Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is an amazing route through Mustang and the Annapurna region that leads you, among others, to the famous Muktinath Temple. Definitely, it is one of the most fascinating journeys to experience the different cultures of the Annapurna region in one trek. The various landscapes and cultures one will find along this trekking route give a fascinating insight into the way of living of rural Nepali people. Especially the physical beauty along the Jomsom Muktinath trek will leave you breathless. Mustang trek
The panorama of the trail ranges from forests of red rhododendron to rocky cliffs and the desert of Mustang. In addition, we will walk along the Kali Gandaki River, which forms the largest gorge in the world, with the Annapurna mountain range on one, and Dhaulagiri on the other side. Between the two ranges, one enjoys marvelous views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek
!!! Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is also the best alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, for those with less time and those who aren’t keen on the high 5416m pass.
A Cultural and Spiritual Experience
Many trekkers highlight is the Muktinath Temple, a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. In fact, Muktinath is a holy place of salvation for Hindus: They believe that washing in the holy waters here guarantees salvation. In addition, the God Brahma is said to have lit the eternal flames that still burns at Muktinath. However, for Buddhists it is a place where the great sage guru Rinpoche came to meditate. If you are lucky to be in Muktinath in early September you are likely to experience one of Nepal’s unique festivals: The annual horse race named Yartung.
Furthermore, the lower part of the trek is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars. Also, the folk of Thakalis is found further around Jomsom along with the Lopa who have Tibetan roots and live around Muktinath and Upper Mustang. Especially their customs and attire are all quite unique. Therefore, this trek is the ideal opportunity for you to observe the diversity among the people and their customs.
Are you ready to experience the vast biodiversity and cultural heritage Nepal is known for? Then this is the right trek for you!
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara – 7-8 hours
Day 02 : Flight to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni (2810m) – 3 hrs walk
Day 03 : Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3802m) – 3 hrs
Day 04 : Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) – 6 hrs
Day05: Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2530m) – 6 hrs
Day06 : Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m) – 6 hrs
Day 07 : Trek Tatopani to Sikha – 5 hrs
Day 08: Trek Sikha to Ghorepani – 3 hrs
Day 09 : Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m) – 5 hrs
Day 10 : Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk (2012m) – 3 hrs
Day 11 : Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara – 5 hrs walk
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu
In the early morning after breakfast, you’re going to start your journey with a bus ride to Pokhara. It’s a drive of about 7 hours through lush green forest, meandering roads, hills and gracefully flowing riversides. You will also come across lively markets and clusters of villages on the way. Enjoy a local lunch in one of the roadside restaurants. Upon reaching in Pokhara, you will be welcomed by your guide and driven to the hotel.
Let’s start the adventure with a short flight of about 25 min from Pokhara to Jomsom. Enjoy the stunning views of the gorge between two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative centre to the region with airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices. From here we start our trek by crossing the river to the eastern bank and take a direct route to reach the Muktinath Temple tomorrow. For now, we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2,810m. Notably, this is at the northernmost part in direction to Mustang that can be visited without a special permit for the Mustang region. However, this village is fascinating with its rich Tibetan cultures and their unique hospitality which welcomes us greatly. Overnight stay at a hotel. Walking time: 3 hours
First of all, we make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni today, then join the trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3,200m. Further from here the trail continues to the imposing village of Jharkot, which is definitely well worth exploring! As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination for today: Muktinath at 3,802m. You will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath. The Muktinath Temple is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus and gives you first hand insights in eastern spirituality. Overnight stay at a hotel. Walking time: 3 hours
After a holy night’s sleep we will leave Muktinath behind us and start to trek back on the trail via the Kali Gandaki valley. Then, after approximately 6 hours of walking we reach the beautiful Marpha village. You will be rewarded: This place is well known for it’s juicy and sweet Apples. So don’t miss out and try the local Apple Pie and Apple Juice! It’s a real delight! Again you will stay overnight at a hotel. Walking time: 6 hours
Today we are trekking down to Kalopani, further walking through Kali Gandaki Valley. During the trail we will pass by many old traditional Thakali houses. From Kalopani, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain views will soothe our walk. Later you can take a rest at the hotel. Walking time: 6 hours
A beautiful walk awaits us today! With yet another transition of climates, we will enter into the subtropical area today: Lush vegetation, water buffalos, banyan trees and poinsettias are great for taking pictures. Further, the trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. Later, you can enjoy the hot water springs that give the village its name – the perfect opportunity for a good scrub and relaxation! Walking tim: 6 hours
After crossing the Kali Gandaki River, we will have another day of beautiful scenery. Then we slowly climb up steeply to the village of Sikha, where we are going to stay tonight. As one of our cultural spots, the village is inhabited by the Magars folk and still has a traditional flair. Overnight stay at a hotel. Walking time: 5 hours
After breakfast in the morning, we start walking from Sikha along the path that leads through beautiful Rhododendron forests. From here you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge, smiling at you. Later, we will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars, where we will stay for tonight and save the rest of our energy for tomorrow. Walking time: 3 hours
Today another highlight of the journey waits for you: Early in the morning we are going to hike up 45 minutes to Poon Hill. This is one of the best spots in Nepal to see the sunrise! From here we also have marvelous views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Nilgiri and Mount Fishtail. After enjoying our time in Poon Hill, we trek back down to Ghorepani and enjoy our well-deserved breakfast. After that, we trek to Tadapani, which leads us through nice jungle trails. Stay overnight at hotel.
Walking time: 5 hours
The trek to Ghandruk through the jungle is mostly downhill and relatively easy. During the trail you will be able to see various types of beautiful birds. Again, another cultural adventure awaits you here today: Ghandruk is one of biggest Gurung villages in Nepal and therefore a very special place: Especially noteworthy are their own language, dresses, typical foods and house styles. Overnight stay at hotel. Walking time: 3 hours
Good morning on this last day of your Jomsom Muktinath Trekking! Today we are going to trek downhill to Nayapul, from where we catch a ride back to Pokhara. The drive is only gonna take around an hour. Unfortunately, your time in the mountains comes to an end… But you will take lots of great photos and everlasting memories with you! Finally, one more night in Pokhara. Walking time: 5 hours
From Pokhara it takes about 6-7 hours to drive back to Kathmandu, crossing over stunning mountain passes and rivers along the way. In the evening we are inviting you to a farewell dinner to talk and reflect on your great adventure.
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