Jomsom- Muktinath Trekking is one of the significant parts of Annapurna region trekking and a demanding among both types of trekkers, domestic and international. They love to travel to Jomsom to Muktinath as they find this region completely distinct from other mountain regions of Nepal as well as other places of the world.
This trekking commences from Pokhara known as ‘Lake City’ and the trail follows through beautiful and picturesque valley, Kali Gandaki River to the holy Pilgrimage site, Muktinath. During the hike to Muktinath, the trail offer a splendid view of mountain as well as a great opportunity to be in touch naturally with dense forest including flowering rhododendron, and the trail also takes to the rugged terrain and rocky cliffs which is really looks as if it is desert. The Kali Gandaki Gorge is beautified with two towering mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Both are majestic with natural snow. Kali Gandaki Valley is famous for holy fossils rocks which are special and sacred for Hindus.
Jomsom is a beautiful valley inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists and it is rich in mixed culture of both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists. Then the trail ascends up to lower Mustang and ends in Kagbeni which is culturally enriched with holy monasteries and prayer flags.
The highest point of this trekking trail is Muktinath located at the height of 3800 metres and it is considered to be a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist.
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) 6 hrs
After breakfast at your hotel we will depart at 8am; take a scenic drive to Pokhara via the Prithivi Highway (approx 6 hours). While driving we will have many chances to observe rural people & various cultures along the highway. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals
Day 04: Drive Naya Pul (New bridge), to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m) 4 hrs
After breakfast at around 07:30am, we will drive to Naya Pul (42km) by car/taxi via the large village of Lumle and walk for about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Ramghai where you will have lunch. After lunch, the trail climbs gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) 6 hrs
From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tikhe Dhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a camp site for a rest and water stop one hour’s walk above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning "rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti we will climb to Ghorepani at 2850m, from here we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 06: Hiking -Poonhill (3180m), trek to Tatopani (1200m) 7 hrs
This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tatopani. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa (2120m) 7 hrs
The trek now starts up the Kali Gandaki valley, which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world Here we will enjoy a beautiful day’s walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending into sub-tropical vegetation. We will cross the Bhalu Khola on a high suspension bridges before arriving at Dana (1450m) Around 30 minutes from Dana we will see a very high waterfall: Rupse Chhahara (which translates as “beautiful waterfall”). From there we will continue through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. We will cross the river again on a 120m long bridge to the east side. We will continue on to Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali village and this marks the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism in the valley. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 08: Trek to Tukuche (2560m) 5 hrs
The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing through a narrow gorge before reaching Thakali traditional villages. Today we will cross the gorge and river numerous times via long suspension bridges, which make great photo opportunities. We will pass a couple of villages (e.g. Lete, Kalopani and Kokhethati). On the way we can see the top of Dhaulagiri Mountain peeking over the west side. We will end our day in the village of Tukuche. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 09: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 5 hrs
An easy and lovely day’s walking where we will first see the village of Khobang, which has narrow alleyways and tunnels connecting houses. We can make short side trip to the Kanti Gompa (a Buddhist temple). Then our route continues to Marpha, one of the most important place for Apple. We can see a wine-brandy distillery here and walk through the orange orchard street. We will continue our trek for another 2 hours before reaching our day’s final destination at Jomsom, Here we will have lunch then trek continue along the Kaligandaki river passing though Eklai Bhatti. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) 4 hrs
Today we will do the 1000 meter ascend to Muktinath which is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist. We will first walk through Khingar (3400m) and then onto Jharkot (3500m), which is an impressive fortress like village. We will continue our way to the first part of Muktinath which is known as Ranipauwa, where we will stay the night. There will be time to explore the area and see some of the holy Hindu places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring which is considered holy as well. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom -2600m, 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 12: Morning flight to Pokhara, 20-minutes. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu, 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 14: Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for your home departure. "Farewell"
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