Jomsom Muktinath trek is usually known as Jomson Trek. Jomsom is located at an altitude of 2700m in Mustang District and is also famous with the name as Dzong-Sampa. The trekking to Jomsom Muktinath takes you to Pokhara thru the Valley of Kali Gandaki River to the Pilgrimage site of Muktinath. It is a part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and prevails as one of the most admired and classic pilgrimage tour.
Jomsom Muktinath trek gives you the possibility of viewing the incredible Himalayas, stunning landscapes, Kali Gandaki valley (the private gorge inside the global). You will even undergo the dry, wasteland-like Tibetan plateau. The physical beauty alongside the Jomsom – Muktinath trek is breathtaking. The surroundings of the trail tiers from forests of brilliant red rhododendrons to rocky cliffs and barren region of Mustang. The path follows the Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki is 1 / 4 of a mile wide river bed; during the winter the river is practically dry, but in the summer monsoon it fills with rainwater and melting snow. This river forms the biggest gorge in the world. On one facet lies the Annapurna mountain variety and on the other aspect is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there are views of eight of the 20 highest mountains in the world. This trek can be a unique enjoy for all fit visitors.
The perfect and slight trekking path starts once we take the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom or Pokhara to Ghorepani Poonhill. In the end, we pass via many charming Thakali villages referred to as Marpha widely known for the garden of apples, apricots, and peaches. You possibly can revel in with the diverse lifestyle of various groups along with Brahmins, Chhetris, Thakalis, Magars, Gurungs and the lovely landscapes. Heading to the headquarter Jomsom; we move to the north to Kagbeni along the riverside manner of Kali Gandaki a historical fortress settlement at the border of higher Mustang trekking. We can locate fossils at the banks of Kali Gandaki River that is the sacred rocks for Hindus to hope. The way of life a number of the path is rich (a combination of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism). The trail weaves thru the lower Mustang vicinity of Nepal, Finishing at the village of Kagbeni, a Tibetan inspired village full of prayer wheels, chortens, and a Buddhist monastery. The path’s maximum factor is Muktinath at 3800 meters, a holy site of temples sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus for centuries. We are able to explore a day around historical Muktinath temple; a pagoda fashioned temple of Lord Vishnu.
Jomsom Muktinath trek gives a wonderful perception of the agricultural Nepalese existence. The best time for the trek from mid-Sept to Mid December and March to May, we can travel in the rainy season also these part of the trek. When the days are crisp and of the scenery lovely. Consider “Above the Himalaya” for the best and adventurous journey with masses of experiences. We will ensure to make your trip the best trip ever.
Duration: 14 days
Max. Altitude: Muktinath (3800m/12467ft)
Trek Grade: Moderate
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – November is the best season. Dec & January is Winter, July & August is rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 14 days, 5 night’s hotels, 8 nights Lodges, Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, 3 meals a day ( breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek) trek are included.
Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Your baggage on the trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van, Plane.
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Very warm ‘Namaste’ (welcome in Nepali) for your great journey with us. We will meet at the Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport and would drive to your hotel. As you get ease and freshen up after your long fight, we humbly request you to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have the same discussion in the next day morning after your breakfast.
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflect the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On the journey back to the hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take a relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.
After having your breakfast in Kathmandu, we can drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara or if you wish to explore Nepal more you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour. The drive includes short stops for lunch and breakfast and guarantees the enjoyment of charming beauty all the way around. In the evening, you can go for a boating trip on Phewa Lake on your own or just walk in the famous lakeside street and enjoy the dinner with the great view.
After having the breakfast morning, your journey for Annapurna Jomsom Muktinath trek begins. A car drive for about 1 and half hour through large village Lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts from here, dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, winding through the bamboo forests and past waterfalls with plunge pools appealing you for a refreshing swim. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches a small village Sudami, where you can have your lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille (1510m) and after a short walking, you will arrive Tikhedunga. Overnight sleep in Tikhedhunga.
The trail crosses the Tikhedunga River on a suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the Bhurungdi Khola on a large bridge at 1520m. The trail ascends on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps. The unrelenting staircase continues to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). From Ulleri the trail gently climbs through pastures and cultivated fields. You walk up beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and Rhododendron forest. There is a hut with water and a small campsite about 1 hr. above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge, and another stream before making a short climb to Nangathanti (2460m). Nangathanti will be our spot for a little rest and lunch. In winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangthanti about one hour trek climbs to Ghorepani at 2750m. At the top of the Ghorepani pass, we will have our camping.
Most people rise before dawn the following day to make the early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best Himalaya viewpoints in Nepal, provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. The spectacular panorama stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m) and other small Himalayas as Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiuchhuli, Tarke Kang etc. Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m) and the Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre 6997m) pour you their beauty. Watching the beautiful sunrise is a defining moment with lots of pleasure and tranquility.
After Sunrise we will return to our camp for breakfast. From Ghorepani, the trail follows downhill the Jomsom route. The trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich bird life. We pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs – you can have time for a hot Scrub-up.
From Tatopani, you can follow the road (or even take a jeep) all the way up to Ghasa. A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually ascending with the transition into subtropical vegetation. Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. Cross the 120m long bridge as the river roars through a narrow chasm and rejoin the road, which has been blasted out of the steep solid rock walls. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We spend our night here in Ghasa.
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. You can visit the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a huge sacred tree. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis which has been favorite amongst the trekkers. It has kept its traditional narrow paved alleys and passageways and an extensive drainage system flows under the flagstone-paved street.
An easy and lovely day walking alongside the river to Jomsom, the districts headquarter of Mustang district. The foot trail continues the interesting and picturesque old town and large Dechenling and Tashi Lhankhang Monasteries. Also, you can take interesting footpath via thini, gompa, and syang which requires a bit more time and effort but offers some excellent, little-seen views. From Jomsom, you can have some spectacular snaps of Nigiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks.
We arrive at Kagbeni. Kagbeni still feels like a medieval village, with its closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels. Situated at an auspicious river confluence, it is also the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Get an early start from Kagbeni to avoid the winds that amazingly whistle up the valley after midday. Gradually ascends to Muktinath, most important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. As you enter the walled complex, lined by Tibetan style prayer wheels, you pass first the Gompa Sambha (monastery) and then a Lord Shiva Temple ringed by four shrines. The focal point of the complex is the pool and its 108 brass water pouts, cast in the shape of cow’s heads, which pours forth sacred water. Hindu Pilgrimages bathe in the frigid water. This a central place to show the religious tolerance among Nepalese.
A short walk to the left is the Buddhist Marme Lhakhang, whose center is the image is of Tibetan Buddhist sage Guru Rinpoche, here holding a Hindu style trident.
From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among them, merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow-capped mountains. We transit at the significant town Kagbeni. Enjoying the plateau few more hours walking takes us to Jomsom.
We take our next flight back to Pokhara and spent a day here. You’re free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. you can relax, take a time to visit the lake or boating in the lake by yourself.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. In the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind about the returning journey. You can have greetings exchanging with friends and with all Nepalese people.
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
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