Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is situated North of Pokhara. The route follows the Kaligandaki Valley between the soaring Peaks of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri finally Emerging to the North of the Main Himalayan Range in the dry Desert. The final destination of Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is the Holy temple of Muktinath, Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for the Buddhists as well as for the Hindus where one will be able to see the Tibetan traders as well as for the Sadhus from the far South of India. You can Enjoy Natural Hot Spring at Tatopani and Sunrise from Poonhill on this Trek.
Narba treks & Expedition will greet you upon arrival and transfer to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
We start a guided tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingam or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous cremation site for the Hindus.
The Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning “the self-existent” is popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Early morning flight to Pokhara. Be sure to catch the right side of the airplane for the best views of the Himalayas. Pokhara offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of the Annapurna range, and others. Numerous lakes of Pokhara offer fishing, boating, and swimming, the city itself is popular as a city of lakes. After taking a rest for some time, drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk to the northern side of Bhurungdi Khola, the trail climbs through the sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhendhunga.
From Tikhendhunga the trail drops down and crosses the Burungdi Khola, then climbs all the way up to Ghorepani via very steeply up to village Ulleri. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward would really prove a test of your stamina. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse-water” owing to its role as 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. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings.
Ghorepani 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 town that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village & further descend to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing the suspension bridge it climbs up at Tatopani. Tatopani, meaning Hot Water in Nepali derives its name from the hot springs there. The hot springs are popular among trekkers to soothe their tired leg muscles.
The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river and flows under the deep gorge by 2200m in between two 8000m mountaintops that are only 38km apart. Continuing along to Dana, Rupse Chahara meaning beautiful waterfall, and Kopchepani, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village of Ghasa. Ghasa is a paradise for bird watchers.
A steep climb through the forest takes you to Lete Khola then reach Lete. It further continues to the east side of the Kaligandaki reach you Larjung Village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukche at 2590m and apple farm projects which produces apples and vegetables for the whole region until you get to Marpha Village.
The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom onwards, it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-Bhatti village. After a good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies on the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age-old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via the Upper Mustang area.
Our journey starts with a special permit check-up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki upstream. During the walk, we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.
Muktinath is one of the most important destinations for Hindu pilgrimage. It also holds an important place for Buddhists. In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple of Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra” or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also, enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religious harmony in Nepal. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom.
After morning breakfast we check in at the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, the guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake in Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflected in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour’s walk to the World Peace Pagoda. During the evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on to the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery throughout the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Himalayan Glacier Trekking staff. Overnight at Kathmandu.
You are saying goodbye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalayas again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Narba treks will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
– Three times meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation while trekking ).
– Guide and Porters salaries, their food and accommodation, insurance.
– Ground transport.
– Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
– Flight cost of clients and guide, Kathmandu-Pokhara and Jomsom-Pokhara.
– 2nights hotel at Kathmandu and a 1night hotel at Pokhara.
– International flight and visa charges.
– personal equipment ( jacket, sleeping bag).
– Personal members insurance (we suggested, you should do insurance in your country).
– Rescue operation or emergency evacuation.
– Private vehicle.
– Soft/hard drinks as like mineral water, cold drink, alcohol, etc.
– Tips for staff.