Jomsom -Muktinath Trek combines in just two weeks so much of what makes Nepal a unique travel and trekking destination: its varied but harmonious mix of spirituality and cultural traditions, along with a sublime physical adventure that will bring you through diverse terrain to stupendous Himalayan scenery.
Our adventure begins with a drive from Kathmandu and its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the town of Jomsom in the heart of the Lower Mustang Region. Situated astride the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom enjoys as a backdrop the soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. From here our trail heads north through a number of traditional villages on the way to the town of Kagbeni, many of whose residents practice an ancient form of Tibetan Buddhism.
Its medieval ambience is also reflected in its impressive red-walled Gompa dating back to 1429. Continuing on to Muktinath, we may well encounter trekkers who have just successfully crossed the famous pass Thorung-La! More profound for us, however, will be a visit to Muktinath's walled complex of temples and shrines, which for both Hindus and Buddhists is the Nepal Himalaya's most important pilgrimage venue. The return brings us finally into the stupendous Kali Gandaki Gorge; the difference between the river's elevation and the heights of the highest peaks on either side makes this gorge the deepest in the world. Continuing on through Thakali and Ghurung ethnic villages we will encounter cultural traditions as colorful as the people, along with lush forests and breathtaking views of the Annapurna massif
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation . Overnight at hotel.
We will take a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The road is winding and the lush vegetation will attract you along with the Himalayan views. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach there. It is a city of lakes and natural wonders. You can enjoy the boating on Phewa Lake on the same day. Overnight at hotel .
We'll kick off the day with an early breakfast, and then drive to Nayapul; it's an hour-long drive with Machhapuchre/Fishtail Mountain (6,993m) views on the way. We start trekking today, past the TIMS check post and ACAP entrance. We walk for 5- 6 hours along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola till we reach our destination for the night. After lunch, we cross the Bhurungdi Khola (river) via a bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.
After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ due to it being an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The 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 village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Ghorepani is located at the bosom of Poon Hill. We need to walk about 40 minutes to reach at the top. This is so meaningful in this trek that you can view the astounding panoramas of Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Fishtail and many more. Descending to Ghorepani and after having breakfast, we walk further to Tatopani via Sikha and Ghar Khola village. Tatopani is hot water literally. The natural hot spring is renowned for the trekkers, who can feel relaxed during the excursion. It is also regarded as the cure of several skin diseases. Overnight at Guesthouse.
The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki River that flows by making the deepest gorge in the world. The waterfalls and top hill ridges are fantastic. Passing Rupse Chhahara, we reach to Ghasa, which is a Thakali village. Thakali people are famous for serving delicious meals. This place is a wonderful place for bird watchers. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Right from the beginning, we climb up through the steep forest trail, gradually trek down to Lete Khola and reach Lete. We walk continually to the east side of Kali Gandaki, which leads us to the Larjung village. Passing this village, we reach to Tukuche and we can see an apple farm that has been prevailed throughout the village, which continues till we reach Marpha. Overnight at Guesthouse.
We begin the trek heading up gradually to Jomsom and continue to Kagbeni. We cross the Pang Khola and pass Eklai Bhatti. Reaching Jomsom, we continue walking through the arid landscape. It looks like the Tibetan terrain. From here, we walk through the windy valley. It is really difficult to walk in the noon time with sandy dust. Kagbeni is a face of Upper Mustang and also a gateway of it. It is a village situated at the historical salt trade route To Tibet. Overnight at Guesthouse
After breakfast, we head forward through the Kali Gandaki River bank. We climb up to follow the main trail to Khingar. Then the route is similar to the desert till Jarkot village. Gradually, we reach to Muktinath. A lot of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage trip comes here every day. Also, it is the place where Annapurna Circuit Trek descends from Thorong Pass. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Muktinath is a holy place for the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage. We get up in the morning and visit the temple, if you like, then worship. The ringing bells make us feel awesome. Then we have a breakfast and begin the trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Early in the morning, we take a picturesque Himalayan flight with the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli and others. Then transfer to the hotel. As your choice, we take you for the sightseeing tour. Davis falls, Mahendra cave, international mountain museum and the world peace Stupa are some of the wonderful sights to see. Then you can enjoy boating on the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we leave for Kathmandu after breakfast. It is around 7-hour-long drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Once we reach Kathmandu, you can either choose to go to the city souvenir shopping or check in to your hotel and rest. Later in the evening, Adventure Club Trek will host a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Bid farewell to your trekking partners and guide, and exchange contacts and photos if you wish, today our journey of 14 days comes to an end. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you to the airport according to your flight’s schedule.
Flight delays in Jomsom
Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.