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Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 13 Days

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Daily Tour 13 day Availability: 2019-01-01
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Annapurna Region Tour Guide: Ngwang Sherpa

Trip Detail: Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Join Alpine Club of Himalaya’s trekking expedition to the Mustang region that includes the world’s deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom Muktinath Trek at a maximum altitude of 3800m (12,464 ft). Continuing along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, marvel at the splendid peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri both of which reach heights in excess of 8000m (26,240 ft). Explore the hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes, and scenic beauties of the different landscapes.

The best seasons for doing this trek are Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to mid-December). During these seasons you will be rewarded with good weather, sunny and warm with a clear sky and outstanding views. You can trek during winter (Dec, Jan, Feb), however, cold weather with snow-fall at higher elevations may cause delays


Overview

Arrival: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 13 Days
Meal: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Lodging: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 1-night hotel in Pokhara, and 8 nights in Lodge/Guest House during trek
Transportation: Private vehicles / Flights
Service Level: Comfort
Trek Grading: 3
Activity: trekking and Sightseeing in Pokhara/Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude: Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] and Trek to Tikhedhunga [1,552m/5,090ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day 5: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 6: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs
Day 8: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 9: Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 13: Final Departure Departure- Home Sweet Home

Show Jomsom Muktinath Trek Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of the Alpine Club of Himalaya. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals- Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest and largest Buddhist stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet. We will visit the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal, which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next, we visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, with the best-preserved palace courtyards in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal, and stone artwork. Prominent structures are the Nyata-Pola Temple, a 5-story pagoda erected by Nepali King Bhupatindra Malla during a 5-month period from late 1701 into 1702, the world-famous Golden Gate, cited as “the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom; it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings”, and the 55 Window Palace that has a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving, built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals- Breakfast.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] and Trek to Tikhedhunga [1,552m/5,090ft]: 4-5 hrs

We take a flight to Pokhara;  the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas.

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick you up at the Pokhara airport. Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal located 200 km west of Kathmandu, also known as The Lake City owing to a large number of lakes in the city, offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others.

We take a 1 hour and 20-minute drive to Nayapul, and walk to the northern side of Burundi Khola, through subtropical forests, and sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs

From Tikhedhunga we trek downhill and cross the Burundi Khola river. From there we brave through thousands of steps and boulders up to the Ulleri Hill and further up to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs, while admiring the spectacular view of Annapurna South, through waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and the Nilgiri mountains. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs

Ghorepani town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani town that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village, then descend further to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing a suspension bridge we climb up to Tatopani. Overnight in Tatopani.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs

The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river that flows under a deep gorge by 2200m, in between two 8000m mountaintops that are only 38km apart. Continuing along to Dana, the beautiful Rupse Chahara waterfall, and Kopchepani, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village in Ghasa, a paradise for bird watchers. Overnight in Ghasa.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 07: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs

We make a steep climb through forests to Lete Khola and then Lete, and further to the east of the Kaligandaki, reaching the Larjung Village. From Larjung, we cross the trail via Tukche at 2590m and apple farms that produce apple and vegetable for the entire region, until we reach Marpha Village. Overnight in Marpha.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs

We continue along the valley, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom, we continue on a gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs until the Ekley-Bhatti village. After a good stop, we take an hour of easy walk to Kagbeni, an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs

Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki upstream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.Overnight in Muktinath.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs

Muktinath is one of the most sacred destinations for Hindus and Buddhists. We will visit the Muktinath Temple of Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra” or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also, enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport for a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, providing views of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

In Pokhara, we tour the city; Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal, The Shiva Cave houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara, and visit the Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake. From the lake, and possibly even from your hotel bed, you can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, just twenty or so kilometers away. Then we visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. Overnight in Pokhara.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

We take a 200-kilometer drive back to Kathmandu while enjoying the marvelous scenery.

In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate artwork. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate your successful trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals- Breakfast.

Day 13: Final Departure Departure- Home Sweet Home 

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport.

Meals- Breakfast.

Plan your own Trip

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Cost

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3-star Hotels in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. (Both on B&B basis)
  • Teahouse during the trek with all meals
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara flight, Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Pokhara to kathmandu transportation in tourist bus
  • An experienced english speaking trek leader (trekking guide) assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Alpine Club of Himalaya duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International and domestic flights (Pokhara to Kathmandu-$108)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Highlight

  • Take in fantastic mountain views
  • Meet local people as you travel
  • Hike for 9 days through the Nepalese wilderness
  • Annapurna and Mustang Range
  • Scenic Flight to Jomsom and return
  • Explore Muktinath Temple

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by the Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.


Accommodations:

We will be staying at Alpine Hotel Nepal in Kathmandu, Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara, and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD350. Alpine Club of Himalaya will arrange rooms with attached washrooms. However, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.


Meals:

During the Khopra Ridge Community Trek, you can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Indian as well as more common continental cuisines. Breakfast (only) will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be available during the trek and climb. While trekking, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be arranged for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During the climbing session, hygienic and freshly-cooked food will be provided. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.

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Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals- Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest and largest Buddhist stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet. We will visit the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal, which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next we visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, with the best preserved palace courtyards in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. Prominent structures are the Nyata-Pola Temple, a 5-story pagoda erected by Nepali King Bhupatindra Malla during a 5-month period from late 1701 into 1702, the world famous Golden Gate, cited as “the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom; it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings”, and the 55 Window Palace that has a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving, built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals- Breakfast.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] and Trek to Tikhedhunga [1,552m/5,090ft]: 4-5 hrs

We take a flight to Pokhara;  the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas.

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick-you up at the Pokhara airport. Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal located 200 km west of Kathmandu, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city, offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others.

We take a 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Nayapul, and walk to the northern side of Burundi Khola, through sub tropical forests, and sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs

From Tikhedhunga we trek downhill and cross the Burundi Khola river. From there we brave through thousands of steps and boulders up to the Ulleri Hill and further up to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs, while admiring the spectacular view of Annapurna South, through waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and the Nilgiri mountains. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs

Ghorepani town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani town that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village, then descend further to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing a suspension bridge we climb up to Tatopani. Overnight in Tatopani.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs

The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river that flows under a deep gorge by 2200m, in between two 8000m mountaintops that are only 38km apart. Continuing along to Dana, the beautiful Rupse Chahara waterfall, and Kopchepani, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village in Ghasa, a paradise for bird watchers. Overnight in Ghasa.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs

We make a steep climb through forests to Lete Khola and then Lete, and further to the east of the Kaligandaki, reaching the Larjung Village. From Larjung, we cross the trail via Tukche at 2590m and apple farms that produce apple and vegetable for the entire region, until we reach Marpha Village.Overnight in Marpha.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs

We continue along the valley, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom, we continue on a gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs until the Ekley-Bhatti village. After a good stop, we take an hour of easy walk to Kagbeni, an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area, which lies at the bank of two rivers.Overnight in Kagbeni.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs

Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.Overnight inMuktinath.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs

Muktinath is one of most sacred destinations for Hindus and Buddhists. We will visit the Muktinath Temple of Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra”or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport for a a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, providing views of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

In Pokhara, we tour the city; Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal, The Shiva Cave houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit the Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake. From the lake, and possibly even from your hotel bed, you can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, just twenty or so kilometres away. Then we visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. Overnight in Pokhara.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

We take a 200 kilometer drive back to Kathmandu, while enjoying the marvelous scenery.

In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate your successful trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals- Breakfast.

Day 13: Final Departure Departure- Home Sweet Home 

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport.

Meals- Breakfast.

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Join Alpine Club of Himalaya's trekking expedition to the Mustang region that includes the world's deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom Muktinath Trek at a maximum altitude of 3800m (12,464 ft).

4 Reviews

  1. avatar
    Rickey
    5:06 am - March 24, 2019 / Reply

    Most beautiful trek to JOMSOM MUKTINATH. What a breathtaking view. Nice tea house and food was basic but fresh. Sujan planned our itinerary as per our requirements. He was excellent with communication during trek. He arranged helicopter when one of my colleagues fell a sick.
    Highly recommended.

    5
  2. avatar
    Mahen
    9:34 pm - April 4, 2019 / Reply

    I love my trek to JOMSOM and MuKHITINATH. This is best trek out of my many trekking experience.
    Alpine has done the great job for recommending this trek for us. I recommend this trek to everyone. You will enjoy it.

    5
  3. avatar
    Veronica
    10:48 pm - April 27, 2019 / Reply

    We booked this trek with the recommendation of my friend. Alpine club of Himalaya provided great service throughout the trek. Very professional and knowledgeable team. Highly recommended.

    5
  4. avatar
    Paula
    10:50 pm - April 27, 2019 / Reply

    Alpine club of Himalaya is Highly recommended, a perfect experience.

    5

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