worthy day. Approximately 3 hours of walk. BLD included

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2760

We cross the meadows and streams as we move along the banks of the Kali Gandaki Gorge .Going downhill; we also cross various meadows and streams. We climb up the LubreDanda and again descend down to Lubre Village. This is Thakali village from where we can see some of the better views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Through the Kali Gandaki bed, we reach Jomsom. Despite being small, it is famous for Marpha and Apple delicacies. There is also a museum and the strong dry winds are really fascinating. Approximately 4-5 hours of walk. BLD included.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

After we take our breakfast, we board a short flight to Pokhara. After half an hour of flight, we finally reach Pokhara. We have our entire day off at Pokhara. Take the leisure time to stroll around and enjoy the beautiful Few Lake and tourist destinations. You can also visit many of the clubs and pubs and enjoy the live music. As this is the end of the journey, party all night. Approximately 30 minutes flight to Pokhara. Breakfast included.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Altitude Profile

FAQs

The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. It involves daily walking for several hours on mountainous terrain, and a reasonable fitness level is recommended.

You must obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The highest point of the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek is the Muktinath Temple, which stands at an elevation of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet).

ATMs are available in some of the larger towns like Jomsom and Kagbeni. However, carrying enough cash (Nepalese Rupees) is advisable as ATM services may not always be reliable or available.

Essential items to pack include trekking boots, comfortable clothing (layered for varying temperatures), a good quality sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and other personal essentials. A detailed packing list can be obtained from your trekking agency.

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