Jomsom – Muktinath Trekking – 12 Days

28
Jul

One fascinating journey to experience the differing cultures of the Annapurna region. Commencing with a flight into the heart of the lower Mustang district, we continue to the ancient village of Kagbeni, on the border of upper Mustang and the Hidden Kingdom. From here we travel North East through arid landscape to the sacred pilgrimage town of Muktinath, this area is Tibet all but in name.

One fascinating journey to experience the differing cultures of the Annapurna region. Commencing with a flight into the heart of the lower Mustang district, we continue to the ancient village of Kagbeni, on the border of upper Mustang and the Hidden Kingdom. From here we travel North East through arid landscape to the sacred pilgrimage town of Muktinath, this area is Tibet all but in name. The journey back travels through the Kali Ghandaki canyon, the deepest in the World entering into Thakali and Gurung tribal culture, through lush forests complemented by the ever changing views of the Annapurnas. This trek is the easier part of the Annapurna Circuit and is ideal for those with less time or for those not wishing the exertion of a 5416 mtr pass.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m), drive (6 hours). Early morning, after breakfast, board a bus and drive to Pokhara. It’s a drive of about 6 hours through lush green forest, meandering road through the hills and gracefully flowing riversides. You will also come across lively markets and clusters of villages on the way. Lunch will be taken in one of the road side restaurants. Upon reaching in Pokhara, you will be received and driven to the hotel. Check into hotel.

Day 02: Pokhara Jomsom Flight (25 mins.), Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) – 3 hrs There is flight of about 25 minutes from Pokhara to Jomsom. During flight you can view gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From Tukche, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2,713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative centre to the region that contains the airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank; then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2,730m. From here we take a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2,810meters which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki which is the northern most village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is fascinating with its rich Tibetan cultures and their unique hospitality which influences us greatly. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 03: Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,802m) – 3 hrs We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3,200m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3,500m. well worth exploring. As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3,802m. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Further 10 minutes walks up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple in a grove of poplars. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists Gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provides Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water- fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 04: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m.) – 6 hrs walk Trek back from Multinath through trail via Kali Gandaki valley then trek to Marpha 6 hours walking to Marpha village. This town is famous for Apple, don’t miss to eat Apple Pia and Apple Juice. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 05: Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m.) – 6 hrs walk Trek down to Kalopani 6 hours walking through Kali Gandaki Valley .During the trail we will cross Thakali houses. From Kalopani Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains are visible on the way. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 06: Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m.) – 6 hrs walk A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. 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. The hot water springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good ‘scrub.

Day 07: Trek Tatopani to Sikha – 5 hrs walk Crossing the Kali Gandaki River we slowly climb steeply up the village of Sikha, which is inhabited by Magars. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 08: Trek Sikha to Ghorepani – 3 hrs walk We start walking in the morning after breakfast from Sikha along the path that leads to the Rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. We will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars.

Day 09: Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590 m.) – 5 hrs walk Early in the morning you hike up 45 minutes to Poon Hill for sunrise (Poon Hill is one of the best place to view Sunrise in Nepal) from there we can see Marvelous view can be seen which are Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges, Nilgiri ,Fishtail after taking good time in Poon Hill trek back down to the Ghorepani then trek to Tadapani 4/5 hours through Nice jungle walk. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk (2012m.) – 3 hrs walk Trek to Ghandruk 3 hours walking through jungle and downhill. During the trail you will enjoy birds watching. Ghandruk is one of bigest Gurung Village. They have own language, dress, typical foods, house. There is nice view of Annapurna South and Fishtail. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul (5 hrs walk) and drive to Pokhara (approx. 1 hr drive) Trek Back to Pokhara 5 hours walking downhill to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara one hour by Private car/van. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 12: Drive Pokhara / Kathmandu
It takes about 4 – 5 hours to drive back to Kathmandu crossing over some mountain passes and rivers along the way. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure.

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The Jomsom Muktinath trek is one of the most popular trekking in Nepal. The different landscapes and culture to be found along this trekking route give a fascinating insight into the way of life of rural Nepali people. The physical beauty along the Jomsom – Muktinath trek is breathtaking. The panorama of the trail ranges from forests of red rhododendron to rocky cliff and desert of Mustang. The trails follow the Kali Gandaki River. The river forms the largest gorge in the world, on one side there lie the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there is view of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world.

Trekkers continue the trek beyond Jomsom to Muktinath the famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. For Hindus Muktinath is a holy place of salvation they believe that to wash in the waters here guarantee salvation. The God Brahma is said to have lit the eternal flames that still burns at Muktinath. For Buddhists it is a place where the great sage guru Rinpoche came to meditate. The lower part of the trek is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars .The Thakalis are found further on around Jomsom along with the Lopa who have Tibetan roots who live around Muktinath and upper Mustang. Their customs and attire are all quite unique and this trek is ideal for observing the diversity among the people and their customs. If you like to be in Muktinath in early September you are likely to be in time for one of Nepal’s unique festivals the annual horse race named as Yartung.

The usual starting point of the trek is Naya Pul on the Pokhara to Baglung road and from there via Ghorepani and Tatopani into the gorge of the Kali Gandaki River. Between Tatopani and Lete Khola there is a significant change of scenery with pine forests and the villages take on a quite different look. The scene of the villages and the design of the houses are unique in this area. The houses are designed to protect the inhabitants from strong winds that blow up the valley everyday from late morning onwards. Wind is caused by differences in atmospheric pressure between the Tibetan plateau and the lower reaches of the valley. The best example of the distinctive architecture of this region is found in the village of Marpha which is a 2 hours walk down from Jomsom. The stone flagged streets with a well-organized underground drainage system and the flat-roofed houses with a central courtyard make an attractive spot to spend an extra day rest. Use the free time to test apple products of this region from the green orchards up in the valley.

Jomsom is a large settlement popular for its airport that offers a quick entry or exit to the valley with regular daily flights from Pokhara. Jomsom can be used as a base for exploring the upper part of the Kali Gandaki region. There are several accommodation options including a new high-class resort complex in Jomsom.

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Mini 2 – Max – 12 pax
  • Best Season:Sept – Dec, March – May
  • Trip Code:NT-N204
  • Duration:12 Days Treking
  • Maximum Altitude:3800m
  • Region:Annapurna National Park
  • Start:Kathmandu/Pokhra
  • End:Kathmandu/Pokhra
  • Trekking Type:Tea House/Camping
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