Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Know Jomsom-Muktinath: Jomsom, the famous headquarter of Mustang District, is a gateway to the famed Muktinath temple, a holy pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists. Situated on the bank of the Kaligandaki River, this town and its vicinities are one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The Jomsom-Muktinath trek covers the final trails of the much heard Annapurna circuit trek and takes you through natural wonders worth remembering for a lifetime. The town of Jomsom is at the banks of the Kaligandaki river and the Muktinath temple is at a day’s walk from Jomsom (5-6 hours to be precise). There are two ways people normally complete this trek. One technique is to walk all the way to the destination from Nayapul (40 Km from Pokhara) and fly back to Pokhara after the tour is completed and the other way is to fly to the destination first and then walk your way down. The latter is the lesser used method as trekkers seek ascent rather than descent.
You will travel through the deepest gorge on earth on your way to Jomsom. The area surrounding the gorge, made by the Kali Gandaki River, is also home to many exotic flora and fauna. You will walk past the red Rhododendron forests, pine woods and dreamy waterfalls on your travel. The sight of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and the Nilgiri mountains (all among the highest in the world) will ease your pain away. The latter part of the trek is characterized by barren landscapes. Desert like mountains but with snow on them are a sharp contrast to the previous days of verdant greenery. The trek takes you past the famous and historic villages of the ethnic Gurung and Thakali people. Night stays in villages are awesome. Local food and drink will be served in a unique way so as to address your altitude issues. Monasteries and temples are in numbers on the way and they impart serenity in one’s thoughts. In Tato-Pani (literally meaning Hot Water) you can take bath in natural hot water springs.
The Muktinath temple is a famous holy place. People come here to take bath in the celebrated 108 waterfalls that have been channelized to taps. This is one of the most iconic tours Nepal has to offer for its beloved travellers.
Best Travel Time
The windows of October to December and March to May are the two best seasons to travel as it will help you escape the unforgiving cold in the Himalayas. However, if snowfall is not an issue and you care not of the cold, there is no best travel season to look for as everyday is a travel day to Jomsom and Muktinath.
Duration: 14 days:
Maximum altitude: 3,720m ( Muktinath)
Difficulty level: Easy
Pokhara, Poonhill, Muktinath, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Marpha and spectacular views of Mountains in the Annapurna range like Machhapuchre ( 6,993m), Himchuli (6,441m), Mt.Dhaulagiri ( 8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m) along with liestyle and true culture of Magar and Gurung communities and varities of Himalayan flora and fauna.
Arrival in Kathmandu and welcome dinner hosted by company. overnight in hotel
Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu with an informative and multilingual guide. overnight in kathamndu
6 to 7 hours of drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu overnight at hotel
1 and half hours of drive to nayapul and 5 to 6 hours of trek to Ulleri (2,150m)
4 to 5 hours of trek frm Ulleri to Ghorepani ( 2,810m) and overnight at a local guest house
6 to 7 hours of trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill ( 3,210m) to tatopani ( 1,190m), O/N at a lodge
5 to 6 hours of trek from Tatopani to Ghasa ( 2,130m), O/N at a local lodge
4 to 5 hours of trek frm Ghasa to Marpha, O/N at a lodge
5 to 6 hours of trek from Marpha to Kagbeni ( sacred hindu Pilgrimage destination), 2825m, O/N at a local guesthouse
5 to 6 hours trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (holy destination for both Hindus and Buddhist), 3, 720m, O/N at a local guesthouse
Muktinath to Jomson ( 2,715m) in 6 to 7 hours of trekking, O/N at a local guest house
Muktinath to Pokhara by air, sightseeing in Pokhara ( International Mountain Museum, peace Pagoda, Fewa Lake, Devi’s falls, Begnas Lake etc), O/N at a hotel in Pokhara
6-7 hours drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Trip ends with breakfast and your transfer to your hotel or airport as you like.