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Jomsom Muktinath trekking is a classic trek in the popular Annapurna region. The highlight of this trekking is the visit to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus located at 3800m altitude.
Also known as Chumig Gyatsa, Muktinath features a mud statue of Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche, 108 water sprouts and a natural eternal flame. According to Hindu mythology, bathing in the water sprouts offer pilgrims salvation or Mukti from the circle of life.
Jomom Muktinath trekking also allows trekkers to visit Kali Gandaki gorge, the world’s deepest gorge situated between Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the tenth and seventh highest mountains in the world. There will be plenty of points along the trek from where you can get spectacular mountain views including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Nilgiri and Tukuche.
The trail goes back and forth between rhododendron and pine forests, Kali Gandaki River and wind-swept terrain of Kagbeni. Visit stone paved streets and flat roof houses in Ghasa, Marpha, Kagbeni and Jomsom villages and experience Thakali culture and cuisine. Other attractions of this trek include ammonite fossils or shaligram found along Kali Gandaki River, natural hot springs and Buddhist customs.
● Visit the pilgrimage site of Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath
● Observe world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge
● Catch breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna, Dhualagiri, Manaslu, Macchapuchre
● Experience Thakali culture and cuisine in Ghasa, Kagbeni and Jomsom villages Sightseeing in and around Pokhara
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● Two Nights accommodations at deluxe hotel in Pokhara
● Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
● Private transport from Pokhara to Nayapul.
● One way fare for domestic flights (Jomsom-Pokhara)
● All accommodations and three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
After morning breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The journey takes you along Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of green hills, snow peaks, rivers and villages. It takes about 6 hrs to arrive in Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
On this day we move to Naya Pool – the trek starting point- on a short drive from Pokhara. Pick up your backpack and climb an uphill trail maneuvering through terraced fields. You will make a brief stop at the Birethati village before continuing up to TikheDhunga. Enjoy the views of Machhapuchhre from this small village. Stay overnight in Tikhe Dhunga.
Today you will overcome the challenge of climbing Ulleri on a stone paved path. There are over 3000 steps to be climbed before you reach the top of Ulleri. Beyond here you will enjoy a quiet walk through forested paths of rhododendron, oak and pine. Ghorepani is a small settlement mainly of Gurung and Magar ethnic groups and offers a great view of Annapurna and Nilgiri mountains. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.
It will be around 5 hrs trekking from Ghorepani to Tatopani. After breakfast you will go on a trail that will descend through rhododendron forests and terraced fields all the way to Gharkhola village. En route you will briefly stop over at Sikha which is a Gurung village. The trail from Gharkohla gradually climbs up to Tatopani where there is a natural hot spring. Stay overnight in Tatopani.
After breakfast you will get back on the trekking trail. Today is a special day as you will go on a trail that takes you to Dana. Dana affords a breathtaking view of Kali Gandaki gorge, world’s deepest gorge formed between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri mountains. Continue on the trail towards Ghasa passing by an impressive waterfall called Rupsechahara. Ghasa is a village settled by Thakali people. Stay overnight in Ghasa.
Another scenic trek today from Ghasa to Marpha. Marpha is a village famous for local apple brandy. The trail initially climbs through forested paths and then descends to cross a small stream. Cross Tukuch village ahead. Stay overnight in Marpha.
This section of the trek is the most tricky. The trail goes through a windswept plains, almost desert like, flanked on either side of Kali Gandaki. You will utilize the morning hours for the trekking before it becomes too windy. Pass through Jomsom village on the way before arriving at Kagbeni. Stay overnight in Kagbeni.
The trail continues to follow the Kali Gandaki river upstream. Much of the trek is through a barren landscape except for one village called Jarkot. Explore Muktinath in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Muktinath.
Today you will retrace your way back to Jomsom. Follow the same route you came in across the windswept plains. Enjoy Thakali culture and cuisine during your stay in Jomsom. Stay overnight in Jomsom.
Today we took an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes and is very scenic. In the evening explore Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Enjoy sumptuous breakfast and prepare yourself for a long drive to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hrs by tourist along winding Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of mountain peaks, rolling green hills, rivers and village lifestyle. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. Farewell until we see you again.
Jomsom Muktinath trek is the most popular trekking route in Annapurna region. This short trek is fully safe. There are no shortages of good hotels and lodges and the trekking trail is well established. The area have access to 24 hr mobile and internet network.
Jomsom Muktinath trek is usually graded easy to slightly moderate. The maximum elevation you will have to hike up to is 3700m at Muktinath. Otherwise the trek is straightforward and direct.
Anyone and even novice can do this trek. But do make sure you have the stamina to walk or habit of walking. A simple jogging or walking exercise routine can prepare for this trek.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.