Jomsom Muktinath Trek

  • Trip Cost:US$ 1080 (P/P)
  • Duration:15 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Moderate

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Why This Trip?

  • To Trek to Muktinath Temple through Jomsom.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • To have scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return.
  • To have Unforgettable mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • To see the Sunrise view over the Himalayas from Poon hill.
  • To take Natural hot bath at hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Visit Marpha and several other beautiful villages.

Escape Nepal Holidays presents 15day Jomsom Muktinath Trekking holidays in Nepal, the Jomsom-Muktinath  trek is one of the popular trekking trail in Annapurna region, Nepal and one half of the Whole Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can see and enjoy with different spectacular views of Himalayas including the views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt.Nilgiri (7040m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare (6998m), Tukuche peak (6920m) and a number of other Himalayas on our Jomsom Muktinath trekking holiday.

Jomsom Muktinath trekking is located at the northern side of Pokhara Valley, Annapurna Conservation Area Project and one of the impressive diversity which you can experience yourself while you are in trekking in the areas. The deep Kali Gandaki valley is surrounded by high mountains, The Annapurna in east and the Dhoulagiri in the west so, the Kali gandaki has became the deepest valley in the world and one can not see this type of the geographical structure any where in the world, the trekking is from subtropical jungle to a high Himalaya and dry landscape which really embraces to a wide range of peoples. The Annapurna is the most popular trekking region, as it has been attracting thousands of trekkers every year. There are excellent lodges lining on the main routes of the Jomsom trekking trail. No doubt that finding the beneath of the river of Nepal can be difficult, but the scenery and culture are excellent in the region.

You can also enjoy with diverse culture of various local communities such as Bramins, Chhetees, Thakalis, Magars, Gurungs and the beautiful landscapes, pilgrimages having trekking tour to both Hindu and Buddhist in Annapurna Himalayan range on our Jomsom-Muktinath trek. The Jomsom Muktinath trekking is not only popular for trekking, but also popular for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage  as it is one of the most rewarding treks that provide insights of different cultures as well as a wide range of sceneries and tremendous views of mountains.

We at Escape Nepal have 15day itinerary for the Jomsom Muktinath trekking including your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal plus a day tour in Kathmandu and a leisure day in Pokhara after the trek incase of any delay or cancelation on our return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and of course traveling days from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return, the actual trekking begins with one and half hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trekking via Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, then, next morning you hike up to Poon Hill, which is very famous view point for the panoramic view of  Himalayas range including sunrise then you descend to Tatopani,where there is natural hot spring and you can take natural hot bath there which has belief that any of the skin dieses will be wah up ( if we have any). Subsequently, trekking to the Kali Gandaki gorge passing through many fascinating Thakali villages called, Tukuche, Marphas etc..., along the way and then to headquarter of the Mustang called Jomsom. You then head to the north to Kagbeni along the river side way of Kali Gandaki, an ancient fortress settlement on the boarder of Upper Mustang trekking. Then you have a hike on the following day through to the Muktinath temple. The terrain at Muktinath gives way to the Tibetan plateau providing some of the fascinating rock formations on route, and step up an hour and reach Jharkot village from Kagbeni then we head on to Muktinath and explore a day around Muktinath temple and descend to the Jomsom and next morning flight to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu for your return flight to home.

we offer departure for the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek any day that is suitable for you, we offer private departure and we are even happy to offer tailor made itinerary for the trek if the given itinerary is not suitable and you prefer to edit the itinerary, being a local company, we can offer you unforgottable lifetime experience on our 15 day Jomsom-Muktinath Trek:

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): transfer to Hotel: You will just find it wonderful flying into Kathmandu on a day that’s crystal clear. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole connection of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real long time. An escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your reserved hotel. At the hotel, you will be oriented about your daily activities, (A).

Day 02.Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu valley: After b/fast, we proceed for an historical tour. Kathmandu is the historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to outsiders. The city presents a wonderful combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. you will be given a fullday guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. You will be accompanied with a professional licensed guide, overnight at Hotel ( A, B).

Note: you can take one hour scenic Everest Experience mountain flight in the morning before the tours starts, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 03.Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilometers west of Kathmandu) - 6 Hours: We drive along the Trisuli and Marshyangdi River to reach Pokhara; this is a real scenic drive where we will get to see the beautiful river as we drive by its banks & view Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu right from the comfortable seats of your bus. Pokhara is a virtual tourists’ paradise. This city is full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include: lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus, all in the backdrops of the beautiful mountains that include the lovely fishtail peak. After 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara, this wonderful ‘City of Lakes’, which amazes you at every corner of your tour, overnight at Hotel, ( A, B).

Options: you have options to take 30 minutes flight to Pokhara instead of 6 hours drive or you can take 3 hours rafting in Trisuli River on the way to Pokhara: you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 04.Drive from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1577m) - 4 Hours: After having breakfast at the hotel we start our driving to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. Then we start out to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.) it is a pleasant cool trek as we pass through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards we will ascend gently to the final destination of the day, overnight at Guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 05.Trek to Ghorepani (2675m) - 6 Hours: Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. We get great views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Now, our hiking path is quite easy passing through mossy rhododendron forests and shadowy trees as we ascend gently up to the final camp for our overnight, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 06.Hike to Poon Hill (3180m.) and trek to Tatopani (1189m) - 7 Hours: Today, we hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains. This is a classic experience to enjoy.
We then hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at our Lodge & then trek to Tatopani through rhododendron forest, fine vistas open up as we approach Chitre, with the Dhaulagiri Range straight ahead. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. We continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, we then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from here it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name from the hot springs near the river below the village where we will enjoy a Natural Hot Spring Bath that has healing properties, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 07.Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m) - 5 Hours: We now follow a route which ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by bright orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 08.Trek from Ghasa to Marpha (2667m) - 6- 7 hours:  Today, the trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki for about six to seven hours. Throughout the trek we will be enjoying the company of the sweet smelling Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurungs, Thakalis and few Tibetans. On the way to Marpha we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki through Apple orchards that bring a sweet scent to our nostrils, we could munch a few apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance, overnight at Hotel (A, B, L, D).

Day 09.Trek from Marpha to Jomsom (2713m) to Kagbeni (2897m) - 5 Hours: We continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki towards Kagbeni; the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and grey that dots the arid terrain, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow & we’ve got to hold on to our hats & the light stuff we could be carrying, hastening our way to Kagbeni, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 10.Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795m) - 5 Hours: Today, the trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred Meters. While gradually walking we will enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages, apple Gardens, Yak herds, Sheep herds and so on. We get to view Thorung La valley upfront straight up on our way to Muktinath. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at Jharkot while we take a breather and visit a nearby Monastery believed to be built in the 15 century. A further 10 minute hikes up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. Hereabouts, we see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India meditating in reverence to the gods. There are shrines amidst a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. We also come across an old temple nearby which shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath's famous eternal flame. It's the earth-water-fire combination that accounts for Muktinath's great religious significance or so the myth goes. After this, we head towards Muktinath following a steep ascended path for half an hour, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 11.Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m) - 5 Hours: Today we continue down for nearly two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom. Between the walk lies Eklebhatti village where you find teahouses and lodges where we can stop for coffee and a breather, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 12.Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 20 Minutes: We will take an early flight to Pokhara, and check in to our hotel and refresh ourselves before we visit the most beautiful city Pokhara, we chill out & relax today and also we can do some boating on the serene fewa lake; this is probably one of the loveliest lakes in the world, overnight at hotel (A, B, L).

Day 13: Leisure day in Pokhara: It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Pokhara and Jomsom and we could not fly on scheduled date and time which happen some times, or if the fights are on time then some tours and exiting activities like Paragliding in PokharaUltra flight in Pokhara or Pokhara day tour , you can shop and visit Pokhara little more as the Pokhara is beautiful city and you will truly enjoy it, overnight at hotel, (A, B).

Day 14.Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours): We hope our tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and its overnight at your hotel, then we would offer you to have dinner with us for your last night stay in Nepal and talk about your recent trek , trip concludes on this day, ( A, B ).

Day 15: Transfer to the airport for your departure: You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…take care!!! ( B)

A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • All the Airport Transfers.
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks on twin sharing basis.
  • Your standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, monument entrance fees and TIMS permit.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast  on twin sharing basis:
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist bus and Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara with airport Tax.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (return after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge. 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, Nepal visa info.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected But it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

 

Departure Note:

We have set date for the departure for this holidays so, please look at our list of the dates for the trip and select one from them or if you cannot find the date that is suitable for you then please contact us for your own departure date as we offer private departure for your holiday on any date that is suitable for you which is suitable for group of friends, couples, families and solo travelers.

Trip Note

Trip Itinerary- The itinerary given for the tour standard itinerary that we offer you however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.

Trip price - The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Trip extension - If you have time and are interested to do Chitwan Jungle Safari, Seti River Rafting, Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of holidays involves longer trekking (up to 12 Days) on maintained trails in to higher elevations mountain and high elevation overland tour to tibet  and we advise you to have some previous walking/hiking experiences on high altitude and habit to walk about 5-6 hours a day and physically fit, those holidays includes some trek on Everest, Annapurna, Langtang region and some wilderness trekking holiday plus some village trekking holiday, some Rafting Holidays and some over land tours to Tibet like- Mt. Kailash tour, Tibet overland tour , Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour and Nepal Tibet Tour.

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