Jomsom Muktinath Trek is an exciting trek in the Annapurna and Mustang regions of Nepal. Muktinath trek will be best at that time because this is the rain shaded zone of Nepal .like other trekking destination, Mustang doesn’t receive adequate rainfall. It is also know as mountain desert. Similar to Tibet you can trek to Muktinath on rainy season (Jun-Aug) also.its popular destination for monsoon season in Nepal.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is an exciting trek in the Annapurna and Mustang regions of Nepal. Muktinath trek will be best at the time of monsoon season because this is the rain shaded zone of Nepal. like other trekking destination, Mustang region doesn’t receive adequate rainfall in the rainy season of nepal. It is also know as mountain desert because of the geographical structure which mixes snowy mountain and sandy area . Similar to Tibet you can trek to Muktinath-jomsom on rainy season (Jun-Aug) also.
The 15-day trekking trips begins in Kathmandu with the tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites sightseeing. Next, we drive to Pokhara, the beautiful Lake City and begin trekking from there. We trek in the beautiful Annapurna region and gradually enter the Mustang region. Our trail passes through quaint villages, cascading waterfalls, lush forests and surprisingly an almost-barren leeward side of the Himalayas. The diverse Nepalese landscape combined with the rich culture of its people makes this trek all the more rewarding. On our Jomsom Muktinath Trek, we also walk on trails along the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest gorge on earth and then visit Muktinath Temple which is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Dipping our bodies into the Natural hot spring at Tatopani will also be a pleasing experience. The trek ends with our flight to Pokhara from Jomsom followed by a drive to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Eagle Eye treks and Expedition(EETE), who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by EETE. Overnight in Kathmanu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at our office.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara(5-6 hours) (823m/2,700ft) and check into Hotel
We drive to Pokhara early in morning and enjoy amazing views of the valleys, hills and mountains in clear sky. After check in to hotel, lakeside visit and enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,552m/5,090ft)
we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) after breakfast and start the trek. We walk towards the Bhurundi Khola after which we ascend through lush forests and trails on the side of cliffs. Next, we cross a suspension bridge over the Modi Khola (river) and reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 05: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani (2,750m/9,020ft): 6-7 hours
We descend and cross a bridge over the Burundi Khola. From here we begin ascending to Ghorepani. The trail leading up to Ulleri is very steep. We continue ascending further and reach Ghorepani which literally means “horse-water” in Nepali. The village used to be an important campsite for horse traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 06: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft): 5-6 hours
We enjoy views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains in the morning before starting our trek to Tatopani. We begin with a descent to Sikha Village and continue descending to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing a suspension bridge, our trail climbs up to Tatopani. While here we can enjoy hot spring water and relax. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 07: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,110m/6,922ft): 5-6 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast and ascend gradually on a trail with Kali Gandaki River on our right. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and continue our walk. The trail passes through the beautiful waterfall, Rupse Chhahara. We ascend further to Ghasa which is beautifully located in the lower part of the Kali Gandaki Valley and is warm and green. The village is also a popular place for bird-watching enthusiasts. Overnight in Ghas
Day 08: Ghasa to Marpha (2,680m/8,792ft): 4-5hours
We ascend on a steep trail through a forest to the Lete Khola (stream). After walking further, we reach the Lete village. Next, we continue our trek on a trail east of the river and reach Larjung Village. On our trek today we also see beautiful apple orchards and vegetable farms. Marpha is known in Nepal for its tasty apples. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 09: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft): 4-5 hours
From Marpha we trek on a trail that clings to a valley. We ascend gradually on a ridge and reach Jomsom Village. From here we trek to the north towards Kagbeni, up the Kali Gandaki River which is the deepest gorge in the world. It gets windy after walking a while so it's important to walk carefully at a steady pace. We pass through Eklebhatti village and continue towards Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we get great views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft): 5-6 hours
Our journey starts with a special permit check and then onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by and admire. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape untill Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Muktinath is an important place of pilgrimage for Nepalese of both Buddhist and Hindu faiths as these two religions are intricately woven together in Nepal. We visit the main temple in the morning and tour its surrounding. We can admire the water spouts before paying a visit to a Buddhist monastery nearby. From Muktinath, we retrace our steps back to Jomsom, enjoying good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 12: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, the beautiful ‘Lake City’, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the quaint streets of ‘Lake Side’ is a popular choice among visitors. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final departure
Our Jomsom Muktinath Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from EETE will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal. Or onward for next Program
Price: USD 950
Trekking Duration: 14 Days
Trek Grade: Easy
Highest elevation: 3,800m/12,464 ft
Group Size: 1+